SkirtsAfire along with Alberta Playwrights’ Network is now accepting submissions for the eighth annual Peep Show!, a tease of new plays, to be presented at SkirtsAfire Festival taking place February 27 – March 8, 2020 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.

Criteria for submitting

  • All plays submitted must have been written by Edmonton and area women
  • All plays submitted must be in PDF format
  • 1 Play will be chosen in each of two categories (2 plays total):
    • Category 1 – must be a new, never-produced piece
    • Category 2 – must be 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
  • Will receive 3 full days of workshopping and dramaturgy spread out over the months leading up to SkirtsAfire Festival, culminating in a public staged reading at SkirtsAfire in March 2020

Runner-up playwrights in each category

  • Will each receive an Alberta Playwrights’ Network 1/2 day Wordshed workshop

Submission guidelines are as follows:

  • Your play must be received via email by 11:59pm on Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Playwrights may submit a different play for each category
  • Please include a cover letter with contact information, a brief biography, synopsis of the play(s) being submitted, and which category you are submitting to (Category 1 never-produced OR Category 2 previously produced)
  • If submitting in the produced play category, please include a history of the play’s development
  • No musicals will be accepted

Please send submissions and inquiries to:

Tracy Carroll
Peep Show! Coordinator

“Baleti” by Lebogang Disele. Photo by Gallican Buki.