Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 16th Annual New Play Contest

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Rolling Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015

The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays will be showcased in a concert-format festival in November 2015. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2016/2017 season by the Season Planning Committee.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
We are proud to announce that for the 16th consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form, and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. Authors located outside the United States that might be interested in submitting their plays via email should contact us at jim@chameleontheatre.org. If you are submitting a musical, also include 3 copies of a CD of the music.

Do not bind any author identification with your scripts. We will distribute the scripts "blind" to our readers for complete objectivity. Include the show’s title on at least the first bound page. Once the winning scripts have been chosen, we will disclose the playwrights' identity to our readers (and the world).

We do not accept plays that have been previously produced. We do accept plays that have had workshops and other readings. Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request. Scripts are non-returnable.

As in past years, this year's contest will have multiple categories.

TEN-MINUTE PLAYS
Three to five winners will receive $25 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. All short plays will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 15 pages or less will fall into this category.

ONE-ACT
One to three winners will receive $50 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can be joined with one or two other shows of similar length to make up a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 20-60 pages will fall into this category.

FULL-LENGTH
One to two winners will receive $100 plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can constitute a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. It is important to note that these shows can be one, two, or more acts, as long as it makes up a complete evening of theatre.

MUSICALS
If five or more musicals are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "musical" category. Musicals are defined as any original play using original or rights permitted musical dialogue to further the story and/or the characters. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the musical i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any musical will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

THEATRE-FOR-YOUTH
If five or more plays intended for and/or by youth are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "theatre-for-youth" category. Theatre-for-youth plays are defined as any original play intended for young audiences, young participants, or both. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the play i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any theatre-for-youth submission will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

OVERALL CONTEST WINNER/AUDIENCE FAVORITE WINNER
At the theatre's discretion, we reserve the right to designate or not designate an "Overall Contest Winner" from any category and an "Audience-Favorite Winner" from any category at the conclusion of the New Play Festival. No additional prize money is awarded, just bragging rights.

Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any combinations. Please submit three (3) copies of each script (and CDs for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2015 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:

The Chameleon Theatre Circle
16th Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Note: This is a rolling deadline. Any plays submitted after this date will be considered for the following year's contest.