Creative Non-Fiction Contest 2022: The Shortlist

It’s finally here! Congrats to the following six writers who were shortlisted by our judge, Luna Ferguson, for our 2022 Creative Non-Fiction Contest!


Room Magazine’s 2022 Creative Non-Fiction Contest Shortlist

Clink Canoe, by Sydney Roberts 

when ghosts dance, by Alexandra Nordstrom

Girl Crush or Crush Crush?, by Catherine Lewis

the word for melancholia, by Katie Brewer Ball

The Waiting Room, by Caitlin Stall-Paquet

The Tower Will Not Hold, by Ceilidh Michelle


A big thank you to our wonderful judge, Luna Ferguson, for their time and careful consideration of these works. If you missed the longlist, you can find it here. Winners announcement is coming next week, but in the meantime, if you’d like to try your hand at submitting to a contest, our Poetry Contest is open until August 31st. Congrats again to these writers!

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