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FY2012 First Novel Prize

 

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 The South Carolina Arts Commission and Hub City Press announce Susan Tekulve of Spartanburg as the winner of the 2012 South Carolina First Novel Competition.  Tekulve’s novel, In the Garden of Stone (original title: The Stranger Room), will be published by Hub City Press of Spartanburg and debut at the South Carolina Book Festival in May 2013.

 

Tekulve is an associate professor of English at Converse College in Spartanburg. Her nonfiction, short stories and travel essays have appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Beloit Fiction Journal, ACM, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Literary Review, The Georgia Review, Connecticut Review, Shenandoah, New Letters, Best New Writing 2007, Black Warrior Review, and Puerto Del Sol. Her story collection, My Mother's War Stories, received the 2004 Winnow Press fiction prize. In addition she has received a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Scholarship, a Tennessee Williams Fiction Scholarship at the 2008 Sewanee Writers Conference, and she was the first alternate for the 1999 South Carolina Fiction Fellowship. Her full-length short story collection, "Rooms People Live In", was a finalist for the 2002 and 2003 G.S. Charat Chandra Prize with BookMark Press.

 

Her teaching interests include creative writing: fiction, creative writing: nonfiction, professional writing, and contemporary fiction. She has taught creative writing study abroad courses in Italy for the Converse College travel study program. In 2004, she received the Kathryn Amelia Brown Teaching Award, and the Editors Choice Award in Best New Writing in 2007.

 

Tekulve recently published a short story collection, Savage Pilgrims from Serving House Books and a chapbook entitled Wash Day on WebdelSol.Com.

 

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