COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. WINNING SCRIPTS/PLAYWRIGHTS
ANNOUNCED IN NOVEMBER
August 17, 2011 - Ends October 5, 2011
To meet the Images Theatre Company’s (ITC)
goals of developing new works about the heritage/culture of African-Americans, and giving voice to new playwrights
and works by African-American writers and other underserved writers of color, ITC is hosting our inaugural “NEW VOICES”
PLAYWRITING COMPETITION & SHOWCASE. Up to 5 plays shall be chosen to receive a staged reading in December
2011 and the top scoring play shall receive a WORKSHOP production during Images’ 2012/2013 Season.
SUBMITTAL GUIDELINES: Please review submission requirements
carefully. Applicants will not be contacted to clarify information or to provide missing information.
is NOT accepting musicals or one-acts for this inaugural competition.
- All applicants must be over the legal age of 18 years of age.
is restricted to new original works/plays that have not been previously produced or published and are full-length plays.
- All entries
must be received by October 5, 2011 to be considered. Postmarks of October 5, 2011 shall
not count. Winners shall be announced in November 2011 and staged readings are scheduled for December
- All entries
must be accompanied with a non-refundable submittal fee in the form of a check or money order for
$20.00 made out to Images Theatre Company. Submittal fee for disqualified plays that do
not adhere to the competition rules/policies will not be returned. ITC reserves the right to reject and return any
entry that does not meet the rules and policies of submittal.
submitting entries must be the owner and controller of the copyright. Co-authored plays or plays based
upon factual material or an adaptation are allowable. However, legal clearance of materials not in the
public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright(s). A page stating and certifying this with
the author/applicants signature shall accompany each submitted entry. (see certification sample statement
- Competition is limited to the first 60 applicants/entries
received prior to October 5, 2011. Should the limit
be reached prior to October 5, 2011, applicants of the additional entries received shall be notified, and their entries and
applicant entry fee shall be returned.
- Competition is opened to all playwrights (18
years of age and older), however only one entry, per playwright is allowed. Playwright need not be of African-American ethnicity
as long as the content of the play focuses on the African-American culture, history and/or experience.
- The topic/subject matter of the play must reflect
the experiences, culture, and/or history of African-Americans. The content may be related to family, relationships, politics,
traditional values, historical characters or periods or any myriad of topics that address the African-American experience.
Plays may also explore the African-American experience in relation to other ethnic groups in the world.
- Each entry must
be submitted in hard copy. By submitting, each applicant agrees that their work may up-loaded into a PDF
document to be shared with readers/raters located out of the Sacramento area.
- Entries/plays must be no longer than 125 pages.
- Scripts must be formatted in standard playwriting format (for a sample of this
format, see Samuel French site/link http://www.samuelfrench.com/store/SFFormattingGuide.pdf). The Samuel French link provides a guide for formatting. Please adhere to cover instructions listed below. Font used must be at a minimum 12
- Please include 2 cover pages. The top cover
page should include all of your pertinent information (name, mailing address, city, state, zip code, phone number, and email
- The 2nd cover page
must only have the title of the play on it.
remove all identifying information from the remainder of your script (including headers and footers with your name on it)
to ensure that readers/raters cannot identify the applicant that wrote the entry. Scripts will be assigned
an identifying number only, to allow a fair process of reading and rating. Plays with identifying information
past the initial cover page may be disqualified.
- Each applicant must provide up
to a 1 page synopsis of the play to be placed after the 2nd cover page.
- All plays must have a cast of 8 actors or less. It is allowable for plays to use
more than 8 characters if script is written for actor(s) to play multiple parts. Plays requiring more than 8 actors will be
disqualified. Please clearly identify on your character page, if actors are assigned more than one role
in the play.
- No revisions will be accepted
once a script has been submitted and no written or oral critique of plays submitted will be given upon completion of the competion.
- Paper scripts must be
securely bound within a notefook, cover or folder and celarly identified as detailed above. Scripts bound with staples
or fasteners are not allowable. All entries must be either typewritten or word processed by computer. Entries
not meeting the criteria will be disqualified.
- Each paper script shall be accompanied with a stamped, self-addressed
envelope, with sufficient postage that states on the outside of the envelope Name, Mailing Address, City, State, Zip and the
Title of the Play should be written under your name and address at the top left hand corner. Plays that
do not have a self-addressed envelope will be disposed of and not returned to the applicant.
- All entries will be handled with extreme
care, but ITC cannot assume responsibility for lost or damaged scripts. It is suggested that playwrights retain the original
and copies of their scripts.
- ITC cannot afford to pay for the transportation or lodging
of the winners of the playwriting competition. It will be up to each writer to provide their own transportation/lodging
fees to attend the readings, showcase and/or workshop production. However, it is not necessary for the writer to
be present for the reading or production to take place.
Two copies of all scripts must be submitted in hard copy and mailed tothe following
Images Theatre Company
5960 South Land Park Drive Box # 138
Sacramento, CA 95822