Call for Submissions
SEPTEMBER 1 - NOVEMBER 1, 2021
We're calling on middle and high school students from across the country to write and submit short 10-minute plays confronting gun violence.
The impact gun violence has on young people in the US is devastating. American children and teenagers are 4 times more likely to die by gunfire than their counterparts in Canada, 7 times more likely than young people in Israel, and 65 times more likely to be killed with a gun than children and teenagers in the United Kingdom.
This is not normal. This is not acceptable.
To all the young writers out there - or those with a voice who don’t know that they are writers, yet -we need you in this moment.
We need you to channel your fear and frustration, your anxiety and anger, and, yes, your hope, into stories.
Stories that tackle the issue of gun violence.
Stories that show us that this is not normal.
Stories that show us how to be better.
We need your voice now more than ever.
With it, together we will say ENOUGH!
Write the change you want to see in the world.
MIDDLE + HS STUDENTS WRITE & SUBMIT
SHORT PLAYS ON GUN VIOLENCE
A GROUP OF AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHTS WILL SELECT
FINALISTS WHO WILL HAVE THIER PLAYS PUBLISHED AND READ ACROSS THE COUNTRY
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS
OPEN TO ALL WRITERS IN GRADES
DURING THE 21/22 SCHOOL YEAR
winning PLAYWRIGHTS ARE...
Winning playwrights receive a $500 stipend for their play.
The plays chosen by the Selection Committee will be staged in dozens of communities across the country in the #ENOUGH Nationwide Reading.
Play will be published by Playscripts in a collected anthology that will be licensed for future productions.
Playwrights also receive free memberships to The Dramatists Guild, feedback from nationally-renowned playwrights, and an opportunity to workshop their play with professional actors.
Have a question we don't address below? Please email us and we'll be happy to help!
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
What are the guidelines for submission?
Writer may submit more than one play for consideration. Any submission must be previously unpublished.
Writer must be in 6-12 grade at the time of submission.
When will you begin accepting submissions for the 21/22 campaign?
How do I submit my play?
Plays will be accepted online via a submission portal on this website come September 1.
How will the finalists and winners be chosen?
Once the Call for Submission period has ended, a group of theatre professionals will read all of the plays submitted and name a group of 20 finalists. Those 20 plays will be read by the #ENOUGH Selection Committee, a group of award-winning and nationally recognized playwrights. They will then select the winning plays to be read in #ENOUGH Nationwide Reading and give personal feedback to the young authors of those plays.
How many winners will there be?
6-8 winning plays will be chosen.
Are there any guidelines about CONTENT?
Is it possible to tell your story about the impact of gun violence without ever seeing a weapon?
Or the act of violence itself?
What does POETRY and METAPHOR allow us to accomplish that can’t be accomplished in a movie or on TV?
WRITERS: Can I submit plays on my own or do I need to do it through my school / teacher?
You can submit plays on your own! Your teacher/school does not need to be involved in #ENOUGH in any official way.
EDUCATORS: What resources do you provide?
In the Fall we will roll out brand new resources for both you and your students, including a Getting Started Toolkit that includes writing prompts, road maps for the writing processes, lesson plans and sources of facts on gun violence in the US.
Does the play have to be 10-minutes long?
Your play can be anywhere UP TO 10 minutes long, but no longer.
Can I write a monologue?
Monologues are allowed! In fact, one of the plays selected in 2020, Ghost Gun, is a monologue. Just like a compelling scene, compelling monologues deal with conflcit, a character wanting something, and have a beginning, middle and end. Here's a great, simple resource from MasterClass on writting monologues.
Explore previous #ENOUGH winning plays and the teen playwrights who wrote them. Now available for licensing through Playscripts.
September 1 - November 1 2021
We're calling on writers in grades 6-12 to write short plays confronting the issue of gun violence.