Fiction Contest 2024: The Shortlist

It’s finally here! Congrats to the following six writers who were shortlisted by our judge, Sarah Bernstein, for our 2024 Fiction Contest!

Room Magazine’s 2024 Fiction Contest Shortlist

Grief, by Jaclyn Desforges

We, Fleeting, by Jody Chan

Apple Cake, by Aleksandra Merk

Motherhood (or, The Stranger and the Cave), by Shelby Satterthwaite

Eat Your Heart, by Megan Callahan

Sad Robot, by Camie Kim


A big thank you to our wonderful judge, Sarah Bernstein, for her careful and kind consideration of these works. If you missed the longlist, you can find it here. Congrats again to these writers!

Winners are coming next week, but in the meantime, if you’d like to try your hand at submitting to a contest, our Creative Non-Fiction Contest, judged by Angela Sterritt, is open for submissions until June 15th.

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