Poetry Contest 2022: The Longlist

We are thrilled to announce the longlist for our 2022 Poetry Contest! A big thank you to our Room collective members, and a big congratulations to these talented poets!


Room Magazine’s 2022 Poetry Contest Longlist

Viewer Commiseration is Contrived, by Vironika Wilde

Early Winter, by K.R. Segriff

Beginning to End, by Emily Cann

Remain Loving, by Maria Belen Rios Sialer

Communiqué, by Christine Anonuevo

Frida, the heart, the hummingbird, flying with swans, by Alanis Caref

Ode to Herringbone, by Stelios Mormoris

Watermelon, by Stelios Mormoris 

The most important word is ੴ, by Moni Brar

Voice like Birdsong, by Jade Riordan

Getting to Voice, by Kate Marshall Flaherty

Mining for the Metropole, by Anna Lee-Popham

Meanwhile the City Enlists a Prison, by Anna Lee-Popham

how does this land and your home give you your voice? by Erin Carter

Barkerville Cemetery, by Heather Cameron

Water Woman, by Harriet Stone

memory-eater, by Salem Paige

Geranium and Clay, by Mollie Coles Tonn

Raining Fish, by Mollie Coles Tonn

There Are No Streets Named Marie, by Jennifer Adese

the bittersweetness 1994, by Jennifer Adese

the withholding map, by Dora Prieto

debris, by Dora Prieto


Thank you to every writer who trusted us and our judge, Lillian Allen, with their poems. To all those who submitted their work: it takes courage to put your writing forward for scrutiny, and we encourage you to keep at your craft, longlisted or not.

The shortlist and winners will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on our website! In the meantime, our 2022 Cover Art Contest has just opened, and is eager for all your stunning photos, collages, drawings, sketches, and anything else you can dream up.

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