Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Newsletter

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Sunday, March 29 at 4:15 PM on Jackson Square

It’s all over but the Shoutin’! You won’t want to miss the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s “Stanley and Stella” Shouting Contest. Contestants vie to rival Stanley Kowalski’s shout for “STELLAAAAA!!!!!” in the unforgettable scene from A Streetcar Named Desire. Women are welcome to try a little role reversal and yell for Stanley. Free and open to the public. Prizes will be awarded. (shouting contest photo; need photo credit:  New Orleans Advocate/Matthew Hinton

We look forward to seeing you soon! Any questions, email Paul at pjwillisnola@aol.com or call: 504-581-1144

Early to SAS?

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If you happen to get into town early, here are a couple of recommendations of some things you might want to check out.

On Thursday, March 26

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French Quarter, March 26, 2015 (5pm-7pm)

Where’s Stella?

In celebration of Tennessee Williams’ birthday, the public is invited to join us for an improv performance on the streets of the French Quarter. In honor of “A Streetcar Named Desire”, Stanley is searching for Stella on his route to deliver moonshine. Beginning at Jackson Square on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 5pm, Stanley will load the moonshine in the trunk of a 1926 Model T Ford pickup and be followed by the Young Pinstripe Jazz Band with a 2nd line to Pat O’Brien’s.

Stanley will shout up to the balcony for “Stellaaaaa!” but he seems to have just missed her and he’ll continue his moonshine delivery route along Royal and Bourbon Streets, stopping at the Monteleone Hotel to meet up with festival participants. The performance concludes at Backspace Bar & Kitchen, a literary themed bar located at 139 Chartres Street. Here, Stanley finds Stella, played by Courtney Boe, and delivers the moonshine.  The Young Pinstripe Jazz Band will play prohibition era jazz music in the 100 block of Chartres. While at Backspace, shot girls will serve moonshine from Buffalo Trace Distillery. The birthday celebration continues at the Hotel Monteleone with celebrity performances and birthday cake at  6:30 p.m.  Go to  tennesseewilliams.net  for tickets to that event and more info.

Playing Stella – Courtney Boe is a local actress, currently performing in the National WWII Museum’s charming vocal trio, the Victory Belles. Playing Stanley – Jake Wynne-Wilson is a talented actor currently playing Dr. Cukrowicz in “Suddenly Last Summer” at the Southern Rep Theater.

Friday, March 27 at 1 PM

Master Class with Jim Grimsley: The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth

Writing fiction and non-fiction about painful subjects involves a willingness to expose the harder and more painful sides of ourselves. Jim Greimsley will share from his own experience in writing non-fiction about the racial attitudes he learned in the south of his childhood, detailed in his memoir How I Shed My Skin, to be published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in April 2015; and he will also discuss the different processes for approaching such difficult material in fiction and non-fiction. The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street, $25. Enter SAS20 upon check out for a 20% discount. Click here to get a ticket.

Throughout the weekend, you can stop by Dickie Brennan’s Tableau Restaurant located at 616 St. Peter Street (on Jackson Square). They have awesome food and are a sponsor of this year’s Festival. They’ll be selling specialty mint juleps and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Festival! (Julep Photo)

SAS Welcome

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Dear Saints and Sinners!

For those of you coming to the 12th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, we so look forward to seeing you very soon. The weather forecast looks promising, with temperatures ranging from the high 60s to 80 degrees during the day and ranging from the low 50s to 60 at night

The readings and panel discussions promise to be heated up as well. Complete schedule available at sasfest.com or visit the website to register. For all SAS registrants, you receive an added bonus of a 20% off on tickets to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Use coupon code SAS20 upon checkout. TW schedule of events, visit the Festival website.

We will be set up on site with our box office and information desk in the lobby of the  Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street, starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27.

SAS 2015 Program Sneak Peek

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Exciting New Program for the 12th Saints and Sinners Literary Festival

As the 12th Saints and Sinners Literary Festival draws near, we thought you might enjoy a taste of what we are planning.

Two panel discussions we are excited about:

BLEEDING IN PUBLIC: The Art of the Memoir

Over the past decade, the memoir has been one of the fastest growing segments of the publishing world. But how do you decide whether your story is worth sharing, and that others might find value in your story? What do you share, and what do you keep private? Please join the authors of some truly engaging and enlightening memoirs as they share their process and secrets to writing their truths for others to benefit and learn from.

LOVE AND MURDER: Writing Romantic Suspense

New York Times bestseller Nevada Barr famously said, “If it ain’t romance and it ain’t mystery, it’s just plain boring.” The romantic suspense novel combines both elements to hook readers, but defining the proper balance between the two is an art form in and of itself. Join some of today’s top romantic suspense writers as they talk walking the tightrope while juggling the two genres.

Four attendees we cannot wait to hear speak:

Rebecca Chance is the writer of seven UK Sunday Times best-selling glamorous thrillers, DivasBad Girls, Bad SistersKiller HeelsBad Angels, Killer Queen, and Bad Brides, which have been described as “Jackie Collins meets Sidney Sheldon in a gay bar in St Tropez.” She has also been called the ‘Betty Boop’ and the ‘Dorothy Parker’ of crime fiction. Born in London to art dealer parents, she studied English Literature at Cambridge University, has lived in Tuscany and New York and travels extensively to research luxurious locations for her novels.

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 Ferry Review, and Blackbird among others. Saeed is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Queer / Art / Mentors.

Richard Natale is a reporter and editor who has written for such publications as The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice and Time Magazine. He wrote and directed the gay-themed feature film drama Green Plaid Shirt, which debuted at Outfest LA and was the closing night film at the Palm Springs Film Festival. Natale won the National Playwright’s Competition for the comedy Shuffle off This Mortal Buffalo. Natale’s short stories have appeared in Wilde Oats, Chelsea Station and Off The Rocks. His novella Junior Willis and full-length novel Café Eisenhower were recently published by Bold Strokes Books.

Cindy Rizzo is the author of two lesbian romance novels: Exception to the Rule, which won the 2014 award for Best Debut Fiction from the Golden Crown Literary Society and Love Is Enough, released in September 2014. Her short story, The Miracle of the Lights, was published in the anthology Unwrap These Presents (Ylva Publishing). Based in New York City, Cindy has worked in philanthropy for many years and has a long history of involvement in the LGBT movement.

Short Fiction Contest Finalist and Favorites who will be there:

Many of this year’s short fiction contest finalists will be attending the 12th Annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival.  We are excited to have confirmation that Eric Andrew-Katz, Maureen Brady, Frank Perez, Felice Picano, and Jerry Rabushki are all confirmed attendees as well as past short fiction contest finalist J.R. Greenwell.

We hope you enjoyed this little taste of what we have in the works and are looking forward to seeing you there.

Please visit www.sasfest.org for more information and purchase tickets or register now!

2015 SAS Short Fiction Contest Winner

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The winner of the 2015 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest is “Basketball Fever” by Maureen Brady (Pictured here).

The two runners up are “Fat Hands” by John Kane and “Hustler’s Court” by Frank Perez

A book launch party and reading will take place on Saturday, March 28 at the 12th Annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival.  For the first time, Saints and Sinners will be part of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.  The dates for Saints and Sinners are March 27 to 29 in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

All twelve of the stories by the finalists will be included in an anthology published by Bold Strokes Books that will be available in March at the festival and online.

We want to thank everyone who entered the 2015 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest; Andrew Holleran, this year’s final judge, for the time and care he put into selecting the winners; Bold Strokes Books for its continued support of the festival and for publishing the anthology; and the John B. Harter Charitable Trust for its continued support of this project.

In alphabetical order by author’s last name, the 2015 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest finalists are:

  • “Gingerbread” by Eric Andrew-Katz
  • “Days of Awe” by N.S. Beranek
  • “Basketball Fever” by Maureen Brady
  • “Wren’s Knell” by Kristyn Dunnion
  • “Pageant Girl” by Sam Hawk
  • “Fat Hands” by John Kane
  • “Maple Beach People” by Lee Lynch
  • “Hustler’s Court” by Frank Perez
  • “A Perfect Fit” by Felice Picano
  • “’Til it Bleeds” by Jerry Rabushka
  • “Femorph” by James Russell
  • “What it was Turned Ollie Queer” by Mike Tuohy

Saints and Sinners Registration News

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Registration for the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival is open and this year we are pleased to be running in tandem with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. SAS programming is scheduled Friday, March 27, through Sunday, March 29, but don’t let that stop you from arriving early to take in our TW/NOLF events which kick off Wednesday, March 25th. For a list of TW/NOLF events, which you will enjoy at 20% off with a SAS registration, visit http://www.tennesseewilliams.net.

Also, check out the LGBT walking tours, SAS partner party passes and our special events.

For more information, visit our website at www.sasfest.org and be sure to register or purchase tickets while you are there!

