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Rules for the Pullo Family Performing Art Center (The Pullo Center)New Playwriting Contest

  1. The contest is open to all Penn StateYork students enrolled in fall 2008. 
  2. Plays must be between 10 and 30 minutes. 
  3. Each student may enter up to three plays but is eligible for only one prize.
  4. Scripts should be in standard play script format, bound by a paper clip or clasp; no electronic submissions. 
  5. The author’s name should appear ONLY on the title page. 
  6. Prizes of $250, $150, and $100 are being offered, with possible production or reading; the ontest retains the right to withhold or combine prizes.
  7. The contest has production rights to the winning plays for one year. 
  8. The deadline is Nov. 1, 2008, Noon. 
  9. Scripts should be sent to Stuart Stelly, Ph.D., instrctor in English and director of the Penn State York Theatre Program, by campus mail or delivered to his office, PAC 118. For further information, contact Stelly at tss11@psu.edu
  10. The contest will not return scripts.

Script Format

Be sure to look at the sample script (PDF)!

  1. The title sheet should have title of play, date of final draft, and author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. The author’s name should appear ONLY on this page. 
  2. Subsequent pages must be numbered. 
  3. The first page of the play (following the title page) should restate the title, list each character with a brief description, describe the stage setting, and provide the time of the play’s action. The play’s dialogue begins on this page.
  4. In the dialogue, each character’s name should be fully capitalized and should begin just left of center, on a tab of about 2.5 inches.
  5. Directions to actors involving small actions (such as smiling, pausing) should be in parentheses indented five spaces from the left margin. 
  6. Directions involving large stage movements should be in parentheses in the same position on the page as the actor’s names, on the 2.5 inch tab. 
  7. Single space after each name and the start of a speech; single space the speech; double space after the end of a speech. 
  8. Use a paper clip or clasp.