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8th Annual Festival of Shorts Playwriting Contest

10 February 2017

Thank you for your interest in the 8th Annual Festival of Shorts hosted at the Wade James Theater by Edmonds Driftwood Players. The Festival this year will be presented in four performances – Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8 at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9 at 2pm.

We are so excited to announce our theme for 2017:  “Unintended Consequences

How many times have you never meant to do something but ended up doing the very thing you tried to avoid? Or perhaps you wanted to help someone and ended up creating a bigger mess? Maybe you didn’t want to help someone and ended up being the biggest blessing they ever received. So often, our actions produce consequences that we never thought, never foresaw, never believed could happen. For good, for bad, for ugly, for interesting, for hilarious…the details are up to you!

In order to enter the festival, please DO the following:

  1. Submit an original, never before produced script for a play that will last no longer than 15 minutes with 6 characters or less, which can be staged with minimal sets, props, and costumes.
  2. Incorporate the theme of “Unintended Consequences” into your story.
  3. Submit two documents:
  1. A cover page with the name of the title and your full name, address, email address and phone number.
  2. Your play in ‘Standard Stage Play Format’ with the title of the play ONLY. No identifying information about the playwright is to appear in this “blind” copy. All plays which fail to submit a blind copy of their play will be disqualified. The blind copy of the script preserves anonymity in our judging process.
    1. Submit your play by 5:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time (PST), on Friday, March 31, 2017.

In order to enter the festival, please DON’T do the following:

  1. Don’t submit a play with a single character. This means NO monologues, please!
  2. Don’t submit a play that includes nudity, excessive bad language or could in any way be construed as a hard ‘R’ or ‘X’ rating.
  3. Don’t include excessive props or things like glitter or feathers that would be hard to clean up and delay transitions for our festival. Eight plays will be presented at each performance (4 plays before intermission, 4 plays after intermission). Please don’t make it hard for our production team to stage your show.
  4. Don’t submit a play that has been produced on any stage, anywhere prior to March 31, 2017. We will do a search for each play before notifying our 8 finalists. Any evidence that a play has been previously produced will result in disqualification of the script from our festival.

We look forward to hearing from people all over the planet so have fun! Hopefully your story about unintended consequences will be a hit with our judges and we’ll see you in July for our 8th Annual Festival of Shorts!

Visit the website:  http://edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org/2016-2017-season/8th-annual-festival-shorts/

Last Call! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2016 – 2017

3 January 2017

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Note: All postmarked and electronic entries are accepted now until January 31, 2017 – 11:59 PM, CST.

All contest winners will be announced on March 26, 2017

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

Playwriting Competition Call for Submissions

13 December 2016

The Princeton Theatre Group

invites submission of scripts to be considered for the 2017

New Works Festival

Two categories

One-Act Scripts and Ten-Minute Plays

Winners will receive a staged reading by professional actors

during Festival 56, Illinois’ largest summer theatre festival.

The New Works Festival will also include a playwrights’ reception

and opportunities to receive feedback of the winning works.

No entry fee — No cash prizes

Timetable

  • Submission deadline: 1 March 2017
  • Winners will be notified by 1 May 2017
  • Production dates: August 4 and 5 2017

Competition Rules

  • Only complete scripts will be considered; no excerpts from longer works.
  • Scripts must be original, unpublished, and not previously produced.
  • Each playwright may submit only one script per category. It is possible for a playwright to win in both categories.
  • Competition is open to adult playwrights around the English-speaking world. No juvenile writers.
  • Target audience: adults, including young adults.
  • Genre: comedy, drama, tragedy, farce, hybrid; theatrical storytelling. No monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, or musicals.
  • Cast may contain any number of characters of any race, ethnicity, or gender.
  • Theme and subject matter are open; however, excessively strong language is discouraged.
  • Winners will grant Festival 56 and Princeton Theatre Group first production rights. Playwrights retain copyright.
  • At least one One-Act and up to six Ten-Minute scripts will be selected for staged readings. Total number of winners will depend upon the number and range of submissions.
  • The decision of the judges is final. Judges will not provide any written or verbal critiques.
  • Winning playwrights are strongly encouraged to attend their readings, although attendance is not a requirement for winning. If the playwright is present, a talkback with the audience and actors will immediately follow the reading of each script.

Criteria for selection

  • Well developed storyline within a short work
  • Natural and creative dialogue
  • Quality of writing and dramatic structure
  • Ability of script to connect with an audience

Submission Guidelines

  • Type script with 1-inch margins on all four edges, using a 12-point serif type such as Times New Roman, Palatino, or Courier.
  • Use standard script format including cast of characters, setting, etc.
  • Do NOT put your real name on your script! On the first page of the script, under the title, put a pen name of your choice.
    Use the script title as the name of this document.
  • Create a separate document giving your real name, address, email, phone, the title of your script, and either your real age or the statement “I am over 18.”
    Use your pen name as the name of this document.
    This document will not be opened until after winners have been selected.
  • Attach both the script document and the identifying document to an email as a Word doc, Pages doc, or PDF.
  • Send One-Act entries to Festival56oneact@gmail.com by 1 March 2017.
    Send Ten-Minute entries to Festival56tenmin@gmail.com by 1 March 2017.

For a list of winners, see the Festival 56 website after 1 May 2017.

Princeton Theatre Group

Grace Performing Arts Center

316 South Main Street

Princeton IL 61356

2017 LaBute New Theater Festival Set for July 7-30, 2017-Call For Submissions

30 October 2016

Call for Submissions For 5th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival

The St. Louis Actors’ Studio is proud to announce a call for submissions for the 5th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater, with plays debuting from July 07 – 30, 2017.  Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2016. 

Professional Submissions: Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18′ x 18′ stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves.  Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character, and theme.

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes.

Up to eight plays will be chosen,  in addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival.  Mr. LaBute is scheduled to participate in the opening weekend activities.

High School Submissions: Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward:  The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length.

Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

Submissions should be sent to:

LaBute New Theater Festival

St. Louis Actors’ Studio

360 N Boyle Ave

St. Louis, MO 63108

314-458-2978

help@stlas.org

Visit the website: http://stlas.org/

 

The creative team for the festival includes:

Neil LaBute-Film Director, Screenwriter and Playwright

William Roth-Actor, Founder, Artistic Director St. Louis Actors’ Studio

Milton Zoth – Director, Arts Educator

Nathan Bush – Actor

Andra Harkins – Actor

Ann Haubrich – Writer, Arts Administrator

Edward Scott Ibur-Middle School Teacher (Webster), Novelist, Founder- Gifted Writers & Artists Project for Middle & High School

Christopher Limber – Actor, Director Prison Performing Arts, Playwright

John Pierson-Actor, Theatre, Speech & Dance Chair, English Teacher John Burroughs School

Elizabeth Helman-Actor, Writer, Director, Professor of Theatre Arts -Oregon State University

Patrick Huber-Associate Director, St. Louis Actors’ Studio-Set Design and Lighting, Teacher Theater, Design and Architecture Mary Institute, Country Day Prep School

Sanguine Theatre Company: Project Playwright Contest 2017

30 October 2016
Submissions are open until November 15, 2016.
Writers based anywhere in the world are encouraged to apply. Plays submitted through this program are reviewed by Sanguine’s team of readers and chosen based on theatricality, craft, and voice. Finalists will be invited to participate in a festival evening of excerpted staged readings in New York City, and one play will be chosen by the Festival audience to receive a fully-produced world premiere production as part of Sanguine’s 2017 season. A stipend will also be provided to the playwright for their production.

A GREAT PROJECT PLAYWRIGHT SUBMISSION:
-is a complete, full-length play.
-requires a cast of at least two but no more than eight actors.
-utilizes technical elements in minimal but theatrical ways.
-may have had a workshop or staged reading performance
-aligns with Sanguine’s mission to pursue relevant, thought-provoking new works.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Please read the Project Playwright Consent Agreement.
– In PDF format, please submit the following to info@sanguinenyc.org:
a cover sheet with your name, address, telephone number, email address, and a brief synopsis of the play
-your complete, full-length work in the subject line, please write “Project Playwright” and your last name
-A $5 non-refundable administrative fee is due at the time of submission.

Website: http://www.sanguinenyc.com/project-playwright-application

Contact: info@sanguinenyc.org

One Acts Festival Script Submissions & Timeline

17 June 2016

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Seeking All Original Plays (up to 12 minutes)

Canton’s Biennial One Acts Festival

Cash Prize Awarded

 January 13-15, 2017

  2016-17 GUIDELINES
1. Scripts in length up to 12 minutes are welcomed-max characters: 4.
2. No children shows or shows with children as characters will be considered.
3. Up to two submissions from a playwright are welcomed ($10 per script).
4. Only original scripts will be accepted. Rewrite of existing story/play not allowed.
5. Scripts will not be returned.  If script is selected, TLC Productions receives full rights (without a cost for royalties) to produce the show for only the Canton One Acts Festival.
6. ONLY the first 50 scripts will be considered that follow the above guidelines, even if all are received before the stated deadline below.
7. Non-staged scripts submitted in previous years are permitted for re-submission.
8. Authors should be mindful that all plays need to keep the sets minimal as shows will be performed on a stage, approximately 16′ x 16′, in the Biltmore Studio at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill.

PROCESS
Judging and selection will be a blind review process. Authors’ information should appear on cover sheet ONLY. Remove all personal information within the script being submitted. Semi-finalists and finalists will be notified by phone or e-mail.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY
STEP 1:  Complete Cover Sheet for each script
STEP 2:  E-mail script as PDF to Script2017@Cantononeacts.com
* Subject Line should read: “FESTIVAL SCRIPT”
* Title of script should appear in a header or footer on all pages
* Only one script per email

SUBMISSION DONATION
A donation/fee of $10 per script to the Canton One Acts Festival must be submitted for entry.

TIMELINE
August 31, 2016           Date Stamp Deadline for Script Submissions (E.D.T.)

September, 2016           Judging/Semi-Finalists Selected
October 3, 2016             Dramatic Readings of Semi-Finalists/Selection of Shows
October 17-18, 2016       Auditions/Cast selection
October 20, 2016           Cast and Crew overview meeting
November 2, 2016          Rehearsals begin
January 8-12, 2017         Tech Week for Shows
January 13-15 2017        3 Performances in the Biltmore Studio at
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill (Canton,  MI)
(8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday)

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SHOWS
Selected shows for the One-Acts Festival will be announced online attlcproductions.org by October 5, 2016.

PRODUCTION PROCESS
Rehearsal space to be provided at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill (VTCH). Production team from TLC Productions to provide support and supervision. Rehearsals at VTCH are required. A limited budget for each show to be provided, along with joint printed programs and technical support (lights/sound/stage management). No remuneration for actors or production team members available.

DIRECTOR SUBMISSION FORM AND OTHER NOTES
Playwrights can request to direct their own show if show is selected or TLC Productions will appoint a director. Preference will be given to aspiring directors.  Director Submission Form can be found here! Previous experience is not necessary.

QUESTIONS?

Contact info@cantononeacts.com or (734) 926-TLC-R

Visit the website:  https://tlcprod.wordpress.com/one-acts-festival-script-submissions/

Produced by TLC Productions
Offered in partnership with The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Last call: 7th Annual Oaxaca FilmFest –

20 May 2016

 • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Narrative
In order to qualify as a Feature Narrative Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction with a running time of 60 minutes or more.

Only films that are Mexican Premieres are eligible for this category. If your film has been released via any home video outlet or broadcast on TV or the Internet in its entirety, it is NOT eligible for submission. Films that have been released theatrically are not eligible for submission.
*Animated, experimental, and “mockumentary” projects MAY be entered into this category for consideration.

*Producciones mexicanas requieren un “Fee Waiver”. Para recibirlo, favor de escribir a submissions@oaxacafilmfest.com. Gracias !
Todos los directores/guionistas mexicanos interesados en inscribir su proyecto en la sección Hecho en México o Escrito en México al Festival pueden contactar a submissions@oaxacafilmfest.com

Feature Documentary
In order to qualify as a Feature Documentary Film, the submitted project must be non-fiction and with a running time of 60 or more. Only films that are Mexican Premieres are eligible for this category. If your film has been released via any home video outlet or broadcast on TV or the Internet in its entirety, it is NOT eligible for submission. Films that have been released theatrically are not eligible for submission.
*If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit in this category, but we will ultimately decide which program is best suited for your project,

Para calificar como un Largometraje Documental, el proyecto presentado debe ser de no-ficción , y con una duración de 60 minutos o más. Si su película ha sido estrenada a través de cualquier canal de vídeo doméstico o transmitido por televisión o Internet en su totalidad, NO es elegible para participar. Las películas que han sido estrenadas en cines no son elegibles.
* Si su documental contiene alguna dramatización de hechos reales, puede inscribirse en ésta categoría, aunque el festival se reserva el derecho de decidir cuál programa es el más adecuado para su proyecto,
Sólo las películas que son Estrenos en México son elegibles para esta categoría.

