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1st Annual Playwriting Competition and Festival

You have Chosen!

The Winner is....(drum roll, please)

Four Old Broads
by Leslie Kimbell

"Audience selects original play for theater season" by Ismael Perez, Victoria Advocate, Aug. 4, 2017.

Theatre Victoria proudly announces its First Annual Playwriting Competition and Festival.

Now in its fortieth season, Theatre Victoria has established an annual playwriting competition, searching for the best comedic plays from across the country. The winning play will be produced as part of Theatre Victoria’s regular season. The winning playwright will receive a stipend and performance royalties.

In addition to creating an opportunity for playwrights, the structure of this competition will provide a unique opportunity for area residents and theatre goers. Once the top three plays have been determined, the public will be invited to a staged reading of each play at Theatre Victoria’s Annual Playwriting Festival. After watching a one hour version of each play, audience members will vote to determine the winner. For the first time, local audience members will have a direct and immediate impact on a season play selection.


  • Plays must be unpublished and unproduced at time of submission
  • Plays must be full length comedies (No One Acts, Musicals, Children’s Shows or Adaptations)
  • Playwright must own all rights pertaining to the submission
  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Submissions will be accepted beginning January 1st through March 15th. Scripts received before January 1st or after March 15th will not be eligible.
  • Submissions must include full script, character breakdown and a short synopsis. The script must include a title page with the title of the play only. Author’s name should not appear anywhere on the script. Playwrights should include all contact information in the body of the email submission. 
  • There will be $20.00 Submission fee.
  • Finalists must agree to a one hour cutting of the script for the purposes of a one day festival to determine the winner.  Playwrights will have full and final approval of said cutting.
  • Winning Play will be produced as part of Theatre Victoria’s Regular Season as the Resident Company of The Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. 
  • Winning Playwright will receive a $200.00 prize and royalties of $75.00 per performance.
  • All playwrights submitting work will be notified of the finalists and winner.
  • No feedback or written critiques will be offered.
  • Should Theatre Victoria’s production of the winning play be the first production (World Premiere), Theatre Victoria shall receive “First Production” credit in all future publications of the play.

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