Saints and Sinners Fiction Contest

Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Newsletter

Books! Beads! and Beignets!


It’s Carnival Time, and New Orleans is alive with parades. The beads may be gone by the time you arrive, but there will be plenty of books and beignets available at the 9th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival. We’re lining up a parade of awesome GLBT authors, editors, and publishers to participate in a weekend popping with fun parties, lively discussions, readings, shows, and more. If you haven’t already, make sure to reserve your place in the fun.

We’re crowning the king and queen of our own Mardi Gras krewe…

The winner and runners-up of our Short Fiction Contest have been chosen by this year’s judge, John Berendt. We had so many great entries, it was hard to choose. Congratulations to all of our finalists. The fine work will make for a stellar anthology at this year’s Book Launch party on Thursday, May 12.


And, without further ado, the winner is: SALLY BELEROSE, and our two runners-up are: FELICE PICANO and JOHN MORGAN WILSON.

Sally Bellerose

Sally Bellerose’s awards include a Fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Barbara Deming Prize, and The Rick DeMartinis Award. Her work appears in a call to nursing, Crab Orchard Review, The Sun, Naugatuck River Review, Cutthroat, Per Contra, and dozens of other publications. Her novel, The Girls Club, recently won the Bywater Prize and will be published by Bywater Books in May 2011. She can be reached at sbellerose@comcastnet.


Felice Picano

Felice Picano is the author of 24 books of poetry, fiction, memoirs, non-fiction and plays. His work has been translated into fifteen languages including Chinese, Hebrew and Slovenian. Several titles have been national and international bestsellers. An honorary Saints and Sinner Festival “Saint,” Picano recently became a Lambda Literary Foundation “Pioneer.” His recent publications include Art &Sex in Greenwich Village (2007) and a new production of his third play The Bombay Trunk, was a hit in Palm Springs. He guest-edited Volume 7 of the Paris-based Van Gogh’s Ear magazine (2010), and with Prof. Lazaro Lima compiled an anthology of GLBT Latino-American fiction for the University of Wisconsin Press, titled Ambientes. Chelsea Station Editions will publish Picano’s new collection, True Stories: Portraits in the Spring of 2011.

John Morgan Wilson


John Morgan Wilson is an award-winning journalist and fiction writer, perhaps best known for his eight Benjamin Justice mystery novels. His writing awards include an Edgar Allan Poe Award from Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel and three Lambda Literary Awards for Best Gay Men’s Mystery. His early Justice novels, including Simple Justice, his 1996 Edgar winner, have been reissued by Bold Strokes Books. John’s short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Blithe House Quarterly, and various anthologies. John also writes “Book Buzz”, a monthly column of LGBTQ writing and publishing news that appears on the Lambda Literary Foundation website. He lives in West Hollywood, California, where he serves on the planning committee of the annual West Hollywood Book Fair.


Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

imagineirelandWe’re rolling along with planning a special Opening Night Reception with the help of Culture Ireland’s initiative, Imagine Ireland.

The Year of Magical Wanking is a solo piece performed in verse by Neil Watkins and has crossover themes with Saints and Sinners (HIV/AIDS awareness). The play will receive its US debut here in the Crescent City. More details about this new addition to come!

We’ll be back after the Mardi Madness with more updates about panel topics, presenters, and special events. We’ll also announce our play contest winner. Happy Mardi Gras all, we’ll try and catch you something good!

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