Short Narrative
In order to qualify as a Narrative Short Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction with a running time of less than 60 minutes.

Only films that are Mexican Premieres are eligible for this category. If your film has been released via any home video outlet or broadcast on TV or the Internet in its entirety, it is NOT eligible for submission. Films that have been released theatrically are not eligible for submission.
*Animated, experimental, and “mockumentary” projects may be entered into this category for consideration.

*Producciones mexicanas requieren un “Fee Waiver”. Para recibirlo, gracias por escribir a submissions@oaxacafilmfest.com.
Todos los directores/guionistas mexicanos interesados en inscribir su proyecto en la sección Hecho en México o Escrito en México al Festival pueden contactar a submissions@oaxacafilmfest.com

Short Documentary
In order to qualify as a Documentary Short Film, the submitted project must be non-fiction and with a running time of less than 60 minutes. Only films that are Mexican Premieres are eligible for this category. If your film has been released via any home video outlet or broadcast on TV or the Internet in its entirety, it is NOT eligible for submission. Films that have been released theatrically are not eligible for submission.

*Producciones mexicanas requieren un “Fee Waiver”. Para recibirlo, gracias por escribir a submissions@oaxacafilmfest.com.
Todos los directores/guionistas mexicanos interesados en inscribir su proyecto en la sección Hecho en México o Escrito en México al Festival pueden contactar a submissions@oaxacafilmfest.com
Para calificar como un Cortometraje Documental , el proyecto presentado debe ser de no-ficción , y con una duración de 59 minutos o menos. Si su película ha sido estrenada a través de cualquier canal de vídeo doméstico o transmitido por televisión o Internet en su totalidad, NO es elegible para participar. Las películas que han sido estrenadas en cines no son elegibles.

Global Script Challenge
In order to qualify for The Oaxaca FilmFest Screenwriter Competition the original non developed script must be for a Feature Narrative. All scripts MUST be in English, Spanish or French.
*Animated, experimental, and “mockumentary” projects may be entered into this Section for consideration.

*Producciones mexicanas requieren un “Fee Waiver”. Para recibirlo, gracias por escribir a submissions@oaxacafilmfest.com.
Todos los directores/guionistas mexicanos interesados en inscribir su proyecto en la sección Hecho en México o Escrito en México al Festival pueden contactar a submissions@oaxacafilmfest.com

Animated Short
In order to qualify as a Animated Short Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction with a running time of less than 60 minutes and must be animated in nature.
Only films that are Mexican Premieres are eligible for this category. If your film has been released via any home video outlet or broadcast on TV or the Internet in its entirety, it is NOT eligible for submission. Films that have been released theatrically are not eligible for submission.

*Producciones mexicanas requieren un “Fee Waiver”. Para recibirlo, gracias por escribir a submissions@oaxacafilmfest.com.
Todos los directores/guionistas mexicanos interesados en inscribir su proyecto en la sección Hecho en México o Escrito en México al Festival pueden contactar a submissions@oaxacafilmfest.com

Experimental Short
In order to qualify as a Experimental Short Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction with a running time of less than 60 minutes and must be experimental in nature.
Only films that are Mexican Premieres are eligible for this category. If your film has been released via any home video outlet or broadcast on TV or the Internet in its entirety, it is NOT eligible for submission. Films that have been released theatrically are not eligible for submission.

*Producciones mexicanas requieren un “Fee Waiver”. Para recibirlo, gracias por escribir a submissions@oaxacafilmfest.com.
Todos los directores/guionistas mexicanos interesados en inscribir su proyecto en la sección Hecho en México o Escrito en México al Festival pueden contactar a submissions@oaxacafilmfest.com

Visit the website for details on how to enter:  https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=9336

Last call! The Seventh Edition of the Oaxaca FilmFest

20 May 2016

Awards & Prizes

The Festival Recognizes and Awards All Competitive Categories.

Rules & Terms

1. DATES:

  • October 21, 2015 – Opening Date
  • January 31, 2016 – Earlybird Deadline
  • March 31, 2016 – Regular Deadline
  • May 31, 2016 – Late Deadline
  • July 31, 2016  – xtended Deadline
  • September 15, 2016 – Notification Date
  • October 8 – 15, 2016

The Seventh Edition of the Oaxaca FilmFest will be held from October 8-15, 2016 in the City of Oaxaca, Mexico.

2. SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

Projects submitted to the Festival for consideration may apply to just one category. Please select the category that best fits your project. The Festival reserves the right to determine eligibility of any project for any Festival program or submission category. For more details (INCLUDING DEADLINES) please review all guidelines for each specific category.

3. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLY VIA OFFICIAL OAXACA FILMFEST SUBMISSION PLATFORM PARTNER.

*Producciones mexicanas requieren un “Fee Waiver”. Para recibirlo, favor de escribir a submissions@oaxacafilmfest.com. Gracias !
Todos los directores/guionistas mexicanos interesados en inscribir su proyecto en la sección Hecho en México o Escrito en México al Festival pueden contactar a submissions@oaxacafilmfest.com.

YOU MAY SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE PROJECT AND PREVIOUS PROJECTS THAT WERE REJECTED MAY BE RE-SUBMITTED IF THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES MADE TO THE PROJECT. YOU MAY NOT RE-SUBMIT A PROJECT THAT WAS PART OF THE OFFICIAL SELECTION OF A PREVIOUS EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL.

There are three options for submitting material to the Festival:

1) Uploaded via the Secure Online Screener function of Official Submission Partner.
2) Secure VIMEO link.

Language (SUBTITLE POLICY)
For Submission purposes your film may be in any language. However, if not in English or Spanish the film must have either English or Spanish subtitles.

IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED for screening at the festival:
-If the film is in Spanish it must have English Subtitles.
-If the film is in English it must have Spanish Subtitles.
-All other languages will be exhibited in the original language and must contain DUAL subtitles both English and Spanish that project simultaneously

All screenplays must be in English, Spanish or French.

Once a Project has been submitted for participation it cannot be withdrawn.

4. PROGRAMMING:

Upon completion of the Festival selection process, the Festival will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Project’s acceptance status. The Festival disavows any responsibility and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the Festival selection period.,

The Festival is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Project any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Project, any information relating to the manner in which the Project is, will be, or was reviewed; any views that the Festival or any reviewers of the Project may hold concerning the Project; any reasons why the Project, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the Project specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations.

