Congratulations to everyone who submitted to the 2018 Memoir Magazine #Recovery Essay Contest! Thank you for sharing a part of your journey with us. We’d also like to thank our staff, readers, and supporters who made this contest possible.
Recovery. Getting back to a baseline. Most often when we think of recovery we think of drug addiction or rx addiction or illness, but any kind of imbalance (emotional, physical, spiritual, psychological) can require recovery, grief, dis-ease, loss, addiction. These are just a few examples of the wide variety of subject matter we encountered during this contest. Perhaps most astonishing has been discovering the many different ways there are to heal. We had a heck of a time choosing from so much exceptional writing and so many inspiring accounts of resilience.
We hope these stories will enlighten and inspire you to greater empathy for yourself and others–as hard times surely come to us all on this epic human journey, and maybe, something in these stories might help you make it through. It has been a privilege to read them and may they contribute to a new dialogue on human trauma and healing.
Thanks for reading. Here are our winners below.
Sincerely Yours in Truth,
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
The 2018 Memoir Magazine #Recovery Essay Award Winners
The winning essays can be read by clicking on the links below.
1st Prize: How to Tell a Healing Story by Cameron Shenassa
2nd Prize: Losing My Words by Evelyn Krieger
“If recovery means you are no longer sick, or even that you are simply functioning again, then perhaps I have recovered.”
Evelyn Krieger is a writer and educational consultant in the Boston area. She is the author of the award-winning YA novel, One Is Not A Lonely Number. Her writing has appeared in Hippocampus, Lilith, Grown & Flown, Tablet Magazine, Gemini, Family Circle, and other publications. A shorter version of her essay “Losing My Words” was published by Sunlight Press online journal, July 2017.
3rd Prize: Being the Lie by R.J. Roberts
These Finalists essays are so insanely good and powerfully relevant that we will be publishing them over the next few weeks in a special Drip Edition. Look out for more #Recovery essays from these authors: