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Saturday, March 26, 2011

How do you write a good 10-minute play, Part 2

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NOTE: The three plays for this article were selected by Nancy McClernan based on recommendations by NYCPlaywrights members Bruce Barton, Alice Anne English, Michael Giorgio, and Diane Quinn. Thanks team.

Here are my guidelines for what works best in a ten-minute play.

  • Does the play pull me in right away?

  • There are only 10 minutes - the play has to pull you in right from the start.

  • Does the play surprise me?

  • If the play is about something I've heard a hundred times already, I'll be bored. Or if it unfolds in predictable ways, I will be bored.

  • Does the play make me laugh or well up? Or both?

  • Art must have an emotional impact.

  • Does the play have a dramatic struggle?

  • People sitting around bickering is not a dramatic struggle. So many people don't seem to understand that.

  • Does the play have vivid characters in compelling situations?

  • People sitting around bickering is not a compelling situation. Especially if the characters are called "man" and "woman." If the playwright can't be bothered to come up with a name for a character, it's usually a sign that the character is as generic as the label. This is especially true of a 10-minute play where you really don't have time for generic supporting characters.

  • Does the play show more than tell?

  • "Show, don't tell" has been said a million times and yet maybe about 20% of all the people who write plays - including lionized, famous playwrights - seem to get this.

  • Does the play blow my mind through sheer funky originality?

  • This is the Holy Grail of ten-minute plays. I've seen only a handful of ten-minute plays that have blown my mind. Here are three 10-minute plays that I believe work very well. Each play is available to download and read. Each play is copyrighted by its respective author and may not be printed or performed without the author's permission. (See the article page for links.)

    FORGET ME NOT by Myra Slotnick
    HOT APPLE PIE by Michael Jalbert

    These three plays are very different, but all balance dark subjects with humor: FORGET ME NOT covers serious subjects - old age, decay, bullying, suicide, leavened by sweetness and gentle humor; WE APPEAR TO HAVE COMPANY approaches catastrophic circumstances with absurdist humor; and HOT APPLE PIE is a darkly humorous look at violence and intolerance with a hopeful ending.

    FORGET ME NOT by Myra Slotnick

    In spite of its gentle humor, FORGET ME NOT has the most action of the three pieces under consideration. First the playwright sets the scene for actors and directors with a detail-filled opening stage directions:

    POPPY, an exuberant, yet mousy, 16 year old girl, with a flair for thrift-shop-chic, is, at once, listening to her IPOD and text-messaging on her cell phone as she swivels in her tall chair behind the counter...it is probable that a large wad of bubble gum is involved in the scenario. Enter IVY and ROSE, both in their 70's, respectfully; they are a spry pant-wearing duo. Ivy not so much guides Rose, as accompanies her in rather close fashion, from behind, as Rose is wearing quite conspicuous protective- sunglasses, yet is trying to manage on her own (thank you very much!). Poppy jumps up when she sees them.

    The opening dialog ensures that we know that Poppy is not only acquainted with the two women but has a playful affection for them.

    read the rest of the article here

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    seeking comedy sketches

    Frogs With Fangs, a new sketch comedy troupe in Columbus OH is seeking sketches to include in their monthly evening of comedy. Seeking 1 - 7 minute sketches, monologues, and songs, also interested in ongoing theme sketches that can be produced each month. Please email sketches to frogswithfangs@gmail.com

    Saturday, March 19, 2011

    Broom Street Theater 2012 Script Submissions

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    Accepted through 4/30; mail scripts/proposals to Heather Renken, c/o BST, 1119 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53704; or email ad@bstonline.org. 347-9738

    Broom Street Theater is currently seeking script submissions for its 2012 season.

    Broom Street is one of the nation's oldest continuous experimental theater companies and primarily produces original works by local playwrights.

    There are openings for seven new plays in the upcoming year. While there are no limitations as to style, length, or subject matter, Broom Street Theater is most interested in experimental works. We pride oursleves in doing all original never before seen work. We are also most interested in work that stretches the imagination beyond what we normally see on stage.

    Most of our plays are original, but we have occasionally performed scripts that have been done elsewhere or that are classics, but generally with a new interpretation. Submissions are not limited to local playwrights, but all else being equal we prefer to promote local, regional, or state writers.

    If interested, please send either a full script or a proposal to the theater's Artistic Director, Heather Renken. Deadline for submissions is April 30th, 2011.

    The plays will be reviewed in a blind reading by a selection committee. Please include a cover sheet with your personal information and how we may contact you. Please remove your name from all other pages.

    We will give 2-3 FIRST TIME OR NOVICE PLAYWRIGHTS the opportunity to participate in workshops and the possibility to have your work produced in the 2013 season. Please write on your play or proposal if you would like to be considered for this program.

    Scripts and proposals may be e-mailed to ad@bstonline.org or sent by mail to:

    Heather Renken, Artistic Director
    Broom Street Theater
    1119 Williamson Street
    Madison, WI 53704

    Along with the script or proposal, please indicate whether the author would also like to direct his/her own work or would prefer to have someone else direct.

    Purple Rose script submissions

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    The Purple Rose is dedicated to the development and production of new plays and emerging playwrights. We receive hundreds of synopses and inquiries each season, and our staff reviews each submission.

    If a synopsis submission shows promise for possible production, a full script will be requested. Each requested script is read by at least two of our readers, so a waiting period of seven to nine months for a response is not uncommon.
    Submission Guidelines

    At this time, we are accepting synopsis submissions only. Please do not send full scripts. Please note: the Purple Rose does will not accept, discuss or evaluate screenplays!
    Paper Submissions

    Please include:

    * a one-page synopsis of the script
    * a character breakdown
    * a 15 page dialogue sample
    * a self-addressed, stamped envelope

    Send your synopsis submission to:

    The Purple Rose Theatre Company
    ATTN: Script Submissions
    137 Park Street
    Chelsea, MI 48118

    Synopsis materials sent in hard copy are not returned.
    Electronic Submissions

    Please attach the following as text-only files:

    * a one-page synopsis of the script
    * a character breakdown
    * a fifteen-page dialogue sample

    Send your electronic submission, as well as any questions about our script development program, to artistic director Guy Sanville.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    First Run Theatre

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    First Run Theatre is now accepting script submissions for its Spectrum short play festival to be presented in October. The submission period is from March 15 to June 30 2011.

    The scripts should be unpublished unproduced short plays no less than ten minutes and no more than 20 minutes in length. Scripts can be submitted either as softcopy or hardcopy. Submitted scripts should not have the authors name or contact information in them. A separate sheet of contact information should be submitted with the script. All scripts should have a cover sheet, list of characters, and all pages numbered.

    The selected plays will be performed with acting boxes, limited props and limited costumes.

    Softcopy submission:
    MS Word, Adobe Acrobat, TXT, or RTF formats
    Emailed to info@firstruntheatre.com

    Hardcopy submission:
    Three printed copies of script
    One contact information sheet
    Mailed to First Run Theatre
    5215 Winona Ave.
    St. Louis MO 63109

    Finalists will be announced in July.

    Playscripts, Inc. submission guidelines

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    Playscripts, Inc. selects a wide variety of new plays for publication: short plays and full-length plays; comedies, dramas, and plays that defy genre; plays perfect for high schools, large professional theaters, or any number of other groups who want to create outstanding theater.

    Before you submit work to Playscripts, we strongly encourage you to visit our Playwright Services page and our Submissions FAQ for more detailed information about what we do.
    What To Do
    In deciding what to submit for Playscripts' consideration, please keep in mind that we are looking for certain kinds of plays in particular:
    If your play contains adult content, and is intended for adult audiences, then it must have already received at least one fully staged professional production with published reviews.
    If your play does not contain adult content, and could therefore be appropriate for high schools or middle schools, then prior productions and a large cast size are advantageous, but not required.
    You may submit any number of plays that fit what we are looking for.
    Submission rules
    # Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. For instructions on hard copy query letters, see the very bottom of this page.

    # Although we do publish and license musicals, the limitations of time and staff prevent us from accepting unsolicited musical submissions.

    # We do not accept screenplays.

    # Your play must not include material that you do not have permission to use.

    # Your play must not be previously published as part of an exclusive arrangement. (Note that most anthology and magazine publications are non-exclusive, and therefore do not pose a problem. If you are unsure, please contact us before submitting.)

    # Do not submit a play that is incomplete, unfinished, or a rough draft. Send us the entire completed play.

    # Playscripts has no problem with you submitting your play to other publishers simultaneously. If you receive a competing publication offer before hearing back from us, however, please let us know before signing a contract. This way we can expedite our evaluation, and you might be able to weigh more than one publication offer.

    # If you do decide to sign with another publisher while your play is still under consideration by Playscripts, you must let us know immediately, so that we do not waste resources evaluating a play that we cannot publish.

    # While we do not insist on one particular script format, your play should be clearly formatted and easily readable.

    # You do not need to register your play with the U.S. Copyright Office prior to submitting it. Playscripts will register any previously unregistered work in the event of publication. In any event, your work is automatically protected under copyright law from the moment you write it down.
    Hearing back from Playscripts
    Once you submit a play using the form below, we will contact you immediately via email to confirm that we have received it.

    Please do not follow up, unless you have a competing publication offer to report. While we may be able to expedite our decision in the event of a competing publication offer, other follow-up inquiries will not accelerate the evaluation process.

    The evaluation period lasts 3-6 months. Playscripts will always respond with a decision, either offering or declining to publish your play. If you haven't heard back from us after six months have elapsed, please let us know.

    Yale Drama Series competition

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    Yale University Press and Yale Repertory Theatre are seeking submissions for a major new playwriting competition, The Yale Drama Series. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Yale Rep. The winning play will be selected by series judge John Guare.

    There is no application form or entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

    1. This contest is restricted to plays in the English language, though submissions are accepted worldwide.

    2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Submissions must be original, full-length plays. Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.

    3. Plays that have had professional productions are not eligible.

    4. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), and page count; a second title page which lists the title of the play only; a list of characters; a list of acts and scenes; and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments.

    5. Plays must be typed/word-processed, numbered and in standard professional play format. A brief biography may appear at the end of the manuscript, but is not required.

    6. Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

    7. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per each year.

    Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

    Submissions for the 2012 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, and no later than August 15, 2011.

    Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. If you wish to be informed by June 2012 of the contest results, please include an email address on your title page.


    For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

    Yale Drama Series
    P.O. Box 209040
    New Haven, CT

    or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

    EMOS (Earth Matters on Stage)™ Ecodrama Playwrights Festival ~ 2012

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    We are looking for new plays that do one or more of the following:

    * Put an ecological issue or environmental event/crisis at the center of the dramatic action or theme of the play.
    * Expose and illuminate issues of environmental justice.
    * Explore the relationship between sustainability, community and cultural diversity.
    * Interpret “community” to include our ecological community, and/or give voice or “character” to the land, or elements of the land.
    * Theatrically explore the connection between people and place, human and non-human, and/or between culture and nature.
    * Grow out of the playwright’s personal relationship to the land and the ecology of a specific place.
    * Theatrically examine the reciprocal relationship between human, animal and plant communities.
    * Offer an imagined world view that illuminates our ecological condition or reflects on the ecological crisis from a unique cultural or philosophical perspective.
    * Critique or satirizes patterns of exploitation, consumption, or other ingrained values that are ecologically unsustainable.
    * Are written specifically to be performed in an unorthodox venue such as a natural or environmental setting, and for which that setting is a not merely a backdrop, but an integral part of the intention of the play.

    Submission Guidelines

    We are looking for new full-length plays that are written primarily in English (no ten-minute plays please; one-act plays are okay if 30+ minutes in length). Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above.

    1. All submissions should include a cover page with: the play’s title, the author’s name and contact information.
    2. Two blind copies of the FIRST 30 PAGES OF THE SCRIPT ONLY. Please do not put the author’s name on the script, only on the title page.
    3. A synopsis of the play and cast requirements.

    Submissions must be received by July 1, 2011 to:

    EMOS Festival/Theresa May, Artistic Director

    207 Villard Hall, Theatre Arts

    University of Oregon

    Eugene, OR 97403
    Deadline: July 1, 2011

    Early submission encouraged. / No electronic submissions please.

    Evaluation Process

    After reading the first 30 pages of all submitted plays, we will evaluate the submissions to reduce the size of the pool. We will then request two full paper copies be sent to us by Sept. 15, 2011. Winners will be selected from this smaller pool.

    Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions.

    If you still have a question, email: ecodrama@uoregon.edu.

    Theresa Rebeck on sexism in the theatre

    Thanks to Liz Kimberlin for sending the link to the Rebeck speech transcript. Excerpts from the address:

    The play is called The Butterfly Collection. I wrote it in 1999. It is about a family of artists, and the tensions that rise between the father, who is a successful novelist, and his two sons, one of whom is a struggling actor, and the other who is an antiques dealer. Tim Sanford at Playwrights Horizons fell in love with this play and said he would produce it in the fall of 2000, and he talked to the guys who run South Coast Rep and they read it and included it in the new play festival that spring, so that we had a chance to work on it out there. The workshop was great, and we were the hit of the festival... Nine separate regional theaters were circling to produce it. American theater magazine called my agent to ask for the script because they were interested in publishing it (in those cool inserts I was very excited I’ve always wanted one of those). Audiences were thrilled with the play. Lincoln Center Library was filming it for their collection.

    When the New York Times published its review it was not what anyone expected. The reviewer, who shall remain nameless, dismissed the play—which was about art and family—as a feminist diatribe. He accused me of having a thinly veiled man-hating agenda, and in a truly bizarre paragraph at the end of the review, he expressed sympathy to the director because he had to work with someone as hideous as me.

    The review was horrible and personal and projected all sorts of terrible things on me. I was shocked, a lot of people were shocked. And there was real outcry in the community. A lot of letters were written to the Times—someone told me it was sixty letters, which I don’t know how anyone would know that but it made me feel better, even though none of them were published... Everybody knew that that was a crazy misogynistic review. But no one would produce the play. Ever again. And you should know that many people consider it my best play. Still.

    This is what happened to me in the months after that.

    –People couldn’t get over it. For about a year and a half, I had people come up to me at least once a week and this is what the conversation would be:

    NICE PERSON: Hi Theresa, how are you? I saw the Butterfly Collection! Wow it was so beautiful! What a great evening of theater!

    THERESA: Thank you.

    NICE PERSON: That review was crazy! So misogynistic! Wow, how could he write something like that?

    And then this nice person would go on and on and on about that crazy misogynistic review, so I got to live through it all over again...

    This is another thing that happened: A whole lot of people decided I should change my identity. This is the conversation I had with other well meaning people:

    NICE PERSON: You know Theresa everybody knows that your work is terrific but the New York critics don’t like you personally.

    THERESA: How can they not like me personally? They don’t know me!

    NICE PERSON: Hey! We love you. But you know what you should do? You should produce your plays under a male pseudonym.

    THERESA: You mean, I should pretend to be a man?

    NICE PERSON: That’s right. That’s the only way they will accept you. Or the plays! They would like your plays, if only you hadn’t written them!

    Okay I know that sounds crazy but I swear I had that conversation at least a dozen times. Arthur Kopit, who really is great and I love him, thought this was a hilarious idea and he had a lot of fun figuring out for me how I would pull that off, becoming a man. We never went as far as surgery but there were lots of other clever ideas about how what I might do to trick people into thinking I was a man, which is what I needed to do, to make my identity acceptable.

    This is another thing that happened to me: One of my friends who was a producer in New York told me that this was all a sign, that I was being told by the Times that I am not welcome in New York and I should think of something else to do with my life.

    This is another thing that happened: A close friend of mine who is a theater director started screaming at me in restaurants and he told me I wasn’t an artist.

    This is another thing that happened to me: My agent said, you know Theresa, how you’ve always wanted to write a novel? Maybe you should do that. Which is not necessarily bad advice, but it’s also not particularly advice you want to hear from your THEATRE AGENT. He also told me that my next two plays, Omnium Gatherum and Bad Dates, were unproduce-able and that he couldn’t represent them...

    The entire piece at Women and Hollywood.

    If Rebeck decides to use a male pseudonym, I suggest "Adam Rapp."

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Metropolitan Playhouse still seeking submissions

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    Metropolitan Playhouse still seeking submissions
    to the 2011 East Village Theater Festival

    Submission Deadline Extended: April 1, 2011
    Festival Run: June 6 – 25, 2011

    Metropolitan Playhouse, devoted to exploring America’s cultural legacy through theater, is accepting submissions for inclusion in its 7th annual East Village Chronicles, presenting new one-act plays that celebrate and explore the varied history and eclectic culture that have defined Manhattan's Lower East Side (in all its permutations). Submission guidelines are available at Metropolitan’s website: www.metropolitanplayhouse.org/EVC7guidelines

    The East Village Chronicles are part of the The East Village Theater Festival, an annual series of brand new short works that celebrate the history and people of the theater’s neighborhood. The festival runs for three weeks each June; each play is performed 6 times in repertory with the others over the run. This year’s festival seeks plays exploring stereotypes in East Village/Lower East Side history and culture.

    New plays never before performed in New York
    One act plays of 10 – 30 minutes length.
    4 actors maximum
    Set in and related to the East Village/Lower East Side of Manhattan any time from pre-colonial days to the future.

    Metropolitan Playhouse is in its 19th season, devoted to the theme of Stereotypes in American theater and culture. The Playhouse explores America’s theatrical heritage through forgotten plays of the past and new plays of American historical and cultural moment. Called an “indispensible East Village institution” by nytheatre.com, Metropolitan has earned accolades from The New York Times, The Village Voice, Backstage and nytheater.com for its ongoing productions that illuminate who we are by revealing where we have come from. Recent productions include Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Drunkard, Dodsworth, NYIT awards winner The Return of Peter Grimm, Under the Gaslight, The Contrast as well as the Alphabet City and East Village Chronicles series.

