McConnell wins 2013 Fiction Fellowship prize

August 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm

The South Carolina Academy of Authors is very pleased to announce Thomas McConnell, professor of English at the University of South CarolinaUpstate, is the 2013 Fiction Fellowship winner. McConnell’s manuscript, “How We Live Now,” was chosen by this year’s judge, Florida novelist Mary Robinson.

McConnell’s story was selected from 25 submissions. In choosing the winner, Robinson commented that “How We Live Now” is a work of quality and depth, humor and heartbreak. On every page, the details and rhythms of speech are attended to with genius. It was far and away my favorite, and certainly wins the prize.”

The Academy wishes to congratulate McConnell, winner of the second annual Fiction Fellowship, and to thank all of those who participated in the competition. McConnell will receive a $1,000.00 prize at a special brunch held in conjunction with the Academy’s annual induction ceremony. This year’s ceremony will be at the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library of the University of South Carolina in Columbiaon April27 when Jack Bass, Nikky Finney, Terrance Hayes and Eugene Robinson will be inducted into the state’s literary hall of fame.

The submission period for the 2014 Fiction Fellowship will open next autumn.