Bake-Off Call for Submissions

It’s time to submit for the annual FemFest Bake-Off! A chance to win $500 and develop a new work for the stage.


Winnipeg’s 15th Annual Festival of Plays by Women for Everyone 

Sarasvati Productions is currently accepting applications for their 7th annual FemFest Bake–Off which will take place on Monday, September 18, 2017. The five fearless female playwrights selected for the Bake-Off must be available for the event itself. Both emerging and seasoned writers are welcome to apply.

On Friday, August 18st 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 rehearsal with a team of talented, ensemble players, who are cast prior to the scripts being written. Playwrights are invited to attend, which is usually beneficial to the process.

On Monday, September 18th the scenes will then be performed as staged readings 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 2017 Bake-Off will receive dramaturgical guidance to develop a full script, which will receive a public reading as part of FemFest 2018. This is an exciting time to be a part of FemFest, since we will also be celebrating FemFest’s 15th birthday this year!

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 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 and will always be to support female playwrights, The Bake-Off is our opportunity to show off our local talent. All interested playwrights should submit 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 by Monday, August 7th, 2017. 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 our website

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