8th Annual Books Along the Teche Literary Festival
on April 5-7, 2024

Calling all writers! The theme for our second annual short fiction contest is Teche Tales. Create an original short story related to theme. No more then 1500 words. Deadline is March 25th.Submit entries to techefest@gmail.com with the subject line: BATTLF Contest Entry.The top three will be selected. The winner’s work will be published in The Daily Iberian, Acadiana Lifestyle and booksalongthetecheliteraryfestival.com.
In addition, winners will also receive a gift card to Books Along the Teche. The winner will be announced on April 6, 2024, at noon at George Rodrigue Park on Main Street. Attendance is not required to win but is encouraged.
Let the inspiration begin!

“Rhythm and Reading” by Paul Schexnayder

2024 Great Southern Writer: Natalie Baszile

Natalie has a M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA, and is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers. Queen Sugar was named one of the San Francisco Chronicles’ Best Books of 2014, and nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Natalie has had residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, and the Djerassi Resident Arts Program where she received the SFFILM and the Bonnie Rattner Fellowships. Her non-fiction work has appeared in Lenny LetterThe Bitter SouthernerO, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus.net and a number of anthologies.  For two years, she was Writer in Residence at Saint Mary’s College where she taught a fiction workshop in the MFA Program. Natalie is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto and lives in the Bay Area.

The Great Southern Writer Natalie Baszile is sponsored by the Iberia Parish Library and 64 Parishes.

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