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Celtic Calling Announces 2019/2020 Playwriting Contest!
Calling all playwrights, storytellers, bards, jesters, minstrels and other like-minded folk!
Celtic Calling is now accepting submissions of original plays, vignettes, or one-acts, not to exceed thirty minutes, with a Celtic theme, to be performed during the weekend of the Fifth Annual Celtic Calling, March 6-8th, 2020, at a location to be determined. The deadline for submission is December 31, 2019, and the winning submission will be announced no later than January 15, 2020. A $100 stipend will be provided to the writer(s) of the winning entry.
1.All proposals and scripts must be typewritten and emailed to CelticCallingCopperPintPlay@gmail.com by December 31, 2019, at 5:00pm. PDFs preferred.
2. Multiple submissions are permitted, as are collaborations between writers.
3. The submission must be original, and the entrant must have the rights of performance and broadcast prior to submission. Celtic Calling will be granted exclusive rights of performance from the time of submission through March 31, 2019. Celtic Calling will be granted the right to permit the broadcast of the winning submissions, all or in part, in perpetuity.
4. The play should not exceed thirty minutes.
5. The play must have at least two characters with speaking roles.
6. Celtic Calling may charge for tickets to the performance, which will go to offset the costs of production of the play(s) and/or festival.
7. The submission must have a ‘Celtic’ theme, which is solely up to the interpretation of the reading committee.
8.The play(s) will be selected by a committee, whose decisions are final, including the decision not to decide, should the entries not meet the requirements or other standards.
2019 Play Contest
Congratulations to our honorable mentions and our winner of the Fourth Annual Celtic Calling Playwriting Competition!
The honorable mentions are:
The Sin-Eater of Cork by Susan Cinoman
It Takes a Kilt by Glendora David
Gab Irish-Like by Rex McGregor
The Trinity Knot by Jeffrey Strausser
and our winner is
The Skellig Angel by Sean Walsh
2018 Celtic Calling Play Writing Contest
These plays were selected from over 50 plays to be performed during the Festival:
Four honorable mentions, in no particular order, are:
Hamlet in Hiding by Rich Rubin
The Egg and the Branch by Stephen Murray
Til the End of the Dawn by Lia Rodriguez
Kennedy’s Acolytes by Jack Gilhooley
Our Judge’s Choice Award goes to
Knock by Lezlie Revelle
Congratulations to our winners, and to all of the entrants—our jobs were exceedingly difficult this year!
Audience Choice Award, selected by those purchasing tickets for the performances at the Boulevard Tavern - The Egg and The Branch by Stephen Murray
Celtic Calling 2016 / 2017 ‘Playwriting Contest- Winners'
The 2016 Celtic Calling Playwriting Contest was won by Huntington’s ‘Murder and Merriment,' who performed ‘An Irish Wake’ at the Copper Pint Pub during the inaugural festival.
2017 Judges' Honorable Mentions
- “Faith and Begorra,” by Suzanne Bailie of Kent, Washington
- “MacSPIN,” by Seth Freeman, of Los Angeles, California
- "Surfing in Munich,” by Rex MacGregor of Auckland, New Zealand
- “Cliffs,” by Colin Mattox of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Our judges selected “A Visit to the Mermaid,” by Dorothea Cahan of Boynton Beach, Florida, as the 2017 Celtic Calling Playwriting Contest Winner!
All 5 players were performed by Charleston Actors and Actresses at Boulevard Tavern during the Festival.
Winner of the Audience Award - 'MacSpin' by Seth Freeman.
FOOTMAD Centerpiece Traditional Concert has featured the best Irish and Scottish Groups, Daimh, Skippers Alley, Teada, Heron's Valley.
Mountain Stage has featured Seamus Egan Quartet and The Jerimiah's.
Local and Regional Artists: Father Son and Friends, Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Mountain Thyme, Tim and Maggie, Pepper Fandango, Company Stores, Contrarians, Patrick O'Flatherty, Beni Kedem Highlanders Pipe Band, Dina Hornbaker, Beeswing, Plaid Clash, Appalachian Celtic Consort, John Doyle, Wild Ones, Kanawha Valley Pipes and Drums, Modock Rounders, Charleston Rogues, Almost Heaven Dulcimer Group, Sarah an Joe Marchio, George Daugherty, Poor Mans Gambit
Film: The Committments, Brown Willy, Song of Granite, The Camino Voyage
Library Heritage Programs – Orkney Isles, and Irish Fairy Folk Lore, Spinning/ Weaving and Sheep Display
Irish and Scottish Dance Performance and Workshops
Heritage and Humanities: Mick Moloney, Irish Fairy Lore, Sheep/Spinning and Weaving Expo, Travelogues - Ireland, Orkney Isles, Galicea, Music Workshops, Tall Tales Storytelling, Kirken of the Tartans Church Service, Highland Cows, Music Sessions, 5K Kilt Run, Playwright Competition and Performance, Clydesdale Horse, Fire Artists , Family Cylcle, National Guard Rockwall, Hymnsing, Cooking Workshop and Guinness Cooking Competition
Thank you to our sponsors and business partners for supporting the Festival in 2019. Special thanks to, Beattie-Firth Inc , Guinness, McKinley Carter Wealth Services, Meyer, Ford & Glasser, PLLC.
Please contact if you would like to be a sponsor for the March 6-8th, 2020
Do you have questions? Do you have an entertainment request for next year?
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