2020 Middle and High School Playwriting Competition

Middle School Competition

NotaBle Acts is proud to reach out to our province’s youngest aspiring writers through our playwriting competition for students in New Brunswick Middle Schools.

Maximum # of winners to be selected: 2

Each winning playwright will receive:

  • $100 cash prize
  • Free tickets to the 2020 NotaBle Acts Summer Theatre Festival
  • Script support (dramaturgy) from an established Canadian playwright
  • Active involvement in the production process*
  • A public reading of your play at the 2020 summer festival

Length of plays: 5-15 minutes

Maximum # of actors: 4

Script Guidelines: The content in the winning plays must be school appropriate and cannot feature any copyrighted material such as full songs, etc. Set and lighting demands should be simple. Plays can be on any topic and in any style.

Deadline and submission procedures:

See below following High School contest details.

* To be eligible to win the contest, playwrights be available to attend the theatre festival, July 22-August 1 in Fredericton. 

High School Competition

This category is open to New Brunswick high school student playwrights.

Maximum # of winners to be selected: 2

Each winning playwright will receive:

  • $100 cast prize
  • Free tickets to the 2020 NotaBle Acts Summer Theatre Festival
  • Script support (dramaturgy) from an established Canadian playwright
  • Active involvement in the production process*
  • A public reading of your play at the 2020 summer festival.

Length of plays: 10-30 minutes

Maximum # of actors: 4

* To be eligible to win the contest, playwrights be available to attend the theatre festival, July 22-August 1 in Fredericton. 

Script Guidelines: The content in the winning plays must be school appropriate and cannot feature any copyrighted material such as full songs, etc. Set and lighting demands should be simple. Plays can be on any topic and in any style.

Contest submission format:

Submissions can be sent by surface mail (preferred) or email. Each submission must be accompanied by one (1) cover sheet indicating the following:

-name of playwright

-full contact information (surface mail, email, and phone number)

-title of each play

-the category (Taking it to the Street, Acting Out, Site-Specific, Middle School, or High School) to which it is being submitted.

The play(s) should contain no reference to the name of the playwright (please be sure to not include names in headers or footers or on the title page). The first page of the play should provide the title, and a cast list. Subsequent pages should have the title of the play (only) at the top of each page and pages should be numbered.

Deadline and submission procedures for Middle and High School Contests:

Surface Mail (Preferred)

Three hard copies of each play (accompanied by one cover sheet) should be submitted to:

The NotaBle Acts Theatre Company

717 Aberdeen Street

Fredericton, NB, E3B 1S7

Email

Send your cover sheet and each script as a separate document to nbacts@unb.ca.

Documents should be titled in the following format:

Cover Sheet: FirstAndLastName_CoverSheet/PlayTitle.extension

Play: FirstAndLastName_/PlayTitle.extension

Documents should be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

Contest deadline (Middle and High School Contests): May 22, 2020. Entries must be received or postmarked no later than this date.

Questions about the contest can be directed to company Artistic Director Len Falkenstein at lfalken@unb.ca or (506) 458-7406.