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 […]

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June 3rd, 2014

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 […]

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March 24th, 2014

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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 […]

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January 22nd, 2014

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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 […]

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December 1st, 2013

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 […]

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October 17th, 2013

“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 […]

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September 20th, 2013

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 10th, 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 27th, 2013

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 […]

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April 6th, 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 28th, 2012