Projects accepted by the Festival will be placed, at the sole and absolute discretion of the Festival Programming department, in one of the program sections. Applicants may NOT submit their Projects directly to any specific section. The only exception to this policy is exclusively for Mexican Filmmakers who may submit directly to HECHO EN MEXICO OR ESCRITO EN MEXICO sections.

The Film Festival Management will establish the schedule of the films submitted. The Festival also reserves the right to designate appropriate category/section for each project.

5. SELECTION COMMITTEE AND JURORS:

The Selecting Committee will be national and foreign individuals recognized in the cinema and cultural world. The Festival Management will appoint the members of the Official Jury who will assign the Official Awards to the competing sections. Individuals who participated in the production or promotion of any of the competing films will not be eligible as jury members.

The decisions of the Jury will be FINAL.

Furthermore, Filmmakers are responsible to adhering to all guidelines and deadlines needed to ensure the highest quality exhibition of their film.

6. GENERAL CONDITIONS:

All information above shall supersede any other guidelines associated with the Festival. The Festival is entitled to make interpretations in any case not considered in these rules and regulations and may make exceptions whenever justified. The Festival Management will review unforeseen cases. Whenever a controversy arises from the interpretation of any of the articles in these rules and regulations, the ruling document shall be the original document in English.

A submitted project implies full agreement with this document. Failing to comply with any of these articles may result in denying the participation of a project in the Festival.

Oaxaca FilmFest has the right to add, alter, change, or delete any portion of the guidelines at anytime without notice.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:  https://filmfreeway.com/festival/OaxacaFilmFest

10-minute Play Fest 2016

18 May 2016

Scripts are being accepted in two categories: 

Category 1: An LGBT individual’s self-disclosure about their sexual orientation.

Category 2: Any interpretation of “Out of the Closet” literal or figurative. Plays may be comedy or drama. Both individual authors and collaborative teams are eligible.

  • Grand Prize Winner will receive $200.00 cash, a trophy and production of their play.
  • First Prize winner will receive $150 cash and production of their play.
  • An additional 4-6 runner-up scripts will also be produced.

RULES:

  1. Submissions must be original, unproduced plays.
  2. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older.
  3. Running time must be between 5 and 10 minutes.
  4. No monologues, musicals or children’s plays..
  5. Playwrights may submit one play in each category. (2 plays maximum.)
  6. Scripts will not be returned. ETC does not assume any responsibility for the loss or damage of scripts. All reasonable care will be taken.
  7. All entries must be received by June 30th, 2016.
  8. Winners will be announced by July 30th, 2016.
  9.  Plays will be staged in a black box setting (there will be no set beyond a closet door). Please write accordingly.
  10.  Plays must have 2-6 characters.

Winning plays will be staged at Theatreworks September 9 – 11, 2016!

How to enter

  • Submit 2 copies of your 10-minute script.
  • Your name should not appear on your script.
  • Include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address and the title (s) of your play(s).
  • Enclose a $10.00 entry fee for each play entered.
  • Make checks payable to Emerald Theater Company

MAIL TO:
Caroline at “Out of the Closet”
c/o ETC
P.O. Box 41408
Memphis, TN 38174

Visit the website:  http://www.etcmemphistheater.com/10-minute-play-fest-2016.html

 

We look forward to reading your work!

WRITERS DIGEST ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION

23 March 2016

DEADLINE: May 6, 2016

Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 85th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! 501 winners will be chosen.The top winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

Prizes
One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest (subscriber issues only)
  • $5,000 in cash
  • An interview with the author in Writer’s Digest
  • One on one attention from four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials
  • A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino

The First place winner in each category will receive $1,000 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Second place winner in each category will receive $500 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Third place winner in each category will receive $250 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Fourth place winner in each category will receive $100 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Fifth place winner in each category will receive $50 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Sixth through Tenth place winners in each category will receive $25 in cash and $25 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

All top winners will also receive:

  • A one-year Writer’s Digest VIP membership, which includes a one-year subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine, access to WritersMarket.com for one year, discounts on Writer’s Digest University workshops and discounts off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com.
  • Their names listed in Writer’s Digest, on WritersDigest.com and in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.

All Honorable Mentions receive:

  • 20% discount off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com
  • Their names listed in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.

Categories

  • Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
  • Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Magazine Feature Article
  • Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story
  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Non-rhyming Poetry
  • Stage Play
  • Television/Movie Script
  • Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

DEADLINE: May 6, 2016

How to Enter

  • Enter online or submit your entry via regular mail. Offline entries must be accompanied by an Entry Form, and the required entry fee (credit card information, check or money order made payable to F+W Media, Inc.). If you are entering more than one manuscript, you may mail all entries in the same envelope and write one check for the total entry fee; however, each manuscript must have its category indicated in the upper left-hand corner. You may enter online even if you are paying with a check. All checks will be cashed within 60 days of the competition final deadline. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished* and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Writer’s Digest retains one-time nonexclusive publication rights to the Grand Prize and First Place winning entries in each category to be published in a Writer’s Digest publication.* Entries in the Magazine Feature Article category may be previously published. Any piece posted online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published. For poetry, all online postings are considered published.
  • If you are submitting your entry via regular mail (NOT using the online entry form), the entry must be typed on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 or A4 white paper. Scripts and poems may be either double-or single-spaced; all other manuscripts must be double-spaced. The competition category and word count/line count must appear in the upper left-hand corner of the first page —otherwise your entry is disqualified. The first page should also include the entry’s title. As judging is blind, do not include your name, address, phone number, email address or other identifying information in the upper left-hand corner of the first page.
  • BE SURE OF YOUR WORD COUNT! Entries exceeding the word or page limits will be disqualified. Type the exact word count (counting every single word, except the title) at the top of the manuscript.
  • Mailed entries that are more than one page in length must be stapled.
  • Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Sudan.
  • For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQ page.

DEADLINE: May 6, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter:  http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competition

Fabula Press’ Nivalis Short Story Contest 2016

22 January 2016
Deadline:

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Entry Fees:

USD $10.00

Prizes: The contest carries the following prizes:
First prize: US$250
Second prize: US$150
Third prize: US$100

All long-listed entries (top 10-15) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid US $50 each. Also, at the sponsors’ discretion, additional prizes may be declared for ‘Editors’ Pick’ category (in the last edition of the contest, four such prizes of US$50 each were declared).

