Columbia Entertainment Company to hold national playwriting contest

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | 4:45 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Columbia Entertainment Company will hold its 25th annual Jackie White Memorial National Children's Playwriting Contest for adults writing for family-friendly theater.

The first-place winner will receive $500.

Each entry should be a full-length play with speaking roles for at least seven characters. Entries can be original unpublished works or adaptations. 

They must also be suitable for everyone from "an eight-year-old to Grandma," contest director Betsy Phillips said.

Each play will be read by at least three judges between late May and early August. Entries will then be narrowed down to four to six finalists. Judges will present each play and sum up their comments, and a winner will be chosen.

After the judging is done, each playwright who entered the contest will receive a letter from the contest director discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the play, according to the contest website.

"We feel we have done a great deal to help playwrights find a niche because we give feedback," Phillips said.

Phillips said that many winning plays have gone on to be published.

All entries must be postmarked no later than June 1.

More details can be found on the contest website

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