Name: The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
Word count: full-length fiction novel
Entry fee: free
Prize: $10, 000
Closing Date: August 15
The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence serves to inspire and recognize rising African-American fiction writers of excellence at a national level. The annual award comes with a $10,000 cash prize to support the writer and help her/him to focus on her/his art of writing.
The literary award winner will participate in educational activities at selected schools and after-school programs. This is to keep up with the Gaines Award’s interest in emphasizing the role of literature and arts in education. Through small creative writing workshops with the winning author, students will be encouraged to pursue reading, delve into their own creativity, and to consider becoming an author as well.
Nominations are accepted from African American writers of fiction.
A work of fiction (novel or collection of short stories) that will be published in 2016 are also accepted.
The nominee must be a rising author, not yet widely recognized for their work.
Author must be an African-American U.S. citizen.
Self-published books will not be accepted.
Emailed entries will not accepted.
The winning author must be willing to attend the award ceremony on January 19, 2017, and participate in educational outreach activities during that week.
To enter a published book, send the completed Submission Form and 8 copies to:
Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
c/o Baton Rouge Area Foundation
100 North St., Suite 900
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802