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Friday, May 24, 2024

WE/US: Twenty-Five 10-Minute Plays for the Gender Minority

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Deadline: July 1, 2024  @12 midnight EDT 
or until we reach 200 submissions 

Click here to submit your play. Only plays submitted through this portal will be considered.

Now accepting Submissions for a new 10-minute play collection published by Smith & Kraus and edited by Debbie Lamedman. 

No fee. Open to all playwrights. Preference will be given to POC, Women, and LGBTQIA writers.
This anthology is about gender identity, not sexual orientation unless the character is dealing with both.

These plays have lead characters as part of the gender minority and are the main focus of the story and not used only as secondary characters.

Looking for plays that deal with the entire spectrum of life. Yes, that includes dramas, but we are also looking for joyful, humorous, provocative, irreverent plays and not just dramas.

**Specifically looking for pieces written by and for nonbinary and trans folx. Looking for pieces written for someone who cannot easily check a box regarding their gender identity. 

Please follow the following guidelines:
  • Plays do not need to have been previously produced. 
  • Plays must not exceed 10 minutes. Anything over 14 pages will not be read!
  • Please include a character breakdown with your play.
  • Only one play per playwright will be accepted.

Plays must be submitted through the Google doc form. Please label your file in the following manner: LAST NAME_ Title of Play
(Example: LAMEDMAN_I Got the Blues)

Jewish Play Writing Contest seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: June 14, 2024

SUBMISSION FORM

AN IMPORTANT NOTE: SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS, and other IDEALS. We believe that Jewish identity and culture are specific manifestations of universal human cravings for spiritual, ethical, moral and worldly joy. “Matrilineal descent” is neither important nor necessary.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: The Jewish Plays Project now accepts scripts for new Jewish plays and musicals on an open, rolling basis. However, our reading period is April-October. To guarantee we consider your play for the most current review cycle, please submit by June 14, 2024. Plays submitted after this date will be held for the next cycle.

*** NB: As of May 1, 2024, we are reading for the 14th Annual Jewish Playwriting Contest. ***

SUBMISSION PROCESS: Fill out the Submission Form and attach a play to the form as a PDF. You must submit your play with your name and other identifying information removed (we review all plays blind). We do not charge a fee to submit (cause we kinda think submission fees are “yucky”. That’s a technical term).

ELIGIBILITY

The following must be true of a submitted play or musical:

It contains significant Jewish themes, characters, content, or points of view.
It is in English, or primarily in English—we love plays that play with language as a theatrical tool, and plays that explore the differences in language. It just needs to be primarily accessible to an English speaking audience. (We welcome translations.)
It is full length, meaning over around 75 minutes in length. (For a guide, that usually means 60 pages or more. We DO NOT review 10 or 20 minute plays.)
It has not had a full production in the NY Metro region or a major regional theater (LORT C or above).
It has never been published in any form.

NOTE: We are most interested in submissions that embrace and depend on Jewish identity at their dramatic core, while avoiding stereotypical forms that rely on cultural or ethnic shorthands in lieu of dramatic development. This holds true whether dealing with the historical gravity of the Holocaust or employing stereotypical tropes for comic effect.

FORMAT

Please submit your script as a PDF document with all personally identifiable information removed (to aid in blind reading). We ask that you endeavor to follow the formatting guidelines set by the Dramatists Guild: See the guide to formats here.

MUSICALS

The JPP does develop musicals (see our workshops of David Hein and Irene Sankoff’s Mitzvah and Deborah Yarchun’s And You Shall Be a Blessing). Submitted musicals must include links to recordings of at least 3 songs to be reviewed. Please note, we review musicals on a different timeline than our other programming.

DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

The JPP brings all the tools of new play development to bear on the plays we select: dramaturgical consultation and research; the involvement of collaborating artists – including directors, designers and actors – at all stages as needed; private and public presentations; and industry advocacy.

What distinguishes the JPP process is what we call Jewish Dramaturgy. We base our exploration of the theatrical needs of a play around the central issue of its Jewish content and ideas, continuing to ask the question “What is the Jewish here?” When possible, we will bring prominent Jewish thought leaders (clergy, scholars, professionals and artists) into the room to join the development process, and extend the Jewish learning.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Rebound Productions seeks one-act plays

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Deadline: May 31, 2024 midnight

Are you a budding Playwright? Would you like to have your work performed on a London stage?

We are looking for a series of ONE ACT, 12 -15 PAGES, 3 CHARACTER fictional stage plays (please only submit your work if it fits this criteria).

This is a fantastic opportunity for new and emerging playwrights to have their work produced by an exciting company.

Chosen by Rebound Productions and a panel of collaborators, the plays will be judged on:
  • Originality 
  • Plot
  • Storytelling
  • Writing technique 
  • Enjoyment 
We are keen to receive submissions that include interesting, diverse characters as well as characters that can be performed in any accents and by actors of any ethnicity. We are looking for exciting, innovative and envelope pushing work.

Do I need to have any experience?

