SFPA-Sponsored Poetry Contests
2015 SFPA Poetry Contest
Contest opens July 1. Submission deadline August 31. Winners to be announced by October 1. SFPA Secretary P. Andrew Miller is the Contest Chair.

Contest Rules: The 2015 SFPA speculative poetry contest is open to all poets, including non-SFPA-members. Prizes will be awarded for best poem in 3 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 500 words and up]). Line count does not include title or stanza breaks. All sub-genres of speculative poetry allowed in any form. Blind-judged: author identification will be removed before poems are sent to judge.

In each category, a first prize of $100, a second prize of $50, and a third prize of $25 will be awarded. No limit on number of poems; entry fee of $1.00 for SFPA members and $2.00 for non-members per poem can be paid via PayPal. Please indicate name/e-mail under which poems are submitted if different.

Judge: Lesley Wheeler

Submission guidelines:

  • Deadline is August 31.
  • Unpublished poems only.
  • Submissions via web form:
    SFPA Members: http://bit.ly/2015SFPAMember
    Non-Members: http://bit.ly/2015SFPANonMember
  • Send as many poems as you like, but an entry fee of $1 member/$2 non-member per poem must be paid via PayPal at entry.
  • No PayPal? Send poems via e-mail to 15contest@sfpoetry.com

Confirmation of receipt of your submission should follow within 3 days.
Announcement of winners will be posted on the SFPA website.

Prizes: In each category (Dwarf, Short, Long): $100 First Prize, $50 Second Prize, $25 Third Prize. Publication on Poetry Planet (StarShipSofa.com) podcast magazine and on the SFPA website for first through third places.

Previous SFPA Contests

2013 SFPA Contest

2012 SFPA Contest

2010 New Poets Contest: Ekphrasis

2008 Poetry Contest: Energy

2007 Poetry Contest: Sonnets

2006 Poetry Contest


SFPA has published anthologies of selected contest poems.

2008 SFPA Energy contest anthology 2007 SFPA sonnet contest anthology

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