Hamilton Fringe Festival

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

New Play Contest

2018 New Play Contest

Applications to the 2018 New Play Contest are NOW OPEN.
The Winner of the contest receives a FREE production slot in the 2018 Fringe Festival
plus $300.00 in cash.

The 2 runners up receive a Hamilton Fringe “Binge” pass.

How To Enter:

  • Read the Rules & Regulations in the application.
  • Fill out and submit the applicaton form online by Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
  • Upload your script as a pdf. Remember to keep your name off of the document!
  • Pay the $35 entry fee. You can submit via paypal through the online document OR mail a cheque made out to: The Hamilton Festival Theatre Company.  Payment is due within 5 days of the online submission.
  • Each play must have a title page bearing only the play title.  Please do not print your name on the pages of the script. The Fringe will assign the play a letter or symbol, which will keep the name of the playwright anonymous.

APPLY NOW

 

Previous Winners:

2017 

  1. First Place: Subway Extension to the Mariana Trench by Andrew Lee (Hamilton, ON)
  2. 1st Runner Up: The Team by Michael Kras (Hamilton, ON)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Henry by Ron Fromstein (Toronto, ON)

2016 

  1. First Place: Faith, By: Ben Hayward (Toronto, ON)
  2. 1st Runner Up: ‘Tis Some Visitor, By: Peter Genoway (Toronto, ON)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Lullaby Jones, By: Ron Fromstein (Toronto, ON)

2015

  1. First Place: B & E BaseheadBy: Breen Godfrey (Toronto, ON)
  2. 1st Runner Up: Mrs Lansen, By Ron Fromstein (Toronto, ON)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Oasis Love, By Johnny Salib (Toronto, ON)

2014

  1. First Place: Mommy’s MaskBy: Peter Gruner (Oakville, ON)
  2. 1st Runner Up: Bootlegger’s Wife, By Victoria Murdoch (Toronto, ON)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: A Zoo, of Sorts, By Ron Fromstein (Toronto, ON)

2013

  1. First Place: Oh God the Drums, By: Brad J Hart (Toronto, ON)
  2. 1st Runner Up: Learning to Swim, By Radha Menon (Hamilton, ON)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Test, By Stephen Near (Hamilton, ON)

2012

  1. First Place: The Drive-Up Counter of the Universe, By Lesley Strutt (Ottawa, Ontario)
  2. 1st Runner Up: One, By Ron Fromstein (Toronto, Ontario)
  3. 2nd Runner up: Dairy-Free Love, By Victoria Murdoch (Toronto, Ontario)

2011 

  1. First Place: Interface by Stephen Near (Hamilton, Ontario)
  2. 1st Runner Up: The Gods and Calvin Brewer, by Jessica Anderson (Ottawa, Ontario)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Minced, by Peter Gruner (Oakville, Ontario)

2010

  1. First Place:  Dianne and Me, by Ron Fromstein (Toronto, Ontario)
  2. 1st Runner Up: Digging, by David Finley (Toronto, Ontario)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Tremble, by Judith Skoff (New Jersey, USA)

2009

  1. First Place:  Love Shack, by Michael Wilmot (London, Ontario)
  2. 1st Runner Up:  The Whore Of Babylon, by Rufus F and C Hickok  (Hamilton, Ontario)
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Goodnight Amherst, by James Fanizza (Toronto, Ontario)

2008

  1. First Place: Gerald Hilroy’s Guide To The Art Of Seduction, by David B. Fraser
  2. 1st Runner Up: Without Whom, by Robert J Downes
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Ho Ho Ho, by Ron Fromstein

2007

  1. First Place: Balls, by Rob Salerno
  2. 1st Runner Up: The Big Smoke, by Ron Fromstein
  3. 2nd Runner Up: Perfect Wives, Desperate Lives, by Vanesa Burns