The Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award Winners!
The Petigru Review had more submissions than ever. Almost 200! Poetry had the most entries with Novel First Chapter coming in second with roughly one-fifth of that number.
Novel First Chapter
1st-The Disappearance of Audrey Thorpe Heather Adams
2nd-The Star I Flee Irena Tervo
3rd-Center of Gravity Patricia Brandon
Finalists (Listed Alphabetically by Title)
The Back Gate Mike Lee
The Betwixt Lisa Glisson
Diamondlife Thomas Sabino
The Manicurist Kathryn Etters Lovatt
Rook Stephen Eoannou
The Travels of Quinn O’Neil Sasscer Hill
Whispers Michael Manos
Yesteryear Stephen Eoannou
1st-Light Captured Bob Strother
2nd-The Disobedience of Love Robert Wallace
3rd-Suzi Douglas’ Search for Her Muse Carolyn Hartley
1st-17 Letters Rosemarie Dombrowski
2nd-A Fitting Answer Melissa Fast
3rd-Messenger Paddy Reid
The Shifting Winds of El Niño and the Greatest Game on Earth Kerri Devine
1st-Moon Sonnet, After Chagall Michael Lythgoe
2nd-The Bee Mauricio Novoa
3rd-Auribus Teneo Lupum (I hold the Wolf by the Ears) Amanda Rachelle Warren
Plein Air Painting (Vox Humana) James Raff
Prizes will be awarded at The Petigru Review Launch Party held in conjunction with the Opening Reception of The BIG DREAM Conference, and/or mailed to winners unable to attend at the close of the conference.
Note: All entries were read blind and scored by independent judges. Only the top scoring pieces were chosen as winners.
The ‘BIG DREAM’ Conference
October 27-29 2017
Outstanding faculty, The Petigru Review launch party,
selection of six of possible eighteen classes,
open mic & two panel discussions,
Optional add on Pitch and Synopsis critiques available and more!
Now with two scholarship opportunities too!
Dear SCWA Members:
Our esteemed immediate Past-President, Robert Lackey, found it necessary to step down from the Board of Directors. Following his strong beginning, I’d like to expand on my role and the role of your Board: it is to listen—to you, our members—and to act.
We all share a passion. A passion to write and share. As board members, we share our time away from family and our own creative pursuits to promote YOU, our members. The SCWA is all about you. That said, there are currently nine board members. Our by-laws permit up to 13, so if you have a strong interest, skills, and the time to devote to the concerns of members, please consider applying to become a board member. If you would like to discuss it, feel free to call or email me or any member of the board; contact information can be found on the Board of Directors page and the Contact page.
Our first board meeting took place earlier this year and our second, which included a face-to-face meeting with a chapter, took place July 24 in Columbia. We plan to meet at least twice more with chapters in 2017.
In the last three months:
- A Webmaster has been hired and the website extensively updated.
- A Publicist has been hired to promote members’ work.
- The SCWA monthly blog was launched.
- The Quill is online.
- Also, the SCWA Twitter page at #SCwritersassociation, replacing the previous Twitter page under the old SCWW name, was launched.
There is STILL TIME to submit your application for a Scholarship to the Big Dream Conference, a terrific bargain for two lucky members! The deadline has been extended to September 15.
Let us know how YOU believe your Board of Directors can better serve you!
President of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Writers Association