The Kentucky Theatre Association's (KTA’s) 2011 ROOTS OF THE BLUEGRASS playwright’s competition starts July 1. In addition to KTA's annual contest which is open to all Kentucky playwrights, the expanded version includes a new 10 minute play category for Kentucky high school and college students 22 years of age and under. The contest is free to all Kentuckians, including out-of-state residents, who resided in Commonwealth for a minimum of three years.
For the general competition, single or multi-act full length scripts are preferred. All genres will be considered (libretto, book or text only for musicals). Scripts should not exceed 120 pages. Plays that have had a fully staged production will not be considered.
The student category is limited to ten minute plays only, but students with full length scripts may compete in the general contest open to all age groups.
A cover or contact sheet with title, name and address must be included. The script itself should not include the name of the playwright, but it is helpful if the title is listed on each page.
Electronic submissions are encouraged in either a PDF or MS Word format. US mail delivered scripts must have a SASE if you wish it returned.
Semi-finalists will be announced in October. The three finalists in the general admission contest will receive staged readings and awards at the KTA convention in November. The winner will receive $150, 1st Runner-up $75 and 2nd Runner-up $50. Student finalists will receive plaques at the student awards ceremony that concludes the competition. The student winner will receive $100, 1st Runner-up $50 and 2nd Runner-up $25.
Electronic scripts and inquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail submissions should be sent to: Bill Forsyth, PO Box 24081, Lexington, Ky. 40524.
Final submissions date – August 31, 2011. Rules and guidelines can be found at: www.theatreky.com.