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Contest: 82nd National One-Act Playwriting Competition

Ottawa Little Theatre
November 13, 2022
Job Type
(3 Prizes) $500-1,000


The Ottawa Little Theatre is now accepting submissions to the
82nd National One-Act Playwriting Competition!

Read about the winners of the 81st Competition –> Click Here <–

For more complete details consult the Information Poster –> Click Here <–
For any other inquiries, please contact

Entry form –> Click Here <–

Parent or Guardian Acknowledgement Form –> Click Here <–

DEADLINE: December 31, 2022


First Prize                            $1,000                   Ottawa Little Theatre Award

Second Prize                      $   750                    Dorothy White Award

Third Prize                          $   500                   Gladys Cameron Watt Award

Sybil Cooke Award for a Play for Children or Young People $500


  • original one-act plays in English, encouraging literacy and dramatic talent in Canada
  • plays with a maximum playing time of 45 minutes, and a minimum playing time of 25 minutes
  • plays that are previously unproduced OR have been produced no earlier than in the current year
  • playwright must reside in Canada and may be a citizen or landed immigrant
  • special award for the Best Play for Children or Young People
  • entry fee $25

DEADLINE: December 31, 2022

Winners will be announced in May 2023

All prize-winning entrants must agree to allow the Ottawa Little Theatre to produce their play at the 2023 Eastern Ontario Drama League One-Act Play Festival with no royalty fee.

There will be no Playwrights’ Week in 2023.


The Ottawa Little Theatre One-Act Playwriting Competition is the oldest in Canada. It was first held in 1937 and has been won by a who’s who of Canadian literary luminaries. Past winners include prominent playwrights Robertson Davies, John Murrell, Erika Ritter, Catherine Banks and Ken Mitchell.


Only registered members can apply for jobs.
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