Rhysling Award

The winners of the Rhysling Award, presented for speculative poetry by the SFPA, were announced at LoneStarCon 3.

  • Short Poem: “The Cat Star,” by Terry A. Garey
  • Long Poem: “Into Flight,” by Andrew Robert Sutton

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Elgin Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced the winners of this year’s Elgin Awards, for speculative fiction poetry chapbook and the full-length poetry book. this is the first year for this award, which is named for SFPA Founder Suzette Haden Elgin.

  • Chapbook: Out of the Black Forest, F.J. Bergmann
  • Book length: Lovers & Killers, by Mary Turzillo

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Rhysling Winners

The winners of the Rhysling Award, presented for speculative poetry by the SFPA, were announced at Readercon.

  • Short Poem: “The Library, After,” by Shira Lipkin
  • Long Poem: “The Curator Speaks in the Department of Dead Languages,” by Megan Arkenberg

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Rhysling Nominees

The Rhysling nominations have been been announced the the Science Fiction Poetry Association. The Rhyslings are presented to recognize excellence in speculative verse.

Short Poems First Published in 2011

  • Mary Alexandra Agner, “Venus to Her Terraformers”
  • Camille Alexa, “Young Miss Frankenstein Regrets”
  • Erik Amundsen, “The Lend”
  • Elizabeth Barrette, “The Shipwright’s Song”
  • Robert Borski, “Abel”
  • Bruce Boston, “The Music of Robots”
  • Rich Boucher, “Response to Botticelli”
  • G. O. Clark, “Peter and Alice”
  • P. S. Cottier, “Fingernails”
  • Becca De La Rosa, “World’s End”
  • James S. Dorr, “Monkey See”
  • Denise Dumars, “Folding Money”
  • Martin Elster, “My Unicorn”
  • Timons Esaias, “Dark Matter”
  • Kendall Evans, “Dragon”
  • Angel Favazza, “Clothes of Yesterday”
  • Janis Freegard, “Yayoi Kusama goes to Iceland”
  • Lyn C. A. Gardner, “In Translation”
  • T. M. Göttl, “Bridges”
  • Neile Graham, “The Bean-Sidhe Calls in Owl-Light”
  • Neile Graham, “The Ones Outside Your Door”
  • John Grey, “Mr. and Mrs. Goodnight”
  • Sandra Kasturi, “Ode to the Mongolian Death Worm”
  • Roz Kaveney, “Fembot”
  • Keith Kennedy, “First Loves for the First Time”
  • Nicole Kornher-Stace, “The Witch’s Heart”
  • B. J. Lee, “The Tortoise’s Encounter”
  • Greg Leunig, “Love in the Quantum Era”
  • Shira Lipkin, “The Library, After”
  • C. S. MacCath, “When I Arrived, This Is What She Said.”
  • Elizabeth R. McClellan, “Down Cycles”
  • Dawn McDuffie, “Thank God for Proust”
  • Joanne Merriam, “Love in the Time of Alien Invasion”
  • Kurt Newton, “Nuclear Stockpile Janitor”
  • Scott Nickell, “Response to Poe’s ‘Sonnet—To Science’”
  • Juan Manuel Perez, “Vanity”
  • Tim Pratt, “Lion Heart”
  • Sofía Rhei, translated by Lawrence Schimel, “The Magic Walnut”
  • Matthew Richards, “Ravel: An Etymology”
  • Andrew Rihn, “The Physics Major Agrees to Take the English Major Stargazing”
  • Ty Russell, “The Seas of Time”
  • R. Paul Sardanas and Tisha Garcia, “Luna Satyricon”
  • Ann K. Schwader, “the more space”
  • Ann K. Schwader, “Past Human”
  • Alexandra Seidel, “Lanterns”
  • John W. Sexton, “slit sea cucumber”
  • Marge Simon, “The Human Guest”
  • Marge Simon, “Visitors”
  • Robin Spriggs, “The Elusive Language of Purple Birds”
  • Heidy Steidlmayer, “Grendel’s Mother”
  • W. Gregory Stewart, “idiointerventionist (or, ‘but I interrupt myself’)”
  • Anna Sykora, “Dead Hotels”
  • Sonya Taaffe, “Taking the Auspices”
  • James E. Tolan, “Red Grown”
  • Mary Turzillo, “Graffiti Tree”
  • Mary Turzillo, “Moving to Enceladus”
  • Anna Waite, “To the ancients, the sea was a dangerous place”
  • Kyla Lee Ward, “The Kite”
  • Gerald Warfield, “A Greater Moon”
  • Jacqueline West, “Escaping the Dawn”
  • Neal Wilgus, “A Modest Suggestion”
  • Stephen M. Wilson, “Angel’s Den”
  • Stephen M. Wilson, “Christogenesis”
  • Greer Woodward, “Closure”

