Our Writing Contests

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

Grand Prize:

  • $1,500
  • Professional Staged Reading at the next Festival
  • VIP All-Access Festival pass for two...

Judge: Peter Cooley

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: Dorothy Allison

Grand Prize:

  • $1,500
  • Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the Festival in New Orleans
  • VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival ($500 value)
  • Public reading...

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s 2015 Fiction Contest had a great year of excellent submissions. Our judge, Molly Antopol, has made her decision. She selected a group of finalists, and from...

Our Annual Fiction Contest deadline is fast approaching. Be sure to get your submissions in by November 16th, 2014.

Grand prize winner will receive:

$1,500 Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter...

Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans, will select the winning story.

Vijay Seshadri, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry winner is judging our 2015 Poetry Contest.

Intrigue! Twists! Dramatic denouement! The 2014 One-Act Play Contest was full of this and more. The University of New Orleans’ Department of Film, Theater, and Creative Arts debated at...

The 2014 Fiction Contest enjoyed a remarkable number of entries by some extremely gifted writers.  #TWF14 Fiction Contest judges Emily Raboteau and Victor LaValle selected eight finalists, and from...

Desire. One of Tennessee Williams’ favorite words, and certainly one of his favorite subjects. Not only did it form the core of his most famous play, but it fueled...

The 2014 Poetry Contest was a banner event for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, in that we enjoyed a record number of submissions from some very talented poets....

We have a winner for our One-Act Play Contest winner!

We're pleased to announce the finalists of our One-Act Play Contest!

Kent Wascom’s “Extra Credit History: The Civil War by Juju Fandal” takes the top prize in our 2012 Fiction Contest.

We’re thrilled to announce the finalists of our 2012 Fiction Contest as chosen by our judge Amy Hempel.

Passes On Sale Now for #TWF17: Mar. 22-26, 2017


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