All submissions must be postmarked by March 15, 2012. ADAA accepts
no liability whatsoever for loss or non-receipt of any script.
Winning stage play will be announced in August 2012.
Scripts must be based on Armenian subjects (no restrictions on
style, location or time period).
Submissions must be full-length original works or adaptations,
written in English.
Scripts cannot be submitted a second time in a future cycle of
the competition, even if substantially revised.
Adaptations or works based upon an underlying work are accepted.
Submitted plays must have had a professional reading or production
within the last three years.
Submitted plays may not be under option for professional production
at the time of submission.
Submitted stage plays must be wholly the original work of the writer
Submitted stage plays must be free of any encumbrances, not subject
to any arrangements or agreements that would preclude the development
or production of the material. Writers are required to notify ADAA
immediately if material submitted for consideration under the terms
and conditions of this competition is optioned during the judging
Translations will be accepted. It is the submitting writer's responsibility
to arrange for their own translations, at their own expense.
ADAA will not accept unsolicited updated drafts or revised pages
of any stage plays or any additions after they have been received.
Each person can submit a maximum of one full-length script.
Stage plays written by more than one person are eligible; however,
only one prize of $10,000 will be given for the winning selection.
The winner of the award will be responsible for any and all tax
liabilities associated with the prize.
All writers of submitted stage plays must be at 18 years of age
Writers need not be of Armenian descent. Writers from any country
or ethnicity are eligible.
Scripts must be in English, with the title, name of writer(s) and
contact information on the title page ONLY.
Scripts should be between 90-130 pages and in standard stage play
Fonts should be 12-point Courier or Times New Roman.
No scripts will be returned.
Electronic submissions are required (email@example.com).
ADAA's employees, contractors, Board of Directors, and contest
jury, as well as board members of the William Saroyan Foundation
are not eligible.
Failure to adhere to these rules and guidelines will result in
disqualification and forfeiture of the entry fee.
Failure to adhere to correct formatting will also result in disqualification.
Phone calls regarding the contest will not be returned. If you
have any further questions after reading the rules, you may contact
ADAA at the general email address at firstname.lastname@example.org
with ”William Saroyan Contest inquiry” written in the
Judging will be performed by trained readers and/or industry professionals
and/or principals of the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance. The top
three (3) selected finalists will be read by the panel of finalist
judges. The judges’ decisions will be final and you must abide
by the decision of the judges with regard to all matters.
Entry fees are nonrefundable. No entry will be read until the entry
fee is received.
The Winner of the competition will affix the “DEVELOPED WITH
THE ASSISTANCE OF (ADAA LOGO)” to the work and provide for
the following credit in any contract for the development or production
of the work: “DEVELOPED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF (ADAA LOGO).”
In addition, this credit will be provided on the title page of all
printed materials of future readings, workshops, productions, recordings,
and publications of their projects and in the case of productions,
to include the “DEVELOPED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF (ADAA LOGO)”
as part of the credit sequence. In addition, upon acceptance of
the first place price, the winning author(s) shall grant to ADAA
the nonexclusive right to use the name, likeness and approved biography
of all authors of the work for use in the development and promotion
of ADAA activities.
The ADAA and the Sponsor reserves the right to modify or cancel
this contest at any time. In the event of a cancellation prior to
the first prize being awarded, the ADAA shall return all entry fees
unless unable to do so due to a natural disaster. By participating
in this contest, each person submitting material hereby releases
and agrees to hold harmless the ADAA, its affiliates, partners,
subsidiaries, officers, directors, agents, employees and all entities
associated with ADAA from and against any liabilities, costs and
expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising from the
development, promotion and exploitation of such persons submitted
Any disputes shall be submitted to arbitration in Boston, Massachusetts,
in accordance with the rules and regulations of the American Arbitration
Association then in effect. The arbitrator’s decision shall
be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and
shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to
bear his or its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.
Submit the following materials:
• Electronic submissions are required (email@example.com).
• Contact information should be on the title page ONLY.
• A completed entry form, signed by all writers. For ENTRY
FORM CLICK HERE.
• A non-refundable entry fee of $20.00 (check or money order
only) made out to the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance.
• A brief synopsis (one page maximum)
• Character breakdown
• A biography and photograph of the entrant.
• A resume including entrant’s body of work, proof of
submitted play's staged reading or production.
January 1- March 15th, 2012
*Email Submissions Only*