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$15.00 USD

Sponsored by Scovern Law Firm

Judge:  Natalie Diaz

Grand Prize

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


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.


  • 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  • Only previously unpublished poems will be accepted.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.


  • Submit a collection of 2-4 original, unpublished poems of any style or theme, written in English, with a combined length of up to 400 lines.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. 

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