2018 Application Information

Thank you for your interest in applying for SHOWSEARCH 2018. Please find information about the competition and instructions for submitting your application below. Note that all applications must be received by Friday, April 27, 2018.


Writers residing in Southern California between the ages of 13 and 25 are eligible to apply for SHOWSEARCH. Writers may apply as individuals or as teams (note that cash awards are split between team members) in the appropriate age category. Applicants under the age of 18 must receive permission from a parent or legal guardian to participate in SHOWSEARCH.

Application Process

To apply for SHOWSEARCH, please follow the following steps:

1.) CREATE: Create a 10-minute narrative musical. Subject, style and genre are completely up to you, but all work must be original of you must legally control the underlying rights to the source material on which your piece is based.

2.) RECORD: Record a reading of your musical. Recordings should be locked-off, un-edited, recordings that display the entire piece in one take. An example can be found here.

3.) UPLOAD: Upload your video recording to YouTube. You may keep the link unlisted, but please do not password protect the video.

4.) APPLY: Complete a SINGLE application for your project by using this link. Projects with multiple team members will list each member on one application.

5.) INCLUDE: Include the YouTube URL of your video recording and a PDF of your 10-minute musical script in the application.

6.) SUBMIT: Submit the application and celebrate your accomplishment!

Key dates

Activity Date(s)
Applications open January 2, 2018
Application deadline April 27, 2018
Finalists announcements May 4, 2018
Mentorship May 7 to June 1, 2018
Finalist competition June 6 to June 10, 2018
Finalist presentations June 10, 2018


If you have any questions, please contact us.