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2014 Speakers

Mary Griggs

By day, Mary Griggs is a non-profit management consultant and a political activist. By night, she writes. Whenever she can, she takes advantage of all the amenities New Orleans has to offer, especially the food! She is the author of three novels (Unbroken Circle, Crash Stop and In the Midst of Tribulation) published by Bella […]

Kelly McQuain

Kelly McQuain won the 2013 Bloom chapbook poetry award for his book Velvet Rodeo, selected by C. Dale Young. His writing has been featured on NPR and in the pages of The Pinch, Paper Nautilus, Painted Bride Quarterly, Assaracus, Mead, Icarus, Bloom, Chelsea Station and more. His work has been anthologized in numerous collections, including […]

Candice Huber

Candice Huber is a local literary advocate and founder of the blog/website www.fleurdelit.com, which she launched in March 2012. She expanded Fleur de Lit in November 2013 to include the author series “Reading Between the Wines” at Pearl Wine Co. in mid-city. Fleur de Lit is dedicated to providing free advertising and promotion for the New […]

Michael Thomas Ford

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of more than sixty books in genres ranging from young adult fiction to humorous essay collections. A 12-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, he has won five times in the categories of gay men’s romance, gay men’s mystery, and humor. He is the recipient of the 2014 James Duggins Outstanding […]

Brenda Currin

Brenda Currin, an Obie award winner (My Sister in This House by Wendy Kesselman), has been in such films as In Cold Blood (Nancy Clutter), The World According to Garp (Pooh), Reds, Taps, Life with Mikey, and C.H.U.D.; has performed in many plays in and out of New York, including David Kaplan’s and her adaptation of Eudora Welty’s stories throughout […]

Judge Mary A. Celeste

Judge Mary A. Celeste currently sits on the Denver County Court bench where she was the Presiding Judge 2009 and 2010; the first woman and LGBT to hold that position in the history of that Court. She was also the first out LGBT Judge in Colorado. She is the founder of the Colorado Legal Initiatives […]


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The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 4,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.”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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