Generations 2020: Guidelines and Submission Form
In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays written by a parent with at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of June 1, 2020. Guidelines and the submission form are below. Please read carefully before submitting.
The winning playwright will receive
- a week-long workshop residency in September/October 2020, with daily rehearsals, culminating in a staged reading of the selected script;
- the chance to rewrite and revise during the week as part of the script development experience;
- a stipend for travel costs;
- a $500 prize; and
- a $500 childcare stipend to defray the costs associated with childcare during the residency.
During the residency, the selected play will be rehearsed with a cast of professional actors, director, and dramaturg. The week will culminate in a public reading. This year’s Generations residency may be held online if public health circumstances dictate in the fall. Specific date arrangements for the residency will be made directly with the winning playwright.
Plays must be full-length scripts, submitted by playwrights with at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of the submission deadline.
Each playwright is limited to submission of one script for consideration.
Plays must be in the English language. Playwrights must be U.S. residents.
No musicals will be accepted.
We will not reconsider scripts that have already been submitted to this competition in previous years.
Scripts that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or that have been published are ineligible.
Scripts may not be under option or scheduled for production or publication as of June 1, 2020.
We will consider scripts that have had a workshop, reading, or academic production. BETC will negotiate an option on the winning play and have right of first refusal on the world premiere production. The winning play will receive full consideration for production in an upcoming season.
The application deadline is June 1, 2020, or when our 250-script submission cutoff is reached. Our winning playwright will be notified by August 31, 2020.
The submission form will require you to submit a blind copy of your full script as a PDF file. Please do not include your name anywhere in the sample file. The biographical and demographic info you submit will not be referenced during the selection process.
In our initial reading round, we read the first 20 pages of a script. Script excerpts nominated by two readers continue to the semi-finalist round, in which two readers read the full scripts and complete thorough reader responses. Highly regarded scripts become finalists. Our full committee reads all finalist scripts, then advises our producing artistic director in selecting the winning play.
Because of the volume of submissions we receive, we do not provide feedback on submitted scripts during or after the competition. We will confirm that an initial submission has been received, and notify applicants of the competition winner.
Due to available program funding and staff capacity, we will not consider scripts from grandparents or others who are not currently custodial parents of a child 18 years of age or younger. We hope to be able to expand our program to additional generations in future years, but at this time our focus is on assisting playwrights with young families.