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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Theater J Patty Abramson Prize

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Deadline: May 31, 2021

PLAYWRIGHT ELIGIBILITY
  • The playwright identifies as a woman, inclusive of cis and trans women.
  • The playwright has not had more than two productions at LORT or off-Broadway theaters, including different productions of the same play. The playwright may have been produced at other professional or nonprofessional theaters.
    • We define “production” as one in which actors were off-book and the play was open to be reviewed.
  • The playwright is a citizen or resident of the United States.
  • We welcome writers of all faiths, cultures, backgrounds, and racial and ethnic identities.

PLAY ELIGIBILITY
  • The play celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience.
  • We encourage plays which authentically represent characters and experiences of racially and ethnically diverse Jews, as well as explore the historic and present-day intersections of white Jews and Black, Indigenous, and Peoples of Color.
  • The play is unproduced at the time of submission; plays with currently scheduled future productions are still eligible.
  • The play is a complete, full-length work for the stage.
  • The play is in English, either in composition or translation.
  • Adaptations must diverge substantially from any copyrighted source material.
  • Musicals, plays with music, short plays, and plays for young audiences are not eligible.

PLAYWRIGHT SELF-SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • Submissions are accepted online at https://forms.gle/pHyMuxzB5KVmBMmg9
  • All materials must be electronic files; either Adobe Reader (.pdf) file formats or Microsoft Word (.doc).
  • Submission must include a resume demonstrating eligibility for the Abramson Prize.
  • Highlight any LORT or off-Broadway productions of your plays, including different productions of the same play.
  • Please confirm in the submission that the play you are submitting has not yet had any professional productions (currently scheduled future productions are still eligible).
  • Submission must include the following information:
    • Playwright’s name, pronouns if comfortable including, and contact information
    • The title and a synopsis of the full play
    • A 10-page excerpt of the play that includes your name, contact information, and the title of the script.
  • Developmental workshops or public readings, national tours, international productions, or nonprofessional theaters do not determine eligibility.
The Theater J Patty Abramson Prize

▪ Please do not send full scripts. We will contact you if we would like to read more.

Christopher Hewitt Award 2021

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Deadline: June 15, 2021

Magazine is currently accepting entries for the eighth annual Christopher Hewitt Award. Named in honor of A&U’s first literary editor, the award showcases outstanding responses to the AIDS pandemic and the realities of individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.

Prize: $75
Entry fee: None
Submission deadline: June 15, 2021
Judges: Winners will be selected by the following judges, by category.
Poetry: Philip F. Clark
Fiction: Raymond Luczak
Creative Nonfiction: Jay Vithalani
Drama: Bruce Ward

Publication: Winners and named runners-up will be published in upcoming issues of A&U.

How to Submit: Email Word (.doc or .docx files) of your work to Managing Editor Chael Needle by emailing chaelneedle [at] mac [dot] com. Please indicate in the subject line that your submission is for the Christopher Hewitt Award; include your name and genre in the subject line as well. Your name or any other personal identifying information should not appear on your manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each separately.
Guidelines: All submissions must be HIV/AIDS-related and previously unpublished. All styles are welcomed. Writers may submit more than one work.

Fiction and creative nonfiction should be 1,200 words or fewer, double-spaced. Reasonable exceptions will be considered.

Drama may be an excerpt from a longer work or a ten-minute play (1,400-1,600 words, no more than ten pages, Dramatists Guild format). For drama excerpts, include, on a separate page, a synopsis and a full cast of characters.

We reserve the right to excerpt longer pieces for print, in consultation with the author; works in their entirety will be printed on the web.

Rights: We secure first North American serial rights and electronic archival rights (posting on the Web and in digital issues).

If any genre lacks a clear winner, fewer than four awards may be given. All entries will be considered for publication.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Carl Annoni Prize 2021

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Deadline: APRIL 30 2021


The prize is promoted by Radovan Corrado Spanger, Associazione Premio Carlo Annoni and sponsored by Comune di Milano, ELFO Puccini di Milano, C.I.G. ARCIGAY Milano, Festival MIX Milano, Teatro Filodrammatici Milano, Rassegna teatrale Lecite Visioni, Outis Centro Nazionale di drammaturgia contemporanea, Teatro della Cooperativa, Teatri di Vita, Agedo.

Art. 2 PARTICIPANTS

It is opened to any individual interested in the topic, with no age restrictions.

Art. 3 REGISTRATION FEE

We don’t require a registration fee.

Art. 4 PLAYS

There is no length or character numbers limitation. Plays can be submitted in Italian and English . An award will be assigned to one play in each language.

ART. 5 THEME OF THE COMPETITION

Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize accepts plays on topics affecting the LGBTQ+ community, and the promotion of diversity in love, society, politics and culture.

Art. 6 PARTICIPATION RULES

When submitting your play, please state clearly the author’s name, their email address and a phone number for any further communication.

Submission must be sent by email only to:

info@premiocarloannoni.eu.

Art. 7 DEADLINE

Deadline for submissions is 30st APRIL 2021. The award ceremony will be in September 2021.

Art. 8 EVALUATION

The plays will be assessed by a jury selected by the organisers. Plays will be assessed for their creative contents, their form, their pertinence with the topics, and their social impact. The results will be unanimous and unappealable. The winners will be notified with a phone call and/or an email.

The competition is valid if at least five texts in each language are received.

Art. 9 AWARD CEREMONY

Winners will be proclaimed in a public ceremony. The results will also be proclaimed through the press and other social media. More information about dates and location will be provided in due course.

Art. 10 PRICE

The prize is € 1000. A prize will be assigned for each language.

