© 2018-2021 Hackettstown Center for the Arts

The Strand

Young Playwrights Festival

Hosted by

The Hackettstown Center for the Arts

Strand Studios

and the

Strand Performance Group

About

Every June, Strand Studios and Hackettstown Center for the Arts produces plays

by playwrights ages 9 through 18, chosen from a nationwide competition.

Playwrights are rewarded with prizes from sponsors up to $1,000.00 in value.

We are part of but a few artistic performance establishments nationwide, that

offer young playwrights the ability to see their creation on paper, come to life on

stage, film or television in a professional production by professional actors. We

award, produce, direct, rehearse and present the winning plays.

STRAND YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL ONLINE APPLICATION PRINTABLE APPLICATION 2021 Festival Theme “Scene for Two Actors” Prizes up to $1,000.00 in value

Deadline

Submissions are accepted between APRIL 1, 2021 and JUNE 15, 2021. Entries

must be submitted online or via US mail postmarked by JUNE 15, 2021, 11:59

pm Eastern Time.

Fees

$10.00 application fee per script must be made in full at time of submission.

There is no limit to the number of scripts that may be submitted. All entry fees

are non-refundable. All fees benefit the Hackettstown Center for the Arts, a non-

profit 501(c)3 entity and help to defray costs associated with producing the

Festival.

Eligibility

All writers that are 18 years of age or younger by June 30, 2021 are eligible. In

other words, if you are already 19 years of age by June 30, 2021, you are not

eligible. Writers 17 and younger must have the permission from a parent or

guardian.

All persons, anywhere in the world, are eligible. However, the material submitted

must be in English (an occasional dialogue in other languages is acceptable, if

translation is provided).

All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this

contest.

There are no requirements as to when the material was written.

The stage play and intellectual property must be original work by the writer(s).

Content

All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by

the writer(s).

Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams

must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers

must be credited on the title page.

If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who

submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize

money.

Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will

be allowed for a limited time with a $5 reentry fee. Please proofread your script

carefully before submitting!

Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or

the work is in the public domain.

It is recommended that original material is registered with the WGA or The

Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however, we do not

require registration.

Limit

Script is not to exceed six (6) pages. Scene

Format

All plays must have numbered script pages.

Cover Sheet

Contact info should be included on the cover page of the screenplay: Title,

Playwright Name, Playwright Date of Birth (with year), Age, E-Mail Address,

Contact Phone Number, Mailing Address.

How to Submit Application

ONLINE

Click on the Google Forms Online Festival Application. All material submitted

electronically must be in PDF format and included with the online application fee

or it will not be accepted.

POSTAL MAIL

Fill out the printable application available here. Mail the completed application,

your script and a check or money made payable to: Hackettstown Center for the

Arts to:

Strand Young playwrights Festival

PO Box 243

Hackettstown, NJ 07840 USA

No Returns/Feedback

Scripts will not be returned. Do not send originals.

Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will not be accepted.

Public Script Reading

Finalists may have their scripts reviewed by the Strand Performance Group at a

Public Script Reading and will be notified is such an event occurs.

Awards

Prizes totaling up to $1,000.00 in value will be awarded based on number of

applicants, categories, and sponsors. Winners do not need to be present.

Winning plays will be performed by the Strand Performance Group, a troupe of

professional actors, resident at the Hackettstown Center of the Arts in July 2020.

Winners will be contacted and posted at this time.

Judges

Judging is done by a panel of professionals in the entertainment business.

Judges may not be contacted by playwrights and therefore, names and

biographies will be posted after the submission deadline. The decision of the

Judges is final. Family members are prohibited from competing.

Criteria

The winners will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Concept

Story

Structure

Characters

Dialogues

Genre Convention

Notification

We will contact Festival Competition winners by July 1, 2021.

Awards and Performance

Winning plays will be performed by the Strand Performance Group, a troupe of

professional actors, resident at the Hackettstown Center of the Arts in July 2020.

Awards will be posted at this time. The presentation of performance and awards

will be dependent on the current status of the Pandemic.

Contact

Inquiries, sponsorships, and press may email us at:

ypf@HackettstownArts.org

Criteria for Winners and Finalists

Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the judges’

verification of eligibility.

Any entrant may be deemed ineligible as a Finalist or Winner at the sole

discretion of Festival.

