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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

The Ottawa Little Theatre 80th National One-Act Playwriting Competition

The Ottawa Little Theatre One-Act Playwriting Competition is Canada’s oldest playwriting competition. It was first held in 1937 and has been won by a who’s who of Canadian literary luminaries. Past winners include esteemed Canadian writers and prominent playwrights such as Robertson Davies, John Murrell, Erika Ritter, Catherine Banks, and Ken Mitchell, to name just a few.

First Prize                            $1,000                   Ottawa Little Theatre Award

Second Prize                      $   750                    Dorothy White Award

Third Prize                          $   500                     Gladys Cameron Watt Award

Sybil Cooke Award for a Play for Children or Young People $500


  • original one-act plays in English, encouraging literacy and dramatic talent in Canada
  • plays with a maximum playing time of 60 minutes, and a minimum playing time of 25 minutes
  • plays that are previously unproduced OR have been produced no earlier than in the current year
  • all professional and non-professional Canadian playwrights residing in Canada, including landed immigrants
  • special award for the Best Play for Children or Young People

For more information, please refer to the poster at this link.
For the entry form, click here. For the parent or guardian acknowledgment form, click here.

For any other inquiries, please contact [email protected]

Winners will be announced in May 2021

All entrants must agree to allow the Ottawa Little Theatre, if it chooses to do so, to produce their play at the 2021 Eastern Ontario Drama League One-Act Play Festival.

Please note that there will be no Playwrights’ Week in 2021.

Deadline for Submissions: December 31, 2020

Deadline: 12/31/2020

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: 08/15/2020

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