Theatre InspiraTO's 14th Playwriting Contest will be announced in late June of 2018.
In the meantime come out and get inspired. Watch this year's festival: June 7-16, 2018. Come out to the Awards Ceremony on June 16 when will announce next year's theme!
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This year's creative challenge: All about her.
This year's theme is "all about her"
The play must be a ten-minute play. The theme "all about her" must be an integral part of the play. The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We also accept musicals. The contest is open to anyone, in any part of the world, without geographic or age restrictions.
Please note: Just because one of the characters or all the characters are female does not necessarily make the theme “all about her”. Ensure that the play highlights a distinct female/feminine voice about the way she engages with the world or how she views the world.
How to submit
Our next contest will be announced in late June, 2018. There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play.
The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced at InspiraTO before).
We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging.
What will happen
The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto,
What does a good ten-minute play need?
A ten-minute play is distinct from a sketch, or a skit; it is a compact play, with a beginning, middle and an end. You need a character facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal. You need rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment and your play must tell a complete story.
Generally speaking, scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage. This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes, so be wise: use Word Count and read the play out loud while timing the length (including all pauses). You don't want your hard work rejected because it was too long.
Get inspired. See your story come to life!