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The Queen’s University Department of Drama announces:
The 2007 Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition

All plays are read by an initial group of judges. A semifinal round follows. Judith Thompson and Daniel Maclvor will judge the final round of the 2007 competition.
Entries must be postmarked no later than 31 January 2007. The two winning playwrights will be notified personally, then their names and the titles of their plays and of those receiving honourable mentions will be
announced publicly in the media on 8 June 2007.

Entries should be mailed to:
Herman Voaden National
Playwriting Competition
Department of Drama
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
K7L 3N6


Herman Voaden (1903-1991), Canadian playwright, director and theatrical innovator, was a lifelong
champion of Canadian culture. This competition, made possible by a generous bequest from Voaden’s estate, “To develop a distinctively Canadian art of the theatre; to encourage the writing of Canadian drama,” is dedicated to his memory and honours his goals.

The Award:
First Prize $3000
Second Prize $2000
Eight Honourable Mentions

In addition to the monetary award, through the auspices of the Thousand Islands Playhouse of Gananoque,
Ontario, the two winning plays each receive a one week workshop and public reading with a professional
director and cast. Honourable Mentions receive short written critiques from the final judges.

Entry Guidelines:
1. Open to any Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.
2. Only one play per playwright.
3. Only full-length plays in English. Legal clearance of adapted material not in the public domain is the
responsibility of the playwright.
4. Plays cannot have been produced, published, contracted or commissioned by a professional theatre.

Submission Procedures:
1. An entry fee of $30 must accompany each submitted play. Make the cheque payable to
Herman Voaden National
Playwriting Competition.

2. Submit two copies of the entry, typewritten and bound.
3. Entries involving music in an integral way should be accompanied by a recording of the music and lyrics.
4. Submissions must be accompanied by a signed Entry Form, available from the Department of Drama (see mailing
address below), or through our internet site at http:// www.queensu.ca/drama, or by telephone at 613-533-2104, or by e-mail at [email protected]

5. The playwright’s name must not appear anywhere on the script. The playwright’s name with the
play’s title should appear only on the Entry Form.

6. Entries are handled with care, but the Drama Department cannot assume responsibility for lost or
damaged scripts. Only scripts accompanied by a stamped, selfaddressed envelope can be
returned. For notification that your entry has been received, enclose a stamped, self-addressed

“ It gives some satisfaction to know that the crusade I have helped to lead has made it possible for the dreamers and innovators of today’s theatre to follow their dreams and continue their innovations.”