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9 January 2006
Southern Playwrights Competition Deadline is Feb. 15

By Randy Wilson
JSU News Bureau

Jacksonville State University's Department of Drama is accepting entries for the 2006 Southern Playwrights Competition (SPC) through February 15.

The winning playwright will receive a $1,000 cash prize and the play will be produced at JSU, according to Ms. Joy Maloney, JSU English instructor.

Maloney said the competition is open to southern playwrights. To enter, playwrights must be natives or residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, or West Virginia. Submitted plays must deal with some aspect of the Southern experience.

"Through our introduction to plays and playwrights who have been previously unknown to us, our understanding of the culture that we live in and of ourselves is changed and enriched," said Maloney.

Entries must be original, full-length plays; no musicals or adaptations will be accepted. Only one play per person may be submitted. All entries must be typed, securely bound, and clearly identified. A script synopsis must be included with the entry.

Submission is restricted to plays that have not been previously produced, although plays that have been included in workshops, readings, or showcase productions are eligible. The SPC reserves the right to accept or reject any play and reserves the right to declare no winner. The judges' decision is final.

The panel of judges will consist of JSU faculty/staff members and people from the community. An official entry blank must accompany each script (entry forms are available at along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope if the script it is to be returned. SPC is not responsible for scripts lost in the mail

Past winners of the competition include "Blood of the Bear" by Maureen McGranaghan(2001), "Kentucky Wings" by Robert Leland Taylor (2002), "Wise Women" by Ron Osborne (2003), "Heroes" by David Muschell (2004), and "Was" by Barry Bradford (2005).

Submissions should be mailed to:

Joy Maloney
Department of English
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602

For more information, go to, call Joy Maloney at (256)-782-5469, or send email to

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