Anyway, onto the awards. As usual, the mechanisms of my judging were guided by extreme prejudice and no logic whatsoever. And if you haven't already done so, make sure to read all of the entries.
Once again, my father (BCFN) insulted both haiku and the prize in 17 syllables. I won't be reprinting his schlock here.
Plain Old Mention
I appreciated Laurie Peel's entry: A haiku praising my haiku about how to write haiku. But it had nothing to do with robots, so she's out.
These two would have been in the running, if not for one pesky extra syllababble. It's too bad; I enjoyed them both. First, from Tyrean Martinson, life comes to the lifeless:
lights switch on displaysAnd Budd harkens the dawning of a new age:
after the science fair closes
a mind awakens
Rise my BretherenHonorable Mentions
let us strike down our oppressors
Enter the steel age
Thanks to Owen, we learned the fate of someone long since forgotten:
Out of a soundlessZongrik showed us we're not so far off from the Jetsons after all:
wasteland sticks the bold head of
digital housemaidAnd Tara Tyler tells us what we pretty much already know:
room disinfection robot
it's the modern age
laziness is doom
robots do all and faster
First Place — Traditional
I find this category the toughest to choose every year. This one was very close, but in the end, I called in the super-secret tie-breaking judge (my wife), who coaxed me into choosing a haiku by someone I had to coax into participating. From Lynda R Young:
A rusted robotFirst Place — Humorous / Creative
Its mechanics whirs and purs
Needs oil and falls down
Humor was a little harder to come by this year than in past contests — apparently ninjas and pirates are funnier subjects than robots — but it didn't stop Mooderino. He takes home the prize with this little number:
As R2D2First Place — Robopocalypse
Exclaimed to C3PO
"Brr wee ping woo woo!"
I knew I'd be awarding a third prize, but I only decided on the category after I chose the third winner. Budd claims this one with some sage advice on how we can survive the uprising:
How can we survive?And that'll do it. Lynda, Moody, and Budd, send me an email and let me know your gift card preference (Amazon, iTunes, etc).
the machines have risen up.
Divide by zero
Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks again to everyone who entered!