Held the same weekend as TWFest, our Saints & Sinners LGBTQ+ Literary Festival (affectionately known as SASFest) is one of the longest-running festivals of its kind in the United States. Originally begun in 2003 as an AIDS education event, SASFest quickly grew into full-fledged festival status and will celebrate its 21st anniversary in 2024. The Festival features LGBTQ writers, publishers, small presses, booksellers, and other interested literary professionals who all come together with readers and fans to create and grow both community and network for the LGBTQ literary world.

SASFest includes panels, readings, interviews, writer’s craft sessions, and social events. It concludes with the presentation of the Rob Byrnes Award for Emerging Writers, and the induction of new members in the SAS Hall of Fame, which includes Dorothy Allison, Jericho Brown, Jewelle Gomez, Andrew Holleran, Judy Grahn, Val McDermid, Felice Picano, Martin Sherman, Bryan Washington, Edmund White, and many others.

Visit for details about our history, the upcoming festival, writing contests, and more!

SAS 23 Collage