2018 Elgin Award Candidates
For books published in 2016 and 2017

2018 Elgin Award Chair: Josh Brown
Josh BrownJosh Brown is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. A graduate of the University of Minnesota–Duluth with a degree in English Literature, he has spent the past fifteen years in the publishing industry working for and with award-winning publishers and best-selling authors. An active member of SFPA, his work can be found in numerous anthologies as well as in Star*Line, Scifaikuest, Mithila Review, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, and more. His essay, “Poems and Songs of The Hobbit” was recently featured in Critical Insights: The Hobbit (Salem Press, 2016). He served as editor for issue 20 of Eye to the Telescope, the official online journal of the SFPA. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.

Book Award Winners spacer Chapbook Award Winners
Liberating the Astronauts coverWinner: Liberating the Astronauts • Christina M. Rau (Aqueduct Press, 2017)   A Catalogue of the Further Suns coverWinner: A Catalogue of the Further Suns • F. J. Bergmann (Gold Line Press, 2017)
Satan's Sweethearts cover2nd Place: Satan's Sweethearts • Marge Simon & Mary Turzillo (Weasel Press, 2017)   Astropoetry cover2nd Place: Astropoetry • Christina Sng (Alban Lake, 2017)
Love Robot cover3rd Place: Love Robot • Margaret Rhee (The Operating System, 2017)   The Terraformers cover3rd Place: The Terraformers • Dan Hoy (Third Man Books, 2017)

42 members voted

Full-Length Book Award Winners:
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Christina M. Rau is the author of the sci-fi fem poetry collection Liberating The Astronauts (Aqueduct Press, 2017) and the chapbooks WakeBreatheMove (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and For The Girls, I (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). Her poetry has also appeared on gallery walls in The Ekphrastic Poster Show, on car magnets for The Living Poetry Project, and in various literary journals both online and in print. A life-long resident of Long Island, she is the founder of the Long Island reading circuit, Poets In Nassau, and has read and run workshops for various community groups across the U.S. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Nassau Community College where she also serves as Poetry Editor for The Nassau Review. In her non-writing life, she teaches yoga occasionally and line dances on other occasions. Find her links on christinamrau.com


Marge Simon lives in Ocala, FL. She edits a column for the HWA Newsletter, "Blood & Spades: Poets of the Dark Side," and serves on its Board of Trustees.  She is the second woman to be acknowledged by the SFPA with a Grand Master Award. She has Rhysling Awards for Best Long and Best Short Poem, the Elgin, Dwarf Stars and Strange Horizons Readers’ Award. Marge’s poems and stories have appeared in Asimov’s SF, Silver Blade, Bete Noire, New Myths, Urban Fantasist, Daily Science Fiction, to name a few. She attends the ICFA annually as a guest poet/writer and is on the board of the Speculative Literary Foundation.. margesimon.com

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Mary Turzillo’s poetry collection Lovers & Killers won the 2013 Elgin Award. Her 1999 Nebula winner "Mars Is No Place for Children" is read on the International Space Station. She has been a finalist on the British Science Fiction Association, Pushcart, Stoker, Dwarf Stars and Rhysling ballots. Sweet Poison, her collaboration with Marge Simon, was a Stoker finalist and won the 2015 Elgin Award. Her novel Mars Girls came out in 2017 from Apex. Satan’s Sweethearts, a 2016 collaboration with Simon, excoriates evil women throughout history. Her current project is A Mars Cat and His Boy. She lives in Ohio with her scientist-writer husband, Geoffrey Landis; they both fence internationally. She and Marge believe that dark-hearted women can be as evil as men, but aren't caught as often because they are more covert.

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Margaret Rhee is a poet, new media artist, and scholar. She is the author of chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011) and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015), awarded a 2018 Elgin Award by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Her first full-length poetry collection Love, Robot (The Operating System, 2017) was named a Best Poetry Book of 2017 by Entropy Magazine. Her literary fellowships include Kundiman, Hedgebrook, and the Kathy Acker Fellowship. Her new media project The Kimchi Poetry Machine was selected for the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 3. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies. Currently, she is a College Fellow in Digital Media Practice in the English Department at Harvard University, and an Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo in the Department of Media Study (starting 2019).

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Chapbook Award Winners:
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F. J. Bergmann won the first Elgin chapbook award in 2013 for Out of the Black Forest, a collection of fairy-tale poems. This one's for a science-fiction collection. She has also won 2 Rhysling Awards, for both long and short poems. The past editor of Star*Line, she edits and designs books for both literary and horror presses.

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Christina Sng is the author of An Assortment of Sky Things (Allegra Press, 2016), Astropoetry (Alban Lake Publishing, 2017), and 2017 Bram Stoker Award winner, A Collection of Nightmares (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2017). Her poetry, fiction, and art have appeared in numerous venues worldwide and garnered over 70 awards and nominations, including Honorable Mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and the Best Horror of the Year. christinasng.com


Dan Hoy is the author of The Deathbed Editions (Octopus Books, 2016) and several poetry chapbooks, including The Terraformers (Third Man Books, 2017), The Tree (Solar Luxuriance, 2016), Omegachurch (Solar Luxuriance, 2010) and Glory Hole (Mal-O-Mar Editions, 2009). His work has appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Triple Canopy, Novembre, Elderly and other magazines and anthologies. He was a contributor to the collective blog Montevidayo (2010–2015), and was co-founder of the literary arts journal Soft Targets (2006–2007). He lives in Nashville.


