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Each year, the Acadia Theatre Company presents a student run festival of 6-8 one act plays. Minifest, now in its 22nd year, is one of Acadia's most popular student events. Minifest is the final production of the Theatre year.

We welcome submissions from new and experienced playwrights. If you have a play that meets these guidelines, please submit it for our consideration. Plays are selected by a student selection committee.

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2013

Minifest Submission Guidelines

Anyone can submit an original play, provided that it has not been previously performed.


  1. The play can be NO longer then 30 minutes in length. Playwrights can submit more than one play.
  2. Plays with more than two or three characters, and plays with substantial parts for women actors will be of particular interest.
  3. The plays selected will be chosen for their dramatic quality, but also for their suitability for the actors and numbers of actors available in any year. Since Minifest is modestly funded, plays will also be considered from the point of view of their simplicity in staging requirements. Plays requiring elaborate scenery and effects may have to be passed over in spite of their quality.
  4. Manuscripts must be submitted no later than midnight on January 31, 2013.
  5. Playwrights are invited to attend rehearsals, by agreement with their director. Rehearsals start in March 2013.
  6. Minifest will present up to six plays on two consecutive nights. Each evening of plays will then play two more times. Minifest 2013 will take place April 3-6, 2013.
  7. Successful playwrights will not be offered royalties, but will be offered four complimentary tickets for their first night.
  8. To ensure anonymity in the selection process, the author's name should only appear on a page that can be separated from the script.
  9. Scripts which have not been selected will be returned to their authors, provided that a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with the MS.

Mail submissions to:

Minifest 2013
The Department of English and Theatre
Beveridge Arts Centre, Rm 415
10 Highland Avenue
Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia  Canada B4P 2R6

Or email to: english.theatre@acadiau.ca

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