Following the success over the past few years Sussex Playwrights’ Club
has again joined forces with New Venture Theatre to bring the 10-Minute
Play Competition 2015. Now open for submissions and will close on
Saturday 31 January 2015.
As with previous years the competition will culminate with a
production of the 8 winning plays as the New Venture Theatre July
production – 20 to 28 July 2015.
Writers can submit up to 3 plays at a cost of £5 per play entered. It
is possible to enter online using the New Venture Theatre website or by
Rules of Entry
1. All plays submitted must be a maximum of 10 minutes in length. They should also not be shorter than 5 minutes.
2. Plays must be written for the stage and may have no more than 3 characters in total – this includes non-speaking and off stage interacting characters. Monologues are also excluded.
3. Plays should have minimal set and props.
4. Plays must be the original work of the submitting writer (which excludes adaptations). Plays may not be submitted by an agent or on behalf of the writer.
5. Plays must not have been performed or published. Plays that have received a rehearsed reading as part of their development are acceptable.
6. Plays must be received by the deadline of midnight on 31 January 2015. Any submissions received after this will not be considered in the competition.
7. Submission of a play is taken as the granting of a rights licence to produce the play, at no cost, as part of the competition – see competition prize section. Apart from this the copyright remains with the writer.
8. All submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate competition entry fee – see submission section.
9. Writers may submit a maximum of 3 plays.
10. Plays must be written in English.
11. All plays submitted may be either in hard copy or electronic.
12. The writer’s details must not appear on the script or in the file details of electronic copies.
13. Each submission must be accompanied by the name and contact details and a short bio of the writer and a payment of £5 entry fee for each play submitted – cheques made payable to ‘New Venture Theatre’
14. Plays should be professionally set out, double spaced, printed on A4 page, single sided in 12pt Arial or similar font and attached by a single staple in the top left hand corner only. No binders or other fixings please.
15. We are unable to return your scripts so please do not send the original.
16. If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt enclose a stamped addressed postcard.
17. Postal Submissions should be made to:
10-Minute Play Competition
New Venture Theatre
18. Plays should be professionally set out, double spaced in 12pt Arial or similar font and saved in .doc .docx .rtf .odt or .pdf formats only (please ensure the file details do not include your name).
19. Online submissions can be made at www.newventure.org.uk/10MinutePlayComp2015
20. The form should be completed and play(s) attached. Payment will be taken through PayPal.
21. All submissions will be read by our judging panel and a shortlist of up to 8 will be selected for production.
22. The option to give a final edit to the production version of the play will be given to the writers of these 8 plays. This will be in consultation with double BAFTA winning writer Barry Purchese.
23. Details of the plays selected for production will be published on the New Venture Theatre and Sussex Playwrights websites and their writers will be advised during April 2015.
24. These plays will be produced at the New Venture Theatre in the 75 seat Theatre Upstairs for 8 performances during the week 17 to 25 July 2015.
25. After each performance the audience will be asked to vote on the plays they have seen.
26. On the last night the winning play will be announced from the audience votes.
27. The winning writers will be invited to attend the final performance on Saturday 25 July – due to the size of the theatre we can only provide 1 complimentary ticket each.
28. The organisers reserve the right to change any of the above in the event of problems beyond their control that may cause the performances to be detrimental to the reputation of the writers and / or organisations.
Writing contest 2015