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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hot City Theatre Festival

Three plays will be selected for the Festival. These plays will receive a week-long (November 13-21) workshop with director, dramaturg and professional actors. The workshop will culminate in a public reading followed by audience response sessions. HotCity artistic staff will then select one script for a fully produced world premiere as part of the company’s 2012 mainstage season.
HotCity Theatre is pleased to welcome back dramaturg Liz Engelman as festival dramaturg for 2011.
Eligible submissions must meet the following criteria:
  • Received after January 1, 2011 and no later than April 1, 2011
  • Require a maximum of six actors
  • Running time of between 75 and 120 minutes
  • Never before published
  • Never before professionally produced, no pending productions.
Submissions must include:
  • One-page cover including plot synopsis, reading/production history
  • Cast requirements
  • Technical requirements (special or unusual set, lighting, costuming, sound, prop requirements)
  • A ten-page sample from the script.
All requested information must be formatted into a SINGLE attached Word Document. Scans or pdfs will not be considered. Do not send entire text.
Submissions should be sent via email to: submissions@hotcitytheatre.org
Approximately 20 plays will be selected as semi-finalists at which time full scripts will be requested. To be selected, playwrights must be able to attend the entire festival and workshop week, which begins on the Sunday prior to the festival weekend. HotCity Theatre offers playwrights travel and lodging for the Festival.


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About Face Theatre is happy to announce that it is now accepting scripts for selection for XYZ.4: Festival of New Works. This year, we have chosen Rube Goldberg and his incredible machines as a starting place for the festival. Let this inspire your choice of submission. Plays selected for the festival will be given seated or staged readings with the support of professional directors and actors.

Full length scripts at any stage of development. New works that have not seen full production (readings and workshops are okay). In addition to plays, we welcome performance pieces that are in late stages of development. Material that challenges expectations and ideas about gender and sexuality in historical or contemporary contexts. Scripts that break traditional ideas about dramatic form, structure and presentation.

Electronic submissions only. Documents in PDF or DOC formats accepted. In addition to a script, performance pieces can include video links to youtube, vimeo or other online platform. Panel will review video excerpts from 2-10 mins in length. In your email, attach completed submission form, full script, resume/bio and link if appropriate. . Please remove your name and contact information from every page of your script; display only the title on the title page.

January 8th, 2012. Selections announced May 2012.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Denver's Dangerous Theatre play submission guidelines

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Here are the guidelines for submitting to Denver's Dangerous Theatre.

I am looking for plays that are:

* Unpublished with limited production history

* no more than 4 actors required

* little or no set requirements

* maximum run time of 75 minutes with no intermission
(or an intermission that can be skipped)

* Compensation is 7% of house

Email submissions to dangeroustheatre@comcast.net. Please send only one play submission per email and...

Put the title of the play in the subject line!

I usually acknowledge when I have received your email. If you do not receive an acknowledgment then please resend.

If you have any questions just hit reply and ask them.

Please feel free to pass this along to anyone who may have an interest.

Winnie Wenglewick

Denver's Dangerous Theatre

2620 W. 2nd Ave. Denver, CO 80219

Premiere Stages at Kean University seeks full-length plays

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Premiere Stages, the professional theater company in residence at Kean University seeks submissions to the 8th Annual Premiere Stages Play Festival. The yearly competition for unproduced scripts offers developmental opportunities to four playwrights born or currently residing in the greater metropolitan area (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut). The winner of the festival will be awarded $2,000 and a full Equity production in Premiere's 2012 season. The runner-up will receive $750 and an Equity workshop in June; two other writers will receive Staged Readings in March and a cash prize of $500.

Through the uniquely accelerated Play Festival process, Premiere Stages provides an encouraging and focused environment in which playwrights can see their work move quickly from page to stage. Premiere Stages also actively advocates for Festival writers, helps playwrights reach out to other theaters to secure subsequent productions, and partners with other organizations and theaters to extend the profile and life of the works developed. "What makes Premiere unique is that we fast track plays from a sit-down reading to a fully staged production within a few short months, keeping highly topical plays relevant while affording playwrights the benefit of retaining the world premiere rights," stated John Wooten, Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages. "Second productions of new plays are extremely rare, and demanding the 'world premiere' brand often stops a play dead in its tracks."

In its seven seasons, Play Festival has developed over twenty-five plays. Most recent works include the 2011 hit Follow Me to Nellie's by Dominique Morisseau, James Christy's Egyptian Song (2011 Runner-Up and a current National New Play Network nominee), and 2010 winner The Good Counselor by Kathryn Grant, which was named as the runner up for the prestigious 2011 American Theatre Critics Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award.

All entries are evaluated by a panel of theater professionals in consultation with the Artistic Director and Resident Dramaturg. Agents may submit full scripts; playwrights may submit a synopsis and script sample directly. Postmark deadline is January 15, 2012. No entry fee. Complete submission guidelines available at www.kean.edu/premierestages.

Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Northfield Bank Foundation, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and through the generous support of individual patrons.

Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities, free parking close to the theatre and discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are fully accessible spaces. Please call for a list of sign-interpreted, audio-described or open-captioned performances. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available at all times. Publications are available with advanced notice in alternate formats.

For more information on Premiere Stages please visit out website at: www.kean.edu/premierestages

Monday, December 19, 2011

By the Light of a Match short play festival

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What if...

Snorks and Piñs Productions is seeking submissions for their second annual By the Light of a Match short play festival. Plays will be performed in New York City at The Spark Art Center on March 17th and 18th 2012.

This year’s festival theme is What if… What if Shakespeare never wrote a single word? What if Buddy Holly missed his flight? What if we evolved from toads rather than monkeys? What if your alarm didn't go off this morning? What if Joan of Arc found a boyfriend before she found God? Our lives and our histories are made up of an infinite amount of moments that lead to an infinite amount of different lifetimes. From the tragic to the comic. From the fast-paced to the slow and ponderous. From the epic to the subtle. Everything is possible and all of it dramatic. Snorks and Piñs is looking for five 8-12 minute plays that illuminate these scenarios. We want you to think about the past and ask...what if...?

By the Light of a Match is a festival designed to support emerging artists and to encourage new audiences to New York’s independent theater scene. This is not your typical short play festival. Five plays will be selected, brought together and intertwined in unique ways by the festival director. The Festival Director designs how the festival is presented to its audience and creates an ensemble atmosphere, connecting the pieces as he/she chooses. The plays are then presented to audiences who will vote on their favorite playwright, director, actor and actress. The audience’s favorites will then go on to host next years festival! The writer will not only have his/her play presented in the following festival, directed by the winning director and performed by the winning actor and actress but will also choose the theme for that festival. The winning director will also take on the role of festival director.

We are seeking submissions from playwrights and directors at this time.

The deadline for all submissions is 5pm on January 8th, 2012.

Directors: please submit a resume, one letter of recommendation, and a brief paragraph about yourself and your directing style. Playwrights: please submit a 8-12 minute play with a separate title page (plays will be reviewed by a committee and selected for the festival anonymously). All submissions should be sent to submissionssnorksandpins@gmail.com.

A little fine print: Playwrights will maintain rights to their work. Snorks and Piñs provides auditions and casting assistance to directors, rehearsal space for the group rehearsals and the performance venue. All actors participating in the festival must audition and priority casting is given to Snorks and Piñs company members. The director and playwright are responsible for finding suitable rehearsal space (must be in Manhattan) and gathering props and costumes for the performance. If a playwright has a director they would like to work with they should have the director submit with the name of the playwright and the title of the play in the subject line of their submission.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

10 By 10 Play Festival Submissions

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Submission Dates for the 2012 10 By 10 in the Triangle: January 9 - February 3, 2012.

For our annual 10 By 10 Play Festival, a call for recent, ten-minute plays goes out in January prior to July productions. Watch our website for announcements and email us and ask to be added to our 10 By 10 Play Submission Notification Email list.

10 By 10 Play Festival ANNOUNCING:
~The 2012 10 By 10 in the Triangle Festival play~

Over 900 plays were submitted for the 2011 10 By 10 in the Triangle.

A panel of judges will select plays to showcase in The ArtsCenter mainstage theatre July 5-22, 2012.

10 By 10 Submission Guidelines:
To submit a play for the 10 By 10 Play Festival, please email us recent, 10-minute plays with minimal set requirements. Monologues are not accepted for submission. Musical submissions are accepted, provided that they require little or no accompaniment.

Playwrights may submit up to two (2) plays.
Plays MUST be submitted in standard format (Courier or 12 pt font) in Word or PDF.

Please send two separate emails for each play in the following format: (submissions not following these guidelines will not be accepted)

Submission Emails:

Email 1: The subject line of the email is the title of the submitted play followed by the words Contact Info. (For example: For the play "Poker Face," the email subject line would read Poker Face Contact Info.) The body of the email contains only the title page of the play with playwright contact information (including title of play, name of playwright, mailing address, email address, phone and website, if applicable). Please use the full title of the play as we often receive plays with similar titles.

Email 2: The subject line of the email and name of the attached file are the title of the play. (For example: For the play "Poker Face," the email subject line would read Poker Face and the attached file title would read Poker Face.) This file contains cast, set requirements, and script. NO CONTACT INFORMATION PLEASE.

If you are submitting two (2) scripts, please send four (4) separate emails. Please do not zip the files.

We will notify finalists by email and post those titles on our website.
We are sorry we cannot respond to each individual playwright.

The Award:
Playwrights receive an award of $100. Playwrights who attend our playwright gala on July 14 will also receive a $100 travel stipend.

The Space:
Our main stage is a 300-seat theatre with basic lighting and sound capabilities.

The Producer:
ArtsCenter Stage will provide directors, actors, designers, and technical staff for the festival. The directors will contact the playwrights at the beginning of the rehearsal process. For more about The ArtsCenter, visit our website.

The Dates:
Festival dates are July 5-22, 2012.

Playwright Gala:
July 14, 2012. Playwrights are invited to a Post-Show Discussion/Reception as well as an overnight stay at a local hotel or bed and breakfast on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

The Production:
Featuring an ensemble of 5 men and 5 women, all ten plays run every night on a unit set with flexible set pieces.

Thank you for submitting. We look forward to reading your work.

Epiphany Theatre Company wants your script

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We here at Epiphany were overwhelmed with the multitude of talent we received. If your play was not picked for our Season Beta, do not despair! All shows are still up in the running for Season 1, which will be announced in late March of 2012. Thank you again for all of your brilliant work and we'll see you on the stage!


original script
90 minutes or less
may be full-length plays, one-acts, translations, adaptations, and musicals
any subject matter
preference will be shown for scripts that emphasize the fantasical (think Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett - though no adaptations of these authors, please).

Submissions can be sent to Epiphany Theatre at Epiphanytheatreco {at} gmail {dot} com.
Please include:

mailing and email address
a synopsis of the script
cover letter detailing the development and/or production history of the play

Questions? Email: Epiphanytheatreco {at} gmail {dot} com

Note: At this point in time we are hoping to focus on adaptations of royalty-free work. As we get our ducks in a row, we will eventually be looking for adapters to work with some well-known authors' writing.

Thank you for submitting!

Our Wish List:

A post-apocalyptic Tartuffe
A steampunk version of Offenbach's Tales Of Hoffman (this does not need to remain in opera format - but the opportunity to integrate Barcarolle or The Doll Song would be great)
Grimm's Fairy Tales (done in any style!)
Any H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker or Mary Shelley
Shows with a post-apocalyptic, steampunk, fantasy, or comic book feel (or all of the above!)

There is no pay (yet!), but you will have the opportunity to attend rehearsals (if desired), and sell your work at our box office.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

SHE SPEAKS - March 2012.


She Speaks * Asphalt Jungle Shorts * UnHinged

First things.

- submissions@flushink.net
- Please send two copies of your play - one with your name and info on it, and another without - this will make the reading process so much easier.
- In the subject of your email, please state what show you intend the piece for, and the title of your play.

All of these productions will take place in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. About an hour west of Toronto.

SHE SPEAKS - March 2012.
Women's Work. Women's Words.
An evening of staged readings of Women's Work, to coincide with International Woman's Day.

Submission deadline Dec. 31 2011

We are looking for short plays - under fifteen minutes, or a scene from a longer play that can stand alone. The plays must be written by women and preference will be given to members of The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP), and those committed to attending the readings, as we will have a Talk Back session following each act.

No one will be paid for this event, as it is a fund-raiser for ICWP and WOMEN IN CRISIS IN THE WATERLOO REGION.

Ideally, the playwright would be responsible for casting and rehearsing, but we have plenty of directors at the ready, as well as a group of excellent actors. We'll be trying to live-stream the event.

Some props, some staging, some costume, but books must be in hand. It’s important the audience always know these are readings and not staged productions.

Below is a link to a short video of some snips from previous She Speaks.


Any questions? playwright@skyedragon.com

****Please state in your email whether or not you'll be attending, and whether or not you are an ICWP member in your email.****

Thursday, December 15, 2011


The December Play of the Month has been selected: HENRY THE V AND JESUS WERE BLACK (SHAKESPEARE WAS A FREAKIN' PUERTO RICAN) by Christopher Wilson.

Thanks to all who helped in reading and reviewing the submissions.

A reading of the play will be video-recorded and posted to the NYCPlaywrights web site by the end of December 2011.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Thespian Production 2012 Ten Minute Showcases

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Thespian Production in NYC is accepting plays for our 2012 Ten Minute Showcases. Plays can be any genre.

Submission guidelines;

Plays must be no longer than 10 minutes.

Plays may have up to 4 characters maximum.

This showcase will be a black box so only one simple set will be allowed.

Please include a title page with the playwright’s name, mailing address, phone number or email address.

Also include the following pages a synopsis page, the setting and the character breakdown.

The deadline of submissions is January 31, 2012.

Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.

Send submissions to charsunshine64@gmail.com or submissions@thespianproduction.com.

Please be sure to include “2012 Ten Minute Showcases” in the subject line.

All plays will be reviewed. Only one submission per playwright is permitted.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Manhattan Repertory Theatre is seeking fully produced plays

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Manhattan Repertory Theatre is seeking fully produced plays (cast, directed & ready to perform) 40 minutes to 120 minutes for MRT's WINTERFEST 2012, FEB. 1 - MARCH 17, 2012 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 W.42nd St. NYC. Ken Wolf, Artistic Director

To submit your play production please email: The complete play, a synopsis of the play, the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements, the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where) and a creative team leader contact email address to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com by Wednesday December 14, 2011.

