ANNUAL EMRYS / HUB CITY WRITING CONTEST: Submissions now open

The Hub City/Emrys Prizes will be awarded in April 2017 for excellence in short story and poetry. All entries must be received by midnight Feb. 15, 2017. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter and a full-time resident of Greenville or Spartanburg County.

Winners each will receive a full, $830 scholarship to the Wildacres Writers Workshop, a week-long creative writing summer school in the Blue Ridge Mountains in July. Second- and third-place winners receive full or partial scholarships to Hub City’s “Writing in Place” workshop July 14-16 at Wofford College.

For more information

Change of venue for Tuesday's Open Mic

Tuesday, January 10th: The First Open Mic of the New Year!

New location: Coffee Underground, 1 East Coffee Street / Greenville
There are spaces available for reading.  Sign up by contacting us at emrys.info@gmail.com, or take your chances that night. Each reader has five minutes at the microphone.
  
Free and open to the public. 
You do not have to read to attend--come to listen and enjoy!   

Announcing: The first winner of the Emrys Press Chapbook Prize: "Portico" by Sarah Stickney

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"These Poems are smart, savvy, and original. They will prompt 'a happy clapping' among their readers, accompanied by murmurs (and for the less timid: shouts) of delight." - Thomas Lux, 2016 judge

Find out more and discover why Sarah Stickney's, "Portico" is the winner of this year's prize:

 

 

The Emrys Journal is accepting submissions through Nov. 1st!

Emrys Journal accepts online submissions for the 34th annual issue through November 1, 2016. We no longer accept mailed submissions.

All contributors will be notified within 10 weeks of the end of the submission period.

Prizes of $250 will be awarded to one selection in each genre for outstanding poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

- Poems (up to three)

- Short fiction (one; 5,000 words maximum)

- Creative nonfiction (one; 5,000 word maximum)

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Before submitting, please familiarize yourself with our magazine by reading past contributions to the Emrys Journal.

https://emrysjournal.submittable.com/submit

October Open Mic: 10/4, 7pm

The readings begin at 7:00 in the "back room" at Chicora Alley. 
608B S. Main Street, Greenville
There are spaces available for reading.  
Sign up by contacting us at emrys.info@gmail.com, or take your chances that night. Each reader has five minutes at the microphone.
 
Please remember to keep your material respectful to all audience members.
 
Free and open to the public. 
You do not have to read to attend--come to listen and enjoy!    

EMRYS Open Mic, Tuesday, August 30th, 7pm

Join us for the first Open Mic of 2016/2017!
The readings begin at 7:00 in the "back room" at CHICORA ALLEY. 
608B S. Main Street, Greenville
There are spaces available for reading.  
Sign up by contacting us at emrys.info@gmail.com, or take your chances that night. Each reader has five minutes at the microphone.
 
Please remember to keep your material respectful to all audience members.
 
Free and open to the public. 
You do not have to read to attend--come to listen and enjoy!  
 

Read Up, Greenville: August 6

 

Read Up, Greenville is a celebration of Young Adult and Middle Grades books and authors. Saturday, August 6th will be a full day of book sales, author signings, panel discussions and keynote speakers. The day will feature nine panels specific to different themes and three keynote addresses. 24 Middle Grades and YA authors will be on the Peace Center campus.

The event is free to all with the exception of the keynote events. Each keynote presentation is $7.00 or all three for $15.00.   

Ticketed events include (all listed events located in the Gunter Theatre with book signing opportunity immediately following each.)

10:00 am: Bon Secours St. Francis Health System presents Jay Asher, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Thirteen Reasons Why.  

1:30 pm: The Fred Collins Foundation presents Holly Goldberg Sloan, critically acclaimed author of Middle Grades, YA books, including Counting by 7s. Holly has also written eight family feature films, including, Angels in the Outfield.

6: 15 pm: Closing Keynote includes Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, co-authors of All American Boys, a 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor book, which chronicles two teens – one black, one white – grappling with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school their community, and ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.                                                              

If you love reading or love a teen who loves reading, then Read Up is for you!

www.readupgreenville.com                                                                                                              

The Emrys Foundation is a proud sponsor of Read Up!

Emrys Press Chapbook Prize: Open now & through July 30!

Call for Manuscripts:  May 15 through July 30, 2016

The Emrys Press Chapbook Prize honors a book of original poetry in English by a single author; translations are not eligible.  The winning volume will be published in December 2016, by Emrys Press.

The winning poet receives a $250 honorarium upon publication, plus 20 copies of the book. In addition, he/she will be invited as guest for one week at the Rensing Center, a gorgeous arts/writing retreat near Greenville SC, in the Appalachian foothills. Dates of use of Poet Guest House to be arranged*. The winning book and author will be featured on the Emrys website. 

The final judge for the competition will be Thomas Lux.

For more information and submission guidelines, please click here.

Image courtesy of the Rensing Center 

Hub City / Emrys Creative Writing Prize Winners Reading, Tonight!

There will be a reading by the winning authors on May 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm at M.Judson

The annual Hub City / Emrys Creative Writing Prizes have been awarded to Sonja Condit in fiction, for her story, “Saturday” and Abby Moore Keith in nonfiction for "Resurrection Plant." The contest, sponsored by the Hub City Writers Project and the Emrys Foundation, is open to adults in Greenville and Spartanburg counties.

Of Sonja Condit's work judge Bryn Chancellor said, “This story surprised me in the best way. The writer takes what could be a fairly simple, realistic coming-of-age story and creates depth, nuance, complexity, and originality through careful attention to character and significant detail. The story takes a wonderful turn, one I didn’t expect but that worked beautifully through all the writer had crafted. A seemingly small day-in-the-life story that packs a wallop."

Second place in fiction went to Kam Neely for his story, "Holdout." The third place winner was Anna DiBenedetto for her story "Back Home Again."

Judge David Griffith had this to say about Abby Moore Keith's winning entry: “Resurrection Plant” is an essay in the true sense of the word—it is an attempt. It is an attempt to do justice to that period of life between youth and adulthood, when you are on your own for the first time, have some money in your pocket, and a desire to explore the world, see what it has to offer you. And it is an attempt to portray how the countervailing forces of responsibility and family are in tension with this “wanderlust,” as the writer calls it. She dramatizes this conflict in a way that captures the sweetness and bitterness of life, and she does it masterfully, alternating back and forth between the joy and thrill of of traveling abroad and sadness and dread of a dying grandparent."

Second place in nonfiction went to Michael Rooney for his essay "Abrasion," and the third place winner was Maddie Clevenstine for her essay "The Girls You've Loved."

First place winners of these contests receive a scholarship to the week-long Wildacres Writers Workshop in Little Switzerland, N.C. in July. Second and third place winners receive full or partial scholarships to Hub City’s Writing in Place conference July 8-10.

The judge in the fiction contest was author Bryn Chancellor, winner of the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for her collection When Will You Be Coming Home? The judge for the nonfiction contest was David Griffith, author of A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America.

Congratulations to all our winners!