2022 Dwarf Stars Finalists

The 2022 Dwarf Stars Anthology contents have been finalized, which constitutes the shortlist for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association‘s Dwarf Stars award. The poems were selected by editors Adele Gardner and Greer Woodward.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

Brief biographies of the contributing poets are here. A copy of the Dwarf Stars anthology is included with SFPA membership. It is also available for purchase here.

SFPA members have until August 31 to vote their favorite short-short poem from the anthology and determine who will receive the Dwarf Stars Award.

Some poems have a title, others are identified by a phrase from their first line placed in brackets:

ANTHOLOGY TABLE OF CONTENTS

(120 poems)

  • [across eons] • Barun Saha • Star*Line 44.4
  • [adding ellipses] • Hifsa Ashraf • Frogpond 44:3
  • [after a downpour] • Anatoly Kudryavitsky • Shamrock Haiku Journal 45
  • After All This Time • Robin Mayhall • Scifaikuest print, February
  • [all] • Michael J. Galko • The Heron’s Nest XXIII:4
  • [all this rain] • Christina Sng • Star*Line 44.1
  • —And They All Lived Together— • Andrew J. Wilson • Star*Line 44.1
  • [as galaxies form] • Wendy Van Camp • Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, Vol. 2, ed. Wendy Van Camp (Dimensionfold Publishing)
  • [between her breasts] • Tyler McIntosh • Scifaikuest print, November
  • [bewitching hour] • Francis W. Alexander • Otoroshi Journal 1:2
  • Black Beak (a Nonet) • B. Sharise Moore • Fantasy Magazine 65
  • Black Swan • Sharmon Gazaway • Octavos, January 28
  • Blow • Holly Day • Star*Line 44.4
  • [brother beamed] • Guy Belleranti • Scifaikuest print, August
  • the burning river • Hal Y. Zhang • Uncanny 43
  • Callisto Dreaming • Mariel Herbert • Star*Line 44.2
  • closer • Matthew Daley • Star*Line 44.3
  • The Closet • Jennifer Loring • Constraint 280, December 30
  • [cold soup] • Roland Packer • NOON: journal of the short poem 20
  • Colony • Jamal Hodge • Penumbric V:4
  • [cricket song] • Joshua Gage • Wales Haiku Journal, Summer
  • Damsel in Distress Redux • Marsheila Rockwell • Star*Line 44.3
  • [dark sky country] • Deborah P Kolodji • horror senryu journal, Oct. 6
  • [Down in the river] • Denise Dumars • Star*Line 44.2
  • [Earth fills the window] • Stephen C. Curro • Star*Line 44.1
  • Epitaph for the Old Ones • Maxwell I. Gold • Oblivion in Flux: A Collection of Cyber Prose (Crystal Lake Publishing)
  • [exoplanet fossil] • Greer Woodward • Scifaikuest print, February
  • Expect Them to Arrive with Song • Jordan Hirsch • Octavos, June 17
  • Exsanguination • Lena Donnarumma • The Sirens Call 56
  • Fatherless • Roger Dutcher • Star*Line 44.3
  • Feline Reinforcements • Adele Gardner • Scifaikuest print, August
  • Fetch • Gerri Leen • Departure Mirror 2
  • The Final Fairy • Anna Cates • Canary 52
  • [fingers stroking spines] • Joshua St. Claire • The Starlight Scifaiku Review 1:1
