Yes, indeed, there is a fee. From the multi-page "Rules" doc, linked off the site:
"The official entry form with name of play, writer’s full
address, a typed synopsis and a cheque or money order for $A30
fee per entry must be included with the scripts. There is no
limit on the number of entries but each one must include an
entry form, synopsis and fee of $A30. Entry forms may be
photocopied or down-loaded from the Toowoomba Repertory
Theatre’s website, http://www.toowoombarepertorytheatre.com.au."
You also need to provide three bound copies on top of that.
Which site are you talking about? I have nothing to do with Toowoomba. I was just confirming your question, that they've tucked a ridiculous $30 fee deep in their site, and can't be bothered to be more up front about it.
The moderators here should be deleting this opp, per site policy.
I thought for some reason the Toowoomba post had been accepted, but it is a great site nonetheless. I apologise to you, I thought you were replying on their behalf. An old age syndrome on my part, obviously!
Sorry, I didn't realise that you had a policy excluding competitions that had an entry fee. We thought that this was common practice, as the other competitions in Australia that we modelled ours on all charge similar entry fees. It never occurred to me to ask if you had such a policy, and there was never an intent to "bury" the fees requirement.
Our theatre is a voluntary society, and we are of course non-profit and this competition will be cost neutral if we are lucky. The prize money is significant and we had to get sponsorship from a bank to make it possible, as the entry fees will not come remotely close to covering our costs. I am surprised that your contributors think that we should not charge a modest fee to be part of what will be a great event, with many people donating their time and expertise to make it happen.
Yes actually we all do pay in one way or another for the privilege of working at our theatre - there are membership fees of course and as you may know, there are many personal costs when producing a play as well as many hours of unpaid work maintaining the premises.
Your question implies that play writing is a great chore with no inherent rewards. Surely you do this because you love it and want to see it performed?
I think that we have a symbiotic relationship - the writers need the theatre and the theatre needs the writers. We could simply continue to use published plays and pay the royalty fee which would be an awful lot less risky than running this competition, but we are interested in this new venture. Is it so unreasonable to expect that, if there are costs and risks in a venture, then all participants should contribute in some way?
We read unpublished plays all the time for no fee, but on this occasion we are putting up substantial prizes and that changes things a bit.
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