Please read the rules and
submission procedures thoroughly.
Submitting playwrights must comply with the
instructions and requests.
Rules for the Play Competition for Youth Theatre
1. The Marilyn Hall Awards consist of two (2)
monetary prizes for plays suitable for grades 6-8
(middle school) or for plays suitable for grades
9-12 (high school). The two prizes will be awarded
on the merits of the play scripts, which includes
its suitability for the intended audience. The plays
should be approximately 45 to 75 minutes in length.
There is no production connected to any of the
prizes, though a staged reading is optional at the
discretion of the BHTG.
2. Authors must be U.S. Citizens or legal residents.
Co-Authorships are permissible.
3. The plays must be written in Standard American
English. Slang, jargon, and regional dialects, etc.,
may be used only to establish necessary
4. Authors may enter up to two (2) scripts in the
Play Competition for Youth Theatre.
5. Entries must be unpublished, theatrical works
written for the living stage and suitable for the
grades designated. Play scripts may have had one (1)
non-professional or educational theatre production.
But the play may not have been produced on a
professional level for which authors, actors or
staff were paid.
6. Entries may be original plays, adaptations and/or
translations. Authors of adaptations and/or
translations of works that are under current
copyright must provide (upon request) proof of
permission from the copyright holder(s) or their
legal agents to use such works.
7. Plays shorter than approximately 45 minutes are
not eligible; musicals are not eligible; and plays
entered in previous BHTG Competitions are not
eligible. (Please note: plays with music, i.e. plays
with an occasional interpolated song, are eligible:
works that are designated as musicals are not.)
8. Submissions received with postmarks BEFORE
January 15th or AFTER the last day of February of
the contest year will not be accepted, read or
returned. Authors will be notified of ineligible
submission and the reasons why.
9. Submissions in noncompliance of these Rules and
the Submission Procedures will be ineligible.
10. BHTG 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
11. The competition judges' decisions are final in
12. BHTG 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 #6. 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.
c. To use the author's name and title of any entry
receiving an award for publicity about this
Playwright Award and the results of the competition.
d. To present one script-in-hand, rehearsed readings
of an award winning entry to an invited, nonpaying
audience. No royalty payment will be due to the
entry's author for these readings.
13. Each award winner will, at all times, in
connection with publications, production, publicity,
advertisements, etc. about the award winning entry,
designate that the play is an "Award Winner of The
Beverly Hills Theatre Guild/Youth Theatre
14. Each entry will be free from copyright
restrictions relating to this Award, and the author
will hold the BHTG, its officers, and directors free
and harmless from all copyright claims and
15. The BHTG is not a producing organization. No
production is connected with the competition nor any
16. Sorry, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild - Youth
Theatre 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. Each entry must be accompanied by an individual,
completed application/entry form. Application forms
may be duplicated as necessary. Application forms
and Competition rules and Submission Procedures may
be obtained by sending #10 business-sized SASE to
the address below.
2. Each author 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.
3. Bind your entry securely and include a title page
with the name of the play, whether it is an
"original" or an adaptation/translation from another
work, and, if desired, copyright or registration
information and date (instead of the author's name,
please use "by the author.") On the second page list
all characters, time, place, number of acts and
scenes, and any other pertinent information such as
whether the scripts make use of special effects,
e.g., puppetry. Scripts must be 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
4. Do not show your name, address or any identifying
information on any page 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.
5. To preserve anonymity, all entries will be
identified by numbers for judging. All identifying
marks will be removed.
6. Submissions will not be returned. This includes
either eligible or ineligible submissions. Enclose
with your submission a #10 business-sized SASE for
7. 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.
8. The BHTG is not responsible for loss or damage to
9. No script will be accepted by fax or e-mail. No
electronic submissions or correspondence.
10. No entry is returned.
Address All Inquiries and Submissions To:
Candace Coster, Competition Coordinator
Play Competition for Youth Theatre
P.O. Box 148
Beverly Hills, CA 90213