Finalists may be required to sign and return within seven (7) business days of

receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release and Indemnification and

proof of valid passport and any other documents that the Festival or any other

partner may require before receiving prize. Failure to respond to the initial

notification within ten (10) days or return of notification will result in

disqualification.

We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.

Legal

COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP

Stand Studios, Hackettstown Center for the Arts, The Strand Performance Group,

Paladin Knight Entertainment, LLC or any of its affiliates, any other partner,

employee or agent associated with this contest, claims no ownership, nor first

right of option to any original script submitted to this Contest. All ownership and

rights to the scripts submitted to this Contest remains with the original rights

holders until and unless other agreements are made.

PUBLICITY

Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each

entrant’s consent to Stand Studios, Hackettstown Center for the Arts, The Strand

Performance Group, Paladin Knight Entertainment, LLC or any of its affiliates,

agents and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs,

and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide,

without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are

in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

REFUND POLICY

All entries are non-refundable.

ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE: BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU

ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS.

You agree to release and hold harmless Stand Studios, Hackettstown Center for

the Arts, The Strand Performance Group, Paladin Knight Entertainment, LLC or

any of its affiliates, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize

contributors, judges, screenplay readers, Sponsors, and any other organizations

responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and every

one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and

representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and

against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to

damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to

invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity,

copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights

relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Contest and/or acceptance or

use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any

commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your

rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold

harmless Stand Studios, Hackettstown Center for the Arts, The Strand

Performance Group, Paladin Knight Entertainment, LLC or any of its affiliates,

sponsors, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses,

and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s

participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize.

ENTRY RESTRICTIONS

Employees of Stand Studios, Hackettstown Center for the Arts, The Strand

Performance Group, Paladin Knight Entertainment, LLC and their immediate

families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be

immediately disqualified. ENTRY TO THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED

or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be refunded.

Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner

may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility. By entering the contest, you

authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and

databases for hosting, managing and/or transmitting your submission file(s).

© 2018-2021 Hackettstown Center for the Arts

The Strand

Young Playwrights Festival

Hosted by

The Hackettstown Center for the Arts

Strand Studios

and the

Strand Performance Group

About

Every June, Strand Studios and Hackettstown Center for

the Arts produces plays by playwrights ages 9 through 18,

chosen from a nationwide competition. Playwrights are

rewarded with prizes from sponsors up to $1,000.00 in

value.

We are part of but a few artistic performance

establishments nationwide, that offer young playwrights

the ability to see their creation on paper, come to life on

stage, film or television in a professional production by

professional actors. We award, produce, direct, rehearse

and present the winning plays.

STRAND YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL ONLINE APPLICATION PRINTABLE APPLICATION 2021 Festival Theme “Scene for Two Actors” Prizes up to $1,000.00 in value

Deadline

Submissions are accepted between APRIL 1, 2021 and

JUNE 15, 2021. Entries must be submitted online or via US

mail postmarked by JUNE 15, 2021, 11:59 pm Eastern

Time.

Fees

$10.00 application fee per script must be made in full at

time of submission. There is no limit to the number of

scripts that may be submitted. All entry fees are non-

refundable. All fees benefit the Hackettstown Center for

the Arts, a non-profit 501(c)3 entity and help to defray

costs associated with producing the Festival.

Eligibility

All writers that are 18 years of age or younger by June 30,

2021 are eligible. In other words, if you are already 19

years of age by June 30, 2021, you are not eligible. Writers

17 and younger must have the permission from a parent

or guardian.

All persons, anywhere in the world, are eligible. However,

the material submitted must be in English (an occasional

dialogue in other languages is acceptable, if translation is

provided).

All material submitted to other competitions or contests

are eligible for this contest.

There are no requirements as to when the material was

written.

The stage play and intellectual property must be original

work by the writer(s).

Content

All submitted material must be original, and all rights must

be wholly owned by the writer(s).

Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written

by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers,

with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited

on the title page.

If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given

to the person who submits the project. Each team is

responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.

Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the

entered material will be allowed for a limited time with a

$5 reentry fee. Please proofread your script carefully

before submitting!

Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are

owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.

It is recommended that original material is registered with

the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to

any competition, however, we do not require registration.

Limit

Script is not to exceed six (6) pages. Scene

Format

All plays must have numbered script pages.

Cover Sheet

Contact info should be included on the cover page of the

screenplay: Title, Playwright Name, Playwright Date of Birth

(with year), Age, E-Mail Address, Contact Phone Number,

Mailing Address.

