Call for 2020 Halloween Poetry Readings!

The SFPA’s annual Halloween Poetry Reading will go live on October 1st. We still have space and time for your submissions if you’re a member of the SFPA! 

SFPA’s Halloween Poetry Reading shares our enjoyment of speculative poetry with a broader audience, increases awareness of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, and promotes the individual poets who take part. All SFPA members are welcome to submit one audio file per person of themselves reading one of their spooky, haunting, ghoulish, or humorous Halloween or horror poems. See the 2019 Halloween Poetry Reading or earlier years for examples.

If you are uncomfortable reading aloud or are unable to make the audio recording yourself, contact this year’s curator, Lee Garratt, or ask someone else to read your poem for you and provide the name of the reader. We also want Halloween-themed artwork! See guidelines below. Please feel free to include a brief explanation of your poems or images if desired (not a requirement).

Lee Garratt, this year’s curator, is a middle-aged high school English teacher living in Derby, England. Brought up via the science fiction and fantasy section of the Rochdale library, Lancashire, so enjoyed a childhood heavily influenced by Wyndham, Aldiss, Clarke and Le Guin. He has since had the odd poem and short story published here and there.

Submission Guidelines

  • Send up to 5 audio poems in mp3 format and/or 5 images in 300-pixel-wide .jpeg or .png format, with a 100-word-max bio, to Lee at with the subject line: “SFPA 2020 Halloween: [Creator’s name].” No more than one poem per poet will be accepted. Preference will be given to artwork submitted by poets to complement their poems.
  • Reprints are allowed. Please provide the name of the publication and date of first appearance (If your work is available online, please include the link).

    No payment.  SFPA acquires one-time electronic rights for audio and images. (Please note that for the purposes of Rhysling Award nominations, posting on the SFPA poetry page counts as publication.)
  • DEADLINE: Submissions open September 1. Please send all material by October 26. Accepted work will be added throughout the month of October. 
  • Please keep in mind when selecting a poem to record that Halloween is a popular children’s holiday. If we feel that there is a problem with using a specific piece, either because of the content of the poem or the quality of the recording, the editor will contact the poet about it directly.
  • QUESTIONS? Email Lee Garratt regarding submissions or the Halloween page at with the subject line “SFPA 2020 Halloween.”

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