Description:

There is no theme or genre restriction, and we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, fantasy, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction is not something we are looking for, but are open to science-based/alternative history-based literary works. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team.

Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000.

Entry fee: US $10.

Judges: The panel of judges includes literary agents, authors and essayists.

Detailed guidelines are available on our website – www.fabulapress.com

Contact Information:

email: editors@fabulapress.com
website: www.fabulapress.com
FaceBook – www.facebook.com/fabula.press
Twitter – @FabulaPress
Google+ – google.com/+Fabulapress

Website: www.fabulapress.com

About Love Festival of Short Plays

22 January 2016

About Love festival of short plays that is held in June/July of each year and is open to all plays. 

The 2016 festival will be June 14 to June 18 at Vancouver’s storied Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC.

The goal of the festival is to provide encouragement for emerging playwrights and an opportunity for Vancouver area actors and directors to engage in new works on stage.

International submissions are accepted. Submissions must be in English.

There is a 10.00 Canadian dollars fee for submission of one script and 15.00 dollars for two scripts. There will be a 150.00 dollar prize to the winning playwright.

Submission Guidelines:

  • The play should be approximately eight to twenty-minutes in length.

  • The play must have no more than four on-stage characters.

  • You may submit only up to two plays, so send us your best! If sending two. Please submit both in the same email.

  • The play should be in a “play format” making it easy for the readers.

  • The play must be unpublished and not have a professional production. (Professional production is one where actors, and all staff are paid. We accept Fringe as being non-professional)

  • Submitting your play to our contest grants Tomo Suru Players the right to produce your play in our annual festival and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes, if it is chosen as a finalist.

  • Does your play need to be about Love? As long as we can see a connection of love, romantic, familial, friendly, we can accept it.

About the fee:

  • The fee covers the costs involved in the competition. We are hopeful we can return to a free contest in the future. If any writer wishes to submit a script, and feels the fee is a challenge to meet, please follow the submission guidelines below and put ATTN: Gerald Williams in the body of your email. He will be in touch.

Additional Guidelines:

  • The play should have simple technical requirements.  Simple set, simple lighting and sound requirements.

  • Surprise us, excite us! We are a diverse group and we are open to a variety of genre’s and styles.

Submit via Email:

Your play must be received no later than 11:59 pm, March 20th, 2016.

Email PDFs (MS word is acceptable) and include

Cover page should have only the title of the play and the genre of the play.

It should NOT include your name or any personal identifiers.

Pages should be numbered.

In the body of your email:

Include your name, the name of your play and your contact information, name, mailing address, telephone number, email address.

In the subject line:

About Love. YOUR FAMILY NAME. PLAY TITLE.

Email plays to:

tomosuru+love@gmail.com

What happens after you submit your play?

  • Each play will be read by a reader, who will compile their own short list. A long list will then be compiled and a members committee will compile a short list.

  • The short list scripts will be read in a long and joyful afternoon by all members of Tomo Suru, who will then choose the finalists.

  • Directors will be assigned, there are open casting calls for actors, and your play will be produced.

  • Finalists will receive 5 productions during our festival week. Audience votes will be collected during each performance and a final winner will be announced here by July 31st, 2016.

HOW TO ENTER, VISIT THE WEBSITE:

http://www.tomosuruplayers.com/#!about-love-festival/aj4kd

10 Minute Play Contest for Edinburgh Fringe Festival Production

16 January 2016

A production team from Sedos (http://www.sedos.co.uk/index.php),

a well-respected London based theatre company is looking for submissions

of 10 minute scripts to be performed in late July/early August 2016

in both London (the Bridewell Theatre) and at the Edinburgh Fringe festival (Greenside Venues).

Deadline: The submission period runs from now until 11th March 2016.

There is a £5 entry fee for non-Sedos members which is payable upon submission.

The key requirement is that scripts must follow the theme of “Frenemies”

but interpretation of that theme and choice of genre

and format is open to the writer’s imagination

(subject to a couple of practical parameters as set out in the guidelines).

Submissions are open now and can be accessed at this link: http://sedos.co.uk/frenemies/

Submission guidelines can be found via a link on the submission page,

at: https://writingcontests.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

Playwriting Competition Call for Submissions

9 January 2016

The Princeton Theatre Group invites submission of scripts to be considered for the 2016 New Works Festival

Two categories

One-Act Scripts and Ten-Minute Plays

Winners will receive a staged reading by professional actors

during Festival 56, Illinois’ largest summer theatre festival.

The New Works Festival will also include a playwrights’ reception

and opportunities to receive feedback of the winning works.

No entry fee — No cash prizes

Timetable

  • Submission deadline: 1 March 2016
  • Winners will be notified by 1 May 2016
  • Production dates: July 23 and 24, 2016

Competition Rules

  • Only complete scripts will be considered; no excerpts from longer works.
  • Scripts must be original, unpublished, and not previously produced.
  • Each playwright may submit only one script per category. It is possible for a playwright to win in both categories.
  • Competition is open to adult playwrights around the English-speaking world. No juvenile writers.
  • Target audience: adults, including young adults.
  • Genre: comedy, drama, tragedy, farce, hybrid; theatrical storytelling. No monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, or musicals.
  • Cast may contain any number of characters of any race, ethnicity, or gender.
  • Theme and subject matter are open; however, excessively strong language is discouraged.
  • Winners will grant Festival 56 and Princeton Theatre Group first production rights.

Playwrights retain copyright.

  • At least two One-Act and up to six Ten-Minute scripts will be selected for staged

readings. Total number of winners will depend upon the number and range of submissions.

  • The decision of the judges is final. Judges will not provide any written or verbal critiques.
  • Winning playwrights are strongly encouraged to attend their readings, although attendance is not a requirement for winning.
  • If the playwright is present, a talkbackwith the audience and actors will immediately follow the reading of each script.

Criteria for selection:

  • Well developed storyline within a short work
  • Natural and creative dialogue
  • Quality of writing and dramatic structure
  • Ability of script to connect with an audience

Submission Guidelines:

  • Type script with 1-inch margins on all four edges, using a 12-point serif type such as Times New Roman, Palatino, or Courier.
  • Use standard script format including cast of characters, setting, etc.
  • Do NOT put your real name on your script! On the first page of the script, under the title, put a pen name of your choice.

Use the script title as the name of this document.

  • Create a separate document giving your real name, address, email, phone, the title of your script, and either your real age or the statement “I am over 18.”

Use your pen name as the name of this document.

