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Rules and Roles

Conditions of Entry

  • The ‘Stories on Stage’ entry form must be submitted on or before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 30 November 2018.
  • Schools may enter up to two teams. Each team must have at least two and no more than eight students (i.e. 2–8 students) and must submit a separate entry form. Each team will consist of 2-4 student writers and 2-8 student actors, who may or may not be the same students. Students in the team may come from the same year level or different year levels.
  • As the NET Section competitions adopt a ‘train the trainer’ model, schools that are new to the competition must send at least one teacher to the Adapting Short Stories for the Stage Professional Development Workshop on Thursday, 10 Jan 2019.


  • Drama scripts should be typed with a standard 12pt font, 1.0 line spacing and normal margins (top/bottom: 2.54 cm; left/right: 3.18cm). The name of the school should appear in the header and all pages should be numbered.
  • The drama performances must be completed within 5–8 minutes. A warning bell will be rung at 7 minutes and a final bell at 8 minutes. When the final bell is rung, the student speaking must finish their sentence and the team will then immediately leave the stage. Performances that are less than 5 minutes or more than 8 minutes (by more than one sentence) will lose marks and not be eligible for the first prize.
  • Simple costumes and props are permitted, but no stage sets or large props are allowed. Four chairs and one small table will be made available at the venue. There are no special prizes for costumes and props. The judges will focus primarily on use of language, use of dramatic technique and interpretation of the story.
  • Sound effects are permitted. Sound files must be sent to the NET Section via email or Edmodo at least one day before the event.  
  • There will be no special lighting effects at the venue. Student writers are encouraged to describe the stage lighting and other special effects in the stage directions of the drama script. Judges will read the drama scripts and will take note of the stage directions.
  • Teams must arrive at least 10 minutes before the competition begins.  Start and end times will be confirmed later.
  • The audience (teachers and students) will remain silent during the performances. Mobile phones must be switched off or set to silent mode. Marks will be deducted after one warning if teams in the audience cause a disturbance.
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