About Poetry Space

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES – updated 30.03.17

Poetry Space Annual Competition – The 2021 competition will open for entries in January. The closing date will be August 31st 2020  midnight UK time. I will be announcing the judge by the end of February 2021.

Submission Guidelines: Quarterly Showcase: Unpublished poems are accepted all the year round and will be considered for the next available showcase. However latest date that your poems need to be in by for the Spring Showcase  is February 10th (For online publication on March 1st) if selected. Poems for the showcase must not have appeared in other journals or magazines. We will accept poems from your own collections (whoever they are published by)  but please make this clear. Poems not chosen for one edition will be held on file and reconsidered for the next edition by a new editor, then dropped to make way for new material.  All poems are now selected anonymously by our guest editors.  All submissions should be marked SHOWCASE . Please accompany your submission with a cover sheet listing poem titles, your name, e-mail contact details and your country.

Audio recordings : If you love reading your work then we would love to receive them for this new feature on the website. There are plenty of sound recording apps and voice recorder software that you can install on your computer. I find these work best with a microphone plugged in to the computer. Have fun. Your recording can include a short introduction to your work if you wish. Previous unpublished poems only unless it is a poem from a collection you have had published by Poetry Space or a poem you have already had published on the website.

Submission guidelines – Young Writers Space.  This page is specifically for submissions from young people up to and including the age of 16 and accepts a variety of work: poems, short stories, novel extracts, art work and photography.

Di Coffey Memorial Prize for Widening Participation in Poetry

Di’s interest in poetry began when she attended Moira Andrew’s poetry group in Falmouth, a group sponsored initially by Poetry Space which met in the library. Already an accomplished  non fiction writer, Di took to poetry very quickly and wrote some very moving pieces. With Moira’s encouragement she began sending them out to magazines and online publications. In 2012 Di had her first poem published on this website.

Poetry Space is now pleased to announce the inaugral Di Coffey Memorial Prize for Widening Participation in Poetry. I want this prize to go to an individual, a group or a project that actively promotes poetry within their community on a not for profit basis. 

If you would like to nominate an individual or project please write to me at susan@poetryspace.co.uk. You cannot nominate yourself as an individual however if you are benefitting from a project you can nominate the project. You will need to give the following information:

  • Name of individual or project.
  • Description of the work being done.
  • Why you think it should be considered for a prize.

The deadline for nominations is March 30th , 2021.


Depending on how many nominations we receive, I will shortlist the projects and publish details on this website of up to five projects. The winner will be selected by a panel of volunteers.

The winner in 2021 will receive £100.



Other  services :

Mentoring – As an experience poet with a background in teaching and counselling, I can help with confidence building and help you to develop your poetry writing or help you to explore writing for your own well-being.

Leaflets, booklets for weddings, funerals, naming ceremonies, birthdays. Specially commissioned poems. Please enquire. I have written special poems for birtdays, anniversaries and for funerals based on facts or anecdotes you give me.

Collections: Financed by Poetry Space and self- financing. Due to the volume of collections in the pipeline Poetry Space is currently not accepting submissions for collections of poetry by individual poets for the foreseeable future.  As soon as the situation changes I will post news here.

Submissions and enquiries to susan@poetryspace.co.uk


Susan Jane Sims FRSA – Founder & Editor

As a  reader and writer of poetry over a lifetime , work gathered momentum  after taking a free-fall writing course with Angelika Weinrich at the Gestalt centre in London in 2009.  Suddenly I wasn’t scared any more; the course helped me to get past my inner censor and to write from a much deeper place within. Now with numerous poems in print I  encourage others to find their voice through poetry and love running workshops with both adults and children.  Apart from Poetry Space, my  current interests are in developing my reading  and performing voice for poetry and I take  up every possible opportunity to do this through my involvement with Bath Poetry Cafe and Second Light Network of Women Poets.

My first full collection  A number of things you should know was published in June 2015 and is available from  Indigo Dreams Publishing

My pamphlet collection, Irene’s Daughter has proved popular amongst general readers and particularly those recently bereaved. If you are a counsellor or therapist and want a copy for use working with clients please ask for a free copy. It is also available in the PS online shop.

I am a long term member of Lapidus, the organisation for wellbeing through reading and writing. I was the administrator of the national organisation from 2011 to 2014 and before that chair and regional organiser for the South West Of England.

