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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Crossroads Project: Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative

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The Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by playwrights of color in accordance with the mission statement of the Crossroads Project. A diverse panel of judges comprising faculty members and students will select one playwright as the winner of the contest.

 The winning playwright will receive:

An award of $500.

 An invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. The playwright may also be invited to offer guest lectures/colloquia. The Crossroads Project will cover costs for travel, housing, and meals during the workshop.

To be eligible to win the contest, a playwright must be available for a one-week workshop in late March 2020 (exact dates TBD). The playwright must also be residing in the United States in the spring of 2020.

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2019, 11:59p.m. CST. There is no entry fee. We only accept electronic submissions.

Inquiries about the Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative should be directed to:
Kee-Yoon Nahm, D.F.A.
Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies
Chair, The Crossroads Project
Email:knahm@ilstu.edu

The winning playwright will be notified by mid-January.

Please follow the following guidelines when submitting your play:

  1.  A playwright may only submit one play per contest. The writer of the play must submit their own work.
  2. Submissions must include a Playwright’s Statement (max. 250 words). Copy-and-paste your Playwright’s Statement into the text box in the online submission form. In the statement, describe your inspiration for writing the play, as well as how you believe a workshop in a university setting will further your development process
  3. Plays that have been previously fully produced or published are ineligible for the contest. Plays that have previously had workshops or staged readings are eligible.
  4.  Submissions must be the original work of the playwright, which may include adaptations of fictional or factual material. Translations of plays in other languages are not accepted. 
  5.  The submitting playwright must either be the owner and controller of the copyright or provide written proof that they have acquired the legal right to use copyrighted material in their work.
  6.  Submissions must be full-length plays.
  7.  Musicals are not accepted. However, plays with limited music requirements are accepted.
  8.  The primary language of the play must be English.
  9.  There are no other restrictions in subject matter or style.
  10.  The Crossroads Project reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted play for any reason.

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