Special Mentions:
SHORT PLAY: a special mention will be given to a short play of a maximum of 10 minutes length.
COMEDY: a special mention will be offered to a comedy play on relationship life.
ASYLUM SEEKERS: a special mention will be given to a play on the topic of asylum-seeking for those persecuted for their sexual orientation.


Art. 11 COPYRIGHT

The author will maintain the rights over the play.

Art. 12 FULL ACCEPTANCE OF THE RULES

The artists submitting their plays must abide fully to the rules.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

11th Annual Short Play Festival, Native Voices 2021-2022

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Deadline: June 7, 2021

*Please note that we only accept submissions written for the stage or theatre by American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations artists.

For the 11th Annual Short Play Festival, Native Voices wants to know What is Home? For so many around the world this past year, “Home” – literal or metaphorical – has become the centerpiece of many of our lives.

What is Home? Is it a structure? Is it where you are? Or where you come from? Is it the communities in which you surround yourself, or the communities that shaped you?

At Native Voices, we understand and appreciate all the complexities that make up your “home”. Is “home” your ancestral lands? Does it live in the hearts and minds of your communities? Does it live with your Aunties and cousins? Or maybe, is “home” your studio apartment or your suitcase? Has your notion of ‘home” changed in the past year? We want to know: What’s your story? What is your home?

We want to hear from you! Share with us a glimpse of home. The only limitation is that your play must be no longer than 10-minutes. For ten minutes, you can take the audience on any journey you want. We cannot wait to see what you bring to life!

Plays chosen to participate in the 11th Annual Short Play Festival will also be entered to win the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting award – a $1,000 cash prize!!

Scripts longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome, and unique theatricality is a must.

Some ideas to spark the imagination are:
  • Sovereignty
  • Traditional Homelands
  • Language Keepers
  • Passing On Traditions 
  • Family
  • Friends 
  • Diaspora/ Removals
  • Urban/ Rural/ Reservation/ Village
  • Coming Home/ Leaving Home
  • Homesickness
  • Boarding schools and assimilation
  • Protecting Home/ Environment

Full-Length Plays

Deadline: August 2, 2021

Native Voices is currently accepting submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights addressing all themes and topics.
2022 Playwrights Retreat and 28th Festival of New Plays

The Retreat and Festival bring artists to Los Angeles to work on 3–4 plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 8–10 days in May/June. The Retreat culminates in public staged readings of the plays at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. Selected playwrights receive artistic support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Selection Process: Full-length plays (60+ pages) received by August 2, 2021 will be read and evaluated. A select number of playwrights will be invited to submit formal proposals detailing their developmental goals should their play be chosen for the short list. Scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to four plays for the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in February 2022.
A Note About the Native Voices Distance Dramaturgy Process

Months prior to residencies, selected playwrights participate in dramaturgical conversations with an assigned director and dramaturg. Workshops with these creative teams and a cast of professional actors commence once the playwright arrives on-site. It is important to note that these conversations and workshops are playwright driven, allowing the writer to shape their own developmental path. Selected playwrights should be prepared to dedicate adequate time to this process prior to arriving on-site.
2022 OPEN Submission for Production Consideration

We accept scripts all year long. Do you have a full-length script that has been developed and produced that you’d like us to consider for a future Native Voices production in Los Angeles? Please follow the Checklist for All Submissions below and in the Native Voices Script Submission form check the box for 2022 General Production Consideration.
Checklist for All Submissions

Please label script attachment as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).

All submissions must conform to a standard play-script format (one-inch margins, #12 Times or Courier font, all pages numbered).

Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail address) and a draft or revision date.

Include a character breakdown at the beginning of your script.

Provide a biography of 75–100 words. Please label attachment as follows: Bio_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Bio_Doe, J.doc).

Provide a press ready photo of at least 300dpi. Please label attachment as follows: Photo_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Photo_Doe, J.doc).

Provide development history for the play. Label attachment as follows: DevHistory_PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: DevHistory_MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).

To submit, fill out our online form and upload your submission materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Please do not send treatments or outlines. Previously submitted plays should only be resubmitted if the play has undergone significant dramatic changes. Previously produced plays should be submitted under the 2022 General Submission for Production Consideration. Plays that are not selected are kept on file for consideration for future opportunities. Playwrights are encouraged to make multiple submissions (up to three per event), but selection will be limited to only one play per playwright, per event.
Where to Send Submissions

We now only accept electronic submission (preferably PDF format).

To submit, fill out our online form and upload your materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

For More Information:

NVLiterary@theautry.org
Facebook.com/NativeVoices
Twitter.com/NativeVoices

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Fade To Black Festival 2021

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

No fee is required.

No restriction of theme or genre.

Three (3) script submissions are allowed per playwright.

Selected playwright winners will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00.

Winning playwrights will be announced nationally on Friday, May 1, 2021.

TO QUALIFY:


Playwright must be the sole author of the submitted work.

Playwright must publicly and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.

Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).

Play must run no longer than 8-10 minutes long on stage. (Consider conducting an informal reading to ensure).

Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.

Play must not be a musical.

Play must not be written for children or youth.

Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.

Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons.

Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.

Play must not be a film. Screenplays will not be accepted.

Play should be "stand-alone", a separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.

Author must be at least 18 years of age.

Play must be submitted in a PDF format.


TO SUBMIT:

See submission link: https://forms.gle/sUESPtTCvJrR9gfn9

Upload pdf of original work.


DEFINITIONS:
"Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.

"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.

Staged readings (formal or informal) are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings but has not been produced as a full-scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.


GOOD LUCK PLAYWRIGHTS!

Monday, March 22, 2021

2021 Playwright's Prize

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Deadline: April 2, 2021 12PM GMT

An open call for distinctive, dynamic, heart-stopping, extraordinary, wonderful plays.

