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 ticketed events will be during our Founders’ Weekend Celebration, Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!, September 22 – 25, including our keynote address and welcome party on September 22, the annual fundraiser, Faulkner for All! on Sunday, September 23 and a gala champagne luncheon on Faulkner’s actual birthday, September 25. Save the Dates!

A Salute to All Great Writers:
Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
Save the Dates: September 22 – 25.

The Faulkner Society will celebrate its founding and honor its namesake, Nobel laureate William Faulkner, with three days of events reminiscent of the first Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner! in 1990. The celebration will open on Sunday, September 23 with our gala fundraiser including a concert, a buffet supper, open bar, including, of course, Mr. Faulkner’s favorite libation, as well as your own favorite libations, and patron gifts. Among literary guests of honor will be Faulkner scholars Thomas Bonner and Judith Bonner, who have revived the important Faulkner era book, Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles, which had gone out of print, with a new cover and introduction.  The annual Faulkner painting will be auctioned at this event. Complete details will be forthcoming in the formal invitation. The celebration will be a tricentennial homage to New Orleans as one of the world’s most inspiring literary muses, including literary discussions and signings for participating fiction writers, poets, and scholars. The finale will be a gala luncheon on William Faulkner’s actual birthday, Tuesday, September 25, with champagne, birthday cake, and toasts to Mr. Faulkner! and all great writers: past, present, and yet to come. Complete details of the celebration events will be forthcoming in the formal invitation.  To receive your invitation, send your e-mail and snail mail addresses to

Place as Muse for Literature

We have issued a call for papers by scholars, fiction and non-fiction writers, and poets on the theme: Place as Muse for LiteratureSpecial emphasis is being given to New Orleans as creative inspiration during 2018, the Tricentennial of the city’s founding, and the keynote address will be given by the bestselling non-fiction author and journalist Walter Isaacson on the subject, New Orleans as Muse for Literature:  300 Years and Counting.  Open to authors and academics, subjects may include topics related to Mr. Faulkner and the heyday of Bohemian culture in 1920s New Orleans.  Milestones of Louisiana literature also encompass several hundred authors who, while living here, have penned short fiction, novels, plays, poetry, essays, and creative non-fiction. Literary presentations will be on Monday, September 24 10:30 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. and on Tuesday, September 25, 10:30 a. m. to 12:30 p. m.. For guidelines and to register, contact us at

The Faulkner Society has divested itself of the festival it created in 1997 and operated successfully for 20 years, Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans, and the traditional fundraiser for it, Juleps in June. Going forward, the Faulkner Society’s annual Founders’ celebration, Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!, will include our annual fundraiser, Faulkner for All, (with a published rain date in the event of seasonal storms).

MEET THE AUTHORS events are free and open to the public. The events include complimentary wine, soft drinks, water, and finger food. While these events are free and open to the general public, RSVPs are mandatory. These events are co-ventures with the Louisiana State Museum which provides one of its historic venues for each event. For admittance free to the Cabildo or  Presbytere for these events you must have one of our personalized Meet the Authors passes to present at the ground floor museum desk. RSVP to and a pass will be e-mailed to you in advance of the event. Books for all participating authors for these events are available for purchase and signing.  Please call Faulkner House Books, 504-524-2940, with credit card info to reserve your books fin advance of these events.

Authors featured so far in 2018 include Ladee Hubbard with Maurice Ruffin, Zachary Lazar with Deborah Luster, Jack Davis with Iris Cohen, Michael Arata with Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Thomas Sancton, Martha Boone, and Jeffrey Rounds.

Watch this web site and your e-mail for coming events.


Preliminary rounds judging in the 2018 competition is completed for the Novel, Non-Fiction Book Category, and Novel-in-Progress categories and is nearing completion for the remaining categories.

For Novel:
Nine manuscripts were selected for The Short List. They are:

Confessions of a Waiter, Hitchhiking in the Graveyard, I Used To Think it Was a Cave, Remembrance of Blue Roses,
Sugar Blues, Suppose I say Hummingbird, The Devil in Dunwoody, The Museum of an Extinct Race, and Water.

For Narrative Non-fiction Book:
Eight manuscripts have been selected.  They are:
Approved for Adventure, Farm Girl, Fruitless, Slivers from a Broken World, Streetlight, The Gilded Cage,
Twenty-Six Point Freaking Two, and Waiting for the Rain.

For Short Story:
16 manuscripts were selected for the Short List. They are:
All the Missed Cues and Beautiful Boys, Amorphous Man, A Shambles, Big Tom,
Car Trouble, Chassahowitzka, Felina, How Car Dealers Get Rid of Unsold Inventory, Recommended ViewingRiders and Butchers of the Apocalypse: An Account in Three Parts, The Fastest Way You Can, The Myth About MermaidsUncle Robert, Waterlines, When a Cartoon Hero Smiles, and Yellow Flowers.

For Novel-in-Progress:
15 manuscripts were selected for the Short List. They are:
Alice’s Long Game, Chasing Martin, Dakota Journal, Eleanor, Forgive Us Our Debt$, Greetings from Asbury Park, Land, Love and Other Losses, Second Chance, Sisters of the Undertow, Skylakes Fall, The Creole Girl’s Violin, The Man From Pravda, The Unfinished Spy, and Whistle and I’ll Find You.
For Essay:
Ten manuscripts have been selected for the Short List. They are:
At the Feet of Sleeping Giants,
Cannot Be Seen, Nor Even Touched, Mourning TrypticOn Being Stripped,
A Survival Badge: A Girl Scout’s Field Guide to Chernobyl, The Blackish SyndromeThe Mystical Artist,
The People Sat Down to Eat and Drink and Stood Up to PrayWhat I Want MostZen and the Art of Dementia

For Short Story by a High School Student:
Eight manuscripts were selected for the Short List. They are:
Bletchley Nights, Currents, Drowning Parched, Cutler’s Pier Drowning Festival, JAK, Outpost, Serpentine, and
Solidarity in Exhaustion.

These short lists of manuscripts  have been forwarded to their respective 2018 final round judges. We expect to have all short lists for remaining categories posted shortly.

The list of others who have placed in various categories is at: 2018 Faulkner – Wisdom Competition Winners, Finalists.

The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition opens annually on January 1 and attracts between 1,500 and 3,000 entries 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.  Winners are to be presented at Faulkner for All in New Orleans on September 23. The Society recently voted to change its annual deadline of May 1 to May 15, this year but since we have moved our gala awards events back to September, this will not give us sufficient time for judging we discovered this year. The 2019 competition will open, therefore, on December 1, 2018 and the deadline will be April 1, 2019.
To review the 2017 lists of all who placed in all categories, Click Here!  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!

2018 Judges for the Faulkner – Wisdom Competition

The Faulkner Society is proud to announce its 2018 Judges selected to date. They are:

Novel: Ladee Hubbard; Narrative Non-Fiction: Zachary Lazar; Novella: Moira Crone; Novel-in-Progress: M. O. Walsh; Short Story: John BiguenetEssay: Rodger Kamenetz; Poetry: Peter CooleyHigh School Short Story: Laura Lane McNeal.
Click on their names for more information about each judge. 

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 which 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 last year. 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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