LUMINA's Speculative Fiction Contest Finalists

To celebrate Sarah Lawrence College's inclusion of Speculative Fiction as a concentration within the Creative Writing MFA program, LUMINA held a Speculative Fiction Contest. We hope you enjoy these stories that test the boundaries of our collective realities.

Into the Fear,  Nathan Vieland

Into the Fear, Nathan Vieland


(Winner of the Speculative Fiction Contest)

By R. Rozakis

"'A distress call? How could we ignore something like that?'

Out here, quite easily. That’s why they needed an appealing voice. A young voice, a female voice. It had to be someone people would want to listen to."

Up , Leslie Long

Up, Leslie Long

The Adventures of Kiki, P.I.

By Amie Whittemore

“The answer,” she said, “is on the next train.” One whistled in the distance. I started to laugh, but she didn’t crack. Kiki, P.I. never breaks. Once she told me there is no separation between the investigator and the investigation.

Untitled , Andrea Mora

Untitled, Andrea Mora

Thicker Than Water

By Sarah Krenicki

"After all, a child with fire is a troublesome gift, grandmother would say with a dry chuckle, smoke tumbling from her lips."

©    Jason Rice

©   Jason Rice

Our Judge:

Tobias Carroll is the author of the short story collection Transitory (Civil Coping Mechanisms) and the novel Reel (Rare Bird). He is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn. His writing has been published by Tin House, Rolling Stone, Hazlitt, The Scofield, Bookforum, and more. He has taught writing courses for LitReactor and Catapult.