Hub City Announces the Winner of the 2018 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize
Hub City Writers Project is pleased to announce that Emily W. Pease of Williamsburg, VA, has won the inaugural C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize for her collection, Submission: Stories. The Curtis Prize is awarded to an emerging Southern writer, and Pease will receive $10,000 and publication by Hub City Press of her short story collection.
Pease’s collection was chosen by inaugural judge Lee K. Abbott, whose short stories and reviews have appeared in Harper's, The Atlantic, the Georgia Review, the New York Times Book Review, the Southern Review, and Epoch.
The runner-up for the prize was Terry Engel of Searcy, Arkansas, for his collection, Second Childhood.
About Pease’s collection, Abbott said, "Like all writers typing for keeps, Ms. Pease brings to the page the intelligence to know what matters and great empathy for those beleaguered by what matters. Hers is a style as deft as it is nuanced, her touch as light as it is sharp. She's not merely the newest scribbler in Storytown; she is the sly one on the second floor of the big house on the corner of Main and First, studying the to and fro down below and telling the tales that angels must."
Emily W. Pease, a native of Charlotte, NC, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in English and a concentration in journalism. She went on to receive an MA from Virginia Tech and an MFA in Writing from Warren Wilson College. Her stories have appeared in Witness, the Missouri Review (Editors Prize in Fiction), the Georgia Review, Shenandoah (including the Bevel Summers Prize), Crazyhorse (Crazyshorts! Prize), the Alaska Quarterly Review, and Narrative. She has also published blogs for the Huffington Post. In 2004, she was an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Creative Arts with George Garrett, an early mentor. She has also been awarded several fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In 2015, she attended the Sewanee Writers Conference as a Tennessee Williams Scholar, and in 2017, she was the fiction scholar at the Virginia Quarterly Review Conference. After teaching for many years at the College of William & Mary, she now teaches writing to veterans through the Armed Services Arts Partnership, where she also serves as a member of their arts council. She is currently beginning a novel about logging the last forests of West Virginia. She lives in Williamsburg, VA.
The prize is named in honor of C. Michael Curtis, who has served as an editor of The Atlantic since 1963 and as fiction editor since 1982. Curtis has discovered or edited some of the finest short story writers of the modern era, including Tobias Wolff, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, and Anne Beattie. He has edited several acclaimed anthologies, including Contemporary New England Stories, God: Stories, and Faith: Stories. Curtis moved to Spartanburg, S.C. in 2006 and has taught as a professor at both Wofford and Converse Colleges, in addition to serving on the editorial board of Hub City Press.
Other finalists were Jen Fawkes, for her collection Sometimes, They Kill Each Other; Randy Shelley, for El Camino; and Joe Worthen, for Artificial Blue.