[September 27th, 2021] We are so proud to announce that Matt Bondurant (creative director) has sold his fourth book, Goodbye Chrysanthemum Joe, to Blackstone! His book is available for pre-order here!

April 19th, 2021. We are please to announce that Stacey Balkun has joined us as an editorial consultant and Leona Sevick has agreed to join us as our visiting poet for 2021!

March 15th, 2021. The directors have announced that the 2021 conference will be held as usual in Seaside, Florida from May 10-17, 2021! Please see COVID UPDATES for details. This means that it is time to ENROLL!

February 28, 2021. Due to COVID travel uncertainties and restrictions, Jennifer Haigh, Rose McLarney, Ravi Howard, and Kiese Laymon have been forced to reschedule for 2022. We are pleased to announce that we will have the conference in some form this year and are happy to announce that Snowden Wright and Elizabeth Stuckey-French have agreed to join us!


[October 15, 2021] We are proud to announce the publications of Blake Sanz new book (2015 Fellow in Fiction) “The Boundaries of Their Dwelling.”

[July 25, 2020] Leona Sevick’s poetry collection, “Sting,” was a finalist for the New Millenium Poetry Prize.

[February 8, 2020] Longleaf Fiction Fellow (2017) David James Poissant‘s new novel Lake Life is available and has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly!

[February 6, 2020] Celia Baker Veteran Scholar (2018) Benjamin Hertwig‘s debut poetry collection Slow War was a finalist for the Canada’s Governor General’s Award and received the poetry prize at the Alberta Book Awards.

[February 6, 2020] Celia Baker Veteran Scholar (2019) Juanita Kirton‘s manuscript Letters to My Father has been picked up by Finishing Line Press.

[February 6, 2020] Celia Baker Veteran Scholar (2016) Aaron Dylan Graham’s debut poetry collection Blood Stripes is available from Sundress Publications.

[December 12, 2019] Friend of Longleaf Writers Conference (2019) Snowden Wright‘s novel American Pop was listed as an NPR Favorite Book of the Year.

[November 12, 2019] Longleaf Fiction Fellow (2019) Gabriel Houck‘s fiction collection You or a Loved One was a finalist for the Phillip A. McMath Award.

[August 10, 2019] Longleaf Fiction Fellow (2017) David James Poissant has announced that his forthcoming novel, LAKE LIFE, will be released in Summer 2020 by Simon and Schuster.

[June 20, 2019] We are proud to announce that Agent Sarah Bedingfield has agreed to represent our good friend and multi-conference attendee, Solange Jazayeri! The two agreed to terms while together at Longleaf 2019. Solange has been with us for going on four years!

[March 10, 2019] Erika Krouse (Longleaf Fiction Fellow, 2018) has signed a two book deal with FlatIron for SAVE ME and TELL ME EVERYTHING.


[October 10, 2021] We are happy to announce that our lineup for 2022 is filled with the addition of fiction faculty members David James Poissant (we are proud that he was one of our first fellows!), Katy Simpson Smith, and poets Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown!

[August 1st, 2021] Scholarship applications (for those actively writing and working on publishing) and Fellowship applications (for those with at least one book but no more than three) are OPEN!! Deadline is January 10th, 2022!

[March 17th, 2021] We are pleased to announce that Tochukwu Okafor has agreed to join us as our 2021 BIPOC Longleaf Scholar this May!!

[June 1, 2020] The Directors of the Longleaf Writers Conference, along with our Board and Donors, are proud to announce that we are once again offering BIPOC Scholarship for Emerging Writers/Poets for 2021! Free applications will open in August 2020

[February 10, 2020] Join us in welcoming our Fellows Anne Elliot (Fiction), Tanya Grae (Poetry), Jenny Molberg (Poetry), and Veteran scholar Nathaniel Blaesing (CNF)!

[August 15, 2019] We have our faculty and visiting writers set for 2020! Welcome Jennifer Haigh and Rose McLarney and Adam Vines to our fold![August 4, 2019] Kiese Laymon, Julianna Baggott, Ravi Howard, and Caitlin Horrocks have agreed to join us as faculty/visiting writers for 2020! Stay tuned for more faculty and agent and visiting writer news in September!

[July 1, 2019] LWC announces our 2020 dates: we will see you on the beach May 9-16, 2020.

[April 10, 2019] Faculty 2016 and Visiting Writer 2019, Rebecca Makkai is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize!

[March 1, 2019]Our very own friend (Jennifer Steele) and Patron from the Cultural Arts Alliance is showcased in a local production of “Bad Dates” by Theresa Redeck. Check out her dates this month: Bad Dates

[February 25, 2019] LWC announces our fellows and scholars for our conference in May 2019!

-[April 16, 2019] The Longleaf Writers Conference is featured in the Tallahassee Democrat.

[January 20, 2019] Rebecca Makkai (2019, 2016) has won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction!

[October 28, 2018] Brian Turner writes poetry and prose, but did you know he’s a musician? Check out his band, The Interplanetary Acoustic Team and this focus from NPR!

[August 1, 2018] LWC announces official dates for their conference in 2019! Join us May 11-18!

[April 7, 2018] LWC featured in Emerald Coast Magazine!

[February 2, 2018] LWC featured in SoWal Magazine.

[February 2, 2018] WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE (formerly hosted through our partners, the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County!

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