To propose a reading, paper, panel, or event, visit our page on

This part of the process is completely free, but the schedule can fill up fast, so don’t delay too long.

We’ll reply with feedback. Feel free to contact us with questions: we’re happy to help you shape a presentation and to connect you with other writers.

Jeni Wallace offers up a festival that is welcoming, fascinating, diverse and always followed by a great party.  She is the perfect literary hostess, and the Hands On Literary Festival is one of a kind.

Dinty W. Moore, editor of Brevity Magazine and author of the forthcoming Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy.

The Bayou, on New Year's Day

The Bayou, on New Year’s Day

The overall theme for this year’s festival is “The Politics and Power of Place and Space.” We’re interested in readings that explore the role of setting, community, landscape, environments natural and urban, the earth and the sea.

This theme is offered as a guide, not a restriction. We’re eager to help you present the work you most want to share.

In your proposal, let us know a bit about yourself, and tell us the names of any fellow presenters or panelists. Students at all levels are encouraged to apply.

We also welcome inquiries from small presses and publishers interested in hosting a table at the book fair or partnering / advertising with us (send us an email at

Then, if your proposal is accepted, we’ll ask you to register for the festival itself on our Eventzilla page. We offer a range of registration options, including reduced rates for students.

For accommodation, we will have a reduced festival rate at the Maison St. Charles hotel.

Propose to a large number of people at once.

We are looking forward to hearing from you — and meeting you in New Orleans.


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