The third annual full-length playwright competition is now open for playwrights on the Cape and Islands. Sponsored by Eventide Arts Inc., the contest will award a $1,000 Kaplan prize to one play selected by the judges. The winning play will have a staged reading next June in West Dennis.

Plays must have 10 characters or less and be submitted in a binder in standard play format, single-sided on the page. The deadline is Oct. 30 for initial submission, but plays may be edited and resubmitted up to the final deadline of Feb. 28, 2009. For information and detailed guidelines e-mail, or call Jacqueline Loring at 508-759-7626 or 508-542-2013. The registration fee is $15.