The Southern Literary Festival (SLF) was created in 1937 with the purpose of introducing new southern literature to young southern writers and expanding their involvement in the literary arts.
The festival “offers participants workshops, readings, and master classes in a wide variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, playwriting, and non-fiction,” and writers spend the weekend living with fellow writers and learning how to improve. Author readings, open mic nights, collaborative poetry sessions, and a tour of the area are among the daily activities. Authors such as Geffrey Davis and Jamey Hatley will be in attendance this year to impart their wisdom and read their work.
Participants also submit their works of poetry, nonfiction, short stories, or formal essays, as well as literary magazines, into the SLF literary contest. The 2017 winners have been announced.
Every year, the festival is hosted at one of the several southern colleges that partner in producing the Festival. This year, it will be hosted by the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith from March 30 ’til April 1.
For more information on the Southern Literary Festival, visit the official website.