Deadline Extended to July 31. First Prize: $1000 + publication (in each genre). Fiction judged by Doretta Lau, poetry judged by Marilyn Dumont.

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Doretta Lau is Room’s 2016 fiction contest judge. Who better than the judge herself to inspire you to get working on your contest entry? Read Lau's short story “Best Practices for Time Travel” below, from Room 38.3. Don't forget! The fiction contest closes July 15.

He was the first guy you dated who resembled anything you knew to be familiar. His moustache reminded you of your uncle so you told him to shave it, and he did.

he traces the tattoo
of Africa on my back
tells me how he wants
to go back to Sierra Leone

Mom says she doesn’t know how to twist her tongue in half.

i am the flower that grows out of the cliffside
overhanging the lake on thin soil
birthed by lichen that digested rocks
that i might bloom in her body

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"Writing has saved my emotional, spiritual, and intellectual life in a country where I wasn’t supposed to exist, let alone thrive. It allows me to sort out the mess of structural inequity, bureaucratic obfuscation, colonial racism, and sexism. It allows a space for my voice and sense of self." Room's 2016 poetry contest judge, Marilyn Dumont talks with Jónína Kirton about writing, identity, race, and politics, and how they intertwine.

Doretta Lau is our 2016 fiction contest judge! Read this interview about her writing style and what makes a "good short story."

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Stories told through comedy from an all-women perspective … it’s genius and super relevant!

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Getting a peek of an avid reader’s bookshelf is one of life’s simple pleasures. If you’ve ever shown up a house party and gone straight to the host’s bookshelf, you know how satisfying it is to snoop through other readers’ libraries. The editors of Room love reading (obviously), and we’re giving you a glimpse of our shelves and sharing how we get the most out of our sacred reading time.