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Eye to the Telescope issue 20, Family, will be edited by Josh Brown.

Family means many different things to many different people. Family can be love, family can be hate; it can be both, or maybe something in between. Some people love their family more than anything, others do whatever they can to avoid their families, only grudgingly seeing them on certain holidays or other family occasions such as weddings or funerals. For some people family is defined in the traditional sense of husband, wife and 2.5 kids surrounded by a white picket fence. Others define family as something much different. Some people consider close friends to be family. Others are quick to include a pet such as cat or dog to be part of their family.

In terms of speculative fiction, family can be viewed many ways: colonies, hives, nomadic tribes, covens, vampire clans, werewolf packs, secret societies, superhero teams, star clusters, and so on and so forth.

This issue of Eye to the Telescope will be devoted to speculative poetry that explores the meaning of “family.” We are seeking poetry that explores the myriad and diverse ways that define family. We want poetry that challenges our own preconceived notions and definitions of what family means. We seek poetry that defines family through emotion. Show us the world, your world, different worlds, through family.

Submission Guidelines


  • Please send submissions to with the subject line “ETTT sub:” followed by the poet’s name.
  • Please submit 1–5 poems in English (in body of email or attached as .rtf).
  • Include a short bio.
  • Deadline: March 15, 2016. The issue will appear on April 15, 2016.

Payment and rights

  • Accepted poems will be paid for at the following rate: US 3¢/word rounded to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication.
  • Payment can be made to either the translator or the poet or split between the translator and the poet, as agreed upon in each individual case.
  • The Science Fiction Poetry Association normally uses PayPal to pay poets, but can also send checks.
  • Eye to the Telescope is an online publication. Therefore, First Electronic Rights (for original translations of poems) or reprint electronic rights are being sought.

Who can submit?

Anyone writing speculative poetry.

What is Speculative Poetry?

Speculative poetry is poetry which falls within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural horror, plus some related genres such as magic realism, metafiction, and fabulation. It is not easy to give precise definitions, partly because many of these genres are framed in term of fiction rather than poetry.

A good starting point is “About Science Fiction Poetry” by Suzette Haden Elgin, the founder of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Despite its title, this article is applicable all forms of speculative poetry.

Tim Jones, editor of Issue 2, had a go at defining science fiction poetry on his blog, in two parts (These blog posts date from 2009, and the Voyagers anthology has since been published. These posts do refer specifically to science fiction poetry, rather than the broader field of speculative poetry.):

What Is the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA)?

As the SFPA says on its website at, “The Science Fiction Poetry Association was founded in 1978 to bring together poets and readers interested in science fiction poetry. What is sf poetry? You know what they say about definitions—everybody has one. To be sure, it is poetry (we’ll leave that definition to you), but it’s poetry with some element of speculation—usually science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Some folks include surrealism, some straight science.”

See the SFPA site for lots more information—and please consider joining.

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Interested in editing an issue of Eye to the Telescope? See the Editors’ Guidelines for information and requirements.