The 2017 Science Fiction Poetry Contest: A First Look

This year the 2017 Science Fiction Poetry Contest will open June 1. Winners will be announced by October 1. Mary McMyne is our 2017 Contest Chair. Questions about the contest can be sent to This year’s judge is Nikia Chaney. The deadline will be August 31st.  The full guidelines can be found here:

There are presently no changes to our standard contest rules this year: The 2017 SFPA speculative poetry contest is open to all poets, including non-SFPA-members.

Prizes will be awarded for best poem in 3 categories: Dwarf (poems 1–10 lines [prose poems 0–100 words]); Short (11–49 lines [prose poems 101–499 words]); Long (50 lines and more [prose 500 words and up]).

Line count does not include title or stanza breaks. All sub-genres of speculative poetry allowed in any form. Entries will be read blind.

Mary McMyne is the author of Wolf Skin (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). She has been the recipient of the Faulkner-Wisdom Prize for a Novel-in-Progress, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award, an Elgin award, and other honors. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in venues like Gulf Coast, Southern Humanities Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pedestal, Word Riot, and Chattahoochee Review.

Nikia Chaney is the current Inlandia Literary Laureate (2016-2018).  She is the author of two chapbooks, Sis Fuss (2012, Orange Monkey Publishing) and ladies, please (2012, Dancing Girl Press).  She is founding editor of shufpoetry, an online journal for experimental poetry, and founding editor of Jamii Publishing, a publishing imprint dedicated to fostering community among poets and writers. She has won grants from the Barbara Deming Fund for Women, Poets & Writers, and Cave Canem.  She teaches at San Bernardino Valley College.

We look forward to seeing your entries once the contest officially opens up!

SF Poetry Contest

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