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$25.00 USD

Sponsored by the Favrot-Van Horn Fund


Grand Prize

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


The top finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on our website, e-newsletter, and our social media pages.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in entry disqualification.


  • This contest is for emerging or previously unpublished playwrights. Published books include any book with an ISBN, including self-published. Those who have published books in other genres besides playwriting remain eligible.
  • Only plays not previously published, professionally produced, or performed are eligible. 
  • Plays submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place are eligible.
  • Plays that have won and/or placed in any other playwriting contest are ineligible.
  • Students and faculty of the University of New Orleans Film & Theatre Arts Graduate Program and Creative Writing Workshop are ineligible.
  • Unlimited entries allowed. One script per submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted; please withdraw your submission, and notify the Festival if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • Plays may not be under option, commission, 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.


  • Plays should run no more than one hour in length (one act or approx. 60 pages.)
  • The playwright’s name must not appear anywhere on the script or in the file name.
  • Please use a standard font, either Times New Roman or Arial in 12 point font size.
  • Submissions must be typed in English, and pages must be numbered. 
  • Do not use bold or italics unless necessary to the script. 
  • Do not include a cover page. Include your title on the first page of the manuscript.
  • Please do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.
  • Play content is NOT limited to Tennessee Williams or New Orleans-related themes.
  • Revisions or edits will not be accepted once submitted for judging. 
  • We recommend Samuel French formatting guidelines. That guideline can be found at http://www.playwrightslocal.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Samuel-French-Formatting-Guide.pdf
  • Include a cast of characters and character descriptions.
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