COVID The Musical – a Competition for Australian Writers

AAR MTM Covid-The-MusicalMusic Theatre Melbourne (MTM) has announced an exciting competition for Australian writers to try and foster hope and optimism in an industry that has been devastated as a result of the Coronavirus.

MTM is calling on Australian writers to submit their work with the central theme based on the current Corona Pandemic. They will partner with the winner to develop and stage their work in 2021. Writers are invited to submit works that are edgy, daring and entertaining with all narrative options to be considered including tragic, dramatic, sociological, psychological, whimsical, satirical, farcical, surreal.

MTM wants to keep creative prescription to a minimum. Apart from the designated subject and the fact that the work must be a musical play, the judges will have a key criterion – they will be looking for original work, both performance and musical, that takes risks in the quest to make exciting musical theatre.

“We’re very proud to be in the vanguard of the (desperately few) companies that are trying to develop new Australian works,” said the Music Theatre Melbourne website. “And we look forward to bringing the winner of our COVID: The Musical competition, or ‘whatever name’ the winner titles their entry and in whatever form it takes, excitingly to its first theatrical life.”

MTM is dedicated to engaging, inspiring and entertaining audiences with an eclectic and interesting range of music theatre productions. Former productions have included Electric Dream, Paris – A Rock Odyssey and The Mapmaker’s Opera. They create opportunities for the next generation of performers to work with established professionals in productions of the highest quality.

A notice of intention is required by 31 May, with formal applications due by 30 September. The winner will be announced on 1 November 2020. For more information and entry guidelines, visit: for details.

Image: courtesy of Music Theatre Melbourne