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One Act Play Writing Competition First Prize $1,000 and open to any English language playwright. For more information on the contest please go to Bottle Tree Productions International One Act Competition for Writers


Winner of the 2009 playwriting competition Evan Guilford-Blake with American Blues
Second Place went to Talia Pura for Demons in the Mind
Third Place went to Richard Rossi for Sister Aimee

Winner of the 2010 playwriting competition Amanda Andrei with Every Night I Die
Second Place went to Josh Hartwell for The Rank and the Blood Rush
Third Place went to Charlene A. Donaghy for Gift of an Orange
Third Place went to Evan Guilford-Blake for Tio's Blues


A quick set of script contest guidelines in order to help the novice playwright. Read this



One Act Plays have a basic set of rules and a basic structure that have to be followed that have nothing to do with the writing. Great writing can be torpedoed in a one act play by a flaw in play construction. While a set might be held together by tacs and twine, a script needs solid construction. In this article we will look at scene changes. to read more

Dialogue The script is always the first measure of a play. And for all intents and purposes, the script is basically dialogue; two people talking. That sums up the simplicity and the complexity of theatre. Two people talking. to read more

Off Stage characters that never come on stage are dangerous to the health of your play. They are dangerous because your characters on stage have to talk about them to establish these non appearing character's existence. This sets up the possibility of boring exposition. The only way this really works is if the unseen character affects the characters on stage. to read more

How to Direct a Play For those writers that are also interested in directing please go to How to Direct a Play

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Promote yourself with Bottle Tree Productions

We are looking for monologues from plays, particularly for young actors from children to early twenties. If you would like to send us a monologue, and if we put it up, we will give you a link or if you prefer an address and phone number where interested parties can purchase the script or seek performance rights. Send monologues to contest(at)bottletreeinc.com. We give the monologues away for free. Its a win-win situation for both playwright and aspiring actor

We are also looking for articles about the art, the how-to and the business of playwrighting. If you would like to submit something, we would be happy to provide your link or other contact information. Send articles to contest(at)bottletreeinc.com.

If you are interested in a critique of your play 500-800 words, but do not wish to enter the contest, send script to contest(at)bottletreeinc.com with critique only in the subject line. Cost is $50. Then pay online

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