Call for BAKE-OFF!

Sarasvàti Productions is currently accepting applications for their 9th annual FemFest Bake-Off which will take place on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 6:30pm. The five fearless playwrights selected for the Bake-Off must be available for the event itself.  

On Friday, August 16th at 9:30 a.m. our five playwrights will meet and greet with Director Cairn Moore, at the Asper Centre for Film and Theatre. Writers will then be provided with the three key “ingredients” they must include in their scene. This year we decided to add a little spice to the Bake-Off recipe by requiring playwrights to remain at the University, in the same room with one another, for the duration of the writing period (with washroom breaks of course). The 8 hour count down will start when the clock strikes 10 a.m. and will end at 6 p.m. Scenes can be anywhere from five to ten minutes long. Prior to the festival itself, 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 16th, the scenes will be performed before a live audience who will vote for the scene they feel has the most potential for development. The following year, the winner of the 2019 Bake-Off will receive dramaturgical guidance to develop a full script, which will then be read as part of FemFest 2020.

To whet the appetite of our local talent, we are limiting our call for submissions to Manitoba only. 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 uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer, and non-binary people. Sarasvàti Productions is also committed to equity and actively encourages applications from all interested playwrights.

Your submission needs to include:

  1. A cover letter expressing interest with full contact information (address, phone # & 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 Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Submissions should be e-mailed to Cairn Moore at

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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