The Rhysling Awards
Call for Eligible Poems and Nominations
Nominations open January 1; Deadline: FEBRUARY 15

Space is provided (current members only) in Discord for portfolios of member Rhysling eligible poems. Members can upload their .doc, .docx, or .rtf files directly. Email sfpasecretary@gmail.com for questions about Discord access.

Rhysling Nomination Rules and Procedures:
Please read carefully. Nominations that do not meet these criteria cannot be accepted. Questions? E-mail the Rhysling Chair at rhysling@sfpoetry.com.

A few key changes to note for 2023:

  1. This year will serve as our first foray into applying a jury system. Members will still collectively create a list of nominees, the new jury will narrow down to a list of finalists, and members will still vote to select winners.
  2. The dividing line between short and long remains at 50 lines. However, there are now lower and upper limits to prevent "double dipping" into Dwarf Stars or Elgin eligibility. Poems 10 lines and under are eligible only for Dwarf Stars. Poems 300 lines and over are eligible only for the Elgin.
  3. Members may not nominate family members (partners, spouses, parents, children, and siblings).
Only current members of SFPA may nominate; however, the author of the nominated poem need not be an SFPA member.
  1. Only speculative poems first published in the preceding calendar year are eligible.
  2. You may not nominate your own poem.
  3. You may nominate one short poem (11-49 lines) and/or one long poem (50–299 lines). Nomination in both categories is not mandatory. For our purposes, prose poems 101–500 words will be classified as short poems, while those 500–1,999 words will be classified as long poems. Please note: spaces, stanza breaks, titles, true (non-fictitious) epigraphs, and the poet’s name are not included in the line or word count. Excerpted sections of longer poems are not eligible for awards unless the excerpted section was first published as a distinct poem or part of a set of distinct/titled poems. If you are unsure about the eligibility or category of a poem, please e-mail rhysling@sfpoetry.com.
  4. Self-published work is allowed as long as the poem first appeared in the previous calendar year.
    Full publication details must be provided.
    Include the title of the poem; the poet’s name as it appears (and the poet’s full name, if known); and publication information for the source in which the poem appeared:
    • Book: title, press name and address or website, year of publication, and editor if an anthology.
    • Periodical: name, issue, and editorial address or website; and (if possible) a link to the issue table of contents or the poem’s web page.
    • Website or blog: date of first publication and link to the poem’s web page.
    Please DO NOT include the poem itself! We will obtain the poem text directly from the poet to avoid errors.

Making the Nomination:
Online form: bit.ly/2023RhyslingNom

Please check the Candidates page for nominated poems after February 15.

NOMINATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15

To learn more about the Rhysling Awards and the Rhysling Anthology, please go to the main Rhysling Award page. To view the contents of all the Rhysling Anthologies since 1978, visit the Rhysling archive


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