Scriptwriting Contests

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

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...

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“FIVES” New Play Festival seeking submissions

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 We are seeking submissions of unpublished, original work (works that have received previous staged readings or productions will also be considered), between 10-20 minutes in length.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: ...

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

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Call for submissions: GeminiMagazine

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: ...

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BlueCat Screenplay Competition: Feedback for all Entrants

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 ____________ 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: ...

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

  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...

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