SAS 2015 Writing Contest Finalists

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Sixth Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Finalists Announced

We are excited to announce the finalist in the 6th annual Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest.  A few of the finalist will take part in a book launch party at the festival in New Orleans on Saturday, March 28.  The 12th Annual Festival will be held March 27 to 29 in the French Quarter and will, for the first time, be part of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. (Additional Information about registration is below).

All twelve of the stories by the finalists will be included in an anthology published by Bold Strokes Books that will be available in March at the festival and online.

We want to thank everyone who entered the 2015 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest; Andrew Holleran, this year’s final judge, for the time and care he put into selecting the winners; Bold Strokes Books for its continued support of the festival and for publishing the anthology; and the John B. Harter Charitable Trust for its continued support of this project.

In alphabetical order by author’s last name, the 2015 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest finalist are:

“Gingerbread” by Eric Andrew-Katz

“Days of Awe” by N.S. Beranek

“Basketball Fever” by Maureen Brady

“Wren’s Knell” by Kristyn Dunnion

“Pageant Girl” by Sam Hawk

“Fat Hands” by John Kane

“Maple Beach People” by Lee Lynch

“Hustler’s Court” by Frank Perez

“A Perfect Fit” by Felice Picano

“’Til it Bleeds” by Jerry Rabushka

“Femorph” by James Russell

“What it was Turned Ollie Queer” by Mike Tuohy

This year’s entries were stronger than ever and the judges found the selection process difficult.  With that in mind, for the first time we are also announcing a list of Honorable Mentions.  The judges found these stories to be very strong contenders and while they are not being included in the 2015 anthology, we wanted to acknowledge them.

The Saints and Sinners 2015 Short Fiction Honorable Mentions are, in alphabetical order by author’s last name:

Tom Baker for “Arianna”

Rich Barnett for “White Paint”

Elaine Burnes for “Auto Repair”

J.R. Greenwell for “A Tongue and a Twerk”

Angel Propps for “Carnations”

Vince Sgambati for “Vera’s Place”

Kacie Stetson for “Nganga”

Karis Walsh for “Transport”

 

SAS Black Friday

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Dear Saints and Sinners,

Saints and Sinners 2015 Event Registration and 2015 Partner Party Pass will be on sale for a limited time. Our Black Friday special is good for an automatic 20% off if you purchase your Registration and/or Partner Party Pass any time Tuesday, November 25th, 8am through Sunday November 30th at 11:59 pm.

SAS Registration (regularly priced $150) includes the following benefits:

* Invitation to our Saints and Sinners welcome party at the historic Gallier House in the French Quarter

* Admittance to all Saints and Sinners literary panel discussions and our reading series sponsored by the John Burton Harter Charitable Trust

* A special event on Saturday, March 28 featuring readings by our 2015 Fiction Contest finalists

* As an added perk this year, your Saints and Sinners registration includes a literary panel pass to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival where you can see John Waters interviewed by Laura Lippman on Friday afternoon

* Additionally, if you get in town early and want to check out some of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s master classes, theater events, etc. You’ll receive a discount code for 20% off all Tennessee Williams Festival tickets for events throughout the weekend. We’ll have a complete schedule of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival up online by early January.

The Partner Pass (regularly priced $25) includes:

  • Admission to Saints and Sinners Welcome Party (Friday, 3/27/15)
  • Admission to Saints and Sinners Reception (Saturday, 3/28/15)
  • 20% Discount Code (to be emailed at a later date) for any Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival events for which you may wish to purchase tickets

If interested, go to http://www.tennesseewilliams.netand sign up for the Festival e-news if you haven’t already to receive updates. Some of the speakers lined up for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival include: NPR’s Amy Dickinson, 2014 Poetry Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay Seshadri, Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright John Patrick Shanley, and New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul.

We’re excited to announce that Phil Klay (Redeployment) is this year’s recipient of the 2014 National Book Award Fiction Prize. Three others among our 2015 Festival speakers include finalists for National Book Awards including John Lahr (Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh), Molly Antopol (The UnAmericans) and Nigel Hamilton (The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-42).

If you’re planning to register for Saints and Sinners next March and are interested in participating in our reading series, there are still slots available. Contact Paul at: saintandsinnola@aol.com

We’ll be sending out program updates and features on some of the SAS participating authors as we lead up to the event.

We look forward to seeing you next March!

SAINTS AND SINNERS LITERARY FESTIVAL

938 LAFAYETTE ST. SUITE 514 • NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA 70113

504-581-1144 • 800-900-5FEST • SASFEST.ORG

SAS Contest Reminder

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This is a final reminder that the deadline for the Sixth Annual Short Fiction Contest is almost upon us.

Don’t miss our November 15th deadline.

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.

Judge: Andrew Holleran, author of Dancer from the DanceNights in ArubaThe Beauty of Men, Ground Zero, Chronicle of a Plague RevistedIn September the Light Changes, and Grief: A Novel, will select the winning stories.

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 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.

Eligibility:

  • 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.

Guidelines:

  • 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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Saints and Sinners 2015 Updates

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Dear Saints and Sinners!

Registration is now open for the 12th annual Saints and Sinners Literary event. For the first time, the event will be held in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Saints and Sinners activities will take place Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Your registration for a weekend pass ($150) includes the following benefits:

  • Invitation to our Saints and Sinners welcome party at the historic Gallier House in the French Quarter
  • Admittance to all Saints and Sinners literary panel discussions and our reading series sponsored by the John Burton Harter Charitable Trust
  • A special event on Saturday, March 28 featuring readings by our 2015 Fiction Contest finalists
  • As an added perk this year, your Saints and Sinners registration includes a literary panel pass to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival where you can see John Waters interviewed by Laura Lippman on Friday afternoon
  • Additionally, if you get in town early and want to check out some of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s master classes, theater events, etc. You’ll receive a discount code for 20% off all Tennessee Williams Festival tickets for events throughout the weekend. We’ll have a complete schedule of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival up online by early January.

If interested, go to tennesseewilliams.net and sign up for the Festival e-news if you haven’t already to receive updates. Some of the speakers lined up for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival include: NPR’s Amy Dickinson, 2014 Poetry Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay Seshadri, Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright John Patrick Shanley, and New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul. We’re also excited to hear that four of our speakers have been named as finalists for the National Book Award. Phil Klay (Redeployment) is one of five in the fiction category; John Lahr (Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh), one of five for non-fiction. The winners will be announced Nov. 19. Two from the long list of 10 per category are Molly Antopol (The UnAmericans)/fiction and masterful biographer Nigel Hamilton (The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-42).

If you’re planning to register for Saints and Sinners next March and are interested in participating in our reading series, there are still slots available. Contact Paul at: saintandsinnola@aol.com by clicking on link in footer.

We’ll be sending out program updates and features on some of the SAS participating authors as we lead up to the event. Don’t forget deadline (November 15) is approaching for our 6th annual Short Fiction Contest. Click here for details.

We look forward to seeing you next March!

Saints and Sinners 2015

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Dear Saints and Sinners!

Registration is now open for the 12th annual Saints and Sinners Literary event. For the first time, the event will be held in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Saints and Sinners activities will take place Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Your registration for a weekend pass ($150) includes the following benefits:

  • Invitation to our Saints and Sinners welcome party at the historic Gallier House in the French Quarter
  • Admittance to all Saints and Sinners literary panel discussions and our reading series sponsored by the John Burton Harter Charitable Trust
  • A special event on Saturday, March 28 featuring readings by our 2015 Fiction Contest finalists
  • As an added perk this year, your Saints and Sinners registration includes a literary panel pass to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival where you can see John Waters interviewed by Laura Lippman on Friday afternoon
  • Additionally, if you get in town early and want to check out some of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s master classes, theater events, etc. You’ll receive a discount code for 20% off all Tennessee Williams Festival tickets for events throughout the weekend. We’ll have a complete schedule of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival up online by early January.

If interested, go to tennesseewilliams.net and sign up for the Festival e-news if you haven’t already to receive updates. Some of the speakers lined up for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival include: NPR’s Amy Dickinson, 2014 Poetry Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay Seshadri, Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright John Patrick Shanley, and New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul. We’re also excited to hear that four of our speakers have been named as finalists for the National Book Award. Phil Klay (Redeployment) is one of five in the fiction category; John Lahr (Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh), one of five for non-fiction. The winners will be announced Nov. 19. Two from the long list of 10 per category are Molly Antopol (The UnAmericans)/fiction and masterful biographer Nigel Hamilton (The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-42).

If you’re planning to register for Saints and Sinners next March and are interested in participating in our reading series, there are still slots available. Contact Paul at: saintandsinnola@aol.com

We’ll be sending out program updates and features on some of the SAS participating authors as we lead up to the event. Don’t forget deadline (November 15) is approaching for our 6th annual Short Fiction Contest. Click here for details.

We look forward to seeing you next March!

Saints And Sinners Lodging

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We are sending out a second reminder for those who have yet to secure lodging for SAS 2015.

