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Mississippi playwrights urged to enter MTA contest

 

Special to The Dispatch

 

Playwriting is a unique discipline. It gives a writer the hope of having his or her words realized by others -- literally putting words into the hands of directors and the mouths of actors. It''s a truly collaborative art form, and one the Mississippi Theatre Association Festival proudly promotes. 

 

Since 2007, MTA has been issuing a call for original scripts by Mississippi playwrights. The competition has two divisions: a youth division for students under 18; and an adult division, for playwrights 18 and older. 

 

The winner of each category receives a staged reading at the annual MTA festival, including a response from an established playwright, free MTA festival registration, and a cash prize. 

 

All Mississippi playwrights are encouraged to submit their one-act plays to this competition.  

 

"We know you have stories to tell, and an important part in moving from page to stage is submitting your work," said MTA Executive Director Stephen Cunetto, of Mississippi State University. "Share your scripts, and start weaving your words into the fabric of Mississippi''s rich literary tapestry." 

 

Submissions will be accepted through Oct. 1. The winner will be announced in December, with their work and award presented at the 2011 MTA festival in January 2011.  

 

 To review complete rules and submit entries, visit www.mta-online.org and click on "Playwriting Competition." 

 

 For questions about the adult competition, e-mail beth_kander@yahoo.com. For information on the youth competition, e-mail tshays777@aol.com.

 

 

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