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Sunday, September 9, 2018

The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting

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The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting furthers the Company’s mission to identify, acknowledge and award excellence in short form dramatic writing. Known for developing and producing ten-minute works by established talents and promising new voices, City Theatre will select up to twenty-five plays from among its annual Contest submissions for special recognition. The National Award is valued at $2,000: the Winning Play will be produced in the annual Summer Shorts festival; the Winning Playwright will earn royalties, a cash prize of $1,000 and be invited to Miami for the festival. Finalists are awarded a certificate, and invited to Miami to attend the CityWrights Weekend for Playwrights (fee waived) and hear a reading of their Finalist Script (*subject to scheduling).

Note:
The Summer Shorts Festival is produced annually in Miami during the month of June. Not every play in Summer Shorts is a contest Finalist. Finalist plays are not guaranteed City Theatre productions, but receive preferred consideration in the current or future Summer Shorts festivals, and/or other City Theatre programming, including Summer Shorts, Shorts Gone Wild, Shorts 4 Kids, and its Readings Series. Winner and Finalists’ plays are also submitted to the annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival Contest.

City Theatre is looking for wonderful short plays (10 minutes) for Summer Shorts and other programming. Having produced hundreds of plays, we want scripts that are lively and timely, hilarious and provocative, poignant and surprising. We look for works that span style and genre. We will consider bilingual scripts. We have no restriction on the age range of the characters. In other words, we are seeking compelling plays that rise above the ordinary.

Please review the criteria thoroughly before sending your submission.

  • Playwrights can submit only one script - send us your best! 
  • No scripts will be returned - save postage by submitting electronically. No SASE required. 
  • Each play script must be no more than ten pages long. We start counting when the actual play begins. 
  • Electronic submissions must include contact info, synopsis, bio, and production history.Title page must include contact info, synopsis, and bio and production history. 
  • Previously submitted plays, children's shows, longer one-acts or full-length plays or musicals won’t be accepted.
  • City Theatre will consider previously produced works with a production history included with submission.
  • The volume of scripts submitted prevents us from providing feedback or criticism. 
  • NOTE: City Theatre will only contact playwrights  with scripts the company considers for the National Award for Short Playwriting Contest, or we are interested in producing in its various programming. ONLY those playwrights will be contacted in Spring 2019.

SUBMISSIONS WILL BE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 500 SCRIPTS WE RECEIVE AND SUBMISSIONS WILL CLOSE WHEN THE CAP IS MET OR BY SEPTEMBER 30, SO SUBMIT EARLY!!

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