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Monday, November 30, 2020

B3 Theater Fourth Festival of Shorts

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Deadline: December 15, 2020 11:59 PM MST

B3 Theater of Phoenix, Arizona, seeks scripts for their Fourth Festival of Shorts! The Festival will be held in June/July of 2021. The Shorts will be fully rehearsed shows, whether they take place live or virtually.
  • The shortlisted scripts will be judged in performance by the audience, and the winning scriptwriter(s) will receive $50!
  • The subject matter is open, although preference will be given to experimental and progressive works. There should be minimal setting, prop, and costume requirements. All genres welcome, including monologues, with the exception of musicals. 
  • Entries should be 5-15 pages, including the title and cast page. 
  • One entry per playwright, please.
  • Previous productions are okay.
  • Please refrain from sending material previously submitted to B3.
  • International submissions are welcome, but the text must be in English.
  • Please scrub your submission of your name and personal information. Include that information in the body of your email, along with the title of the play.
  • Please put the following in the subject line of your email: Submission: the name of your play
  • The format may be docx or pdf.
  • There is no fee with this contest.
  • Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 PM AZ time, December 15, 2020.
  • Entries will be capped at 200. Please check our website at www.b3theater.com for a notice of when the cap has been reached.
Send submissions to: ilanab3productions@gmail.com. If you have any questions, you may also ask Ilana Lydia at this address. 

You will hear from us regarding your submission around March 2021.

Drama in the Time of Covid—An Anthology

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Deadline: August 1, 2021


We seek an anthology to showcase works by playwrights examining Covid-19 in all its permutations. We are looking for short plays and monologues from diverse playwrights worldwide who have something to say about the current pandemic. The anthology will be published by FlowerSong Press in Spring 2022.

To submit, send new and un-produced scripts as attachments of no more than 25 pages to covidanthology@gmail.com by August 1, 2021.
 
Include a 50-75 word 3rd-person bio in the body of your email. 

Plays that have had readings or workshops are acceptable. 

Format scripts as Microsoft Word or PDF documents only, and include a title page with contact information. 

Simultaneous submissions are okay but please notify us asap if accepted elsewhere. All accepted playwrights will receive a copy of the anthology upon publication.

Close to 8 million people worldwide have contracted Covid-19. 1 million have died. In the United States alone, over 200,000 have succumbed to this deadly virus, and counting. With no end to the pandemic in sight, the "new normal" involves lockdowns, social distancing, face masks, fear, and political strife.

More than any other creative genre, drama has suffered the hardest during the Covid-19 pandemic. With the closure of theaters worldwide as in plagues of the past, playhouses have been forced to find new ways to reproduce the magic of live theater by going virtual. For smaller venues lacking the resources, many have closed temporarily or permanently shuttered. For playwrights, this reality translates to fewer opportunities to showcase their work, and the virus places in peril the future of live theater and new works.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Fresh Ink Call for Plays

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Deadline: December 1, 2020 12:00pm (noon) Central Time 



The Public Theater of San Antonio

• There is no submission fee
• Only the first 50 submissions will be considered
• Two scripts will be selected to each receive 4 performances at The Public Theater in June, 2021
• Winners will be announced April 1, 2021
• Playwrights of selected works will receive $300 or 7% of the ticket proceeds to performances of their work, whichever is greater
Submission Criteria

• We encourage entries by U.S. playwrights of any race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

• Musicals are not eligible at this time.

• Plays intended for young audiences are not eligible at this time.

• Submissions may have had readings but not have had a prior production.

• Submissions must be in standard format: 12-point font, standard font such as Times New Roman or Courier.

• Submissions must be written in English.

• Submissions must be "blind" with no playwright identification anywhere within the uploaded file.

Cast size is limited to 1 for the 2020-2021 Season (Please note the 1 cast member may play multiple roles.) 

• Anticipated run time must be no less than 50 minutes and no more than 120 minutes

• Professional submissions please. Edit for spelling, punctuation and grammar. Use standard play formatting. If in doubt please use Dramatist’s Guild guidelines, found at the following link 

ReImagine: New Plays in TYA

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Phase One — Deadline December 30, 2020

Application Process

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

Phase One — Deadline December 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

A reading committee comprised of the Advisory Council plus additional invited readers will read all first round applicants and choose a selection of projects to move to the second phase.

Phase Two — Deadline February, 2021

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

Final selections will be made by the Advisory Council and announced in March, 2021.

Ready to apply? Click here!

Questions? Contact Jenny Millinger at jmillinger@childsplayaz.org


ReImagine: New Plays in TYA aims to support the development and visibility of new works for young audiences by BIPOC playwrights. This project will provide funding directly to the playwright, as well as funds to be utilized for development work with a partner theatre.

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

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

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

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

What kinds of projects are you looking for?
We are looking for bold and fresh new ideas and voices. We are interested in the stories that you feel need to be shared in this moment – stories that are urgent and energized and fantastical and joyful and devastating and searching and burning to be told.

We are interested in hearing the full range of stories that playwrights of color are interested in telling; proposed projects do not have to address cultural identity.

We are looking for projects that are in an early-to-mid stage of development. Our goal is to provide resources to the playwright to further the creation and/or development of a new idea or project. If you have a script that is ready for production, we applaud your work, but this application isn’t a good match for your project (we are actively looking for ways to highlight work that is ready for production, so watch this space.)

Recognizing that our development resources are limited, we are open to a range of styles and development needs, including devised work and musicals. Adaptations will only be accepted from works in the public domain (e.g. folktales).

That’s in large part up to you! We recognize that playwrights work at different speeds and that one type of development process does not fit all. You might want to spend one concentrated week of time working with actors; you might choose to hold a reading every weekend for a month, or even a reading every two or three months. You are in charge of your process, which will be finalized in conjunction with your partner theatre.

You may start drawing upon development funds as soon as you have found a partner theatre; all development funds MUST be expended by December 31, 2021.

What do we mean by “development process”? For those applicants who may be new to playwriting, this is often known as workshop time — it is the part of writing a play that involves other collaborators. Some playwrights like to hand a draft script to a director and actors, hear them read the work, and then go away and make changes (either overnight if you want to spend a full week with actors or over a longer period of time if you just want occasional readings). Other playwrights like to devise work by giving actors and a director opportunities to improvise on themes or ideas; the playwright watches (or participates!) and then takes ideas away to write on their own. You might also want an audience — of young people or families — to watch a reading your work and talk to you about it. When we ask you to describe your desired development process, essentially we are saying: “we will provide you with funds for actors, a director and a dramaturge — how will you use their time?”)

Stay home, stay safe: This project (and its budget!) were created for COVID times. We are assuming that development activities will take place largely or exclusively online. You and your partner theatre may choose to hold in-person workshops, but funding for travel is not included in the budget.
Who are the partner theatres?

That’s part of the process! After a project has been selected, we will work with the playwright to develop an application for theatres based upon the needs of your project. We will collect applications and help you select a theatre that best suits you and your project. You do NOT need to have a relationship with a theatre in order to apply or be selected!