Chapbooks (21 chapbooks nominated)
Astropoetry • Christina Sng (Alban Lake, 2017)
Built to Serve • G. O. Clark (Alban Lake, 2017)
Cascade of Stardust • Herb Kauderer (Written Image, 2017)
A Catalogue of the Further Suns • F. J. Bergmann (Gold Line Press, 2017)
Crossing Paths at Midnight • Alan Katerinsky (CWP Collective Press, 2017)
Daughter Shaman Sings Blood Anthem • Kristi Carter (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
Death by Sex Machine • Franny Choi (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017)
The Desiring Object OR Voyager Two Explains to the Gathering Stars How She Came to Glow Among Them • Jessica Rae Bergamino (Sundress Publications, 2016)
Feeding the Dead • Brett Gaffney (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
Glitter Blood • Kayla Bashe (2017)
Haunting the Last House on Holland Island, Fallen into the Bay • Sarah Ann Winn (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
hiku [pull] by James A. H. White (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
Khas Pidgin • Salik Shah (2017)
Like Ash in the Air After Something Has Burned • Fox Frazier-Foley (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2017)
New Yesterdays, New Tomorrows • Brian Garrison (2017)
Quick Bright Things: poems of fantasy & myth • P.S. Cottier (Ginninderra Press, 2016)
Screaming • John Reinhart (Lion Tamer Press, 2017)
Secret Histories • Michael McInnis (White Knuckle Press, 2017)
The Terraformers • Dan Hoy (Third Man Books, 2017)
Violet Hours • Jeanie Tomasko (Taraxia Press, 2016)
What Stranger Miracles • James Brush (White Knuckle Press, 2016)

Full-length Books (30 books nominated)
500 Apocalypses • Phantom Williams (2016)
Alchemy of Dreams • Michael Fantina (Hippocampus Press, 2017)
Bone Confetti • Muriel Leung (Noemi Press, 2016)
The Book of Robot • Ken Poyner (Barking Moose Press, 2016)
Brief Encounters with My Third Eye: Selected Short Poems 1975–2016 • Bruce Boston (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2016)
broken bottle of time • John Reinhart (Alban Lake, 2017)
A Collection of Nightmares • Christina Sng (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2017)
Conjoining • Heidi Czerwiec (Sable Books, 2017)
Cosmovore • Kristi Carter (Aqueduct Press, 2017)
Darkverse: The Shadow Hours • Lori R. Lopez (Fairyfly Entertainment, 2017)
Diary of a Sorceress • Ashley Dioses (Hippocampus Press, 2017)
Flying Solo: The Lana Invasion • Herb Kauderer (The Poet's Haven, 2017)
God's Will for Monsters • Rachelle Cruz (Inlandia Institute, 2017)
Heliophobia • Saba Syed Razvi (Finishing Line Press, 2017)
In the Crocodile Gardens • Saba Syed Razvi (Agape Editions, 2016)
Liberating the Astronauts • Christina M. Rau (Aqueduct Press, 2017)
Love for Slaughter • Sara Tantlinger (Strangehouse Books, 2017)
Love Robot • Margaret Rhee (The Operating System, 2017)
Marginalia to Stone Bird • Rose Lemberg (Aqueduct Press, 2016)
Metastable Systems • David C. Kopaska-Merkel (Cyberwizard Productions, 2017)
No Comet, That Serpent in the Sky Means Noise • Sueyeun Juliette Lee (Kore Press, 2017)
No Mercy • Alessandro Manzetti (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2017)
The Primitive Observatory • Gregory Kimbrell (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016)
The Role of Lightning in Evolution • David Clink (Kelp Queen Press, 2016)
Sacrificial Nights • Bruce Boston & Alessandro Manzetti (Kipple Officina Libraria, 2016)
Satan's Sweethearts • Marge Simon & Mary Turzillo (Weasel Press, 2017)
Through Immortal Shadows Singing • Mari Ness (Papaveria Press, 2017)
When the Night Owl Screams • Michael H. Hanson (Moon Dream Press, 2017)
Winds from Sheol • Fred Phillips (Hippocampus Press, 2017)
Witch Wife • Kiki Petrosino (Sarabande Books, 2017)

Nominations per press: (36 presses)
1   Agape Books
3   Alban Lake
2   Aqueduct Press
1   Barking Moose Press
2   Crystal Lake Publishing
1   CWP Collective Press
1   Cyberwizard Productions
1   Fairyfly Press
1   Finishing Line Press
1   Ginninderra Press
1   Gold Line Press
3   Hippocampus Press
1   Inlandia Institute
1   Kelp Queen Press
1   Kipple Officina Libraria
1   Kore Press
1   Lion Tamer Press
1   Moon Dream Press
1   Noemi Press
1   The Operating System
1   Papaveria Press
1   Phantom Williams
1   The Poet’s Haven
4   Porkbelly Press
1   Raw Dog Screaming Press
1   Sable Books
1   Sarabande Books
1   Sibling Rivalry Press
1   Southern Illinois University Press
1   Strangehouse Books
1   Sundress Publications
1   Taraxia Press
1   Third Man Books
1   Weasel Press
2   White Knuckle Press
1   Written Image

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