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. 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.
|Awarded for||Best speculative poetry of the prior year|
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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. From 2005 to 2011, the Awards were 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.
Best Long Poem winnersEdit
- 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
- 2018: Neil Gaiman, The Mushroom Hunters
Best Short Poem winnersEdit
- 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"
- David Langford, "Rhysling Award." Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 3rd edition (online). Ed. John Clute, David Langford, and Peter Nicholls. 2013. Accessed 19 February 2013
- 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)
- Silver, Steven H (September 3, 2013). "Rhysling Award". SF Site. Retrieved September 5, 2013.