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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Natalie Cone’s Story “The Totem” Wins Lookout Alabama SELTI Writing Contest

Laurel Falls in DeSoto State Park, the inspirational setting for Natalie Cone’s tourism short story “The Totem,” winner of the Lookout Alabama SELTI Writing Contest. Story By: Natalie Cone Tourism Attractions: DeSoto State Park, The Bookshelf Etc. Location: Fort Payne, Alabama Photos By: Randy Grider, Lookout Alabama Magazine. Click any photo to enlarge! Natalie Cone, […]

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May 10, 2013

Lookout Alabama SELTI Writing Contest Finalists Announced

Cook Castle, the venue where the winner of the Lookout Alabama SELTI Writing Contest will be announced. Cook Castle is the home of Jeff Cook, of the famous Fort Payne music group Alabama. Photo by Cook Castle Events. The winner of the Lookout Alabama SELTI Writing Contest will be announced May 10 during the Lookout 2013 […]

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April 27, 2013

Winner Of Lookout Alabama SELTI Writing Contest To Be Published In Magazine; $500 Prize For First Place

Little River Falls in Lookout Mountain, one of the possible settings for the Lookout Alabama SELTI Writing Contest. Little River Falls: National Park Service The winner of the nation’s next tourism fiction contest will be published in the inaugural issue of Lookout Alabama magazine in summer 2013. The regional magazine has teamed up with the […]

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November 28, 2012

Shiloh Mounds, Cahokia, and Moundville Come Back to Life in Native American Novels

Monks Mound, the largest of many mounds at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Illinois. Contrast the size of the mound with the tiny car passing by on the road! Photo courtesy of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Click on the photo to enlarge.     Excerpt From: People of the Thunder by Kathleen and […]

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November 12, 2012

Riverboat Harriott II Steams Into Uncharted Waters: A Tourism Novel

The real Harriott II will appear in the fictional novel Uncharted Waters. Excerpt From: Uncharted Waters by Sara DuBose Tourism Attraction: Harriott II Riverboat Location: Montgomery, AL Photos: Diane Prothro (Click any photo to enlarge!) Model: Sarah Hunter The riverboat Harriot II is making its first appearance in a tourism novel: Uncharted Waters by Sara DuBose, […]

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September 19, 2012

Sen. Scofield to Present Kathryn Lang With 2012 SELTI Tourism Fiction Award. Invitation to all Alabama Writers to Focus on Tourism

Sen. Clay Scofield will present the 2012 SELTI Tourism Fiction Award. Senator Clay Scofield, Chairman of the Alabama Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee, will present the 2012 SELTI Tourism Fiction Award to Kathryn Lang at the Moundville Native American Festival on October 10. Lang was selected for the award after her tourism short story “Digging […]

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September 8, 2012

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