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SFPA New Poets Contest

A project of Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (see other related projects).

Do not submit here! This project is permanently closed to submissions. We provide the following information as an archive.


The Science Fiction Poetry Association is holding a poetry contest with art as its inspiration! The contest is offering cash prizes, and there are no fees to enter. New poets are invited to contribute. Non-members as well as members are eligible. Please read the complete rules [on their website] for theme, submission specifics, etc.

Country of Publication

United States

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationOne-time contest.

Poetry Closed

Write a speculative poem inspired by one of these works of art. All forms are welcome — haiku, cinquains, tanka, sonnets, free verse, etc. — but poems must contain one or more of the following elements: science fiction, fantasy, horror, surrealism or straight science. Poems should be appropriate for a general audience.

Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms, including: Cinquain, Free verse, Haiku (or related), Sonnet, Tanka.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Surrealist.
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemUp to 20 lines.
Winner's Prize:
We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem).
OK No No Unknown OKText format submissions
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Last Updated: 24 Apr 2018
Date Added: 21 May 2010

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