Elgin Awards
Nomination guidelines
2014 Elgin Award candidates

2013 Elgin Award winners

The SFPA Elgin Awards
For best book and best chapbook published in the preceding year

About the Elgin Awards
SFPA President David C. Kopaska-Merkel is pleased to announce the creation of the Elgin Awards, named for SFPA founder Suzette Haden Elgin, to be presented annually by SFPA for books published in the preceding year. There will be two categories, Chapbook and Book. To be considered, chapbooks must contain 10-39 pages of poetry and books must contain 40 or more pages of poetry. E-books are eligible, but self-published books are not. Single-author and collaborative books are eligible; anthologies are not. Books containing fiction as well as poetry are not eligible. Books must be in English, but translations are eligible. In the case of translations that also contain the poems in the original language, those pages will not count toward the total page count. Nominated books must be made available to the Chair upon request to remain eligible.

Only members can nominate books. They may not nominate their own books, but they may nominate multiple books, and the books need not be by members in order to be nominated or to win. A list of nominated books will be posted on the SFPA website: title, author, poetry page count, and press name and address (URL or postal) are required to nominate. If available, a link to a page where the book can be purchased or downloaded should be provided. Authors or publishers may also provide an e-mail address for SFPA members to request a .pdf of the book to facilitate reading for voting consideration.

The nominations deadline is now May 15; the voting deadline is August 15. Members may vote for any nominated book for first, second, and third choices in both the chapbook and full-length categories. A list of the nominated books will be mailed to members who have no e-mail address, or upon request.

Nominations and votes should be e-mailed to elgin@sfpoetry.com; members without access to e-mail may send their nominations and votes directly to the Elgin Award Chair (for 2014, Kendall Evans & Deborah P Kolodji) at

Kendall Evans, Co-Chair
SFPA Elgin Awards
15102 Lefloss Ave
Norwalk CA 90650-5442

Winners will be announced TBA and the awards will be presented at TBA.


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