8 Pieces of Fiction You Need to Read

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”

– Stephen King

Reading fiction allows us to escape to a new world; one that is separate from our own. It allows us to imagine things outside of our consciousness and puts us into the mind of someone else. It breeds empathy for a human experience that may be completely different than our own. Good fiction will make you forget that you’re not actually living in the world you’re reading about.

Luckily, there’s no shortage of amazing fiction out there to read! Whether it be a full-length novel, a short story, or a piece of flash fiction, there are many ways to delve into the magical world of fiction. Here are a few of our favourite pieces of fiction published in Canadian publications in the last several years.

The Mission by NUPQU ʔA·Kǂ AM̓ / Troy Sebastian

Published in The Walrus

Outraged on Your Behalf by Carleigh Baker

Published in SubTerrain

Calling You by Catherine Hunter

Published in Prairie Fire

Water Signs by Joshua Wales

Published in The New Quarterly

Dayspring by Anthony Oliveira

Published in Hazlitt

Bad Cree by Jessica Johns

Published in Grain

Loose Time by RJ Edwards

Published in Taddle Creek

A Prayer for Ursula in Open D by Christine Higdon

Published in The Malahat Review

The National Media Awards Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 2023 National Magazine Awards, National Magazine Awards: B2B, and Digital Publishing Awards. Check out each program’s website for deadlines, eligibility, and categories.