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About SLF

The Southern Literary Festival is an organization of southern colleges and schools founded in 1937 to promote southern literature.

Each year a different school hosts the festival, an undergraduate writing conference that offers participants workshops, readings, and master classes in a wide variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, playwriting, and non-fiction.

The Presenters

Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is a celebrated author, a devoted reader and a champion of literary culture. She has written seven books and is a frequent contributor to many publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly and The Wall Street Journal. She has served on the board of the Nashville Public Library Foundation and in 2011, when the last of Nashville's bookstores had...


Ready to become an SLF member school?

Register here to attend the 2017 Southern Literary Festival!

...and don't forget about our writing contest!

Each year one of the highlights of the Southern Literary Festival is the undergraduate writing contest, in which students from member schools compete in five genres: short story, poetry, formal essay, creative non-fiction, and one-act play.

Winning submissions are published in the SLF anthology, and first, second and third place winners read their work live at the Festival.

What They Say

The Schedule

Each year’s Festival includes an undergraduate writing contest in which students from member schools compete in several genres. Winners read their work at the Festival and are published in the SLF anthology.

This year’s Festival will be held March 30th-April 1st at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith in Fort Smith, Arkansas. We hope you will join us!

Contact Us

For information regarding #SLF2017, please contact Carol Westcamp at