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SC Arts Commission Announces 2011 SC Fiction Project Winners


Jan. 18, 2010

Media Contacts:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


Misty Moore

(803) 734-8620

COLUMBIA, S.C. The South Carolina Arts Commission, in partnership with Sandlapper magazine, announces the winners of the 2011 South Carolina Fiction Project, a contest of previously unpublished short stories. Each of the eight honorees receives $250 for first-publication rights.


One story will be printed each quarter throughout a two-year period beginning this March. Winning stories will also be published on Sandlappers website and the Arts Commission's website 90 days after the print version is distributed.

 “It’s my pleasure to congratulate each of the writers selected in this year’s South Carolina Fiction Project,” said Ken May, executive director of the Arts Commission. “Our new partnership with Sandlapper magazine offers writers an amazing opportunity to gain visibility of their work throughout the state and beyond in a magazine appreciated by its readers for more than 40 years.”

This year's honorees are:
Chris Calcara, Charleston
Melinda Cotton, West Columbia
James McCallister, West Columbia
Bertice Teague Robinson, Spartanburg
John R. Saylor, Seneca
Michel Stone, Spartanburg
Trish Vicino, Summerville
David Wright, Traveler’s Rest


2010 NEA Literature Fellowship Winner Rae Paris evaluated entries based on their literary quality and suitability for a general newspaper audience. Biographies for honorees and more information about Paris are available online.


The S.C. Fiction Project was created in 1992 to showcase some of South Carolina’s best writers. Many previous winners have since been published widely, including Sue Monk Kidd, whose "Secret Life of Bees" was made into a feature film, and Brian Ray, whose novel, "Through the Pale Door," won the inaugural S.C. First Novel Prize. For more information about the S.C. Fiction Project, contact Sara June Goldstein, director of Literary Arts at the Arts Commission, at (803) 734-8694.


About SCAC:
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.