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.
By all the gods I don’t know why the hell
I come to these things passed defences
farewell parties publications showers house-
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.
Pat Lowther Poetry Award and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize winner Jen Currin shares her secrets to generating great poetry
The pages you have yet to write are flagged and fluorescent, post-it pennants waving for another town’s fiesta.
they might have noticed
down the hallway
resembled a private waltz
my Sanskrit owl
vahana, vehicle of Laksmi
sharing the name with
a muni, sage
The honourable mention of our 2014 poetry contest, judged by Sonnet L’Abbé.
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In this issue:
Selina Boan, Jenna Butler, Leonarda Carranza, Carolina Corcoran, Šari Dale, Marisol Diaz, Sarah Ens, Paola Ferrante, Katie Fewster-Yan, Hannah Hackney, Lori Hahnel, Natalie Homer, Liz Iversen, Jac Jenkins, Jaslyn Marshall, Laura McGavin, Emily McKibbon, Alessandra Naccarato, Ezi Odozor, Caitlin Prince, Rebecca Salazar, Ellie Sawatzky, Alysia Sawchyn, Farihah Aliyah Shah, Josephine Sloyan, Tanya R. Ward, jiaqing wilson-yang, Elana Wolff.