Poetry Space Competition 2020

Thursday, 27 February 2020

This year’s judge will be Bobby Parker
Bobby Parker is a working class writer and visual artist currently based in the West Midlands. He has written articles and a poetry column for The Quietus, who also published a long piece about him called ‘Stalking Bobby Parker’ by Faber poet Richard Scott in 2013. He received a grant from The Society of Authors in 2015 and tutored for The Poetry School in 2017. Bobby tours regularly, with poetry readings and talks about mental illness, addiction and class issues. His published poetry collections include the critically-acclaimed ‘Blue Movie’ (Nine Arches Press, 2014) and ‘Working Class Voodoo’ (Offord Road Books, 2018).

Prizes this year:

£500 for the winner 

£250 for 2nd place

£100 for 3rd

Book prizes for seventeen shortlisted poets and for the top three prize winners. Complimentary copies of the prizewinners anthology for the top 20.


Rules for entering:

  • Poems must be your own work and previously unpublished
  • Poems must be 40 lines or less
  • You must be 16 or over
  • You must be willing to have shortlisted poems published in our prizewinners’ anthology 

Poems can be sent by email to susan@poetryspace.co.uk or by post to Poetry Space Ltd, 2 North St, Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3DZ


Please don’t put your name on the poems but do include a cover sheet with your:

  • full name
  • pen name if different from above
  • email address
  • telephone number
  • postal address

Please pay a £5 entry fee to enter one poem. Multiple entries are allowed.

Poetry Space subscribers can enter to poems for each £5 paid.