The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting furthers the Company’s mission to identify, acknowledge and award excellence in short form dramatic writing. Known for developing and producing ten-minute works by established talents and promising new voices, City Theatre will select up to twenty-five plays from among its annual Contest submissions for special recognition. The National Award is valued at $2,000: the Winning Play will be produced in the annual Summer Shorts festival; the Winning Playwrightwill earn royalties, a cash prize of $1,000 and be invited to Miami for the festival. Finalists are awarded a certificate, and invited to Miami to attend the CityWrights Weekend for Playwrights (fee waived) and hear a reading of their Finalist Script (*subject to scheduling).
The Summer Shorts Festival is produced annually in Miami during the month of June. Not every play in Summer Shorts is a contest Finalist. Finalist plays are not guaranteed City Theatre productions, but receive preferred consideration in the current or future Summer Shorts festivals, and/or other City Theatre programming, including Summer Shorts, Shorts Gone Wild, Shorts 4 Kids, and its Readings Series. Winner and Finalists’ plays are also submitted to the annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival Contest.
City Theatre Play Submissions Rules and Information.
City Theatre is looking for wonderful short plays (ten minutes) for Summer Shorts and other programming. Having produced hundreds of plays, we want scripts that are lively and timely, hilarious and provocative, poignant and surprising. We look for plays that span style and genre. We will consider bilingual scripts and ten-minute musicals. We have no restriction on the age range of the characters. In other words, we are seeking compelling plays that rise above the ordinary.
Please review the criteria thoroughly before sending your submission.
Plays will be accepted yearly from August 30th – September 30th.
Scripts won’t be considered sooner or later!
Playwrights can submit only one script – send us your best!
No scripts will be returned – save postage by submitting electronically. No SASE required.
Each script must be no more than ten pages long. We start counting when the actual play begins.
Electronic submissions can be sent via www.citytheatre.com as a PDF and must include contact info, synopsis, and bio and production history. Mailed manuscripts must be typed and individually bound or stapled. Title page must include contact info, synopsis, and bio and production history.
Previously submitted plays, children’s shows, longer one-acts or full-length plays won’t be accepted or returned.
City Theatre will consider previously produced works with a production history included with submission.
The volume of scripts submitted prevents us from providing feedback or criticism.
NOTE: City Theatre will only contact playwrights with scripts the company considers for the National Award for Short Playwriting Contest, or we are interested in producing in its various programming. ONLY those playwrights will be contacted in February-March by e-mail or a phone call.
Deadline for Submission Must be Postmarked or submitted
electronically to Literary Manager by September 30th, 2015.
Submit your play electronically: to Literary Manager (when available in the future), or cut and paste the link to your browser:
http://www. (when available in the future)
*NOTE: This is a 2 step process.The 1st link will take you to a page to confirm your e-mail address (this is step one). Once you have confirm your email, Literary Manager will send you an e-mail with a submission link (which has your email address included in the link, this is step two). Use this link to submit your play.
Please submit script saved as a PDF.
For questions email email@example.com
Mail Submissions to:
Literary Director / City Theatre, 444 Brickell Ave., Suite 229, Miami, Fl 33131
or submit your play electronically through our website www.citytheatre.com and clicking on Play Submissions and using LiteraryManager. Please submit script saved as a PDF.
For questions email firstname.lastname@example.org