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20th Annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival

MARCH 24 -26, 2023

To find out more about SASFest, review our 2022 program. We can't wait to see you in 2023!

Click on the image at left to view or download the PDf ... or click on the image at right to view the program as a flipbook.

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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.

2022 Speakers

Become a Festival Member

Benefits for our members are:

$25 CHERUB: Recognition in SASFest program book and website

$75 DEVIL: Recognition in SASFest program book and website + SAS tote bag + one ticket to a Writer’s Craft Session at the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival

$250 SAINT: Recognition in SASFest program book and website + SAS tote bag + SAS Weekend Registration Pass to all SAS events and all TWFest literary discussions

$500 SINNER: Recognition in SASFest program book and website + SAS Weekend Registration Pass+ SAS tote bag + all TWFest literary panels and writer’s craft sessions

$1,500 GUARDIAN ANGEL:  Sinner level perks + a panel sponsorship, which provide recognition in the Festival program book, website, social media, and on site during the Festival. We’ll tailor a tickets/events package to meet your interests.

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 AND SINNERS SHORT FICTION CONTEST OPENS MAY 1

The winner will be selected from submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 3,000 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 Foundation. Thanks to Michael Nava (pictured) who will serve as this year’s judge. More about Michael HERE.

SAINTS AND SINNERS POETRY CONTEST OPENS MAY 1

The winner will be selected from submissions of original unpublished poems by LGBTQ+ writers on the general theme of FAMILY. This contest would not be possible without support from Scovern Law Firm. Thanks to Emanuel Xavier (pictured) who will serve as this year’s judge. More about Emanuel HERE.

PURCHASE SAINTS AND SINNERS SHORT FICTION ANTHOLOGIES / from Bold Strokes Books

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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