Fiction Contest 2023: The Longlist

We are so excited to announce the longlist for our 2023 Fiction Contest! A big thank you to our Room collective members for selecting our longlist. These submissions are now up for consideration by our judge, Heather O’Neill. A big congratulations to these talented writers!


Room Magazine’s 2023 Fiction Contest Longlist

Ontario Peach, by Kate Brooks 

Gangnam Station, Exit 10, by Lee Kyung Min

Sunny at the Wharf, by Ceilidh Michelle

Eggshells, by Rebekah Skochinski

Seasons Change, by Melissa Ren 

The Potato, by Jan DeGrass 

The Feathers, by Susie Taylor 

A Small Growth, by Ambivalently Yours

Deep Tissue, by Katie Zdybel 

The Bean Counter, by Liz Huntly

The Artist, by Nina Dunic

Once More is All it Takes, by Katherine Abbass

Secondhand Skins, by Heather McLeod 

Mother Bear, by Megan Callahan 

The Country, by Susan Stronach

A Binary Comedy in Three Acts, by Susanna Cupido

Joan of Arc c1989, by Theresa Therrien

Olives and Apple Blossoms, by Emily Cann 


Thank you to every writer who trusted us with their writing. To all those who submitted their work: it takes courage to put your writing forward for scrutiny, and we encourage you to keep at your craft, longlisted or not.

The shortlist (and winners!) chosen by judge Heather O’Neill will be available in coming days, so be sure to keep an eye on our website! If you’d like to try your hand at entering a Room contest, the 2023 Poetry Contest is now open!

Featured photo by Daniel Thomas via Unsplash.

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