2015 Speakers

Jeffrey Ricker

Jeffrey Ricker is the author of Detours (2011) and the YA fantasy The Unwanted (2014), both published by Bold Strokes Books. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction, A Family by Any Other Name, Men of the Mean Streets, and others. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of […]

Russ Gregory

Bold Strokes Books author Russ Gregory writes in multiple genres including mystery, thriller and comedy.  His first novel, Blue, garnered critical acclaim for its compelling plot and character development and critics called his second, Greg Honey, A Honey Agency Novel, hilarious and fast-paced with a host wild characters. His latest novel is the second Honey […]

Richard Natale

Richard Natale is a reporter and editor who has written for such publications as The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice and Time Magazine. He wrote and directed the gay-themed feature film drama Green Plaid Shirt, which debuted at Outfest LA and was the closing night film at the Palm Springs Film Festival. Natale […]

Jameson Currier

Jameson Currier is the author of the ten works of fiction, including Where the Rainbow Ends,The Wolf at the Door, and most recently A Gathering Storm. In 2010 he founded Chelsea Station Editions, an independent press devoted to gay literature, and he is the editor of Chelsea Station Magazine, now online at www.chelseastationmagazine.com.

Ruth Sternglantz

Ruth Sternglantz has spent over a quarter century studying stories, playing with words, and making books of one sort or another, first as an editorial intern at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, then as an English professor, and, since 2004, editing queer fiction for Bold Strokes Books. A medievalist by training, she loves everything about old texts […]

Clayton Delery-Edwards

Clayton Delery-Edwards is a native of Louisiana who grew up in the New Orleans area. Since 1989, he has been a member of the faculty at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. Though he teaches English, in recent years his interests have been shifting toward history.  In 2014 he published The Up […]

Scott Bailey

Scott Bailey’s collection of poems Thus Spake Gigolo has been published by NYQ Books. Bailey grew up in Raleigh, Mississippi, the former home of the National Tobacco Spitting Contest. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University, and a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program. He has received […]

Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones is the editor of BuzzFeed LGBT and a Pushcart Prize-winning poet. His debut poetry collection Prelude to Bruise was described by Publishers Weekly as “a dark night of the soul presented as the finest of evening gowns.” NPR says his work is both “beautiful and unsparing.” His work has appeared in publications like Guernica, The Rumpus, Hayden’s […]

LaShonda Katrice Barnett

LaShonda Katrice Barnett is the author of a story collection and editor of two volumes on music and creative process: I Got Thunder (2007) and Off the Record (2015). Short fiction appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Guernica Magazine, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. The Appropriate Ones, her trilogy of full-length plays (Menemsha, Homewood, and L’Echange), is helmed by interracial wives and explores race within one American […]

Nathan Burgoine

Nathan Burgoine’s short fiction appears in dozens of publications, including Foolish Hearts, This is How You Die, The Touch of the Sea, Boys of Summer, Men of the Mean Streets, and Fool for Love. His non-fiction appears in A Family by any Other Name, 5×5 Literary Magazine, and I Like it Like That. His first […]


2015 Fiction Contest

Submissions are now open for our Sixth Annual Short Fiction Contest.

The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 4,000 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 Charitable Trust. Andrew Holleran (pictured), author of Dancer from the Dance, Nights in Aruba, The Beauty of Men, Ground Zero, Chronicle of a Plague Revisted, In September the Light Changes, and Grief: A Novel, will select the winning stories.


One grand prize of $500 and two second place prizes of $100 will be awarded. In addition, the top stories will be published in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books. There will also be a book release party and reading held during the 12th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Conference in New Orleans in 2015. A list of the top ten finalists will be posted on our website and in our e-newsletter. Have a question about one of our writing contests? Please send questions to: contests@tennesseewilliams.net.


  • The annual fiction contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres.
  • Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
  • Stories that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible but must submit new work.
  • Stories submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place in the top ten are eligible.
  • Stories that have won any other writing contests are ineligible.


  • Submissions should be in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, one inch margins, 12 point font). Please include a word count on first page under the title.
  • Your name and contact information should NOT appear on the manuscript.
  • No bios or resumes. We only consider manuscript quality.
  • Word Count: 4,000 to 7,000
  • Submit only original, unpublished short stories.
  • Theme (interpret as you wish): Saints and Sinners

Entry fee: $15 per story. There is no limit on the number of stories each author may enter. Deadline: November 15, 2014 (postmark) Submissions for the 6th Annual Contest are now open.


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