2019 Elgin Awards
For books published in 2017 and 2018

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.

Book Award Winners spacer Chapbook Award Winners
Liberating the Astronauts coverWinner: War • Marge Simon & Alessandro Manzetti (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2018)   A Catalogue of the Further Suns coverWinner: Glimmerglass Girl • Holly Lyn Walrath (Finishing Line Press, 2018)
Satan's Sweethearts cover2nd Place: Artifacts • Bruce Boston (Independent Legions, 2018)   Astropoetry cover2nd Place: Built to Serve • G. O. Clark (Alban Lake, 2017)
Love Robot cover3rd Place: Witch Wife • Kiki Petrosino (Sarabande Books, 2017)   The Terraformers cover3rd Place: Every Girl Becomes the Wolf • Laura Madeline Wiseman & Andrea Blythe (Finishing Line Press, 2018)

55 members voted

Full-Length Book Award Winners:

Marge Simon lives in Ocala, FL. She edits a column for the HWA Newsletter, "Blood & Spades: Poets of the Dark Side," and serves on its Board of Trustees.  She is the second woman to be acknowledged by the SFPA with a Grand Master Award. She has Rhysling Awards for Best Long and Best Short Poem, the Elgin, Dwarf Stars and Strange Horizons Readers’ Award. Marge’s poems and stories have appeared in Asimov’s SF, Silver Blade, Bete Noire, New Myths, Urban Fantasist, Daily Science Fiction, to name a few. She attends the ICFA annually as a guest poet/writer and is on the board of the Speculative Literary Foundation.. margesimon.com

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Alessandro Manzetti (Rome, Italy) is a Bram Stoker Award-winning (and 7-time nominee) author, editor, and translator of horror fiction and dark poetry whose work has been published extensively in Italian, including novels, short and long fiction, poetry, essays, graphic novels and collections.Forthcoming books in English: The Radioactive Bride (Collection, Necro Publications, Q3 2019), The Keeper of Chernobyl (Novella, Omnium Gatherum, 2019), New Sodom (Novel, Necro Publications, Q2 2020).

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Bruce Boston is the author of more than fifty books and chapbooks, including the dystopian sf novel The Guardener’s Tale and the psychedelic coming-of-age novel Stained Glass Rain. His poetry has received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov’s Readers Award, the Gothic Readers Choice Award, the Balticon Poetry Award, and the Rhysling and Grandmaster Awards of the SFPA. His fiction has received a Pushcart Prize and twice been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award (novel, short story). His latest collection, Dark Roads: Selected Long Poems 1971–2012, is available from Amazon. bruceboston.com

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Kiki Petrosino is the author of three books of poetry: Witch Wife (2017), Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009), all from Sarabande Books. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New York Times, FENCE, Gulf Coast, Jubilat, Tin House and on-line at Ploughshares. In Fall 2019, Petrosino will begin teaching at the University of Virginia as a Professor of Poetry. Petrosino is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Fellowship in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Al Smith Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council.

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Chapbook Award Winners:
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Holly Lynn Walrath is a writer of poetry and short fiction. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Liminality, Eye to the Telescope, and elsewhere. She is a freelance editor and volunteer with Writespace literary center in Houston, Texas. Find her on Twitter @HollyLynWalrath or at hlwalrath.com.

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G. O. Clark is the author of twelve collections of poetry and two short-story collections. His work has appeared in many publications, including Asimov's Science Fiction, Analog, Space & Time, Daily SF, Strange Horizons, Spectral Realms, Talebones, Tales of the Talisman, Mythic Delirium, and more. His work has been included in a number of anthologies, including The Best Of The Horror Zine: The Early Years, A Sea of Alone: poems for Alfred Hitchcock, Retro Spec: Tales of Fantasy and Nostalgia, and numerous Rhysling Anthologies.

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Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of the books of poetry Journey to Nowhere (Finishing Line Press, 2019), What a Bicycle Can Carry (BlazeVOX [books], 2018), Velocipede (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2016), An Apparently Impossible Adventure (BlazeVOX [books], 2016), Drink (BlazeVOX [books], 2015), Wake (Aldrich Press, 2015), Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience (Lavender Ink, 2014), Queen of the Platform (Anaphora Literary Press, 2013), and others. Her collection of essays is A Bicycle's Echo (Red Dashboard, 2018). She is also the author of collaborative collections, including People Like Cats (Red Dashboard, 2016) with Chuka Susan Chesney, Leaves of Absence (Red Dashboard, 2016) with Sally Deskins, The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2015) with Lauren Rinaldi, and Intimates and Fools (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2015) with Sally Deskins. She edited two poetry anthologies, Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2017) and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). She is the Editor of The Chapbook Interview. Her poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in Margie, Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, Blackbird, Arts & Letters, Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, and Calyx. She earned a B.S. in Women’s Studies and English Literature from Iowa State University, an M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in English the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Louise Van Sickle Fellowship, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship, and grants from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Center for the Great Plains Studies.

