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Monday, December 5, 2022

Ludington Area Council for the Arts call for 10-minute plays - Michigan residents only


Deadline: February 18, 2023


Ludington Area Council for the Arts is accepting 10-minute plays from Michigan residents for its first annual short play festival.

--Deadline: February 18, 2023.
--Michigan residents only
--Plays should be in standard playwriting format, 12-point font and close to ten minutes in length.
--Plays must be unpublished but may have been previously produced.
--No musicals. All other genres are welcome.
--Plays will be fully produced May 18--21 2023.
--Easily staged, small-cast plays preferred.
--Limit two plays per playwright.
--Send plays as a pdf attachment to theater@ludingtonartscouncil.org. with the title of the play in the subject line. 

Plays should be free of any contact information and should include name, address, email address, and phone number in the body of the email.

National Alliance for Musical Theater 2023 34th Annual Festival


Deadline: December 20, 2022


All writers are eligible to submit an application free of charge, and we no longer require an endorsement by an industry professional to submit. Please review below for full details on the application process.

Please note: NAMT does not accept submissions outside of this process. Please follow the instructions below to submit a musical for the Festival. Materials received outside of the Festival submission process will not be reviewed.

STEP 1: Is Your Show Eligible?
STEP 6: If You're Selected

Now in its 35th year, NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals is the cornerstone of NAMT’s mission to be a catalyst for nurturing musical theatre development and production. Every year, we feature eight musicals in short presentations for an audience of over 700 industry professionals. We look for new musicals at all stages of development from the broadest possible range of voices.

In the short run, the Festival’s goal is to connect producers with writers, so that our shows can extend their development trajectory. The long-term goal is to expand the musical theatre repertoire and advance the musical theatre art form.

Our 35th Annual Festival of New Musicals will take place on October 26 and 27, 2023.

The objectives of the Festival are to:
Showcase quality new musicals with a wide range of subject matter, style and concept
Nurture composers, lyricists and book writers of all identities and backgrounds
Stimulate networking opportunities for NAMT Members and theatre professionals
Provide a forum to spark new collaborations and ventures
Encourage future productions of new musicals

We never take any royalties from our writers or ask them to pay for their participation in the Festival. The Festival is funded solely through sponsorships, grants and donations contributed by government agencies, foundations, organizations and individuals.
Step 1: Is Your Show Eligible?

Any new musical can be submitted for consideration as long as it meets the criteria below.

The musical must…
  • Be complete and ready for readings, workshops and/or productions.
  • Have a demo that is an accurate representation of the music and style of the show.
  • Have full underlying rights clearances for any pre-existing material used (music, source material, etc.) in the script.
  • Be ready for readings, workshops and/or productions at the time of submission and available for performance in October 2022 at the Festival.
  • The musical cannot…Already be licensed through a professional licensing house.
  • Have been produced on Broadway. [Shows that have had readings, workshops and/or productions (including regional or Off-Broadway) are still eligible.]
  • Have already been submitted to the Festival three times. Each show can only be submitted three times for review by the committee.
  • Have been presented as one of our main presentations at a Festival (excludes shows presented as part of our complementary programming including concerts and showcases).
In addition, the writers must be available for the Festival and all rehearsals.

Still have questions? Check out the Eligibility FAQ.
Step 2: Compile Your Information

Please note the following deadlines for the 34th Annual Festival of New Musicals:December 20, 2022.

June Bingham New Playwright Commission


Deadline: January 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST

This commission opportunity provides resources and support toward the creation and development of a new play by early-career women/femme and/or non-binary storytellers

The opportunity will culminate in a 60-minute 2-person play that will be workshopped and presented as a reading for an audience at L&IC’s Fall Retreat in September of 2023. 

Applications are now open and will close at 11:59 pm EST on 1/31/2023. Due to the volume of submissions, no deadline extensions or late applications will be accepted. You will be notified by 2/20/2023 if you are selected as a Semi-Finalist.

The total remuneration for this Commission will be $3,000; housing, meals, and travel for the retreat are also provided. Schedule and deadlines will be at the discretion of the commission recipient and the program director.

We define “early-career” as artists who have written pieces previously, or have engaged in writing via books, film, TV, etc. but have not had theatrical work that has been extensively professionally produced by commercial or non-profit organizations and have less than two full-length pieces that have been published in print. If you have questions about your eligibility or any portion of the application, please email Junebinghamcommission@liveandincolor.org.

The full application is available at liveandincolor.org or HERE

The play must be able to be performed with 2 actors. All submissions should include: a short (5-page max) writing sample/excerpt in PDF format. No submission fee/participation fee/self-producing. 

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Chaotic Merge accepts short plays


Deadline: January 6, 2023


*Note: We don’t have themes for Issues. We believe all art forms and genres can beautifully collide into a Chaotic Merge.

Chaotic Merge is looking for submissions from all different forms of artists. We seek work that is adventurous and test the border of art and structure. Don’t be afraid to mess with everything you have ever learned. We encourage the voices of people of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to submit their work.

General Submission Guidelines

All work(s) should be submitted through Submittable with either Garamond or Times New Roman 12pt. Font. Please look below to see if the section(s) you are submitting to have specific guidelines. We have the right to refuse the right to read your work if submitted otherwise.


As a Magazine, we do not tolerate and reserve the right to reject or not to respond to work that contains racism, homophobia, violent themes, etc. content.

