The Annual Southwest Playwriting Competition

Submissions for the 10th Annual Southwest Playwriting Competition are now being accepted.

All playwrights have to have at least 2 years of ties to Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas or Louisiana. Current residency is not required, but if the applicant does not currently live in one of these five states, a short statement indicating the playwright’s ties to this region must be included..  The winning play(s) chosen through this competition will be work-shopped and presented as a staged reading by professional actors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  A $500 prize will be awarded to the winning playwright.  A future, full production of the play is also possible.  

The application postmark deadline is April 15, 2016.  Decisions will be made and writers notified by mid-summer 2016.  The decision date is dependant upon the number of entries.

Plays can not have had a professional production prior to the April 2016 submission deadline.   The competition uses a method in which the readers do not know the names of the playwrights before the final results are announced.  

The top three will be shared with the public during the 2017 New Play Readings Festival.

Complete rules and entry form can be downloaded here.  Note:  this is the revised form!