Black Theatre Network: Promotes S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition & Playwright Competition Also

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BTN Competition Deadline: Open Call for Papers MAY 15TH 2015

In recognition of Black Theatre scholar and educator, S. Randolph Edmonds, The Black Theatre Network instituted the S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition in 1988.

This competition seeks to encourage research and scholarship in Black Theatre. The competition supports the overall mission of BTN, to expose the beauty and complexity of the inherited theatre work of our African American ancestors, as well as, preserve and develop Black Theatre’s unique art form.

Winner scholarshipThe Black Theatre Network is currently seeking papers from students at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels that are concerned with an aspect of Black Theatre. Entrants do not need to be members of the Black Theatre Network to submit.

  • Papers must be typed, double-spaced, and in MLA format with a bibliography page. If applicable, also include endnotes that demonstrate awareness of formal methods of documentation.
  • Papers should be between 10 – 20 pages in length. This does NOT include endnotes and bibliography pages (If a submission longer than 10 pages is selected as a winning entry, the author will need to condense the paper to a focused 10 pages for presentation purposes).
  • Please include 1) cover letter stating the entrant’s name, university affiliation, class rank, current and permanent address (if not the same), telephone number, email address and a one paragraph biography, 2) a 250-word abstract, and 3) a headshot . The biography and headshot will be used to feature the winners on the BTN webpage.
  • There may only be ONE submission per student. Students should submit their own work; a professor cannot submit on the student’s behalf.
  • Students cannot send for the conference planner’s consideration a proposal that represents the same paper that they have entered (or will enter) into this contest.


  • Winners will be announced by June 15, 2015 and will be invited to deliver their papers at the 2015 Black Theatre Network Conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to be held Jul 31-Aug 3 (presentations will occur on Aug 2).
  • A first-place prize of $250.00 and second-place prize of $100.00 will be awarded in both Divisions I (Graduate) and II (Undergraduate) PLUS one night stay in the conference hotel for your attendance at the Young Scholars awards ceremony;
  • Winners will participate in a special reception in their honor at the conference;
  • Winners will be announced on the BTN website; and
  • Winners will receive a free one-year membership in the Black Theatre Network and a complimentary conference registration should you choose to attend the entire conference.

Papers must be received no later than May 15, 2015 & should be sent via e-mail to: Please feel free to contact Artisia Green, Young Scholars Competition Coordinator, by phone or (757-221-2616) or email with questions or for more information.

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NADSA Comptetition: “Open Call for Student Scripts” due March 13th 2015 for the…  

S. Randolph Edmonds One-Act Student Play Competition

The National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts (NADSA)

NADSA’s Student One Act Play Competition is named in honor of its founder, S. Randolph Edmonds (1900-1983), recognized as the Dean of Black Educational Theatre. From a career that spanned over 40 years as an educator, playwright and scholar, Edmonds wrote over 40 plays, most of which were one-acts.

For more information on the S. Randolph Edmonds Student One Act Play Competition, please call or email Professor Clinnesha Dillon-Sibley (office:  (479) 575-2953; email: or visit the NADSA website,




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