• All of our contests open May 1, 2022 with October deadlines.
  • The mission of the TWFest Writing Contest is to promote new work from emerging artists, while SASFest endeavors to promote and publish new work by LGBTQ+ writers.
  • TWFest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. SASFest is a program of TWFest.
  • We welcome submissions from around the world.
  • Submissions must be original work and not published in any way. 
  • Please view the individual contest guidelines carefully to avoid disqualification.

The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.”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 Foundation.

The 2022-2023 SAS Short Fiction Judge is Michael Nava.

Michael Nava is the author of an acclaimed series of eight novels featuring gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios whom The New Yorker, called “a detective unlike any previous protagonist in American noir.” He is the recipient of seven Lambda Literary Awards in the gay mystery category and the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in LGBT Literature. His most recent Rios novel, Lies With Man, was published in April 2021 by Amble Press, an LGBTQ press of which he is also managing editor. The Washington Post review of the novel called Nava “a master of the genre.” In addition, he is the author of The City of Palaces, a historical novel set in Mexico City against the background of the 1910 Mexican Revolution. His next book will be a sequel to The City of Palaces called A Village in Babel, set between two towns at the Arizona/Mexican border.

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. There will also be a book release party and reading held during the 20th annual Saints and Sinners LGBTQ+ Literary Festival in New Orleans in 2023. A list of the top ten finalists will be posted on our website and in our e-newsletter. 


Eligibility:

  • The annual fiction contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers, from all over the globe, with 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  • Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.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 English, 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 must NOT appear on the manuscript.
  • No bios or resumes. We only consider manuscript quality.
  • Word Count: 3,000 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 1, 2022 (postmark) or through Submittable.

This contest would not be possible without a generous grant from Scovern Law Firm and The John Burton Harter Foundation.

The 2022-2023 SAS Poetry Judge is Emanuel Xavier.

Poet and activist Emanuel Xavier was named an LGBTQ Icon by The Equality Forum and presented a New York City Council Citation Award for his many contributions to NYC arts and culture throughout the years. Xavier has received International Latino Book Awards, Lambda Literary Award nominations, and American Library Association Over the Rainbow Books selections for his collections, which include Pier Queen, Americano, If Jesus Were Gay, Nefarious, Radiance and Selected Poems of Emanuel Xavier. He is the recipient of a Gay City Impact Award and The Marsha A. Gomez Cultural Heritage Award.


Prizes

  •  One grand prize of $500 and two second place prizes of $100 will be awarded. 
  •  A list of the top ten finalists will be posted on our website and in our e-newsletter.
  •  Finalists will be published in the Saints and Sinners Poetry Chapbook to be distributed at a special reading at the 2023 Festival.  

Eligibility

  • The contest is open to all LGBTQ+ writers. 
  • Authors who have published in other genres are eligible.
  • Please submit original, unpublished work that has not won other prizes or contests.



Guidelines

  • Submit 2-4 original, unpublished poems of any style based on our theme of FAMILY, 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 must not appear on the submission as all entries are judged anonymously.
  • Multiple entries per person and simultaneous submissions accepted. Please notify the Festival if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Deadline: October 15, 2022 (postmark) or through Submittable.

Sponsored by Kindle Direct Publishing
Judge: TBD
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 ($600 value)
  • Public reading  at the next Festival



  • Finalists
    The top finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on our website, e-newsletter, and our social media pages.


    Failure to follow these guidelines may result in entry disqualification.

Eligibility

  • This contest is open only to emerging writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Published books include any book with an ISBN, including self-published. 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. 
  • Students and faculty of the University of New Orleans Film & Theatre Arts Graduate Program and Creative Writing Workshop are ineligible.
  • Unlimited entries allowed. One manuscript per submission. 
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted; please withdraw your submission, and notify the Festival if it is accepted elsewhere.

Guidelines

  • A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words.
  • The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or in the file name.
  • Submissions must be typed and double-spaced; pages must be numbered.
  • Please use a standard font, either Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia in 12 point font size.
  • Do not use bold or italics unless necessary.
  • Do not include a cover page. Include your title on the first page of the manuscript.
  • Please do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.
  • 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.
  • Content is not limited to Tennessee Williams or New Orleans-related themes.
  • Include a word count on the first page.
  • Revisions or edits will not be accepted once submitted for judging.


Judge: Peter Hagan, former president of Dramatists Play Service

Grand Prize

  • $1,500
  • Professional Staged Reading at the next Festival
  • VIP All-Access Festival pass ($600 value) for the next Festival
  • Publication in Bayou Magazine


Finalists

The top finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on our website, e-newsletter, and our social media pages.


