What is the Purpose of the Contest?
New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is an international contest developed in 2003 to bring works of social significance to the attention of producers and artistic directors. We understand how difficult it can be for playwrights to have their work read for possible production. When plays are recognized by highly respected playwriting contests such as ours, from receiving Honorable Mention through Winning the contest, there is a greater chance to have the play read by producers and artistic directors.
Are you currently accepting submission for 2019? No.
Submission Date April 1 through June 30.
What is the Submission Deadline? June 30
What is a Log Line?
One powerful sentence that expresses what the heart of your play is about. For our purposes, you may do that in two sentences. Producers and readers want to know what your play is about without having to read a lot to find out.
She was young... she was brilliant... she was a King. A true story about King Christina of 17th century Sweden whose heroism challenged and conquered a divided Europe and whose faith changed the course of history.
Should I submit Electronically or by Mail?
After receiving many requests from playwrights to accept Electronic Script Submissions, as a means of lowering entry costs, we have changed our Script Submission Policy to Electronic.
However, we realize that unusual circumstances or computer issues may prevent someone from submitting Electronically.
If you are unable to submit your script Electronically, please CLICK on: Inquiry Form and let us know what the problem is. We want to make the submission process as easy as possible for you.
We will provide a script mailing address and a script intake #.
Can I enter more than one script?
Yes, but each script must have their own Application Form.
When are winners announced?
2018 Contest Winners Announcement Date is January 31, 2019
How can I find the contest results?
Contest results are listed, by year, under HISTORY in the Toolbar.
If I purchase a script critique, what kind of information will the critique contain?
Our Script Evaluators comment with a specificity that pin-points areas and dialogue to help you strengthen and develop your script further.
Script Evaluators comment on theme, plot, story arc, play structure, character development, character voice, character arc, dialogue, conflict, clarity, consistency of tone, overall presentation within the world of the play, etc.
How can I purchase a Critique of my play?
If I purchase an evaluation of my script, can I enter that script next year as well?
Yes, as long as the play has not received an AEA Contract production.
May I re-enter my script from another year?
Yes, as long as changes have been made to the script and the script has not received an AEA Contract production.
Is there any limit on how short a play can be?
No. If the script is short, make sure it has a fully developed beginning, middle, and end. We have found that many short plays lack full script development.
Is there any limit on how long a play can be?
Yes. Scripts longer than 2 hours or 90 pages (Stage Play Format) will be disqualified.
How do I make a PDF?
Most computer programs provide a "Save as PDF" option. If your program does not offer this, you can go to Free PDF.