|Sen. Clay Scofield presents Kathryn Lang with the 2012 SELTI Tourism Fiction Award |
at the Moundville Native American Festival.
Kathryn's story won the Inaugural SELTI Writing Contest, the first contest in the nation that challenged writers to use fiction as a vehicle for promoting a real tourism attraction. The entries were judged by a team of University of Alabama English and marketing professors. Click the "Digging Up Bones" link above to read the story, which includes many photos of the real Moundville and tourism links related to the cultural attraction. Please check out the many tourism attractions found in books across the South in the Stories By Month archives to the left.
When I was asked to present this award, I have to admit that my first thought was: “What is tourism fiction?” As it turns out, the concept is very simple: tourism fiction involves creating stories about real places and events—like this festival we’re all at today—and then inviting the reading public to come visit those places in real life, through short travel guides.
|Kathryn Lang holds the SELTI Tourism Fiction|
Award in front of her books at the
Moundville Native American Festival.
(Listen to more from Senator Scofield and Kathryn Lang by clicking on this Alabama Public Radio feature on literary tourism and the Moundville contest: Alabama Public Radio feature.