The 2013 Rhysling Winners

2013 Rhysling Award—Short Poem: Terry Garey
Winning poem: “The Cat Star”

Appeared in Lady Poetesses from Hell, ed. Bag Person Press Collective (Bag Person Press)

Terry A. Garey's poetry has been published in many journals and anthologies, including Dodeca, Uranus, Star*Line, Asimov's, Weird Tales, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, Raw Sacks, Paper Bag Writer, Dreams and Nightmares, Women en Large, and Burning With A Vision. She has edited poetry for Janus, Tales of the Unanticipated, and is the editor (with Eleanor Arnason) of Time Gum, and also Time Frames: an anthology of speculative poetry. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with a librarian, two cats, and more books than she can count. She is a founding member of Lady Poetesses From Hell.


2013 Rhysling Award—Long Poem: Andrew Robert Sutton
Winning poem: “Into Flight”

Appeared in Silver Blade 14

andrew robert sutton photoAndrew Robert Sutton was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University where he studied both telecommunications and the written word. His heart has been torn between his love of cutting-edge technologies and traditional art forms ever since. His articles on the history of technology and its impact on business have appeared in over forty publications, including newspapers, magazines, and numerous blogs. "Into Flight" is his first foray into poetry.


Second Place—Short Poem: Marge Simon
Poem: “Futurity’s Shoelaces”

Appeared in Balticon 2012 Program Book

Marge Simon photoMarge Simon's works appear in publications such as Bête Noire, Niteblade, DailySF Magazine, Silver Blade, and Dreams & Nightmares. She edits a column for the HWA Newsletter and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She has won the Strange Horizons Readers Choice Award, the Bram Stoker Award™(2008, 2012), the Rhysling Award and the Dwarf Stars Award. Collections: Like Birds in the Rain, Unearthly Delights, The Mad Hattery, Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls, and Dangerous Dreams. Member HWA, SFWA, SFPA.

Second Place—Long Poem: John Philip Johnson
Poem: “String Theory”

Appeared in Ad Astra 1

John Philip Johnson photoJohn Philip Johnson has had work in, or forthcoming in, Dreams & Nightmares, Mythic Delirium, Strange Horizons, Rattle, Southern Poetry Review, and Daily Science Fiction, among other places, besides James Gunn's Ad Astra where this poem first appeared. He reviews for Star*Line and elsewhere, and just recently earned a master's degree in English, with a thesis of science fictional poetry, from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. His astro-engineering work at Raytheon is still classified, but let's just say —"


Third Place—Short Poem: Megan Arkenberg
Poem: “Sister Philomela Heard the Voices of Angels”

Appeared in Strange Horizons 8/7/12

megan arkenberg photoMegan Arkenberg lives and writes in California. Her work has recently appeared in Asimov's, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 5, and has tried for best short story of 2012 in the Asimov's Readers' Award. Her poem "The Curator Speaks in the Department of Dead Languages" won the Rhysling Award for best long poem of 2012. Megan procrastinates by editing the fantasy e-zine Mirror Dance.


Third Place—Long Poem: Tie

Wade German
Poem: “The Necromantic Wine”

Appeared in Avatars of Wizardry, ed. Charles Lovecraft (P'rea Press)

Wade German's poems have appeared internationally in numerous journals and anthologies, including Dark Horizons, Dreams and Nightmares, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Midnight Echo, Mythic Delirium, Nameless, Phantom Drift, Space and Time, Star*Line, Strange Sorcery and Weird Fiction Review.

Adele Gardner
Poem: “The Time Traveler’s Weekend”

Appeared in Liquid Imagination 15

adele gardner photoAdele Gardner's poetry collection, Dreaming of Days in Astophel, is available from Sam's Dot Publishing. Her stories and poems have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Legends of the Pendragon, The Doom of Camelot, Penumbra, Scheherazade's Façade, Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium, Goblin Fruit, and New Myths, among others. In 2012, she chaired the Rhysling Awards for the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Currently cataloging librarian for a public library, she's also literary executor for her father, Delbert R. Gardner. Please visit

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