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2015 Play Prize Update! New Submission Guidelines!! Two major changes!!!

This year, there are two major changes to Marin Theatre Company's annual new play prizes. First, this year there will be separate submission periods. For the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize we will accept submissions between July 1 - 31, 2014. For the Sky Cooper New American Play Prize  we will accept submissions between August 1 - 31, 2014. The process will be nearly identical for both prizes except that this year for the Sky Cooper New American Play Prize we are adding a professional recommendation requirement

Submissions are now closed for the 2015 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. We thank you for your submission and look forward to reading your work!

We are accepting submissions for the 2015 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize from August 1 - 31, 2014. The online submission form for the Sky Cooper Prize can be found here.

What’s the difference between the two prizes? Why two separate submission windows? How do I submit? Please check out our FAQ section below.

2014 Play Prize Update! The submission window for the 2014 Sky Cooper and 2014 David Calicchio prizes has closed: playwrights who submitted between July 1 – August 31, 2013 are still in consideration for the 2014 prizes. The artistic staff of Marin Theatre Company is in the process of reading the record 900 submissions and will announce the winners of the 2014 prizes in the 2014 calendar year.

Now in its eighth year, Marin Theatre Company's two new play prizes were established in 2007 to celebrate the work of the American playwright and to encourage the creation of bold, powerful new voices and plays for the American stage. The David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize is awarded to a professionally unproduced playwright for a new work that shows outstanding promise and a distinctive new voice, and is given a $2500 cash prize and a workshop as part of MTC's New Play Reading Series. The Sky Cooper New American Play Prize is awarded to an emerging or established playwright for an outstanding new work, and is given a $10,000 cash prize and option for production on MTC's main stage.These prizes serve to further MTC’s commitment to the development of new plays as a central component of its artistic programs.

 

  • David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize

    Norton J. “Sky” Cooper established the Emerging American Playwright Prize award at Marin Theatre Company in 2007 in honor of David Calicchio’s lifelong career as a playwright and in support of Marin Theatre Company’s commitment to the discovery and development of new and emerging American playwrights. The Calicchio Prize will be awarded annually to a professionally unproduced playwright for a new work that shows outstanding promise and a distinctive new voice for the American theatre. The play selected as the Calicchio Prize winner will receive 2 public staged readings at Marin Theatre Company as part of the theatre’s annual New Play Reading Series. The playwright will receive a $2,500 award, as well as travel and accommodations for the MTC rehearsal period (25 hours).

    Past Winners

    2013 - Eric Dufault The Year of the Rooster

    2012 - Meghan Kennedy Light

    2011 - Andrew Dolan That Good Night

    2010 - Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig Lidless

    2009 - Emily Schwend Carthage

    2008 - A. Zell Williams Blood / Money

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  • Sky Cooper New American Play Prize

    Norton J. “Sky” Cooper established the New American Play Prize at Marin Theatre Company in 2007 to celebrate the work of the American playwright and to encourage the creation of bold, powerful new voices and plays for the American stage. The Sky Cooper Prize will be awarded annually to either an established or emerging playwright for an outstanding new work. The play selected as the Sky Cooper winner will receives a $10,000 award and a developmental workshop as part of the theater’s annual New Play Reading Series. The winning play will also be considered under option for a full production at MTC as part of the theater’s annual main stage season.

    Past Winners

    2013 - Mona Mansour The Way West (World Premiere, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, April 2014; MTC production April 2015)

    2012 - Martín Zimmerman Seven Spots on the Sun (World Premiere, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, September 2013)

    2011 - Samuel D. Hunter The Whale (World Premiere, Denver Center Theatre Company, January 2012)

    2010 - Bill Cain 9 Circles (World Premiere, MTC, October 2010; subsequent productions in Boston, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Denver)

    2009 - Sharr White Sunlight (World Premiere, MTC, January 2010; subsequent productions in Seattle, Indianapolis, and New Jersey)

    2008 - Zayd Dohrn Magic Forest Farm (World Premiere, MTC, April 2009)

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  • Guidelines

    David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize Guidelines
    • Submissions will be accepted from July 1 – 31, 2014.
    • Submissions must be unpublished, original full-length plays in any genre.
    • Musicals, translations, individual one-acts, and any play submitted in a previous year for the Sky Cooper or David Calicchio Prizes are not eligible.
    • The submitting playwright may not have received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission (plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production are eligible).
    • Playwrights must be citizens of the United States.
    • Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year; you may submit the same play for both prizes.

    Sky Cooper New American Play Prize Guidelines
    • Submissions will be accepted from August 1 – 31, 2014.
    • Submissions must be unpublished, original full-length plays in any genre.
    • Musicals, translations, individual one-acts, and any play submitted in a previous year for the Sky Cooper or David Calicchio Prizes are not eligible.
    • The submitted play may not have received or be scheduled for a full-scale, professional production prior to submission (plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production are eligible).
    • Playwrights must be citizens of the United States.
    • Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year; you may submit the same play for both prizes.
    • For the Sky Cooper prize, the submission is required to include a professional recommendation.

