Interview with Marcy Dermansky



Marcy Dermanksy (Photo credit: Whitney Larson)


“The truth is, I don’t know anything until I start typing. Maybe it will be a short story. Maybe a novel. If I type a first paragraph or a couple of pages and feel nothing good about the effort, I will abandon the work and hope for a better idea.”

Read the whole interview here.



November Literary Events


DOUG PARKER / THE TIMES-PICAYUNEJames Nolan poses on his apartment balcony that overlooks Dumaine Street. Personal Space feature on James Nolan, who lives in a funky Tennessee Williams-ish French Quarter apartment in New Orleans. Photographed Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

James Nolan at Garden District Book Shop

Thursday the 1st

Webb Hubbell discusses and signs his book, The Eighteenth Green, Garden District Book Shop, 6 PM

Saturday the 3rd

Poetry Buffet, Milton H. Latter Memorial Library, 2 PM

Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans hosts Blanche Wiesen Cook and Clare Coss for discussion on biographical writing, Xavier University Library, 6 PM


Click here for complete list of events.



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.


PAFUNDA, Danielle 300x300

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.

See contest guidelines here.


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.