About the Rhysling
In January 1978, Suzette Haden Elgin founded the Science Fiction Poetry Association, along with two of its visible cornerposts: the association's newsletter, Star*Line, and the Rhysling Awards.
The Rhysling Awards are named for the blind poet Rhysling in Robert A. Heinlein’s short story “The Green Hills of Earth.” Rhysling’s skills were said to rival Rudyard Kipling’s. In real life, Apollo 15 astronauts named a crater near their landing site “Rhysling,” which has since become its official name.
Nominees for each year's Rhysling Awards are selected by the membership of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Each member is allowed to nominate one work in each of two categories: “Best Long Poem” (50+ lines; for prose poems, 500+ words) and “Best Short Poem” (0–49 lines; for prose poems, 0–499 words). All nominated works must have been first published during the preceding calendar year of the awards year. The Rhysling Awards are put to a final vote by the membership of the SFPA selection from all nominated works, presented in the Rhysling Anthology. The anthology allows the membership to easily review and consider all nominated works without the necessity of obtaining the diverse number of publications in which the nominated works first appeared. The Rhysling Anthology is available to anyone with an interest in this unique compilation of verse from some of the finest poets working in the field of SF/F/Horror poetry.
The winning works are regularly reprinted in the Nebula Awards Anthology from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., and are considered in the SF/F/H/Spec. field to be the equivalent in poetry of the awards given for prose work— achievement awards given to poets by the writing peers of their own field of literature.
Printing and distribution of the Rhysling Anthology are paid for from a special fund, the Rhysling Endowment Fund. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please send a check, made out to SFPA, with a notation that it is for the Rhysling fund, to:
PO BOX 2472
Dublin CA 94568
or by PayPal to SFPATreasurer@gmail.com. Credit card payments are accepted through PayPal. Without the generous donations of many SFPA members, the Anthology could not be published.
To view the contents of all the Rhysling Anthologies since 1978, see the Rhysling archive.
A copy of the annual Rhysling Anthology is included with SFPA membership.
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Pring copies of the 2016 Rhysling Anthology are $16.95 each; print copies of all previous years are available for $12.95 (+ $4 USA postage; $11 Canada; $17 international ). E-mail the treasurer for postage costs on multiple copies.
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PO Box 907
Winchester CA 92596