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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Reading Series at Playhouse on Park

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Deadline: June 15, 2021

West Hartford, Connecticut

Submit plays to newworks@playhousetheatregroup.org

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2021-2022 season of the Playwrights on Park

PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK is an exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work.

Playwrights selected as part of the Playwrights on Park Reading Series will have a day of rehearsal, followed by a reading of their play and a talkback with the audience.

IMPORTANT INFO:

Playwrights MUST be able to come to West Hartford for the day of the reading and the audience discussion that follows

There will be a rehearsal the day of the reading in which attendance by the playwright is optional, but strongly encouraged. Transportation may be provided from NYC or New England locations by the Playhouse. Readings will be on select Sunday nights throughout the season at 7:00pm.

Play reading dates will be as follows:
  • Oct 3, 2021
  • Nov 12, 2021
  • Feb 6, 2022
  • June 5, 2022
  • July 17, 2022

We will choose FIVE plays for readings for the 2021/22 season. Final selections will be made by August 1, 2021 at the latest.

Submission Guidelines:

▪ BIPOC and Womxn artists are strongly encouraged to submit
▪ We are seeking FULL LENGTH plays with smaller casts (5 or less ideally)
▪ Please submit a FULL script and character breakdown (Please submit in PDF format). Plays must be submitted electronically

THE GATEKEEPERS COLLECTIVE LEARNING TO LOVE PLAYWRIGHT’S FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION

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Deadline: May 31, 2021 11:59pm EST

The Gatekeepers Collective (TGC) is collaborating with award-winning playwright Donja R. Love (Sugar in Our Wounds, Fireflies, one in two) to curate an intergenerational development process in which narrative theatrical works reflecting stories of self-acceptance as a rite of passage on the way to queer/same-gender love are created. Four young, Queer African American/Black playwrights will be provided a stipend and partnered with older same-gender loving (SGL) men in dialogue about their respective journeys from varying degrees of invisibility and self-denial to self-acceptance and love. The fellows will create One-Act plays that will be presented in staged readings and moderated discussions, performed by professional actors under the direction of TGC Director, John-Martin Green in the Fall of 2021.

Eligibility:

The TGC Playwright’s Fellowship is intended to support young, emerging same gender loving (SGL) /Queer, male-identified African Descended playwrights.

The applicant must be a NY resident in order to be eligible for the TGC Learning to Love Fellowship.

The applicant must be between the ages of 18 and 35.

The applicant must have up to 10 pages of work ready to submit.

Playwrights may submit a work that is co-authored but only the submitting artist will be eligible for the fellowship.

The work submitted should be primarily in English.

Fellows must be available to commence a month-long ethnographic research process with a SGL elder with whom they will be partnered as of 7/6, and participate in ten two-hour (4-6pm EST) bi-weekly workshops with playwright Donja R. Love on: 8/11, 16, 18, 23, and 25, and on 9/27, 29, 10/4, 6 and 11/1.

Fellows’ One-acts will be mounted as staged readings with professional actors in mid-November at a theater TBA


Guidelines:

Please submit 10 pages of material written for the stage that you think best represent your work as a playwright. TGC’s work focuses on themes of healing, self-reclamation, and self-determination. Please bear this in mind when choosing your submission materials.

Please make sure work sample is 10 pages.

Please type your entry in a reasonable font and include stage directions where necessary. Please submit a .pdf of your entry so that all formatting will remain intact and no edits can be accidentally made while your submission is being reviewed.

Submissions must be received by the deadline to be considered. The deadline is May 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

Submissions will be adjudicated by a panel of artists and peers drawn from the NYC Theatre Community, and TGC.

The four fellows will be notified by email and announced publicly.

If you are a playwright who would like to apply for The Gatekeepers Collective Learning to Love Playwrights Fellowship, please use this link: APPLICATION FORM

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company Generations 2021

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Deadline: June 14, 2021

Generations 2021: Guidelines and Submission Form

BETC’s new play development program, Generations, features the work of parent playwrights with children under 18. The name comes from BETC’s goals for the program: to welcome all generations into the theater to see new plays, and to empower playwrights to generate new work.

Each season, BETC selects one playwright through a national competition to join us in Boulder for a one-week residency. During the residency week, the playwright works with a professional director, dramaturg, and actors to develop the selected script. The week concludes with a public reading and post-reading conversation.

In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays written by a parent with at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of June 14, 2021. Guidelines and the submission form are below. Please read carefully before submitting.
Entry Guidelines:

Plays must be full-length scripts (at least 70 minutes estimated run-time).

Eligible playwrights are parents of at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of the submission deadline. Playwrights must be U.S. residents.

Each playwright is limited to submission of one script for consideration.

Plays must be in the English language.

No musicals will be accepted.

We will not reconsider scripts that have been submitted to the Generations competition in previous years.

Scripts that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or that have been published are ineligible.

Scripts may not be under option or scheduled for production or publication as of June 1, 2021.

We will consider scripts that have had a workshop, reading, or academic production.
Residency and Prize Information:

The winning playwright will receive:

a week-long workshop residency, with daily rehearsals, culminating in a staged reading of the selected script;

the chance to rewrite and revise during the week as part of the script development experience;
a stipend for travel costs;
  • $500 prize; and
  • $500 childcare stipend to defray the costs associated with childcare during the residency.
The winning play will receive full consideration for production in an upcoming season. BETC will negotiate an option on the winning play and have right of first refusal on the world premiere production.

During the residency, the selected play will be rehearsed with a cast of professional actors, director, and dramaturg. The week will culminate in a public reading. This year’s Generations residency may be held online if public health circumstances dictate but our goal is to offer an in-person residency. Specific date arrangements for the residency will be made directly with the winning playwright.
Competition Deadline:

The application deadline is June 14, 2021, or when our 200-script submission cutoff is reached. Our winning playwright will be notified by September 15, 2021.

The submission form will require you to submit a blind copy of your full script as a PDF file.Please do not include your name anywhere in the sample file. The biographical and demographic info you submit will not be referenced during the selection process.
Selection process:

In our initial reading round, we read the first 20 pages of a script. Script excerpts nominated by two readers continue to the semi-finalist round, in which two readers read the full scripts and complete thorough reader responses. Highly regarded scripts become finalists. Our full committee reads all finalist scripts, then advises our producing artistic director in selecting the winning play.
FAQ’s:

Because of the volume of submissions we receive, we do not provide feedback on submitted scripts during or after the competition. We will confirm that an initial submission has been received, and notify applicants of the competition winner.

Due to available program funding and staff capacity, we will not consider scripts from grandparents or others who are not currently custodial parents of a child 18 years of age or younger. We hope to be able to expand our program to additional generations in future years, but at this time our focus is on assisting playwrights with young families.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Green Stories Radio Play Competition

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Deadline: August 26th 2021 

Prize sponsored by the Literary Consultancy

This competition is free to enter.
Radio play/series

We are looking for a radio play or series that in some way touches upon ideas around building a sustainable society. We will consider all genres – comedy, drama, science fiction, mystery, crime etc. – but stories must engage with the idea of environmentally sustainable practices and/or sustainable societies see guidelines.

Length/format: choose one of three categories
  • 45 minute drama
  • 6 x 30 minute series: send sample/pilot episode + 3 pages outlining remaining episodes (these should be ready as we will ask for them if shortlisted).
  • 5 x 15 minute series: send the first two 15 minutes episodes and an outline of the further 3 episodes (these should be ready as we will ask for them if shortlisted).
Prize: Free script appraisal and treatment by the Literary Consultancy.

Opportunities for finalists: BBC Writers room have agreed to read the top five scripts and follow up with any writers they think have promise. In addition, Whistledown Productions produce programmes for radio and have agreed to look at the top entries.

Eligibility: Open to all, as long as it has not been published elsewhere. All submissions must be in English and conform to the green stories criteria of showing a positive vision of what a sustainable society might look like or in some way smuggling in green solutions/policies/characters in the context of an otherwise mainstream story. Entries must be submitted via the link below.

