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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/

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.

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 

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2014

7 March 2014

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a story that is 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. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

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

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: July 31, 2014

All contest winners will be announced on September 20, 2014

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 short 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

Skyblue Theatre Playwriting Competition

4 March 2014

1. The competition is open to all nationalities, but plays must be written in English and unpublished for the duration of the competition.

2. Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time of between 10 and 30 minutes.

3. By entering the competition the writer affirms that their entry is original and they have sole rights to all matters contained within the play.

4. Plays must be submitted using a pseudonym to ensure impartiality and the author’s real name removed from all pages of the script. All pages to be numbered.

5. The first page of each script should include a completed play synopsis of no more than 50 words, a list of characters, a description of setting.

6. Each play script must be accompanied by an entry form which can be downloaded from this page.

7. Scripts and entry forms must be submitted together as attachments in Word or PDF documents with the title of the play in the subject line to newplay@skybluetheatre.com

8. Entries must be submitted with full payment of £15 per play. Entrants may submit any number of plays and each play must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.

9. The organisers will not accept responsibility for the loss of scripts in transit.

10. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence concerning the results will be entered into.

Play submissions that do not comply with all competition rules will be read in their entirety but may be discounted from the competition without notification to the writer or refund of entry fee.

The closing date for all entries is 30th March 2014. Please see the website for further information/ entry form or contact anne@skybluetheatre.com

Visit the website for details on how to enter: http://www.skybluetheatre.com/newplays.php

From Page to Stage Competition

17 February 2014

Calling all playwrights! Have you always wanted the chance to stage your story? The Tacchi-Morris re-launches its Page to Stage competition, a unique opportunity to develop your work for the stage. Scripts, excerpts or works in development are invited and should be no more than 20 pages in length or 20 minutes in performance time.

 Up to 6 entered scripts will be chosen for a performance night, with audience feedback as part of The Page is Printed Festival. Entries will be read by a professional team with the winners having the opportunity to utilise Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre’s professional rehearsal facilities to develop your work. Please note you will need to source your own actors and directors, although the Tacchi-Morris may be able to support you with this.

Deadline for entries: Thursday 3rd April 2014

Entry Fees: Adults – £10, Under 16s – Free

(All entries receive a ticket to the Page to Stage scratch night on Thursday 26th June 2014, at 7pm) 

£350 of bursaries to help develop work!

2 of £100

3 of £50

To enter or download an application form visit http://www.tacchi-morris.com

Entries should be emailed to info@tacchi-morris.com

The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, School Road, Taunton, TA2 8PD, England

01823 41414101823 414141             www.tacchi-morris.com       info@tacchi-morris.com

Visit the website: http://www.tacchi-morris.com/whats-on/shows/theatre-somerset/from-page-to-stage1.html

Sanguine Theatre Company announces our 4th annual playwriting competition

25 October 2013

Sanguine Theatre Company announces our 4th annual playwriting competition.

Project Playwright is a result of Sanguine’s love for playwrights and new
works. Once all submissions have been read a panel will select a number of
scripts from which Sanguine Theatre Company will produce a staged reading in
New York City of excerpts from the plays that will be determined by Sanguine
Theatre Company in collaboration with the playwrights. From there, a grand
prize winner will be chosen and have his or her play fully produced in a New
York City theatre along with opportunities to workshop their script.

*No submissions will be accepted after November 30, 2013 at 5pm EST
*A $5 non-refundable administrative fee is due at the time of submission. It can be paid through PayPal on our submission page. 
*We are a contemporary theatre group looking for pieces that deal with contemporary issues, and our target audience is generally in their 20’s to 30’s.

Please check out our website (http://www.sanguinenyc.com) to get a sense of who we are.

For submission guidelines please visit:
 http://sanguinenyc.com/?p=731

Last Call! Red Theater Playwriting Competition 2013: Deadline: October 31, 2013

25 October 2013

ARTISTIC CRITERIA

We are looking for work that is THEATRICAL and PERSONALTheatrical means a work that could only be fully realized in a theater. It should take full advantage of the temporal and connective nature of human performers interacting with a living audience.

