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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pride Films & Plays' LezPlay Contest

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**Dramatists Guild members can submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code DG2016 on the payment page.**

The mission of Pride Films & Plays' LezPlay Contest is to enhance the visibility and advance the viability of lesbian-centered stories for stage and screen. To that end, LezPlay honors excellence in storytelling by women-identified writers who present lesbian characters and themes—past, present, and future—in a pivotal, positive way.

**The LezPlay Contest is open to playwrights and screenwriters who identify as women.**

We want stories that elevate and celebrate us, refine and redefine us. We want to introduce audiences to writers whose work reflects, resonates with, and is relevant to their lives. We want stories that have a broad appeal, stories that will enable us to reach individuals of all ages and in all stages of life.

From March 1 to April 30, 2016, we welcome submissions of short scripts (up to 45 pages) and full-length scripts (up to 120 pages) from writers who identify as women. Only scripts that have not been professionally produced are eligible. Scripts that have been submitted in the past are ineligible for resubmission.

Scripts will be judged by a panel of industry professionals: directors, artistic directors, filmmakers, playwrights, producers, literary managers, activists, educators, comediennes.

**When submitting, please be sure that there is NO identifying information included anywhere on your script. Scripts that identify the writer on the title page or anywhere else in the document will immediately be disqualified.**

**To enter LezPlay, complete the entry form. You will receive an email from LezPlay's Literary Manager Allison Fradkin confirming receipt of your submission.**

**Entry fee is $15 if script is received by March 31. Entry fee is $30 if script is received by April 30. To make the final deadline, scripts must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on April 30, 2016.**

**Dramatists Guild members can submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code DG2016 on the payment page.**

Awards & Prizes

Ten semi-finalists will be selected from all script entries. We will then name five finalists. The scripts that make the finals will be those that receive the highest recommendation from our reading panel and that best align with the mission of LezPlay.

The five finalists’ scripts will be presented as staged readings during LezPlay Weekend, which will take place in Chicago, Illinois, September 9-11, 2016. Writers whose work is selected for presentation will earn a cash prize: $400 for full-length scripts, $100 for shorts. In addition, stage play finalists' work will be considered for a full production with PFP. Both playwrights and screenwriters who make the finals are invited to join us in Chicago for up to 10 hours of rehearsal with PFP Company Members to refine their scripts prior to and during the staged reading.

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