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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Seeking Fringe reviewers

FringeReview is a UK-based online publication with the aim of bringing coverage to the underserved fringes of the theatre. Begun in 2006 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we quickly spread across the UK before going international. 

This year marks our first year in the US and we are looking to take on reviewers for the New York International Fringe Festival

You will have experience thinking and writing in an evaluative way in response to live performance, as well as a background, which supports this role. Such backgrounds may include a formal education in theatre or performance, considerable experience working within the industry, a proven track record as a theatre-goer with evidence of reflection (such as a consistent blog or journal of responses).

We will provide opportunities for you to experience and respond to theatre, as well as opportunities to increase your published writing portfolio through a recognized critical entity. In addition, we offer constructive criticism via our editorial team to help you develop (where appropriate) as a writer.

Contact info is will@fringereview.us 

Check us out at fringereview.us or visit our parent site at fringereview.com.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fourth Wall Review seeks works of any length, genre and topic for the first issues

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Fourth Wall Review is a publishing venture dedicated to playwriting and playwrights. We are currently accepting  submissions for our Summer/Fall issue with with an August 1st deadline.

The Fourth Wall Review is a print and online journal dedicated to publishing quality dramatic writing, along with interviews and essays relating to the craft of dramatic writing. The Fourth Wall will publish online bi-monthly and triannually in print. We are currently accepting submissions for the Summer/Fall 2014 online issue and the Winter 2014 print  issue.  We are  welcoming works of any length, genre and topic for the first issues. Submissions must be original and previously unpublished works.

We do not require a specific script format at this time. However, writers please adhere to generally agreed upon formatting rules such as character names being placed center - or somewhat center - of the page above the dialogue, etc. Please submit scripts as a Word or PDF file only.

For Play Submissions: Electronic Submissions Only.
File Format: Word or PDF.

Please Submit in an attachment to submissions@fourthwallreview.com

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Athena Project seeks plays

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Athena Project is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIP Series). This series will take place in Denver at The Aurora Fox Studio Theater over the course of 3 weekends, March 20-April 5, 2015, as part of a larger arts festival celebrating women artists, including the yet-to-be named world premiere, winner of this year’s PIP Series. Four new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, designers, cast and workshop presentation during the festival. One play from the 2015 PIP Series will win a full production to be produced in March of 2016, based on a combination of audience vote and board input.

Scripts are being accepted online from now until midnight, July 31, 2014.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:

1. Playwright must be female and may only submit ONE full-length script.

2. The play must not ever have had a fully mounted production. Prior workshop presentations are permissible but the script must be a new version since the time of the workshop.

3. Submission must include:

--Full copy of script (without playwright contact info*)

--Character breakdown (without playwright contact info*)

--Short synopsis of script (300 word limit, without playwright contact info*)


--Cover letter addressing what the playwright would like to accomplish with the workshop presentation and how she heard about the call for submissions

*Contact info must be listed ONLY on resume and cover letter, not on script or any other documents (submissions will be read blind). All documents should include the Title of the Play, but no playwright contact information.

4. Plays submitted without all supporting materials included will be disqualified.

5. We recommend the playwright be able to travel to the area for rehearsals as needed if selected (or may Skype in). Attendance at least one workshop production performance during the festival at the playwright's own expense is mandatory. We will select 4 playwrights to participate in the PIP Series and hope to strike a balance between local and national work. Exact rehearsal and performance schedules will be worked out with the director, dramaturg, and playwright after all plays are selected.

Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Please contact our Literary Manager, Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski viapez@athenaprojectfestival.org if you have any questions about submitting. You will receive an automatic confirmation email upon receipt of materials.

Script Submissions for the 4th Annual New Play-Reading Festival

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The New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate occasions during our 2014/2015 season. This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) scripts.

Four scripts will be chosen to be featured in this festival. The initial play readings will take place November 7th through the 9th. The second set of readings will take place February 27th through March 1st. After each reading, there will be a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright. After the 2nd round of readings, one of the four scripts will then be selected to be presented as a fully mounted production in The Growing Stage’s 2015/2016 Season!
The three plays that were selected in the past festivals are With Two Wings by Anne Negri, The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel by Susan Rowan Masters and next March, The Growing Stage will be presenting the world premiere professional production of And Then Came Tango by Emily Freeman.

The Growing Stage is committed to creating and presenting professional theatre for young people and their families and to provide them with the unique and affordable opportunity to share a fun, culturally significant moment in an intimate and special venue, The Historic Palace Theatre. Young people are also given the opportunity to grow as performers by working alongside professional actors as part of the theatre learning experience. 

Shows usually require a minimum of 4 characters/performers; there is no maximum, provided that if necessary, doubling is OK with the playwright.

