The 2016 Dwarf Stars Anthology and Award

SFPA members only may vote for 1st, 2nd and 3rd at
Voting deadline August 31, 2016

2016 dwarf stars anthology coverThe 2016 Dwarf Stars Anthology: The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Short Poetry of 2015

Editors: Jeannine Hall Gailey & Lesley Wheeler
Cover Art: Tooth Fairy by Michaela Eaves
~12" × 16" watercolor & gouache © 2014
Layout: F.J. Bergmann
Publisher: Science Fiction Poetry Association

2016 Award Winners

We Begin This Way • Stacey Balkun • Gingerbread House 16

2nd Place (3-way tie):
“at the barre” • Julie Bloss Kelsey Rattle 51
The Doorman • F.J. Bergmann • Grievous Angel, May 2015
Weathering • Sandi Leibowitz • Silver Blade 25

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

66 members voted.


Stacey Balkun is the author of Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak (dancing girl 2016) & Lost City Museum (ELJ 2016). A Finalist for the 2016 Event Horizon Science Poetry Competition as well as the Center for Women Writer's 2016 Rita Dove Award, her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Gargoyle, Muzzle, Bayou, and others. A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013. She holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches poetry online at The Poetry Barn. Visit her at

  Julie Bloss Kelsey enjoys writing short form poetry, mainly scifaiku, haiku, and tanka. Her science fiction poetry has appeared in Star*Line, microcosms, Eye to the Telescope, Scifaikuest, and Rattle, among others. In 2011, her poem “Comet” won the Dwarf Stars Award. She is currently working on her first poetry collection, a failed alien love story told through scifaiku.
  F.J. Bergmann edits poetry for Star*Line, the journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, and imagines tragedies on or near exoplanets. Her horribly out-of-date website is
    Sandi Leibowitz
  John C. Mannone has over 550 works published in venues such as New England Journal of Medicine, Inscape Literary Journal, Windhover, 2016 Texas Poetry Calendar, Baltimore Review, Pedestal, Event Horizon Magazine and Syzygy Journal. He’s been awarded a 2016 Weymouth writing residency and has two literary poetry collections: Apocalypse (Alban Lake Publishing, 2015) and one on disability, Disabled Monsters (The Linnet’s Wings Press, 2015) to be featured in Nashville’s 2016 Southern Festival of Books. He edits poetry for Silver Blade and Abyss & Apex and is a college professor of physics in east Tennessee. Visit

Anthology Table of Contents

1   Abbreviate Journal
1   Asimov’s Science Fiction
1   Bones
1   Cherry Tree
2   Crazyhorse
4   Frogpond
2   Gingerbread House
1   Ghostlight, The Magazine of Terror
3   Grievous Angel
1   Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review
2   inkscrawl
1   Karankawa (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015)
1   The Los Angeles Review
3   Modern Haiku
1   Molly Bloom
1   Noon
2   Poetry
1   Rattle
6   Scifaikuest
1   2015 SFPA Poetry Contest
1   Silver Blade
7   Star*Line
1   Tales of the Talisman
1   The Were-Traveler

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