“Our contest winners feature powerful writing about the vulnerability of migrant women in foreign lands; transgendered characters trying to find their place in society; family and motherhood, and the gut-wrenching experience that happens with it all falls apart and when the pieces are put back together,” writes Room Editor Amy McCall in the latest issue. The judges of the 2013 Contests were Yasuko Thanh (fiction), Jane Munro (poetry), and Betsy Warland (creative non-fiction).
1st Place: “Essence” by Carol Lazare, Toronto, ON
2nd Place: “Totem” by Katherine Sinclair, Markham, ON
Honourable Mention: “Wishweeds” by Jess Taylor, Toronto, ON
1st Place: “liquidation of the ashettes” by Karen Sylvia Rockwell, Belle River, ON
2nd Place: “Lovenoise: an eviction in parts” by Megan Hyska, Port Moody, BC
Honourable Mention: “leaving 7516 tronson” by Lyndsay Thornton, Vernon, BC
1st Place: “Writing, in transit” by Najwa Ali, Toronto, ON
2nd Place: “Under the Skin” by Nicola Harwood, Vancouver, BC
Honourable Mention (tie): “Doppelganger” by Paula Freed, Sea Bright, NJ
Honourable Mention (tie): “The Good News” by Veronica Fredericks, Toronto, ON
View the shortlist entrants by genre here.