2017 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Writing Contests

Submissions are now open for contests from the 2017 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

The festival is accepting works of fiction (deadline November 30), poetry (deadline November 15), and one-act plays (deadline November 1) with prizes up to $1,500, publication, and airfare to the festival. Find full details on the call for submissions below:

Hello Coordinators, Instructors, Directors, and Writers,
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:
     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
     Publication in Louisiana Literature

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:
     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.

For our One-Act Play Contest the deadline is November 1, 2016. Entry Fee is $25.
Grand Prize:
     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.

The 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.
We would appreciate it if you could share this information with your students and any interested writers. 
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans 
Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

Writing contests for playwrights, poets and short story writers. 


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