Province-Wide Playwriting Contest

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

NotaBle Acts is proud to be entering its 18th year. Since 2002, the company has presented over 220 new plays by over 100 different New Brunswick playwrights at its annual summer theatre festival.

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 three 15-30 minute scripts, to be set in unconventional public locations in Fredericton. Our Taking it to the Street contest seeks 7-10 minute scripts for production in downtown public venues Fredericton, with four winners selected. 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 either as workshopped productions or staged readings.

In addition to having their work produced at the festival, set to run July 25 – August 4 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 23, 2019.

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