Short Forms Con­test Win­ners


Our 2018 short forms con­test was judged by Jane Ea­ton Hamil­ton. Here’s how they de­scribe the win­ning works:

Shared First Place (al­pha­bet­i­cal by ti­tle):

“A Good Mo­lar Is Hard to Find”

Laugh-out-loud funny, un­ex­pected, sub­ver­sive; makes me long to know where Steve came from, why he fits in her mouth, how she comes by the teeth she ar­ranges in smiles. And then why the chi­ropodist is so OK with ev­ery­thing.

“Sissi Barra: the way of smoke”

This short forms piece was drawn from pho­tog­ra­pher Joana Choumali’s project “Sissi Bara” (“Smoke Work”), four­teen pho­to­graphs of women har­vest­ing char­coal in Côte d’Ivoire, Africa. Us­ing stun­ning, eco­nom­i­cal lan­guage, it tells a com­pli­cated, heart­break­ing story of poverty and loss.

Honourable Men­tion:


This fresh, sur­pris­ing story tells the story of a grand­mother who has tri­chotil­lo­ma­nia and lives a se­cret queer ex­is­tence in her mar­riage. She looks at one of her grand­daugh­ters with recog­ni­tion.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our win­ners, and thank you to ev­ery­one who en­tered. Read “Sissi Bara: the way of smoke” and “A Good Mo­lar Is Hard to Find” next, and read the honourable men­tion, “Patch­work” by Justina Elias, at room­

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