Long Poems First Published in 2011

  • Mike Allen, Sonya Taaffe, and Nicole Kornher-Stace, “The King of Cats, the Queen of Wolves”
  • Erik Amundsen, “Desfixion”
  • Megan Arkenberg, “The Curator Speaks in the Department of Dead Languages”
  • Elizabeth Barrette, “The Cathedral of the Michaelangelines”
  • Dana Bell, “Welcomed Cast Outs”
  • Robert Borski, “Gavage”
  • Bruce Boston, “Surreal Fortune”
  • g. sutton breiding, “Letter from the Golden Age”
  • Benjamin Cartwright, “Terraforming Mars”
  • G. O. Clark and Kendall Evans, “The 25-Cent Rocket: One-Quarter of the Way to the Stars”
  • C. S. E. Cooney, “Postcards from Mars”
  • Lyn C. A. Gardner, “The Chant of the Black Cats”
  • Lyn C. A. Gardner, “The Witch Girl”
  • Albert Goldbarth, “Summary: Kinetic vs. Potential”
  • April Grant, “Wallpaper”
  • Sally Rosen Kindred, “Wendy Darling Has Bad Dreams”
  • Rose Lemberg, “In the Third Cycle”
  • Shira Lipkin, “The Changeling’s Lament”
  • Elissa Malcohn, “The Last Dragon Slayer”
  • Helen Marshall, “Beautiful Monster”
  • Helen Marshall, *Skeleton Leaves: A Collection*
  • Elizabeth R. McClellan, “The Walking Man Goes Looking for the Sons of John: Six Cantos”
  • Joanne Merriam, “Tender Aliens”
  • Mari Ness, “Snowmelt”
  • Paul Park, “Ragnarok”
  • Sofia Samatar, “Girl Hours”
  • Alexandra Seidel, “A Masquerade in Four Voices”
  • Nancy Sheng, “Guan Yin in the Garden”
  • Michael Shorb, “Ahura Mazda”
  • J. E. Stanley, “Speaking to the Hangman Is Not Permitted”
  • Mary Turzillo, “The Legend of the Emperor’s Space Suit (A Tale of Consensus Reality)”
  • Catherynne M. Valente, “The Melancholy of Mechagirl”
  • Catherynne M. Valente, “The Secret of Being a Cowboy”
  • JoSelle Vanderhooft, “Blood, Snow, Birch and Underworld”
  • Caitlin Meredith Walsh, “Initiation”
  • Kyla Lee Ward, “The Soldier’s Return”
  • Shannon Connor Winward, “All Souls’ Day”
  • Greer Woodward, “Ribbons of the Sun”
  • Xanadu (Ofnguyenfame), “Mood of Mind (I)—*Tu Bi Hi Xa*”

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Rhysling Awards Updated

The winners of the Rhysling Award, presented annually for best SF poetry by the Science Fiction Poetry Association, were announced at Readercon on July 16 following the seventh annual Rhysling
Award Poetry Slam. Shortly after the awards were announced, it was discovered that the winning poem in the short poem category was ineligible due to prior publication. The corrected winners are below.

