The South Carolina Arts Commission, Hub City Press and The Humanities Council of South Carolina have announced a call for submissions for the biennial South Carolina First Novel Prize.

Guidelines, eligibilty requirements and the application are online at The application deadline is March 3.

The competition judge is Ben Fountain of Dallas, Texas, who won the National Book Critics Circle book prize in 2012 for “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

His other honors include the PEN/Hemingway Award, a Pushcart Prize, two O. Henry Awards, two Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Awards and a Whiting Writers Award.

The winning author will receive a book contract with Hub City Press, an award-winning independent press in Spartanburg. The winner will receive a $1,000 advance against royalties, and Hub City will publish at least 1,500 copies of the book.

The First Novel Prize provides significant promotion, including an invitation from The Humanities Council to appear and sign books at the 2015 South Carolina Book Festival in Columbia.