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Read the winners of our 2023 Summer Fun Adult Writing Contest.

Whether you’re a novelist, poet, author-illustrator, or anywhere in between, the New Orleans Public Library has resources to help you take your story from the first spark of creativity into readers’ hands.

Books on How to Write

Interested in self-publishing your work? Hop down to our self-publishing resources.

What’s the difference between traditional publishing and self-publishing? Read more on our blog.

Writing & Publishing Workshops At The Library

Our Lives Matter: The Importance of Writing Memoirs With Pascuala Herrrera

When: Thursday, October 19, 2pm - 3pm

Sign up for the virtual event.

In this Indie Author Project Expert Session, 2022 Indie Author of the Year Pascuala Herrera discusses the process of writing her memoir, "Not Always a Valley of Tears: A Memoir of a Life Well-Lived."

When Pascuala Herrera wrote and self-published, Not Always a Valley of Tears: A Memoir of a Life Well-Lived, she never dreamed of the benefits that reading about other people’s life experiences could have. Listen to this author’s journey in writing a memoir and the impact this decision has had on herself and others.

As a Mexican immigrant woman with a physical disability due to childhood polio, Pascuala inspires readers by simply sharing how her life matters. Pascuala will share her process, how she benefited personally, and the incredible result of simply sharing who she is. Get encouraged to share your story too.

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The Doomed Séance: An Evening of Terrifying Tales

When: Tuesday, October 24, 5pm - 6:30pm

Where: Milton H. Latter Memorial Library

New Orleans authors Alex Jennings, Ladee Hubbard, and Jon Padgett read their most macabre manuscripts in this special Halloween event with music by Lola Jean Darling. Costumes encouraged.

Dress up in your in your most ghoulish garb and get into the Halloween spirit at this spooky storytelling event featuring these creepy curiosities:

  • Musical interludes by Lola Jean Darling
  • Readings of terrifying tales by local authors
  • Two-sentence horror stories written by Library patrons
  • Raffle with a chance to win a deck of Tarot cards
  • Book sale and signing with the authors

Submit Your Two-Sentence Horror Story

Self-Publishing Resources

Are you interested in self-publishing your book? Want to read self-published and indie works from other local authors? Pressbooks, Indie Author Project, and BiblioBoard work together to make the self-publishing process easier and more accessible to Library cardholders.

Create and format a publication-ready manuscript with Pressbooks Public. Write chapter by chapter, or import a manuscript previously written in Word or other formats. Create a professional-quality ePUB (compatible with most e-book readers), MOBI (compatible with Kindles) or PDF (print friendly) file that’s ready to submit to your self-publisher of choice, such as the Indie Author Project. When you’re ready for cover design, check out the Library’s list of websites where you can download copyright-free images. 

After formatting your manuscript in Pressbooks Public or with a different tool, submit your work to Indie Author Project for the chance to be featured on BiblioBoard. Submissions are open year round. During April and May, Indie Author Project runs the Louisiana Author Project Contest, with the chance to win prize money and a full-page spread in Library Journal.  

Read indie fiction by Louisiana authors, with no checkout periods, waits, or holds. Download the BiblioBoard Library app to read on your mobile device, or access on any web browser.  

Writing Contest

Congratulations to the winners of our 2023 Summer Fun Adult Writing Contest! Read their winning stories and poems below.
*Please note, stories may include adult language or content.

1st Place - Fiction

"The Dancing Queen" by Anne Henley Brown

2nd Place - Fiction

"The Great Golden Bingo Hopper" by Marrus

3rd Place - Fiction

"The Heads-Up" by Ryan S. Leavitt

1st Place - Poetry

"And when it finally happens, what then" by Arynne S. Fannin

2nd Place - Poetry

"Ida" by Essie Linzy

3rd Place - Poetry

"Uncrushed" by Cassandra Halleh Delaney

Create and format a publication-ready manuscript with Pressbooks Public. Write chapter by chapter, or import a manuscript previously written in Word or other formats. Create a professional-quality ePUB (compatible with most e-book readers), MOBI (compatible with Kindles) or PDF (print friendly) file that’s ready to submit to your self-publisher of choice, such as the Indie Author Project. When you’re ready for cover design, check out the Library’s list of websites where you can download copyright-free images. 

After formatting your manuscript in Pressbooks Public or with a different tool, submit your work to Indie Author Project for the chance to be featured on BiblioBoard. Submissions are open year round. During April and May, Indie Author Project runs the Louisiana Author Project Contest, with the chance to win prize money and a full-page spread in Library Journal.  

Read indie fiction by Louisiana authors, with no checkout periods, waits, or holds. Download the BiblioBoard Library app to read on your mobile device, or access on any web browser.  

Writing Contest

Congratulations to the winners of our 2023 Summer Fun Adult Writing Contest! Read their winning stories and poems below.
*Please note, stories may include adult language or content.

1st Place - Fiction

"The Dancing Queen" by Anne Henley Brown

2nd Place - Fiction

"The Great Golden Bingo Hopper" by Marrus

3rd Place - Fiction

"The Heads-Up" by Ryan S. Leavitt

1st Place - Poetry

"And when it finally happens, what then" by Arynne S. Fannin

2nd Place - Poetry

"Ida" by Essie Linzy

3rd Place - Poetry

"Uncrushed" by Cassandra Halleh Delaney