  • [freeze-dried] • sakyu • Scifaikuest print, August
  • Funeral for a Star • Yuna Kang • Strange Horizons, 6 September
  • fury • Lee Murray • Tortured Willows: Bent, Bowed, Unbroken by Christina Sng, Angela Yuriko Smith, Lee Murray, and Geneve Flynn (Yuriko Publishing)
  • Future Portrait of Dark Matter • Gene Twaronite • NewMyths.com 55
  • ghost writer • Hemapriya Chellappan • horror senryu journal, July 19
  • [Globules of light] • Katerina Bruno • The Starlight Scifaiku Review 1:1
  • A Haiku Howdunit Murder Mystery • John H. Dromey • Star*Line 44.4
  • [half-heard whispers] • Tracy Davidson • horror senryu journal, February 1
  • Hard Return • Michele Mekel • Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, Vol. 2, ed. Wendy Van Camp (Dimensionfold Publishing)
  • The Heart of the House • M. J. Holmes • The Horror Zine, August
  • [a hissing leak in the airlock] • LeRoy Gorman • Star*Line 44.2
  • Hitting the Red Line • Herb Kauderer • Scifaikuest print, February
  • [horror movie] • Mark Gilbert • horror senryu journal, June 23
  • [I’m trying to sleep] • Marcus Vance • Star*Line 44.2
  • [in a deserted garden] • Padmini Krishnan • Shamrock Haiku Journal 46
  • In Memoriam: Spring • Dan Bornstein • Star*Line 44.4
  • [Jonbar hinge] • Thomas Tilton • Scifaikuest print, February
  • [a kind of afterlife] • Roberta Beary • Haiku Dialogue, Ad Astra: star clusters
  • [kohl stick] • Vandana Parashar • Poetry Pea 4:6
  • [landing at the] • Brian Garrison • Star*Line 44.1
  • [left behind on Earth] • semi • Scifaikuest print, August
  • [left my late father’s] • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Star*Line 44.1
  • [long-dead stars] • Lev Hart • Haiku Dialogue, Ad Astra: distant suns
  • [longest] • Julie Schwerin • Cold Moon Journal, June 13
  • Love on Halloween • DJ Tyrer • The Sirens Call 55
  • [magic mirror] • Susan Burch • Scifaikuest print, August
  • Mexico City, 2101 AD • Juan Manuel Pérez • Eye to the Telescope 41
  • [The modified plants] • Debby Feo • The Fifth Di…, June
  • [moon walk] • Valentina Ranaldi-Adams • Cold Moon Journal, June 24
  • [moonscape] • Kat Lehmann • Frogpond 44:3
  • Mother • Merie Kirby • Strange Horizons, 20 December
  • Narcissus Now • Diane Jackman • Octavos, March 11
  • Niche • Jason P. Burnham • Constraint 280, December 30
  • Night Spell • Deborah W. Sage • Eternal Haunted Summer, Winter Solstice
  • Nü Wa and Earth • Ellen Huang • K’in Literary Journal, June
  • [the octopus dreams] • Pippa Phillips • Cold Moon Journal, August 9
  • [the offworlders didn’t] • Roxanne Barbour • Medium.com, December 28
  • Older Red Riding Hood in the Woods Behind Her House • Carol Berg • Gingerbread House 47
  • [One touch] • Doug Gant • Scifaikuest print, February
  • Orbital Mechanics • Ian Goh • Star*Line 44.3
  • [pad 39] • Topher Dykes • Temple, ed. Iliyana Stoyanova (British Haiku Society)
  • Past Equinox • Ann K. Schwader • Unquiet Stars (Weird House Press)
