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Eye to the Telescope Calls for Speculative Poetry for Themed Issue – Pays up to $25/poem

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (est. 1978) is accepting submissions of speculative poetry for the July 2017 issue of its flagship ezine, Eye to the Telescope. This issue will conjure up verse-style stories of “Garbage.”

The human relationship with waste is a close one. It’s also one where perspective is vital. One multidimensional being’s waste byproduct may be another less mobile humanoid extraterrestrial’s valued possession, or however that saying goes. What are the stories aged space debris tells their newer members? How do the outer worlds deal with the issue of garbage? Who are the people who deal with trash?

Guest editor John Reinhart is reviewing speculative poetry that explores diverse perspectives of trash, refuse, junk, detritus, waste, rubbish. He welcomes poetry (in any style and length) that traverses unique themes of the overlooked, the discarded, the junk of modern life.

Poets can submit up to five poems. Poems must be original and unpublished.

Token Payment: 3 cents/word–$3 minimum or up to $25 maximum–for First (or Reprint) Electronic Rights. Payment is upon publication.

Reading period closes June 15, 2017. Read the publication’s guidelines here.


(Speculative poetry covers the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural horror, as well as similar genres such as magic realism, metafiction, and fabulation. It is difficult to define speculative poetry since these genres correspond to fiction instead of poetry.)

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