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Friday, March 31, 2017

Vermont Playwrights Circle is seeking 10-minute scripts

The Vermont Playwrights Circle is seeking scripts for our Tenth Annual TenFest show.

Submission is free, and is open to all *Vermonters* - we define a Vermonter as anyone who has lived in Vermont, at any point in their lives, for at least 3 months - partially because we have known playwrights who come to Vermont to do summer stock, etc. 

The listing is below, and can also be found at our website: http://www.vtplays.com/blog/tenfest-2017

Kim Ward
President, VPC/ Producer TenFest

The Vermont Playwrights Circle seeks scripts for the tenth annual TenFest, a ten-minute play festival held at the Valley Players Theatre in Waitsfield, Vermont, August 17-20, 2017.  TenFest is part of the Vermont Festival of the Arts, and only Vermont playwrights are eligible to submit. A Vermont playwright is defined by VPC as anyone who currently lives in Vermont, was born in Vermont or who has lived in Vermont for three months consecutively at some point in his or her life. Please carefully read and follow these guidelines, even if you have submitted before, as some of these have changed.
1. A ten-minute play is usually no longer than 8-10 typed pages.  We are now stricter about running time and will time your play before passing it along to our readers.  Please read your script aloud to check the time.  Remember to add time for any non-verbal actions. Please do not send us a play that you know is longer even though you have squeezed it into 10 pages.
2.  Only plays with five or fewer characters will be considered.  Please note that we tend to have many more women actors than men, so plays with roles for women (or that can be cast as any/either gender) are encouraged. 
3.  Although, of course, there are exceptions, keep in mind that some of the very best 10-minute plays take place in one scene, with one set, in one continuous time span, i.e., without time lapses. 
4.  Simple sets with limited set pieces are encouraged and appreciated.  This helps facilitate quick set changes between plays. 
5.  Only one ten-minute play per author will be accepted. 
6.   Re-submissions will be accepted.  Please double check that you have followed all the guidelines and have made significant revisions if necessary to comply with any changed guidelines. 
7.  Format for submissions:
a.  Please submit FOUR titled copies of the script, typed and in standard play format, such as http://playwrightscentersf.org/submissions/docs/PCSFPlayFormat2012.pdf.  Use a font such as Courier, Arial, or Times, 12-point, with one-inch margins.
b.  The playwright’s name should not appear on any pages of the script.  However, the title of the play and pagination SHOULD most definitely be included on all pages.
c.  Include the playwright’s name and contact information on a separate cover page only.  No bound scripts. A simple staple in the top left hand corner will suffice.
d.  Submit a one-page sheet with a full character listing, including a brief description of each character, synopsis of no more than 50-75 words, and a single tag line (ex: Two artists meet in a park, confusion ensues)
8. There is no reading/submission fee. 
9.  Playwrights will be notified on or near June 1st, 2017. 
Postmark Deadline is April 15th, 2017.

For info/questions: vtplaywrightscircle@gmail.com

E-mail submissions cannot be accepted at this time. Please mail scripts and forms to:

The Vermont Playwrights Circle
TenFest Competition
32 Main Street, #184, Montpelier, VT 05602

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