To submit scripts to The New Play-Reading Festival, please send scripts, along with a brief synopsis to the company’s Production Manager and head of the festival, Steve Graham: prdmgr@growingstage.com

Or to:
The Growing Stage Theatre
Attn: Steve Graham
P.O. Box 36
Netcong, NJ 07857

All submissions are due by August 15, 2014.
If your script submission is an adaptation, we do ask that you also please include proof that you have permission from the author to adapt their work.

If you would like to learn more about the mission of The Growing Stage, please visit:

Monday, July 28, 2014

SoYoCo is looking for featured artists

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SoYoCo is a networking and theatre company for the arts. Our mission is to produce new works that focus on the evocation of escapism, conversation, heightened emotion and perceptions, while creating a healthy social environment conducive to networking for the artists and the creative contributors. These networking environments will be held monthly where the goal of a growing sponsorship program will act as a contributor to selected and like minded companies and organizations.

SoYoCo is looking for featured artists for their upcoming networking event on Monday August 4 from 7pm-10pm at Irish Exit.

We are looking for new works. These works can be anything from a play reading to a musical performance. Performance should be a minimum of 10 minutes no longer then 30 minutes.

You are reasonable with organizing your performers and rehearsals. You will need to provide SoYoCo with performers, writer, director headshot and bio.

If you bring 20 people or more you will get a cut of the bar proceeds. If you are unable to bring 20 people you will get the proceeds of the raffle either way.

SoYoCo will provide the performance location, drink specials, raffle prize, social media advertisement.

To apply please send the piece you will performing along with a paragraph about yourself and why you should be featured.

For more information on SoYoCo please visit www.soyocony.com

New Dramatists Residency

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New Dramatists continues to revise its admissions process and guidelines accordingly. Please read all the information on this page. For more detailed information download the “Admissions Guidelines” and “Application Information” documents below.

•Admissions process is completely paperless
•Applicants apply through a module on our website

2014 Admissions Procedural Changes:
•The admissions window opens on July 1 at 10am (EST) and closes on July 29 at 5pm (EST).
•Upload a stand-alone Title Page for each play with your full name and contact information.
•We strongly encourage you to submit your materials as PDFs.We will also accept the following formats: .txt, .doc, .docx, .rtf.
•Please do not put any identifying information in the script. Identifying information includes: your name, contact information, theatres that have workshopped or produced your plays, your agent, special thanks, actors/production crew involved, etc.
•Every script page must be numbered.
•Every script page must include the play’s title.
•Submit a one page Letter of Intent responding to the following question: New Dramatists was founded on the premise that writers are each other’s greatest resource. If granted a New Dramatists residency, what do you see as the benefits of developing your work in the company of other playwrights?

To begin your application, click “Begin Application
 (If you applied last year, you will need to create a new admissions applicant account.) You will be asked to create a username and enter your email address. Once you have clicked “Submit,” you will receive an email with instructions on how to log in. From this point forward, you will be guided through a simple process collecting all of your admissions materials in seven easy steps:

1. Log in. You will be asked to confirm you are a US Citizen, or that you have permanent INS work authorization.

2. Fill in your full name, address, and phone number.

3. Type or copy your Letter of Intent directly into the text field.

4. Upload your bio, resume, or CV; or copy your bio directly into the text field.

5. Upload a stand-alone Title Page for each play with your full name and contact information.

6. Upload Two Full-Length Works (Plays and/or Libretti-i.e. books of musicals) (The following files may be used: .pdf, .txt, .doc, .docx, .rtf).

7. Review your application, and click “Submit Your Application” to complete the process. You will receive an email confirming your application has been received.

You may save your application at any point and return to it later before submitting. Once the application window closes on July 29 at 5pm (EST) you may not alter your application in any way.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email BEFORE submitting your materials.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

COLLAB staged reading series

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COLLAB, Vertigo’s own staged reading series, is a four-week workshop that connects artists from various creative communities to promote collaboration in the development of original work. Workshops culminate in a free, public presentation.

Meet the creative teams from last year’s COLLAB.

This year, Vertigo Theater Company and co-curator Emily Simoness will select original, short pieces to workshop beginning in September, with performances scheduled for early October at BAM. For submission info, visit the online application. Submissions are due no later than Friday, August 1.

Note: This event is presented by Vertigo Theater Company. BAM house and ticketing policies may not apply. Tickets are free, and reservations may be made online beginning in September. Seating is limited.

$10,000 Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship

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Application deadline: July 31st, 2014
Application fee: none

In addition to a $10,000 prize, the Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship includes a Hedgebrook residency on Whidbey Island, a fellowship position at the A Room of Her Own Foundation Retreat at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, and a project residency with the Lark Play Development Center in New York City. The fellowship will take place over the course of one year, throughout which the playwright will be mentored by the fellowship's creator, renowned playwright and actor Ellen McLaughlin. 