Personal means that the work uniquely and vividly wrestles with the dualities present in the human condition. For example: that we are alive but will die; that the more knowledge we have, the more foolish we feel.
Please surprise us with difficult ideas, impossible stagings, and a powerful heart.

GUIDELINES

1) The play needs to be at least 60 minutes running time and no longer than 120.
2) The play can not have received a professional production.
3) Adaptations are accepted as long as the author has complete rights.
4) The play should be written in, or translated into, the English language.
5) We can only accept one submission per playwright.
6) Please submit your play as a PDF to the following email: scripts-at-redtheater.org
7) Please ensure your script includes a list of characters and that the pages are numbered.
8) In the interests of impartiality, please do not include your name anywhere on the script (or in the PDF title). Please provide your contact details in the email only.

DEADLINE

Deadline for submissions: October 31st, 2013.

Winners and a shortlist will be announced on or before January 31, 2014.

Performances of selected material will occur during the Red Theater main-stage performance running in March 2014

More information about the company and competition, including past winners, can be found here:

Theatre InspiraTO’s Playwriting Contest

2 September 2013

Canada’s Largest Ten-Minute Play Festival: www.inspiratofestival.ca

The InspiraTO Theatre Festival, now entering its 9 th season, has produced 134 ten-minute plays to date. Each season over 100 theatre artists participate in Canada’s largest ten-minute play festival.

InspiraTO’s Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest is open to everyone without age or geographic restriction. You can only submit one play.  There is no submission fee.   

Deadline to submit a play:  Dec. 18, 2013 (midnight E.S.T.)

The creative challenge: The staging of the play must involve two or more dimensions i.e. fantasy & reality; fiction & history; past & present; living & dead; different psychological states (character & alter ego); spiritual & physical world;  reality & dream world; deaf & hearing; human & abstract; stage & breaking the fourth wall, etc.

For full details visit: http://www.inspiratofestival.ca/write-a-play.php

The Producers Club Short Play Contest

2 June 2013

The Producers Club Short Play Contest for fall is back! This Contest is to encourage emerging writers and find original shows we can produce. There is no fee to submit your play to the contest. We select the best of 5 plays from the submissions we receive. We are in the middle of producing previous contest’s five short plays. We have have directors like Richard Kline, Bob McAndrew and John J Bruno directing the plays. They are scheduled for July 21st, July 22nd and July 23rd at the Producers Club.

Once you are accepted, a $300 refundable deposit will be required. The deposit will be returned as long as your play sells 20 tickets in total to all three performances assigned to your show.

All plays selected will be given a three-performance run at the Producers Club on 44th Street and 9th Ave in Midtown Manhattan, NY.

Submission Rules
In order to submit a play, please send the following via email:
1. A 200- to 300-word synopsis of the play
2. The complete script in either a word document or PDF file
3. Your telephone number and home address
4. Your bio

Play Guidelines

Entries must be submitted by June 21st 2013.
All entries must the writer?s original work.
The entries should be between 10 and 15 minutes.
Maximum number of actors/actresses is 5 per entry.
The play will be produced with minimal set/props/costuming.
The judges will announce their selections on or about June 28th and the successful writers will be notified via email.
As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines. The refundable $300 deposit should be paid before the show rehearsals and will be refunded after the sales of the first 20 tickets; that means an average of 7 people per performance = 20 audience members in total to all three performances assigned. Each ticket will be $15.00 and will be admission to 5 short plays, that’s a full evening of great theater for $15.00 for your friends and family.

Prizes
After all plays have had their three-performance run, the first place play will receive the $2,000.00 video package. The video will be a three-camera shoot of the play with pickup shots, close ups, etc.  The video will then be edited and a DVD will be created.  The producer/submitter of the play will be given 10 copies of the DVD.  You will own the video and can use it for any legal and non-derogatory purpose.