    More information: www.metropolitanplayhouse.org, or call 212 995 8410.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    The Well Theater Group in New York is actively seeking new and sparsely produced plays

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    The Well Theater Group in New York is actively seeking new and sparsely produced plays by writers of all backgrounds and stripes. No requirements, no criteria, no rules. There is, however, a deadline, as we're considering plays for upcoming readings and our summer production. There are no fees, and there will be modest compensation for work that we end up producing. Please send plays -- even if they're not fully finished -- by April 15th via email to wellsubmissions@gmail.com, or via snail mail to:

    The Well Theater
    c/o Literary Manager
    206 East 6th St.
    New York, NY 10003


    NYCPlaywrights member Wayne Paul Mattingly's play THE BALLAD OF LULU AND DAD, directed by Heather Cohn with David Crommett and NYCP's Quinn Warren, will be performed as part of Artistic New Directions 4th Annual Eclectic Short Works Festival, Mar. 25 thru April 3 @ Shetler Studios (54th & Broadway), NYC.

    Info: http://www.artisticnewdirections.org/performances.html
    Wayne's web site: www.waynepaulmattingly.com

    Sunday, March 13, 2011

    NativeAliens Theatre Collective’s 12th Annual Short Stories Short Play Festival

    http://www.nativealiens.org/id67.htmlweb site

    Deadline April 1, 2011

    Thank you for your interest in submitting for NativeAliens Theatre Collective’s 12th Annual Short Stories Short Play Festival, Our committee is accepting submission of short Ten Minute plays that depict life from a Gay and Lesbian perspective. After plays are selected they will be produced as part of the Short Play festival in New York City in June, 2011.

    Submissions should:

    •Have a maximum performance time of ten minutes

    •Be typed double-spaced in 10 pt. or larger font

    •Be original works for which the applicant holds all rights

    •Be written with from the perspective of the Gay and Lesbian life experience.

    •Due to the anonymous nature of play selection, contain playwright’s name on title page ONLY

    •Be emailed as either Word or PDF files to natc.shortstories@gmail.com

    •Include your contact information as a separate attachement.

    •Be postmarked or received via email by April 1st, 2011

    TheatreWorks Silicon Valley script submission policy

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    TheatreWorks welcomes script submissions to our mainstage season as well as our New Works Initiative. We look for well-written, well-constructed plays that celebrate the human spirit, speak to our diverse community, and advance the art of the American theatre.

    We are especially interested in plays with multi-ethnic casting possibilities. We place no limit on the number of cast members required. To get a better sense of the types of plays we produce please look at our production history as well as our New Works Festival history.

    If you have an agent, please send or have your agent send your script (and demo cd for musicals).

    If you do not have an agent, please send us a query packet that contains an SASE for a response letter, short synopsis, production history for the play, your playwriting resume, a sample of 10-15 pages of the script, and demo cd for musicals. We will respond to query packets within 1 month of receipt.

    Materials sent without a return envelope with sufficient postage will be recycled. We respond to full submissions within 6 months.

    Send all materials to:

    Meredith McDonough
    TheatreWorks New Works Initiative
    PO Box 50458
    Palo Alto, CA 94303

    or for UPS, Fedex, and other services:

    1100 Hamilton Court
    Menlo Park, CA 94025

    Script Submissions - Nora Theatre Company/Underground Railway Theater

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    The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater currently accept script submissions from both playwrights and agents. We encourage you to learn more about the two companies’ missions and production histories to determine the best match for your work. Please submit full scripts with a cover letter, production/development history, clear cast breakdown, and playwright’s biography. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, please allow for at least a six month reading period, after which a member of the artistic staff will respond if there is further interest.

    Central Square Theater
    Attn: Script Submissions
    450 Massachusetts Ave.
    Cambridge, MA 02139

    Saturday, March 12, 2011

    Announcement: the plays selected for SHARE YOUR EXCELLENT 10-MINUTE PLAY WITH THE WORLD

    The following three plays have been selected in response to the call for plays posted on this blog as Share Your Excellent 10-Minute Play with the World.

    These plays will be included in the article "How do you write a good 10-minute play? - part 2" which will be posted to this web site on Sunday, March 27, 2011.

    FORGET-ME-NOT by Myra Slotnick
    HOT APPLE PIE by Michael Jalbert

    We received 85 submissions - thanks to all who sent their plays. Not being selected doesn't necessarily mean your play is not excellent - but we could only pick three.

    Thanks to Bruce Barton, Alice Anne English, Mike Giorgio and Diane Quinn - their recommendations were used to select the three winning plays.

    Also thanks to those who participated in the script-in-hand readings to help the judges get a better feel for the work through hearing them performed aloud - Bruce, Alice Anne, Mike and Diane, as well as Allan Brown, Sue Chmielarz, Mike Durell, David Lamberton, Clem McIntosh, Carolyn Paine, Doug Rossi and Linda Sanders.

    Friday, March 11, 2011

    North Park Playwright Festival

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    Submission Guidelines

    We are looking for:

    1. Short new plays (no more that 15 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people. Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival. We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival. We don't have space for large casts.

    2. We request new work. A play that has had workshops or one or two previous productions is OK, but we are not interested in work that has been produced in numerous other places. Our goal in building the theater was to have a place to produce brand new work and let playwrights have a chance to see their work done for the first time.

    3. We seek complete plays rather than excerpts from a larger work.

    4. Work will be chosen by the directors we have in the festival. It is not a "contest" and we are not really judging plays in the formal sense. The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them.

    5. Most subject matter is OK. We don't mind controversial issues, etc., but we don't do nudity.

    6. We ask that all submissions be sent to us via snail mail at the theater. Address is: North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn Summer Golden, Artistic Director. We have too much trouble with differing email, word processing, and computer platform issues to take them via email. Additionally, our selection process requires the directors read the plays submitted and the cost of printing all the plays we receive each year is prohibitive. Please insure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form. There is no charge to enter.

    7. Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2011. Please do not send plays by registered or certified mail. We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

    8. Send only one script. Multiple submissions do not increase chances of production.

    General information:

    We are trying to support new work and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels. We have had a wide variety of artists involved from very experienced to first time directors and actors, to an 8 year old playwright (very short, well received play). We feel having a wide range of experience involved helps the new people learn from the more experienced.

    We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

    Jeff Bushnell and Summer Golden
    North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe
    2031 El Cajon Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92104

    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    submissions wanted for new NYCPlaywrights project - 10-minute Play of the Month

    NYCPlaywrights announces a new project - the 10-minute Play of the Month

    NYCPlaywrights attempts to employ multi-media and Internet technologies in the cause of playwriting and theatre. Each month NYCPlaywrights will invite playwrights to submit a ten minute play on a theme - a different theme each month.

    (Except July & August when NYCPlaywrights is on hiatus.)

    One play is selected from the submissions for that month and NYCPlaywrights video-records a reading of the play. The play will be posted on the NYCPlaywrights web site.

    For more details about the play of the month project go to this page on the site: play of the month or click the tab at the top of this web page.

    Since the NYCPlaywrights web site is viewed by 2,000 unique visitors per month, there is the potential for many more people to see a reading-performance of the play than at a typical 10-minute play festival.

    10-Minute Play of the Month: APRIL 2011
    Theme: Shakespeare
    Since April is the birthday month of William Shakespeare, the play selected must have some connection or reference to the life and/or work of Shakespeare.

    Deadline: April 3, 2011, 11:59 PM

    1. Send only one ten minute play per author to info@nycplaywrights.org.

    2. The script submission should be sent by email, with the play itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or .pdf.

    3. The script should be in standard playscript format. If you are not sure what that is, see this page on the NYCPlaywrights web site:


    Plays that are not in standard format will be rejected immediately.

    4. Make sure you have your name and your email address on the title page of the script.

    5. Plays can be from anybody, anywhere in the world, but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.)

    6. There is no fee for submission - and no payment given for the plays selected. Do not send a submission if you are expecting monetary compensation.

    7. The NYCPlaywrights selection decision is final and NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no plays from those submitted.

    8. The selected play will be videotaped as a reading during an NYCPlaywrights meeting and posted shortly after, during the month of April.

    9. The playwright will be asked to review the video recording before it is made public.

    10. The video recording of the play reading will be posted to the NYCPlaywrights YouTube account and from there embedded into the NYCPlaywrights blog. The embedded section may be an excerpt of the play reading rather than the entire reading.

    Any questions email Nancy at info@nycplaywrights.org

    Saturday, March 5, 2011

    The Sky Cooper/Marin Theatre Company New American Play Prize

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    Norton J. “Sky” Cooper established the New American Play Prize at Marin Theatre Company in 2007 to celebrate the work of the American playwright and to encourage the creation of bold, powerful new voices and plays for the American stage. The Sky Cooper Prize will be awarded annually to either an established or emerging playwright for an outstanding new work. The play selected as the Sky Cooper winner will receive a full production at Marin Theatre Company as part of the theatre’s annual season and will be given regional and national promotion. In addition, the playwright receives a $10,000 award, as well as travel and accommodations for the MTC rehearsal period.

    Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, etc. Musicals, translations, individual one-acts, and any play previously submitted for the Sky Cooper or David Calicchio Prizes are not eligible. Collaborations are welcome, in which case prize benefits are shared. Plays may not have received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production are still eligible. Playwrights must be citizens of the United States. Playwrights with past production experience are especially encouraged to submit new work. Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year. If you are eligible for the David Calicchio Award you may submit the same play for both prizes.

    Submission is a two-phase process.
    Phase I: Submit a two-page maximum abstract of the play including title, character breakdown, brief story synopsis and playwright bio or resume. Also include 10 pages of consecutive sample dialogue. Do not send videos or CDs. Literary agents may submit full scripts of their client’s work. All abstracts and dialogue samples will be read. From these, selected manuscripts will be solicited for Phase II by October 1. Due to the high number of submissions, not every playwright will receive a response to their Phase 1 submission. Do not send a manuscript with or instead of the abstract. Unsolicited manuscripts will not be read. Due to the high number of submissions we cannot return any materials. If you would like notification that your submission was received, please send it with a SASP. Electronic submissions are accepted in Word or PDF format only and paper copies must also be sent to MTC if requested. Please NO PHONE OR EMAIL inquiries.
    Phase II: All manuscripts that have been solicited after Phase I will be read. Manuscripts should be neatly typed, securely bound and have the playwright’s name, contact address and phone number clearly visible on the front page. No solicited manuscript will be returned without a self-addressed, stamped envelope with adequate postage.

    All final selections are made by Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director of Marin Theatre Company.

    Submissions are accepted between April 1 and August 31 (postmarked).

    Address all submissions to:
    The Sky Cooper/Marin Theatre Company New American Play Prize
    Marin Theatre Company
    397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
    Or electronically to skycooper@marintheatre.org

    seeking writers of middle-eastern descent for submissions

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    *Noor Theatre* announces a general call for submissions of new plays by writers of Middle-Eastern descent.

    Submissions will be considered for upcoming programming including the fall reading series, *Highlight*, as well as possible special events, workshops and commissions.

    *Submission Guidelines*:
    We are accepting full-length plays previously unproduced in New York City;

    We are interested the various perspectives of writers of Middle-Eastern descent, whether the plays are Middle-Eastern themed or otherwise.

    Please include the following with each submission: a bio and/or resume, production or development history if applicable;

    for non-agent submissions, a letter of recommendation from a theatre professional.

    The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2011.

    In an effort to be ecologically responsible, Noor Theatre accepts scripts with all materials in one email to nancy@noortheatre.org.

    Scripts with all attachments may also be mailed to the address below; please note, they will not be returned:

    Noor Theatre
    PO Box 1063
    New York, NY 10276

    Noor Theatre is dedicated to supporting, developing and producing the work of theatre artists of Middle-Eastern descent.

    For more information about Noor Theatre, please visit www.noortheatre.org.

    Reva Shiner Comedy Award - No fee for Dramatists Guild members

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    Reva Shiner Comedy Award

    We are currently accepting submissions for the 2012-13 Reva Shiner Comedy Award (deadline Oct. 31, 2011). The top 10 finalists of the 2011-12 Reva Shiner Comedy Award will be announced at the end of May with the winner announced in June.

    The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize ($1,000), a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project's Mainstage season, and travel expenses up to $300. Previous winners have gone on to enjoy productions around the world and to garner additional honors such as the National Play Award. Past winners of the award include Lynda Martens, Johnna Adams, Terri Wagener, Sarah Treem, Buzz McLaughlin, Janet Burroway, Jamie Pachino, Itamar Moses, Judy Sheehan, and Alan Brody.

    The Bloomington Playwrights Project is a not-for-profit theatre with non-Equity performers. The theatre is a black box with 90 seats. Because the BPP is a script-developing organization, winning playwrights are expected to become part of the development process, working with the director in person or via long-distance.

    Each winning play receives a staged reading early in the development process. This staged reading is open to the public and the playwright is encouraged to attend. The winning play receives a production during the Mainstage season following the selection; the winning playwright receives $1,000.00.

    Rules and Submission Guidelines

    GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION (subject to change):

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

    2. Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.

    3. Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.

    4. Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Make check payable to "BPP". Agent submissions require no fee.
    The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card.

    5. It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

    6. We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned.

    7. The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production. These instances are rare but can and do occur.

    8. Send to:
    Reva Shiner Comedy Award
    Bloomington Playwrights Project
    107 W. 9th Street
    Bloomington, IN 47404

    9. Scripts must be postmarked by Octobery 31, 2011, and received no later than November 10, 2011. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.

    10. For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org

    HotCity Theatre of St. Louis announces a call for submissions

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    HotCity Theatre of St. Louis announces a call for submissions for the sixth annual GreenHouse New Play Festival, to be held in November of 2011.

    Three plays will be selected for the Festival. These plays will receive a week-long (November 13-21) workshop with director, dramaturg and professional actors. The workshop will culminate in a public reading followed by audience response sessions. HotCity artistic staff will then select one script for a fully produced world premiere as part of the company’s 2012 mainstage season.

    HotCity Theatre is pleased to welcome back dramaturg Liz Engelman as festival dramaturg for 2011.

    Eligible submissions must meet the following criteria:

    * Received after January 1, 2011 and no later than April 1, 2011
    * Require a maximum of six actors
    * Running time of between 75 and 120 minutes
    * Never before published
    * Never before professionally produced, no pending productions.

    Submissions must include:

    * One-page cover including plot synopsis, reading/production history
    * Cast requirements
    * Technical requirements (special or unusual set, lighting, costuming, sound, prop requirements)
    * A ten-page sample from the script.

    All requested information must be formatted into a SINGLE attached Word Document. Scans or pdfs will not be considered. Do not send entire text.

    Submissions should be sent via email to: submissions@hotcitytheatre.org

    Approximately 20 plays will be selected as semi-finalists at which time full scripts will be requested. To be selected, playwrights must be able to attend the entire festival and workshop week, which begins on the Sunday prior to the festival weekend. HotCity Theatre offers playwrights travel and lodging for the Festival.

    Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

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    Play Submission Guidelines:

    Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright (currently living in the Appalachian Mountains which, for our purposes, run from New York State to Alabama)
    OR the plays must contain Appalachian settings and themes.

    Full-length plays are preferred. Please submit the full script and an SASE if you wish your play returned. No E-mail submissions, please.

    The writers of the selected plays will be provided with housing and transportation in order to attend the reading of their play.

    The playwrights of the six selected plays will each receive $250 plus transportation and housing for two nights (the day before and the day of the reading).

    The winner of the AFPP will receive $500 and second place will receive $250.

    Plays must be received by March 31, 2011. Plays may be sent to address below.

    For more information, contact:
    Nicholas Piper
    Director, Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
    P.O. Box 867
    Abingdon, VA 24212

    Mike D in

    NYCPlaywrights member Mike Durell appears in FADE TO BLACK one of two one-act plays by Chuck Orsland to be performed at STUDIOS 353 353 West 48th St. (between 8th & 9th Ave./closer to 9th), 2nd Floor, NYC, March 11, 18, 25 @ 7 p.m.
    $18 Cash Only - Call 646-842-2279 or email hailmaryplays@yahoo.com for Reservations.

    Friday, March 4, 2011

    Lebanon Community Theatre Playwriting contest

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    Aspiring playwrights of all ages and experience are invited to submit scripts for LCT's 13 th annual play writing contest.

    Plays will be judged on content, dialogue, ingenuity, use of theme, and ability to be staged. Plays with special effects, lighting or elaborate sets can not be produced.

    Previous years' winning plays came from throughout Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic area, and from across the United States and Canada.

    The authors will maintain all literary rights to their own material.

    All winning plays will be presented on the LCT stage on August 11, 12, 13, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. and at a Sunday matinee on August 14, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.

    For further information call: Mary Lou Kelsey at (717) 274-0787
    or send an e-mail message to contest@lct.cc

    LCT's Play Writing Contest Committee and the LCT Artistic Board will judge the entries. The winners will be notified by letter near the end of June, 2011.
    Each winner will receive:

    a) a $100 cash prize; and

    b) one season ticket for LCT's 2012 season for local winners; and

    c) each of the winning plays will be performed on the LCT stage; and

    d) each playwright may direct and cast their own play if they wish. Playwright directors will
    be assisted by committee members; and

    e) a DVD of the production of the winning plays.

    All plays submitted should center on a common theme, idea or concept.
    This year's theme is:


    Charade - noun

    * an absurd pretence intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance: talk of unity was nothing more than a charade
    * (charades) a game in which players guess a word or phrase from a written or acted clue given for each syllable and for the whole item

    The title of our production will be "Sounds like... Charade".

