Bake-Off Call for Submissions

Bake-Off Call for Submissions

We are excited to announce the call for this year’s FemFest Bake-Off with a July 31st deadline!


Winnipeg’s 16th Annual Festival of Life-Changing Plays for Everyone

Sarasvàti Productions is currently accepting applications for their 8th annual FemFest Bake–Off which will take place on Monday, September 17, 2018. The five, fearless playwrights selected for the Bake-Off must be available for the event itself.

On Friday, August 17 at 10 a.m. our five playwrights will meet. They will have eight hours to write a scene anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes in duration. Writers will also be provided with three key “ingredients” they must incorporate into their scene. Prior to the festival, each scene will receive a few hours of direction with a team of talented, ensemble players, cast prior to the scripts being written.

On Monday, September 17, the scenes will then be performed before a live audience who will then vote for the scene they feel has the most potential for development. The following year, the winner of the 2018 Bake-Off will receive dramaturgical guidance to develop a full length script, which will be read publicly as part of the FemFest 2019 line-up. Many of our Bake-Off winners have gone on to successful careers as professional playwrights in Winnipeg’s theatre community and beyond.

To attract local talent, we are limiting our call for submissions to Manitoba only. Both emerging and seasoned playwrights are encouraged to submit. Participation in this event may be the motivation and inspiration you need to get that scene out of your head and onto the page! Our winner will also receive The Janet Taylor Bake–Off Award in the sum of $500.00! Janet Taylor was a dedicated Sarasvàti volunteer and a huge fan of the Bake-Off. Thanks to the generosity of her family and friends, FemFest is honoured to offer this award in her memory.

FemFest’s goal has always been to support women and female-identified people. We use an inclusive definition of “women” and “female” and we welcome ALL who fit under either of these categories/identifiers to apply. Sarasvàti Productions is also committed to equity and actively encourages applications from Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities. The Bake-Off is our opportunity to celebrate our local talent.

Your submission needs to include:

1. A cover letter with full contact information (address, phone # & e-mail)
2. A 100- word bio of the playwright
3. A 5-10 page writing sample (van be a scene or monologue) in pdf format.

All applications must be received by Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Submissions should be e-mailed to: .

All applications will be considered but only five selected. For more information please contact us at (204) 586-2236 or

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