2021 SFPA Poetry Contest Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association announced the winners of SFPA Poetry Contest on October 24.

Speculative poets from around the world sent Contest Chair Josh Brown 249 entries (76 dwarf-length, 133 short, and 40 long poems). From those blind entries, Judge Sheree Renée Thomas selected the winning poems in each length category.

All placing poems have been published on the SFPA website along with the judge’s comments. Winning poets receive $150, $75, and $25 cash prizes for first, second, and third place respectively.


1st Place:  “Strings” by Deborah L. Davitt
2nd Place:  “The Health Benefits of Gardening” by Jerri Hardesty
3rd Place:  “Restitution” by Morgan L. Ventura


1st Place: “We, Dust” by Blaize Kelly Strothers
2nd Place: “Double-Slit Experiment” by Bradley Earle Hoge
3rd Place: “engagement party” by Aiesha Muhammed


1st Place: “The Last Special Day” by Donald Raymond
2nd Place: “Docking on Phobos” by Clarabelle Miray Fields
3rd Place: “Fireflies in Retrograde” by Clarabelle Miray Fields 

Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and editor. Josh Brown is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.