THE PIRATE’S ALLEY FAULKNER SOCIETY
IS 30 YEARS OLD TODAY ON THIS
BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF OUR NAMESAKE
NOBEL LAUREATE WILLIAM FAULKNER,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. FAULKNER!
A LETTER TO OUR FRIENDS AND MEMBERS:
The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society was founded on September 25, 1990 by group of professional men and women who wished to
bolster the long literary heritage of New Orleans and its Deep South Region, enhance the national reputation of New Orleans
as an important arts and intellectual destination, provide entertaining and enlightening literary program for the general
reading public and writers, both the established and those striving for literary achievement. Our 30 year anniversary celebration has,
of course, been put on hold until there is victory over the plague.
It behooves us all, however, to read and encourage others, most especially young people, to read good literature.
Too dangerous still to human health and well being are the usual pleasures of life in New Orleans—sharing good food and drink placed carefully on white-clothed tables by the charmingly irreverent wait staff of the city’s celebrated dining establishments, listening to good music in clubs and music halls, celebrating life at the city’s eclectic variety of festivals. We can use the time we have on our hands in mandatory isolation or wise self-quarantining for enriching the mind and soul. Join me as we enter the 31st year of the Faulkner Society’s commitment to its mission by selecting one or two of Mr. Faulkner’s famous works to re-read or read for the first time.
You will find a ton of imparted wisdom and insight in his words, valuable to us all as we attempt to navigate today’s rekindling of the Civil Rights movement and the well justified demands for an end to all of the vicious forms of discrimination which create a defacto form of slavery by depriving our brother and sister human beings of freedom from fear, equality of opportunity, and justice under the law. Mr. Faulkner grappled with these issues in his work with a desperate hope that wrongs could be righted without tearing asunder entire communities and states and, indeed, a nation. He recognized that hate was the barrier to setting things straight and that hate was the deadly weapon which would be used by those in power to stay in power, regardless of the consequences.
Now, decades since his death, the power brokers are again stirring a cauldron of hate that could, if we are not very, very
careful, boil over into a second civil war. Let us take his warning and combat hate with the more powerful tools: love and kindness and charity.
Mr. Faulkner worried that he and his work would be forgotten. You can make certain that does not happen by buying one
of his books and reading it and, then, sharing it with others. Faulkner House Books stocks his work and will be happy
to take your electronic payment and mail the book to you. Call the good folks there at (504) 524-2940 or e-mail email@example.com. I am re-reading Flags in the Dust, a good beginning for my plan to read as much of his
work as possible during the coming year.
This master of the literary arts struggled mightily to create a body of work for the ages and his struggle, which was rewarded with
the Nobel Prize for Literature, is an inspiration to those writers struggling to make their mark. A major part of the Faulkner Society’s mission is providing programs to help them improve their work and get it published. A great birthday gift for Mr. Faulkner
would be a donation to the Society to help us continue our work on behalf of writers and their readers. You can send your checks to
the Faulkner Society, 6028-30 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70118 or make a credit card donation on the “Order” page of
this web site.
We look forward to being with you all in person at a Faulkner Society literary event…when it is safe again!
Until then, read, mask, social distance, avoid crowds, and live!
Co-Founder, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society
FAULKNER – WISDOM COMPETITION ALIVE & WELL
The 2020 Competition Is In Progress!
THE NEW DEADLINE, NOVEMBER 1, 2020
The Faulkner Society
6028-30 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Our e-mail address remains the same: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faulkner Festival, 2020
See 2020 Guidelines here:
THE FAULKNER SOCIETY
The 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.
- 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.
- A year-round calendar of literary events—such as My New Orleans and Meet the Author.
- The William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
- Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!, our annual four-day founders celebration honoring our namesake, Nobel laureate William Faulkner, 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 general public 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 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 help 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 30th year on September 25, 2020.
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 membership levels and benefits, please visit our convenient ordering page HERE.
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.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. FAULKNER!
2021 Festival, Save the TENTATIVE Dates:
September 24 – September 27
Note: The 2021 Festival will have the same theme we were planning for 2020:
The Impact of the Classics on Life, Literature, & Music
Introduction of all winners and attending runners-up and finalists will be at Faulkner for All, the Society’s gala 30th 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, with literary discussions beginning daily at 10:30 both days. 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. We will be posting planned details for the 2021 Festival HERE soon. For event costs, click Pricing. Pricing is not changing for 2021. We will be updating the pricing section shortly. For details about manuscript critiques for writers, click, Critiques Guidelines. Credentials of next year’s agents and editor will be posted soon, click here.
WILLIAM FAULKNER – WILLIAM WISDOM
CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION:
2019 WINNERS ANNOUNCED; EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR 2020 ANNOUNCED:
IT IS NOVEMBER 1, 2020.
The Faulkner Society’s most popular project with writers is The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, which has since 1992 attracted between 1,500 and 3,000 entries annually in eight categories: Novel, Narrative Non-Fiction Book, Novella, Short Story, Novel-in-Progress, Essay, Single Poem, 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. In 2019 we added a ninth category, Poetry Collection, which is offered again this year. Judges for the competition will be announced as they are confirmed.
Winners for the 2019 competition have been announced! You can find a full list here.
SPRING CONCERT SERIES, 2020 SERIES POSTPONED UNTIL LENT, 2021
The Faulkner Society’s annual prelude to the celebration of Easter—six free public concerts featuring major types of the music created and enjoyed by New Orleanians for centuries—opens traditionally a week after Fat Tuesday. The period following Fat Tuesday is the Lenten season, which opens on Ash Wednesday, the period when Christians reflect on the meaning of Christ’s death on the Cross and 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 the poor. The beneficiary in 2021 is St. Jude Community Center, one of the city’s most important resources for servicing the poor. Venue for the series is St. Mary’s Chapel of the historic Ursuline Convent. The chapel has extraordinary accoustics and is provided to the series by the Society’s partners, The Archdiocese of New Orleans and St. Louis King of France Cathedral Basilica. The 2020 theme, Which was to have been “The Amadeus Syndrome: The Influence of the Classics on Contemporary Music,” will be the them for 2021.
FAULKNER SOCIETY IMPACT
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 was 300 years old in 2018. To help us continue the impact, e-mail us at email@example.com. We welcome offers of volunteer service as well as financial contributions. To join our number, E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a membership form and membership benefits summary.
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 major partnerships with other non-profit institutions and businesses.