SFPA Picks 2017 Dwarf Stars Winner

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association has announced the 2017 Dwarf Stars winner and other top finishers.

First Place

  • “aster than the speed of lightf” by LeRoy Gorman

Second Place

  • “Lover” by Holly Day

Third Place

  • “Loss” by Sandi Leibowitz

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 finalists were selected by editor Robin Mayall and the winner was determined by a vote of the members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association.

2017 Dwarf Stars Candidates

The 2017 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 Robin Mayall.

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.

F.J. Bergmann did the layout. The cover art is “The Garden of Life” by Alexander Biglane.

Anthology Table of Contents (66 poems)

  • “abandoned farm …” • C. William Hinderliter • Scifaikuest, August 2016
  • “across the universe” • Alan Ira Gordon • Star*Line 39.2
  • “alighting” • C.?R. Harper • Star*Line 39.1
  • “another moon” • Deborah P Kolodji • Lupine Lunes, ed. Lester Smith (Popcorn Press, 2016)
  • “aster than the speed …” • LeRoy Gorman • Scifaikuest, November 2016
  • “attempting to align” • Terrie Leigh Relf • Star*Line 39.1
  • Brave New World • Scott Mason • frogpond 39.1
  • Cenotaph Moon • Robert Borski • Asimov’s Science Fiction, July 2016
  • Craving • Shannon Connor Winward • 2016 SFPA Poetry Contest, Dwarf 1st
  • “Cypress trees on fire” • Denise Dumars • What the Wind Can’t Touch (Southern California Haiku Study Group anthology, 2016)
  • “dead jackrabbit glares” • David Lee Summers • Lupine Lunes, ibid.
  • demon lovers • Greer Woodward • Star*Line 39.4
  • día de los muertos • John C. Mannone • Spirit’s Tincture 1
  • “don’t go looking for” • Michael Ch’ong • MichaelIsNotMyName.wordpress.com, July 21, 2016
  • “drooping tulips” • Deborah P Kolodji • Grievous Angel, January 2016
  • epitaph for an ogre • Herb Kauderer • Star*Line 39.3
  • “the face looked up” • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Scifaikuest, November 2016 print
  • “fetching the bones” • Susan Burch • Focus 65
  • “the first calligraphy—” • Ruth Holzer • The Heron’s Nest Vol. XVIII, No. 4
  • First to Draw • Bruce Boston • Grievous Angel, July 2016
  • “Garden statues for sale” • Matthew Wilson • Star*Line 39.1
  • “grasping” • Julie Kelsey • Englyn: Journal of Four-Line Poetry 3
  • “growing child inside her belly” • William Landis • Scifaikuest, May 2016
  • “his totem animal” • David McKee • Modern Haiku 47.2
  • “howling at the rise” • Greer Woodward • Lupine Lunes, ibid.
  • “icy roads” • LeRoy Gorman • Star*Line 39.4
  • “immortality” • James D. Fuson • Star*Line 39.3
  • Intersections • Neal Wilgus • Carillon 46
  • “knitting for nieces” • John Reinhart • Scifaikuest, August 2016
  • Loss • Sandi Leibowitz • Through the Gate, November 23, 2016
  • Lover • Holly Day • Homestead Review, Spring 2016
  • Mercury • Christina Sng • An Assortment of Sky Things (Allegra Press, 2016)
  • Needs Repairs • John Reinhart • Star*Line 39.1
  • New Planet Landscape 15 • Ken Poyner • Star*Line 39.1
  • “next to the infant’s grave” • Manos Kounougakis • Focus 65
  • No Reception • John Reinhart • Scifaikuest, May 2016
  • “no shore” • Ann K. Schwader • Star*Line 39.4
  • “our bodies” • Debbie Strange • Kokako 25
  • “pandemonium” • Christina Sng • Star*Line 39.4
  • “planet of flowers” • ayaz daryl nielsen • Star*Line 39.4
  • Pluto • Shelly Bryant • Scifaikuest, February 2016 print
  • “printing our children” • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Star*Line 39.2
  • Pterosaur • Deborah P Kolodji • Prune Juice 18
  • R’lyeh • F.?J. Bergmann • Spectral Realms 5
  • “ready shuttle droid” • C.?R. Harper • Dreams and Nightmares 103
  • “red apples” • Christina Sng • Star*Line 39.2
  • The Red Barn • David Clink • The Role of Lightning in Evolution (Chizine Publications, 2016)
  • The Red Spacesuit • Brian Garrison • Eye to the Telescope 21
  • “root cellar” • Christina Sng • Grievous Angel, November 2016
  • “the serrated song” • Carlos Colón • frogpond 39:2
  • “speed of light” • Susan Burch • 2016 SFPA Poetry Contest, Dwarf 3rd
  • “the speed of light …” • Joy Reed MacVane • The Heron’s Nest Vol. XVIII, No. 1
  • “spring migration” • LeRoy Gorman • Star*Line 39.2
  • The Surreal Monster • Bruce Boston • The Literary Hatchet 14
  • Talking to the Dead • Deborah P Kolodji • Unbroken 9
  • “teeth of ferns” • David Boyer • Modern Haiku 47.2
  • “thin moon” • David Boyer • frogpond 39:1
  • “tomorrow will return” • Neal Wilgus • Star*Line 39.2
  • “under a bright moon” • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Lupine Lunes, ibid.
  • “visiting day” • C. William Hinderliter • Scifaikuest, August 2016
  • The Werewolf Returns • William John Watkins • Star*Line 39.1
  • What’ll It Be? • Lauren McBride • Star*Line 39.4
  • The Woods Look Up • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Outposts of Beyond, October 2016
  • The Year of the Cottonmouth • Crystal Boson • The Blueshift Journal v
  • “yellow eyes aglow” • Rich Magahiz • Star*Line 39.1
  • “zombie party” • LeRoy Gorman • Star*Line 39.3

