Over the past few months, we have been overwhelmed with the sheer volume of submissions we have received for our Inaugural Writing Awards, Overture to Memory, especially from teen writers and those who are new and emerging writers. The level of skill and raw talent that permeates the dozens upon dozens of poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces we have read and discussed cannot go unsaid. We are pleased that so many people have called upon themselves to explore what it means to remember. The impact of memory on reality, on our perception of self, on the existence of a shared or singular "truth," and how we navigate life and our place within the world are carefully and exquisitely explored in these wonderfully stark, poignant, and compelling pieces. And, although we were happy to read so many incredible work, this did not make our judges' jobs easy in the least.

Even so, we are beyond thrilled to announce the longlist for L'Éphémère Review's Inaugural Writing Awards, Overture to Memory!

Utmost thanks to our lovely, hardworking judges who dedicated so much time for this competition: Lydia HavensCaitlyn SiehlAlain GinsbergAnthony FrameBrianna AlbersTopaz Winters, and Kat Neis.

(Shortlist will be announced within the coming weeks).

(All longlisted writers who also submitted their work in the Teen Writers and/or New & Emerging Writers categories will have a [Teen] and/or [N&E] written next to their name).

(Photo by Chestina Craig)


Jamal Parker, Survivor’s Guilt and Gladiators Part 1  
Sabine Holzman [Teen], to my mother, with sparta and Portrait of Us While America Burns
Jack Martin [N&E], Coffee Visitations
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach [N&E], Other women don’t tell you and The Bold Knight, the Apples of Youth, and the Water of Life
Taylor Fang [Teen]Escape to the Moon, Hospital Atlantis, and One Hundred Birds
Laura Villareal [N&E], Seeds, Outgrowing a Home, and Talking Through A Blowhole
Caroline Grand-Clement [Teen] [N&E], the moon, the sun & us in between; let me breathe into infinity
Jody Chan [N&E]The first spring we planted perennials
Kendrick Loo [N&E]for my son
Stephanie Chang [Teen]Lineage and Maine Dream
Wanda Deglane [N&E]Generational Mortal Kombat
Troy Kody Cunio, sonata: erasure//passing//burning and spud
Quinn Lui [Teen], [mother] tongue and spidersilk
Rachel Evelyn Sucher [N&E], Inheritance
Emilye Martin [N&E]The Summary Soundtrack of Us
Hannah Humphrey [N&E]Pyriscence
Linette Reeman [N&E]The Gutting and Parallel Inventions
Duncan Slagle [N&E]A Door Closes, Disrupting the Air, After, I Keep Everything That Reminds Me Of, Processing What's Left, and Thankfully, I Have Never Taken After My Father
Charika Swanepoel [N&E]In Want of Cosmic Perspective
Lindy Newns [N&E]Your garden
Laura Potts [N&E]Holly
Adam Zhou [Teen]Elegy for a Dying Animal



Tim Cooke [N&E], The Drive Home
Robert Boucheron [N&E], Overleft
David Henson [N&E], An Explanation
Jacqueline He [N&E], Better Luck Tomorrow and Snapshot



Zara Munro [N&E], Magic and Memory
Ingrid Jendrzejewski [N&E], The Rauschenberg Retrospective

KANIKA LAWTON is a writer, poet, and editor from Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a Minor in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia, where she served as an editor with the UBC Undergraduate Film Student Association. Kanika is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Creative Director of L’Éphémère Review, a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold and Silver Key recipient, 2018 Porkbelly Press Micro Chapbook Series finalist, and 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work has been published in The Rising Phoenix ReviewRambutan LiteraryRicepaper MagazineBombus PressVagabond City Literary Journal, Black Napkin Press, and Hypertrophic Literary, and profiled in The Ellis Review and Horn & Ivory Zine. She is the author of three chapbooks, including Wildfire Heart (The Poetry Annals, 2018). She was born in 1995 and spends her time stretched between Vancouver, Seattle, and Los Angeles, finding solace in tide pools along the West Coast.