During the course of the performances three judges will attend, one per performance, to judge the plays. This panel of judges will choose the winning play and all decisions are final decision. Winners will be announced one week after the last performance.

Again, there is no submission fee. Only those plays that are accepted will be required to send in participant deposit, which is fully refunded if at least 20 people buy a ticket to see your play. (Each play will be listed separately on our website for ticketing purpose)

Contact us at
ShortPlays@egarage.tv

Write Reality: The Reality Show Idea Contest

25 April 2013

Write Reality is a competition dedicated to finding the next hit reality show idea.

Entrants are asked to write a short summary of their idea for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $2200 and consideration by top reality production companies such as MPH Entertainment (The Dog Whisperer), 44 Blue Productions (Lock Up), GRB Entertainment (Intervention), Buck Productions (Cake Walk), T Group Productions (Storage Wars) and Paper Route Productions (Yukon Men).

The deadlines and fees are as follows: Early: May 31/$30.  Regular: August 31/$40. Late: Oct 31/$50. Final notification for winners will be December 30th.

For more info, please visit: writerealitytv.com. Contact: info@writerealitytv.com.

Last Call: The Producer’s Club Short Play Contest

25 April 2013

About
The Producer’s Club Short Play Contest is to encourage emerging writers and find original shows we can produce. There is no fee to submit your play to the contest. We select the best of 5 plays from the submissions we receive. Once you are accepted, a $300 refundable deposit will be required. The deposit will be returned as long as your play sells 20 tickets in total to all three performances assigned to your show.

All plays selected will be given a three-performance run at the Producer’s Club on 44th street and 9th Ave in Midtown Manhattan, NY.

Submission Rules
In order to submit a play, please send the following via email:
1. A 200- to 300-word synopsis of the play
2. The complete script in either a word document or PDF file
3. Your telephone number and home address
4. Your bio

Play Guidelines
1.    Entries must be submitted by May 10th 2013.
2.    All entries must the writer’s original work.
3.    The entries should be between 10 and 15 minutes.
4.    Maximum number of actors/actresses is 5 per entry.
5.    The play will be produced with minimal set/props/costuming.
6.    The judges will announce their selections on May 24th and the successful writers will be notified via email.

As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines. The refundable $300 deposit should be paid before the show rehearsals and will be refunded after the sales of the first 20 tickets; that means an average of 7 people per performance = 20 audience members in total to all three performances assigned. Each ticket will be $15.00 and will be admission to 5 short plays, that’s a full evening of great theater for $15.00 for your friends and family.

Prizes
After all plays have had their three-performance run, the first place play will receive the $2,000.00 video package. The video will be a three-camera shoot of the play with pickup shots, close ups, etc.  The video will then be edited and a DVD will be created.  The producer/submitter of the play will be given 10 copies of the DVD.  You will own the video and can use it for any legal and non-derogatory purpose.

During the course of the performances three judges will attend, one per performance, to judge the plays. This panel of judges will choose the winning play and all decisions are final decision. Winners will be announced one week after the last performance.

Again, there is no submission fee. Only those plays that are accepted will be required to send in participant deposit, which is full refunded if at least 20 people buy a ticket to see your play. (Each play will be listed separately on our website for ticketing purpose.)

Video
All plays may be filmed for a fee. There are different levels of video production ranging in price from $500.00 to $2,000.00. To know more about the services please visit our site www.cierimedia.com

Contact us at:
ShortPlays@egarage.tv

Call for Entries: Capital Repertory, Albany, NY Announces Next Act! New Play Summit 2

25 April 2013

Submissions are now being accepted for Capital Repertory Theatre’s NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT 2!

 

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.” Next Act! takes place November 2nd thru 4th, 2013 and will feature readings of two never-before produced plays, one musical and special events throughout the weekend.Capital Rep 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 plays and musicals.
Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse plays welcome.
Comedy and Drama welcome!
(Please do not submit plays about the theatre.)

