U.S. Representative Martha Roby presents 2018 SELTI Tourism Fiction Award

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) delivered the following speech on March 1 in Montgomery, Alabama, where she presented the 2018 SELTI Tourism Fiction Award to author Jeanie Parnell. Jeanie’s tourism short story “Tunnel Vision,” which featured many Civil Rights attractions in Montgomery, won the 2018 SELTI Writing Contest. The award also came with a $500 […]

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March 5, 2019

“Tunnel Vision” Wins 2018 SELTI Writing Contest

Jeanie Parnell’s tourism short story “Tunnel Vision” won the 2018 SELTI Writing Contest, which focused on Montgomery, Alabama. This Southern city has a rich, dramatic history that helped shaped our national character in very powerful ways. Please visit the short tourism guide at the end of this story to learn how to visit the real […]

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December 17, 2018

2018 SELTI Writing Contest: Montgomery-The Capital of Dreams

The 2018 SELTI Writing Contest is officially underway. This year’s featured city is Montgomery, Alabama, a small city with a unique and varied past that has been entwined in our nation’s history in powerful ways, from the birth of the Confederacy to the birth of the Civil Rights Movement. Many other historical figures have entered […]

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October 11, 2018

First Nonfiction Guidebook on Tourism Writing Published

The nation’s first nonfiction guidebook on tourism writing is on the market through Universal Publishers release of Mary Palmer’s Tourism Writing: A New Literary Genre Unveiling the History, Mystery and Economy of Places and Events. Palmer wrote the book through a grant from Faulkner University, which has also conducted several tourism poetry contests. The book introduces […]

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May 23, 2018

“Blakeley State Park” Wins Faulkner 2018 Alabama Tourism Poetry Contest

SELTI was proud to sponsor the cash prizes for the Faulkner 2018 Alabama Tourism Poetry Contest, conducted by Faulkner University and judged by Alabama Poet Laureate Jennifer Horne. Faulkner University is taking the first steps in challenging its students to promote tourism destinations directly through literature. Whether through poems, short stories, or novels, literature offers […]

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May 21, 2018

“Behind the Mill” Wins 2016 SELTI Writing Contest

Charisa Hagel’s tourism short story “Behind the Mill” won the 2016 SELTI Writing Contest, which focused on the Selma and Dallas County area. Charisa’s fictional characters brought to life the real historical attraction in Selma of Kenan’s Mill, a small water-powered mill from the 1860s. Please read the short tourism guide at the end of […]

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December 6, 2016

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“Haunted Identity” Wins 2015 SELTI Writing Contest

Natalie Cone’s short story “Haunted Identity” won the 2015 SELTI Writing Contest, which featured Huntsville, Alabama. Part of SELTI’s mission is challenging writers to use real tourism attractions as settings in their fictional short stories and novels, and Natalie’s story does a wonderful job of bringing to life Huntsville’s historic district. Click on the links […]

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August 24, 2015

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Faulkner University Conducts Nation’s First Tourism Poetry Contest

Can poetry promote tourism? Rather than leave that question as just a hypothetical, SELTI partnered with Faulkner University and the Alabama Tourism Department to sponsor the nation’s first tourism poetry contest. Below are the first and second place winners from that contest, but there were fifty submissions from Faulkner’s several campuses around the state. Please […]

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May 6, 2015

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My Journey Into Tourism Literature

“You won.” The words came in the form of an email from the SouthEastern Literary Tourism Initiative. My short story, “Digging Up Bones,” had won first place in the 2012 SELTI short story contest and I would be receiving the award at the Moundville Native American Festival. The idea of making a story connected to […]

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Coosada, Alabama: The Beginning

 Coosada, Alabama: The Beginning By Kaytie Simpson University of South Alabama I am Coosada: the beginning, but like most beginnings, I have been forgotten. I have been overshadowed by my siblings, Mobile, Huntsville and Montgomery. Their great accomplishments draw people to them, making them forget that I exist, what my name is, and my unique […]

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October 18, 2014

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