African Play Writing Competition

The deadline for applications is: 31 October 2018
Enquiries contact Jaqueline Dommisse, Festival Director:

ASSITEJ South Africa announces a play writing competition open to African playwrights. All playwrights with young audiences as the target market for their work are encouraged to apply. We will be looking at work for all ages and stages of childhood and youth from 0-19 years-old. The theme, plot, genre and style are totally open.

Each of the shortlist of 8 plays, including 3 playwrights from the greater African Continent, and 5 from South Africa, will receive online mentoring with an international expert from the ASSITEJ, Write Local, Play Global network of professionals. The winning play will be produced and presented at the Cradle of Creativity 2019, a Biennial International Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences in South Africa to be held at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town from 20 to 25 August 2019.

Scripts will be selected for the short-list based on:
work that has been written for a specific stage of childhood and youth
the level of excellence in chosen medium
the level of innovation and originality
the suitability for audience for which it was created 
the suitability for an audience of South African children 

The play may have had previous readings or amateur performances, but no professional showings.

For the play to be eligible for selection for Cradle of Creativity 2019, it must be written in one of the languages of the Western Cape: English, Afrikaans, or isiXhosa. If the play is in another language, there must be the possibility that it can be translated into one of these languages.

Entrants will be required to submit a one-page synopsis of their play as well as 3 pages of sample text or dialogue.

Email address *
The playwright asserts that the submission is a new original work and is the intellectual property of the playwright. The play may still be in draft or treatment form.
Name or Working Title of Play *
Your answer
300 to 450 word synopsis of play *
Your answer
300 to 450 words of sample text or dialogue from the play *
Your answer
First Name *
Your answer
Surname *
Your answer
Mobile Number *
Your answer
Landline Number
Your answer
Country *
Your answer
Province / State
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City / Town *
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Age of Target Audience *
Language *
Style / Genre *
How far along is the work?
Number of characters *
Your answer
Number of performers (may be different from number characters) *
Your answer
Please email to
1. a short (maximum two pages) Curriculum Vitae (CV)
2. 300 to 450 word synopsis of play
3. 300 to 450 words of sample text or dialogue from the play
4. If you have completed the play, please send the full script in addition to the synopsis and sample pages
CV, Synopsis, Sample Pages, and script emailed to: *
Thank you for applying for this competition!
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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