Call for Scripts: King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays

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Deadline: 12 January 2018

The twelfth King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays, will be hosted by King's Theatre in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 15, 16 and 17, 2018.   The Festival is open to all writers and playwrights, worldwide, even if you have never written a play before. 

Submissions should not be more than 10 minutes in length (total production time), can be any genre (comedy, tragedy etc.), should have a limited amount of characters (1-6), and should not have been previously produced in any form.  Playwrights should avoid wording that might offend.  Hand written plays are not acceptable.  

Because of the nature of the Festival, the sets must be kept simple and be capable of being changed quickly.  Playwrights may submit a maximum of two plays, using a different pseudonym per script. The reading committee will choose eight plays, by eight different playwrights, to be staged by the Annapolis District Drama Group utilizing local directors.  Of those eight, one will be chosen by Theatre Nova Scotia as the winning entry and receive a prize of $300.   A second place winner, also chosen by Theatre Nova Scotia, will receive a prize of $150.  All attending audiences will be asked to vote for the People's Choice Award, announced at the Sunday matinee on June 17.

Entries for the Festival must be sent to the address below, with a non-refundable $15 entry fee per script, and be postmarked no later than January 12, 2018.  The first page of the play should contain the play's title, a pseudonym, and all pages must be numbered.  The playwright's actual name and contact information should be in a sealed envelope, with the script name and pseudonym on the front.  This will ensure anonymity during the judging process.  Scripts will not be returned and applicants will be informed by March 2, 2018 if their play is to be included in the Festival. 

For further information contact Verilea Ellis at 902-245-2309 or email Please send entries to Kings Shorts, c/o King's Theatre, 209 St. George Street, P.O. Box 161, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S 1A0, Canada

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