2016 Dwarf Stars Candidates

Dwarf stars 16 coverThe 2016 Dwarf Stars Anthology contents have been finalized, which constitutes the shortlist for the Dwarf Stars award given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

The poems in the 2016 Dwarf Stars anthology were selected by editors Jeannine Hall Gailey & Lesley Wheeler. SFPA members have until August 31 to vote their favorite short-short poem from the anthology and determine who will receive the Dwarf Stars Award.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Accident-Prone • Susan Rooke • inkscrawl 8
  • Alice was chasing white rabbits out of a black hole • John C. Mannone • Abbreviate Journal, July/August 2015
  • Anomaly • F.J. Bergmann • 2015 SFPA poetry contest
  • “at the barre” • Julie Bloss Kelsey • Rattle 51
  • “awake after surgery” • Sandra Lindow • Scifaikuest print, February 2015
  • “back on earth” • Robert Piotrowski • Scifaikuest print, February 2015
  • Bees Fell Asleep • Grzegorz Wróblewski, translated from the Polish by Piotr Gwiazda • The Los Angeles Review 18
  • Black Hull, Greenheart • Susan Grimm • Cherry Tree 1
  • Boston to Providence • Carrie Etter • Molly Bloom 7
  • Classified II • Robert Borski • Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2015
  • “Comicon” • Susan Burch • Grievous Angel, February 2015
  • Creation Myth (1981) • Iliana Rocha • Karankawa (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015)
  • “crumbling castle” • Greer Woodward • Star*Line 38:1
  • “daybreak” • Helen Buckingham • Noon 10
  • The Donnellys • Martin Dyar • Poetry, September 2015 (permission refused)
  • The Doorman • F.J. Bergmann • Grievous Angel, May 2015
  • Driving 80 MPH at Night • William Cullen Jr. • Star*Line 38:2
  • “the economy of a solar system …” • Ralf Bröker • Frogpond 38:2
  • A Field • Amelia Martens • Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review 41, Winter 2015, and The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat (Sarabande Books, 2016).
  • Gretel • Robert Borski • Ghostlight, The Magazine of Terror, Summer 2015
  • “hell-bent” • Susan Burch • Grievous Angel, February 2015
  • How We Sing • Katharine Coles • Crazyhorse, Spring 2015
  • jellyfish • Beth Langford • inkscrawl 8
  • “late winter” • Kristen Deming • Frogpond 38:1
  • The Man with Red Eyes • Christina Sng • Scifaikuest 50, print
  • “methane rain” • Joshua Gage • Scifaikuest 50, print
  • “night sky” • Susan Antolin • Modern Haiku 46:2
  • Notes for Next Week’s Sermon • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Star*Line 38:1
  • November rain • LeRoy Gorman • Scifaikuest online, August 2015
  • Placebo Effect • Roberta Beary • Modern Haiku 46:2
  • Scissors Series • Arielle Greenberg • Crazyhorse, Spring 2015
  • “shapeshifter” • John Reinhart • Scifaikuest 50, print
  • “she said” • dl mattila • Frogpond 38:1
  • “steam rises” • David McKee • Modern Haiku 46:2
  • “tail in Winnipeg” • Sandra Lindow • Tales of the Talisman X:3
  • “they claimed our star” • C.R. Harper • Star*Line 38:2
  • Thor and Saturn’s Tête-á-tête • Maceo J. Whitaker • Poetry, October 2015
  • “time portal wedding” • LeRoy Gorman • Star*Line 38:3
  • “upturned faces” • Deborah P. Kolodji • Star*Line 38:2
  • “warm the blur …” • Michelle Tennison • Frogpond 38:2
  • We Begin This Way • Stacey Balkun • Gingerbread House 16
  • Weathering • Sandi Leibowitz • Silver Blade 25
  • What Dolls Eat • Karen Bovenmyer • The Were-Traveler, 28 June 2015
  • “when hell freezes over” • Deborah P. Kolodji • Star*Line 38:2
  • “the window cleaner’s ladder” • Mark Holloway • Bones 6
  • Wish • Rebecca Buchanan • Gingerbread House 11