SkirtsAfire along with Alberta Playwrights’ Network accepts submissions each year for Peep Show!, a tease of new plays to be presented at SkirtsAfire Festival each March in Edmonton.

SkirtsAfire Festival values diversity in the women we represent and therefore welcomes submissions from women artists from all diverse backgrounds including trans women, self-identifying women, the LGBTQ2 community, all ethnicities and all abilities.

1 play will be chosen in each of two categories – a new, non-produced piece, and a piece that has had a production or extensive workshop, but still needs further development. Chosen playwrights in each category will receive a cash prize of $250 each, and 3 full days of workshopping and dramaturgy spread out over the months leading up to SkirtsAfire Festival, culminating in a public staged reading. Runner-up playwrights in each category will receive an AlbertaPlaywrights’ Network 1/2 day Wordshed workshop.

On behalf of SkirtsAfire and Alberta Playwrights’ Network, we would like to congratulate the following writers whose plays were chosen for Peep Show! 2019:

Category 1- Previously Unproduced Plays

#1 Selection – BALETI by Lebogang Disele

Runner-Up – SUSPENSION by Hayley Moorhouse

Category 2- Previously Produced Plays

#1 Selection – FAWN by Ashleigh Hicks

Runner-Up- LUCY LOST IN CANCERLAND by Esther Koepnick

Peep Show! will be taking place on Saturday, March 9 and Saturday, March 16 at the Nina Haggerty Centre on 118th ave.

We received many engaging submissions from women writers with varied backgrounds and experience. Many thanks to all who submitted their plays to us. Our annual deadline for Peep Show! is November 1, so we look forward to your submissions for the 2020 festival! Be sure to check back to this page for all the info, or sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know!

"In the Place of Stars" by Christine Lesiak. Photo by April MacDonald Killins.

Peep Show! 2018. “In the Place of Stars” by Christine Lesiak. Photo by April MacDonald Killins.