Fiction submissions — novels or short-story collections published this year — are eligible for the award to be presented Jan. 30, 2020. Previous winners include Jamel Brinkley, Ladee Hubbard, Crystal Wilkinson and T. Geronimo Johnson. Submission criteria are available at www.ernestjgainesaward.org .
Gaines' novel, "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," was adapted into a 1974 television movie that received nine Emmy awards. He currently serves as Writer-in-Residence Emeritus at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.