Submission details will be provided in May 2021. Your script will get a better reception if written in a standard radio format e.g. see http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/bbcradioscene.pdf

The first output from our green stories short stories competition is now available to buy ‘Resurrection Trust‘ – a collection of funny, dark, mad, bad, upbeat, downbeat and fantastical short stories about living sustainably. It has a foreword by Caroline Lucas and review by Jonathon Porritt. It’s £3.99/£7.99 available on Amazon or even better https://www.hive.co.uk/ which allows you support your local bookshop. Writers may find it a useful source of ideas.

“Take Flight” Festival

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Deadline: November 1, 2021

Full-length OR one-act plays in any genre: comedy, drama, multimedia, etc.. Musicals will not be accepted at this time.

Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and plays that have received more than two full-scale, professional productions prior to submission are not eligible.
  • Plays with casts larger than 8 people and unfinished works or drafts will not be considered at this time.
  • Plays that have had workshops, readings or non-professional productions will be accepted.
  • Electronic submissions only please.
  • Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.
  • Eligible play may be produced either virtually online or live onstage. 
  • Please include the following information in one attached PDF file, not in the body of your email. 
  • Please do not attach multiple files. 
Complete submission packages must include:

Your contact information; Your playwriting resume; Title of the play; Character breakdown and description including total number of characters; Time and place of the play; Synopsis (no longer than 1 page); a concise paragraph describing the development history of the play you are submitting (if any), and the full script.

Incomplete submission packages will not be considered.

Email your complete submission package to

DragonflyTheatreChicago@gmail.com by November 1, 2021.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

TYPE! submission guidelines

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Thank you for considering sharing your work. TYPE! is free to read so although we cannot pay for submissions or chosen work, we will work with authors to promote the piece and their other writing. We also require written confirmation that submissions are original work.

Please note – due to the high number of submissions we receive we will only respond to those we wish to publish, however we do read EVERY submission. Submission also carries no guarantee of inclusion or feedback.

#RuleOfSix - Tell us a story in six words
Fiction - 1,000 words or fewer
Flash Fiction - 400 words or fewer
Poetry - 200 words or fewer
Micro-plays - 1-2 pages long
Micro-films - 1-2 pages long

If you have work you would like to submit that is not listed here, please get in touch and we may accept it!

Please send in your writing via the submission form.

2022 Ecodrama Playwrights' Festival

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Deadline: August 31, 2021

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, EMOS has been postponed until 2022, and the deadline for submissions has been extended.
  • Submissions are online. Go to https://www.judgify.me/emosplays
  • If you are a first-time user of Judgify, create a profile by clicking the link underneath the “submit an entry” button.
  • Upload a PDF copy of your script with NO IDENTIFYING MARKS (beyond the play’s title)
  • First Place Award: Cash prize and professional production
  • Second Place Award: Cash prize and possible workshop production or concert reading
  • Honorable Mentions: Public reading

Guidelines for Playwrights

Scripts must be original works which have not been published and have not had an Equity or full professional premiere production. (Readings or informal workshop productions are okay.)

In general, we are looking for plays that do one or more of the following:
  • Engage the personal, local, regional and/or global implications of man-made climate change.
  • Put an ecological issue or environmental event/crisis at the center of the dramatic action or theme of the play.
  • Critique or satirize patterns of exploitation, consumption, or other ingrained values that are ecologically unsustainable.
  • Expose and illuminate issues of environmental justice.
  • Explore the relationship between sustainability, community, and cultural diversity.
  • Interpret community to include our ecological community; give voice or character to the land, or elements of the land; theatrically examine the reciprocal relationship between human, animal and plant communities; and/or the connection between people and place, human and non-human, culture and nature.
  • Grow out of the playwright’s personal relationship to the land and the ecology of a specific place.
  • Celebrate the joy of the ecological world in which humans participate.
  • Offer an imagined world view that illuminates our ecological condition or reflects on the ecological crisis from a unique cultural or philosophical perspective.
  • Are written specifically to be performed in an unorthodox venue such as a natural or environmental setting, and for which that setting is a not merely a backdrop, but an integral part of the intention of the play.

We are looking for full-length plays that are written primarily (though not necessarily exclusively) in English. Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above. Deadline: August 31st, 2021.

Please note: we will NOT consider:
  • ten-minute plays
  • one-act plays (unless they are longer than 30 minutes in length)
  • musicals (though we love them, we cannot financially accommodate their production for this festival!)
  • We are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF format. Please do not submit paper manuscripts, as they will not be considered.
Evaluation Process

A Reading Committee composed of theatre professionals and Emory University students will read and evaluate each script in relation to the guidelines above, as well as theatricality, and overall quality. Each play will receive evaluation from a minimum of 2 readers. Highly-scored plays from the first round will be read again by the Reading Committee until a short list of 5 finalists are determined.

Those five plays will be read in a blind process by a panel of distinguished theatre artists from the USA and Canada and the artistic director of Theatre Emory, who will choose the winning plays from five final scripts. Our 2022 judges will be announced soon.

Questions?

For inquiries about script submissions contact Chantal Bilodeau at chantal1402@me.com

For inquiries about EMOS 2022 contact Lydia Fort, EMOS 2021 Chair, at lydia.fort@emory.edu

General questions, or interested in future hosting, contact EMOS Artistic Director, Theresa May tmay33@uoregon.edu, and/or EMOS Managing Director, Brian Cook brianecook@gmail.com

A+ Playwriting Contest for Teachers

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Deadline: June 30, 2021

Fifty years as one of the leading play publishers for the educational market has taught us that some of our best-selling shows are written not by professional playwrights, but by teachers who create a play based on the specific needs of their drama program. Once published, these plays are quickly embraced by other teachers who share the same opportunities, challenges and limitations that seem universal in schools.

We want to encourage the development of quality plays written specifically by teachers and other educators. Our A+ Playwriting Contest for Teachers is open to all teachers employed at an accredited K-12 public or private school in the US or Canada

 All plays submitted through this contest must have been produced within the past two years at the school where the playwright teaches.

Submissions will be accepted on an on-going basis with a June 30 cutoff each year. All qualifying manuscripts accepted for publication will be considered contest finalists. The contest winner, selected from contest finalists and announced September 30, will receive a $500 royalty advance and a one-time $500 donation to the school theatre program where the play was first produced.

Contest Rules
  • Only entries submitted in accordance with all rules will be eligible for consideration.
  • Playwright must be a current or retired faculty member at an accredited K-12 public or private school in the US or Canada.
  • Only entries submitted with an Official Contest Entry Form will be considered.
  • Only entries that have been fully staged at the teacher’s school no more than two years prior to the submission date will be considered. We encourage you to take advantage of this production to revise your script as needed before submitting your manuscript.
  • All entries must be accompanied by proof of production in the form of a copy of the program, a newsletter or newspaper article, a review, a photo or a letter from the school principal.
  • Contest entries must meet all Pioneer Drama general guidelines and requirements for play submission, which can be found at pioneerdrama.com/playwrights/submit.asp.
  • Individuals currently published by Pioneer Drama Service are not eligible for this contest. Pioneer Drama Service employees and their families are also excluded.

All manuscripts submitted for this contest will automatically be simultaneously considered for our annual Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest, which is open to all individuals not previously published by Pioneer Drama Service. See pioneerdrama.com for more details.

Questions? Contact us by email or by calling 800-333-7262.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

REVIEW AMERICANA submission guidelines

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Our reading period for spring is January through June with the spring edition decision and publication coming in late June/early July. 

Our reading period for fall is July through December with the fall edition decision and publication coming late December/early January.

If you would like to submit to Review Americana: A Creative Writing Journal, send an
explanatory email that includes your name and contact information to editor@americanpopularculture.com

Attach your submission to that email.

