Townsend Prize

Mary Hood is The Winner of the 2016 Townsend Prize for Fiction

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, book lovers throughout the state gathered together to celebrate the works of the authors chosen as finalists for this biennium’s awarding of the Townsend Prize for Fiction. The reception and award ceremony took place at the historic DeKalb History Center/Old Courthouse on the Square in Downtown Decatur.

The finalists for the 2016 award represented the very best achievements in letters by Georgia writers over the course of the preceding two years, reflecting the prize’s celebration of the Southern voice in all its intricacies and incarnations. The finalists for the 2016 Townsend Prize for Fiction were:

  • The Coming by Daniel Black
  • Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen
  • A Clear View of the Southern Sky by Mary Hood
  • Driving the King by Ravi Howard
  • An Isolated Incident by Soniah Kamal
  • Song of the Vagabond Bird by Terry Kay
  • Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell
  • Kismetwali & Other Stories by Reetika Khanna Nijhawan
  • Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich
  • Offerings from a Rust Belt Jockey by Andy Plattner

Congratulations to Mary Hood whose short-story collection A Clear View of the Southern Sky won the 2016 Townsend Prize. The next celebration of the biennial Townsend Prize for Fiction will take place in the spring of 2018, which will mark the thirty-seventh year of the award’s existence and the twentieth awarding of the prize.