Saturday, November 18, 2006

News: Festival to Celebrate New Mysteries and their Writers

Organizers for the first International Mystery Writers' Festival will showcase 12 works June 12-17, 2007 in Owensboro (KY). Some of the key players in the field, including Ira Levin, Sue Grafton, and Angela Lansbury, are expected to attend the event, dubbed, "Discovering New Mysteries," at Owensboro's RiverPark Center.

Festival leaders will introduce a new award, The Angie, named after Lansbury, the star of TV's Murder, She Wrote. She will be honored as "The First Lady of Mystery" said Zev Buffman, RiverPark President & CEO.

Buffman added, "This is the only new works festival in the English-speaking world specializing in staging and discovering new mysteries."

"Discovering New Mysteries" is still accepting submissions of original plays, screenplays and teleplays. Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2006. The "Festival Final 12" will be selected and notified February 15, 2007. Categories and prizes include: Best New Work, Play, $10,000; Most Promising New Writer, all categories, $5,000; Outstanding Screenplay or Teleplay, $2,500.

For more information, visit the RiverPark Center website here.

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1 comment:

  1. Is this a festival where full works of new writers' mysteries will actually be presented on professional stages with Broadway actors and stars for the people to see? Are these prizes as high as I think there are ($10,000, $5,000, $2,500). How do they compare?
    Who are the people behind this new project? It sounds great.
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