Please submit your script of up to 10,000 words to info@platformpresents.com

For the 2020 Prize, over 200 plays were submitted from writers based from London to New York, LA to Melbourne. These were shortlisted to 9 by the Platform Presents co-founders, Gala Gordon and Isabella Macpherson.

The prize includes ongoing mentoring and producing the winning script, as well as the £5,000 cash prize.

The competition closes at 12pm on 2nd April 2021.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

The Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize 2021

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

APPLICATION FORM

Awarded for the best playwriting response theme of the Alpine Fellowship 2021 - Untamed: On Wilderness and Civilization.

The prize will be £3,000 plus a rehearsed reading at the Fellowship’s annual Symposium to which the winner will be invited to attend. Runners up will be invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium to exhibit their work, all food and accommodation covered. Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to a total of £500.

Rules:
  • The final piece must be no more than 45 minutes in length.
  • The final piece must require no more than four actors. 
  • The winning play will be performed as a rehearsed reading so simplicity in staging is preferred. 
  • This prize is open to anyone above 18 years of age. 
  • All entries must be written in English.
  • Plays must not have previously been performed, including as a reading or workshop production.
  • Playwrights at any stage of their career are eligible to apply.
  • Submissions will be judged anonymously so please ensure your name does not appear anywhere on your submission materials.

Submission: To apply you will be asked to submit the following:
A treatment of your idea in response to the theme. No more than 500 words.
A sample of previous work of at least 10 pages.
A 3-4 sample pages of your proposed script or a 1-2 detailed page synopsis of your story.

KEY DATES*:

Applications open: 1st January 2021
Applications close: 1st April 2021
Shortlist announced: Coming soon
Winners announced: Coming soon

Please follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with latest news.

*Please note: we reserve the right to change the date of the shortlist and winners announcement if required for any reason.

Monday, February 22, 2021

L Smith New Play Festival

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Deadline: March 12, 2021 12 noon 

SUBMISSION FORM

Both 10-minute and full length plays can be submitted by Friday, March 12th at noon and five 10-minute plays and one full-length play will be selected for virtual performance; with playwrights being notified by April 1st if their script has been chosen. The festival will take place via Zoom on Thursday, May 6th and Friday, May 7th and in addition to performances, playwright Charly Evon Simpson will give a keynote on Thursday night. Cash prizes will be awarded for the audience favorite 10-minute play and to the playwright of the chosen full-length script.

All scripts should follow standard play formatting and should be submitted as PDFs with contact information on the front page (including email, phone and snail mail address) and only play title and page numbers on the following pages. 10-minute scripts cannot be longer than 10 pages and the full-length play should be between 70-90 pages.

Due to a focus on accessibility, there is no entry fee for the contest. Once the cap of 100 scripts has been reached, submissions will be closed; therefore, no more than 2 submissions per playwright will be read.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Central Kentucky Community Theater 10 Minute Play Festival Script Submissions

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Deadline: April 1, 2021 12PM

THEY HAVE MET THEIR SCRIPT CUT-OFF OF 100 - DO NOT SEND

Submission for scripts should adhere to the following guidelines

- Have a run time of 10 minutes

- No more than 3 characters

- Appropriate language and subject matter for all audiences

Submissions need to be submitted no later than

12:00pm April 1st


Submission for scripts should adhere to the following guidelines 
- Have a run time of 10 minutes
- No more than 3 characters 
- Appropriate language and subject matter for all audiences

The top seven submissions will be produced in a readers theatre style. Being recorded and presented virtually throughout the week of May 22-29.

Submissions will be scored in the following areas.

-Originality of concept and story

-Lasting impression and how memorable it is

-Does it make its audience feel some strong emotion

The top seven will then be ranked based on audience response with the top three recieving cash prizes in the following amounts.

First place $100

Second Place $75

Third Place $50

Fourth through seventh will be awarded non monetary prizes. 

All submissions must be sent to  in a .pdf format. Please include "10 minute play" in the subject line of the email.


Good Luck!

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Joining Sword & Pen Seeking Playwrights of Marginalized Genders

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Deadline: February 18, 2021
Chicago

Babes With Blades Theatre Company’s Joining Sword & Pen (JS&P) competition is live and underway! Since 2005, JS&P has challenged playwrights to write a full-length play based on the story they see in our contest image. The winner receives a full production and the Margaret Woolley Martin Award, which carries a cash prize of $1000.

This year’s image and competition rules may be found here:
babeswithblades.org/jsp-how-to-submit/

We’re seeking submissions from playwrights of underrepresented genders. This includes cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those who are otherwise marginalized based on gender.

What We’re Looking For

1. The moment depicted in the inspirational image at the bottom of this page must be physically dramatized/incorporated into the play. We want to (literally) perform that moment on stage. Include the page number of your script where the contest’s image is depicted in your submission email.

2. Scripts must be inclusive of the BIPOC community. Whether the script lends itself to characters being played by actors of any race/ethnicity or whether it includes stories that are race-specific, BIPOC characters must not be limited to secondary or background characters.

3. Submissions are due NO LATER than midnight February 18, 2021.

4. All JS&P submissions must be new, full length, original works, inspired by the artwork that is the focus of the contest. Previously written, workshopped, published or performed submissions will not be considered and we will not contact you. Please do not insert the contest image into an existing script.

5. Please email your JS&P submission in a PDF file to swordandpen@babeswithblades.org. The filename must start with the title of the play (ex. “Patchwork Drifter.pdf”). If the title of the play begins with “the,” “a,” or “an,” please place that article at the end of the title (ex. “Last Daughter of Oedipus, The.pdf”).


