The winners of the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s 2016 Poetry Contest are posted.
Prizes were offered in three divisions: Dwarf (10 lines or less), Short, and Long (50+ lines). The winners were selected by Michael Kriesel.
Contest chair F.J. Bergmann received 93 Dwarf, 140 Short, and 36 Long entries.
The text of the winning and second-place poems is published on the website.
Winner: Craving by Shannon Connor Winward
Second Place: Dragon Tongue Sushi by Robert Borski
Third Place: (haiku, no title) by Susan Burch
- Blurred Future: Bruce Boston
- (untitled tanka) “at work”: Susan Burch
- A Pop Culture Fairy Tale Tweet: MX Kelly
Winner: Regarding the Mastodons by Timons Esaias
Second Place: Gretel at Menlo Mall, 1996 by Stacey Balkun
Third Place: Even Happy Ghosts Can Be Scary When You’re 7 by Kathleen A. Lawrence
- Apple-Child Learns the ABCs: Stacey Balkun
- The Myth of the Sun: Lisette Alonso
- Singed, Unhurt: E. Kristin Anderson
Winner: Elvis Triptych by William Stobb
Second Place: Thirteen Ways to See a Ghost by Shannon Connor Winward
Third Place: We Shall Meet in the Star-Spackled Ruins by Wendy Rathbone
- The Problem of the Horse: Frederick Lord
- The Blind Elephants of Io: Karen Bovenmyer
- The Container Store: Gene Twaronite