Submission Guidelines

The 2021 Contest opens May 1 and closes July 15

  • Ideally, plays submitted to our contest will be between 7 and 10 pages, with a running time of 8 to 11 minutes. (Note: This does not include character list, character descriptions, or detailed scenic descriptions at the beginning of the play. Those may be submitted on a separate page.) Please time your plays before submitting.
  • There is a $15 submission fee for each play. Plays should be submitted electronically to the email address below. Submission fees should be sent to Theatrikos Theater Company at 11 W. Cherry, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Please identify your fee as a NAPS entry fee. Please make the check payable to: Theatrikos Theatre Company. Please don’t send a paper copy of your play to the theater.
  • While judges will consider all plays, there is a strong preference for plays that require 3 or fewer actors. Co-authored plays are acceptable. Multiple submissions are also acceptable.
  • Entries may not have been a previous contest winner on any stage; entries may not have been performed for a paying audience. Plays may have been workshopped in venues where donations are accepted.
  • Please format your play according to standards of writing for the stage. Each character’s dialogue is normally single-spaced, with double-spacing between character lines. Use 12-point font. Send your contact information (name, email address, and the state in which you reside) separately from your play. Your play should be submitted as a PDF file. Our panel of judges will read anonymous scripts, so your name should not appear on the play.
  • The high school competition is open to playwrights from 8th through 12th grades. Students submitting to the contest should note that they’re submitting for the high school competition. The submission fee is waived for this category.
  • Winning plays will receive a staged reading, but we cannot accommodate elaborate props, so the artistry should reside in the dialogue and action, not the staging. Plays should be received no later than 5 p.m., July 15, 2021. Plays should be emailed to northernazplaywriting@gmail .com

From the Judges:

Our judges will be taking the following criteria into consideration in making their selections:
  1. Quality of Plot/Story: Is the play conceptually or thematically interesting and well conceived? Does it start and end strong? Does it sustain in the middle?
  2. Quality of Characters: All of the characters should be interesting and give actors plenty of “meat” to sink their teeth into — no unnecessary or underdeveloped characters.
  3. Strength of the Dialogue: It’s important that the action is clear and purposeful and helps drive the story in a naturalistic way, even if the play is conceptual.
  4. Strength of the Action: It’s important that the action is clear and purposeful and helps drive the story.
  5. Tone and Effect: Is the tone consistent and appropriate? If it’s a comedy, are there genuine laughs? If it is a drama, does it have emotional impact?

Plays will be judged anonymously. Please submit your play with just the title and no author identification on the title page. Submit your contact information in a separate document — include the title of your play, your name, your state of residence, phone number, and email address. Winners will be notified via email and posted on the NAPS website.

Nichole Katz

Nichole Katz is the proud Artistic Director of Take Flight Repertory Theatre. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in acting from the University of Florida, Nichole spent 15 years as a theatre educator and director in South Florida. As the Director of Theatre for The Meritas Family of Schools, an international network of private schools, and the Artistic Director of The North Broward Preparatory School Department of Theatre, Nichole had the opportunity to share her passion for theatre with students and communities around the globe. She founded the Meritas National Tour Project, an exchange program that introduced professional theatre to schools, providing them with technical support and financial resources, thus elevating their standard of production. She was the proud recipient of the esteemed Francis Clivaz Award, an honor given to The Educator of the Year. Nichole is an accomplished actor and playwright and has directed countless productions, including Into the Woods, The Rimers of Eldritch, The Long Christmas Ride Home, A…My Name Will Always be Alice, The Diviners, Batboy, Runaways, Gypsy, Sky Diamonds, Wanda’s Visit, Good Day and The Clean House. She was thrilled to work Off-Broadway with Miriam Colon in the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre’s production of The Butterfly’s Evil Spell. Nichole proudly served as a member of the Artistic Committee at Theatrikos Theatre Company in Flagstaff. Nichole is a realtor with RE/MAX Peak Properties and her greatest joy is being a mother to her 15-year old daughter, Gabbi Drew. Nichole lives by the philosophy, “If you build it…they will come” and she is always thrilled and honored to be a part of bringing theatre to the Flagstaff community.

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