2022 SFPA Rhysling Awards Nominations

I am very happy to announce that Starship Sloane Publishing has nominated the following poems for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association’s 2022 Rhysling Awards.

The SFPA Rhysling Award is the most prestigious award in science fiction poetry with past winners including Ursula K. Le Guin and Neil Gaiman. Past nominees include Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury.

SFPA members can only nominate one poem in each of the categories: short and long. I would have very much loved to have been able to nominate every poem we published!

Both poems appeared in the debut issue of The Flying Saucer Poetry Review, Fall 2021 (issue #1) ISSN 2770-9817.

2022 Rhysling Awards Nominations

Short Poems category (1-49 lines):

“The Other Crusoe” | David Barber

Long Poems category (50+ lines):

“Woman in Black, Girl in Pink” | Richard Stevenson

Update: Two more poems have been nominated by the SFPA membership! Really awesome news! Both poems appeared in The Flying Saucer Poetry Review.

“In Corfu” by Irina Moga in the Short Poems category! Irina is a very accomplished Canadian poet who introduced me to the amazing concept of the tiny UFO. I had written to her that I just had to write some poetry involving tiny UFOs, it had made that much of an impression on me and that I would credit her with the concept. She was happy to hear about my excitement for tiny UFOs but said that because we all fuel one another’s creativity there was no need at all to credit her — but of course, I still will.

As well, I am honored, humbled and a little shocked to learn that yours truly was nominated for “The Third Law” in the Long Poems category — and it is a very long poem, indeed.

Here’s the link: 2022 Rhysling Awards.

Yours truly,

Justin T. O’Conor Sloane