Short Play and Short Film Prizes

Short Play Prize Submission Guidelines


Only undergraduates enrolled full time in United States and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2011-12 are eligible. This Prize is open to submissions from all undergraduate students, no matter what their major degree plan.


  • Submissions should be complete plays with a beginning, middle and end.
  • Submissions should have a running time of between 5 and 10 minutes (not 5 to 10 pages). 
  • Submissions over ten minutes will not be considered.           

Blind Submission

  • A separate Cover Sheet should be included in the submission envelope with the rest of the script, but not attached to the rest of the play. The Cover Sheet should include:
    • the play title
    • author’s name
    • author’s contact information including
      • email
      • phone number
      • mailing address
      • if the student is under 18 years of age, the name and contact information for the student’s parent or guardian
      • the author’s undergraduate institution
      • name and contact information of a faculty member at that institution who knows the author submitting
  • Cover sheets must be accompanied by proof of current undergraduate enrollment, such as:
    • a photocopy of a grade transcript
    • a class schedule
    • a payment receipt showing your full-time status.
  • The institution's name and address must be clear. 

Script Format

  • The script pages themselves should be bound together only with a binder clip and include
    • a Title Page with the title ONLY
    • a Cast of Characters with very brief descriptions of the characters
    • a very brief description of the time and place of the play or series of scenes 
    • The script itself, following a format from Final Draft or accepted by Dramatists Guild
  • Every page bound together with the binder clip should have the title of the play and a page number in the footer.
  • Only one submission per author per year is allowed.
  • Plays may only be submitted in hardcopy via mail – see below.

Right to Read and Distribute

  • Submission assumes the right of Stony Brook Southampton to read the winning play at the 2012 Southampton Writer’s Summer Conference and broadcast a video of that reading via a link on the Stony Brook Southampton website.
  • Winners under 18 will be asked to attend a Summer Conference after they turn 18.

Deadline: April 1, 2012. All submissions received after the deadline will be unopened and returned. The winner and runners-up will be notified in June 2012.

Mail submissions to:
William Westbrook Burford
Stony Brook Short Play Prize
Stony Brook Southampton

MFA in Theatre
239 Montauk Highway
Southampton, New York 11968