SFPA-Sponsored Poetry Contests
2019 SFPA Poetry Contest
Our contest is intended to 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 2019 SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest will open for entries on June 1, 2019. Deadline August 31, 2019. Questions about the contest can be sent to 19contest@sfpoetry.com.

Contest Rules: The 2018 SFPA speculative poetry contest is open to all poets, including non-SFPA-members. Prizes will be awarded for best unpublished poem in 3 categories: Dwarf (poems 1–10 lines [prose poems 0–100 words]); Short (11–49 lines [prose poems 101–499 words]); Long (50 lines and more [prose 500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. Winners will be announced and posted on the site October 1, 2019.

Prizes: In each category (Dwarf, Short, Long): $100 First Prize, $50 Second Prize, $25 Third Prize. Publication on the SFPA website for first through third places.

Judge: Nicole Oquendo
Nicole Oquendo photoNicole Oquendo is a writer and visual artist who combines these elements to craft multimodal nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, as well as translations of these forms. Their work can be found in literary journals like BOAAT, CutBank, DIAGRAM, and Gulf Stream, among others. They are the author of the hybrid memoir Telomeres, as well as five chapbooks. Their most recent book of illustrated speculative poetry is Space Baby: Episodes I-III. They have also been serving the writing community for over a decade as an editor and educator, as well as volunteering time to several literary journals and presses, most recently as a Special Feature Editor for The Florida Review. They are currently an Assistant Editor for Sundress Publications, who is publishing their curated anthology, Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities, in 2019.

Contest Chair: Alicia Cole
alicia cole photoAlicia Cole is a writer and artist in Huntsville, AL. She’s the editor of Priestess & Hierophant Press. Her work has recently appeared in TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics, SageWoman, Atlas and Alice, Star*Line and Split Lip Magazine, among other publications. She is forthcoming in NILVX.

Submission guidelines:

  • Online entry form: TBA
  • Deadline is August 31
  • Entries will be read blind. 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 19contest@sfpoetry.com and pay treasurer directly via PayPal at sfpatreasurer@gmail.com.
  • 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 19contest@sfpoetry.com
    Put “SFPA contest” in subject line, .rtf preferred, and send a check payable to SFPA to Renee Ya, SFPA Secretary, PO Box 2074, San Mateo CA 94401

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

Previous SFPA Contests

2018 winning poems

2017 winning poems

2016 winning poems

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 past selected contest poems.

2008 SFPA Energy contest anthology

2007 SFPA sonnet contest anthology

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