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Monday, December 11, 2017

12th Annual Women’s Work Festival

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Submission Deadline: 5 pm, Friday December 15, 2017
Festival Dates: March 5-7, 2018

Seeking works-in-progress by women playwrights of all levels of experience! Are you at a stage when you need to hear your work read aloud by a cast of actors? Do you need some feedback from a dramaturge, or to hear the words in front of an audience to bring your work closer to production? If yes, please apply!

All submissions must be either by a female playwright or deal with a female character as the central figure. To be eligible, plays cannot yet have been produced, although previous workshops, development or readings of the work are permitted.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to funding restrictions, for 2018 we will favour scripts with 2-3 cast members or plays that can be easily double cast.  We hope to return to our regular submission process for 2019, so please bear with us!

Each script will receive a one-day dramaturgical workshop with a professional cast and dramaturge, followed by a staged reading in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. All playwrights, actors, and dramaturges will receive a small honorarium for their work.

Playwrights must be available to travel to St. John’s during the dates of March 5- 7, 2018 (a shorter trip within these dates is possible). We do not cover transportation or accommodations costs for out-of-town playwrights, but your local arts council or the Canada Council for the Arts may provide travel grants for this purpose. Billeting may be arranged, if preferred. All proceeds from the reading series will be donated to a local women’s shelter.

To apply, submit an electronic copy of the following:
- A letter of application, including a little about your history as a playwright and what your goals would be for the workshop and reading time provided by the festival. Please include your telephone number, email address and mailing address.
-A full draft of your play. We do not accept submissions of partial drafts.
-A short synopsis of the plot (1-2 paragraphs).
-A cast list with full breakdown of characters, including indication of double casting possibilities

Send documents in either Microsoft Word or PDF format to womensworkfestivalNL@gmail.com (put 'WWF18 Submission' in the subject line). Applications will be juried by a reading committee of at least three members. Please note that the Women’s Work Festival does not provide feedback on submissions. All applicants will be notified by email by January 15, 2018.

Women's Work Festival gratefully acknowledges the funding support of Canadian Heritage,  RCA Theatre, and the City of St. John's.