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The SFPA Rhysling Awards and Anthology

2024 Rhysling Chairs: David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Brian U. Garrison

David C. Kopaska-Merkel photo David C. Kopaska-Merkel won the 2006 Rhysling award (long poem, written with Kendall Evans), and edits Dreams & Nightmares magazine (since 1986). His poems have been published in Asimov’sStrange Horizons, and more than 200 other venues. Some Disassembly Required, a collection of dark poetry, was published in 2022. @DavidKMresists on CS. Blog:

Brian Garrison photo Brian U. Garrison co-edited the 2022 Rhysling Anthology and currently serves as Managing Editor for Eye to the Telescope. His poetry has waited at a bus stop in Montpelier, Vermont, popped out of a vending machine in Boston, Massachusetts, traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama (among other cities) aboard Asimov's Science Fiction, and orbited Mars aboard NASA's MAVEN mission. You may need a microscope, telescope, and/or crystal ball to read his second chapbook Micropoetry for Microplanets (forthcoming from Space Cowboy Books). Look for him in Portland, Oregon—particularly around book stores and thrift stores.

2024 Rhysling Jurors

SFPA gives its sincere thanks to this year's Rhysling jurors!

Nomination deadline February 15
Voting deadline September 15

Only SFPA members may nominate and vote.

2024 Rhysling Finalists

All 2024 Rhysling Candidates
2023 Rhysling Award winners
Rhysling archive and past winners
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About the Rhysling Awards
In January 1978, Suzette Haden Elgin founded the Science Fiction Poetry Association, along with two of its visible cornerposts: the association's newsletter, Star*Line, and the Rhysling Awards.

The Rhysling Awards are named for the blind poet Rhysling in Robert A. Heinlein’s short story “The Green Hills of Earth.” Rhysling’s skills were said to rival Rudyard Kipling’s. In real life, Apollo 15 astronauts named a crater near their landing site “Rhysling,” which has since become its official name.

Nominees for each year's Rhysling Awards are selected by the membership of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Each member is allowed to nominate one work in each of two categories: “Best Long Poem” (50–299 lines; for prose poems, 500–1,999 words) and “Best Short Poem” (11–49 lines; for prose poems, 101–499 words). All nominated works must have been first published during the preceding calendar year of the awards year. The Rhysling Awards are put to a final vote by the membership of the SFPA selection from all nominated works, presented in the Rhysling Anthology. The anthology allows the membership to easily review and consider all nominated works without the necessity of obtaining the diverse number of publications in which the nominated works first appeared. The Rhysling Anthology is available to anyone with an interest in this unique compilation of verse from some of the finest poets working in the field of SF/F/Horror poetry.

Printing and distribution of the Rhysling Anthology are paid for from a special fund, the Rhysling Endowment Fund. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please send a check, made out to SFPA, with a notation that it is for the Rhysling fund to the PO Box listed on the officers page.

or by PayPal to SFPATreasurer@gmail.com. Credit card payments are accepted through PayPal. Without the generous donations of many SFPA members, the Anthology could not be published.

To view the contents of all the Rhysling Anthologies since 1978, see the Rhysling archive.

A copy of the annual Rhysling Anthology is included with SFPA membership.

Print copies of the 2023 Rhysling Anthology are $15.95 each; print copies of previous years are available going back to 2006; inquire for earlier years. (Add + $5 USA postage. E-mail the treasurer for postage costs on non-U.S. or multiple copies.

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Payable by PayPal to SFPATreasurer@gmail.com or by check or money order, made out to SFPA, mailed to the PO Box listed on the officers page.

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