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SUSAN GLASPELL PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL

Deadline for Submission (DEADLINE EXTENDED): MARCH 1st, 2020

About the SGPF

Susan Glaspell was born in Davenport, Iowa in 1876. She was a journalist, author, actor and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. She founded the Provincetown Players, one of the first great American theatres, which launched the careers of such luminaries as Eugene O'Neil, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Theodore Dreiser. In her works, Glaspell often challenged gender roles and featured strong, well-written female characters that drove the action of the play – a rarity in her own time as much as it is now. Due to the immense contributions she made to the American theatre tradition during her lifetime, she has often been called "The First Lady of American Drama."​

As a theatre based in her hometown of Davenport, Iowa, the QC Theatre Workshop believes in the importance of sharing and sustaining Glaspell’s historic legacy. To this end, the Workshop produces the annual Susan Glaspell Playwriting Festival, which presents original works by local and national playwrights. The Susan Glaspell Playwriting Award is given annually to the winner of the national category, and is accompanied by a monetary prize. Additional awards and monetary prizes are given to the winner of the local adult and youth categories.

 

The QC Theatre Workshop is seeking submissions of original plays that feature strong female lead characters, which focus on gender issues, social justice, and/or current events. The plays will be scored by a panel of judges, and the finalists will be performed at the Susan Glaspell Playwriting Festival, held at the QC Theatre Workshop in July 2020

The Scoring and Selection Process

Submissions from each category that meet the submission guidelines will be read and scored using the same scoring rubric by a panel of readers. The 3-5 submissions from each category that receive the highest score will be discussed at a meeting of the scoring panel, where the final decisions for winners in each category will be determined through consensus of the committee.

Categories and Guidelines

Local Adult Category:

-Award for winning submission: $200

-No submission fee.

-To submit your play, please send it via email to qctheatreworkshop@gmail.com

 

-Open to writers residing in the Quad City area who are (or will be) 18 years of age or older on March 1st, 2020.

-Plays may be of any length; single scenes, one-acts or full-length plays are all acceptable.

-Plays must be original works that have not received a production or a staged reading in their current form.

-The cover page of each submission must include the playwright’s name and contact information. Script pages should not include other identifying information (other than the title of the work), so that our scoring panel can make an unbiased decision based on the quality of the work.

-Plays should feature at least one female lead character. While this is not a strict requirement of local submissions, plays that meet this requirement will score higher.

-The winning and runner-up submissions in the Local Adult Category will be granted a staged reading performance during the Festival’s public performances.

 

Local Youth Category:

-Award for winning submission: $100

-No submission fee.

-To submit your play, please send it via email to qctheatreworkshop@gmail.com

-Open to writers residing in the Quad City area who are (or will be) under 18 years of age on March 1st, 2020.

-We will accept individual scenes or monologues between 2 minutes and 10 minutes in length.

-Plays must be original works that have not received a production or a staged reading in their current form.

-The cover page of each submission must include the playwright’s name, school, current grade level, and contact information (or contact information of a parent/guardian). Script pages should not include other identifying information (other than the title of the work), so that our selection committee can make an unbiased decision based on the quality of the work.

-If the scene or monologue was written under the guidance of a teacher, please include the teacher’s name and contact information.

-Students are encouraged to feature lead female characters in their work. However, all plays by students that meet the other guidelines will be accepted.

-The winning and runner-up submissions from the Local Student Category will be granted a staged reading during the Festival’s public performances.

 

National Short Play Category:

The Susan Glaspell Short Play Award

-Award for winning submission: $500

-Award for runner up: $100

-Submission fee: $15

 

-Open to any writer residing in the United States.

-We will accept plays up to 20 pages in length.

-Plays must be original works that have not received a production or a staged reading in their current form.

-The cover page of each submission must include the playwright’s name and contact information. Script pages should not include other identifying information (other than the title of the work), so that our selection committee can make an unbiased decision based on the quality of the work.

-Plays must feature at least one female lead character and focus on gender issues, social justice, and/or current events.

-The winning submission from the National Category will be awarded the Susan Glaspell Playwriting Award, a prize of $500, and a staged reading during the Festival’s public performances.

-Please note: Playwrights in the national category are not required to attend the performances in order to receive their prize. We are unable to contribute to the playwright's travel costs.

Deadline (EXTENDED): MARCH 1st, 2020

Winning playwrights will be notified by MAY 1st, 2020