Content Warnings:

Please include content warnings for any sensitive material after the title of your piece or by messaging us directly. If you do not know if it should have a trigger warning or not, put it in there anyway. It can only help.


All our zine are all online only. Our regular Winter and Summer issues are print & online.



We accept up to 2 unpublished Screenplay or Play (up to 10 pages)


We accept up to 3 unpublished poems ( a non-English work & its English translation count as one poem submission)


We accept up to 2 unpublished short fiction piece (up to 5,000 words or 10-15 pgs)

Note: Fiction pieces longer than 15 pages or 3,750 words will only be reviewed until December 11th.

All submissions must be double spaced, 12pt Times New Roman or Garamond, and must not exceed 5,000 words.


We accept up to 2 unpublished short Nonfiction pieces (up to 5,000 words or 10-15 pgs)

All submissions must be double spaced, 12pt Times New Roman or Garamond, and must not exceed 15 pages.


We accept up to 3 unpublished flash fiction.

All submissions must be double spaced with 12pt Times New Roman or Garamond font.


We accept up to 5 unpublished art/photographs/ illustrations.

Please submit all work in 300 dpi and in pdf, png, and jpeg files. All submissions will be considered for cover art and issue.


We accept up to 2 short films (no more than 20 min in length)


Our response time is from 2 weeks to 1 months for zines and 1 month – 3 months for Print Issues. If you haven’t received word back from us by then, you may send us a query to our email chaoticmergemagazine@gmail.com or through submittable. Please remember we are doing the best we can to get back to you as quickly as possible.


Chaotic Merge Magazine publishes only unpublished work, unless we ourselves request for them. By submitting your work, you affirm that you are the sole author and maintain all rights for your work. By submitting your work, you authorize Chaotic Merge Magazine to publish your work in both its e-journal, online platforms, and print.


While we accept simultaneous submissions, please notify us on our email (chaoticmergemagazine@gmail.com) or through submittable immediately to withdraw your work once it has been accepted elsewhere.


We will now be offering a small $3-$5 payment for each work(s) accepted. Currently, that is the best we can do for our writers, and we are working on improving this amount in the future. Also, all works will be considered and nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

The Old Lady Project: Call for scripts


Deadline: January 23, 2022


The Old Lady Project is an initiative to encourage the development of plays and musicals that feature significant roles for women over 50. Plays will be submitted to a national panel of directors and producers and two staged readings will occur in Evanston per year. A directory of works will be featured on the Old Lady Project webpage to facilitate connections between theatre companies, directors and producers.

Scripts of any length accepted. Scripts selected will be given a staged reading at our expense, author will waive rights fee for initial staging. Author retains all rights.   

Organization name: The City of Evanston Community Arts Program

Type of opportunity: Full production

Eligibility: Anyone!

For more information, call 847-448-8263 or email aallyn@cityofevanston.org

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Jersey City Theater Center seeks plays on the theme of resilience


Deadline: December 10, 2022

Interested playwrights should submit their play to Dr. Catalina Florina Florescu, curator of the festival (fflorescu@pace.edu) no later than December 10th. 

Jersey City Theater Center is thrilled to invite local and international playwrights to think about writing a new short (one act) or long (full length) play on the theme of resilience. 

Along with your play, your submission must include: 

1.) your name, place of residence, e-mail info; 

2.) a brief synopsis of the play; 

3.) a declaration that the play has never been read/produced before; 

4.) a short statement about how the play fits the theme of resilience and how its values match ours 

(Before you submit, please inform yourselves about JCTC, its mission, and past and current events: https://jctcenter.org/)
  • The piece has to be new. 
  • It has to speak beyond any borders, whether they are real or imaginary or (self-)imposed. 
  • It has to have the audience in mind and connect with people’s needs first and foremost. 
  • It has to be witty and make us laugh and cry and be together – all at the same time. 
  • We are not looking for a play that is perfect, that has had substantial revisions, that had staged readings, but an honest, heartfelt play on the theme of resilience. 
  • We are also not interested in plays with a big cast (no more than 6-7 characters, please). 
Plays that do not adhere to the above guidelines will not be considered. 

Also, as a firm reminder, please keep in mind that we can only accept one play per playwright. Submit the play that truly speaks on the theme of resilience. 

All submissions will be read carefully, and the best 3-4 will be staged read next spring. 

More, JCTC will request that all selected playwrights make the commitment to attend the festival during its entire duration (over a weekend in May, date TBD). In return, JCTC will host the staged readings in a professional setting, provide a small stipend to playwrights, and open their new play not only to the public but also to industry people (Broadway producers and directors, and possibly a guest speaker). 

Selected playwrights will be notified by February 10th. For additional questions, please contact the curator of the festival and Olga Levina, the co-founder of JCTC (olga@jctcenter.org). 

The world at the end of 2022 is still not fully recovered from the pandemic and its long-term consequences, from millions of families being displaced because of war and violence, or naturally caused disasters, and the examples could continue. 

At JCTC, we believe in strengthening our communities and we do that through the help of the arts. We have proved on more than one occasion that we are here to listen to your stories, experiences, hopes and aspirations – and we are here to offer you our stage to make these narratives visible to others. Each year, the festival, like our theater, grows stronger and stronger, and we thank past, present, and future collaborators for doing that. All stories matter and we are particularly interested in those underrepresented voices.