    All plays submitted must be the original work of the author and must comply with guidelines of length and appropriateness for community theatre audiences.

    Plays not on theme or not written for this contest will not be judged.

    Plays should be at least 10 minutes long, but must not exceed 20 minutes of production time.

    Plays should have no more than three scenes using limited sets, props and costumes. Only simple on-off or fade lighting will be considered. The cast of characters must be at least two, but should not exceed eight.

    Playwrights should keep in mind that they are writing for the stage and not television or film, and must use dialogue, not stage directions, to develop their play.

    There is no limit to the number of plays each person can submit.

    Please submit two copies of your play. Submissions should be typed and double-spaced on one side only. Both copies should be unbound and stapled on the top left corner.
    Do not use any covers. Use a simple font such as Times New Roman or Courier.

    All plays must be submitted by April 30, 2011 and must include on the title page a short paragraph stating how your play makes use of the theme.

    Mail your plays to:


    P.O Box 592

    Lebanon, Pa 17042

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    Afghan Women's Writing Project

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    Today, the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) launches a new global theatrical initiative designed to amplify Afghan women’s voices and bring their stories to an ever-expanding audience. A new website, www.AWWPPresents.org, will serve as headquarters for the initiative, which will promote and support professional theater performances, small venue readings, private home events, and a school performance program geared for middle schools, high schools, and universities. Through the AWWP, professional American writers teach secure online writing workshops to women in Afghanistan, many of whom participate in secret, concealing laptops under burqas or walking hours through Taliban territory to upload their poetry. Their finished work is published at AWWProject.org. Last year, the AWWP produced two major theatrical events based on this work, in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, with participants’ readings read by prominent stage actors.
    "We have always believed that the work of our women writers was a natural fit for live performances, whether intimate living-room readings or full theatrical productions. As we witnessed in our 2010 events, AWWP participants write hopeful, harrowing, stories that translate visually and powerfully to the stage. Hearing and seeing these words performed or read moves listeners to tears and stirs everyone's passion for the fight for human rights,” says AWWP creative director Jeff Lyons.

    Run by volunteers in the U.S. and Kabul, the AWWP was founded in 2009 by award-winning writer Masha Hamilton. Its goal is to give Afghan women a direct voice, not filtered through male relatives or the media. In 2010, the AWWP was honored by the New York State Division of Human Rights. The AWWP believes that the right to tell one’s story aloud is a human right. For more information, please visit www.awwppresents.org or contact lynn@awwproject.org.A

    Monday, February 28, 2011


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    Spare Change Theater is excited to announce its first In a New York Minute playwriting competition in 2011. The festival will be on April 29th and 30th. This play competition will be a showdown of original plays with a length of around sixty seconds. The evening will consist of up to 30 plays competing for various prizes. Like a sports competition... this event will include a qualifying round, quarter finals, semi finals, and the final face-off for the top prize. The winning plays to be decided by the roar of the crowd. We will award cash prizes and the chance for a free space to read your full length play.

    There is NO SUBMISSION FEE. We want this to be an opportunity for you to get exposure and even earn a little money if your play is a winner.

    Deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 27th .

    Important. Please have your one minute plays submitted with the following information. You can submit up to 5 plays.

    Name: Address: Phone #: Cell #: Email:

    Please submit to plays@sparechangetheater.com

    By emailing your play, you certify that you give Spare Change Theater permission to produce all plays in their New York Minute Playwriting Competition. You understand that the play must be under one minute and that all cuts or other changes must be made and/or approved by the playwright. If your play or plays are chosen, we will notify you by Wednesday, August 17th.

    Sunday, February 27, 2011

    Inaugural Ohio State University - Newark New Play Contest

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    Rules and information:

    1. The contest is open to anyone, anywhere; plays must be written in English.
    2. Plays must be unproduced and unpublished, up to and including the contest deadline.
    3. Please use the standard playwriting format for manuscripts.
    4. Playwrites may submit as many manuscripts as they like; however, each entry must be in a separate envelope. Please make sure that each manuscript does not contain your name anywhere, but do include your name on a separate piece of paper, along with ful contact information, including an email address. (This is to ensure that judging is blind.) Electronic submissions are not allowed.
    5. Plays are to be full-length words; a collection of short plays is not an acceptable substitute.
    6. There are no restrictions on cast size or subject matter.
    7. The absolute deadline for submissions to be received is June 30, 2011. Winners will be announced on or before September 1, 2011.
    8. Third prize is $100, and second prize is $300. The first prize winner will receive $500, and the first-prize play will be given a staged reading during the first six months of 2012, on a date to be selected. The playwright is welcome to attend; regrettably, OSU-Newark cannot defray expenses.
    9. In addition to the prize winners, there will be an indeterminate number of honorable mentions, designated by a certificate.
    10. Winners will be notified by individual emails; unsuccessful candidates will receive a mass email.
    11. Following the contest, all manuscripts except the first-prize winner will be shredded.
    12. Send all manuscripts to:

      Dave Williams, Associate Professor
      Ohio State Newark New Play Contest
      192 LeFevre Hall
      The Ohio State University-Newark
      Newark, OH 43055
    13. If you have questions, please contact Dave Williams at williams.1342 at osu.edu

    10-minute sci-fi plays wanted

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    Hobo Junction seeks 10-minute comedic works. They must be original, creative, fresh and above all, ridiculous. We celebrate new comedy so all submissions must be works that make you laugh. Don’t worry about us, we laugh at everything.

    All information and questions should be sent to: HoboJunction@sbcglobal.net
    (Please put “PLAYWRIGHT” in the Subject)

    Pieces should be 7-10 page original COMEDIC works WITH A SCIENCE FICTION THEME. Any play over 15 pages will not be considered! All submissions are due by March 7. A committee will review all submissions and narrow it down to 9 to 10 plays and on March 11, the selected plays will be given to 8 directors to decide the 8 works to be performed in the festival.


    Friday, February 25, 2011

    Goshen College Peace Play

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    Department of Theater Peace Play
    One Act play

    * 1st Place : $500, production, room and board to attend rehearsals and/or production.
    * 2nd Place : $100, possible production.


    One submission per writer, unproduced submission preferred, 15-50 minutes in length, exploring a contemporary peace theme (broadly defined).
    Submission procedure

    * Script
    * Paragraph synopsis including why you feel this work is a Peace Play
    * Resumé
    * Put your name on cover page only
    * Use only a clip or binder clamp, no staples, folders or binders please


    Postmarked by December 31, 2011

    June 30, 2012

    Please send submissions to:
    Doug L. Caskey
    Director of Theater
    1700 S. Main St.
    Goshen, IN 4626
    Phone: 574-535-7393

    Thanks for your interest.

    call for submissions - must travel to San Diego

    American International Theater (www.aitheater.org) and Jamul Haven Bed and Breakfast (www.jamulhaven.com) are continuing their monthly play reading series. Free readings are open to the public and held on the first Saturday of each month. Jamul Haven provides a light dinner at 4:30, followed by the reading at 5:15, then a discussion with the playwright and dessert. Plays may be any length, but the playwright must attend the reading in San Diego at their own expense. Jamul Haven offers the playwright a 50% discount on their room if the elect to spend the night at the B&B.

    Email submissions to William at aitheater.org, along with a brief playwright bio.

    Aporia Theater is accepting submissions

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    Aporia Theater is accepting submissions of one act plays, less than 45 minutes in length, for actors under 35 to be performed this spring. More information on our company is available on the web site.

    Aporia recently produced Follow Me Down at The Flea.

    Send your submission as a PDF by March 15th to aporiatheater@gmail.com with a cover note. Please title your file with your last name and be sure to include a detailed cast list with ages of each character. Scripts must be under 45 minutes long, and must not have any characters over 35 years old. Please do not send scripts that do not fit the requirements.

    Sunday, February 20, 2011

    Waiting for...

    Waiting for Elmo

    Waiting for Godot

    Stagecrafters call for scripts


    Stagecrafters is soliciting unpublished, short (10-15 minute) plays for the Seventh Annual New Works Play Festival. Play material is limited to adult drama and comedy pieces. No musicals or children’s plays will be considered. Playwrights can submit their script per the guidelines at the link below. One script per author. Submissions must be received by midnight on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

    The guidelines and application below are in a PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. If you do not have this software, you may download it free of charge at www.adobe.com. If you prefer to work in a WORD document, the application is also available in this format as well.

    more information on the web site

    Indiana Repertory Theatre submission guidelines

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    Submitting a Script to the IRT for Production Consideration

    The Indiana Repertory Theatre is committed to producing new work onboth stages. Please submit your script through a literary agent, or by e-mail accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a theatre-professional (an artistic director or literary manager at a professional or university theatre). Scripts sent electronically (rroberts@irtlive.com)are preferred. If this is not possible, please submit a letter of inquiry, along with a brief synopsis of the play and ten pages of sample dialogue.