We publish a spring edition in late June/early July and a fall edition in late December/early January. Your work will be considered for the next available issue.

A note on reading times: We publish twice a year. 

Please conform to the following guidelines:

1) We consider poems, short fiction, short screenplays, short plays, creative nonfiction, essays about the art of creative writing, and essays about the teaching of creative writing.
2) We prefer no simultaneous submissions. If your work is under consideration elsewhere, please let us know. If it is accepted for publication elsewhere, please let us know that as well.
3) We do not consider multiple submissions. Please wait until you have heard from us regarding your previous submission before you submit again. Poets may submit up to four poems. All other authors should submit only one work.
4 ) We only consider previously unpublished work.
5) We do not publish profanity, gratuitously violent, or erotic work.
6) All work submitted to any publication or contest at Americana is reviewed blindly. Please do not include your name on the submission. If you do, we will remove it before it is sent out for review.
7) American citizenship is not a requirement for submission; the only requirement is that the work hold some appeal for an American readership and bear some relationship with American culture.
8) We ask for First American Serial Rights for one month after publication. After that, rights revert back to the author.
9) We don't pay for publication, and we don't charge reading fees.

TNP Readers Theatre “Evening of New Plays” Contest

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Deadline: June 30, 2021

One-Act Play Competition

TNP Readers Theatre “Evening of New Plays” contest is an annual event designed to give playwrights an opportunity to have their one-act plays presented to an audience in a staged reading.

Eligibility

Entries must be one act, non-musical, and no longer than 30 minutes. We suggest that the cast not exceed seven characters.

Writers may submit only one play.

Each play must be the writer’s own original work, not an adaptation, and not commercially published or produced, though it may have been work-shopped or presented in staged readings in other locations than Southwest Florida. A submitted play also may have been entered in an earlier “Evening of New Plays” contest one time, so long as it was not an earlier Finalist.

Submissions are accepted from January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2021.

How to Enter

Playwrights must follow the instructions for play submission or the play will be rejected.

All submitted plays must follow our Standard Playwrighting Format. Plays can be submitted by mail OR electronically.
If mailing a hard copy, playwrights must submit a copy of their play to “An Evening of New Plays 2020, The Naples Players, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102.

A title page with the name of the play, synopsis, and list of characters must be attached to the script. A separate page, giving the name of the play, the name of the playwright, and all contact data should accompany the script but not be attached to it.** This is to help assure anonymity during the judging process.
Plays may also be submitted electronically as PDFs to: readerstheatre@naplesplayers.org.

**If submitting electronically, one PDF should be the playwright name and contact data, the other PDF should be the play with title page, etc.

Scripts may not be revised for purposes of this competition once they are submitted.

Judging

Entries may be funny, sad, scary or smart, be about character or ideas; certainly may shock, surprise or amaze, and may be in any genre. Strength of characterization, writing style, dialog, and plot are among judging criteria.

Authors retain all rights and give performance rights to The Naples Players for “An Evening of New Plays” and limited readings in other venues, including possible outreach and electronic media. Finalists and other submitters will be notified by October 31, 2021.

Performance/Awards

Finalists will receive staged readings of their plays, presented in the Tobye Studio on January 23, 2022. A reception follows for all in attendance. Finalists each may receive a $100 performance royalty and two complimentary tickets. The plays and playwrights will be publicized in The Naples Players’ web pages, social, community and national theatre media, event calendars, flyers, programs, TNP playbills and e-mail “blasts” to select lists.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Golden Thread submission guidelines

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We Accept Full-length Plays Year-Round

Golden Thread produces passionate and provocative plays from and about the Middle East that celebrate the multiplicity of its perspectives and identities. We are a developmental catalyst and vibrant artistic home to artists at various stages of their careers. We bring the Middle East to the American stage, creating treasured cultural experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Eligibility:

• Plays by playwrights of Middle Eastern heritage on any topic

• Plays about the Middle East by playwrights of any cultural heritage

• Plays must be in English

Areas of interest include:

• Comedies: political satire, romantic comedies

• Plays that experiment with non-realistic forms, non-linear or physically-based storytelling

• Plays that explore aspects of immigrant or family life

• Adaptations of classical texts and or historical figures

• Exploration of Middle Eastern performance traditions

We will only contact playwrights whose plays are under consideration for reading and/or production.

Submission Guidelines:

• Complete the Full-length Play Submission Form.

• Upload a pdf of your play to the Play Submission Form.

WE NO LONGER ACCEPT HARD COPY SUBMISSIONS BY MAIL.

ReOrient Festival of Short Plays

Produced once every two-years, ReOrient Festival showcases the diversity of voices and aesthetics from the Middle East and its worldwide diaspora in a curated festival of short plays produced biennially in San Francisco. The submission deadline for consideration in ReOrient Festival 2021 has passed.

For any further questions or concerns, email submissions@goldenthread.org.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND KEEP WRITING!

The 2021 Femme Fatale Festival

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Deadline: May 31, 2021

Submission via Google Form 

The 2021 Femme Fatale Festival will be virtual.

Virtual Performance: August 6-8, 2021

Requirements

1. All playwrights must identify as female.

2. Script can be no longer than 60 minutes in total.

3. Script can have limited previous productions.

4. Submission limited to 1 play per playwright

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Woodward/Newman Award

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Agent submitted scripts require no fee. If via Dramatist Guild membership, attach a copy of your DG card to the email to avoid paying the fee.

Deadline: December 31, 2021

Bloomington Indiana

The Woodward/Newman Award is an exclusive honor offered by Bloomington Playwrights Project, started through the support of Joanne Woodward, Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Newman family, celebrating Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward’s tremendous history of work on stage and screen.

It presents the best unpublished play of the year with a cash prize of $3,000 and a full production as part of BPP’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. Submissions for the 2022-23 competition must be submitted by Dec 1, 2021.

Guidelines for Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2022-23 Woodward/Newman Award. The winner and finalists will be announced by June 2022. The winner will be awarded $3,000 and a full production.

“Full-length” plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).

Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission (independently published is acceptable).

Each submission should be sent to BPP via email. Send your email to literarymanager@newplays.org

Your email should include the following:

Tell us your name, phone number, and the name of your Play

Tell us how you are satisfying the $10 administrative fee

Agent submitted scripts require no fee.

If via Dramatist Guild membership, attach a copy of your DG card to the email

If you have paid via Paypal on our website, indicate your confirmation number and the email address used.

Paypal is preferred, but if you can’t pay on-line, you may send a check or Money Order, (must be from a US bank). Tell us the check or Money Order number. Make it payable to “BPP” and mail to BPP, 107 W 9th ST, Bloomington, IN 47404

Attach a SINGLE PDF file containing your script with the following information included in the following order:

Title page with author name

Synopsis (1 page or less). Please list the genre at the top (comedy, drama, etc.)

Character list/breakdown

Production history for the play—Include readings and productions

A brief bio of the playwright,

Full Script

Submissions that fail to include all requested information in the order listed will be disqualified from the contest.

Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.

Two separate submissions per playwright per annual competition are allowed as long as each submission has all the required materials.

The Fifth Avenue Theater of New York seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: Deadline: August 30, 2021

The Fifth Avenue Theater of New York is returning for a live performance in October 2021, in Midtown! 

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp/minutes), from playwrights from across the five boroughs and Long Island. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes). Musicals welcome! One submission per playwright. No submission fee. 

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. 

We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Marsh is looking for solo performers for its MarshStream Performer Spotlight Series

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Deadline: June 7, 2021 9PM PST


The Marsh is looking for solo performers for its MarshStream Performer Spotlight Series!

For 32 years The Marsh has been a home for solo performers developing new work and with the rise of COVID-19 they stayed true to their mission by starting MarshStream. MarshStream launched in April 2020 and has received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response by putting on over 800 shows in the first year, including the first MarshStream International Solo Fest. Each week the Performer Spotlight Series has a new headliner with a live audience.

