The prize is open to emerging writers in thirteen Southern states. Submitters must currently reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or West Virginia, and must have no more than one previously published book. The previous winners of the prize are Emily W. Pease for Let Me Out Here in 2018, Ashleigh Bryant Phillips for Sleepovers in 2019, and Andrew Siegrist for We Imagined It Was Rain. Winners have been featured in The New Yorker, Poets & Writers, The Paris Review, and the Kenyon Review, among other outlets. The prize has been judged previously by ZZ Packer, Lauren Groff, and Lee K. Abbott.
This prize is made possible by a generous contribution from Michel and Eliot Stone of Spartanburg. Hub City Press Director Meg Reid says of the new prize, “We are thrilled to continue this substantial short story prize and to honor C. Michael Curtis, who has been a great friend to Hub City Press over the years.” Michel Stone says, “One of my life's greatest privileges has been to call Mike Curtis my editor, mentor, and friend. Eliot and I are honored to support the Curtis Prize that pays tribute to C. Michael Curtis and to celebrate artfully written stories of consequence.”
A $25 submission fee will accompany each submission. Submission information can be found at www.hubcity.org/cmcprize. Manuscripts will be taken through online submission only. This contest is guided by the CLMP Code of Ethics.
The prize is named in honor of C. Michael Curtis, who has served as an editor of The Atlantic since 1963 and as fiction editor since 1982. Curtis has discovered or edited some of the finest short story writers of the modern era, including Tobias Wolff, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, and Anne Beattie. He has edited several acclaimed anthologies, including Contemporary New England Stories, God: Stories, and Faith: Stories. Curtis moved to Spartanburg, S.C. in 2006 and has taught as a professor at both Wofford and Converse Colleges, in addition to serving on the editorial board of Hub City Press.
Michel Stone is the 2021 winner of the Hobson Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Letters, the 2018 winner of the Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature, and a recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award. Her critically acclaimed novels Border Child (April 2017, Doubleday/Anchor) and The Iguana Tree (Hub City Press, 2012) have both been optioned for film.
Founded in 1995 in Spartanburg, Hub City Press is an award-winning publisher committed to well-crafted and high-quality works by new and established authors from the American South. Its books are distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West.
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