  • [peaceful Halloween] • ayaz daryl nielsen • Haikuniverse, October 31
  • Penny Dreadful • Stephanie Staab • Ligeia, Spring
  • The Perils of Using Traditional Practices in Modern Cults • Marcie Lynn Tentchoff • Polar Starlight 2
  • Poem with Lines from my Son • Jen Stewart Fueston • Bracken VIII
  • [pouring rain] • Cherie Hunter Day • Acorn 47
  • Prince Charming Sleeps with the Fishes • Robert Borski • Octavos, February 17
  • Reflections on the Rescue of a Fawn • Shelly Jones • The Amphibian Literary Journal 1
  • Riding Down a Dream • Melissa Ridley Elmes • Star*Line 44.4
  • [riding lightning] • Akua Lezli Hope • Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, Vol. 2, ed. Wendy Van Camp (Dimensionfold Publishing)
  • Riverside • Avra Margariti • Octavos, March 4
  • Sasquatch Burial Ground • Raven Jakubowski • Star*Line 44.1
  • [scratched] • Kelli Lage • Haikuniverse, November 18
  • [seeking] • Lauren McBride • Eye to the Telescope 42
  • Slam • Jean Gallagher • Bowery Gothic V
  • Small Blue Poem • Lorraine Schein • Subterranean Blue Poetry IX:VI
  • [Something remains] • Rebecca Lilly • is/let, September
  • Straw Maidens • Meg Smith • Black Petals 94
  • Strings • Deborah L. Davitt • SFPA Poetry Contest
  • [sturgeon moon] • Nick Hoffman • Eye to the Telescope 42
  • Sunburn Affairs • Imogen L. Smiley • Lucent Dreaming 9
  • Sunita Soars • Tony Daly • Utopia Science Fiction 2:4
  • [superstring] • Helen Buckingham • NOON: journal of the short poem 20
  • [Take Your Child to Work Day] • Ngo Binh Anh Khoa • Scifaikuest print, November
  • [tattoo inked on your arm] • Matthew Wilson • Star*Line 44.2
  • Ten Squared • RK Rugg • Illumen, Summer
  • There Goes the Security Deposit • Sarah Cannavo • Star*Line 44.1
  • [theremin] • Debbie Strange • failed haiku: A Journal of English Senryu 6.65
  • Tracks • Bruce Boston • Asimov’s Science Fiction, November/December
  • [two belief zones are ahead] • Barbara Candiotti • Star*Line 44.2
  • Two Mountains • Brian Rosenberger • The Sirens Call 53
  • Typographical Error • John Kaprielian • Riddled with Arrows 4.1
  • [under the earth] • Tia Haynes • Otoroshi Journal 1:3
  • [the Universe] • Alan Summers • Haiku Dialogue, Ad Astra: impermanence
  • [unzipping] • John Hawkhead • horror senryu journal, September 10
  • Vampire Selfies • Alan Ira Gordon • Star*Line 44.1
  • Watchmaker • Carolyn Clink • Polar Starlight 2
  • [water lily …] • Francine Banwarth • The Heron’s Nest XXIII:1
  • [we flip through] • Colleen Anderson • Potter’s Field 7, ed. Tyree Campbell (Hiraeth Publishing)
  • what they left behind • Richard Magahiz • Star*Line 44.1
  • What Trees Read • Mary Soon Lee • Uppagus 48
  • [white balloons] • PS Cottier • AntipodeanSF 276
  • White Flag • Tim Gardiner • Otoroshi Journal 1:1
  • [widdershins] • Kirsten Cliff Elliot • horror senryu journal, May 10
  • [Zen garden] • Adjei Agyei-Baah • Shamrock Haiku Journal 46

