The Young Writers Contest is now open for student entries. Click the above link for more information and for the contest calendar. See also the contest rules for literary and senior art submittals.

Note that Senior High School entries will be submitted online at

HLA Annual Banquet

Each year in late April or the month of May, HLA celebrates a successful year with a banquet and annual meeting. After new officers and board members are announced, a featured speaker provides the program. This gala event is for members only.

This year's banquet will be on May 28, 2015  at 7:00 pm
Location: Marriott near Space & Rocket Center

Time: Cocktails (cash bar) at 6:30; Dinner 7:00 p.m.

Cost for meal: $35 each.

Michael Martone, a professor in the English Department at the University of Alabama, will be the speaker for the Annual Banquet. He has taught there since 1996, and he has also been a faculty member of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College since 1988. Martone, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, attended Butler University and graduated from Indiana University. He holds the MA from The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University.

 His most recent books are Four for a Quarter, Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fiction from the Flyover, Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins, a collection of essays, and Double-wide, his collected early stories. The University of Georgia Press published his book of essays, The Flatness and Other Landscapes, winner of the AWP Award for Nonfiction, in 2000. He is the author of five other books of short fiction including Seeing Eye, Pensees: The Thoughts of Dan Quayle, Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler’s List, Safety Patrol, and Alive and Dead in Indiana.

He has won two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation. His stories and essays have appeared and been cited in the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Stories, and The Best American Essays anthologies.

Reservations must be received by May 21. 

Please send reservation with check made out to Huntsville Literary Association to:
            Debbie West, 147 Darlington Road, Huntsville, AL 35801
If you have questions, please call Debbie at 256-534-3331 

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