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible plays can not 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. Eligible musicals can not have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 6 characters. Accompaniment must be able to be provided by a pianist for the reading. Scripts that allow creative ways for execution in the intimate atmosphere of Capital Rep’s thrust stage are particularly welcome. (There is no limit on subject matter. Adaptations of literature welcome.) Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.

Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Thursday May 30, 2013

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. Musicals: Playwrights should submit a synopsis, character descriptions, one sample scene and 3 songs (demo’s are acceptable). Music may be sent via CD or electronically. Playwrights should include 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. Capital Rep is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.

Variations Theatre Group, Inc (VTG): Call for Play Submissions

6 March 2013

“Variations Theatre Group, Inc (VTG) is proud to announce its Unchained Theatre Festival as part of our core mission, namely, to provide an opportunity for artists to develop new, arresting work.”

DETAILS

The festival will run for three weeks starting from May 18th, 2013 at our brand new Chain Theatre in Long Island City, NY. Each play will be given four showings, and  votes from a panel of judges and audience will decide which plays which will be shown at the final performance.  

Awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Ensemble, and Best Play will be presented on Saturday, June 1st, 2013 at7pm.  

You may submit up to two (2) plays/applications for the festival. Plays can be submitted in one of two categories: Short Plays (under 30 minutes) and Long Plays (30 minutes to 60 minutes).

Submissions should be sent by email to submissions@variationstheatregroup.com. Please include a completed application form, a character breakdown of your play, and a copy of your piece. We will accept either PDF or word documents.

If your piece is chosen to participate in the festival there is a non-refundable production fee of $200.00 for a short play and $400.00 for a longer play, to be paid immediately upon acceptance.  This fee will defray some of the expenses for publicity, ticketing, theater management and space rental incurred by us.

Each production will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the Awards Ceremony/Final Performance.  Each production will also receive an advance code to sell tickets with and a percentage of those ticket sales will be given back to the production. There will be six (6) weeks between announcement of selection and performance but we urge all productions to be prepared upon acceptance. 

All playwrights are responsible for producing their own individual plays. Variations Theatre Group will assist with finding actors, directors, and any technical assistants needed. Variations Theatre Group will provide a stage manager for the festival, a general light plot designed by a lighting designer, and discounted rehearsal space if needed.

All submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday, March 29th, 2013

Click  here   http://variationstheatregroup.com/newsite/unchained-theatre-festival  for more information and to download an application and

please email it after completion to submissions@variationstheatregroup.com

 

Last Call for Entries! BlueCat Screenwriting Competition: Deadline is Nov 15th, 2012

29 October 2012
Discovering and Developing Writers Since 1998
Founded by a writer, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today.We provide each writer who enters BlueCat two written analyses, ensuring each entry is reviewed by two readers, while supporting screenwriters of all levels and stages of development with the constructive feedback all writers require.

Our Winners and Finalists have been signed by major talent agencies like UTA, CAA and WME, sold their work to studios like Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal, and won major awards at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, all after being discovered by and winning BlueCat.

Rules & Guidelines

Awards:

The Winner of the 2013 Competition will receive $10,000. Four Finalists will receive $2000 each.

The Cordelia Prize will be awarded to the best screenplay written by a screenwriter residing in the UK and will receive $1000.

The Joplin Award will be awarded to the best screenplay written by a screenwriter residing outside the USA, Canada or the UK and will receive $1000.

All screenplays entered by August 1st, 2012 will be automatically entered in our Title Contest. Three winners will be determined by the votes of current 2013 BlueCat entrants and awarded $250 each.

Screenplay Analysis Schedule:

Screenplays submitted early will receive their analysis as follows:

Scripts submitted on June 15th, 2012 will receive their written analysis by June 25th, 2012.

Scripts submitted by July 1st, 2012 will receive their written analysis by July 15th 2012.

Scripts submitted by August 1st, 2012 will receive their analysis by September 1, 2012.

