|2015 SFPA Poetry Contest|
Dwarf Category: 71 entries
Winner: Anomaly, F. J. Bergmann
2nd Place: “Methane Snowfall,” Melanie A. Rawls
3rd Place: Crater Conundrum Pizza, Greer Woodward
Honorable Mention: “speed of light,” Susan Burch; After Dark, F. J. Bergmann
Short Category: 165 entries
Winner: Metis Emits, Akua Lezli Hope
2nd Place: Phone Tree, Alexandra Erin
3rd Place: Some Who Wander Become Lost, Peg Duthie
Honorable Mention: The Agnostic Fireman Considers Tears, Jonathan Travelstead; Mermaids, Jeffrey Park; Neighborhood Charms, Marian Moore
Long Category: 44 entries
Winner: Transference, F. J. Bergmann
2nd Place: Arizona Rest Stop, Richard Bruns
3rd Place: The Comet Elm, Martin Elster
Honorable Mention: Job, Isaac and the Barrio, David Cowen
The following questions have arisen regarding the contest. Please vote in the online survey at surveymonkey.com/r/M3FQF7T
Should there be a period of ineligibility for any 1st-place winner?
Should a contestant be permanently ineligible to compete after a certain number of 1st places?
Should any SFPA officers or other volunteers be ineligible to enter?
The 2016 contest opens TBA. Submission deadline August 31. 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.
- Deadline is August 31.
- Unpublished poems only.
- Send 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 [TBA], .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
2010 New Poets Contest: Ekphrasis
2008 Poetry Contest: Energy
2007 Poetry Contest: Sonnets