SFPA-Sponsored Poetry Contests
2017 SFPA Poetry Contest
Our contest is intended to (eventually) raise funds for SFPA, as well as to draw more attention to speculative poets and reward writers of good speculative poems. An eligibility survey was taken following the 2015 contest.

The 2017 contest opens June 1. Winners to be announced by October 1. Mary McMyne is the 2017 Contest Chair. Questions to 17contest@sfpoetry.com.

Contest Rules: The 2017 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. Entries will be read blind.

Judge: TBA.

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

Submission guidelines:

  • Online entry form: TBA
  • Deadline is August 31.
  • Entries should be submitted anonymously. Please do not include any identifying information on the file or filename; enter your name only in the form. The name of the file should be the name of the poem. .rtf preferred. Either submit poems individually via form or send all in one file, separated by ***, with "SFPA Contest" in the subject line to 17contest@sfpoetry.com and pay treasurer directly.
  • Unpublished poems only.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). Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but must be immediately withdrawn if accepted elsewhere.
  • No PayPal or problems with form? Send poems via e-mail to 17contest@sfpoetry.com, “SFPA contest” in subject line, .rtf preferred, 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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