Wednesday, July 13, 2016

2016 Science Fiction Poetry Contest. Due August 31st

The Science Fiction Poetry Association's annual Science Fiction Poetry Contest is underway! The contest deadline is August 31st.

This year's prizes are:
$100 First Place
$50 Second Place
$25 Third Place

There are three categories:
Dwarf 1–10 lines. If a prose poem, up to 100 words.
Short 11–49 lines. If a prose poem, 101–499 words.
Long 50 lines and more. If a prose poem, 500+ words.

The line count does not include title or stanza breaks. All sub-genres of speculative poetry are allowed in any form. Must be original and previously unpublished, of course. Be sure to check all of the rules for formatting and other details when applying.

There's a $2 entry fee per poem, but no limit to how many poems you can enter.

This year's judge is Michael Kriesel, winner of the North American Review’s 2015 Hearst Prize and numerous other awards, and President of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Kriesel's work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Antioch Review, Crab Creek Review, Nimrod, Rattle, Right Hand Pointing, Rosebud, and The Progressive. His books include Chasing Saturday Night: Poems about Rural Wisconsin (Marsh River Editions), Whale of Stars (haiku) (Sunnyoutside), Moths Mail the House (Sunnyoutside), and Feeding My Heart to the Wind: Selected Short Poems (Sunnyoutside). He has a B.S. in Literature from the University of the State of New York, and was a print and broadcast journalist in the U.S. Navy.

The Science Fiction Poetry Association was founded in 1978 to bring together poets and readers interested in science-fiction poetry and has an international membership. It oversees the publication of Star*Line as well as Eye to the Telescope, in addition to three annual awards: The Rhyslings, the Dwarf Stars and the Elgin Award. Memberships start as low as $15.

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