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Nuevas Voces Playwriting Contest

August 4, 2017 - November 3, 2017



Nuevas Voces at NEIU
10-Minute Playwriting Contest and Festival 

$500 in Prizes!
Winning plays to be performed January 26-27, 2018 at NEIU’s Stage Center Theatre

Entry Deadline: November 3, 2017 

Entry Categories 
1) High-School Students in Illinois
2) Current College Students in Illinois ages 17-28 (full or part-time)
3) NEIU and Greater Community (non-students or students ages 29 and older)

A $15 registration fee is accepted here. The fee is waived if you are enrolled in Jim Blair’s non-credit Playwriting Workshop or NEIU’s fall semester course: Playwriting with instructor John Bliss. If you are in one of these classes just indicate this when you turn in your play.

Submission Information
After paying the $15 fee here, please email your submission to: [email protected]or see instructions for submitting printed plays below.
1) Please submit plays as a pdf with a separate cover page with your name, phone number and email. We will remove the cover and assign each play a number. Please do not include your name anywhere else but on your cover page.
2) Please use 12 point font and double space between speakers. The cast may not exceed 5 actors.
3) Make sure you time your play so that it is 10 minutes or less. Longer plays cannot be considered for performance.
4) Please submit translations if any of your dialogue is in a language other than English.
5) One submission per playwright.

Submitting printed submissions instead of an email 
1) Prepare three bound copies of your play (a staple is considered a binding). 2) The author?s name must NOT appear on any of the pages.
3) Pages should be numbered.
4) An accompanying cover page (not numbered) should include the playwright?s name, phone number and email
5) Please mail or drop off submissions to:

Christie Miller Office of Cultural Events at NEIU
5500 N. St. Louis Ave, CBM 125
Chicago, IL 60625

This office is in the College of Business and Management
Submissions must arrive by November 3, 2017 

Originality: The Nuevas Voces at NEIU 10-Minute Playwriting Contest and Festival will will only consider original work. Plays submitted which are based on any other published work, including but not limited to novels, short stories, films, teleplays, other theatrical scripts, etc., unless also written by the submitting author(s), are ineligible. Judges will make final production decisions based on the quality of the work and practicality of production, and such decisions shall be final.

Winners will be announced by December 1, 2017 

Raúl Dorantes, Playwright and Prof. of Latin American Literature at NEIU
Sarah Fabian, Asst. Prof. of Theatre, Managing Artistic Dir. of Stage Center Dr. Richard J. Helldobler, Interim President of Northeastern Illinois University Contest and Festival

Founder: Jim Blair, Poet, Playwright, Actor and Award-winning Director


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