Approaching the Elgin Voting

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We’re now fully in Elgin voting season with the final votes due September 15th. This year we really want to see as many of our members as possible voting to help us pick the speculative poetry book and chapbook of the year, given that this is our 40th anniversary. What follows are some of my unofficial remarks, but I hope they’ll provide a helpful perspective and approach to what’s ahead.

Both new members and even longtime members of the SFPA might feel a little intimidated by the 51 nominees (21 in chapbooks, 30 in full-length collections) to read, even as we ought to be very excited and delighted there are so many to consider. It says wonderful things about our corner of the literary arts, instilling us with great optimism about its growth and future.

That being said, 51 books can be a lot! How does one responsibly judge and…

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