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Complications Company is seeking writers for a 24-hour playwriting contest about motherhood. Specifically, about our mothers. And your mothers. About those amazing women we can never quite capture on the stage with our own pens.

Other Mothers will be a collection of short theatrical pieces local writers create using each other’s mothers as inspiration. Each participating writer will complete a survey about their own mother prior to participating with questions like: “What does your mother hate/love about you?” “What is your mother’s political persuasion?” “What is your mother’s spirit animal?” “Favorite item of clothing?”  A fellow writer then uses this information to inspire a short original work to be written in just a day. An ensemble of 4 actors will present the new works to an audience on with owners of BurlingtonVT Mom’s Blog on-hand to judge who will be crowned, “Mother of the Year.”

Entry Fee: $10 (includes ticket to the performance)

How The Contest Works for Writer:

1. Follow this link and fill out the online application and questionnaire. You can fill in as many of the questions as you like; the goal is to give another writer a glimpse of how you see your mother - both the wonderful and the challenges.


2. Attend the Other Mothers Playwrights Kick-off at Butch + Babe's (258 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington) on FRIDAY MAY 4, at 6:00 p.m. Each writer will be assigned another writer's mother (anonymously) and receive the information from the questionnaire. Writers who are unable to attend this playwright party will receive their subject information via email.

3. Write like crazy!  The goal is to put together a short piece for up to four actors in 24 hours!  We will give you time to get home from the writer meet-up, so the clock starts at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.  We will expect your completed draft in our inbox at by 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.  

Pieces should be no longer than 10 minutes running time, shorter works are fine. Shoot for quality, not quantity!

What Happens Next?

We will work with a company of four local actors to do a quick staging of each piece.  The entire performance will be at Off Center for the Dramatic Arts at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday May 6 and is open to the public (Tickets $10). Think of this as your warm-up event for Mother's Day the following weekend!

Our media partner BurlingtonVT Moms Blog will serve as judges, and will crown one of our subjects "Mother of the Year".  

If you have any questions, drop us a line at

We can't wait to meet your mom!