2016 Rhysling Award Candidates
For poems published in 2015
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Short Poems (73 poems)
“Abandonarium” • Stacey Balkun • Devilfish Review 13
“Hard Being A God” • David Barber • Star*Line 38.4
“Tech Support for the Apocalypse” • F. J. Bergmann • Dreams and Nightmares 101
“Time Travel Vocabulary Problems” • Ruth Berman • Dreams and Nightmares 100
“The Astronaut’s Heart” • Robert Borski • Asimov’s SF, September
“Forever Tracking” • Bruce Boston • Grievous Angel, May
“Aboard the Transport Tesoro • Lisa M. Bradley • Uncanny 7
‘hell-bent’ • Susan Burch • Grievous Angel, February
“Fried Okra” • Beth Cato • Tales of the Talisman 10.4
“Elegy for WLC” • David Clink • The Dalhousie Review 94:3
“Portrait” • David Clink • OnSpec Magazine, Winter
“The Sun Never Rises” • Michael Coolen • Latchkey Tales 2.6
“Secondary Ghosts” • P. S. Cottier • Australian Poetry Journal 5:2
“Pleistocene Park, Mammoth Steppe, Siberia” • Mark Danowsky • Star*Line 38.4
“Worlds in Collision” • Bryan D. Dietrich • Farrago’s Wainscot, 2015
“Ligeia” • Ashley Dioses • Spectral Realms 2
“On The Other Hand” • James Dorr • Grievous Angel, August
“Why Have We Not Been Visited?” • Martin Elster • The Asses of Parnassus, 11/30/15
“Institutional Memory” • Alexandra Erin • Star*Line 38.1
“The Argument Box” • JD Fox • Abyss & Apex 55
“The Boats” • Adele Gardner • Abyss & Apex 56
“The More It Changes …” • Delbert R. Gardner • Songs of Eretz Poetry Review
“Couples Therapy” • Howie Good • The Los Angeles Review of Los Angeles 10
“Robot Agonistes” • Alan Ira Gordon • The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb
“How Eternal Night Was Created” • Vince Gotera • The Syzygy Poetry Journal 1:2
“Gaunt” • Charles Gramlich • The Pedestal Magazine 76
“Reversed Polarities” • Nin Harris • Strange Horizons, 6/1/15
“Mummies” • Richard Hedderman • Rattle 49
“Glinda's Dilemma” • Gloria Heffernan • Parody 4:1
“Selenites” • John Philip Johnson • The Pedestal Magazine 76
“Kraken” • Tim Jones • Interstellar Award
“Moth and Memory” • Sandra Kasturi • Postscripts to Darkness 6
“Venice Letting Go” • Sandra Kasturi • Postscripts to Darkness 6
“hard copy” • Herb Kauderer • Asimov’s Science Fiction, August
“luddite’s dream” • Herb Kauderer • Star*Line 38.4
“The Changeling’s Gambit” • Sasha Kim • Strange Horizons, 9/14/15
“re-entry heat” • Deborah P Kolodji • Mariposa 32
“The Only Time Machine” • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Sub- Saharan Magazine
“Rip Van Winkle On Mars” • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • The Martian Wave, 2015
“Post-Apocalyptic Toothbrush” •  Betsy Ladyzhets • Strange Horizons, 6/29/15
“Ode to Dorothy Gale” • Jenna Lê • Nonbinary Review 4
“Flora and Fauna” • James Frederick Leach • HWA Poetry Showcase Volume II
“The Dreaded Dreadnoughtus” • B.J. Lee • Frostfire Worlds, November
“The Washerwoman’s Daughter” • Mary Soon Lee • Crowned: The Sign of the Dragon: Book 1 (Dark Renaissance Books)
“Postlude” • Nolan Liebert • Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry, October
“B'resheet” • Julia Burns Liberman • Strange Horizons, 10/7/15
“An Introduction to Alternate Universes: Theory and Practice” • Sandra J. Lindow • Gyroscope Review 16:1
“Under the Cancer Tree ” • Sandra J. Lindow • Tales of the Talisman 10.4
“Four Chambers” • Shira Lipkin • Mythic Delirium, September
“Challenger” • Bronwyn Lovell • Strange Horizons, 6/8/15
