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2014 SFPA Poetry Contest

Contest opens July 1. Submission deadline is August 15, 2014. Winners to be announced by October 1. Joshua Gage has volunteered to be our Contest Chair.

Contest Rules: The 2013 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); Short (11–49 lines [prose poems 0–499 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 readers or 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 to sfpatreasurer@gmail.com. Please indicate name/e-mail under which poems are submitted if different.

Judge: Kenji C. Liu, a 1.5-generation immigrant from New Jersey, now in Southern California. His writing and art arises from his work as an activist, educator, artist, and cultural worker. A Pushcart Prize nominee and first runner-up finalist for the Poets & Writers 2013 California Writers Exchange Award, his writing is forthcoming or published in Barrow Street Journal, CURA, The Baltimore Review, RHINO Poetry, Generations, Eye to the Telescope, Ozone Park Journal, Kweli Journal, Doveglion Press, Best American Poetry's blog, Lantern Review, and others. His poetry chapbook You Left Without Your Shoes was nominated for a 2009 California Book Award. A three-time VONA alum and recipient of residencies at Djerassi and Blue Mountain Center, he is completing a full-length poetry book. He is the poetry editor emeritus of Kartika Review.

Submission guidelines:

  • Deadline is August 15, 2014.
  • Unpublished poems only.
  • Submissions by e-mail only to 14contest@sfpoetry.com.
  • Send as many poems as you like, but an entry fee of $1 member/$2 non-member per poem must be paid via PayPal to sfpatreasurer@gmail.com.
  • Poems must be included in the body of the e-mail or sent as .rtf attachments; no other methods will be accepted. If a poem contains unique formatting, please send it in .rtf format. Please use single-spacing; if pasting into e-mail from a .doc, convert your poems to plain text format. In e-mail, indicate indentation with spaces, NOT tabs, and italics with _underlines_.

Confirmation of receipt of your submission should follow within 3 days.
Announcement of winners will be posted on the SFPA website by October 1.

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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