Dwarf Stars Guidelines

2021 Dwarf Stars Editor: Charles Christian
Charles Christian photoCharles Christian is an English barrister and Reuters correspondent turned writer, editor, podcaster, award-winning tech journalist, sometime werewolf hunter (no seriously, an English newspaper once commissioned him to go on a werewolf hunt) and now a chronicler of weird tales in weird times. He was the editor and publisher of the Ink Sweat & Tears and Grievous Angel poetry and flash fiction webzines, he has served on the juries for the Arthur C. Clarke and British Fantasy Society awards, he was also editor of the 2016 Rhysling Anthology and chair of the 2019 Elgin Awards. Along with producing his weekly Weird Tales Radio Show and podcast, he is currently writing a couple of non-fiction books on folklore and witchcraft.

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 editor. 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

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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