Applicants must be able to commit wholeheartedly to each stage of the fellowship, entailing four weeks of dedicated time over the course of the year, and must be willing to write an entirely new play. 

– All women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. 
– In the first round, applicants will submit 30 pages of a play. 
– Applicants who make it to the second round will be invited to submit the same play in its entirety.

For details and to apply, please visit:  http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/awards/shakespeares-sister/

Applications for Shakespeare's Sister are only accepted online.

 Still have questions? View answers to frequently asked questions on our FAQ page.

Overtime Theater 2015 Call for Submissions

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Submission Deadline: July 31, 2014

In an effort to be ecologically responsible, the Overtime Theater accepts scripts with all materials (PDF format preferred) in one email toinfo@theovertimetheater.org.

The Overtime Theatre is seeking play submissions for our 2015 season. Devoted to original work, we are particularly interested in new plays that are innovative in form and bold and moving in content. San Antonio’s “Theater for thePeople” — the Current readers’ favorite theater for five years in a row — creates a wide range of plays, from scrappy nerdcore to weird fringe, from heartwarming to hilarious, and has a loyal following.

Located near the blossoming Pearl Brewery complex at 1203 Camden Street, we are at the heart of the city’s most exciting arts district, right next to the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Museum Reach of the Riverwalk, and the South Broadway renaissance.

We are seeking original experimental and devised work, film and novel adaptations, translations and adaptations of classics, musicals, genre parodies, political pieces, community-based plays, science-fiction and superhero epic adventures, broad comedy, gritty realism, and especially that which we haven’t seen and can’t be categorized. We are looking for unique and imaginative local and national voices, visions, characters, and worlds that make the most effective use of the nature of live theatrical events, although they may (and are encouraged to) engage other media.

In all the plays we select, we are looking for work charged with a sense of now, pieces that wake the audience up to the present moment.

*Because all of the work at the Overtime is indeed created “overtime,” artists receive compensation through our “love bucket”–audience donations split with the cast and crew. To be honest, it isn’t a lot, but that has never stopped us from surviving and thriving as a truly unique independent theater.

We look forward to reading your work! Sincerely,

The Overtime Theatre

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Call for Submission: UNFringed Festival at The Secret Theatre

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Best Play Award + $250 prize for the top placed play
Unfringed is a festival of full length dramatic, comedic or musical theatre pieces. The selected pieces are all eligible to win the top prize of Best Unfringed play through a combination of audience votes which are then aggregated with the Judges votes to produce a winner. 

Applications accepted until August 8th 2014
Read carefully before filling out attached application
The Second Annual Unfringed Festival will bring bold and daring new works to The Secret Theatre of Long Island City, Queens – named “One of NYC’S best theater spots” by Time Out.  

Show Dates Sept 11th – 27th 
[evening slots 7pm and 9pm, each show guaranteed 4 performances]

Unfringed seeks new and exciting works that challenge audiences, facilitating lively discussion and interaction between artists and viewers. Talk to us in your cover letter. Tell us why you want to be a part of Unfringed, and how your work will benefit from being involved.

Applications will be accepted electronically until August 8th, 2014. There is no application fee.

Please submit only complete application. If application is incomplete, it will not be considered. Additional support materials may be added to your application before the deadline, but not after. 

Due to the number of applicants and the size of our staff, please DO NOT contact us to see if your application has been received and/or is complete, you will get an emailed response confirming your submission. If you are submitting more than one show, each show must have its own application, support materials, and application fee.

All applicants will receive acceptance status notification (accepted, declined, alternated) via email on or around within three days of the close of submissions. At this time, if you are accepted to the festival, you will receive further instructions of information (as an online form) we will need from you or your company. This online form must be filled out immediately or before our acceptance deadline, which is generally on or about August 16th, 2014, and accompanied by a non-refundable $250.00 participation fee, which can be paid online.

Your show may also be selected as an alternate. Selected alternates may be offered a participant's slot if any offers are not taken up.

If your show is accepted to the festival, you are given a slot in which to produce your show. We are NOT producing your show, we are merely presenting it. You or your producing organization must hire your own cast, crew, and staff, secure your own rights, and run your own rehearsals, etc.

All shows will be presented in one venue on several dates throughout the duration of the festival. Most shows will receive approximately four performances over the course of the entire festival. Performances will be between 4pm and Midnight on weekdays, and between Noon and Midnight on weekends. There is only a 30 minute change-over time between shows. Your curtain time will vary from day to day in order to that ensure all shows receive an equal amount of prime performance times. Keep in mind that when you are striking or setting up your show, another show is also striking or setting up. Keep aspects of your production minimal, please! Please note that very limited storage is available – we want you to have a great show but discourage large bulky set pieces. All set pieces must be removable and not permanent.

