The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is accepting entries for the 10th annual Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, which includes a $10,000 cash prize.

Submissions deadline is Aug. 15.

Sponsored by foundation donors, the Gaines Award honors outstanding literary work from rising African-American authors while recognizing Louisiana native Gaines’ contribution to the literary world. The award honors outstanding fiction — novels or short-story collections — published in 2016. Galleys for 2016 publications are also accepted.

A panel of professional writers and academics chooses the winner. The 2015 awardee was T. Geronimo Johnson’s best-selling novel “Welcome to Braggsville,” which was also long-listed for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie medal for excellence in fiction.

Other previous winners include Attica Locke for “The Cutting Season,” Stephanie Powell Watts for “We Are Taking Only What We Need” and Dinaw Mengestu for “How to Read the Air.”

The Ernest Gaines Award event will be held Jan.19, 2017, at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge.

Information on criteria and entrance forms for the award are available at