Bayou Magazine’s Contests Open October 1st


Bayou Magazine is now accepting entries for the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction and the Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry. Reading fee: $20. Winners in each category receive $1,000 and a year of Bayou Magazine. Finalists will be named on our website, and all entries will be considered for publication.              

Fiction Guidelines here.  Poetry Guidelines here.

Interview with Guest Poetry Editor, Kelly Harris

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Photo credit: Jarvis DeBarry

“My favorite poet depends on what I must learn/practice on a particular day. When I need to find my music, I go to Sonia Sanchez. I go to Yusef Komunyakaa when I need to stop rushing and pay attention to detail. Rita Dove, when I want to be graceful. Brooks, Hughes, Neruda, Lorca, Olds, Plath are poets I always return to for guidance and enjoyment.”


Bayou Magazine is pleased to announce that Kelly Harris will act as our Guest Poetry Editor for the 2017-2018 submission season.

Read the full interview here.

Literary New Orleans: October Events

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Jesmyn Ward

Monday the 2nd

Graphic Novel Book Club, Tubby & Coo’s, 6-7 PM

Poetry on Poets Open Mic, Café Istanbul, 9 PM

Wednesday the 4th

Ronnie Virgets discusses and signs his book, Saints and Lesser Souls: The New Orleans View of Ronnie Virgets, Garden District Book Shop, 6-7:30 PM

See all events here