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21st Annual Saints & Sinners LGBTQ+ Literary Festival

MARCH 28 - 30, 2025

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SASFest 2024 was magical! Thanks to everyone who made the weekend so incredible, and we'll see you next year: March 28 - 30, 2025!

Check out our full color SASFest 2024 Program Book

Includes our full 2024 schedule of events, including writer's craft sessions, literary discussion panels, author readings, and evening events.

Click on the cover image for the FULL COLOR PDF version.

Prefer a full spread FLIPBOOK version? CLICK HERE.

Want a text-only version you can print so you can focus on planning your best SASFest experience? Get those highlighters ready and CLICK HERE.

And be sure to watch our 2024 Showreel below, brought to us by our friends at The Bend Media.

Looking for TWFest - the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival? Click Here!

 

In honor of PRIDE MONTH, we're launching our SAS Registration for 2025 early with a 25% discount! Register now for just $150 for our 2025 SASFest to be held March 28 - 30. Click the button for full details!

If you missed your chance to give to SASFest on Give Out Day on May 30, it's never too late to donate to SAS!

Your donation is tax deductible, and you're helping us sustain our mission to promote and support LGBTQ+ writers, publishers, editors, agents, and other literary professionals.

SAINTS & SINNERS SHORT FICTION CONTEST IS OPEN!

Herren, Greg 275

Our 2024 fiction winner will be selected from submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words with LGBTQ+ content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.”

This contest would not be possible without a generous grant from The John Burton Harter Foundation.

Thanks to Greg Herren (pictured) who will serve as this year’s judge. More about Greg HERE.

FULL CONTEST DETAILS HERE.

Cash prizes and publication!

2024 WINNER, RUNNERS-UP, and FINALISTS HERE.

SAINTS & SINNERS POETRY CONTEST IS OPEN!

Ummel, Nikki

Our poetry winner will be selected from submissions of original unpublished poems by LGBTQ+ writers.

Thanks to Nikki Ummel (pictured) who will serve as this year’s judge.

More about Nikki HERE.

CONTEST DETAILS HERE.

Cash prizes and publication!

2024 WINNER, RUNNERS-UP, AND FINALISTS HERE

 

About the Festival—now in our 21st year!

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 LGBTQ+ community. It was also formed to bring the LGBTQ+ literary community together to celebrate the literary arts.

A program of the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival, SASFest has grown into an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBTQ+ publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. The Festival, held over 3 days each spring at the Hotel Monteleone in the New Orleans French Quarter, features 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 LGBTQ+ literature.

PRESS INFO

Did you cover SASFest 2024? Be sure to send us links to your coverage.

Contact our publicist, Reine Dugas, at press@tennesseewilliams.net for more details about covering SASFest 2025, March 28 - 30.

Thoughts on the Festival

“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.”

The Festival has grown into an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBTQ+ publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. The Festival, held over 3 days each spring at the Hotel Monteleone in the New Orleans French Quarter, features 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 LGBTQ+ literature.

—Dorothy Allison, National Book Award finalist for Bastard Out of Carolina, and author of the critically acclaimed novel Cavedweller

Become a Festival Member

 

Your SASFest membership helps to:

  • Promote and support LGBTQ+ writers and other literary professionals
  • Provide a platform for the LGBTQ+ literary community
  • Connect readers and their favorite LGBTQ+ writers
  • Nurture up-and-coming LGBTQ+ literary talent
  • Support programming dedicated to educating and uplifting the LGBTQ+ community

Memberships start at just $25 with benefits including recognition, SAS tote bags, Fest registration, and other event passes. Join now to support the 22nd annual Saints & Sinners, coming March 28 - 30, 2025.

Many thanks to our 2024 SASFest members and donors:

Guardian Angel, $1,500 and above

Rob Byrnes

Louis Flint Ceci/Beautiful Dreamer Press

Keith Fox and Tom Keyes

John Burton Harter Foundation/Premier Sponsor

Bruce J. Heim Foundation

The Helis Foundation

LGBTQ Fund, Greater New Orleans Foundation

 

Sinner, $500

Jonathan Alexander

Marco Carocari

Timothy Cummings

Sven Davisson/Rebel Satori Press

Julie R. Enszer/Sinister Wisdom

Alexander Inglis/ReQueered Tales

Susan Laron/Pinckley Prizes

Frank Perez

The Publishing Triangle

 

Saint, $300

Amie M. Evans

Jameson Currier/Chelsea Station Editions

Matthew Clark Davison

Ian Henzel/Rattling Good Yarns Press

Carol Rosenfeld

David Swatling

Devil, $75

T.J. Fury

Gregory Gajus

Greg Herren

Kathy Higgins

Scott Jakubowski

Michele Kaminski

Thomas Keith

Ed Madden

Reed Waller

Dan White—OutWithDan

 

Cherub, $25

Linda Boyer

Beau Bratcher

Lawrence Henry Gobble

Stephen Joseph Wolf

 

2024 SAS Festival Donations

LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana

Salem West/Bywater Books

Thank you to our Give Out Day donors, May 2024:

Eric Andrews-Katz

Rob Byrnes

John Copenhaver

Tracy Cunningham

Jameson Currier

Brenda Currin, in memory of Susan Rice

Clayton Delery

Lewis DeSimone

Alfred Doblin

Margot Douaihy

Reine Dugas

Lawrence Henry Gobble

Kathy J. Higgins

Michele Karlsberg

Judith Katz

Peggy Scott Laborde

James Pauley

David Pratt

Carol Rosenfeld

Gar Russell

Paul Willis

Sara Woodard

Thanks to our Sponsors

We appreciate the generosity of our sponsors who make it possible to host our writer's craft sessions, literary panel discussions, author readings, book launches, and awards ceremony. If you'd like to become a sponsor or purchase an ad in our program book, contact us at info@tennesseewilliams.net. You can also make a donation HERE.

Thanks to our SASFest 2024 Speakers! 2025 lineup coming soon.

Contact Us

Saints & Sinners Literary Festival

Paul J. Willis, Director

A Project of the Tennessee Williams/
New Orleans Literary Festival

938 Lafayette St., Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113
504.581.1144

pjwillisnola@aol.com

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SASFest is a program of the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival.

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