2021 Dwarf Stars Finalists

The 2021 Dwarf Stars Anthology contents have been finalized, which constitutes the shortlist for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association‘s Dwarf Stars award. The poems were selected by editor Charles Christian.

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.

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. A copy of the Dwarf Stars anthology is included with SFPA membership.

Some poems have a title, others are identified by a phrase from their first line placed in brackets:

Anthology Table of Contents:

  • [6 months] • Susan Burch
  • [adrift in space] • semi
  • [alien hovercraft] • Deborah P Kolodji
  • [alternate history] • Greer Woodward
  • [bacon and coffee] • Michelle Muenzler
  • [black rabbits] • Michelle Muenzler
  • Blue Mood • Gretchen Tessmer
  • [bovine witnesses] • William Shaw
  • [brain software warning] • Julie Bloss Kelsey
  • Document Search • Lorraine Schein
  • [downwind] • Nick Hoffman
  • [driving home] • Susan Burch
  • [every lover] • Christina Sng
  • [evil comes always] • Juan Manuel Perez
  • Fairy Ring • John C. Mannone
  • [fireflies] • Anna Cates
  • Frozen Hurricanes • Herb Kauderer
  • [the FTL squad] • Deborah P Kolodji
  • Garden • Kim Goldberg
  • [happy hour] • LeRoy Gorman
  • [head in one hand] • David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • How to Tidy the Asteroids • Mary Soon Lee
  • [how bright you shine] • Monica Louzon
  • I Think the Article Said Something about First Contact • R. Mac Jones
  • [in a cracked mirror] • Julie Bloss Kelsey
  • Lesser Eternity • F. J. Bergmann
  • Light Voyager • Adele Gardner
  • [lonely robot] • Noel Sloboda
  • More Than a Feeling • Lauren McBride
  • [on a pirate ship] • Lana M. ‘Rochel
  • Phoenix • Colleen Anderson
  • [photons in knit and purl] • Kimberly Nugent
  • [probably mist] • John Hawkhead
  • [right at home] • LeRoy Gorman
  • Runaway Greenhouse Effect • David C. Kopaska[1]Merkel
  • Sailing the Seas of Lune • Robert Borski
  • Saint George’s Lament • Jacob Bergstresser
  • seasonal greeting • Herb Kauderer
  • [shapeshifter] • Ngo Binh Anh Khoa
  • Sheets • Deborah L. Davitt
  • The Softness of Impossible Fossils • Robert Borski
  • [Sotheby’s Lot 9] • Greer Woodward
  • [springtime on Pluto] • David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Surreal Agenda • Bruce Boston
  • [t)here] • LeRoy Gorman
  • [thrown away in recycling] • Christina Sng
  • [the winged demons come] • Greg Fewer
  • [winter jasmine] • Debbie Strange
  • [wet market] • John Hawkhead
  • Yes, Antimatter Is Real • Holly Lyn Walrath
  • Zombie Night • Lisa Timpf

3 thoughts on “2021 Dwarf Stars Finalists

  1. I can see the cover, but how do I order the anthology on that page?

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