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Eye to the Telescope 29, The Dark, will be edited by Colleen Anderson.

The dark is where mysteries lie, seeds are planted to germinate, and the living take a break to rejuvenate for the return of the day. Darkness is part of the psyche that we don’t want to acknowledge, the force that is used to infect or destroy, and that which wishes to hide its intentions.

Poems should show the dark in some way and be of darker content. That doesn’t mean that I will not look at humorous poems, but they will need to be black humour or noir in some way. 

Themes can be dark side of the moon, things found under rocks, in shadows, or within where the light never touches, even the dark side of the force. Poems can be about battles of light and dark, light revealing the dark, or light succumbing to it. It can be about darkness transforming into something new or something worse. Poems can be any length but I won’t be able to take very many long poems so best length is one page. If you are submitting poems about vampires or other traditional dark forces, I’d like to see a new perspective on the trope.

Submission Guidelines


  • Please submit 1–3 poems in English (in body of e-mail, or attached as .doc, .docx, or .rtf).
  • Please send submissions to with the subject line “ETTT sub:” followed by the poet’s name.
  • Include a short bio. 
  • Deadline: June 15. The issue will appear on July 15, 2018.

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.
  • The Science Fiction & Fantasy 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 Therefore, First Electronic Rights (for original unpublished poems) are being sought.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 & Fantasy 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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