The 2014 Rhysling Winners

2014 Rhysling Award—Short Poem: Amal El-Mohtar
Winning poem: “Turning the Leaves”

Appeared in Apex Magazine December 2013

amal el-mohtar photoAmal El-Mohtar is the Nebula-nominated author of The Honey Month, a collection of poetry and prose written to the taste of twenty-eight different kinds of honey. Her work has appeared in several magazines and anthologies including Uncanny, Lightspeed, Stone Telling, Apex, Mythic Delirium, and Strange Horizons. Most recently her short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed magazine's Women Destroy Science Fiction special issue and Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories. She is a founding member of the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours, edits Goblin Fruit, a quarterly journal of fantastical poetry, and lives in Glasgow with her fiancé and two jellicle cats.


2014 Rhysling Award—Long Poem: Mary Soon Lee
Winning poem: “Interregnum”

Appeared in Star*Line 36.4

mary soon lee photoMary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but became a naturalized US citizen in 2003. She has had over a hundred poems published, in places ranging from the Atlanta Review to Star*Line to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Once upon a time, she also wrote short stories, including appearances in The Year’s Best SF #5 and The Year’s Best Fantasy #4. She is currently working on The Sign of the Dragon, an extended poetry sequence featuring dragons, demons, and a heroic king, a small part of which may be read at She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, two children, and two cats.


Second Place—Short Poem: Geoffrey A. Landis
Poem: “Rivers”

Appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction June 2013

geoffrey a landis photoGeoffrey 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.

Second Place—Long Poem: Mike Allen
Poem: “Hungry Constellations”

Appeared in Goblin Fruit Fall 2013

John Philip Johnson photoMike Allen edits the digital journal Mythic Delirium and the Clockwork Phoenix anthology series. By day he's the arts columnist for the daily newspaper in Roanoke, Virginia. His first collection of horror stories, Unseaming, debuted in October to starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. His newest poetry collection, Hungry Constellations, offers a 20-year retrospective on his career.


Third Place—Short Poem: Rose Lemberg
Poem: “I will show you a single treasure from the treasures of Shah Nihaz”

Appeared in Goblin Fruit Summer 2013



Third Place—Long Poem: Bruce Boston

Poem: “Music of the Stars”

Appeared in 2013 Balticon Program Book

bruce boston photoBruce Boston is the author of more than fifty books and chapbooks, including the dystopian sf novel The Guardener’s Tale and the psychedelic coming-of-age novel Stained Glass Rain. His poetry has received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov’s Readers Award, the Gothic Readers Choice Award, the Balticon Poetry Award, and the Rhysling and Grandmaster Awards of the SFPA. His fiction has received a Pushcart Prize and twice been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award (novel, short story). His latest collection, Dark Roads: Selected Long Poems 1971-2012, is available from Amazon and Dark Renaissance Books.

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