Saturday, June 25, 2016

Writing Competition: 2017 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Writing Contests

We are excited to announce that the 2017 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival's Writing Contests are now open for submissions!


  • For our Fiction Contest the deadline is November 30, 2016. Entry Fee is $25 
  • Grand Prize: $1,500
  • Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the Festival
  • VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival ($500 value) 
  • Public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival
 Judge: Dorothy Allison, Lambda Literary Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of acclaimed novel, Cavedweller.

  • For our Poetry Contest the deadline is November 15, 2016. Entry Fee is $15.
  • Grand Prize: $1,000
  • VIP All-Access Pass ($500 value) for the Festival 
  • Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine
  • Public reading at the next Festival
Judge: Peter Cooley, Louisiana Poet Laureate and author of nine poetry collections including his latest, Night Bus to the Afterlife.


  • Grand Prize: $1,500 
  • Professional Staged Reading at the next Festival
  • A VIP All-Access Festival pass ($500 value) 
  • Publication in Bayou Magazine

Judge: University of New Orleans’ Creative Writing Workshop and the Department of Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts.

Top nine finalists for all contests will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to the Festival (March 22-26, 2017), and their names will be published on the Festival's website. For more information and full guidelines, see our submission page.

In addition, the Saints and Sinners Festival, an LGBT literary festival held in conjunction with TWF, has a Fiction contest. This year, the judge is Michael Thomas Ford. Prizes include $500 for the winner, two $100 finalist awards, publication, and a public reading. The deadline is October 3, 2016. Full guidelines available here.

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