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Saturday, October 26, 2013

2013 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest

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The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest fosters excellent writing for the stage that features LGBT characters, history, or themes important to the community and relevant to the world.

Please note there is a 7 day window from October 24 to 31  in which members of the Dramatist Guild can apply without paying the entry fee

Entry fee is $30 if entry is made between September 1 and September 30, 2013, and $45 if entry is received between October 1 and the final deadline of October 31, 2013. To make the final deadline scripts must be filed electronically by 11:59 Central Time on October 31, 2013.

Applicant must by at least 18 years old at time of entry. Please read the complete set of contest rules.

Scripts that have no production history will be accepted. We will also consider scripts that have been supported with staged readings or workshops as well as scripts that at the time of entry have had one community theater, educational theater, or one non-Equity production (which ran for no more than 25 performances). Plays which have received full Equity productions are not eligible.

All scripts will be read by our committee of readers as stipulated in the contest rules. They will select five finalists whose works will be performed as enhanced staged reading during Gay Play Weekend at the Hoover-Leppen Theater at the Center on Halsted, Chicago in the first quarter of 2014. The five finalists will also each receive cash prizes of $400. The finalists are invited to join us for up  to 10 hours of rehearsal with the PFP Artistic Ensemble Members in Chicago. If your script is co-authored, please complete additional author information.

After the 2012 and 2013 Gay Play Weekends, PFP entered into developmental or production contracts with the writers pf three of the five finalists. But if one is a finalist in 2014, one should not assume that a similar contract will be offered after the enhanced staged readings of Gay Play Weekend 2014.

Should you have any questions about the contest or the proposal, please contact us a pridefilmsandplays@gmail.com.

After submitting this form, email a PDF file of your play to PridePlay@gmail.com and we will confirm it has been received. PDF files of musicals should have both script and music attachments and should be send to PrideMusical@gmail.com.

YOUR NAME and other contact information CANNOT be on your script in any way or they cannot be shared with our panels of judges who will be reading them blind. The title of your PDF file should be the title of your play (or the title of your play  - GGPMC) but do not put your name or other works (i.e. Draft 4, revised, Chicago, etc)  in the title of the document.

Find a complete list of contest rules here:

Find a complete list of judges who read during our 2012 contest here:

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We look forward to reading your work.

David Zak
Executive Director

John Nasca, Patrick Rybarczyk, Kyra Morris, Derek Van Barham, Alexander St. John
Artistic Associates

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