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June 30, 2018 - The 10th Biennial Contest WINNERS

First Choice
Old Friends by Anthony Arnold
Second Choices:
Sea Nest by Lee Franklin
Tuition by John Wolfson
Third Choices:
A 2 by Rose-Mary Harrington
Archie and Bud by Paul Vincent

Search Me by George M. Johnson
The Uncertainty Principle by Chloe Bolan

Social Issues
Play Recognition:

Another Zoo Story by Mark Berman

Youth Theatre:  

Tuscany, 1948 by Andrew Lee


here yeeeeee...!Thank you to all that participated in the contest. We are reading through the dozens of submissions. Congratulations to everyone who particpated in this or any of our previous contests over the years. Once again, we were very impressed with the originality and diversity of the scripts as well as the quality of writing. Thank you all for your creative input. It is important.

Feedback and prizes will be distributed in the coming weeks. If you provided us with a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope we will be returning your original script as well.

- Theatre In the Raw

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2018/2019 11th Biennial Contest is Open!

click here for contest flier!!

The 2015 Contest Winners >>
Our 2017 Flier with all guidelines and details (pdf) >>

We're looking for the best, new and fresh One-Act plays never before performed or published. (Plays can be previously workshopped). We particularly look forward to plays submitted on themes of cultural/social diversity!

The Winners Will Receive:

First Prize: A $200 cash prize. At least one dramatic reading or staging of the play at a Theatre In the Raw cafe/venue or as part of a mini-tour program for the One-Act Play Series Nights.
Second Prize: A $100 cash prize.
Third Prize: A $75 cash prize.
Honorable Mentions, Social Issue Recognition & Youth Issue Recognition:
No cash prize, but constructive critique returned with note of appreciation.
- Winners will be announced June 30, 2020

* The 10th Biennial Contest is currently being adjudicated - winners will be announced June 2018

Philomena by P. Foley
by Patrick Foley
Guidelines, Entry Rules and Fee:
Plays not submitted via ALL Guideline/Entry Rules and/or without the entry fee(s) will be returned - not read.
All One-Act Play Submissions must be:

• An original One-Act play (comedy, tragedy, drama or radio play), unpublished and unproduced. (Plays can be previously workshopped). PLEASE DO NOT SEND US 2-ACT PLAYS - This is a One-Act Play Contest.
No longer than 30 double-spaced typed pages equal to 30 minutes, with no more than 6 characters, presented in proper stage-play format, and scripts MUST have page numbers. (Please include a SASE (with your present/current contact address) for return of script. Send copies only of script. NO original manuscripts.)

There is an entry fee of $25 for each one-act submitted to Theatre In the Raw. (For two plays: $45 - For three plays: $70) (FEES ARE IN CANADIAN FUNDS, FOR U.S. & FOREIGN ENTRIES, PLEASE SEND A USD CHEQUES OR INTERNATIONAL MONEY ORDER)
Please make cheques/money orders payable to "Theatre In the Raw", bearing the submission date and NAME OF PLAY ENTRY and AUTHOR on cheque memo line.(Note: Plays without the entry fee cheque or funds will be returned unread.)(Sorry, NO EMAIL SUBMISSIONS will be accepted! - Plays must be submitted in hard copy and pages numbered.)

Mail Submissions to:

(Sorry, NO EMAIL SUBMISSIONS will be accepted!)
Theatre In the Raw Society
Artistic Director/One Act Play Contest
3521 Marshall Street
Vancouver, BC V5N 4S2 Canada

(Please make entry fee cheques/money order payable to "Theatre In the Raw Society")

Questions? Tel: 604-708-5448
Deadline for Entries:

All Entries must be mailed and postmarked no later than December 31, 2019


*Theatre In the Raw reserves the right to suggest changes, workshop and play-edit scripts, pending approval of the playwright, before production, reading, or presentation. The author agrees to consider these changes and no changes will be made without explicit prior approval of the author and mutual agreement with TITR. Any such changes become the sole and exclusive property of the Author without lien, claim, or encumbrance.

*No plays will be considered where there has been any fees previously paid for performance(s) and... please no more than 3-4 plays submitted per playwright. This will be strictly adhered to.

*Contest entry fees and winning prizes in Canadian Funds. Sorry, NO EMAIL SUBMISSIONS will be accepted!

*If a winning One-Act is staged by Theatre In the Raw, we would very much appreciate being mentioned for the production in future play programs.

*Over the years we've had a number of questions, concerns, and criticisms of the theatre's decision to include the $25.00 entry fee. Some have called it a predatory cash grab or worse. I will explain the rationale here for those who would discard this contest. First, the fee helps to cover the promotional and administrative expenses associated with a contest of this size. We place advertisements in local papers and writers magazines for this contest. We even do a mass paper mail out to libraries, writers groups, theatre companies etc. in Canada and internationally. The entry fee rarely covers all of these expenses but TITR pays those expenses anyway to fulfill its mandate of provide opportunity to untested writers. The second reason is because the fee creates a barrier of entry where only writers who believe in the script that they are writing and believe it has been sufficiently workshopped are likely to enter. Ultimately those scripts that the writer feels are strong are more likely to be those others think are strong and those that will lend themselves to the sort of theatre we aim to produce.

Final Deadline for Entries:
- All Entries must be mailed and postmarked
no later than December 31, 2019

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