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Enter the 8th Annual Fiction Contest and Win $1,500
It’s that time of year again–submit to our 8th Annual Fiction Contest! This year’s contest will be judged by Claire Vaye Watkins (pictured), author of Battleborn, an acclaimed collection of short stories.
Winners and participants of our Fiction and One-Act Play Contests have gone on to further publications, book deals, and even a Pulitzer Prize.
The grand prize includes:
Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the next Festival in New Orleans
VIP All-Access Festival pass ($500 value) for the next Festival
Publication in Louisiana Literature
The winner will also give a reading of their short story at the Festival, and the top nine finalists in the competition will each receive panel passes at a &75 value.
The contest is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction.
You may send in your submissions by mail or online. Please read all of our instructions and …
Submit to Our One-Act Play Contest
Help us celebrate the 30th birthday of both our One-Act Play Contest and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival by sending along your work!
Or Participate in Our Poetry Contest
We are also excited to announce the opening of our 6th annual poetry contest for submissions. This year’s contest will be judged by Louisiana native and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Yusef Komunyakaa!
The grand prize includes:
VIP All-Access pass ($500 value) to the next Festival
Public reading at the 2016 Festival
The winner’s work will be published in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine. The top nine finalists will be named on our website and will each receive a 2016 Festival panel pass ($75 value).
All writers who have not yet published a book of poetry are eligible to enter. Submissions should include 2-4 original poems of any style or theme with a combined length of up to 400 lines.
Please review the full instructions and guidelines for the contest on our website before entering. We accept submissions by mail or online.
Deadline: November 15, 2015
Entry fee: $20
Dear champions of literature, theatre, music and local culture,
Thank you for supporting the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival for the GiveNOLA day of fund raising! You helped us to Triple our take from last year’s campaign!
In the words of Tennessee Williams, “Life is partly what you make of it, and partly what is made by the friends we choose.” We are grateful beyond measure to count you among the friends of Tennessee!
You continue to bring life to this Festival and we cannot Thank you enough.
The Final Countdown!
“Time goes by so fast. Nothin’ can outrun it.”
-Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Time may be slipping through our fingers but there is STILL TIME for us to reach our $10,000 GiveNOLA goal!
Your super powers of augmented giving end at midnight. No other day of the year will afford you the opportunity to have your donations boosted by GiveNOLA Lagniappe dollars.
Think $10 can’t make an impact? Think again! If each of you reading this email donated just $10 today, we would have well over $100,000 to make our 30th anniversary the most spectacular display of literary, musical, culinary, scholarly and theatrical excellence this region has ever seen!
Help us celebrate thirty years of serving the community through educational, theatrical, literary, and musical programs. Join us as we nurture, support, and showcase regional, national, …
#TWF15 in the News!
We’re back in the office after an incredible Festival! We hope you enjoyed the festivities of #TWF15 as much as we did. Thank you for coming and being such a smart, engaged, and engaging audience.
Missed it? Check out these links:
The Stellaah Second Line wove through the French Quarter to end at the Backspace Bar and Kitchen.
Nola.com reviewed “The Hotel Plays” at the gorgeous Hermann-Grima House and the NOLA Project’s “I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on Sundays.”
Huffington Post Books wrapped up #TWF15 here.
Guardian US showed up for John Waters, everything else including our Ogden gala with Allen Toussaint and deliciousness from John Besh’s Lüke restaurant, and offered book recommendations via Susan Larson, New Orleans literary authority and our long-time board member.
Publishing Trends wrote about our “literary partay.” This pleased us because we aspire to fun and Tennessee Williams would approve.
Speaking of parties, …
#TWF15 Update:National Book Awards, What We’re Reading & More!
Our 2015 program is almost in place!
Hotel Monteleone Booking Link
Here is the appropriate Booking Link for your convenience.
We were so focused on encouraging you to reserve your room for our 2015 Festival (March 25-29) that we forgot to include the direct Hotel Monteleone booking link. To be directed to the special Hotel Monteleone TW/NOLF Festival-goers reduced rate reservations page, please click here.
And remember, there are a limited number of rooms available at the discounted rate, so act now to secure your space.
Secure Your Accommodations NOW!
To our wonderful Cast of Festival Supporters, We are sending a friendly reminder to those planning to attend the Festival in 2015, to finalize your hotel accommodations now before time runs out! During the month of March, New Orleans is inundated with tourists from all over the world and finding lodging can become extremely difficult. Our wonderfully gracious host hotel, the Hotel Monteleone, has a limited number of rooms available for our attendees that can be reserved until mid-February. If there are any rooms available after this date, the rate will be higher, so act now! Information for the Hotel Monteleone, and alternate accommodations, including rates, can be found through the links provided on our website. Just look under the “Festival” tab and then select “Accommodations.” If you have further questions, please feel free to call our office or email us at email@example.com . We look …
Featuring Biguenet’s BROOMSTICK!
