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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Go Try Play Write May 2024


Deadline: May 31, 2024


We're proud to announce a new monthly playwriting contest in collaboration with Bamboo Ridge Press. Every month, Kumu Kahua's artistic director Harry Wong III will select a writing prompt on the first day of that month. We're looking for 5-page monologues or 10-page scenes based on that prompt; the due date for submissions are always the last day of the month. All entries must be written in traditional play format; instructions on this format can be found here (https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats), courtesy of the Dramatists Guild.

There will be one winner each month. Scripts will be submitted to the judges anonymously. Winners will receive $100 and a subscription to Bamboo Ridge Press. Woo!

The prompt for May 2024 is:

Black people in Hawai‘i comprise approximately 3% of the total resident population, but even with such small numbers, people of African descent have been a part of Hawaiʻi since the early 1800s, arriving before many of the ethnic communities we often think of as a regular part of the social fabric of the islands. Despite this history, Local Black people are often assumed to be part of the military, sometimes assumed to be transient and disconnected from ‘āina, their own ancestors, and disconnected from authentic cultures.

For this special prompt, created in collaboration with the Pōpolo Project, we focus on this specific community in Hawaiʻi. We’re calling Black people born, raised, who live in, or have lived in Hawaiʻi, to write a ten (10) page maximum scene or a six (6) page maximum monologue about what it feels like, looks like, is like to be Black in Hawaiʻi. Draw on any experience you have had in Hawaiʻi—growing up here, going to school here, dating, working, relating, finding your way.

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