SFPA-Sponsored Poetry Contests
2015 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.

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.

Judge: TBA

Submission guidelines:

  • 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  • Unpublished poems only.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

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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