You don’t need any previous writing experience. You can send your entry to us from 7am on Wednesday, 1st of May until midnight on Friday, 31st of May 2024.

IMPORTANT: If you have already submitted a play in the past, please send new material.

You can send your play using the form below, adding a brief explanation of why it should be chosen. Best of luck, writers!

*Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding the status of their application. Should your application be successful, you will be contacted by a member of our team.

Theatre Three's 26th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays (2025)

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Deadline: September 1, 2024

Since its inception in 1998, The Festival has received over 12,000 submissions from across the world and produced over 140 world premieres by more than 100 different playwrights. The Festival presents between five and eight plays each season.

Guidelines:
  • Playwrights may only submit one play per Festival.
  • Only unproduced works will be accepted. Please do not submit works that have been submitted for previous Festivals.
  • Plays that have had staged readings or on-line productions are eligible.
  • No adaptations, children’s plays, or musicals.
  • Cast size maximum: 12
  • Length maximum: 30 minutes (no minimum)
  • Settings: Simple or suggested.
  • All submissions should be emailed as PDFs with the title in caps followed by the playwright’s name. Example: THE BASKET WEAVERS Jamie Martin
  • Play’s cover sheet must include the author’s information (name, address, telephone, email). A short synopsis is encouraged
  • Any stage play format is acceptable.
  • Submissions should be sent to Jeffrey@theatrethree.com
  • Scripts must be received by September 1, 2024.
Selected plays will be presented for ten performances (dates to be determined in winter-spring 2025), at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on THEATRE THREE’s Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $150 stipend.

Playwrights will receive a standard Dramatists Guild-approved contract and will receive four complimentary tickets to be used at any performances. Playwrights are welcome to attend any rehearsals or performances. Playwrights will receive copies of playbills, postcards, articles, and reviews, as well as a link to all publicity and production photos. THEATRE THREE is responsible for all elements of production; playwrights incur no expenses. THEATRE THREE retains no future production rights.

Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted by early December 2024.

Final selection of plays will be announced on THEATRE THREE’s website and Facebook page by December 15, 2024.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Dappled Things submissions open

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Deadline: May 31, 2024

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

You may submit one fiction (including drama) piece at a time. 

Please wait until you have received a response before sending more work. We recommend that you look through previous editions of the journal to get a sense of the type of work we tend to favor. You may use this category to submit short stories, flash-fiction, and drama. Dappled Things pays $100 per published piece in this category.

Please include a byline in your cover letter that we can use in our contributor notes if your piece is selected for publication. Dappled Things is a Catholic magazine of ideas, art, and faith, and this raises the question of what Catholic culture is in the first place. Rather than give you a pat answer, we invite you as a contributor to help us explore that question. You should, however, keep in mind the following: Catholicism has a profoundly rich history; we tend to favor pieces that seriously engage and are informed by those riches. At the same time, we seek work that does not simply put old wine into new wineskins. Rather, we encourage innovation that is in reverent creative conversation with the riches of Christianity’s tradition in art, thought, and practice;

We cherish wit, but have little patience for pretentiousness, cynicism, or sneering. We expect that, at their core, pieces published in the magazine will grow out of a love and understanding of the cardinal virtues of wisdom, justice, temperance, and fortitude; the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love; and the redemptive theme that transpires from the Nicene Creed.

At the same time, we value work that is truthful through and through, meaning that it explores reality honestly and unflinchingly, without whitewashing or sugarcoating. To unveil the truth about the beauty and goodness of the world, one must not hide the facts of the Fall;

Pieces need not be overtly religious to be eligible for publication. Remember that Catholic means universal;

Whatever else your piece succeeds in doing, quality of craftsmanship is a sine qua non.

Dappled Things accepts simultaneous submissions. If you are submitting your work to other journals at the same time, please explicitly state that in your cover letter, and notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

At this time, fiction and poetry submissions will be open within an annual reading period of February 1 to May 31 (subject to adjustment). Nonfiction, book reviews, and guest blog posts continue to be read and accepted on a rolling basis.

HONORARIUM UPDATE (2023): Honoraria for publication are as follows: Fiction, nonfiction, & interviews receive $100 per piece (with the exception of J.F. Powers Prize stories: as of 2023, the first-place winner receives $700; second place receives $300).
Each issue's featured visual artist will receive $100.
Reviews receive $50 for longer pieces (over 900 words), $20 for shorter (under 900).
Blog posts on Deep Down Things receive $50 per post regardless of length.

Unless otherwise specified, the rights Dappled Things requests for all print works are standard rights of first North American serial publication. This covers print and digital formats, since magazine subscriptions and individual copies are offered in both. Authors retain all other applicable rights to their work. Dappled Things does appreciate credit as the journal of first publication. There is no required period of exclusivity after publication, as some journals have, but the editors do request that a piece submitted to us and accepted by us not be published elsewhere before our date of publication even if there is a long lead time. We build issues up to a year ahead of release, and planned production dates are subject to change. Please contact our editor in chief directly with any specific questions: dappledthings.carl@gmail.com.

