Rhysling Award

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Rhysling Award
Awarded forBest speculative poetry of the prior year
Country United States
Presented by Science Fiction Poetry Association

The 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 . [1] 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. [1]


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 The Rhysling Anthology , and members of the Association then vote on the final winners. Since 2005, the Awards have been presented in July at a ceremony at 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. [2]

In 2005, the SFPA published an anthology of the winning poems, The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase. [3] [4]

Best Long Poem winners

Best Short Poem winners


  1. 1 2 David Langford, "Rhysling Award." Encyclopedia of Science Fiction , 3rd edition (online). Ed. John Clute, David Langford, and Peter Nicholls. 2013. Accessed 19 February 2013
  2. The Science Fiction Poetry Association: Dwarf Stars
  3. 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.
  4. 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)
  5. 1 2 Silver, Steven H (September 3, 2013). "Rhysling Award". SF Site . Retrieved September 5, 2013.
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