If you are already working with a theatre on your project or if you have a relationship with a theatre already, then we’ll just need to confirm the theatre’s willingness to participate and you’re good to go.

Definition: Partner Theatre — A theatre that will host your development work. The theatre will be asked to do all the logistical work (hiring and paying artists, scheduling, hosting, stage management, etc.). They will also be asked to connect you with young people in their community to listen to a reading and provide dramaturgical response. And, if you enjoy working together, we hope that the theatre will continue to develop your work with an eye towards production. However, there is no long-term commitment/guarantee from either the playwright or the partner theatre. The theatres serve as the fiscal managers of the development budget and must be able to receive grant funds.

Definition: Theatre of Record — But what if you really, desperately don’t want to work with a formal theatre? If you have a creative team in place for your project (e.g. you already have a director, dramaturge and actors) AND you don’t want to be affiliated with a formal theatre AND you are willing to do the coordination for your workshops, Childsplay will serve as your theatre of record in order to compensate artists.
What will be required of playwrights?

Playwrights will be required to do active development work on their project and, in conjunction with their partner theatres, report on their activities during and at the end of the project period.

Playwrights will be required to participate in ReImagine presentations at the 2021 TYA/USA Festival to promote your work. This might include participating on a panel, helping us create a video about you and your work, or even holding a reading if your play is ready to be shared. You will likely also be asked to participate in follow-up activities at the 2022 TYA/USA Festival.

Playwrights will be invited to promote their work through the TYA/USA network and platforms. We will collaborate with you over the course of the year to determine the best way to showcase your work.

Playwrights will be invited to submit information about their project to a collective website or platform that will be developed for ReImagine in order to link playwrights to potential producers.

Playwrights will have access to support throughout their project from the Write Now staff and members of the ReImagine Advisory Council.

Playwrights will retain ALL rights to their work.

This Moment Productions One Act Streaming Play Festival


Deadline: December 5, 2020 5:00pm CST

This Moment Productions seeks to redefine the way we consume theatre in a changing world. We are seeking submissions that fit the Zoom or online streaming format only. We will produce four, ten minute one acts. Each will stream for two weekends in Spring 2021. 
Please send all submissions to thismomentproductions@gmail.com.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Eligibility | Plays must be the original work of persons who are residents of the U.S. 

In the case of collaborations, the residency requirement pertains to all authors. All playwrights must be 18 or older.

Playwrights must hold all legal rights to their piece; it may have been previously produced, workshopped, or presented as a reading prior to entry in the competition.

Script Requirements

Length: Every play must be able to be fully performed, including all additional audio sources such as music and other sound effects, in 10-minutes or less.

Structure: Although not a requirement, preferential consideration will be given to plays in one scene and/or a single setting. Must be able to be produced for virtual streaming platforms.

Cast: No more than 2-3 actors and all roles must be for individuals 18 years or older. (More characters are allowed if actors may double.) A list of characters with a brief physical description of each must be included on the Entry Form. This Moment Productions will arrange directors, actors, rehearsal, and handle all editing including production and streaming of the play. Playwrights interested in directing should note that upon submission. This Moment Production, as producer, will have final say and approval of the piece prior to release to public audiences.

Genre: Comedy, drama, mystery, thriller or monologue — but no musicals or plays for children.

Technical Limitation: Play settings should be simple, suitable written for the online streaming platform, requiring very minimal props/costumes and limited technical effects. Our productions look to simplify the stage picture to emphasize the playwright’s work, strong character driven pieces are a must. No use of copyrighted music, logos, or names/franchises.

Format: PDF or Microsoft Word, prepared using standard formatting for a stage play.
We suggest you read “How to format your script” by Sam Graber on the website of The Playwrights’ Center: https://pwcenter.org/playwriting-toolkit/how-format-your-script — a correctly formatted script is easier to read and evaluate. A Word template which you may find helpful is available for download.

Originality: We seek plays that are new, inventive, fresh, and not an adaptation of work by another author. The play may have been workshopped or presented as a reading prior to entry in the competition but must be unpublished and not previously performed before a paying audience. Submission Limit: Three plays per playwright.

Submission Fee: There is no fee for entry. If your play is selected for production, you will be expected to provide a brief (150-word) biography, a JPG high-resolution photo, and a brief synopsis of the play which may be used in marketing and promotion.

Deadline: Uploaded script must be received by December 5th at 5:00pm CST. No more than 100 scripts will be accepted. With our receipt of the one hundredth script, no further entries will be considered. *Please see information that should be included in your email along with your submission.

Uploading: Plays may only be submitted electronically to This Moment Productions at ThisMomentProductions@gmail.com.

Selection: The play selection process begins with evaluation by our team of readers, who will independently score each play according to their assessment of plot, character, dialogue, language, theatricality and their own emotional response. Due to the high volume of entries we are not able to give specific feedback. If your play is selected you will be notified by December 31st, please no inquires.

Performance: Plays selected as finalists will be staged as full productions, ticket sales, promotion, rehearsal, casting, and advertisement will all be the responsibility of This Moment Productions and will be streamed for two weekends in Spring 2021.

Your email submission must include the following information.
  • Name of Playwright Submitting: 
  • Title of One Act:
  • Playwright Email Address: 
  • Playwright Phone #: 
  • How many actors are featured in your piece? 
  • Please list and props special to this production: 
  • Are you interested in directing your piece? 
  • Please describe your piece in 250 words or less: 
I affirm that the attached script is my original work and is not based on or adapted from any other work, including but not limited to novels, short stories, screenplays, teleplays, other theatrical scripts, or from musical forms such as opera, contemporary music or musical theater.​
I affirm that my play has not been published and has never been performed before a paying audience.
I understand that if my play is selected, I will be interviewed by This Moment Productions to confirm the originality of the work and that other steps will be taken to confirm my statements.
I understand that violation of these rules will disqualify my play for consideration.

I understand This Moment Productions will make final production decisions based on the quality of the work and practicality of production, and such decisions shall be final.

By submitting you are agreeing to all the information presented in this document.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

2021-22 Woodward/Newman Drama Award

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Deadline: December 1, 2020

NO FEE FOR MEMBERS OF THE DRAMATISTS GUILD

The Woodward/Newman Drama Award is an exclusive honor offered by Bloomington Playwrights Project, remembering the many great dramas Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman performed in together.

It presents the best unpublished full-length drama of the year with a cash prize of $3,000 and a full production as part of the BPP’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement.

BPP is now accepting submissions for the 2021-22 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Submissions must be submitted by December 1, 2020. The winner will be announced by June 2021.

“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.

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

Your email should include the following:

Tell us for which competition you are submitting: Reva Shiner Comedy or the script Woodward Newman Drama

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

Title page with author name

Synopsis (1 page or less)

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.


Hominum open for submissions

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OTHER: We are open to receiving other genres of the literary arts, including (but not limited to) hybrid pieces, one-act plays, screenplays, and songwriting. Guidelines for these submissions vary, so if you're unsure drop us an email or just send it along!

