2018 Rhysling Award Candidates
For poems published in 2017
This list should be read as a running work-in-progress document provided as a courtesy to the voting membership in an effort to avoid unnecessary duplication of nominations. As such, periodic adjustments may be made as additional information becomes available regarding final eligibility for the Rhyslings. Note that the formal rules and processes are still under review.

Short Poems (67 poems)
“Advice to a Six-Year-Old” • Mary Soon Lee • Star*Line 40.2
“After Midnight” • David Clink • Compostela (Tesseracts Twenty) (eds. Spider Robinson & James Alan Gardner, Edge, 2017)
“The Alchemy of Arsenic” • Neile Graham • Liminality 13
“All-Purpose Spell for Banishment” • Lesley Wheeler • Salamander 45
“An Announcement” • Sara Cleto & Brittany Warman • Uncanny 19
“Apologies from the Moon” • Lynne Sargent • Wild Musette, December
“The Astronaut Nightmare” • Michael H. Hanson • When the Night Owl Screams (MoonDream Press, 2017)
“Astronomers” • Ace G. Pilkington • The Horror Zine, November
“Baalberith” • Robert Beveridge • Priestess & Hierophant 2
“Baba Yaga: Her Almost Origin Story” • Minadora Macheret • Bramble & Thorn (Porkbelly Press)
“Beware” • Juleigh Howard-Hobson • Songs of Eretz Poetry Review 22/9/17
“Birth, Place” • Brandon O’Brien • Uncanny 18
“Black Star” • Adam Bolivar • The Lay of Old Hex (Hippocampus Press)
“A Calculus” • Sandra J. Lindow • The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics
“Circe’s Guests” • Amelia Gorman • Liminality 12
“Cosmovore Searches the Animal Shelter” • Kristi Carter • Cosmovore (Aqueduct Press)
“Dark Solstice Cold and Deathly” • Richard L. Tierney • Spectral Realms 6
“The Dead Boy Teaches Me About Godzilla” • Lana Hechtman Ayers • Escape into Life
“Dead Bride Philosophy” • Sara Tantlinger • Space & Time 128
“Dear Shotgun City” • Holly Lyn Walrath • Eye to the Telescope 25
“The Devil in Boston” • A. J. Odasso • Barking Sycamores 12
“early years of transdimensional travel” • John Reinhart • New Myths 38
“Egress” • Marge Simon • Star*Line 40.4
“Endeavor” • G. O. Clark • Asimov’s SF, May/June
“The Empty House” • A. J. Locke • Sycorax’s Daughters (Cedar Grove Books)
“first date” • David F. Shultz •  The Literary Hatchet 18
“Giger’s Children” • Saba Syed Razvi • Machine Dreams 1
“Goodnight” • David F. Shultz • Polar Borealis Magazine 4
“Gramarye” • F. J. Bergmann • Polu Texni 12/26/18
“Grand Guignol” • G. O. Clark • Longshot Island 12/19/17
“Guttersnipe” • WC Roberts • Chrome Baby 63
“How to Grieve: A Primer for Witches” • Sara Cleto • Mythic Delirium, May