Before you submit, please familiarize yourselves with our guidelines. Whether you decide to submit a short or a long play, that is up to you. Think about your best work on the theme of resilience and submit that. We know you are very gifted, but please submit only one play. More, the piece has to be new. It has to speak beyond any borders, whether they are real or imaginary or (self-)imposed. It has to have the audience in mind and connect with people’s needs first and foremost. It has to be witty and make us laugh and cry and be together – all at the same time. We are not looking for a play that is perfect, that has had substantial revisions, that had staged readings, but an honest, heartfelt play on the theme of resilience. We are also not interested in plays with a big cast (no more than 6-7 characters, please).


  NYTheater Festival Spring/Summerfest 2023 - Theater/Festival/Competition - Plays/Musicals - Total Prizes $7,500 - First Prize $3,500 - Full Lengths - One Acts - Shorts – Solos

NYTheater Festival Spring/Summerfest 2023 - Theater/Festival/Competition




Submit now so your production can come to life in the heart of New York - our plays and musicals have been WOWING New Yorkers for over a decade!  

to submit, go to:



Introducing NYC’s fastest growing competition - Now accepting submissions only from writers and producers  who live within a 30 mile radius from Manhattan.



We offer up to $7,500 in Prizes. $3,500 alone goes to the season’s best production (either a play or a musical) 

There is no other festival that gives away this much money in prizes. Our winners are selected by the festival’s team of judges, unlike many festivals that are nothing but popularity contests where winners are determined by who brings in the largest audience. We believe that sometimes the simple productions with smaller budgets and smaller audiences turn out to be the best shows, and therefore go on to win 1st Place Prize.  At this festival, we love honest writing and sincere, heart-felt performances.

Prize categories include: 





2 BEST ACTORS: $500 each 

2 BEST ACTRESSES: $500 each 






Here’s a chance to have your Play or Musical performed live on a stage in Manhattan, New York City!  

Accepting plays and musicals of all genres and all lengths (between 5-90 minutes long). The New York Theater Festival has been a haven for playwrights for 11 consecutive years of theater. Read below to find out why!


Why is the New York Theater Festival a mecca for new and

 original plays?  


We offer:

§  A quality venue.

75  seats . A stage with plenty of room for large scenes with many actors (30’x22’). Plenty of space backstage, lots of room in the wings, a huge dressing room complete with mirrors and lights, and plenty of storage space for your props/costumes.


§  Need furniture/set pieces? No problem.

There is no other festival that offers you 85 set pieces/furniture for free! Our set pieces are stored backstage for easy accessibility for any performance. Not only do we invite you to use our set pieces, we also offer free storage for all of your hand props and/or costume pieces for the duration of your run.  Transporting set pieces in Manhattan is a nightmare - you’d have to double park your truck outside of the theater for every performance, only to return to find your windshield sporting a new parking ticket. It’s equally a hassle to lug all of your props, set items, and costumes back and forth on the subway during your run.  Don’t sweat it.  We have space - and that’s not easy to come by in NYC! Check out our props:


§  Easy to use technology.

Where else will you get a lighting plot of 65 lights, complete with LED lights? Our lights can create a flush in a full range of deep colors, allowing you many different creative options to light your show.  You are also free to use our projector that projects 21×12′ on our backdrop.  Our lighting and sound boards are extremely easy to use, even for those with little to no previous experience. You do not need to have training in tech to use them.


§  If MUSIC is the food of love, play on!

Need music?  We have a solid upright piano you can use


§   We offer long techs.

We all know it’s very important to have ample rehearsal time for your tech.

For a Full-Length (60-90 minutes) we provide 4 hours for your tech. 

For a One-Act (30-45 minutes) we provide 2 hours, and for a Short (5-20 minutes) we provide you 1 hour.

Other places might offer little to no time for tech rehearsals, but we understand that you can’t get anything done in that time. We don’t want to risk your show looking worse than it could be just because you never got to run the show with lights. Our goal is to make sure you feel confident with your show before you open. That’s why we offer a generous amount of tech time (After all, time is money!)

§  What’s more important than advertising your show?

Many theater festival’s websites do not advertise your show. Those that do only do so with vague descriptions and a thumbnail of a poster. Check out our web pages where we list previous productions and you will immediately see the difference - Large posters and detailed information!

We create a page for your show, with a link that you can share with confidence to family, friends, colleagues, and community. 

Furthermore, cast and crew from all other productions in a season are granted free tickets to see all of the other shows in the festival!

Check out our posts: 


§  Prime performance hours

We give you ideal prime time slots with a variety of times, allowing all audience members to find a performance they can attend; we also include 30 minutes of time to set up before each show.

§  No seasonal volunteers

One of our principle team members is always at the theater to support you during your tech, box office times, and performances.  You will always see a familiar face!  Feel free to ask for help or special guidance to make your performance a success.  Your questions will be answered in a matter of hours from the festival’s team.  You will never have to wait days for a response.  Our staff is knowledgeable and experienced, providing you with real answers and a personal touch.

§  Award ceremony

At the end of the festival, we host an unforgettable awards ceremony to honor your talent in front of your artistic colleagues - similar to the Oscars!

