The Walker Percy Center strives to foster literary talent and acheivement by publishing books in the humanities—philosophy, religious studies, creative nonfiction, and fiction—that highlight the art of writing as essential to an examined life, books that are on to something.  We aspire to publish writing that honors the writing and integrity of Walker Percy, work that concerns itself with what he called "the search," work that contributes to the expansion of the intellectual and cultural landscape.  We are committed first and foremost to the quality of thought and writing in the work. 


Earthquake and Japan by Kojin Karatani 

A limited edition published to help raise awareness and funds for the NOLA Japan Quake Fund ( This book, hand stitched with French folds, combines the English translation and the original Japanese text in a way that represents the trauma and interruption of contemporary Japanese life resulting from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011. These handmade books are individually numbered in a limited edition of 200. SOLD OUT.


Sacred Trespasses, edited by Kevin Rabelais and Jennifer Levasseur

A collection of essays that explores–in many different ways, in various voices, and through diverse paths–what it is to be a reader and a seeker. In Sacred Trespasses, twenty-one members of Loyola’s faculty and staff reflect on five key books that have influenced their lives. The contributors range from across the disciplines at the university, including English, Biology, the Jesuit Center, Languages and Culture, History, and Business.  Learn more about Sacred Trespasses.

Books are available at The Loyola BookstoreThe Maple Street Book Shop and Octavia Books, and directly from the Center.


The Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction


Information about when the 2015 contest will open for submissions will be announced soon.


Guidelines to our annual contest: enter previously unpublished original stories up to 7,500 words. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. Entries may be simultaneous submissions but the entry fee is nonrefundable if the story is accepted elsewhere. Please notify us immediately to withdraw a story that is taken elsewhere. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. Contest open to all writers in English with the exception of current students or employees or others affiliated with New Orleans Review or Loyola University New Orleans. Writers who have a personal or professional relationship with the editorial staff or with the final judge are asked to abstain from entering the contest in order to prevent any conflict of interest. We comply with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Code of Ethics. Winner receives $1,000 and publication in New Orleans Review. All finalists considered for publication. Winner announced and published in 2016.

2014 Winner: Laurie Frankel, "Boxes"  / Judge: Tim Parrish

2013 Winner: Cassie Condrey, "Because You're Mine"   / Judge: Christine Wiltz

2012 Winner: LaTanya McQueen, “Believers”    / Judge: John Biguenet

2011 Winner: Kevin Breen, "Christian Savages"    / Judge Joseph Boyden

2010 Winner: Jacob Appel, "Prisoners of the Multitude"   / Judge: Nancy Lemann