The annual Kent Haworth Playwriting Contest is seeking submissions of plays ranging in length from 15 to 30 minutes from current undergraduate students at York. The theme, subject and style of the play are left to the playwright’s imagination, but must have been inspired by something specific in York’s archival collection, whether a name, a letter, an event, a photograph or an item.
RULES & ELIGIBILITY
1. The contest is open to any current undergraduate student of York University.
2. The theme, subject, and style (masque, monologue, dialogue or any other suitable form) are left to the playwright’s imagination. The play’s performance duration should be between 15 – 30 minutes.
3. Your play must be inspired by something specific in the archival collection: it may be a name, a letter, an event, a photograph, or indeed any item in the collection. You must visit the archives in order to be eligible to enter the contest. In the meantime check out the Archival Research Tutorial.
4. Your submission must include a personal statement that explains what the exact inspiration was for your play (that is to say, what item in the archives caught your attention) and how/why it impacted you.
5. Playwrights are responsible for ensuring that their work does not infringe on copyright. See “information” below for assistance with this matter.
6. Your submission must include a signed statement authorizing Stong College to place a copy of your play in the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections in Scott Library..
7. All entrants must complete a registration form no later than Friday, February 25, 2013. These are only available from the Master’s office of Stong College (315 Stong). You must come by the Master’s office in person to register, or, by contacting Kari Hoffman, academic adviser, at ext. 77307 .
8. This year’s winner and runner up will be invited to put on a performance of their play in Stong College at a later date (to be announced).
1. Direct inspiration from something in the archives
2. Evidence of literary and dramatic artistry
3. Most creative use of archival materials
4. Original approach
5. No copyright infringement
The winning submission will receive $750, with $250 going to the runner-up.
Entries must be submitted in duplicate to 315 Stong College no later than 4PM, Friday, February 25, 2011. Winners will be announced at a reception; date and venue to be determined.
The Kent Haworth Playwriting Contest is co-sponsored by the Office of the Master (Stong College), Stong College Student Government (SCSG), York University Libraries – Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections and the Department of English (LAPS).