The Nuevas Voces Contest and Festival was founded by alumnus and former Northeastern professor Jim Blair to create a platform at Northeastern Illinois University for new playwrights; nuevas voces at NEIU and the greater Chicago community. Jim Blair also teaches a playwriting workshop each fall through NEIU's Office of Community & Professional Education.
2018-2019 FESTIVAL INFORMATION
$500 in Prizes!
Winning plays to be performed at NEIU's Stage Center Theatre.
Deadline for Entry:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018
Winners announced by Nov. 30, 2018
Jan. 25, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.
Performances of the Winning Plays
Jan. 25, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 26, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Jan. 26, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
High school students in Illinois
Current college students in Illinois ages 17-28 (full- or part-time)
NEIU and greater community (non-students or students ages 29 and older)
A $15 registration fee will be applied unless you are enrolled in Jim Blair's non-credit Playwriting Workshop or NEIU's fall semester course Playwriting.
First, register online.
Then, email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org or see instructions for submitting printed plays below. Please submit plays as a PDF with a separate cover page with your name, phone number and email. We will remove the cover and assign each play a number. Please do not include your name anywhere else but on your cover page. Please use 12 point font and double space between speakers. The cast may not exceed five actors. Make sure you time your play so that it is 10 minutes or less. Longer plays cannot be considered for performance. Please submit translations if any of your dialogue is in a language other than English. One submission per playwright.
Printed Submissions (if you are not submitting by email)
Three bound copies of each submission are required (a staple is considered a binding).
The author’s name must NOT appear on any of the pages.
Pages should be numbered.
An accompanying cover page (not numbered) should include the playwright’s name, phone number and email.
Please mail or drop off submissions to:
Office of Cultural Events at NEIU
5500 N. St. Louis Ave, CBM 125
Chicago, Ill. 60625
Submissions must arrive by Nov. 3, 2018.
The Nuevas Voces at NEIU 10-Minute Playwriting Contest and Festival will will consider only original work. Plays submitted which are based on any other published work, including but not limited to novels, short stories, films, teleplays, other theatrical scripts, etc., unless also written by the submitting author(s), are ineligible. Judges will make final production decisions based on the quality of the work and practicality of production, and such decisions shall be final.
Winners will be announced by Nov. 30, 2018.