Category Archives: Awards


The 2009 Rhysling Awards are now open to nominations from SFPA members. My eligible poems (all for the short poem category) this year are:

I’m fond of these poems, and I hope people will check them out who missed them the first time, but honestly I don’t think any of them are award-worthy. I would suggest people instead consider these two poems which both really struck me this year:

  • Hill and Pail.” Mary Alexandra Agner. Strange Horizons.
  • Phrenology.” Elizabeth Bradfield. Ploughshares.

Atlantic Writing Awards

The shortlist for the Atlantic Writing Awards was announced last weekend. Since I did the web design for it, I already knew I wasn’t on it. This week I got my formal letter from the Fed, though, telling me my book wasn’t on it, with a handwritten note from Jane (my ex-co-worker) saying, “You should know that the jury cited your book, praising such a fine debut. You’d have blushed.”

I totally want to quote that on my reviews page, except I don’t know how to do so without sounding like this: “I didn’t win dick, but these people said something nice! BUY MY FREAKING BOOK!” Ha ha. I rock.

My poem “The Rainy Season” won first place for poetry in Strange Horizons’ 2005 Reader’s Choice Awards, though. Many thanks to everybody who voted for it!

no need for breath

Strange Horizons published my poem “Cherries for Buttons” today. Their Readers’ Choice Awards 2005 are open for voting until March 17. Anybody can vote. You can vote for up to 5 poems. Coincidentally, I have five eligible poems: “Surface Properties“; “The Rainy Season“; “First Contact“; “Settler’s Song“; and “The Greening.” (Personally I think “The Rainy Season” and “The Greening” are the best of these.)

Peg Duthie also has an eligible poem; so does Neile Graham. I won’t take it personally if you vote for them instead, really. Other stand-outs: “War Is For the Hard of Hearing” and “Where Elevator Music Comes From.” Also please consider voting in the short story category for “A Coffee Cup/Alien Invasion Story” or “Close To You” – I thought both of these were notably inventive on a structural/language level and would like to see that sort of experimentation rewarded. I also thought “Bearing Witness” was exceptional, though not at all experimental.