PlayZoomers Seeks Short, Online, Holiday Scripts

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Deadline: July 31, 2024

PlayZoomers, a live, online theater company, seeks short (10-15 min.) holiday scripts for our December 2024 production. We seek light, humorous, clever plays with themes related to Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, or other December holidays. Scripts should be suitable for online production. There will be no script submission fees required. If we produce your play, you will receive a small stipend.

Please email scripts to playzoomers@gmail.com 

In the email’s subject line, put “Holiday script submission: [title ofplay] by [playwright]”. If you are submitting multiple scripts, send each one in a separate email. Please do not re-submit scripts you have previously sent us.

On the first page of your script include the title, playwright name, estimated run time, and contact information. On the next page, include a logline/brief plot summary, a detailed character breakdown, any production history, and ashort playwright bio. At the end of the script, describe production details, such as backgrounds, costumes, props, music, and sound effects. 

For additional script formatting guidance, go to https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats

The deadline for this round of submissions is July 31, 2024. As we read through scripts, we will acknowledge your submission and reach out to you only if your script is selected for production.

With 110+ professionally produced plays since 2020 - involving more than 285 playwrights, directors, designers, actors, and scores of audience members from 35 states and countries around the world - PlayZoomers has become a national online theatre company and an international theatre community. We feature plays of different genres and lengths, with cast sizes typically ranging from 2 - 6. We work closely with playwrights toadapt their work to a digital platform. We welcome theatre artists and audience members of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Learn more about our nonprofit company at https://www.playzoomers.org

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Stethoscope Stage 2024

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Deadline: May 31, 2024

SUBMISSION FORM - you must be logged into a Google account - if you have a gmail.com email address you have a Google account.

Ten-mintue plays and Five-minute monologues (personal narratives) addressing the following prompt are being accepted for Stethoscope Stage 2024 now through May 31, 2024:

With unsettling statistics around maternal mortality rates in the United State of America and stories such as those of Kyira Adele Dixon, Serena Williams, and most recently Kate Cox at the forefront of press and national conversations, the SS 2024 festival theme reflects on maternal health and effective — or ineffective — communication between women and their healthcare providers. Write a narrative in the form of a ten-minute play or five-minute monologue that explores this timely subject.

Medical professionals and members of the general population are encouraged to submit. You do not have to be a professional playwright to share your story. We want the raw, true, authentic you. That said, there are a few requirements to keep in mind: 

Ten-Minute Plays

 Page Length: 8 – 10

Tip: This is based on standard stage play format. Not familiar with stage play format? No worries! Simply time yourself reading your work in a natural cadence to make sure it does not exceed 10 minutes.

File Format: Word Doc or PDF. Other file formats will not be accepted.
Font: 12pt. Times New Roman in black ink
Text Spacing: Single
Characters: Two minimum, four max

Your play submission should include:

Title Page: Include play title, author full name, and author primary phone number and email address. Also, include a 150 word bio. Please list your medical title and place of employment if applicable.

Character Description Page: List the name of each character along with a brief character description. Be sure to include specifics such as age, gender, and race if pertinent to your story. With the exception of identifying yourself in your own monologue or play (if you choose to do so), use of actual names of real-life individuals is strictly prohibited. 

Examples:

STEVEN: Doctor. Easygoing and kindhearted. Always takes copious notes in a small notepad. Extremely tall. Biracial. Male. 35.

STANLEY: Patient. Nervous. Stutters. Frail small frame. Caucasian. Male. 70.

Full Text of Play

Monologues

Page Length: 2 -3

Tip: This is based on standard stage play format. Not familiar with stage play format? No worries! Simply time yourself reading your work in a natural cadence to make sure it is at least three minutes but not exceeding five minutes.

File Format: Word Doc or PDF. Other file formats will not be accepted.
Font: 12pt. Times New Roman in black ink
Text Spacing: Single
Characters: One

Your monologue submission should include:

Title Page: Include play title, author full name, and author primary phone number and email address. Also, include a 150 word bio. Please list your medical title and place of employment if applicable.

Character Description Page: List the name of your character along with a brief character description. Be sure to include specifics such as age, gender, and race if pertinent to your story. With the exception of identifying yourself in your own monologue or play (if you choose to do so), use of actual names of real-life individuals is strictly prohibited. 

Example:

STEVEN: Doctor. Easygoing and kindhearted. Always takes copious notes in a small notepad. Extremely tall. Biracial. Male. 35.

Full Text of Monologue

Stethoscope Stage 2024 is being hosted by the TCU Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine in the fall. Announcement of monologues and plays selected — semifinalists, finalists, and official selections — for the 2024 festival should be announced by September 2024. One or more works will have the chance to be published in the TCU Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine HuMed Journal.

