Fiction Contest Winners
Our 2017 fiction contest was judged by Sigal Samuel. Here’s how she describes the winning works:
“Eat Me” is a very queer, very contemporary story written with total confidence. It tackles underexplored issues—like competitive power dynamics between two women in a romantic relationship—with a purposeful ambiguity that leaves the reader unsettled in the best of ways. It’s smart, funny, and just plain badass. We need more stories like this!
“Dryden, the End of August 1995” doesn’t shy away from sex, sexism, or the question of how to react when you’re getting both from the same person. It stages this dilemma with suspense and captures its resolution with nuanced realism. The matter-of-fact tone only adds to the emotional power of the story.
Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all who entered. Read “Eat Me” and “Dryden, the End of August 1995” next, and read the honourable mention “Dead Amy” by Michelle Kelm at roommagazine.com.