Hamilton Fringe Festival

An 11-day unjuried theatre festival that happens every summer in downtown Hamilton

24 Hour Fundraiser


We are pleased to announce our winners for our first 24-Hour Playwriting Fundraiser!

2016 Winners:
First Place: The End of July  By: Sarah O’Connor
Second Place: Buying Back St. Benedict By: Brian Gilmour
Third Place: Up: Fire and Rain in July By: Jenn Weatherall

Congratulations Playwrights!

The winners will have staged readings at the Players’ Guild of Hamilton on Friday May 13 as part of our #turning13 celebration. Tickets are $12.00 online or $13.00 at the door. All proceeds go to the Hamilton Fringe Festival. Tickets are available here.

*Please note: some of the plays have mature themes and strong language

On May 6-7 the Hamilton Fringe launched our very first 24-hour playwriting fundraiser. We invited submissions from both emerging and established playwrights residing or living within 100km of Hamilton.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Scripts must be in electronic format, written in 12-point font, with page numbers and a character breakdown. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME on the script.
  • Scripts must be original works
  • Scripts must be submitted with your name, contact information and play title in the body of the e-mail to director@hamiltonfringe.ca no later than 5:00 p.m. on Saturday May 7.
  • 3 specific key elements will be e-mailed to participants at 5:00 p.m. on Friday May 6 that MUST be included in your play
  • There is an entry fee of $25.00 per playwright, all proceeds will go to the Hamilton Fringe Festival
  • Playwrights will be encouraged (but not required) to procure sponsors for the Hamilton Fringe to support them in their quest to go 24 hours without sleep and actually write a play.
    • The playwright who raises the most funds will receive a voucher for a one -night stay (and some much earned rest) at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel The voucher is good for 12 months after the contest date.
    • The first ten playwrights to raise $50.00 will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to My Dog Joe.
  • The Hamilton Fringe Festival is not able to cover travel expenses should the winner be from outside of Hamilton
  • Submission deadline: Sunday May 1.
  • Submission forms can be found here.



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