2015 Speakers

Ruth Sternglantz

Ruth Sternglantz has spent over a quarter century studying stories, playing with words, and making books of one sort or another, first as an editorial intern at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, then as an English professor, and, since 2004, editing queer fiction for Bold Strokes Books. A medievalist by training, she loves everything about old texts […]

Clayton Delery-Edwards

Clayton Delery-Edwards is a native of Louisiana who grew up in the New Orleans area. Since 1989, he has been a member of the faculty at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. Though he teaches English, in recent years his interests have been shifting toward history.  In 2014 he published The Up […]

Scott Bailey

Scott Bailey’s collection of poems Thus Spake Gigolo has been published by NYQ Books. Bailey grew up in Raleigh, Mississippi, the former home of the National Tobacco Spitting Contest. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University, and a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program. He has received […]

Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones is the editor of BuzzFeed LGBT and a Pushcart Prize-winning poet. His debut poetry collection Prelude to Bruise was described by Publishers Weekly as “a dark night of the soul presented as the finest of evening gowns.” NPR says his work is both “beautiful and unsparing.” His work has appeared in publications like Guernica, The Rumpus, Hayden’s […]

LaShonda Katrice Barnett

LaShonda Katrice Barnett is the author of a story collection and editor of I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters On Their Craft (2007) and Off the Record: Conversations with African American & Brazilian Women Musicians (2015). Recent short fiction appeared in Guernica Magazine, the Chicago Tribune’s Printer’s Row, New Orleans Review and elsewhere.  Her debut novel, Jam! On the Vine (Feb. 2015) was published by Grove/Atlantic. She […]

Nathan Burgoine

Nathan Burgoine’s short fiction appears in dozens of publications, including Foolish Hearts, This is How You Die, The Touch of the Sea, Boys of Summer, Men of the Mean Streets, and Fool for Love. His non-fiction appears in A Family by any Other Name, 5×5 Literary Magazine, and I Like it Like That. His first […]

Rich Barnett

Rich Barnett shuttles between his day job with an environmental think tank in Washington, DC, and his writer’s life in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

J.D Horn

J.D. Horn, author of the “Witching Savannah” series, was raised in rural Tennessee, and has since carried a bit of its red clay in him while travelling the world, from Hollywood, to Paris, to Tokyo.

James Magruder

James Magruder’s adaptations of Marivaux, Molière, Dancourt, Gozzi, Labiche, Lesage, and Dickens have been produced on and off-Broadway, across the country, and in Germany and Japan.

Lori Horvitz

Lori Horvitz’ writing has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies including Epiphany, Chattahoochee Review, South Dakota Review and Southeast Review.


2015 Fiction Contest

Submissions are now open for our Sixth Annual Short Fiction Contest.

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. Andrew Holleran (pictured), author of Dancer from the Dance, Nights in Aruba, The Beauty of Men, Ground Zero, Chronicle of a Plague Revisted, In September the Light Changes, and Grief: A Novel, will select the winning stories.


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 12th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Conference in New Orleans in 2015. A list of the top ten finalists will be posted on our website and in our e-newsletter. Have a question about one of our writing contests? Please send questions to: contests@tennesseewilliams.net.


  • 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.


  • Submissions should be in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, one inch margins, 12 point font). 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.
  • Theme (interpret as you wish): Saints and Sinners

Entry fee: $15 per story. There is no limit on the number of stories each author may enter. Deadline: November 15, 2014 (postmark) Submissions for the 6th Annual Contest are now open.


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