SFPA-Sponsored Poetry Contests
2016 SFPA Poetry Contest
Our contest is intended to (eventually) raise funds for SFPA, as well as drawing more attention to speculative poets and rewarding writers of good speculative poems.

The following questions arose regarding the 2015 contest; a survey was held and the results for each question follow it.

  • Should there be a period of ineligibility for any 1st-place winner? (89 total votes)
    • 56.18% No (50 votes)
    • 22.47% Yes, 1 year (20)
    • 15.73% Yes, 2 years (14)
    • 2.25% Yes, forever (2)
    • 3.37% Other (3 responses - basically yes, but with varying lengths of exclusion)
  • Should a contestant be permanently ineligible to compete after a certain number of 1st places? (88 total vote
    • 63.64% No (56)
    • 20.45% Yes, after 3 first place wins (20)
    • 9.09% Yes, after 2 first place wins (8)
    • 2.2% Yes, after 1 first place win (2)
    • 4.55% (4 responses - 1 no, but ... 3 yes, but varying numbers or amended to only temporarily disqualify)
  • Should any SFPA officers or other volunteers be ineligible to enter? (84 participants - Multiple responses all
    • 58.33% None (49 votes)
    • 26.9% Officers (22)
    • 25% Award Chairs (21)
    • 21.43% Star*Line Editor (18)
    • Other responses garnered 13% or less of the votes each (32 total)

The 2016 contest opens June 1. Submission deadline August 31, 2016. Winners to be announced by October 1. F.J. Bergmann will be the 2016 Contest Chair.

Contest Rules: The 2016 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.

Judge: Michael Kriesel, Wausau, WI. Winner of North American Review’s 2015 Hearst Prize and numerous other awards, and President of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, a poet and reviewer whose work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Antioch Review, Crab Creek Review, Nimrod, Rattle, Right Hand Pointing, Rosebud, and The Progressive. 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. He’s currently a janitor at an elementary school, and also works as a security guard.

Preliminary readers will read the submissions blind, and the finalists will be sent to the judge.

Submission guidelines:

  • Online entry form (link will appear by June 1).
  • Deadline is August 31.
  • Unpublished poems only.
  • Enter as many poems as you like, but an entry fee $2 per poem must be paid via PayPal at entry (credit card can be used without a PayPal account).
  • No PayPal? Send poems via e-mail to 16contest@sfpoetry.com, .rtf preferred, contact info on manuscript, and send a check payable to SFPA to SFPA Treasurer, PO Box 907, Winchester CA 92596, USA.

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

2015 winning poems

2014 winning poems

2013 winning poems

2012 winning poems

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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