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Submit: Florida Playwrights competition

The Valencia Community College theater program is accepting plays for its annual Florida Playwrights competition, which has been held every year since 1991. The winning original play will be staged in April 2010, as part of Valencia's regular subscription series.

Playwrights currently residing in Florida are invited to submit the first 15 pages of no more than two never-before-produced manuscripts. The deadline for submission is September 15, 2009.

Scripts must be original, previously unproduced, full-length plays. (Scripts that have received staged readings may be submitted.) Collaborations are acceptable, but children's plays, musicals and adaptations are ineligible.

A panel of readers will evaluate the submitted excerpts and ask select writers to submit their full manuscripts. From those, one play will be chosen to be developed and workshopped with the playwright's participation. The playwright will receive a stipend to cover travel and other expenses related to the production.

The administrator of the competition plans to announce the winning play around December 1, 2009. The workshop process will begin in January 2010.

Electronic submissions are requested. They may be sent to Valencia's artistic director, Julia Gagne at jgagne@valenciacc.edu. For further submission information or for a mailing address, please call 407-582-2296.