  • Long Poem: “The Sea King’s Second Bride,” by C. S. E. Cooney
  • Short Poem: “Peach-Creamed Honey,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • Lifetime Achievement: Jane Yolen

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Rhysling Winners

The winners of the Rhysling Award, presented annually for best SF poetry by the Science Fiction Poetry Association, were announced at Readercon on July 16 following the seventh annual Rhysling
Award Poetry Slam.

  • Long Poem: “The Sea King’s Second Bride,” by C. S. E. Cooney
  • Short Poem: “El Codex Chupacabra,” by Juan Manuel Perez“Peach-Creamed Honey,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • Lifetime Achievement: Jane Yolen

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Rhysling Nominations

The nominations for this year’s Rhysling Awards for poetry have been announced.
Short Poems

  • Greg Beatty, “On Keeping Pluto a Planet”
  • F. J. Bergmann, “Chronomancy”
  • F. J. Bergmann, “Cultural Climate”
  • Bruce Boston, “Lizards and Wind”
  • Rachel Manija Brown, “Minotaur Noir”
  • Shelly Bryant, “Compelling Outward Flight”
  • Rosalind Casey, “Patience”
  • G. O. Clark, “Putting Off the Past”
  • C.S.E. Cooney, “Dogstar Men”
  • Jennifer Crow, “Hoarding Light”
  • Jennifer Crow, “We Took Our Gods”
  • Jennifer Crow, “An Incomplete Map of Death”
  • Amal El-Mohtar, “Peach Creamed Honey”
  • Kendall Evans, “Here We Are/Implied in the Shadows/Cast Upon Saturn’s Atmosphere”
  • Angel Favazza, “Call of the Wired”
  • Michael Fosburg, “My Own Ending”
  • Melissa Frederick, “Volcanoes on Io”
  • Joshua Gage, “The Shoemaker’s Daughters”
  • Lyn C. A. Gardner, “Midnight Posture”
  • Jaimee Hills, “Tonight the Character of Death Will Be Played by Brad Pitt”
  • Janis Ian, “Welcome Home (The Nebulas Song)”
  • David C. Kopaska-Merkel, “A few stops on the journey”
  • Geoffrey A. Landis, “Rondel for Apollo 11″
  • B. J. Lee, “The Legend of the Flying Dutchman”
  • Rose Lemberg, “Twin-born”
  • Sarah Lindsay, “Planet Anhedonia”
  • C. S. MacCath, “A Path Without Bones”
  • W. S. Merwin, “The Chain to Her Leg”
  • Shweta Narayan, “Cave-smell”
  • Ruth Naylor, “What Mighty Force?”
  • Adrienne J. Odasso, “The Ghosts of Moody Street”
  • Stephanie Parent, “Tinkerbell”
  • Juan Manuel Perez, “Human Fighting Is Illegal”
  • Juan Manuel Perez, “El Codex Chupacabra”
  • Kelly Rose Pflug-Back, “My Bones’ Cracked Abacus”
  • Karen A. Romanko, “Binary Creation Myth”
  • R. Paul Sardanas, “The Black Lotus”
  • Ann K. Schwader, “The Witch in Your Mirror”
  • Ann K. Schwader, “Scrapyard Outpost”
  • Ann K. Schwader, “Quiet In Her Mind”
  • Ann K. Schwader, “Of Ithaca & Ice”
  • Ann K. Schwader, “The Darkness Whispers (Flagstaff, AZ 1930)”
  • Marge Simon, “Sightings”
  • Robin Spriggs, “Red Magic”
  • Sonya Taafe, “In the Earth in Those Days”
  • Sonya Taafe, “Anakatabasis”
  • Sonya Taafe, “By the Dog”
  • Sonya Taafe, “Domovoi, I Came Back!”
  • Nancy Ellis Taylor, “Genetic Memory Comes to Me”
  • Richard L. Tierney, “Yuletide”
  • Brian Trent, “A Holiday in Necropolis”
  • Patrice M. Wilson, “Images in the Dark”
  • Stephen M. Wilson, “Imagined World”
  • Stephen M. Wilson, “I, Cannibal…”
  • Stephen M. Wilson, “The Conjuror”
  • Jane Yolen, “The Gospel of the Rope”

