Stay informed of any and all schedule changes.
Check out Saints and Sinners
Want even more from your Festival experience? Take a look at the lineup for our LGBT literary festival, SAINTS AND SINNERS, to be held in tandem with TWFest17.
The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival was founded in 2003 and has grown into an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. The Festival, held over 3 days each Spring, features panel discussions and master classes around literary topics that provide a forum for authors, editors, and publishers to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of LGBT literature.
SASFest17 will be held March 24-26, 2017 at the Hotel Monteleone. CLICK HERE for more information, updated speaker lists, and registration links.
Become a Friend of Tennessee!
Our 2016-17 membership campaign is underway, and this year we have some exciting new perks for members, along with new membership levels.
Are you a Maggie the Cat or a Gentleman Caller? Or maybe you’re a Big Daddy! We have member levels starting at only $50, and every member receives a 10% discount on Festival tickets, plus a 10% discount at Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop. Other perks include discounted Premium parking during the Festival, discounts to Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses and Garden District Bookshop, plus other fun benefits.
CLICK HERE for all of the membership levels and benefits, and you can join online or by calling our office at 504-581-1144.
Contest Deadlines Coming Up!
Our contest deadlines are all in November, so you still have time to get those entries ready. Here’s an overview of deadlines with links to individual contest information, guidelines, and prizes:
One-Act Play Contest: Deadline November 1. Prize information, submission guidelines, judges, and other information HERE.
Poetry Contest: Deadline November 15. CLICK HERE for how to submit your poems, plus prize information and info about our judge, Louisiana Poet Laureate Peter Cooley.
Fiction Contest: Deadline November 30. Find prize package info, submission guidelines, and info about our judge, Dorothy Allison, by clicking HERE.
Book your room!
Why wait? Book your room for the 2017 Festival (March 22-26). The historic Hotel Monteleone is ready to take your reservations for the Festival block of rooms. Visit our ACCOMMODATIONS page more information on the Hotel Monteleone and the block of Festival rooms. And be sure to check out their recent book, New Orleans’ Literary Landmark, about the many writers who have stayed at the Monteleone and been inspired by this beautiful hotel. Written by Susan Larson, Riki Collier, and Phillip Collier, with a foreword by Richard Ford, this book is available in the hotel gift shop.
Enter Our Contests!
Calling all poets, fiction writers, and playwrights! Our contests are open and awaiting your submissions. Prizes include cash, publication, and public readings at our 2017 Festival. This year’s judges include acclaimed Southern novelist Dorothy Allison and Louisiana Poet Laureate Peter Cooley. Click on our CONTESTS link for details.
Thanks for attending our Festival Season Opener!
Our 2016-17 season opened with a delightful evening of music, theater, food, and cocktails at a gathering of Festival supporters in the French Quarter. We’re so appreciative of our sponsors for making the evening possible, and for the patrons who attended. Guests were greeted at Gallier House with a bourbon peach tea, meandered through the exhibit, “Tennessee Williams’ Neighborhood: A French Quarter Perspective,” and enjoyed the musical stylings of Beth Bartley and Todd d’Amour (pictured).
Guests strolled around the corner to Beauregard-Keyes House for drinks and appetizers before settling into the ballroom for a staged reading of Williams’ one-act play, “Something Unspoken,” starring Beth Bartley and Brenda Currin, directed by Paul Willis, with technical direction by Destany Gorham.
Afterwards, everyone enjoyed more food and libations, wandered through the historic rooms, and visited on the back gallery and front porch. It was a lovely …