The Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction now open!

October is both delicious and terrifying, never in the expected ways. In homage to surprising inevitability, we’re opening our prizes in hopes of reading the story or essay you were scared to write, since that kind of writing is often the tastiest. Each submission to The Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction receives votes from at least two editors, and ten finalists in each category are sent to our judges, who select the winners. This year, celebrated writers Tayari Jones and Dinty Moore will be judging. We couldn’t be more excited!

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 Magazine, Library 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.


An entry fee of $15 includes a discounted subscription. Winners receive $1,000 each and publication in Volume 36.1. Early submissions are encouraged, so polish up your best and send soon! For guidelines, visit our Prizes or Submittable page. We look forward to reading your work!