The Emrys/Hub City Writing Contest accepting submissions through February 15th!

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.

Submit one unpublished short story of no more than 10 double-spaced pages with 12-point type or up to three unpublished poems. 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. Board members and employees are not eligible for the prize. First place winners may not submit in the year following their award.

The judge for poetry is Kathryn Stripling Byer, winner of the Hanes Poetry Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, North Carolina’s first woman poet laureate and is the author of a number of award-winning collections. Her poetry, prose, and fiction have appeared widely, including PoetryGeorgia Review and The AtlanticThe Girl in the Midst of the Harvest was published in the AWP Award Series and Wildwood Flower was awarded the Lamont (now Laughlin) prize from LSU Press. Subsequent collections have been published in the LSU Poetry Series. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband and three dogs.

Last year's winners were Abby Moore Keith in nonfiction and Sonja Condit in fiction.