Rhysling Nominated Poems from 2021

Posted by on Mar 1, 2022 in anthology:poem, awards, Blog | Comments Off on Rhysling Nominated Poems from 2021

Each year, members of SFPA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association) nominate what they consider to be the best poems of the past year. Works are divided into two categories, short (under 50 lines) and long (above 50 lines). I’m honored this year to have FOUR nominated poems, two in each category, and all of them can be read online!

Within a few months, they’ll also be published in the SFPA Rhysling Anthology that members read before voting for their top poems (I actually won in 2019!). This will also be available for the public to buy from sites such as Amazon.

Here are my nominated poems:


“Field Trip to See the Mermaid” in Mermaids Monthly
“How to Find Yourself Again” in Fantasy Magazine


“The Bookstore” in New Myths
“Follow the Meandering Path” in Abyss & Apex

Best of luck to all nominees!


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Four poems as Rhysling Finalists

Posted by on Mar 20, 2020 in anthology:poem, awards, Blog | Comments Off on Four poems as Rhysling Finalists

I feel odd reporting good news as the modern civilization seems to be eroding around us, but I’ll take whatever positives I can get. Four of my poems were nominated for the Rhysling Award this year. That means they’ll be published in the Rhysling Anthology, and members of the SFPA will consider them as they vote for the annual winners. I’m honored to have anything up for such an honor again!

Here are my works that are finalists, with links to the two available online:

Short category:
– “My Ghost Will Know The Way” • The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July/August
“A Purring Cat is a Time Machine” • Daikaijuzine 1
– “What You Hear When Your Best Friend Falls for a Supervillain” • Star*Line 42.1

Long category:
“Childhood Memory from the Old Victorian House on Warner” • Uncanny 27

Here is the complete list of nominees.


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2019 Works for Award Consideration

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in awards, Blog | Comments Off on 2019 Works for Award Consideration

The end of the year is nigh. Time for a retrospective with the vain hope that I might garner some award nominations from my fellow writers.

Short stories

The major story I’m promoting for awards is “The Blighted Godling of Company Town H” published at Beneath Ceaseless Skies #268 the very first week of 2019. It can be read online and is also available for free in podcast form, read by Tina Connolly.

My other new stories this year include:
“Consider the Monsters” in Diabolical Plots;
“The Wind Knows All” in Nature
– “By Footpad and Clenched Paw” in Monarchies of Mau: Tales of Excellent Cats available in PDF and print at DriveThruFiction and in ebook at Amazon
“Clouds Gleam Across Her Eyes” in Daily Science Fiction
– Letter Z in F is for Fairy
“A Picture is Worth” in Nature
“The Peculiar Gravity of Home” in Future SF Issue 2; available in print and ebook
– “Awaken My Bones Old and New” in Gorgon: Stories of Emergence


If you’re a member of SFPA and reading works for consideration for the Rhysling and Dwarf Stars, please keep these poems in mind–but most of all, this first one, which is a dream publication for me!

– “My Ghost Will Know the Way” in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction #744 July/August 2019

– “Old Coyote” in Eye to the Telescope Issue 34: Tricksters
“A Purring Cat is a Time Machine,” “Dollar Store Monsters,” and “Drought and Dryad” in Daikaijuzine
“These Rocks, This Soul” in Sycorax Journal issue 3
– “Stranger Danger” in Star*Line 42.3
“Consequences of a Stolen Star” in Kaleidotrope
“Childhood Memory from the Old Victorian House on Warner” in Uncanny Magazine #27


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I won a Rhysling Award?!

Posted by on Jul 29, 2019 in anthology:poem, awards, Blog | 2 comments

Rhysling winners 2019

The Rhysling Award is the top award within science fiction, fantasy, and speculative poetry, as voted on by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA). I’ve had poetry make finalist for like four years now–but this is no short list. The nominees fill an entire small book, and these poems are GOOD. Like, make you cry or gasp in reaction kind-of-good. I’ve always been happy to have my poems hang with that crowd.

This year, something bonkers happened. I WON. My poem “After Her Brother Ripped the Heads from Her Paper Dolls,” published in Mythic Delirium, won 1st place in the short poetry division. Even more bonkers, I also placed 2nd in the long form category with “The Fairies in the Crawlspace,” published in Uncanny Magazine.

Thanks to everyone who voted for my poems. I remain gobsmacked by this honor.


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2018 Work for Award Consideration

Posted by on Nov 29, 2018 in anthology:story, awards, Blog | Comments Off on 2018 Work for Award Consideration

All the cool kids are doing it, so I suppose I should raise my hand from the shadows. It’s award nominations time!

I have only one work that I’m putting forth for consideration, in the short story category:
“To This You Cling, With Jagged Fingernails” published in Fireside Magazine in July 2017.

The story has had some nice notice, including a review at the B&N SFF Blog that said, “Cato perfectly captures the bittersweet moment when you feel the magic of childhood slip away, a moment haunted by sadness, and by the loneliness you can feel in a crowd when you think no one else feels the same, or as deeply, as you.”

Quick Sip Reviews wrote a beautiful review, saying, “It’s a graceful read, though, careful and with a blush of defiance, a hope that maybe magic isn’t just for those too young to know better.”

The story is also included on the SFWA Nebula Reading List.


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My 2017 Works for Award Consideration

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in awards, Blog | Comments Off on My 2017 Works for Award Consideration

The end of the year is nigh, which means it’s time for awards buzz to build up within genre fiction. I have three works in three categories that I wish to bring to readers’ attention.

Uncanny issue 15

SHORT STORY CATEGORY: “With Cardamom I’ll Bind Their Lips,” Uncanny Magazine issue 15. Available to read online; podcast version can be downloaded here.

Reach out via the Contact Form to request a different format.

Red Dust cover

COLLECTION CATEGORY: Red Dust and Dancing Horses and Other Stories, Fairwood Press. Available in print and ebook at all major booksellers.

NOVEL CATEGORY: Call of Fire (#2 in Blood of Earth Trilogy, following Breath of Earth), Harper Voyager. Available in trade paperback and ebook everywhere.

Thank you for your consideration!


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