THE LAMAR YORK PRIZES FOR FICTION AND NONFICTION
Two prizes of $1,000.00 each and
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
essays of up to 5,000 words, double-spaced.
Entries must be
(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!
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 (email@example.com).
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
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Only unpublished essays and stories will be considered.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
Winners will be announced on
this page and on our blog 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
Congratulations to our 2016 Winners: Audrey Spensley for her story
"Trip" and Beth Ann Fennelly for her essay "Y'all's
A complete list of finalists can be found on our blog at
Tayari Jones is the author of three novels: Silver Sparrow (Algonquin, 2011), which was named one of the year’s best by
O Magazine, Library Journal, Slate and Salon;
The Untelling (Grand Central, 2006); and
Leaving Atlanta (Warner Books, 2002). The recipient of fellowships from the United States Artist Foundation, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and The Hurston/Wright Foundation, Jones is an associate professor of English at Rutgers-Newark University. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, the Believer, and New Stories From The South.
Dinty W. Moore is author of Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals (Random House/Ten Speed 2015), as well as the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize. Moore has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, and The Normal School among numerous other venues. He edits Brevity, an online journal of flash nonfiction, and lives in Athens, Ohio, where he grows heirloom tomatoes and edible dandelions.
Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Contest Code of
“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,
and Ha Jin.
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
in conjunction with the Georgia Center for the Book.
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 24th, 2014,
at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and Jesmyn Ward gave the
keynote address. Anthony C. Winkler received the Prize for
The Chattahoochee Review and the Georgia Center for the Book are proud to announce the
2016 Townsend Prize for Fiction finalists.