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 6,000 words, double-spaced.
Entries must be
(under the appropriate contest category) between November 1 and
Early submissions are
encouraged. We no longer accept paper submissions. All entries will be considered for publication.
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 permissible, though
we ask to be notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere (firstname.lastname@example.org).
An entry fee of $18 (nonrefundable) includes a one-year
subscription to The Chattahoochee Review beginning with
the Spring issue.
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Only unpublished essays and stories will be considered.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 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
Georgia State University, former students of the
editors, and close friends or associates of the editors must
also refrain from
Congratulations to our 2017 Lamar York Prize for Fiction and
Nonfiction Winners: Carol LaHines for her story "Papijack,"
and Vince Granata for his essay "First Visit"! Finalists
have been contacted and appear on our blog,
Ryan is the author of The Dream Life of Astronauts and
Send Me, as well as three novels for young adults. His fiction has appeared in
The Best American Short Stories, Tin House, Crazyhorse,
The Iowa Review, The Yale Review and elsewhere. His nonfiction has been published by
Granta and has appeared in Tales of Two Cities and other anthologies. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and was chosen for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers series. He is an editor at
Jill Talbot is the author of
The Way We Weren’t: A Memoir and the editor of Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from journals such as
Brevity, DIAGRAM, Ecotone, Fourth Genre, The Normal School,
The Paris Review Daily, Passages North, Slice Magazine and has been listed as Notable in
Best American Essays 2014, 2015, and 2016.
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 independent judges and announced at an awards ceremony.
The last Townsend Prize for Fiction was awarded
on April 28th, 2016,
at the DeKalb History Center, and T. Geronimo Johnson gave
the keynote address. Mary Hood received the Prize for A Clear
View of the Southern Sky.