At long last, we are so very, unbelievably excited to announce the winners and runner-ups for our Inaugural Writing Awards, Overture to Memory!

Congratulations to our winners, runner-ups, shortlisted and longlisted writers, and to everyone who submitted their most ephemeral and honest truths to this contest; we wouldn't have been able to host it if it wasn't for the enthusiastic reception to our open call and, for that, we thank you for your continuous support, love, and goodwill. 

Every thanks to our Overall to Overture judges Lydia HavensCaitlyn SiehlAlain GinsbergAnthony FrameBrianna AlbersTopaz Winters, and Kat Neis for volunteering their time, experience, and skills into making this contest a reality. The winners, runner-ups, and shortlisted writers will be featured in a special online anthology, to be released in the summer.

Without further ado, the winners and runner-ups of L'Éphémère Review's Inaugural Writing Awards, Overture to Memory

OVERALL WINNER

Troy Kody Cunio, spud

POETRY WINNER

Jamal ParkerGladiators Part I

RUNNER-UP

Duncan Slagle, Thankfully, I Have Never Taken After My Father

FICTION WINNER

David Henson, An Explanation

NONFICTION WINNER

Zara Munro, Magic and Memory

RUNNER-UP

Ingrid Jendrzejewski, The Rauschenberg Retrospective

TEEN WRITERS WINNER

Stephanie Chang, Maine Dream

RUNNER-UP

Quinn Lui, spidersilk

NEW & EMERGING WRITERS WINNER

Laura Villareal, Outgrowing a Home

RUNNER-UP

Linette Reeman, The Gutting


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, and is an MA Candidate at the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute. A 2018 Porkbelly Press Micro Chapbook Series finalist, and 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in The Rising Phoenix ReviewRambutan LiteraryRicepaper MagazineBombus PressVagabond City Literary Journal, and Hypertrophic Literary, and profiled in The Ellis Review and Horn & Ivory Zine. She is the author of Wildfire Heart (The Poetry Annals, 2018).