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SC Arts Commission Literary Arts Program

FY2014 First Novel Prize

 

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The South Carolina Arts Commission and Hub City Press of Spartanburg announce James McTeer II of Lexington as the winner of the 2014 South Carolina First Novel Competition. McTeer’s novel Grave Dust from the Islands Far will be published by Hub City Press and debut at the South Carolina Book Festival in May 2015.

 

Born and raised in Beaufort, McTeer is the grandson of the late J. E. McTeer, whose 37 years as High Sheriff of the Lowcountry (and local witch doctor) served as inspiration for the winning novel. McTeer, 30, has worked for five years as a school media specialist and is currently the librarian at Polo Road Elementary School in Columbia. He lives in Lexington with his wife, but travels to Beaufort monthly “to soak in the marsh, the mud, and the salty air."

 

A former freelance journalist in the Beaufort area, McTeer earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from USC Beaufort and a Master of Library and Information Science from USC Columbia.