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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Only unpublished essays and stories will be considered.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 2015 Winners: Joel Wayne for his story
"Brother's Keeper" and Amy Clark for her essay "The Rocks"!
A complete list of finalists can be found on our blog at
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.
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
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.
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