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Saturday, July 23, 2022



Deadline: July 25, 2022

In association with the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Plays in Translation Contest!

Translators are invited to submit plays translated into English from another language. The translator of the winning translation will receive a small cash prize and the play will be presented as an in-person staged reading performed at The Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre in Tucson on November 4, 2022.

We are particularly interested in plays that meet the following criteria:

Plays translated from any other language into English;

Plays that can be performed with six actors or fewer;

Plays that feature content that is aligned with Scoundrel & Scamp’s mission to create “immersive and imaginative experiences for a diverse, cross-generational audience that inspire empathy and encourage discourse";

Plays that speak to the theme of “from spark to light”: emphasizing growth and change, in styles ranging from whimsical to dark, from inspiring to threatening;

Plays that foreground language in a manner that will work well in a staged reading (i.e., that do not heavily lean on physical theatre, scenery or props, or other non-spoken elements).

Past submitters are welcome to resubmit a script that was entered into competition in 2020 or 2021 but was not selected as the winner.
Submission Information

Please submit to playscripts@literarytranslators.org by July 25, 2022:

a translation of a complete play of no more than 100 pages with the original (Both short and long plays welcome!)

a brief query letter including confirmation of permission to translate the piece and permission to perform the translated version of the piece as a staged reading

short bios of both author and translator

a note as to whether the translator would be available to attend the performance, should their work be selected

Please send any questions regarding this Call for Plays to playscripts@literarytranslators.org

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