Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction Judges

Why do we love prize judge Anthony Varallo’s fiction? It’s funny and layered, with compelling narration and surprising characters. About his new book:

“An intimate, often humorous, and phenomenally insightful novel about the way children experience separation and divorce. Anthony Varallo’s The Lines is one of the most moving portraits of a broken family I’ve read since Judith Guest’s Ordinary People.Patrick Ryan, author, The Dream Life of Astronauts 

Alice Bolin is judging in nonfiction! Why do we love her work? It’s current, complex, artful, engaging, “everything”:

Dead Girls is everything I want in an essay collection: provocative lines of inquiry, macabre humor, blistering intelligence. Bolin deftly lays our TV habits and pleasure reading and musical tastes in front of us, daring us to look closer. I love this book. I want to take it into the middle of a crowded room and hold it up and scream until someone tackles me the ground; even then, I’d probably keep screaming.” —Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

Writers, get your entry in soon! An $18 entry fee includes a one-year subscription. Find the guidelines here.