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Playscripts #PitchNPlay Contest

New social technologies (Twitter in particular) are changing the way that writers, readers, and theatergoers promote, discuss, and debate new plays. But, could social innovations like Twitter also help to create new work? We think so! That’s why we are inviting our Twitter followers to pitch us ideas for the next great Playscripts play. The first ever Playscripts Pitch ‘N’ Play playwriting contest gives you the chance to write a winning pitch, a winning play, or both!

The Basics:  Today until February 21st we’ll be collecting pitch ideas via Twitter that are inspired by this Shakespeare quote, “The course of true love never did run smooth.”

The Rules:  All pitches should be PG-13 or cleaner, comedic, have the potential for 8 or more characters, and have the ability to be performed between 20 – 40 minutes.

You don’t need to directly reference all of the above criteria in your pitch, just don’t pitch an idea that can’t yield a play with those features (for example, a one woman reenactment of the movie Scarface.) You’re free to make as many pitches as you want.

To be considered for the pitching portion of the contest,  you must follow @Playscripts on Twitter and your pitch must include the hashtag #pitchnplay.

From the submitted tweets, Playscripts will choose 30 semi-finalists who will be narrowed down to 10 finalists by an online poll. From the 10 finalists, the Playscripts Literary team will select 3 Pitch ‘N’ Play winning pitches.

All interested playwrights will then have two months to write and submit a one-act play based on one of the 3 winning pitches.  All play submissions should be sent via  http://www.playscripts.com/submit and must include #pitchnplay in the Comments or Special Instructions field.

The Timeline: 

February 14:  Pitch ‘N’ Play begins with Twitter pitches.

February 21:  Pitching closes at 12:00 AM.

February 22:  30 semi-finalists are announced via an online poll and voting begins.

February 28: Online voting ends at 12:00 AM.

February 29: 10 finalists are announced.

March 5: The three winning pitches are announced and submissions for the play portion officially open.

May 5: Play submissions are closed.

June 5: The winning play is announced!

The Reward:

The three winning pitches will be contacted via direct message on Twitter and receive a $100 reward.

The winning playwright will receive a $1,000 advance, and his or her play will be published.

At Playscripts, we’re always looking for ways to engage more directly with our playwrights and customers, and to use available technology to expand the possibilities for the creation and distribution of new work.  We can’t wait to start reading your pitches! Submissions are now open.

Any additional inquiries should be directed to the Playscripts Twitter handle: @playscripts

 

5 responses to “Playscripts #PitchNPlay Contest”

  1. John says:

    is this open to any age group?
    are Canadian highs school students elligible?

  2. Playscripts, Inc. says:

    Hi John, open to anyone. Just make sure to follow the guidelines.

  3. Hillary says:

    What a fun contest, guys! Just shared it with my Script Frenzy area, I hope some of them will enter!

  4. Stephen says:

    Is the playwrighing portion of the contest open to anyone or is it just submissions from the three pitch winners? If so do you have to submit a pitch in order to submit a script? Thanks.

  5. Playscripts, Inc. says:

    Stephen, the playwriting portion is open to anyone. You can pitch, write, or both.

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