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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Theatre Southwest 21th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals

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NOTE: the deadline has been extended to April 5, 2018.

Theatre Southwest of Houston, Texas is now accepting entries from now until March 15, 2018 for the 21th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals, offering a cash prize of $100 to the winners!

The TSW-FOO is FREE to enter and will once again be calling for short one act (20 minute) plays in any and all genres from all over the country and the world.

Please check below for submission guidelines and see how you can enter for a chance to win the play writing component of the festival and to see your work produced.

Submission Guidelines:

Each playwright may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.

All entries should be unpublished and previously unproduced in the Houston area.

All Genres are accepted.

Monologues or One Actor plays are not accepted.

Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). Page count should be no less than 17, but no more than 22 pages, using standard play format.

There is no maximum limit of characters or sets, but common sense should be used as 5 plays will be produced in one evening.

Number all pages of the script.

Scripts should be securely bound. Three hole punch with brads or held in a three hole folder is mandatory this year. NO STAPLING.

Scripts must be submitted by postal mail ONLY. Emailed PDF or Word files will not be considered.

Be sure to include your contact information; phone number, email, and mailing address on the title page of the script.

List all characters with a brief character description.

Please include a one paragraph synopsis of the play.

Make sure all mailed entries are POSTMARKED by March 15, 2018 (the Ides of March)

Scripts cannot be returned.

One hundred dollars will be paid to all five of the playwrights selected for production.

Scripts should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest

8944 Clarkcrest St.

Houston, Texas 77063-4004


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