Entries are due no later than Monday, January 9, 2017. Entries should contain all contact information, including name, address, telephone number, and school attended.
Winners will be recognized and given a cash award at the 10th Annual Celebration of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence at the Manship Theatre on Thursday, January 19, 2017.
The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence is underwritten by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to honor Ernest J. Gaines and to encourage and support the work of rising African-American writers. Ernest J. Gaines’ contributions to literature and education are recognized around the world, and he has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature. Gaines and his wife, Dianne, live near New Roads, LA. His works include A Gathering of Old Men and A Lesson Before Dying.
During this time of reflection and giving thanks, please encourage your child to put his or her thoughts into writing and submit an entry.