2021 Dwarf Stars Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association‘s Dwarf Stars 2021 award winners have been announced.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

FIRST PLACE

  • “Yes, Antimatter is Real” by Holly Lyn Walrath (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Sept/Oct 2020)

SECOND PLACE

  • “The Softness of Impossible Fossils” by Robert Borski (Asimov’s Science Fiction, July/Aug 2020)

THIRD PLACE

  • “Frozen Hurricanes” by Herb Kauderer (Minimalism: A Handbook of Minimalist Genre Poetic Forms, ed. Teri Santitoro; Hiraeth Press, 2020)

2021 Dwarf Stars Finalists

The 2021 Dwarf Stars Anthology contents have been finalized, which constitutes the shortlist for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association‘s Dwarf Stars award. The poems were selected by editor Charles Christian.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

SFPA members have until August 31 to vote their favorite short-short poem from the anthology and determine who will receive the Dwarf Stars Award. A copy of the Dwarf Stars anthology is included with SFPA membership.

Some poems have a title, others are identified by a phrase from their first line placed in brackets:

Anthology Table of Contents:

  • [6 months] • Susan Burch
  • [adrift in space] • semi
  • [alien hovercraft] • Deborah P Kolodji
  • [alternate history] • Greer Woodward
  • [bacon and coffee] • Michelle Muenzler
  • [black rabbits] • Michelle Muenzler
  • Blue Mood • Gretchen Tessmer
  • [bovine witnesses] • William Shaw
  • [brain software warning] • Julie Bloss Kelsey
  • Document Search • Lorraine Schein
  • [downwind] • Nick Hoffman
  • [driving home] • Susan Burch
  • [every lover] • Christina Sng
  • [evil comes always] • Juan Manuel Perez
  • Fairy Ring • John C. Mannone
  • [fireflies] • Anna Cates
  • Frozen Hurricanes • Herb Kauderer
  • [the FTL squad] • Deborah P Kolodji
  • Garden • Kim Goldberg
  • [happy hour] • LeRoy Gorman
  • [head in one hand] • David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • How to Tidy the Asteroids • Mary Soon Lee
  • [how bright you shine] • Monica Louzon
  • I Think the Article Said Something about First Contact • R. Mac Jones
  • [in a cracked mirror] • Julie Bloss Kelsey
  • Lesser Eternity • F. J. Bergmann
  • Light Voyager • Adele Gardner
  • [lonely robot] • Noel Sloboda
  • More Than a Feeling • Lauren McBride
  • [on a pirate ship] • Lana M. ‘Rochel
  • Phoenix • Colleen Anderson
  • [photons in knit and purl] • Kimberly Nugent
  • [probably mist] • John Hawkhead
  • [right at home] • LeRoy Gorman
  • Runaway Greenhouse Effect • David C. Kopaska[1]Merkel
  • Sailing the Seas of Lune • Robert Borski
  • Saint George’s Lament • Jacob Bergstresser
  • seasonal greeting • Herb Kauderer
  • [shapeshifter] • Ngo Binh Anh Khoa
  • Sheets • Deborah L. Davitt
  • The Softness of Impossible Fossils • Robert Borski
  • [Sotheby’s Lot 9] • Greer Woodward
  • [springtime on Pluto] • David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Surreal Agenda • Bruce Boston
  • [t)here] • LeRoy Gorman
  • [thrown away in recycling] • Christina Sng
  • [the winged demons come] • Greg Fewer
  • [winter jasmine] • Debbie Strange
  • [wet market] • John Hawkhead
  • Yes, Antimatter Is Real • Holly Lyn Walrath
  • Zombie Night • Lisa Timpf

2020 Dwarf Stars Award

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association has announced the 2020 Dwarf Stars winner and other top finishers.

Winner

  • “Standing Up,” by John C. Mannone, Nadwah: Poetry in Translation, December 2019.

2nd Place

  • [There are fossils] by Mark A. Fisher, Silver Blade 44.

3rd Place

  • 2015 Zinfandella by Denise Dumars, Dismal Oaks Winery Broadside, Spring 2019.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of no longer than 10 lines (or no more than 100 words for prose poems) published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

Also in contrast to the annual Rhysling AnthologyDwarf Stars is an edited anthology. SFPA encourages poets, poetry readers, and editors to submit or suggest eligible poems to the Dwarf Stars editor. This year’s anthology was edited by Robin Mayall. The winner was determined by a vote, with 96 members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association participating.

Winners bios

  • John C. Mannone is a Horror Writers Association Scholarship winner (2017) and has work appearing in North Dakota QuarterlyForeign Literary ReviewPedestal, and many speculative journals like Space & TimeEye to the Telescope, and Altered Reality Magazine. He won the Carol Oen Memorial Fiction Prize (2020) and was awarded a Jean Ritchie Fellowship (2017) in Appalachian literature. He served as the celebrity judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (2018). He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex, Silver BladeLiquid Imagination, and American Diversity Report. A retired university physics professor, John lives between Knoxville and and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • Mark A. Fisher is a writer, poet, and playwright living in Tehachapi, CA. His poetry has appeared in: Angel City ReviewMojave River ReviewAltadena Poetry ReviewPenumbraUnlikely Stories Mark V, and many other places. His first chapbook, drifter, is available from Amazon. His second, hour of lead, won the 2017 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest. His plays have appeared on California stages in Pine Mountain Club, Tehachapi, Bakersfield, and Hayward. He has also won cooking ribbons at the Kern County Fair.
  • Denise Dumars says that this poem and the Dismal Oaks Winery broadside it was published in would not have existed without s. c. virtes and the crazy wine country poems Denise and Scott decided to write after touring Temecula wine country with the best wine-tasting buddies ever: Deborah Kolodji, Naia, and Richard Potthoff. Anyone who would like a copy of the broadside please send SASE to Denise Dumars, PO Box 83, Manhattan Beach, CA 90267.

2019 Dwarf Stars Award

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association announced the 2019 Dwarf Stars winner and other top finishers on September 30.

Winner

  • “embalmed,” Sofía Rhei (translated by Lawrence Schimel), Multiverse: An International Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, eds. Rachel Plummer & Russell Jones (Shoreline of Infinity, 2018).

2nd Place

  • “where to hide an alien in plain sight,” LeRoy Gorman, Scryptic 2:4.

