Ends on October 1, 2019

$25.00 USD

Sponsored by the Favrot-Van Horn Fund
Judge: Peter Hagan
Grand Prize

  • $1,500
  • Professional Staged Reading at the next Festival
  • VIP All-Access Festival pass ($600 value)
  • Publication in Bayou Magazine

The top finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on this site.

  • Plays must not have been professionally produced, published, or performed. 
  • Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
  • If the play was staged for the purpose of providing the author with feedback, such as in a workshop, student showcase, or staged reading connected with a writing program, this is acceptable.
  • Students and faculty of the University of New Orleans FTCA and Creative Writing Workshop are ineligible.
  • Plays submitted to this contest in previous years that did not win are eligible.
  • Plays that have won or placed in any other playwriting contest are ineligible.
  • All entries are considered for publication in a future Festival anthology.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your play is accepted elsewhere.


  • The playwright’s name must not appear anywhere in the script.
  • Plays should run no more than one hour in length (one act).
  • Please do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.
  • Multiple entries allowed. 
  • Play content is NOT limited to Tennessee Williams or New Orleans-related themes.