We invite solo performers from all over the world to submit their Zoom-friendly solo shows today!

We are looking to book new solo performers on a rolling basis. So if you have a great solo show, please send us your script and a video link so we can see a portion of you performing the show. We will be accepting full length, approximately 60 minute shows. Due to the nature of the medium, we have a post show LIVE Q & A with the performer. After the performance we offer the opportunity to join our Video on Demand Library. 

To learn more about us, we encourage you to head to our MarshStream page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaceTZwYH0JoGDXis4y1uwA and our website here: https://themarsh.org/

For our weekend Performer Spotlights we treat them as creative business partnerships. We work together to build the audience, we draft press releases and speak to our expansive audience via our newsletter (over 20K subscribers) and social media; and you by engaging and connecting with your audience and fans.

Because it is a partnership, sliding-scale ticket revenue is split 50/50. (You will also receive 50% of any proceeds from VOD sales.) Tickets generally cost $15-35.

There is no submission fee.

Please submit by June 7th at 9pm PT.

Submission form is here: https://forms.gle/aDhTJ5GGjxmLh13w9

Theatre Exile Play Submission Policy

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Theatre Exile accepting script submissions for our Subscription Series productions and our Studio X-hibition New Play Development Series. At this time, we do not accept submissions for our Out of Exile program.

We only accept electronic submissions. You can use the form links below to submit. Please follow the instructions and guidelines provided below and on the individual forms.

In general, Theatre Exile is looking for stories that either pushes forward ideas or exposes part of the human condition that we prefer to keep in the dark. We seek a diverse selection of voices, styles, and content. With that in mind, we also hope that submissions will align with our vision and goals for connecting with our audiences.

As we consider plays for each program, we also consider our capacity and resources. Please note that we currently do not produce musicals, scripts with more than 5 actors, and are less than an hour or more than 3 hours in length.

Theatre Exile’s Subscription Series productions give our audiences insight into life’s challenges by sharing important stories of various perspectives.

Submissions are accepted all year long and added to our considerations list for the future. You will receive a confirmation email that your submission was filed. If we decide that your submission is not a good fit for future consideration you will receive an email. However, if you do not receive an email, it has been added to our list for considerations. Currently, we only produce three plays a season in our Subscription Series. Every season requires specific considerations and each play may take several seasons to consider. If you ever want to update or check in on the status of your submission, you can email artistic@theatreexile.org.

– Out of town artists, please submit 10-page sample only

– Philadelphia local area artists (within a 30-mile radius of City Hall in Philadelphia) may submit full scripts

Theatre Exile’s Studio X-hibition New Play Development Series is a program of plays from Philadelphia local artists that are currently in development and are far enough along to receive a public reading with actors for audience response. This is an opportunity for Theatre Exile to build artistic relationships with playwrights.

Submitting to our Studio X-hibition series is only available to Philadelphia residents. Submissions are accepted annually beginning in February to June.

For more details or to submit a play for Subscription Series consideration, please click here.

For more details or to submit a play for Studio X-hibition New Play Development Series, please click here.

Questions can be sent to our Artistic Department at artistic@theatreexile.org.

The Theater J Patty Abramson Prize

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Deadline: May 31, 2021

PLAYWRIGHT ELIGIBILITY
  • The playwright identifies as a woman, inclusive of cis and trans women.
  • The playwright has not had more than two productions at LORT or off-Broadway theaters, including different productions of the same play. The playwright may have been produced at other professional or nonprofessional theaters.
    • We define “production” as one in which actors were off-book and the play was open to be reviewed.
  • The playwright is a citizen or resident of the United States.
  • We welcome writers of all faiths, cultures, backgrounds, and racial and ethnic identities.

PLAY ELIGIBILITY
  • The play celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience.
  • We encourage plays which authentically represent characters and experiences of racially and ethnically diverse Jews, as well as explore the historic and present-day intersections of white Jews and Black, Indigenous, and Peoples of Color.
  • The play is unproduced at the time of submission; plays with currently scheduled future productions are still eligible.
  • The play is a complete, full-length work for the stage.
  • The play is in English, either in composition or translation.
  • Adaptations must diverge substantially from any copyrighted source material.
  • Musicals, plays with music, short plays, and plays for young audiences are not eligible.

PLAYWRIGHT SELF-SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • Submissions are accepted online at https://forms.gle/pHyMuxzB5KVmBMmg9
  • All materials must be electronic files; either Adobe Reader (.pdf) file formats or Microsoft Word (.doc).
  • Submission must include a resume demonstrating eligibility for the Abramson Prize.
  • Highlight any LORT or off-Broadway productions of your plays, including different productions of the same play.
  • Please confirm in the submission that the play you are submitting has not yet had any professional productions (currently scheduled future productions are still eligible).
  • Submission must include the following information:
    • Playwright’s name, pronouns if comfortable including, and contact information
    • The title and a synopsis of the full play
    • A 10-page excerpt of the play that includes your name, contact information, and the title of the script.
  • Developmental workshops or public readings, national tours, international productions, or nonprofessional theaters do not determine eligibility.
The Theater J Patty Abramson Prize

▪ Please do not send full scripts. We will contact you if we would like to read more.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Robert J. Pickering / J.R. Colbeck Award for Playwriting Excellence

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Deadline: December 31, 2021
Coldwater, Michigan

This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. In 2020, the award was renamed to also honor longtime BCCT member and Pickering director, J.R. Colbeck. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.

Production:

Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.

Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Christopher Hewitt Award 2021

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Deadline: June 15, 2021

Magazine is currently accepting entries for the eighth annual Christopher Hewitt Award. Named in honor of A&U’s first literary editor, the award showcases outstanding responses to the AIDS pandemic and the realities of individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.

Prize: $75
Entry fee: None
Submission deadline: June 15, 2021
Judges: Winners will be selected by the following judges, by category.
Poetry: Philip F. Clark
Fiction: Raymond Luczak
Creative Nonfiction: Jay Vithalani
Drama: Bruce Ward

Publication: Winners and named runners-up will be published in upcoming issues of A&U.

How to Submit: Email Word (.doc or .docx files) of your work to Managing Editor Chael Needle by emailing chaelneedle [at] mac [dot] com. Please indicate in the subject line that your submission is for the Christopher Hewitt Award; include your name and genre in the subject line as well. Your name or any other personal identifying information should not appear on your manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each separately.
Guidelines: All submissions must be HIV/AIDS-related and previously unpublished. All styles are welcomed. Writers may submit more than one work.

Fiction and creative nonfiction should be 1,200 words or fewer, double-spaced. Reasonable exceptions will be considered.

Drama may be an excerpt from a longer work or a ten-minute play (1,400-1,600 words, no more than ten pages, Dramatists Guild format). For drama excerpts, include, on a separate page, a synopsis and a full cast of characters.

We reserve the right to excerpt longer pieces for print, in consultation with the author; works in their entirety will be printed on the web.

Rights: We secure first North American serial rights and electronic archival rights (posting on the Web and in digital issues).

If any genre lacks a clear winner, fewer than four awards may be given. All entries will be considered for publication.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Powerstories Theatre Inaugural Voices of Youth Festival seeks original full-length plays and short works

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Deadline: May 15, 2021

A $10 fee applies and we offer scholarships to waive the fee (select "need a scholarship" in the submission form.

Plays in-theatre open to all Florida children and teens ages 8-18, virtual showcase shorter works open to all 

Complete registration form on https://powerstories.com/voices-of-youth-theatre-festival and submit play to Fran@powerstories.com as PDF

A $10 fee applies and we offer scholarships to waive the fee

We are seeking original full-length plays for in-theatre and we seeking shorter original works of scenes, monologues, spoken word, song, dance with original music for a virtual showcase

The length of plays wanted is 45-90 minutes
The length of shorter works is 5-7 minutes

Artist will have option of full production or staged reading


Playwright may submit more than one play, but new fee applies

Play cannot be produced three months before or after festival

Submitters will be notified about their submission on May 30 by email, on our website, and on Facebook

Playwright will self-produce; however, if director is needed, we will help you find one


On July 19 – August 1, we will highlight ten plays that feature young performers. For play submission, we are open to all subjects, and special consideration is given to plays that present diverse casting. If you have a concept in mind but aren’t comfortable directing your work, do not let that hold you back from submitting. We will find a director for you.