Unfringed handles all aspects of ticketing and box office. Full priced tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door. 

After the first $175 received at the box office (to cover Secret Theatre operating costs) there will be a 50/50 split between your company and The Secret Theatre. There will be a minimum of 50-99 seats, ticket prices will be $15 so after recouping the initial $175 the potential if all 50 seats are sold is for your company to make $287.50 if all tickets are sold at the advanced price of $15.

We also offer a minimum of 10 hours free rehearsal at The Secret Theatre - a value of at least $200 subject to availability; rehearsal times offered are usually non peak times and daytimes. All other rehearsals at The Secret or our affiliated locations will be $10 peak times.

You will need to keep the technical requirements of your show very simple. The venue is equipped with basic lighting and sound equipment. Storage space is minimal. Since the space is shared with all shows in that venue you must take props, set pieces and costumes away with you after each performance. Each company will have only one cue to cue technical rehearsal in the venue. The Secret Theatre provides a board op/Stage Manager and  Box Office staff.  Each company will be given one tech/dress rehearsal.   You may request one special but lights are generally set in a typical house plot with a warm and cold wash.

Unfringed will publicize the festival and coordinate overall press relations. You will be asked to submit publicity photos and PR materials so that we can send complete press packages to print and broadcast media. You are welcome to publicize your own show through your own press releases, mailers, handbills, busking and/or posters. The more you promote your show, the larger your potential audience.

If you are accepted to Unfringed, part of our agreement prohibits the performance of your show anywhere in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut area anytime during 6 months before and 3 months after the performances at The Secret Theatre. This is primarily due to the fact that we depend upon our small portion of your box office income in order to pay for your participation in the festival. Performances elsewhere within our audience area greatly impact ticket sales to Unfringed. Please keep this restriction in mind when accepting other invitations to perform your show during these months, particularly before you have received acceptance status notification from Unfringed.

Out-of-area participants, like locals, are responsible for all aspects of production and additional publicity for their show, as well as travel expenses, securing working visas (where required), and accommodations. Unfringed cannot help with housing for a participating company.

To submit, go to the online application form. 

Call for Submissions for the third BUA Takes 10: LGBT Short Stories evening of ten-minute plays

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Submission Dates: Now through October 31, 2014

Call for Submissions for the third BUA Takes 10: LGBT Short Stories evening of ten-minute plays.  BUA Takes 10 will run three weekends from March 27-April 11, 2015 at Buffalo United Artists at Alleyway Theatre, 672 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.
Submission Guidelines: 
*All plays must have an LGBT theme that is central to the play’s premise. (This means that changing pronouns on another play probably won’t work.)

*Playwrights may submit one or two plays, but if you submit two, please do so in separate emails.

*Please don’t resubmit plays that were submitted previous years.  You think we don’t remember, but elephants got nothing on us.

*All plays must be no longer than ten minutes, which may actually mean fewer than ten pages. If you’re not sure, please read it aloud.  No exceptions, no matter how brilliant the extra minutes may be. We mean it.

*All plays must have minimal set requirements. Plays chosen will receive full productions at BUA’s black box theater, but with ten plays being performed, there is no time for elaborate set changes. 

*Please email LGBT ten-minute plays with minimal set requirements to buasubmissions@gmail.com in standard format in Word or PDF. 

*Email subject line should have your name and title of your play, e.g. MARY BROWN/MY AWESOME GAY PLAY. 

*Body of email should contain contact information (including email and phone) and the play’s production history ONLY. You don’t have to write a cover letter, so please don’t. Anything other than the requested information is only going to give us a bad first impression (i.e. you don’t follow rules).

*Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.

 The Deadline:
Submissions must be received by October 31, 2014. We prefer earlier to later, as we read and cull as the submissions come in.

You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your play. Finalists will be notified by email by January 15, 2015, and the selected playwrights will be announced on Official Playwrights of Facebook. We are sorry we cannot respond to each individual playwright. 
The Producer:
Buffalo United Artists will provide directors, actors, designers, and technical crew for the run of the show.  If necessary, directors will contact playwrights at the start of or during the rehearsal process.  For more information about Buffalo United Artists, please visit our Web site: http://www.buffalobua.org. Dates are tentatively set for March 27-April 11, 2015, but are subject to change.

The Production: 
Plays will be presented together as an evening of theater.  Chosen playwrights will receive a copy of the program, four complimentary tickets to be used any night of the run, and a $25 royalty. If you’re here in person—which we strongly encourage—you’ll get some free drinks, too.

If you have questions, please contact buasubmissions@gmail.com

We look forward to reading your work!


