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  • New Orleans, LA
    Grand prize includes $1,500, a professional staged reading at the next Festival, VIP All-Access Festival pass ($600 value) for the next Festival, and publication in Bayou Magazine. See website for all details. We are a five-day literary arts festival held every spring right around March 26, the birthday of our patron saint and inspiration, playwright Tennessee Williams. Our Festival is perfect for readers, writers, theater lovers, and anyone who loves New Orleans’ magical culture.
  • Hammond, LA
    Welcome to our 10th Annual Inkslinger Playwriting Contest. We are excited to celebrate our tenth year of supporting new works. Our venue, The Vonnie Borden Theatre, is under renovation and all of our productions until it is complete are at nearby theatres such as The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts and Reimer's Memorial Auditorium in downtown Hammond. Southeastern Theatre is committed to developing emerging voices in theatre by providing full productions of yet-to-be-published winning plays as part of its Mainstage Season. No other undergraduate theatre program in our region...
  • The Mississippi Theatre Association is composed of six divisions targeting distinct groups. Each division sponsors festivals, workshops, and retreats; recognizes excellence in performance and production; advises theatre leaders and educators; shares information on upcoming productions; and advocates to government agencies, business, and the public.
  • Ruston, LA
    The Arthur W. Stone Playwriting Award was established in 2006 by the Stone Theatre at Louisiana Tech University. Arthur W. Stone was Director of Theatre at Louisiana Tech from 1947-1975. During his years of active service to theatre in Louisiana, “Papa” Stone was a strong advocate for playwrights and their art and craft. The award intends to encourage and stimulate playwrights through the production of their work.
  • Oxford, MS
    Theatre Oxford is formed, organized and operated exclusively as a community theatrical group for the purpose of instituting, promoting and maintaining a community theatre for the enjoyment, entertainment and education of the public through the production and presentation of live stage performances and other ancillary and derivative activities. It is a community theatre dedicated to bringing dramatic art to the Oxford/Lafayette/University community through readings, demonstrations, workshops and productions. We are committed to developing new works as well as traditional themes for children...
  • The School of Theatre & Dance at the University of Houston offers high-energy programs and direct connections to the profession, allowing our students to develop their network while getting world-class training. We offer programs in Acting, Dance, Playwriting/Dramaturgy, Production, Stage Management and Theatre Education. Our goal is to prepare all students for success on stage, on screen, in arts education or behind the scenes.
  • Houston, TX
    A 10 Minute Play Competition, launching April 4, 2020, with the deadline April 30, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Month ®. Citizens' Climate Lobby is calling forth and fostering new dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis caused by climate change. We are searching for new plays that focus on current and historic environmental issues, and new plays that enliven and transform our global experiences and plays that inspire us to listen better and instill a deeper or more complex sense of our ecological communities.
  • Houston, TX
    The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, established in 1978, is given annually to recognize women who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre. The Prize is administered in Houston, London and New York by a board of directors who choose six Judges each year, three from each side of the Atlantic. The Prize currently awards $70,000 annually to the Finalists:Winner- $25,000, Special Commendation-$10,000, and other Finalists- $5,000. Finalists are the top ten plays. In addition, the Winner receives a signed and numbered Willem de Kooning print made especially for the...
  • We're a Houston-based playwright’s theater dedicated to the development of new theatrical works from formative stages through full production.
  • Memphis, TN
    The NewWorks@TheWorks Competition provides an outlet for new playwrights to showcase their work and have a chance to see their play produced on a professional level. Prize: a trip to Memphis to take part in the rehearsals and the development of the new work, a cash prize of $750, and a world premiere production in the upcoming season. See website for updates and submission guidelines.
  • Bay City, TX
    A cash award of $2,500 is presented by the Sons of the Republic of Texas to the author of a work of creative writing on the Republic of Texas. The purpose of this award is to encourage literary effort and research about historical events and personalities during the days of the Republic of Texas,1836-1846, and to stimulate interest in this period. The judges determine which entry best portrays the spirit, character, strength, and deeds of those who lived in the Republic of Texas.
  • Jacksonville, AL
    The Southern Playwrights Competition seeks to identify and encourage the best of Southern play writing. An annual award of $1,000 will be presented to the first-prize winner, as well as a consideration for production by the Jacksonville State University Department of Drama. Southern Playwrights Competition reserves the right to use the name of the play and the author's name in all publicity and promotions. See website for details.