Spencer B. King, Jr. Creative Writing Scholarship Competition
Open to high school juniors selected as finalists of the Spencer B. King, Jr. Creative Writing Scholarship Competition, this special day will feature an opportunity to:
- Tour campus
- Learn more about Mercer and the creative writing program
- Participate in a reading from the Robinson Prize winner
2024 date coming soon!
SPENCER B. KING JR CENTER FOR SOUTHERN STUDIES
The Spencer B. King Jr. Center for Southern Studies fosters critical discussions about the many meanings of the South. As the only center for southern studies in the United States dedicated to the education and enrichment of undergraduate students, the Center’s primary purpose is to examine the region’s complex history and culture through courses, conversations, and events that are open, honest, and accessible.
About the Thomas Robinson Prize
The Thomas Robinson Prize for Southern Literature, previously known as the Sidney Lanier Prize, was first awarded in 2012. The prize recognizes writers who have engaged and extended the long, often complicated, tradition of writing about the South. Past winners include Ernest Gaines (2012), Lee Smith (2013), Elizabeth Spencer (2014), Yusef Komunyakaa (2015), Wendell Berry (2016), Ellen Gilchrist (2017), Natasha Trethewey (2018), Fred Chappell (2019), Ron Rash (2020), Barbara Kingsolver (2021), and Nikky Finney (2022).
The Robinson prize winner for 2023 is Percival Everett, author of more than thirty novels including Dr. No, The Trees, Erasure, and I Am Not Sidney Poitier.