Kitchen Dog is one of the rare theater companies that has a new play competition - and a festival afterwards to celebrate the winners with readings and a main stage production. Very successful. Each year we get more and more submittals: at this point it's hundreds of scripts. The whole company reads in the first round, helping to short-list to a more manageable number of manuscripts for further consideration.
It's been very interesting, reading my share. (A very small sample this year, I feel guilty, just too many other deadlines.) Good plays can be very good, bad ones pretty amazingly bad. Actually, I learn a lot as a writer from the not so great ones... I've closed several scripts over the last few years thinking, hmmmm, that thing I was trying on page 3? Bad idea. But that prize goes to the one that left me thinking, "Wow! What a libel suit that'd be!"