SFPA-Sponsored Poetry Contests
2018 SFPA Poetry Contest
Our contest is intended to raise funds for SFPA, as well as to draw more attention to speculative poets and reward writers of good speculative poems. An eligibility survey was taken following the 2015 contest.

The 2018 SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest will open for entries on June 1, 2018. Questions about the contest can be sent to 18contest@sfpoetry.com.

Contest Rules: The 2018 SFPA speculative poetry contest is open to all poets, including non-SFPA-members. Prizes will be awarded for best poem in 3 categories: Dwarf (poems 1–10 lines [prose poems 0–100 words]); Short (11–49 lines [prose poems 101–499 words]); Long (50 lines and more [prose 500 words and up]). Line count does not include title or stanza breaks. All sub-genres of speculative poetry allowed in any form. Entries will be read blind. Winners will be announced and posted on the site October 1, 2018.

Judge: John W. Sexton
John W. Sexton photoJohn W. Sexton was born in 1958 and lives in the Republic of Ireland. He is the author of six poetry collections, the most recent being the imminent Futures Pass, from Salmon Poetry. His earlier collections include Vortex (2005), Petit Mal (2009) and The Offspring of the Moon (2013). He also created and wrote The Ivory Tower for RTÉ Radio, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes from 1999 to 2002. Two novels based on the characters from this series have been published by the O’Brien Press: The Johnny Coffin Diaries and Johnny Coffin School-Dazed, which have been translated into both Italian and Serbian. Under the ironic pseudonym of Sex W. Johnston he has recorded an album with legendary Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons of Shiva, which has been released on Track Records. He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem “The Green Owl” won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. Also in 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry. (Photo of John W. Sexton courtesy of Niall Hartnett.)

Contest Chair: Holly Lyn Walrath
Holly Lyn WalrathHolly Lyn Walrathis a writer of poetry and short fiction. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Liminality, Eye to the Telescope, and elsewhere. She is a freelance editor and volunteer with Writespace literary center in Houston, Texas. Find her on Twitter @HollyLynWalrath or at hlwalrath.com.

Submission guidelines:

  • Online entry form: (TBA; contest will open June 1)
  • Deadline is August 31
  • Entries will be read blind. Please do not include any identifying information on the file or filename; enter your name only in the form. The name of the file should be the name of the poem. .rtf preferred. Either submit poems individually via form or send all in one file, separated by ***, with "SFPA Contest" in the subject line to 18contest@sfpoetry.com and pay treasurer directly via PayPal at sfpatreasurer@gmail.com.
  • Unpublished poems only.
  • Enter as many poems as you like, but an entry fee $2 per poem must be paid via PayPal at entry (credit card can be used without a PayPal account). Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but must be immediately withdrawn if accepted elsewhere.
  • No PayPal or problems with form? Send poems via e-mail to 18contest@sfpoetry.com, “SFPA contest” in subject line, .rtf preferred, and send a check payable to SFPA to SFPA Secretary, PO Box 2074, San Mateo CA 94401

Confirmation of receipt of your submission should follow within 3 days.
Announcement of winners will be posted on the SFPA website.

Prizes: In each category (Dwarf, Short, Long): $100 First Prize, $50 Second Prize, $25 Third Prize. Publication on the SFPA website for first through third places.

Previous SFPA Contests

2017 winning poems

2016 winning poems

2015 winning poems

2014 winning poems

2013 winning poems

2012 winning poems

2010 New Poets Contest: Ekphrasis

   

2008 Poetry Contest: Energy

2007 Poetry Contest: Sonnets

2006 Poetry Contest


SFPA has published anthologies of selected contest poems.

2008 SFPA Energy contest anthology 2007 SFPA sonnet contest anthology

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