UCROSS FELLOWSHIP FOR NATIVE AMERICAN WRITERS - 2025

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Deadline: July 16, 2025 at 2:00 AM

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

Current work is requested. An applicant's work sample and project description are the most significant feature of their application. Unless work is interdisciplinary, i.e. the various genres interconnect, each applicant is encouraged to apply in a primary discipline and submit a work sample and project description that emphasizes this single discipline. Competition for residencies varies annually and with the number of applications. While only one Fellowship winner will be selected, all applicants will have the option of being considered for a general Ucross residency.

ELIGIBILITY: Residencies are open to Native American writers who meet the criteria below. They must:
Be a practicing contemporary writer who is currently producing works in one or more of the following genres, including but not limited to FICTION, NONFICTION, POETRY, DRAMA, SCREENWRITING, PLAYWRITING, and HYBRID FORMS;
Be an enrolled member of a state-recognized or federally-recognized Tribe, Pueblo, Nation, Native Community, Political Entity, or Alaskan Native Village.

PLAYWRITING WORK SAMPLE: Your sample should represent the genre in which you plan to work while in residence. Writing samples should be double-spaced and include your full name. * Appropriate samples: One complete play (documentation of production may be included, if relevant), noting the 20 pages that you would like the reviewers to read.

Monday, May 20, 2024

The Playwrights Group - join our nationwide community

The Weekly Workshop

Join our nationwide community of playwrights on Zoom. 

It’s a great way to stay connected and motivated.

 

Participating in a weekly workshop can give you the kick you need to see your script through from beginning to end.  You can bring in anything you’re working on — a full length script, a musical, a TV pilot, whatever. And when your script is ready — we’ll present it in a Public Reading. We also bring in Guest Speakers, like Pulitzer Prize winner Margaret Edson (Wit). 


 

 

Sit in on a session and see for yourself!

Tuesdays or Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm EDT


 

Check out our website for more details and rates. 

 


Script Consultations

 

If you don’t have time for the workshop but have a script you’d like some feedback on — just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get a critique via email and/or video conference. See website for rates.

 

Richard Caliban has worked with  individuals on their scripts from all over the world — Indonesia, China, Greece, Australia, Serbia, as well as right here in New York. A script consultation will provide you with feedback on the structural soundness of your story, the dramatic arc of your protagonist, thematic unity and much more.


 

Online One-on-One Courses

 

If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:

 

       The Art of Playwriting

       Write a Play in 10 Weeks

 

Both are with instructor Richard Caliban, and since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience. 

 

Please visit our website for further Info and Rates: 


 

www.theplaywrightsgroup.com

 


Contact us at 

scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com

Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Science Playwriting Competition 2024 ~ 10-minute plays

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Deadline: September 15, 2024

The Science Playwriting Competition brings science and theatre together for the dissemination of scientific knowledge through an intriguing lens — providing inspiration for plays that lead to exciting ways of learning about science. Rooted in artistic expression, the best science plays can be exceptional works of art that aesthetically convey scientific concepts, potentially resulting in further explorations in both disciplines. In this way, science and theatre may learn from each other, through their common goals of investigating and gaining an understanding of the significance of science and how the world works.

The competition commenced in 2012 with the assistance of an NSF grant awarded for scientific outreach projects initiated by Professor of Physics Christopher Herzog with additional support from the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, and the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics. The competition draws playwrights from all over the world who submit 10-minute plays with compelling stories and innovative expression of science and theatricality.

The preferred topics in hard sciences and technology include, but are not limited to: Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Computer Science, Space Exploration, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Anthropology and Archaeology.

-A public staged reading of the winning entries will be performed during the Spring 2025 semester at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.

Guidelines:

– Plays should be approximately 10 minutes in length (usually around 10 pages).
– Winning playwrights will receive a directed, live-staged reading of their work in the spring 2025 semester.
– Plays must include a title page that includes the playwright’s name, address, phone number, and email address.
– Plays must be original unpublished work and must not be created with the assistance of any form of AI.

*Note: please submit electronic entries as a pdf file. Submitting your play implies permission to have your play performed in a staged reading in the fall semester; all submissions remain the property of the playwright.

QUESTIONS? CONTACT US AT scienceplays@scgp.stonybrook.edu

This competition is made possible by the generous support of the Simons Center of Geometry and Physics and the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University.

Exhume submissions for Fall 2024

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Deadline: June 30, 2024

We strive to publish visual art, poetry, prose, and drama in order to help writers who discuss queerness and trauma find a home for their works. Though we especially seek submissions that discuss these topics, we accept good writing across the board. We appreciate work that speaks to the human experience on a raw level. Consider works like Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” Jo Ann Beard’s “The Fourth State of Matter,” and John Cheever’s “The Swimmer.” Above all else, we want writing that makes us feel something. Writing can be traditional, experimental, or a hybrid of the two. Surprise us!

We accept both established and emerging artists and writers across the board. We welcome simultaneous submissions, though we ask that you let us know immediately should your submission be accepted somewhere else. At this time we do not accept previously published work.

All submissions should be emailed to exhumeliteraryjournal@gmail.com. 

Please list the genre you’re submitting under in the subject of your email, as well as your first and last name. Please paste your third-person bio, maximum 75 words, in the body of your email and submit your works as attachments in .doc or .docx format. All documents should be submitted in 12 point fonts.

