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Women Playwrights International is now accepting submissions from playwrights who want their original work to be part of the next WPI conference. The conference will be held in July 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Women playwrights are requested to submit plays on the following themes:

  • Beyond Words: Plays that script the physical, the visual, the digital or the aural - new texts for new mediums
  • In Other Words: Plays that are multilingual, for multilingual audiences, or have been trans- lated into English from their original language
  • Choice of Words: Scripts that have been de- veloped with actors, directors, co-writers or dramaturgs as part of a workshop or devised process
  • Our Own Words: Plays written for the writer themselves to perform, plays exploring auto- biography or memoir


  • Submission is open to professional, semi- professional or beginning women playwrights from any part of the world, of any age.
  • The script can be unproduced or previously produced (please do not submit plays for which you do not own copyright).
  • One acts as well as full length plays will be accepted. Musicals will be accepted within reason and selection will be resource dependent.


For the first round of submission, please submit the following via the online form:

  • An 80 word synopsis of your play
  • A 50 word motivation detailing how and why it fits one of the WPI 2015 themes
  • A 50 word biography of the playwright - Your country of residence
  • A brief production/development history of the submitted play (if applicable).

Please note

  • Your synopsis must be in English, and your full script should be 75% English, or translated into English
  • Your play must have a maximum of 8 characters
  • Deadline for submissions: 1 December 2013 - Please only submit scripts which are already written, or will be completed by March 2014

The shortlist will be announced in April 2014. Selected applicants will be invited via email to submit the full script within 2 weeks.

The final line-up will be announced in July 2014.

Translation & selection

While we are seeking ways to offer translation services, we are currently unable to do so for the first submission round.

The mandate for the conference will be to select 20% South African playwrights, 20% playwrights from the rest of Africa, and 60% playwrights from the rest of the world.

To submit, please click on this link.

For quries or further info, please contact us at wpic2015@gmail.com.

Kind regards, Amy Jephta Karen Jeyens Zara Trafford, Fatima Dike
WPIC Host Committee

For more information about WPI, please visit our website www.wpinternational.net 

Read about the previous conference http://wpic.riksteatern.se

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