South-West Shorts play writing comp open

Ocean Edge Performance Writers Ian Reid, Therese Edmonds, Tricia Lee, Donyale MacKrill, Tully Jones and Tammie Reid.
Ocean Edge Performance Writers Ian Reid, Therese Edmonds, Tricia Lee, Donyale MacKrill, Tully Jones and Tammie Reid.

There's so much more to WA than snapping a selfie with a quokka.

Edge Performance Writers are calling for South-West and Perth writers to write an original short play that tells a story drawn from life in the southwest of Australia.

South-West Short's producer Therese Edmonds said we should be hearing more stories from our own backyard.

"This is a rare opportunity for a local writer to create a short play specifically about our own State," she said.

Three entries from the South-West and three from Perth will be chosen as finalists to be performed and the scripts published in the South-West Shorts 2020 anthology.

The six finalists will meet and workshop their scripts with each other and the producer prior to submitting their final scripts for performance and publication.

"This is the only competition like this in WA, and one of the very few places where playwrights can get together with their colleagues to further develop their work before having it performed and published," Ms Edmonds said.

"Edge Performance Writers are proud to be part of creating new local writing - and giving audiences the chance to see it."

There are no age, experience or style restrictions. Writers at any stage of their career are encouraged to enter. Every entrant will receive feedback on their script from one of the judges.

"We get such a broad range of entries each year," said Ms Edmonds.

"It's always exciting to see who's out there, maybe writing in isolation and looking for a way to have their work seen and heard. We love giving writers that opportunity. We'd like to hear your story of life in WA."

A copy of each of the previous three anthologies is held in the National Library in Canberra, contributing our WA writers' stories to Australia's collected cultural heritage.

The anthologies can be ordered on the Edge website or look for them in the State or Battye libraries.

Entries close at midnight on February 23, 2020, for more information please visit edgeperformancewriters.com.au/south-west-shorts.

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