he Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, a nationally recognized non-profit arts organization, is a 501 (c) (3) literary and educational institution and, as such, grant donations, membership contributions, and contributions to our fundraisers are fully tax deductible. Important projects of the Faulkner Society are The Double Dealer literary journal; outreach programs for high school and college students; literacy projects in cooperation with other organizations, including BIG READ projects funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; continuing education programs for writers and readers; and a year-round calendar of literary events—such as My New Orleans and Meet the Author, the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, and Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!, our annual four-day founders celebration honoring our namesake, Nobel laureate William Faulkner and saluting all great writers: past, present, and yet to come.  Our programs are designed to honor and assist writers, provide high quality literary entertainment for readers, and combat the growing national disgrace of illiteracy. Many of our programs are offered free or at discounted rates to students and the general reading public, with special programming benefits for members and sponsors.

A New Generation of  Services to Readers
and Writers

The Faulkner Society was created in 1990 with a mission of providing realistic assistance to developing writers, creating literacy initiatives and continuing education for adults in literature and writing, and presenting high quality literary programming for readers. One overall goal has been to enhance the national image of New Orleans as a cultural and intellectual destination. Our programming year begins annually with our founders celebration, including William Faulkner’s birthday, September 25th. We will complete our 28th year on September 25, 2018.

Membership Drive is Underway Now
If you have not already become a member or sponsor in the current programming year, come join us as we continue our new generation of literary services for readers and writers.  We invite you to become members of the Society and secure the Society’s future.  For a membership form and explanation of benefits, e-mail us at

Note: Memberships include invitations to all events, both ticketed and free, public events. Annual free events include our series of free, public concerts organized to benefit the poor of New Orleans which take place on Tuesdays during Lent at the historic Ursuline Convent complex and our year round calendar of free, public literary events in the two series Meet the Author and My New Orleans Our next major ticketed events will be during our 2019  founders’ weekend celebration, Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!, September 24 – 27, 2019. Save the Dates!


The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition attracts between 1,500 and 3,000 entries annually in eight categories: Novel, Narrative Non-Fiction Book, Novella, Short Story, Novel-in-Progress, Essay, Poetry, and Short Story by a High School Student with cash prizes ranging from $7,500 for novel to $1,000 for High School Short Story. Click here to see a complete list of the 2018 Faulkner – Wisdom Competition Winners and Finalists.

Please note the change in opening and closing dates for 2019 Competition:
The 2019 competition will open on December 1, 2018 and the deadline will be April 1, 2019. To find the 2019 guidelines and the 2019 entry form to download and print out, Click Here! Please review the guidelines carefully before entering as significant changes may be made for 2019. For more details about the competition, Click Here!

The 2018 ALIHOT Awards

In 1996, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society created a special award to be given for excellence in literature, journalism, music, art, and community service, or philanthropy. The ALIHOT (A Legend in His/Her Own Time) Award is given to men and women who qualify as legends in their own time for their contributions to literature and literacy. This year, we are privileged to celebrate the achievements of:

W. Kenneth Holditch – Literature
Joyce Blaylock – Literary Service
Anne Simms Pincus – Literary Service

Click on each name above for information on each ALIHOT Awardee for 2018,

A Rose for Emily: The Painting

A Rose for Emily is a painting by Frederick Guess, which was inspired by the famous Southern Gothic short story by Nobel Laureate William Faulkner. The painting depicts a young Faulkner as he appeared while living in New Orleans and earning his storytelling stripes. The background, however, is of his later home, Rowan Oak, in Mississippi, which had a ghostly story of its own, one which may partially have inspired the Faulkner classic.

Guess donated the painting to the Faulkner Society to auction for the benefit of the Society’s projects for writers, readers, those at risk for illiteracy, and other disadvantaged people of our community. And on Sunday, September 23, 2018, the painting was auctioned to Garner Robinson. Thanks to Mr. Guess and to Mr. Robinson! Patrons like them make it possible for the Society to offer many free public projects for the community. For more information on A Rose for Emily, please Click Here!
Presentation of our competition winners and ALIHOT Awardees and auction of the painting took place at Faulkner for All, the Society’s gala annual meeting, September 23, during our Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner! founders’ festival.


Dates for the 2019 festival have been selected. They are Tuesday, September 24 – Friday,
September 27. The festival will open on the afternoon of September 24 with registration and keynote presentations at the Cabildo at Jackson Square. Introduction of 2019 winners and attending runners-up and finalists will be at the Faulkner for All, the Society’s gala 29th annual meeting on Mr. Faulkner’s birthday, September 25. Advice sessions and manuscript critiques for
registered writers will take place from 8:30 a. m. to 4:30 p.m. on the 25th and 8:30 to
10:00 a. m. on the 26th and 27th. In addition to opening sessions on the 24th, there
will be literary discussions from 10:30 to 5:30 on the 26th; and 10:30 to 3:30 on the 27th.

Variations on the Blues: Baroque to Blue Monday
Save the Dates:
Tuesdays, March 12 – April 16, 2019, 
6:30 p. m.,
St. Mary’s Chapel, Ursuline Convent,
1100 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA

The Faulkner Society’s annual prelude to the celebration of Easter—six free public concerts featuring major types of music created and enjoyed by New Orleanians for three centuries—opens annually a week after Mardi Gras day, locally known as Fat Tuesday. The period following Fat Tuesday is the Lenten season, which opens on Ash Wednesday and is a period when Christians reflect on the meaning of Christ’s death on the Cross and is characterized by abstinence and charitable outreach to the disadvantaged. The concerts are free with expenses underwritten by patrons in advance. Voluntary collections taken at the end of each concert benefit an institution important in servicing the poor. The beneficiary in 2019 will again be
St. Jude Community Center, one of the city’s most important resources for servicing the poor.

To read about the 2018 concert series, visit: 2018 Concert Series.


We have launched a major fundraising campaign to commemorate more than a generation of service annually to some 7,500 writers and readers and to our beloved City of New Orleans, which is 300 years old in 2018.  To help us continue the impact, e-mail us at We welcome offers of volunteer service as well as financial contributions. To join our number,  E-mail us at for a membership form and membership benefits summary.

Major Projects
The Society’s most ambitious annual undertakings are:

  • William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
  • Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner! This is a four-day literary celebration including our annual salute
    to our namesake, our gala black-tie annual meeting and fundraiser, literary critiques, presentation of
    new work by scholars and authors, and presentation of the winners of our international literary
  • Workshops, Master Classes, Manuscript Critiques for Developing Writers.
  • Literacy Initiatives for those At-Risk for Illiteracy, Including National Readathon Day, NEA sponsored BIG READ projects, and partnerships with the English Speaking Union and One Book One New Orleans.
  • The Double Dealer literary journal and Student Intern Program.
  • Free public sessions of Meet the Authors and My New Orleans events for dedicated readers.
  • Joint Ventures with other non-profits to embellish the Louisiana’s available cultural resources.
    Joint ventures include the Society’s annual series of six free, public concerts during Lent.
  • WORDS & MUSIC: A Literary Feast in New Orleans
    Words & Music, a Literary Feast is is New Orleans—which was created by the Society in 1997 to celebrate the 100th birthday of our namesake, William Faulkner—celebrated its 20th anniversary under our successful direction in December of 2017. Words & Music is no longer, a project of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc.  For information about
    Words & Music in the future, please contact Megan Holt, Director, at One Book One New Orleans. Her e-mail is:



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