The 2020 Rhysling Winners

Jessica J Horowitz photo2020 Rhysling Award—Short Poem: Jessica J. Horowitz
Winning poem: “Taking, Keeping”

Appeared in Apparition Lit 5

Born in Korea, Jessica now writes speculative fiction and poetry in New England, where they balance their aversion to cold with the inability to live anywhere without snow. Previous works can be at Flash Fiction Online, Fireside, DSF, Apparition Lit. and others. They blog infrequently at and have slightly more frequent feelings and opinions on Twitter @transientj


Rebecca Buchanan photo2020 Rhysling Award—Long Poem: Rebecca Buchanan
Winning poem: Heliobacterium daphnephilum

Appeared in Star*Line 42.3

Rebecca Buchanan is the editor of the Pagan literary ezine Eternal Haunted Summer, and a regular contributor to evOke: witchcraft*paganism*lifestyle. Her work has appeared in Abyss & Apex, Cliterature, Corvid Queen, Eye to the Telescope, Mirror Dance, Silver Blade, and Star*Line, among other venues. 


Beth Cato photoSecond Place—Short Poem: Caroline Mao
“when my father reprograms my mother {”

Appeared in Strange Horizons, Fund Drive

Caroline Mao is a designer and computer science student at Barnard College Columbia. She loves reading, New York City, and bubble tea.


Beth Cato photoSecond Place—Long Poem: Theodora Goss
“The Cinder Girl Burns Brightly”

Appeared in Uncanny 28

Theodora Goss is the World Fantasy Award–winning author of the short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting (2006); Interfictions (2007), a short story anthology coedited with Delia Sherman; Voices from Fairyland (2008), a poetry anthology with critical essays and a selection of her own poems; The Thorn and the Blossom (2012), a novella in a two-sided accordion format; the poetry collection Songs for Ophelia (2014); and debut novel The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (2017). She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Locus, Crawford, Seiun, and Mythopoeic Awards, as well as on the Tiptree Award Honor List, and her work has been translated into eleven languages. She teaches literature and writing at Boston University and in the Stonecoast MFA Program. Visit her at


Sandra J Lindow photoThird Place—Short Poem: Sandra J. Lindow
“Creation: Dark Matter Dating App”

Appeared in Asimov's SF, July/August

Sandra J. Lindow has served as SFPA's VP and acting president. Presently she will be co-editing reviews for the new SFPA blog. Her most recent poetry collection is The Island of Amazonned Women. She teaches, writes, edits and shouts at squirrels for digging up and eating her canna lilies. She has more Rhysling nominations and near-wins than anyone ever.


Tyler Hagemann photoThird Place—Short Poem: Tyler Hagemann
“The Day the Animals Turned to Sand”

Appeared in Amazing Stories, Spring

Tyler Hagemann was born and raised in Lindsay, Ontario, but has spent the last decade in Toronto. He is a recent graduate of a psychology program, and holds a BFA in theatre. 


Kyla Lee Ward photoThird Place—Long Poem: Kyla Lee Ward
Poem: “The Macabre Modern”

Appeared in The Macabre Modern and Other Morbidities (P'rea Press)

Kyla Lee Ward has released two collections of dark and fantastic poetry through P'rea Press—The Macabre Modern and Other Morbidities and The Land of Bad Dreams—as well as publishing short fiction, articles and a novel. She won the inaugural Australian Shadows Award for poetry and various works have garnered other Shadows and Aurealis Awards, and Stoker, Ditmar and Rhysling nominations. An actor, and sometime host with the Rocks Ghost Tours, she has travelled widely and rhymed adventurously. Her interests include history, occultism and scaring innocent bystanders.


Michael H Payne photoThird Place—Long Poem: Michael H. Payne
Poem: “Ode to the Artistic Temperament”

Appeared in Silver Blade 42

Michael H. Payne’s poems have appeared in places like Silver Blade, Gathering Storm, and the 2019 Poetry Nook anthology.  His short stories have shown up in Asimov's, Zooscape, and 11 of the last 12 Sword and Sorceress anthologies, while his novels were issued by Tor Books and Sofawolf Press.  Check for further details.


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