2015 Lamar York Prize Winners and Finalists for Fiction and Nonfiction

Thank you to all entrants in the Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction for trusting us with your work. We were honored to read a great number of submissions that showed all the best signs of promise and talent. Choosing finalists is always a subjective matter, and an abundance of fine work made itself evident. We encourage all entrants to keep reading literary journals like ours and to keep writing, bearing in mind the words of Roy Kesey in “How I Finally Got Something Published,” Volume 22.3, “This is what I promise: the drilling shall continue. Only wieners give up at the first sign of adversity, and I am no wiener.”

Congratulations to our winners and finalists, and special thanks to all of the writers who submitted as well as to our distinguished judges, David James Poissant in Fiction and Marcia Aldrich in Nonfiction.


2015 Lamar York Prize Winners and Finalists

Winner in Fiction
“Brother’s Keeper,” Joel Wayne


Winner in Nonfiction
“The Rocks,” Amy Clark

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Finalists in Fiction
“Alamo,” Janis Hubschman
“The Bean Grower,” Marylee MacDonald
“China Cabinet,” John Williams
“The Empty House,” Marshall Flowers
“Jaise,” Michael Pearce
“Mary Toft of Hayden Park High School,” Jessica Lilien
“Relay Operator,” Katherine Connor
“Seven Segments,” Derick Dupre
“Women with Large Dogs,” John Tait

Finalists in Nonfiction
“Boston Strangler,” Jenn Dean
“Coyote and the Kid,” Thomas Hallock
“Guilt: Two Love Stories,” Natasha Sajé
“Mother,” Wes Jamison
“On My Disheartening Absence in this Picture,” Paulette Livers
“The Shut Door,” Lynn Casteel Harper
“Speak English, Please,” Scott Morris
“Viscera,” Molly Beer
“Your Body Moves Though You Wish It Wouldn’t,” Gary McDowell


About our judges:

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 marciaaldrich.com.