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Contest for Plays About Science Offers $10K Prize

A big reward could be in store for playwrights who have their work down to a science.

The University of California at Santa Barbara has announced its second international competition offering a $10,000 prize for the best play about science and technology.

The winning piece will also receive a staged reading by a cast of professional actors, participation in an awards ceremony with insiders from the theatre, film, science, and technology industries, and access to the Professional Artists Lab at the University.

To develop the top play, the Lab will provide the playwright advice and guidance from artistic as well as engineering and science experts.

Submitted plays must explore scientific and/or technological stories, themes, issues, or events. The competition is not open to plays written in the genre of science fiction.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of jurors that include Nobel Laureates and award-winning playwrights, directors, and artistic directors.

Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 15, 2007; the winning play will be announced June 15, 2007.

For submission guidelines, visit For questions or more info, email

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