Submit up to 3,500 words of prose in one double-spaced document.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Homegrown seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: May 31, 2024

We want pride to be a springboard for writers, not a limitation. We are fascinated to see how writers interpret Pride, this could be LGBTQAI+ pride, pride in your hometown, pride in yourself or even the sin of being prideful.
  • Homegrown is open to all, but we are particularly keen to hear from Luton voices and writers from or based in the Home Counties.
  • Submissions must be received by midnight on Friday 31st May via email and attached as a PDF or Word document.
  • We ask that the Subject Line for email submissions read: HOMEGROWN – Play Submission – INSERT YOUR NAME
  • In your submission email please include a short paragraph, introducing yourself, and your connection to Luton.
  • Only play scripts will be accepted, intended for live performance. Film, TV and Radio scripts will not be accepted.
  • Your piece must be no longer than 10 mins in duration, therefore we would advise a page count of 10-12 pages maximum.
  • Your piece must work with basic sound/lighting and minimal props.
  • We recommended cast sizes are kept low, ideally a cast of 1-4.
  • Adaptations will not be accepted. We are looking for new plays inspired by this festival’s theme: Pride.

North Park Playwright Festival 2024

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Deadline: June 30, 2024

Our goal in building the North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe was to provide a small theater to produce new, untested plays. In support of this goal we have produced the North Park Playwright Festival each October. The festival provides a platform for brand new, short (ten minute), plays written by playwrights from around the world. Over the past seventeen years more than 600 new plays have been produced. We encourage new directors and actors to become involved in theater through the festival as well. Through the North Park Playwright Festival over ninety playwrights, directors, and actors each year are able to showcase their talents. We invite interested playwrights to submit work to the festival. Please follow the guidelines below.

We are looking for:

1. Short new plays (no more than 12 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people. Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival. We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival. We don't have space for large casts.

2. We request new work. A play that has had workshops or one or two previous productions is OK, but we are not interested in work that has been produced in numerous other places. Our goal in building the theater was to have a place to produce brand new work and let playwrights have a chance to see their work done for the first time.

3. We seek complete plays rather than excerpts from a larger work.

4. Work will be chosen by the directors we have in the festival. It is not a "contest" and we are not really judging plays in the formal sense. The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them.

5. Most subject matter is OK. We don't do nudity or off color humor.

6. We ask that all submissions be sent to us via snail mail at the theater. Address is: North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn Summer Golden, Artistic Director. We have too much trouble with differing email, word processing, and computer platform issues to take them via email. Additionally, our selection process requires the directors read the plays submitted and the cost of printing all the plays we receive each year is prohibitive. Please insure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form. There is no charge to enter. No need to go to the post office. You can just staple your play together, put in a business size envelope and drop in the mail. You can print on both sides if you want to save postage.

7. Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2024. Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs. We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

8. Send only one script. Multiple submissions do not increase chances of production.

General information:

We are trying to support new work and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels. We have had a wide variety of artists involved from very experienced to first time directors and actors, to an 8 year old playwright (very short, well received play). We feel having a wide range of experience involved helps the new people learn from the more experienced.

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

Jeff Bushnell and Summer Golden
North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe
2031 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
www.northparkvaudeville.com

Saturday, May 18, 2024

92NY'S MUSICAL THEATER DEVELOPMENT LAB

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Deadline: June 15, 2024

92NY’s Musical Theater Development Lab is seeking playwrights and composers specializing in Theater for Young Audiences (TYA). The Lab offers a unique platform designed to support and showcase works specifically tailored for young audiences, providing an invaluable opportunity for these pieces to undergo active exploration and development.

We believe in the power of staged performances to bring theatrical creations to life and foster their growth. Through developmental readings and staged productions, selected TYA composers and playwrights will have the chance to witness their works unfold on stage, receiving feedback from both fellow creatives and the most important audience members: families and young theatergoers.

We are actively seeking TYA composers and playwrights with pieces that would benefit from our 2024—2025 Development Lab season beginning this July.

Applications are due June 15, 2024.

To apply, please send:

- - A proposal for your TYA musical of no more than 1000 words, including where you are in the process and why seeing the work stages would benefit your process.

- - A ten-page sample of your writing, preferably from your proposed musical. If this is not available, you may submit a sample of previous work intended for TYA.

- - A demo recording of 1-3 musical numbers from the musical. Please DO NOT attach these to the email; rather, upload to Google Drive/Dropbox and send a link.

- - Bio or resume of each member of the creative team.

- - A statement as to why you think you are a good fit for this project.

Send materials by June 15 to Attn: Megan Doyle, Executive Artistic Director, Mdoyle@92ny.org (PDF or links required; please do not attach large files as it will cause your email to be rejected).

