The MTA Playwriting Competitions are designed to recognize and promote the works of Mississippi playwrights and are open to all currently located Mississippi writers.
Winners in the Adult and Youth competitions receive staged readings at the MTA Festival and cash prizes–$500 for Adult winners, $250 for Youth winners.
MTA maintains a listing of plays submitted to the competition and their authors in our Playwrights Directory.
Submissions are accepted from April 1 to November 1.
At the 2007 Festival, MTA announced the first MTA Playwriting Competition for Adults and in 2008 MTA announced the first MTA Playwriting Competition for Youth. Both competitions are designed to recognize and promote the works of Mississippi playwrights and is open to all in state Mississippi writers.
The winning play in the adult competition receives a staged reading at the MTA Festival/Conference and a $500 cash prize. The winning play in the youth competition receives a stage reading at the MTA Festival/Conference and a $250 cash prize.
MTA also maintains a listing of plays submitted to the competition on our Playwrights Directors. This directory lists the author, contact information and information about the play.
Call For Submissions — April 1 – November 1
Who’s Eligible: (Youth Division) High school students residing in the state of Mississippi. Playwrights should be enrolled in a high school or home school program in grades 9 – 12.
(Adult Division) Adults age 18 years of age or older and not enrolled in a high school program, and living in Mississippi.
Entry Requirements: The script should be a one-act play that has not been published and has not been professionally produced. Only one play may be submitted by each playwright, and plays must be written by a single playwright – no collaborations. Plays should run no more than one-hour in length, which is roughly about forty (40) pages. We do not accept musicals, full-lengths, adaptations, screenplays, etc.
Submission Format: All scripts must be typed using a 12 point font. Electronic submissions are required. More information will be available on the MTA website. Names should not appear on the scripts. Writers should include a separate page with a short bio, contact info. and the name of their script.
The Competition is designed to recognize and promote the works of Mississippi high school playwrights and is open to all Mississippi high school age writers. All playwrights who submit will be notified of their status via e mail.
Entries are accepted from April 1 until November 1. Entries postmarked later than November 1 will not be considered.
Each playwright may submit only one play per year. The Mississippi Theatre Association reserves the right not to produce a winner in any given year. Aside from the necessary permission to stage the reading of the winning entry, all rights are retained by the playwright.
There is no entry fee.
Information on the online entrance form will be forthcoming as well as further details on the judging process.
All entries are judged anonymously, through two different rounds of judges. The winning entry will receive:
- a staged reading at the MTA Conference,
- free Festival registration,
- Hotel accommodations for the evening of their staged reading, and
- a $250 cash prize (youth division) / $500 cash prize (adult division)