2016 Elgin and Dwarf Star Awards

The Science Fiction Poetry Association announced the winners of the Elgin Awards and the Dwarf Stars Award today.

ELGIN AWARDS

Elgin Award: Book-Length Category

  • Crowned, by Mary Soon Lee

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In second and third place were:

  • 2nd — The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, by Jeannine Hall Gailey
  • 3rd — Dark Energies, by Ann K. Schwader

Elgin Award: Chapbook Category

  • Undoing Winter, by Shannon Connor Winward

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In second and third place were:

  • 2nd — Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town, John Philip Johnson
  • 3rd — A Guide for the Practical Abductee, E. Kristin Anderson

DWARF STARS AWARD

  • “We Begin This Way”, Stacey Balkun

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In second and third place were:

  • 2nd – (three-way tie)
    • “untitled” (‘at the barre’) Julie Bloss Kelsey
    • “The Doorman”, F. J. Bergmann
    • “The Weathering”, Sandi Leibowitz
  • 3rd — “Alice was chasing white rabbits out of a black hole”, John C. Mannone

The Dwarf Stars Award is given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association to recognize the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year.

OTHER SFPA NEWS

The staff and executive committee of the SFPA announced that the organization’s current Treasurer, Bryan Thao Worra, has been chosen as the next President.

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

2015 Dwarf Stars Winner

The annual Dwarf Stars award, voted on by members of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year.

The award 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 2015 honorees are:

Winner

  • “abandoned nursing home” • Greg Schwartz • Tales of the Talisman 9:3

Second Place

  • Princess: A Life • Jane Yolen • Mythic Delirium, 2014

Third Place

  • The Square Root of Doppelgängers • Robert Borski • Star*Line 37:2

SFPA Announces 2014 Dwarf Stars Award

ds14The annual Dwarf Stars award, voted on by members of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year. The award is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in Rhysling Award competition.

The 2014 honorees are:

Winner: “And Deeper than Did Ever Plummet Sound” by Matt Joiner

Second Place: “The Loss” by Mari Ness

Third Place: “Hourglass” by David Livingstone Clink

Poems eligible for the award are collected in the 2014 Dwarf Stars Anthology edited by Sandra J. Lindow, available from SFPA.

May 15 Deadline for SF Poetry Award Entries

Submissions for the Dwarf Stars anthology, from which the best short speculative poem of 2013 will be selected, opened April 1. Anyone may submit poems of their own or by others — though only Science Fiction Poetry Association members may vote for the award.

The Dwarf Stars anthology is open to all genres of speculative poetry, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and “unclassifiable, but speculative.” Poems must be no more than ten lines (or no more than 100 words for prose poems) not including title or stanza breaks, and first published in 2013. Submission deadline is May 15. The anthology will be issued in July. The voting deadline will be August 15, 2014.

SFPA is also taking nominations from members for the Elgin Awards. Named for founder Suzette Haden Elgin, the awards are given for Chapbook and Book. A cumulative list of nominated books is posted on the SFPA website. The deadline to nominate is May 15; the voting deadline is August 15.