With July 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, i4is would like to recapture the spirit of exploration that inspired the world in 1969, and focus it onto the new interstellar frontier.
So we are challenging our members, supporters and anyone else with a passion for space to write a poem that shows why interstellar exploration can and should generate almost the same level of excitement as the Apollo programme did half a century ago.
Poems should be between ten and twenty five lines long, must include the words ‘Apollo’ and ‘interstellar’, and should aim to inspire the interstellar endeavour.
The winner will see their poem published in issue 26 of Principium and on our website, and will also receive a year’s free membership of i4is.
Full terms and conditions:
- The competition is open to all. There is no entry fee.
- Each entrant can submit a maximum of one poem.
- Entries must consist of a single poem between 10 and 25 lines in length (not including the title), must be the original and previously unpublished work of the entrant and must not currently be submitted to any other competition or for publication.
- The competition theme is ‘Interstellar exploration – a new Apollo programme’. To avoid confusion, please do not use this as your poem’s title.
- Each entry must include the words ‘Apollo’ and ‘interstellar’ somewhere in the poem.
- Entries must be submitted by email to email@example.com. The closing date for entries is 2259 GMT (2359 BST) on Thursday 20 June. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered.
- Entries will be judged by a panel appointed by the i4is Board, on the basis of their impact, creativity and artistic merit. The winner will be announced on i4is’s social media channels on 20 July 2019, the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, and will be published in issue 26 of Principium and on the i4is website.
- The winner will receive a year’s free membership of i4is, and a complimentary pdf copy of Principium 26.
- By entering the competition, you are offering first publication rights to the Initiative for Interstellar Studies. You retain copyright in your entry. If your poem wins, i4is will hold first publication rights for a period of six months beyond publication in Principium 26, after which further publication rights will revert to you.
- To ensure fairness to other contestants, failure to comply with any of the rules will result in disqualification. The judges’ decision is final.