Here at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans literary Festival, we pride ourselves on being BIG fans of GREAT theatre and we love to promote the work of our past and present authors! That said, we urge you to get out and see Southern Rep Theatre’s production of BROOMSTICK, penned by previous TW/NOLF Speaker, John Biguenet!
In a remote cabin deep in the woods, an old crone spins a spellbinding tale about her life, her love affairs, and her cursed reputation. Mischievously funny, dark, and just in time for Halloween, BROOMSTICK is the story of one woman who hovers in the shadowy space between good and evil, fantasy and reality, and who, some say, may be a little too hungry for justice.
Don’t miss the National New Play Network Rolling World Premier of BROOMSTICK which runs October 4-November 2 at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center! To reserve …
Interview with Vijay Seshadri
Interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri, 2015 Festival speaker and Poetry Contest judge.
Casting Call for TW/NOLF Members!
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is hoping to cast YOU as a much appreciated Festival MEMBER!
The Festival, which is scheduled for March 25-29, 2015 will be celebrating 29 years as a rich and diverse cultural organization dedicated to serving our community through educational, theatrical, literary and musical programs! Become a member and take pride in the fact that you are helping to make possible what USA Today hailed as one of the top ten literary festivals in the nation!
Benefits of membership include free tickets, VIP parties, and special members-only discounts! Also, if you act now and join before October 15, you will receive an invitation to our Fall Membership Party at the home of our gracious board member, Susie Hoskins. Please note, that the Fall Membership Party has been moved to November 11, 2014, so mark your calendars and please plan to …
TW/NOLF Contests Reminder!
Ladies and Gentlemen, belly-up to your typewriters and don’t get up until you have completed your submissions for one of our fabulous annual writing contests!
Find deadline, entry process and prize information for our Poetry, Fiction and One-Act Play Contests by clicking here! Also, we know you wouldn’t procrastinate or anything but in case you THOUGHT you missed the boat on our poetry contest, we are pleased to reassure you that the deadline has been extended to September 15th!
Want some even more exciting news?! Your contest options have just gotten bigger! As part of our 29th Annual Festival, we are proud to announce that the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival will be joining the TW/NOLF as an exciting addition to the FAMILY! Saints and Sinners hosts its very own Fiction Contest of original, unpublished short stories with LGBT content. Find out more …
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Unveils Most Ambitious Program to Date, March 25-29, 2015
You won’t want to miss it!
VIP Ticket Special!
Fest for Less: Your VIP all-access pass for only $400 (regular $500)!
2015 Mini Preview
Here’s who to expect in New Orleans next March.
2015 Poetry Contest Announcements!
“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
Though this line, Blanche’s final utterance in A Streetcar Named Desire, is iconic, it found an earlier voice in the following plea from a young Tennessee Williams to the editor of Poetry magazine:
“Will you do a total stranger the kindness of reading his verse?”
In honor of Williams and his desire to have his voice heard and celebrated, we are here to do YOU the kindness of soliciting YOUR verse! We are pleased to announce that The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s Poetry Contest is now open for submissions! Vijay Seshadri, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for his 3 Sections collection, will judge.
Full details about the contest (including online submission process) are available on our website:http://con13.tennesseewilliams.net/poetry-contest/
The winner will receive prize money, publication, and access to countless great panels and events at the next …
Overview of Saints and Sinners Festival (May 15th – 18th)
As loyal Tennessee Williams Festival supporers, we thought you might be interested in checking out our affiliated Saints and Sinners Festival, an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond!
Tickets to all events listed below can be found here.
Be sure to use the discount code SAS2014 to recieve 20% off of your on-line ticket purchases!
THURSDAY MAY 15, 2014
Book launch/Fundraiser 7 P.M.
Beauregard-Keyes House: 1113 Chartres St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
This event is a fundraiser for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the NO/AIDS Task Force. This book launch will feature readings from the Saints and Sinners Anthology from the finalists of our short fiction contest.
FRIDAY MAY 16, 2014
Hotel Monteleone: 214 Royal St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Times listed with individual writers below
Jeff Mann 10am
Wilson and Sternglantz 10am
Felice Picano 11:30am
Edmund White 1:30pm
Carol Anshaw 1:30pm
Michele Karlsberg 3pm
Accomplished writers will teach classes on a number …
Give NOLA Day In One Week!
Support TWF on May 6th!
Hosted on Tuesday, May 6th by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, GiveNOLA Day is the community’s first one-day, online giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a stronger and thriving community for all.
It’s our day to come together as one! Every dollar donated from midnight to midnight on May 6th will be increased with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and our generous GiveNOLA Day sponsors.
Built on successful models from other cities, GiveNOLA raises money for the community, brings new donors to local nonprofits, and helps make our region a more vital place to live. This year GiveNOLA Day is tied to a national event called Give Local America where hundreds of community foundations across America are asking their communities to give back on May 6, 2014.
Tell Us How We Did In 2014
We would love to hear your thoughts about your experience at the 2014 Festival. We hope you had a great time and would appreciate if you could click the link below to help us evaluate the event and make it even greater in 2015!
Please visit this link to be directed to our survey.
Thank you again for your support.