“Hubble’s Constant” • Marian D. Moore • Asimov’s SF, January/February

“In the Business of Things That Don't Earn You Much” • Ziad Gadou • Strange Horizons, Arab League community and diaspora special issue
“Lycium Barbarum” • PS Cottier • Umbel & Panicle 5
“Medusa in Her Mirror” • Hillary Lyon • Eternal Haunted Summer, Summer Solstice
“Messiaen Among The Dinosaurs” • Tim Jones • takahē 89
“Midwest Wonder Expo” • Amelia Gorman • Star*Line 40.4
“The Mutant Rat” • K. V. Volney • krystalvolneyfanclub.blogspot.com
“Starlight” • Christina Sng • Space & Time 129
“My Little Green Secret” • Clay F. Johnson • Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase 4
“My Response to Your Mayday Call” • David Clink & Herb Kauderer • Dreams and Nightmares 105
“A Net to Snare a Unicorn” • Beth Cato • Mythic Delirium, January
“O Terrible Bird” • Sandra Kasturi • Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales, ed. Ellen Datlow (Pegasus Books)
“One More Attempt at Disaster Preparedness” • Jeannine Hall Gailey • American Poetry Journal
“Other People’s Tragedies” • Jennifer Crow • Mythic Delirium, August
“Pine Song, Robin Song, Star Song” • Holly Lyn Walrath • Liminality 11
“Poisoned Apple” • Ann Thornfield-Long • Abyss & Apex, March
“Quantum Socks” • R. Gene Turchin • Eye to the Telescope 25
“Radiant Things” • A. J. Odasso • Noble Dissent (ed. Rebecca Jane Bilkau, Beautiful Dragons Press)
“scent of blackened” • Greer Woodward • Star*Line 40.1
“The Scratch inside Your Chest” • Layla Al-Bedawi • Strange Horizons 10/30/17
“Scorpio” • Jo Walton • Patreon 11/23/17
“Sea Legs” • Milo Gallagher • NonBinary Review 14
“Secret Identities” • Davian Aw • Strange Horizons 2/6/17
“Small Town Witches” • Kate Pentecost • Liminality 13
“Some Things Never Change” • Alan Ira Gordon • Star*Line 40.1
“Song of a Changeling” • Adele Gardner • Balticon 51: The BSFAN, May
“A Streetcar Named Happily Ever After” • B. J. Lee • Illumen, Autumn
“Supper with the Sphinx” • Carolyn Clink • Canadian Ginger (ed. Kim Clark & Dawn Marie Kresan, Oolichan Books, 2017)
“Surreal Bucket List #3” • Bruce Boston • Mithila Review 9
“Sycorax’s Daughters Unveiled” • Linda Addison • Sycorax’s Daughters (Cedar Grove Books)
“Vaginoplasticine” • Alison Rumfitt • Star*Line 40.4
“Vampirette” • Kathleen A. Lawrence • Star*Line 40.4
“Vul Ravin” • D. L. Myers • Spectral Realms 6
“The Witch Woman” • Alexandra Seidel • Polu Texni 7/17/17
“Yellow Spiders” • John Mannone • Altered Reality Magazine 4/28/17

Long Poems (45 poems)
“The Android Who Gave Herself Away” Rohinton Daruwala • Eye to the Telescope 23
“Apocalyptic Mass” • Alessandro Manzetti • No Mercy (Crystal Lake Publications)
“Atop the Crystal Moon” • Ashley Dioses • Diary of a Sorceress (Hippocampus Press)
“The Ballad of the de la Poers” • Adam Bolivar • Spectral Realms 7
“Castaway” • John C. Mannone • Anak Sastra 28
“Chrysopoeia & Isagoge” • Saba Syed Razvi • Beside the Muezzin's Call & Beyond the Harem’s Veil (Finishing Line Press)
“A Cleaner Times Square” • Vanessa Kittle• Chrome Baby 61
“DAB3 (Mount Hermon, 1998)” • Sara Saab • Strange Horizons 10/30/17
“Daunted” • Mary Soon Lee • Dreams and Nightmares 105
“Don't Forget the Tinderbox” • Jennifer Lynn Krohn • NonBinary Review 14
“A Dream of Milk and Blood” • Alessandro Manzetti • No Mercy (Crystal Lake Publications)
“The Drum Star (Orion’s Ghost)” • Ryu Ando • Strange Horizons, Fund Drive Special
“For Preserves” • Cassandra Rose Clarke • Star*Line 40.4
“Four Moons” • John Philip Johnson • Mithila Review 9
“Frida’s Monsters” • Alessandro Manzetti • No Mercy (Crystal Lake Publications)
“Ghosts of 1816” • Clay F. Johnson • Spectral Realms 6
“The Hawthorn Muses” • Shannon Connor Winward • Timeless Tales 8
“Hot” • Cislyn Smith • Strange Horizons 5/29/17
“The Huntsman” • Lora Gray • Liminal Stories 4
“Just Rosie” • Kathleen A. Lawrence • Eye to the Telescope 23
“Kindred Spirit” • F. J. Bergmann • Dreams and Nightmares 106
“Let Me In” • Tonya Liburd • Alligators in the Sewers (Unnerving Magazine chapbook)
“Little Red” •  Christina Sng • Polu Texni 9/4/17
“Little Red: Morning” • Sally Rosen Kindred • Bramble & Thorn (Porkbelly Press)
“Looking Back to the Stars” • Vince Gotera • Altered Reality Magazine, October
“Masques and Mayhem” • Jennifer Crow • Mythic Delirium, September
“Moonlight in the Playground” • Christina Sng • Spectral Realms 6
“Opposition Night” • Christina M. Rau • Liberating the Astronauts (Aqueduct Press)
“The Patron Saint of Lost Causes” • Chris Castro-Rappi •  Abyss & Apex, September
“Pre-Raphaelite Girls” • Delbert R. Gardner & Adele Gardner • Buckshot Magazine, 7/12/17
“Protestations Against the Idea of Anglicization” • Cassandra Khaw • Uncanny 19
“Quietly, on the way to Mars” • Bronwyn Lovell • Cordite Poetry Review, September
“The Rain that Falls in the Mutant Rain Forest” • Bruce Boston • Visions of the Mutant Rain Forest (Crystal Lake Publications)
“Romance of Possible Contrasts” • Alison Rumfitt • Strange Horizons, 12/18/17
“The Secret Life of a Toaster” • Mary Soon Lee • Polu Texni 10/2/17
“Shards of a Fractured Soul” • Deborah L. Davitt • Strange Land: Poet’s Haven Digest #3
“The Simple Poem” • Abhishek Sengupta • Liminality 12
“Signs That the World Might Be Ending” •  E. E. King • NonBinary Review 13
“tha may ask thee sen/At the Finish” • Paul Brookes • Eternal Haunted Summer, Summer Solstice
“The Trajectory of Culture” • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Polu Texni 5/15/17
“The Tree Builder” • Christina Loraine • Eye to the Telescope 25
“Waking” • Sara Cleto & Brittany Warman • Liminality 10
“What Neighbors Do” • Herb Kauderer • 49th Parallels (Bundoran Press)
“Whispers & Lies” • Deborah Elizabeth Whaley • Sycorax’s Daughters (Cedar Grove Books)
“The Woman in the Feathered Mask” • K. A. Opperman • Skelos 3

