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FY2016 First Novel Prize


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Brock AdamsThe South Carolina Arts Commission and Hub City Press of Spartanburg announce Brock Adams of Spartanburg as the winner of the 2016 South Carolina First Novel Competition. Adams’ novel, Ember, will be published by Hub City Press in September 2017.


Adams is a senior instructor of English and creative writing at the University of South Carolina Upstate, where he also directs the Writing Center. He has published stories in Sewanee Review, Best American Mystery Stories, Barrelhouse, Acapella Zoo, and elsewhere. His book of stories, Gulf, was published by Pocol Press in 2010. He has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Central Florida.