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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 f in cooperation with other organizations, including One Book, One New Orleans and 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 or at discounted rates to students and the general 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 27th year on September 25, 2017.

Membership Drive is Underway Now
If you have not already become a member or sponsor in 2017,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: Paid members will receive complimentary Discussion Passes for Words & Music, 2017. A discussion pass admits one to all events except food and wine and entertainment events of the festival. Members do get discounted rates for some ticketed events as well.


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 2018 deadline will be May 1. Winners are presented at Faulkner for All, the Society’s gala black tie annual meeting, this year on December 9. Overall dates for the Words & Music festival this year are December 6 – 10.  The competition has propelled many previously unknown writers into successful careers as established authors. Our most recent examples are two 2016 finalists, Katheryn Ramsperger and Starner Jones, whose books—The Shores of Our Souls and Mother City—have now been published.

2017 Competition: Preliminary Judging Now Complete
We apologize for running later than expected on announcing those who have placed in the 2017 competition. Primary reason for delays was the number of entries received this year, almost twice as many as usual. The preliminary judging for all categories is now complete and all Short List manuscripts have been forwarded to judges of the various categories. To review the lists of all who have placed in all categories, Click Here!

During our review of the those who placed, we found several manuscripts which we failed to include on this web site list. They have now been added.

2017 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 annual celebration of our namesake’s birthday took place on  actual birthday anniversary, Sunday, September 24.  This year, Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner! was  our fundraiser, as we cancelled our Juleps in June fundraiser due to weather concerns. Going forward, it is our intention to return to Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner! as our annual fundraiser (with a published rain date in the event of seasonal storms).

The fundraiser for Faulkner’s birthday was our original, festive tradition of acknowledging of the Nobel laureate who wrote his first novel, Soldiers’ Pay, while living in the Vieux Carre at 624 Pirate’s Alley.  The party this year contained the elements promised for  Juleps in June, including  mint juleps made according to Mr. Faulkner’s recipe with “good whiskey” and served in engraved (with year) silver julep cups, which have been the Society’s Juleps in June the favors for patrons for more than a decade.  This year’s event took place at the Cabildo, Jackson Square, in partnership with The Lousiana State Museum and One Book, One New Orleans and featured a buffet luncheon, a dramatic reading from The Reivers by professional actors Michael Arata, Camilla Ewen, and David Dahlgren; a reading by New Orleans author Anne Gisleson from her brilliant new book, The Futilitarians; and an auction of our annual Faulkner portrait, this year a depiction of Faulkner in his RCAF flyer’s uniform by artist Grayce deNoia Bochak. Ms. Bochak, a loyal supporter of the Faulkner Society, divides her time between her residences in Pirate’s Alley and Cape May, NJ.

A Literary Feast in New Orleans

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary in 2017

Words & Music, a Literary Feast is is New Orleans, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The Faulkner Society, created earlier, began with a Faulkner weekend of festivities around the Nobel Laureate’s birthday in 1990. Between 1990 and 1997, the scope of  Society’s activities was enlarged  to include its literary competition and its literary journal, The Double Dealer, its intern program, a Master Class for High School Students and their Teachers, and a full calendar of monthly literary activities.Words & Music—an expansion of the Faulkner weekend to include many more authors, as well as editors and agents, and more entertainment events—was created in 1997 to celebrate the 100th birthday anniversary of William Faulkner.

A Long Weekend of Fabulous Events
Words & Music
encompasses five days 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.

2017 Dates

Dates for the 2017 festival and writers conference are December 6 – 10.  Primary discussion venue will be the award-winning national literary landmark Hotel Monteleone, which again is offering a discounted rate to guests registering in the “Words & Music/Faulkner Society” bloc. If you think you will be attending Words & Music, reserve now, as the Monteleone is a very popular hotel. Our bloc is smaller than usual, as the Monteleone’s sister property, Bienville House, is closed for renovation. Deadline for taking advantage of the discounted rate is close of business November 5. 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. The event will take place at the Hotel Monteleone and begin at 6:30 p. m. Click Here for more information about the 2017 Schedule.  Please note: the schedule as it appears now is admittedly a mess! We are
working on updating now. As soon as a good working schedule is up, we will remove this note!


We have launched a major fundraising campaign to commemorate more than a generation of service annually to some 6,500 writers and readers and to  our beloved City of New Orleans, which will be 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.

Major Projects
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 those At-Risk for Illiteracy, Including One Book, National Readathon Day, One New Orleans and
    NEA sponsored 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,  E-mail us at for a membership form and membership benefits summary.



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