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 

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!

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!

 

Emrys Annual Meeting & Journal Launch: May 17!

The Annual Meeting will be followed by a program featuring the presentation of our new branding program, a special recognition of founding member Jo Ann Walker, and the release of the 33rd Emrys Journal, including readings by some of this year's contributors.  Due to restrictions at the library, we will not be able to accept renewals at the event. Please be sure your membership is current or renew prior to the meeting so that your free Emrys Journal will be waiting for you.   Click here for online membership or send a check to P.O. Box 8813, Greenville, SC 29604 by Monday, May 9.  Already a member, please RSVP to kim.emrys@gmail.com to confirm your membership and update your contact information. We look forward to seeing you!   We are happy to be partnering with the Hughes Library for our Annual Meeting & Journal Launch! 

The Annual Meeting will be followed by a program featuring the presentation of our new branding program, a special recognition of founding member Jo Ann Walker, and the release of the 33rd Emrys Journal, including readings by some of this year's contributors. 

Due to restrictions at the library, we will not be able to accept renewals at the event. Please be sure your membership is current or renew prior to the meeting so that your free Emrys Journal will be waiting for you.  

Click here for online membership or send a check to P.O. Box 8813, Greenville, SC 29604 by Monday, May 9. 

Already a member, please RSVP to kim.emrys@gmail.com to confirm your membership and update your contact information. We look forward to seeing you!  

We are happy to be partnering with the Hughes Library for our Annual Meeting & Journal Launch! 

For our poets - upcoming deadlines

1. Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

The Georgia Review is accepting submissions for the fourth annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize—$1,000 and publication in our Spring 2017 issue for a single poem, never before published either in print or online.

The submission period ends 15 May 2016, with the winning poem to be announced on 15 August 2016. The editorial staff of The Georgia Review will read and evaluate all entries. In consultation with the rest of the staff, editor Stephen Corey will make the final decisions about the winning entry and any other poems to be accepted for publication. Loraine Williams, the prize’s sponsor, is an Atlanta-based patron of the arts.

2. Poetry on the COMET

Columbia’s Poetry on the COMET project is taking submissions through May 15, 2016. Poems are displayed on all buses and on The COMET bus schedules. This year’s theme is “rivers” in the city.

Come celebrate Gil Allen’s jump from poetry to story!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

7-8 pm at Fiction Addiction – 1175 Woods Crossing Road

Join local writer, Gil Allen for a party celebrating the launch of his first story collection,  The Final Days of Great American Shopping: Stories Past, Present, and Future (USC Press, hardcover, $24.99). Gil’s reading is also on this date that celebrates Indie Bookstore Day. Thanks to Fiction Addition and M.Judson for being in Greenville!  For more information, visit Fiction Addiction's website or call 864-675-0540. 

http://www.sc.edu/uscpress/books/2016/7638.html

March 31

Join Glenis Redmond, Peace Center poet-in-residence and Emrys member, and Kathleen Nalley, writer/poet and Clemson professor, for What She Says: Poetic Conversation Honoring Women's History Month.  The event is free, starts at 7 pm in the Peace Center's Ramsaur Studio, and toehold a set register via this link.

Kathleen Nalley

Kathleen Nalley

Glenis Redmond

Glenis Redmond

Emrys encourages you to support this collaborative fundraiser, showcasing music, dance and poetry and featuring Emrys founding members Keller Cushing Freeman, Sue Lile Inman and Sally Wyche Coenen along with Emrys members Jan Bailey, Marian Blackwell, Nancy Dew Taylor and Jon Grier and past Emrys scholarship recipient Connie Frigo.  Contact Andrea Cooper at 864.250.0500, ext. 24 or acooper@upstateforever.org.

Emrys Fete Tuesday!

This year we're not having a party, but we hope you'll support Emrys programs. Any contribution will help . .  

This year we're not having a party, but we hope you'll support Emrys programs.  Any contribution will help.....   You can click the donate button below or mail a check to:  The Emrys Foundation, P.O. Box 8813, Greenville, SC 29604.

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Hub City Emrys Prizes

The Hub City/Emrys Prizes will be awarded in April 2016 for excellence in short story and creative nonfiction. All entries must be received by midnight Feb. 15, 2016. 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, $750 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 8-10 at Wofford College.

Submit one unpublished short story or one personal essay of no more than 10 double-spaced pages with 12-point type. First place winners may not submit in the year following their award. You can make one submission in each genre. Put your name and email address on a coversheet but not on the manuscript itself.

All entries must be submitted electronically. Submit here

This contest is sponsored annually by the Hub City Writers Project of Spartanburg and the Emrys Foundation of Greenville.

Last year's winners were Wendy King in short fiction and Jill A. Coyle in poetry.

Last minute holiday shopping? Give an Emrys Writing Room Workshop to your favorite aspiring writer!

Poetics as Persuasion: A Poetry Workshop with Celisa Steele

Saturday, January 23 from 10 AM to 3 PM (Includes hour for lunch on your own)

Location - M Judson Books, 130 S Main St., Greenville, SC 29601

Cost:  $65

Heather Marshall, Fiction

Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM 

Location - M Judson Books, 130 S Main St., Greenville, SC 29601

Cost:  $125

Screenwriting Bootcamp, Scott Gould

Saturday, March 12 from 10 AM to 3 PM

Location - S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, 11 University St., Greenville, SC 29601

Cost - $65

Mamie Morgan, Poetry

Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM 

Location - M Judson Books, 130 S Main St., Greenville, SC 29601

Cost - $125