How to Order Your Tickets

For festival packages, including individuals, couples and competition finalists, use our easy and secure online ordering system HERE. If ordering a la carte items, you’ll need to print the pdf HERE and mail to us with your payment.
Registrations are fully refundable prior to September 1, 2019. Refunds requested between September 1 and September 15 are available for 50 per cent of total paid. After September 15, refunds are not available but a credit for the full amount paid will be issued for next year’s festival. Deadline for registering for manuscript critiques is 5 p. m. September 10. No critique registrations can be accepted after that deadline.


Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!

To facilitate enjoyment of the City’s most historic neighborhood for our guests, all events take place in venues of historic importance, all within four blocks of each other. All venues are in the lower Vieux Carré and at or close to Jackson Square, the site of the City’s founding. The principal inn is the Provincial Hotel, a boutique hotel complex of 19th-century buildings linked around a large courtyard and several smaller courtyards.

The Provincial is two and a half blocks from Jackson Square and The Cabildo, one of the two seats of Colonial government and the site of the signing of the Louisiana Purchase. The Cabildo is the site for registration and opening sessions of the festival. It is the twin of The Presbytere, where Tuesday sessions will take place.

The two buildings flank St. Louis King of France Cathedral Basilica, oldest continuously operating cathedral in the country. The three buildings are fine examples of Colonial architecture. On either side of the Cathedral is a block-long wide alley linking Jackson Square to Royal Street, Pere Antoine on the right-hand side, and on the left is Pirate’s Alley, where William Faulkner wrote his first novel, Soldiers’ Pay, while living at Number 624, today a national literary landmark. Faulkner House Books, a major patron of the festival, is located on the ground floor in the room where Faulkner lived. Just a block from number 624 is the Bourbon Orleans Hotel with its historic Quadroon Ballroom, where Monday sessions will take place. Back to the Provincial Hotel and one block more is the old Ursuline Convent complex and its lovely St. Mary’s Chapel and garden.

The Convent is the oldest significant architectural landmark in the Mississippi Valley, another fine example of Colonial architecture, which today houses the Catholic Cultural Center. The Convent chapel with its fine painted ceiling is of Palladian inspiration. The Society’s 28th annual meeting and presentation of 2018 competition winners will take place in the Chapel and the party will take place in the Convent garden.

Next door on the downriver side of the Convent is Soniat House, another inn composed of 19th-century buildings linked by courtyards and filled with antiques, where some of our guests will be staying for the festival weekend. Back at Jackson Square to the upriver side, at the corner of Saint Peter and Chartres Streets, there is Le Petit Théatre du Vieux Carre, among the oldest theatres in the country still in operation, which also houses Tableau, a culinary hot spot, owned by the famous Brennan family. Here on Tuesday in the private Green Room, at the festival finale, guests will celebrate the actual birthday of William Faulkner at a champagne luncheon featuring 30-second toasts to the Nobel laureate from his own work.

Welcome to the Vieux Carre and Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!

Tuesday, September 25, 2019

2:00 p. m. – 4:45 p. m. — The Cabildo, Louisiana State Museum, at Jackson Square, Long Gallery, Second Floor

Registration & Book Mart Sales

Books will be Available for Sale, Signing.

The opening sessions are free and open to the public
Advance RSVPs are required to and are necessary to receive your pass admitting you to the museum without paying for museum admittance. Guests who have registered for the festival will receive an electronic pass to exchange for their permanent passes at the registration desk. Opening sessions will be an introduction to three aspects of the humanities theme for 2018:

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Books for all presenters will be on Sale continuously September 24 through September 27 at Faulkner House Books, located in the room where William Faulkner wrote his first novel Soldiers’ Pay in 1925. The store is open 10 a. m. to 5:30 p.m. Festival guests presenting their passes will receive a 10 percent discount on all books by presenters and other new literature. (The discount does not apply to rare books.) Authors will be available to sign after their presentations and at the tea/cocktail event on Monday evening

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Advise and Consent

8:00 a. m. — Hotel Provincial Meeting Room – Café au Lait & Croissants, Etc.

Friday, September 27, 2019

To receive your invitation, send your e-mail and snail mail addresses to

Competition Winners:

The Society will pay transportation up to $500 and hotel accommodations at the lovely boutique hotel in the French Quarter, the Provincial for the winner. Runners-up will be our guests for all of the events but must pay their own travel and hotel expenses. Others on the short list who wish to attend will received a discount of 50% on the writers package for the occasion. The package includes manuscript critiques. Literary agent Katherine Fausset will be critiquing winners and runners-up of all categories. Other agents, editors are to be announced.Other finalists can enjoy a 25% discount off the $475 writer package price; semi-finalists are offered a 10% discount.

Writers should plan to arrive on Tuesday, September 24 by mid-day to attend an afternoon keynote.

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