Emrys Open House and New Year's Writing Wrestle-lutions!


New Year Open House, Book Exchange

and the return of Second Sunday!

Sunday, January 13th

201 West Stone Avenue, Greenville 29609

Come join Greenville's own John Jeter as he leads beginning and aspiring writers in New Year's Writing Wrestle-lutions! on Sunday, January 13th from 2:30 to 4:00 PM as we revive our Second Sunday writing tradition. Space is limited to 12. Reserve your space here and bring $5 for the class as fun way to start off your writing in the New Year!

The Emrys Open House is from 4 to 6 PM after the Second Sunday workshop. Check out our new digs, have a cup of something hot, nibble on something sweet and bring a new or used book to exchange. You'll have a chance to speak with Emrys workshop instructors, peruse our shelves of chapbooks and Emrys Journals and meet the folks behind our award-winning organization. RSVP here

Hub City/Emrys Writing Prize Opens January 1st


The Hub City/Emrys Writing Prize will be awarded in April 2019 for excellence in poetry or fiction. All entries must be received by midnight March 1, 2019. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter and a full-time resident of Greenville, Spartanburg, or Polk County, NC. Submissions open January 1, 2019.

The winner will receive a full scholarship to Hub City’s “Writing in Place” conference July 20-22 at Wofford College. Full scholarship includes: meals, room and board, and a manuscript critique with a faculty member.

Submit one unpublished short story or poem of no more than 10 double-spaced pages with 12-point type. You can make only one submission. 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. Board members and employees are not eligible for the prize. Winners may not submit in the year following their award.

Last year's winner was Darlene Cah, and the runner up was Nancy Pemberton.

Congratulations to Word Up Winners!

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A longtime supporter of Read Up, Emrys partnered with them this year to sponsor a writing contest called Word Up for students aged 10 – 18. We were very pleased to get close to a hundred submissions, a nice response to a first-time contest that was announced just a couple months before the deadline. We are very happy to announce this year’s finalists. 



Ngmenviel Kuuseg,  -1st Place, "The Amulet" 

Hailey Horton - Runner Up, "The Story of Blue"

Harper Bright - Runner Up, "Forgotten" 

Honorable Mention: Shaun Latta, "Sol Survivor" 


Maggie Austin - 1st Place, "Wings and" 

Srestha Samaddar - Runner Up, "The Moon's Bread" 

Destiny Smith - Runner Up, "The Fall of the Empire" 

Parker Burgio - Runner Up, "Breaking Free"

Honorable Mention: Graham Lewis, "The Walls" 


Callum Carr -1st Place, "A Life" 

Andrea Huber - Runner Up, "July 2004, Age Nineteen" 


Watch for news of next year’s contest!

Stilt House has arrived!


“It is not for me to imagine what passes/between a cow and a Pekingese noticing each other/in the spring snow, across an electric fence,” Jacob Boyd assures us in his Frost-inspired “One Looks at Two.” But this poet’s concern not to overreach—to avoid an overly easy recourse to personification or the sublime—is in concert with his commitment to lyrical accuracy. In poem after poem, he takes this imperative not only to animals wild and domesticated, but also to friends, neighbors, and an American landscape as vivid and tactile as “a hallway through Oklahoma, nightlights, a Mustang, a map in the front matter.” Boyd’s companionable voice will bring you readily along for the ride. But he is also the maker of startlingly, seriously astute and beautiful poems. He’s a poet who wears his lyricism lightly. But this Stilt House, while intentionally humble, is architecture built on nerve and lyrical air. — Christina Pugh

Order your copy today. We expect books to ship by December!

Calling Local Authors!


Call for Submissions!

Submission Due Date: November 30, 2018

Greenville County Library is pleased to announce a call for authors to have an opportunity to speak to the public at the Hughes Main Library on January 26, 2019. With over 300,000 annual visitors, over 7,000 followers on social media and a distribution of over 13,000 newsletters bimonthly, this event provides our patrons and county residents with the opportunity to discover authors and provide important exposure and publicity for the authors.

Save the Date!

Sat, Jan 26, 2019, Hughes Main Library

Meet local and regional authors, buy books, and have your books signed. Join us for local author panel discussions sponsored by the Emrys Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

12:30p-3:30p • Visit with local authors at their tables

1p-2:30p • Mystery Author Panel: David Burnsworth, Rose Senehi & Trudy Nan Boyce

2:30p-4p • YA Author Panel: Jessica Khoury, Emily B. Martin & Jo Hackl

4p-5:30p • How to Get Published: Katie Burgess Steenerson & Glenis Redmond