Townsend Prize

Julia Franks Wins the 2018 Townsend Prize for Fiction

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, book lovers of literary fiction 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 in downtown Decatur.

The finalists for the 2018 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 2018 Townsend Prize for Fiction were:

  • The Guineveres by Sarah Domet
  • Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks
  • The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  • The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome by Man Martin
  • Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen
  • The Half Wives by Stacia Pelletier
  • Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb
  • Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann
  • The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang

Congratulations to Julia Franks, whose novel Over the Plain Houses won the 2018 Townsend Prize!

The next celebration of the biennial Townsend Prize for Fiction will take place in the spring of 2020, which will mark the thirty-eighth year of the award’s existence, and the twenty-first awarding of the prize.