Playwriting Competition

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Congratulations to The Truth About Winnie Ruth Judd by Ben Tyler & Cathy Dresbach our ninth annual Inslinger Playwriting contest winners. Their play will be produced by Southeastern Theatre April 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2023.

Submission are closed at this time.  We will open for our 2023 contest this coming November.

Southeastern Theatre is committed to developing  emerging voices in theatre by providing  full productions of yet-to-be-published winning plays as part of its Mainstage Season. No other undergraduate theatre program in our region dedicates a quarter of its season every academic year to new play development at this level. Our students benefit from being part of the process of developing a new play and our audiences and students have the opportunity to meet with the playwright in production and in post-show audience talkbacks. Every year the Inkslinger contest continues to grow with more and more playwright submissions extending around the world. 

The winner will receive a full production, transportation to and from Hammond, Louisiana to attend the production, and up to two nights' housing while attending the play.


Rules and Submission Guidelines

1) The contest is open to all playwrights.


2) All submissions must be original and unpublished. Play should be intended for a college-aged cast and audience.  Your play will still qualify if it's been produced, but again it must not be published.


3) We will only be accepting full-length plays. No musicals at this time will be considered.


4) Playwrights may submit as many plays as they wish.  There is a $10 submission fee, made out to SLU, per script.


5) Scripts must be typed and arranged in professional play script format.


6) Please fill out the Google Form below to enter your submission.  You can attach your script in the form.

    IMPORTANT: Please attach a blind copy of your script.

    Submission Form


7) Please submit the submission fee to the address below. Please make checks payable to SLU.


The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 8, 2022 (postmarked). Submission fees postmarked after April 8 will not be judged. The winner and production dates will be announced on this page after May 1, 2022.


Mail submission fee to

Southeastern Louisiana University
Inkslinger Playwriting Contest: Chad Winters
Visual Art + Design Department
SLU Box 10765
Hammond, LA 70402 

Please make checks out to SLU. DO NOT make the check out to Chad Winters. 


For more submission opportunities, visit for a list of contests and other play submission opportunities.