Playwrights! UU Children's Theatre is hosting a contest to create a new show for teens, to be performed by teens. Rules after the jump...
1. Only original, unpublished full-length plays may be submitted. Plays must not have been previously produced or won awards. Readings are acceptable if no admission was charged and actors read from the script. Musicals and non-musicals will be accepted.
2. At least fifteen characters ages 12-16 years old with at least ten being girls or androgynous.
3. The play should center around at least one social awareness or moral issue including, but not limited to, those dealing with bullying, the environment, self-image, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, homosexuality, abortion, drugs, technology, politics and/or religion.
4. All submissions should be made in standard manuscript form. All author information must be on a title page separate from the body of the manuscript and no reference to the author is permitted in the body of the script. The title page should list the play's title and the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and page count.
5. Also please include a second title page listing the title of the play; a 1-2 paragraph synopsis; a list of characters followed with a list of acts and scenes. No reference to the author should be on this sheet.
6. By submitting the manuscript to the UUCT New Play Contest, the playwright agrees that UUCT will have exclusive rights to produce the winning play(s) and/or a reading of the play(s) during the 2012- 2013 season. Plays will be judged and selected by a 4 person panel of accomplished local artists.
7. Entries can either be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or submitted by mail and postmarked no later than June 01, 2012. Due to the volume of mail, manuscripts cannot be returned.
8. A hard copy of your script can be sent to:
Des Moines Performing Arts
UUCT New Play Contest
2124 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
9. One or two winning plays will be selected and will be produced as part of the UUCT 2012-2013 season. UU Children’s Theater reserves the right to use the names of the winning plays and its author(s) in all publicity and promotions.
10. The winner(s) will be announced by August 31, 2012 on our website and the winner(s) will be notified directly by email.
11. UU Children’s Theater reserves the right to accept or reject any play submitted. UUCT reserves the right to declare no winner. Decisions of the judges are final.