Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
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The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence is a national literary award designed to recognize rising African-American fiction writers. It is underwritten by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation in honor of the literary heritage provided by author Ernest J. Gaines.
- 2007 - Olympia Vernon, A Killing in This Town
- 2008 - Ravi Howard, Like Trees, Walking
- 2009 - Jeffrey R. Allen, Holding Pattern: Stories
- 2010 - Victor LaValle, Big Machine
- 2011 - Dinaw Mengestu, How to Read the Air
- 2012 - Stephanie Powell Watts, We Are Taking Only What We Need
- 2013 - Attica Locke, The Cutting Season
- 2014 - Mitchell S. Jackson, The Residue Years
- 2015 - T. Geronimo Johnson, Welcome to Braggsville
- 2016 - Crystal Wilkinson, The Birds of Opulence
- 2017 - Ladee Hubbard, The Talented Ribkins
- 2018 - Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man
Panel of Judges
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