On Saturday, February 22, artists are invited to participate in a plein air painting contest that celebrates the legacy of Key West's Tennessee Williams.  This year, the subject is the The Women of Tennessee Williams.


Slightly different from previous years, artists will have a choice of three venues related to Serafina, Williams' strong female character from The Rose Tattoo, that was filmed mainly on the island.  The three subjects are:

  • The Rose Tattoo House at 1421 Duncan Street
  • St. Paul's Church at 401 Duval Street
  • Former Key West High School at 1300 White Street (new City Hall)

Artists will collect their stamped canvas/paper at the Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and must return their artwork by 4:00 p.m.  The canvas or paper will be provided upon arrival to the museum, but artists must supply their own painting materials and easels.  There will be an artist reception that evening from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Museum that is open to the public.

Artists must determine whether they would prefer to register as a 'Professional' or 'Recreational' artist.  The first place winner in each category will be awarded $200, and second place winner $100.  Winners will be announced and honored at the Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration on March 26 at the Tennessee Williams Museum.  Artists retain ownership of their work, and will be able to offer them for sale at the reception.

In celebrating Tennessee Williams' Birthday, we are  once again hosting our annual poetry competition that is open to everyone.  The poem must reference ''The Women of Tennessee Williams", which can be interpreted in an amorphous way, in order to be considered.  Authors may choose to write a poem about one of Williams' characters, one of  the actresses who played a role in his plays or films, or a member of his family.

All interested writers are invited to submit their poem of 30 lines or less before the March 8, 2020 deadline. 

Submission is limited to one poem per person.  The first place winner will be awarded $200 and the second place winner $100. The  winners will be honored and asked to read their poem at the March 26, 2020, Birthday Reception from 5:30-7:00p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue. 

Three published authors will judge the contest.  The judges will receive blind copies of the poems.  With a sufficient number of  outstanding submissions, there is the possibility of publication in an  on-line journal.  By submitting a poem, you acknowledge that the  Key West Art & Historical Society/Tennessee Williams may publish the poem online or in print, giving full credit to the author.
 

POETRY WRITING CONTEST REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 8, 2020.

In celebrating this year's Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration, we are once again hosting a short story competition that is open to everyone.  The story must reference ''The Women of Tennessee Williams", which can be interpreted in an amorphous way, in order to be considered.  Authors may choose to write a story about one of Williams' characters, one of the actresses who played a role in one of his plays or films or a family member.

All interested writers are invited to submit their short story of 1500 to 4000 words before the March 8, 2020 deadline. 

Submission is limited to one short story per person.  The first place winner will be awarded $200 and the second place winner $100. The winners will be honored and asked to read a short excerpt from their short story at the March 26, 2020, Birthday Reception from 5:30-7:00p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue. 

Three published authors will judge the contest.  The judges will receive blind copies of the short stories.  With a sufficient number of outstanding submissions, there is the possibility of publication in an on-line journal.  By submitting a short story, you acknowledge that the Key West Art & Historical Society/Tennessee Williams may publish the story online or in print, giving full credit to the author.

SHORT STORY WRITING CONTEST REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 8, 2020.

Key West Art and Historical Society