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 […]

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September 2, 2014

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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 […]

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August 14, 2014

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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 […]

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July 5, 2014

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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 […]

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June 3, 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 24, 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 22, 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 1, 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 17, 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 20, 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 10, 2013