Announcing the Winners of our 2014 Contest

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Congratulations to the winners of Room’s 2014 Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest!

Our thanks to the more than 430 writers who submitted their work, and to our esteemed judges: Saleema Nawaz (fiction), Sonnet L’Abbé (poetry), and Sarah de Leeuw  (creative non-fiction) who made the difficult choices.

Look for the first and second place winners in issue 38.2, coming to newsstands next summer, and follow the links below to read this year's honourable mentions.

Our Creative Non-fiction Writing Contest 2015 is now open, please click here for more info.

Our winners for 2014:

Fiction:

1st Place: “Clenched” by Lisa Mclean, Guelph, ON
2nd Place: “House Lizard” by Leah Ranada, Vancouver, BC
Honourable Mention: “Flotsam and Jetsam” by Paula Lemke, Langley, BC

Poetry:

1st Place: “Island Clearances” by Lauren Carter, The Pas, MB
2nd Place: “Saskatchewan Lament” by Jeanette Lynes, North Saskatoon, SK
Honourable Mention: “Wildlife” by Keira Zikmanis, Victoria, BC

Creative Non-Fiction:

1st Place: “Everybody Out of the Pool” by Naoko Kumagai, Toronto, ON
2nd Place: “Bunny Love” by Nadja Hazard, Toronto, ON
Honourable Mention: “Wallflower, Late Bloomer” by Christa Couture, Toronto, ON

And congratulations again to our shortlisted entrants:

Fiction:

  • “Pink” by Alaina Baskerville-Bridges

  • “Napoleon's Giraffe” by S. Portico Bowman

  • “Epicene” by B.T. Carter

  • “Corner of Bank and Laurier” by Loretta Colton

  • “Pandora's Box” by Carol Cram

  • “Small Investments” by Sierra Skye Gemma

  • “A Self-Portrait” by Nicole Grondin

  • “Oh Gross!” by Meredith Hambrock

  • “Bootlegger” by Lara Janze

  • “Flotsam and Jetsam” by Paula Lemke

  • “Dining Out on Harry” by Jane Manson

  • “Stan the Gas Man” by Janice McCachen

  • “Clenched” by Lisa McLean

  • “The School Bus Graveyard” by Kim Murray

  • “Ivy Puller” by Janet Ralph

  • “House Lizard” by Leah Ranada

  • “Morning” by Kim Schacht

  • “Night Time Cough and Cold Medicine” by Marissa Slaven

  • “Into the Dreamtime” by Robyn M. Thomas

  • “Decade of the Colourist” by Nancy Thorne

  • “You Gotta Give It Up” by Meg Todd

Poetry:

  • “The Losses” by Susan Buis

  • “Celadon” by Susan Buis

  • “Island Clearances” by Lauren Carter

  • Two Left Feet” by Linda Crosfield

  • “Post Mortem” by Heidi Garnett

  • “Marriage, Water” by Jeanette Lynes

  • “Saskatchewan Lament” by Jeanette Lynes

  • “The Teach on Sunday” by Jeanette Lynes

  • “Wildlife” by Keira Zikmanis

Creative Non-Fiction:

  • “The Chicken and the Egg” by Sharron Arksey

  • “Falling” by Lisa Bendall

  • “Trajectories” by Sarah Brooks

  • “Wallflower, Late Bloomer” by Christa Couture

  • “Bunny Lover” by Nadja Hazard

  • “Everybody Out of the Pool” by Naoko Kumagai

  • “Why Migration?” by Lishai Peel

  • “Little Love Punches” by Gina Roitman

  • “Camels for Freedom” by Star Spider

  • “Obedience” by Kelly S. Thompson

  • “That's Not Your Head” by Cristina Williams

  • “One Small Subversive Act” by Nan Williamson

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