Poets, get ready! We accept submissions each year for our Annual Poetry Contest from April 15th through August 15th. The winner will be announced by January 15th, 2014. The judge of the 4th Annual Poetry Contest is Robert Pinsky, the only poet to have been named three times The United States Poet Laureate.
Please review the eligibility requirements, FAQ and guidelines before entering the contest.
VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the next Festival
Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine
Public reading at the next Festival
Deadline: August 15, 2013 (postmark).
The top ten finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to attend the next Festival, and their names will be published on this site. The winner will be announced by January 15th, 2014.
Only open to writers who have not yet published a book of poetry. Authors who have self-published or have published chapbooks are eligible provided that their poetry collection does not have an ISBN number. Authors who have published in other genres are eligible. Only previously unpublished poems accepted.
Entry Fee: $20
To enter online: The online submission process will open April 15. Online submissions are preferred and must be in .doc,.docx, .rtf, or PDF formats. We accept entry fees via Discover, MasterCard, and Visa only.
To enter by mail: Send your manuscript and check or money order for $20 (made out to the: Tennessee Williams Literary Festival) to:
Poetry Contest Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113
Do not send submissions by certified mail or signature required delivery