Original Works Publishing Launches Monologue Contest

by Naomi Crews

#OWPthrowdownOriginal Works Publishing has launched Monologue Throwdown, an online contest for that asks actors to record and upload a monologue from an Original Works title for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD. 

The Original Works Monologue Throwdown, or #OWPthrowdown, is an online contest where theatre fans and practitioners at all levels can participate by recording a video of themselves performing a monologue from an Original Works Publishing title.

Performers may submit a video to OWP via YouTube or Vimeo from January 15 - June 1, 2015. One performer will win a brand new Kindle Fire HD and a $50 Kindle gift card. The playwright of the winning monologue wins a year of free membership in the Dramatists Guild.

"A great audition monologue is something every actor and actress needs. You always want that killer speech in your back pocket." said OWP president Jason Aaron Goldberg. "Our goal with the throwdown was to give performers an incentive to find and prepare a strong audition piece in the new year, along with the added benefit of possibly winning a really cool toy. We hope it will become an annual event."

Original Works was the first play publishing and licensing company to make their titles available as eBooks via Kindle and therefore making a new Kindle the prize was an obvious choice. Adding a year free Dramatists Guild membership was important to Goldberg because the guild is an incredibly valuable resource and aid for playwrights nationwide. "Playwrights are a kind of fraternity, we're all connected by the storm of writing and trying to get produced, the Guild is our umbrella."

Specific details on #OWPthrowdown are below.

Entries Accepted 1/15/15 - 6/1/15


1. Make a video where you perform a monologue (under 2 minutes) from any play in the OWP catalog. (Any play means any play from any category. Do not limit yourself by only looking in the Monologues section.)
2. Upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo.
3. Send an official entry email to - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, play title, character name and a link to your video. (Do not email video files.)
4. Share your video on social media with the hashtag #OWPthrowdown.
5. There is no fee to enter.
6. You do not need to share the video to be eligible to win. You may set your video to "unlisted" or "private" when you upload. Just be sure OWP has the correct link to view your entry.



1. Performer of the winning monologue receives a new Kindle Fire (HD series) and a $50 Kindle gift card.
2. Playwright of the monologue used in winning video receives 1 year free membership to the Dramatists Guild of America. (If playwright is already a member their next year of dues will be free.)



1. Must be 18 years old or older to enter.

1A. Minors are eligible to enter with parent or guardian's written permission. Permission must be sent in email form along with official entry email as well as a phone number for verbal verification.
2. OWP is not responsible for videos or comments they may receive online. 
3. Early or late entries will not be evaluated. 
4. Contest is only open to residents of the United States. 
5. #OWPthrowdown must receive a minimum of fifty (50) entries in order for prizes to be awarded.