IMPORTANT: This will be a BLIND SUBMISSION PROCESS.

Script submissions for JS&P accepted between August 5, 2020 and February 18, 2021. Want more info? Contact swordandpen@babeswithblades.org.

Joining Sword & Pen winners receive full productions with the Babes.

Check out the full list of Joining Sword & Pen winners.

Your email submission should contain two separate attachments:

 a) Your cover page. INCLUDE:
  • The play’s title
  • Playwright’s name and full contact information (phone numbers, email, mailing address).

 b) Your script. INCLUDE:
  • The page number on which the contest’s image is incorporated.
  • A synopsis.
  • A character list specifying the gender of each character. “Open gender” is an option. If it’s important that a character is cisgender or transgender, please specify this.
  • If it’s important that a character is of a particular racial/ethnic background (including white), please specify this. Characters of unspecified racial/ethnic background will not be automatically assumed to be white.

DO NOT INCLUDE ANY contact information, of any kind, in the body of your script. An author’s identity will only be revealed to the ensemble once a selection has been made.


6. The winner of the contest agrees to participation in the Fighting Words new plays program (workshops and festival reading – dates TBD), and grants Babes With Blades Theatre Company rights to produce the world premiere production of the winning play. Production dates are TBD for Spring 2023 (subject to change).


Things to consider:
  • Our mission statement: Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to tell stories that elevate the voices of underrepresented communities and dismantle the patriarchy. Through performance, script development, training and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.
  • We do not accept or produce musical scripts.
  • Both our venues and our budgets tend to be small.
  • If your play does not pass the Bechdel Test, it is unlikely to fit our mission.
  • If your play does not include stage combat, it does not fit our mission.
  • Characters fight as a realization of high narrative stakes. Scenes of characters training to fight are usually lacking in stakes.
  • If your script includes sexualized violence, consider whether the sexualization is truly necessary to the story. Sometimes it is; often it’s not.
Click here to learn more about Joining Sword & Pen

Our Mission Statement: Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to tell stories that elevate the voices of underrepresented communities and dismantle the patriarchy. Through performance, script development, training and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.

We look forward to hearing your stories!!

PLEASE NOTE: The image for the competition can be found on our website. Please do not select your own prompts.

Monday, February 8, 2021

The Basement Theatre seeks plays

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Deadline: February 14, 2021 at midnight CST

The Basement Theatre a student-run theatre company based in St. Charles, Missouri. Committed to bringing cutting-edge, small scale theatre to our community.

The past 12 months have made us all want to scream a collective, 'D@mn, Sh!t, F*ck!"' What better way to shout this frustrations from the rooftops than a play festival centered around the freedom of expressing these feelings?

We welcome any and all play submissions and highly encourage the submission of material involving the expression of feelings about the past year. A scathing commentary on the 2020? Send it. A catharsis on political issues? We love it. A memoir requiring flying expletives every page? You can cuss us out as much as you'd like.

We request that play or excerpt submissions be no longer than 20 minutes. Submissions are due Feb. 14th by Midnight (CST) You must submit these to TheOfficialBasementTheatre@gmail.com

What's in it for you? Fair question. We are offering a cash prize of $200 for our favorite work which will be selected by a panel of four judges. The top four playwrights will have the opportunity to present their work in a public staged reading over Zoom on Feb. 23rd for all participants, friends, and family to view. This will include a rehearsal with our artistic director and a cast of your choosing (more details to follow pending submission).

The Basement Theatre is an independent, self-produced theatre company striving to create a safe space for experimental work. We look forward to reading your submissions! Any comments, questions, or concerns can be directed to our email provided above.
For more info, visit our Instagram: @theofficialbasementtheatre

Friday, January 22, 2021

2ND ACT PLAYERS’ 2021 PLAYWRITING COMPETITION — 2021 ISN’T 2020, OR IS IT?

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Evanston IL

Deadline: January 30, 2020

The Evanston 2nd Act Players is announcing its short-play script competition for the coming year entitled 2021: It’s not 2020, or is it? Plays that look at people changing in a changing world.

“There’s no question 2020 was a year of immense change for America, whether you looked at health issues, social justice issues or political issues. We’re looking for scripts with characters who are dealing with all those changes to create 2nd acts in their lives,” says 2nd Act Players’ Artistic Director John N. Frank. “We want scripts that deal with the issues of the past year and the coming year, either seriously or comically.”

Scripts should be a maximum of 15 pages with a maximum cast size of three characters. 

In keeping with the 2nd Act Players’ mission, characters should be adults, with preference given to plays that look at older adults and the particular challenges they face in today’s uncertain world. “Isolation and loneliness have been major issues for older adults during the Covid-19 pandemic, as an example,” says Frank.

“And many adults have dramatically changed their lives during the pandemic, whether it be where they live or how they make their livings. Others have become actively involved in social issues they have become newly conscious of. All of that could be fodder for scripts for our competition,” Frank says.

The 2nd Act Players will select six winning scripts to be performed online in April 2021.

There’s no cost for playwrights to submit scripts for the contest. Winners will receive small prizes.

To submit scripts, simply fill out the entry form online and we will contact you with instructions on how to forward a copy of your script to us. The deadline for entering is Jan. 30, 2021.