This document will not be opened until after winners have been selected.

  • Attach both the script document and the identifying document to an email as a Word

doc, Pages doc, or PDF.

For a list of winners, see the Festival 56 website after 1 May 2016.

Princeton Theatre Group

Grace Performing Arts Center

316 South Main Street

Princeton, IL 61356

www.festival56.com

THEATRE OXFORD’S NATIONAL 10 MINUTE PLAY CONTEST & ANNUAL FESTIVAL

1 February 2015

http://www.theatreoxford.com

Entry Fees:

$10 (US Dollars) check made to Theatre Oxford–Fee MUST accompany each entry.

Mail entries to:

10 Minute Play Contest

PO Box 1394

Oxford, MS 38655

Deadline is Feb. 15th 2015.

All authors agree to permit Theatre Oxford to produce their contest entry play if the theatre should wish to do so. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

-Authors may submit multiple plays, but each play submitted must be accompanied by the submission of an entry fee.

Prizes:

Only the five finalists will be notified of judging results. All plays are judged blind.

-Five finalists will be chosen. The Grand Prize Winner will receive the LW Thomas Award of $1,000 and a production of the winning script.

Description:

10 MINUTE PLAY CONTEST– ENTRY RULES

-Only original plays, never before produced, are eligible.
-The play, exclusive of title and cast pages, may be no more than ten pages.
-Play should have 2-4 characters and minimal props and costumes.

-Assemble script as follows:
-TWO COPIES OF THE PLAY.
-Optional cover letter.
-A title page with the play’s title, author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE THE AUTHOR’S NAME SHOULD APPEAR.
-The second page should contain a cast of characters and time and place information. PLEASE INCLUDE THE TITLE ON THIS PAGE.
-The third page will be the first page of the script. The other pages of the play follow.
-NAME OF THE PLAY AND PAGE NUMBERS ON EVERY PAGE, starting with the first page of the script.

-Staple or paperclip the play. DO NOT use binders or folders of any kind. Plays cannot be returned. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope if you want assurance that your play was received.

Contact Information:

If you have questions, please e-mail Meaghin Burke, Contest Director, at theatreoxford@gmail.com

Visit website for details: http://www.theatreoxford.com/#!10-min-rules/cejw

 

“FIVES” New Play Festival seeking submissions

21 January 2015

BLACK BOX Playwriting Competition: FIVES

Five plays. Five actors. Five winners. $500 in prize money!

BLACK BOX is pleased to announce our second annual new theatre festival, FIVES. We are seeking submissions of unpublished, original work (works that have received previous staged readings or productions will also be considered), between 10-20 minutes in length. Contest is open to playwrights ages 16 and up.

Plays should be of a strong ensemble nature with emphasis on character rather than spectacle. Successful entries will have a five-member cast, and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space (30′ x 15′ stage). Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves. Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme. All types of work will be reviewed – comedy, drama, fantasy, etc; however, musicals and children’s scripts are not being solicited at this time.

All work must be compatible with the BLACK BOX mission to produce “theatre with integrity.”

*Entries must be submitted as hard copies (3 copies) by MARCH 5, 2015. (We are not accepting electronic submissions at this time.)

Up to two entries may be submitted by an author. Each entry must be submitted separately, and include a different pseudonym. A $10.00 entry fee (check or money order) must accompany each script. 

Visit the website for details:  http://www.blackboxdrama.com/#!fives-play-festival/cpyv

Last Call for Submission: Poetic License 6@6 Reading Series – Deadline: November 20, 2014

19 November 2014
Poetic Theater Productions is seeking submissions for the 6@6 Reading

Series in Poetic License: our 4th annual festival of new poetic

theater, taking place February 2-22, 2015 at Wild Project.

To Submit:

Please fill out the form on our website, poetictheater.com, and e-mail a PDF of your play to submit@poetictheater.com by Thursday, November 20, 2014 for consideration.

Please include your name and contact information along with the script in .PDF format with the file name LastName_FirstName.PDF (i.e. Doe_John.PDF).

Due to the festival time constraints, scripts should be no more than 75 minutes in length.

17 shows have previously been read in the 6@6 Reading Series. Highlights include: Foreign Bodies by Eboni Hogan, faith by Caroline Rothstein, Ricky’s Way by Maurice Decaul, and Paradox of the Urban Cliché by Craig muMs Grant Poetic Theater Productions seeks to define the modern genre of “poetic theater” by connecting and fostering a community of artists who are passionately creating relevant and accessible work and reinvigorating a conscious theater of language.  Through a multi-runged platform of developmental programming, Poetic Theater Productions offers resources and opportunities for poets, playwrights, and theater artists to develop new work and see it through to production. PTP seeks out and creates opportunities to connect with communities affected by the issues of topic within our productions, in NYC and nationwide, through collaborative projects and exchanges of art and ideas.

Visit the website:  poetictheater.com

Call for submissions: GeminiMagazine

11 October 2014

We have no guidelines or restrictions on
writing style or content—nada, zilch, keine. As
Charlie “Bird” Parker pointed out, “There’s no
boundary line to art.” We don’t want to set any
boundaries so we use a clean, simple selection
process: if it strikes a chord with us we print it.

Payment: $10 per published piece

TO SUBMIT BY EMAIL (except contest entries):

Paste previously unpublished fiction, poetry,
essays, memoirs, short plays or other
interesting work into body of email and send to:

submissions@gemini-magazine.com

No attachments except JPEG images for art and
photography. Don’t send contest entries to this
email address. See box at top for contest info.

TO SUBMIT BY SNAIL MAIL:

Gemini Magazine
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558 USA

(include SASE/email address for reply)

*****

Submission period: 365 days per year

Response time: We have a large backlog and
are making every effort to catch up. After 60
days please feel free to inquire about your
submission. We will respond to all submissions.

Rights: All rights revert to author upon
publication in Gemini Magazine.

Visit the website:  http://www.gemini-magazine.com/submit.html

BlueCat Screenplay Competition: Feedback for all Entrants

11 October 2014

BlueCat Screenplay Competition Offers Analysis to Every Script

Here at BlueCat Screenplay Competition we provide written analysis for every script submitted. Our group of readers issue detailed notes with the goal of helping every entrant improve their screenplay. This process affords our entrants the option to rework, and then re-submit their scripts based on the feedback they receive. This is just one example of BlueCat’s main objective—to support and develop all screenwriters at every stage of the writing process.

