SFPA Announces 2016 Poetry Contest Winners

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

Honorable Mentions

  • 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

Honorable Mention

  • 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

Honorable Mention

  • The Problem of the Horse: Frederick Lord
  • The Blind Elephants of Io: Karen Bovenmyer
  • The Container Store: Gene Twaronite

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