The Joanne L. Hurley Book Prize is a cash prize to be awarded annually by The Joanne L. Hurley Foundation for the best novel or novella written by a high school student in the tri-county area.

The newly created contest is accepting entries from high school students in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties beginning Jan. 15. Entrants should submit novellas or novels between 20,000 and 120,000 words through a sponsoring teacher by April 30.

Each entrant will receive a written review of his or her submission. The winner, announced in May, will receive $250. Additionally, the winner and one finalist will receive scholarships to attend a local literary conference and meet with a literary agent. There is no contest entry fee.

The Joanne L. Hurley Foundation is directed by Ridgeville author Michael Hurley. After receiving the Chanticleer Prize for his debut novel "The Prodigal" last year, Hurley decided to use the prize money to form the foundation in memory of his mother.

On the prize committee are Shari Stauch, president of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA); Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina's Poet Laureate; John Burbage, founder of Evening Post Books; Deborah Bernard, executive director of LILA; Harriet McDougal Rigney, board member of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, founding editorial director of Tor Books and editor of the best-selling "Wheel of Time" series; Susan Kammeraad-Campbell, publisher and editor in chief of Joggling Board Press; and Mary Ann Henry, LILA member and author.

For more information, including rules and procedures, go to www.mchurley.com/JLHPrize or direct inquiries to JLHPrize@mchurley.com.

"Standing Up Together," a book about Charleston written from the perspective of a local bartender, Greer Farrell, is available from online retailers. The paperback ($19.95) was self-published last year.

Farrell is a New York native who moved to Charleston in 2001 and has been a bartender here ever since.

"The Port Royal Experiment: A Case Study in Development" by Kevin Dougherty, adjunct professor at The Citadel, has been released by University Press of Mississippi.

The Port Royal Experiment was a public-private effort begun during the Civil War to transition former slaves living on coastal South Carolina islands to freedom and self-sufficiency. Dougherty describes the experiment in the broader context of community- and nation-building.

The hardcover book is $65 and available from online retailers and the publisher's website.

Friends of the Summerville Library will mount its Gigantic Book Sale later this month at the American Legion Post, 105 Sumter Ave. in Summerville.

The venue will be open noon-7 p.m. Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 24 and noon-5 p.m. Jan. 25. On sale are used books, CDs, DVDs and other media at discount prices.

For more information, go to friendsofthesummerville library.weebly.com.

Adam Parker