“It Came to Pass” • Mark Mansfield • Star*Line 38.3
“The Subtle Arts of Chemistry” • Elizabeth R. McClellan • New Myths, March
“The Woman Sings Her Marriage Into Being” • Lev Mirov • Through the Gate 7
“Bone-House” • A.J. Odasso • Liminality 4
“Transition Metal” • A.J. Odasso • My Dear Watson: The Very Elements of Poetry (Beautiful Dragons Press)
“In Fits of Wildest Dreaming” • K. A. Opperman • Spectral Realms 3
“The Palace of Phantasies” • K. A. Opperman • The Crimson Tome (Hippocampus Press)
“Requiem” • Matt Quinn • Eye to the Telescope 16
“Lola” • Gabby Reed • Strange Horizons 7/20/15
“Attack of the Saurus” • John Reinhart • Star*Line 38.4
“Lot’s Wife” • Michelle Scalise-Piccirilli • HWA Poetry Showcase Volume II
“He Promised Me The Moon” • Marge Simon • Abyss & Apex 55
“Serving the Blind Girl” • Marge Simon • Silver Blade 28
“Before I Kill You (An Arch-Villainelle)” • David Sklar • Stone Telling 12
“The Case of Trying Too Hard” • Steve Sneyd • Monomyth 57
“raven speaks” • Michael Spring • Absinthe Poetry Review 2
“buried pet turtles” • David Lee Summers • Zen of the Dead, ed. Lester Smith (Popcorn Press)
“Origami Crane/Light-Defying Starship” • Naru Dames Sundar • Liminality 5
“Philomela in Seven Movements” • Natalia Theodoridou • Mythic Delirium, June
“An Unrequited Love Process Loops” • Marie Vibbert • Asimov's Science Fiction, February 2015
“The Sun Ships” • Steven Withrow • Eye to the Telescope 16
“Crater Conundrum Pizza” • Greer Woodward • 2015 SFPA Poetry Contest Winners
“Passenger Seat” • Stephanie Wytovich • An Exorcism of Angels (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Long Poems (44 poems)
Toujours Il Coûte Trop Cher” • Mike Allen & C.S.E. Cooney • Spectral Realms 3
“I Dreamed a World” • Colleen Anderson • Polu Texni, 3/2/15
“Season of the Ginzakura” • Ryu Ando • Strange Horizons, 7/13/15
“Seasons in a Moon Ocean” • Daniel Ausema • Dreams and Nightmares 100
from “Sunspots” • Simon Barraclough • Poetry, December 2015
“Chronopatetic” • F. J. Bergmann • Dreams and Nightmares 100
“Resonance Redux” • Bruce Boston • Resonance Dark and Light (Eldritch Press)
“Black Momma-faces” • Angela Brown • Silver Blade 28
“Dali's Apostles” •  David E. Cowen • The Horror Zine, December 2015
“The Comet Elm” • Martin Elster • 2015 SFPA Poetry Contest Winners
“Observations from the Black Ball Line Between Deimos and Callisto” • Alexandra Erin • The Martian Wave, 2015
“A Brief History of Human Evolution” • Gary Every • Tales of the Talisman 10.4
“Actaeon” • Alice Fanchiang • Strange Horizons, 11/11/15
“Deliverance” • Adele Gardner • Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, 6/28/15
“The White Planet” • Albert Goldbarth • Boulevard 31:1
“Letter to Zelazny from Olympus Mons” • Vince Gotera • The Syzygy Poetry Journal 1:2
“Artist Signature” • Susan Gray • Lunar Mission One, 10/16/15
“Illusions of Man” • Deborah Guzzi • Silver Blade 26
“Thirteen Ways of Looking at Blackbeard” • Ed Higgins • Parody 4:1
“Drowned City” • Ruth Jenkins • Liminality 3
“Typhon & Echidna: A Love Story” • Sandra Kasturi • Gods, Memes and Monsters: A 21st Century Bestiary, ed. Heather J. Wood (Stone Skin Press)
“Dragonslayer” • Mary Soon Lee • Crowned: The Sign of the Dragon: Book 1 (Dark Renaissance Books)
“Training: Stances” • Mary Soon Lee • Crowned: The Sign of the Dragon: Book 1 (Dark Renaissance Books)
“archival testimony fragments / minersong” • Rose Lemberg • Uncanny 2