Waterworks Festival 2023


Deadline: January 2, 2023 at 11:59 PM

Live Arts is now accepting submissions for WATERWORKS, a festival to be held May 12

through June 3, 2023, in Charlottesville, Virginia. WATERWORKS is a month-long

celebration of new theatrical works and voices at Live Arts and beyond! This new works festival continues Live Arts' long history of showcasing local and emerging playwrights.

Live Arts is a volunteer-powered organization. Selected works will be staffed and staged by non-union volunteers engaged by Live Arts staff.

Get involved! Contact waterworks@livearts.org.

Questions? Contact submissions@livearts.org.


Works submitted in this category must be original and cannot have been published. Works may be any length, including full-length. The deadline to submit is midnight, January 2, 2023.

Emerging Artists: For writers and writing teams between 16 to 25 years old.

Artists in this category may be students, but do not have to be for consideration. Works submitted in this category may have been produced at a school-based presentation, at a concert reading, or in a workshop.


Please complete this form by 11:59 PM on Monday, January 2, 2023. Selected Emerging Artists works will receive notification of status by February 1, 2023.

Debut Works: For writers and writing teams over 50 years old.

Works submitted in this category may have been produced at a school-based presentation, at a concert reading, or in a workshop.


Please complete this form by 11:59 PM on Monday, January 2, 2023. Selected Debut
Works will receive notification of status by February 1, 2023.

Unstaged Works: No age restrictions for writers or writing teams. Works submitted in this category may not have been produced in any format, including concert readings or school-based presentations.


Please complete this form by 11:59 PM on Monday, January 2, 2023. Selected Unstaged

Works will receive notification of status by February 1, 2023.

We are committed to cultivating new theater pieces, supporting playwrights in the development of their work, and diversifying the stories told on our stages. As a new endeavor within a predominantly white theater, we seek to construct diverse teams and programming representative of the abundant talent and craftsmanship across our dynamic community.

● Submissions are free.

● Maximum submission limit of three (3) works per writer, or writing team, in total.

● “Full-length works” means all works with a foreseeable runtime of 60-120 minutes, including stage business. “Micro-plays” means works 10 minutes or less.

● Wherever noted, “key artistic roles” means applicants have secured the  actors/performers, director/producer, and stage manager, as applicable, prior to submission.

● By submitting work to a specific call, applicants affirm they are the sole or  co-creator and meet the particular criteria. Please review all calls to determine the best place for your work.

We will employ an anonymous submission process to eliminate unintentional bias on the part of our team of qualified readers. All scripts will be considered by multiple readers prioritizing artistic distinction to determine finalists. We will honor the aesthetic and cultural importance of BIPOC artists. We will prioritize artistic distinction in our selection processes.

Interested in reading? Contact waterworks@livearts.org.

Final programming will be selected and curated by the New Works Director Adrienne Oliver, together with a core artistic team at Live Arts, co-producer organization staff, and other local artists representing the cultural wealth and expertise of the community.

Artistic Distinction

● Works that explore culture, humanity, and justice-minded themes.

● Works that celebrate theatricality, expression, and connectivity.

● Works prominently centering womxn and other marginalized voices.

● Age-embracing works, with opportunities for senior and/or junior artists.

● Innovative and thought-provoking material.

● Works exploring language, dialogue, communication, ideas, and energy.

● Works by historically erased artists and writers.

Free Play Society New Plays in TYA


Deadline: December 16, 2022, 5PM PST

Application form

ReImagine will work in a two-phase application process. You do NOT need to have a script ready to submit in order to apply. However, scripts/drafts/treatments will be requested in Phase Two.

Phase One - Deadline 5pm PST December 16, 2022

Playwrights will be asked to submit a short application that includes the following narrative questions:

Tell us about yourself -- this could be a statement, a poem, a monologue, the lyrics for a song...any text-based way you’d like to tell us about who you are and why you write. (Max: 1 page)

Why do you want to write for young people? (Max: 1 page)

Describe your project -- what is the story? Why do you feel compelled to tell this story at this moment? (Max: 2 pages)

What are you looking to achieve in a development process? What resources will you need? (Please be transparent about your needs - we would rather know now and your answer will not determine whether you are selected!) (Max: 1 page)

Each question and answer should be saved as a unique document for upload -- Word and PDF formats accepted. Please label each document with your last name and the question number (E.G. JonesQuestion1.pdf)

Questions? Contact us at reimaginetya@gmail.com

We will do our best to respond quickly, however allow up to 48 hours for a response - thank you!

Phase Two -- Deadline February, 2023

At this time, playwrights who move to the second phase will be asked to submit a sample of the proposed work. This could be a full draft, a partial draft, a treatment, an outline, or any text-based representation of the work. Playwrights might be asked to answer additional questions and/or participate in an interview.

Final selections will be made by the Advisory Council and announced in May, 2023.

ReImagine is open to ANY playwright of color who is specifically writing for young audiences. We encourage projects from early career playwrights as well as experienced playwrights. Playwrights need to be currently residing in the United States.

Definition: Playwright — the generative artist(s) who create the script/story. We are open to teams of playwrights/generative artists, including but not limited to devising teams and playwright/composer teams.

Definition: Playwright of Color — any playwright who self-identifies as Black/African American, Indigenous, Native American, Latinx, Asian-American, Pacific-Islander, Pilipino, and/or multi/mixed race.

