Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2016 Science Fiction Poetry Contest Winners announced

Over at the Science Fiction Poetry Association, we’ve just announced the 2016 winners of our annual Science Fiction Poetry Contest. In each category (Dwarf, Short, Long) the winners receive: $100 First Prize, $50 Second Prize, and $25 Third Prize. Additionally, they receive publication on Poetry Planet ( podcast magazine and on the SFPA website for first through third places.

Award-winning poet Michael Kriesel selected the winners of this year’s SFPA Poetry Contest. We received 93 Dwarf, 140 Short, and 36 Long entries from around the world. Our thanks to everyone who participated and to our contest chair, F.J. Bergmann who coordinated this year’s competition. The 2017 competition opens June 1st and closes August 31st.

1st place: Craving by Shannon Connor Winward
2nd place: Dragon Tongue Sushi by Robert Borski
3rd place: (untitled haiku) by Susan Birch

Honorable mentions:
Blurred Future by Bruce Boston
(untitled tanka) “at work” by Susan Burch
A Pop Culture Fairy Tale Tweet by MX Kelly

1st place: Regarding the Mastodons by Timons Esaias
2nd place: Gretel at Menlo Mall, 1996 by Stacey Balkun
3rd place: Even Happy Ghosts Can Be Scary When You’re 7 by Kathleen A. Lawrence

Honorable mentions:
Apple-Child Learns the ABCs by Stacey Balkun
The Myth of the Sun by Lisette Alonso
Singed, Unhurt by E. Kristin Anderson

1st place: Elvis Triptych by William Stobb
2nd place: Thirteen Ways to See a Ghost by Shannon Connor Winward
3rd place: We Shall Meet in the Star-Spackled Ruins by Wendy Rathbone

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

An international literary organization, the Science Fiction Poetry Association was founded in 1978 to bring together poets and readers interested in science fiction, fantasy, horror, science, and surrealistic poetry. You can visit the website at

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