Plays should have had no professional production in the Tampa Bay area before submission or, if accepted, have professional production scheduled within three months of debut with the Voices of Youth Theatre Festival. (If the play has had a workshop production, please include this information in your application.)

For our virtual showcase of shorter performance pieces (written for monologues, scenes, and spoken word artists) we are open to all subjects. For singers and dancers, music must be original and family-friendly. If you don’t fall into any of these categories, but still have a piece that you want to present, please submit your registration under “Other.” We’re excited to see something we haven’t thought of before or that is brand new to the performing arts.

Now, more than ever, we know it is our responsibility to give young artists a voice, a safe and creative outlet for self-expression. We look forward to your submission.

FOR ARTISTS: A CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS BY MAY 15, 2021

Powerstories Theatre is seeking submissions for the Inaugural Voices of Youth Theatre Festival scheduled for July 16 to August 1, 2021. Submissions are due by May 15, 2021. All submissions will be reviewed by an artistic committee, and selections will be announced by May 30, 2021 or sooner. The overall quality and development of the submission will be the main criteria for selection. Registration is $10.00. However, if a scholarship is needed for the entry fee, please don’t hesitate to ask. If accepted into the festival, parent, guardian, or educator must provide approval, if under 18 years of age. Teachers may collect submissions and submit on behalf of their students.

Each young playwright will be responsible for casting, directing, mounting the show in the theatre, and if applicable for pre-recorded submissions, recording the show via Zoom or other means, and editing for submission to the festival. If an artist would appreciate assistance from a local director, Powerstories will match the artists with an experienced director.

For in-theatre productions, Powerstories Theatre will provide our stage for final performances, rehearsal time, technical assistance, marketing, box office assistance, high-quality live-streaming, and a copy of the live stream video. However, each playwright is responsible for all design elements, supplies and construction for any minimal and necessary set pieces, props, costumes, and miscellaneous items for their production.

Examples of submissions include the following:
Original Play Submissions:
  • Your own original play presented as either a full production with a minimal set or a staged reading performed in theatre with or without a small socially-distanced audience or a pre-recorded performance using digital platform provided by Powerstories
  • For a play, the ideal length is 45 to 90 minutes to allow for one full evening or matinee. Other lengths will be considered. For a play, six performers maximum on stage, if selecting to use the theatre. No limit on the number of characters if producing digitally. Playwrights must be willing to have in-theatre performance live-streamed.
  • Each play production will receive one matinee or evening to present.

Shorter Original Work Submissions:

Your own original work will be performed live in our virtual festival showcase. The maximum length of the performance is 5-7 minutes and one minimum length for the following:
  • Original Scene – Performed live virtually in talent showcase using digital platform provided by Powerstories
  • Original Monologue – Performed live virtually in talent showcase using digital platform provided by Powerstories
  • Original Spoken Word – Performed live virtually in talent showcase using digital platform provided by Powerstories
  • Original Song – Performed live virtually in talent showcase using digital platform provided by Powerstories
  • Original Dance – Created with original music, performed live virtually in talent showcase using digital platform provided by Powerstories
  • Other Original Works – Performed live virtually in talent showcase using digital platform provided by Powerstories

PLAY SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • New plays must be original.
  • Unless student is reimagining the concept to make his own idea, plays that copy the exact plotline of existing movies, TV series, and books will not be considered.
  • The play should tell a story using dialogue to show opening, action, and resolution. Play needs beginning, middle, and recognizable end.
  • The play should be set for a black box theatre with minimal set and limited set changes, if any
  • Cover sheet of play should have title, student’s name, parent/guardian’s telephone number and parent/guardian’s e-mail. The student’s information should not appear anywhere else in the script.
  • First page should provide name of characters and brief description of personality.
  • Please do not list the character’s physical looks and attributes. Actors portraying characters may not be able to match the identities.
  • Plays must be typed, pages numbered, and double-spaced.
  • Complete the registration form, including the fee or scholarship request, include the play or performance piece saved as a PDF file, and mail to fran@powerstories.com.

SHORTER WORK FESTIVAL REQUIREMENTS
Spoken word, scenes or monologue must be original.
Submissions must be typed, pages numbered, and double-spaced.
With completion of registration form and submission of fee or scholarship request, spoken word or monologue, should be saved as PDF file and/or video clip. Send entire script in PDF and/or video clip to Fran@powerstories.com.

Cover sheet of spoken word, scene, or monologue piece should have title, student’s name, parent/guardian’s telephone number and parent/guardian’s e-mail. The student’s information should not appear anywhere else in the submission.
Complete the registration form, including the fee or scholarship request, include the play or performance piece saved as a PDF file, and mail to fran@powerstories.com.
Song, dance, and other talent entries should be saved as video clips. Send video clip submissions to Fran@powerstories.com along with registration form, registration fee or scholarship request as submissions above.

ABOUT THE THEATRE
The theatre is a black box theatre with a 26 x 13 acting stage. We will provide artists with stage lighting, sound, projection options, and a list of stock set pieces that are available in our theatre. If you are bringing set pieces and props, they must fit in a small van for ease of moving in and out of the theatre. If selected, artists will receive more detailed technical information.

Image Performing Arts Seeks short plays

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Deadline: July 17, 2021

(The first 100 submissions will be accepted for consideration.)

Connersville,  Indiana

Image Performing Arts is looking for four to six short scripts to be performed in repertory the weekend of February 11 and 12, 2022. The theme is "From the Heart."

  • Script should be 15 - 10 minutes, a complete story with a beginning, middle and end.
  • Minimal Set
  • Playwrights must be available for rehearsals to work with the director and cast
  • Be open to changing your script.
  • One submission per person

Recommended format available at http://www.scribd.com/document/135760006/sample-play-script

Scripts should  be emailed to: ImaginePerformingArts@yahoo.com




Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest 2021

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Deadline: June 1, 2021

To encourage the development of quality theatrical materials for the educational, community and children’s theatre markets, Pioneer Drama Service is proud to sponsor the annual Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest.

This is an ongoing contest, with a winner selected by June 1 each year from all eligible submissions received the previous year.  All eligible plays accepted for publication will be considered contest finalists, from which the winner will be selected.  The contest winner will receive a $1,000 royalty advance in addition to publication.

Contest entries must meet all general guidelines and submission requirements.

Individuals currently published by Pioneer Drama Service are not eligible for this contest.  Pioneer Drama Service employees and their families are also excluded.

We accept unsolicited manuscripts that meet the parameters defined in these guidelines. However, we prefer for you to send us a query letter if you are not submitting through one of our playwriting contests. You can also start the submission process by contacting us here.
  • We will only consider manuscripts with a running time between 20 and 90 minutes.
  • Submissions must be family friendly in both subject and language. NO cursing. NO explicitly adult content.
  • We prefer casts that are either balanced or favoring females. The more gender neutral roles, the better.
  • We favor plays and musicals with ensemble casts, where more than just a few have a chance to shine.
  • Plays with elaborate set, costume or technical requirements are not appealing because of the limited resources of many of our customers. Pictures, sketches or descriptions of your vision are always helpful.
  • We recommend your submissions have had at least one production or reading, hopefully staged. We feel this fundamental field test is necessary before a play can be considered for publication since plays are created for the purpose of performance.
  • Manuscripts must be computer-printed in dark ink. We do not require specific formatting. However, your efforts to ensure your script is free of misspellings and typos will help the submissions editor.
  • We hope that Pioneer Drama is your first choice as a publisher, and we encourage you to submit to us exclusively. However, we do accept simultaneous submissions with the understanding that you will accept the first contract you’re offered and not use the situation to seek multiple offers from which to choose. If you receive another offer, please notify us immediately so we may rescind your submission.

