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55th Annual Alberta Playwriting Competition

The Alberta Playwriting Competition, presented in association with Theatre Alberta, is the longest running provincial playwriting competition and offers the largest cash prize of any playwriting contest in Canada.

The competition recognizes the most outstanding un-produced Alberta play with a $5000 Grand Prize. It is open to all playwrights who reside in Alberta, whether they are members of the Alberta Playwrights’ Network or not.

A secondary prize (Novitiate Prize) may be awarded at the jury’s discretion to recognize the work of an un-produced playwright. There is no cash with the Novitiate Prize, but APN offers playwright and play development for the recipient. Celebrating its 55th consecutive year, the Alberta Playwriting Competition (presented in association with Theatre Alberta) is now open for submissions.

Deadline: March 31, 2021

Deadline: 31-03-2021

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Western Canadian Music Awards

The Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards, celebrate the best of artistic and music industry talent in western Canada. They are now accepting submissions.

Submissions can be made by the Artist/Industry professional themselves or they can be submitted on the Artist’s/Industry professional’s behalf.

  • The Nominee must have been born in either Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon or NWT and must have lived in one of those Provinces or Territories for six consecutive months in the past year (January 1, 2020 – March 19, 2021).


  • The Nominee must have maintained a residence in a Western Canadian Province or Territory for the entire period of January 1, 2020 through March 19, 2021.
  • For groups, 50% of the group’s members must meet residency requirements. Proof of residency may be required.

Deadline: March 19, 2021

Deadline: 19-03-2021

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Accidental AuthoUrs Playwriting Contest

Accidental Humour Co. is launching a playwriting competition for Albertan Playwrights to submit an unproduced new work for a collaboration and possible production.Accidental Humour Co. is an Alberta based theatre company that produces mixed media theatrical productions that are known for their seamless incorporation of pre-recorded film with live theatre. We are a collaborative team of artists who have been creating original productions for over a decade known for presenting at the Edmonton Fringe and touring across Alberta. Now we are looking to work collaboratively with Alberta playwrights to tell new stories from a new perspective.

We are looking for New Albertan works that are unproduced. We are looking for playwrights at any stage of their career that are interested in exploring the mixed mediums of film and projection into their stage scripts.

Our desire is for a collective collaboration of the playwright’s concept with Accidental Humour Co’s expertise in film and projection integration.

We are enthusiastic to explore all stories but have a real interest in Canadian stories featuring underrepresented perspectives and voices.Submissions should include:

  • An outline of the play
  • 10-20 page excerpt
  • A 100 word bio


  • Grand Prize is $500 and a (virtual) workshop with the Core Accidental Humour team*.
  •  2nd prize is $250

*There is a possibility of production but is not a guarantee.

Deadline: Feb 28, 2021 at 11:59PM

Deadline: 28-02-2021

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Arctic Winter Games Songwriting Contest

The Wood Buffalo 2022 Arctic Winter Games theme song will be a cultural celebration of our region and the event itself.  The creation and use of a theme song not only inspires and motivates participants, but it also adds to the total Games experience for participants, visitors and volunteers.


Help us create the official theme song of the Wood Buffalo 2022 Arctic Winter Games!

We are looking for up to six collaborators to produce a song that is inclusive of different cultures and styles and represents the true meaning of the Arctic Winter Games. 

The theme song contest is open to Indigenous drummers and singers, songwriters/lyricists, DJs with an original beat, instrumentalists of any kind and singers in English, Cree and Dene, who are 13 years old and up. Applicants must also live within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Deadline: January 29, 2021.

Deadline: 29-01-2021

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Black Swan Theatre New Work Play Festival

Black Swan Theatre are hosting their first New Work Play Festival to showcase emerging Canadian talent! This is an online festival which will showcase new, previously un-staged one act plays between 10-30 minutes long.

They are hoping to select bold plays from emerging young creatives. All chosen playwrights will receive workshop-style edits, dramaturgical support, and a public staged reading of their play. The set of staged readings will likely take place over Zoom in early 2021 due to COVID-19 protocols. After the plays are selected, we will be holding auditions for actors.

For every staged reading, there will be the opportunity for spectators to donate and pay what they can — a portion of these donations will be given to BLM Canada as they further attempt to merge the worlds of art and activism. 

Check out the submissions page for guidelines and more information: https://blackswanpc.ca/contact/
Questions? Contact [email protected]

Deadline for submissions: November 10th, 2020 at midnight

Deadline: 11-11-2020

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2020 Online Open Art Competition

Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove is holding an online competition. Each piece will be judged online. Art that has been entered can also be shown in the Spruce Grove Art Gallery from Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 – Friday, October 2nd, 2020. Gallery display is optional but encouraged.

Spruce Grove | Call for Entries: 2020 Online Open Art Competition

Deadline for Entries: Saturday, August 15th, 2020 5pm. Must include photos.

Ribbons and prize awards for each category:

  •  $100 cash first prize
  •  $75 cash second prize
  •  $50 cash third prize
  •  $25 cash honourable mention ribbon & certificate people’s choice award

To learn more, download the full call w/ application  (pdf) or apply online on the Allied Arts Council website.

Deadline: 15-08-2020

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