Merit Theater and Film Group, Inc.511 Avenue of the Americas – #2000New York City, NY  10011-7902917 363-2369 
Our New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is accepting scripts through July 15, 2008 for new works that:  1) Enhance self-realization
2) Support peace and social justice
3) Foster new understanding of minority issues that focus on racial, ethnic and gender discrimination both in the United States and abroad
4) Empower youth to build healthy inner foundations
5) Educate to gain further insight into healthy social/emotional living
6) Shed new light on religious, spiritual, and cultural differences and issues
7) Build respect for cultural expression and identity in a world that is experiencing rapid globalization
8) Explore the widening gap between the values this country was founded on and the values we present to the world today
For Guidelines and Application Form: call 917 363-2369 or write
As a direct result of work performed by the staff of Merit Theater and Film Group:   
2008 winning script will receive a NYC production August-September2008
2nd prize play has just been offered a NYC production4 scripts received an 8 week production in NYC2 scripts were published in Best American Short Plays by Applause Books.
1 script received a development workshop in NYC17 scripts received a reading in NYC1 playwright is a playwright-in-residence in a NYC theatre***
For detailed information, call 917 363-2369 or write
Since January 2002, Sandra Nordgren, Merit Theater and Film Group’s founder, has been responsible for the offering of over 150 readings, 36 productions, 16 development workshops, and two theater playwriting residencies, all in New York City at no cost to the playwright.             
As writers, we have been given a precious gift. Let us use that gift to create powerful, heartfelt new works that not only entertain, but also educate, enlighten and uplift humanity.

We look forward to receiving your script! Sincerely,Merit Theater and Film GroupThe Literary StaffNew Works of Merit Playwriting Contest