    * Submission procedure: no unsolicited scripts; send synopsis with resume via e-mail to the theatre's dramaturg, Richard Roberts (rroberts@irtlive.com).
    * Types of material: full-length plays, translations, adaptations, solo pieces.
    * Special interests: adaptations of classic literature; plays that explore cultural/ethnic issues with a Midwestern voice.
    * Facilities: OneAmerica Stage, 610 seats, modified proscenium stage; Upperstage, 314 seats, thrust stage.
    * Production considerations: cast limit of 8-10.
    * Best submission time: year-round (season chosen by February each year).
    * Response time: 6 months.
    * Commissions: The IRT employs a playwright-in-residence from whom the majority of our new work is commissioned. We occasionally place other subject-specific commissions.

    Send inquiries or e-mail your script to:
    Richard Roberts
    Indiana Repertory Theatre
    140 West Washington
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

    Friday, February 18, 2011

    Kids with Guns - call for submissions

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    Call for Submissions 2012

    Kids with Guns is looking for new plays and musicals to produce in the 2012 season! We are a collaborative production company who partners with emerging playwrights to create and present new works in New York City.
    How do we choose work?

    Our curatorial process renews each year with a call for script submissions that we distribute to our own network of artists, along with many NYC-based writers programs. Last year, 80 emerging playwrights submitted excerpts from their unproduced full-length plays. Our literary team reads these excerpts, then in late spring we request full-length scripts from authors whose work resonates with us most.

    Throughout the rest of the calendar year, our literary team reads these full submissions and attends workshops and readings around New York City to familiarize ourselves with these new voices. In the 4th quarter of the year, we interview the finalists and select a project for the following season.
    What kind of plays or musicals are you looking for?

    The answer to this question evolves over time, but we can tell you a few of the deciding factors that made us pick Anna Moench and her play, The Pillow Book for our 2011 season:

    The play itself is startlingly different from anything else we read. On the surface it’s a simple story about a modern couple deciding whether or not to have a child. Almost immediately, however, the script’s unusual narrative structure takes you on an adventure that spans time and geography: an Upper West Side Apartment, a hospital waiting room years ago, the Sahara, a mountain in Colorado, and so forth. The characters dutifully maintain their integrity while their life circumstances make epic shifts. And despite its ambitious narrative style, the script is economically written, the characters and their stories have clear arcs, and the story ends as simply and perfectly as it begins.

    From a production point of view, we saw opportunities for choreography, a set that creates itself on stage, and a score composed especially for this project. In essence, all opportunities to challenge ourselves and our favorite collaborators to try something completely new.

    And finally, we picked Anna’s play as much as we picked her as a playwright with whom we hope to have a long-term relationship. We’ve seen and read her work; we love it; and we have every reason to believe she will enjoy a long and prosperous career in theater.
    Let’s get down to brass tacks

    Playwrights may only enter one play for consideration for our 2012 season. Format all written materials as PDF documents with 1-inch borders, 12pt font.

    Format your files carefully using the following guidelines:

    Script/book excerpt

    * Must include a title page
    * Must be formatted using a 12pt font with 1-inch borders on all 4 sides
    * Must include 10 pages or less of script/book/lyrics. So, your document page count will total 11 when including your title page
    * We prefer PDF documents, but accept .doc, .docx, and .rtf files as well
    * Very important! Name your document using the following format. Note that the marks between words are hyphens, not underscores. (If your document is not a PDF file, please substitute the appropriate extension): Your-Name-Play-Title-10p.pdf


    * Must be formatted using a 12pt font with 1-inch borders on all 4 sides
    * Must be only 1 page in length
    * Again, we prefer PDF documents, but accept .doc, .docx, and .rtf files as well
    * Name your file using the following format: Your-Name-cv.pdf

    MP3 files (musicals only)

    * Must be in .mp3 format
    * Must be 6MB or less (Try saving the file at a lower quality setting if it’s too big)
    * Name your file using the following format: Your-Name-Name-Of-Song.mp3

    Please fill out the form below and click “Submit” by 11:59pm EST Sunday, March 13, 2011.

    In the meantime, get to know us better here:

    We encourage questions. Email us at inquiries [at] kidswithguns.com, especially if you experience any technical difficulty.

    Q: Do you only produce works by NYC-based writers?
    A: So far, yes, but we’re excited to break that pattern!

    Q: Can I submit the same play I sent last year?
    A: We would definitely prefer to read something new!

    Q: How many plays can I submit?
    A: Just one.

    Q: Any cast size limitations?
    A: Nope. We think larger casts are more fun, but we’ve done small casts, too!

    Q: Do you do musicals?
    A: We want to! If you have a completed musical you’d like to submit for consideration, please upload a 10 page excerpt of book and/or lyrics and an mp3 of a recorded song using the form below

    Q: What do you mean by “new” plays/musicals?
    A: We’re looking for plays and musicals which have not already enjoyed a full production, though staged readings are okay. Please submit only completed works. Works in progress will not be considered at this time.

    Q: What constitutes a full-length play/musical?
    A: Gosh. Not less than 60 pages, right?

    Q: How do make sure I’m the first to know about Kids with Guns goings-on in the future?
    A: That’s easy! Join our mailing list, friend us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter

    THE SLASH tonight

    N. G. McClernan's THE SLASH will be performed tonight at 9PM at the Payan theatre at Roy Arias studios, 300 W. 43rd Street, with NYCPlaywrights members Amanda Thickpenny, Carolyn Paine, Mike Durell and Abe Lebovic.

    More information at Mergatroyd Productions

    A short video clip - the big fight scene - Captain Clark vs. Mr. Quirk

    Monday, February 14, 2011


    The deadline for the NYCPlaywrights SHARE YOUR EXCELLENT 10-MINUTE PLAY is Tuesday, February 15 at 11:59 PM so there's still time to send. For more information see the post here:


    Sunday, February 13, 2011

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights

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    Sanctuary noun
    (1) a place of refuge and protection
    (2) a shelter from danger or hardship
    (3) a place of safety

    Dear Playwright,

    You are invited to submit an original 10-minute play to Abingdon Theatre Company’s THE SANCTUARY PLAYS Benefit Challenge. This effort engages artists who support a theatre dedicated to new plays.

    Our Sanctuary Series is an opportunity to challenge your creativity and write a short play that features at least one character who is seeking sanctuary, providing sanctuary, or their sanctuary is being threatened. We STRONGLY encourage original play submissions that are developed for this presentation.

    Using your skills and imagination, write an original play that will be presented as a staged reading on the set of Abingdon’s next production, SUMMER IN SANCTUARY, by Al Letson and directed by Rob Urbinati. We are seeking 10-minute plays, preferably on a socially relevant theme, written in any style that reveal a fresh plot, sufficient conflict and a running time of 10 minutes, maximum. SERIES A performs on Tuesday, April 5, and SERIES B performs on April 12. Are you ready? Here are the guidelines. Please read carefully!

    1. Abingdon presents the play. We provide the actors, directors, stage manager and the theatre (the 55-seat Dorothy Strelsin Theatre at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC).
    2. This is a fundraiser to support Abingdon’s New Play Development Program. All participants are donating their time and talent, and are helping recruit an audience. The suggested donation is $10. Our goal is to fill every seat in the house!
    3. Each playwright and director will be able to attend the staged reading of their script in designated seating.
    4. Every play gets two performances.

    1. Your play must adhere to the theme of seeking, providing or losing sanctuary.
    2. Your play can be set anywhere. Available set pieces include rehearsal cubes, chairs and a table.
    3. Write for a cast of 2-3 actors (any age, race, ethnicity, or gender).
    4. We prefer scripts that can be staged without relying on stage directions. If stage directions are necessary, please keep them to a minimum.
    5. Your script will be presented as a staged reading in accordance with AEA guidelines. Keep production values to a minimum. Costumes are at the discretion of the director and the willing cooperation of the actors. No hand props can be used.
    6. Plays should be in standard script format: 12 point font, 1” margins on all sides, and character names on a separate line. On your title page, please include your contact information (phone, email and address). Be sure to number all pages.
    7. Submit scripts in MS-Word - preferred - or PDF format.
    8. Scripts longer than 10 pages – title and character breakdown pages are not counted – will NOT be considered. Regardless of the number of pages, the running time MUST be no more than 10 minutes!
    9. You may only submit one script for consideration.
    10. Playwrights must attend the staged reading. Please specify your availability for SERIES A (4/5), and/or SERIES B (4/12). If you are available for either slot, let us know that, too!
    11. The deadline for script submission is midnight, March 11. Up to 12 scripts will be chosen.

    1. Email your scripts to Bara Swain at BCSwain4@aol.com.
    2. Write in the subject line: SANCTUARY PLAY SUBMISSION / Your Name
    3. In the body of the email, send your complete contact information and a one-line summary of your play.
    4. You will be contacted regarding your script’s status in mid-March or when the 10-minute slots have been filled. (Submissions are selected on a rolling basis.)

    Please make sure you meet all script and submission requirements. If anything is omitted, your submission will be returned to you for one last opportunity to meet those requirements.

