Call for Submissions: 4th Annual National Emerging Playwrights’ Competition, Tarragon Theatre

On the heels of last year’s overwhelming success, Tarragon Theatre is pleased to partner with RBC Foundation in offering the 4th annual RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights’ Competition. Tarragon has long been committed to fostering new work and developing new Canadian voices. In keeping with this commitment, the competition offers emerging playwrights financial support to further develop their plays, the opportunity to work with skilled artists in new play development, and the chance to showcase their work on a national level.

To qualify, playwrights must meet the definition of ’emerging’ as defined by the competition guidelines. The Tarragon will consider full-length plays (min. 80 minutes) written in English by Canadian citizens or permanent residents. The competition’s winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000, the opportunity to showcase their play in Tarragon Theatre’s 2013 Play Reading Week, and a year’s worth of dramaturgical support from Tarragon Theatre’s literary manager.

For complete submission guidelines, please visit Tarragon’s website at:

DEADLINE:  All application packages must arrive at Tarragon Theatre by Friday, April 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm.

Tarragon Theatre is known for its creation, development and production of new Canadian work. For over 40 years, more than 190 plays have premiered at Tarragon, including work by Morwyn Brebner, Kate Cayley, David French, Brendan Gall, Michael Healey, Ravi Jain, Wendy Lill, Joan MacLeod, Daniel MacIvor, Hannah Moscovitch, Morris Panych, James Reaney, Erin Shields, Jason Sherman and Judith Thompson, among many others. Tarragon presents new plays from all parts of the country, revives significant Canadian plays and produces international work, contemporary and classical. Tarragon has also been a pioneer in presenting Quebecois plays in translation notably works by Michel Tremblay, Carole Fréchette and, most recently, Wajdi Mouawad. The theatre offers extensive play development programs and an active outreach and education department. For more information visit