Spotlight: Houston Playwrights

Submission Deadline: Jan. 3, 2020

Guidelines are listed below and are subject to change.



General guidelines

·      Authors must reside in the Greater Houston Area

·      Limit of (2) entries per playwright of an original work that has not been produced in the Houston area.

·      All plays should be 10 to 20 minutes long, no exceptions. (If using standard play format, a good gauge is 9-21 pages, excluding title page).

·      Monologues between 1-2 minutes will be accepted and count as one entry (selected monologues will be memorized and performed)

·      All genres are accepted (light comedies, heavy dramas, thrillers, mystery, sci-fi, satire) with no regard to language or subject matter.


Submission guidelines

·      Scripts are accepted via mail only (no email, no PDFs) and must be postmarked by January 1, 2020 Deadline extended - must be received by Theatre Southwest by 3/1/2020). Scripts are not returned.

·      Scripts should have a title page that includes the play title and playwright's contact information, as well as a list of characters and a brief synopsis of the play. Script pages should be numbered.

·      There is NO ENTRY FEE.


Playwrights selected will be informed prior to the event.


1 performance only, March 8, 2020

Mail entries to:

Theatre Southwest
8944-A Clarkcrest
Houston, TX 77063