Bake-Off Call


Bake-Off – $500 Prize

Sarasvati Productions is currently accepting applications for their 6th annual FemFest Bake–Off which will take place in September 2016. For this portion of the festival we are seeking five courageous female playwrights, both seasoned and emerging, to participate.

On Friday, August 19th at 10 a.m. the five playwrights chosen for the event, will be given eight hours to write a scene anywhere from five 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 ensemble players.

On Monday, September 19th the scenes will be performed before a live audience who will then vote for the scene that has the most potential for development. The winner of the 2016 Bake-Off will be considered for a reading of the full script as part of the FemFest 2017 line up.

To attract local talent, we have decided to limit our call for submissions to Manitoba only. By narrowing our focus we hope to attract both emerging and seasoned playwrights. Participation in this event will only require eight-hours of your time and may be the motivation and inspiration you need to get that scene out of your head and onto the page! In addition, this year’s winner will also receive The Janet Taylor Bake–Off Award in the sum of $500.00! Janet Taylor was a dedicated Sarasvati 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 is to support female playwrights, the Bake-Off is our opportunity to show off our local talent. All interested playwrights should send in an application.

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

All applications must be received in the office by Monday, August 8th, 2016. Applications should be e-mailed to: Attention: Cairn Moore

All applications will be considered but only five selected. For more information please contact us at (204) 586-2236 or To view details on past FemFests check out the rest of our website.

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