One of the major political science conventions has a deadline for proposals in the very near future (read: tomorrow). I have several abstracts consisting of portions of my dissertation that I trot out, depending on which section I think I will need to write in six months. Normally these range from 250 words or so up to maybe 500 (I recall that APT is rather high). For this conference, it's 1250 characters. Spaces included. Right now I am at 207 words, or 1,314 characters, and at the point of comprehensibility. If the regular approach doesn't work, I could submit my proposal as a series of haiku, e.g.:

I would like to write
A paper on human rights
And Hugo Grotius

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