3rd Place

  • “Negative Space,” Sandra J. Lindow, Sky Island Journal, April 21, 2018.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

Also in contrast to the annual Rhysling Anthology, Dwarf Stars is an edited anthology. SFPA encourages poets, poetry readers, and editors are also encouraged to submit or suggest eligible poems to the Dwarf Stars editor. This year’s anthology is edited by John C. Mannone. The winner was determined by a vote, with 85 members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association participating.

[Via Locus Online.]

2018 Dwarf Stars Award Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association announced the 2018 Dwarf Stars winner and other top finishers on September 16.

Winner

2nd Place

3rd Place (tie)

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

Also in contrast to the annual Rhysling Anthology, Dwarf Stars is an edited anthology. SFPA encourages poets, poetry readers, and editors are also encouraged to submit or suggest eligible poems to the Dwarf Stars editor. This year’s anthology is edited by Deborah P. Kolodji. The winner was determined by a vote of the members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association.

[Via Locus Online.]

SFPA Picks 2017 Dwarf Stars Winner

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association has announced the 2017 Dwarf Stars winner and other top finishers.

First Place

  • “aster than the speed of lightf” by LeRoy Gorman

Second Place

  • “Lover” by Holly Day

Third Place

  • “Loss” by Sandi Leibowitz

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

Also in contrast to the annual Rhysling Anthology, Dwarf Stars is an edited anthology. SFPA encourages poets, poetry readers, and editors are also encouraged to submit or suggest eligible poems to the Dwarf Stars editor. This year’s finalists were selected by editor Robin Mayall and the winner was determined by a vote of the members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association.

2017 Dwarf Stars Candidates

The 2017 Dwarf Stars Anthology contents have been finalized, which constitutes the shortlist for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association‘s Dwarf Stars award. The poems were selected by editor Robin Mayall.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

SFPA members have until August 31 to vote their favorite short-short poem from the anthology and determine who will receive the Dwarf Stars Award.

F.J. Bergmann did the layout. The cover art is “The Garden of Life” by Alexander Biglane.

Anthology Table of Contents (66 poems)

