Sixth Annual New-Play Competition Guidelines

Objectives of the Competition
1.        Provide opportunities for writers of unpublished, unstaged plays to gain
recognition for themselves and their work.
2.         Give Brevard Little Theatre (BLT) the opportunity to supplement its
annual season with unique productions not yet seen by any of its patrons.  
BLT is proud to have produced the following World Premieres of its winners
since the beginning of its competition:  
Heartening of the Artistries by Fred
King of Westminster Maryland,
An Abiding Place by Phillip F, Lewis of
Raleigh, North Carolina,
Fear Itself by Jaqueline Renee Ahl of New Paltz, New
York,
A Marine Caught in Leotards by Neville Mur of St. Louis Missouri, The
Belated Suitor
by Paul Brink, of Connestee Falls, North Carolina, Coming
Back To Jersey
by Carl Williams of Houston Texas, and Edison’s Brother by
Nick Vigoritto of Brooklyn, New York.

Guidelines & Rules for Submission
1.        The BLT New-Play Competition is open to all authors.
2.        Scripts must be original and, at the time of submission, not have been
produced for a public audience, nor offered for sale or rent to the general
public. They should be the property of the authors, with no royalty
requirement.  Potential award winners will be asked to confirm their compliance
with these requirements before their selection is publicly announced.  Full-
length plays (including musicals), One-act plays (20 to 60 minutes), and Short
plays (Less than 20 minutes) will be accepted.
3.        Submissions will be accepted between 1 October 2008 and 30 July
2009.
4.        Writers should keep in mind that BLT is a small theatre which prefers
scripts with simple sets and small casts (10 or under), but these are not
required.  Also understand that BLT is located in a region of the country known
for its emphasis on “family values.”
•        No film or television scripts.
•        Profanity is not a taboo, but, when used, should be appropriate to
character and situation.
•        Excerpts and summaries will not be accepted without the FULL script.
•        Playwrights should submit a SASE, if return of script is requested.
•       There is no limit to the number of entries by an author.

Preferred submission
a.        Title Page with no other information on it but the title.
b.        Synopsis Page containing play synopsis, character descriptions and
other notes
c.        Script.  DO NOT have the author’s name anywhere on the Title Page,
Synopsis Page or pages of the script.
d.        A separate Title Page including author’s name, date, etc.
e.        Author’s resume.
f.         Musicals should be submitted with the above materials plus a recording
of all songs -- on cassette or disc.

Address for submissions is:
  Brevard Little Theatre
  Attn: New-Play Competition
  P.O. Box 426
  Brevard, N.C. 28712

Decision of the judges is final (including the possibility of declaring no winning
script, or that the winning script cannot be produced at BLT).

Fees & Awards
Full-Length Plays (Over 60 minutes)
1.        There is no fee for entry.
Upon recommendation of the judges, the full-length play announced as the
winner in September 2009, will be given a main-stage production in May 2010
as part of the subsequent, regular BLT season, with suitable local publicity
(including a biography of the author.)
2.        The author will be invited as guest of honor at an opening-day party
attended by BLT’s President, Board members and other dignitaries, and to the
premiere performance. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the author, but
BLT will provide accommodations for the author and one other guest for two
nights. The author, if in attendance, will be introduced at a champagne party
with the cast and audience members, immediately following the premiere
performance.
3.        Upon approval of the author, BLT will make every effort to make a
videotape (or DVD) of the entire production which will be provided to the
author, as well as copies of local radio interviews, the playbill and reviews by
local media.
4.        The author will receive a plaque engraved with the title of the Play,
author’s name and date of the Premier performance. In addition, the author’s
name and title of the Play will be placed on a permanent plaque in the lobby of
the Brevard Little Theatre.
One-Act Plays (20 to 60 Minutes)
1. There is no fee for entry.
Upon recommendation of the judges, the script announced as the winner in
2009 will be produced by BLT in May 2010 at a luncheon event in the author’s
honor, attended by city dignitaries, the BLT Board of Directors and invited
members of the press and public. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the
author, but BLT will provide accommodations for the author and one other
guest for two nights.
2. If suitable for “BLT-To-Go” (BLT’s traveling troupe, which performs for non-
profit organizations as a community service), and with permission of the author,
the script will be added to the continuing repertoire of BLT-To-Go.  
3. Upon approval of the author, BLT will make every effort to make a videotape
(or DVD) of the entire production which will be provided to the author, as well
as copies of local radio interviews, the playbill and reviews by local media.
4.The author will receive a plaque engraved with the title of the winning Play,
author’s name and date of the Premiere performance. In addition, the
author’s name and title of the Play will be placed on a permanent plaque in the
lobby of the Brevard Little Theatre.
Short Plays (Under 20 Minutes)
1. There is no fee for entry.
Upon recommendation of the judges, the script announced as the winner in
2009 will be produced by BLT in May 2010 at a luncheon event in the author’s
honor, attended by city dignitaries, the BLT Board of Directors and invited
members of the press and public. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the
author, but BLT will provide accommodations for the author and one other
guest for two nights.
2. If suitable for “BLT-To-Go” (BLT’s traveling troupe, which performs for non-
profit organizations as a community service) and with permission of the author,  
the script will be added to the continuing repertoire of BLT-To-Go.  
3. Upon approval of the author, BLT will make every effort to make a videotape
(or DVD) of the entire production which will be provided to the author, as well
as copies of local radio interviews, the playbill and reviews by local media.
4.The author will receive a plaque engraved with the title of the winning Play,
author’s name and date of the Premiere performance.  In addition, the author’s
name and title of the Play will be placed on a permanent plaque in the lobby of
the Brevard Little Theatre.

Announcement of Winners
The BLT Artistic Director will contact the winners, by phone or e-mail, no later
than September 30, 2009.  All participants will be informed of the competition
results by mail, and will be provided guidelines for the next competition.