For more information and examples of our script analysis here at BlueCat follow the link: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/script-analysis/
Thank You,
Claudia Summerfield
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Upcoming Submission Deadlines:
MID DEADLINE: October 15th, 2014
Submit by: October 15th, 2014
Receive written analysis by:  November 10th, 2014.
Fees:($65 Features, $50 Shorts)

 

FINAL DEADLINE: November 15th, 2014
Submit by: November 15th, 2014
Receive written analysis by: March 1st, 2015.
Fees: ($70 Features, $60 Shorts)

 

SUBMIT YOUR SCREENPLAY: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/submit/

 

BlueCat Awards
 
BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY
$15,000 Grand Prize
Four Finalists
$2,500 Prize

 

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY
$10,000 Grand Prize
Three Finalists
$1,500 Prize

 

THE CORDELIA AWARD
Best Feature Screenplay from the UK
$1,500 Prize
THE JOPLIN AWARD
Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK
$1,500 Prize
 
Recent achievements by BlueCat Alumni include:
  • 2014 BlueCat Winner HF Crum has signed with manager Michelle Knudsen at MXN. Knudsen co-produced Jason Bateman’s “Bad Words” and also represents screenwriting team Yana Gorskaya & Maia Rossini, who are currently writing a film for FOX and director Paul Feig.
  • Aaron Guzikowski’s #1 Film “Prisoners,” starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Melissa Leo, was released in September 2013. He is also the creator of “The Red Road,” a Sundance Channel original series.
  • Young Il Kim’s script, “Rodham,” a 2012 Blacklist Script, recently attached director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”). Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, where he will write a biopic on Stephen Hawking.
  • Ana Lily Amipour’s debut feature, “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,” premiered at 2014 Sundance.
  • Ashleigh Powell sold her script, “SomaCell,” to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer attached to produce.

Visit the website:  http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/

MILKEN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES NEW PLAYWRITING PRIZE – International search for plays written for teens to perform

12 August 2014

 

Milken Playwriting Prize photo

Milken Community Schools is excited to announce the creation of a major international playwriting prize for plays written to be performed by teenagers.  The prize includes a cash award of $2,000, a script development process, and a full production of the play. A professional dramaturg will assist the playwright and provide readings as needed during the rewriting process. The winner will be promoted to theatres and high schools internationally.

This much-needed award encourages the writing of plays meant for teenagers to perform. High schools, unlike theatres, are constantly looking for large-cast plays with a majority of female actors. Although a variety of grants currently exist for both plays written for adults to perform and plays created by children, the Milken Playwriting Prize is for plays written to be performed by teens.  


“This is a wonderful opportunity for playwrights,” says Milken Playwriting Prize Director Robert Menna . “Our hope is that an increasing number of writers will focus on plays for younger performers. It’s also a chance for writers to challenge themselves in a new way, with the assurance of a professional-level development process and a full production.”


SUBMISSION POLICY:  Professional playwrights and authors are especially encouraged to submit. There is no entry fee. The plays must be unproduced and unpublished, have casts larger than 10, use a majority of female actors, and be between 30 and 90 minutes in length. Other parameters can be found on the Milken Playwriting Prize web page:
 www.milkenschool.org/playprize

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:   September 15, 2014 .
Prize announced: January, 2015
Development process:  through April, 2015
Production opens:  November, 2015 

Robert Menna , Director of the Milken Playwriting Prize, has extensive experience working with playwrights. He served as Dramaturg/Literary Manager at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, founded the Seattle Playwrights Alliance, and worked as co-director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. He has written and directed dozens of plays, working with noted writers and receiving a commission from the Denver Center to adapt Newbery Award Winner Avi’s The End of the Beginning  . As an educator, Menna  taught in the MFA Acting Program at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver as well as in various high schools.  For more than eight years, he has taught at Milken Community Schools. He has also co-directed the Denver Center’s Living History program, which reached more than 10,000 high school students annually with its mix of theatre, history, ethics and literature. He holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington. 

About Milken Community Schools
Milken Community Schools is one of the largest Jewish, independent, co-educational schools in the country. Serving grades 7-12, Milken is a place of rigorous academic exploration and intellectual inquiry built on a foundation of spiritual and ethical practice, developing students with sharp minds, generous hearts, and kind souls. The school’s 10-acre campus is located in the Santa Monica Mountains along the Mulholland Corridor.

2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition – SHORT SCRIPTS WANTED – EARLY DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 1ST

12 August 2014

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition awards the world’s largest cash prize for best short screenplay: $10,000, with three finalists each receiving a cash prize of $1,500.      

In keeping with our longstanding tradition, every screenplay will receive one written analysis. All submissions entered by September 1st, 2014 will receive their written analysis by October 1st, 2014.

If you enter during our next submission period (September 2nd – October 15th), you will not receive your analysis until November 10th.

 

ENTRY FEES: $40 for short screenplays, $60 for feature length screenplays. Students will be eligible to submit their short screenplay at a discounted $35 rate for the duration of the competition.   

 

  • All screenplays submitted early, by September 1st, 2014 will receive their written analysis by October 1st, 2014. ($60 Features, $40 Shorts)

Read more at http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/rules-guidelines/#IHLkvhuZJdV4ZjJI.99

  • All screenplays submitted by October 15th, 2014 will receive their written analysis by November 10th, 2014. ($65 Features, $50 Shorts)
  • All screenplays submitted by November 15th, 2014 will receive their written analysis by March 1st, 2015. ($70 Features, $60 Shorts)
  • All analyses will be returned by March 1, 2015.

Short screenplays must be between 5 and 40 pages in length.

Check out these interviews with last year’s Short Winner and Finalists:

Interview with 2014 Short Screenplay Winner Jennifer Cui

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Wenonah Wilms

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Athenia Paris Mekarnia

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Jeremy Lerman

Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.

Recent achievements by BlueCat Alumni include:

  • Aaron Guzikowski’s #1 Film “Prisoners,” starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Melissa Leo, was released in September 2013. He is also the creator of “The Red Road,” a Sundance Channel original series.
  • Young Il Kim’s script, “Rodham,” a 2012 Blacklist Script, recently attached director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”). Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, where he will write a biopic on Stephen Hawking.
  • Ana Lily Amipour’s debut feature, “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,” premiered at 2014 Sundance.
  • Ashleigh Powell sold her script, “SomaCell,” to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer attached to produce.

SUBMIT YOUR SCREENPLAY:

http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/submit/

 

Website: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/BlueCatScreenplayCompetition

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlueCatPictures

Instagram: http://instagram.com/bluecatscreenplay

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bluecatpictures

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/bluecatscreenplay

Newsletter: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/bluecat-newsletter

TLC Productions: 3rd biennial One Acts Festival!

