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The top nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on this site.

The top nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on this site.

Do not send submissions by certified mail or signature required delivery. Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.

As a child Rose was given to telling far-fetched tales of hard-pressed family life, "perhaps trying to overshadow her brother's storytelling talents". But Tennessee doted on his elder sister, and felt a sense of betrayal when she entered puberty and began to be interested in other boys:

It was additionally a betrayal for Tennessee, who would not come to terms with his own homosexuality until his late twenties.

This distorted, dysfunctional background (there was mental illness in both parents' families) inevitably influenced Williams's work. His backward- looking, over-heated Southern Gothic of regret and frustrated passion is suffused with the spirit of Rose, not only in The Glass Menagerie (1944), but in short stories such as "Portrait of a Girl in Glass" (1943) and "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin" (1950), in which he mourns "the magical intimacy of our childhood together", splintered by the oncoming of adolescence and sex.

The top nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on this site.

The top nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on this site.

Do not send submissions by certified mail or signature required delivery. Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.

As a child Rose was given to telling far-fetched tales of hard-pressed family life, "perhaps trying to overshadow her brother's storytelling talents". But Tennessee doted on his elder sister, and felt a sense of betrayal when she entered puberty and began to be interested in other boys:

It was additionally a betrayal for Tennessee, who would not come to terms with his own homosexuality until his late twenties.

This distorted, dysfunctional background (there was mental illness in both parents' families) inevitably influenced Williams's work. His backward- looking, over-heated Southern Gothic of regret and frustrated passion is suffused with the spirit of Rose, not only in The Glass Menagerie (1944), but in short stories such as "Portrait of a Girl in Glass" (1943) and "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin" (1950), in which he mourns "the magical intimacy of our childhood together", splintered by the oncoming of adolescence and sex.

Tennessee Williams , original name Thomas Lanier Williams , (born March 26, 1911, Columbus , Miss., U.S.—died Feb. 25, 1983, New York City), American dramatist whose plays reveal a world of human frustration in which sex and violence underlie an atmosphere of romantic gentility.

Williams became interested in playwriting while at the University of Missouri (Columbia) and Washington University (St. Louis) and worked at it even during the Depression while employed in a St. Louis shoe factory. Little theatre groups produced some of his work, encouraging him to study dramatic writing at the University of Iowa , where he earned a B.A. in 1938.

His first recognition came when American Blues (1939), a group of one-act plays, won a Group Theatre award. Williams, however, continued to work at jobs ranging from theatre usher to Hollywood scriptwriter until success came with The Glass Menagerie (1944). In it, Williams portrayed a declassed Southern family living in a tenement. The play is about the failure of a domineering mother, Amanda, living upon her delusions of a romantic past, and her cynical son, Tom, to secure a suitor for Tom’s crippled and painfully shy sister, Laura, who lives in a fantasy world with a collection of glass animals.

The top nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on this site.

The top nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on this site.

Do not send submissions by certified mail or signature required delivery. Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.



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