CAA−Toronto is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 flash fiction and poetry inaugural contest. They are:


Winner: Twilight, by K.L. Shailer, Maple Ridge, B.C. 

K. L.  Shailer is a lifelong student of fairy tales and myths. After attending the Humber Summer School in Creative Writing and the Banff Writers’ Studio, she recently transitioned from teaching and publishing articles about German and Scandinavian Romanticism to writing original tales that share many of the same themes and tropes. She lives and writes both in southwest Ontario and Maple Ridge, B.C.

This is what guest judge and author, Sheung-King, Aaron Tang, wrote about the winning entry:

Twilight brilliantly explores the power of stories: how myths can be used to comprehend the complex world we live in and reminds us that the collective reading and telling of stories allows for ideas and people to connect.”

Second place story: After the Rain, by Maggie Daly, Ottawa

Third place story: Idle Hands, by K.R. Segriff, Toronto

The flash fiction winner receives $200 and the runners-up $100 and $50 respectively. Again, congratulations!


Winner: Un-Elegy, Or How Water Unmakes a Country, by Sneha Subramanian Kanta, Toronto

Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a recipient of a fellowship from Anaphora Arts in 2022 and a recipient of The 2022 Digital Residency at The Seventh Wave. She is the author of the chapbook Ghost Tracks (Louisiana Literature Press, 2020). She is the recipient of the inaugural Vijay Nambisan Fellowship 2019. She was the Charles Wallace Fellow writer in residence (2019-20) at The University of Stirling. An awardee of the prestigious GREAT scholarship, she earned a second postgraduate degree in literature from The University of Plymouth (2017). Her work is published in UBC’s PRISM internationalRoom Magazine, University of Guelph’s HELD Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the founding editor of Parentheses Journal. Website:

What the guest judge and poet, Terese Mason Pierre, wrote about the winning entry:

Un-Elegy, Or How Water Unmakes a Country” astounds me in language and form; from the beginning, it bends and unfurls like a river, into a place like home, like prayer.”

Second place poem: Off the Grid, by Callista Markotich, Kingston, Ontario

Third place poem: My Body is a Cradle, by Anne Walk, Guelph, Ontario

The poetry winner receives $200 and the runners-up $100 and $50 respectively. Again congratulations!


CAA−Toronto was honored to have guest judges, author Sheun-King, Aaron Tang, and poet Terese Mason Pierre choose the Inaugural flash fiction and poetry winners. Thank you, Terese and Aaron, for offering your time and efforts to read all stories and poems selected for the long list.

We want to thank each and every one of you for submitting your flash fiction stories and poems for our guest judges to consider for CAA−Toronto’s Inaugural flash fiction and poetry contest. 

Watch for future contests next winter.

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Sheung-King, Aaron Tang is a writer and educator. His debut novel — You are Eating an Orange. You are Naked. — was a finalist for the 2021 Governor General’s Award, a finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, long-listed for CBC’s Canada Reads 2021 and named one of the best book debuts of 2020 by The Globe and Mail. Born in Vancouver, Sheung-King grew up in Hong Kong. His work examines “the interior lives of the transnational Asian diaspora” (Thea Lim, The Nation). He taught creative writing at the University of Guelph and is now the creative writing coach at Avenues: The World School, Shenzhen. His next novel, entitled, BATSHIT SEVEN, will be published by Penguin Random House Canada. 

Terese Mason Pierre is writer and editor whose work has appeared in Hobart, The Puritan, Quill & Quire and Strange Horizons, among others. Her work has been nominated for the Ignyte Award, the Rhysling Award, and Best of the Net. She is the co-Editor-in-Chief of Augur Magazine, a Canadian speculative literature journal. Terese has also co-hosted poetry reading series, organized literary events, and facilitated creative writing workshops. She is the author of the chapbooks, Surface Area (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Manifest (Gap Riot Press, 2020). Terese lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.