53rd Annual Alberta Playwriting Competition (2019)

Co-sponsor of the Alberta Playwriting Competition.

Co-sponsor of the Alberta Playwriting Competition.


Thank you to all the playwrights who submitted their work.

Please watch this space for updates on shortlist and winner announcements!

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 professionally produced in any capacity or medium. (Professional production includes Fringe Festivals. Professional production does not include amateur theatre productions, community theatre productions or productions at 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.

    • Adjudication Process - We make every attempt to maintain the "double-blind" nature of the adjudication. However the playwriting community, provincially and nationally, is small. Every year there is at least one play/playwright that a juror is familiar with. How do we address these conflicts?

      • The list of plays, which includes title only, is sent out to the jurors. Jurors are asked to identify any conflicts (they know the playwright or are familiar with the play). In the event of a conflict, that juror is recused from reviewing that play.

      • The first deliberation process ends with a compilation of a long list of plays for a secondary review. All jurors are asked to review all plays on the long list regardless of any conflicts. 

      • During the second deliberation process the plays are discussed in depth. If there is a conflict, the juror in question is asked to refrain from discussion and deliberation until the non-conflicted jurors have provided their feedback. The jury is instructed at all deliberations to not reveal details or to discuss the playwright. They are instructed to only discuss the play. At the end of the second deliberation process the short list is compiled and if possible the prize recipient(s) are selected. In the event the jury cannot select a prize recipient(s), they are instructed to review the plays on the shortlist and a third deliberation date is scheduled.

      • If a third deliberation process is required to select a prize recipient(s), the same process, as noted above, is applied.

      • The jury is not informed, nor has any knowledge of the entrants who are eligible for the Novitiate Prize until a recipient for the Grand Prize has been selected. We do this in order to not prejudice the jury in any way and to ensure that Novitiate eligible plays/playwrights are adjudicated under the terms of the Grand Prize first.

      • The jury, at its discretion, can then choose a recipient of the Novitiate Prize from those eligible plays.

      • The jury is comprised of theatre professionals from many disciplines, with a focus on professionals with a background in playwriting, dramaturgy, directing, literary management, and/or literary criticism.

      • We make every attempt to convene a jury that is diverse and national in scope. We select a national jury:

        • to avoid as many conflicts as possible.

        • as part of our advocacy and dissemination goals. We like to share the work of Alberta playwrights with the rest of the country.

  • 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.

  • Winning and shortlisted plays will be required to be sent to Theatre Alberta to become part of their library.

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, 2019. (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).

click here to enter online

For Hard Copy Entries, download the entry form by clicking the link below.


For further information, contact Trevor Rueger, Executive Director

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



2018 Grand prize winner & shortlisted scripts

To Download a PDF of the Perusal Scripts, click the links below

2018 Grand Prize Recipient

cipher by Ellen close & braden griffiths

2018 Novitiate Prize Recipient

the space between stars by christine Lesiak

2018 Shortlisted plays

the ministry of grace by tara beagan

Charlie horse by megan dart

the silver arrow by meiko ouchi


2017 Grand Prize winner & Shortlisted Scripts

To Download a PDF of the Perusal Scripts, click the links below

2017 Grand Prize Recipient  

The Blue Hour by Michele Vance Hehir

2017 Shortlisted plays

The takeoff by Collin Doyle

A Beginner's Guide To Floating by Nicole Moeller

Easter Island by David van belle

Premium Content by David Walker

Do This In Memory of Me by Catherine Walsh

Novitiate Prize Winner

Dark am I, Yet Lovely by Becky MacDormand