Lit Couple to Judge 6th Annual Fiction Contest


Posted on June 24, 2013 in Home Page, News, Updates
Lit Couple to Judge 6th Annual Fiction Contest

We are thrilled to announce that novelist Victor LaValle and novelist/memoirist Emily Raboteau will judge our 6th Annual Fiction Contest. This will be the first time we’ve had two judges (who are married to each other!) for our Fiction Contest. We can’t wait for them to read your submissions, perhaps have a kitchen sink drama or two over the top 10 list, and anoint the winner in a reading at our 2014 Festival. Check out our Q&A with the authors.

The grand prize includes:

  • $1,500
  • Domestic airfare and French Quarter accommodations to attend the next Festival in New Orleans
  • VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival
  • Public reading of the winning piece at the next Festival
  • Publication in Louisiana Literature

The deadline for submission is November 15, 2013. Submission criteria includes a short story up to 7,000 words, written in English.

Submissions are accepted by mail or submit online. Please read the full instructions and guidelines on the website before entering.

Entry fee: $25.00

Victor LaValle‘s The Devil in Silver revisits a common theme in his work: mental illness. Its many accolades include Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012, New York Times Notable Book 2012, and Washington Post 50 Best Books of 2012.  The New York Times Book Review said of The Devil in Silver, “It’s simply too bighearted, too gentle, too kind, too culturally observant, and too idiosyncratic to squash into a small cupboard of any one genre, or even two.”

Emily Raboteau‘s  latest book is a memoir entitled Searching for Zion that details her extensive search around the world for a place to call home. Published in 2012, it has been lauded by the Wall Street Journal as “a brilliant illustration of the ways in which race is an artificial construct that, like beauty, is often a matter of perspective.” The Huffington Post named it a “Best Books of 2013.”