The mission of the TWF Writing Contest is to promote new work from emerging artists.

Submissions must be original work, and not published in any way. 

Please view the individual contest guidelines carefully to avoid disqualification.

 
Ends on November 30, 2016$ 25.00
$ 25.00

Judge: To Be Announced 

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 at a literary panel at the next Festival
  • Publication in Louisiana Literature


Finalists

The top nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on this site.


Eligibility

  • This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Published books include self-published books with ISBN numbers. Those who have published books in other genres besides fiction remain eligible.
  • Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
  • Stories submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place are eligible.
  • Stories that have won and/or placed in any other writing contest are ineligible.


Guidelines

  • A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words.
  • The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.
  • Submissions must be typed; pages must be numbered and double-spaced.
  • Please use standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia in 12 point font size.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your story is accepted elsewhere.
  • Unlimited entries per person. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please notify the Festival if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please take the judges of the contest into consideration. If you know the judges personally, or have ever attended classes or workshops they instructed, please use manuscripts that the judges would not have seen before.
Ends on November 1, 2016$ 25.00
$ 25.00

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 ($500 value)
  • Publication in Bayou Magazine

 

Finalists

The top nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on this site.


Eligibility

  • Plays must not have been previously produced, published, performed, or patronized in any way, including in a formal staged reading.
  • Workshopped readings are accepted provided that the audience was limited to participants of that workshop.
  • Students and faculty of the University of New Orleans FTCA and Creative Writing Workshop are ineligible.
  • Plays submitted to this contest in previous years that did not win are eligible.
  • Plays that have won or placed in any other playwriting contest are ineligible.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your play is accepted elsewhere.

 

Guidelines 

  • The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere in the script.
  • Plays should run no more than one hour in length (one act).
  • Please do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.
  • Multiple entries allowed. 
  • Play content is NOT limited to Tennessee Williams or New Orleans-related themes.
Ends on November 15, 2016$ 15.00
$ 15.00

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


Finalists

The top nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on this site.


Eligibility

  • The contest is open to writers who have not yet published a book of poetry with an ISBN number.
  • Authors who have published in other genres are eligible.
  • This contest is for emerging writers. Please submit work that has not won other prizes or contests (even if poems were unpublished). 

 

Guidelines

  • Submit 2-4 original, unpublished poems of any style or theme, written in English, with a combined length of up to 400 lines.
  • Number all pages in your entry.
  • Please use standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia in 12 point font size.
  • Author’s name should not appear on the submission.
  • Multiple entries per person and simultaneous submissions accepted. Please notify the Festival if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please take the judges of the contest into consideration. If you know the judges personally, or have ever attended classes or workshops they instructed, please send manuscripts that the judges would not have seen before.
Ends in 5 days, 20 hours $ 20.00
$ 20.00

The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 4,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” This contest would not be possible without a generous grant from The John Burton Harter Charitable Trust. Michael Thomas Ford, a five time Lambda Literary award-winning author of more than 30 works and a member of the Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame, will select the winning stories.

Prize: 

One grand prize of $500 and two second place prizes of $100 will be awarded. In addition, the top stories will be published in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books. There will also be a book release party and reading held during the 14th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Conference in New Orleans in 2017. A list of the top ten finalists will be posted on our website and in our e-newsletter. Have a question about our writing contest? Please send questions to: pjwillisnola@aol.com.

Eligibility:

  • The annual fiction contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres.
  • Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
  • Stories that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible, but must submit new work.
  • Stories submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place in the top ten are eligible.
  • Stories that have won any other writing contests are ineligible.
  • Stories that do not adhere to the guidelines below will be disqualified.  Please review our guidelines carefully.

Guidelines:

  • Submissions should be in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, one inch margins, 12 point Times or Times New Roman or similar font).   
  • Do not double space between paragraphs.  Use indent.
  • Please include a word count on first page under the title.
  • Your name and contact information should NOT appear on the manuscript.
  • No bios or resumes. We only consider manuscript quality.
  • Word Count: 4,000 to 7,000.
  • Submit only original, unpublished short stories.
  • Please spell check and review your submission for typos.  Excessive typos may disqualify your submission.
  • Theme (interpret as you wish): Saints and Sinners

Entry fee: $20 per story. There is no limit on the number of stories each author may enter.

Deadline: October 3, 2016 (postmark). Submissions for the 8th Annual Contest are now open.