Annual Province-Wide Playwriting Contest Launched

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NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival is on the hunt for New Brunswick plays and playwrights to feature as part of its 2021 festival running July 21-31. 

Art Attack by Jason McIntyre (2020). Directed by Hirad Hajilou.

The NotaBle Acts Theatre Company is once again searching for plays by New Brunswick writers for its annual province-wide Playwriting Competition.

NotaBle Acts is entering its 20th anniversary year. Since 2002, the company has presented over 250 new plays by over 120 different New Brunswick playwrights at its annual summer theatre festival held each year in downtown Fredericton. 

If you’d like to add to those numbers and be part of this year’s lineup, NotaBle Acts invites submissions in three separate categories. The Site-Specific series seeks 15-30 minute scripts, to be performed in unconventional outdoor public locations. Our Taking it to the Street contest seeks 7-10 minute scripts for production outdoors in downtown Fredericton. The third category, Acting Out, is for submissions of one-act plays 30-60 minutes in length. The winning scripts and runners-up in this category will be showcased during the festival as workshop productions and readings.

In addition to having their work produced at the festival, set to run July 21 st -31st in Fredericton, all winning playwrights will receive script mentoring from a professional playwright and cash prizes of $150 for the Site-Specific series and $125 for Taking it to the Street. Winners of Acting Out will receive a $300 prize. The contest also includes two additional categories for scripts written by New Brunswick Middle School and High School students, with the winners receiving cash prizes, professional mentoring, and public readings of their scripts at the festival. Writers interested in entering the contest should consult the full contest rules, guidelines, and submission procedures at Questions can be posed to Artistic Director, Len Falkenstein, at, or (506) 458-7406. The deadline for entries is April 30th, 2021.


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