Site of the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival and Saints and Sinners Literary Festival.
About SAS (from their website):
The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival was founded in 2003 as a new initiative designed as an innovative way to reach the community with information about HIV/AIDS, particularly disseminating prevention messages via the writers, thinkers and spokes-people of the LGBT community. It was also formed to bring the LGBT literary community together to celebrate the literary arts.
The Festival has grown into an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. The Festival, held over 4 days each Spring, feature panel discussions and master classes around literary topics that provide a forum for authors, editors and publishers to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of LGBT literature.
For more, visit http://sasfest.org/
Sixth Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Finalists Announced
We are excited to announce the finalists in the 6th annual Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest. A few of the finalists 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
Wrens Knell by Kristyn Dunnion
Pageant Girl by Sam Hawk
Fat Hands by John Kane
Maple Beach People by Lee Lynch
Hustlers 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 authors 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”