Fiction Winner Jessica Purdy

Jan 31, 2018 by

Looks Just Like the Sun   It was during your Japanese phase. The one inspired by Astro Boy. On our spares we went to your house,...

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Fiction Finalist Barbara Black

Jan 31, 2018 by

Velvet Voice Even with insects—some can sing, some can’t. —Kobayashi Issa, trans. Robert Hass Until that gig she never thought of a...

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Fiction Finalist Corinne Laroc...

Jan 29, 2018 by

Video Man   Whenever we made love, he’d talk about mathematics. He was obsessed by prime numbers. He disliked contemporary...

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Fiction Finalist Ray Morrison

Jan 28, 2018 by

FIRE AND ICE   In a period of one month during my sophomore year of high school, I lost both my left eye and the heart of Carla...

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Fiction Finalist Margaret DeRo...

Jan 27, 2018 by

Tomboyfriends   Kathy Schmitzer told me I was going to die. I should have known better, but I was seven. I still believed my...

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Michael Mau’s Fiction

Jun 29, 2017 by

A Prayer to My Daughter   When you are gone, please don’t go to heaven. Don’t rise up out of your body and sprout wings and play...

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From Leslie Shimotakahara’s No...

Apr 10, 2017 by

  After the Bloom   The Desert, 1943   At first, he faded into the mountain’s shadow. Lily’s eyes played tricks on...

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Willow Verkerk’s Fiction

Mar 8, 2017 by

  The Woman with Eyes of Gold   I. Hello, my Name is Nina and I’m Here to Make You Love Me You will find me beside the...

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Leslie Shimotakahara’s Fiction...

Jan 9, 2017 by

Lab Experiments   The summer of ’94. My first time living away from home. It was going to be, I hoped, my first time for a lot...

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Fiction Finalist Mandy Stango

Aug 30, 2016 by

People Like Us   As I got ready to leave the liquor store, empty handed, the cashier pointed at the discount table. Sitting near...

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Fiction Finalist Laurie Myers-...

Aug 30, 2016 by

The (Violation of) the Pigeonhole Principle   You stand in the doorway to watch him leave. He bends to pick up his guitar. He...

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Fiction Finalist Josh Zancan

Aug 13, 2016 by

  Sycamore River   We were on the path that ran along the Sycamore River in 1993. The mid-morning air was still wet and...

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Fiction Finalist Max Schloner

Jul 18, 2016 by

  I Wish We’d Ruined Each Other   “I have to go,” I say, and I mean it. It’s the coldest night of a year that’s barely...

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Stephanie Arditte for Fiction

Jun 21, 2016 by

Notes From a Very Sad Girl   When you picked me, vodka and lemon lipped, from the crowd of wine-stained teeth, my wildflower...

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From Barbara Radecki’s The Dar...

May 8, 2016 by

  Chapter  1    I wait for my father to notice me. He hangs his head over a textbook and wiggles the eraser end of a pencil...

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From Michelle Berry’s The Nigh...

May 7, 2016 by

Excerpted Fiction     Sophie thinks, much later, that a lot of it began with the butter dish. A Wedgewood butter dish. Blue...

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Jenny Prior’s Jackie

Apr 7, 2016 by

Fiction   Devin takes us up to Mike’s cottage – Mike’s fucking cottage! – and I sit quietly in the passenger seat for most of...

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Ainslie Hogarth’s Blind ...

Feb 11, 2016 by

Creepy Valentine: Excerpted from LIFE AND DEATH ON SHOPTV.   “I tried to get a hold of you last night David.” “I’m sorry mother,...

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Jessica Westhead’s Weddi...

Feb 11, 2016 by

Wet Valentine:   Cathy had always dreamed of nautical-themed nuptials. Because Stan loved Cathy, his original notion was to fill...

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From Lee Gowan’s The Bea...

Dec 18, 2015 by

Fiction:   A few weeks later Matthew was sitting in his favourite coffee place on Denman, skimming The Georgia Straight, when he...

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From David Gilmour’s Ind...

Nov 7, 2015 by

Fiction:   He was working as the guest host of a television show when he met her. Sandrine Roth. Politicians, biographers,...

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