Go Try Play Write May 2024

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Deadline: May 31, 2024

SUBMISSION FORM

We're proud to announce a new monthly playwriting contest in collaboration with Bamboo Ridge Press. Every month, Kumu Kahua's artistic director Harry Wong III will select a writing prompt on the first day of that month. We're looking for 5-page monologues or 10-page scenes based on that prompt; the due date for submissions are always the last day of the month. All entries must be written in traditional play format; instructions on this format can be found here (https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats), courtesy of the Dramatists Guild.

There will be one winner each month. Scripts will be submitted to the judges anonymously. Winners will receive $100 and a subscription to Bamboo Ridge Press. Woo!

The prompt for May 2024 is:

Black people in Hawai‘i comprise approximately 3% of the total resident population, but even with such small numbers, people of African descent have been a part of Hawaiʻi since the early 1800s, arriving before many of the ethnic communities we often think of as a regular part of the social fabric of the islands. Despite this history, Local Black people are often assumed to be part of the military, sometimes assumed to be transient and disconnected from ‘āina, their own ancestors, and disconnected from authentic cultures.

For this special prompt, created in collaboration with the Pōpolo Project, we focus on this specific community in Hawaiʻi. We’re calling Black people born, raised, who live in, or have lived in Hawaiʻi, to write a ten (10) page maximum scene or a six (6) page maximum monologue about what it feels like, looks like, is like to be Black in Hawaiʻi. Draw on any experience you have had in Hawaiʻi—growing up here, going to school here, dating, working, relating, finding your way.

Woodward/Newman Award 2025

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Deadline: September 1, 2024

SUBMISSION FORM

The Woodward/Newman Award is an exclusive honor offered by Constellation Stage & Screen, 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 Constellation’s Mainstage season.

Please note that there are significant changes to our submission and selection process from previous years. In order to make the Woodward/Newman Award accessible to all, we have eliminated submission fees as well as the contest format. The Woodward/Newman Award will continue to be awarded to an unpublished new play once per year and come with a $3,000 cash prize and a full production. 

Submissions will be accepted and reviewed by our literary team on an ongoing basis, and will be considered for the award as well as for all 8 production slots in our season. So a play that is not selected for the Woodward/Newman slot in our season, may still be considered and selected for production. This will allow us to now accept open submissions for all types of plays (including TYA shows). Plays submitted prior to September 1 will be considered for the 2025-26 season, while plays submitted beyond that date will be considered for the 2026-27 Season. All submissions will be kept on file for 2 years after submission.

If you have questions regarding submissions to the Constellation Stage & Screen, please contact the Literary Manager at literary@seeconstellation.org.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2025-26 Woodward/Newman Award. 

The award recipient will be announced by May 15, 2025. 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). TYA shows should have a complete running time of over 40 minutes.

Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission (independently published is acceptable).
Each play should be individually submitted at the following link: CONSTELLATION STAGE & SCREEN PLAY SUBMISSION.

You will be asked to submit your play as an attachment and all other information (bio, history, synopsis, character breakdown) will be entered into a form. Musical submissions may upload demos as an attachment or include a link to a shared folder.

Limit of 2 play submissions per year.
$3,000 cash prize is in lieu of royalties for the full production. Housing & transportation will also be provided.

Any unpublished play submitted to Constellation regardless of method (e.g. online form, agent submission, direct contact) may be considered for the Woodward/Newman Award.
Please note that we are moving away from a “finalists” model in lieu of keeping all plays under consideration for extended periods (2yrs). In 2025-26 we will no longer announce finalists and only announce a winner.

If you have any questions, please email literary@seeconstellation.org.

Friday, May 17, 2024

BREAK A LEG PRODUCTIONS ~ One-act Slam

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Deadline: July 15, 2024

BREAK A LEG PRODUCTIONS seeks plays up to 25 pages (no musicals) to be performed in our annual One Act Slam on September 28th at 2:00 pm at the Unity Center (213 West 58th Street.)

The Slam is a one act play competition. The audience votes for their favorite play, and the winning playwright receives a $100 cash prize

Please email plays in PDF form to plays.balproductions@gmail.com with the title of the play and author in the subject line.

Limit one play submission per playwright.

Art Omi Translation Lab 2024

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Deadline: July 1, 2024
Ghent NY

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

Art Omi: Writers is now seeking proposals for Translation Lab 2024, a 12-day special, intensive residency for four collaborating writer-translator teams in the fall of 2024.

Art Omi will host four English language translators in New York's Hudson Valley for 12 days. These translators will be invited along with the writers whose work is being translated into English. All text-based projects—fiction, nonfiction, theater, film, poetry, etc.—are eligible.

This focused residency will provide an integral stage of refinement, allowing translators to dialogue with the writers about text-specific questions. It will also serve as an essential community-builder for English-language translators who are working to increase the amount of international literature available to English-language readers.

The dates for Translation Lab 2024 are November 12-23, 2024. All residencies are fully funded including: airfare, train transportation from New York City to the Art Omi campus, local car transportation, and a small honorarium. Please note: accepted applicants must be available for the duration of the Translation Lab (November 12-23, 2024). Late arrivals and early departures are not possible. Please do not submit a proposal unless both parties involved (translator and writer) are available for all dates.

