Dwarf Stars Guidelines

2022 Dwarf Stars Editors: Adele Gardner & Greer Woodward

Adele Gardner (gardnercastle.com, none/they, Mx.) is a fiction writer & award-winning poet with a poetry collection, Halloween Hearts, forthcoming from Jackanapes Press and work in Analog, Strange Horizons, PodCastle, and Daily Science Fiction. This genderfluid night owl loves libraries, samurai films, and reading comics with cats. Adele serves as literary executor for father, mentor, and namesake Delbert R. Gardner.   Adele Gardner photo
Greer Woodward is a poet whose work appears in Star*Line, Scifaikuest, Silver Blade, Eye to the Telescope, Illumen, Blōō Outlier Journal and Troutswirl. She was a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and the lyricist for Theatreworks/USA's Sherlock Holmes and the Red-Headed League. She also wrote for the musical revues Pets! and That's Life!, an Outer Critics Circle Awards nominee for Best Off-Broadway Musical. She lives upcountry on the Big Island of Hawaii with her husband, actor John Sucke, and their four cats.   Greer Woodward photo

On April 1 submissions open for the Dwarf Stars anthology, from which the best short poem published in the previous year is selected. Anyone may submit their own poems or those of others; there is no limit to how many poems you may submit for the anthology, but poems are selected for inclusion by the editors. Only SFPA members may vote for the award. Open to all genres of speculative poetry, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and “unclassifiable, but speculative.” Poems must be no more than ten lines (or no more than 100 words for prose poems) not including title or stanza breaks, and first published in the preceding year; include publication credit.

Send email submissions (preferred) to dwarfstars@sfpoetry.com; please put “DS SUB” in the subject line of your email and put poems in the body of the email, with the following information:

  1. Properly formatted poem
  2. Poet’s name
  3. Date of publication (must be first published in the previous calendar year)
  4. Publication info:
    1. Online: venue name and URL (include page # for formats such as pdf, issuu, or joomla)
    2. Print: issue or book title and publisher URL or editorial address

If email bounces, use this form: https://bit.ly/SFPADS22

Send postal submissions (discouraged) to SFPA Secretary, Brian Garrison, PO Box 1563, Alameda CA 94501, USA. Editors of speculative poetry journals are welcome to submit entire issues; no need to name specific poems. Submission deadline May 1.

The Dwarf Stars anthology will mail with the July issue of Star*Line. Voting deadline is August 31. Only current SFPA members may vote. Online voting form TBA.

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