Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2014 Townsend Prize for fiction finalists revealed

Posted By on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Jesmyn Ward will speak at the Townsend Prize award ceremony
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  • Jesmyn Ward will speak at the Townsend Prize award ceremony
The finalists for the 2014 Townsend Prize for fiction have been revealed today. Every other year, Georgia Perimeter College's literary journal The Chattahoochee Review and the Georgia Center for the Book convene to award the best work of fiction by a writer in Georgia published over the previous two years. It is the longest-running literary prize in Georgia. Previous winners include Alice Walker's The Color Purple, Pam Durban's The Laughing Place, and Ha Jin's The Bridegroom, among others.

The winner of this year's Townsend Prize will be announced at an award ceremony on Thurs., April 24, 2014 at Atlanta Botanical Garden's Day Hall. The National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward will be the keynote speaker.

The 2014 Townsend Prize for fiction finalists are:

Accidents of Providence by Stacia Brown
The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont
Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
Where You Can Find Me by Sheri Joseph
Pickett's Charge by Charles McNair
I Want to Show You More (stories) by Jamie Quatro
A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag by Josh Russell
A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White
Emerson's Brother by Philip Lee Williams
God Carlos by Anthony Winker

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