Supernatural Tanka

Recently, I saw a call-out for poetry based on the TV show Supernatural. Given that I am a fan of the Winchester brothers, I thought I’d try my hand at penning a few. Sadly, haiku were not eligible for this project, since the poems had to be at least five lines. (You can read some of my Supernatural haiku here.) So, I decided to write tanka (or, at least, modified tanka). Two of my poems are still under consideration for this book  – yay! – so I thought I’d post my rejected poems here. Only, let’s not call them rejected. How about under-appreciated?


beside a devil’s trap
painted with blood sigils
dusted in rock salt
the Winchester brothers
and endure


If I could
I would bake you
a lattice-topped cherry pie –
pit-free, sweet, with no lingering aftertaste –
just the safety and comfort of home.

Have you written poetry based on a favorite book or TV show? Let me know in the comments!


Dwarf Stars Award – Call for Submissions

Fellow micropoets! Sandra Lindow, editor at Lindenleaf Press, is editing this year’s Dwarf Stars anthology of the best speculative micropoetry published in 2013. Send her your favorite short horror, fantasy, or science fiction poems for consideration for the Dwarf Stars Award given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. She recently put out the following call for submissions. Spread the word!

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Submissions are open for the Dwarf Stars anthology, edited by Sandra Lindow, from which the best short poem published in 2013 is selected. Anyone may submit their own poems or those of others; there is no limit to how many poems you may submit for the anthology, but only SFPA members may vote for the award.

All genres of speculative poetry are eligible, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and “unclassifiable, but speculative.” Poems must be no more than ten lines (no more than 100 words for prose poems) not including title or stanza breaks, and first published in 2013; include publication credit. Editors are welcome to submit entire issues; no need to name specific poems. Poems must be received by May 15.

Send e-mail submissions (preferred) to; please use “Dwarf Stars sub” as the subject line so submissions don’t get buried in our inboxes. Mail print submissions (discouraged) to Sandra Lindow, 1308 16th Ave E, Menomonie WI 54751.

Please send your nominations to the address above and alert any other lists you think may be interested.