10-Minute Play Competition 2016


10-Minute Play Competition 2016

Adjudicator: Angie Farrow

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Enquiries and submissions to: playwrightsnz@gmail.com


  1. The competition is for scripts suitable for performing on stage with a playing time between 7 and 10 minutes.
  2. The entrant must be a member of PANZ. Membership is open to any person who is a long-term resident of New Zealand or is resident for the whole of 2016. The annual membership fee is $25. To join, see: wordpress.com. There is no additional entry fee.
  3. A member may submit up to two plays. Each play can be individually authored, co-authored, or authored as a member of a collective.
  4. The script must not be an adaptation of anyone else’s previously published or performed work. We advise that you check copyright if quoting previously published work.
  5. The name of the author(s) and/or their contact details must not appear anywhere on the script.
  6. There is no prescribed script layout.
  7. Writers are recommended to use no more than four actors.
  8. The play must not have been performed before a paying audience before 1 May 2016.
  9. Entries must be submitted by email to playwrightsnz@gmail.com attaching a completed Entry Form and the script as a Word file.
  10. Entries open 01 March 2016 and close 30 April 2016.
  11. The Adjudicator will select a First, a Second and a Third place winner and five other Finalists who will all be announced in July 2016. No member can occupy more than one Finalist place.
  12. The First, Second and Third place winners will receive a cash prize of $100, $50 and $25 respectively and will be invited to a workshop later in 2016 organised by Playmarket where a professional script advisor, director and professional actors will help develop their winning play. This will be held in Wellington or Auckland and transport costs for the writer will be paid.
  13. The winning four plays will be given a public performance late in 2016 by the Waihi Drama Society. PANZ will also promote the plays of all eight Finalists as a single show and is hopeful of finding an organisation willing to give them all a public production.  See our website (newzealandplaywrights.wordpress.com) for the latest information.
  14. In the event of a production, if the play runs for more than ten minutes then the writer will be obliged to shorten it. The director will not make alterations, additions or deletions to the Script except with the consent of the writer. For the purposes of copyright ownership, any agreed alterations, additions or deletions of any kind will be deemed to be the writer’s own work. Casting, set, sound, lighting effects and stage directions are at the discretion of the director.
  15. Once selected for performance writers may not withdraw their play from production without the permission of PANZ.
  16. All rights of each play will remain with the author.



Double Success for Richard C Harris in Noosa

Two one-act plays by Richard C Harris reached the ten finalists in the Noosa International one-act play competition.

Dead Loss:   A comedy in which aspiring drug dealers need to move a quantity of heroin to a safer hiding place after being targeted by a notorious hit man.

Premeditated Misadventure:  Light hearted thriller.  Freya, upon learning of the true nature of the death of her natural mother, decides that a serial killer needs to be brought to justice.

Dead Loss made it through to the top three and will be presented at the Noosa Arts Festival in July when the order of merit will be revealed.

Richard C Harris

The Dentist’s Bill in Sydney

June Allen’s 10-minute play The Dentist’s Bill, which was placed as one of the finalists in our PANZ competition last year, will be performed in Sydney’s Short+Sweet festival at the end of February. The director is Christian Thornton.June Eastern capers etc.

June has recently published an account of life in her hometown, Gisborne, when she was young. It is as much a social history of the era as in part a personal story. The Kiri te Kanawa Retirement Village in Gisborne hosted a wonderful launch party for her in November. If you’re curious to know what capers June got up to as a teenager you’ll read of them in Eastern Capers etc.


Skin Theatre nominated for four awards

Skin Theatre have received four Palmerston North Globe Theatre Award nominations.
Best Actress for Maree Gibson in Forget Me Not
Best Actor for Mark Kilsby in Forget Me Not
Best Technician for Pierce Barber
Best New Zealand Premiere for BITES
All of these nominations were from the collaborative project BITES – a joint venture with Playwrights Association of New Zealand, featuring the winners of our 10-minute play competition. The Awards ceremony is on Friday the 26th of Feb at 7:30pm at The Globe. Tickets are $35 or $25 if bought before Jan 31st – info at www.globetheatre.co.nz

Forget Me Not
Mark Kilsby and Maree Gibson in Forget Me Not by Kerrie Anne Spicer