Welcome to Room Magazine

Room's 37.4 cover by Marika Echachis Swan (Tla-o-qui-aht Nation), 2014

Claiming Space: A re-centring of literary and artistic esteem onto experiences that don’t fit what’s taken as the status quo.

Current Issue

Interview with 2014 CNF Contest Winner Naoko Kumagai

With the deadline for the 2015 creative non-fiction contest fast approaching, Lindsay Glauser Kwan spoke with last year's first place winner, Naoko Kumagai about writing creative non-fiction and the advice she has for writers thinking of submitting their work to Room's annual contests. Read more about Interview with 2014 CNF Contest Winner Naoko Kumagai

Interview with Trespass Editor Helen Polychronakos

In this interview, Lindsay Glauser Kwan talked to Helen Polychronakos about what inspired the upcoming Trespass theme for issue 38.3 and what makes a good submission. Read more about Interview with Trespass Editor Helen Polychronakos

Exploring the Journey: Interview with Cover Artist Marika Echachis Swan

In this interview, Lindsay Glauser Kwan talked to artist Marika Echachis Swan (Tla-o-qui-aht Nation) about making art, the healing nature of creativity, and the cover of issue 37.4 Claiming Space. Read more about Exploring the Journey: Interview with Cover Artist Marika Echachis Swan

37.4 Featured Content: "Waiting" by Clara Kumagai

Fiction by Clara Kumagai in 37.4 Claiming Space.

Clara Kumagai is a playwright and author of fiction and children’s writing. She has been published in Icarus Magazine, Irish Theatre Magazine, and Inis Magazine, and is Executive Editor, Promotions at PRISM international. Formerly of Ireland, Clara now lives in Vancouver, where she is completing a Creative Writing MFA at UBC. Read more about 37.4 Featured Content: "Waiting" by Clara Kumagai

Call for Submissions: 38.3: Trespass

Read the sign that says prohibited, members only, or do not enter, and go there anyway. Cross a line and permeate a border. Explore a haunting. Transgress the social code and live beyond simplistic binaries. Organize a sit-in, a protest, or squat. "Trespass" is the theme for Room 38.3, which will feature fiction by Doretta Lau and an interview with Harsha Walia.

Editor Helen Polychronakos and Assistant Editor Leah Golob seek poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art about doing what you've been told not to do. Poems that cross-dress as manifestos, essays that defy all rules, photography as both art and document, reportage disguised as fiction—generic trespass is also welcome.

Deadline: January 31, 2015

Our usual submissions guidelines apply.