Bayou Magazine’s Contests Open October 1



Judge: Bayou Magazine Fiction Contest

Marcy Dermansky is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Red Car, Bad Marie, and TwinsThe Red Car was named a Best Book of the Year by Buzzfeed, San Francisco Chronicle, Flavorwire, and Huffington Post. Bad Marie was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer’s Pick, a finalist in the Morning News Tournament of Books, and named one of the best novels of the year in Esquire.
Her first novel Twins was a New York Times Editor’s Choice Pick. Her short fiction has been widely published and anthologized.

Photo credit: Whitney Larson

See contest guidelines here.


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Judge: Bayou Magazine Poetry Contest

Danielle Pafunda is the author of eight poetry collections, published or forthcoming. They include Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull Press, 2005), My Zorba (Bloof Books, 2008), Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press in 2010), Manhater (Dusie Press, 2012), and Natural History Rape Museum(Bloof Books 2013), The Dead Girls Speak in Unison(Bloof Books, 2017), Beshrew (Dusie Press, 2018)  and Spite (Ahsahta Press, forthcoming in 2020) Her first book of prose The Book of Scab is forthcoming from Ricochet Editions. Pafunda’s work has appeared in the Best American Poetry series and in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day feature. Her poetry and nonfiction have been widely published.

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Submit entries for the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction and the Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry via Submittable. Reading fee: $20. Winners in each category receive $1,000 and a year’s subscription to  Bayou Magazine. Finalists will be named on our website, and all entries will be considered for publication.



Interview with Mark Doty


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Mark Doty


“The world abounds in paradox. Each fish in the pond is a singular self; no self is separate from its school or kind. Both seem to be true, and the tension between these statements points toward a way of thinking more like reality than certainty can be. It’s a relief not to have to choose one side of the argument or another. If I can state a paradox clearly to myself, then it’s more likely that I might, if not understand it, live within its terms with a bit more grace.”

Read the whole interview here.



October Literary Events


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Kiese Laymon at Garden District Book Shop

Wednesday the 3rd

Brendan Lorber and Holly Iglesias read for Blood Jet Poetry Series, The Dragonfly, 8 PM

Thursday the 4th

Tena Clark discusses and signs her book, Southern Discomfort: A Memoir, Garden District Book Shop, 6 PM

Friday the 5th

Donna Masini and Megan McHugh read for RM220 and The Waves Reading Series, Antenna Gallery, 7 PM

Click here for complete list of events