To see what SASFest is all about, check out our 2023 program book. Click on the image for the version you'd like to view. Our cover includes an original painting created just for the occasion by artist Timothy Cummings titled "Incident at the Carousel Bar." It depicts a young Tennessee Williams with a mysterious companion at the Hotel Monteleone's iconic bar. We love it!
We welcome members of the press who wish to cover SASFest, and we will provide all the information you need to write a great story!
You can contact our publicist, Reine Dugas, at email@example.com.
PRESS KIT – this DropBox folder has everything related to SASFest 2023, including logos, headshots, bios, and previous fest photos.
About the Festival—now in our 20th 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.
SASFest 2023 Speakers
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 event passes. Join now to support the 20th Anniversary of Saints & Sinners!
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
SAINTS & SINNERS SHORT FICTION CONTEST NOW OPEN!
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 Trebor Healey (pictured) who will serve as this year’s judge. More about Trebor HERE.
Cash prizes and publication!
SAINTS & SINNERS POETRY CONTEST NOW OPEN!
Our poetry winner will be selected from submissions of original unpublished poems by LGBTQ+ writers on the general theme of TRANSFORMATION. This contest would not be possible without support from Scovern Law Firm. Thanks to Chen Chen (pictured) who will serve as this year’s judge. More about Chen Chen HERE.
Cash prizes and publication! Deadline: October 15.
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