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Craig Faris

Agent: Holly McClure
4177 Upper Cove Lane
Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States

Email: craigfaris@comporium.net

Home page: www.CraigFaris.com

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Craig Faris is a twenty-nine-time award-winning author of fiction and plays, including four Best of Issue awards in the 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003 editions of the South Carolina Writers Workshop anthology. He has been published seventeen times. Five of his short stories have won the South Carolina Carrie McCray Literary Award for Best Short Fiction, and his novel, The Spectrum Conspiracy won Best Novel in 2010, and was a shortlist finalist in the William Faulkner/Wisdom Pirates Alley competition in 2012, 2010 and semifinalist in 2011. His short story, House of Ruth was awarded 4th Place in the 80th Annual Writers Digest International Competition in 2011. It received an Honorable Mention in the 76th Annual Writers Digest Competition, and was a shortlist finalist in the 2012, 2011 and 2010 William Faulkner/Wisdom Pirates Alley Competition.
Craig served on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Writers Workshop from 2000 until 2006 and served as co-chair for the 10th annual and 16th annual SCWW Writers Conferences. He also served as Vice-President of the Southeast chapter of the Mystery Writers of America from 2000 until 2005. He has worked professionally as an adjunct professor of creative writing at Winthrop University and teaches digital design at York Technical College. His graphic design works have won three national and regional design awards, the printing industry's PICA awards, and the Scholastic Arts Gold Key Award.
His writing career began in 1998 when he completed his first novel trilogy, a 226,800-word sc-fi thriller. His second thriller, entitled, The Spectrum Conspiracy, was published by Bella Rosa Books in January 2013. The novel has since received over 64 five-star combined reviews on Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, Books-A-Millon.com and GoodReads.com. Ted Tally, the Academy Award winning screenwriter of The Silence of the Lambs, called it, “A wild, white-knuckle ride, pedal to the metal right from page one, never letting up. A very impressive novel in ambition and scope, with intricate plotting, relentless pacing, action-filled, with technical and procedural details that bring real authenticity to the story. Bravo for writing this outstanding thriller!”
Craig lives in Rock Hill, SC with his wife, Deena. They have two grown children, Katie and Charlie.


PUBLISHED CREDITS:
Echoes from the Ether:
Best of Issue, 1999 Horizons, Anthology Collection, (juried regional competition)
Dawn’s Last Gleaming:
Best of Issue, 2000 Horizons, Anthology Collection
Last Run to Broad River:
Honorable Mention, 2001 Horizons, Anthology Collection
Chaney’s Gold:
Best of Issue, 2002 Horizons, Anthology Collection
Through a Perilous Plight:
Honorable Mention, 2002 Horizons, Anthology Collection
Broken Anvil:
Best of Issue/Plays, 2003 Catfish Stew, Anthology Collection (juried regional competition)
Cinders in the Attic:
Honorable Mention, 2003 Catfish Stew, Anthology Collection
Guatemala:
Third Place, 2004 Catfish Stew, Anthology Collection
A Catfish Stew:
Third Place/Plays, 2004 Catfish Stew, Anthology Collection
Drowning the Agent: Article, April 2002,
The Quill, Published by the South Carolina Writers Workshop
Reprinted June 2002, The Scarlett Letter, Mystery Writers of America
Reprinted Oct. 2003, The Midwest Chapter, Mystery Writers of America
The First Book, Article, June 2003:
The Quill, Published by the South Carolina Writers Workshop
The Wrong Way to Get Published, Article, April 2003:
The Scarlett Letter, Mystery Writers of America
Silent Assault:
2005 Catfish Stew, Anthology Collection
Big Daze:
2005 Catfish Stew, Anthology Collection

ADDITIONAL LITERARY AWARDS:

Silent Assault:
1999 Carrie McCray Literary Award for Best Short Fiction (State-wide juried competition)
Souls of the Abyss:
2000 Carrie McCray Literary Award for Best Short Fiction
A Pretty Good Year:
2000 Carrie McCray Literary Award for Best Nonfiction/Essay
Chaney’s Gold:
2001 Carrie McCray Literary Award for Best Short Fiction
A Special Place in Hell:
2011 Carrie McCray Literary Award, 3rd Place Nonfiction
Den of Rhyme:
2012 Semifinalist, William Faulkner William Wisdom Short Story Competition
Finalist 2014, William Faulkner/William Wisdom Short Story Competition,
House of Ruth:
2005 Carrie McCray Literary Award for Best Short Story
2007 Honorable Mention, (28th place) 76th Annual Writers Digest Competition
2010 Short List Finalist, William Faulkner William Wisdom Pirates Alley Contest
2011 Short List Finalist, William Faulkner William Wisdom Pirates Alley Contest
2011 4th Place, (out of 11,800 entries) 80th Annual Writers Digest Competition
2012 Short List Finalist, William Faulkner William Wisdom Pirates Alley Contest
2014 Short List Finalist, William Faulkner/William Wisdom Pirates Alley
2014 Second Place, York County Arts Council’s Literary Competition

The Spectrum Conspiracy:
2010 Carrie McCray Literary Award for Best First Chapter in a novel
2010 Finalist, William Faulkner William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition
2011 Semifinalist, William Faulkner William Wisdom Writing Competition
2012 Short List Finalist, William Faulkner William Wisdom Writing Competition
2012 Semifinalist, Killer Nashville Claymore Thriller Competition
2012 Book trailer, 2nd Place, MARSocial International book trailer competition.
2014 Finalist, Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards

Interests: Creative Writing, Teaching Creative Writing and Graphic Design, Advertising & Marketing, Woodworking, Attending my children\'s choral concerts. Both were members of the award winning Clover Choraliers. My daughter was ranked 1st in state in the All State

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No

 

Published works:

Fiction

  • The Spectrum Conspiracy