How to Submit Application

ONLINE

Click on the Google Forms Online Festival Application.

All material submitted electronically must be in PDF format

and included with the online application fee or it will not

be accepted.

POSTAL MAIL

Fill out the printable application available here. Mail the

completed application, your script and a check or money

made payable to: Hackettstown Center for the Arts to:

Strand Young playwrights Festival

PO Box 243

Hackettstown, NJ 07840 USA

No Returns/Feedback

Scripts will not be returned. Do not send originals.

Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will not

be accepted.

Public Script Reading

Finalists may have their scripts reviewed by the Strand

Performance Group at a Public Script Reading and will be

notified is such an event occurs.

Awards

Prizes totaling up to $1,000.00 in value will be awarded

based on number of applicants, categories, and sponsors.

Winners do not need to be present. Winning plays will be

performed by the Strand Performance Group, a troupe of

professional actors, resident at the Hackettstown Center of

the Arts in July 2020. Winners will be contacted and posted

at this time.

Judges

Judging is done by a panel of professionals in the

entertainment business. Judges may not be contacted by

playwrights and therefore, names and biographies will be

posted after the submission deadline. The decision of the

Judges is final. Family members are prohibited from

competing.

Criteria

The winners will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Concept

Story

Structure

Characters

Dialogues

Genre Convention

Notification

We will contact Festival Competition winners by July 1,

2021.

Awards and Performance

Winning plays will be performed by the Strand

Performance Group, a troupe of professional actors,

resident at the Hackettstown Center of the Arts in July

2020. Awards will be posted at this time. The presentation

of performance and awards will be dependent on the

current status of the Pandemic.

Contact

Inquiries, sponsorships, and press may email us at:

ypf@HackettstownArts.org

Criteria for Winners and Finalists

Entrants may be required to submit further information to

assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility.

Any entrant may be deemed ineligible as a Finalist or

Winner at the sole discretion of Festival.

Finalists may be required to sign and return within seven

(7) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of

Eligibility and a Release and Indemnification and proof of

valid passport and any other documents that the Festival

or any other partner may require before receiving prize.

Failure to respond to the initial notification within ten (10)

days or return of notification will result in disqualification.

We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.

Legal

COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP

Stand Studios, Hackettstown Center for the Arts, The

Strand Performance Group, Paladin Knight Entertainment,

LLC or any of its affiliates, any other partner, employee or

agent associated with this contest, claims no ownership,

nor first right of option to any original script submitted to

this Contest. All ownership and rights to the scripts

submitted to this Contest remains with the original rights

holders until and unless other agreements are made.

PUBLICITY

Except where prohibited by law, participation in the

contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to Stand

Studios, Hackettstown Center for the Arts, The Strand

Performance Group, Paladin Knight Entertainment, LLC or

any of its affiliates, agents and contest sponsor’s use of

entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal

information for promotional purposes in any media,

worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All

uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our

Privacy Policy.

REFUND POLICY

All entries are non-refundable.

ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE: BY ENTERING THE

CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND

AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS.

You agree to release and hold harmless Stand Studios,

Hackettstown Center for the Arts, The Strand Performance

Group, Paladin Knight Entertainment, LLC or any of its

affiliates, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies,

Prize contributors, judges, screenplay readers, Sponsors,

and any other organizations responsible for administering,

advertising or promoting the Contest, and every one of

their respective members, directors, employees, agents

and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”)

past and present from and against any and all claims,

expenses, and liability, including but not limited to

damages and negligence to property and persons,

including but not limited to invasion of privacy,

defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity,

copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual

property rights relating to a participant’s Entry,

participation in the Contest and/or acceptance or use or

misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will

not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a

Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable

copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless

Stand Studios, Hackettstown Center for the Arts, The

Strand Performance Group, Paladin Knight Entertainment,

LLC or any of its affiliates, sponsors, agents and employees

from and against any and all claims, expenses, and

liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to

an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s

use or misuse of Prize.

ENTRY RESTRICTIONS

Employees of Stand Studios, Hackettstown Center for the

Arts, The Strand Performance Group, Paladin Knight

Entertainment, LLC and their immediate families are

ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such

submission will be immediately disqualified. ENTRY TO

THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by

any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be

refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the

grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign

an affidavit of eligibility. By entering the contest, you

authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and

cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing

and/or transmitting your submission file(s).