All submissions should be emailed to hominumjournal@gmail.com, with the subject line "GENRE-FIRST AND LAST NAME". Please include your submission as an attachment (.pdf, doc(x), or.rtf) along with a brief third-person biography. Cover letters are appreciated but not required.

We appreciate standard conventions, i.e. 12-point Times New Roman or Garamond font. Prose should be double-spaced and poetry single-spaced. However, if deviating from these standards is integral to the artistic integrity of the piece, then by all means do so.

We ask for first North American publishing rights and archival rights on all submissions. All rights revert back to the author upon publication, but we do ask that you mention us in future reprints.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted on the condition that it is acknowledged in the cover letter and we are notified immediately if this work is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published work unless solicited.

POETRY: Please include up to 5 poems per submission. There is no word or page limit.

PROSE: Please include up to 3 pieces per submission, with no more than 10,000 words total.

The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival

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Deadline: December 15, 2020

The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival honors new American plays that provide dynamic performance opportunities for college-aged actors.

The festival endeavors both to recognize playwrights for their outstanding work and to provide a resource for universities across the country to identify dynamic plays with robust roles for college-aged actors for production at their institutions.

Seeking plays that have:
  • A cast of primarily (or exclusively) characters in their teens and twenties.
  • A mid- to large-sized cast (i.e., at least five actors, preferably at least ten).
  • Significant representation (in both number and quality) of roles for female-identifying actors.
  • Dynamic, fully-drawn roles to challenge student actors.
  • Thematic values that will speak to college-aged artists and audience members.
The festival also places a value on plays that have the potential to provide performance opportunities to actors from under-represented groups.

Plays should not have had a previous full production. Workshops and readings are fine.

Finalists for the festival’s top prize will receive airfare and housing to participate in the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival on the campus of the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance at Southeast Missouri State University in the summer of 2021. Staged readings of the finalists’ plays will be presented as part of the festival, and the winner of the prize will be announced at the end of the week-long event.

The winning play will receive:
  • A world premiere production in the 2021-2022 Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance theatre season.
  • Consideration of the play for publication by Concord Theatricals, the world’s most significant theatrical company, comprising the catalogs of R&H Theatricals, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection.
  • A meeting for the playwright with new play acquisition staff at Concord Theatricals.

Submissions for the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival should be submitted by December 15, 2020, to:

Kitt Lavoie
Artistic Director
The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival

lanfordwilsonfest@semo.edu


Please include “Lanford Wilson Festival Submission” in the subject line.

Submissions should include .pdf copies of:
  • Complete script
  • Brief synopsis of the play (100-250 words)
  • Character breakdown, including ages
  • Author(s) bio (100-250 words)
  • List of previous readings and workshops (if applicable)

Friday, November 27, 2020

University of Miami Online New Play Festival

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Deadline: December 20, 2020

With a goal to provide online performance opportunities to our Conservatory BFA Theatre majors and our BA Theatre majors while also providing the learning experience for them to interact with new work and playwrights, the University of Miami is seeking short plays to be produced as part of a series of online works in the Spring semester of 2021. The Theatre Arts Department normally produces 4 productions a semester in two on-campus theaters. However, due to the restrictions and health concerns of COVID 19, we hope to expand our students learning opportunities by working on pieces which have been written, conceived, or re-conceived for an online Zoom platform. In return, we hope that writers will see the constraints of the format as a way to tell their stories in a different and unique manner while benefiting from working with the department’s very talented and disciplined students.


The Plays:

* Should run ideally 10 to 30 minutes

* Should require approximately 4 to 10 actors

* Should ideally be performed with limited Zoom production elements

* Will be rehearsed for 1 to 2 weeks and and taped on Zoom or similar platform

* Will be directed by UM Faculty or professional guest directors

* Will be provided with a UM Student Stage Manager

* Will require the online participation of the playwright with rewrites encouraged

* Should be submitted as PDFs with title and author and contact info

Submissions will be accepted thru Dec.20, 2020. Playwrights may make multiple submissions. Making a submission does not guarantee a reply. If we are interested in producing your play we will contact the playwright. A $50 stipend will be awarded to each playwright in the festival.

Questions may be emailed to Michael Bush, Artistic Director of the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre at the University of Miami, mxb1530@miami.edu.

All submissions must include a resume and both should be emailed to sandra.palvarez@miami.edu

Kernodle New Play Award 2021

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Deadline: December 16, 2020
Fayetteville Arkansas

Eligibility: All playwrights must fill out our online submission form, which is only available during our submission window, which opens on November 1, 2020. Plays submitted before November 1, 2020 will not be considered.

Additionally, please understand, due to staffing levels (and a desire to keep unsolicited submissions free), we can only accept the first 100 unsolicited submissions received in 2020-2021*.

For all submissions, please follow the process below.

Submission Materials:
  • Complete the Online Submission Form, (available Nov. 1, 2020) where you will be asked to provide:
  • 10 page sample from the script you are submitting
  • A brief synopsis and history of the script
  • Author Bio
  • Full-length manuscript (70+ minutes)
  • All documents should be in PDF format and uploaded to our Online Submission Form
  • Plays submitted in previous years will not be accepted.
  • Plays must be unpublished and cannot have been professionally produced (previous workshop OK). No plays for young audiences, or musicals please. Adaptations are considered only if rights are clearly secured or source material is in public domain.
  • One submission per writer
  • Please allow 3-6 months response.

Submission Fee: None.

Deadline: Submissions must be made between November 1 and December 16, 2020.

Announcement of Awards: April/May 2021

Thursday, November 26, 2020

2021 ATHE-KCACTF JUDITH ROYER EXCELLENCE IN PLAYWRITING AWARD

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Deadline: December 1, 2020

The Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award honors a new play marked by sophisticated and nuanced storytelling, with the potential to make a major artistic impact on contemporary theatre. In 2017, the playwriting award was newly named the Judith Royer Award for Excellence in Playwriting, in honor of the many years of service she has given to ATHE, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and especially to the development of new plays throughout the nation. 

Plays must have been written by playwrights engaged with an institution of higher education (be it student, faculty, artist in residence, guest artist, etc.).

This award is co-sponsored by KCACTF. Only full-length plays will be considered. A playwright may only enter one play in any given year. The plays can be produced or unproduced but must be unpublished.

Authors and nominators need not be ATHE members. Self-nominations are welcome. The winning playwright is expected to attend the ATHE Conference and to participate in the preparation of a concert reading of the play. The winner will receive conference registration, four nights in the conference hotel, and up to $500 towards travel expenses (reimbursement). The playwright will also be recognized at the National Festival at the Kennedy Center, for which they will receive membership in the Dramatists Guild, a cash award of $500, travel, hotel and a meal allowance.

Submission Guidelines
  • A blind copy of your script, submitted as a PDF. To ensure the blind reading process, your name must not appear anywhere in the script document -- not on the cover page, not in the headers or footers.
  • A cover sheet, submitted as a separate document, with the name of the play, your name as you expect to see it on publicity material, and contact information.
  • A brief synopsis of the play.
  • A rough casting breakdown - Example: (3M, 4W).
  • Brief descriptions of the characters.
  • Pertinent production notes (optional).
  • We do not accept screenplays or musicals (due to the difficulty of the reading).
  • Your play must not include material that you do not have permission to use.
  • Your play must not be previously published.
  • Previous production of your script is allowed.
  • Do not submit a play that is incomplete or a rough draft.
  • Plays may be submitted to other award programs simultaneously.
  • Plays must be full-length. This means more than 60 pages. 
  • The screening for the award will be done by blind reading. Therefore we require that names not be put on the manuscript, but ONLY on the cover page. The readers for the award will not receive the cover page. 
  • Submissions due December 1, 2020.

SUBMIT YOUR WORK

For questions, contact subcommittee chair Hank Willenbrink.

Playwright Submissions for “Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2021” Now Open

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

Sundog Theatre in NYC is seeking one-act plays for “Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2021”
This is Sundog Theatre’s 19th annual presentation of new and original, one-act plays about our favorite boats, the Staten Island Ferries.

THE GUIDELINES
  • Original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming that.
  • 10-30 minutes in length and set on the Staten Island Ferry (Note: not performed on the Ferry).
  • Set in contemporary time period. Strong priority will be given to plays with 2 characters, however, 3-character plays will be considered. No special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited and easily accessible props, and no special sound or lighting.
  • Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence situations and language since we cater to a broad audience.
  • No musicals, long monologues, poetry, rants, or verse.
  • Humor, if appropriate, is appreciated.
IMPORTANT NOTE

This year’s theme is anything related to our current circumstances imposed by Covid-19. Again, humor is appreciated. Also note: write your play so that – if necessary – it can be rehearsed/performed online.


REMUNERATION

4 – 6 plays will be chosen, and writers will receive $100 each and be produced in our series of five spring 2021 performances in Staten Island or online.

SUBMISSION
  • Please send two hard copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author and contacts) and the name of the play on each page to Sundog Theatre, “Scenes 2021”, PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301.
  • Submissions should include brief synopsis, play history, a 70-word bio and also full resume of the writer.
  • Should be postmarked from now until December 31, 2020.
  • Do not submit plays electronically.
  • Questions: ferry@sundogtheatre.org. Susan Fenley, Producer
  • NO SUBMISSION FEE

NOTIFICATION

Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog’s website early in 2021.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Truckee Community Theater 10 Minute Play Festival

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Deadline: November 30th 2020

Submit to: info@truckeecommunitytheater.com

Guidelines for play submissions:
  • Plays must be between 8-10 minutes in length and no more than 10 minutes.
  • Plays should be rated G to PG-13 with specific notes as to why a play is rated for more mature audiences. Please nothing R rated for this festival. 
  • Please make notes on the cover of your play concerning casting and be specific (Only a woman can play this role..etc) 
  • We accept plays from all over the world, however we would like them written/translated into English.We would be interested in plays written in Spanish.
  • Playwrights are not paid royalties for this event. However, having a play selected is a very big deal. Last year we received nearly 50 submissions and selected 16.
  • Directors are selected by our committee and Artistic Director. Actors are chosen by directors. If your play is selected and you are interested in being contacted by the director, please let us know. In the past directors have enjoyed collaborating with playwrights.

Fall 10-Minute Play Festival
March 26-28, 2021

Our Annual 10 Minute Play Festival is moving to March beginning in 2021 as part of the 2021 show season.

Play submissions are due by November 30th 2020.

Truckee Community Theater is the only community theater organization in California at present that does a 10-Minute Play Festival. We started this endeavor back in 2017 by selecting 10-minute published plays and a variety of directors to put on a "festival". Now, with the help of writing teacher, Karen Terrey, we partner with her company "Tangled Roots" to help novice and aspiring playwrights to create beautiful 10-minute plays.

Plays are submitted each year and a committee selects the best of the best. In 2019, we received over 40 entries and 15 plays were selected and presented over a two-day festival. In 2021, we plan to grow the even to 4 days with 1 day featuring plays written and directed by our high schools students.

The Miranda Family Foundation Voces Latinx National Playwriting Competition

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DEADLINE: Monday, February 1, 2021 (Timestamped)

More Info: www.repertorio.nyc/opportunities

The Latinx/Hispanic Community represents many nations and every corner of the United States. By the mid-21st Century, 1 in 3 people will identify as having raíces Latinx (Latin roots). We have journeys and histories that need to be heard and experienced on stage. The goals of The Miranda Family Foundation Voces Latinx National Playwriting Competition are to discover, develop, promote and amplify Latinx plays and playwrights. Repertorio Español is now in its 53rd season and 2nd decade of championing new works through playwriting initiatives. To that end, this competition and our theatre will prepare the way for an American Theatre that is reflective and representative of the Pan Latinx Community. An endeavor that becomes increasingly more important.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Latinx culture, history, ideals and characters must be central to the play submitted. The community must be accurately depicted and the focus of the work.
  • No screenplays, one act plays, adaptations or translations will be accepted.
  • New and un-produced plays preferred. Plays that have had readings or a workshop production are acceptable.
  • All plays must be original and full-length (minimum running time: 75 minutes) and can be written in Spanish and/or English.
  • The competition is inclusive of all playwrights who are at least 18 years of age and residents of the United States or Puerto Rico. 
Link to article on winning plays of 2020: https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/Repertorio-Espanol-Announces-Winners-of-2020-Miranda-Family-Voces-Latinx-Playwriting-Competition-20201008

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Teatro LATEA seeks one-act stage scripts

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Deadline: December 20, 2020

107 Suffolk St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10002

Teatro LATEA is looking for one acts stage scripts by Afro-Latinx playwrights to produce a stage reading during the second week of January 2021 in honor of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement.

No fee to submit

The theater will produce the staged reading virtually.

To submit please email a PDF file to t.ronderos@inbox.teatrolatea.org

The playwright will be notified on January 1st 2021 if their play was selected.

New, never produced plays are encouraged, but not mandatory.

2021 JEROME EMERGING ARTIST RESIDENCY

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Deadline: February 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST
Red Wing Minnesota

Application via Submittable

The Anderson Center’s Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program offers month-long residency-fellowships at Tower View to a cohort of early-career artists from Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City for concentrated, uninterrupted creative time to advance their personal artistic goals and projects.

The program aims to meet the specific needs of emerging artists while welcoming them into a supportive and inspiring residency environment that empowers them to take risks, embrace challenges, and utilize unconventional approaches to problem-solving.

Thanks to support from the Jerome Foundation, selected emerging artists receive $625/week in honoraria, documentation support, art-making resources, facilitation of community connections, lodging & studio space, a travel stipend, groceries, and chef-prepared communal dinners.

Located at the historic Tower View estate, a venerable research-and-development lab for the arts rooted in an expansive natural setting, the program is an ideal fit for early-career artists whose work reveals a significant potential for cultural and community impact, is technically accomplished, engages diverse communities.

The Anderson Center’s goal is for connections participating artists make with one another, as well as connections made with other creatives and community members, to outlast the duration of their residency visit. The organization believes that the environment and resources of Tower View, along with an exchange of ideas across disciplines, can serve as a catalyst for new inspiration and innovative directions for the work emerging artists create while in residence.


