August Deadline for 11th Annual Gaines Literary Award – News – Beauregard Daily News – Beauregard, LA – Louisiana News

August Deadline for 11th Annual Gaines Literary Award – News – Beauregard Daily News – Beauregard, LA – Louisiana News

The deadline for submissions to the 2017 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence is August 15. Submissions may be novels or short-story collections published in 2017, as well as galleys for 2017 publications. The winner receives a $10,000 award.

The deadline for submissions to the 2017 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence is August 15. Submissions may be novels or short-story collections published in 2017, as well as galleys for 2017 publications. The winner receives a $10,000 award. 

The Gaines Award, sponsored by Baton Rouge Area Foundation donors, honors rising African-American fiction authors. It also recognizes Louisiana native Ernest Gaines’ extraordinary contribution to the literary world.

A Louisiana native, Gaines’ critically acclaimed novel “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” was adapted into a 1974 made-for-TV movie that received nine Emmy awards. His 1993 book “A Lesson Before Dying” won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. He is writer-in-residence emeritus at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has worked for 54 years to improve the quality of life across south Louisiana. It connects fund donors with nonprofits and has granted more than $400 million to a variety of nonprofit recipients.

The Foundation also conducts short- and long-term civic projects, including inner-city revival, education reform, improving autism services, championing commuter rail between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and creating The Water Institute of the Gulf, a research institute to create solutions to the threats…

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