NOTE: If you are not already published by Pioneer Drama Service and your submission meets all other requirements including having had at least one production or staged reading, your play will automatically be entered in the Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest. If you are a faculty member at an accredited K-12 public or private school in the US or Canada, you may also qualify for our A+ Playwriting Contest for Teachers.

Check out our list of past contest winners for examples of desirable submissions.
Submission Requirements

Please be patient. Queries will be answered within approximately one week. Submissions may take up to three months or longer.

The following information must accompany your submission or query:
  • 100-200 word synopsis.
  • Cast list that indicates the number of female roles, the number of male roles and the number of roles that can be performed by either gender. We do not accept one-person shows.
  • Running time.
  • CD and/or score for musicals. We appreciate the opportunity to hear the music, if possible.
  • Set design(s). Please feel free to provide diagrams and/or pictures.
  • Proof of production or staged reading (i.e., review, program, etc.) A DVD of your performance is ideal, though not required.
  • Age of intended audience.
  • A self-addressed envelope of sufficient size with appropriate postage for the return of your materials. We will NOT return manuscripts or accompanying material if this is not included.
  • Cover letter and/or resume.
Please send your query or manuscript and accompanying information to:

Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.
Attn: Submissions Editor
PO Box 4267
Englewood, CO 80155-4267

You may also email us your .txt, .doc or .pdf files after you contact us here.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Ragdale Residency

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Deadline: May 15, 2021 11:59 PM CST

SUBMIT THROUGH SUBMITTABLE

18- or 25- day fee- waived residency. Stipend of at least $500 to participate in the Ragdale In Schools educational outreach program. Ragdale awards fellowships based on merit and suitability of practice for public programming and Ragdale in Schools Initiative (1/2 day program within 18- months of the residency). Some fellowships have additional eligibility requirements which are listed in the application. Fellowship recipients are responsible for their own travel.

APPLICATION DEADLINES For an 11-, 18- or 25-day fellowship in 2021-2022, apply by 11:59 PM CST May 15, 2021. 

ELIGIBILITY Nearly 200 residencies and fellowships are now offered annually. Ragdale encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and to that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. 

While there are no publication, exhibition or performance requirements for application, applicants should be working at the professional level in their fields. 

 Ragdale encourages artists of all backgrounds to apply, and does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, disability, gender, origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

GUIDELINES All applicants submit electronic materials through the Submittable application portal. Please note the following requirements to complete your application: 
 
A completed online application form.

Two current letters of reference OR surveys completed by people who know you personally and can address your professional capacity and suitability for a residency in a working community with other artists. Reference letters and survey responses are confidential and are submitted electronically through Submittable when you submit your application. Letters of reference/ Reference Surveys are due 11:59 PM CST June 1, 2021. *A 10-15 minute survey option has been added to residency applications. Instructions for completing the survey or letter of recommendation will be automatically sent to your references when you submit your application.

A one-page artist’s statement and work plan explaining your work and what you plan to do while in residence. 

A one-page CV or resumé that summarizes your professional background.
Work samples that show previous work from the past 2-3 years. All media is acceptable. Most electronic file types and sizes are accepted.


EVALUATION Applications are reviewed by Ragdale’s Curatorial Board and staff. Evaluations of work are based on the following criteria:
Work sample and statement show evidence of original, inventive and exciting new work.
Work sample demonstrates quality, technical proficiency, and is professionally presented.
Artist’s statement and resumé show evidence that the applicant’s work is reflective of continued, serious, and exceptional aesthetic investigation in the chosen medium.
Work plan demonstrates that the artist will maximize the benefits of a residency at Ragdale.
References reflect the artist’s ability to work well in an artist community.


NOTIFICATION You will be notified of your admission status via email three months after the application deadline, approximately September.

FELLOWSHIPS Ragdale awards fellowships to admitted residents based on merit and suitability of practice for public programming and Ragdale in Schools Initiative. Specific instructions to be considered for available fellowships are within this application.

COLLABORATIONS Artists collaborating on a project must submit individual application forms and appropriate work samples, along with a joint description of the work they intend to do at Ragdale. Clearly specify your work and living space needs i.e. how many private studio and/or sleeping quarters are needed. You may also submit an example of a previous collaborative work (either completed or in progress). Any specific concerns can be directed to Amy Sinclair, Grants and Admissions Manager, before applying.

TIMELINE
May 15, 2021: Application Deadline
June 1, 2021: Reference Deadline

July 2021: Notification of 2021 fellowships
September 2021: Notification of 2022 fellowships


QUESTIONS? For further assistance, please email Amy Sinclair or phone 847.234.1063, ext. 28.

Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2021 Virtual Play Festival

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Deadline: August 30. 2021

Submissions are now being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2021 Virtual Play Festival. Seeking short plays (no more than 15 pp/minutes), from playwrights from across the globe. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes). Musicals welcome! 

We post your YouTube link of the performance to the festival site for voting. One submission per playwright. No submission fee. 

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. 

There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! 

The Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened Language

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Deadline: August 31, 2021

Monetary award to playwright: $3000 for full-length works, $1500 for one-acts.

Synecdoche Works may support further development of a submitted work at its discretion.

Conditions for Consideration

Submissions must be in a heightened version of the English language in order to provide a meaningful challenge to the actors. This includes, but is not limited to, works using metre, verse, rhyming schemes, pidgins, creoles, and code-switching.

Plays must contain at least 60% heightened language.

Submissions may be translations or adaptations of works in the public domain.

One-act submissions should target a minimum 40-minute final running time. Full-length submissions should target a minimum running time of 90 minutes.

Authors awarded a grant must be willing to participate in a brief rehearsal process culminating in a Zoom reading of their submitted work.

Submitted works cannot be currently attached to a theater or production company.

Submitted works cannot have had a prior development cycle outside of an educational program.

Submission deadline: August 31, 2021

Submission portfolio must include:
The play in standard script format, emailed as an attachment to Synecdoche Works.
A brief author biography, maximum of 200 words.

Please visit synecdocheworks.org for more information.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Short Play & Musical Festival - NYC 2021

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Deadline: May 15, 2021

SUBMISSION FORM

DATES & LOCATIONS:
June 10 - June 27, 2021

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

Theatres can now resume live performances at a limited capacity. We will adhere to all state guidelines including requiring our cast and audience to wear masks and maintain social distancing. A full list of our Covid restrictions can be found at www.shortplaynyc.com. We will also stream one performance per week live on YouTube for a virtual audience!

If you are unwilling to find a cast and team comfortable performing live on stage in New York City, we completely understand but please do not submit

Also, please consider submitting plays with limited cast members and incorporating natural social distancing in your storylines!

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),

5 plays featured each week.

ELIGIBILITY:

Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

THEME: “NYC - Only in New York”

New York City is like no other place in the world! We are seeking plays that get to the heart of the Big Apple and explore what makes this town tick. Unique New York - it's more than a tongue twister - it is a way of life!


All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play - Host provides Theatre, technicians and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required


Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 15 pages

Submissions open: April 26, 2021

Submissions close: May 15, 2021

Play selection announced soon thereafter.

For more festival information visit: www.shortplaynyc.com

Click Here to download a sample contract for the festival - this is a sample do not fill out and send.

Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition is accepting adventure and comedy entries

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Deadline: May 28th 2021

The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates exciting aural storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. Authors retain all script rights.

