The annual Paprika Festival, a juried event entirely involving young artists, is looking for entries for the March fest. You can submit pieces ranging from five to 30 minutes. No restriction on form or content, but all participating artists must be under 21. Accepted projects get dramaturgical and artistic assistance and tech support.
Mail or hand deliver submissions by December 5 – including cast and crew names – to Paprika Festival, c/o Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman, Toronto M5R 1X3, or get an application form at www.tarragontheatre.com/paprika. Any questions? Contact artistic producer Anthony Furey at email@example.com or call 416-536-5018, ext 245.
If you're a woman between 18 and 29, consider Nightwood Theatre's novice playwriting initiative, Write From The Hip. Between March and August, those selected participate in workshops, seminars and guest lectures with senior artists. During that time, Hipsters individually or collectively create a short piece to be developed and presented as a staged reading on the final night of Groundswell, the company's annual new play program.
Send three or four pages (maximum) of something you've written, not necessarily theatre, to Nightwood Theatre, Write From The Hip Submission, Attn: Lisa Codrington, 55 Mill Street, Suite 301, Case Goods Building, Toronto M5A 3C4. For more info, call 416-944-1740 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is November 7.
There are no age or sex restrictions on entries for the Fringe's fifth annual new play contest. Submissions must be original works not previously produced (workshops are OK) and run 90 minutes or less. The winning script receives a cash prize and a slot in the 2004 Fringe, while second and third place winners get cash prizes.
The Fringe will take scripts – there's a $25 fee – beginning November 20 on a first come, first served basis. Only 80 applications can be accepted, and that number might be reached before the December 12 deadline. For info or an application form, call 416-966-1062 or e-mail email@example.com.