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Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest

Deadline: June 1
Award: $1,000

To encourage the development of quality theatrical materials for the educational, community and children’s theatre markets, Pioneer Drama Service is proud to sponsor the annual Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest. We will only consider manuscripts with a running time between 20 and 90 minutes. Submissions must be family friendly in both subject and language. NO cursing. NO explicitly adult content.

We prefer casts that are either balanced or favoring females. The more gender neutral roles, the better. We favor plays and musicals with ensemble casts, where more than just a few have a chance to shine. Plays with elaborate set, costume or technical requirements are not appealing because of the limited resources of many of our customers. Pictures, sketches or descriptions of your vision are always helpful.

We recommend your submissions have had at least one production or reading, hopefully staged. We feel this fundamental field test is necessary before a play can be considered for publication since plays are created for the purpose of performance.

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