Kent Haworth Playwriting Contest open to York undergraduates

Get writing. The annual Kent Haworth Playwriting Contest is once again looking for submissions of plays ranging in length from 15 to 30 minutes from current undergraduate students at York.

The contest, established in 2002, is designed to encourage creativity and awareness of York’s archival collection – the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections in York’s Scott Library – and to use the historical information housed there as the basis for new dramatic expression.

Originally called Out of the Archives, the playwriting contest was renamed in 2004 to honour the memory of Kent Haworth, University archivist from 1994 to 2003 and a Stong College Fellow.

Left: Clara Thomas

The theme, subject, and style of the play are left to the playwright’s imagination, but it must have been inspired by something specific in York’s archival collection, whether a name, a letter, an event, a photograph or an item. The student contestants must also visit the archives and attend a session there in January to be eligible to enter the contest.

The submission also needs to be accompanied by a personal statement that explains what the exact inspiration in the archives was, and how and why it impacted the playwright. This year’s winner and runner up will be invited to put on a performance of their play in Stong College. The winning submission will receive $750, with $250 going to the runner-up.

All entrants must complete a registration form in person no later than Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, available from the Master’s office of Stong College, Room 314 or 315. Entries must be submitted in duplicate to 314 Stong College no later than 4pm on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. Winners will be announced at a reception; date and venue to be determined.

The Kent Haworth Playwriting Contest is co-sponsored by the Office of the Master at Stong College, Stong College Student Government, York Libraries Archives & Special Collections and York’s Department of English.

To check out the Archival Research Tutorial, visit the York University Libraries Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections Archival Research Tutorial Web site.

For the complete list of rules and regulations, visit the Stong College Web site.