From poetry and fiction to essays and memoir, 2014 was a stellar year for chroniclers of the rich tapestry of female experience. These award-winning books touch specifically on issues of gender inequality, identity politics, social injustice, sexual awakening and coming of age, and all resonate with a strong authorial voice.
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Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift? From stocking stuffers to feminist fashion, check out Room magazine’s holiday gift guide for ideas.
Room is one of a handful of Canadian literary magazines that is not attached to or administered by an educational institution. It’s a magazine run solely by volunteers, and as our lives and interests change, the members come and go.
Guest Post for Remembrance Day by Kelly S. Thompson: I often reflect back on my own service during this time of year, thinking of my friends and fellow comrades. Inevitably, my mind turns to the women I worked with, those fellow trailblazers, bravery-laden females who refused to believe we were operating in a man’s world or rather, chose to fight against that notion.
Najwa Ali's piece “Writing, In Transit” was selected by judge Betsy Warland for top prize for our 2013 creative non-fiction contest and was published in issue 37.2 Expanding the Voice. Now Betsy Warland has selected Najwa Ali as featured reader on Oscar’s Salon online.
Thank you to the more than 430 writers who submitted their work to our 2014 Contest, and and to our esteemed judges: Saleema Nawaz (fiction), Sonnet L’Abbé (poetry), and Sarah de Leeuw (creative non-fiction) who read all the blind entries.
Look for the first and second place winners in issue 38.2, coming to newsstands next summer, and follow the links in the post to read this year's honourable mentions.
Congratulations to the shortlisted entrants of Room’s 2014 Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest. The winners will be announced on Oct 15, 2015 (the same day our Creative Non-fiction contest 2015 opens!)
Our thanks to 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).
Room magazine is proud to be participating in the annual WORD Vancouver festival this year at Library Square on Sept. 28. This year we’ll be hosting our magazine table where we’ll have the current 37:3 Geek Girls issue and our fabulous back issues. At 12:20 p.m. poets from 37:2 and 37:3 will read their work at our Room reading, and at 4:15 p.m. Roomie Carrie Schmidt will be participating on a lit magazine panel. Hope to see you there!
Room magazine will be at the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Program’s annual conference this long weekend at UBC. The book fair runs Friday and Saturday, and is open to the public.
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Don't miss our launch with Prism, Event and Poetry is Dead on April 17th!
Roomie Carrie Schmidt highlights some of her favourite offerings from other Canadian literary journals.
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In this issue:
Sonja Boon, Kat Cameron, Jhilam Chattaraj, Chelsea Comeau, Nikka Cornelio-Baker, Unnati Desai, Kimberly Edgar, Sherine Elbanhawy, Kim Fahner, Chantel Gibson, Ali Jo, Tamara Jong, Samantha Jones, Angélique Lalonde, Shelby Lisk, Asli Mahdi, Hannah McGregor, Téa Mutonji, stephanie roberts, Zoe Imani Sharpe, Mallory Tater, Délani Valin, Cara Waterfall, Adrianne Williams, Susan Wismer.