Nominations per publication (61 publications):
1   49th Parallels (Bundoran Press)
2   Abyss & Apex
1   Alligators in the Sewers (Unnerving Magazine chapbook)
2   Altered Reality Magazine
1   American Poetry Journal
1   Anak Sastra
2 spacer Asimov’s Science Fiction
1   Balticon 51: The BSFAN
1   Barking Sycamores
1   Beside the Muezzin's Call & Beyond the Harem’s Veil (Finishing Line Press)
1   Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales, ed. Ellen Datlow (Pegasus Books)
2   Bramble & Thorn (Porkbelly Press)
1   Buckshot Magazine
1   Canadian Ginger (Oolichan Press)
2   Chrome Baby
1   Compostela (Tesseracts Twenty) (Edge)
1   Cordite Poetry Review
1   Cosmovore (Aqueduct Press)
1   Diary of a Sorceress (Hippocampus Press)
3   Dreams and Nightmares
1   Escape into Life
2   Eternal Haunted Summer
5   Eye to the Telescope
1   The Horror Zine
1   Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase
1   Illumen
1   The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics
1   krystalvolneyfanclub.blogspot.com
1   The Lay of Old Hex (Hippocampus Press)
1   Liberating the Astronauts (Aqueduct Press)
1   Liminal Stories
6   Liminality
1   The Literary Hatchet
1   Longshot Island
1   Machine Dreams
2   Mithila Review
4   Mythic Delirium
1   New Myths
3   No Mercy (Crystal Lake Publications)
3   NonBinary Review
1   Noble Dissent (Beautiful Dragons Press)
1   Patreon
1   Poet’s Haven Digest
1   Polar Borealis Magazine
5   Polu Texni
1   Priestess & Hierophant
1   Salamander
1   Skelos
1   Songs of Eretz Poetry Review
2   Space & Time
5   Spectral Realms
7   Star*Line
6   Strange Horizons
3   Sycorax’s Daughters (Cedar Grove Books)
1   takahē
1   Timeless Tales
1   Umbel & Panicle
3   Uncanny
1   Visions of the Mutant Rain Forest (Crystal Lake Publications)
1   When the Night Owl Screams (MoonDream Press)
1   Wild Musette

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