Tuesday, April 28, 2015


The international InterstellarAward for Speculative Poetry is open to all forms of poetry. It closes on May 1 so either get your speculative skates on or employ a sci-fi strategy … like ... time travel?

Interstellar defines speculative poetry as ‘… science fiction and fantasy, all sub-genres such as space opera, hard SF, soft SF, paranormal, steampunk, new gothic, supernatural, metaphysical fantasy, magical realism, and all hybrid genres, including new ones of your own making. The only proviso is that entries contain at least an element of the speculative.’ There’s a 60 line limit and a $12 entry fee. First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $300. A shortlist of ten poems will be posted on June 1 and final results on June 12. They don’t muck about. (This is great.)

And if you’d like to read more about speculative poetry generally, the piece I wrote a while ago might give you a start. You can find that post hereFor a terrific selection of Australian speculative writing see PS Cottier and Tim Jones’ anthology The Stars Like Sand (Interactive Press). (Yes - I have a poem in it.)

Also watch for submission calls later for Interstellar’s first anthology - to be released in 2016.

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