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Andrea Blythe bides her time waiting for the apocalypse by writing speculative poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in various publications both online and in print, Drunk MonkeysQuail BellDiode Poetry Journal, Linden Avenue, Strange Horizons, and Bear Creek Haiku, as well as anthologies, such as Undead: A Poetry Anthology of Ghouls, Ghosts, and More (Apex Publications, forthcoming), Myth+Magic (Pork Belly Press, 2015), A Blackbird Sings (Woodsmoke Press, 2012). Her poetry and nonfiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, a Rhysling Award, Sundress Best of the Net, and Independent Best American Poetry.


Chapbooks (10 chapbooks nominated)
Built to Serve • G. O. Clark (Alban Lake, 2017)
Crossing Paths at Midnight • Alan Katerinsky (CWP Collective Press, 2017)
Dark Matters • Russell Jones (Tapsalteerie Press, 2018)
Death by Sex Machine • Franny Choi (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017)
Dispatches from the Mushroom Kingdom • Noel Pabillo Mariano (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2018)
Every Girl Becomes the Wolf • Laura Madeline Wiseman & Andrea Blythe (Finishing Line Press, 2018)
Glimmerglass Girl • Holly Lyn Walrath (Finishing Line Press, 2018)
Origami Lilies • Joshua Gage (The Poet’s Haven, 2018)
Pocket Full of Horror • Herb Kauderer (Written Image Press, 2018)
Screaming • John Reinhart (Lion Tamer Press, 2017)

Full-length Books (26 books nominated)
Absolute Zero • David Lunde (Mayapple Press, 2018)
Artifacts • Bruce Boston (Independent Legions, 2018)
Bleeding Saffron • David E. Cowen (Weasel Press, 2018)

The Bone Joiner • Sandi Leibowitz (Sycorax Press, 2018)

Candle & Pins • Jacqueline West (Alban Lake, 2018)
The Comfort of Screams • G. O. Clark (Alban Lake, 2018)
Cosmovore • Kristi Carter (Aqueduct Press, 2017)

Dame Evergreen: And Other Poems of Myth, Magic & Madness • Rebecca Buchanan (Sycorax Press, 2018)

Debudaderrah • Robin Wyatt Dunn (John Ott, 2018)
The Devil’s Dreamland • Sara Tantlinger (Strangehouse Books, 2018)
Entanglement • David C. Kopaska-Merkel & Kendall Evans (Diminuendo Press, 2018)
Flying Solo: The Lana Invasion • Herb Kauderer (The Poet's Haven, 2017)
Future Anthropology • Jean-Paul L. Garnier (Space Cowboy Books, 2018)
I Am Not Your Final Girl: Poems • Claire C. Holland (Glass Poet Press, 2018)
If the Hero of Time Was Black • Ashley Harris (Weasel Press, 2018)
Invocabulary • Gemma Files (Aqueduct Press, 2018)
No Comet, That Serpent in the Sky Means Noise • Sueyeun Juliette Lee (Kore Press, 2017)
The Pastime Machine • Lester Smith (Popcorn Press, 2018)
Planet Hunter • Alan Ira Gordon (Alban Lake, 2018)
Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse • Jake Tringali (Transcendent Zero Press, 2018)
Recalibrating the Future • Herb Kauderer (Diminuendo Press, 2018)
Single Bound • Bryan D. Dietrich (Wordfarm Press, 2018)
Unmanned • Jessica Rae Bergamino (Noemi Press, 2018)
War • Marge Simon & Alessandro Manzetti (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2018)
Witch Wife • Kiki Petrosino (Sarabande Books, 2017)
The Year of the Witch • Shannon Connor Winward (Sycorax Press, 2018)

Nominations per press: (27 presses)
4   Alban Lake
2   Aqueduct Press
1   Crystal Lake Publishing
1   CWP Collective Press
2   Diminuendo Press
2   Finishing Line Press
1   Glass Poet Press
1   Hyacinth Girl Press
1   Independent Legions
1   John Ott
1   Kore Press
1   Lion Tamer Press
1   Mayapple Press
1   Noemi Press
2   The Poet’s Haven
1   Popcorn Press
1   Raw Dog Screaming Press
1   Sarabande Books
1   Sibling Rivalry Press
1   Space Cowboy Books
3   Strangehouse Books
1   Sycorax Press
1   Tapsalteerie Press
1   Transcendent Zero Press
2   Weasel Press
2   Wordfarm Press
1   Written Image

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