20 June 2014

The  Canton One Acts Festival 2015 will be produced at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill the weekend of January 16-18, 2015.  Check our our One Acts page for more details.

We are now accepting one act scripts of up to 15 minutes in length.  Only the first 100 scripts received that follow the submission guidelines will be accepted. At this time, we have already received 50% of the scripts!    There will be a donation fee of $15 to Canton’s One Acts Festival,  which supports the overall production of the festival, must be submitted to have a script entered into the Festival for consideration.  This donation/fee entitles the author to submit up to 2 scripts.

TLC Productions is also seeking directors for the plays that will be selected. If interested,  please fill out the director submission form. The number of directors selected will depend on the number of plays selected.

Auditions will be held at the Canton Administration Building public meeting rooms on October 13-14, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Visit the website:  http://tlcprod.wordpress.com/

Knoxville Writers’ Guild: Writing and Poetry Contests

31 May 2014

Enter as many of the following contests as you wish.

The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2014.

Entries must be received before the deadline to be considered.
See Contest Guidelines for more information, like how to submit your entries and other fun facts.

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Creative Nonfiction

A piece written on a given topic. Creative nonfiction is the truth as you know it; the telling of a true story using the tools of fiction. However, names of people and places can be changed.

Guidelines:

Entry consists of one typed, double-spaced nonfiction essay of no more than 3,000 words.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
For This Years Entries: Topic: Local Ghost Stories.
Judged by: Not Named Yet

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Crime/Mystery

Guidelines:

Entry consists of one short story in the crime/mystery genre totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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Fiction – SciFi/Fantasy

Guidelines:

Entry consists of one short story or standalone novel excerpt in the SciFi/Fantasy genre totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

All forms of Sci-Fi/Fantasy are acceptable, including the following: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Young Adult, Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Splatterpunk, Alternative History, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, High Fantasy, etc., or a combination thereof.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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Leslie Garrett Award For Literary Fiction

In memory of the late Knoxville author, Leslie Garrett.
Fee: There is no fee for entering this contest.

Guidelines:

Entry consists of one short story totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

Only one entry per contestant.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
$0.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$0.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet

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Novel Excerpt

Send us something that makes us want to read more.

Guidelines:

Entry consists of typed, double-spaced novel excerpt or novella totaling no more than 10,000 words.

Please, include the word count on the cover sheet.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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One Act Play

Guidelines:

15-50 minutes in length

The script should follow common playwriting guidelines and formatting.

Produced but not published plays accepted.

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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Poetry

Guidelines:

Entry consists of three typed poems of no more than totaling 100 lines or fewer. If more than one poem is entered, poems will be judged as a collection.

No restrictions as to style or content, or spacing.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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Romance

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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Screenwriting

Guidelines:

A one-hour or less script, 10 – 55 pages.

The script should follow common scriptwriting guidelines and formatting. Camera transitions are not necessary.

If the author is writing a television script, the script should not be for any existing television show, but should include original material.

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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Young Writers’ Fiction Prize

Highschool students only.

Guidelines:

Entry consists of one short story totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

Open to all high school students in the Greater Knoxville Area of East Tennessee, grades 9-12. No identifying information on poems themselves.

If you are a teacher or school submitting entries on behalf of your students, please add the following in the email body (in addition to information required by the Genera Guidelines):

School:

Name

    Address

    Phone Number

Please contact KWG President Erin Atchley if your school or club needs any additional information for bookkeeping or payment purposes.

Entry Fee – Members:
$5.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$5.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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Young Writers’ Poetry Prize

Highschool students only.

Guidelines:

Entry consists of three typed poems of no more than totaling 100 lines or fewer. If more than one poem is entered, poems will be judged as a collection.

No restrictions as to style or content, or spacing.

Open to all high school students in the Greater Knoxville Area of East Tennessee, Grades 9-12. No identifying information on poems themselves.

If you are a teacher or school submitting entries on behalf of your students, please add the following in the email body (in addition to information required by the Genera Guidelines):

School:

Name

    Address

    Phone Number

Please contact KWG President Erin Atchley if your school or club needs any additional information for bookkeeping or payment purposes.

Entry Fee – Members:
$5.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$5.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet

NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 3 Call for Entries

19 April 2014

Submissions are now being accepted for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Third Annual
NEXT ACT! New Play Summit!

NEXT ACT! is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s commitment to the development of new work, and is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s recent and future growth explosion in the fields of research and technology. The summit will directly reflect the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.” The NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 3 takes place November 1– 3, 2014 and will feature readings of two never-before produced plays, and special events throughout the weekend.
theREP is particularly interested in scripts that showcase world events as they impact the individual and society, highlighting the common threads that bind the American culture together in a world that is defined more and more by diversity. The theatre will give preference to character driven scripts that showcase technology’s impact on humanity.
Accepting full length plays only.
Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces welcome.
Comedy and Drama welcome!
(Please do not submit plays about the theatre.)
ELIGIBILITY
Eligible plays cannot have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 7 characters. Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.
Plays previously submitted to NEXT ACT! will not be considered for this years’ Summit.
Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.
Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Sunday June 1, 2014
HOW TO SUBMIT
Plays: Playwrights should submit a synopsis, character descriptions and the first 10 pages of their play with a photo/resume and bio.
Email your submission to Margaret Hall, Assistant to the Artistic Director, at mhall@capitalrep.org with NEXT ACT SUBMISSION in the subject line.
A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected.
Electronic submissions preferred.
PLAYS SELECTED:
Two plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual 3-day summit, which takes place November 1 – 3, 2014. Like last years How Water Behaves is being produced as part of Capital Repertory Theatre’s 2014-15 Season.
theREP is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.

Visit the website:  http://www.capitalrep.org/news/2014-04/next-act-new-play-summit-3-call-entries

Last Call! THE GASSNER PLAYWRITING AWARD

12 April 2014

THE GASSNER PLAYWRITING AWARD

$10 ENTRY FEE.

Two cash prizes will be awarded: First Prize of $1,000, and Second Prize of $500.

The judges may withhold prizes if in their opinion no play merits the award.

Only full-length scripts are accepted.

Deadline April 15, 2014.

The competition is open to all playwrights.

Submissions must be new full-length plays.

Musicals will not be considered.

Visit the website:  http://www.netconline.org/john-gassner-award.php