THE 2011 HERMAN VOADEN PLAYWRITING COMPETITION


ABOUT THE CONTEST

Herman Voaden (1903-1991), Canadian playwright, director and theatrical innovator, was a lifelong champion of Canadian culture.

“It gives some satisfaction to know that the crusade I have helped to lead has made it possible for the dreamers and innovators of today’s theatre to follow their dreams and continue their innovations.”

This competition, made possible by a generous bequest from Voaden’s estate, is dedicated to his memory and honours his goals to develop a distinctively Canadian art of the theatre; to encourage the writing of Canadian drama.

THE AWARDS

FIRST PRIZE   / $3000

SECOND PRIZE   / $2000

EIGHT HONOURABLE MENTIONS

In addition to the monetary award, through the auspices of the Thousand Islands Playhouse of Gananoque, Ontario, the two winning plays each receive a one-week workshop and public reading with a professional director and cast. Honourable Mentions receive short written critiques from the final judges.

THE 2011 COMPETITION

ENTRY GUIDELINES:

1. Open to any Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.

2. Only one play per playwright.

3. Only full-length plays in English. Legal clearance of adapted material not in the public domain is the responsibility of the playwright.

4. Plays cannot have been produced, published, contracted or commissioned by a professional theatre.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES:

1. Submit this entry form with the following:

2. An entry fee of $40 must accompany each submitted play. Make the cheque payable to Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition.

3. Submit two copies of the entry, typewritten and bound.

4. Entries involving music in an integral way should be accompanied by a recording of the music and lyrics.

5. Submissions must be accompanied by a signed Entry Form, available from the Dept of Drama (see mailing address below), or through our internet site at http:/www.queensu.ca/drama, or by telephone at 613-533-2104, or by e-mail:drama@queensu.ca

6. The playwright’s name must not appear anywhere on the script. The playwright’s name with the play’s title should appear only on the Entry Form.

7. Entries are handled with care, but the Drama Department cannot assume responsibility for lost or damaged scripts. Only scripts accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope can be returned. For notification that your entry has been received, enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

JUDGING:

All plays are read by an initial group of judges. A semifinal round follows. Judges for this competition – Alisa Palmer and Bill Millerd.

DEADLINE:

Entries must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2011.

RESULTS:

The announcement of the names of the two winning playwrights and the titles of the plays, as well as the name of the entrants receiving honourable mentions, will be made on September 15, 2011.

SUBMISSION:

Entries should be mailed to:

HERMAN VOADEN NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY

KINGSTON, ONTARIO, CANADA

K7L 3N6

More questions? Contact Carol Anne Hanna at carolanne.hanna@queensu.ca or phone 613 533 6000 ext 74336.

 

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