We hope you are able to join us in balmy New Orleans this March .

For those of you planning to attend the Festival, we are suggesting that you look into booking rooms now.  March is a heavy-tourism month for New Orleans and rooms can be tricky to find at the last minute. Our fabulous host hotel, the Hotel Monteleone, is currently sold out of their block of rooms which were available to our patrons at a reduced rate.

The Olivier House Hotel has been a long standing partner for the Saints and Sinners LGBT Literary Festival. Per usual, they will be offering discounts for all Saints and Sinners participants- be sure to mention if you have stayed there in the past. When calling for reservations, mention that you are in town for the Saints and Sinners Festival. Discounts will vary depending on the number of nights you are staying.

A great option for a group of friends coming in to experience the event is La Boheme de Marigny. This cottage sleeps six easily with rates from $500 total per night, with options of $2,000 for the whole week to be split amongst the guests.

A list of additional accommodations can be found on our Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival website. You may wish to take advantage of the discounted rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott, Iberville.

And remember you can always find a unique place to stay to suit your needs by visiting our local bed and breakfast organization at www.bbnola.com, New Orleans.

 

SAS Membership 2015

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“I am delighted, in fact, enchanted with this glamorous, fabulous old town. I’ve been here about three hours but have already wandered about the Vieux Carre and noted many exciting possibilities. Here surely is the place that I was made for if any place on this funny old world.”

–Tennessee Williams

Calling all Saints and Sinners!

Become one of our Archangel Members and support the Festival.  At the $250 Sinners level, you’re securing your weekend pass ($150 value with additional perks this year) and you’re contributing to our operating expenses. There are additional levels to suit everyone’s budget and interests.

We are excited to announce a new format for the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in 2015. The Festival will take place within the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. There will still be exclusive content and social networking opportunities for all Saints and Sinners participants along with expanded opportunities for informational content and entertainment.

This year, your weekend registration to Saints and Sinners has some added perks. The SAS weekend pass includes a welcome reception on Friday, March 27 at a new and exciting location—The Historic Gallier House on Royal Street in the French Quarter. Your registration also includes admittance to all Saints and Sinners Literary panel discussions, and our reading series sponsored by the J.B. Harter Trust. These panels and readings will take place on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. Additionally, there will be a Saints and Sinners reception on Saturday, March 28th in the Vieux Carre room at the top of the Hotel Monteleone.

To celebrate the inclusion of Saints and Sinners within the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, all weekend pass holders will also receive a panel pass to the TW/New Orleans Literary Festival good for admittance to any panels that take place on Friday – Sunday.

Some of the discussions you can partake with your Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival pass include: The Warrior as Writer: Literature of Recent Wars; Sweetness and Savagery: Writing the Women of the South; and discussions commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and a featured interview with author and filmmaker John Waters. We will also extend a 20% discount on any additional tickets to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival events that you might enjoy. Possibilities include a special Tennessee Williams tribute reading at the Old Ursuline Convent featuring readers including John Waters and John Patrick Shanley; a special food/reading event at the world-renowned Antoine’s Restaurant commemorating their 175th anniversary; music programming at the famed Palm Court Jazz Café; and many more including a Williams birthday celebration on March 26. A complete schedule of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival events will be available online by early January.

Our new SAS format will make it possible for you to enjoy more panels, workshops, discussions, special events and opportunities to commune with like-minded practitioners, scholars and artists.

As Tennessee Williams was a FAMILY man himself, we know he would take pride in welcoming SAS to his namesake Festival! Keep an eye out for upcoming e-news to provide hotel/housing information and registration details.

If you have any questions, please call Paul at 504-581-1144.

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!

 

 

SAS Fiction Contest!

Andrew Holleran, Contest Judge, with PJ Willis, Festival Executive Director!

We are excited to announce that the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival will be part of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in 2015.

The Saints and Sinners component will take place March 27 – 29. We are still working out the particulars, but will be in touch soon with more information, early registration discounts, and details of the added value with your SAS registration.

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.

Judge: Andrew Holleran (pictured), author of Dancer from the DanceNights in ArubaThe Beauty of Men, Ground Zero, Chronicle of a Plague RevistedIn September the Light Changes, and Grief: A Novel, will select the winning stories.

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 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.

Eligibility:

  • 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.

Guidelines:

  • 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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2015 FESTIVAL INFORMATION COMING SOON!

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We’re working on next year and will have all the latest festival information posted soon … stay tuned

BEAR BARDS READ HIBERNATION AND OTHER POEMS AT SAINTS + SINNERS

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Friendly reminder that the 11th annual Saints and Sinners Festival is happening this week, Thursday, May 15-Sunday, May 18. Please click this link for a full schedule of events. Tickets are available now.

Click here to register for this incredible weekend and for a full schedule of events. Hope to see you all there!

Just added special event:

Saturday, May 17 8-9:30 PM

BEAR BARDS READ HIBERNATION AND OTHER POEMS AT SAINTS + SINNERS

The Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields, 504.945.9264

Join us at the New Orleans bear bar for a fun- and fur-filled evening in pursuit of the hirsute muse as award-winning poets from around the country gather during the Saints + Sinners Literary Festival this weekend. These bear bards will read from and sign copies of their new collection of poetry celebrating (two-legged) bear life: Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards

Hosted by Hibernation editor Ron Suresha

Featuring authors and Hibernation contributors: Jeff Mann, Felice Picano, Emanuel Xavier, Wayne Courtois-Seligman, Ralph Seligman-Courtois, Shawn Syms, and special guests

Jerry L. Wheeler & ‘Nathan Burgoine, reading from their forthcoming anthology, The Bears of Winter

Time allowing, we will open the mic briefly to everyone who wants to share their bear-themed verse. This is a free event, 21+, nonbears absolutely welcome!

http://neworleansphoenix.com/
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Author Spotlight: Christopher Rice

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By the age of 30, Christopher Rice had published four New York Times bestselling thrillers, received a Lambda Literary Award and been declared one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive. His latest novel is THE HEAVENS RISE, a supernatural thriller about a young woman who is exposed to a mysterious parasite in the Louisiana swamp that gives her the power to control minds and unleash living nightmares. Together with his best friend, bestselling novelist Eric Shaw Quinn, Christopher recently launched his own Internet radio show. An outrageous and irreverent comedy variety program, THE DINNER PARTY SHOW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE & ERIC SHAW QUINN streams 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at TheDinnerPartyShow.com, with new live episodes premiering Sunday evenings at 8 PM Eastern,5 PM Pacific.

Christopher’s first novel, A DENSITY OF SOULS, was published when he was just 22. The controversial bestseller was greeted with a landslide of media attention.  He served as a contributing columnist to The Advocate for many years and his additional criticisms and witticisms have been featured in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon.com and his own Facebook page, which currently hails over 100,000 subscribers. He recently served on the board of directors of the West Hollywood Library Fund, which was instrumental in securing private funds to build a brand new state-of-the-art library in the heart of the city he now calls home.

We’re thrilled to welcome Christopher back to his hometown of New Orleans as he joins us at the 2014 Festival!

Saints and Sinners Walking Tour

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2nd ANNUAL EVENT!
The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival is excited to present the first and only LGBT literary tour in New Orleans that reveals, in an entertaining way, the culturally rich, vital and often hidden gay history of the Crescent City. With your expert guide, stroll through the city’s fabled French Quarter and learn about its history from the 18th century to today. Hear about key contributors to the cultural development of the city, including Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, Lyle Saxon, Walt Whitman, John Kennedy Toole, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Tony Jackson, George Dureau, and many others. Visit historically rich sites and explore fascinating topics, such as the tragic Upstairs Lounge fire, the origins of Gay Carnival, and the development of the modern gay rights movement in New Orleans.

Two opportunities to particiapte: Friday, May 16 at 3 P.M. and Saturday, May 17 at 10 A.M. Groups will meet in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone.

Buy your tickets here.

Glitter With The Literati!

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Friday, May 16 @6:30pm  – Come to our welcome party and experience true Southern Hospitality in the beautiful courtyard of the Hermann-Grima House; enjoy this chance to meet the authors that will be speaking during the weekend as well as some of New Orleans colorful characters. There will be plenty of spirits along with tasty treats. Prior to the Civil War, prosperous Creole families enjoyed an elegant lifestyle in the Vieux Carre. Walk through this meticulously restored residence and experience the Golden Age of New Orleans. Built in 1831, Hermann-Grima House is one of the most significant residences in New Orleans. Included in weekend pass or purchase here for friends.

Buy your tickets here.

