Here are the twenty-one entries that have been shortlisted for Room's Annual Poetry and Fiction Contest. With over 420 entries this year, the selection was not an easy task for our esteemed judges, Shani Mootoo (Fiction), and Jen Currin (Poetry). Winners will be announced the week of October 12.
Topics discussed: Back to the Future, pornography, dinosaurs, Aamer Rahman, and Granville Street in Vancouver.
In honour of pride season, here are some books you should read, from Room's past and present contest judges.
Room collective member Jónína Kirton shares her list of Canadian Aboriginal writers whose work she has either come to know and respect or that are on her "to read” list.
You are the worst waitress in the world. You can’t remember orders, or you write them down so messily that they’re indecipherable. When you try to read them out to the chefs you can’t untangle the scribble, and you have to go back to the table and ask again.
Saul sat almost peacefully staring blankly at the aquarium in the waiting room, watching the neon fish cut their way through the water. When the blonde nurse entered the room, Saul wanted to tell her to sit down. Pour herself a cup of coffee. He knew what she was going to say, and that he wouldn’t be able to stop her. He swallowed hard and nodded.
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).
Eliza Robertson — winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the featured author in our spring 2015 issue — answers a few questions about writing, travel, and submitting to literary contests.
We get to the party. We say hello to our hosts. We take off our coats. The party is crowded. We fight our way through to the kitchen. We load our plates with food. We sit in a corner. There are a lot of people. There are mathematicians and physicists ...
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