Long Poem

  • Mary Alexandra Agner, “Tertiary”
  • Tara Barnett, “Star Reservation”
  • F. J. Bergmann, “Occidental”
  • Robert Borski, “The Pantheon”
  • Robert Borski, “Bubba”
  • Bruce Boston, “Dark Rains Here and There”
  • Lisa Bradley, “The Haunted Girl”
  • C. S. E. Cooney, “Ere One Can Say It Lightens”
  • C. S. E. Cooney, “The Sea King’s Second Bride”
  • Oscar L. Crawford, “My Wings Are Still Forming”
  • Malcolm Deeley, “On the Platform”
  • James S. Dorr, “Eight Top Vampire Hobbies”
  • Amal El Mohtar, “The Winter Tree”
  • Amal El Mohtar and Jessica P. Wick, “Courting Song for Selkies”
  • Hugh Fox and Eric Greinke, “Beyond Our Control”
  • Robert Frazier, “Wreck Diving the Starship”
  • Joshua Gage, “Rats”
  • Lyn C. A. Gardner, “Homecoming”
  • Theodora Goss, “Ravens”
  • Samantha Henderson, “The Gabriel Hound”
  • Irving, “Until the Light Fades”
  • Deborah P Kolodji and W. Gregory Stewart, “String Stories”
  • Rich Magahiz, “13 Ways of Looking at a Balrog”
  • Elizabeth R. McClellan, “Anything So Utterly Destroyed”
  • Jaime Moyer, “A Poem for no one at all”
  • Jaime Moyer, “Rain Face”
  • Kurt Newton, “The Cemetery”
  • Steven L. Peck, “The Five Known Sutras of Mechanical Man”
  • W. C. Roberts, “Stargazers”
  • Charles Saplak, “Dragonskull: Vision of Result”
  • Robin Spriggs, “Blatta Infernalis”
  • W. Gregory Stewart and David Kopaska-Merkel, “Seasons of the Worm”
  • J. E. Stanley, “crossroads”
  • Richard L. Tierney, “Autumn Chill”
  • Catherynne M. Valente, “Red Engines”
  • Steve Vernon, “Barren: A Chronicle in Futility”
  • Phoebe Wilcox, “A More Significant Sun”

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OddCon Poetry/Flash Fiction Contest

Odyssey Con is sponsoring its fourth annual poetry/flash fiction contest. The contest has two categories: adult and youth. The adult category has a $10 entry fee and a prize of $500 to first place and an OddCon membership and books to top three finalists. The youth category has no entry fee a prize of $50 to first place and an OddCon membership and books to top three finalists. Entries should be 500 words or less of speculative (SF&F) fiction or prose poetry (paragraph form). This year’s contest is being judged by Marion Boyer. The deadline is January 15.

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Rhysling Winners

The winners of the Rhysling Award, presented annually for best SF poetry by the Science Fiction Poetry Association, were announced at Readercon.

  • Long Poem: “In the Astronaut Asylum,” by Kendall Evans and Samantha Henderson
  • Short Poem: “To Theia,” by Ann K. Schwader
  • Lifetime Achievement: Jane Yolen

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Rhysling Winners

The winners of the Rhysling Award, presented annually for best SF poetry by the Science Fiction Poetry Association, were announced at Readercon.

  • Long Poem: “Search,” by Geoffrey A. Landis (Helix 10)
  • Short Poem: “Song for an Ancient City,” by Amal El-Mohtar (Mythic Delirium 19)

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