TO APPLY

The application deadline for the 2021 Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program is Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Applications must be submitted on or before the deadline in order to be considered in the jury review period. There is no fee for applying to this residency program.

Jury review will take place in late February and early March. Applicants will be notified by March 4 at the latest as to the status of their application. A phone interview process with finalists will take place in late March following a second round of jury review. Selected artist residents, wait-list and runners-up will be notified by April 5, 2021.

Artists must be legal residents of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City to be eligible to apply. To be considered, eligible artists must submit an application through the Anderson Center’s online form via Submittable. Complete program details are below. Please contact Adam Wiltgen at 651-388-2009 x4 or adam@andersoncenter.org for any questions.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Invisible Girl Creative Solo-Performance New Works Contest

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Deadline: December 25, 2020

2020 has been a wild ride, to say the least. With theater not returning to “normal” any time soon, IGC is determined to continue to produce throughout this time - specifically, we want to produce works that reflect the time we are living through. And that is where you come in! We are on the hunt for one-person shows, as they are just about the safest option theater has at the moment. We are putting out a nationwide call for one-actor new works that feature a dramatic turn in plot - giving the audience the same kind of “where the hell did this come from?!” feeling we’ve all become so accustomed to this year.

Requirements:
  • Show must only use one actor, but can feature as many characters as you feel fit.
  • The show must be able to be performed in a black box type theater, with no physical set.
  • Play must be a minimum of 25 minutes long, but no longer than 45 minutes.
  • Much like this year, the play must feature a drastic turn of events. A complete non-sequitur - at some point in the play, the plot must switch gears entirely.

All submissions must be received by December 25th. Finalists will be notified in early January, and the top three works will be produced in Los Angeles in January 2021. In addition to having their piece produced, each finalist will receive a percentage of ticket sales.

Please submit works to: submissions.igc@gmail.com

Ghostlight Ensemble is seeking short scripts

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

Ghostlight Ensemble is seeking short scripts (a maximum of 15 minutes) that are geared toward young audiences. Priority will be placed on scripts that are ethnically and culturally diverse, and written by writers of color and/or LGBTQ writers. This is open to playwrights in any geographic area, though writers in the greater Chicago area will receive priority. NO FEE. 

Playwrights will receive $25 per selected script.

Selected plays will be produced in June 2021 as part of the second annual Make/Believe festival of theatre for children under our Nightlight banner. (Learn more about the 2020 festival here.) We are planning for a virtual performance, which means the pieces will be filmed and made available to audiences in any geographic area, but only for a limited time; and tentatively for live performances. A note on virtual performances: After the performance dates, the pieces will not be shown in full again without the playwright’s permission, although Ghostlight reserves the right to use excerpts of the performances in future promotional and marketing videos. 

Please pay close attention to the script requirements. Scripts that do not meet the following criteria will not be considered. 

Requirements
  • A maximum of 3 actors per script. There are no restrictions, however, on the number of characters. Please note, that while some directors have chosen to use child actors in past pieces, the intent of this festival is to perform for children, not with children. 
  • Plays must be adaptable to virtual and live performances.
  • Must fit our mission.
  • Geared toward children 10 and under. Please, NO scripts about high school students.
  • All props, set pieces and costumes must be easily made at home by actors (and children watching who want to stage their own productions at home).
  • Pieces can be previously produced, but cannot have a production running concurrently with Make/Believe. 
Electronic submissions only, please. Submit cover letter with full contact information, short bio, brief synopsis of script including development and production history (if applicable) and full script to Maria Burnham at scripts@ghostlightensemble.com. Please use the following format in the email’s subject line: Nightlight Script Submission: [play name] - [playwright name]

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2020.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

UCROSS + THE BLANK THEATRE — FUTURE OF PLAYWRITING PRIZE

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Deadline: December 21, 2020

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

This award represents a unique collaboration between the prestigious Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, where artists from all disciplines have been supported by residencies since 1983, and The Blank Theatre in Hollywood, which has been developing new plays and new artists since 1990.

The Future of Playwriting Prize will be given annually to an early-career playwright who personifies the future of theatre — someone whose voice will shape theatre for decades to come, and who will bring new thoughts and views to the American theatrical conversation.

The winner will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid, two-week residency at Ucross’s ranch at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. The residency includes transportation, accommodations, meals, and the opportunity to commune with other visiting artists. The winner will also receive a professionally produced staged reading in The Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series new play development program.

Two additional finalists will each be awarded a $500 cash prize.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Inclusion and diversity are vital to the future of theatre; therefore, playwrights from all backgrounds and genders are urged to apply.
  • We encourage application by playwrights who may not have had access to advanced or graduate writing programs.
  • As this is an emerging playwright award, writers who have had Off-Broadway, Broadway, or major regional theatre productions will not be considered.
  • Since the focus is on American theatre, playwrights must reside in the United States.
  • Winning writers must be between 21 and 30 years of age as of April 1, 2021.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Submissions are open now, and the deadline for applications is December 21, 2020.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Writers must submit:
  1. Resume including creative/educational background.
  2. A personal artistic statement that describes (A) Who you are and what has brought you to this place - your influences and life experiences. Also, what you hope to gain personally from an uninterrupted two-week residency at Ucross. (B) The concept for a new play (a full-length you have not yet initiated) that you would like to begin or work on while you are there - what themes, characters or stories do you want to explore? (C) How do you see the future of theatre, and what is your role as a playwright in it? Your artistic statement should be 1000 words or less. PDF form only, titled FirstName_LastName_STATEMENT
  3. One short play of ANY length not to exceed 45 pages. Please submit only a complete short play, not a sample from a full length play. PDF form only, titled FirstName_LastName_SHORT (e.g., Sally_Jones_SHORT).
  4. One full-length play (60 to 120 pages). PDF form only, titled FirstName_LastName_FULL ( e.g., Sally_Jones_FULL).
  • One submission only per playwright. Please do not submit multiple applications to include different scripts. We want to see what you consider your best work.
  • Plays and other submission materials must be written in English.
  • Translations, musicals, adaptations, and children's plays will not be considered.
  • All scripts must be typed in standard playwriting format.
    • Page numbers must appear with the first page of dialogue as page 1.
    • Scripts must contain a character breakdown and time/place setting.

SELECTION PROCESS

  • The first 300 submissions will be considered. If 300 valid submissions are received before the end of the application period, additional entries may not be accepted, and notice will be posted at TheBlank.com.
  • A jury of professional theatre artists will select one grand prize winner and two finalists, to be announced April 2021.

Joining Sword & Pen Seeking Playwrights of Marginalized Genders

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Deadline: February 18, 2021
Chicago

Babes With Blades Theatre Company’s Joining Sword & Pen (JS&P) competition is live and underway! Since 2005, JS&P has challenged playwrights to write a full-length play based on the story they see in our contest image. The winner receives a full production and the Margaret Woolley Martin Award, which carries a cash prize of $1000.

This year’s image and competition rules may be found here:
babeswithblades.org/jsp-how-to-submit/

We’re seeking submissions from playwrights of underrepresented genders. This includes cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those who are otherwise marginalized based on gender.

