THE LAMAR YORK PRIZES FOR FICTION AND NONFICTION
 

Now open to submissions. Two prizes of $1,000.00 each and publication in The Chattahoochee Review are awarded to a winning story and essay in the annual Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction, which honor the founder and former editor of The Chattahoochee Review.

  • Send stories and essays of up to 5,000 words, double-spaced.

  • Entries must be submitted via Submittable (under the appropriate contest category) between October 1 and January 31. We no longer accept paper submissions. All entries will be considered for publication. Early submissions are encouraged!

  • Submissions are judged anonymously. Please include a cover letter in the appropriate Submittable entry field with the entry’s title and entrant’s name, address, and phone number. Remove identifying information from the file attachment. We would appreciate a note letting us know how you heard about the contest in the cover letter.

  • Simultaneous submissions are discouraged but permissible, though we ask to be notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere (gpccr@gpc.edu).

  • An entry fee of $15 (nonrefundable) includes a one-year subscription to The Chattahoochee Review beginning with the Spring issue. Each additional entry requires a separate fee but may include a gift subscription; please make a note with payment.

  • No theoretical, scholarly, or critical essays will be considered, but all other approaches and topics are welcome. Only unpublished essays and stories will be considered. While manuscripts will not be returned, authors may include a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt of manuscript.

  • Winners will be announced on TCR’s website in the winter and published in the Spring issue.

  • The editors support the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Contest Code of Ethics. Editors will select ten finalists in each category, and judges will select one winner each. Students, former students, close associates and friends of the judges must refrain from entering. Faculty of GPC, former students of the editors, and close friends or associates of the editors must also refrain from submitting.

JUDGES

Fiction

David James Poissant is the author of The Heaven of Animals: Stories (Simon & Schuster, 2014). His stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. His writing has been awarded the Matt Clark Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters, as well as awards from The Chicago Tribune and The Atlantic and Playboy magazines. He is currently at work on a novel, Class, Order, Family, also forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.

Nonfiction

Marcia Aldrich is the author of the free memoir Girl Rearing, published by W.W. Norton and part of the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Series. She has been the editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Distinguished Professor of The Year Award for the state of Michigan. Companion to An Untold Story won the AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction. She is at work on Haze, a narrative of marriage and divorce during her college years and just completed a collection of essays, The Art of Being Born. Her website is marciaaldrich.com.
 

Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Contest Code of Ethics:
“CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to (1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; (2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and (3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.” 

 


THE TOWNSEND PRIZE FOR FICTION


The Townsend Prize for Fiction is awarded biennially to the Georgia writer judged to have published the best book-length work of fiction in the previous two years. The prize was founded in 1980 in honor of founding editor of Atlanta Magazine, Jim Townsend. Past recipients include respected Georgia authors Celestine Sibley, Alice Walker, Terry Kay, Ha Jin, and Kathryn Stockett.

Books are brought to our attention through communication from publishers, agents, and in some cases authors themselves. The final nominees are then selected by The Chattahoochee Review. Determination of the winner is carried out by anonymous, independent judges and announced at an awards ceremony.

The last Townsend Prize for Fiction was awarded on April 26th, 2012, at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, and Ann Beattie gave the keynote address. Thomas Mullen received the Prize for The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers.