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Get entries in for prestigious Gaines Award

Annual literary award honors outstanding African-American authors.

The deadline is approaching for submitting entries for the 14th annual Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Your chance to win the prestigious award, which includes a $15,000 cash prize, ends Monday, August 31. Presented by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the Gaines Award was created to honor outstanding literary work from rising African-American authors while recognizing Louisiana native Ernest Gaines’ extraordinary contribution to the literary world. The upcoming Gaines Award will honor outstanding fiction – novels or short-story collections – published in 2020. Galleys for 2020 publications are also accepted. The Gaines Award winner is chosen annually by a panel of professional writers and academics, with a celebratory event scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 at the Manship Theatre in downtown Baton Rouge.

Information on criteria and entrance forms for the award can be found here.  

About the Baton Rouge Area Foundation

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is among more than 700 community foundations in the country. The Foundation works in three ways to improve the quality of life in Baton Rouge and across south Louisiana. The Foundation and its fund donors 1) grant about $40 million each year to nonprofits; 2) provide fundraising and management advice to nonprofits; 3) take on projects for civic good, such as reclaiming inner city neighborhoods. For more information, please visit

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