What We’re Looking For

1. The moment depicted in the inspirational image at the bottom of this page must be physically dramatized/incorporated into the play. We want to (literally) perform that moment on stage. Include the page number of your script where the contest’s image is depicted in your submission email.

2. Scripts must be inclusive of the BIPOC community. Whether the script lends itself to characters being played by actors of any race/ethnicity or whether it includes stories that are race-specific, BIPOC characters must not be limited to secondary or background characters.

3. Submissions are due NO LATER than midnight February 18, 2021.

4. All JS&P submissions must be new, full length, original works, inspired by the artwork that is the focus of the contest. Previously written, workshopped, published or performed submissions will not be considered and we will not contact you. Please do not insert the contest image into an existing script.

5. Please email your JS&P submission in a PDF file to swordandpen@babeswithblades.org. The filename must start with the title of the play (ex. “Patchwork Drifter.pdf”). If the title of the play begins with “the,” “a,” or “an,” please place that article at the end of the title (ex. “Last Daughter of Oedipus, The.pdf”).


IMPORTANT: This will be a BLIND SUBMISSION PROCESS.

Script submissions for JS&P accepted between August 5, 2020 and February 18, 2021. Want more info? Contact swordandpen@babeswithblades.org.

Joining Sword & Pen winners receive full productions with the Babes.

Check out the full list of Joining Sword & Pen winners.

Your email submission should contain two separate attachments:

 a) Your cover page. INCLUDE:
  • The play’s title
  • Playwright’s name and full contact information (phone numbers, email, mailing address).

 b) Your script. INCLUDE:
  • The page number on which the contest’s image is incorporated.
  • A synopsis.
  • A character list specifying the gender of each character. “Open gender” is an option. If it’s important that a character is cisgender or transgender, please specify this.
  • If it’s important that a character is of a particular racial/ethnic background (including white), please specify this. Characters of unspecified racial/ethnic background will not be automatically assumed to be white.

DO NOT INCLUDE ANY contact information, of any kind, in the body of your script. An author’s identity will only be revealed to the ensemble once a selection has been made.


6. The winner of the contest agrees to participation in the Fighting Words new plays program (workshops and festival reading – dates TBD), and grants Babes With Blades Theatre Company rights to produce the world premiere production of the winning play. Production dates are TBD for Spring 2023 (subject to change).


Things to consider:
  • Our mission statement: Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to tell stories that elevate the voices of underrepresented communities and dismantle the patriarchy. Through performance, script development, training and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.
  • We do not accept or produce musical scripts.
  • Both our venues and our budgets tend to be small.
  • If your play does not pass the Bechdel Test, it is unlikely to fit our mission.
  • If your play does not include stage combat, it does not fit our mission.
  • Characters fight as a realization of high narrative stakes. Scenes of characters training to fight are usually lacking in stakes.
  • If your script includes sexualized violence, consider whether the sexualization is truly necessary to the story. Sometimes it is; often it’s not.
Click here to learn more about Joining Sword & Pen

Our Mission Statement: Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to tell stories that elevate the voices of underrepresented communities and dismantle the patriarchy. Through performance, script development, training and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.

We look forward to hearing your stories!!

PLEASE NOTE: The image for the competition can be found on our website. Please do not select your own prompts.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Acting Naturally is seeking One Act Play submissions

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Deadline: December 12, 2020

Acting Naturally is seeking One Act Play submissions for A Night of One Acts! 

Playwrights, ages teen through adult are encouraged to submit a maximum of two plays. Plays should be no longer than 20 minutes with four characters maximum and simple set requirements. Please include your name, email, phone number and title of play on the cover page. Email your PDF play to wendy@actingnaturally.com. The deadline for submissions is December 12.

Performances take place March 11 through 13, 2021.

EST/Sloan Project new play commission

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Proposals for new play commissions
will next be accepted from October 1 - December 1, 2020.

Script submissions for rewrite commissions
will next be accepted from November 1, 2020 - January 1, 2021.

Proposals for regional development grants
will next be accepted from October 1 - December 1, 2020.
If your proposal includes a workshop or performance with specific dates, those dates must be after June 1, 2021 to be eligible for consideration.


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

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

Now in its 21st year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $3,000,000 to more than 300 artists and theatres. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
COMMISSION AWARDS

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

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

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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

HARD SCIENCES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
  • Mathematics
  • Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
  • Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
  • Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
  • Neuroscience
  • Anthropology and Archaeology

TECHNOLOGY INCLUDES:
  • Computer Science
  • Software Development, Computer Development
  • Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
  • Space Research

AREAS NOT CONSIDERED FOR COMMISSIONS INCLUDE:
  • Science Fiction
  • Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
  • Psychology and Human Behavior

HOW TO APPLY

NEW COMMISSIONS

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:

A one-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the story you want to put on stage. All the science should be discussed as part of the story, not as a separate section. Focus on plot and character development, as well as the aesthetic style you envision for the piece.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

REWRITE COMMISSIONS

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:

A draft of the script.

A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:

A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.

A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.


An estimated budget for the project.

DELIVERING YOUR SUBMISSION

A submission form will be available here once submissions are open.

Please contact us with any questions.

Best of luck to you,
EST/Sloan Project Staff
sloanproject@ensemblestudiotheatre.org

Friday, November 20, 2020

Fifth Annual Aphra Behn Festival

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Deadline: January 7, 2021

SATE is seeking submissions for Directors and Playwrights
for the  Fifth Annual Aphra Behn Festival
Presented digitally April 30-May 2, 2021

Theme for the 2021 Festival: Do Over

Established in 2017, the Aphra Behn Festival’s goal is to give womxn interested in directing and writing for theatre an opportunity to get some more experience, try out ideas, experiment, and hone their craft.

For artists interested in submitting a play:
Email your script to stl.sate@gmail.com by January 7, 2021.
The play must contain the following ingredients:
  • Theme: Do-Over
  • 2-3 characters max
  • Include 3 lines from previously published play
  • Include a piece of music from an unexpected source
  • Include a revelation of space
  • Include a surprise entrance
  • Break of Frame
  • Repetition of object or image 3 times
  • A sequence of extreme contrast
  • Must be between 10-15 minutes

The Fifth Annual Aphra Behn Festival will be performed live on Zoom over three evenings. All rehearsals will also take place over Zoom.

SATE will be hiring three directors and three writers for the 2021 Aphra Behn Festival. Womxn Artists of all ethnicities, races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Submissions from applicant directors and writers will be reviewed by members of SATE’s newly created Artistic Advisory Ensemble.

