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The SFPA Rhysling Awards and Anthology

Alessandro Manzetti photoAlessandro Manzetti (Rome, Italy) is a SFPA Elgin Award and two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author and editor of horror fiction and dark poetry whose work has been published extensively in Italian and English, including novels, short and long fiction, poetry, essays, graphic novels and collections. English publications include his novels Shanti—The Sadist Heaven (2019) and Naraka—The Ultimate Human Breeding (2018), the novella The Keeper of Chernobyl (2019), the collections The Radioactive Bride (2020), The Garden of Delight (2017) and The Massacre of the Mermaids (2015), the poetry collections Whitechapel Rhapsody (2020), The Place of Broken Things (2019, with Linda D. Addison), War (2018, with Marge Simon), No Mercy (2017),  Sacrificial Nights (2016, with Bruce Boston) Eden Underground (2015), Venus Intervention (2014, with Corrine de Winter), and the graphic novels Calcutta Horror (2019) and Her Life Matters (2020). He edited the anthologies The Beauty of Death (2016), The Beauty of Death Vol. 2—Death by Water (2017, with Jodi Renee Lester) and Monsters of Any Kind (2018, with Daniele Bonfanti). He has been nominated multiple times for the Bram Stoker Award, the Splatterpunk Award, the This Is Horror Award, the SFPA Rhysling and Elgin Awards and the Indie Horror Book Award, and he received the HWA Specialty Press Award for his press Independent Legions. His stories and poems have appeared in Italian, U.S., UK and Polish magazines, such as Dark Moon Digest, Splatterpunk Zine, Disturbed Digest, Space & Time, Weird Tales, The Horror Zine, Illumen, Devolution Z, Hinnom, Recompose, Polu Texni, Nothing's Sacred, Okolica Strachu, and anthologies such as Splatterpunk ForeverBest Hardcore Horror of the Year Vol. 2, 4 and 5, The Big Book of Blasphemy, Midnight Under the Big Top, Bones III, Rhysling Anthology (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), HWA Poetry Showcase Vols. 3 and 4, The Beauty of Death Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Mar Dulce, I Sogni del Diavolo, Danze Eretiche Vol. 2, Il Buio Dentro, Sorrow, Pandemonium. He is the CEO & Founder of Independent Legions Publishing, editor in chief of Molotov Magazine and Illégale Magazine (in Italian), HWA Active member and a former HWA Board of Trustees member. Website: battiago.com

Nomination deadline February 15
Voting deadline June 15

Only SFPA members may nominate and vote.

2021 Rhysling Award 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+ 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:

PO Box 1563
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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 2020 Rhysling Anthology are $15.95 each; print copies of previous years are available going back to 2006; inquire for earlier years. (Add + $4 USA postage; $11 Canada; $17 international). E-mail the treasurer for postage costs on 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:

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