Lotus Lee Foundation New Work Initiative

The Lotus Lee Foundation has announced the first year of its New Work Initiative Playwright Award, which is intended to be an annual event.

Their primary goal is to bring the best theatre from the United States to China and vice versa, and to foster and encourage new voices and share your stories.

What you get: 

1st Place Winner:

  • Lotus Lee Foundation Contract: Fully Produced Tour in China
  • 1st Place Certificate

2nd Place Winner:

  • Cash Price: $500
  • Professional Advice on your Play from the Judges
  • 2nd Place Certificate

3rd Place Winner:

  • Cash Price: $300
  • Professional Advice on your Play from the Judges
  • 3rd Place Certificate

2 Honorable Mentions:

  • Honorable Mention Certificate
  • Professional Advice on your Play from the Judges

What to submit: 

  1. Must be an original work.
  2. No previous production and publication all around the world.
  3. Has never granted and will not grant other individuals or entities to use the script in anyway before the the choosing outcome is issued. [Editor’s note: some competitions list rules like this, but it isn’t always realistic or good for writers. if you want the freedom to submit elsewhere, you can always withdraw your script if you need to!]
  4. Play must be a full-length piece. At least an hour long.
  5. Can be a play, performance art, movement piece, physical theatre, dance, musical, etc.
  6. No restriction on plot, content, or themes. Children’s plays accepted.
  7. Submissions will only be accepted in English. The show that is chosen will be translated to mandarin for the Chinese Tour in 2019.
  8. Open to making use of new technology
    • Projections, holograms, media technology, virtual reality, etc.

Note: Lotus Lee Foundation reserves the first right negotiation and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.

How to apply: Submissions should be made via the Lotus Lee website, and must include the following:

1. Full script in PDF format

  • Please do not include your name on the script

2. A Separate PDF with following information:

  • Playwright’s bio
  • Summary of the play
  • Character breakdown
  • Production history, if applicable
  • Creative team and cast breakdown, if applicable

3. A short explanation, in PDF, of why you think your piece is a good fit for Lotus Lee Foundation

4. Other info: professional website link, production photos or videos, inspirations, etc.

Deadline: 18 February 2018

Source: Direct Contact

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