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 is 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! 2020:

Category 1- previously unproduced plays

#1 Selection – KIT & JOE by Jessy Ardern
Runner-Up – PRESSURE by Amanda Samuelson

 Category 2- previously produced plays

#1 Selection- BORDER BREAKDOWN by Giorgia Severini
Runner-Up- SUFFRAGETTE CITY by Harmonie Tower 

The #1 selected playwrights will each receive $250 and 3 days of workshopping including a public reading at SkirtsAfire. The runner-up playwrights will each receive a 1/2 day workshop to take place in February or March. 

This coming year, SkirtsAfire continues to grow with a move to the Westbury Theatre for our MainStage show “The Blue Hour” by Michele Vance Hehir. Peep Show! will also move this year, and will take place just outside the Westbury on February 29 and March 7, 2020. Please join us!!

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 2021 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!

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