Tyler Keevil’s brief two-hander is a parable about what it takes to be an artist.
Souvankham Thammavongsa’s story is a multi-layered tale of a former boxer who takes a job at his sister’s nail salon.
Kate Cayley’s emotionally shattering story is about the struggles of adult children managing a parent’s end-of-life care.
The Canadian novelist and short story writer has put together a list that provides a robust cross-section of Canadian short fiction in the 21st century.
In “The Swan Suit,” Katherine Fawcett updates the tropes of classical folk tales, lending them a feminist spin.
Anosh Irani’s story is about a grieving mother who is convinced her dead son has been reincarnated as a penguin at the local zoo.
Seyward Goodhand’s ambitious and risky alternate history imagines a meeting between Simone Weil and Leni Riefenstahl.
A modern-day ghost story, Gemma Files’s literary chiller is a masterpiece of atmospheric dread.
Sarah Meehan Sirk’s poignant and ironic story is a study of disappointment told in the context of a daughter’s relationship with her distant mother.
Zsuzsi Gartner’s precisely calibrated, vicious little parable is about the things we want but can’t have.