Poetry Contest 2020: The Longlist

Ruchika Gothoskar

We know, we know. This one’s a little late. We’re sorry! 2020 has been quite a time. But here they are: the sixteen longlisted poems from our 2020 Poetry Contest!

Room‘s 2020 Poetry Contest: The Longlist

“Clear Divisibility” by Alexei Perry Cox
“Countdown as Drunk Mothers” by Brandi Bird
“Relocation” by Brandi Bird
“Heirloom” by Cara Waterfall
“Pocketed Roots”, by Erin Goheen
“Eulogy” by Fran Westwood
“Arctic Archipelago” by Heather Simeney MacLeod
“alternate universe in which my trauma response is made of birds” by Lisa Baird
“Meeting Jibreel” by Majda Gama
“After Life” by Marika Prokosh
“Picking Season” by Melanie Power
“Blackie” by Nicole Robitaille
“Materia Medica” by Nikki Sheppy
“Lesson’s In My Mother’s Tongue” by Sara Ibrahim
“Mula-higg” by Sara Ibrahim
“Phantom Wave” by Victoria McArtor

Thank you to every writer who trusted us and our judge, Canisia Lubrin, with their poems. The shortlist and winners will be announced soon. In the meantime, our 2020 Cover Art contest is still accepting submissions. In the meantime, have a wonderful and safe holiday season.


Image by Carissa D’andrade.

Upcoming Issue

Room 45.2 Cover

ROOM 46.2: Ley Line
Editor: Geffen Semach
Assistant Editor: Annick MacAskill
Shadows: Adesina Brown, Kendra Heinz, Nara Monteiro
Cover Art by semillites hernández velasco

Currently On Newsstands

Illustration by Paige Jung of five Asian faces of various ages and skin colours. All are wearing bright clothes and have sombre expressions.

Editor: Michelle Ha
Assistant Editor: Shristi Uprety and Isabella Wang
Cover Art by Paige Jung

Join us on Patreon

Become a RoomMate

Seeking members who love literature, events, merchandise, and supporting marginalized creators.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Be the first to know about contests, calls for submissions, upcoming events.

* indicates required

Visit our Store

Share This