Musical Playwriting Contest

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 jeffrey 0 Comments

The Ignacio B. Gimenez Foundation, Inc. is a privately owned institution founded to support the promotion of the arts, education, culture, skills, health and social growth within the Filipino society. They also design, develop, organize and finance projects in these areas to develop homegrown talent and display Filipino talent worldwide. Now, they are calling all amateur and published writers to start writing their best scripts for the IBGFI Musical Playwriting Competition 2013. All needed forms can be downloaded on their website. Three (3) best playwrites will win cash prizes ranging from P300,000 (3rd Place), P500,000 (2nd Place), and P1M (1st Place). Not only that. One (1) winning manuscript will be played onstage in the future.

Contest Requirements:
  • All local citizens, or of Filipino descent, aged eighteen [18] years and above
  • Amateurs and published writers
  • No entry fee required
Contest Mechanics:
  1. Log on to to download the application form, certification, and authorization form
  2. Compose an original script of a musical play, focusing on any subject, that is suitable for dramatization
  3. Entry Guidelines
    • Musical play must be 90 minutes in length. Note: A rough guide is a minute per page
    • Must include a one-page synopsis
    • The plays must have a maximum of twenty-five [25] characters including major and minor roles
    • Must be written entirely in English
    • Complete libretto of the play:
      • Each entry must be typewritten/computerized
      • Double-spaced on A4 paper, with approximately 1 inch margin on all sides
      • The page number must be typed consecutively e.g. 1 of 30, 2 of 30 and so on at the centre of the bottom margin of each page
      • Font should be Arial, Times New Roman or Book Antiqua with font size 12
      • All copies must be unnamed with no author identification and anonymous in nature
  4. Submission Guidelines
    • A duly accomplished official entry form. Strictly one (1)form per entry
    • Accomplished and notarized authorization form
    • Ten (10) copies of the complete libretto of the play, including all lyrics, with a onepage synopsis
    • A CD containing saved files of the completed application form, Authorization Form, and the libretto including all lyrics of songs
    • Ten (10) CD copies containing audio file recordings of all songs in the musical in MP3 format, bearing the song title. All copies should be unnamed with no author identification and anonymous in nature
    • Note: "You must attach your accomplished entry form to the first copy of your libretto. Do not write any contact information on the remaining nine (9) copies. These should be unnamed."
  5. Submit your entries to
    • IBGFI Musical Playwriting Competition 2013
      3/F, Rosario Ortigas Arcade
      #42 Ortigas Avenue Extension
      Rosario, 1609 Pasig City
  6. Judging Criteria
    • Storyline
    • Music composition & Singability
    • Lyrics Content
    • Originality/Creativity
  7. For collaborative work, both of you will be required to submit a letter or confirmation that you agree to share or divide the cash prize
  8. If you wish to be known publicly under a different name or a screen name (including professional or personal reasons) this should be indicated on the entry form
  9. The winning playwrites will be requested to execute a formal deed of assignment in favor of IBGFI
  10. You can submit as many entries as you can
  11. There are no fees in joining the competition
  12. View complete contest mechanics
Contest Period: Submission of entries until March 31, 2014 12NN
Contest Prize:
  • First Place – P1,000,000
  • Second Place – P500,000
  • Third Place – P300,000
  • CASH prize
  • Multiple entries allowed
  • Submission until March 
  • FREE to join
  • No online submission
  • Keep a copy of your manuscript. All items sent to IBGFI will not be returned under any circumstances
  • "The winners shall grant and transfer to IBGFI all intellectual property, moral and publication rights to the story, including any translations, adaptations or modifications related thereto"
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