Wednesday, October 19, 2011
It's finally here. The competition of the year. I wish everyone the very best of luck and look forward to meeting the winning UK authors. Here is everything you need to know.
Elizabeth Newman is the Octagon Theatre Bolton's Associate Director. As well as directing productions she also runs the Theatre's new writing department. She has worked as a casting director for theatre and television and has been a lecturer and senior lecturer at various HE and FE facilities across the country.Elizabeth Newman, Head of the New Writing department at the Octagon Theatre, is on a quest. She is launching a competition to find three novelists who would be interested in coming to the Octagon to learn more about adapting their writing for the stage.
This competition has been inspired by her working with little ole me!! I have already been picked to join the chosen three at the Octagon in December 2011. Ms Newman is currently leading a team of eight playwrights to adapt Frank L Baum's classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, for the Octagon audience which will open on the 19th November 2011.
Today you can post your submissions on the Author promoting Authors comments section and if you miss this date, there is another on the 27th October. Winners will be announced on Thursday 10th of November 2011 on my blog and the APA site.
The UK winners will not only attend the day workshop at the theatre, with playwrights who adapted The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but they are also invited to see the show in the evening. How spectacular is that!! One international winner will have a skype session with Elizabeth about their novel.
PLEASE NOTE. Winners are responsible for their own travel arrangements to the Octogan on the day.
THE GUIDELINES ARE AS FOLLOWS.
You need to be a follower of my blog and this one. This is important as the two blogs are being monitored for author volume and submissions. So hit that follow button.
Genre exclusions for this competition are Erotica and Gay/Lesbian fiction, Horror, stories containing rape, child violence and racialism. Because of the deluge of negative comments last week I feel i mist make a point and say that these are the Theatres guidelines, NOT mine. Competitions exclude genres all the time. Because of the volume of emails that I am receiving about this competition, please do not contact me complaining about the exclusions. There are many competitions out there. I'm sure that you will find one that fits your genre.
It's important you stick to these rules otherwise you will be disqualified.
At the beginning of your synopsis please write the genre. All submissions will be categorised.
1. In NO more than 100 words write a short biography about yourself and why you would like to adapt your novel for the stage.
2. In NO more than 200 words write a synopsis of the novel you wish to adapt.
Please Include your publishers name, your email and country with your synopsis.
Please note. IF YOU CONTACT MS NEWMAN OR THE OCTAGON THEATRE VIA ANY SOCIAL NETWORKS, PHONE OR EMAIL, BEFORE THE COMPETITION END, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COMPETITION SHOULD BE SOLELY THROUGH ME, MARGARET WEST VIA EMAIL. margaretwest (at) hotmail (dot) com
Feel free to email me. I will be working all day thursday, so I can only answer questions in the evening from 8pm - 10 pm GMT.
Posted by Margaret West at 2:35 PM