Fiction

Shaughnessy

Shaughnessy

The eviction notice came in the middle of a long winter, on one of those afternoons when M just couldn’t warm up, no matter how many sweaters and blankets she piled on her shoulders. The eviction notice came in the middle of a long winter, on one of those afternoons...

The Weight of Ice

The Weight of Ice

They drove me for miles until the ground was a table of white. We passed a fox licking itself with such ferocity if we were ever to turn back I swear, its hide’d been bloody. They drove me for miles until the ground was a table of white. We passed a fox licking itself...

Narcisse

Narcisse

We meet in what I can only describe as a violent way, in that he spots me as we both watch the old man die in the middle of Portage Ave. We meet in what I can only describe as a violent way, in that he spots me as we both watch the old man die in the middle of Portage...

Garbage Girl

Garbage Girl

I’d been hoping for a kitchen full of balloons, a bouquet of flowers, all my favourite food. A hand-drawn banner: Welcome Home Tasha. Maybe even a Happy 14th Birthday, though my birthday wasn’t until tomorrow. I’d been away from my family all summer. I’d been hoping...

Best Practices for Time Travel

Best Practices for Time Travel

Doretta Lau is Room’s 2016 fiction contest judge. Who better than the judge herself to inspire you to get working on your contest entry? Read Lau's short story “Best Practices for Time Travel” below, from Room 38.3. Don't forget! The fiction contest closes July 15....

Jaan

Jaan

He was the first guy you dated who resembled anything you knew to be familiar. His moustache reminded you of your uncle so you told him to shave it, and he did. He was the first guy you dated who resembled anything you knew to be familiar. His moustache reminded you...

Tangerine

Tangerine

I once kept a tangerine in my purse. I watched it turn leathery, sweet and puckered. Eventually, there was nothing to it at all, just a dried-up husk. I once kept a tangerine in my purse. I watched it turn leathery, sweet and puckered. Eventually, there was nothing to...

Five Full-Colour Dreams of a Young Marie Curie

Five Full-Colour Dreams of a Young Marie Curie

Dream # 1: Diogenes Lights the Lamp “Come, child,” Diogenes takes me by the hand. “Let me show you the way.” His fingers are gnarled and twisted, ancient twigs. Dream # 1: Diogenes Lights the Lamp “Come, child,” Diogenes takes me by the hand. “Let me show you the...

Vagina Dentata

Vagina Dentata

Our 2015 Fiction Contest Honourable Mention. After the conference, in which we distinguished ourselves modestly on a number of issues – the colonial, the survival, the post-colonial, the post-survival, the structuralist, the deconstructivist, the Freudian, the...

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