SouthEastern Literary Tourism Initiative

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Spirits of Mobile

  Spirits of Mobile by Bonnie Hoffman University of South Alabama   Silent spirits slip unseen along the sidewalk making their way to Bienville Square.1 Selecting a spot in the shade of a spreading oak, they place a blanket on the grass to sit once more among those in whom life’s blood still flows. No shrouded specters these, no wandering wraiths–a gentle gathering of sympathetic souls passed, come to delight in a summer afternoon salon...

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The Ghost Fleet on the Tensaw River

The Ghost Fleet on the Tensaw River by Brittany Clay University of South Alabama Creak, swish, creakyyy…. That’s the sound you might hear if you travel the Mobile-Tensaw Delta early in the morning, or when the sun is setting for the day. It is known as “Ghost Fleet,” yet there are no boats or any water vessels in sight. Bay Minette locals, however, claim they can hear the banging of these “Ghost Ships” in the...

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Poet Laureate Promotes Tourism

“Apparitions” is one of the many poems in an endearing poetry book named Reuben’s Mobile by Sue Brannan Walker, former Poet Laureate of Alabama and English professor at the University of South Alabama. Walker uses the inspiration of Reuben, a real Harlequin Great Dane from Mobile, as a friendly fictional guide dog to the charms of Mobile’s many real locations. Each poem is beautifully illustrated by artist Kate Seawell. Ghost stories are always fun for...

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“Raisin’ Cain” Mardi Gras Story Wins Mobile Bay SELTI Tourism Writing Contest

Mary S. Palmer’s short story “Raisin’ Cain” is the first place winner of the Mobile Bay SELTI Tourism Writing Contest, sponsored by the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative and the Alabama Tourism Department. Please visit the Tourism Guide beneath the short story below to learn more about the unique tourism opportunities in the Mobile Bay area and Mardi Gras. This was the third annual SELTI tourism fiction writing contest. Check out the links at the end...

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Mobile Bay SELTI Contest Update

All of the submissions are in and judging is underway for the Mobile Bay SELTI Tourism Writing Contest. Thank you so much to everyone who spent their time, talent, and passion on this project. While there can only be one winner of this contest, there are sometimes publishing opportunities out there for finalists beyond the contest. For example, just today the latest issue of Lookout Alabama magazine arrived at my house. The summer issue includes...

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SouthEastern Literary Tourism Initiative

Welcome to the Main Guide of the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative. SELTI is a project that was launched in 2009 as a vehicle to combine tourism attractions and fiction in innovative ways. SELTI has published two tourism tourism novels, Blind Fate and This Side of Paradise: Interactive Tourism Edition. SELTI has also conducted the nation’s first two tourism fiction writing contests and is currently developing the third contest. The SELTI archives include original tourism short...

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New Blind Fate Tourism Guide

Below is an updated tourism guide for the novel Blind Fate, the first novel in the nation with an interactive tourism guide (order here from Amazon). The guide lets readers click on links to the tourism websites of the real settings that inspired the story. If readers would like to tour the locations in the novel, these links will give them all the information they need as far as directions, hours of operation, ticket prices,...

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Miss Alabama to read from Zelda Fitzgerald’s novel Save Me The Waltz at the Fitzgerald Museum January 18.

Chandler Champion, the reigning Miss Alabama, will give a special reading from Zelda Fitzgerald’s novel Save Me the Waltz. SELTI and the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum are proud to announce that the reigning Miss Alabama, Chandler Champion, will give a special reading from Zelda Fitzgerald’s novel Save Me The Waltz at the museum on Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. The excerpt will give the audience a sense of what was it like for the young...

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Story About Thoreau’s Walden Pond Wins Fitzgerald Museum Writing Contest

  Walden Pond, the setting for “A Man by the Pond,” by Jacob Lambert,  winner of the 2013 F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Literary Contest. Lambert is an English major at Auburn University Montgomery. Photo by Tim Hettler/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.   Editor’s note: “A Man by the Pond” won first place in the college division of the 2013 F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Literary Contest. Jacob Lambert, the author, is...

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“Damn the Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead!” How Historic Sites Could Help Save the Future of the Economy

Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay, site of the famous Battle of Mobile Bay in the Civil War Part of my job is scouting out areas that would make ideal settings for tourism novels and short stories. The Mobile Bay area—where Admiral David Farragut shouted the famous lines above during the Civil War—was the latest destination. The city of Mobile can be read about in countless nonfiction history books, since it was founded in 1702 by the French,...