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 LGBT community. It was also formed to bring the LGBT literary community together to celebrate the literary arts.

The Festival has grown into an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. The Festival, held over 3 days each spring, 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 LGBT literature.

The Contest

The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.”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. Radclyffe (pictured) will select the winning stories.

Deadline

October 3, 2017 (postmark)

Prize

  • 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 15th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Conference in New Orleans in March of 2018.
  • A list of the top ten finalists will be posted on our website and in our e-newsletter.

To find out more and submit, go to our website.


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