UPDATE December 31, 2017 - The
10th Biennial Contest has closed and is currently being adjudicated
- winners will be announced June 2018
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
It's that time again... Our...
2018/2019 11th Biennial Contest is Open!
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!
Winners Will Receive:
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.
Prize: A $100 cash prize.
Prize: A $75 cash prize.
Issue Recognition & Youth Issue Recognition:
No cash prize, but constructive critique returned with note of
will be announced June 30, 2020
* The 10th Biennial Contest is currently
being adjudicated - winners will be announced June 2018
Philomena by Patrick Foley
Guidelines, Entry Rules and Fee:
Note: 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An original One-Act play (comedy, tragedy, drama or radio play), unpublished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
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:
NO EMAIL SUBMISSIONS will be accepted!)
In the Raw Society
Artistic Director/One Act Play Contest
3521 Marshall Street
Vancouver, BC V5N 4S2 Canada
make entry fee cheques/money order payable to "Theatre In
the Raw Society")
Entries must be mailed and postmarked no later than
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.
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.
entry fees and winning prizes in Canadian Funds. Sorry,
NO EMAIL SUBMISSIONS will be accepted!
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.
Deadline for Entries:
All Entries must be mailed and postmarked
no later than December 31, 2019.
See Some Live Theatre Today!
of the 9th Biennial 2014/2015 One-Act Playwriting Contest:
Perogies for Breakfast by Murray Mellny'chuk
Surrender by Kuei-ming Lin
Waiting for the Godots by Robin Schlaht
In the Blink of an Eye by Audrey Thivierge
The Queen of Sheba by Paul Manuel Kane
The Recommendation by Thomas Johnson
Tomorrow by zi paris
Constitutional Crazy Guy by Edward Chern
In Re: Radding v Glazzer by Steve Karp
The Gatekeeper's Reckoning by Enrique R. Carrasco
Once Round the Circle by Shanan Estreicher
See Some Live Theatre