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University of Georgia Press

The University of Georgia Press or UGA Press is a scholarly Association of American University Presses.


  • History of the Press 1
  • Publications 2
  • Controversy 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History of the Press

Founded in 1938, the UGA Press is a publishing division of the Mercer University are the only member presses in the state of Georgia.

The Press employs 24 full-time publishing professionals, the Press currently publishes 80-85 new books a year and has more than 1500 titles in print.[1] The Press is the only scholarly publisher within the University System of Georgia serving all 31 institutions of higher education in the state.

In 2008 the Press received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities.[2]


The UGA Press publishes 70-80 titles each year of scholarly and academic, regional, and literary works with a focus on American and Southern studies. It is also a leading publisher of African-American studies, civil rights history and environmental studies.

The Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction was established by Charles East, then the editor-in-chief of the UGA Press, in 1983 to recognize gifted young writers. The Press is also a long-time publisher of creative writing through books published in conjunction with the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs|Associated Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction, and other literary competitions and series. The publishing program has been nationally recognized, and in recent years a number of books published by the Press have won major awards.[1][3]

In conjunction with the Georgia Humanities Council and GALILEO, the UGA Press created the New Georgia Encyclopedia, an online resource of Georgia history.

The UGA Press has successfully published original novels and works by writers such as Rick Bass, Erskine Caldwell, Terry Kay, Jim Kilgo, Barry Lopez, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Mary Hood, Harry Crews, Tom Wicker, Calvin Trillin, Roy Blount, Jr., Eugene Genovese, Rebecca Solnit, David Carkeet (of Campus Sexpot fame), and Catherine Clinton.


The Press has been the subject of several scandals. Documents uncovered by the website [7]

On October 27, 2005, the University of Georgia Press rescinded author Brad Vice's Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and recalled copies of his collection The Bear Bryant Funeral Train. Vice was alleged to have plagiarized sections of one story from Carl Carmer's book Stars Fell on Alabama (1934)[8] (a charge that Vice and others dispute).[9]

See also


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  4. ^ Tomas Alex Tizon, "In Search of Poetic Justice," Los Angeles Times, June 17, 2005. Available at the LA Times (subscription needed). Text is available at New Poetry Review or SFgate (accessed 16 March 2007)
  5. ^ Thomas Bartlett, "Rhyme and Unreason," Chronicle of Higher Education, May 20, 2005, available here (accessed March 16, 2005)
  6. ^ Kevin Larimer, "The Contester: Who's Doing What to Keep Them Clean", Poets & Writers Magazine, July/August 2005. Formerly available at Poets and Writers (page currently offline)
  7. ^ Alex Beam, "Website polices rhymes and misdemeanors," Boston Globe, March 31, 2005, available here
  8. ^
  9. ^ Fell In Alabama: Brad Vice's Tuscaloosa Night by Jake Adam York. storySouth. Accessed November 6, 2005.

External links

  • Official site
  • UGA Press blog
  • UGA Press celebrates 75 years of publishing, UGA News, February 11, 2013
  • UGA Press names 15 members to its new Advisory Council, UGA Columns faculty staff newspaper, March 20, 2006
  • UGA Public Affairs Press Release, Friday, March 23, 2001
  • The New Georgia Encyclopedia
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