Nan A. Talese Hosts Pat Conroy Contest at

In celebration of the release of Pat Conroy’s South Of Broad, Nan A. Talese has created a Pat Conroy contest in conjunction with and its Writers of the South Facebook group.

Each Wednesday starting on September 9, 2009 through October 7, 2009, will post a essay topic relating to Pat Conroy on its Discourse page. This link will also be posted on the links section of the Writers of the South Facebook group.

The topics will cover these basic themes within Conroy’s writing:

Week One – FATE


Week Three – FAMILY

Week Four – PLACE

Contest entrants must write a 100 word essay about the topic and post it on the Writers of the South wall. Entrants can enter more than once, but only once per topic.

After October 7, 2009, eight (8) individual essayists will receive a first edition of South of Broad directly from Nan A. Talese. The winners are to be selected by the team, Nan A. Talese, and the response from Writers of the South group members. The winning essays will be posted on and the Nan A. Talese website.

The remaining seven (7) first edition copies of South of Broad will be reserved for those who contribute to the discussion.

Let the discussion begin! The first week’s question is:

Chapter one of South of Broad begins with the statement, “Nothing happens by accident.” Pick a character from one of Pat Conroy’s novels and explain how destiny affects him/her. Do you agree that real life is the result of predetermined forces? Or can we affect our fate?

We look forward to reading your first essay which you should post on Writers of the South Facebook group page.