Since 1996, NSTV’s Playwrights Project has been producing and cablecasting original one – act plays including a behind the scenes documentary. The productions are the competition winners of the annual Playwrights contest. This project was created by the late Norman Hall, former NSTV Board member and professional TV and stage director. Robert M. Schaufeld, NSTV Board President dedicated the studio control room to Norman’s memory, and renamed the competition; “The Norman Hall Memorial Playwrights Festival” in 2017.
This project is supported in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Huntington Arts Council.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: January 1 through May 15 per calendar year.The guidelines for submissions are as follows: Original, Fifteen minutes in length, limited to three or four characters and one set – no children or live animals. Entries must be from Long Island Playwrights.
Limit 2 entries per playwright. Scripts will not be returned. Winners are announced at www.NSTV.org. Prize is $1,000 and a professional television production of the play valued at $15,000.
Three finalists are selected by a panel of television/film professionals. Those finalists will have a staged reading which will then be put online for public voting. The winner gets a full filmed production and the prize.
Submit typed manuscript to: North Shore TV – ATT: “Playwrights” Competition, 1111 Marcus Avenue, Suite LL-27, Lake Success, NY 11042 or email to info@NSTV.org.
2018 winner was – “(Five-North) 5N” by Chris Cuff. Congratulations to Chris on her winning submission from everyone at NSTV – Long Island!
The Playwrights Project airs every Wednesday at 5pm and Thursday at 9:30pm on Channel 20, (Optimum) and Channel 37, (Verizon)