Walker Percy

The Walker Percy Center

Welcome to The Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing!

We thank you for visiting our site and hope you find things in it that are of value to you. The WPC is trying to create a loving, connected community of people who find Walker Percy's writings and ideas important to their lives.

Winner Announced for the 2014 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction! 

We are pleased to announce the winner and the finalists of the 2014 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction:

WINNER: Laurie Frankel – “Boxes”


David Christian - “Hutch”
Stephen Coyne - “Smoke and Dew”
Janet Joyner - “The Red Bluff Madonna”
Raul Palma - “Dust”
Dustin Racioppi - “Second Skin”
Mark Wagstaff - “All Water is Cold Water”
Sarah Wilson - “Gold: An Apology”
Barbara Yost - “Rope”

The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the New Orleans Review.

We thank all of you for participating in our contest. We wish you every success in your future endeavors, and we hope that you will participate in future contests.

Community Creative Writing Courses 

The Loyola Writing Institute has offered creative writing workshops to the New Orleans community since 1993. Now offering a diverse set of lengths and topics, these non-credit evening workshops are open to aspiring writers of all ages and skill levels.

For more information and to enroll, go to the Loyola Writing Institute page.   

The Last Gentleman Conference postponed.

We regretfully announce that the third biennial Walker Percy Center Conference on The Last Gentleman is postponed. We sincerely apologize for the confusion, inconvenience, and disappointment that this postponement causes you.

Since the conference was postponed, and we do not yet know the new date of the conference, we are still accepting submissions now. We will announce a new deadline for submissions when we announce the new date of the conference. 

The conference will focus on Percy's 1966 novel The Last Gentleman, its literary, cultural, and philosophical themes, and its place in Southern and American Literature, but is open to the full spectrum of possible topics as they relate to Percy and his work, including but not limited to psychology, exile, place, travel, philosophy, semiotics, postmodernism, suicide, medicine, and religion. We welcome session proposals and individual paper abstracts addressing any topics relevant to Walker Percy and his work, particularly his novel, The Last Gentleman. The conference will be held in the Monroe Library at Loyola University in New Orleans.


Click here to submit abstracts and session proposals. 

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