• The mission of the TWFest and SASFest Writing Contest is to promote new work from emerging artists. 
  • TWFest & SASFest are 501c3 nonprofit status.
  • 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The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.”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 2021-2022 SAS Fiction Judge is Martin Hyatt.

Louisiana native and novelist Martin Hyatt is the author of A Scarecrow’s Bible and Beautiful Gravity, each of which received a Stonewall Honor Book Award from the ALA. He is the recipient of the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and an Edward Albee Fellowship. He has also been a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley, the Violet Quill, and two Lambda Literary Awards. His shorter works have appeared in New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, and Electric Literature. He currently lives in New York City.

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. There will also be a book release party and reading held during the 19th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Conference in New Orleans in 2022. 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, 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  • Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.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, 2021 (postmark). 

This contest would not be possible without a generous grant from Scovern Law Firm, The John Burton Harter Foundation, and our printing sponsor The Commonality Institute.

Judge: Julie Enszer

Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is a scholar and a poet. Her scholarly work has appeared in Southern Cultures, Journal of Lesbian Studies, American Periodicals, WSQ, and Frontiers. She is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Avowed, and the editor of The Complete Works of Pat Parker, Sister Love: The Letters of Pat Parker and Audre Lorde, and Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry. Enszer edits and publishes Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal

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 2022 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 RAIN, 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.

Sponsored by Kindle Direct Publishing
Judge:
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 a literary panel 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.


Sponsored by the Favrot-Van Horn Fund

Judge:

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.

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Judge:  Natalie Diaz

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:

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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