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December 2013

Star*Line Pushcart Prize Nominations

We have nominated the following poems published in Star*Line during 2013 for the Pushcart Prize. —F.J. Bergmann, Star*Line editor

“The Captain Speaks” • Leslie J. Anderson, Star*Line 36.1
“Don’t Think There’s Nothing to Fear,” Kurt McPhearson, Star*Line 36.2
“Interpose: A Love Poem” • Scott T. Hutchison, Star*Line 36.2
“After Oz” • C. W. Johnson, Star*Line 36.2
“Intergalactic UPS” • Jeffrey Johannes, Star*Line 36.3
“Beowulf at Breakfast,” Christine Howey, Star*Line 36.4 (mp3 2.6MB audio)

October 2013
Halloween Reading posted

Zen of Space 2013 Poetry Contest
James S. Dorr won the Grand Prize, and many SFPA members are among the winners!

September 2013
Halloween Reading Open for Submissions
SFPA members: submit one audio file of yourself reading a poem suitable for Halloween, including a short blurb with any or all of the following: intro, where/when first published if a reprint, website or blog link, and a recent anthology or book with a link to purchase. Participation is unpaid. SFPA acquires one-time audio rights only. (NB: for Rhysling Award nominations, posting on the SFPA Halloween page counts as publication.)

Any graphics, spooky photos, etc. are also welcome. Submit to Liz Bennefeld at sfpoetry (at) quietspaces(dot)net by September 30 if possible. Poems will be posted in the order in which they are received. The plan is to have this year's page live by October 6, with additions until about a week before the holiday.

Book Honors
Bruce Boston’s retrospective collection, DARK ROADS: SELECTED LONG POEMS 1971-2012 (Dark Renaissance Press, 2013), has received the Gothic Readers Choice Award, and a five-star review. gothicreadersbookclub.blogspot.com/2013_09_01_archive.html


August 2013
Haiku Winner
Congratulations to N. E. Taylor for winning the Haiku North America 2013 haiku contest! There were 1500 entries in the contest, judged by Garry Gay. haikunorthamerica.com/hna-haiku-contest-results.html

The International Cosmopoetry Challenge: cosmopoetry.ro/challengegam2013/1.html

July 2013

Clevelanders in the Eye's Body
Geoffrey Landis writes about Cleveland, OH, poets in SFPA publications: clevelandpoetics.blogspot.com/2013/07/clevelanders-in-eyes-body.html

Haikus to Mars written by SFPA members. Click on links to see the poems, then vote for your favorite!


June 2013

Bram Stoker award for Superior Achievement in Poetry was won by Marge Simon for VAMPIRES, ZOMBIES & WANTON SOULS (Elektrik Milk Bath Press, 2012)  

May 2013

Balticon Poetry Award
1st Place: "The Music of the Stars" Bruce Boston Ocala, FL
2nd Place: "Drenched in Light" Kadie Bennis Woodbridge, VA
3rd Place: "Lottery Revisited" Marge Simon Ocala, FL

Winning poems: bsfs.org/images/poetry/2013-win.pdf
Info on this yearly award: bsfs.org/bsfspoetry

February 2013

Bram Stoker Award Final Ballot 2012
Addison, Linda, and Stephen M. Wilson - Dark Duet (NECON eBooks)
Boston, Bruce, and Gary William Crawford - Notes from the Shadow City (Dark Regions Press)
Collings, Michael - A Verse to Horrors (Amazon Digital Services)
Simon, Marge - Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls (Elektrik Milk Bath Press)
Turzillo, Mary A. - Lovers & Killers (Dark Regions)

SFPA member is Lang lecturer
JANE YOLEN, on 1 November, was the first woman to deliver the Andrew Lang Lecture since its founding at the University of St Andrews in 1927. J.R.R. Tolkien's 'On Fairy Stories' was the 1939 Lang lecture.

January 2013

Stoker Award Superior Achievement in Poetry, preliminary ballot

The active membership of the Horror Writers Association vote on the nominees.

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