Art Omi: Writers will be accepting proposals for participation until July 1, 2024. Translators, writers, editors, or agents can submit Project Proposals.

Each proposal should be no more than three pages and provide the following information:

1. Names of the translator and writer applying, as well as contact information (physical address, email, and phone) and the original language of the text. These details should be provided at the very top of the proposal.

2. Brief biographical sketches for the translator and writer.

3. A description of the proposed project, including details about how you envision structuring your working time together.

4. Publishing status for the proposed project. (Projects that do not yet have a publisher are eligible.)

In addition to the Project Proposal, please submit a Work Sample. If sample pages of the English translation for the proposed project are available, please include them (no more than 25 pages). If they are not yet available, please provide another translation work sample.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Award-winning comedic playwright and screenwriter Sarah Congress is offering 1x1 private coaching

Award-winning comedic playwright and screenwriter Sarah Congress is offering 1x1 private coaching — online/from the comfort of your own home!

Whether you need help writing your very first play, are a seasoned writer struggling to finish a TV pilot, need some edits on a commercial script, or just want some fun writing prompts and a burst of intuition, Sarah can help.
"Writing a play was always a dream but as a fiction writer and journalist, I couldn’t figure out how to make it work. In just a few sessions, I’ve experienced several “a-ha” moments with Sarah. I always leave my time with her excited by my project and its potential. The skills I've learned have made me a better writer all around. I don’t think I would have ever written a play without her input."
---Leah Eichler, award-winning short story writer and publisher of Esoterica magazine

Visit Sarah's website here: https://sarahcongress.com/
Or shoot her an email at sarah.congress@gmail.com to learn more

Nomad Theatre seeks new unproduced short plays

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Deadline: see below

Nomad Theatre seeks new unproduced short plays to be a part of our upcoming season! Our mission is to provide an immersive theatre experience by exposing audience members to eclectic and moving stories, taking theatre outside of a traditional theatre space and into site-specific locations.

This year, we have three opportunities for playwrights to submit their original new short plays:

The Polling Place
Submissions close on 7/15/24 and selected playwrights will be notified by 9/1/24
bit.ly/writeforpolling

The Fireside Plays
Submissions close on 9/15/24 and selected playwrights will be notified by 1/8/25
bit.ly/writeforfireside

The Garden Plays
Submissions close on 1/15/25 and selected playwrights will be notified by 4/15/25
bit.ly/writeforgardens

Open to US playwrights, selected plays in our mainstage season receive a $15 honorarium ($40 for one-acts selected for By The Fireside) full production and a ticket to attend. Selected plays must be unpublished and unproduced at time of submission. We encourage anyone to submit, even if you’ve never written a play, especially underrepresented playwrights, including women, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, disabled, etc. Nomad will not produce theatre that is derogatory.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
  • How well it meets the theme.
  • Overall writing quality (Plot - we like different or quirky, weird, out-of-the-box theatre; Character Development; Dialogue)
  • Suitability for our actors and space - low tech, 1-4 characters, flexible casting
Submission Guidelines:

One submission per playwright per opportunity (three submissions total)

We suggest formatting similar to the Dramatist Guild Guidelines

A cover page should include the title, the playwright’s name, contact information, a brief synopsis, and character descriptions
Pages should be numbered
Minimum of 1, maximum of 4 characters
No musicals

If you have questions or need any accommodations for submission, please email Nomad Theatre at nomadtheatresubmissions@gmail.com

The 15th Annual Northport One-Act Play Festival

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Deadline: June 1, 2024

Submission form to print and fill out here

The 2024 Northport One-Act Play Festival will be held at St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 270 Main St, Northport, NY 11768.

We request that you be available to attend your play’s performances if possible. An Open Discussion with the playwrights, directors, and cast may follow each performance if time allows.

IMPORTANT REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMITTING YOUR SCRIPT:

1) Please make sure your script pages are numbered;

2) On the cover of your script, please include a.) Name of Your Play, b.) Your Name, c.) Your Contact information [Address, Telephone Number & Email];

3) Include the character breakdown on the second page of your script;

4) Include the Setting that your play occurs (i.e., an apartment in NYC.) and the Time (i.e. the Present.) on the second page. This information will be used in the program.

5) Note: Ease of production is also considered as part of a play’s possible selection for the Festival. We recommend one simple set and no complicated props, sound or lighting requirements. You will bepermitted to have opening and closing music which is in the public domain: no music which requires a royalty. We suggest no more than 4 characters.

6) Also submit a digital copy of your script, either on a CD included with the script, or by email to NorthportPlays@gmail.com.

7) Please include a Self Addressed Stamped Postcard if you would like notification that we have received your script.

PRODUCING YOUR PLAY:

1.     REMEMBER: If you do not produce your own play, a group from the local theater community will be doing so. That group must find space to conduct their own rehearsals. The Northport One-Act Play Festival will provide for One (1) cue-to-cue technical rehearsal, which will last no longer than 20 minutes in the theater during the weekpreceding the Festival. There will also be One (1) tech and one

(1) dress rehearsal on the stage. All rehearsals are scheduled in the order that plays will be presented in the Festival.Each program consists of up to 7 playsA mandatory preview on Sep 14th will be scheduled and must be attended by Director and actors. Half-hour time slots will be offered between 11:00am and 5:00pm.


