2016 Hub City Emrys Prize Winners Announced
The annual Hub City Emrys Creative Writing Prizes have been awarded to Sonja Condit in fiction and Abby Moore Keith in nonfiction. The contest, sponsored by the Hub City Writers Project and the Emrys Foundation, is open to adults in Greenville and Spartanburg counties.
Sonja Condit of Taylors won the fiction contest for her story, “Saturday.”
Of her 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."
Sonja Condit’s first novel, Starter House, was published in 2014, and her short fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, South Carolina Review, and other publications. She graduated from Converse College’s MFA program in 2012 and holds music degrees from the University of Victoria and the New England Conservatory of Music. She teaches at Anderson University, North Greenville University, and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts.
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."
The winner in the nonfiction contest was Abby Moore Keith of Greenville, SC for "Resurrection Plant."
Judge David Griffith had this to say about the 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."
Abby Moore Keith is a nanny and freelance writer based in Upstate South Carolina. A UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, she is a contributor to TOWN Magazine, and enjoys writing about art, faith, and culture. Abby and her husband Sam currently live in Greenville.
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!