McConnell selected as 2013 Fiction Fellowship winner

May 8, 2013 at 7:30 am

The South Carolina Academy of Authors recently announced that Dr. Thomas McConnell, professor of English at the University of South Carolina Upstate, was named 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.”

As winner of the second annual Fiction Fellowship, McConnell received a $1,000 prize at a special brunch held in conjunction with the Academy’s annual induction ceremony in April.

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