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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. Important projects of the Faulkner Society are The Double Dealer literary journal; outreach programs for high school and college students; literacy projects for at-risk teenagers 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 Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans—which honor and assist writers and provide high quality literary entertainment for readers. Many of our programs are offered free to students and the reading public.


The Faulkner Society was created in 1990 with a mission of providing realistic assistance to developing writers, creating literacy initiatives, continuing education for adults in literature and writing, and presenting literary programming for readers. Our overall goal has been to enhance the national image of New Orleans as a cultural and intellectual destination. Our programming year begins each year on William Faulkner’s birthday, September 25th and we entered our 25th year on September 25, 2015.
We invite you to become members of the Society and secure the Society’s future for 25 more years of
literary services to writers, readers, and students. For a membership form and explanation of benefits,
e-mail us at

Words & Music encompasses five days and nights of diverse literary programming for writers, dedicated readers, and teenagers at-risk for illiteracy, including one-on-one manuscript critiques by noted publishing industry editors, and agents, discussions by well known authors and scholars on themes of literature and life, nightly entertainment including live music, and the renowned cuisine of the Big Easy. Dates for the 2016 festival and writers conference are November 9 – 13.  Primary discussion venue will be the award-winning Hotel Monteleone, which is offering a discounted rate to guests registering for
Words & Music.

We are reworking our programming this year to incorporate more hands-on workshop time with editors, agents, and established authors. We would love to have your input with regard to subject matter of interest to you. So, take our short, quick, and easy survey and help us give you what you really need and want in the way of expert assistance in getting your writing on target for publication.  Here is the survey link:

Details of Words & Music will be posted and e-mailed shortly or you can e-mail us for details at Save the Dates!  

The Faulkner Society’s gala black tie annual meeting—Faulkner for All!—will take place on Saturday November 12, when we will present winners of the 2016 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition This year, the dress theme for Faulkner for All will be “Bow Ties and Tiaras,” with prizes for the best of each, so be thinking of how you can take your bow ties from ho-hum to “Hello there, Good Looking” and your tiaras from mundane to magnificent, from pitiful to priceless. And we have the perfect celebrity judge coming to select the winners.  Click here for the 2016 schedule of enlightening and entertaining events we have planned for you.

The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, the Society’s international literary talent search opens annually on January 1 and the deadline for entries is May 1.
Our 2015 winners and runners-up in all categories have been posted. Winners and finalists were presented formally at our annual meeting last year during Words & Music. For the results of the 2015 competition, click on Competition.

The Faulkner Society works with other non-profits to present cultural offerings. Among our annual co-ventures are free public concerts, presented in partnership with and to benefit the Bishop Perry Center, the exciting new mission for the disadvantaged and downtown cultural center. This partnership presents a series of Lenten concerts on Thursday evenings at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the old Ursulines Convent. For details of the 2016 series, A Musical Prelude to the Celebration of Easter, click here. Additional concert co-ventures are in the works. During Words & Music, we will have a special literary and music event at St. Mary’s and the Convent in cooperation with the Bishop Perry Center. See the Words & Music Schedule for complete details.

Our next joint venture will be will be a multi-author session of Meet the Author in partnership with the Louisiana State Museum in March.

Details to be announced shortly.

For our 2016 literacy initiative, we once again are applying for a BIG READ grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and its partners, Arts Midwest and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Our library partners for the project are the New Orleans Public Library and the State Library of Louisiana. Other partners will include the Louisiana State Museum anda One Book, One New Orleans, an arm of the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans. The focus book for the project is Sun, Stone, and Shadows,
a collection of the best short fiction of Mexico, including work by such masters as the late Carlos Fuentes, a book assembled and edited by a leading author-editor-journalist of the Hispanic world, Jorge F. Hernandez.


Bland Residence 2Our next ticketed event will be Juleps in June, the Faulkner Society’s annual overture to the summer social season and fundraiser, which will take place this year on Friday evening, June 3. This year’s venue is the stunning, recently renovated Garden District residence and gardens of Honorary Co-Chairs Andrea and David Bland at 1216 Jackson Avenue. Co-sponsors will include One Book, One New Orleans, which will be providing young professional volunteers for Juleps in June, 2016.

Save the Date and plan to step out in your coolest, frothiest summer
cocktail frocks and ice cream suits to sip mint juleps from engraved silver cups, listen to live music, enjoy a light summer supper and bid on 2016’s Faulkner painting to be auction to benefit the Society’s projects for writers and readers.

Tickets are $175 per person or $300 per couple; $1,500 for a sponsorship including 10 tickets, patrons favors (silver julep cups) and special sponsor gift; $1,000 for a sponsorship including 7 tickets, patrons favors and sponsor gift. Sponsors will be recognized in party literature and on our web site.  For recognition in our printed invitation, please commit with check or credit card by April 25.


We have launched a major fundraising campaign to commemorate 25 years of service to New Orleans, its writers, and its readers.  To help us continue the impact, e-mail us at We welcome offers of volunteer service as well as financial

Projects of the Faulkner Society have a positive impact for some 6,500 persons annually. We urge you to support our programs by becoming a member. For a membership form, e-mail us at The Society’s most ambitious annual undertakings are:

  • William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition
  • Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans
  • Workshops, Master Classes, Manuscript Critiques for Developing Writers
  • Literacy Initiatives for Teenagers At-Risk for Illiteracy, Including BIG READ projects
  • The Double Dealer literary journal and Student Intern Program
  • Free public sessions of Meet the Author and My New Orleans events for dedicated readers
  • Joint Ventures with other Non-Profits to Embellish the City’s Cultural Resources.

 To become a member, click here for 25th anniversary membership benefits and membership form to download.

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