SAS Master Classes: Friday, May 16th

SAS MASTER CLASS @10am JEFF MANN: USING PLACE IN YOUR WRITING
Urban, small-town, or rural, the places we live in and travel through influence all of us. In this master class, we’ll examine a few works of LGBT literature to see how the authors use setting to enliven their works. Because every place has its own folk culture—sayings, pronunciations, tales, customs, cuisine, and more—we’ll also take a brief look at the study of folklore, a field that can help us more fully appreciate the ways that place can enrich our writing.
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SAS MASTER CLASS @11:30am FELICE PICANO: WRITER IN THE WORLD – THE WRITER IN THE REAL WORLD – STRATEGIES FOR GETTING PUBLISHED, REPUBLISHED, AND CONTROLLING YOUR OWN CAREER OVER THE SHORT AND LONG HAULS
Felice Picano has broken, and continues to break, all the rules of publishing. He went from writing mainstream commercial novels to gay novels in the late 1970s; from commercial novels to literary memoir and short stories in the 1980s, and then in the early 1990s, he crafted the second and third editions of The Joy of Gay Sex with Charles Silverstein. In current decade he continues to publish–speculative fiction with Bold Strokes, and his True Stories memoirs through Chelsea Station Editions. Picano’s career suggests that traditional routes–remaining with the same publisher or agent with home to building a career as a writer, for example–are outdated, particularly in today’s precarious publishing world. In this Master Class, Picano will offer practical strategies for writers to begin, nurture and reinvent their careers and remain relevant.
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SAS MASTER CLASS @3pm MICHELE KARLSBERG: #NetVISIBLE
Authors’ names are their brands, and satisfied readers exercise brand loyalty. They shop for titles by author name, and when they come across a real find, they recommend it to friends. Those friends do the same, and the chain continues. But a book is more than a cover or jacket. It is the embodiment of a human voice to which the reader seeks connection. Thus, loyal readers attend book signings, subscribe to newsletters, and use Facebook, Twitter, Google +, or LinkedIn to make contact with favorite authors. The deeper the social connection between reader and author, the more likely the reader will act as the author’s sales agent. Let us help you put Facebook, Twitter, and other directories to work for you. Michele will suggest ways to broaden your reach, penetrating into emerging markets in a way that’s appropriate to the medium and your audience.
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Book Launch Party/Fundraiser

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The 11th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival opens Thursday, May 15 at 7 P.M. with an evening of cocktails and readings from the anthology Saints and Sinners 2014: New Fiction from the Festival. At this book launch party to benefit the Festival and the NO/AIDS Task Force, finalists from the 5th Annual Short Fiction Contest will read from their creative works. All guests receive a copy of the book published by Bold Strokes Books, and can be the first to sample the anthology’s Saints and Sinners-themed stories.

This event is happening at the historic Beauregard-Keyes House, 1113 Chartres St.

Buy your tickets here.

Every Saint Has a Past, Every Sinner Has a Future: A GLBT Late Night Variety Show

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Happening May 16-18 at 1o P.M. each night at The Shadowbox Theatre 2400 St. Claude Ave.
$15, $10 with student I.D.

Come one, come all to a variety show of the queerest sort! After a full day of perusing the panels at the festival, let us entertain you with three nights of gender-defying performances scandalous enough to make Oscar Wilde blush. Produced by Xena Zeit-Geist, most sinful burlesque star in New Orleans and writer/director of Arkham ASS-ylum: A Batman Burlesque Play and It’s Always Sunny in Burlesque, the show features an assortment of acts ranging from strip teases to sideshow numbers. Every Saint Has a Past, Every Sinner Has a Future showcases many of New Orleans’s most talented LGBT performers, including: clownlesque cutie and co-producer of the Storyville Starlettes, Chatty the Mime; international dance and music sensation Kynt Bryan; fierce and fiery sideshow extraordinaire Lydia Treats; draglesque star and producer of Queerlesque!, Ace Falcor; and many more! All three nights feature a rotating cast, so each night will be a unique performance, and all shows include various forms of burlesque, drag numbers, fire eating, belly dancing, singing, comedy, and sword swallowing. The magic is happening at The Shadowbox Theatre, an intimate performance space located in the heart of the Marigny. Tickets are available both online and at the door. However, seating is limited, so please arrive early to be sure you get a seat! Drinks will be available for purchase. The Shadowbox only accepts cash at this time.

Get your tickets here.

#SAS14 Reception in the Vieux Carré

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In honor of his fellow Saints & Sinners and to celebrate the launch of his memoir, Damage Control!, author and #SAS14 speaker Sergei Boissier invites you for cocktails & hors d ’oeuvres. Experience the literary life of New Orleans and mingle with your fellow authors and participants in a unique 1830s Creole cottage situated on beautiful Esplanade Avenue, which straddles the historic French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny. Come dressed as your favorite Saint or Sinner and get your Saturday night off to a good start!

Saturday, May 17, 6:30-8:30 P.M. 833 Esplanade Ave.
Guests must R.S.V.P. or show their Saints and Sinners badges.

To R.S.V.P. or for further info, email: sboissauthor@yahoo.com.

SAS Prep Your Pitch

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One of the world’s largest independent publishers of LGBTQ literature will be hearing pitches at Saints and Sinners.

Bold Strokes Books editor Ruth Sternglantz is taking appointments for 10 minute meetings.
The full spectrum of LGBTQ general and genre fictions (including YA) welcome.
For more information about Bold Strokes Books, check their website: www.boldstrokesbooks.com.

Pitch appointments will held Friday, May 16, 2014 in The Hotel Monteleone Royal B (ballroom).

Email resternglantz@gmail.com for an appt and to learn more.

FESTIVAL WEEKEND INFORMATION

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Tickets are available online all weekend if you purchase online please bring your PRINTED RECEIPT to the box office to redeem for a ticket (9-5) or to the door for admittance.

Our on-site box office will be open for ticket purchases Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9-5. Please come and visit us at Registration and Information: Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street. Room Royal A.   

Tickets to all events listed below can be found here.

Be sure to use the discount code SAS2014 to recieve 20% off of your on-line ticket purchases!

FESTIVAL OVERVIEW

THURSDAY MAY 15, 2014

Book launch/Fundraiser   7 P.M.
Beauregard-Keyes House: 1113 Chartres St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

This event is a fundraiser for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the NO/AIDS Task Force. This book launch will feature readings from the Saints and Sinners Anthology from the finalists of our short fiction contest.

FRIDAY MAY 16, 2014

Master Classes
Hotel Monteleone: 214 Royal St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Times listed with individual writers below

Jeff Mann 10am

Wilson and Sternglantz 10am

Felice Picano 11:30am

Edmund White 1:30pm

Carol Anshaw 1:30pm

Michele Karlsberg 3pm

Accomplished writers will teach classes on a number of topics ranging from the editing process in a literary work to the task of drawing from and shaping one’s own experiences into a narrative.

SAS Prep Your Pitch! 11:30am Prep Your Pitch! One of the world’s largest independent publishers of LGBTQ literature will be hearing pitches at Saints and Sinners. Bold Strokes Books editor Ruth Sternglantz is taking appointments for 10 minute meetings. The full spectrum of LGBTQ general and genre fictions (including YA) welcome. Email resternglantz@gmail.com to requst an appointment and to learn more, pitch appointments will be during this time slot in Royal B (ballroom). For more information about Bold Strokes Books, check their website: www.boldstrokesbooks.com.

Walking Tour
Two opportunities to participate in this event: Friday May 16 at 3 P.M. and Saturday May 16 at 10 A.M.
Leaves from lobby of the Hotel Monteleone: 214 Royal St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 and travels all over French Quarter. This LGBT themed literary walking tour will take guests through the often hidden world of gay history in New Orleans while discussing the work of the writers who contributed their voices to the Crescent City’s rich cultural history.

SAS “Glitter with the Literati” Welcome Party
Hermann-Grima House: 820 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Friday, May 16 at 6:30 P.M. Join us  in the beautiful courtyard of the Hermann-Grima house for snacks and cocktails with some of the writers who will be speaking in the Festival’s panels.

SATURDAY MAY 17 and SUNDAY MAY 18, 2015

Hotel Monteleone: 214 Royal St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

See a full PDF of panels here.
All day included in registration.

Writers from around the world will discuss topics pertaining to writing and  the literary life. Practical information for all readers and writers.

SUNDAY MAY 18, 2014

Closing Party, 4-6 P.M.
Hotel Monteleone Riverview Room: 214 Royal St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Close out the festival with cocktails on the top floor of the Hotel Monteleone in the Riverview Room which offers a breathtaking view of the city. We’ll recognize outstanding members of the LGBT community and induct this year’s class of the Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame for their contributions to LGBT literature.

SPECIAL EVENTS / OTHER OFFERING (VARIED TIMES) Including:

FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY MAY 16, 17 and 18th at 10pm 

A GLBT Late Night Variety Show – Every Saint Has A Past, Every Sinner Has A Future: A GLBT Late Night Variety Show

The Shadowbox Theatre: 2400 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, Lousiana 70117

A variety show of the queerest sort, produced by Xena Zeit-Geist in conjunction with The Saints & Sinners GLBT Literary Festival ! Burlesque, boylesque, drag, music, fire-eating, dance, prizes, and more! Let us entertain you with three nights of gender-defying performances that would make Oscar Wilde blush.**Seating is limited! Please arrive early!** Drinks will be available for purchase. The Shadowbox only accepts cash at this time.