Contest basics:
  • Plots: Plays should deal with 2nd acts in characters’ lives, key turning points or major life-changing events. Comedies or dramas, or dramadies all welcome.
  • Cast size: 2-3 characters
  • Length: 10-15 pages, standard script format
  • No musicals, children’s plays, adaptations to works not in the public domain, and no plays involving nudity of any kind.
  • Prizes: Several scripts will be performed in the spring of 2021.
  • Entry deadline: Jan. 31, 2021

But wait, there’s more…
  • Plays should be new, unperformed works, or works that have been performed for less than 9 performances.
  • 2nd Act Players will retain all Chicago-area performance rights for the winning scripts from the announcement of winners through the end of April, 2021.
  • Playwrights of the scripts selected will receive prize of $50.
  • Contemporary settings that do not require special costuming are preferred.
  • An individual may enter up to three scripts
  • The 2nd Act Players reserves the right to turn down any entry for not following these guidelines.
  • Scripts to be submitted online only, in normal play script format, Word document or PDF and will not be returned. Include a short overview of the story and a short author bio.
  • 2nd Act Players reserves the right to cancel the competition if no suitable scripts are submitted.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

V INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR YOUNG THEATER WORKS

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Deadline: December 31, 2020


The Contest aims to encourage writers in the creation of bold and powerful plays for young people. The spirit of this competition is the participation of playwrights in terms of equality, regardless of nationality, age, gender or language.

Contest Rules:

ELIGILIBITY

1. The competition is open to all writers worldwide and there is no age or nationality limit for the entrants.

a) We do accept plays co-authored by more than one writer. writer or playwright eans either a single writer or a group of writers in a collective work.

b) The participation of an underage writer must be authorised by the legal guardian.

2. The competition is restricted to plays for young audiences.

a) We do not accept plays for children or adult audiences,

b) We do not accept musicals.

3. Writers are asked to submit a play for either:

a) Category A. The play must cater for a performance time of no less than 60 min and no more than two hours.

b) Category B. The play must cater for a performance time of no less than 30 min and no more than one hour.

4. The play can be written in any official language of the world.

5. The play must be a new and original piece of work. The play must not have been

published in any form or awarded previously.

a) The copyright of the play must be owned and/or controlled by the entrant to the full extent necessary to enable Editorial DALYA to use the work as contemplated by these contest rules.

b) Performed plays can be submitted. 

6. There is no fee to enter and no hidden costs for the entrants.

THE PRIZES

7. 10000 in prizes to be won:

a) Category A ( 4800)

A cash prize of 24 for the writer, translation to another European language,

publication and public reading, plus economic aid for performances of the play

within two years after its publication.

b) Category B ( 3200)

A cash prize of 10 for the writer, translation to another European language,

publication and public reading, plus economic aid for the performances of the

play within two years after its publication.

c) Shorlist 2000)

The shortlisted plays will automatically be considered for publication in Editorial DALYA.

d) Awards cannot be shared or reduced, and the prize must be granted at least in one category.

e) The Jury may award Honourable Mentions without cash prizes to any play of the

contest.

HOW TO ENTER

8. The competition opens on Thursday 1 October 2020, with the deadline for entry being on Thursday 31 December 2020.

a) We do accept up to three plays per writers.

b) Each entry must contain just one play.

9. The play may be submitted via links provided in ytpwc.edalya.com or on Editorial DALYA web page: www.edalya.com. (→ Premios→Premio Teatro Joven).

a) The document must contain a front page stating:

1) The title of the play.

2) The contest category (A or B).

3) Contact e-mail.

b) Include the authorisation of the legal guardian, if applicable.

c) The writer's name must be deleted from the entry and document to facilitate fair, anonymous judging.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

UCROSS + THE BLANK THEATRE — FUTURE OF PLAYWRITING PRIZE

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Deadline: December 21, 2020

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This award represents a unique collaboration between the prestigious Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, where artists from all disciplines have been supported by residencies since 1983, and The Blank Theatre in Hollywood, which has been developing new plays and new artists since 1990.

The Future of Playwriting Prize will be given annually to an early-career playwright who personifies the future of theatre — someone whose voice will shape theatre for decades to come, and who will bring new thoughts and views to the American theatrical conversation.

The winner will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid, two-week residency at Ucross’s ranch at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. The residency includes transportation, accommodations, meals, and the opportunity to commune with other visiting artists. The winner will also receive a professionally produced staged reading in The Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series new play development program.

Two additional finalists will each be awarded a $500 cash prize.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Inclusion and diversity are vital to the future of theatre; therefore, playwrights from all backgrounds and genders are urged to apply.
  • We encourage application by playwrights who may not have had access to advanced or graduate writing programs.
  • As this is an emerging playwright award, writers who have had Off-Broadway, Broadway, or major regional theatre productions will not be considered.
  • Since the focus is on American theatre, playwrights must reside in the United States.
  • Winning writers must be between 21 and 30 years of age as of April 1, 2021.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Submissions are open now, and the deadline for applications is December 21, 2020.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Writers must submit:
  1. Resume including creative/educational background.
  2. A personal artistic statement that describes (A) Who you are and what has brought you to this place - your influences and life experiences. Also, what you hope to gain personally from an uninterrupted two-week residency at Ucross. (B) The concept for a new play (a full-length you have not yet initiated) that you would like to begin or work on while you are there - what themes, characters or stories do you want to explore? (C) How do you see the future of theatre, and what is your role as a playwright in it? Your artistic statement should be 1000 words or less. PDF form only, titled FirstName_LastName_STATEMENT
  3. One short play of ANY length not to exceed 45 pages. Please submit only a complete short play, not a sample from a full length play. PDF form only, titled FirstName_LastName_SHORT (e.g., Sally_Jones_SHORT).
  4. One full-length play (60 to 120 pages). PDF form only, titled FirstName_LastName_FULL ( e.g., Sally_Jones_FULL).
  • One submission only per playwright. Please do not submit multiple applications to include different scripts. We want to see what you consider your best work.
  • Plays and other submission materials must be written in English.
  • Translations, musicals, adaptations, and children's plays will not be considered.
  • All scripts must be typed in standard playwriting format.
    • Page numbers must appear with the first page of dialogue as page 1.
    • Scripts must contain a character breakdown and time/place setting.

