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The SFPA Rhysling Awards and Anthology

David C. Kopaska-Merkel photoDavid C. Kopaska-Merkel is the 2019 Rhysling Chair. He edited Star*Line in the late ’90s and later served as SFPA President. His 29th book, the speculative-poetry collection Metastable Systems, was nominated for the Elgin award. He edits and publishes Dreams and Nightmares, a genre poetry zine in its 33rd year of publication. In 2017 he was named an SFPA Grandmaster.

2019 Cover Painting Auction!
The painting below, Outpost, by longtime member and Grandmaster Robert Frazier, has been selected as the cover image for the 2019 Rhysling Anthology. Outpost is oil on birch board (wooden box mounted to 1.5" deep), 16" x 12", unframed*, initialed on front/signed on back. Robert has been kind enough to donate the painting to SFPA to be auctioned off; we will entertain bids starting at USD$150.00. Please send bids to rhysling@sfpoetry.com; we will notify post the current high bid on this page, and we will contact each bidder if/as a higher bid is received. Bidding will end at midnight PST on March 1; the winning bidder must pay SFPA within 48 hours of notification.

*Bob Frazier has added: “Originally the piece was to ship unframed to the high bidder, but I'm now offering to provide it framed in a professionally crafted cinnamon cherry floater frame, 1.5" deep sides with black inner bevel, for this 16x12" oil on mounted-masonite panel, IF the bidding reaches or exceeds $325. Value: $60. AND I'll ship it insured at no cost to the SFPA. It's all for the Rhysling Endowment.”

WINNING BID: $250.00
Outpost by Robert Frazier

Rhysling archive and past winners

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+ lines; for prose poems, 500+ words) and “Best Short Poem” (0–49 lines; for prose poems, 0–499 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.

The winning works are regularly reprinted in the Nebula Awards Anthology from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., and are considered in the SF/F/H/Spec. field to be the equivalent in poetry of the awards given for prose work— achievement awards given to poets by the writing peers of their own field of literature.

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:

SFPA Secretary
PO BOX 2074
San Mateo CA 94401

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 2018 Rhysling Anthology are $15.95 each; print copies of previous years are available for $12.95 going back to 2006; inquire for earlier years, which are less. (Add + $4 USA postage; $11 Canada; $17 international). E-mail the treasurer for postage costs on multiple copies.

PDF format for $8.

Payable by PayPal to SFPATreasurer@gmail.com or by check or money order, made out to SFPA, mailed to:

SFPA Secretary
PO BOX 2074
San Mateo CA 94401

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