    If you have any questions, contact Bara Swain or Kim T. Sharp, Co-Producers. For more information on Abingdon Theatre Company, see our website at www.abingdontheatre.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Bara Swain
    Kim T. Sharp

    Saturday, February 12, 2011

    Deadline approaches: Share your excellent play - Due 2/15/2011

    Have you written a great 10-minute play? Let NYCPlaywrights tell the world why it's so great.

    In 2010, NYCPlaywrights posted an article "How do you write a good 10-minute play?"


    The article presented an analysis of three 10-minute plays written by NYCPlaywrights members, along with the plays themselves.

    Although the plays are very different from each other (a comedy, a horror tale, and a romance) each demonstrated qualities of a good 10-minute play.

    NYCPlaywrights will post another article very much like "How do you write a good 10-minute play?" featuring three more excellent plays, on March 27, 2011. The worldwide theatre lovers who visit the NYCPlaywrights web site will get to read and appreciate these three 10-minute plays - your play could be one of them.

    The Rules:

    1. Send only one ten minute play per author to info@nycplaywrights.org.

    2. The script submission should be sent by email, with the play itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or .pdf.

    3. The script should be in standard playscript format. If you are not sure what that is, see this page on the NYCPlaywrights web site:


    Plays that are not in standard format will be rejected immediately.

    4. Make sure you have your name and your email address on the title page of the script.

    5. Deadline: February 15, 2011

    6. The three selected plays will be announced March 12, 2011.

    7. Plays can be from anybody, anywhere in the world, but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.)

    8. There is no fee for submission - and no payment given for the plays selected. Do not send a submission if you are expecting monetary compensation.

    You are strongly advised to read the article "How do you write a good 10-minute play?" before sending work. This article is an excellent guideline for the kind of work we are looking for:


    Play-Makers Spokane: seeks comedy scripts

    Play-Makers Spokane: seeks comedy scripts for Hit & Run V, a staged reading of new short plays.

    If selected, scripts will receive a rehearsed staged reading in Spokane, Wash., in November 2011.

    Past playwrights have included Elaine Romero, Mark Harvey Levine, Judd Lear Silverman, Nicole Pandolfo, EM Lewis, and more!

    * Script requirements: Ten-minute and 15-minute plays. 20 pages max.
    * Comedies only please.
    * Produced OK.
    * Playwrights of all ages and from any country are welcome to submit, but plays must be written in English.
    * Two play submissions max.
    * Solo plays, monologues, musicals, and children’s plays are not eligible.
    * No entry fee. No payment to writers. This is a volunteer event.

    Deadline: June 1, 2011

    Submission procedure: E-mail a cover letter and script with character breakdown and production history as a Word or PDF document to playmakersspokane@gmail.com.

    Questions? Contact Hit & Run coordinator Sandra Hosking at sandrahosking@hotmail.com.


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    The Northwest Playwrights Alliance is now accepting submissions for its 6th edition of “NorthNorthwest,” an annual anthology of ten-minute plays. (NorthNorthwest is co-sponsored by NPA and Seattle Repertory Theatre.

    This year’s theme: “Tatemae” which, roughly translated from Japanese, means “the public face” or “front.”

    No fee.

    Limit two ten-minute scripts per playwright.

    Deadline for scripts: April 18, 2011.

    If selected, notification will be no later than July 18.

    NPA will not retain rights of any kind. Payment: international fame and complimentary copies. Scripts will also be considered for NPA’s annual tour to NYC and England, as well as production with our 13 annual summer festival with the Academy of International Education (AIE), co-sponsored with the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, WA. Please send your PDF or Word submissmions as an attachment to nnw.submissions@gmail.com.

    Questions? Please email nnw.submissions@gmail.com for further inquiries.

    NCP Seeks NEW PLAYS to produce

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    The North Canton [OHIO] Playhouse presents The Nationally Producing 5th Annual New Play Festival From Script to You: 2011 New Works Festival

    NCP Seeks NEW PLAYS to produce 10-minutes and One Act Plays

    Any and all genres are encouraged - polished and rough scripts accepted

    Plays will produced in an intimate fifty seat studio

    Compensation limited to free tickets and possible honorarium

    Professional and Amateur Writers Produced

    PAST PRODUCED WRITERS from Ohio, California, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, and more with various professional and community backgrounds
    SUBMISSIONS over the past four year include over 5,000 pages of script from 89 writers

    FESTIVAL HISTORY includes 25 writers, 47 actors, and 7 directors
    Requirements for Submission

    All materials required, sent in one email. Files in .RTF or .DOC (not .docx) formats only to: Email: jeremy_paul_lewis@yahoo.com

    Deadline: March 4, 2011

    In the subject/body of the email:

    •Subject line must read "2011 NCP New Play Submission"
    •Body of email state your full name, contact information, and play title(s)
    •NOTE any plays of yours produced in previous NCP productions/festivals
    Attached to your email (as RTF file only):
    •One (1) page story synopsis
    •Playwright resume - professionals and amateurs accepted
    •Letter of interest - stating why you wish you play to be produced at NCP
    •Title page
    •Character page
    •Full script(s) with numbered pages - maximum of forty (40) pages
    Approximately Ten (10) scripts will be selected for auditions in late March as part of our script review process – seeing actors read and work the play. A final three (3) to Six (6) scripts will selected for public performance. Final selections will be announced in late March.

    Contact Information

    Jeremy P. Lewis, Festival Producing Artistic Director at The North Canton Playhouse
    330. 324. 0475 jeremy_paul_lewis@yahoo.com

    Tuesday, February 8, 2011

    Eleven Fingers Theatre seeks plays

    Play Submissions
    We are a new theatre company looking to give up-and-coming writers the opportunity to see their work on stage. Plays do not have to be in final form. We hope to develop and workshop plays with the intention of eventually staging a fully realized production.

    Please only submit in pdf or Final Draft format to: ElevenFingersTheatre@gmail.com


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    For 20 years, the Attic Theatre’s One-Act Festival has provided playwrights with the unique opportunity to see their work leap from page to stage, with the help of some of L.A.’s finest theatre & film professionals. Out of the hundreds of entries submitted to the Festival, between three and six of the strongest contenders will be selected to receive productions in the 2011 ONE-ACT FESTIVAL. A panel of judges selected by the artistic staff of the Attic Theatre Ensemble will choose the two best plays of the festival. The first place winner will receive $300.00 and the second place winner will receive $150.00 in prize money. Additional plays may receive Honorable Mention at the judge’s discretion.


    Scripts should be intended for mature audiences.
    Scripts must be original one-act plays no longer than 30 (thirty) minutes in length (playing time).
    Author must own the copyright for the script (no adaptations will be accepted, unless the source material is in the public domain).
    We will not accept scripts that have been previously produced.
    Only one entry per writer, please.
    Scripts should require a maximum of 5 actors for performance.
    The script’s content must involve the theme. The 2011 One-Act Festival will commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11. Entries should reflect on, react to, and/or consider in some manner the influence of the Sept. 11 attacks on the previous ten years. Plays should not focus on the events of Sept. 11, but rather should respond to how our world has been affected over the last decade by the events of that fateful day. In other words, consider where we are now, instead of where we were then.

    Entries can be submitted via email ONLY. Email your script as a PDF to attictheatrefestival@gmail.com. In the body of your message, please include:
    o Your name

    o Your mailing address

    o Your phone number

    o Title of the play

    o Synopsis of play

    o That you have read and agree to the terms and conditions of the contest, available at

    Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.


    The deadline for the 2011 ONE-ACT FESTIVAL is MARCH 31, 2011.

    Thursday, February 3, 2011

    Seeking submissions for its 5th annual Sci-Fi/Horror Festival

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    Award-winning company EndTimes Productions is now seeking submissions for its 5th annual Sci-Fi/Horror Festival, "Vignettes for the Apocalypse", to be presented in May. VFTA is the longest running Sci-Fi/Horror Festival in New York City, and many plays premiered in the festival have gone on to publication and further production. Submissions should have a science fiction, horror, or political bent and not exceed 50 pages. Send submissions to: submissions@endtimesproductions.org. Deadline for submissions is 3/1/2011.

    Tuesday, February 1, 2011


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    In 2000 MetLife Foundation and Repertorio Español joined forces to establish The MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition in the hopes of discovering new American plays by established and emerging playwrights writing about the many themes and topics relevant to the Latino communities across the United States—plays that may be under the radar in other venues. It has been our privilege to promote and develop new plays, encourage bright new talent to continue writing plays by providing this forum.


    -Playwrights may be Latino or of any other ethnic or racial background as long as the play’s subject matter and characters resonate with Latino audiences and accurately depict the Hispanic experience.
    -No screenplays, one act plays, musicals, adaptations or translations will be accepted.
    -New and un-produced plays preferred. Plays that have had readings or a workshop production are acceptable.
    -All plays must be original and full-length (minimum running time: 1 hr., 30 min) and can be written in Spanish and/or English.
    -Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the United States or Puerto Rico.
    -Previously submitted scripts are accepted unless they have already placed in the top 10.

