4Instructions for 2023-2024 Submissions

Competition submissions open from November 1, 2023 – April 19, 2024.

1. Use a cover sheet as the first page of the script, including:

Name used for entry fee payment

2. Email the script as a pdf document to:
[email protected]

Not preferred, but we will accept hard copies of scripts and checks by US postal mail.
Theatre Rocks! Play Competition
P.O. Box 26
Ennis, TX 75120

3. Put “COMPETITION” as the subject line for the Email.

4. Pay the entry fee in the form below.


Eligibility – Any US resident

Full-length plays only (English, no musicals)

Non-published, previous non-equity productions are okay

Fee of $30 per entry

No limit per playwright

Deadline for submissions is midnight April 19, 2024 (Central Daylight Time)



An option for production will be discussed for the upcoming season.

Second and Third place winners may receive options for future productions at Theatre Rocks!

For questions or more information, contact [email protected]

Playwriting Competition Fee

  • Fee of $30 per script with no limit per playwright.
  • $0.00

Mr. William Cameron, finalist in the 2022 Theatre Rocks! National Playwriting Competition, speaks on his experience and thoughts as he came to see his play EVERY LIVIN’ SOUL on opening weekend. 

William Cameron is a playwright, director, actor, and educator. His plays have been performed around the country, including off-off Broadway at the Harold Clurman Theatre, the Source Theatre in Washington, DC, the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, and numerous community and academic theatres.

Bill is the author of
 Violet Sharp, winner of the Julie Harris Playwriting Prize. A drama of the Lindbergh kidnapping, Violet Sharp received its world premiere at Theatre 40 in Los Angeles and has been published by Samuel French. Bill’s drama Truth Be Told won the Stanley Drama Award and the W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Contest and was featured in the 2021 Dayton Playhouse FutureFest and the 2020 Ashland New Plays Festival. Most recently, Every Livin’ Soul was named winner and audience favorite at the 2022 Dayton Playhouse FutureFest.

Professor emeritus of Theatre and Communication Arts at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, Bill wrote plays tailored specifically to his students, including 
Intersect, a drama about racial tensions at a small college, and Cease to Exist, a chronicle of the Manson murders. In his thirty-one-year tenure at W&J, Bill founded the College’s first academic theatre program and directed over 40 student productions. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous films, including Hoffa, Lorenzo’s Oil, and the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead.

Bill lives in Washington, Pennsylvania with his wife, artist and actress Susan Martinelli. 

Linda LaRocque
Winner 2021
Town Car for Sale

“I just watched the show and THOUROUGHLY enjoyed it. The cast was great, and you did a fantastic job of putting it all together. It was pretty much exactly what I imagined and hoped for. I just wanted to thank you again for all the time you put into the play and tell you how much I enjoyed the production. Wish I could have been there in person, but this really was the next best thing. I mean, really—it was a great recording, and made me feel as if I were ‘there!’ Thanks again, and all best wishes.”

Jason Milligan
Finalist 2021
Big Boy Miss Alice and the Colonial Encyclopedia Man

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