Creative Non-Fiction Contest 2023: The Longlist

We are so thrilled to bring you this year’s Creative Non-Fiction Contest longlist! Congratulations to these writers, and a heartfelt thank you to all those who submitted their work to this year’s contest. Without further ado, here is our longlist!

Room Magazine’s 2023 Creative Non-Fiction Contest Longlist

Zero to Tangled, by Tanya Ward

To Tell or Not to Tell, by Kelly Watt 

Every Possible Way, by Adele Barclay 

Common Languages, by Jordan Alam 

November at 11 Upper Hillsborough, by Jo Godden 

Antiquity in my Hands, by rayya liebich 

our brothers started dying, by Natalie Appleton

The Train, by Murgatroyd Monaghan

Making Moccasins, by Shanna Mumm

Not Lost, by Abi & Lill Salole

Holy Water, by Carolina Rocha 

My Father’s Store, by Kylie Burton 


These pieces are now up for consideration for the shortlist, to be read by our wonderful judge, Tajja Isen. The shortlist will be announced and winners will be announced in coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for those! If you missed submitting to our CNF contest this time around, our 2023 Poetry Contest is open until September 30th.


Featured photo by Priscilla Du Preez 🇨🇦 via Unsplash.

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