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This past month has been a busy one for APN! We launched our NEW WEBSITE, membership renewals were due at the end of this month for many members, and 2016 programming is getting well underway. WORDSHED submission deadlines are set (see right-hand column), ACT ONE plays are being reviewed by our dramaturgical committee and 
APN finalized the 2015 PLAY CATALOGUE with APN members' latest and greatest plays and sent it out to over 60 theatres across Canada. APN has also made changes to the ALBERTA PLAYWRITING COMPETITION (See note below) including new rules and regulations which can be found on our website.

A Note From Our President

In 2015-2016, not only do we celebrate the 30th anniversary of APN, but we are also entering the 50th year of the Alberta Playwriting Competition (APC). The longest running playwriting competition in Canada, with the largest cash prize, the APC has been one of our flagship programs since APN’s beginnings. To celebrate this occasion, we have planned some changes to the competition in order to raise its profile, and the profile of Alberta Playwrights in Canada: 

  1. APC jury will award just one prize of the full $5000.00 to a single writer. 
  2. A short-list of 5 finalists will be announced in advance of the winner. This will align the APC with similar large writing awards.
  3. There will no longer be a cash “Discovery Prize”.
  4. There will be a discretionary jury prize known as the “Noviciate Prize" for the outstanding work of an un-produced playwright.
  5. This "Noviciate Prize", consisting of APN programs and services is meant to demonstrate our continuing commitment to developing playwrights of all stages.

For a complete explanation for these changes visit our website here.

We hope to see all your entries on March 31st, 2016.


– Neil Fleming, President, APN

SUBMISSIONS and other fun you might be interested in...

Submit Application for Playwriting Program
YOUth RIOT 2016

Third Street Theatre and Alberta Playwrights' Network 

The Program: Over the course of 3 months, Third Street Theatre, APN, and guest artists will facilitate a playwriting program for Queer teens, helping them tell their stories through the medium of 10 minute plays. This is a hybrid playwriting and workshop-based program, where industry professionals lead workshops aimed at mentoring program participants and playwriting skills are built up around these sessions. The program is designed to ignite creativity in teens with or without experience in playwriting, and most importantly, provides valuable tools to foster confidence, acceptance, and positive self-image.

The program finishes with a public festival of short plays written by the participants and staged by professional actors and directors from the theatre community.

Learn more here.

Accepting Script Submissions
The Owl and Cat Theatre  (Melbourne, Australia)
Deadline: February 22, 2016
Each year they offer many artists (directors, actors and playwrights) the chance to stage their work in a professional environment that highly encourages experimentation and the exploration of their art forms.
Submission Guidelines:
  • MUST be in pdf format ONLY
  • Plays should be 50min-70min in length.
  • Should explore contemporary themes.
  • Should be provocative, thought provoking and confronting in nature.
  • Should be professionally formatted
  • Musicals are NOT accepted.
  • One submission per playwright.
  • Previously submitted works are NOT accepted.
Applications should be emailed to with the subject heading ‘Season Submission.’
*Payment is negotiable.
Learn more here.

Call for Submissions
IGNITE! Festival for Emerging Artists – Sage Theatre

Deadline: February 17, 2016*

Emerging Theatre Artists are encouraged to submit to IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists. There are 5 components open to theatre artists:

  • Theatre Arts – Accepting project proposals and scripts as part of the Theatre program series, as well as looking for individual emerging theatre artists to work on productions.
  • Cabaret – A series of multi-disciplinary cabarets/performance parties that showcase emerging artists of all disciplines including theatre artists.
  • Site-Specific Performance – Creating new work in unusual spaces with mentorship by Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre.
  • Interdisciplinary – For theatre artists who would like to be paired with an artist from a different discipline to create an 8-12 minute new creation that will be performed on the IGNITE! main stage.
  • Improv – Emerging improv troupes interested in developing their own format.

For full program details and submission information visit our website.

 *While February 17 is our application deadline, we view the submission process as a conversation. The earlier you submit, the better conversation we can have!

Submissions are now open 
‘A Festival of New Writing’,
Etch Theatre in association with the Pleasance, London.

Deadline: February 14, 2016

They will be supporting the development of eight brand new plays in a festival of new writing at the Pleasance, London. They are offering a vital and invaluable step for your work through collaboration, interrogation and feedback.

What you get:  Successful submissions will receive:

  • a carefully matched director and cast
  • at least two full days research and development on your play
  • support from the Etch and Pleasance teams
  • valuable feedback from audiences and fellow artists
  • a public performance of your work in progress at one of London’s most exciting fringe venues

How to apply:  Please send your full length plays to
Learn more here.

2016 Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival
Deadline: February 1, 2016

Registration for the Calgary Region One Act Play Festival at the Pumphouse Theatre (2140 Pumphouse Ave SW):

  • Starts Wednesday, December 16 @ Noon
  • Registration will close when all slots are filled or by February 1st, 2016.
  • For Registration Form and information click here



Past E Newsletter Opportunities and Calls:
Playwriting 2 @ the Citadel
Deadline: March 1, 2016

SCRIPT SALON (On Sunday February 7)
Public Play Reading
is proud to present a reading of the extraordinary 2015 winner of the Alberta Playwriting Competition: Ken Cameron’s THE BLOGFATHER.   

THE STORY: Invited to act as a judge at an Iranian Arts festival, a naive Canadian playwright (Chris Craddock) finds himself ill-equipped to navigate the crushing politics and subtle rebellion at the heart of Iranian society. But when he encounters a young Iranian/Canadian blogger who has incurred the anger of the state (Jeff Halaby), the playwright sees first hand the courage and consequences of expressing free speech in a totalitarian nation. THE BLOGFATHER is an unexpectedly theatrical and affecting tribute based on playwright Ken Cameron’s personal experiences in Iran.

The play is read by Chris Craddock, Jeff Halaby and Roya Yazdenmehr.

 Sunday February 7 at 7:30 in the Upper Arts Space at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Avenue).
Learn more here.

Ticket Discount Program 
After reaching out to several theatre companies across Alberta, APN is excited to share the many theatre companies and their upcoming shows that APN members can receive a discount at*.

*APN MEMBERS: Go to the 'Members Only' page on our website to get
the complete guide to each discount and the codes required to access them.

Or email
Here are this month's highlighted theatre's with APN Member discounts...
By Darrin Hagen & Trevor Schmidt        
February 4–21, 2016 
Previews February 2–3, 2016

Book Club
Feb. 8 - 27, 2016
By Meredith Taylor-Parry (APN Member)
Directed by Shari Wattling 
"What happens at book club, stays at book club." 

Village of Idiots
By John Lazarus
Feb. 11 – Feb. 20, 2016
West Village Theatre


The Early Bloomer
Friday, Feb. 12 @ 7 pm and Feb. 13 @ 11 am and 2 pm.
This show is designed for grades K to 6 so and ideal family show for those families with younger kids.
The Fight or Flight Response 
by Col Cseke
Directed by Kelly Reay 
Featuring Justin Michael Carriere and Nathan Pronyshyn
March 10 - 19, 2016
Joyce Doolittle Theatre @ Pumphouse Theatres


ONGOING and Other
Submission Calls:
Emerging Voices (Ongoing)
Pat the Dog 
Lady Plays Podcast
Podcast Plays (Ongoing)
Downstage Theatre 
Uprising New Work Program
Theatre New Brunswick 
Script Submissions


Donate to APN through ATB Cares website:

Interchange Arts Hub
Space for Rent 

APN is a member of the Interchange Arts Hub and has space for rent in Calgary for rehearsals, meetings & administrative office space.

Click here for more details.

A great resource for international submissions.



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