2017 Winner and Finalists


“To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This” by Jennifer Lane from San Diego, California


“Groove” by J. E. Robinson from Alton, Illinois


“Reap the Grove” by Caity-Shea Violette from Chicago, Illinois

“Kings of the Road” by Paul Minx from London, UK

“Members Only” by D.L. Siegel from Brooklyn, New York

“Search for Neil Armstrong” by James Brown from Los Angeles, California

“Black Penny” by Jeff Grinvalds from Omaha, Nebraska // Dinah Cardin from Salem, Massachusetts

“Inherent” by K J Dwyer from New York City, New York

“The Last Belle” by Edward Williams from Mountain View, California

“How Santa Claus Came to Zone Whisky-Alpha-Romeo (WAR)” by Jean Yeager from Rutland, Vermont

“Items on Today’s Agenda” by Thomas Westerfield from San Francisco, California



Questions? Email us at contests@tennesseewilliams.net

Judge: Lisa D’Amour

Grand Prize:

  • $1,500
  • Professional Staged Reading at the next Festival
  • A VIP All-Access Festival pass ($600 value)
  • Publication in Bayou Magazine


The top nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on this site.


  • Plays must not have been previously produced, published, performed, or patronized in any way, including in a formal staged reading.
  • Workshopped readings are accepted provided that the audience was limited to participants of that workshop.
  • Students and faculty of the University of New Orleans FTCA and Creative Writing Workshop are ineligible.
  • Plays submitted to this contest in previous years that did not win are eligible.
  • Plays that have won or placed in any other playwriting contest are ineligible.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your play is accepted elsewhere.


  • The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere in the script.
  • Plays should run no more than one hour in length (one act).
  • Plays must be typed.
  • Please do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.
  • Unlimited entries per person.
  • Play content is NOT limited to Tennessee Williams or New Orleans-related themes.

Entry Fee: $25

Contest Deadline: November 1, 2017

Announcement: The winner and finalists will be announced by late February of 2018.

Online Entry: Online submissions are preferred and must be in .doc,. docx, .rtf, or PDF formats. We accept entries via Submittable.

Mail Entry: Send your manuscript and check or money order for $25 (made out to the: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival) to:

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

Do not send submissions by certified mail or signature required delivery.

Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.