    PHASE I: Submit a completed online submission form and 10 pages of consecutive sample dialogue.
    Agents may submit full scripts of their client’s work. Please do not send full scripts for Phase I unless via an agent or professional representation; unsolicited scripts will not be read.
    We prefer sample pages attached to the online submission form in .pdf format, with last name, first name, (title of the play) as the document title. For example: Wilson, August (Seven Guitars).pdf.

    PHASE II: Selected submissions will be invited to send full scripts for Phase II. All full scripts that have been solicited after Phase I will be read by a member of the Marin Theatre Company artistic staff.

    All scripts will be read by a member of the Marin Theatre Company artistic staff. Please do not send more than the requested materials. Do not send videos, CDs or DVDs. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Due to the high number of submissions, not every playwright will receive a response to their Phase I submission. No materials will be returned.

    Winners will be chosen from among submitted and solicited scripts; final selections are made by Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director.

    For questions or concerns, please contact literarymanager@marintheatre.org. Please, no phone inquiries.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the difference between the two prizes?
    For the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright prize, the playwright is eligible if they have not had a full professional production. This prize is meant to give direct access to new or emerging writers who do not have representation or a record of successful productions yet. We are looking for writers of caliber who are as yet unknown, but who are looking for an opportunity to work with a professional theater.
    The Sky Cooper New American Play prize provides a generous cash award and an option for production to a play by an emerging or established playwright with an unproduced play that has yet to find its first production.

    When can I submit my materials?
    Submissions for the 2015 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright prize are accepted from July 1 - 31, 2014. Submissions for the 2015 Sky Cooper New American Play prize are accepted from August 1 - 31, 2014.

    Why are the submission windows separate this year?
    The literary office at Marin Theatre Company received nearly 1000 submissions last year. It is a daunting task to thoughtfully read all of the submissions, but we are committed to making sure each and every submission is read by a member of the artistic staff of the theater. In order to make sure we are reading carefully and considering the correct play for the correct competition it was submitted to, we have decided to split the submission window apart to better keep track of the scripts we’re reading.

    Is there a difference in the submission process for the two prizes?
    There is! The David Calicchio prize is open only to playwrights who have never had a professional production. Playwrights may submit a 10-page sample on their own behalf, or agents may submit full scripts for them, along with a completed submission form.
    The Sky Cooper prize is open to any playwright – emerging or established – with an unproduced play. This year for the Sky Cooper prize, in addition to the 10-page sample (or full script, if submitted by an agent) and completed submission form, we are also requiring you submit a professional recommendation with your submission materials.

    What does that mean, a professional recommendation?
    A professional recommendation can be a short note from a theatre professional (director, artistic director, university professor or other colleague) you have worked with in the past who will vouch for the quality of your work. If you have an agent, they are your professional recommendation and we do not need anything further. We are asking for professional recommendations to help ensure a high level of excellence and craft in the submitted materials.

    What is the selection process?
    For Phase I of the competition, all submissions (both full scripts and 10-page samples) are read by a member of the artistic staff of Marin Theatre Company. We solicit full scripts for consideration in Phase II of the competition, usually around 5-10% of total applicants. Phase II submissions are considered by the full artistic staff of the theater. Two plays are chosen, one for the Sky Cooper New American Play prize and one for the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright prize. Final decisions are made by Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis.

    When will I hear whether I’ve been moved on to Phase II?
    You will be contacted via phone or email if you have been moved on to Phase II of consideration in the process once all Phase I submissions have been read, the timing of which can vary, depending on the number of submissions. Due to the high volume of submissions, not everyone will be contacted.

    Is there a fee?
    No! Thanks to the generosity of Norton J. "Sky" Cooper, our play prizes are administered without an application fee.

    If I am eligible for both prizes, can I submit to both prizes?
    Yes, you can!

    Can I submit a full script?
    For both the David Calicchio and Sky Cooper prizes, full scripts may be submitted for consideration via an agent or professional representation. Playwrights submitting on their own behalf must submit a synopsis and 10-page sample of consecutive dialogue from the script.

    Can I submit a play that I have already submitted?
    No, we do not accept plays that have been submitted for consideration in previous years.

    What if the play has been rewritten or revised?
    Unless the play is remarkably different than a previous version and you have spent significant time making changes to the story or the storytelling, we do not accept plays that have been submitted for consideration in previous years.

    Can I submit more than one play?
    No, only one play may be submitted per playwright each year.

    Can I submit a different play for each of the prizes?
    No, only one play may be submitted per playwright each year.

    Even though there are separate submission windows for the two prizes?
    Yes, we still only allow one play to be submitted per playwright each year.

    What does “professional production” mean?
    For the Calicchio Emerging American Playwright prize, we only accept work from playwrights that have not had professional productions. A professional production can be defined many ways, but generally if the play was produced at a theater company with compensated actors and creative team with the theatrical elements realized, and if the playwright was compensated for right to produce the play, that is a professional production. Festivals productions that were not fully realized, educational productions and showcase productions do not count as professional productions. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact the literary office at literarymanager@marintheatre.org.

    Can I get feedback on my play?
    No. Marin Theatre Company does not provide feedback on work submitted to the play prize competition.

    What format do you prefer for submissions?
    Thank you for asking! We prefer online submission in PDF format (.pdf) with the playwright’s last name, first name, and (title of play) as the document title. For example: Wilson, August (Seven Guitars).pdf.

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