Time to start thinking about the 2018 SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest—opening June 1—now is the time to start creating your most brilliant work. From Dwarfs to massive Epics, there is a place for your poem to compete.
The contest is intended to raise funds for SFPA, as well as to draw more attention to speculative poets and reward writers of good speculative poems. As a fundraiser, there is an entry fee of $2 per poem, a deal in my book. The 2018 SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest will open for entries on June 1. I’ll be sharing news of that here, of course.
Open to all poets, including non-SFPA-members, prizes will be awarded for best poem in three 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. Deadline will be August 31.
What can you win? In each category (Dwarf, Short, Long): $100 First Prize, $50 Second Prize, $25 Third Prize. Publication on Poetry Planet (StarShipSofa.com) podcast magazine and on the SFPA website for first through third places. Find complete details here.
Questions about the contest can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.