The 2019 Elgin Awards
Call for Book and Chapbook Nominations
Deadline May 15

Books nominated so far.

2019 Elgin Chair: Charles Christian
Charles Christian photoCharles Christian is a writer, journalist, blogger, podcaster, radio host, and storyteller. He devised the Ink Sweat & Tears poetry and Grievous Angel SF&F poetry and flash fiction webzines. He has edited four poetry collections, including the 2016 Rhysling Anthology for the SFPA, served on the UK Society of Authors' Poetry & Spoken Word Group committee, is on the British Haiku Society management committee, and for two years was a judge for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel. He is also the author of the writing guide Writing Genre Fiction – Creating Imaginary Worlds: The 12 Rules.

2018 Elgin Award Nomination Rules and Procedures:
Please read carefully. If you have questions, please e-mail elgin@sfpoetry.com.

  1. Only current members of SFPA may nominate; however, the author of the nominated book or chapbook need not be an SFPA member.

  2. Only books of speculative poetry first published during 2017 and 2018 are eligible. Books containing fiction as well as poetry are not eligible. More than half of the poems in the book must be unequivocally speculative as determined by Chair. Translations into English are eligible.

  3. You may not nominate your own books.

  4. You may nominate multiple chapbooks and/or full-length books. Chapbooks must contain 10–39 pages of poetry (or a minimum 401 lines or 4001 words, whichever is less); full-length books must contain 40 pages of poetry or more. For translations, pages of poems in the original language do not count toward the total.

  5. E-books and self-published books are eligible, as well as print. Books that won first–third place in the previous year's Elgin Awards are ineligible, but an eligible title may be nominated two years in a row. Nominations are not automatically carried over from year to year.

  6. To nominate, the book’s title, author, and press name and address (URL or postal) are required. Please also include poetry page count. If available, a link to the press and/or a page where the book can be purchased or downloaded should be provided.

    Authors or publishers may provide an e-mail address for SFPA members to request a .pdf of the book to facilitate reading for voting consideration. Nominated books must be made available to the Chair upon request to remain eligible.

  7. E-mail nominations to elgin@sfpoetry.com are preferred.

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