2015 Speakers

N.S. Beranek

Born and raised in Chicago, N.S. Beranek holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Theater and Design from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and for nineteen years was an Assistant Propmaster in regional theatre. Her stories have appeared in Diverse Voices Quarterly, Best Gay Romance 2014 (Cleis Press) and Saints & Sinners: New Fiction from the Festival (Bold Strokes Books) in 2013 and 2014.

Sam Hawk

Sam Hawk is a Dallas attorney and Army veteran whose story Pageant Girl was inspired by his experiences as a pageant judge and lifelong pageant viewer. He is a native South Carolinian who is working on a YA novel called Patriot Christian which is about a budding young gay boy at a private Christian Academy […]

John Kane

John Kane is the author of The Eleven O’Clock Number, winner of the Best Play Award at the Stage 3 Theatre and the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival. His ten minute play, Are You David Mamet? won the Audience Award at the Fusion Theatre. It has also been recorded for radio and posted on You […]

Shawn Syms

Shawn Syms has written about culture, politics and sexuality for over 25 years for more than 50 publications. His short-story collection, Nothing Looks Familiar, was recently published by Arsenal Pulp Press. He’s also editor of Friend. Follow. Text. #storiesFromLivingOnline (Enfield & Wizenty, 2013). Most recently, his poetry appeared in Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards (Bear Bones Books). For more information, […]

Jerry L. Wheeler

Editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalist Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from Under the Big Top (Lethe Press 2010), as well as author of a collection of short fiction, Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits (another Lambda Literary Award finalist in 2013), Jerry L. Wheeler’s first novel, The Dead Book, is forthcoming from Lethe Press in 2015. Be sure to catch […]

Martin Sherman

Martin Sherman’s plays include Passing By, Cracks, Bent, Messiah, When She Danced, A Madhouse in Goa, Some Sunny Day, Rose, Onassis, and the forthcoming Gently Down the Stream, as well as the musical The Boy from Oz and a Tennessee Williams adaptation, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone. His screenplays include The Clothes in the Wardrobe, Alive and […]

James Russell

James Russell teaches and writes in New Jersey.  He is currently editing a fantasy series, Rise of the Paramancers, about an elemental arms race. He is currently writing his third novel, The Fascist Ex, about the rise of the American Hitler, and the ex-boyfriend who could out him and save his country, if only he could […]

Carol Rosenfeld

Carol Rosenfeld is a New York City-based writer and poet. Her debut novel, The One That Got Away, will be published by Bywater Books in June 2015. Her short stories appear in several anthologies; the most recent is Night Shadows, by Greg Herren and J.M. Redmann (Bold Strokes Books). Carol is the chair of the […]

Brad Richard

Brad Richard’s books include Habitations; Motion Studies, winner of the 2010 Washington Prize and finalist for the 2012 Thom Gunn Award in Gay Poetry; and Butcher’s Sugar. He has also published two chapbooks, The Men in the Dark and Curtain Optional. His poems and reviews have appeared in Guernica, Hunger Mountain Review, The Iowa Review, […]

J.M. Redmann

J.M. Redmann has published 8 novels featuring New Orleans PI Micky Knight. Her books have won First Place in the ForeWord mystery category, several Lambda Literary awards, been on the ALA GLBT Roundtable’s Over the Rainbow list and won a Golden Crown award. Her book The Intersection of Law & Desire was an Editor’s Choice […]


2015 SAS Short Fiction Contest Winner

The winner of the 2015 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest is “Basketball Fever” by Maureen Brady (Pictured here).

The two runners up are “Fat Hands” by John Kane and “Hustler’s Court” by Frank Perez

A book launch party and reading will take place on Saturday, March 28 at the 12th Annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival.  For the first time, Saints and Sinners will be part of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.  The dates for Saints and Sinners are March 27 to 29 in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

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 finalists are:

  • “Gingerbread” by Eric Andrew-Katz
  • “Days of Awe” by N.S. Beranek
  • “Basketball Fever” by Maureen Brady
  • “Wren’s Knell” by Kristyn Dunnion
  • “Pageant Girl” by Sam Hawk
  • “Fat Hands” by John Kane
  • “Maple Beach People” by Lee Lynch
  • “Hustler’s 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