Attention women writers: We want your scripts!
The Mary Siewert Scruggs Works By Women Festival 2013
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Second City Training Center is proud to present The Mary Siewert Scruggs Works By Women Festival 2013. This festival will be a showcase of new sketches, songs, and short plays written by women of the Second City Training Center, to honor and continue the legacy of Mary Siewert Scruggs, Head of the Writing Program, 2001 – 2011.
Who is eligible? Any female student currently enrolled in any of the adult classes at the Second City Training Center, Chicago, or who was enrolled in any adult level classes within one year of the date of the submission deadline. Co-authored scripts are acceptable provided all authors meet the qualifications.
What should you submit? An original sketch or song written for the stage, that plays no longer than 5 minutes, and that has not been previously produced in front of an audience. (In-class staged readings do not count as “produced.” Writing 6 shows do count as “produced” and are not eligible.) Characters in the script may be male or female, up to a maximum of 6 characters. No video or film scripts please.
Do I have to produce it myself? No! That’s the great part of this festival! To encourage writers of all levels of experience, each accepted work will be assigned a Director. The Director will be a faculty member, or a graduate of the Directing Program, at the Second City Training Center. The Director will be responsible for casting, rehearsing, and staging your Work. If the Work is a song you will also be assigned a musical director to write the music for the song. The Writer will, however, be responsible for providing all props, costume pieces, and sound effects, subject to the approval of the Director.
May I perform in my own work? Ask your director! Your director will work directly with you and include you in the rehearsal process.
When are the shows? The Festival will run Fridays, November 22, 29, December 6, and 13, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. in the Skybox Theater. Accepted submissions will be assigned a time slot during one of those shows. Technical rehearsals will be on the Monday prior to the show at 10:00 p.m.
How do I make a submission?
- Scripts should be written in “stage” format (not film or TV format, please!)
- Scripts should be a Word or pdf document ONLY. Other formats, including Final Draft, will not be accepted. (If you work in an application like Final Draft, save the final as a pdf.)
- The first page of the script must be a Cover Page with the following information:
- Title of the scene
- Name of the Author
- Telephone and e-mail contact information
- Show dates you cannot attend (if any)
- Current class enrolled in the Training Center (level, day of week, time) or the most recent class enrolled in (level, date)
- Save the file using the title of your scene as the file name. For example: “The Best Day of My Life.docx.”
- E-mail scripts as attachment to the email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write in the e-mail subject line “FESTIVAL SUBMISSION” and nothing else.
- Submission deadline is midnight October 18, 2013.
- Limit two scripts per writer. Each script must be submitted in its own email.
Awards!!! This year the festival will be offering five awards!
- Mentorship: 6 months one-on-one guidance from a Training Center Writing Program faculty member in the spirit of writing stronger female characters and overall writing development. Feedback on your writing, help in getting your work up on stage, or personalized to help with the winner's own project. Writers will be considered through an application process. To apply for this award:
- Applicant must be currently enrolled in the Writing Program.
- Prepare a one-paragraph statement describing why you would like the Mentorship, and how you would use it to further your writing goals.
- Add one additional paragraph briefly outlining your background both in theater and outside, including writing, acting, and improvisation classes you have taken. A resume may be substituted for the paragraph.
- Attach the Application to the same e-mail with your script submission. Write in the subject line “FESTIVAL SUBMISSION AND APPLICATION.”
For the following awards, no application is necessary. The winner will be selected from the entries.
- Free Class. Free tuition to the specialty writing class Writing Strong Women. No application necessary. The winner will be selected from the entries.
- Personal phone call with a Professional Writer from SNL. Have a fifteen minute phone conversation with Mike O’Brien, Training Center graduate, Second City Main Stage alumnus, creator of the web series “Seven Minutes in Heaven”, and current writer and new cast member of SNL. Ask Mike what it's like to write for SNL, how he prepared for his audition, or ask any other questions you like.
- Personal phone call with a Professional Television Writer. Have a fifteen minute phone conversation with Emily Wilson, Training Center graduate, Second City Main Stage alumnus, and writer for Cougar Town. Ask Emily what it's like to write for a sitcom, how to get your scripts read by a producer, or ask any other questions you like.
- Script reading by a television executive producer. The award winner will have the opportunity to send one script of her choosing--TV pilot, sketch, screenplay, etc.--for a professional review by Dave Kneebone of Abso Lutely Productions in Los Angeles, executive producer for shows on Comedy Central (Nathan For You, Review with Forrest MacNeil), IFC (Comedy Bang Bang, Birthday Boys), and Cartoon Network (The Eric Andre Show, Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories).
Questions? Please send an e-mail to email@example.com and type in the subject line “QUESTION.”
What about the fine print? The Producers will make the selections of scripts for the festival. Not every submission may be selected. Selected authors will be notified by e-mail during the week of October 27. The Producers will assign directors at their discretion. The Work will be staged in a showcase with other Works on the date or dates and times established by the Producer. The Author retains full rights to the written Work after the festival. The name of the Author and the title of her work will be listed in the production program, and may be listed on the Second City website and other media for the purposes of advertising the Festival. There is no pay whatsoever to any Author or actor. This includes proceeds from the box office. The Author will be granted free admission to the Festival show on the night of her performance. No other comp tickets will be offered. Authors understand that acceptance in this festival does not grant them the right to state or imply that they wrote for the Second City or any of its theatrical or business companies.