Hub City and Emrys Foundation Announce Writing Contest Winners
The annual Hub City/Emrys Creative Writing Prize has been awarded to Preston Lewis in fiction and Dawn Johnson Mitchell in poetry. The contest, sponsored by the Hub City Writers Project and the Emrys Foundation, is open to adults in Greenville and Spartanburg Counties in South Carolina, and Polk County in North Carolina.
Preston Lewis of Spartanburg won the fiction contest for his story, “Midday at Mama’s," about a woman named Frances whose “attic was full of ideas just waiting to come to life.” His story illustrates complex family bonds with humor as Frances goes about an afternoon preparing and eating lunch with her family.
Dawn Johnson Mitchell of Greer won the poetry contest with her poem “Wellington, Kansas 1961.” The poem describes a photograph of a young girl and explores the author’s desire to get to know her mother as a child.
The fiction runner up was Jules Hogan of Spartanburg for her story, “Still Life.” The poetry runner up was Torie Amarie Dale of Taylors for her poem “Tremulant.”
The winners of the Hub City/Emrys Upstate Writing Prize receive a full scholarship to Hub City’s Writing in Place Conference, held annually at Wofford College and the runners-up receive $50 scholarships to the Conference.
The Hub City Writers Project is a non-profit organization in Spartanburg dedicated to cultivating readers and nurturing writers through its independent small press, community bookstore, and diverse literary programming that serves our community and beyond. The Emrys Foundation, based in Greenville, nurtures creativity among emerging and established writers.