Alabama Legislature Passes Resolution Inviting Authors To Write Tourism Fiction Set In Real Alabama Attractions
|Senator Clay Scofield presents writer Kathryn Lang with the
2012 SELTI Tourism Fiction Award for her story that promoted
Moundville Archaeological Park. Now the Alabama Senate is
asking writers across the state to follow up with more tourism stories.
Write it, and they will come! That is the concept behind Alabama Senate Resolution SJR25, “Expressing support for authors and publishers who produce works of fiction set in real Alabama tourism attractions.” The basic idea: have the state, cities, and counties invite authors to write fictional short stories and novels set in real Alabama tourism attractions. These works would include informational tourism guides at the end showing readers how to visit the real places in the story. If readers connect with the characters in the stories, then they might come visit the real places where the action in the story took place (think romance, mystery, suspense with a real tourism element).
A key part of this idea is that new e-readers like Kindles, iPads, and smart phones allow readers to instantly click on related tourism websites if there are links embedded by the publisher in the fictional stories. So, if someone were reading a tourism novel set in Montgomery, like Blind Fate, then the reader could click on links inside the novel to the websites of the real attractions and learn how to literally step inside the settings of the story.
The full text of the resolution is below, which was passed by both houses of the legislature on April 24. SJR25 was introduced and sponsored by Senator Clay Scofield, Chairman of the Alabama Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee. Senator Scofield recently did an interview with Alabama Public Radio about this concept of inviting authors to promote the state’s attractions in their fictional works. Listen to the APR interview by clicking here.
In the meantime, the winner of the Lookout Alabama SELTI Writing Contest, set in the beautiful Lookout Mountain area, will soon be announced. The writing contest was one of the models for the senate resolution and could serve as the model for many other similar tourism fiction contests around the state. The five finalists for the contest were selected, and judging for the first place winner completed (the winner was notified by phone). Come back here for the May SELTI feature to read the winning story! The winning short story will also receive a $500 prize from the Alabama Tourism Department and be published in the inaugural issue of Lookout Alabama Magazine.
|Little River Falls in Lookout Mountain, Alabama, a setting
in the Lookout Alabama SELTI Writing Contest, the
project model for Senate Resolution SJR25.
guides and links; and
through the private sector fiction publishing market; and
(4) Recommends that local governments develop ways and means to work on a local level in attracting tourism fiction projects and on a statewide level to attract writers from outside the state in promoting real Alabama tourism attractions.
(5) Calls upon educational institutions, including high school and university English, creative writing, marketing, and travel and leisure programs and departments to promote Alabama tourism fiction through providing professional input where asked and class assignments where appropriate.
(6) Advises that the state apply for federal grants to promote tourism fiction throughout the state and design a promotional method to be available nationwide.
(7) Requests that citizens participate in promoting tourism fiction projects by recommending tourism attractions in which to set fictional stories through polls, by reading tourism fiction, and by advising local, state, and federal representatives and officials to promote local areas through fiction.