Guidelines

GUIDELINES

-The Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition (henceforth ‘the Competition’) is open to one-act and multi-act plays, 90 – 120 minutes in length (not including intermission). Generally, a properly formatted play of this length will be 80 to 110 pages long. If your script is significantly outside these parameters, it is probably ineligible.

-Playwrights may submit more than one script, but each script must be accompanied by a separate entry fee and entry form.

-Entries must be received by the Competition no later than midnight, March 29, 2019 Pacific Standard Time (PST).

-The Competition is open to writers of any nationality BUT all entries must be written in English.

-The script must be original. Adaptations of other works will not be accepted with two exceptions: 1) adaptation of works that are in the public domain will be accepted; for instance, a contemporary adaptation of a classic Greek tragedy; 2) adaptation of works to which the author holds sole copyright will be accepted; for instance, a short story written by the author at an earlier time.

-Scripts that have been simultaneously entered in other playwriting competitions are eligible.

-Scripts that have won other playwriting competitions are NOT eligible.

-Scripts that have gone through a workshop or been given public reading ARE eligible.

-Scripts that have been professionally produced at the time of submission are NOT eligible. Any public performance for which production members have been paid beyond a token honorarium will be considered a professional production.

-Scripts which have been commissioned are NOT eligible.

-Employees (or immediate family thereof) of Langham Court Theatre or of the Competition are NOT eligible.

JURORS

Adjudication will be completed by three independent jurors engaged by the Competition. Jurors will be qualified and experienced industry professionals. Jurors will remain anonymous from the public as well as each other until the adjudication is complete. There will be three rounds of adjudication. Entrants will be notified at the end of each round if their script has been successfully passed to the next round. The first round will commence as soon as possible after the March 29, 2019 deadline. The Jurors’ decisions are final. All scripts will be judged anonymously; see script submission details below.

PRIZES

-A prize of $8000 will be awarded to the winner.*

-Four $500 prizes will be awarded to the runners-up.*

-The winning entrant may receive a travel stipend of up to $1000 to help offset the costs of travelling to Victoria, Canada for a professionally led workshop culminating in a staged reading before an audience including invited British Columbia theatre producers at Langham Court Theatre. The stipend is based on the distance, as calculated by Google Maps, between the winning entrant’s residence and Langham Court Theatre and is set at $2 per km. That is to say, to obtain the maximum stipend of $1000, the winning entrant must live 500 or more kilometers away from Langham Court Theatre. The travel stipend is meant to help offset the cost of travel, not to cover the entire cost of travel.*

-At the discretion of Langham Court Theatre, the play could be fully produced during the following season as a special event.

-The winning entries will be announced on the Competition website on May 31, 2019. The workshop will take place within three months of the announcement.

SUBMISSIONS

-One copy of the script is to accompany the web entry form. Entries must be in PDF format. All other formats (e.g. Word, Open Office, Google Docs, etc.,) will be rejected.

-NO IDENTIFYING MARKS will appear on the script or the title page. If the name of the playwright appears anywhere on the script, it will be rejected. The script will be identified by title only with other identifying information contained only on the entry form.

-The script entry form must be accompanied by entry fee payment. Until payment is received, a script shall be considered ineligible.

-The script and payment must be received by midnight, March 29, 2019 Pacific Standard Time (PST).

-All scripts must be properly formatted. An improperly formatted script is difficult to read and may be rejected. See ‘Notes on Formatting’ below for more information.

-Number each page of the script after the title page, beginning with page one.

FEES

-Each entry $45.00.*

-For an additional $50.00, entrants can request a 300 to 500 word written critique from a Juror. The fee shall be paid at the time of submission. Written critiques will be emailed directly to entrants upon completion and no later than May 31, 2019.*

NOTES ON FORMATTING

-double-space text between speaking parts and stage directions

-single-space text elsewhere

-isolate speakers’ names from the dialogue in a consistent manner

-use italics to clearly distinguish stage directions from dialogue

-no images should appear anywhere on the title page or script

-use a standard 12 point font

For example:

Maurice and Anna stand facing each other.

Anna
Didn’t you know the deadline was March 29th?

Maurice
I was working my way up to it. You know it’s not easy writing tragedy. Especially with all these newfangled rules! If you think it’s easy, YOU submit a play–there’s still time.

Anna turns away from him.

Anna
How dare you! You of all people should know that my life has been too full of tragedy to write a tragedy…

detail from The Dead Man’s Hand

 

 

 

 

 

*all funds in Canadian dollars