The Albert Davis Fiction award, established in 2016, is awarded to a work of fiction submitted to Mosaic in a single publication year. The prize honors long-time English professor, Dean, Novelist-in-Residence, and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Dr. Albert Davis.
Dr. Davis has worked for nearly thirty-five years at Nicholls state University, serving as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the University College, Head of the Department of General Studies, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. For his service to the University, Dr. Davis was named the Alcée Fortier Distinguished Professor in 2003, and was awarded a Distinguished service Professorship in 1994.
His novel, Marquis at Bay, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and The National Book Award by his publisher, Louisiana state University Press. He is also the author of Leechtime, a novel, What They Wrote on the Bathhouse Walls, Yen’s Marina, Chinese Bayou, Louisiana, a collection of poetry, Virginia Patout’s Parish, a poetry chapbook, and other works. His short works have been published in a number of prestigious literary journals, including The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, and Louisiana Literature.