The theme for 2021’s competition is adventure and comedy scripts that engage and amuse audiences.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
  • Please keep to one entry per author.
  • Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes (approximately 30 pages of script)
  • The script should be your original work/story. Adaptations of another author’s works or use of proprietary characters such as Dr. Who, Frankenstein, or Othello will lead to disqualification.
  • Please keep the script appropriate for listeners of all ages by meeting the following conventions:
  • 1) Avoid swearing. which includes “damn,” and “hell” and “God.” Failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification regardless of context.
  • 2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context. Romantic affection is fine. Details about intimacy are not.
  • 3) Avoid graphic depictions of killing or torture. It is understood that people can get bumped off for dramatic capital if needed (which is not to say it is necessary to do so) but if you do please avoid disturbing intimate details.
  • Given the current world situation, please refrain from submitting dystopic/pandemic fiction. This isn’t to say the subject can’t make for compelling drama, but a goal of this competition is to foster scripts that provide an escape for audiences of all ages from hearing about this topic.
  • Make sure your script is action/plot driven. To meet this criteria (and prevent repurposed stage plays) each script should have at least one location change.
  • Please make sure it is free of visual stage directions such as “Shonna blows him a kiss. He nods knowingly as Tyler silently walks off stage” or stage play set design details.
Winners will be announced on June 21st 2021.

Threshold Theater wants to see new scripts from LGBTQ playwrights

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Threshold Theater wants to see new scripts from LGBTQ playwrights about the LGBTQ experience.
Threshold Theater’s mission to “produce fresh LGBTQ works” means we tell the stories of who we are, because only when we see each other do the walls of discrimination start to crumble.

In addition to fully staged productions (when we can safely do such things again), Threshold Theater also wants to curate an ongoing series of public readings of new scripts to introduce audiences to new writers, and to help in the development of new work.

We're looking for new scripts of any length (from 10 minute to 2 acts) penned by LGBTQ writers about the LGBTQ experience. We're defining new as either unproduced, or not produced in the last 5 years. Previous public readings and workshops of a script are OK.
 
All LGBTQ writers are welcome, but we specifically want to encourage submissions from those in communities whose voices have been traditionally underrepresented.
 
Threshold is excited by plays of all genres, topics, and the intersectionality of LGBTQ and other aspects of life. Our history did not start in 1969 and the theater world has only seen a sliver of our experiences – we are dedicated to changing that.

If you are interested in submitting your work please do so as either a Word or PDF attachment, and include production/development history (if any) along with your contact information to thresholdmpls@gmail.com

Please put 'Play Submission' in the subject line.

10 minutes plays please submit the entire work,

Full length scripts please submit the first 25 pages, if we want to see the full script, we'll follow up with you.

If you'd just like to get to know us better, feel free to contact us with any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you and having the chance to read your work.

Thanks!
Threshold Theater

Friday, May 7, 2021

The Open Eye Theater seeks ten-minute plays

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Deadline: May 12, 2021

Each season, The Open Eye Theater accepts submissions of ten-minute plays for consideration in Summer Shortcuts, a program of eight ten-minute plays. In 2021, Summer Shortcuts XI will be performed on stage, on Zoom, or a combination of both, and may be broadcast on WIOX Radio in the Catskills, streaming worldwide at www.wioxradio.org — depending on the COVID-19 situation. The submission window for 2021 is open from May 3-12, only.

Authors of selected plays will be contacted in late June or early July and will receive a modest fee.

Playwrights may submit a maximum of two plays, with no more than 4 characters each. Scripts must be submitted as attachments in Word or PDF format. There is special interest in playwrights from New York State. Family-friendly comedies and dramas with good roles for senior adults are especially appreciated. Submission must include title page with playwright’s name and full contact information, including mailing address. Plays longer than ten-minutes will not be considered.

Please email scripts to openeyescripts@gmail.com. Put SS XI and playwright’s last name in the subject line.

Feels Blind Literary seeks plays

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Deadline: June 1st, 2021

Free submission days only will be on the 15th of each month

Feels Blind Literary welcomes submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, and art from new and emerging writers and artists who identify as women.

Submissions for Issue #6 are open until June 1st, 2021 and should be sent to feelsblindliterary@gmail.com. Please put in the subject line the category to which you are submitting and include a short bio written in the third person. Please be certain your name does not appear anywhere on your submission document, however. All submissions also will be considered for a print anthology featuring work from our first five issues.

While we are adamant about not charging a submission fee, as we feel this creates a barrier in terms of who can submit and how often, free submission days only will be on the 15th of each month for this reading period. 

Here's why- we've noticed many literary magazines and organizations expressing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement over the past week and we've been considering how to do the same. Feels Blind Literary is committed to speaking out against social and environmental injustice, police brutality, and unconstitutional attacks on our free press. With that being said, we didn't feel just saying we're committed to these causes was enough. Rather, we knew we needed to demonstrate that commitment in tangible and monetary ways, both by continuing to elevate marginalized voices in the work that we publish and by raising money for causes we believe will help directly combat racism in this country.

As such, all submissions must include a $3 submission fee through the donation tab on our website. A portion of the fees for this reading period will go directly to STORY or the Richmond Community Bail Fund, two organizations that are very important to us. STORY provides tutoring and mentoring to children living in public housing in Hopewell, VA, including various arts programs and the Girls Who Code program. The Richmond Community Bail Fund helps eliminate the barrier to social justice created by the cash bail system. Please indicate in your submission, however, if you have a preference for where you would like your submission fee to go. Additionally, if you include a $10 donation, we will guarantee a 2-week or less response time to your work.

We hope other literary magazines and organizations will follow a similar model. We can offer words of support, but even as writers we recognize words too often fall short. When we say we're in this together, everything we do needs to be in direct service to this sentiment.

To all of those protesting, thank you. Please stay safe out there. <3 #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforbreonnataylor #justiceforahmaud #MarcusAlert #blacklivesmatter

Submission Details

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but immediately withdraw you work if it is accepted elsewhere.

Submissions must be previously unpublished, original works.

Please do not submit more than one entry per reading period.

We will do our best to respond to each submission within 60 days. If 60 days has passed, please send us an inquiry at feelsblindliterary@gmail.com. We will try our best to respond much sooner.

Short Fiction: Send one story up to 6000 words.

Flash Fiction: Send one story up to 1000 words.

Creative Non-Fiction: Send one personal essay or memoir up to 6000 words.

Plays: Send one one-act play up to 15 pages.

Poetry: Send 3-5 poems. If spoken word, send 1-3 recordings.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

JOOKMS: 2nd Annual Summer Spotlight Series

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Deadline: June 1, 2021
Submissions will be capped after the first 200 scripts are received.
Memphis TN

Announcing JOOK’s 2nd Annual Summer Spotlight Series celebrating Southern writers and new Southern plays! After the success of the first series and the subsequent workshop of Seth McNeill’s NATCHETOCHES in 2020, this uplifting project returns for a second round of submissions.

Seeking work from emerging and established Southern playwrights.

We are open to reading new works by writers from the South: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

We're also open to reading new plays by writers outside of these states if the work is set in the South. 

While this year's Spotlight Series is limited to Southern writers, we do accept new plays from all playwrights year round. 

JOOKMS is committed to discovering, developing and presenting great, previously unheard voices in American theater. We believe that great theater should be a positive, transformative and inclusive cultural experience for all of us. JOOK is committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable creative space. One where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments and programs. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. We’re also committed to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.

All finalists will receive a $100 usage fee.

Full-length OR one-act plays in any genre: comedy, drama, or multimedia. Musicals will not be accepted at this time.

Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays, and plays that have received full- scale, professional productions prior to submission are not eligible.

Plays with casts larger than 8 people and unfinished works or drafts will not be considered at this time.

Full-length OR one-act plays in any genre. Musicals will not be accepted at this time.

Plays that have had workshops and/or readings will be accepted.

Electronic submissions (PDF) only.

Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

Eligible play may be produced either virtually online or live onstage.

Please include the following information in one attached PDF file, not in the bodyof your email.

Please do not attach multiple files.

Complete submission must include:

Your contact information and bio
Your playwriting resume
Title of the play
Character breakdown and description including total number of characters Time and place of the play

Synopsis - no longer than 1 page
A concise paragraph describing the development history of the play you are submitting The full script

Incomplete submission packages will not be considered.

Questions?
Email contactjookms@gmail.com with the subject line SUBMISSIONS QUESTION

Up to 4 finalists will be chosen to participate in the Summer Spotlight Series online and up to 8 semi-finalists will receive honorable mentions leading up to the series with social media shoutouts.

Finalists will be selected by a panel of readers and notified by JOOKMS no later than June 30.

We regret that individual feedback will not be possible and only finalists/semi- finalists will be contacted.


Each finalist will receive the following: a professional director, dramaturg and cast, 12 remote rehearsal hours including an online reading, and facilitated virtual post- show talkback.

Playwrights are required to participate in the rehearsal process and attend the readings and talkbacks for their play in a virtual setting.


No other royalties or payments will be issued. If a full production moves forward, a contract will be negotiated for full production. The playwright holds all rights to their material.


Email your complete submission package to: contactjookms@gmail.com by June 1, 2021

The PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

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Deadline: June 1, 2021 11:59 PM (EST) 

The PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants were established in the summer of 2003 by a gift from Priscilla and Michael Henry Heim in response to the low number of literary translations currently appearing in English. Its purpose is to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English.

Who is eligible:
  • The PEN/Heim Translation Fund provides grants to support the translation of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama that have not previously appeared in English in print or have appeared only in an outdated or otherwise flawed translation.
  • Works should be translations-in-progress, as the grant aims to provide support for completion.
  • There are no restrictions on the nationality or citizenship of the translator, but the works must be translated into English.
  • The Fund seeks to encourage translators to undertake projects they might not otherwise have had the means to attempt.
  • Anthologies with multiple translators, works of literary criticism, and scholarly or technical texts do not qualify.
  • Translators who have previously been awarded grants by the Fund are ineligible to reapply for three years after the year in which they receive a grant. 
  • Please note that projects that have been previously submitted and have not received a grant are unlikely to be reconsidered in a subsequent year. 
  • Projects may have up to two translators. 
  • Translators may only submit one project per year.

How to apply:

Translators must complete the below applications form by 11:59 PM (EST) June 1, 2021. The below application will require the following materials. Please use a standard 12pt font with 1 inch margins.

1. The application form, with all items completed:
  • A 1-2 page, single-spaced statement outlining the work and describing its importance.
  • A biography and bibliography of the original author, including information on translations of their work into other languages.
  • A CV of the translator, no longer than 3 pages.
  • If the book is not in the public domain and the project is not yet under contract, please include a photocopy of the copyright notice on the original (the copyright notice is a line including the character ©, a date, and the name of the copyright holder, which appears as part of the front matter in every book), and a letter from the copyright holder stating that English-language rights to the book are available. A letter or copy of an email from the copyright holder is sufficient. 
  • If the translation is currently under contract with a publisher, please submit a copy of the contract.

2. An 8–10 page, single-spaced sample of the translation. For prose, this should be within the range of 3,000-5,000 words. For poetry, please include 1-2 poems per page, within the 8–10 page range.

3. The same passage in the original language (and, if the work has been previously translated, the same passage in the earlier version).

Please be mindful of the requirements for 12pt font and 1 inch margins. The judges reserve the right to withdraw from consideration any submissions that go over these requirements.

Contact awards@pen.org with any questions.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Black and Brown Theatre's All the Web's a Stage

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Deadline: May 16, 2021

Wanna write an original monologue for one of the actors from Black and Brown Theatre’s upcoming show “Superheroes in Disguise”? Please follow all of the directions below. Black and Brown Theatre is excited to introduce the newest actors for Black and Brown Theatre’s “All the Web’s a Stage”, a monologue series that gives the selection power to the actors! You can write an original monologue for any of the actors and they’ll pick their favorite to perform and record.

Here’s how:

1. Follow @bandbtheatre on Instagram to watch all 5 videos from the actors.
2. Listen to what the actors are looking for in a monologue to get inspiration.
3. Send an email to blackandbrowntheatre@gmail.com with the name of the actor and “All the Web’s a Stage” in the subject line along with your original 1 minute monologue in the body of the email no later than May 16, 2021.

Actors will pick their favorite to record and perform by May 23, 2021. The selected monologues will be posted to Black and Brown Theatre’s social media. Make sure to use the theme “superheroes” however you interpret that! 

Competition is open to writers of all ethnicities and writers may reside anywhere in the world. 

Submissions that do not meet all of the guidelines above may not be considered so please reread them carefully.


Independent International Award for Improper Dramaturgy «Neem-2021. Turquoise edition» (all kinds of plays)

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Deadline: September 2, 2021

1. Goals and objectives

The «Neem» award was created to support and identify underground dramatic waters.

2. Organizers

Jenya Stashkov, Performance-troupe «Vibrating body»

3. Nominations

Awarded one prize in the nomination «A play that no one will ever agree to stage»

4. Prizes

The author of the play-winner will receive a cash prize: 2000 rubles.

The best plays will be staged in the format of reading, sketching or performance by Performance-troupe «Vibrating body».

5. Requirements for the submitted works

Formal requirements are absent.

There are no linguistic and geographical limits.

The author should provide personal information:

Name+Surname (or nickname), country and city

Plays should be sent to: pos.vostok@gmail.com


6. Terms of holding

Terms for the reception of plays: May 5, 2021 – September 5, 2021

Summing up: October – December 2021.

All information on the prize will be published on the website: https://vibratingbody.jimdofree.com

7. Copyright

All the rights to plays remain with the authors.

8. Back to the glorious past

FIRST NEEM

SECOND NEEM

THIRD NEEM

Mixing It Up Productions Spring 2021 Full-length Playwriting Contest

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DEADLINE: Friday, May 21, 2021

Mixing It Up Productions encourages playwrights to take this opportunity to introduce their scripts to our judges’ panel of theatre professionals and receive recognition for their work.
Please carefully read and follow our submission requirements and guidelines below.

Note: Plays that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible for consideration.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
  • This contest is limited to the first 100 qualifying full length play submissions.
  • Plays must be between 70-115 pages.
  • No notifications will be sent to playwrights whose scripts arrive after the first 100 play submissions have been received or the deadline for submission has passed.
  • Scripts must be original and in English.
  • Adaptations are ineligible.
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
  • No musicals will be accepted.
  • Scripts that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or published are ineligible.
  • Scripts that have had a workshop or reading are acceptable.
  • Plays may be in any genre i.e. drama, comedy, youth.
  • Plays that have been previously submitted to this company’s contests are ineligible.
  • Entries received after the May 21st deadline will not be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Please use MIU Contest 2021 in your email’s subject line.

Your email should include two attachments:
1. The submission must begin with a separate attachment of a cover page that includes the work’s title and the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, and email.

2. A separate attachment for the script must also include a title page with the title, genre, and number of pages of dialogue. (Please omit your personal information from the title page of the script and throughout the script to preserve anonymity).
  • All submissions will be judged with the playwright’s name withheld.
  • Scripts must be standard sized in PDF format.
  • Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred with pages numbered.
  • No changes or resubmissions may be made once a script has been submitted.
  • Any extraneous information such as the play’s history or the playwright’s bio should not be included in your submission.
SELECTION PROCESS:
The first 100 qualifying submissions will receive a confirmation email.
A panel of judges will consist of writers, directors, producers, and theater enthusiasts.
Contest winners will be posted on our Mixing It Up Productions’ website.
Playwrights will not receive written or oral critiques on scripts submitted.

PRIZES:

First Prize: A 30 Minute Virtual Meeting with a Broadway or Off-Broadway Playwright or Producer

Second Prize: A year’s membership to the Dramatists’ Guild

Third Prize: A year’s subscription to Broadway HD

Please send the requested materials via email to mixingitupprod@gmail.com with the subject line MIU Contest 2021 by Friday, May 21st.

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