How to Teach Physics to Your Dog Poetry Contest


There once was a dog from Niskayuna…

The previous post announced a photo caption contest for a chance to win an advance proof copy of my book, How to Teach Physics to Your Dog, six(-ish) months before it’s available for purchase. I thought I should include something for the less visually inclined, though, and I do have two extra galley proofs, so…

Announcing the Official How to Teach Physics to Your Dog Poetry contest. The idea is simple: write a short poem involving both dogs and physics in one of the usual short verse forms (haiku, limerick, double dactyl, whatever, as long as it has some sort of rhyme and meter). If your poem is selected as the winner, I’ll send you an advance uncorrected proof of the book.

Obligatory contest rules and disclaimers:

  • Entries may be submitted by leaving the poem in a comment to this entry, or by emailing the poem directly to me.
  • One entry per comment/ email, please. You can enter more than once, but please put each entry in its own comment or email.
  • Entries must be received by 5pm Eastern on Sunday, June 30th, as determined by the time stamp on the comment/email.
  • The winner will be chosen by a jury consisting of the residents of Chateau Steelypips (me, Kate, Emmy, and SteelyKid). All award decisions are final.
  • The winner will be announced on the blog sometime next week, at which time I will contact the winner for shipping instructions.
  • All entries should include permission to reproduce them either on the blog or on

If you win the proof and want to post a review on the web/ recommend it to all your friends/ pass it on to your close personal friend, Oprah Winfrey, that’d be appreciated, but there’s no obligation to do anything in particular with it.

So, get to it!