Fic­tion Con­test Win­ners

Room Magazine - - SAWATZKY | HIPPOCRENE - SIGAL SAMUEL

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.

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