Downstage and the Consortium for Peace Studies at the University of Calgary are proud to announce the sixth annual Uprising National Playwriting Competition: Peace, Politics and Society. This competition celebrates playwrights whose work dynamically engages with social and political issues and/or promotes peace, social justice and human rights.
Founded in 2006, the Canadian Peace Play Competition awarded prizes to three playwrights from across the country, before partnering with Downstage in 2009 to become the Uprising National Playwriting Competition. In addition to the competition, Downstage reviews all submitted work in order to gain exposure to new politically and socially-engaged material for consideration for their future seasons.
The Director of the Uprising National Play Competition, Dawn Mari McCaugherty, will oversee all aspects of the evaluation, selection and award process. Submissions must be received by September 29, 2014 in order to be considered for this year’s competition.
The Uprising National Playwriting Competition invites stimulating new works which explore socially and politically charged themes and/or promote peace, justice and human rights.
1st Place Award: $1000, and a public staged reading Friday, December 12, 2014. Included will be a two-day workshop prior to the reading as well as reimbursement of the playwright for travel costs to and from Calgary.
2nd Place Award: $250 Winners will be notified by November 3, 2014. Winners will be contacted by email or telephone. Contest results will be posted on the websites of Downstage (www.downstage.ca) and the Consortium for Peace Studies (www.ucalgary.ca/peacestudies).
SCRIPT EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:
To ensure impartiality and authenticity in the adjudication process, a double-blind system will be adopted. The identity of playwrights will be withheld from adjudicators and the names of adjudicators will not be revealed. The identity of the winning playwrights and the final adjudication panel will be released when the prize is announced.
Initial consideration of scripts by up to three preliminary adjudicators will result in the compilation of a short-list of 3-5 finalists, which will then be reviewed by a separate jury of three adjudicators who will select the winning entries. Script adjudicators include produced writers, artistic directors, scholars of theatre and creative writing, professional theatre artists and candidates enrolled in Graduate studies at the University of Calgary.
The decisions of the adjudicators are final.
Winners agree to permit the use of their names, biographies and titles of their plays in promotional materials and on the websites of Downstage and the Consortium for Peace Studies.
Please note the following. Any deviation from these requirements may result in disqualification of the entry.
RULES AND REGULATIONS:
HANDLING OF SCRIPTS:
Scripts must be received no later than September 29, 2014.
This Uprising National Playwriting Competition information and entry form may be found on the here and the Downstage website at www.downstage.ca. Questions may be addressed to Dawn Mari McCaugherty at (403) 220-6027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.