Cre­ative Non-Fic­tion Con­test

CAR­MEN AGUIRRE

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Our 2017 Cre­ative Non-Fic­tion con­test was judged by Car­men Aguirre. Here’s what she had to say about the win­ning pieces:

First Place: “A Map of the World” by Rowan McCandless

The writer has come up with a fan­tas­tic con­cept to con­tain a com­pelling story. The form and con­tent com­ple­ment each other per­fectly. The lan­guage is vivid, de­tailed, and beau­ti­ful. The cen­tral char­ac­ter, her in­ner life, and her outer jour­ney are ut­terly en­gag­ing and mov­ing. Themes of iden­tity, abuse, re­la­tion­ships, and racism are sk­il­fully in­ter­twined. Gor­geous writ­ing.

Sec­ond Place: “Cake” by Kate Bal­four

This story of­fers de­li­cious, de­tailed, hi­lar­i­ous, mov­ing lan­guage. Cake-mak­ing is adeptly han­dled as the per­fect metaphor for themes of se­duc­tion and the vul­ner­a­bil­ity that comes with it, of lov­ing and be­ing loved, of see­ing and be­ing seen. This story is bursting with fan­tas­tic im­ages, and its cen­tral char­ac­ter is com­plex, lov­able, and funny. Fan­tas­tic writ­ing.

You can read our hon­ourable men­tion, “A Year of Ec­to­plasm” by Emily Kel­logg, on our web­site at room­magazine.com.

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