Townsend Prize for Fiction

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The Townsend Prize for Fiction is awarded biennially (that is, every two years) to a writer from the U.S. state of Georgia for the best novel published during those years, by the Georgia Center for the Book and The Chattahoochee Review the literary journal of Perimeter College at Georgia State University. The award was named in honor of the founding editor of Atlanta magazine, Jim Townsend. It was first granted in 1982.[1]

For more in-depth information about The Townsend Prize for Fiction, including its history and criteria for eligibility visit the prize's new web site hosted by Perimeter College at Georgia State University at

The 2018 Townsend Prize[edit]

The awarding of the 2018 Townsend Prize for Fiction will take place on Thursday, April, 19, 2018, at the DeKalb History Center. The keynote address will be presented by celebrated National Book Award Winner, Brad Watson. The ten finalists for the 2018 award are:[1]

  • 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

Information about attending the award ceremony for the 2018 Townsend Prize can be found on the prize's Website.

Previous winners[2][edit]


  1. ^ a b "Literary Awards | Georgia Center for the Book | Supporting Libraries, Literary Programs and Georgia's Rich Literary Heritage". Georgia Center for the Book. 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  2. ^ "The New Georgia Encyclopedia".