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Calling all budding playwrights and Shakespeare wannabes!

The Wateryard Group are announcing an exciting new playwriting competition for new and amateur writers young and old.  There are different categories for writers aged 8 upwards.

The aim is to perform the winning plays in the Spring of 2023. We hope this will be as a full performance; but if health and safety guidance does not permit, then a rehearsed reading will be performed instead.

Information for entrants

Click this link to download a pdf of the information for entrants including the Terms and Conditions:
Play writing competition – entrants information

Dates

Competition opens on Friday 17th June 2022

Closing date for submissions is 4.00 pm Saturday 10th September 2022

Winners will be contacted by Friday 16th December 2022

Submitting your entry

Send your entries to wateryardplaycomp@outlook.com along with your completed entry form, which you should download here: Play writing competition entry form.

Please ensure all entries are submitted in the correct format.  For details about the correct format together with further entry guidelines, please click here to see the Play writing competition 2022 – T&C.

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact us at info@wateryard.org.uk.

Competition theme

All pieces should be on the theme of ENVIRONMENT.  Please feel free to interpret this theme in any creative way you would like.

Competition categories

Ages 8-12:  short drama piece to last approximately 5 minutes’ performance time.  It can be a single scene or series of linked scenes to form a single continuous performance piece.  The staging should be simple and achievable using simple props and furniture. The piece can be a monologue or performed by up to 5 actors.

Ages 13-17:   short drama piece to last approximately 10 minutes’ performance time.  It should take the form of a short one-act play and should tell a story with a clear beginning, middle and end.  The staging should be simple and achievable using simple props and furniture. The piece can be a monologue or performed by up to 5 actors.

Ages 18+:  short drama piece to last approximately 10 minutes’ performance time.  It should take the form of a short one-act play and should tell a story with a clear beginning, middle and end.  The staging should be simple and achievable using simple props and furniture. The piece can be a monologue or performed by up to 5 actors. 

Judging Panel

We will be announcing our Judging Panel shortly – keep watching this page!

Judging process

The Judges will select a short list of 10 entries from each age category, from which 1 Winner and 2 Runners Up will be awarded per category.

Tips on Formatting and Play Length

Estimates of stage time will be approximate, as much depends on the speed of the dialogue – is it quick witty banter or slow and tense, with lots of pauses?  So, with that said, what’s the best way to approximate the length of your play?

Page count: The most common way of estimating is page count, with the usual approximation being one minute per page.  The basic flaw in this is that it assumes that everyone uses a standard page layout.

So, if you are using this way of estimating length, it is important that you format the play correctly.

Here is a guide on how we would like you to format your plays: http://www.comedyplays.co.uk/cpv5/scripts/spf.pdf

Word count:  The other way to estimate play length is using a word count – generally 100 to 200 words per minute.

Some short blogs on writing short 10-minute plays

https://pwcenter.org/playwriting-toolkit/how-write-10-minute-play

https://www.10-minute-plays.com/how_to_write_a_10_minute_play.html

https://ktcraig.com/2014/01/13/how-to-write-a-10-minute-play/

https://www.bbcmaestro.com/courses/jed-mercurio/writing-drama-for-television