Scribe scriptwriting contest now open

Celebrating its fifth year, the SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition is a platform for South African writers to develop their work by providing an opportunity for writers to have their work produced and showcased.

Prizes for the competition include having a script produced for a professional run at a Cape Town theatre, mentorship programmes and feedback sessions with audience members at staged readings of the script.

he deadline is looming for applications for the Scribe Scriptwriting Competition. All entries must be received by 31 July. Information and the entry form are available on

Criteria for this year’s competition are that the scripts should be in English, no longer than 40 pages or 80 minutes long and with a maximum of five cast members. The scripts must not have been previously produced on a professional stage before and entrants must be over 18 years old. The Imbewu Trust and judges are looking for original content of outstanding quality that explores the diverse range of South African stories.

The Imbewu Trust is a non-profit organisation which was established to promote the development of contemporary South African theatre and arts and to help showcase it on an international stage. It seeks to create an accessible community of varied voices that can flourish through collaboration, resourcefulness and innovation.

The Trust created the Scribe Scriptwriting competition to provide new opportunities for local writers to fully develop their work. The panel of Scribe judges comprises a group of seasoned theatre practitioners.

Closing Date: 31 July 2016

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