    -Each script will be read by two independent judges selected by Repertorio Español, on a blind submission.
    -Winners will be announced six to seven months after the deadline.
    -Each participant will be notified of the results by e - mail. We request that participants do not contact the office to inquire about the competition’s results.

    Round 1:
    Finalists will receive a staged reading at Repertorio to further develop the script.

    Round 2:
    -Grand Prize Winner: $3,000 and a full production at Repertorio Español
    -2nd Place: $2,000
    -3rd Place: $1,000
    -Two runners-up will receive $500 each

    All applicants must complete the online application form.

    In addition, applicants must submitt:
    -One ELECTRONIC COPY of your script (PDF, Microsoft Word, Plain or Rich Text Formats Accepted) to nuestrasvoces@repertorio.org immediately after completing the online application.
    -The ELECTRONIC COPY of the script must have numbered pages and a title page that lists the title and year the play was written ONLY.
    -Please OMIT your name from the script
    -DO NOT send other biographical information or reviews

    Click here for the online application form

    By submitting your play to the competition, Repertorio Español shall have a right to produce the play for a period of two years. Such production shall be done in accordance with an agreement mutually acceptable to the playwright and Repertorio Español. If the playwright receives an offer within the two year period from a third party to produce the play, the company has the right to decide to produce the play on terms no less favorable than offered.

    Monday, January 31, 2011

    BBC World Service International Playwriting competition

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    These are the rules and terms and conditions for entering the click BBC World Service International Playwriting competition. Please ensure that you read and understand them as failure to follow will result in your entry not being considered.

    1. Entry is only open to anyone who is over the age of 16 as at 31 March 2011 who is not normally a resident of the UK. This may include anyone living/working in the UK on a temporary basis (up to 12 months) at the time of entering the competition. Professional and previously published writers are eligible to enter, but this is not a requirement of entry.

    2. Entrants must not be BBC or British Council employees and their close relatives or any person connected to the competition. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.

    3. Entrants should write a radio play of approximately 60 minutes in length on any subject of their choice. Adaptations of novels are not eligible.

    4. Plays entered must not have been professionally produced in any medium (an informal play-reading is acceptable; a play-reading with a professional director and in front of a non-paying audience is acceptable, but a performance involving payment to actors and/or a paying audience is not).

    5. Plays entered in the competition must not, at the time they are submitted, have been offered for publication, performance or broadcast in any other form or medium to any other person or company. Nor can they, at the time of entry or during the course of the competition, have been entered for any other competition. The winning playwrights will be deemed to have entered into an undertaking not to accept offers for their entries from other broadcasters or publishers before December 2011.

    6. All scripts submitted must be a minimum of 50 pages of A4 paper (or equivalent) and a maximum of 75 pages (note, a rough guide is a minute per page; please read and time your play before you send it). The play should have a maximum of six central characters (there may be up to three small "doubling" characters too, who don’t have more than a few lines each). Your play must be accompanied by a short synopsis which outlines the complete story of the play. This must be no more than 400 words.

    7. There are two categories for entry. One is for entrants who speak English as a first language and the other is for entrants with English as a second language.

    The BBC may require proof of eligibility for the selected category before announcing a winner.

    8. The play must be written substantially or entirely in English. Unfortunately, we do not have the facility to offer a translation service. Entries that have been translated must acknowledge this fact by giving a credit to the translator or translators. Entries that have been translated will be entered in the English as a first language category.

    9. The competition opens on 16 October 2010 and closes on 31 March 2011.

    Entries must be received in London by midnight GMT on 31 March 2011. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

    10. Entries must be submitted either:

    * by post to the following address: Rm 823B, South East Wing, BBC Bush House, Strand, London WC2B 4PH


    * by email to the following email address: radioplay@bbc.co.uk

    11. All entries must be accompanied by a completed copy of the entry form attached to this leaflet or which can be downloaded at: www.bbcworldservice.com/radioplay.

    12. Entrants can enter individually or as part of a group. If entering as a group, all entrants must meet the entry requirements and be eligible for the same category. No member should have also entered individually. Please note, the prize only includes payment for one airfare per category.

    13. In the case of an entry by two or more writers, the BBC will need written or email confirmation from each writer involved that they are prepared to take a share of the prize money and are prepared to receive those funds from a nominee who will be one of the writers, as the prize money will be paid to one individual only. The nominee will be selected by the writers and it will be his or her responsibility to distribute these funds to the other writers and the organisers can take no responsibility for that aspect.

    14. Only one entry per person is permitted including any group entries. If you submit more than one entry, only the first entry received will be considered. Please do not submit plays you have entered before.

    15. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The BBC accepts no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to fully indemnify the BBC against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules.

    16. Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive or any other unsuitable material. Entries must be suitable to be broadcast by the BBC to audiences of all ages.

    17. Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but grant to the BBC a non-exclusive licence to broadcast their entry across all media, as well as use it on any online platforms.

    18. The prize for the winning entry in each category will consist of £2,500 sterling and a trip to London (airfare and accommodation for one person) to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and attend a prizegiving event. Where the winner is under 18, the prize will also include airfare and accommodation for an accompanying adult. The prize is as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred. There will be no cash alternatives.

    19. As with any new play, the BBC may require further drafts and revisions of the winning plays. Winners must be willing and able to undertake redrafting and revision work in conjunction with the BBC. This work is likely to take place between August and September 2011 and the winning entrants will need to keep time free, and remain contactable, to achieve this. This work will be completed with the winning entrant using email or the most suitable method available. We reserve the right to revoke a play’s prize winning status if this work is not completed.

    20. The BBC will reserve the right to make minor cuts, changes and edits to the winners' final draft scripts.

    21. Subject to a satisfactory recording being made, the winning plays will be broadcast on BBC World Service in November 2011. Winners will first be required to enter into a contract with the BBC on the standard terms and conditions applicable for broadcast of BBC Radio Drama. No fee will be payable other than the £2500 sterling offered as prize money for one broadcast cycle and the BBC's standard package of rights under that contract. If repeated on the World Service, a sum of £1250 will be payable for the first repeat cycle and thereafter the BBC will have certain broadcasting and other rights all in accordance with the contract.
    Terms and Conditions

    These Terms and Conditions supplement the competition Rules above and are deemed to be integral to these.

    1. The BBC's code of conduct for competitions applies to this competition. You can read more about it here: click BBC Competitions Policy.

    2. Entries received before the opening date or after the closing date will not be considered.

    3. Entries will not be returned so please remember to keep a copy. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted and no feedback on any entry will be provided.

    4. The BBC will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering this competition. Please see the click BBC's Privacy Policy.

    5. By entering the competition, entrants warrant that they have legal capacity to enter the competition and agree to be bound by the competition Rules and these Terms and Conditions.

    6. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

    Plays will be selected for their originality and imagination, use of good dialogue, a compelling story with a believable plot, characters and structure, use of the medium of radio and how practical the play would be for the BBC to produce.

    7. Entries will be judged through the following process:

    Scripts will be read by a team of readers and a long shortlist drawn up. This will then be cut to a maximum of 16 scripts (8 first language and 8 second language) and these scripts sent to a panel of judges, who meet for a day to discuss the shortlist and decide upon the winners, using their judgement of the criteria above.

    8. The names of the short listed entrants and the titles of their plays will be posted on the competition website in August 2011. Following the final judges' meeting, the winners' names and the titles of their plays will be posted on the website by end September 2011. You can access the competition website by visiting click www.bbcworldservice.com/competitions or click www.bbcworldservice.com/radioplay and selecting International Playwriting Competition 2011 from the options listed there.

    9. The winner will be contacted by a member of the BBC production team during July 2011. If the winner cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, the BBC reserves the right to offer the prize to the next best entry.

    10. It is planned that the two overall winning plays will be recorded in October 2011 and the playwrights invited to attend the production and a prize-giving event in London.

    11. The BBC may wish to seek from the runners-up certain additional rights in their plays for educational/development purposes which may include, but not be limited to, permission to record scenes of the play to be available online at bbc.co.uk and possibly for broadcast. Entrants agree that the right for the BBC to record and possibly broadcast/use scenes from their play online in this way will be available to the BBC in principle, subject to negotiation of appropriate terms for the exact use in question at the time

    12. The BBC and British Council may consider arranging for the publication of a book containing some of the plays entered in the Competition. To make this possible, writers should retain their publishing copyright until 31 December 2011.

    13. The names of each entrant whose entry is broadcast or used on-line will be made public. Entrants must agree to take part in any post-competition publicity if required.

    14. The BBC's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.

    15. The BBC and the British Council reserve the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these Terms and Conditions or to withhold or withdraw a prize if they consider it necessary or if, in their opinion, entries do not reach the required standard.

    16. The BBC reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions or cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside its control. In this event, a notice will be posted on the click www.bbcworldservice.com/radioplay website.

    17. The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any server, Internet access, system, the post or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost or not properly registered or recorded. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

    18. These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

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