First Novel prize winner named to Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Books of 2015”
Lexington, S.C., writer James E. McTeer II's novel Minnow has been named to Kirkus Reviews' "Best Books of 2015." The novel was included on a list of Best Debut Fiction of 2015 along with 17 other titles. Kirkus Reviews is one of the leading book review publications in the nation, reviewing more than 7,000 books annually. Its reviews are aimed at publishing insiders: bookstore and library buyers, literary agents, newspaper and magazine editors, as well as film industry rights people. Published in May 2015 by Hub City Press, Minnow was the 2014 winner of the South Carolina First Novel Prize. Since publication it has been the recipient of the following honors: Longlisted for the 2016 Crook’s Corner Book Prize, included on the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “Ten Southern Summer Books That Sizzle,” Okra Pick from the Southern Independent Book Sellers Association, as well as being reviewed favorably in trade magazines including Publisher's Weekly, Foreword, and Library Journal (Starred Review). Related: Unpublished novelists! Submit your manuscript for the First Novel Prize! The South Carolina First Novel Prize is funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission, Hub City Press and the Phifer/Johnson Foundation of Spartanburg, SC. The Humanities CouncilSC and the South Carolina State Library are founding partners.