SELECTION PROCESS

  • The first 300 submissions will be considered. If 300 valid submissions are received before the end of the application period, additional entries may not be accepted, and notice will be posted at TheBlank.com.
  • A jury of professional theatre artists will select one grand prize winner and two finalists, to be announced April 2021.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

2021-22 Woodward/Newman Drama Award

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Deadline: December 1, 2020

NO FEE FOR MEMBERS OF THE DRAMATISTS GUILD

The Woodward/Newman Drama Award is an exclusive honor offered by Bloomington Playwrights Project, remembering the many great dramas Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman performed in together.

It presents the best unpublished full-length drama of the year with a cash prize of $3,000 and a full production as part of the BPP’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement.

BPP is now accepting submissions for the 2021-22 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Submissions must be submitted by December 1, 2020. The winner will be announced by June 2021.

“Full-length” plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).

Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission.

Each submission should be sent to BPP via email. Send your email to literarymanager@newplays.org

Your email should include the following:

Tell us for which competition you are submitting: Reva Shiner Comedy or the script Woodward Newman Drama

Tell us your name, phone number, and the name of your Play

Tell us how you are satisfying the $10 administrative fee

Agent submitted scripts require no fee.

If via Dramatist Guild membership, attach a copy of your DG card to the email

If you have paid via Paypal on our website, indicate your confirmation number and the email address used.

Paypal is preferred, but if you can’t pay on-line, you may send a check or Money Order, (must be from a US bank). Tell us the check or Money Order number. Make it payable to “BPP” and mail to BPP, 107 W 9th ST, Bloomington, IN 47404

Attach a PDF file containing your script with the following information included in the following order:

Title page with author name

Synopsis (1 page or less)

Character list/breakdown

Production history for the play—Include readings and productions

A brief bio of the playwright,

Full Script

Submissions that fail to include all requested information in the order listed will be disqualified from the contest.

Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.

Two separate submissions per playwright per annual competition are allowed as long as each submission has all the required materials.


Friday, November 13, 2020

Shakespeare's New Contemporaries - Cycle 4

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Deadline: November 18, 2020


Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries is a groundbreaking, industry-changing undertaking that is discovering, developing, and producing a new canon of 38 plays that are inspired by and in conversation with Shakespeare’s work.  It’s an opportunity for playwrights of every background, perspective, and style to engage with Shakespeare and his stage practices. It’s our chance to bring living writers into the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre: the Blackfriars Playhouse.

Playwrights get: a world premiere production of their play; $25,000 prize; travel and housing for the rehearsal and development process.

We’re looking for: unproduced plays that engage with Shakespeare’s work and embrace Shakespeare’s staging conditions.

BEFORE APPLYING, CONFIRM THAT YOUR PLAY MEETS OUR QUALIFICATIONS:
  • The play must be able to performed with a cast of 10-12 actors.
  • The play must be able to be performed with minimal sets.
  • The play must be able to be performed with universal (shared) lighting.
  • The play must be able to be performed with any and all music and sound effects created in real time, unplugged, and by members of the acting troupe.
  • The play must be 2(ish) hours long.
  • The play must be inspired by or in conversation with As You Like It, Henry VI (any/all parts), Romeo and Juliet, and Troilus and Cressida.
  • The play must have not yet had a professional production. (Questions about this? Shoot us an e-mail).

PREPARE YOUR APPLICATION:
  • To smoothly navigate the process, we encourage you to prepare your materials before beginning the application. To that end:
  • Remove your name and any contact information from the script. Remove any agent or representation’s name and contact information from the script.
  • Include a Character Breakdown at the start of the script. The breakdown must include age and gender and may include any other information you’d like us to know. If your play contains more than 12 characters, please be sure to include information about actor doubling.
  • Title the document with the title of your play.
  • Save your script as a PDF or Word document.

PREPARE THE APPLICATION FORM:

In addition to contact information and basic information about the play, you will also be asked for answers to the following questions. (Please note: each question has a 4,000 character limit – including spaces):
  • Playwright bio.
  • How does your play respond to Shakespeare’s play?
  • In what ways does your play engage with Shakespeare’s Staging Conditions?
  • Optional: Play History: If your play has had any development or production history, please briefly tell us about it.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Theater Project Soliciting Short Plays for 2021 Competition

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Deadline: November 13, 2020

The Theater Project of Union, NJ, an award-winning, professional theater, is now soliciting short plays for a Zoom production of Think Fast, its eighth-annual short play competition February 19, 20 and 21, 2021. The contest is open to playwrights in the New Jersey-New York area

The Judges’ Choice winner will receive a $500 prize.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Electronic submissions only. E-mail your short play in MS Word or PDF to OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org. Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”

WHAT TO SUBMIT: Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time and applicable to a Zoom production (small casts, simple settings, etc.). The running-time restriction is absolute and plays that exceed 15 minutes will not be considered. Plays invited to participate must be rehearsed, ready-to-perform and must supply their own actors and directors. Playwrights may submit more than one play. There is no restriction on previously produced plays.

There is no fee to submit. However, those selected for participation will be charged a $100 production fee to cover the $500 prize and the hiring a technical director/state manager who will work with playwrights/directors on their Zoom recordings.

STATEMENT: Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email: “If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $100 production fee.”

THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL: 2021 Think Fast will be recorded on Zoom and broadcast on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. The Theater Project will supply a technical/stage manager who will oversee a Zoom rehearsal with each play and a final recording on an appointed night.

