The 2022 Rhysling Winners

Mary Soon Lee photo2022 Rhysling Award—Short Poem: Mary Soon Lee
Winning poem: Confessions of a Spaceport AI

Appeared in Uncanny 43

Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but has lived in Pittsburgh for over twenty years. Her latest books are from opposite ends of the poetry spectrum: Elemental Haiku, containing haiku for the periodic table, and The Sign of the Dragon, an epic fantasy with Chinese elements, winner of the 2021 Elgin Award. She hides her online presence with a cryptically named website ( and an equally cryptic Twitter account (@MarySoonLee).


Jenny Blackford photo2022 Rhysling Award—Long Poem: Beth Cato
Winning poem: “The Bookstore”

Appeared in New Myths 56/57

Nebula Award-nominated Beth Cato is the author of A Thousand Recipes for Revenge from 47North (summer 2023) plus two fantasy series from Harper Voyager. She’s a Hanford, California native transplanted to the Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, son, and requisite cats. Follow her at and on Twitter at @BethCato.

Geoffrey A. Landis photo

Second Place—Short Poem: Geoffrey A. Landis
Gravity (some things that fly)

Appeared in Space & Time Magazine 140

Geoffrey A. Landis is a physicist, science fiction writer, and poet. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, and Heinlein award for fiction, and the Rhysling and Dwarf Stars awards for poetry. When he is not writing, he is a scientist at the NASA John Glenn Research Center, developing new technologies for spaceflight.


Nike Sulway photoSecond Place—Long Poem: Marsheila Rockwell
“Reservation Fairy Tales 101—Final Exam” • Marsheila Rockwell

Appeared in Augur Magazine 4:1

Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell is the author of twelve books to date. Her work includes 7 SYKOS, a near-future SF/H thriller co-written with writing partner/husband Jeff Mariotte; The Shard Axe series, the only official novels that tie into the popular fantasy MMORPG, Dungeons & Dragons Online; two collections; dozens of short stories and poems; multiple articles on writing and the writing process; and a handful of comic-book scripts. She is also a disabled pediatric cancer and mental health awareness advocate, and a reconnecting Chippewa/Métis. She resides in the Valley of the Sun, where she writes dark fiction and poetry in a home she and her family have dubbed ‘Redwall.’ Find out more here:, or follow her on Twitter at @MarcyRockwell. 


Linda D. Addison photoThird Place—Short Poem: Linda D. Addison
“The Butterfly Affect”

Appeared in Were Tales: A Shapeshifter Anthology, eds. S. D. Vasallo & Steven M. Long (Brigids Gate Press)

Linda D. Addison, HWA Bram Stoker Award® five-time recipient, including How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend. She received the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award, HWA Mentor of the Year and SFPA Grand Master. Her site:


Third Place—Long Poem: Marge Simon & Mary Turzillo
“Alexander’s Babylon”

Appeared in Victims (Weasel Press)

Marge Simon lives in Ocala, Florida, and serves on the HWA Board of Trustees. She has three Bram Stoker Awards, Rhysling Awards for Best Long and Best Short Fiction, the Elgin, Dwarf Stars and Strange Horizons Readers’ Award. Marge’s poems and stories have appeared in Clannad, Pedestal Magazine, Asimov’s, Silver Blade Polu Texni, Bete Noire, New Myths, Daily Science Fiction, et al. Her stories also appear in anthologies such as Tales of the Lake 5, Chiral Mad 4, You, Human and The Beauty of Death, to name a few. She attends the ICFA annually as a guest poet/writer. Amazon Author Page:

Mary A. Turzillo won the 2000 Nebula for Novella with Mars Is No Place for Children. Her poetry collection Lovers & Killers won the 2013 Elgin Award. She has been on the British SF Association, Pushcart, Stoker, Dwarf Stars, and Rhysling ballots. Sweet Poison, her collaboration with Marge Simon, was a Stoker finalist and won the 2015 Elgin. Her novel Mars Girls came out in 2017 from Apex. Her literary horror collection Bonsai Babies (Omnium Gatherum, 2016) contains several award-winning stories. Satan’s Sweethearts, also with Simon, won second place in the Elgin Award. Her current project is A Mars Cat and his Boy. She was on the U.S. foil fencing team for Veteran World Championships in Germany, 2016. She lives in Ohio, with her husband scientist-writer-fencer Geoffrey Landis.

Marge Simon photo
Bruce Boston photo

Honorable Mention Poems: Short
our translucent bodies • Devin Miller • Mermaids Monthly 6

“dry land”Maria Zoccola • Strange Horizons, 7 June

“Exquisite” • Lee Murray• Tortured Willows: Bent, Bowed, Unbroken, collab. antho. (Yuriko Publishing)

Honorable Mention Poems: Long
“The Captain Flies” • Avi Silver • Uncanny 42

Medusa Gets a Haircut • Theodora Goss • Uncanny 38



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