2014 Dwarf Stars coverThe Dwarf Stars Award

The 2014 anthology is available (see below to purchase) and voting is now open for SFPA members; deadline August 15, 2014.

2014 Award Winners

About the SFPA Dwarf Stars Award
This award is given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association to recognize the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year.

Although hundreds of excellent very short science fiction, fantasy, and horror poems are regularly published each year, they seem to be mostly overlooked in the Rhysling Award process. In the history of the Rhysling Award, few poems of 10 lines or fewer (stanza breaks excluded from line count) have been nominated, and none has won. Yet, there seems to be a surge of interest in short forms. It is not uncommon to find excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other short poems in speculative poetry journals. The Dwarf Stars Award acknowledges excellence in this specialized field.

Unlike the annual Rhysling Anthology, Dwarf Stars is an edited anthology. Poets are encouraged to submit poems published in the previous year for consideration. Poets, poetry readers, and editors are also encouraged to send suggestions of eligible poems to the current Dwarf Stars editor. Approximately 30 poems are included in each Dwarf Stars anthology. Deborah P Kolodji was named the first Dwarf Stars editor by former SFPA president Mike Allen.

The annual Dwarf Stars anthology is published as a chapbook. SFPA members vote on their favorite short-short poem from the anthology, and the winner is given the Dwarf Stars Award. A copy of the Dwarf Stars anthology is included with SFPA membership.

Dwarf Stars Guidelines
DWARF STARS NOMINATIONS OPEN APRIL 1
edited by Sandra J. Lindow


April 1, 2014 submissions open for the Dwarf Stars anthology, from which the best short poem published in 2013 is selected. Anyone may submit their own poems or those of others; there is no limit to how many poems you may submit for the anthology, but poems are selected for inclusion by the editor. Only SFPA members may vote for the award. Open to all genres of speculative poetry, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and “unclassifiable, but speculative.” Poems must be no more than ten lines (or no more than 100 words for prose poems) not including title or stanza breaks, and first published in 2013; include publication credit.

Send e-mail submissions (preferred) to dwarfstars[at]sfpoetry.com, please put “DS SUB” in the subject line of your e-mail. Send print submissions (discouraged) to Sandra J. Lindow, 1308 16th Ave E, Menomonie WI 54751. Editors are welcome to submit entire issues; no need to name specific poems. Submission deadline is May 15, 2013.

The 2014 Dwarf Stars anthology will be mailed in mid-July with Star*Line 37.3. Voting deadline is August 15, 2014. Voting instructions are in the anthology itself.


2014 dwarf stars anthology cover2014 Dwarf Stars winner: TBA

The 2014 Dwarf Stars anthology
edited by Sandra J. Lindow
2014 Dwarf Stars Award eligible poems and Anthology Table of Contents

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2013 dwarf stars anthology cover2013 Dwarf Stars winner: Basho After Cinderella (iii) • Deborah P Kolodji • Rattle 38

The 2013 Dwarf Stars anthology
edited by Stephen M. Wilson & Linda D. Addison
2013 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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2012 dwarf stars anthology cover2012 Dwarf Stars winner: “Blue Rose Buddha” • Marge Simon • The Mad Hattery (Elektrik Milk Bath Press, 2011)

The 2012 Dwarf Stars anthology
edited by Geoffrey A. Landis & Joshua Gage
2012 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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2011 dwarf stars anthology cover2011 Dwarf Stars Award Winner: “Comet” • Julie Bloss Kelsey

The 2011 Dwarf Stars Anthology
edited by Joshua Gage
2011 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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2010 dwarf stars anthology cover2010 Dwarf Stars Award Winner: "Bumbershoot" by Howard V. Hendrix

The 2010 Dwarf Stars Anthology
edited by Joshua Gage
2010 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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2010 dwarf stars anthology cover2009 Dwarf Stars Award Winner: "Fireflies" by Geoffrey A. Landis

The 2009 Dwarf Stars Anthology
edited by Deborah P Kolodji and Stephen M. Wilson
2009 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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2008 dwarf stars anthology cover2008 Dwarf Stars Award Winner: "Place Mat by Moebius" by Greg Beatty

The 2008 Dwarf Stars Anthology
edited by Deborah P Kolodji and Stephen M. Wilson
2008 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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2007 dwarf stars anthology cover2007 Dwarf Stars Award Winner: "Last Unicorn" by Jane Yolen

The 2007 Dwarf Stars Anthology
edited by Deborah P Kolodji and Stephen M. Wilson
2007 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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2006 dwarf stars anthology cover2006 Dwarf Stars Award Winner: "Knowledge Of" by Ruth Berman

The 2006 Dwarf Stars Anthology
edited by Deborah P Kolodji
2006 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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