 Be sure and check out our full schedule of events by clicking here.

Master Class Spot Light: Life Into Fiction with Carol Anshaw

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Have you ever thought the events of your life would make a great book?  Ever wanted to fictionalize true events? Carol Anshaw will lead you in a workshop that blurs the line between reality and fiction, and explores whether the two are ever truly mutually exclusive. In a hands-on seminar, Anshaw will work with participants to craft a story and share with other members.

Carol Anshaw is the winner of numerous honors, including a Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction. The Publishing Triangle declared her novel Aquamarine one of the best gay and lesbian books of all time. Chicago Tribune also called this “the most original American novel in years.” Her new novel Carry the One was hailed as “brilliant” by the Boston Globe.

Don’t miss Carol Anshaw’s Master Class on Friday, May 16 2014 at 1:30 P.M.  Get tickets here.

 

Author Spotlight: Q&A with Edmund White

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What is your writing process like?

I have no schedule and no desk except the dining room table.  I write longhand, usually just one draft with lots of word corrections, and then I dictate it to a secretary.  I know how to type but it wears me out–besides, I like to hear the whole thing within a week.  I write non-fiction directly onto the computer.  Speculative fiction requires hours of daydreaming on the couch–what Flaubert called the “marinade.”

How has having a writing community informed your work?

I wrote much of “A Boy’s Own Story” for my gay men’s writing group, The Violet Quill.  Without discussing it, I think we were dividing up the turf–gay boyhood for me, Fire Island for Andrew Holleran, adult gay children forcing parental acceptance for Robert Ferro, etc.  Even today I bore my friends with readings; just yesterday Isabel Fonseca and I read current work to each other.

What was your response to finding out A Boy’s Own Story was chosen as one of the best GLBT books of all time?

I think Boy’s Own is a very odd book to have been chosen, since the boy is pretty neurotic and treacherous, but of course I’m grateful that the writing has been recognized as worthy.

Can you give us a sneak peek of what to expect in your master class at SAS 2014?

I like to discuss technique on the micro-level and the importance of having a career as a writer on the macro-level.

REGISTER HERE to take part in Edmund White’s Master Class, Lives on Paper happening Friday, May 16 2014 at 1:30 P.M.

Master Class Spot Light: Inner Editor

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Offered by Ruth Sternglantz and John Morgan Wilson.

What’s the difference between a talented writer and a published author? Editing. Cut superfluous language. Hit your points, explore your characters, and – especially if you’re a self-publishing writer – work through the lion’s share of your editing before sending it to your editor. John Morgan Wilson and Ruth Sternglantz lead a class on taking an active role in editing your work and maintaining your message even as you refine your text.

John and Ruth will be offering techniques and practical suggestions that will help authors look at their work the way an editor does. They’ll be offering a plan for self-directed revision, to make the process less scary and more productive. Keep in mind that they each bring varying backgrounds and viewpoints to this topic.  The workshop is designed for fiction writers, though much of their material should also be useful to nonfiction writers.  We’ve asked them a few questions to give you a taste of what their Master class has to offer:

1) What role does the editor play in the relationship with an author?

Ruth: I work with best-selling authors with dozens of books to their credit as well as first-time authors. No two relationships are the same because no two authors have the same needs. With that said, ultimately my job is to guide an author through revisions so the final polished manuscript is the author’s best possible work at that stage of their development. There are several assumptions built in to this, of course. First, the work is the author’s–not mine–and revision is not about asking “Is that how I would write it?” but, rather, “Is that behavior true to your characters?” “Is that figure of speech in your character’s frame of reference?” “Is that word choice true to your voice?” Authors sometime worry that being edited will crush their voice. To the contrary: my job is to enhance an author’s voice, to ensure that every single one of an author’s sentences is as fully in their voice as possible. Second, if I’m doing my job properly–teaching and showing–the author’s best possible work next year will be better than their best possible work today. And five years from now, they’ll be better still.

Bottom line, it’s all about the writing, and it’s a privilege to work with an author to help them make language do what they want it to do.

John: It’s been my experience that the author-editor relationship will vary from situation to situation, often widely.  Keep in mind that you will be working with an editor only if your novel has been acquired for publication, or if you’ve hired one on a freelance basis to help you with early drafts prior to submission or self-publication.  Ideally, the editor will be highly skilled at spotting problems both big and small, and working with the writer in a frank but supportive way, sensitive to the the writer’s publishing experience, skill and confidence level, personality, etc.  Some writers have thicker skin and process feedback well; others are more fragile, defensive or high maintenance, and need more careful handling (within reasonable limits).  I’ve worked with three editors at three houses on ten novels, and found them to be extremely literate, smart and constructive, though often burdened with too much work.  My favorite editor tended to ask questions rather than demand changes, such as: “Do you think a faster opening to that chapter might grab readers more effectively?” or “Is that really the feeling you want to leave readers with at the end of your novel?”  In effect, he guided me toward my own fixes, nurturing my growth as a writer.  All my editors dealt primarily with the big stuff (plot, character development, structure, pace, etc.) and left line editing (grammar, spelling, etc.) to a copy editor.  But don’t count on editors or copy editors to save you; if you submit a manuscript that’s too rough and ragged, it’s unlikely to make it to the acquisition stage.  In this era of downsizing, editors generally have less and less time to work with writers on multiple or extensive revisions, which is why it’s so crucial to develop your own sharp eye and “inner editor,” able to significantly tighten and polish your manuscript before submission.

2) How does an author and her/his work benefit from working with an editor?

John: We get a fresh eye and professional feedback from someone with a strong sense of word craft and storytelling, which can be invaluable.  After working months, possibly years, on a manuscript, we can become so mentally and creatively exhausted, and so close to the material, that we often fail see areas that need more work.  We often get hypnotized by lines or passages we’ve gone over endlessly during revisions, losing our objectivity, or falling in love with certain scenes or characters, blind to how they might be detracting from the story or the reading experience.  A good editor is like a good coach — the best athletes in the world need guidance from time to time to help them refocus, sharpen their skills, and raise their game.

Ruth: I’ve been an editor since I was nineteen years old, in many different contexts, but I’ve also been on the other side of the red pen, as it were, as an author. So I speak from a range of experience here. While this is probably an overgeneralization, if you’re writing to be published, you’re writing for readers. A good editor is first and foremost a professional expert reader–by that I mean an editor can not only tell an author that some character or scene or plot point worked for them (or not), but they can explain why. A good editor can point out missed opportunities, and a good editor can let an author know where the story lags, and which characters converge. Through an editor’s comments and questions an author can revise their work and make it stronger. And an editor can teach an author about their strengths too–I sometimes think the most important thing I do is show an author what they do well and help them realize they can do those great things consistently.

Of course, an editor can also help an author deal with less glamorous aspects of writing, like syntax and word choice and not using the same adjective eighty times in a 60k word work.

3) What are the top three mistakes you see from authors in their work?

Ruth: There are no top three mistakes! There’s really only one. Authors are really scared to revise. I absolutely put myself in this group. You get to the end, you save the file, you breathe a sigh of relief, and then you’re terrified to turn back to page one because you think if you reread it, the masterpiece you’ve composed will crumble to dust before your eyes. But really, the end is just the beginning. Most of the systemic errors large and small that I see in manuscripts can be traced to authors either not revising or not understanding how to go about revising in a productive way.

 

John: a) Overwriting, when less could be more.  b) A lack of patience and discipline during the challenging revision process, when a competently written novel can be significantly improved, distinguishing it from the glut of poorly-crafted novels agents and editors face on a daily basis.  c) A tendency to write in a derivative or superficial manner, falling back on cliches and other lazy shortcuts, rather than tapping deeply into one’s unique self, one’s heart and soul, where a writer is likely to discover a voice, characters, and stories that are more authentic, original, and powerful.  I face these and other challenges every time I sit down to write; we all do.  The key is bearing down and working through them, and giving each piece of writing the best we have to give, even as we realize it will never be perfect, and we might never feel completely satisfied.

4) Why should authors at different stages in their careers take your master class? What do you have to offer authors that will improve their personal editing skills?

John: Ruth and I are planning this workshop as an essential skills class for less experienced writers or those aiming for self-publication, and a refresher course for more established authors.  We plan to get down to the nitty gritty of revision and polishing, discussing a wide range of concrete, practical tips and techniques, some time-honored and well-known, some more offbeat and personal.  As someone who, from the age of 19, was intent on making my living as a freelance journalist (fiction writing was but a secret fantasy), I had to learn a hard truth: being talented is not the same as being professional.  The key difference, I discovered, is craft — the ability, developed over time, to see one’s work more objectively and apply the skills needed to make it more readable and appealing, from first line to last, without sacrificing creativity.  Every writer is unique and will ultimately approach rewriting and polishing in her or his own way; each will take something different away from our workshop, returning home to work on the stories that are waiting to be told, and told well.

