read the rules and submission procedures thoroughly.
Submitting playwrights must comply with the
instructions and requests.
The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild regrets that because of rising costs, loss of grants and donations, we must charge $25 for each submission. Note: Checks must be payable to "Beverly Hills Theatre Guild."
Rules for the Julie Harris
Playwright Awards Competition
1. Authors must be U.S. Citizens or legal residents.
2. Entries must be original, full-length plays
(minimum of 75/80 minutes playing time),
unpublished, unproduced, and not currently under any
option. "Unproduced" means: No previous production
of any kind (Equity or non-Equity) for which actors
or authors were paid or admission was charged, or
both. No musicals are eligible. Plays with an
occasional song for ambience are considered.
3. An author may submit only one entry, whether
under his or her name, or a pseudonym.
Co-Authorships are permissible.
4. Entries must be written in English and typed or
computer printed (no dot matrix) in standard
American or English stage play format. The plays
must be securely bound.
5. The following entries are not eligible: musicals,
short one act plays (less than 75 minutes), groups
of short one act plays (related or unrelated),
translations, plays for children, a play that has
won any other competition, a play that was entered
in any prior year's Beverly Hills Theatre Guild
Playwright Award Competition. For entries adapted or
based or suggested by/from other materials, which
are copyrighted, authors must provide proof of
copyright owner's sanction. (e.g. under current
6. Entries must be submitted with completed and
signed applications and received by BHTG between
January 1st and April 1st (postmark accepted) of
the contest year. Only entries received between
these dates will be eligible. Scripts sent before or
after these dates will not be accepted, read or
returned. Results will be announced on this web site the following
7. Submissions in non-compliance of these Rules and
the Submission Procedures will be ineligible for
entry in the competition. For return of ineligible
submissions, please read Number 7 under "Submission
8. The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild has the right to
accept or reject any entry without explanation, and
will not correspond with, or discuss with any person
the results of the competition or the acceptance or
rejection of any entry. No entry is returned.
9. The competition judges' decisions are final in
10. As a sponsor of this Competition, the Beverly
Hills Theatre Guild has the following rights, which
it may exercise at its sole discretion:
a. To declare any entry ineligible if prior to
Competition's close (June 1), the entry is in
violation of rule #2. Authors must notify the BHTG
of any change in status.
b. To reproduce as many copies of an entry as are
necessary for distribution among the judges or to
request an author to supply a specified number of
copies. The author must comply with that request.
c. To use the author's name and title of any award
winning entry for publicity about this Playwright
Award and the results of the competition.
d. To present one script-in-hand, rehearsed reading
of an award winning entry to an invited, non-paying
audience. No royalty payment will be due to the
entry's author for that reading.
11. Each award winner shall, at all times, in
connection with publication, production, publicity,
programs, posters and advertisements about an award
winning entry, designate that the play is an "Award
Winner of the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild/Julie
Harris Playwright Award Competition." Award winners
must consent to sign a letter of agreement with BHTG
to this effect.
12. Each entry shall be free from copyright
restrictions relating to this Award and the author
shall hold The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild, its
officers, and directors free and harmless from all
13.The BHTG is not a producing organization. No
production is connected with the competition nor any
14. Sorry, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild - Julie
Harris Playwrights Competition does not sponsor
scholarships, fellowships, educational grants, or
loans to students or private individuals. Nor does
the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild as an organization.
1. "You"=Author or co-authors. "BHTG"=The Beverly
Hills Theatre Guild.
2. You must submit your entry with a completed
application form. You may obtain an application form
by sending a self-addressed, business-size stamped
Candace Coster, Competition Coordinator
BHTG - Julie Harris Playwright Award Competition
P.O. Box 148
Beverly Hills, CA 90213.
3. You must
personally sign the application. Entries must be
legible and signature clearly the name of the
writer(s). The author(s) must sign the entry form.
Proxy or agent signatures are not accepted and will
lead to disqualification.
4. Bind your entry securely, and include the
following: Cast List, Time and Place, Number of Acts
and Scenes. Scripts must be securely bound. A clip
holding pages together unfortunately doesn't
constitute being "bound". (This is insisted upon for
the protection of the script and benefit of the
writer. Loose scripts may have pages become
misplaced or lost. The competition is not
responsible for loss or damage to entries or parts
5. Do not show your name, address, or any
identifying information on any page or on the cover
of your entry. Attach with a removable paper clip a
sheet containing the title of your entry, your name,
address, phone number and any other information. You
may enter the copyright or registration date and
number on the title page of the bound script.
6. To preserve anonymity, all entries will be
identified by numbers for judging; all identifying
marks will be removed.
7. Submissions will not be returned. Enclose with
your submission a stamped, self addressed, #10
envelope for our response.
8. You may enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard
for acknowledgment of receipt of your entry.
Competition winners to be announced on this web site in June.
9. The BHTG is not responsible for loss or damage to
10. No script will be accepted by fax or e-mail. No
electronic submissions or correspondence.
11. No entry is returned.
Address All Inquiries To:
Candace Coster, Competition Coordinator
Julie Harris Playwright Awards Competition
P.O. Box 148
Beverly Hills, CA 90213