WHAT PARTICIPANTS SUPPLY: Think Fast is a playwright-produced festival. The Theater Project cannot help with casting, rehearsals, etc. Playwrights must be able to secure actors and a director and rehearse plays on their own. If not, please do not submit to the festival. Each production must make agreements with actors/directors regarding rehearsals and compensation.

JUDGES: All plays are guaranteed three (3) Zoom performances on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. After Sunday’s performance, a panel of judges will bestow the Judges’ Choice Award ($500 prize) as well as Best Male Actor, Best Female Actor and Best Director. There will also be an Audience Choice award based on audience voting. Playwrights and directors are invited to an after-performance discussion with the audience.

QUESTIONS? Email OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org

More info: https://www.thetheaterproject.org/think-fast-short-play-competition.html

Monday, August 24, 2020

Carlow Little Theatre Society One-Act Playwriting Competition

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Deadline: September 4, 2020
Carlow Ireland

With theatre activities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Carlow Little Theatre Society (CLTS), will be running a new one-act playwriting competition this Autumn to encourage the writing of new play material.

Three finalist plays will be selected from the entries, which will each receive a rehearsed, performed reading by actors from CLTS. An overall winner will then be selected, with a monetary prize of €300 for 1st place, €200 for 2nd place, and €100 for third place kindly sponsored by local marketing and call centre company, Maven TM.

The competition is open to all writers over 18 years old, both members and non-members, local and international. The play submitted must be in English and be an original work of the entrant that has not yet been published, nor performed on stage previously, nor received any awards previously.

The script length / duration of the play should not exceed 20 minutes.

Scripts are to be sent electronically to Carlow Little Theatre Society, by emailing them to carlowlittletheatre@gmail.com with the subject header of ‘Playwriting Competition’, along with fully completed entry form attached to the email. Note that the entrant’s name should appear only on the entry form and not on the scripts.

Deadline: the deadline for entry is midnight of Friday, September 4th 2020.

No entry fee is required.

The 3 finalist plays selected for the performed readings will be announced on Monday September 31st 2020, with the entrants also contacted directly.

The 3 plays are planned to have their performed readings towards the end of October, though the date involved may be subject to change. Each play will be assigned a director and the performed readings will involve rehearsed readings of the plays in advance of the performance.

The overall outright winner of the competition is to be announced on Tuesday, November 17th 2020.

Playwrights are asked to read the guidelines below before submitting their play for consideration:
  • Each play should have a running time of up to 20 minutes. As a guide, use the format: 1 page equals approximately 1 minute of performance time.
  • Script formats are not strict and can take a variety of forms. However, it must be clearly formatted and the recommended format is 12pt, double-spaced, Times New Roman.
  • Plays should be sent as doc (Word) or PDF, via email only. We do not accept hard copy.
  • Each script should be numbered, with the title of the play at the top of each page.
  • The playwright’s name should not appear on the script.
  • All entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • The script should not have been published, performed previously or be scheduled for performance or have received any awards previously.
  • The play should not be an excerpt from a longer work.
  • We do not accept adaptations.
  • Closing date for entries is midnight, Friday September 4th 2020.
  • Entries are to be sent by email to carlowlittletheatre@gmail.com with the Subject Header of ‘Playwriting Competition’.
  • Each submission must be accompanied by the fully completed entry form. The entry form can be downloaded directly from HERE.
  • Entry to the competition provides Carlow Little Theatre Society with permission and rights to perform all received plays.
  • Selected finalist writers are asked, but not required, to be available for communications with the director assigned to their play, either via electronic communication, phone or in person meetings.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Virtual Theater Festival seeks 10-minute plays or musicals

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Deadline: August 13, 2020  Midnight Pacific Time

SUBMISSION FORM

BROADWAY THEATRE STUDIO, creators of the long-running IMBIBLE series of Off-Broadway musicals, will produce its first VIRTUAL THEATRE FESTIVAL for live-online productions. BTS has partnered with theatre media icon PLAYBILL to host the festival, which will run exclusively on Playbill.com. BETERRIFIC, industry leaders in live-streaming productions, to provide the cutting-edge technology and experience necessary to successfully translate the live theatre experience to live-online. BTS is assembling a distinguished panel of judges to choose a winning production, and there will also be an Audience Choice winner selected by festival viewers. 

Each winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize. PLAYBILL VTF LIVE is currently scheduled to run October 23-25, and Theatre fans looking to view the festival will be able to purchase an All-Access Virtual Festival Pass for only $2.99 with $1 from each ticket going to THE ACTORS FUND.

Please READ CAREFULLY before submitting your application.
  • Seeking ten-minute original, fully-produced plays or musicals. Submissions must be no shorter than eight (8) minutes, and no longer than ten (10) minutes.
  • Submissions may have been previously produced, as long as you or your company created the work and it has not been published or licensed.
  • You may submit more than one production, simply complete a separate application for each work.
  • Accepted productions will be given a broadcast time during the festival in which to present their live show on VTF.Live.
  • Productions will be asked to demonstrate that their broadcast is live, though it is not necessary that all, or even any, actors/crew be in the same place -- we’re looking for creativity here.
  • At this time, we are only able to accept submissions from the U.S.
  • There is no fee to submit or present in the festival.
  • All submissions are due by midnight Pacific Time on August 13th.

PRIZES
Two prizes will be awarded:
-$1,500 for Judges’ Choice
-$1,500 for Audience’s Choice

CHALLENGE
Each season, Playbill VTF Live presents participants with a unique production challenge to overcome, selected based on real-world theatre production trends and priorities. The Fall 2020 Production Challenge is:

Each member of your cast, crew, and production team must be in separate locations. Actors may have one (1) stagehand on location with them, but all other production team members must be individually isolated.