Ruth: To my mind, self-editing is part of the writing process–the part that comes after the first draft but before the author sends the manuscript out into the world. Out into the world may mean Smashwords or an editor you’ve hired yourself (if you’re self-publishing); or it may mean publishers and agents (if you’re unpublished but seeking to publish via a traditional route); or it may mean your editor in house (if you’re a previously published author). And it doesn’t matter where you fall: you never want to send your work out into the world until you’ve taken it as far as you can yourself. This is professional, and it is pragmatic. If you’re not yet published, the reasons for the importance of presenting your very best work are obvious. But even if you’ve already got a comfortable spot at the publisher of your dreams, your editor has finite time to work with you. Wouldn’t you rather your editor worked with you on grace notes, on advanced techniques, than on catching point of view slips?

Panel happening Friday May 16, 2014 @ 10AM. Get your tickets here.

And the Winners Are…

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We are pleased to announce that “Corset” by Sally Bellerose is this year’s Short Fiction Contest winner. Our second place stories are “Love Thy Neighbor” by N.S. Beranek and “Voodoo John” by James Russell.  Congratulations to the winners!

The Finalists for the 2014 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest are (in alphabetical order):

“The Dark Symphony” by Eric Andrews-Katz

“Stinkbug” by Rich Barnett

“Corset” by Sally Bellerose

“Love Thy Neighbor” by N.S. Beranek

“Rhinestone Magic” by J.R. Greenwell

“If On A Dark Night Two Strangers Should Come” by William Hawkins

“Beanstalk” by Clifford Henderson

“Eleusis” by Robert Hyers

“Red Coat” by George Jordan

“Mum’s the Word” by Jeff Lindemann

“Sample Day” by Jerry Rabushka

“Voodoo John” by James Russell

Many thanks to everyone who entered our fifth annual short story contest.  This year’s final guest judge is Jewelle Gomez.  She is the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories, and the collection of short fiction, Don’t Explain.

The top stories will be published in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books. There will also be a book release party and reading on May 15 to kick-off the 11th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans.

It will happen at 7 P.M. at the Beauregard Keyes House. Get your tickets here.

 

Under Construction: 2014 Panel Discussions and Reading Series

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We’re in the process of putting together the final schedule for the 11th Annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival. We’d love to have your input regarding topics for this year’s panel discussions.

If you have a topic idea, either for a panel you’d like to be on or one you’d like to hear others address, please let us know.  You can send a full description with a title or just briefs notes on your general idea. Email us your ideas and possible potential panelist with Panel Idea as the subject line.

If you’d like to be on a panel, please let us know.  Send an email with Panelist in the subject line and let us know what general topics you can speak about and if you have a specific idea for a panel.  If you are registering under a name that is different from the name you write under, please be sure to include both names in your email.

There are still slots available in the reading series, but these go very quickly.  You can read from a new published work or something you are currently creating.  If you’d like to read in the series, please email us and let us know.

 

What We Have in the Works

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And just to get you excited, here’s a sneak peak at some panels we are currently hoping to line up.

Does Criticism Matter Anymore?

Classic Writers that Have Inspired

The Devil You Don’t Know: Otherworldly Forces in Fiction

An Examined Life: The Mysteries of Memoir

Writing America: New York, San Francisco, New Orleans

Literary Laughs: Entertaining Ourselves

The Return of The Essay

We are also planning short fiction, poetry, and young adult panels.

Check back for more details on the 2014 Schedule soon!

 

Panel Sampler!

A few treats to look forward to at the 2014 Festival:

PUBLISH IT FORWARD

What happens when an Agent, Publisher, Publicist, Book Reviewer and Bookseller walk into a room? DYNAMICS of course. Innovations in technology and communication have made the written word more portable, accessible, and popular than ever. After offering  presentations and empirically tested advice, we will address your individual concerns during a Q&A session.

DEATH AND DESIRE

Blanche DuBois said, “the opposite of death is desire.” In crime fiction, desire often drives the plot and motivates the characters in ways that surprise and wow the reader. Four top writers of the genre discuss the ways that desire drives their work—and sometimes results in death

SLIPPING INTO COSTUME: TELLING OTHER PEOPLE’S STORIES THROUGH POETRY

Whether from newspaper headlines, media coverage, or something witnessed personally, other people’s stories can provoke as strong a desire to respond creatively as can the details of our own lives.  However, writing another’s story also raises questions of responsibility, appropriation, and strategy. This panel will consider questions of voice, persona, research, accuracy, and the challenges and great freedoms to be found in writing outside the self.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.

2014 Short Fiction Contest (Updated)

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Apologizes but we’ve left off some of our 2014 Short Fiction Contest Finalists. Below is the full list.

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest (in alphabetical order):

“The Dark Symphony” by Eric Andrews-Katz

“Stinkbug” by Rich Barnett

“Corset” by Sally Bellerose

“Love They Neighbor” by N.S. Beranek

“Rhinestone Magic” by J.R. Greenwell

“If On A Dark Night Two Strangers Should Come” by William Hawkins

“Beanstalk” by Clifford Henderson

“Eleusis” by Robert Hyers

“Red Coat” by George Jordan

“Mum’s the Word” by Jeff Lindemann

“Sample Day” by Jerry Rabushka

“Voodoo John” by James Russell

Many thanks to everyone who entered our fifth annual short story contest, and congratulations to our finalists.

This year’s judge is Jewelle Gomez. She is the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories, and the collection of short fiction, Don’t Explain. Jewelle will select the winning stories and we will announce them on our website in March. One grand prize of $250 and two second place prizes of $50 will be awarded.

The top stories will be published in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books. There will also be a book release party and reading on May 15 to kick off the 11th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans. We hope to see you there! Click here to register.

Save With Early Registration

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Join us for a weekend of inspiration, fellowship and fun! The 11th Annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival is going down in the heart of the French Quarter May 15-18, 2014.

Enjoy master classes where you’ll garner tips from pros of the book industry, learn more about the art form we all adore at our literary panels, and get turned on to your next favorite book as authors share their work at our reading series sponsored by the John Burton Harter Charitable Trust.  With topics that run the gamut and a wonderful cast of participants, you’re sure to find plenty to pique your interests.

In addition to getting your learn on, you can also get your swerve on.  Have a blast making new friends and revisiting old ones at the opening and closing parties that make Saints and Sinners a true community.  We can’t wait to see you!  SAS Fest is full of friendly networking opportunities and chances to mingle with kindred spirits. We’ll finish the weekend in style honoring participants and their contributions to LGBT letters.

Partial proceeds benefit the important work of the NO/AIDS Task Force. And it all goes down in the French Quarter, a neighborhood that knows how to stir the soul and feed the writer’s imagination.

Register here.

TheWeekend Pass is your ticket to the all-access SAS experience.  And there’s good news for early birds! At a savings of 20% off our regular prices, early registration is still available.
For a limited time, use the discount code SAS2014
when you register at www.sasfest.com

 

2014 Short Fiction Contest

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We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest (in alphabetical order):

“The Dark Symphony” by Eric Andrews-Katz

“Stinkbug” by Rich Barnett

“Corset” by Sally Bellerose

“Love They Neighbor” by N.S. Beranek

“Rhinestone Magic” by J.R. Greenwell

“If On A Dark Night Two Strangers Should Come” by William Hawkins

“Beanstalk” by Clifford Henderson

“Eleusis” by Robert Hyers

“Red Coat” by George Jordan

“Mum’s the Word” by Jeff Lindemann

“Sample Day” by Jerry Rabushka

“Voodoo John” by James Russell

Many thanks to everyone who entered our fifth annual short story contest, and congratulations to our finalists.

This year’s judge is Jewelle Gomez. She is the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories, and the collection of short fiction, Don’t Explain. Jewelle will select the winning stories and we will announce them on our website in March. One grand prize of $250 and two second place prizes of $50 will be awarded.

The top stories will be published in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books. There will also be a book release party and reading on May 15 to kick off the 11th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans. We hope to see you there! Click here to register.

Don’t Miss The Early Registration Discount or Our New Speakers!

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***The early registration discount is open until Friday, January 31st at midnight. Don’t miss this last chance to get a 20% early registration discount by entering the coupon code: SAS2014 when you check out!

Even as we move into winter when the air grows more brisk and snow begins to fall (well, maybe not in New Orleans), we at Saints & Sinners have been hard at work assembling some of the best writers on the block and the line-up just keeps getting better. Recently confirmed will be editors/publishers from Bold Strokes Books, Bywater Books, and Chelsea Station Editions. Also, just added to our line-up of speakers is Christopher Rice!

