Poetry Contest
Poetry Contest 2021: The Shortlist

Poetry Contest 2021: The Shortlist

It was a tough decision to make, but here they are, the five poems (and poets) that made the shortlist for our 2021 Poetry Contest. A big thank you to our wonderful judge, Kama La Mackerel, who had the difficult job of whittling down a longlist of incredible poetry....

Poetry Contest 2021: The Longlist

Poetry Contest 2021: The Longlist

It's finally here: the longlist for our 2021 Poetry Contest. Many thanks to all our readers, and to those who submitted their work. Congratulations to these talented poets! ---- non-consensual, by Eva Wissting Last night in my mother's house, still a maiden, by Zoe...

Meeting Jibreel

Meeting Jibreel

“Meeting Jibreel” is the honourable mention for Room’s Poetry Contest 2020, as selected by judge Canisia Lubrin. In my Quranic primer of short, & long, verses I scrawled in the margins with metallic ink. I learned the name of an angel, as my body Shaped a conduit...

Dead spider frozen in ice are you dead.

Dead spider frozen in ice are you dead.

“Dead spider frozen in ice are you dead.” is the honourable mention for Room’s Poetry Contest 2019 as selected by judge Pamela Mordecai. Dead spider frozen in ice are you dead. If I melt you will you wake up again and give us all polio. Is polio even that bad. You are...

A ballad for messy brown girls

A ballad for messy brown girls

“A ballad for messy brown girls” is the honourable mention of Room’s Poetry and Fiction Contest 2018 as selected by judge Vivek Shraya. Brown girls with combed out curls that frizz and fly and fuzz, Baby hair halos, -  angels - of the 43 Kennedy bus.i Shorts that...

mother’s tongue

mother’s tongue

Our 2017 Poetry Contest Honourable Mention. mother's tongue They often ask: Will you teach your children your language?             As if it is a weapon I carry. Of course I will, ensure they are more fluent than I was. Hope that they can read and write it too....