Stage Left’s Seventh Annual National Contest for the WORST Ten-Minute Play.
Presented in association with
DrekFest is on a mission to expose bad writing for what it really is: damn funny. We are not out to make fun of writers or those who love them. We are asking good writers to intentionally write awful plays so that we may laugh at them.
We are now accepting submissions for bad, bad ten-minute plays. We will select four finalists to be performed on Tuesday,August 20, 2013 at The ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont. The audience in attendance will vote on the Grand Loser.
To be clear, we want the funny! Preference will be given to scripts that make us laugh. Here are the submission guidelines:
DEADLINE: Submissions must be received by Friday, June 24th, 2013 (note, this is not postmark date, it is a “received by” date).
Plays must perform at ten minutes or less (remember that stage directions will be read aloud). The performances will be timed. At ten minutes the performance will be ended abruptly with a loud and annoying buzzer-type sound, and the action will stop immediately. Seriously. Keep it short.
Maximum of 5 actors per script (however, write as many characters as you please).
We will be using a blind submission process. Please include the following materials with your submission:
- A cover letter on a separate sheet of paper, included in the envelope with your play (or as a separate attachment, if emailing). Envelopes and emails will not be opened by judges, only by non-judge staff members. List your contact info, including name, phone, email & street address on your cover letter. Cover letter should include your availability to be in Chicago on July 19, 2011. You do not need to be able to travel to Chicago in order to send a submission to DrekFest; however, most of the fun is in being there!
- Your resume.
- Your play(s). Do NOT include your name, by-line or contact info on the play itself. If mailed, plays must be clipped or bound in such a way that the pages can be easily separated for copying – no spiral bindings.
- Your submission fee of $10.00 per play (e.g., $20.00 if you submit two plays). All submission fees will go towards the cash prizes awarded to the winners – we won’t make a dime off your dimes. If mailing, include a check made out to “Stage Left Theatre.” If emailing, call us at 773-883-8830 by Monday, June 24th to charge your fee to a Visa or MasterCard. Credit card payments will have an additional $1 added.
A Note About Cash Prizes:
One hundred percent of the submission fees received are paid out as cash prizes. Therefore, the amount of the prizes will depend on the number of submissions we get. All 4 of the plays chosen will receive something and the winner will receive the BIG check. In past years, the Grand Prize has ranged from $200.00 to $400.00, and may be less or more as submissions warrant.
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