RESPONSIBILITIES
If your show is accepted to Playbill VTF Live, you will be given a slot in which to produce your show, virtually. We are NOT producing your show, but are merely presenting it. You or your producing organization must hire your own cast, crew, and staff, run your own rehearsals, record your own live performance, etc. Your show must be produced in accordance with your place of residence’s COVID-19 guidelines.


SCHEDULING
Accepted shows will be scheduled into a single time slot for a LIVE performance during the festival broadcast. All shows must demonstrate that they are performing live by opening from a designated Starting Line shot of actors holding cell phone clocks visible to the judges (this shot will not be considered part of the performance). Any show that is prerecorded, or contains prerecorded portions, will be disqualified.

There will be a strict one-minute grace period allowed on either end of the time requirement to allow for the inherently unpredictable nature of live theatre. To maintain fairness, shows that run under or over the required times with the grace periods (under 7 or over 11 minutes) will not be eligible for prizes.


TECHNICAL/PRODUCTION
BeTerrific, the technology partner for Playbill VTF Live, will provide the technical elements to present your video stream live during the festival broadcast. All recording equipment will be up to the production company to provide – BeTerrific will ONLY be broadcasting your fully-produced and uploaded live video stream. We are working with BeTerrific to have equipment available for rental upon request, though this is not required to participate and we can’t guarantee the equipment you need will be available.


ACCEPTANCE
Playbill VTF Live will select 12 Participants and 6 Alternates. In the event a Participant is unable to present their work, an Alternate will be selected to participate. All applicants will receive acceptance status notification (i.e. Participant, Alternate, or Declined). Notification of acceptance status will be sent on or about August 24th, and confirmation is due from Participants by August 31st. At that time, if you are accepted and confirmed, you will receive a Participant’s Packet. Applicants may be asked to speak with our Technical Director to confirm production capabilities prior to final acceptance into the festival.


JUDGING CRITERIA
For the Judge’s Choice Award, productions will be evaluated on:
–General Audience Appeal – Does the production appeal to a wide range of audiences?
–Theme – Does the production have a clear concept?
–Execution – Does production effectively communicate its concept?
–Effective Use of “Live Online” – How well does the production make use of live online theater?
–Overall Performance – How well are all elements of the production presented?

The Audience Choice Award will be given to the production that receives the most votes from ticketed festival attendees.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

‘Hear Me Out’ New American Monologue Competition Festival

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Deadline: August 15, 2020 Noon EDT
‘Hear Me Out’ New American Monologue Competition.
Labor Day, 2020. Festival Theme: ‘Me & My Masks’

All writers who consider themselves American are invited to submit one monologue on this year’s festival theme ‘Me & My Masks’ to compete for $5,000 in prizes and a shot at being named one of the 12 Finalist Winners which will premiere in a special Labor Day event open to the public and held entirely online via Zoom. The top cash prizes will be selected and awarded by an elite panel of judges including playwrights Kia Corthron, Gary Garrison, Julie Jensen, Kate Snodgrass and Doug Wright.

On Monday, September 7th, 2020, Roland Tec and Pinkplot Productions will host an online festival of monologues on the theme ‘Me & My Masks.’ All writers considering themselves American are invited to submit one monologue on this subject, not to exceed 4 pages or 2,000 words in length. Only one submission will be accepted from each writer.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Saturday, August 15th at Noon, EDT.

Monologues will be judged by a circle of theatre professionals on the following criteria:

Does the character speaking feel fully realized and authentically human?

Is this a monologue rather than just a story, the distinction being that in a monologue, the speaker’s intention drives the language from beginning to end. The person speaking is speaking for a reason, beyond the simple telling of a story.

Does the monologue relate in some way to the theme of the festival, “Me and My Masks?” Please note: The festival theme is intentionally open-ended. You may use the word “mask” literally or figuratively. Please consider the festival theme to be a point of departure, provided as your inspiration for your own wholly original creation. There is no need to incorporate any specific words or language into your entry. Please remember: the best monologues are born of a specific character in a specific situation speaking to a specific person or group of people.

Selection and Public Presentation:

Twelve monologues will be selected for online presentation at the September 7th Festival Event. From these twelve, three prizes will be awarded: The Golden Mask, The Silver Mask and the Bronze Mask. A Special Prize for the Most Daring Monologue will also be announced at the event. Audience capacity at this Labor Day Zoom Event will be capped at 250. Monday, September 7th at 6PM, EDT via Zoom.

In the tradition of so many great playwrights who began as actors, you are strongly encouraged to perform your own monologue. However if you’re absolutely terrified of this, you may bring your favorite actor friend to perform it for you or if that’s not feasible either you may indicate that you prefer we cast your monologue. (If you choose to leave the casting to us, monologues will be assigned to seasoned professional actors who will work on the material alone. If you wish to give notes to your actor before the presentation on September 7th, you may request a private YouTube video of your actor reading the monologue after which you may email notes. But actors who are generously giving their time to this experiment will not be allowed to enter into a formal rehearsal process.)

The 12 Competition Finalists’ entries will be assembled into a PDF and will be distributed to university theatre departments and conservatory training programs.

Regardless of whether your submission is chosen for the Labor Day presentation, all writers are encouraged to submit a video recording of their entry. All writer-created videos will be posted on a designated YouTube channel along with a link to the writer’s website or agent/representative email.

If you submit a monologue to the competition you’re strongly encouraged to attend the Labor Day Festival.

If your monologue is selected as one of the 12 Competition Finalists, your attendance at the September 7th Premiere (held online via Zoom) is mandatory. Any writer failing to attend the September 7th event will forfeit their position as one of the 12 Competition Finalists.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 15, 2020, Noon, EST.

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