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Monday, September 23, 2013

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 dramatic writing. With the mission of developing and producing original short plays by established talents and promising new voices, City Theatre will select up to fifteen playwrights from among the hundreds who annually submit their ten-minute plays to the company for special recognition. The winning play will be produced in the annual Summer Shorts festival, for which the playwright will earn royalties and be invited to Miami for the festival. Transportation, hotel, the Weekend and a cash prize will be awarded up to a value of $2,000.00. Finalists will be considered for production in the Summer Shorts festival and other programming, and submitted to the Samuel French Off-Broadway Festival. The Summer Shorts Festival is produced annually in Miami during the month of June.

City Theatre Play Submissions Rules and Information;

City Theatre is looking for wonderful short plays (up to ten minutes) for Summer Shorts and other programming. Having produced hundreds of plays, we know what we want; scripts that are lively and timely, hilarious and thought-provoking, poignant and dangerous. We look for plays that span style and genre. We will consider bilingual scripts and ten-minute musicals. We have no restriction on the age range of the characters. In other words, for us to consider a script for production, we are seeking compelling plays that rise above the ordinary.

Please review the criteria thoroughly before sending your submission to City Theatre.

Plays will be accepted yearly from August 30th – September 30th. Scripts won’t be considered sooner or later!
  • Playwrights can submit only one script – send us your best!
  • No scripts will be returned – save postage. No SASE required.
  • Each script must be no more than ten pages long. We start counting when the actual play begins.
  • Remember to submit scripts with page numbers.
  • Previously submitted plays, children’s shows, longer one-acts or full-length plays won’t be accepted or returned.
  • City Theatre will consider previously produced works with a production history included with submission.
  • Manuscripts must be typed and individually bound or stapled. Title page must include name, address, email address and phone number. We will accept electronic submissions provided all of the contact info and production history is included.
  • The volume of scripts submitted prevents us from providing feedback or criticism.
  • NOTE: City Theatre will only contact the playwrights with scripts the company considers for the National Award for Short Playwriting Contest, or to produce in its various programming. Those playwrights only will be contacted in February-March by e-mail or a phone call.

Deadline – Submission Postmark Every Year by September 30th.
Address Submissions to: Susan Westfall, Literary Director

City Theatre, 444 Brickell Ave., Suite 229, Miami, Fl 33131

Electronic submissions should be emailed to 10minuteplays@citytheatre.com

For questions email susan@citytheatre.com

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