  • “abandoned farm …” • C. William Hinderliter • Scifaikuest, August 2016
  • “across the universe” • Alan Ira Gordon • Star*Line 39.2
  • “alighting” • C.?R. Harper • Star*Line 39.1
  • “another moon” • Deborah P Kolodji • Lupine Lunes, ed. Lester Smith (Popcorn Press, 2016)
  • “aster than the speed …” • LeRoy Gorman • Scifaikuest, November 2016
  • “attempting to align” • Terrie Leigh Relf • Star*Line 39.1
  • Brave New World • Scott Mason • frogpond 39.1
  • Cenotaph Moon • Robert Borski • Asimov’s Science Fiction, July 2016
  • Craving • Shannon Connor Winward • 2016 SFPA Poetry Contest, Dwarf 1st
  • “Cypress trees on fire” • Denise Dumars • What the Wind Can’t Touch (Southern California Haiku Study Group anthology, 2016)
  • “dead jackrabbit glares” • David Lee Summers • Lupine Lunes, ibid.
  • demon lovers • Greer Woodward • Star*Line 39.4
  • día de los muertos • John C. Mannone • Spirit’s Tincture 1
  • “don’t go looking for” • Michael Ch’ong • MichaelIsNotMyName.wordpress.com, July 21, 2016
  • “drooping tulips” • Deborah P Kolodji • Grievous Angel, January 2016
  • epitaph for an ogre • Herb Kauderer • Star*Line 39.3
  • “the face looked up” • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Scifaikuest, November 2016 print
  • “fetching the bones” • Susan Burch • Focus 65
  • “the first calligraphy—” • Ruth Holzer • The Heron’s Nest Vol. XVIII, No. 4
  • First to Draw • Bruce Boston • Grievous Angel, July 2016
  • “Garden statues for sale” • Matthew Wilson • Star*Line 39.1
  • “grasping” • Julie Kelsey • Englyn: Journal of Four-Line Poetry 3
  • “growing child inside her belly” • William Landis • Scifaikuest, May 2016
  • “his totem animal” • David McKee • Modern Haiku 47.2
  • “howling at the rise” • Greer Woodward • Lupine Lunes, ibid.
  • “icy roads” • LeRoy Gorman • Star*Line 39.4
  • “immortality” • James D. Fuson • Star*Line 39.3
  • Intersections • Neal Wilgus • Carillon 46
  • “knitting for nieces” • John Reinhart • Scifaikuest, August 2016
  • Loss • Sandi Leibowitz • Through the Gate, November 23, 2016
  • Lover • Holly Day • Homestead Review, Spring 2016
  • Mercury • Christina Sng • An Assortment of Sky Things (Allegra Press, 2016)
  • Needs Repairs • John Reinhart • Star*Line 39.1
  • New Planet Landscape 15 • Ken Poyner • Star*Line 39.1
  • “next to the infant’s grave” • Manos Kounougakis • Focus 65
  • No Reception • John Reinhart • Scifaikuest, May 2016
  • “no shore” • Ann K. Schwader • Star*Line 39.4
  • “our bodies” • Debbie Strange • Kokako 25
  • “pandemonium” • Christina Sng • Star*Line 39.4
  • “planet of flowers” • ayaz daryl nielsen • Star*Line 39.4
  • Pluto • Shelly Bryant • Scifaikuest, February 2016 print
  • “printing our children” • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Star*Line 39.2
  • Pterosaur • Deborah P Kolodji • Prune Juice 18
  • R’lyeh • F.?J. Bergmann • Spectral Realms 5
  • “ready shuttle droid” • C.?R. Harper • Dreams and Nightmares 103
  • “red apples” • Christina Sng • Star*Line 39.2
  • The Red Barn • David Clink • The Role of Lightning in Evolution (Chizine Publications, 2016)
  • The Red Spacesuit • Brian Garrison • Eye to the Telescope 21
  • “root cellar” • Christina Sng • Grievous Angel, November 2016
  • “the serrated song” • Carlos Colón • frogpond 39:2
  • “speed of light” • Susan Burch • 2016 SFPA Poetry Contest, Dwarf 3rd
  • “the speed of light …” • Joy Reed MacVane • The Heron’s Nest Vol. XVIII, No. 1
  • “spring migration” • LeRoy Gorman • Star*Line 39.2
  • The Surreal Monster • Bruce Boston • The Literary Hatchet 14
  • Talking to the Dead • Deborah P Kolodji • Unbroken 9
  • “teeth of ferns” • David Boyer • Modern Haiku 47.2
  • “thin moon” • David Boyer • frogpond 39:1
  • “tomorrow will return” • Neal Wilgus • Star*Line 39.2
  • “under a bright moon” • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Lupine Lunes, ibid.
  • “visiting day” • C. William Hinderliter • Scifaikuest, August 2016
  • The Werewolf Returns • William John Watkins • Star*Line 39.1
  • What’ll It Be? • Lauren McBride • Star*Line 39.4
  • The Woods Look Up • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Outposts of Beyond, October 2016
  • The Year of the Cottonmouth • Crystal Boson • The Blueshift Journal v
  • “yellow eyes aglow” • Rich Magahiz • Star*Line 39.1
  • “zombie party” • LeRoy Gorman • Star*Line 39.3

2016 Elgin and Dwarf Star Awards

The Science Fiction Poetry Association announced the winners of the Elgin Awards and the Dwarf Stars Award today.

ELGIN AWARDS

Elgin Award: Book-Length Category

  • Crowned, by Mary Soon Lee

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In second and third place were:

  • 2nd — The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, by Jeannine Hall Gailey
  • 3rd — Dark Energies, by Ann K. Schwader

Elgin Award: Chapbook Category

  • Undoing Winter, by Shannon Connor Winward

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In second and third place were:

  • 2nd — Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town, John Philip Johnson
  • 3rd — A Guide for the Practical Abductee, E. Kristin Anderson

DWARF STARS AWARD

  • “We Begin This Way”, Stacey Balkun

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In second and third place were:

  • 2nd – (three-way tie)
    • “untitled” (‘at the barre’) Julie Bloss Kelsey
    • “The Doorman”, F. J. Bergmann
    • “The Weathering”, Sandi Leibowitz
  • 3rd — “Alice was chasing white rabbits out of a black hole”, John C. Mannone

The Dwarf Stars Award is given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association to recognize the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year.

