Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rhysling SF Poetry nominees announced

The Science Fiction Poetry Association announced the 2010 nominees for the Rhysling awards.

As a quick recap, the Rhysling Awards are the top distinction for poets writing speculative poetry- poems that involve science fiction, fantasy, horror or other similar genres.

The nominees for each year's Rhysling Awards are selected by the membership of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

Each member is allowed to nominate one work in each of the two categories: "Best Long Poem" (50+ lines) and "Best Short Poem" (0-49 lines). All nominated works must have been published during the calendar year for which the present awards are being given. The Rhysling Awards are then put to a final vote by the membership of the SFPA. The winning works are regularly reprinted in the Nebula Awards Anthology from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., and highly regarded by those in the field.

Among the top short poems that have my attention this year are Shweta Narayan's Apsara and Matt Betts' Godzilla's Better Half. Neil Gaiman's got a piece nominated this year as well: Conjunctions. It should be very interesting to see the final results.

But in any case, congratulations to all of the nominees, and I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

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