“Long Shadow” • Rose Lemberg • Strange Horizons, 9/3/15
“And then the stars …” • Mack W. Mani • The Pedestal Magazine 76
“Interiora II” • Alessandro Manzetti • Eden Underground (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Et je ne pleurais jamais les larmes cicatrisantes magiques; c'est seulement un mensonge joli • Elizabeth R. McClellan • Niteblade 31
“Changeling” • Lynette Mejia • Liminality 6
“An Unexpected Guest” • Lev Mirov • Liminality 5
"Poetry Set: Red Wire, Monsters, Slipknot” • A.J. Odasso • SWAMP Writing 17
“Halloween” • K. A. Opperman • The Crimson Tome (Hippocampus Press)
“It Begins With A Haunting” • Krysada Panusith Phounsiri • Dance Among Elephants (Sahtu Press)
“O Dervish of the Restless Heart” • Saba Syed Razvi • Nonbinary Review 6
“The Coming Dark” • Wendy Rathbone • Star*Line 38.2
“ugly bags of mostly water” • Yann Rousselot • Dawn of the Algorithm (Inkshares)
“The Noble Torturer” • Sofia Samatar • Bluestockings Magazine, 7/28/15
“Keziah” • Ann K. Schwader • Dark Energies (P'rea Press)
“Adarna” • M. Sereno • Strange Horizons, 12/21/15
“Twenty Years” • Christina Sng • New Myths 32
“The Woman in the Coffee Shop” • Christina Sng • Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction 5
“The Iterative Nature of the Magical Discovery Process” • Bogi Takács • Through the Gate, March
“A Love in Twelve Feathers” • Shveta Thakrar • Strange Horizons, 10/19/15
“A Butterfly in Carcosa” • DJ Tyrer • Yellow Leaves 8

Nominations per publication (61 publications):

1   Absinthe Poetry Review
3   Abyss & Apex
3 spacer Asimov’s Science Fiction
1   The Asses of Parnassus
1   Australian Poetry Journal
1   Bluestockings Magazine
1   Boulevard
2   The Crimson Tome (Hippocampus Press)
3   Crowned: The Sign of the Dragon: Book 1 (Dark Renaissance Books)
1   The Dalhousie Review
1   Dance Among Elephants (Sahtu Press)
1   Dark Energies (P'rea Press)
1   Dawn of the Algorithm (Inkshares)
1   Devilfish Review
4   Dreams and Nightmares
1   Eden Underground (Crystal Lake Publishing)
1   An Exorcism of Angels (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
2   Eye to the Telescope
1   Frostfire Worlds
1   Gods, Memes and Monsters: A 21st Century Bestiary, ed. Heather J. Wood (Stone Skin Press)
3   Grievous Angel
1   Gyroscope Review
2   HWA Poetry Showcase Volume II
1   The Horror Zine
1   Interstellar Award
1   Latchkey Tales
5   Liminality
1   Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction
1   The Los Angeles Review of Los Angeles
2   The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction
1   Mariposa
2   The Martian Wave
1   Monomyth
1   My Dear Watson: The Very Elements of Poetry (Beautiful Dragons Press)
1   Mythic Delirium
2   New Myths
1   Niteblade
2   Nonbinary Review
1   OnSpec Magazine
2   Parody
3   The Pedestal Magazine
1   Polu Texni
2   Postscripts to Darkness
1   Rattle
1   Resonance Dark and Light (Eldritch Press)
2   SFPA Poetry Contest Winners
3   Silver Blade
2   Songs of Eretz Poetry Review
2   Spectral Realms
7   Star*Line
1   Stone Telling
11   Strange Horizons
1   Sub-Saharan Magazine
1   SWAMP Writing
2   The Syzygy Poetry Journal
2   Tales of the Talisman
2   Through the Gate
2   Uncanny
1   Yellow Leaves
1   Zen of the Dead, ed. Lester Smith (Popcorn Press)
1   Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry

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