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December Playwriting Contests

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If your dusty old 2008 New Year's Resolution was to become a successful new playwright, you've got just enough time left to make that happen! This month's contests feature many ways to creatively and culturally express your theatrical ideas.

1. Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration (STAGE) Competition

Here's a rewarding challenge: Create a stage play that explores the issues of science and technology.

Sponsored by the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, S.T.A.G.E. will award a $10,000 prize to the winning playwright. Also, the dramatist will have a chance to develop and promote their work, along with guidance from a professional artists and scientists.

Discover more about this fascinating competition.

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked on or before December 15th.

2. Pioneer Drama Service - Shubert Fendrich Playwritng Contest

Pioneer Drama Service is a terrific resource for drama teachers of all grade levels. Each year, they offer scores of new dramatic works. Each year, the Shubert Fendrich Playwriting Contest seeks an exceptional play suitable for educational and community theaters. The contest honors the company's founder who passed away in 1989.

Winning playwrights receive a publication contract and promotion of their work. Submissions are accepted from December until March 1st.

Visit their website to learn more details.

3. 15 Minute Play Festival

Uh-oh, you were writing a ten minute play but it ran a little too long? That’s perfect! The Turnip Theatre Company, based in New York City, is currently seeking 15 minute scripts.

Each presented play receives a $25 royalty and winners receive cash awards from $100-$300. "Cash awards of $100 for Best Play, Best Direction, Best Performance, and Audience Favorite. Less conventional works compete for the Alan Minieri Memorial Playwriting Award ($300) presented in honor of Turnip Theatre Company’s late Artistic Director."

Learn more about this cutting edge festival.

Deadline: Dec. 31st

4. Mountain Playhouse Intenational Comedy Playwriting Contest

The Mountain Playhouse, based in Jennerstown, Pennsylvania, is a regional theater that loves comedy. Not only do they produce razor-sharp farces from established playwrights, they actively seek new work from undiscovered scribes.

Case in point: their annual Comedy Playwriting Contest. The winning play will receive a staged reading by professional actors -- not to mention a $3000 prize. Deadline: December 31st.

Pay close attention to their guidelines.

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