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

The Master Class Series Has Arrived!

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We are particularly happy to announce our spectacular master class lineup! Brush off your manuscripts and keep on reading to learn more:

Felice Picano will lead a course covering the career essentials for any writer: how to get published, how to sustain a literary career and – perhaps the most valuable piece of advice – how to stay in control of your career as a writer. An author of over 25 works, Picano’s experience in sustaining a prolific, decade-spanning writing career is testament to his practicing what he teaches. Trust us on this one: you don’t want to miss this class.

Michele Karlsberg also zeroes in on the business side of writing in her social media-centered class, #NetVISIBLE. She’ll cover the social side of business in the nebulous field of social media marketing. In an industry where your name is your brand, Karlsburg will discuss the role of leveraging the slew of platforms available – and which platforms specifically will most effectively help you.

Join Ruth Sternglantz for Prep Your Pitch! One of the world’s largest independent publishers of LGBTQ literature will be hearing pitches at Saints and Sinners. Bold Strokes Books editor Ruth Sternglantz is taking appointments for 10 minute meetings. The full spectrum of LGBTQ general and genre fictions (including YA) welcome. Email resternglantz@gmail.com to requst an appointment and to learn more, pitch appointments will be during this time slot in Royal B (ballroom). For more information about Bold Strokes Books, check their website: www.boldstrokesbooks.com.

If you’re hoping to transition from cyberspace to physical place, Jeff Mann’s class will firmly ground you. You’ll journey from urban to rural, exploring how to craft tone, dialogue, and locality. Mann will examine how different writers approach crafting local cuisine, customs, pronunciations, and jargon to create a world that breathes through your manuscript.

But what if your locale is your own experience? Edmund White leads a class on memoir as part of this year’s lineup. Participants will learn how to render personal experience as vivid as it appears in the mind through techniques in literary observation and selecting episodes to highlight. If you have a story to tell – your own story, specifically – gather your stories and join this class.

Or, what about turning real-life experiences into fiction? Carol Anshaw leads a class on how to blur the line between reality and fiction – and if the two are ever truly mutually exclusive. In a hands-on seminar, Anshaw will work with participants to craft a story and share with other members.

What’s the difference between a talented writer and a published author? Editing. Cut superfluous language. Hit your points, explore your characters, and – especially if you’re a self-publishing writer – work through the lion’s share of your editing before sending it to your editor. John Morgan Wilson and Ruth Sternglantz lead a class on taking an active role in editing your work and maintaining your message even as you refine your text.

Don’t forget the early registration discount is open until Friday, January 31st at midnight. Don’t miss this last chance to get a 20% early registration discount by entering the coupon code: SAS2014 when you check out!

Happy writing and early registering for the Saints and Sinners Festival weekend . We hope to see you at the Festival in May!

Saints and Sinners Holiday Special And Fiction Entry Deadline Reminder!

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Join us for the 11th Annual Saints and Sinners LGBT Literary Festival! Saints and Sinners Literary Festival is four days of the latest publishing news, workshops and panels from internationally known writers, publicists, publishers, agents and booksellers. You will get the chance to exchange information and swap stories with fellow industry favorites from around the world. We hope to see you this year!

Save 20% and Register Early for Saints and Sinners 2014!

Struggling to find the perfect gift for that writer, reader or publisher in your life? Maybe a gift for yourself? Think about Saints and Sinners as you put together your holiday list (Tickets? Travel? Accommodations?).

We are happy to announce that pre-registration for the 11th Annual Saints and Sinners LGBT Literary Festival is now available. As an extra special holiday offering, we are extending a 20% registration discount to those who register by January 15, 2014. Please click here to peruse a listing of events and their descriptions.

Register early to save 20% off your weekend panel pass registration as well as any other ticketed events you purchase. This includes the 5th Annual Short Fiction Contest book launch party and reading, our LGBT literary walking tour of the French Quarter, Master Classes, and partner/guest welcome party tickets. Enter this coupon code during checkout to receive 20% off your tickets: SAS2014

Early registration discounts end January 15, 2014.

Fifth Annual Short Fiction Contest

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

The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 5,000 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.

Judge: Jewelle Gomez (pictured), author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories, and the collection of short fiction, Don’t Explain, will select the winning stories.

Prizes: One grand prize of $250 and two second place prizes of $50 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 11th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans in 2014. A list of the top 10 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.

Eligibility:

  • 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.

Guidelines:

  • 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: 5,000 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: December 23, 2013 (postmark) Submissions for the 5th Annual Contest are now open. 

2014 EARLY REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE! 20% Discount!

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We are happy to announce that pre-registration for the 11th Annual Saints and Sinners LGBT Literary Festival is now available. As an extra special holiday offering, we are extending a 20% registration discount to those who register by January 15, 2014. Please click here to peruse a listing of events and their descriptions.

Struggling to find the perfect gift for that writer, reader or publisher in your life? Maybe a gift for yourself? Think about Saints and Sinners as you put together your holiday list (Tickets? Travel? Accommodations?).

Saints and Sinners Literary Festival is four days of publishing news, workshops and panels from internationally known writers, publicists, publishers, agents and booksellers.  Don’t miss this chance to exchange information and swap stories with fellow industry favorites from around the world. Don’t miss the chance to travel to New Orleans! Enjoy and share the bowls of gumbo, late nights in dark jazz clubs, and strolls through historic neighborhoods as you connect with the literary landscape of the city.

Save 20% and Register Early for Saints and Sinners 2014!

Register early to save 20% off your weekend panel pass registration as well as any other ticketed events you purchase. This includes the 5th Annual Short Fiction Contest book launch party and reading, our LGBT literary walking tour of the French Quarter, Master Classes, and partner/guest welcome party tickets. Enter this coupon code during checkout to receive 20% off your tickets: SAS2014

Early registration discounts end January 15, 2014.

Weekend panel pass registration includes admittance to the following events at the 11th Annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival: access to all of the panels and readings on Saturday and Sunday, the welcome party on Friday night, and the closing reception on Sunday. Enhance your Festival experience by attending additional events like our LGBT literary walking tour and the book launch party.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 504.581.1144 or email Paul at pjwillisnola@aol.com

We look forward to seeing you in May for an informative and entertaining weekend!

Be an Angel (or a Devil): Become a Member Today!

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“One of the things that stood out most to me over the weekend was the ways in which everyone really went out of their way to ensure that no one was left out. I’ve never before witnessed a writers’ space where posturing was simply absent. People were genuinely invested in talking to one another, gaining different opinions, and figuring out ways to get queer stories out into the world to the readers that want them without tearing each other down in the process. I left the conference (10th anniversary Saints & Sinners) more committed than ever to the queer writing career I’ve been building, and more inspired to continue to work on my new novel.—Sassafras Lowrey, author of Roving Pack and Kicked Out

*Photo Contest 2013 Contribution (pictured)

If you’ve attended past Saints & Sinners events, we’re sure you’ll agree with Sassafras Lowrey’s experience. Each year the Festival assembles publishers, editors, and authors of all stages of their career in an intimate setting to discuss writing, share experiences, and network with other LGBT industry professionals.

Planning for the 11th annual event is already underway, with all Saints and Sinners converging in New Orleans’ French Quarter May 15-18, 2014. Click here to look at our ticket line and offerings online. We have an exciting line-up of authors planning to participate that includes:

  • Carol Anshaw is the author of the novels Carry the One, Lucky in the Corner, Seven Moves, Aquamarine. She has won the Carl Sandburg, Society of Midland Authors, and Ferro-Grumley awards for fiction;
  • Celebrated author Edmund White whose new Paris memoir called Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris (Bloomsbury) debuts in February;
  • John Morgan Wilson has won the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award and multiple Lambda Literary Awards for best gay men’s mystery;

In addition to inspiring master classes, panel discussions, and readings of new LGBT literature, your weekend registration includes an invitation to our Glitter with the Literati welcome party at the historic Hermann-Grima House (you may recognize it if you are watching American Horror Story: Coven). Our inaugural LGBT literary walking tour in the French Quarter was a great success. James D. Geraghty will be back to lead the tour with an additional time slot added for your convenience. We’re also excited about a new venue for our Thursday night kick-off Book Launch Party for the SAS short fiction contest. We will be at the Beauregard-Keyes House located at 1113 Chartres Street, opposite the Old Ursuline Convent. The property was owned by the nuns until 1825, at which point they sold several pieces of land, including four lots purchased by auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier.  Here, LeCarpentier built his family home that would eventually become known as the Beauregard-Keyes House.  It is named for two of its residents, Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant (P.G.T.) Beauregard and novelist Frances Parkinson Keyes.