Definition: Young Audiences — children aged 2-18. We are seeking stories that are specifically created for this audience — if you have a play that was written for adults/young adults that “could be okay for teens, too,” we applaud your work but this application isn’t a good match.

Friday, December 2, 2022

The 48th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival


Deadline: December 15, 2022 at 11:59 EST
Or when 850 submissions are received.


The 2023 OOB Festival will be accepting submissions starting on December 1. This year, we will be capping submissions at 850, as we are committed to providing thorough and thoughtful consideration to each script in a timely manner. 

Submissions will close when we either reach our limit of 850 submissions or our deadline of December 15, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.

We are still very much taking COVID-19 into consideration. Should your play be selected, all playwrights, producers, casts, or anyone affiliated attending in person will be required to be fully vaccinated in accordance with New York City and our performing venue guidelines. As it was successful last year both in presenting the plays and providing a safer environment for production, the 2023 OOB Festival will present the Top 30 plays as staged readings.

We’ve made a few changes to our submission guidelines. Check them out below.


Short plays and musicals can be no longer than 15 pages and have a max run time of 15 minutes (ideal run times are between 8-13 minutes). If submitting a musical the page limit should reflect the libretto.

Writers may submit only 1 play, including plays they have co-authored. Producers (writer’s groups, theatre companies, universities, etc.) may submit up to 15 plays accredited to their organization, but can only submit one play by an individual playwright.

Script submissions will be accepted in digital format only, via Submittable.

Each nomination must submit a separate application form. Conglomerate entries on one application are not acceptable.

Plays must be written in English (non-English words or phrases within the context of the play are allowed).

Plays must be typed, and in no less that 10-point type, in conjunction with formatting suggestions listed in the Dramatist Guild’s Formatting Guidelines. Note that cover pages or additional cast size pages are not required and will not be counted against the 15 page limit.

Playwrights previously published by any Concord Theatricals company, including Concord Theatricals, Samuel French, Inc., Tams-Witmark, Rodgers & Hammerstein, or The Musical Company, are not eligible for submission into the Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. This includes winners of previous Samuel French Festivals.

If a play was submitted to the Festival in a previous year but was not chosen for production, it may be resubmitted for the 2023 Festival.

Poetry and short story readings will not be accepted.

Concord Theatricals in its sole and absolute discretion, shall select plays for participation in the 2023 OOB Festival from among all entries, and its decisions are final. Concord Theatricals reserves the right to remove any selected play from participation if the play, its producers, and/or its authors are not in compliance with the Application and/or the Competition Guidelines, and/or if the additional documents are not timely signed and returned. Production of selected plays shall be at the sole cost and expense of the Producer, and no royalties or other payments are or will be owed by Concord Theatricals.

Literature Today seeks one minute plays


Deadline: December 20, 2022

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Literature Today- January 2023 Issue

We are inviting submissions for January 2023 issue of 'Literature Today-An International Literary Journal'. The theme of our January 2023 issue is 'Love'. You can send us poems, short stories, memoirs and one minute plays on:

1. love at first sight
2. poem/story/one minute play in memory of a loved one
3. love as an aesthetic experience
4. love and teenagers
5. love and romance as predestined event
6. love relationships and role of gods
7. love and marriage
8. love as illusion
9. love in the age of internet
10. lovers as rebels
11. platonic love
12. love and immortality
13. disappointment/deceit in love
14. lovers as saints
15 any other theme related to love

Submission Guidelines:

1. Send not more than 4 poems (preferably short poems upto 1 page for each poem).
2. Send not more than 2 short stories (word limit of 500 words for each story)/2 one minute plays (2 pages for each play)/ 2 memoirs (1000 words for each memoire).
3. Work submitted for publication must be original.
4. Simultaneous submissions are also welcome.
5.Send all submissions to editorliteraturetoday@gmail.com
6. Please send a cover letter and short Bio-data, (Maximum 100 words) in third person narrative, with your submission. Please attach a high resolution photo of yours too.

To check the free E-book of June 2022 issue please visit: https://literaturetodayjournal.blogspot.com/

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

11th Annual Columbus Black Theater Festival 2023


Deadline: February 28, 2023

It's time to start thinking about what play you are going to submit to the 11th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival held every July in Ohio! With so many pressing issues that are hindering the ability for some people to make decisions that best fit their life, our Founder/Artistic Director, Julie Whitney Scott once again asked, in prayer for the theme for 2023.

In 2021 the theme was "Say Something, It Might Change Something." In 2022 the theme was "Speaking Truth that Heals" so it is fitting that we follow up with the theme for 2023 to be

"The Right to Choose."

We will be looking for short one act plays that address the rights of people to choose: Who they love. Where they live. What they do with their bodies. To live or die with dignity. To be single or married. To be male or female or both. And any other "right" that you as the playwright feels fits our theme and is questioned by others who feel they have the "right" to judge you.

BUT remember. It must be a story that is a story and not a lecture to push your views on others. It must be about everyday people and their everyday lives and how they choose to live it.

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Queens Short Play Festival 2023

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Deadline: January 16, 2023


The Queens Short Play Festival is now accepting plays for its 2023 festival. The Secret Theatre seeks to promote new work and emerging playwrights through our annual One Act Festivals.

[This festival was previously known as the LIC One Act Festival but our location changed]

Our One Act: Act One festival earlier in the year was very successful with 56 plays divided into 8 groups, which then went to semis and the Final where the Judges included Jeremy Kareken [Lifespan of a Fact] and Mark Eugene-Garcia [Eight Tales of Pedro].

No fee to submit or produce.

• $250 Cash Prize for Best Play
• $100 Cash Prize for Best Director
• $75 Cash Prize for Best Actor
• $75 Cash Prize for Best Actress

• Each Play is guaranteed multiple performances [the exact number is decided once our final selection is made. Factors include the length of plays but is not usually less than 4 performance.


• Plays must be between 10 – 20 minutes in length. Preference given to plays that have not been produced before. Timings must be accurate please overestimate if not sure. We will reject any play longer than 20 mins. If your play is over 24 pages long and you have used typical fonts and sizes ie 12 pt courier or times then it may be too long.
• Playwrights are responsible for selecting the director and cast.

(We may be able to help you if you do not have a director but preference will be given to playwrights who can provide their own directors and actors.)
• Easy to produce. (If you have a play which for instance includes a swimming pool, a large amount of sets and props, or anything else too elaborate or is impossible to cast we may reject it.)
• Please submit plays in PDF or Word format only.
• We will divide selected plays into more programs, and selected Playwrights will be informed on a rolling basis.

· We can only have a 2x 20 minute plays per program so 7, 10, 15 minute plays have a higher chance of being chosen

· You may apply as many times as you like but if we choose multiple plays then they are likely to be on different nights and we ask that each play has a unique cast [ie: if you have three plays they cannot have all the same cast members although one might be ok]

Apply HERE: https://form.jotform.com/trimistopheles/the-queens-short-play-festival-appl

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022



Deadline: December 15, 2022

Fresh Words-An International Literary Magazine is accepting submissions for Special One Act Play Anthology series 'Hello Godot! (Volume -4)'. 

Please send all submissions to dramaanthologyfreshwords@gmail.com as per the following guidelines:

1. The One Act Play must have GODOT (Reference 'Waiting for Godot') as a character OR motif OR there should be recurring reference of GODOT with theme/s of futile wait/absurdity of existence/inaction/circular plot etc.

2. We shall not accept works promoting or glorifying- violence, sexual abuse, racism , hatred or any political ideology.

3. Absurd plays will be preferred.

4. Maximum 3 submissions.

5. You can send one-act play (Maximum 15 pages for each work).

6. Also please send a summary of the work.

7. All submissions to be sent to dramaanthologyfreshwords@gmail.com

8. Submission deadline: December 15, 2022 (The selected playwrights will be informed on or before December 20th, 2022 through email).

General Guidelines:

1. All submissions must contain a cover letter and a short literary profile (Maximum 70 words) of playwright in third person narrative.

2. All submissions must be sent typed in MS Word or PDF doc as attachment with the email.

3. The author should mention:
  • Legal Name:
  • Pen name (if any):
  • Snail mail address:

4. The playwright must send a high resolution photo of self as a separate attachment with the submission.

5. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but please immediately inform us in case they are accepted elsewhere.

6. Plays already performed on stage are also welcome, in case the playwright holds the copyright and publication rights.


Live & In Color: Musical Theater


Deadline: February 15 2023 at 11:59 EST

Musical Theatre: Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color and/or other underrepresented communities interested in developing their new musical. 

The selected musical submission will have a two-week workshop in the fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a staged presentation to an invited audience.

Submissions will close at 11:59pm EST on 2/15/2023. For any questions email Dennis Corsi at dennis@liveandincolor.org.

The full application is available at liveandincolor.org or HERE

All lengths of musicals are accepted. The musical must be able to be performed with 4 actors or less. All submissions should include: Single page synopsis, Single page character breakdown, Demo of score (2-3 songs), Sample of dialogue (~10 pages), and Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)

We will start the selection process once the submission deadlines are closed. You will be notified of your status after the selection process. No submission fee/participation fee/self-producing.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Fifh Annual Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists


Deadline: December 2, 2022

The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists is a juried cash and production grant given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. It commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World), and the playwright/librettist of Class Mothers ’68, which earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination.

The winner will receive $2,000 to help with cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2023 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, culminating in an Amas Lab production with New York theatre professionals. Amas, which is administering the award, was the development home for several of Mr. Weinberger’s musicals, and which produced the World Premiere of Wanda’s World and the New York Premiere of Tea for Three.

With the many setbacks in the theatre industry over the past three years, we are grateful to be afforded this opportunity to continue making theatre and creating an impact in our community. Both our 2020 and 2021 winners, Cheeyang Ng and Eric Sorrels, and Gabe Caruso and Sangwoo Lee received development workshops of their musicals Māyā and Settle Down this year. We are excited to begin work with our 2022 winners Charlie Roman and Will Wegner on their piece Onward & Upward, and welcome a new wave of inspiring voices to our musical theatre family.
Submissions open Monday September 19, 2022 and will close on Friday, December 2, 2022. All submissions must be sent through an online application that can be found HERE.

Only one submission per playwright/librettist will be accepted. The winner of the award will be announced spring 2023.

Amas Musical Theatre will not ask for any fees for entry or for any fiduciary involvement from the playwright/librettists at any point of the process.


Submission Requirements:

The musical must:
  • Be a full-length show (at least 80 minutes)
  • Have no more than seven actors (actors may play multiple roles, if so please include a suggested breakdown of role distribution)
  • Be complete and ready for readings, workshops and/or productions
  • Have a demo that is an accurate representation of the music and style of the show (at least five songs)
  • Have full underlying rights clearance of any pre-existing material used in the script (music, source material, etc.)
  • Not have had a full production or be published in any way, even if with a different name.
What to submit
  • All documents must be submitted as PDF files and they should be named with the part of the submission it refers to and the title of the show in the format of PART_TITLE, i.e.: for Tea for Three; BIO_TEA-FOR-THREE, SYNOPSIS_TEA-FOR-THREE, etc.
  • Biography and resumes of all contractually attached people such as composer, director, producer to the project
  • History of the submission’s development, and any previous titles it has gone through (if applicable, maximum one page)
  • Brief synopsis (maximum 150 words)
  • Brief artistic statement on the piece itself, including all source material, inspiration, goal, message, etc. (maximum one page)
  • Proof of rights (if applicable)
  • Demo and track listings (Demo selections to be posted as a Dropbox or Google Drive link)
  • PDF document of the full-script and sheet music, if available (no writers named)

Guidelines for Materials

All submissions must adhere to the following or your application will be disqualified before reaching our selection committee.


If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please submit a signed letter from the authors and/or underlying rights representative stating that underlying rights have been secured.


The full script must include:

Title page (which should only have the title on it and absolutely no other information)

Character breakdown (maximum one page)
The complete script with page numbers

For the anonymity of your submission, the full script and sheet music cannot include any information on playwright/ librettist or contractually attached people, previous casts, or any agents. All submissions will go through a blind evaluation process, any personal information you provide will only be available to Amas Musical Theatre staff.

Demo Tracks

The recording should be a significant representation of the songs in the show that accurately highlights the style and character of the score and lyrics.

Demo tracks should:
  • Include at least one song from the first 25 pages
  • Have at least five recordings available – they do not need to be professional or studio quality but they must be clear enough to hear lyrics, melody, and accompaniment
  • Have singers of appropriate vocal types for their respective roles
  • Be full songs only, no medleys of spliced songs
  • For the anonymity of your submission, tracks cannot include any personal identifiers for playwright/librettist(s), the performers recorded, or contractually attached people.
The Selection Process

Scripts will be read and evaluated through a blind submission process by Amas Musical Theatre’s literary team. A group of finalist plays will be read and evaluated by a selection committee, comprised of distinguished artists and playwrights, using a blind evaluation process. Committee members will not be given any additional information beyond the title of the show, the script and the demo tracks.

Any personal information you provide in the application is seen by the Amas Musical Theatre staff only, not the selection committee. Our process is based on the quality of the work submitted.

Round 1 (September-December)

Our literary team reads the first 25 pages of the book and listens to the demo for any track related to these pages.

The team fills out evaluations for each show, which determine the submissions that continue to Round 2.

If selected as a finalist, the show’s application primary contact is notified via email.​​

Round 2 (January-March)

The selection committee reads the scripts in full and listens to all demo tracks submitted.

Committee members discuss the finalists to determine which one is best suited for the award.

The winner will be announced in the spring of 2021

The application’s primary contact is notified and a development schedule is created with the winner.

We will not be able to provide feedback regarding why a particular piece was or was not selected.

The Winner

Will receive $2,000 to help pay for cost-of-living expenses.

Will receive development assistance in the 2023 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre.

Will have the selected show rehearsed and performed by New York theatre professionals in an Amas Lab production.

Must be present in New York City for the development process.

Must give the right of first refusal for a world premiere of the selected show that will expire 90 days after

Amas Musical Theatre presents the Lab production.

The Caribbean Writer seeks work for its 2022 theme: Carrying: Reflection, Recognition and Repair


Deadline: December 31, 2022

Submit Word files at www.thecaribbeanwriter.org/online-submission/

The Caribbean Writer (TCW) has issued a call for submissions for Volume 37 under the 2022 theme: Carrying: Reflection, Recognition and Repair. Through the lens of life defining experiences we gain critical insights. We are their agents, so we dutifully, gratefully or unwillingly carry them. 

Submissions exploring this theme in its widest permutations are invited.

Contributors may submit works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays or one act plays which explore the ideas resonating within the region and its diaspora. 

The Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. 

Prospective authors should submit all creative works: drama, fiction and poetry manuscripts, through the online portal ONLY at www.thecaribbeanwriter.org/online-submission. Submit Word files only (no PDFs) . Note that TCW no longer accepts hardcopy submissions.


Individuals may submit poems (3 maximum), short stories (2 maximum) and personal essays (2 maximum) on general topics as well as on the theme. 

The maximum length (for short stories and personal essays) is 3500 words. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. The term “previously published” covers print and electronic publication —including on social media platforms, and self-published items. 

The Caribbean Writer does not accept simultaneous submissions (items being considered for publication elsewhere). The prospective author should provide contact information including mailing address, phone number, any professional affiliations, brief biographical information (no more than 100 words and such as appears under the “Contributors” section of the journal). In the event that the author’s contact information changes, all updates should be made by the author by logging into the online account.

Before submitting, submitter should carefully edit and proofread the manuscript, adhering to publication-ready details, as well as standards of proofreading such as spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting and consistent language, along with the elimination of typographical errors, and with focus on the overall quality of the work.

