Sunday, September 25, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

2016 Dwarf Star Award Winners


As the President of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, it is my privilege and honor to announce the 2016 Dwarf Star Award Winners.

Now in its tenth year, this award is given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association to recognize the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year. Although hundreds of excellent very short science fiction, fantasy, and horror poems are regularly published each year, they seem to be mostly overlooked in the Rhysling Award process.

In the history of the Rhysling Award, few poems of 10 lines or fewer have been nominated, and none has won. Yet, there seems to be a surge of interest in short forms. It is not uncommon to find excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other speculative short poems in poetry journals. The Dwarf Stars Award acknowledges excellence in this specialized field.

Our thanks this year to Dwarf Stars editors Jeannine Hall Gailey and Lesley Wheeler!


This year’s first place winner:
We Begin This Way by Stacey Balkun, Gingerbread House 16

Stacey Balkun received her MFA from Fresno State and her work has appeared or will appear in Gargoyle, Muzzle, THRUSH, Bodega, and others. She is a contributing writer for The California Journal of Women Writers at www.tcjww.org. A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013. Her chapbook, Lost City Museum, is forthcoming from ELJ Publications. You can visit her website at http://www.staceybalkun.com/


Gingerbread House Literary Magazine is dedicated to publishing quality poetry & fiction with a magical element. “Take your fairy tale and twist it. Bend your fantasy to suit your needs. Be original and fresh, loose and lovely.” They publish six times a year, every other month.

Additionally, the voting membership of the Science Fiction Poetry Association selected the following poems for 2nd and 3rd place:

2nd Place (3-way tie)
“at the barre” by Julie Bloss Kelsey, Rattle 51

The Doorman by F.J. Bergmann, Grievous Angel, May 2015

Weathering by Sandi Leibowitz, Silver Blade 25


3rd Place
Alice was chasing white rabbits out of a black hole by John C. Mannone, Abbreviate Journal, July/August 2015

Congratulations to all of the winners! A reminder to all active members that nominations for the 2017 Dwarf Stars Awards will open on April 1st, 2017 and conclude on May 15th.

The SFPA was founded in 1978 to bring together poets and readers interested in speculative poetry and is an international literary organization. It produces two journals and confers three annual awards in speculative literature. You can visit us online at www.sfpoetry.com

Dr. Svengsouk on Arts InFocus

From WXXI's Arts InFocus series:

Have you ever experienced a deep sense of calm after listening to soothing music? I'm sure you can relate when I say that listening to music can bring peace in stressful or uncertain times. Well, local doctor, Jefferson Svengsouk is putting this into practice at Strong Memorial Hospital's Palliative Care Unit. He's combining his two passions, caring for people in need and playing the Native American flute. We recently visited him as he played at the bedside of someone in need. Aired 9/16/16.


You can learn more about his work at: http://www.cobbshillconsort.com/jefferson/

2016 Elgin Award Book of the Year Winners!


As the President of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, it is my privilege and honor to announce the 2016 Elgin Award Winners!

This award is given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association to recognize the best full-length book and chapbook of speculative poetry published in the previous year. The Elgin Award is named after the founder of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, Suzette Haden Elgin.

2016 Elgin Award Full-Length Book:


1st Place: Crowned: The Sign of the Dragon Book 1, by Mary Soon Lee
2nd: The Robot Scientist's Daughter, by Jeannine Hall Gailey
3rd: Dark Energies, by Ann K. Schwader



2016 Elgin Award Chapbook of the Year:


1st Place: Undoing Winter, by Shannon Connor Winward
2nd: Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town, by John Philip Johnson
3rd: A Guide for the Practical Abductee, by E. Kristin Anderson

Congratulations to all of the winners!

For the Elgin Awards, Chapbooks must contain 10-39 pages of poetry. Full-length Books must contain 40 or more pages of poetry. E-books are eligible, but self-published books are not. Single-author and collaborative books are eligible; anthologies are not. Books containing fiction as well as poetry are not eligible. Books must be in English, but translations are eligible. In the case of translations that also contain the poems in the original language, those pages will not count toward the total page count. Only members can nominate books. They may not nominate their own books, but they may nominate multiple books, and the books need not be by members in order to be nominated or to win. Nominations are due by June 15th of each year.

The SFPA was founded in 1978 to bring together poets and readers interested in speculative poetry and is an international literary organization. It produces two journals and confers three annual awards in speculative literature