General Guidelines


The Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction are now open! See the categories below for guidelines.

Since we acquire first North American rights, submissions should be works previously unpublished in North America. We appreciate a short cover letter with a concise bio that could be used should we publish the work. Please inform us of a simultaneous submission and withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. Please do not mail or email submissions. To be fair to all submitters, these will be returned unread. Need to withdraw a poem or part of a poetry submission? Please open your submission within Submittable and "Add" a note indicating the poem or poems you'd like to withdraw. We will see your note and gladly consider the available poems. Need to withdraw another genre? Please do so via Submittable. Questions? Email us at tcr@gsu.edu.

Familiarity with our journal is the best way to know whether or not work is right for us. E-Issues in PDF are available for $4 in our store. Please consider reading an issue before submitting.

Submissions receive at least two votes each, and accepted work undergoes a collaborative editorial process. Our response time varies from one to four months, longer only in special circumstances.

Submit only your very best work with our assurance it will be given every consideration.

Fiction

TCR publishes original literary fiction characterized by interest in language, development of distinctive settings, compelling conflict, and complex, unique characters. Submit one story of up to 6,000 words, or submit up to three short-shorts (500-1,000 words each).

Poetry

TCR publishes excellent poetry of all types, including informal personal narratives, prose poems, and formal poems. Submit up to five poems.

Nonfiction

TCR publishes distinctive topical essays and personal creative nonfiction of any kind; this includes pieces that might fit into the memoir, travel, and historical nonfiction categories. We are not an academic journal and publish for a general readership. Above all, we are interested in publishing nonfiction that surprises and intrigues us. Submit one essay of up to 6,000 words, or submit up to three shorter essays (500-1,000 words each).

Interviews

TCR publishes interviews with writers of all kinds: literary, academic, journalistic, and popular. Interviews have featured Kwame Dawes, Tony Grooms, Wells Tower, Larry Brown, Claude Wilkinson, Ferreira Gullar, and Kunal Basu. Please query us at tcr@gsu.edu with a proposal for a particular interview.

Reviews and Review Essays

TCR publishes reviews of current fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books, especially those from writers with an innovative approach to subject matter. Several related works may be reviewed at more length in a review essay that engages critical issues not appropriate to a single review. We are always in search of new reviewers and pay $150 per review or review essay. Please query us at tcr@gsu.edu about the possibility of a particular review or review essay, specifying your credentials for the review.

Translations

TCR welcomes English translations of all genres from other languages, in which case brief biographies of the authors and translators should be included. Translators must have permission from the authors before submitting. Please "Add" a note within Submittable including the addresses to which you'd like the contributor copies sent.

Visual Art

TCR accepts visual art submissions, photography included, by invitation only.

Payment

All contributors receive two copies.

Ends on January 31, 2019$18.00
$18.00

One prize of $1,000.00 and publication in The Chattahoochee Review is awarded to a winning story in the annual Lamar York Prize for Fiction, which honors the founder and former editor of The Chattahoochee Review.

  •  Send one story of up to 6,000 words, double-spaced.
  •  Entries must be submitted between November 1 and January 31. All entries will be considered for publication.
  •  Submissions are judged anonymously. Please remove identifying information from the submission file itself. We would appreciate a note letting us know how you heard about the contest in your 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. Each additional entry requires a separate fee but may include a gift subscription; please make a note with payment.
  •  Only unpublished stories will be considered. Translators must have permission from the authors before submitting.
  •  Winners will be announced on TCR’s website in the winter and published in the Spring issue.
  •  TCR supports the Community 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. Former winners of the prize are also ineligible. Faculty of GSU, former students of the editors, and  close friends or associates of the editors must also refrain from submitting.

Judge: 

Kevin Wilson is the author of the collections, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Ecco/Harper Perennial, 2009), which won the Shirley Jackson Award, and Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine (Ecco, 2018), and two novels, The Family Fang (Ecco, 2011) and Perfect Little World (Ecco, 2017). His fiction has appeared in PloughsharesTin HouseOne StoryA Public Space, Chattahoochee Review, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Rivendell, and the KHN Center for the Arts. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with his wife, the poet Leigh Anne Couch, and his sons, Griff and Patch, where he is an Associate Professor in the English Department at The University of the South.

One prize of $1,000.00 and publication in The Chattahoochee Review is awarded to a winning essay in the annual Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction, which honors the founder and former editor of The Chattahoochee Review.

  •  Send one essay of up to 6,000 words, double-spaced.
  •  Entries must be submitted between November 1 and January 31. All entries will be considered for publication.
  •  Submissions are judged anonymously. Please remove identifying information from the submission file itself. We would appreciate a note letting us know how you heard about the contest in your 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. Each additional entry requires a separate fee but may include a gift subscription; please make a note with payment.
  •  No theoretical, scholarly, or critical essays will be considered, but all other approaches and topics are welcome. Only unpublished essays will be considered. Translators must have permission from the authors before submitting.
  •  Winners will be announced on TCR’s website in the winter and published in the Spring issue.
  • TCR supports the Community 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. Former winners of the prize are also ineligible. Faculty of GSU, former students of the editors, and close friends or associates of the editors must also refrain from submitting.

Judge:

Adriana Páramo is a cultural anthropologist, writer and women’s rights advocate. She is the author of Looking for Esperanza, and My Mother’s Funeral. Her essays have appeared in multiple literary magazines, won numerous awards and honors, and been noted in The Best American Essays of 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2014, she was named as one of the top ten Latino authors in the USA

She teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Fairfield University and is an alumna of the travel writing workshop of VONA—Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation—a community of writers of color.

She writes from Qatar where, oddly enough, she works as a zumba and yoga instructor.

She can be contacted at adriana@paramoadriana.com.

TCR welcomes English translations of all genres from other languages, in which case brief biographies of the authors and translators should be included. Translators must have permission from the authors before submitting. Please "Add" a note within Submittable including the addresses to which you'd like the contributor copies sent. To submit to the prizes, Nov–Jan, please submit under one of the prizes categories.

$2.00
$2.00

TCR publishes excellent poetry of all types, including informal personal narratives, prose poems, and formal poems. Need to withdraw a poem or part of a poetry submission? Please open your submission within Submittable and "Add" a note indicating the poem or poems you'd like to withdraw. We will see your note and gladly consider the available poems.  

 

$2.00
$2.00

TCR publishes original literary fiction characterized by interest in language, development of distinctive settings, compelling conflict, and complex, unique characters. Submit only one story of up to 6,000 words, or submit up to three short-shorts (500-1,000 words each) per submission.



 

$2.00
$2.00

TCR publishes distinctive topical essays and personal creative nonfiction of any kind; this includes pieces that might fit into the memoir, travel, and historical nonfiction categories. We are not an academic journal and publish for a general readership. Above all, we are interested in publishing nonfiction that surprises and intrigues us. Submit one essay of up to 6,000 words, or submit up to three shorter essays (500-1,000 words each).



 

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