2015 Dwarf Stars and Elgin Award Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced the 2015 Dwarf Stars and Elgin Awards winners.

The Dwarf Stars Award is given by the SFPA to recognize the best speculative poem of 1-10 lines, published in the previous year. Winners will have their work reprinted in the 2015 Dwarf Stars Anthology. The first place winner receives a plaque of recognition, and the runners-up receive a certificate.

  • 1st Place: “abandoned nursing home”, Greg Schwartz (Tales of the Talisman vol. 9, #3)
  • 2nd Place: “Princess: A Life”, Jane Yolen (Mythic Delirium 4-6/14)
  • 3rd Place: “The Square Root of Doppelgängers”, Robert Borski (Star*Line vol. 37, # 2)


The Elgin Award is presented for the best poetry chapbook and the best full-length poetry book in the speculative genre. The Elgin Awards are named after the founder of SFPA, Suzette Haden Elgin.

The winners and runners-up of the 2015 Elgin Awards are:


  • 1st Place: Wolf Skin, Mary McMyne (Dancing Girl)
  • 2nd Place: Seti Hits Paydirt, David C. Kopaska-Merkel (Popcorn)
  • 3rd Place: If the World Were to Stop Spinning, David Clink (Piquant)


  • 1st Place: Sweet Poison, Marge Simon & Mary Turzillo (Dark Renaissance)
  • 2nd Place: Dark Roads: Selected Long Poems 1971-2012, Bruce Boston (Dark Renaissance)
  • 3rd Place: Mourning Jewelry, Stephanie Wytovich (Raw Dog Screaming)

For more information, see the SFPA website.