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Submissions Open for 2021 Veterans' 10-Minute Playwriting Contest

Submission deadline is May 1

The Salem State theatre department and Center for Creative and Performing Arts are accepting submissions for the 2021 Veterans' 10-Minute Playwriting Contest. The submission deadline is May 1 with an anticipated staged reading of the selected plays at our third annual Veterans' 10 Minute Play Contest on November 9, 10 and 11, 2021. 

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Designated a Military-Friendly School by G.I. Jobs, a Top College and University by Military Advanced Education, and a Best for Vets College by Military Times, Salem State values our military connected students and their families and the sacrifices they have made for our country. Salem State is committed to supporting Veterans’ voices on and off campus. The arts create unique and powerful opportunities for individuals and groups to share experiences and constructive dialogue. As such, Salem State is proud to announce its third annual Veterans Playwriting contest which will culminate in staged readings of selected plays in November 2021.

All playwrights, regardless of military affiliation, are invited to enter Salem State University’s 10-Minute Playwriting Contest. However, preference will be given to those with a direct military connection. This includes active-duty military, reservists, National Guard, Veterans, and direct family of any of these.

The theme of the play should directly touch on military service and/or how military service affects a community. The contest and festival look to recognize and celebrate those that have served and currently serve. We are looking to bring together a variety of voices exploring both the challenges and the victories and positive influences that Veterans have on our community.

Our first annual festival was held in the Callan Studio Theatre at SSU in September 2019. This three-night festival was a huge success with eight staged plays, 4 professional directors, 20 professional and student actors, packed audiences, and vibrant community conversations. Our second annual festival was held virtually during the 10 days leading up to Veterans day 2020 with one play released each day culminating in a community zoom conversation with the playwrights, actors, and directors.

Important Dates:

  • May 1, 2021: Entry deadline
  • July 15, 2021: Notification of finalists
  • November 2021: Staged readings with post-performance discussion on November 9, 10 and 11.
  • Additional details pending Covid-19 developments and implementation of performance related safety guidelines.
When 11:45pm
Karen A Gahagan

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