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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 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 and/or at discounted rates the reading public.

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, 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 annually on William Faulkner’s birthday, September 25th and we completed our 26th year on September 25, 2016.

Membership Drive is Underway Now
If you have not already become a member or sponsor in 2017,come join us as in this 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: We cancelled our Juleps in June fundraiser for weather reasons so we are doing our old, traditional Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner! as our fundraiser this year. Patrons of Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner! will automatically become members paid up until September 25, 2018. Paid members will receive complimentary Discussion Passes for Words & Music, 2017. A free discussion pass admits one to all events except food and wine events of the festival.


The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition opens annually on January 1 and attracts between 1,500 and 2,500 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. The 2017 deadline for entries waa May 23. (This was an extension from the original May 1st deadline. The 2018 deadline will be May 1. Winners must be present for Faulkner for All in New Orleans, this year on December 9, to receive their prizes. Overall dates for the Words & Music festival this year are December 6 – 10.

2016 Judges

Novel: Katherine Fausset; Narrative Non-Fiction: Walter Isaacson; Novella: Stewart O’Nan; Novel-in-Progress: Christine Pride; Short Story: Tim GautreauxEssay: Franz Wisner; Poetry: Carolyn HembreeHigh School Short Story: George Bishop.

2016 Winners
2016 winners are: Novel, Jacob Appel of New York, NY; Narrative Non-Fiction, Adriana Páramo of Kissimmee, FL; Novella, Andrew Plattner of Atlanta, GA; Short Story, Paul Negri of Clifton, NJ; Novel-in-Progress, Brenda McClain of Ashland, TN; Essay, Ann Read (pen name of Judy Hood) of Homestead, FL; Poetry, Nancy Dafoe of Homer, NY; Short Story by a High School Student, Lillian Lechler of Metairie, LA. For complete 2016 results, Click Here.


The Society’s celebration of our namesake’s birthday will take place on his actual birthday anniversary, Sunday, September 25.  Save the Date! This year, Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner! will be our fundraiser, as we cancelled our Juleps in June fundraiser due to weather concerns.

The fundraiser on Faulkner’s birthday was our old tradition and it feels good to be returning to
that festive acknowledgement of the Nobel laureate who wrote his first novel while living in
the Vieux Carre.

The party will be the same as Juleps in June, with mint juleps made according to Mr. Faulkner’s
recipe with Jack Daniels, and served in engraved (with year) silver julep cups, which will be the favors
for patrons.  We will have a light buffet supper, live music, and an auction of our annual Faulkner portratit.

Tickets will be $175 per person or $350 per couple, with a special “Nnder 40” price of $75 per person
Reserve now at Invitations with details will go out August 15.  We look  forward to having all of our Juleps in June friends with us in September!  We

A Literary Feast in New Orleans

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 2017 festival and writers conference are December 6 – 10.  Primary discussion venue will be the award-winning Hotel Monteleone, which is offering a discounted rate to guests registering for Words & Music. Details of Words & Music will be posted and e-mailed shortly or you can e-mail us for details at

Save the Date!

The Faulkner Society’s gala black tie annual meeting—Faulkner for All!—will take place on Saturday December 9, 2017, when we will present winners of the 2017 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and an evening of literary and musical entertainment.



We have launched a major fundraising campaign to commemorate 25 years of service to New Orleans, its writers, and its readers. Our 25th year of service will end on Faulkner’s birthday, September 25th. To help us continue the impact, e-mail us at We welcome offers of volunteer service as well as financial contributions.

Projects of the Faulkner Society have a positive impact for some 7,500 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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