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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/

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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

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/

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/

 

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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/

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

2014 ONE ACT NEW PLAY COMPETITION*

4 February 2014

The Georgia Theatre Conference (www.georgiatheatreconference.com), the official theatre organization for the state of Georgia, is now taking submissions for its annual One Act New Play Competition. The competition is open writers inside and outside of Georgia. The Competition is hosted by the Professional Division of GTC. The winning play will receive a $250.00 prize and will also be performed as a staged reading at the Georgia Theatre Conference convention held in Columbus, GA, October 9-11, 2014.

Guidelines are listed below:

Entries will be accepted between March 1, 2014 and July 15, 2014.

One submission per playwright only. Play submissions must be one act in length.  Plays should be approximately 50 pages in length, with a running-time between 30 minutes and one hour, and limited to 10 or fewer characters.

Full length scripts, children’s plays, 10 Minute plays, and musicals are not accepted.

Plays must be unproduced (no professional productions) and unpublished. Plays that have gone through readings and workshops are acceptable.

Plays must be submitted by email attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format:

§  Text in 11-12 point type and in plain font (e.g. Times New Roman)

§  Script must include page numbers at the bottom of each page

§  The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the script

§  Do not include resumes, playwright biographies, or history of the play

§  Send a separate title page with the author’s name and contact info.

Please email all entries to:

Celeste Morrisceleste.morris@ung.edu

Assistant Professor

University of North Georgia

In association with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance

*There is no submission fee required for this competition.

Last Call! 2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition – Final postmark deadline: November 15, 2013

19 October 2013
2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline: Friday, November, 15th 2013
Features – $70, Shorts – $60, Student Shorts – $25
The BlueCat Screenplay Competition dedicates itself to the development of screenwriters worldwide and we are proud to continue our tradition of giving written feedback to all screenplay submissions. Shorts will receive one written analysis and features will receive two by March 1st.
Students may enter their short screenplays at a discounted rate of $29 (regular $50).
THE AWARDS
• Best Feature Screenplay – $15,000 USD Grand Prize;
Four Finalists will receive $2,500 USD
• Best Short Screenplay – $10,000 USD Grand Prize;
Three Finalists will receive $1,500 USD
• The Cordelia Award for Best UK Feature Screenplay – $1,500 USD Prize
• The Joplin Award for Best International Feature Screenplay – $1,500 USD Prize
For submission guidelines, visit www.bluecatscreenplay.com/rules-guidelines.
SUBMIT YOUR SCREENPLAY:
http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/2014-call-for-entries
BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Website: www.bluecatscreenplay.com
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Newsletter: www.bluecatscreenplay.com/bluecat-newsletter

Remarkable Theatre 2nd annual ‘Pint-Size Plays NZ’ short play writing competition

19 October 2013

Remarkable Theatre

Queenstown

New Zealand

Are calling for entries to their 2nd annual ‘Pint-Size Plays NZ’ short play writing competition.

1.       The competition is open to anyone, provided the script is the original work of the entrant.

2.       Plays must be capable of being staged in a pub, with a running time of between 5 – 10 minutes.

3.       Scripts should require no more than 3 actors using a minimal number of props.

4.       Scripts will be judged on originality, writing quality and entertainment value.

5.       The author’s name must not appear in the script – this is an anonymous competition.

6.       Scripts will be short listed to 8 – which will be performed, before a live audience, who will decide the winner.

7.       Entries close:  30 – Nov – 2013

8.       Performance date:  02 – March – 2014

9.       For further information or enquires contact: David Cantwell davidcantwell@xtra.co.nz

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition

3 February 2013

 

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 82nd Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries will also be on display in the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

Wondering what’s in it for you?

  • A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino*
  • A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest eBooks
  • A chance to win $3,000 in cash
  • Get national exposure for your work
  • One on one attention with four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City!

*A 30-Minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino: In this 30-minute session, Chuck Sambuchino will review your current platform-building efforts, discuss goals for your platform, then provide tailored advice and a specific strategy for launching or growing your platform to achieve the results you want.

Chuck Sambuchino is the author of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript (Writer’s Digest, 2009), the bestselling humor book How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack (Running Press, 2010), which has been optioned for film by Robert Zemeckis, and the forthcoming titles Red Dog, Blue Dog (Running Press, July 2012) and Create Your Writer Platform (Writer’s Digest, Nov 2012). Chuck is also the editor of the bestselling Guide to Literary Agents and Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market annuals (Writer’s Digest). Chuck is a former staffer of several newspapers and magazines. During his tenure as a newspaper reporter, he won awards from both the Kentucky Press Association and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. During the past decade, more than 650 of his articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and books. Chuck also speaks at more than a dozen writing conferences each year on the topics of securing an agent and building a platform.

 

How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form.

Early Bird Entry fees are $27 for the first manuscript; $20 for each additional entry submitted during the same transaction. Poems are $15 for the first entry; $10 for each additional poem submitted submitted during the same transaction. Entries submitted after that May 6, 2013 Early Bird deadline are $32 for the first manuscript; $25 for each additional entry submitted during the same transaction. Poems are $20 for the first entry; $15 for each additional poem submitted submitted during the same transaction.

Enter your work into one or more of these 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

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • $3,000 in cash
  • One on one attention from four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City!
  • A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest eBooks
  • A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino

First place will receive $1,000 in cash and $100 off any purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

Second place will receive $500 cash and $100 off any purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

Third place will receive $250 in cash and $100 off any purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

Fourth place will receive $100 in cash and $50 off any purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

Fifth place will receive $50 in cash and $50 off any purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

Sixth through Tenth place winners will receive $25 in cash.

All winners will also receive:

Be sure to check out more writing contests sponsored by Writer’s Digest.


EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: MAY 6, 2013

 


About 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Collection
This special competition collection will be published in November 2013 and consists of the grand prize manuscript, the first place manuscript in each category, and the names of the top 10 winners in each category. You can purchase a copy online or order by mailing in the printable entry form. (You are not required to purchase the collection to enter the competition.)

VISIT THE WEBSITE: http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition


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