Off-Strip Productions has created a new contest for emerging playwrights, called Sin City New Play Contest. It is open to United States residents, and submissions will be accepted now through October 1, 2011.

The winner of the contest will receive a $250 prize, a full production in the 2012 Off-Strip Productions season at the Onyx Theatre in Las Vegas, as well as a publication and licensing contract from Original Works Publishing.

Playwrights may submit only one play for consideration. Unpublished, full length contemporary plays with a cast size of no more than 7 performers intended for audiences of ages 18 and up will be considered. No musicals, adaptations, translations, or works for younger audiences will be considered. In addition to unproduced works, the contest is also open to plays that have received only one full production in the last five years as well as MFA thesis plays.

Five finalists will receive a public reading at the Onyx Theatre in November 2011. The winner will be selected by audience vote and an official panel of judges from Off-Strip Productions.

Playwrights should submit their works to the contest by sending a single PDF or Word document, including complete author contact information, to: onyxplaysubmissions@gmail.com. For full contest details, click here.