Bayou Magazine’s Contests Open

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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.



December Literary Events

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Shannon Sims at Octavia Books

Sunday the 1st 

Poetry Night, Maple Leaf Bar, 3 PM

Shannon Sims discusses her story “These Brazilians Traveled 18 Hours on a Riverboat to Vote. I Went with Them” featured in The Beast American Travel Writing 2019, Octavia Books, 3 PM

Tuesday the 3rd

Marilee Eaves discusses and signs her book Singing Out Loud: A Memoir of an Ex-Mardi Gras Queen, Garden District Book Shop, 6 PM

Click here for complete list of events.



Interview with Minrose Gwin

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Minrose Gwin

“…The Accidentals tracks a half century in the lives of its characters, from Laika’s ill-fated flight in 1957 to the first election of Barack Obama. When you cover that amount of time, you need historical touchstones to ground the developments in the novel. Each important personal moment in the book is accompanied by a historical event: the murder of Emmett Till; the Russians putting little Laika into orbit; the Cuban missile crisis; the day the first man walked on the moon; the explosion of Challenger; the Obama election, and so on. Each of these events punctuates the characters’ struggles.”

— Minrose Gwin

Read more here.