SFPA Opens Annual Poetry Contest

The 2017 Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) Poetry Contest is 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 allowed 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.

The deadline to enter is August 31, and winners will be announced by October 1. To enter or learn more, see the submission guidelines on the official SFPA contest website.

This year’s contest judge is Nikia Chaney, the author of two chapbooks, Sis Fuss (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2012) and ladies, please (Dancing Girl Press, 2013). Chaney has won grants and fellowships from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women, Poets & Writers, Millay Colony for the Arts, Squaw Valley, and Cave Canem. One of her poems was chosen by Nikki Giovanni as the winner of the 2012 OSA Enizagam Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in Iowa Review, Portland Review, New York Quarterly, and elsewhere. Chaney is a founding editor of shufpoetry, an online journal of experimental poetry, and Jamii Publishing, a publishing imprint dedicated to fostering community among poets and writers.