Conor Emerson Marko is a writer and musician based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He won the Vocal+ Fiction Award for his first publication, "Pareidolia".
More work forthcoming.
- Runner-Up in Sky's the Limit Challenge
A Perennial JourneyRunner-Up in Sky's the Limit Challenge
The horizon was a sapphire trench, and they dug their way through, wings up. Over the open ocean, hundreds of miles from the nearest land, they appeared like white pinholes in a blue expanse. Exposed but confident, they sailed above the void without fear.
The outside world was unknown to her, but she could see a glimpse of it through the window in his room. It was a closely guarded secret – something Red Monica could never tell her family, or Red Alex – and she had only seen it once, when she was twelve. It was purely by chance. She was with her father, walking through the back halls of the habitat. They were picking up Monica’s mother from Yellow Block, where she worked. Passing The Director’s offices was the fastest way there, and her father wanted to hurry so they could get a good spot in the ration line. They were passing a bland, gray door when it suddenly swung open and a man emerged from the room inside.
- V+ Fiction Award Winner
PareidoliaV+ Fiction Award Winner
Someone should help her. Not that it will make a difference if anyone does. On this lonely stretch of mountain highway, during the early stages of a snowstorm, there are likely no witnesses that will stumble upon this scene anytime soon.