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. An eligibility survey was taken following the 2015 contest.

The 2016 contest opens June 1; online entry at http://bit.ly/SFPoetry2016
($2 entry fee per poem; please upload as .rtf—if more convenient for multiple poems, you can send your poems to 16contest@sfpoetry.com and the payment via PayPal to sfpatreasurer@gmail.com). Submission deadline August 31, 2016. Winners to be announced by October 1. F.J. Bergmann is the 2016 Contest Chair. Questions to 16contest@sfpoetry.com.

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: http://bit.ly/SFPoetry2016
  • Deadline is August 31.
  • Unpublished poems only, .rtf preferred. Either submit poems individually via form or send all in one file, separated by ***, to 16contest@sfpoetry.com and pay treasurer directly.
  • 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). Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but must be immediately withdrawn if accepted elsewhere.
  • No PayPal or problems with form? Send poems via e-mail to 16contest@sfpoetry.com, "SFPA contest" in subject line, .rtf preferred, contact info on manuscript (will be removed before judging), and send a check payable to SFPA to SFPA Treasurer, PO Box 2472, Dublin CA 94568, 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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