Please put "WINTERFEST SUBMISSION" in the subject heading. Applicants will be contacted by SUNDAY DECEMBER 18 as to their acceptance.

There is no submission fee. Each play will be given a MINIMUM of THREE performances. A REFUNDABLE security deposit of $300 will be required upon acceptance.
NO PAY. NON-EQUITY ONLY. For more information and complete guidelines, log on to www.manhattanrep.com

Third Eye general call for scripts

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Currently, we are focused on:

~ full-length comedies (90 pages max./2-hr run time)
~ horror/sex-farce in the Grand Guignol style (15 pages or less/10 - 15-min run time)

However, any script that grabs our attention, we would consider working with the playwright.

Please submit your scripts!

Either via email: Alacias Enger (see web site for email address)

Or to our business address:
9040 N St Louis Avenue
Portland OR 97203

Rising Sun Annual One Act Series

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Annual One Act Series:
We hold an open call for One Act Play Scripts annually.

Submission Dates: November 1st 2011 to January 15th 2012

Plays will be vetted by RSP Ensemble, and the top 15-25 plays will receive a staged reading for the public in spring, from the reading series, audience & ensemble favorites will be given a fully produced run in the summer of 2010.

Seeking Contemporary themed, Ensemble driven works; all genres and subjects considered.

For 2012- We are especially seeking One Act Plays that take place in a HOTEL or MOTEL ROOM

Cast Age range should be Mid-Twenties to Late 30s.

Cast size should be no larger than 5 people.

Running time should be 10 to 20 Minutes.

Plays should be no more than 30 pages in length.

Unit/Basic Set with uncomplicated production values.

(Keep in mind plays will run in rep)

Submission Guideline; Please include the following:
Cover Letter, including your contact information
Play Synopsis
Cast breakdown
Script in word or PDF format
List of previous productions/publishing (do not include readings)
Any other pertinent information

Please be aware that no financial payment is available at this time. Writers retain full rights and credit for all work produced. Rising Sun also conducts workshop and table readings as a tool for writers to hear their work out loud and continue their artistic journey. Also accepting applications for resident & guest writers, as well as teaching artists.

Please resubmit even if you have submitted in the past.
Work will not be returned, please do not send original copies
Electronic Submissions ONLY. No Phone Calls Please
To Submit your work : playsubmissions@risingsunnyc.com

EVCT Aspiring Playwrights Contest

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Aspiring Playwrights Contest
Sponsored by East Valley Children’s Theatre

East Valley Children’s Theatre is searching for aspiring playwrights to become a part of the theatre’s future seasons of performances. Contest rules and prizes are listed below.

• All Plays must be submitted to EVCT no later than March 15, 2012. Must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address.)

• Plays must be suitable for children to perform for children. (Small casts are not as likely to be chosen for performance.)

• Plays must be one hour to one hour and a half in length. (Shorter plays may be submitted but they will not be considered for production by the theatre as one of its season’s productions.)

• Plays and Musicals must not have been previously performed. They must be original and unpublished.

• Musicals must include a copy of the music in some form, either manuscript or recorded.

• Cash prizes will be given for the first, second and third place entries.

• The first place entry will not only receive a cash prize but also will be produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in its upcoming season, if it meets all the criteria for performance.

Send entries to:
East Valley Children’s Theatre
P.O. Box 20514
Mesa, AZ 85277-0514
Or email them to: Karen@evct.org
For more information or questions call EVCT at 480-756-3828.

High Tide Script submission guidelines

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The majority of writers and plays that HighTide produce are identified through unsolicited script submissions. We read every play that is sent to us.

Submission Guidelines

- We accept full length plays, written in English.

- We do not accept screenplays, treatments or radio plays.

- We welcome International writers to submit as long as the play is in English.

- You should avoid lengthy description or synopsis, including suggestions on casting or staging. We believe that a play should speak for itself.

- We only consider one script from any writer at a time. Should you have more than one play, please only submit the play you wish most to be professionally produced.

- We ask that all literary submissions are accompanied with a covering email / letter telling us more about you and any past experience of writing.

- We prefer scripts to be submitted by email, sent to scripts@hightide.org.uk. All email submissions will receive a response to confirm that the script has been safely received by HighTide.

Scripts can be submitted at any time in the year. Please note that you will only be contacted by HighTide should we want to develop your script further. Unfortunately we are unable to offer dramaturgical feedback on scripts that we are not considering for production.

Please send all printed submissions to: Rob Drummer, Literary Manager, HighTide Festival Theatre, 24a St John Street, London EC1M 4AY. Please note that scripts will not be returned.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


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*** mention NYCPlaywrights.org and get a 20% discount ***

Join the Riverdale Y for a New Holiday Tradition.

For a perfect holiday evening at the theater you will be brought back in time, to the 1940's, in the days of live radio shows, as a troupe of actors recreate the joyous movie, It's A Wonderful Life. Complete with sound effects, music and 7 actors portraying more than 30 characters, this heartwarming show is perfect for the entire family. Featuring Y favorites Arianne DeCerb, Gregory Kanter, Drew Lewis, Danny Mejia, Emily Walton, Annette Wilson, Chris Wilson with Bob Walton on piano.

Tickets are available at the door.

$10 general admission, $5 for students. 20% off your ticket price if you mention NYCPlaywrights.org

Show dates and times:
Tuesday December 20, 7PM
Wednesday, December 21, 7PM
Thursday, December 22, 7PM

web site: riverdalerisingstars.com

The Riverdale Y
5625 Arlington Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471
(718) 548-8200

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Ticking Clock Productions, LLC. is bracing for its first winter, a season typically marked by festivities, warm drinks, and unremitting horrors laid bare by the sun’s diurnal retreat. Keeping such images in mind, we’ve decided to celebrate in an appropriate fashion.

On December 17th, TCP will broadcast (on the internet on our website) a live performance of your original works at the honorable Sam Brocato Salon. A live “radio” show, if you will, complete with professional actors, a foley table, and concise musical spectaculars!

Sounds good, huh? But there’s something missing. You. It was always you. I invite YOU to write and submit pieces for this evening of wonders.

Interested? Beside yourself with glee? This is what I need from you -->


Submission deadline: Noon (that’s right), Saturday, December 10th.

Submissions must include:
- a winter holiday (any holiday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s).
- at least one element of horror, or must satirize the horror genre.

Submissions may include:
- any number of characters
- any location you can dream up

ACCEPTABLE FORMATS: Poetry, short prose, creative non-fiction, play, radio play, screenplay, songs, anything else that may be spoken or sung.

UNACCEPTABLE FORMATS: Paintings. Mime. Interpretive dance. Cold stares.

In terms of content…

THIS IS OKAY: A bloodcurdling tale of a dreidel NOT made out of clay.

DON’T WRITE THIS: A heartwarming family drama in which a mother and daughter find each other (and a few other baubles) on an Easter Egg Hunt.

Minimum length: 3 minutes
Maximum length: 15 minutes

You may submit more than one piece, however, no one person may submit more than 15 minutes worth of material.

Feel free to contact me with any burning questions!

Please send submissions to: Tickcp@gmail.com marked "A Horrible Holiday"



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The 2012 Jacob Krueger Screenwriting Fellowship is a free screenwriting competition which awards one early career screenwriter a full scholarship to Jacob Krueger’s 2012 Screenwriting Retreat. Even your airfare is covered!


There are no entry fees of any kind for screenplays submitted by the event deadline.

Simply submit a full screenplay in appropriate format and answer the questions on the submission form.

Screenplays will be judged by an independent panel of industry professionals.

Prize Details

The Jacob Krueger 2012 Screenwriting Retreat will take place June 29th – July 8th, 2012. Expected Destination: Costa Rica.*

Prize includes:

Round Trip Airfare.
10 days/9 nights in a Private Room.
Breakfast and Dinner Every Day.
Daily Yoga Sessions, Special Excursions and Surprises.
The Retreat’s Full Schedule of Writing Classes, Writing Marathons, Movie Screenings and Seven Act Structure Lectures.
A One-on-One Script Consultation With Jacob Krueger.
To Apply

Please submit the following:

One feature length screenplay in PDF format
A cover letter of no more than 2 pages addressing the following questions. (Cover letters may be cut and pasted into the submission form below)
What is your history as a writer?
Why do you think Jacob Krueger Studio is a good fit for you?
If chosen, what would you like to accomplish during the retreat?
Please read the rules below, and then click the link at the bottom of the page to submit your screenplay and cover letter.

Deadline and Fees

Submission to The Jacob Krueger Fellowship is FREE for all submissions received by midnight EST January 1, 2012.

Winners will be announced in March 2012.

For all details and Submission forms visit - http://www.writeyourscreenplay.com/screenwriting-fellowship/

Questions? jess@writeyourscreenplay.com

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Rusty Toque seeks play scripts

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Note: requires free registration in order to submit.

The Rusty Toque accepts unproduced and unpublished short film scripts and play scripts submissions up to 10 minutes in length (10 pages). Scripts must be in a professional industry standard format.

Please send only one script per submission period.

We have a BLIND submission policy, so please don't include your name on your submission document. Instead include a short bio in the cover letter section of this submission form.

At the moment, writers are not paid for publication. We hope this will change soon!

Kitchen Dog New Works Festival

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New Works Festival: new play submission

Scripts must be received by January 1, 2012 to be considered for the 2012 Festival.

Each year, Kitchen Dog Theater selects one original script to receive:

A fully staged production (as part of our regular season – a five-week run)
Paid travel to Dallas, TX (if necessary) to work with the Director, Cast and Crew
Royalty stipend (amount TBD)

Seven other original scripts will be selected for staged readings as part of the Festival (travel not included).

Prospective scripts must meet the following guidelines:

Full-length plays only (preferably one hour or longer)
Submitted scripts must be type-written
Completed scripts only
Do not include a synopsis and/or reviews (if any) of the play
Ideally have between one and five actors (character doubling acceptable)
There are no restrictions on play content.

Only one script per playwright may be submitted.

All unproduced scripts will be recycled.

Please send your script with cover letter to:
Attn: Tina Parker, Co-artistic Director
Kitchen Dog Theater
3120 McKinney Avenue, Ste. 100
Dallas, TX 75204.


DEADLINE for 2011 New Works Festival: RECEIVED BY JANUARY 1, 2012

Submissions wanted for Comic Con con Comedy Short Play Festival

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Playwrights! Come play with us! TCL is seeking short comedic sketches to be included in Comic Con con Comedy. Please submit short plays that follow these guidelines:

2 to 8 minutes in length.
Simple staging requirement; unusual costumes are acceptable.
PG-13 or tamer content.
Cast size should be 7 or fewer.
Plays that include female characters are encouraged.
The sketch needs to be related to the “comic con experience,” which could include comic books, fan conventions, superheroes, manga, etc.
Amusing flights of imagination are encouraged!
Multiple submissions from the same author are welcome.
Deadline for submissions is January 12, 2012.

Please submit your scripts as an email attachment (pdf preferred) to our artistic director, Madge Montgomery (madge@tclstage.org). Put “Comic” in the subject line of the email. There is no fee for submissions, so get cracking!

Playwrights whose work is selected to be included will receive a small stipend based upon ticket sales. The production will be presented in July, 2012 at the Mary Miller Theater in Lafayette, Colorado. Playwrights retain all rights to their material.

In 2008, TCL produced 10,000 Wayniacs: Very Short Plays Inspired by Wayne Newton. It was a tremendous success with sold-out shows. One script from the production, The Strapper by C.P. Stancich, went on to win a national 10-minute play contest. In 2010, we produced G-Men in G-Strings: The J. Edgar Hoover Follies, which had similar success, and has since been published by Heuer Publishing: www.hitplays.com

Theater Company of Lafayette is an award-winning community theater in Colorado known for producing new works. In fact, we’ve presented 36 world premiere plays, short and full-length, in the past 36 months! We hope yours will be one of them.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Midwinter Madness Seeks One-Act Plays for Feb. - Mar. 2012

John Chatterton is looking for new one-act plays for the Second Annual Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, happening in February-March 2012 at the Roy Arias Studios in Times Square:
Dates for the Festival are Feb. 13 - Mar. 4, 2011.
We are looking to expand on last year's Festival, with 2 theatres and a greenroom.
Plays should run 30 to 60 min. Scripts should be submitted in standard playscript format.*
Any subject matter okay, including musicals.
The Festival will not combine shorter plays to make full programs. All plays must be off-book. There will be no staged readings.
Production requirements must be minimal: rehearsal cubes, a table or two, some chairs (all provided by the Festival), and your own props and costumes, which you must bring with you and take home for every performance.
Tickets will be $12-15. There are no fees. The Festival takes the door.
Festival participants may see their own and other shows for free, seating permitting. These comps may not be transferred to anyone else. Otherwise, there are no comps.
Shows must be non-Equity. No showcases or Equity waivers, please!
The Festival will provide a press agent, venue manager, lighting designer, and box-office manager. You must provide your own board op. (The Festival has a list of available qualified technical staff from which you may draw. They are competent and reasonably priced.)
While the Festival provides the venue and staff, you must provide the production. Roy Arias Studios may offer discounts on rehearsal space, at its own discretion.
There will be a tech rehearsal running 2.5 times the running time of your show, during business hours Mon. thru Fri.
All performances will take place from 6 pm to 11 pm weekdays or 11 am to 11 pm weekends.
Each show will receive at least 3 performances, probably all in the same week. Shows that sell the most tickets in advance may receive more performances.
The Festival will provide a program "wrapper": you must provide a program specific to your show, and insert it into the wrapper for distribution to your patrons.
There will be a juried award ceremony after the Festival, with cash awards for the most popular plays.
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

I've presented a lot of Festivals, and I have a special interest in short plays. They're an easy, cheap, and fun way to see your work on its feet.

To submit a script, send it as an attachment in .doc or .pdf format to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!


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No submission fee/produce it yourself

Turnip Theatre Company in association with American Globe Theatre will accept submissions for the 18thh Annual New York City 15-Minute Play Festival through January 1, 2012. This popular short play competition will be presented at American Globe’s 75 seat theatre on West 46th Street in the heart of Times Square April 23 through May 5, 2012. Turnip Theatre Company established the 15-Minute Play Festival in 1995 to present audiences with short, well-crafted plays while at the same time offering a professional venue for theater artists. American Globe Theatre became a Festival co-presenter in 2001. Over the past 17 years more than 500 new short plays have been presented, with many going on to subsequent productions and several to publication.

Each year approximately 35 original short plays are selected from submissions from all over the United States and several foreign countries. Four to five plays are presented each of the first eight evenings of the semi-finals with one play chosen each night to move on to the finals and two additional performances. Finalists compete for $100 cash prizes for Best Play, Best Direction, Best Performance, and Audience Favorite. Finalists are also eligible for The Alan Minieri Memorial Playwriting Award in honor of Turnip Theatre Company’s late Co-Artistic Director who died of cancer in 1997. The $300 Minieri Award is presented to a playwright whose work challenges convention in both content and form. Each semi-finalist whose work is presented in the Festival receives a $25 royalty. There is no entrance fee

· Playwrights and/or their representatives are responsible for the production of their play including casting, rehearsals, props, etc. The Festival presenters provide basic set pieces and lighting, sound equipment, and production staff.

· Plays are selected solely on the script submitted. Please do not include a playwright resume or play production history. Plays should have a beginning, middle, and end (though not necessarily in that order). Plays that create a unique world, are unpredictable, and can stand alone without complex production values are favored by the presenters. Monologues and published plays will not be considered.

· Submissions must be typed in play script format and be no more than 15 pages and in a font size no smaller than 12 point Times Roman or Courier/Courier New. Only plays with a running time of 15 minutes or less are eligible.

· Only one submission per writer will be accepted. If multiple plays are submitted by a single author, only one will be chosen at random to be read by the play reading committee.

· Please include contact information such as an address, phone number and e-mail address.

· Submissions should be sent by regular mail to 15 Minute Play Festival, c/o American Globe Theatre, 145 W. 46th Street, New York, NY 10036. Submissions are not accepted by email, fax, or express/overnight mail. Submissions must be postmarked by January 1, 2012. Playwrights whose plays are selected will be notified in mid February 2012. Plays will not be returned, so please do not send a return envelope.

· There will be a mandatory meeting for all playwrights or their representatives in early March and a production meeting for all participating artists on April 22, 2012.

· Visit www.15minuteplayfestival.org or www.americanglobe.org for additional information.

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The Dramatists Guild Bill of Rights

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In Process and Production

1. ARTISTIC INTEGRITY. No one (e.g., directors, actors, dramaturgs) can make changes, alterations, and/or omissions to your script - including the text, title, and stage directions - without your consent. This is called “script approval.”

2. APPROVAL OF PRODUCTION ELEMENTS. You have the right to approve the cast, director, and designers (and, for a musical, the choreographer, orchestrator, arranger, and musical director, as well), including their replacements. This is called “artistic approval.”

3. RIGHT TO BE PRESENT. You always have the right to attend casting, rehearsals, previews and performances.


4. ROYALTIES. You are generally entitled to receive a royalty. While it is possible that the amount an author receives may be minimal for a small- to medium-sized production, some compensation should always be paid if any other artistic collaborator in the production is being paid, or if any admission is being charged. If you are a member of the Guild, you can always call our business office to discuss the standard industry royalties for various levels of production.

5. BILLING CREDIT. You should receive billing (typographical credit) on all publicity, programs, and advertising distributed or authorized by the theatre. Billing is part of your compensation and the failure to provide it properly is a breach of your rights.


6. OWNERSHIP OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. You own the copyright of your dramatic work. Authors in the theatre business do not assign (i.e., give away or sell in entirety) their copyrights, nor do they ever engage in “work-for-hire.” When a university, producer or theatre wants to mount a production of your play, you actually license (or lease) the public performance rights to your dramatic property to that entity for a finite period of time.

7. OWNERSHIP OF INCIDENTAL CONTRIBUTIONS. You own all approved revisions, suggestions, and contributions to the script made by other collaborators in the production, including actors, directors, and dramaturgs. You do not owe anyone any money for these contributions. If a theatre uses dramaturgs, you are not obligated to make use of any ideas the dramaturg might have. Even when the input of a dramaturg or director is helpful to the playwright, dramaturgs and directors are still employees of the theatre, not the author, and they are paid for their work by the theatre/producer. It has been well-established in case law, beginning with “the Rent Case” (Thompson v. Larson) that neither dramaturgs nor directors (nor any other contributors) may be considered a co-author of a play, unless (i) they’ve collaborated with you from the play’s inception, (ii) they’ve made a copyrightable contribution to the play, and (iii) you have agreed in writing that they are a co-author.

