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 (

  • 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 Only unpublished essays and stories will be considered. While manuscripts will not be returned, authors may include a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt of manuscript.

  • 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. Faculty of Georgia State University, former students of the editors, and close friends or associates of the editors must also refrain from submitting.

  • Congratulations to our 2017 Lamar York Prize for Fiction and Nonfiction Winners: Carol LaHines for her story "Papijack," and Vince Granata for his essay "First Visit"! Finalists have been contacted and appear on our blog, The Hooch.



Patrick Ryan is the author of The Dream Life of Astronauts and Send Me, as well as three novels for young adults. His fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Tin House, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, The Yale Review and elsewhere. His nonfiction has been published by Granta and has appeared in Tales of Two Cities and other anthologies. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and was chosen for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers series. He is an editor at One Story.


Jill Talbot is the author of The Way We Weren’t: A Memoir and the editor of Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from journals such as Brevity, DIAGRAM, Ecotone, Fourth Genre, The Normal School, The Paris Review Daily, Passages North, Slice Magazine and has been listed as Notable in Best American Essays 2014, 2015, and 2016.

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.”