If you have not written a monologue before consider the following while writing.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. The Character should have a real need to pursue an objective through the monologue.
  3. Lively and well written monologues explore the unique rhythms and vocal patterns of a character.
  4. 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.
  5. Look for opportunities, in the middle of the monologue to surprise yourself, your character and hopefully the audience.
  6. 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.

Contest Specifics:

  • The script must be original, typed in 12-point Courier font with pages numbered, and double spaced between characters’ dialogues.
  • When you register, you will receive a link to a google form. When you are ready to submit, you will use this 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.
  • Students may not submit more than one entry.

Judging:

A panel of playwrights will read your monologue and choose three or more entries as our winners. It will be based in part on the number of entries.

Prizes:

Finalists will receive an METG Certificate of Recognition.

Fees:

For member schools there is a $10 entry fee per student.

For non-member schools there is a $15 entry fee per student.

As always, the METG is committed to providing barrier-free access to student programming for all students regardless of their financial means. If the registration fee poses a hardship, please contact metg@metg.org to request a waiver.

Important Dates:

Stay tuned for the 2022 Monologue Writing Contest dates!

Monologue Writing Contest

2022 Monologue Writing Contest!

Stay tuned for more informaion about the 2022 Monologue Writing Contest!


The METG is excited to announce the first ever Monologue Writing Contest!

The METG invites students to submit an original written monologue to our first annual monologue writing contest. A panel of playwrights will read your monologue and choose three or more entries as our winners. It will be based in part on the number of entries. We will also be offering a virtual workshop for all students who have registered prior to the submission deadline!

This contest is open to any student in grades 6-12.

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