The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Play Contest

24 July 2009

Grand Prize
* $1,500
* Staged reading at the 24th annual Festival: March 24-28, 2010
* Full production at the 25th annual Festival: March 30-April 3, 2011
* VIP All Access Pass to attend both the 2010 and the 2011 Festival ($1,000 value)
* Publication in the University of New Orleans’ literary magazine Bayou

Top Ten Finalists
* Names and play titles are published on
* Complimentary panel pass to attend the 2010 Festival ($60 value)

Guidelines The University of New Orleans produces the winning entry. Plays should run no more than one hour in length and must not have been previously produced, published or performed, including in a formal staged reading. “Workshopped” readings are accepted provided that the audience was limited to participants of that workshop. Production criteria include scripts requiring minimal technical support for a 100-seat theater. Casts of characters must be small, and it is suggested that characters range in age from approximately 20 through 40 years old. Play content is NOT limited to Tennessee Williams or New Orleans-related themes. The playwright’s name should not appear in the script. Send two title pages with the text: one affixed to the script with the play’s title only, another unattached with play title and name, address, phone number, and email of playwright.


Plays must be typed. Entries are judged anonymously. Please do not append professional resumes or biographies to your entry; the judges only consider manuscript quality.


Unlimited entries per person. Students and faculty of the University of New Orleans’ FTCA and Creative Writing Workshop are ineligible. Plays that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible but must submit new work. Plays submitted to this contest in previous years that did not win are eligible. Plays that have won any other playwriting contest are ineligible. Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your play is accepted elsewhere.

Entry Fee: $25

Deadline: November 1, 2009 (postmark). Finalists will be published on by March 1, 2010.
To enter the One-Act Play Contest by mail

Send your script(s) with separate title pages and your check or money order to:

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
One-Act Play Contest
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

To enter the One-Act Play Contest online:

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