The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association announced the 2018 Dwarf Stars winner and other top finishers on September 16.
- “The Green,” Kath Abela Wilson, Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace, eds. Diane Frank, Lois P. Jones, Ami Kaye, Rustin Larson, Gloria Mindock & Melissa Studdard (Glass Lyre Press, 2017)
- “If She Knew She Was a Ghost”, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Polu Texni, 5/22/17
3rd Place (tie)
- “Lo Shu’s Magic Square,” Deborah L. Davitt, Snakeskin 237
- “Lace at the Throat,” Holly Lyn Walrath, 2017 SFPA poetry contest, 3rd place
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.
Also in contrast to the annual Rhysling Anthology, Dwarf Stars is an edited anthology. SFPA encourages poets, poetry readers, and editors are also encouraged to submit or suggest eligible poems to the Dwarf Stars editor. This year’s anthology is edited by Deborah P. Kolodji. The winner was determined by a vote of the members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association.
[Via Locus Online.]