Nuevas Voces at NEIU
A 10-Minute Playwriting Contest and Festival
at Northeastern Illinois University

The Nuevas Voces Contest and Festival was founded by alumnus and former Northeastern professor Jim Blair to create a platform at Northeastern Illinois University for new playwrights; nuevas voces at NEIU and the greater Chicago community. Jim Blair also teaches a playwriting workshop each fall through NEIU's Office of Community & Professional Education.

Spring 2019

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2019
Winners Announced: April 30, 2019
Tentative Performances Dates: Oct. 3, 4 and 5, 2019

Entry Categories

  1. High school students in Illinois
  2. Current college students in Illinois ages 17-28 (full- or part-time)
  3. NEIU and greater community (non-students or students ages 29 and older)

A $15 registration fee will be applied unless you are enrolled in Jim Blair's non-credit Playwriting Workshop or NEIU's credit Playwriting course.

Submission Information

First, register online!

Email Submissions:
Then, email your submission in word or PDF format to Christie Miller at Please submit a separate cover page with your name, phone number and email. We will remove the cover and assign each play a number. Please do not include your name anywhere else but on your cover page. Please use 12 point font and double space between speakers. The cast may not exceed five actors. Make sure you time your play so that it is 10 minutes or less. Longer plays cannot be considered for performance. Please submit translations if any of your dialogue is in a language other than English. One submission per playwright.

  • The author’s name must NOT appear on any of the pages except for the cover sheet
  • Pages should be numbered

The Nuevas Voces at NEIU 10-Minute Playwriting Contest and Festival will will consider only original work. Plays submitted which are based on any other published work, including but not limited to novels, short stories, films, teleplays, other theatrical scripts, etc., unless also written by the submitting author(s), are ineligible. Judges will make final production decisions based on the quality of the work and practicality of production, and such decisions shall be final.