The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence Student Author Competition is open to all Louisiana school students, grades 3-12. 

Essays must address the topic “Heroes” and be no more than 500 words. 

First, second and third place winners for elementary, middle, and high school divisions are presented cash awards on January 18, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence program held at the Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge.

Deadline for submissions is
Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. 

Electronic submissions are preferred.
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Paper submissions should be mailed to:
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
100 North Street, Suite 900
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802.

Contact Lynn Mitchell for more information at or 225-281-3710.