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 6,000 words, double-spaced.
- Entries must be submitted via Submittable (under the appropriate contest category) between November 1 and January 31. Early submissions are encouraged. We no longer accept paper submissions. All entries will be considered for publication.
- 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 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 Only unpublished essays and stories will be considered.
- Congratulations to the 2019 Lamar York Prize recipients: Peter Newall for his story “A Box of Photographs” and Whitney Lawson for her essay “The Black Place,” with a special thanks to our judges, Adriana Páramo for Nonfiction and Kevin Wilson for Fiction. Congratulations also to the finalists in each category, who appear on the blog.
- The editors support the Community 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. Former winners of the prizes are also ineligible. Employees and students of Georgia State University, former students of the editors, and close friends or associates of the editors must also refrain from submitting.
Kevin Wilson is the author of the collections, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Ecco/Harper Perennial, 2009), which won the Shirley Jackson Award, and Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine (Ecco, 2018), and two novels, The Family Fang (Ecco, 2011) and Perfect Little World (Ecco, 2017). His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, One Story, A Public Space, Chattahoochee Review, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Rivendell, and the KHN Center for the Arts. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with his wife, the poet Leigh Anne Couch, and his sons, Griff and Patch, where he is an Associate Professor in the English Department at The University of the South.
Adriana Páramo is a cultural anthropologist, writer and women’s rights advocate. She is the author of Looking for Esperanza, and My Mother’s Funeral. Her essays have appeared in multiple literary magazines, won numerous awards and honors, and been noted in The Best American Essays of 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2014, Páramo was named as one of the top ten Latino authors in the USA.
She teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Fairfield University and is an alumna of the travel writing workshop of VONA—Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation—a community of writers of color.
She writes from Qatar where, oddly enough, she works as a zumba and yoga instructor.
She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Community 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.”