Issue 18 of Eye to the Telescope will be edited by Jason McCall.
“Whether it’s the story of Superman struggling to fit in on earth or the debate over the real-word analogs for Tolkien’s dwarves and goblins, race has long been one of the central themes of speculative media. At times, aliens and monsters have been used to create caricatures of races and ethnic groups. At times, aliens and monsters have been used to satirize real-world racial divisions. Oftentimes, fictional races are used so that we don’t have to consider the reality of race and racism in our communities. Race can be a deadly serious topic. Race can be a fun and funny topic. Above all, race is an expansive topic, so I look forward to reading poems that deal with the idea of race in a number of different ways.”
- Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org 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: September 15, 2015. The issue will appear on October 15, 2015.
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 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.