Poetry Contest

btn-enterthecontestJudge: Vijay Seshadri

Please read our Guidelines and FAQ’s before you submit!

Grand Prize:

  1. $1,500
  2. VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the next Festival
  3. Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine magazine
  4. Public reading at the next Festival


The top ten finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to attend the next Festival, and their names will be published on this site. The winner will be announced by late February of 2015.


  1. Only open to writers who have not yet published a book of poetry. This means a book with an ISBN number. Authors who have self-published or have published chapbooks are eligible provided that their poetry collection does not have an ISBN number.
  2. Authors who have published in other genres are eligible.
  3. Only previously unpublished poems accepted.
  4. Please make sure your manuscript satisfies our Guidelines.

Entry Fee:

Online Entry (May 28th, 2014-September 15th, 2014). Online submissions are preferred and must be in .doc,.docx, .rtf, or PDF formats. We accept entry fees via Discover, MasterCard, and Visa only.

Mail Entry (May 28th, 2014-September 15th, 2014) Send your manuscript and check or money order for $20 (made out to the: Tennessee Williams Literary Festival) to:

Poetry Contest
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

Do not send submissions by certified mail or signature required delivery.


Tennessee Williams/
New Orleans Literary Festival

504.581.1144 | 800.990.FEST