The 2017 Spring Festival of New Plays will be held in Saskatoon, May 18 to 20. Deadline for submissions is December 1. This year’s Festival Dramaturge is Vern Thiessen. Watch for more details as they develop in our News section.

Held alternately in Saskatoon and Regina each year, the event is one of the few opportunities available in Saskatchewan for local playwrights to have their plays workshopped and developed with theatre artists from across Canada.

Plays receive a full-length staged reading, with the public invited to participate afterward in facilitated talkbacks where they can provide invaluable feedback to the playwright as they continue the development process beyond the festival.

Plays that have received workshops with the Spring Festival of New Plays have gone on to be performed locally, nationally, and internationally.

Submission guidelines

  1. The playwright’s primary residence must be in Saskatchewan at the time of the submission deadline.
  2. One submission per playwright.
  3. The submission must have a minimum playing time of 45-50 minutes (i.e. ideal Fringe length, standard one-act length)
  4. Each submission must be accompanied by an entry/reading fee of $30, payable either by cheque or via Paypal.
  5. Electronic submissions (PDFs) are preferred.
  6. Submissions are to have no indication of the author’s identity anywhere on the actual script.
  7. Submissions must be accompanied by a separate document including
    • the title of the play;
    • the author’s name, address, telephone number, cell phone number (if applicable) and email address;
    • a short, fifty word summary;
    • a short summary of the play’s development history;
    • a short summary of the playwright’s career/experience to date;
    • a short summary of the playwright’s intentions for the play at this stage of its development.
  8. The script, cover page, and fee must be received by the SPC Office by the close of business (5 p.m.) on December 1.

Pay entry fee

For more information about the event, or to submit your play, please contact us.