2015 Speakers

Jim Grimsley

Jim Grimsley is the author of several award-winning novels, including Winter Birds, Dream Boy, and My Drowning. He is a professor at Emory University.

Lewis DeSimone

Lewis DeSimone is the author of Chemistry and The Heart’s History. His work has also appeared in Jonathan, Chelsea Station, Christopher Street, and a number of anthologies, including With: New Gay Fiction, Best Gay Romance 2014, Second Person Queer, Best Gay Stories 2010, Best Gay Love Stories: Summer Flings, and My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them.  He’s happy to […]

Jerry L. Wheeler

Editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalist Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from Under the Big Top (Lethe Press 2010), as well as author of a collection of short fiction, Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits (another Lambda Literary Award finalist in 2013), Jerry L. Wheeler’s first novel, The Dead Book, is forthcoming from Lethe Press in 2015. Be sure to catch […]

David Holly

David Holly lives in Oregon where he sets his novels and stories among the state’s dramatic landscapes and colorful western histories. He is the author of the deliciously homoerotic novels The Raptures of Time and The Moon’s Deep Circle from Bold Strokes Books. His next novel, The Heart’s Eternal Desire (July 2015), tells the story of Seaton French who loves Dustin […]

Ron J. Suresha

Ron J. Suresha attended the 1st Saints + Sinners festival and returns in 2015 for his 8th conference. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books and the Acquisitions Editor for Bear Bones Books. His most recent publications are the anthology, Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards, which was named a Rainbow […]

Ken O’Neill

Ken O’Neill’s novel The Marrying Kind won a 2013 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) for LGBT fiction. It won the 2012 Rainbow award for best debut, and was a finalist for the International Book Award. He has recently completed a second novel: George Bailey Gets Save in the End. He lives in New York with […]

Dale Chase

Dale Chase has been writing male erotica for seventeen years, slipping from contemporary to historical fiction and then to westerns. Her second novel Takedown: Taming John Wesley Hardin was published by Lethe Press in 2013, while her first Wyatt: Doc Holliday’s Account of an Intimate Friendship came out in 2012 from Bold Strokes Books. Wilde City Press released […]

Joel Gomez-Dossi

After fifteen seasons working as a production manager and producer for the National Emmy Award-winning PBS Science Series, Newton’s Apple, Joel Gomez-Dossi switched to the written word. He is the author of two thrillers set in the mountains of New York State, Pursued and Deadly Cult. His third novel, Lethal Elements, will be published in […]

William Holden

William Holden is an award-winning author with over 60 published short stories. His books include; A Twist of Grimm: Erotic Fairy Tales for Gay Men, Lethe Press (Lambda Literary Finalist for Best Gay Erotica, 2010), and by Bold Stroke Books, Words to Die By (2nd place in the Rainbow Book Awards for best horror as […]

Jeffrey Ricker

Jeffrey Ricker is the author of Detours (2011) and the YA fantasy The Unwanted (2014), both published by Bold Strokes Books. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction, A Family by Any Other Name, Men of the Mean Streets, and others. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of […]


2015 Fiction Contest

Submissions are now open for our Sixth Annual Short Fiction Contest.

The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 4,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” This contest would not be possible without a generous grant from The John Burton Harter Charitable Trust. Andrew Holleran (pictured), author of Dancer from the Dance, Nights in Aruba, The Beauty of Men, Ground Zero, Chronicle of a Plague Revisted, In September the Light Changes, and Grief: A Novel, will select the winning stories.


One grand prize of $500 and two second place prizes of $100 will be awarded. In addition, the top stories will be published in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books. There will also be a book release party and reading held during the 12th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Conference in New Orleans in 2015. A list of the top ten finalists will be posted on our website and in our e-newsletter. Have a question about one of our writing contests? Please send questions to: contests@tennesseewilliams.net.


  • The annual fiction contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres.
  • Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
  • Stories that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible but must submit new work.
  • Stories submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place in the top ten are eligible.
  • Stories that have won any other writing contests are ineligible.


  • Submissions should be in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, one inch margins, 12 point font). Please include a word count on first page under the title.
  • Your name and contact information should NOT appear on the manuscript.
  • No bios or resumes. We only consider manuscript quality.
  • Word Count: 4,000 to 7,000
  • Submit only original, unpublished short stories.
  • Theme (interpret as you wish): Saints and Sinners

Entry fee: $15 per story. There is no limit on the number of stories each author may enter. Deadline: November 15, 2014 (postmark) Submissions for the 6th Annual Contest are now open.


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