Rhysling Award Last updated February 08, 2019
Rhysling Awards are an annual award given for the best science fiction, fantasy, or horror poem of the year. Unlike most literary awards, which are named for the creator of the award, the subject of the award, or a noted member of the field, the Rhyslings are named for a character in a science fiction story: the blind poet Rhysling, in Robert A. Heinlein's short story . The Green Hills of Earth The award is given in two categories: "Best Long Poem", for works of 50 or more lines, and "Best Short Poem", for works of 49 or fewer lines.  
The nominees for each year's Rhysling Awards are chosen by the members of the
Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA). Each member may nominate one work for each of the categories. The nominated works are then compiled into an anthology called , and members of the Association then vote on the final winners. Since 2005, the Awards have been presented in July at a ceremony at The Rhysling Anthology Readercon. While the "Best Short Poem" category allows very short poems to be entered the SFPA also has the Dwarf Stars Award which is for poems from one to ten lines. 
In 2005, the SFPA published an anthology of the winning poems,
The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase.   Best Long Poem winners 1978: Gene Wolfe, The Computer Iterates the Greater Trumps 1979: Michael Bishop, For the Lady of a Physicist 1980: Andrew Joron, The Sonic Flowerfall of Primes 1981: Thomas M. Disch, On Science Fiction 1982: Ursula K. Le Guin, The Well of Baln 1983: Adam Cornford, Your Time and You: A Neoprole's Dating Guide 1984: Joe Haldeman, Saul's Death: Two Sestinas 1985: Siv Cedering, A Letter from Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) 1986: Andrew Joron, Shipwrecked on Destiny Five 1987: W. Gregory Stewart, Daedalus 1988: Lucius Shepard, White Trains 1989 (tie): Bruce Boston, In the Darkened Hours; John M. Ford, Winter Solstice, Camelot Station 1990: Patrick McKinnon, dear spacemen 1991: David Memmott, The Aging Cryonicist in the Arms of His Mistress Contemplates the Survival of the Species While the Phoenix Is Consumed by Fire 1992: W. Gregory Stewart, the button and what you know 1993: William J. Daciuk, To Be from Earth 1994: W. Gregory Stewart and Robert Frazier, Basement Flats: Redefining the Burgess Shale 1995: David Lunde, Pilot, Pilot 1996: Margaret B. Simon, Variants of the Obsolete 1997: Terry A. Garey, Spotting UFOs While Canning Tomatoes 1998: Laurel Winter, why goldfish shouldn't use power tools 1999: Bruce Boston, Confessions of a Body Thief 2000: Geoffrey A. Landis, Christmas (after we all get time machines) 2001: Joe Haldeman, January Fires 2002: Lawrence Schimel, How to Make a Human 2003 (tie): Charles Saplak and Mike Allen, Epochs in Exile: A Fantasy Trilogy; Sonya Taaffe, Matlacihuatl's Gift 2004: Theodora Goss, Octavia Is Lost in the Hall of Masks 2005: Tim Pratt, Soul Searching 2006: Kendall Evans and David C. Kopaska-Merkel, The Tin Men 2007: Mike Allen, The Journey to Kailash 2008: Catherynne M. Valente, The Seven Devils of Central California 2009: Geoffrey A. Landis, Search 2010: Kendall Evans and Samantha Henderson, In the Astronaut Asylum 2011: C. S. E. Cooney, The Sea King's Second Bride 2012: Megan Arkenberg, The Curator Speaks in the Department of Dead Languages 2013: Andrew Robert Sutton, Into Flight  2014: Mary Soon Lee, Interregnum 2015: F.J. Bergmann, 100 Reasons to Have Sex with an Alien 2016: (tie) Krysada Panusith Phounsiri, It Begins With A Haunting; Ann K. Schwader, Keziah 2017: Theodora Goss, Rose Child Best Short Poem winners 1978 (tie): Duane Ackerson, The Starman; Andrew Joron, Asleep in the Arms of Mother Night; Sonya Dorman, Corruption of Metals 1979 (tie): Duane Ackerson, Fatalities; Steve Eng, Storybooks and Treasure Maps 1980 (tie): Robert Frazier, Encased in the Amber of Eternity; Peter Payack, The Migration of Darkness 1981: Ken Duffin, Meeting Place 1982: Raymond DiZazzo, On the Speed of Sight 1983: Alan P. Lightman, In Computers 1984: Helen Ehrlich, Two Sonnets 1985: Bruce Boston, For Spacers Snarled in the Hair of Comets 1986: Susan Palwick, The Neighbor's Wife 1987 (tie): Jonathan V. Post, Before the Big Bang: News from the Hubble Large Space Telescope; John Calvin Rezmerski, A Dream of Heredity 1988 (tie): Bruce Boston, The Nightmare Collector; Suzette Haden Elgin, Rocky Road to Hoe 1989: Robert Frazier, Salinity 1990: G. Sutton Breiding, Epitaph for Dreams 1991: Joe Haldeman, Eighteen Years Old, October Eleventh 1992: David Lunde, Song of the Martian Cricket 1993: Jane Yolen, Will 1994 (tie): Bruce Boston, Spacer's Compass; Jeff VanderMeer, Flight Is for Those Who Have Not Yet Crossed Over 1995: Dan Raphael, Skin of Glass 1996: Bruce Boston, Future Present: A Lesson in Expectation 1997: W. Gregory Stewart, Day Omega 1998: John Grey, Explaining Frankenstein to His Mother 1999: Laurel Winter, egg horror poem 2000: Rebecca Marjesdatter, Grimoire 2001: Bruce Boston, My Wife Returns as She Would Have It 2002: William John Watkins, We Die as Angels 2003: Ruth Berman, Potherb Gardening 2004: Roger Dutcher, Just Distance 2005: Greg Beatty, No Ruined Lunar City 2006: Mike Allen, The Strip Search 2007: Rich Ristow, The Graven Idol's Godheart 2008: F.J. Bergmann, Eating Light 2009: Amal El-Mohtar, Song for an Ancient City 2010: Ann K. Schwader, To Theia 2011: Amal El-Mohtar, Peach-Creamed Honey 2012: Shira Lipkin, The Library, After 2013: Terry A. Garey, The Cat Star  2014: Amal El-Mohtar, Turning the Leaves  2015: Marge Simon, Shutdown 2016: Ruth Berman, Time Travel Vocabulary Problems 2017: Marge Simon, George Tecumseh Sherman's Ghosts 2018: Mary Soon Lee, Advice to a Six-year-old References 1 2 David Langford, "Rhysling Award." , 3rd edition (online). Ed. John Clute, David Langford, and Peter Nicholls. 2013. Accessed 19 February 2013 Encyclopedia of Science Fiction ↑ The Science Fiction Poetry Association: Dwarf Stars ↑ Roger Dutcher and Mike Allen, ed. (2005). The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase. Science Fiction Poetry Association in cooperation with Prime Books. p. 170 pp. ISBN 0-8095-1162-2. This collection presents more than twenty-five years of the best poetry in the field of speculative literature. ↑ Elizabeth Barrette, Review: The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase, edited by Roger Dutcher and Mike Allen, Strange Horizons, 8 February 2006 (accessed 16 Sept. 2016) 1 2 Silver, Steven H (September 3, 2013). "Rhysling Award". SF Site . Retrieved . September 5, 2013 ↑ "News".
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