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.

2016 Hub City / Emrys Prize Winners Announced


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!

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

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.

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

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.


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

Poetry Reading with Phillip Barron, Arthur McMaster, and Nancy Dew Taylor Saturday, December 19th 7-9pm

Come support Emrys members reading at Joe's Place, 640 South Main StreetSuite 101BGreenville, SC 29601

Arthur McMaster‘s poems and short fiction have appeared in such distinguished journals as North American ReviewSouthwest ReviewPoetry East, Rattle, Subtropics, and Wisconsin Review, with one Pushcart Prize nomination. He has two published volumes of poems, a biography on classical musicians, and a recent memoir. He is a Contributing Editor for Poets’ Quarterly. Arthur teaches creative writing and American literature, at Converse College.

Nancy Dew Taylor grew up in Lake City, SC. She graduated from Furman, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MA), and the University of South Carolina (PhD). She has taught in the public schools of North and South Carolina and in universities in Virginia, Puerto Rico, and South Carolina. In 1991 she became a medical editor with the Greenville Hospital System, where she also taught medical humanities. Her book of poems, Taking Flight, was published in April 2015 by Ninety-Six Press. In 2008, Emrys Press published her chapbook, Stepping on Air. Winner of the 2011 Linda Flowers Award from the NC Humanities Council and of the Porter Fleming Literary Competition in poetry, she has also received awards from the Rita Dove Poetry Contest at Salem College’s Center for Women Writers. Her poems have been published in The South Carolina Review, Kalliope, Appalachian Journal, South85, Wild Goose Poetry

#Giving Tuesday





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Amy Christine Parker & Nancy Dew Taylor to read at Reading Room October 26th.

GREENVILLE, SC: On October 26th at 7:00pm, award winning YA novelist AMY CHRISTINE PARKER will read from her new novels and discuss writing as part of the Emrys Reading Room at M. Judson Bookstore (130 S. Main Street). The night will also feature local poet Nancy Taylor. This event is free and open to the public.

Parker’s two novels, Astray and Gated, offer readers a look into the complex, fast-paced changing world of young female protagonist Lyla Hamilton who works to navigate the mystery of her community, a possible cult, and the world outside.  Gated has been nominated for the Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award and the South Carolina Library Guild Award for 2016.

Parker writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat.

In addition, to sharing at the Reading Room, Amy Christine Parker will also meet with students at three Greenville County Middle Schools where she will lead assemblies on daring to dream and the writing process. She will visit Northwest Middle School, Riverside Middleschool, and Northwood Middle School.

Nancy Dew Taylor is an award winning South Carolina poet and the author of two poetry collections. She is the first place poetry winner of the 2015 Porter Fleming Literary Competition. Her book of poems, Taking Flight, was published in April 2015 by Ninety-Six Press. In 2008, Emrys Press published her chapbook, Stepping on Air.

The event is possible due to a partnership between Wits End Poetry, The Emrys Foundaton, and Northwest Middle School. This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

The Emrys Reading Room invites published regional writers, poets, novelists and essayists to share from their work then join in an audience initiated Q&A. Authors’ books also will be available for purchase and signing.

Wits End Poetry is a local literary non-profit that sponsors a variety of events.

Amy Christine Parker's reading is possible due to a partnership between Wits End Poetry, The Emrys Foundation, and The Northwest Middle School PTA. This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission.