2021 ISN Monologue Challenge

Complete Rules

Online actor registration is now open and will remain open until all available slots are filled.

Registration fee is $10 per actor. Non-refundable.

All actors must register to secure a slot in the Selection Round. After you register you will receive an email within 48 hours to verify your monologue has been received and all information is correct.

Each category must have a minimum of 15 participants. If less than 15 participants sign up for a category those that have signed up for that category will be notified. They will have the opportunity to switch categories or be refunded their entry fee (minus payment site processing fees).

Selection Round

Selection Round begins on September 15, 2021 at 7am (EST) and will end on September 28, 2021 at 12pm (EST) midnight.


Once you have registered, you will receive a follow up email. You will be instructed to upload a professional looking headshot. Selfies will not be accepted.


Your monologue must be between 1:45 and 2 minutes.

The monologue categories include: comedic, dramatic, or classical.

Each category is listed separately. Actors may choose to be in multiple categories, however, the must register individually for each category.

There two divisions: Youth (13-17 years old), Adult (18 years and older).

For the Selection Round the actor chooses the monologue(s) they choose to do.

Self-written and non-published monologues are allowed, though not suggested.

A Classical monologue is defined by being published prior to January 1, 1900.

You must slate prior to performing your monologue(s). Make sure the recording is in Landscape NOT Portrait.


  • Your Name
  • Your Division (Youth or Adult)
  • Your Category (Comedy, Dramatic, Classical)
  • The Name of Your Monologue
  • If you did not write your monologue, you must clearly say the statement, “I do not own the rights to this monologue”.


Timing begins after you have slated.


Monologues will be scored by three film professionals that will be the judges.

Scoring is based on 10 acting criteria. Each criteria has a maximum of 10 points. Giving the opportunity for a score as high as 100.

Judging will begin September 29, 2021 at 7am (EST) and conclude on October 3, 2021 at 12pm (EST) midnight.

Battle Round

Actors who make the cut will be notified by email from Indie Spotlight Network on October 5, 2021 by 8pm (EST).

Actors must accept or decline invitation upon receipt within 24 hours.

Actors declining the invitation will allow a lower-scoring actor the opportunity to compete.

If an actor accepts the invitation, they will receive the monologue that they must perform for the ISN audience. (The monologue will be within the category that the actor originally signed up).

The actor must upload their Battle Round monologue in Landscape NOT Portrait no later than October 9, 2021 at 12pm (EST) midnight.

The Battle Round voting will begin on October 11, 2021 at 7am (EST).

The voting will be done by the ISN audience.

The audience members can vote as many times as they would like.

Voting ends on October 29, 2021 at 12pm(EST) midnight.

The Top 5 actors with the most votes will move on to the Final Round per category.

All actors in the Battle Round will be notified by email from the ISN on October 31, 2021 no later than 12pm(EST) midnight to inform them of their total vote count. Additionally, the TOP 5 from each division and category will be notified that they will be moving forward to the Final Round.

Final Round

All actors in the Final Round will choose any monologue for the final round. It must remain in the original category. If it was used in a previous round it MUST be re-recorded.

The monologue chosen can be up to 5 minutes. Be sure to upload your video in Landscape NOT Portrait.

The voting will start on November 1, 2021 at 7am(EST) and conclude on November 10, 2021 at 12pm(EST) midnight.

All voting will be performed on the indiespotlightnetwork.com

Winner and Awards

Winners will be determined by the actor with the most votes in their division and category.

(13- 17 years old) Youth Comedy- 1 actor with the most votes in that division and category.

(13- 17 years old) Youth Drama- 1 actor with the most votes in that division and category.

(13- 17 years old) Youth Classical- 1 actor with the most votes in that division and category.

(18 years old+) Adult Comedy- 1 actor with the most votes in that division and category.

(18 years old+) Adult Drama- 1 actor with the most votes in that division and category.

(18 years old+) Adult Classical- 1 actor with the most votes in that division and category.


Winners will be announced November 11, 2012 at 8pm (EST). The winning actor in each division and category will receive $50, an interview on Indie Spotlight Network, a PDF certificate and online recognition.


Choose your monologue.

Practice and perfect your monologue.

Record your monologue in landscape mode.

Upload it to YouTube or Vimeo.

Copy the embed code.

Pay your registration fee.

Fill out the form with your Name, Email, Division, Category and embed code.

Receive your confirmation email from ISN.

After you pay your registration fee you will be forwarded to a form to fill out your information and to provide your embed code from YouTube or Vimeo.