2019 SFPA Poetry Contest Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association announced the winners of its 2019 Poetry Contest on October 15.

This year’s contest offered prizes in three divisions:

  • Dwarf (poems 1-10 lines [prose poems 0-100 words])
  • Short (11-49 lines [prose poems 101-499 words])
  • Long (50 lines and more [prose poems 500+ words])

Speculative poets from around the world sent contest chair Do Nguyên Mai received 560 entries (99 dwarf-length, 248 short, and 113 long poems) from around the world.

The winners were chosen by Judge Nicole Oquendo.

Dwarf Form winning poem

Dark Matters by Angela Yuriko Smith

  • Second Place: Poet in my basement by Frances Kai-Hwa
  • Third Place:  Seeds by Alan Michaels

Short Form winning poem

The Fox and the Forest by Holly Lyn Walrath

  • Second Place: An Elephant in Ophir, Colorado. Pop. 114, 9695′ above sea level, c. 1930. by M. C. Childs
  • Third Place: The Night Witch Dreams of Flight by Jeff Crandall
  • Honorable Mention: Man and Mecha by Kimberly Wade

Long Form winning poem

The Mining Town by Holly Lyn Walrath

  • Second Place: Your Brain Awakens in a Jar by Kate Felix
  • Third Place: The 100-Meter Dash of Florence Vanderschmidt by Christine Tyler

[Note: I apologize,but WordPress will not reproduce the characters in the contest chair’s first name, so the Latin letters that appear most similar have been substituted.]

2019 SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest

On June 1, the 2019 Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) Poetry Contest opens and will be accepting entries from all poets, including non-members of the SFPA. Poets may enter in three categories:

  • Dwarf — poems 1-10 lines (prose poems 0-100 words)
  • Short — 11-49 lines (prose poems 101-499 words)
  • Long — 50 lines and more (prose poems 500+ words)

All sub-genres of speculative poetry are welcome in any form. Entries will be read blind. Winners will receive a $100 First Prize, $50 Second Prize, and $25 Third Prize in each category, as well as publication on sfpoetry.com. The contest fee is $2 to enter.

Entries must be submitted by August 31.Winners will be announced by October 1. To enter or learn more, see the submission guidelines on the official SFPA contest website at sfpoetry.com/contests.html.

This year’s contest judge is Nicole Oquendo, a writer and visual artist who combines these two elements to craft multimodal nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. Their work can be found in literary journals like BOAAT, CutBank, DIAGRAM, and Gulf Stream, among others. They are the author of the hybrid memoir Telomeres, as well as five chapbooks. Their most recent book of illustrated speculative poetry is Space Baby: Episodes I-III. They are currently an Assistant Editor for Sundress Publications who are publishing their curated anthology, Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities, in 2019.

[Based on a press release.]