MISSION

Memories are little more than a complex, decaying means of documenting our experiences, yet they define so much of how we interact with ourselves, others, the world, and the passage of time. How we remember is so closely tied to what we remember, it is difficult to distinguish the real from the fabricated, or our current selves from the selves of years gone by. Are memories nothing more than dreams imprinted deep into our psyche, or do they influence our lives more than we’ll ever know, even if we do not remember everything that has happened to us? How does memory impact reality, and does a singular reality exists for everyone, or do we construct our own reality and truth through our lived experiences and our recollections of them?

This interplay between memory and reality, truth and interpretation, current and past selves, and what it means to exist in relations to our own experiences cuts at the heart of our mission to publish stories that are little more than flashes of light, yet stay with you as a crescent-shaped mark. This fascination with the ephemeral, the existential, and the eternal is why we have dedicated L’Éphémère Review’s Inaugural Writing Awards to the theme of “Overture to Memory.” We seek poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that explores how memories form and change us, whether such a distinction between fantasy and reality, dreams and memories exists, what happens when memories fade or disappear altogether, and how we learn to live with different versions of our past selves stowed away in our minds. Like how Major Motoko Kusanagi explains in Ghost in the Shell: “We cling to memories as if they define us. But what we do defines us,” we want you to tell us how your memory lives with you, and how you live without it. What happens when memory controls everything we do, and what happens when it does not? Who are we before memory, and who are we after?

 

RULES

NOTE: If accepted, L'Éphémère Review will acquire first North American serial/electronic rights and promote your work in posts across our social media platforms. All rights return to the contributor following publication. 

  • Please send all submissions to submit.ephemerereview@gmail.com with the subject line “Inaugural Writing Awards."
  • Please submit unpublished work only (this includes work published on personal blogs or websites).
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know if your piece/s have been accepted elsewhere.
  • Your submissions should be in either Times New Roman or Garamond, 12 pt. font, single-spaced. Please submit your pieces in Word (.doc/.docx) files.
  • You may submit up to five poems, three fiction pieces, and two nonfiction pieces.
    • Poetry submissions cannot total more than fifteen pages; each poem should begin on a new page.
    • Keep all fiction and nonfiction submissions under 5,000 words EACH (total word count can be above 5,000 words, but no single piece should exceed 5,000 words).
  • You may mark your submission for consideration in our Teen Writer or New & Emerging Writer categories (New & Emerging Writers include writers who have not have a full-length collection/novel published yet). Please identify which category you wish to be considered for in the subject line (e.g. “Inaugural Writing Awards - Teen Writer”).
    • The Teen Writer and New & Emerging Writer categories will be judged by Topaz Winters and Kat Neis, respectively.
  • Please include a third-person bio in the body of the email and an author’s photo (the higher the resolution, the better).
  • All work submitted will be considered for publication in upcoming issues of L’Éphémère Review.
  • Submission are open until January 15th, 2018. Winners will be announced in early to mid February.
 

SUBMISSION FEES

  • All submissions are free on a pay-what-you-want basis, with suggested pricing as followed:
    • $2 for any ONE category
    • $3 for any TWO categories
    • $5 for all THREE categories
  • (The above categories include poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Additional inclusion in either the Teen Writers or New & Emerging Writers categories are free).
  • Please send fees to paypal.me/ephemerereview and note your name in the body of your email.
  • All submitters who choose to pay the fee will have their name included on our donate page. All funds garnered will be used towards paying for web-hosting and shipping fees. Thank you for your support.
 

PRIZES

  • The overall winner will receive a cash prize of $50 (to be paid through PayPal), the opportunity to have a micro-chapbook published with L’Éphémère Review (including royalties from publication), and a copy of Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar.
  • The poetry winner will receive the opportunity to have a micro-chapbook published with L’Éphémère Review (including all royalties from publication) and a copy of Survive Like the Water by Lydia Havens.
  • The fiction winner will receive the opportunity to have a micro-chapbook published with L’Éphémère Review (including all royalties from publication) and a copy of Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar.
  • The nonfiction winner will receive the opportunity to have a micro-chapbook published with L’Éphémère Review (including all royalties from publication) and a copy of They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib.
  • The winner of the Teen Writer category will receive the opportunity to have a micro-chapbook published with L’Éphémère Review (including all royalties from publication) and a chapbook from Glass Poetry Press (choose from Lifeline by Jennifer Givhan, Gallery Withheld by Jennifer Met, or How to Cook a Ghost by Logan February).
  • The winner of the New & Emerging Writer category will receive the opportunity to have a micro-chapbook published with L’Éphémère Review (including all royalties from publication) and a chapbook from Glass Poetry Press (choose from Lifeline by Jennifer Givhan, Gallery Withheld by Jennifer Met, or How to Cook a Ghost by Logan February).

Runner-ups may also be offered the opportunity to have a micro-chapbook published with L’Éphémère Review (including all royalties from publication). All winners, runner-ups, and honourable mentions will have their work published in a special anthology.

 

JUDGES

We are pleased to announce that Lydia Havens, Caitlyn Siehl, Alain Ginsberg, Anthony Frame, Brianna Albers, Topaz Winters, and Kat Neis will be judging for our Inaugural Writing Awards. Read more about each writer (and which category they are judging for) here