Creative Non-Fiction Contest
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.