8. SUBSIDIARY RIGHTS. After the small or medium-sized production, you not only own your script, but also the rights to market and sell it to all different media (e.g., television, radio, film, internet) in any commercial market in the world. You are not obligated to sign over any portion of your project’s future revenues to any third party (fellow artist, advisor, director, producer) as a result of a production, unless that production is a professional (i.e., Actor’s Equity) premiere production (including sets, costumes and lighting), of no less than 21 consecutive paid public performances for which the author has received appropriate billing, compensation, and artistic approvals.

9. FUTURE OPTIONS. Rather than granting the theatre the right to share in future proceeds, you may choose to grant a non-exclusive option to present another production of your work within six months or one year of the close of the initial production. No option should be assignable without your prior written consent.

10.AUTHOR’S CONTRACT: The only way to ensure that you get the benefit of the rights listed above is through a written contract with the producer, no matter how large or small the entity. The Guild’s Department of Business Affairs offers a model “production contract” and is available to review any contracts offered to you, and advise as to how those contracts compare to industry standards.

We realize that making demands of a small theatre is a difficult task. However, you should feel confident in presenting this Bill of Rights to the Artistic Director, Producer, Literary Manager, or university administrator as a starting point for discussion. At the very least, any professional in the dramatic arts should realize that it is important for writers to understand the nature of their work - not just the artistic aspects, but the business side, as well - and that they stand together as a community, for their mutual benefit and survival, and for the survival of theatre as a viable art form in the 21st century.

January 2012 Play of the Month

10-Minute Play of the Month: JANUARY 2012

The theme for January 2012 is "Civil Rights." Although this is in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK Day is January 16) your play can be about any civil rights issue: voting rights, marriage rights, etc.

Deadline: Sunday, January 8, 2011, 11:59 PM

1. Send only one ten-minute play per author to info@nycplaywrights.org

2. The script submission should be sent by email, with the play itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or pdf. Most preferable is .pdf (Portable Document Format) because it will retain your original script formatting.

3. The script can be no longer than 10 pages (not including title page, setting info page, etc. - pages will be counted only from where the actual on-stage directions and dialog begin.)

4. The script should be in standard playscript format. If you are not sure what that is, see this page on the NYCPlaywrights web site:


Plays that are not in standard format, or that have more than 10 pages (not counting title page, etc.) will be rejected immediately.

5. Make sure you have your name and your email address on the title page of the script.

6. Plays can be from anybody, anywhere in the world, but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.)

7. There is no fee for submission - and no payment given for the plays selected. Do not send a submission if you are expecting monetary compensation.

8. The NYCPlaywrights selection decision is final and NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no plays from those submitted.

9. The play must have been written by the person making the submission.

10. The play can have had a previous production but cannot have been published.

11. All rights will remain with the playwright.

12. The selected play will be videotaped and posted during the month of January.

13. The video recording of the play reading will be posted to the NYCPlaywrights YouTube account and from there embedded into the NYCPlaywrights blog. The embedded section may be an excerpt of the play reading rather than the entire reading. The playwright will be asked to review the video recording and approve it before it is made

14. The play must reflect the month's theme in some meaningful way.

15. The readings that are recorded are actual script-in-hand readings, not productions - although there may be some video production work, such as multi-camera views, music, titles; or minor stage work such as hand props or actor movements. To get an idea of what to expect for the video recording see the page on the NYCPlaywrights web site with samples of past readings of Plays of the Month: http://nycp.blogspot.com/p/play-of-month.html

Any questions email Nancy at info@nycplaywrights.org

Thursday, December 1, 2011

relationship plays wanted

Ten-minute plays are being sought by The Sandbox in Miami Shores, FL for their Valentine Production February 12, 13, and 14, 2012. Seeking plays about love, romance, flirtation and dating. Prefer comedies!

Details: Ten pages max in standard playwriting format; 2 character plays only; with a cast ages 18-35. Seeking plays about all kinds of relationships. We are casting a company of 2 W and 2 M.

The setting is limited to a table and two chairs.

Submitting your play to our contest grants The Sandbox the right to produce your play in our festival, and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes if it is chosen as a winner.

One submission per playwright only. Plays must be original to the playwright.

Please indicate all contact information in the body of the email.

Email to ValentineWords (at) yahoo.com

Plays must be received by midnight (est) January 15th, 2012.

Simian Showcase

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We are now accepting submissions for THE SIMIAN SHOWCASE. We want your short play to be part of our smorgasbord of theatre, music, and merriment in April 2012.

To qualify, your script must:

Be no longer than 15 minutes in length
Be ready for presentation
Contain themes of geekery, fandom, and/or obsession with pop- and/or sub-culture
Require minimal tech and encourage suspension of disbelief

Your play may:

Have had previous readings/productions
Be a work in progress (playwrights will be welcome to attend rehearsals as part of their script development process)

Submissions due: December 23rd, 2011
Plays will be selected by: January 13th, 2012
Final script changes for the showcase due: March 9th, 2012

Send your script as a PDF or DOC file to: showcase@monkeymanproductions.com

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