Timeline for the 2021 Aphra Behn Festival is as follows:
January 7, 2021: Director submissions and Plays due.
January 11-22, 2021: Director interviews
January 21, 2021: Plays chosen
February 4, 2021: read-thru of scripts with directors, playwrights, and members of the Ensemble
February 11, 2021: plays assigned to directors
March 11, 2021: script re-writes due
April 5, 2021: rehearsals begin
April 27-29, 2021: Festival Tech/Dress rehearsal
April 30-May 2, 2021: Live, online Aphra Behn Festival


CONTACT US: INFO@SLIGHTLYOFF.ORG 314-827-5760

Performances at
6238 ALEXANDER DR. ST. LOUIS, MO 6310

Maison Baldwin Residency

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Deadline: December 1, 2020
Saint-Paul de Vence, France

Shortly before James Baldwin passed away, he told close friends in Saint-Paul de Vence that he dreamed of seeing his beloved house made into a writers' colony. This medieval village, with its uncommon light, its majestic mountaintop placement and surrounding countryside, has for centuries attracted artists, architects, alchemists and thinkers, great minds intent on changing the world. Here is where Baldwin wrote some of his most enduring books, including If Beale Street Could Talk, Just Above my Head, and his sole book of poetry, Jimmy's Blues.

Writers in residence are offered a room in the village center to pursue their current creative project. While in residence, they will contribute to the literary culture of Saint Paul de Vence by offering a community event or creative public program.

They are hosted at La Maison Baldwin Residence for Writers, a house in the historic center of St. Paul de Vence located directly across the street from the village church. The home features a 3rd-floor bedroom suite with a sunny terrace overlooking the tiled roofs of the village and the valley beyond.

Residents might also be assigned a charming artist cottage inside a private sculpture garden, made available to the program through a partnership with the city of St. Paul de Vence.

Breakfast and dinner every day is included in the fellowship, as is a $700 travel stipend.


Eligibility and How to Apply

This fellowship is open to emerging writers working in the spirit of James Baldwin. Eligible to apply are poets, playwrights, essayists and fiction writers with no more than one full-length published book, produced film, or professionally staged production (in other words: short films, staged readings, chapbooks and one-act plays don't count).

To apply, send a cover letter, a brief bio and writing sample of ten pages after September 1, 2020 to residency@lamaisonbaldwin.fr with the subject line "2021 Residency Application." In your cover letter, please affirm your status as an emerging writer.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Out of the Box Theatrics Residency

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Out of the Box Theatrics (OOTB) is an Off Broadway Non-For-Profit committed to lifting the voices of marginalized communities through the stories we tell. OOTB also produces site specific theatre in order to provide a more intimate and challenging experience to our audiences’ expectation of theater.

OOTB is seeking submissions of new work for its 2021 Summer Residency.

In 2021, OOTB and Weathervane Theatre will collaborate on a week-long residency program with stipend, transportation, and lodging provided. We are seeking submissions of works in the developmental stage to receive rehearsals and a full staged reading.

About the Weathervane – The Weathervane promotes a message of acceptance, diversity, and inquiry through varied programming designed to reach the diverse, and often underserved, population of the region. 

Location- Whitefield, NH

Dates- June 6th-13th, 2021

If you would like to be considered for the RESIDENCY  please send the the following information by December 31st, 2020:
  • Work Sample - No more than 15 pages. (maximum of 2 separate works)
  • Artist Statement- (Please provide your personal mission statement- what inspires you to tell the stories you tell?)
  • Resumé 
  • Summary of production history (if applicable)
  • Website (if applicable)
  • For residency: any relevant videos related to your submission (optional

Please send all submissions to Producing Artistic Director- Liz Flemming liz@ootbtheatrics.com and cc Director of New Works- Jorge Donoso jorge@ootbtheatrics.com.

For more information please visit- www.ootbtheatrics.com. For information on Weathervane Theatre Players please visit- www.weathervanetheatrenh.org.

Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 5 seeks short play scripts for publication

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Deadline: January 31, 2021

Like its successful predecessors Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 5 will be released in June of 2021 to once again celebrate LGBTQ Pride season.

Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology is the annual collection of creative literary work by and about LGBTQ+. It includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scripts up to 7,500 words.

Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 5 will be published in print & ebook. It will be made available in paperback on Amazon, the Barnes & Noble website, QommunicatePublishing.com and wherever books are sold (available to booksellers and libraries through Ingram.) Ebook versions will be compatible with the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, iOS, Android, MacOS, and Windows devices, in addition to PDF and other downloadable formats and web-viewable digital formats.

And watch for Hashtag Queer, Volume 4, out this summer (2020)!

Submission Guidelines

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 5. If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com and we will be happy to answer.

Theme
By and/or about LGBTQ+.
Genres
  • Fiction (including flash non-fiction of 1 page or less).
  • Creative non-fiction & memoir.
  • Poetry.
  • Scripts (including plays and screenplays).

For this book, we are NOT considering
  • Erotica.
  • Work written for children.
Length (all word/page counts are loose)
  • Prose: up to 7,500 words
  • Poetry: Up to 5 pages
  • Scripts: Up to 10 pages

These maximums are recommended but flexible. Please number submissions of longer than 10 pages.
Formats
All submissions must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.

PLEASE EDIT YOUR WORK.
If you send your submission in, please do NOT mail us your only copy of your work. We can not be responsible for returning submissions.

Multiple Submissions
Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!
Simultaneous Submissions
Simultaneous submissions (submitting work you’ve already submitted–or are planning on submitting–elsewhere) are fine too.

Please just be sure that if your submission gets accepted elsewhere, you contact us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com to withdraw it from consideration for Hashtag Queer:

For all anthologies to be published after January 1, 2020, we will no longer be paying $5 per printed page. Instead we will be instituting a royalty system, whereby we share a book’s profits with all of that book’s contributors.
Payment for writers and artists contributing to any anthologies will published will be a split of the net income from sales of that book with the publishers and other contributors, as follows:
Net income = Retail price – costs of printing and distribution
Printing and distribution costs vary depending on which of the two printers/distributors we use (Amazon & Ingram) processed the sale.
Of the net income from each book, the Publishers will keep 50% and the other 50% will be split evenly among all the writers and artists who contributed work to the book. Generally, each of our anthologies have between 14 and 40 contributors.
Because we are a tiny company, royalties will be calculated once per year on the anniversary of the book’s publication date and payments along with documentation of sales will be distributed within 30 days afterward.

If you have already submitted work to us for an upcoming anthology, and you wish to withdraw that piece from consideration due to this change in payment structure, just let us know.

What to Submit
  • Your submission
  • A brief bio telling us something about you and (if applicable) any publishing experience
  • At least one form of contact information (phone number, email, or mailing address. Please do not give a social media account handle as your only form of contact information.
IMPORTANT: Pen names are acceptable. However, for contractual purposes, all submissions must also include the author’s legal name.

Please identify in the subject line or cover letter the publication to which you’re submitting, though keep in mind we may consider your work for other books we publish too if we find them appropriate. 

If you only want your work considered for this one book and no others, please indicate as such.
Where to Submit

Submissions may be emailed to us at: submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com

or mailed to us at:
Qommunity
PO Box 798
Becket, MA 01223

AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED
Submission Deadline
January 31, 2021

Response Time
We do our best to respond to all submissions within 3 months of receiving them. If you haven’t heard from us in that time, please feel free to reach out.

