Nine Mile Players Announce New Works Contest

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Attention Connecticut writers! Have you ever dreamed of hearing a piece of your work read by actors in front of an audience? Do you have an original piece of work that you’d love to have performed? The Nine Mile Players of Oxford are proud to announce The Nine Mile Players New Works Contest, its 2012-2013 competition for emerging playwrights. A panel of judges including local playwrights, actors, directors and theatre enthusiasts will review the submissions and select an original and un-produced piece of work to be performed in a staged reading by the Nine Mile Players in the spring of 2013. The winner will also receive a prize of $200 and an opportunity to be an in-house writer for the Nine Mile Players. All playwrights are encouraged to submit an original one act play with a running time of under an hour.

All submissions must be under an hour and received by Monday March 4, 2013. For more information or to submit your work, please e-mail: NineMilePlayers@OxfordCulturalArts.Org or visit our website at: www.ninemileplayers.org The Nine Mile Players have been made possible by the Connecticut Commission for the Arts and the Connecticut Community Foundation.

Submissions for the 2013 Competition must be postmarked no earlier than December 2, 2012 and no later than March 4, 2013. See our website, www.ninemileplayers.org, for precise information regarding your entry.


There is no application form or entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.

2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations and musicals are not accepted.

3. Playwrights may submit multiple manuscripts.

4. Plays that have had professional productions are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading or non-professional production are accepted.

5. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for professional production at the time of submission.

6. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, page count and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments; a second title page which lists the title of the play only, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes.

7. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered and in standard professional play format. A brief biography may be included at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page, but is not required.

8. Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

9. Playwrights may submit the manuscript by email to ninemileplayers@oxfordculturalarts.org. Or TWO copies can be mailed to

Attn: Nine Mile Players

P.O. Box 532

Oxford, Connecticut 06478

10. The winning playwright should be available for consultation regarding the performance, but it will be directed by a director from The Nine Mile Players.

11. Submissions for the 2012 competition must be postmarked no later than Monday March 4, 2013.

Reminder: Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Some final tips:

The Nine Mile Players would like to consider staging the winning piece in the future. In order to do so, feasibility is very important. As a new community theater project, we do not have extensive resources at our disposal so please keep this in mind when submitting your work.

To make it easier for the judges, please make sure to spell-check and proof read your work!

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