Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence honors Louisiana’s revered storyteller, Ernest J. Gaines, and serves to inspire and recognize rising African-American fiction writers at a national level. The book award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, is now in its ninth year. It's nationally recognized for enhancing visibility of emerging black writers while also expanding the audience for this literature. 

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