Each Autumn from 20o8 to 2015, I worked with Year Six children (10 and 11 year olds) encouraging and  inspiring them to write poems, through Somerset based organisation Threshold Prize. Sadly this has come to an end with final sessions in Autumn 2015 and the schools receiving prizes in Summer 2016. However if you would like me to visit your school and inspire the children with a similar style workshop please get in touch with me now by using the contact form.

I would love to be a poet in residence somewhere so if your organisation is in reasonable public transport travelling distance from Bristol or Bath please do get in touch to discuss the possibilities.

In December 2014 I became a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and look forward to meeting, linking up online with other fellows and collaborating in projects that have the potential to promote social change.

In February 2016, I was delighted to be on the judging panel for a regional Poetry by Heart competition in Hampshire. This took place at Oaklands School.

I am currently working on a brand new collection and have enjoyed sharing its progress with fellow writers at Project 2017, a Bath based initiative organised by Sue Boyle. I am now a member of Bath Writers and Artists group which meets at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute in Queen Square, Bath.

I am a Hawthornden Fellow and spent 4 weeks on retreat at Hawthornden Castle in 2018. This resulted in my latest collection Splitting Sunlight published in 2019 by Dempsey and Windle.




Freelance Editors:

Eleanor Bennett is currently editing our Young Writers and Artists Space. Eleanor is an award winning photographer and her photographs have appeared on the covers of numerous magazines. Contact by e-mail at eleanor@poetryspace.co.uk She has provided artwork for Margaret Eddershaw’s  collection Catching Light, the 2014 competition anthology, nothing recognisable as human and short story pamphlet, Revelations.

Wendy French  edited a first full collection by Margaret Eddershaw,  a prizewinner in Poetry Space competition 2012. Wendy won The International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry  in 2010.

Richard Gall  edited That Sweet Name like Magic Has Made Me by Michael Kawaku Kesse Somuah published in March this year. Richard studied for a  Master’s degree in English at The University ofManchester and has now moved on to a full time career in publishing.

Johanna Boal helped to promote Poetry Space Competition 2014 Johanna Boal is a librarian in Yorkshire and a great social networker and uses this well to promote poetry and writing generally. Catch up with her on Poetry Space Facebook page. Her pamphlet collection Cardboard City is available in the Poetry Space online shop.

Competition Judges:

Philip Lyons 2010

Rose Flint 2011

Cheryl Moskowitz 2012

Martyn Crucefix 2013

Alison Brackenbury 2014

John Siddique 2015

Myra Schneider 2016 

Michael Di Placido 2017 current competition 

Gill McEvoy 2018

Caroline Price 2019

Bobby Parker – 2020 current competition


Guest Editors for Showcase Quarterly:

Moira Andrew, Jo Waterworth, Margaret Eddershaw, Denni Turp, Thelma Laycock, Jean Harrison and David Mark Williams. Prem Kumari Srivastava, Mandy Pannett ,Di Coffey, Johana Boal, Nick Cooke, David Norris-Kay, Rosie Jackson, Pam Zinnemann-Hope, Nick Cooke,  and Lizzie Ballagher  have all edited editions.

If you would like a voluntary spot as a guest editor, do get in touch. Coming up we have:

Other voluntary help needed:

Simply  spreading the word by sending a link to Poetry Space to your friends, even if they think they might not like poetry. We may be able to change their mind.

Volunteer editors, proof readers, typesetters always appreciated. Whilst I pay for a limited amount of help. the PS budget won’t allow for as much as we really need. Being a Poetry Space volunteer in any of these roles is a great way to gain experience.


The Kill


For Emily Dickinson


The surprise is

that we are shocked

at the viciousness of the kill


and the coolness

of the killer

after the act.


Watch the lioness at rest

the satiated sleep

the playful cuff of a cub’s head

the carefully retracted claws.



watch the lady pinpoint her target,

stalk, and strike.


It’s the covering of tracks

the washing of hands

the desire to be clean again

that marks out a human kill.


And it’s in the aftermath of rage

that we spot hope’s feathered edges

and reach.


Susan Jane Sims

From collection, A number of things you should know. (IDP)  First published in Bath Cafe Poets anthology, The Listening Walk (2014)