Contest Specifics:

The script must be original, typed in 12-point Courier font with pages numbered.

  • Once registration closes, you will receive a link to a google form. When you are ready to submit, you will use that link.
  • The following information must appear on the first page (cover page): title of the monologue, student’s name, school, current grade, email address, home address, city, state, zip code, home phone number, name of teacher, and signed statement certifying the originality of the submitted work.
  • The following information must appear on the second page (title page): title of the monologue. No other information may appear on this page.
  • Students may collaborate on a single monologue. Each student will need to complete their own registration.
  • Students may not submit more than one entry.

Judging:

A professional, working playwright will read your monologue and choose winners. The number of winners will be based in part on the number of entries.


Prizes:

The METG will host an in-person reading of the winning piece(s). Prizes will be determined by the METG Board of Trustees.


What do we mean by a monologue?

  • A dramatic monologue is any “speech” of some duration addressed by a character to a second character or characters.
  • How long should my written monologue be? When reading or performing the monologue it should be approximately twenty seconds in length or more. If your monologue goes beyond three minutes you may want to consider edits.

Following are some recommendations for our writers.

  • Action is core to any dramatic work. The character should be doing something through their speech. If the character has a need or a goal it makes the writing dynamic.
  • The Character should have a real need to pursue an objective through the monologue.
  • Lively and well written monologues explore the unique rhythms and vocal patterns of a character.
  • Monologues are responses to something that another character said or did. If you are having trouble getting started, give your character something really big to react to.
  • Look for opportunities, in the middle of the monologue to surprise yourself, your character and hopefully the audience.
  • Ending a monologue is difficult. Unlike a play you need not wrap up all of the action at the end of the monologue. That said, there should be some sort of movement forward in the character’s journey.

Workshop Information:

More info coming soon!

Monologue Writing Contest

2023/2024 Monologue Writing Contest!

This contest is open to middle school and high school students in Grades 5-12

Registration is open now!

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Registration closes February 1, 2024.

Entries are due no later than March 11, 2024.

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