Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Stage Left Seeking Play Submissions for DrekFest 2011

Don't miss your chance to be part of Stage Left Theatre's annual laugh riot!
Presented in association with The ComedySportz Theatre.

Stage Left's Fifth Annual National Contest for the WORST Ten-Minute Play. From all submissions, four finalists will be chosen to compete for cash prizes on

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011
At The ComedySportz Theatre
929 W. Belmont

The submission deadline for DrekFest 2011 is Friday, June 3rd, 2011.

All entries must be RECEIVED (not postmarked) by the entry deadline.

For clarity's sake, we are not out to make fun of writers or those who love them! What we are doing is asking good writers to intentionally write awful plays that make us laugh on the inside (especially if that's noted in the stage directions) - and out loud.
Submission Guidelines
If it's not already painfully 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 3rd, 2011 (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). Maximum of 5 actors per script (however, write as many characters as you please). The 10 minute time limit will be STRICTLY ENFORCED this year!! There are no limitations on genre or subject matter.

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 Friday, June 3rd 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 $300.00 to $400.00, and may be less or more as submissions warrant.

Please mail your submissions to:
Stage Left Theatre
Attn: DrekFest
3408 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

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