Co-sponsor of the Alberta Playwriting Competition. 

Co-sponsor of the Alberta Playwriting Competition. 

The Shortlist for the 2017 Alberta Playwriting Competition (presented in association with Theatre Alberta) has been announced. The Grand Prize recipient will be announced at the Betty Mitchell Awards on Monday, August 21st, 2017.

In alphabetical order by playwright:

  • The Takeoff by Collin Doyle
The Takeoff travels through three generations of one family, following the couplings and un-couplings of new love, old love, and broken love. Doyle's writing is unsentimental yet moving as he deftly weaves a rich tapestry of contemporary marriage that details the beautiful mess of human desire - Juror #1
  • A Beginner's Guide to Floating by Nicole Moeller
Moeller crafts a simple story that will resonate with you for weeks. The characters are rich and flawed as they navigate the waters of selfless love and selfish love. There is so much being said in what is not being's an actor's and director's dream. Beautifully crafted. - Juror #3 
  • Easter Island by David van Belle
A profound, poetic, and imaginative work that looks far into the earth's future, and deeply into our present, examining questions of death and re-birth, existence and extinction. It is, at turns, disturbing, comforting alarming, and reassuring. - Juror #2
  • The Blue Hour by Michele Vance Hehir
I haven't stopped thinking about The Blue Hour. It reminds me of Thornton Wilder's 'Our Town' - not the sentimental version one tends to see onstage, but the one that Albee called "tough & bitter & deeply moving". There's an aching lyricism in the play, but its true beauty lies in the expert delineation of characters set to collide. - Juror #3
  • Premium Content by David Walker
Premium Content is a bold, refreshing play about personal boundaries and breaching personal boundaries. What is free and what is not free? Rigorous in form and intellectually stimulating, the your characters in Walker's play live on the edge of their desires, bringing us in to a world that is as up to date as tomorrow. - Juror #1 
  • Do This In Memory of Me by Catherine Walsh
This is a heartbreaking, sometimes enraging, often hilarious story of one girl's fight (with the aid of a cheeky 4th century saint) against the patriarchy of the Catholic Church. Genevieve is on of hose rare characters that absolutely demands to be heard and remembered. Incredibly richly drawn, gorgeous characters. - Juror #2

And congratulations to our Novitiate Prize Winner (this prize is for the Outstanding Play written by a playwright who has never been produced). And the recipient of the Novitiate Prize is:

  • Becky MacDormand for her play - Dark Am I, Yet Lovely
MacDormand examines and explodes the 7 stages of grief and leaves in her wake a story of hope and redemption. A poignant play that shifts time & space, investigating love and loss.   

Becky will receive a dramaturgical analysis and workshop of her work as well as a staged reading. Congratulations Becky!!!

 Rules and regulations

annual submission deadline - March 31

Failure to meet all rules & regulations will result in disqualification of entry.

1.     Entries must be original. If the work is an adaptation and not in the public domain, permission of the original creator or rights holder must accompany the entry.


2.     All manuscripts must be in English.


3.     Each entry must be accompanied by a non-refundable $50.00 processing fee and by a completed and signed Entry form. In the case of an online submission a $2.50 service fee will be added to the entry fee.


4.     Categories

  • The Grand Prize is open to all unproduced scripts by Alberta playwrights. Scripts may have had workshops, readings and/or other development, but cannot have been produced in any capacity or medium. (Production includes Fringe Festivals or other public events, such as regional or provincial theatre festivals.)
  • The Novitiate Prize is open to all unproduced playwrights submitting to the contest. The awarding of this prize is at the discretion of the jury.

5.     Eligibility

  • Open to ALL Albertans whose primary residence has been Alberta for at least one year immediately prior to the submission deadline.
  • All scripts must not have had, nor will receive, a public production prior to March 31st submission deadline.  Plays produced at Fringe Festivals or other public events are NOT eligible for this competition. 
  • Paid employees of Alberta Playwrights' Network are directly involved in the administration of the competition and are therefore not eligible.
  • Musicals are eligible though will only be judged on the text.  No supporting materials (scores, recordings, etc) will be provided to the adjudicators. 
  • There is no minimum or maximum running time.
  • Winning plays from previous Alberta Playwriting Competitions are NOT eligible. However, re-submission of non-winning plays is allowed, provided the play meets all other eligibility criteria.

6.     Judging, Announcement, and Recognition

  • An independent panel of qualified jurors performs the adjudication. Their decision is final. To ensure the integrity of the Competition, all entries are judged anonymously through a double-blind process: the identity of each playwright is withheld from the jury and the identity of the jury is withheld until the final decision is made.

  • The Jury will select, from all the eligible submissions a shortlist of plays. From this shortlist of plays, the winning play will be selected.

  • The names of the shortlisted plays and playwrights will be announced in advance of the announcement of the winner. The shortlisted plays and playwrights will be announced via APN’s website, Press Release, and email to APN’s membership shortly after adjudication is complete. At the time of that release, a date will be set to announce the winner. The winner will be announced via APN’s website, Press Release, and email to APN’s membership.

  • The shortlisted plays will be published in draft form on our website and shortlisted playwrights will be asked to submit their work to the Theatre Alberta E-Scripts program.
  • Winners agree to permit the use of their name and title of their play in any promotion by Alberta Playwrights' Network. Winners are obligated to acknowledge Alberta Playwrights' Network and the Alberta Playwriting Competition in any publication, or production program of the winning script.

7.     Prizes

  • The Grand Prize winner will receive $5000.00 and a potential workshop/reading of the play.
  • At its discretion the jury may select an additional play from an unproduced playwright and offer the Novitiate Prize. This prize will include dramaturgical assistance from APN to that playwright in the form of an ACT ONE service or complimentary participation in one WORDSHED session.

8.     Rules for Submission

  • Hard Copy submissions must be postmarked or received in the APN office by the competition deadline of March 31, 2017. (Alberta Playwrights’ Network - #208 – 331 – 41st Avenue NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 2N4) Entrants must submit one copy of their script unbound and quality-printed with the entry form and entry fee.
  • Scripts must be typewritten or word-processed on white paper, one side only of 8 1/2" by 11" paper.
  •  The play title and page number must appear on each page.
  •  Pages must be double-spaced between speaking parts.
  • The title of the play only must appear on the cover page. 
  •  Any appearance of the playwright's name, initials or other identifiable mark on any part of the script (including the cover page) other than the entry form or workshop information will disqualify the entry.
  • Entrants submit their material at their own risk.
  • Each submission must be accompanied by a completed Entry form.
  • Each submission must be accompanied by a Non-refundable Entry Fee of $50.00 (cheque or money order payable to Alberta Playwrights' Network for hard copy submissions) or a non-refundable Entry Fee of $52.50 ($50 Entry Fee + $2.50 Service Charge for Online Submissions).


For further information, contact Trevor Rueger, Executive Director

(403) 269-8564      Toll free:1-800-268-8564

Notable Winners:

  • Mary's Wedding by Stephen Massicotte (premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects' playRites in 2002/Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play)
  • Apple by Vern Thiessen (premiered at Workshop West in Edmonton/Sterling Award for Outstanding New Play in 2002)
  • The Last Train by Daniela Vlaskalic and Beth Graham (premiered at Shadow Theatre in Edmonton 2004)
  • Blood by Meg Braem (Canadian premiere at Sage Theatre in Calgary 2010)
  • Super 8 by Mark Hopkins and Charles Netto (Canadian premiere at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary 2012)

The Alberta Playwriting Competition is presented in association with: