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Monday, November 30, 2020

Eye to the Telescope seeks speculative poetry

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Deadline: December 15, 2020

Travel. The adventure. The boredom. The excitement. The fear. Travel is all of these things, and more; whether you're travelling internally or externally, Eye to the Telescope wants to know your experience, your view of beings/worlds “in motion.” Dive in. Pull out the beautiful banal, the inanity, the life-changing, the horror. Take us somewhere we have never been. Or have always been, but thought we weren’t really there. Or anywhere.

What I Want or Don’t Want

I particularly enjoy genre-bending and pushing of form/function.

That being said, non-traditional and hybrid forms are very welcome! or audio—.mp3 is best. Would love image or image/word hybrid—.jpg please! Video possible, not highly preferred, but will consider; conceptual here over literal, though open to literal with poetic intent. Column/table-format poems great. Would really love to see more math/science-based works. Query first if considering submitting an unusual format. Themed subject matter open; consensual erotica fine.

No perpetuation of stereotypes or hates, or anything harmful; no rape, incest, noncensensual BDSM, torture, child molestation, animal molestation, earth molestation, bigotry, racism, intolerance, etc.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit 1–3 poems in English (in body of e-mail, or attached as .doc, .docx, or .rtf). Translations from other languages are acceptable with the permission of the original poet (unless public domain).
Please send submissions to with the subject line “ETTT sub:” followed by the poet’s name.
Include a short bio.
Deadline: December 15. The issue will appear on January 15, 2021.

Payment and rights

Accepted poems will be paid for at the following rate: US 3¢/word rounded up 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 Therefore, First Electronic Rights (for original unpublished poems) are being sought.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 Voyagersanthology 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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