September Spotlight

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Entries sought for Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald Young Writers Award

The Fitzgerald Museum’s third annual Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald Young Writers Award is accepting submissions of portfolios from young writers currently attending high school (grades 9 – 12) in Alabama. 

Submissions will be accepted from Sept. 1 until Dec. 31. Each student may only enter once. Portfolios should be submitted through the web form on the Fitzgerald Museum’s website, Questions should be directed to coordinator Foster Dickson at, with “Zelda Fitzgerald Award Question” in the subject line. Portfolios should contain literary works (stories, poems, plays or film scripts, multi-genre works) totaling 5 to 15 pages. Works may include artwork, illustrations, font variations, and other graphic elements.

 Montgomery, Alabama native Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was daring and revolutionary in her life, art, and writing, and the Young Writers Award seeks to identify and honor Alabama’s high school students who share her talent and spirit. Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was inducted into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame in spring 2020.

The Smithsonian traveling exhibit will highlight change in rural America over the past century.

Smithsonian exhibit comes to Alabama this fall

The “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” exhibit begins its five-town tour of Alabama on Sept. 14, with a grand opening in Cleveland, in Blount County.  Over 2023-2024, “Crossroads” will also visit White Hall in Lowndes County, Roanoke in Randolph County, Triana in Madison County and Ozark in Dale County. 

The exhibit looks at the remarkable evolution in rural life over the past century and explores how Americans have responded and adapted. The exhibition will prompt discussions about what happened when America’s rural population became a minority of the country’s population and the ripple effects that occurred.

The exhibit is a partnership between the Alabama Humanities Alliance and the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. Visit


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