The 2019 Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association Contest
Winner: Short Form Category: The Fox and the Forest (Erasure of Ray Bradbury)
Winner: Long Form Category: The Mining Town
Judges comments: Hybridity brings in endless possibilities when it comes to crafting and interpreting creative work, and these short pieces showcase the complexity of hybrid, speculative poetry. When the container for our work is expanded, there’s room to explore braided narratives. These longer poems convey multiple specific stories while still opening themselves up for the audience to imprint their own experiences onto the work.
Apparition Lit #8 (October 2019) - Belly of the Beast
Let’s live in the belly of the beast.
You can bring a strong IPA
so smooth it’s like milk frothed.
I’ll bring Atwood and Ishiguro and Dickens.
We’ll watch Netflix in the blood vessels
and make love in the open mouth
with the krill and saltwater
pooling at our knees . . .
Kaleidotrope (Winter 2019) - "All the Glory of Her Earthly Shell"
I’m not supposed to say this
but her body was only ever a trophy
excavated bit by bit from memory
her tail tightening around my ankles
monitoring my heartbeat, my breathing
locking me in place, not too tight...
Holly Lyn Walrath’s poetry and short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Luna Station Quarterly, Liminality, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbooks Glimmerglass Girl (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and Numinose Lapidi (in Italian, Kipple Press, 2020). She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. She is a freelance editor and host of The Weird Circular, an e-newsletter for writers containing submission calls and writing prompts.