The 2018 Dwarf Stars Anthology and Award

2018 dwarf stars anthology coverThe 2018 Dwarf Stars Anthology: The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Short Poetry of 2017

Editor: Deborah P Kolodji
Cover Art: Ritual by Steven Vincent Johnson
acrylic on board© 1978
Layout: F. J. Bergmann
Publisher: Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association

2018 Award Winners

The Green, Kath Abela Wilson, Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace, eds. Diane Frank, Lois P. Jones, Ami Kaye, Rustin Larson, Gloria Mindock & Melissa Studdard (Glass Lyre Press, 2017)

2nd Place:
If She Knew She Was a Ghost, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Polu Texni, 5/22/17

3rd Place (tie):
Lo Shu’s Magic Square, Deborah L. Davitt, Snakeskin 237
Lace at the Throat, Holly Lyn Walrath, 2017 SFPA poetry contest, 3rd place

64 members voted.

Kath Abela Wilson travels the world with her mathematician and flute-player husband Rick Wilson. They live essentially on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, California. She has always had a taste for the surreal in art and literature and has published in many journals including Astropoetica, Atlas Poetica, Illumen, Eye to the Telescope, Star*Line, Pirene's Fountain, and Scryptic. Hosting poetry workshops and salons, she leads the performance group Poets on Site. Her weekly Poetry Corner for features environmental and fantastic themes. Her books include Owl Still Asking, Tanka for Troubled Times; Driftwood Monster, Haiku for Troubled Times; Locofo Chaps (Moria Press). She has won many haiku and tanka awards.

David C. Kopaska-Merkel photo   David C. Kopaska-Merkel edited Star*line, the journal of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, in the late ’90s, and later served as SFPA President. He won the Rhysling award (long poem) in 2006 for “The Tin Men,” a collaboration with Kendall Evans. He was voted SFPA Grand Master in 2017. His poetry has been published in scores of venues, including Asimov's, Strange Horizons, and Night Cry. His 29th book, the spec-po collection Metastable Systems, is nominated for the Elgin award. He edits and publishes Dreams and Nightmares, in its 32nd year. David hates cold, but this is not why he lives in the Deep South. @DavidKM.
Deborah L. Davitt photo   Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Nevada, but currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and son.  Her poetry has received Rhysling, Dwarf Star, and Pushcart nominations; her short fiction has earned a finalist showing for the Jim Baen Adventure Fantasy Award (2018) and has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Compelling Science Fiction, and Galaxy’s Edge. For more about her work, including her Edda-Earth novels, please see
Holly Lyn Walrath photo   Holly Lyn Walrath is a writer of poetry and short fiction. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Liminality, Eye to the Telescope, and elsewhere. She is a freelance editor and volunteer with Writespace literary center in Houston, Texas. Find her on Twitter @HollyLynWalrath or at

Anthology Table of Contents
(62 poems)

2   Altered Reality
1   Asimov’s Science Fiction
1   Blossomry
1   Bramble & Thorn anthology (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
2   brass bell: a haiku journal
1   Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace, eds. Diane Frank, Lois P. Jones, Ami Kaye, Rustin Larson, Gloria Mindock & Melissa Studdard (Glass Lyre Press, 2017)
1   concīs
2   Eye to the Telescope
6   Grievous Angel
1   Haiku Canada Review
3   Haikuniverse
1   Illumen
2   Modern Haiku
1   Otata
1   Polu Texni
5   Prune Juice
8   Scifaikuest
1   2017 SFPA Halloween Podcast
1   2017 SFPA Poetry Contest
1   Snakeskin
1   Sonic Boom
1   SpecPo blog
10   Star*Line
1   Starward Tales II: Another Anthology of Speculative Legends, ed. C. B. Droege (Manawaker Studio, 2017)
1   The Tanka Journal
3   tinywords
1   Under the Basho
1   2017 World Haiku Association Haiku Contest

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