Space Western Senryū Contest

Multiple entries are welcome. All entries must be original, unpublished works (plagiarism will result in disqualification for all entries by that person).

All submissions must be sent electronically via our contest form by July 15th, 2008. The winners will be published on August 6th, 2008.


Each judge will rank each entry on a scale of 1-10. The entries with the highest combined rankings win. Ties will be decided by the editor. The final determination of all winners shall be in the sole and absolute discretion of the Judges.

Our Space Western Senryū Contest judges will be:

Alana Joli Abbott is the author of two fantasy novels, Into the Reach and Departure, the writer for the web-comic Cowboys and Aliens 2, the co-writer for Steampunk Musha RPG, and contributor to several gaming resources, including Serenity Adventures. Ms. Abbott lives near New Haven, CT, where she often partakes of the city’s famous thin crust pizza.

Mark L. Van Name is former Executive Vice President for Ziff-Davis Media, and the head of a technology assessment company in the Triangle. He’s authored or co-authored over a thousand computer-related articles and one technical book, co-founded the Sycamore Hill Writer’s Workshop, co-edited Intersections: The Sycamore Hill anthology, and has sold over a dozen SF short stories. His fiction has appeared in such places as Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, The Year’s Best Science Fiction (Ninth Edition), Jim Baen’s Universe, and multiple anthologies. He is the author of the Jon & Lobo series of novels: One Jump Ahead (2007), Slanted Jack (2008), and Overthrowing Heaven (due in June 2009).

Seamus Kevin Fahey was working as a Writer’s Assisant on Battlestar Galactica for two years before being promoted to staff writer. Meanwhile he helped create a story arc for the Battlestar Galactica: Origins comic series based on the show, and also won the Slamdance teleplay competition for his script “Ghost Town”. In 2007, after he was promoted to Staff Writer, he wrote his first script for the series’ fourth season, which is also his first professional screen-writng credit.


In addition to the ranking prizes, each Judge will award an additional prize to their personal favorite entry.

Entrants agree to submit their entries under the following terms and conditions: (i) that no entry infringes any trademark or copyright or otherwise violates anyone’s right of privacy or publicity; (ii) by submitting an entry, entrants consent to exhibiting all materials submitted;

What is a Senryū?

Senryū (source: wikipedia):

(川柳, literally 'river willow') is a Japanese form of short poetry similar to haiku in construction: three lines with 17 or fewer “on” (not syllables) in total. However, senryū tend to be about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature, and senryū are often cynical or darkly humorous while haiku are serious. Senryū do not need to include a kigo, or season word, like haiku.