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How can I pay for my membership?

You may pay by cash, credit card, cheque, or electronic fund transfer.

How long is my membership term?

Membership covers a one-year (365 day) period, starting from the time of activation

Playconnect

Is there funding left in the PlayConnect program?

Try submitting an application. If the form is open for submissions, then there may be funds left. If there are no funds left, the submission form will be closed. You can also email monique@playwrightsguild.ca to inquire.

Am I eligible for a PlayConnect reading?

If you are a full member in good standing, then you are eligible for two readings between April 1st and March 31st.

Other Programs & Services

How do I get my plays listed in the Copyscript program or the Stage Ready listings?

To have your plays entered in either the Stage Ready or Copyscript listings on our website, please simply fill in our form here. If you have trouble accessing this form for any reason please email info@playwrightsguild.ca

I see that the webinars are free for PGC members. Does this mean all members or just “Full” members?

Webinars are free for ALL members – students, supporting, and full.

What and how do playwrights get paid for a production of their work?

Coming soon.

What is copyright, and how does it work?

Copyright refers to “the right to copy,” and in most cases, only the copyright holder (usually the creator of the work) is legally entitled to reproduce the work in question, or to allow someone else to do so. Copyright applies to all original works – dramatic, musical, artistic, and literary, as well as performances, films, and sound recordings.

Copyright is automatically bestowed when an original work is created; for example, when your play is saved on your hard drive (you can keep an extra copy on a USB key as proof). You may also go a step further and have your work registered with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) for a fee. A certificate of ownership is issued, and it can be used in a court of law to prove copyright.

Registering your play in PGC’s Copyscript program functions in a similar manner, as an ISBN number is assigned to the play, which serves as a form of official recognition of ownership (Stage Ready plays are not assigned an ISBN). This is an excellent way to ensure copyright protection for your unpublished works!
For more on PGC’s Copyscript program, see the Membership Handbook.

The so-called “Poor Man’s Copyright,” that is, mailing your work to yourself and leaving it un-opened as a method of verifying dates and ownership, may not stand up in a court of a law due to the possibility of tampering and a lack of legal evidence of ownership.

In Canada, copyright generally lasts for the life of the author, plus fifty years (the time frame is longer in the United States, and there are more exceptions and extensions). Anything outside of those parameters is considered public domain, and may be used and copied without penalty.

For more information about copyright law, contact PGC, or visit the Canadian Intellectual Property Office website.

When do I find out if I have been shortlisted for an award?

The Tom Hendry Awards shortlists are released in late September/early October every year.

What if I want to include the work of others in my play? Do I need permission?

If you plan to include someone else’s work within your own (such as a song, a quotation, or film footage), and it is not yet in the public domain, then you must secure permission from the original creator (or record label, publisher, movie house, estate, etc.). To do so, contact the original author or the organization that holds the copyright. This might require some research, but usually information of this nature is found on the back-cover of a CD, on the title page of any published material, at the end of the credits in a film, and so forth.). Communicate the particulars of your circumstances – what you plan to do with the material, how it will be used, what it is for, when and where it will be produced, and so forth – as that might influence the overall cost of securing copyright permission.

I’m a member and I have news to share. Who do I contact about that?

Coming soon.

I have a great opportunity for Canadian Playwrights. Will PGC help me spread the word?

If you have a submission call, play competition, job posting, residency, etc. that playwrights need to know about send us:

  • Name of the opportunity
  • Deadline
  • A single paragraph (100 words max) including web links and contact information

We send out CanScene (our member’s newsletter) on the 15th of every month. If you would like us to include your opportunity send it to: communications@playwrightsguild.ca before the 10th of every month, or fill out this form. If the opportunity does not meet the requirements above your posting may not be included.

CPO/Shopify Questions

I ordered a digital script and it didn't show up in my inbox right away, why?

Our online script sales are monitored and processed manually by staff. Scripts that are ordered over the weekends, holidays or on weeknights after 3:00pm will be processed and sent to your inbox as soon as she is back in office (Monday -Friday 9:00am-5:00pm).

I’d like to order printed copyscripts or photocopy licenses to print my own.

To order printed scripts or purchase photocopy licences to print multiple scripts from a digital download, contact the Customer Service Coordinator at orders@playwrightsguild.ca to specify which play you want, whether you’d like printed scripts sent to you or digital access, and how many you’ll need. They will ask for your shipping address if necessary and method of payment. Printed scripts are $12 each plus shipping and handling, and photocopy licences are $6 each plus the cost of the digital download (usually $12).

I am looking for a play fitting very specific criteria (cast size, audience age, themes). Can PGC help me narrow my search?

Whether you are an Artistic Director looking for a new season, or a professor looking for plays with large casts – we can help you! For immediate help and a basic search, type your criteria into our online play catalog here (*HINT: type keywords into the synopsis bar to help find specific themes like love, politics or religion). The Custom CanRevue is also a very useful play searching tool. All you need to do is fill out this form with your requests and we will send you a digital, customized play catalogue. This is a free service and searches through our play database of over 2,000 Canadian plays. Give it a try here.

I wanted a digital copy of a play but only a hard copy is available.

We publish our members works as copyscripts to provide access until their works are formally published as books / anthologies. When a hard copy is in print, only that edition may be sold. When it goes out of print, we ask the playwright if they’d like a copyscript to be made available. We strive to always provide access to a script in one of these formats.

I couldn’t purchase from your website / I need to pay by cheque.

If you’re having trouble checking out online, need to submit a purchase order, or your institution requires you to pay by cheque, please contact the Customer Service Coordinator at orders@playwrightsguild.ca

I don’t see the play I’m looking for when I search your webstore.

Our first priority is to stock our members’ plays, and to provide access to a selection of published plays or anthologies by non-members. You may not see the play in question because the playwright is not yet a member, OR the member has not yet authorized a script to be available for purchase (plays produced by large professional theatres are often unavailable for their first year of being staged). But please contact the Customer Service Coordinator at orders@playwrightsguild.ca if you’d like to know the status of a script.

I am looking for a play fitting very specific criteria (cast size, audience age, themes). Can PGC help me narrow my search?

Whether you are an Artistic Director looking for a new season, or a professor looking for plays with large casts – we can help you! For immediate help and a basic search, type your criteria into our online play catalog here (*HINT: type keywords into the synopsis bar to help find specific themes like love, politics or religion). The Custom CanRevue is also a very useful play searching tool. All you need to do is fill out this form with your requests and we will send you a digital, customized play catalogue. This is a free service and searches through our play database of over 2,000 Canadian plays. Give it a try here.

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