Lamar York Prizes

Now open! 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 (tcr@gsu.edu).
  • 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 Only unpublished essays and stories will be considered.
  • 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. 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.

Judges

Fiction

Alexander Weinstein is the Director of The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and the author of the short story collection Children of the New World (Picador 2016) which was chosen as a best book of the year by NPR, Google, and Electric Literature and a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. His fiction and interviews have appeared in Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, World Literature Today, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017, and Best American Experimental Writing 2017. He is a recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and he works as an associate professor of Creative Writing at Siena Heights University.

Nonfiction

Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection Sunshine State, the novel Binary Star, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times first fiction prize, and two chapbooks, most recently BFF. Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, The Baffler, Vice, BOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies. She’s been supported by fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, Tin House, PlatteForum, Ucross, and Pocoapoco. She writes a monthly column for Hazlitt and teaches writing in New York City.

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.”