2016 Lamar York Prize Winners and Finalists

Reading Lamar York entries is often uplifting because many contain quirks and traces of what we’re after when we read. Our editors and faculty readers voted multiples times in honor of the breadth and quality of the writing. The finalists below represent the many ambitions and approaches we’d like to take a moment to appreciate and honor now. Thank you to all of our entrants. We make decisions knowing that what’s not right for us may be right for another journal, and we welcome the opportunity to read more work in the future.

Congratulations to our winners and finalists, and special thanks to our distinguished judges, Tayari Jones in Fiction and Dinty W. Moore in Nonfiction.


2016 Lamar York Prize Winners and Finalists

Winner in Fiction
“Trip,” Audrey Spensley


Winner in Nonfiction
“Y’all’s Problem,” Beth Ann Fennelly

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Finalists in Fiction
“The Roaring,” Julialicia Case
“In the Shadow of the Porticos,” Grazie Sophio Christie
“Aid Station,” Mason Boyles
“Some Sad Things Known to Man,” Lisa Nikolidakis
“The Reminder,” Siamak Vossoughi
“The Real Solution,” Jennifer Hayler
“The Nazi,” Richard Dokey
“Move,” Cady Vishniac
“Birthday Party,” Ivo Kamps


Finalists in Nonfiction
“Camille: A Memory,” Ronald Jackson
“Stop-Loss,” Brandon Lingle
“Mormon Boy Blues,” Seth Tucker
“The Passenger Seat,” Mary Collins
“Buffalo,” Jennifer Rose
“Fish,” Virginia Bell
“Freezing Hot,” Deborah Thompson
“Island,” Alex Jones
“Rhythm is Originally the Rhythm of the Feet,” Gary McDowell


About our judges:

Tayari Jones is the author of three novels: Silver Sparrow (Algonquin, 2011), which was named one of the year’s best by O MagazineLibrary Journal, Slate and Salon; The Untelling (Grand Central, 2006); and Leaving Atlanta (Warner Books, 2002). The recipient of fellowships from the United States Artist Foundation, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and The Hurston/Wright Foundation, Jones is an associate professor of English at Rutgers-Newark University. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, the Believer, and New Stories From The South.

Dinty W. Moore is author of Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals (Random House/Ten Speed 2015), as well as the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize. Moore has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine,and The Normal School among numerous other venues. He edits Brevity, an online journal of flash nonfiction, and lives in Athens, Ohio, where he grows heirloom tomatoes and edible dandelions.