OTHER SFPA NEWS

The staff and executive committee of the SFPA announced that the organization’s current Treasurer, Bryan Thao Worra, has been chosen as the next President.

2016 Dwarf Stars Candidates

Dwarf stars 16 coverThe 2016 Dwarf Stars Anthology contents have been finalized, which constitutes the shortlist for the Dwarf Stars award given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

The poems in the 2016 Dwarf Stars anthology were selected by editors Jeannine Hall Gailey & Lesley Wheeler. SFPA members have until August 31 to vote their favorite short-short poem from the anthology and determine who will receive the Dwarf Stars Award.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Accident-Prone • Susan Rooke • inkscrawl 8
  • Alice was chasing white rabbits out of a black hole • John C. Mannone • Abbreviate Journal, July/August 2015
  • Anomaly • F.J. Bergmann • 2015 SFPA poetry contest
  • “at the barre” • Julie Bloss Kelsey • Rattle 51
  • “awake after surgery” • Sandra Lindow • Scifaikuest print, February 2015
  • “back on earth” • Robert Piotrowski • Scifaikuest print, February 2015
  • Bees Fell Asleep • Grzegorz Wróblewski, translated from the Polish by Piotr Gwiazda • The Los Angeles Review 18
  • Black Hull, Greenheart • Susan Grimm • Cherry Tree 1
  • Boston to Providence • Carrie Etter • Molly Bloom 7
  • Classified II • Robert Borski • Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2015
  • “Comicon” • Susan Burch • Grievous Angel, February 2015
  • Creation Myth (1981) • Iliana Rocha • Karankawa (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015)
  • “crumbling castle” • Greer Woodward • Star*Line 38:1
  • “daybreak” • Helen Buckingham • Noon 10
  • The Donnellys • Martin Dyar • Poetry, September 2015 (permission refused)
  • The Doorman • F.J. Bergmann • Grievous Angel, May 2015
  • Driving 80 MPH at Night • William Cullen Jr. • Star*Line 38:2
  • “the economy of a solar system …” • Ralf Bröker • Frogpond 38:2
  • A Field • Amelia Martens • Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review 41, Winter 2015, and The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat (Sarabande Books, 2016).
  • Gretel • Robert Borski • Ghostlight, The Magazine of Terror, Summer 2015
  • “hell-bent” • Susan Burch • Grievous Angel, February 2015
  • How We Sing • Katharine Coles • Crazyhorse, Spring 2015
  • jellyfish • Beth Langford • inkscrawl 8
  • “late winter” • Kristen Deming • Frogpond 38:1
  • The Man with Red Eyes • Christina Sng • Scifaikuest 50, print
  • “methane rain” • Joshua Gage • Scifaikuest 50, print
  • “night sky” • Susan Antolin • Modern Haiku 46:2
  • Notes for Next Week’s Sermon • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Star*Line 38:1
  • November rain • LeRoy Gorman • Scifaikuest online, August 2015
  • Placebo Effect • Roberta Beary • Modern Haiku 46:2
  • Scissors Series • Arielle Greenberg • Crazyhorse, Spring 2015
  • “shapeshifter” • John Reinhart • Scifaikuest 50, print
  • “she said” • dl mattila • Frogpond 38:1
  • “steam rises” • David McKee • Modern Haiku 46:2
  • “tail in Winnipeg” • Sandra Lindow • Tales of the Talisman X:3
  • “they claimed our star” • C.R. Harper • Star*Line 38:2
  • Thor and Saturn’s Tête-á-tête • Maceo J. Whitaker • Poetry, October 2015
  • “time portal wedding” • LeRoy Gorman • Star*Line 38:3
  • “upturned faces” • Deborah P. Kolodji • Star*Line 38:2
  • “warm the blur …” • Michelle Tennison • Frogpond 38:2
  • We Begin This Way • Stacey Balkun • Gingerbread House 16
  • Weathering • Sandi Leibowitz • Silver Blade 25
  • What Dolls Eat • Karen Bovenmyer • The Were-Traveler, 28 June 2015
  • “when hell freezes over” • Deborah P. Kolodji • Star*Line 38:2
  • “the window cleaner’s ladder” • Mark Holloway • Bones 6
  • Wish • Rebecca Buchanan • Gingerbread House 11