Scripts submitted by September 16th 2012 will receive their analysis by October 1st, 2012. ($60 entry fee)

Scripts submitted by October 15th, 2012 will receive their written analysis by November 9th, 2012. ($65 entry fee)

All analyses will be returned by March 1, 2013.

Deadlines and Fees:

The early bird entry fees are $55 and $60 per screenplay. The regular entry fee is $65 per screenplay.  Submissions are accepted via electronic submission. There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit. Final entry fee is $70 per screenplay. Resubmission fee of entry submitted early in competition is $40.

Each regular entry will receive two sets of analysis.

Early Deadline: Entries must be postmarked or received electronically on or before June 15th, 2012 and July 1st, 2012.

Regular Deadline: Entries must be postmarked or received electronically on or before October 15th, 2012.

Final Deadline: Entries must be postmarked or received electronically on or before November 15th, 2012.

Each applicant will receive an e-mail notifying them of the writing competition results.

Quarter-Finalists will be announced February 1, 2013. Semi-Finalists will be announced March 1, 2013. Five Finalists will be announced April 1st, 2013. The Winner will be announced April 10th, 2013.

About us: Since our formation in 1998 by award winning screenwriter Gordy Hoffman, our winners and finalists have launched careers in the industry. Recent BlueCat winner THE MAN IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR, by Andy Pagana and Justin Thomas, sold for low-mid six figures, and BlueCat Finalist Aaron Guzikowski’s CONTRABAND, starring Mark Wahlberg, was released by Universal. We have had a distinct track record of identifying undiscovered writing talent, paving the way for these writers to be signed by UTA, CAA and WME and sell their work to Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal. We are more than a competition; we are a community that serves to support each other and the development of the unknown screenwriter.

For Details Visit the Website: www.bluecatscreenplay.com 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BlueCatScreenplayCompetition

AURORA ONE ACTS FESTIVAL – Aurora Community Theatre’s One-Act Playwriting Competition

29 October 2012

AURORA  ONE ACTS FESTIVAL

Aurora Community Theatre’s One-Act Playwriting Competition

The Aurora Community Theatre is pleased to announce a one-act playwriting competition as a fundraiser for its 2012-2013 season.  We invite all aspiring playwrights to submit their one act plays (of no more 10 pages or 10 minutes in length when performed) for consideration.

ACT will select the top entries which will be performed for two weekends August 16-17, 2013 and August 23-24, 2013 (Friday and Saturday evenings) as a fundraiser for ACT.

Entries must be received by February 27, 2013

Festival performance dates August 16-17 and 23-24, 2013

 

AWARDS

Judges’ Choice – $200 prize

Audience Choice  – $200 prize

 

ENTRY FEE

Each author may submit up to two scripts for an entry fee of $10. Fees will be used to cover the cash prizes, advertising and performance production costs.

 

COMPETITION RULES

1.      The competition is open to all playwrights age 18 or older.

2.      Scripts are to be original, unpublished, and not previously performed within the greater Cleveland area. Staged readings or workshop productions will not disqualify a script. Musicals, monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, film scripts, and television scripts are ineligible.

3.      Scripts can be no longer than 10 pages or 10 minutes in running time when performed.

4.      Scripts can have no more than 6 characters.

5.      Scripts selected will be performed in a black box setting with minimal set pieces, e.g., furniture

6.      All scripts are to be typewritten with the name of the play listed at the top of each page, with a page number and the authors name.

7.      Scripts submitted by mail cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage. For confirmation of receipt, include a self-addressed stamped postcard.  Scripts submitted via email will receive an email confirmation

8.      No written or verbal critiques will be tendered for any script.

9.      By submitting a play, the entrant acknowledges that he or she is the sole creator of the play and entitled to grant performance rights.  ACT reserves the right to produce any of the winning plays royalty-free during our 2012-2013 season, to withhold production, and to modify cash awards as deemed necessary by the judges or ACT.

