The Annual Southwest Playwriting Competition

The 8th Annual Southwest Playwriting Competition will accept entries between January 1, 2014 and April 14, 2014.  The entry fee is $10.  What is the fee for??  It takes hundreds of man-hours for the team to read all of the entries from front to back.  This small fee helps to compensate these readers in exchange for giving your work our full attention.  Click here to download the information and entry forms for 2014

All playwrights have to have at least 2 years of ties to Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas or Louisiana.  Plays can not have had a professional production prior to the April 2014 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 four selections from our 7th annual contest were shared with the public during the 2014 New Play Readings Festival:

Our three-day festival features Stage West’s top picks for new, unproduced plays submitted to our annual Southwest Playwriting Competition.  It features favorite local actors and directors as well as talk-backs with the playwrights after each performance. The festival's schedule is below:


  • February 20 at 7pm

Typhoid Mary by Tom Horan of Austin, TX

This riveting 3-actor play follows multiple characters in the real-life drama of Typhoid Mary from the turn of the last century.  A unique examination of our country’s past and the question of Authority vs. Individual Rights.

  • February 21 at 7pm

Tower of Magic (Runner-up) by Tess Light of Los Alamos, NM

A young man finds himself caught up in the strange and enchanting world of his prospective in-laws while his fiancé searches her past and present to ascertain her future. Ms. Light’s unique play is infused with magic, beauty and thoughtful observations on life.

  • February 22 


Fool Me Once by Harold Smith of Sacramento, CA

Once jilted at the alter, a young woman just on the verge of healing is suddenly thrown back into a world of lost loves and never-realized romances except this time her list of choices has expanded.  Sweet, simple and effective.


Join playwrights Kevin Kautzman and Larry Herold (2011 N.P.C. Winner for The Sports Page) for a playwriting workshop.  Details at

Class is $35 or $25 for students.  10% discount on dinner for workshop attendees. 

  • February 22 


Dream of Perfect Sleep (First place) by Kevin Kautzman of Austin, TX

An elderly couple plan their last days on earth through a complex net made up of visiting adult children, ancient greek mythology, and Christmas in July.  This sweet and affecting play marvelously explores life, our expectations of one another and the after-life.