2021 Halloween Poetry Reading
curated by Angela Yuriko Smith

shimAngela Yuriko Smith is an award winning American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020, to find out more visit angelayurikosmith.com.

SFPA's Halloween Poetry Reading shares our enjoyment of speculative poetry with a broader audience, increases awareness of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, and promotes the individual poets who take part. All SFPA members are welcome to submit one audio file per person of themselves reading one of their spooky, haunting, ghoulish, or humorous Halloween or horror poems. See the 2020 Halloween Poetry Reading or earlier years for examples. If you are uncomfortable reading aloud or are unable to make the audio recording yourself, contact the editor or ask someone else to read your poem for you and provide the name of the reader. We also want Halloween-themed artwork! See guidelines below. Please feel free to include a brief explanation of your poems or images if desired (not a requirement).

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“The dead king of midnight”
by Beatriz Fernandez
Beatriz Fernandez is the author of: Shining from a Different Firmament (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and The Ocean Between Us (Backbone Press, 2017). beasbooks.blogspot.com
 
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Were-Books - Wendy S. Delmater
Were-Books
Wendy S. Delmater
 
“Were-Books”
by Wendy S. Delmater
Wendy S. Delmater has edited the acclaimed science fiction and fantasy magazine Abyss & Apex since 2006. She’s a professional editor of science-fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. She is edited several Best of Abyss & Apex anthologies, and authored numerous non-fiction books including her chapbook, Plant a Garden Around Your Life, and a memoir: Confessions of a Female Safety Engineer. Her “how to” book for genre authors & poets, Writing the Entertaining Story, is available on Amazon. amazon.com/Wendy-S.-Delmater/e/B01C0Y19F8/
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“The Walls Opened Up”
by Jean-Paul L. Garnier
Jean-Paul L. Garnier is the editor of Star*Line and the owner of Space Cowboy Books in Joshua Tree, CA.
 
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Previous Halloween Readings

2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006

All publication rights revert to poet.
Submissions are now open.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Submissions are open to current SFPA members only. (Not a member? It's quick, easy, and inexpensive to join).

  • Send up to 5 audio poems in mp3 format and/or 5 images in 300-pixel-wide .jpeg or .png format, with a 100-word-max bio, to Lee at angelayurikosmith@gmail.com with the subject line: "SFPA 2020 Halloween: [Creator's name]." No more than one poem per poet will be accepted. Preference will be given to artwork submitted by poets to complement their poems.

  • Reprints are allowed. Please provide the name of the publication and date of first appearance (If your work is available online, please include the link).

    No payment.  SFPA acquires one-time electronic rights for audio and images. (Please note that for the purposes of Rhysling Award nominations, posting on the SFPA poetry page counts as publication.)

  • DEADLINE: Submissions open September 1. Please send all material by October 26. Accepted work will be added throughout the month of October.

  • Please keep in mind when selecting a poem to record that Halloween is a popular children's holiday. If we feel that there is a problem with using a specific piece, either because of the content of the poem or the quality of the recording, the editor will contact the poet about it directly.

  • QUESTIONS? Email editor regarding submissions or the Halloween page at angelayurikosmith@gmail.com with the subject line "SFPA Halloween."

Thanks to the SFPA members who have contributed their poetry and art to this page. All recordings and images are copyrighted by their respective authors and used by permission.

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