2015 Hub City Emrys Prizes Announced!
The annual Hub City Emrys Creative Writing Prizes have been awarded to Wendy King in fiction and Jill A. Coyle in poetry. The contest, sponsored by the Hub City Writers Project and the Emrys Foundation, is open to adults in Greenville and Spartanburg counties.
Wendy King of Spartanburg won the fiction contest for her story, “Mule.”
Of her work the judge said, “Mule is a finely constructed story with rising action and a clear climactic moment. Its language is perfectly rendered and helps the reader more fully understand the main character, a woman alone whose hardships are so well captured in the image of the dead mule she must clear from her land.”
Born in Anderson, SC, King currently resides with her husband of nineteen years in the Converse Heights area of Spartanburg. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University in 2000. As an undergraduate at the University of South Carolina, she was once patted on the head by James Dickey and told everything would be okay; he was more or less correct.
Second place in fiction went to David Dixon of Mauldin for his story, Flotsam. The third place winner was Barbara Evers of Greer for her story Prayers for Bethany.
The winner in the poetry contest was Jill A. Coyle of Travelers Rest for “Walker Creek.”
The contest judge said of Coyle’s poem, “I admire everything about this poet. The attention to specific image detail is superb and reminds me of Elizabeth Bishop's work. The poems are beautifully crafted; there isn't a spare syllable.What an accomplishment.”
Coyle earned her PhD in Classical Studies from Duke University and her MA in English from N.C. State University. She teaches English at Spartanburg Methodist College. Her poems have appeared in Blueline, Avocet, Main Street Rag, and Pinesong.
Second place in poetry went to James C. Raff of Greenville, and the third place winner was Bobbie Shepherd of Spartanburg.
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 11-13.
The judge in the fiction contest was author Marlin Barton of Montgomery, AL, author of short story collections including Hub City’s new release, Pasture Art. The judge for the poetry contest was Marjory Wentworth, Poet Laureate of South Carolina.
Congratulations to all our winners!