Failure to follow these guidelines may result in entry disqualification.

Eligibility

  • This contest is for emerging or previously unpublished playwrights. Published books include any book with an ISBN, including self-published. Those who have published books in other genres besides playwriting remain eligible.
  • Only plays not previously published, professionally produced, or performed are eligible. 
  • Plays submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place are eligible.
  • Plays that have won and/or placed in any other playwriting contest are ineligible.
  • Students and faculty of the University of New Orleans Film & Theatre Arts Graduate Program and Creative Writing Workshop are ineligible.
  • Unlimited entries allowed. One script per submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted; please withdraw your submission, and notify the Festival if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • Plays may not be under option, commission, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
  • If the play was staged for the purpose of providing the author with feedback, such as in a workshop, student showcase, or staged reading connected with a writing program, this is acceptable.


Guidelines

  • Plays should run no more than one hour in length (one act or approx. 60 pages.)
  • The playwright’s name must not appear anywhere on the script or in the file name.
  • Please use a standard font, either Times New Roman or Arial in 12 point font size.
  • Submissions must be typed in English, and pages must be numbered. 
  • Do not use bold or italics unless necessary to the script. 
  • Do not include a cover page. Include your title on the first page of the manuscript.
  • Please do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.
  • Play content is NOT limited to Tennessee Williams or New Orleans-related themes.
  • Revisions or edits will not be accepted once submitted for judging. 
  • We recommend Samuel French formatting guidelines. That guideline can be found at http://www.playwrightslocal.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Samuel-French-Formatting-Guide.pdf
  • Include a cast of characters and character descriptions.


Sponsored by Scovern Law Firm

Judge:  TBD

Grand Prize

  • $1,000
  • VIP All-Access Pass ($600 value) for the next Festival
  • Public reading at the next Festival

Finalists

The top finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on our website, e-newsletter, and on our social media pages.


Failure to follow these guidelines may result in entry disqualification.

Eligibility

  • This contest is open only to emerging writers who have not yet published a book of poetry. Published books include self-published books, chapter books, or any book with an ISBN. Those who have published books in other genres besides poetry remain eligible.
  • Only previously unpublished poems will be accepted.
  • Poems submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place are eligible.
  • Poems that have won and/or placed in any other writing contest are ineligible.
  • Students and faculty of the University of New Orleans Film & Theatre Arts Graduate Program and Creative Writing Workshop are ineligible.
  • Unlimited entries allowed. One collection per submission. 
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if a poem or collection is accepted elsewhere.


Guidelines

  • Submit a collection of 2-4 original, unpublished poems of any style or theme, written in English, with a combined length of up to 400 lines.
  • The author’s name must not appear on the collection or in the file name.
  • Pages must be numbered.
  • Please use a standard font, either Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia in 12 point font size.
  • Do not use bold or italics unless necessary.
  • Give a unique title to the collection of your submission, as well as a title for each individual poem. 
  • Please do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.
  • 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.
  • Content is not limited to Tennessee Williams or New Orleans-related themes.
  • Include a total line count for the collection on the first page.
  • Revisions or edits will not be accepted once submitted for judging. 


Judge:  TBD

Grand Prize

  • $500
  • VIP Pass to the Festival ($600 Value)
  • Public reading at the next Festival
  • Publication in New Orleans Review Archive Features

Finalists

The top finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival, They will also have their names published on our website, e- newsletter, and our social media pages.


Failure to follow these guidelines may result in entry disqualification.

Eligibility

  • This contest is open only to emerging writers who have not yet published a book of short fiction. Published books include any book with an ISBN, including self-published. 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.
  • Students and faculty of the University of New Orleans Film & Theatre Arts and Creative Writing Workshop are ineligible.
  • Unlimited entries allowed. One manuscript per submission. 
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted; please withdraw your submission, and notify the Festival if it is accepted elsewhere.


Guidelines

  • A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 1,000 words.
  • The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript or in the file name.
  • Submissions must be typed and double-spaced; pages must be numbered.
  • Please use a standard font, either Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia in 12 point font size.
  • Do not use bold or italics unless necessary.
  • Do not include a cover page. Include your title on the first page of the manuscript.
  • Please do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.
  • 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.
  • Content is not limited to Tennessee Williams or New Orleans-related themes.
  • Include a word count on the first page.
  • Revisions or edits will not be accepted once submitted for judging.


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