SFPA 40th Anniversary Speculative Poetry Contest Deadline This Week

A final reminder that the 40th Anniversary SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest deadline is August 31st with acclaimed Irish poet John W. Sexton as this year’s judge and esteemed Texas poet Holly Lyn Walrath as Chair. You do not have to be a member to enter poems.

44This is open to all poets around the world: http://sfpoetry.com/contests.html  for the full rules. Prizes range from $25 to $100 in multiple categories.

The SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest Chair Holly Lyn Walrath is one of the SFPA’s leading volunteers and organizers in Texas. her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Literary OrphansLiminality, and Kaleidotrope among others. She lives in Seabrook Texas, just five minutes from NASA. She wrangles writers as a freelance editor and volunteers as the associate director of Writespace, a nonprofit literary center in Houston, Texas. She recently released her collection Glimmerglass Girl with Finishing Line Press. You can find her online @hollylynwalrath or hlwalrath.com.

This year’s judge is the acclaimed John W. Sexton. He was born in 1958 and lives in the Republic of Ireland. He is held in high regard by members of the SFPA around the world for his inventiveness, intelligence, and playful verse.He is the author of six poetry collections, the most recent being the imminent Futures Pass, from Salmon Poetry.

Offspring Of The Moon SextonHis earlier collections include Vortex (2005), Petit Mal (2009) and The Offspring of the Moon(2013).He also created and wrote The Ivory Tower for RTÉ Radio, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes from 1999 to 2002. Two novels based on the characters from this series have been published by the O’Brien Press: The Johnny Coffin Diaries and Johnny Coffin School-Dazed, which have been translated into both Italian and Serbian.

Under the ironic pseudonym of Sex W. Johnston he has recorded an album with legendary Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons of Shiva,which has been released on Track Records. He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem “The Green Owl” won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. Also in 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.

The deadline is firmly this Friday. We already have some very interesting entries that have been submitted, but there is still plenty of space for more to consider. The SFPA hopes you’ll consider sending some of your verse in!

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