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Ready to Publish Award

SETC and Stage Rights present a new opportunity for playwrights!

Submit your script to info@setc.org for the opportunity to “pitch” your play/musical to Stage Rights and the SETC Playwriting Committee during SETC’s 2017 Convention. Chosen playwrights will be notified via email by Friday, February 24, 2017, with their assigned pitch time and location.

Submissions for the 2017 Ready to Publish Award will be accepted from December 12, 2016 – January 20, 2017.

Requirements

  • You must be registered for the 2017 SETC Convention.
  • Submitted plays/musicals must be unpublished.
  • Only full-length plays/musicals will be considered for publication.

Submission Guidelines

  • Please include the following information on your title page:
    • full name
    • email address
    • phone number
    • agent information (if applicable)
  • Please include a one-paragraph summary of your play or musical as a separate page at the end of your script.
  • Submissions must be received at info@setc.org between December 12, 2016 and January 20, 2017.

One Winner Will Receive

  • Guidance from two mentors — one creative and one publishing. They will work with you on preparing the script for publication through rewrites, editing and collection of materials.
  • Publication in the Stage Rights catalog of plays and musicals.
  • SETC 2018 Convention Registration.
  • $300 royalty advance that the winner can use toward their expenses at SETC 2018.
  • Stage Rights will prominently display your script in the exhibitor booth and sell it at SETC 2018.
  • Members of the SETC Playwriting committee will host a panel reading of the play at SETC 2018.

2016 Ready to Publish Award Winner

Independence Day at Happy Meadows by Laura King

Laura King is the chair of the SETC Ten-Minute Play Festival, an instructor of theatre at Gordon State College, and a member of the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University. Independence Day at Happy Meadows was originally conceived through a workshop and reading at Onion Man Productions in Norcross, GA (James Beck, managing director). The play was further developed in collaboration with Bob Moss, founder of Playwrights Horizons, during a week-long workshop through the Hollins University Playwright’s Lab (Todd Ristau, program director). The play premiered June 2014 at Showtimers Theatre (Roanoke, VA). Laura’s plays are available at YouthPLAYS, Polychoron Press, and the New Play Exchange.

Synopsis of Independence Day at Happy Meadows: It’s the Fourth of July and the women of Happy Meadows are longing for independence. They’re fed up with the rules, the regulations, and especially the food. When Holly receives a cry for help from her grandson, she rallies her comrades in arms, Mary, Betty, and Shirley, and the women plot a break out. But the best laid plans often go awry.

As the 2016 Ready to Publish Award Winner:

  • Laura King has received guidance from two mentors — one creative and one publishing — who have worked with her on preparing Independence Day at Happy Meadows for publication.
  • Independence Day at Happy Meadows will be published in the Stage Rights catalog of plays and musicals.
  • King receives free convention registration to attend SETC 2017.
  • King receives a $300 royalty advance.
  • Stage Rights will prominently display the Independence Day at Happy Meadows script in their exhibitor booth and sell it at SETC 2017.
  • Members of the SETC Playwriting committee will host a panel reading of Independence Day at Happy Meadows at SETC 2017.

Enjoy these photos from a June 2016 production of Independence Day at Happy Meadows by the Fountain Square Players of Bowling Green, KY. Photos by Glenda White.

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