Submissions to the 2014 Gaines Award will be accepted in spring for books published in 2013. We will post the submission dates in January.
- Any work of fiction published in the U.S. during 2014.
- The writer must be African-American.
- The writer must be a U.S. citizen.
- The Gaines Award accepts self-published books for judging under some circumstances. Self-published books must have substantial sales, be reviewed in well-known journals, or must be the choice of a major book club. Proof of sales, inclusion in book clubs, or published reviews must be submitted along with copies of the book. Without such documentation, self-published books will not be reviewed.
The Award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to honor Mr. Gaines, is designed to inspire and recognize rising African-American writers of excellence as they work to achieve the literary heights for which Ernest J. Gaines is known.
To enter a book for review, send the completed registration form and 10 copies of the book to:
The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
c/o The Baton Rouge Area Foundation
402 N. Fourth Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
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*The Judges reserve the right not to issue an award if they feel the selection pool lacks an acceptable candidate.