10.  ACT will select the directors and cast for each one act play.

11.  Finalists will be posted on ACT’s website.

ACT does not assume any responsibility for the loss, damage, or return of scripts.

Send scripts and entry fee of $10, check made payable to Aurora Community Theatre, to:

Aurora Community Theatre

One-Act Playwriting Competition

P.O. Box 9

Aurora, Ohio  44202

Please place your name on the cover page of the script, and include an email address and phone number where you can be reached.

Scripts may also be submitted via email to: actoneacts@gmail.com

(be sure to put one-act playwriting competition in the subject line)

email submissions must be accompanied by an electronic fee payment through the following website. (Cut and paste this into your internet browswer) https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?retail=auct

Questions? Please contact Brenda at (216) 288-1738

Sanguine Theatre Company’s 3rd Annual Playwrighting Competition

29 October 2012
Sanguine Theatre Company announces our 3rd annual playwriting competition.
Project Playwright is a result of Sanguine’s love for playwrights and new
works. Once all submissions have been read a panel will select a number of
scripts from which Sanguine Theatre Company will produce a staged reading in
New York City of excerpts from the plays that will be determined by Sanguine
Theatre Company in collaboration with the playwrights. From there, a grand
prize winner will be chosen and have his or her play fully produced in a New
York City theatre along with opportunities to workshop their script.
*No submissions will be accepted after December 3, 2012 at 5pm EST
*A $5 non-refundable administrative fee is due at the time of submission. It can be paid through PayPal
*We are a contemporary theatre group looking for pieces that deal with contemporary issues,
and our target audience is generally in their 20’s to 30’s.
Please check out our website (http://www.sanguinenyc.com) to get a sense of who we are.
For details please visit:
http://sanguinenyc.com/blog/

Last Call! THE 2nd Annual JCC METROWEST JEWISH PLAYWRITING CONTEST – Deadline: November 1st, 2012

26 October 2012

Carol Berman, Director of the Arts at JCC MetroWest and David Winitsky, Artistic Director of the Jewish Plays Project are excited to announce the return of their competition for full-length plays dealing with contemporary Jewish themes. Using a curated jury process followed by a series of live selection events, the Contest will give equal voice to Jewish audiences and artists in creating Jewish theater for the 21st Century.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS and other IDEALS. We believe that Jewish identity and culture are specific manifestations of universal human cravings for spiritual, ethical, moral and worldly joy. “Matrilineal descent” is neither important nor necessary.

ELIGIBILITY: Full-length plays that deal with contemporary Jewish themes that have never been produced in New York City. The following must be true of a submitted play:

1. It is not a Yiddish play.

2. It is not a Holocaust play. (We have a separate category for those. See http://www.jewishplaysproject.org/shoah)
3. It contains significant Jewish themes, characters, content, or points of view.
4. It does NOT fall into the beloved category of “ethnically stereotypical comedy” (No ‘Yiddishemammeh” plays, no “My Afternoon With Bubbe”, no “Jewtopia”)
5. It has not had a full production in the NY Metro region.
6. It is NOT a musical (plays with music may apply).

SUBMISSION: Entries are due by November 1 at 6 pm. There is NO fee to apply, but there is a one (1) submission per person rule. Plays that were submitted to the 2012 Contest ARE eligible.

For the full Contest RFP, visit: www.jewishplaysproject.org/jpc

Or contact:

David Winitsky, Artistic Director: david@jewishplaysproject.org

THE PRIZE: The winning plays will be developed in the spring of 2013 by a company of stellar actors, directors and designers. During the JPP’s OPEN Residency in June, 2013, a final New York City Contest will be held, with the ultimate winner continuing directly on to a 2-week workshop and 2 performances.

ABOUT THE JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT: The Jewish Plays Project puts bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages. The JPP’s innovative and competitive development vehicle invests emerging artists in their Jewishidentity; engages Jewish communities in the vetting, selecting and championing of new voices; and secures mainstream production opportunities for the best new plays.

www.jewishplaysproject.org