Bayou Magazine’s Contests Open October 1st


2017 Contest Judges Kiese Laymon and Kay Murphy

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 Dorothy Allison

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Dorothy Allison

“To talk about class from the bottom is to talk about shame and self-hatred. To do it with any depth is to show yourself in some way the creation of that contempt and despair that is endemic to being helpless and resentful of the culture that holds you and those you love in such terrible disdain.”

Read the whole 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