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Saturday, January 12, 2013

40th Annual National Playwriting Competition

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NOTE: open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at any college or university in the United States

The selected playwright's script will be workshopped, culminating in either a staged reading or a fully realized production by the WSU School of Performing Arts Program. Active participation by the playwright is required. The production will be an associate or participating entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the script will be submitted to KCACTF for consideration in playwriting award categories.The "prize" for the winner is travel and lodging so that the playwright may attend the production.

Judging will be conducted by a panel of three or more selected from the school faculty and may also include up to three experienced, faculty approved WSU School of Performing Arts students.

1) The contest will be open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at any college or university in the United States. Please indicate school affiliation.

2) All submissions must be original, unpublished and unproduced.

3) Both full-length and one act plays may be submitted.
(a) Full length plays in one or more acts should be a minimum of 90 minutes playing time.
(b) Two or three short plays on related themes by the same author will be judged
as one entry. The total playing time should be a minimum of 90 minutes.
(c) One act plays should be a minimum of 30 minutes playing time to a maximum
of 60 minutes playing time.
(d) Musicals should be a minimum of 90 minutes playing time and must include
a CD of the accompanying music.

4) Scripts should contain no more than 4 to 6 characters and setting must be suitable for
an 85-seat Black box theatre.

5) Eligible playwrights may submit up to two entries per contest year.

6) One typewritten, bound copy should be submitted. Scripts must be typed and arranged in professional play script format. See information provided in The Dramatist's Source Book or the following website: http://www.pubinfo.vcu.edu/artweb/playwriting/format.html for instruction on use of professional format. Two title pages must be included: one bound and the other unbound. The unbound title page should display the author's name, address, telephone number and email address if applicable. The bound title page should only display the name of the script; do not include any personal identifying information on the bound title page. Scripts may be submitted electronically to the following web address bret.jones@wichita.edu Submit in PDF format. Please include ALL information requested for mail in scripts with your electronic submission.

7) The deadline for submission is January, 16, 2013 (postmarked). The winner will be announced after March 15, 2013.

8) No entry may be withdrawn after March 1, 2013

Send manuscripts to:
Bret Jones
Professor of Theatre
School of Performing Arts
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Box 153
Wichita, KS, 67260

Phone: (316) 978-3646
Fax: (316) 978-3202
Email bret.jones@wichita.edu

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