Eye to the Telescope is looking for submissions for the April 2014 issue. Theme: The solar system is all we have. No aliens. No FTL. No “magic” science. How do we view, see, and live on the planets (including our own) and moons of our solar system as we go forward?
Two things converged on the way to the theme for this issue of Eye to the Telescope. One was a dip into Diane Ackerman’s “The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral” (recommended reading, by the way) and the second was thinking about The Mundane Manifesto. The Mundane Manifesto eschews aliens and FTL and many of the tropes of what we think of when we think of SF.
I love a good grand-tour book; think Imperial Earth by Arthur C. Clarke to the newest Kim Stanley Robinson, 2312. So, while the Mundane Manifesto states: “… the most likely future is one in which we only have ourselves and this planet,” I will extend this to: we only have ourselves and this solar system.
Astronomical poems are welcome as well as SF poems. I look forward to seeing your work.
Guest-edited byRoger Dutcher.
- Please send submissions to email@example.com 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, 2013.
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 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 sfpoetry.com, “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.