About Jill Widner

“The Underwater Room,” an excerpt from Jill Widner’s novel in progress and winner of the 2010 Short Fiction competition, was first published in the UK in Short Fiction 4 (University of Plymouth Press). She is the recipient of a 2012 Hawthornden Castle Fellowship in Scotland. www.jillwidner.wordpress.com

The Underwater Room

swim pool

“He slides his finger up the shaft to catch the trickle of red sap oozing down the damp inner skin of the bark, studies his finger, then shoves his hand into the crowd for them to see.