Emerging Playwright Competition

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Fifth Annual
Emerging Playwright Competition

Call for Submissions July 1 – August 31, 2022

The mission of the Phillips’ Mill Community Association (PMCA) is to promote the arts and preserve the artistic and cultural heritage of Bucks County. The PMCA is committed to the active endorsement of the tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of what we do as an organization and for all program participants.

Consistent with this mission, the Drama Committee of PMCA is pleased to announce the fifth annual juried one-act Emerging Playwright Competition to encourage the development of original new works for the stage by offering the opportunity for public performance.

The first 50 submissions received during the acceptance period (July 1 – August 31, 2022 midnight) will be considered. Our distinguished panel of judges will evaluate all scripts and select as many as six winners, who will be notified during the week of October 12, 2022. The judges’ decisions are final. No written or verbal critique will be required of the judges. Each winning entry will receive a cash prize of $100.00 and a public reading before a live audience at Phillips’ Mill on Saturday, November 19, 2022.

Contest Rules

  • All work must be original, unpublished and not previously produced on a stage (EXCEPT in a workshop or educational setting). The playwright submitting the work must have sole and exclusive rights to publish and perform it. The work must not infringe any copyright.
  • Playwright must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Playwright must currently live within a one hundred mile radius of Phillips’ Mill.
  • Copyright of all works submitted remains with the author.
  • Musicals, monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, film and TV scripts are ineligible.
  • Playwrights may submit no more than two scripts. Each script is a separate entry, requiring a separate fee and using a unique entry number.
  • Entries must not exceed 5,000 words and should have a running time of 10 to 15 minutes with 1 to 6 characters. If the script does not comply with these rules, it will be disqualified.
  • Scripts should follow standard play formatting. At the least: one-inch margins, 12-point font, character names capitalized, stage directions in italics, and page numbers included.
  • Scripts must not include any form of identification, only the entry number provided by the playwright to our website.
  • Scripts should include a character breakdown.
  • Please thoroughly proofread and time your script.
  • Playwrights must be available to attend the performance on November 19, 2022.
  • Preliminary rehearsal dates are the week of November 7 and the final rehearsal is November 16, 2022. Playwrights may attend these rehearsals if they wish, but it is not mandatory.

Entry Fee

A nonrefundable fee of $10 for each script entered (no more than two).


Entries must be received during the period of July 1 – August 31, 2022 midnight.

  1. Complete the online entry form below starting July 1st. You will provide a six-digit number of your own choosing. This is your entry number. This ensures that your work will be judged anonymously. The site will not accept submissions after fifty scripts have been received.
  2. Prepare your script as an Adobe Portable Document (.pdf) file, using the unique entry number as the only identification of the author and as the name of the .pdf file.
  3. Once ready, you'll upload your submission using the entry form available on this page as of July 1st.
  4. Proofread your form and click on “Submit.” You will be taken to PayPal to pay your entry fee.
  5. Once the transaction is complete, you will receive an email confirmation of your entry details. Please note: If you do not receive your confirmation, please check your spam folder, in case it ends up there.

If you wish to enter a second script, come back to this page and fill in the form again with a different ID number.

Entries will not be accepted by postal service. Questions? Contact Valerie Eastburn at


Winners will receive a cash prize of $100.00 and a public reading of their works.

The PMCA will select directors and actors for the readings. Playwrights must attend the performance on November 19 and participate in the moderated discussion with the audience after the readings. (Please note: The performance is a reading, not a staged production.)


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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus