Playwriting Competition for New Jersey High School Student Playwrights Submit Your Original Play by January 20, 2014
The purpose of this playwriting competition is to encourage high school students to write and also advance their interest in theater.
This competition is now in its 12th year. Secondary school students aged 13-18 are invited to submit either a short play or an excerpt from a longer work that they have written. Winners’ plays will be performed by professional actors.
AWARDS Wining plays will be performed at an awards ceremony in March, 2014. First, second and third place authors will receive $300, $200 and $100 cash prizes. Honorable Mention will be awarded to three additional students.
COMPETITION GUIDELINES · Only one entry per author. · Entry fee: $5. · Scripts must be typed in play format. · All submissions must be 10 to 25 pages (excerpts of longer work are OK!). · Original work only, no adaptations. · All scripts should be in a word document and have the title of the play on the cover. · All entrants must be NJ residents in secondary school, aged 13-18. · Entries MUST be received by Monday, January 20, 2014.
HOW TO ENTER 1. Fill out the form by Monday, January 20, 2014. 2. Pay $5 fee - Directly on the website by credit card or - by check sent to : The Theater Project, PO Box 101, Union NJ 07083
IMPORTANT DATES All entries due: Monday, January 20, 2014
This competition was inspired by a generous donation from Linden, NJ resident Bill Mesce, Jr., an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, whose recent short story collection, PRECIS, was published by Stephen F. Austin University Press. He is also the author of OVERKILL: THE RISE AND FALL OF THRILLER CINEMA, and writes regularly about film and television for the award-winning website, Sound on Sight. Mesce says about the competition: "It is not only impressive but inspiring to see these young people applying themselves to an art form that has always been about a command of language, and a bit awesome to see how well they carry it off."