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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Jersey Playwrights Contest of William Paterson University seeks musicals

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The New Jersey Playwrights Contest of William Paterson University is pleased to announce the 13th Annual NJPC -  Musical Series (open to all in the northern NJ, tri-­‐state region).

The NJPC is seeking original works that have never been published or produced. We do accept those that have had workshops and readings. 

All styles and genres are welcomed (one-­‐acts, full length, comedies and dramas, etc.). The winners will be given fully staged productions in the 2016-­‐17 season. 

 The NJPC is committed to providing quality entertainment for the community through cultural education and inspiration. This contest helps bring new playwrights and composers and their work into focus in the community, the region and the state of New Jersey. 

 The NJPC offers the contest winners the chance to see their work fully realized on stage and is proud to have produced 15 original plays and musicals in our first 11 seasons! 

Here is how the contest works. Authors complete an entry form and follow the rules below. After review, those plays and musicals selected for the reading phase will be requested. Three finalists in each category (play or musical) are chosen for staged readings. The winning Play and Musical will be presented in Dec. 2016 and in April 2017 respectively. 

 The NJPC reserves the right to accept or reject any submission and reserves the right to declare no winner. 

 PLEASE NOTE: By entering the contest you grant the NJPC the rights, royalty free, to produce a staged reading of your work; permission to use your name and title of your work in all NJPC publicity and promotions; and the exclusive area rights to produce your work if chosen the winner of the contest. No other claims are placed upon the material. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES -­‐ For the 13th consecutive year we are not charging a fee to enter the contest! To enter, simply complete an Entry Form and follow the rules below.  

All entries must include a completed, signed and legible Entry Form  and support materials: bio/resume of the author(s); 
  • a cover letter stating author’s availability to participate; 
  • a brief synopsis of the show that includes the vocal requirements and any special needs; 
  • and performance history, if any, of the piece.  
All entries must be received by the deadline date: July 27, 2015.  

A separate Entry Form must be sent for each musical.  

All entries must be electronic. 

Email your entry to: theatreseries@wpunj.edu with a “13th Annual NJPC” and your full name in the subject line. DO NOT EMAIL scripts, librettos or scores until requested.  

When requested, scripts, librettos and piano scores must be sent electronically in PDF format. If available, music samples should be in any standard electronic format. CDs are unacceptable. NOTE: All musicals must have a complete piano score for full consideration.  

A required interview with each finalist will be arranged after selection. At this time we are specifically seeking new plays and musicals suitable for staging in a black box theater – those with small casts and limited scenic needs are ideal.

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