 

Become a Member and Win a sample Festival Library of Books

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To ensure a fantastic 2014 Festival, we need the help of literary-minded Festival goers and cultural patrons like yourself. Membership packages are available in a range of prices, starting at just $25. Become a member by January 1st and you are automatically entered in to win a prize package that includes a sample library of 2014 participating authors. By becoming an ANGEL ($250 level), you become registered for your weekend pass and receive a master class ticket of your choice. Questions about automatic monthly giving options or sponsorship/donation options? Call our office at 504-581-1144 or email saintandsinnola@aol.com

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

LITERARY PANEL SPONSOR: $1,500

  • Underwriting of one of the Festival’s literary panels. You will receive credit directly beneath the panel description of your choice in the Festival program
  • An “All Access Pass,” which provides you with admittance to every event during the Festival (includes weekend pass, all master classes, Book Launch Party, walking tour, and any special performances)

ANGEL: $250

  • One weekend pass ($150 value)
  • One Saints & Sinners Master Class ticket
  • Exclusive Saints & Sinners gift item
  • Recognition in the Festival program book
  • Entry to win sample 2014 Festival Library of participating author’s books

SINNER: $125

  • One Saints & Sinners Master Class ticket
  • Exclusive Saints & Sinners gift item
  • Recognition in the Festival program book
  • Entry to win sample 2014 Festival Library of participating author’s books

SAINT: $75

  • One Saints & Sinners Master Class ticket
  • Recognition in the Festival program book
  • Entry to win sample 2014 Festival Library of participating author’s books

DEVIL: $25

  • Recognition in the Festival program book
  • Entry to win sample 2014 Festival Library of participating author’s books

 

Become a member online, or download main-in form. Don’t forget it is time for end of the year donations! If interested in sponsorship, contact Paul Willis at pjwillisnola@aol.com.

Festival Surroundings: New Orleans’ French Quarter and the Hotel Monteleone

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“Saints & Sinners is hands down one of the best places to go to revive a writer’s spirit. Imagine a gathering in which you can lean into conversations with some of the best writers and editors and publishers in the country, all of them speaking frankly and passionately about the books, stories and people they love and hate and want most to record in some indelible way. Imagine a community that tells you truthfully what is happening with writing and publishing in the world you most want to reach. Imagine the flirting, the arguing, the teasing and praising and exchanging of not just vital information, but the whole spirit of queer arts and creation. Then imagine it all taking place on the sultry streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter. That’s Saints & Sinners—the best wellspring of inspiration and enthusiasm you are going to find. Go there.”

–Dorothy Allison, National Book Award finalist for Bastard Out of Carolina, and author of the critically acclaimed novel Cavedweller  (pictured with Festival Director Paul Willis)

Our home base in the French Quarter of New Orleans offers a singular environment to an equally singular Festival. New Orleans has served as the muse to some of America’s most creative and well-known writers.

Even our conference hotel, the Hotel Monteleone, is an official Literary Landmark—eternalized by Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Truman Capote, and Ernest Hemingway in their writing and their personal trips to the Crescent City. While at the hotel for the Festival, why not stop by the famed Carousel Bar, a favorite haunt of Williams? It’s said that Williams found inspiration for this characters from the Carousel guests. Who knows? You many find your very own Stanley or Stella sitting next to you sipping a Ramos Gin Fizz at the Carousel Bar.

Short Fiction Contest Finalists

Judged by Jewelle Gomez

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest (in alphabetical order):

“The Dark Symphony” by Eric Andrews-Katz

“Stinkbug” by Rich Barnett

“Corset” by Sally Bellerose

“Love They Neighbor” by N.S. Beranek

“Rhinestone Magic” by J.R. Greenwell

“If On A Dark Night Two Strangers Should Come” by William Hawkins

“Beanstalk” by Clifford Henderson

“Eleusis” by Robert Hyers

“Red Coat” by George Jordan

“Mum’s the Word” by Jeff Lindemann

“Sample Day” by Jerry Rabushka

“Voodoo John” by James Russell

Many thanks to everyone who entered our fifth annual short story contest, and congratulations to our finalists.

This year’s judge is Jewelle Gomez. She is the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories, and the collection of short fiction, Don’t Explain. Jewelle will select the winning stories and we will announce them on our website in March. One grand prize of $250 and two second place prizes of $50 will be awarded.

The top stories will be published in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books.

New Works By 2013 Festival Participants

Booklover_s_GT_New_Orleans-150Susan Larson’s revised and updated edition of The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans is the definitive resource for understanding the city’s long love affair with literature. She not only explores the legacy of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner through historical landmarks, but also draws in modern-day celebrities like Anne Rice and James Lee Burke and details the literary resilience of a post-Katrina New Orleans. Whether you’re attracted to the relics of Kate Chopin’s southern society, or the Gothic subculture of Poppy Z. Brite, or the amphibious, socially striated future of Moira Crone, this comprehensive guide provides a key to knowing the books, authors, festivals, bookstores, and famed addresses that make the Crescent City a literary destination. Purchase the book.

ASlenderTether1-150Amid the turbulent weather of Europe’s Little Ice Age, A Slender Tether, by Jess Wells, offers three compelling tales of self-discovery, woven into a rich tapestry of 14th century France. Christine de Pizan, daughter of a disgraced court physician and astrologer, grapples with her ambition to be the first woman writer in France. A doctor finds an unusual way to cope with the death of his wife. And opportunity alternates with disasters in the lives of four commoners, yoked by necessity: a paper-maker struggling to keep his business, a falconer with a mysterious past, a merchant’s daughter frantic to avoid an arranged marriage, and a down-on-his-luck musician with a broken guitar and the voice of an angel. Reviewers call “the writing… sure, the voice arresting and original. Places come alive; the seasons are painted skillfully, there for the reader to experience.” Purchase the book. 

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Full of snappy and sharp Southern characters, Who the Hell is Rachel Wells? by J.R. Greenwell is a debut collection of clever, big-hearted tales of spunky souls and damaged hearts. Both serious and silly, bittersweet and joyous, these unique eleven short stories introduce a wise and wonderful new author. Purchase the book.

Coming Soon

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In upcoming e-newsletters we will have information on early registration discounts, hotel accommodations, and program updates. We’ll also announce the criteria for applying for the second annual Saints and Sinners Emerging Writer Award sponsored by Rob Byrnes.

Support the Festival: Purchase Our 2013 Anthology

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The 4th Annual Short Fiction Contest Anthology, Saints + Sinners: New Fiction from the Festival 2013, is available for the first time as an e-book. Both the paperback and e-book are available at the Bold Strokes Books website.

Save the Date for the 11th Annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival

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This May 15-18, 2014, LGBT writers, readers, and publishing professionals will come together in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans for the 11th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival. The Hotel Monteleone will be the Festival Headquarters where attendees can sit in on lively panel discussions, partake in our series of hands-on writing workshops, and listen in on our finest LGBT authors reading from their latest works.

We’re currently collecting program ideas and making plans to offer a slate of scintillating topics for discourse as part of our offerings next spring. If you are interested in attending and have literary panel topic ideas and/or would like to participate in our Saints and Sinners Reading Series sponsored by The John Burton Harter Charitable Trust, please get in touch with Paul Willis at: pjwillisnola@aol.com

We look forward to seeing you at the next Saints and Sinners event which will kick-off with our 5th annual Short Fiction Contest Book Launch Party. See below for entry details.

Big Thanks to All

Special thanks for our Foundation and Grant support:

The Arts Council of New Orleans
National Endowment of the Arts
Hotel Monteleone
John Burton Harter Charitable Trust for their sponsorship of the Saints and Sinners Reading Series and the 4th Annual Short Fiction Contest

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Bold Strokes Books for their sponsorship of the Festival and the publication of Annual Short Fiction Contest Anthology Saints + Sinners: New Fiction from the Festival 2013
Louis Flint Ceci for his generous sponsorship of the Young Adult vs. New Adult Panel
Mystery Writers of America for sponsoring Setting the Mystery Scene
Rob Byrnes for sponsoring the Annual Saints and Sinners Emerging Writer Award
Bywater Books
Chelsea Station Editions 

Special thanks to the following for their support of the Festival:

A&M Books
Bon Maison Guest House
Crescent City Books
Crescent City Tour Booking Agency
Faubourg Marigny Book Store
Fleur de Lit
Gallery Orange
Goldring Family Foundation
Patty G. Henderson
Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses
JohnPaul’s Bar
LocalGayBusiness.com
Michele Karlsberg Marketing and Management
QueerMojo/Rebel Satori
Sibling Rivalry Press
University of Wisconsin Press

Best Sellers at the Book Table

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Special thanks to Otis Fennel and the volunteers of Faubourg Marigny Book Store for providing a wide variety of books by this year’s Festival speakers.

Buy the Books!

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The 4th Annual Short Fiction Contest Anthology, Saints + Sinners: New Fiction from the Festival 2013, is available for the first time as an e-book. Both the paperback and e-book are available at the Bold Strokes Books website.

We encourage all of you to support the authors who spoke at the Festival by purchasing their books online or at your local book store. Peruse the bios of this year’s speakers.

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