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Rules for the Playwright Awards Competition

1. Authors must be U.S. Citizens or legal residents. 

2. Entries must be original, full-length plays (minimum of 90 minutes playing time), unpublished, unproduced, and not currently under any option. "Unproduced" means: No previous production of any kind (Equity or non-Equity) for which actors or authors were paid or admission was charged, or both. 

3. An author may submit only one entry, whether under his or her name, or a pseudonym. Co-Authorships are permissible. 

4. Entries must be written in English. 

5. The following entries are not eligible: musicals, short one act plays (less than 90 minutes), groups of short one act plays (related or unrelated), adaptations, translations, plays for children, a play that has won any other competition, a play that was entered in any prior year's Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Playwright Award Competition. 

6. Entries must be submitted with completed applications and received by the BHTG with a postmark no later than November 1st. Entries will only be accepted from August 1st through Competition deadline. Results will be announced the following June. 

7. Submissions in non-compliance of these Rules and the Submission Procedures will be ineligible for entry in the competition. For return of ineligible submissions, please read Number 7 under "Submission Procedures." 

8. The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild has the right to accept or reject any entry without explanation, and will not correspond with, or discuss with any person the results of the competition or the acceptance or rejection of any entry. 

9. The competition judges' decisions are final in all respects. 

10. As a sponsor of this Competition, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild has the following rights, which it may exercise at its sole discretion: 

a. To declare any entry ineligible if prior to Competition's close (June 1), the entry is in violation of rule #2. Authors must notify the BHTG of any change in status.
b. To reproduce as many copies of an entry as are necessary for distribution among the judges or to request an author to supply a specified number of copies. The author must comply with that request.
c. To use the author's name and title of any award winning entry for publicity about this Playwright Award and the results of the competition.
d. To present one script-in-hand, rehearsed reading of an award winning entry to an invited, non-paying audience. No royalty payment will be due to the entry's author for that reading. 

11. Each award winner shall, at all times, in connection with publication, production, publicity, programs, posters and advertisements about an award winning entry, designate that the play is a "Beverly Hills Theatre Guild/Julie Harris Playwright Award" winner. 

12. Each entry shall be free from copyright restrictions relating to this Award and the author shall hold The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild, its officers, and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.

Submission Procedures

1. "You"=Author or co-authors. "BHTG"=The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild. 

2. You must submit your entry with a completed application form. You may obtain an application form by sending a self-addressed, business-size stamped envelope to:  

Dick Dotterer, Competition Coordinator
BHTG - Julie Harris Playwright Award Competition
P.O. Box 39729
 Los Angeles, CA 90039-0729. 

3. You must personally sign the application. A proxy or agent signature is not acceptable. 

4. Bind your entry securely, and include the following: Cast List, Time and Place, Number of Acts and Scenes. 

5. Do not show your name, address, or any identifying information on any page or on the cover of your entry. Attach with a removable paper clip a sheet containing the title of your entry, your name, address, phone number and any other information. You may enter the copyright or registration date and number on the title page of the bound script. 

6. To preserve anonymity, all entries will be identified by numbers for judging; all identifying marks will be removed. 

7. Submissions will not be returned. Enclose with your submission a stamped, self addressed, #10 envelope for our response. 

8. The following are optional enclosures: (a) self-addressed stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt of your entry; (b) a stamped self-addressed, #10 envelope for an announcement of the competition winners in June. 

9. The BHTG is not responsible for loss or damage to entries. 

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