2.     LIGHTING AND SOUND: There will be a basic lighting plot that all plays in the Festival use. Any additionalequipment (i.e., microphone, musical instruments, etc.) must be provided by the Directors of the play. Any music/sound effects must be on CD or sent as an MP3 file and supplied by preview day, Sep 14th, along with stage manager, sound and lighting cue scripts (3 separate notated scripts).


3.     SETS: We will assist in any way possible to provide basic sets but keep the scenery and props to a minimum. Any plans to use a large set piece to support the production must be mentioned to the producers of the play before Sep 14thYour cast will be asked to help clear your set after each performance.


4.     RUNNING TIME: It is very important that you give us the running time of your play so we can accurately puttogether the running time of each Program. The maximum running time for a play in the Festival is 20 minutes. Any play going longer in rehearsal will require some editing. The minimum running time is 7 minutes.


5.     REHEARSALS: Directors and cast must be available to present their play to Festival producers

Sep 14th (time to be determined) so that the producers are aware of its current running time and readiness for theFestival. Note: Producers may request the directors to have playwrights make edits to reduce the running time of the play at this point if it is determined that it will run past 20 minutes.


Directors and cast must attend tech and dress rehearsals on the dates assigned during the week preceding the Festival.

6.     ACTORS: If asked, management can assist in casting by providing contact information to appropriate actors and publicizing your auditions. Director must send descriptions of open roles, e.g. age, sex, etc.

7.     PERFORMANCES: All plays will be assigned to either Program 1 or Program 2. Program 1 will be performed the evening of Friday, Sep 27th and the matinee of Saturday, Sep 28th. Program 2 will be performed on the evening of Saturday, Sep 28th and the matinee of Sunday, Sep 29th.

8.     No Royalties or other monetary compensations are given for these performances.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

TECHNICAL / PRODUCTION: You will need to keep the technical requirements for your show very simple. There willbe a general light plot, with specials that everyone involved in the Festival will use. Sound is basic. Directors should submit their sound and music on a CD or MP3 file before Sep 14thDirectors will have a chance to discuss tech with the staff at this Preview Day. Storage space is limited so you should keep your props and set to a minimum. Each play will have onecue to cue technical rehearsal for 20 minutes in the theater during the week prior to the Festival and one dress rehearsal.

PUBLICITY: Northport Plays, Inc will publicize the Northport One-Act Play Festival and coordinate overall press relations, including interviews and media attendance at performances. The directors will be asked to submit publicity photos & PR materials so that we can send complete press packages to print, broadcast and social media. A copy of the flyer/poster will be emailed to all parties. You are responsible for publicizing your own show through your own pressreleases, Facebook, and other means. The more you promote your show, the larger your potential audience. Northport One-Act Play Festival will produce a playbill for both Programs.

EXCLUSIVITY: Whether or not your play is accepted in the Northport One-Act Play Festival, Northport Reader’sTheater will try to include your script in their monthly hybrid readings. You will be invited to attend the reading of your play if it is scheduled. The readings are followed by a discussion of the play. If you are unable to attend, a video will be made of the reading and the link sent to you.

NETWORKING: The Northport One-Act Play Festival is a wonderful place for talent to network and be considered for new projects. Just think, at every performance your work will be seen by other playwrights, directors, and actors. In addition,there will be an opportunity for the playwrights and casts to meet the audience following each Program. The Northport One-Act Play Festival is a great place to be seen and be heard. Several Festival plays have gone on to runs on Long Island and in New York City.

PLEASE NOTE: The goal of the Northport One-Act Play Festival is to provide a nurturing environment to develop and showcase new plays. We pride ourselves in providing a platform to present diverse, exciting, new works that capture the pulse of innovative theatre. We enjoy the wide range of talent that we have been able to provide and a stage and for artists to present new work. We take several factors into consideration when deciding to accept a play into the Festival. Subjectmatter, creativity and freshness are important factors. Tell us in your cover letter why you feel you need to be a part of the Northport One-Act Play Festival.

ACCEPTANCE: All applicants will receive acceptance status notification (i.e. accepted or declined). Notification of acceptance status will begin to be mailed on or about July 1, 2024. If your play is accepted, you will receive a Release Agreement to participate in the Festival. You will have until July 15, 2024 to sign the Agreement and mail it to us along with your $75 participation fee. If your play is accepted into the Festival, you will be told in which Program your play will be performed. If you have a conflict with any of the dates, please note it on your submission form. You will receive two complimentary tickets to each performance of your play and a DVD of or link to the performance.

TICKETS: The Northport One-Act Play Festival tickets will be available for sale online beginning in September 2024. Information will be available at www.NorthportPlays.com or 631-223-8053.

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