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American Stage is proud to present our Playwriting Contest:

Your Summer Vacation!

Dreams to dramas, what does your summer vacation inspire? Here is your chance to write a play all about it! Submit your short play and you’ll have a chance at winning prizes and being selected for a live play reading at American Stage with your friends and family!


Families on the Go Magazine and American Stage Theatre Company are holding a Playwriting Contest for Middle School Students and High School Students for original short plays with a Summer Vacation theme.
The goal of the contest is to foster interest in the art of playwriting.
Middle School Students, (Grades 6-8) should submit a 5 minute play, typically 5 pages formatted
High School Students (Grades 9-12) should submit a 10 minute play, typically 10 pages formatted

Criteria for submissions are as follows:
1. Each play should have a run time of 5 – 10 minutes, with a maximum of 5 characters (no animals or small children), with one location or setting.
2. Each play should be written by one person.
3. "Mature" material will be allowed, but no "adult" material or language.
4. Plays must be typed and written in standard play format. A sample format can be found at
www.americanstage.org or www.familiesonthego.org
5. All entries for this year's contest must be submitted via e-mail to education@americanstage.org by June 1, 2012
6. Please include complete contact information with your submission: full name, grade, school, email address, phone, mailing address
7. Up to 1 entry per person is permitted per contest.

The winning entry, and second and third place entries, will be provided an opportunity to attend a staged reading of their play by professional actors at American Stage Theatre’ Play Reading and Awards Ceremony in the month of August, 2012.

Selecting Winners and Prizes:
Judges: 3 judges – One from American Stage, one from FOTG, and one guest celebrity judge will review submissions on the following criteria: Creativity, plot, and Character development

3 Prizes will be awarded for each category:

Middle School
1st Prize: $100 gift certificate to any American Stage Education class or camp – good for one year
2nd Prize: $75 gift certificate to any American Stage Education class or camp – good for one year
3rd Prize: $50 gift certificate to any American Stage Education class or camp – good for one year

High School
1rst Prize: $100 gift certificate to any American Stage Education class or Teen Institute Program – good for one year
2nd Prize: $75 gift certificate to any American Stage Education class or Teen Institute Program – good for one year
3rd Prize: $50 gift certificate to any American Stage Education class or Teen Institute Program – good for one year

CONTEST DETAILS:
• All entries will receive an e-mail notification that the script has been received.
• Winners and non-winners will be e-mailed the contest results by July 15, 2012.
• Winning entries may be asked to edit or rewrite portions of the play. The winning entry will be asked to submit hard copies of the play once the final version is approved.
• American Stage reserves the right to edit the winning submissions.
 

 


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