Fic­tion Con­test Win­ners


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Our 2016 fic­tion con­test was judged by Doretta Lau. Here’s what she had to say about the win­ning sto­ries:

Les­lie Beckmann’s pre­cise lan­guage in “Genus and Species” has a sci­en­tific beauty to it, im­pos­ing a sense of or­der within a chaotic world. Ev­ery word in this story drives the nar­ra­tive for­ward in a con­cise and sur­pris­ing fash­ion, while cre­at­ing an ex­pan­sive emo­tional land­scape.

From the open­ing line “Af­ter wor­ry­ing that a stranger has planted drugs on you, that you will be found out and sen­tenced with the death penalty,” Leanne Dunic’s “SIN” is charm­ing and dis­arm­ing. The nar­ra­tive tra­verses a wide swath of cul­tural ter­rain: Ri­hanna, a Sin­ga­porean food cen­tre, the Chi­nese zo­diac. The lan­guage is sen­su­ous, mak­ing the med­i­ta­tion upon body, mind, and spirit a vis­ceral ex­pe­ri­ence.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our win­ners, and thank you to ev­ery­one who en­tered. Read “Genus and Species” and “SIN” next, and read our hon­ourable men­tion, “Garbage Girl” by Tanya Belle­humeur-Al­latt over at room­

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