Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

  • 938 Lafayette St., Suite 514, New Orleans , LA 70113 | P: (504) 581-1144
  • 938 Lafayette St., Suite 514, New Orleans , LA 70113
    P: (504) 581-1144
  • 938 Lafayette St., Suite 514
    New Orleans , LA 70113
    P: (504) 581-1144
  • Dates: March 22, 2018 - March 25, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

The streetcar he made famous stopped running 69 years ago, but the festival named in his honor has been running continuously for over a quarter of a century.

The annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival is named after the world-famous playwright who made New Orleans his home during one of the most creative periods in his life. From March 22-March 26, 2017 the event will take place at venues across the city featuring some incredible speakers, contests and special celebratory events. You won’t want to miss this unique event!


The festival is assembling some of the top playwrights, authors, actors, and speakers to sit on over 30 literary panels, provide 8 master classes with other published authors and over a dozen theatrical performances of original works submitted to the festival.

This year’s speakers include:

  • Rick Bragg

  • Bryan Batt

  • Wally Lamb

  • Bev Marshall

  • John S. Bak

  • Jami Attenberg

  • Jeremy Lawrence

and many more!

A number of other special events are scheduled, as well, including musical events and various “Food Events” featuring some of the city’s top chefs.


There are also contests offering cash prizes up to $1,500, including a poetry, fiction and one-act play contest. Finalists are announced in late February and congratulated with their prizes at the festival.

And, of course, no Tennessee Williams Festival would be complete without the “Stella!” shouting contest held in the French Quarter. Hopeful winners, usually attired in Stanley Kowalski-style sleeveless undershirts, will compete to shout the most plaintive and convincing appeal to the judges on the balcony of the Pontalba Apartments on Jackson Square. This is one fun event you won’t want to miss. And, in the interests of fairness, women contestants are allowed to shout “Stanley!” This free event begins at 4pm on Sunday, March 26, however, it fills up hours before the action starts so, if you’re planning to attend it, arrive early and stake out your space.

Tickets and Passes

Tickets for the festival opening, master classes and panel passes are now available! To register for the festival or for more information call (504) 581-1144 or log on to

Special hotel discounted rates are typically available and special rates are offered on various types of festival passes.