The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association members are currently in the reading period considering the nominees for the 2018 Elgin Awards for collections of Speculative Poetry. SFPA’s Holly Lyn Walrath has recently organized a list of the collections that can be found on Goodreads for everyone’s convenience, and members are encouraged to leave reviews and reflections.
We thank everyone who’s been sharing their input so far to help raise the profile of speculative poetry. As a reminder, the deadline for voting is September 15. A link to pdfs of the nominated candidates has been sent by e-mail to members and is included in the current issue of Star*Line 41.3.
The Elgin Awards, named for SFPA founder Suzette Haden Elgin, are presented annually by SFPA for books published in the preceding two years in two categories, Chapbook and Book. Chapbooks must contain 10-39 pages of poetry and books must contain 40 or more pages of poetry. E-books are eligible, as well as print.
This year’s Elgin chair was Josh Brown, a writer of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. A graduate of the University of Minnesota–Duluth with a degree in English Literature, he has spent the past fifteen years in the publishing industry working for and with award-winning publishers and best-selling authors. An active member of SFPA, his work can be found in numerous anthologies as well as in Star*Line, Scifaikuest, Mithila Review, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, and more. His essay, “Poems and Songs of The Hobbit” was recently featured in Critical Insights: The Hobbit(Salem Press, 2016). He served as editor for issue 20 of Eye to the Telescope, the official online journal of the SFPA. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his family.