How exciting!

We are thrilled to share that Transatlantic client Sophie Kohn’s essay “The Almost-Dad” has been longlisted for the 2023 International Amy Award for Memoir!

The International Amy MacRae Award for Memoir is given to an exceptional work of memoir writing.

The contest was created in celebration of the life of the wondrous Amy MacRae and in support of her living legacy to improve the outcomes of women with ovarian cancer.

From more than 330 submissions this year, our readers selected a longlist of 33 stories. These stories have been sent to our 2023 judge, Lorna Crozier, who will announce the shortlist in mid-October.

Sophie Kohn is the writer on “q” on CBC Radio. Her humour writing has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s and Reader’s Digest. One of those humour pieces, “If You Ever Hurt My Daughter, I Swear To God I’ll Let Her Navigate Her Own Emotional Growth”, was turned into a short film voiced by Jon Hamm. She has contributed personal essays to Hazlitt, Chatelaine, Outpost, and The Globe and Mail, and she was a 2018 finalist at Canada’s National Magazine Awards for her personal essay “A Body in Motion”, which is about how a major spinal deformity derailed her dance career. 

Sophie is a graduate of the Second City conservatory program and she teaches satire and humour writing for Second City Toronto and Los Angeles. Pre-pandemic, she performed stand-up comedy at local venues around Toronto and produced a monthly show where stand-up comedians do a set and then get analyzed by a therapist on the stage. 

Sophie’s first children’s book, “Katrina Hyena”, about a laughing hyena who laughs at the wrong times, will be published in 2024. She lives in Toronto with her partner and their son. 

Sophie is represented by Andrea Cascardi and Carolyn Forde. 

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