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Friday, September 16, 2011

The Second Annual Ohio State Newark New Play Contest

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Rules and Information:

1) The contest is open to anyone, anywhere; plays, however, must be written in English.

2) Plays must be unproduced (even as a workshop) and unpublished, up to and including the contest deadline.

3) Please use the standard playwriting format for manuscripts.

4) Playwrights may submit as many manuscripts as they like; however, each entry must be in a separate envelope. Please make sure that each manuscript does not contain your name anywhere, but do include your name on a separate piece of paper, along with full contact information, including an email address. (This is to ensure that judging is blind.) Electronic submissions are not allowed.

5) Plays are to be full-length works; a collection of short plays is not an acceptable substitute.

6) The absolute deadline for submissions to be received is April 1, 2012. Winners will be announced on or before September 1, 2012.

7) Third prize is $100, and second prize is $300. The first prize winner will receive $500, and the first-prize play will be given a full production in the spring of 2013, dates to be selected. The playwright is welcome to attend; regrettably, Ohio State Newark cannot defray expenses.

8) Please keep in mind that Ohio State Newark is a one-person department: thus, in addition to quality, the winning play will be selected partly on the basis of ease of production. For practical purposes, 7 or 8 characters is probably the upper limit; for the same reason, unit sets are encouraged.

9) In addition to the prize winners, there will be an indeterminate number of honorable mentions, designated by a certificate (suitable for framing).

10) Winners will be notified by individual emails; unsuccessful candidates will receive a mass email.

11) Following the contest, all manuscripts except the first-prize winner will be shredded.

12) Because of the expected number of submissions, individual critical comments cannot be provided.

13) Send all manuscripts to:

Dave Williams, Associate Professor
Ohio State Newark New Play Contest
192 LeFevre Hall
The Ohio State University at Newark
Newark, OH 43055

If you have questions, please contact me at williams.1343@osu.edu.

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