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Brock Adams, Jill Adams

Spartanburg, S.C. — The 13th annual Hub City Creative Writing Prizes have been awarded to Brock Adams in fiction and Amber Wood in creative nonfiction. The contest, sponsored by the Hub City Writers Project, is open to adults in Spartanburg County.

Fiction winner Brock Adams teaches English at the University of South Carolina Upstate. His first book, Gulf, a collection of short stories, was published by Pocol Press in April 2010, and his short story “Audacious” will appear in Best American Mystery Stories 2011. Of his winning story “Dragon Tortoise,” the judge said, “I enjoyed the lyrical prose in this minimalist tale of hopelessness juxtaposed with the simple and undeniable love of life itself. The writer employs an economic but poetic prose to capture images of physical beauty in the world and to tell the story of a brief and tragic love affair. Yet, the story is neither sentimental nor fashionably cynical and ironic.”

Second place in fiction went to Zoe Miller, a graduate in creative writing from The New School University in New York City and writing teacher for the Boys & Girls Club in Spartanburg.

Amber Wood won the creative nonfiction prize for her essay “Cathedral Tunes,” about which the judge said, “I immediately sensed I was in the hands of a writer that valued craft and had worked carefully to create a structure and tone that served the subject well….[t]his writer is able to sustain the narrative tension and keep me interested until the final period.” Wood is a senior in English and Secondary Education at Converse College. She is a single mother of one and is working on a book-length creative nonfiction account of her experiences living in a girl’s home called Hopevale for two years as an adolescent. Wood also won third place in the fiction contest.

Second place in nonfiction went to Jill Adams, who earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida in 2008 and teaches English at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Emily Neely won third place.

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 15-17.

The judge in the fiction contest was Christopher Bundy, who teaches English and creative writing at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta. The judge for the nonfiction contest was short story writer Scott Gould, who teaches creative writing at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities in Greenville.

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.

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