Check out Hashtag Queer, Volume 1 & Hashtag Queer, Volume 2 to see what kinds of work we’ve published already, plus we’re always looking for new voices and perspectives!
Editorial Feedback

Want editorial feedback on your submission? Our Senior Editor Sage Kalmus now offers honest, constructive & respectful editorial feedback on submissions. Learn more here about how to request editorial feedback.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

IRONDALE ON WOMEN FESTIVAL 2021

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Deadline: December 21, 2020

During the month of March, when women are celebrated and honored all around the world, Irondale hosts the On Women Festival, giving female-identifying artists the platform to celebrate their own experiences. Created in 2018, each iteration of this festival has been different and unique, just like the creators and the shows that are part of it.

For next year’s festival, we have the challenge of re-imagining how to offer good theatrical experiences to our audiences, that are relevant to today’s world, and that are safe for everyone involved. And we must do things differently as well, to make sure we’re uplifting and empowering the voices of marginalized artists.

The 2021 edition will be a hybrid format, with in-person performances, live and pre-recorded videos, and Irondale will work closely with a diverse group of artists to help curate the festival and moderate the Artists Exchangepanel discussions.

WHAT WILL THE FESTIVAL LOOK LIKE?

MAINSTAGE: two different theatrical productions that will be selected with the assistance of a diverse group of curators. The plays will be performed and recorded at The Space at Irondale (with the possibility of a limited live audience for the recordings) and streamed online at specific dates and times, followed by virtual talkbacks with the creative team of each production. Selected Shows will be compensated with a $1,000 fee. (Accessibility: Closed captions)

NEW MEDIA STORYTELLING: this category is open for video submissions of short pieces (between 10-25 minutes) that present elements of theatrical storytelling. All videos will live on an online platform and the audience will vote on their favorites. This category will not be curated but we will offer four money prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd places for Popular Vote, and Curator’s Pick). We want to make sure we’re giving an alternative for people who don’t feel safe leaving their homes, or artists who are developing work using new media, or even artists who are in different places in the world.

ART BUFFET: live online performances that are flexible in style and genre such as, but not limited to, improv, music, performance, scripted monologue. All content must be original (or an original adaptation), and artists may choose to perform solo or with one other person. These performances will be curated and we’ll select up to 10 pieces.

ARTISTS EXCHANGE: lead and moderated by our Guest Curators, each one of the three conversations will have a theme or topic for discussion, and guest panelists. Audience members will be invited to participate by asking questions or sharing opinions.

We are looking for female-identifying artists that show great passion for their work, and that are able to coherently justify why their work is so important now. Irondale makes no distinction based on ethnicity or cultural background.

Do you want to be part of the festival? Read the Submissions Package and submit your work!

If you have any questions, please contact onwomen@irondale.org.

Playwrights Center Core Writer Program 2021-24

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Deadline: January 21, 2021

The Core Writer Program is a three-year appointment designed to support a diverse group of playwrights who demonstrate a sustained body of work, commitment, and artistic excellence. The program is available to emerging and established writers nationally and offers significant resources intended to further a playwright's career. 

The Core Writer program gives 25-35 of the most exciting playwrights from across the country the time and tools to develop new work for the stage. All Core Writers receive play development workshops with the Center, in collaboration with prominent directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers. All writers are paid for their workshop time. Core Writers are eligible to be included in our formal season of public readings: the PlayLabs festival and the Ruth Easton New Play Series. 

Core Writers are also promoted by the Center and provided opportunities through an extensive network of colleges and universities, cultural institutions, and producing theaters. Each term is three years; Core Writers may reapply for additional terms. 

Applicants must reside in and have the legal right to work in the U.S. It is not required for an applicant to have had professional productions in order to apply. However, please note that this program is highly competitive and is designed for committed professional playwrights who are pursuing playwriting as their primary career. Students enrolled in a full-time educational program are not eligible. The Core Writer term will be July 1, 2021-June 30, 2024.

Apply Now

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Carl Annoni Prize 2021

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Deadline: APRIL 30 2021


The prize is promoted by Radovan Corrado Spanger, Associazione Premio Carlo Annoni and sponsored by Comune di Milano, ELFO Puccini di Milano, C.I.G. ARCIGAY Milano, Festival MIX Milano, Teatro Filodrammatici Milano, Rassegna teatrale Lecite Visioni, Outis Centro Nazionale di drammaturgia contemporanea, Teatro della Cooperativa, Teatri di Vita, Agedo.

Art. 2 PARTICIPANTS

It is opened to any individual interested in the topic, with no age restrictions.

Art. 3 REGISTRATION FEE

We don’t require a registration fee.

Art. 4 PLAYS

There is no length or character numbers limitation. Plays can be submitted in Italian and English . An award will be assigned to one play in each language.

ART. 5 THEME OF THE COMPETITION

Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize accepts plays on topics affecting the LGBTQ+ community, and the promotion of diversity in love, society, politics and culture.

Art. 6 PARTICIPATION RULES

When submitting your play, please state clearly the author’s name, their email address and a phone number for any further communication.

Submission must be sent by email only to:

info@premiocarloannoni.eu.

Art. 7 DEADLINE

Deadline for submissions is 30st APRIL 2021. The award ceremony will be in September 2021.

Art. 8 EVALUATION

The plays will be assessed by a jury selected by the organisers. Plays will be assessed for their creative contents, their form, their pertinence with the topics, and their social impact. The results will be unanimous and unappealable. The winners will be notified with a phone call and/or an email.

The competition is valid if at least five texts in each language are received.

Art. 9 AWARD CEREMONY

Winners will be proclaimed in a public ceremony. The results will also be proclaimed through the press and other social media. More information about dates and location will be provided in due course.

Art. 10 PRICE

The prize is € 1000. A prize will be assigned for each language.

Special Mentions:
SHORT PLAY: a special mention will be given to a short play of a maximum of 10 minutes length.
COMEDY: a special mention will be offered to a comedy play on relationship life.
ASYLUM SEEKERS: a special mention will be given to a play on the topic of asylum-seeking for those persecuted for their sexual orientation.


Art. 11 COPYRIGHT

The author will maintain the rights over the play.

Art. 12 FULL ACCEPTANCE OF THE RULES

The artists submitting their plays must abide fully to the rules.

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

Monday, November 16, 2020

OOTB’s Building the Box Series

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Deadline:  December 31, 2020

OOTB’s Building the Box Series is designed for playwrights to hear their work in the early stages of development. We are accepting submissions from playwrights to participate in a new works festival set for October 2021 with exact dates TBA; 6 will be chosen and stipend will be provided.

Please send the the following information by December 31st, 2020:
  • Work Sample - No more than 15 pages. (maximum of 2 separate works)
  • Artist Statement- (Please provide your personal mission statement- what inspires you to tell the stories you tell?)
  • Resumé 
  • Summary of production history (if applicable)
  • Website (if applicable)
Please send all submissions to Producing Artistic Director- Liz Flemming liz@ootbtheatrics.com and cc Director of New Works- Jorge Donoso jorge@ootbtheatrics.com.

For more information please visit- www.ootbtheatrics.com. For information on Weathervane Theatre Players please visit- www.weathervanetheatrenh.org.

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