The Caribbean Writer is a refereed journal. There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal. All submissions undergo an initial blind review by the editor. Creative works, such as fiction, poetry and drama, after editorial review, are advanced by the editor to the double-blind peer review process. In this process, both the reviewers’ and authors’ identities are concealed from the reviewers and vice versa throughout the review process.

Artists interested in having their artwork considered for use by TCW should submit electronic files in vertical format as PNG or JPEG files with a resolution of 300 dpi or greater. The journal also accepts black and white art (line drawings, sketches, block prints, etc.). The journal does not accept graphic poetry or narratives.


Submissions are accepted from January 10 to December 31 each year and are considered for the journal that will be published the following year. (In other words, volume 37 will be published in 2023 and entries submitted between January 10 and December 31 of 2022 will be considered for volume 37. The deadline for submissions each year is December 31. 

Literary Prizes

All submissions are eligible for the following prizes:
  • The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize of $400 awarded to a writer for best short fiction. Donated by the St. Croix Avis Newspaper
  • The Daily News Prize of $500 awarded to a resident of the US Virgin Islands or the British Virgin Islands.
  • The Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize of $500 awarded to a new or emerging writer. Donated by Marvin’s widow, Dasil Williams, in honor of her late husband who served as the editor of The Caribbean Writer from 2003 – 2008.
  • The Cecile deJongh Literary Prize of $500 awarded to a Caribbean author whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean. Donated by former Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. in honor of Cecile de Jongh’s abiding commitment to literacy in the territory, especially among the young people of the Virgin Islands..
  • The Vincent Cooper Literary Prize of $300 awarded to a Caribbean author for exemplary writing in Caribbean Nation Language (Kamau Brathwaite). Donated by Professor Vincent Cooper, PhD.
For more information, contact The Caribbean Writer at thecaribbeanwriter@uvi.edu

Monday, November 28, 2022

The Hunter College MFA Playwriting Program 2023

The Hunter College MFA Playwriting Program is accepting applications through January 15th! Please visit https://www.huntertheatre.net/mfa for more information.



Deadline: January 15, 2023

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

For over 20 years, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $3,000,000 to more than 300 artists and theatres. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.


Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Regional commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, ranging from $2,000 - $5,000.


The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.



Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)

Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)

Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)


Anthropology and Archaeology


Computer Science

Software Development, Computer Development

Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)

Space Research


Science Fiction

Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease

Psychology and Human Behavior


We will be opening soon for the next round of Sloan Project applications! Sign up here to stay up to date on all of our news, programming, and opportunities.

Please contact us with any questions.

Best of luck to you,
EST/Sloan Project Staff

SOUNDBITES 2023 seeks 10-minute musicals


Deadline: January 1, 2023

Click here for submission guidelines.

Who chooses the musicals?

A group of diverse industry 12 professional adjudicators that includes producers, literary managers, directors, professional performers, and writers from previous SOUND BITES guided by our Theatre Now staff members. We guide the committee to consider artistic quality, uniqueness and diversity of the pieces so the evening represents a wide range of styles and types of musicals. BIPOC writers, LGBTQ+ writers, and writers with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Do I need to live in the NYC area to participate?

No, however if chosen, as writer, you would need someone to represent you and attend all required meetings if you do not live in the area.

How much does it cost?

As Theatre Now is an artist service organization, and as the Producer of SOUND BITES, we cover the majority of your expenses and costs. We're the only short musical theatre festival that offer artists honorariums and rehearsal reimbursements for each piece. That said, there are some out-of-pocket costs depending on your show's requirements (cast & creative team size, number of rehearsals, size of rehearsal space, etc.) and personal choice. Most of these costs relate to specific set-dressing, props and costumes for your show and additional personnel such as musicians.

Submissions require a letter of recommendation. What should that include?

Your letter should be written by a theatre professional who can talk about the piece itself or you as a theatre artist.

Theatre Now defines a 10-minute musical as any piece that can be performed in max. 10min, has a beginning, middle, end story arch, and includes music. Having produced over 70 pieces, we want musicals that are diverse, current, test the musical form and communicate a well-crafted story. We accept musicals across all styles and genres, as well as consider foreign language and/or bilingual scripts. We strongly encourage submissions from female writers, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers.​​

Please review the following criteria thoroughly before sending your submission:

Musical theatre writers can only submit up to two scripts.

The story must have a beginning, middle, and end.

We also accept submissions in foreign languages or that are bilingual. Although the application process is still in English, the work itself may be submitted and performed in any other language if selected.

Each piece must include music.
  • All submission must be submitted via this website. No physical copies.
  • Each musical must be ten minutes long maximum. Cuts will be made if accepted. 
  • Longer one-acts or full-length musicals will not be considered.
  • A musical may be a previously produced work with a production history.
  • Though we have no formal script formatting guidelines, all scripts must be easy to read.
  • The volume of submissions prevents us from providing feedback on all submissions.
  • If your piece is visual (ie. Choreography heavy), please include video footage or detailed descriptions. 
We expect to contact all writers by the end of January, 2023 on the status of their submission with one of the following emails:

An acceptance email into the festival that will include additional information to confirm their involvement.

A waitlist email. In the event an accepted musical declines their participation, a selected wait listed musical will be notified to serve as a replacement.

The remaining musicals will receive a "not selected" email and are encouraged to submit again next year.

*All criteria is subject to change and without notice.*

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