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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Nor’Eastern Play Writing Contest

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This is the eighth year of premiered staged readings of three winning one-act plays in showcase at the Brick Box Theatre housed in the beautiful Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland, Vermont. Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre is in its ninth season.

This contest is open to playwrights of all ages and experience who are residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

One-act plays must be able to be read in showcase in 30 to 45 minutes. Readers are instructed to disqualify plays that are, or appear to be, longer.

Submissions must be original, unpublished, one-act plays. Plays that have had staged readings may be submitted, however, plays that have received Vermont productions or readings may not.

Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

Individual playwrights may submit a maximum of two (2) entries per year.

All submissions are judged blind. We require four (4) copies with four (4) cover pages: All four (4) with the title of the play, BUT ONLY ONE with the author's name, address, e-mail & phone numbers.

If you would like your scripts returned you MUST include an SASE mailing envelope covering the FULL return mailing costs with your submission. If no SASE is included, your scripts will be recycled.

Plays must be processed, page numbered, and securely bound in an ably bound soft cover, in standard profession play format. Write to Samuel French Inc., 45 West 25th Street, NY NY 10010-2751 for format guidelines or go to www.vcu.edu/artwebplaywriting/format.html.

All submissions will be handled with care. However, Vermont Actors' Repertory Theatre assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

Submission fees: Following the guidelines of the Dramatists Guild of America there is no entry fee.

Scripts are not accepted online due to the costs of printing.

Mail four (4) copies of your script(s) to:
Nr'Eastern Play Writing Contest
Vermont Actors' Repertory Theatre
PO Box 580
Rutland, VT 05702-0580

Deadline for submissions is postmarked by November 15, 2013, notification of winners will be on or around March 4, 2014 and the staged readings in Showcase will be in May 16 & 17, 2014, with playwrights expected to be there one night early for rehearsals.

The Nor’Eastern Showcase winners will receive an intense day and a half of work on each play and three nights lodging. The Nor’Eastern Showcase performance dates for this year will be May 16 & 17, 2014. Each script goes through a rigorous screening process of three readers. The scripts with the highest scores are submitted to a second panel, and then the finalists are read by a single reader who then selects the three scripts to be showcased.

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