The Dwarf Stars Award

Dwarf Stars guidelines: submissions open April 1

2018 Dwarf Stars Editor
Deborah P Kolodji photoDeborah P Kolodji is the California regional coordinator for the Haiku Society of America and moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group. The former president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, Kolodji is also is a member of the Haiku Poets of Northern California , the Yuki Teikei Haiku SocietyHaiku Canada, and the California State Poetry Society. Author of four chapbooks of poetry, her first full-length book of haiku and senryu is Highway of Sleeping Towns, from Shabda Press. Debbie has published more than 900 haiku in publications such as Frogpond, Modern Haiku, the Heron’s Nest, Bottle Rockets, A Hundred Gourds, Acorn, Rattle, and Mayfly, as well as speculative poetry in Strange HorizonsStar*Line,Grievous Angel, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, Tales of the Unanticipated, Tales of the Talisman, and Dreams and Nightmares.She has also published short stories in Thema and Tales of the Talisman and a short memoir in Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul. Her work has been anthologized in such publications as The Rhysling Anthology, Red Moon Anthology, Dwarf Stars, Aftershocks: Poetry of Recovery, New Resonance 4, and The Nebula Awards Showcase: 2015. Debbie co-organized the 2013 Haiku North America conference about the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, and joined Haiku North America as a director in 2016. She was the first Dwarf Stars editor, when the award was established by former SFPA president, Mike Allen.

2018 dwarf stars anthology cover2018 Award Winners

2018 Dwarf Stars Award winners

About the SFPA Dwarf Stars Award
This award is given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association to recognize the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year. Nomination guidelines

Although hundreds of excellent very short science fiction, fantasy, and horror poems are regularly published each year, they seem to be mostly overlooked in the Rhysling Award process. In the history of the Rhysling Award, few poems of 10 lines or fewer (stanza breaks excluded from line count) have been nominated, and none has won. Yet, there seems to be a surge of interest in short forms. It is not uncommon to find excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other speculative short poems in poetry journals. The Dwarf Stars Award acknowledges excellence in this specialized field.

Unlike the annual Rhysling Anthology, Dwarf Stars is an edited anthology. Poets are encouraged to submit poems published in the previous year for consideration. Poets, poetry readers, and editors are also encouraged to send suggestions of eligible poems to the current Dwarf Stars editor. Deborah P Kolodji was named the first Dwarf Stars editor by former SFPA president Mike Allen.

The annual Dwarf Stars anthology is published as a chapbook. SFPA members vote on their favorite short-short poem from the anthology, and the winner is given the Dwarf Stars Award. A copy of the Dwarf Stars anthology is included with SFPA membership.

2018 dwarf stars anthology cover2018 Dwarf Stars Award winner:
TBA

The 2018 Dwarf Stars anthology
edited by Deborah P Kolodji
2018 Dwarf Stars Anthology Table of Contents

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2017 dwarf stars anthology cover2017 Dwarf Stars Award winner:
“aster than the speed of lightf” • LeRoy Gorman • Scifaikuest, November 2016

The 2017 Dwarf Stars anthology
edited by Robin Mayhall
2017 Dwarf Stars Anthology Table of Contents

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2016 dwarf stars anthology cover2016 Dwarf Stars Award winner:
We Begin This Way • Stacey Balkun • Gingerbread House 16

The 2016 Dwarf Stars anthology
edited by Jeannine Hall Gailey & Lesley Wheeler
2016 Dwarf Stars Anthology Table of Contents

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2015 dwarf stars anthology cover2015 Dwarf Stars Award winner: “abandoned nursing home” • Greg Schwartz • Tales of the Talisman 9:3

The 2015 Dwarf Stars anthology
edited by John Amen
2015 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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2014 dwarf stars anthology cover2014 Dwarf Stars Award winner: Mat Joiner, “And Deeper than Did Ever Plummet Sound,” Strange Horizons, 2 September 2013

The 2014 Dwarf Stars anthology
edited by Sandra J. Lindow
2014 Dwarf Stars Award eligible poems and Anthology Table of Contents

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2013 dwarf stars anthology cover2013 Dwarf Stars winner: Basho After Cinderella (iii) • Deborah P Kolodji • Rattle 38

The 2013 Dwarf Stars anthology
edited by Stephen M. Wilson & Linda D. Addison
2013 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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2012 dwarf stars anthology cover2012 Dwarf Stars winner: “Blue Rose Buddha” • Marge Simon • The Mad Hattery (Elektrik Milk Bath Press, 2011)

The 2012 Dwarf Stars anthology
edited by Geoffrey A. Landis & Joshua Gage
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2011 dwarf stars anthology cover2011 Dwarf Stars Award Winner: “Comet” • Julie Bloss Kelsey

The 2011 Dwarf Stars Anthology
edited by Joshua Gage
2011 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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2010 dwarf stars anthology cover2010 Dwarf Stars Award Winner: "Bumbershoot" by Howard V. Hendrix

The 2010 Dwarf Stars Anthology
edited by Joshua Gage
2010 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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2010 dwarf stars anthology cover2009 Dwarf Stars Award Winner: "Fireflies" by Geoffrey A. Landis

The 2009 Dwarf Stars Anthology
edited by Deborah P Kolodji and Stephen M. Wilson
2009 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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2008 dwarf stars anthology cover2008 Dwarf Stars Award Winner: "Place Mat by Moebius" by Greg Beatty

The 2008 Dwarf Stars Anthology
edited by Deborah P Kolodji and Stephen M. Wilson
2008 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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2007 dwarf stars anthology cover2007 Dwarf Stars Award Winner: "Last Unicorn" by Jane Yolen

The 2007 Dwarf Stars Anthology
edited by Deborah P Kolodji and Stephen M. Wilson
2007 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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2006 dwarf stars anthology cover2006 Dwarf Stars Award Winner: "Knowledge Of" by Ruth Berman

The 2006 Dwarf Stars Anthology
edited by Deborah P Kolodji
2006 Dwarf Stars Award winners and Anthology Table of Contents

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