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East Coast Scribes

A Playwriting Competition for NZ Playwrights


Evolution Theatre Company is accepting submissions of original plays by New Zealand playwrights telling East Coast stories. Successful authors will be supported with a staged reading of their work by seasoned actors. From the readings, we may choose to select plays to be workshopped and fully produced at Evolution Theatre Company.   Based on the plays submitted, we may choose to produce one full-length play, or a series of shorter plays. 


Competition Rules and Conditions:

  • All submissions must be in by 11:59pm on June 1st, 2023. 

  • Playwrights must be currently living in New Zealand.

  • Plays submitted must feature original stories based in New Zealand’s East Coast.

  • Play may be submitted in either English or Te Reo Māori. If submitted in Te Reo Māori, a full English translation must be provided with your submission.

  • Plays must be submitted as PDF files, per the instructions provided.

  • Plays will be accepted in the following formats:

    • Mini Plays: 10-15 Minutes 

    • Short Plays: 30-60 Minutes

    • Full-Length Plays: 90-120 minutes.

  • Scripts will be reviewed and recommendations will be made by the Trustees of Evolution Theatre Company, and select members of the East Coast artistic community.

  • Script acceptance for production will be at the sole discretion of Evolution Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Dinna Myers. 

  • By submitting a script, the author agrees to allow Evolution Theatre Company Trust full rights to perform any pursuant staged–readings and to the first public performance.

  • There is a pool of $500 to be distributed to the author(s) of any play(s) that advance to production on the ETC stage. If multiple plays are accepted, the pool of funds will be distributed evenly among authors.

Tips for a successful submission:

  • Proofread your work carefully. 

  • Format your work using a standard playwriting format provided for download.

  • Your play is most likely to be successful if it has a clear beginning, rising action, climax, resolution of conflict, and a clear end. However, submissions that do not follow this formula will by no means be dismissed.  A story that is imaginatively told can sometimes be more powerful.

In November 2023 we will be producing a full-length version of the 2021 winning submission, Beachfront Reality by Susan Partington.

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