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The Georgia Theatre Conference, the official theatre organization for the state of Georgia, is now taking submissions for its annual One Act New Play Competition. The competition is open writers inside and outside of Georgia. The Competition is hosted by the Professional Division of GTC. The winning play will receive a $250.00 prize and will also be performed as a staged reading at the Georgia Theatre Conference convention held in Columbus, GA, October 9-11, 2014.

Guidelines are listed below:

Entries will be accepted between March 1, 2014 and July, 2014.

One submission per playwright only. 

Play submissions must be one act in length. Plays should be approximately 50 pages in length, with a running-time between 30 minutes and one hour, and limited to 10 or fewer characters.

Full length scripts, children’s plays, 10 Minute plays, and musicals are not accepted.

Plays must be unproduced (no professional productions) and unpublished. Plays that have gone through readings and workshops are acceptable.

Plays must be submitted by email attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format:

Text in 11-12 point type and in plain font (e.g. Times New Roman)

Script must include page numbers at the bottom of each page

The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the script

Do not include resumes, playwright biographies, or history of the play

Send a separate title page with the author’s name and contact info.

Please send all entries to:

Celeste Morris
Assistant Professor
University of North Georgia
In association with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nylon Fusion seeks submissions for the Political Play series

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The Political Play series 
Full Length about 90 min

Submissions do not have to be about Politics per se, but must be about topics that are socially and/or culturally significant. We are currently looking for works to present in our 2014-15 (7th) season

To be considered for our 8th Season: December 10, 2014 (New Deadline)
Please note: We accept submissions year round for the Political Play Series.

Please be specific on your form- write on SUBJECT LINE which project you’re submitting to. For example: Political Series: Name of Playwright.

To be considered please submit the following: a cover letter, brief synopsis, your resume, and full script. If you’re having trouble with our form please email us with your submission at nylonsubmissions@gmail.com


Winners, losers. Debate and negotiate. Passionate, illogical; yet, wholly elemental. It is the "thing" you don't discuss at family dinners- the proverbial elephant in the room.
Politics and Love. They say the only certain things in life are death and taxes- well, they don't take a backseat to Love and Politics. Wishing to fulfill a core pillar of our mission, PCTC invites you to submit a one-act or ten-minute play, musing on the "politics of love."

To learn more about Playhouse Creatures Theatre and our mission, please see our website www.playhousecreatures.org or find us on Facebook.

Submissions may be sent  to newplays@playhousecreatures.org before August 1st. 

Please be sure to include a synopsis and let us know if this work has been produced in the past. Selected pieces will be staged in  the fall and writers will be contacted by the end of September.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Young playwrights wanted

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Application deadline for the 2014-2015 Season will be WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014.
EST/Youngblood is currently accepting applications for membership beginning in the 2014-2015 season. Applications are open to New York City resident playwrights under 30 years old.

Membership includes attendance at all weekly meetings, monthly (or more frequent) performances, readings and retreats. There is no set term of membership, and members often stay through the season that includes their 30th birthday.

If you have any questions, please contact youngblood@ensemblestudiotheatre.org

Application Instructions

Please complete the form below and include the following materials:
WRITING SAMPLE - up to 25 pages. This can be part of a longer piece or a one-act. Send whatever you think best represents where you are as a playwright right now.
LETTER - The "why Youngblood" letter. Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in membership in the group.
RESUME - Your current playwriting resume.
FULL-LENGTH PLAY - A completed full-length play in its entirety. Note: this can be the full play from which the initial 25 pages was excerpted, or an entirely different piece. In most cases, this additional material will only be read if you are selected as a finalist.


Combine the above items, in that order (sample, letter, resume, full-length), into asingle PDF file.

The file name should be your last name and first initial - i.e., TOLAN_R.pdf.

Upload the PDF file using the Upload link below.

Applications are due by Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

YouthPLAYS seeks work for young audiences

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While we're always looking for a wide variety of great new plays and musicals for young actors and audiences, play publisher YouthPLAYS is particularly seeking awesome 30-35 minute one-acts for high school and middle school competition and festival use. Any genre, but flexible to large cast sizes and lots of female roles preferred. 

All roles don't have to be teen characters (though it's super cool if they are), but we do prefer that there be at least a number of substantial age-appropriate roles for teen actors. For submission guidelines, go here:

(Of course, we always recommend that you browse our website to see the kinds of plays we publish before submitting--as you should do for any submission opportunity.) 



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The Play Lab is a UMass Department of Theater mainstage production, running from March 23 – April 4, 2015. Two playwrights will be chosen for concurrent 10-day residencies during this period. These residencies are structured around a series of public staged readings directed and dramaturged by UMass graduate students and performed by undergraduate actors. The 10-day workshop term allows time for exploration in rehearsal and the generation of new material.

Our mission is to develop two exceptional new plays per year in cooperation with visionary playwrights. The Play Lab, is, in essence, a writer's playground: a stimulating and constructive artistic environment founded on three guiding principles of engagement, collaboration, and discovery. The UMass Amherst Department of Theater's commitment to new play development is internationally recognized, from our groundbreaking work with New WORLD Theater to our recent collaborations with artists like Will Power, Marcus Gardley, and Constance Congdon. We approach new play development with rigor, focus, and sensitivity—and we're seeking playwrights who are as passionate about this process as we are.

Yes. We offer a $750 honorarium per playwright. Accommodations will be provided. Playwrights are responsible for booking their own travel arrangements, and will be reimbursed for a portion of the cost.

Plays must be full-length. Musicals are not accepted. Submissions may have had a previous reading, workshop, or production; as a rule, though, the Play Lab exists to develop relatively new work, so unproduced material will be given priority in our selection. The UMass New Play Lab seeks to develop plays that tell compelling stories about our world in bold and innovative ways. We encourage submissions from a broad spectrum of writers, from emerging to widely produced, and are particularly interested in works by underrepresented voices in American theater (e.g. women, LGBTQ, and playwrights of color).

Submit manuscripts to umassplaylab@gmail.com. All documents must be submitted in .pdf format; plays formatted otherwise will be disqualified. Please include a concise playwright’s bio and a short (max. 50 word) summary of how you think your play might benefit from a developmental reading.
Submissions will be capped at 500 plays.

The deadline is Friday, August 1, 2014.

“I discovered ideas about potential staging and design; how it could work visually and spatially. I got to make some useful cuts and tweaks and rearrange a couple of scenes which made it work much better. I discovered that the characters have life outside of my head.” – Liz Duffy Adams, 2014 Play Lab resident playwright

“Everything about the experience was about helping me to see my play in a new way, to understand what was at work in my play, and bring that to life.” – Tira Palmquist, 2014 Play Lab resident playwright

Friday, July 18, 2014

DEATHSCRIBE seeks 10-minute plays

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Each December, WildClaw produces the DEATHSCRIBE Festival of Horror Radio Plays. DEATHSCRIBE is an open submission, international festival and writing competition. Writers may submit up to two radio plays to DEATHSCRIBE in any given year.

Five scripts will be selected from all submissions. After being selected, there will be an opportunity for the authors to refine and revise these scripts (if deemed necessary) in collaboration with WildClaw Theatre Company. There will be a “Best of the Fest” award, with the winner chosen by a celebrity panel of judges on the night of performance to receive the coveted Bloody Axe Award.

All submissions must be made electronically; please make sure your script is formatted correctly according to the guidelines (see below) and submit your script as an attachment to deathscribe2014@gmail.com. Please include the title of your play in the subject line.

• Scripts must be no more than TEN MINUTES in length.

• Writers may submit up to two (2) scripts for Deathscribe consideration in any year.

• PDF format is strongly preferred. If PDF is not possible, then only MS Word please. All scripts must have a title page with all contact information, but no identifying information should appear anywhere else in the document. Submissions must be in a standard font and no less than 12 point.

• NO SCREENPLAYS. SCREENPLAYS WILL BE DISCARDED. WE KNOW THEM WHEN WE SEE THEM. (Nothing against screenplays. But this is a radio play festival.)

• DO NOT submit full-length plays for consideration in Deathscribe. They will be discarded. If you wish to submit a full-length horror play to WildClaw, see our general submission guidelines.

• Scripts should follow radio drama format. Helpful suggestions and examples are available here:

Deadline: August 1

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Plays for young audiences wanted

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Plays should be intended for young audiences kindergarten through high school (no play is expected to appeal to all ages simultaneously). The 2015 Write Now competition encourages submissions for all age groups. Playwrights must suggest the appropriate age category on the official entry form.
Scripts must not be committed to publication at the time of submission. Commissioned works that are not in development are eligible.
Scripts previously produced in an educational or vocational setting are eligible, if playwrights are eager to pursue development of the script.
Scripts previously produced professionally are NOT eligible. (i.e., productions in which the director and actors have been paid).

If the play is an adaptation or dramatization, written proof must be provided that the original work is in public domain or permission of the holder of the copyright has been granted.

Musicals will not be accepted for the 2015 contest.
While there is no required length, short plays (e.g. 10 minute plays) have historically proven less competitive unless there is clear intent to develop the script into a full-length play.
Only ONE submission per playwright will be accepted.
Playwrights must be citizens or current residents of the United States.
Playwrights give permission for their work or portions of it to be read at the Write Now convening and to be archived in the Child Drama Collection, Hayden Library, at Arizona State University.
Finalist playwrights are expected to be in residence in Indianapolis throughout the workshop and Write Now convening.

Any future production or publication of a finalist play must give the following credit:

_____________ was a winner at the 2015 Write Now and was featured in a rehearsed reading at Indiana Repertory Theater.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


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Now Accepting Submissions for Play Group 2015

All emerging playwrights are eligible to apply. New members join for two-year residencies beginning in January of 2015. In selecting new members, we will take into account the strength of the submitted play, what the writer stands to gain from membership at this point in his or her career, and the overall balance of voices and styles within the group. Women and writers of color are encouraged to apply.

The application is available here. Applications require a full-length play, a playwriting resume and a personal statement. All attachments must be saved as PDFs.

Please attached the following to your completed online application form and submit it by August 3, 2014. All applications will be reviewed and finalists will be notified by December 15, 2014. Questions? Email us at artistic@arsnovanyc.com.

- Your play (please save as LAST NAME, FIRST NAME PLAY TITLE)
- Your resume (please save as LAST NAME, FIRST NAME RESUME)
- A personal statement (please save as LAST NAME, FIRST NAME STATEMENT)

This vibrant and eclectic group of emerging playwrights gathers twice a month at Ars Nova to share new work and get feedback. The group offers members the chance to develop their plays with peer support, form collaborative relationships and build a strong sense of community within Ars Nova. In addition, members receive dramaturgical support and artistic matchmaking advice from the Ars Nova artistic staff and development opportunities through public readings and workshops.

For more information: http://arsnovanyc.com/playgroup/

Everyday Inferno seeks plays

What kind of plays are we looking for?

We believe in theatrical magic and the power of storytelling. We are looking for plays that explore big ideas, epic journeys, and unexpected surprises. Plays that are theatrical in nature. BIG theatre. We're not looking for kitchen-sink dramas (though we think they're great). We're not looking for scripts that would be at home on a TV screen. We are particularly interested in casts that are primarily young and which have a multitude of meaty female roles - that is our strongest base of talent, and we want to cast our shows well! Please see the instructions below to aid you in your submission and ensure that your work will be considered for the appropriate project. Beyond those guidelines… the world (well, our company at least) is your oyster. Surprise and delight us!

Please note:

At this time, we are only able to notify those writers whose submissions pass on to the second stage of our reading process. We are deeply appreciative of the work that is submitted to us, and we hope someday to have a reading team large enough to respond individually to all script emails. Please know that all writing that is submitted to us will be read, and that we are truly grateful to each of you for the time and consideration you put into your submissions and for your interest in our company.

If on a Winter's Night... 2014 (One Act Plays)
Length: 15-45 minutes in production / 60 pages or less
Topic: This year's theme is "Adventurous Women" – what that means specifically is open to your interpretation.
Playwrights: NYC area or able to travel at least occasionally during the production period (November-December, 2014).
Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2014
Compensation: Everyday Inferno Theatre Co. will cover all production costs associated with rehearsing and performing the piece. Playwrights retain copyright and full ownership of their plays. No further compensation will be provided.
To Submit a Play:
- Send us the full play as a PDF or Word Doc (PDF strongly preferred)
- Please use subject line: "Script Submission - Winter's Night 2014 - [NAME OF PLAY]" so we can send your submission to the right place
- Include any production or development history if applicable
- All plays should have the author's name and contact information on the first page of the script
- The playwright must own the rights to the play up to the end of December 2014 (i.e. plays cannot be owned by a publisher)

The Pirate Project
Everyday Inferno is seeking playwrights and writers interested in contributing to a collaborative project based on the legend of the pirate Alvida. Selected writers may contribute dialogues, poems, journal entries, song lyrics, or other material which will become part of the final theatre piece.
Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2014
Compensation: Everyday Inferno Theatre Co. will cover all production costs associated with rehearsing and performing the piece. Writers will retain copyright and full ownership of their individual pieces of writing. No further compensation will be provided.
To Submit material for consideration:
- Send us a writing sample (up to 2 pages of prose or poetry, or up to 10 pages of dialogue) as a PDF or Word Doc (PDF strongly preferred)
- Please use subject line: "Writer Submission - Pirate Project" so we can send your submission to the right place
- Please indicate in your email if there is an aspect of the project that struck your interest
- Please include a bio or resume that lists any previous experience with collaborative theatre or devised/ensemble-generated theatre

Full Length Plays
We accept writing sample submissions for consideration of full-length plays throughout the year. All submissions that meet our guidelines will be considered for future production in our 2015 season or beyond.
Length: At least 60 minutes in production
Compensation: Everyday Inferno Theatre Co. covers all production costs associated with rehearsing and performing the piece. In some cases, we are also able to offer a small stipend to our full length playwrights. Playwrights retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.
To Submit a Play:
- Send us a 10-page sample as a PDF or Word Doc (PDF strongly preferred).
- Please use subject line: "Script Submission - Full Length Sample & Synopsis - [NAME OF PLAY]" so we can send your submission to the right place
- Include a brief plot synopsis and character breakdown (including age and gender).
- Include any production or development history if applicable
- All plays should have the author's name and contact information on the first page of the sample
- The playwright must own the rights to the play (i.e. plays cannot be owned by a publisher)

Ready to submit?
Please send all submissions (PDF format preferred) to everydayinferno@gmail.com. Please make sure that you include all material requested for the project you are submitting for - it will be difficult for us to consider any submissions that are missing requested items.

www.everydayinferno.com • Follow us on Twitter! @EverydayInferno
Come see our upcoming production: 
A Map to Somewhere Else (an NYC premiere)
Performances June 19th - June 28th, 8pm (Sunday at 5pm)
The 133rd Street Arts Center Lab
308 West 133rd St, NYC 10027

Monday, July 14, 2014

Love Creek Productions producing one acts, etc.

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Love Creek Productions has been producing in NYC for almost 30 years.   We have always been interested in producing new works, especially one acts.  

We produce year round, but with the "holidays" coming up now would be a good time to submit any Halloween/Thanksgiving/Hanukkah/Christmas plays you may have.

We are an acting company. Our greatest strength is young women (20 somethings) however we do have 'all types' but plays with several male characters will be harder to produce.  

You can visit us on Facebook to see photos from our shows.   

We charge no submission/production fees.  We do not pay the playwrights but we do comp you and guest to the shows.  

Please feel free to submit to submissionsLCP@gmail.com or just email me there if you have any questions.


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In 1961, BMI joined forces with the late Lehman Engel, dean of American musical theatre conductors, to create a setting in which new writers for the musical theatre could learn their craft. An innovative program at its inception, the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop continues to flourish, and is considered to be the foremost training ground for new writing voices, nurturing shows like A Chorus Line, Little Shop of Horrors, Nine, Once On This Island, Ragtime, Avenue Q, Next To Normal, and The Book of Mormon.

Each September a first-year group is formed. Applications are accepted until the August 1 deadline. All submissions are screened prior to auditions, which are normally scheduled the first Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after Labor Day. Please send completed applications to:

Patrick Cook
7 World Trade Center

250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007-0030

With your application, which you can download above, please submit the following:

Composer: Three (3) contrasting compositions on CD - up-tempo, comedy song, ballad.

Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics - up-tempo, comedy song, ballad.

Composer/Lyricist: Three (3) contrasting songs on CD - up-tempo, comedy song, ballad.

Please provide a short introductory set-up for each song or lyric.

At the auditions, composers must be prepared to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists are expected to have copies available and to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics.

During the first year, composer and lyricists are paired off (writers may write both words and music) and are asked to create appropriate songs based on specific scenes from various plays, short stories and novels. The writers perform their assignments, and various approaches to the common assignments are discussed by members of the Workshop and the moderator. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style. In addition, the writers study the requirements of the libretto, and analyze and discuss current and past musicals. The First Year culminates in the creation of a 10-minute musical.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, participants present excerpts from their musicals in progress, and the Workshop Committee determines which writers from that group will be invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.
The Workshops meet one afternoon a week for two hours, under the guidance of distinguished writers and directors. There are no restrictions on membership and no fees.

For application and more information, please visit:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Eudora New Plays Series 2014

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New Stage will begin accepting manuscripts for the Eudora New Plays Series on November 1, 2013 for the 2014-2015 season. Deadline is July 31, 2014 for 2015 readings

  • Plays for the Eudora Welty New Plays Series for the 2013-2014 have already been selected.
  • Plays which have been produced professionally are ineligible. (Eligibility not affected by workshops, readings, community or academic production)
  • Plays must be full length
  • No musicals or children's plays are accepted at this time. Please include with the script, a synopsis of the play, a character breakdown, production requirements, time and place, a production history, and playwright's biography
  • Mail hard copies of plays or letters of inquiry to the address below: manuscripts will be returned only if accompanied by self addressed and stamped envelope; acknowledgement of receipt only with enclosed SASE or postcard
  • Response time: 6-8 months for play submission
  • Playwrights are encouraged to continue to visit the website, www.newstagetheatre.com, for more information

New Stage Theatre
Literary Department
1100 Carlisle Street
Jackson, MS 39202

Saturday, July 12, 2014

LULZ for Playwrights

NOTE TO NYCPLAYWRIGHTS - the "submission opportunities" below are not real, no matter how true-to-life they may seem. This is a parody piece from McSweeney's.

THE MAJESTIC ROYALE THEATRE PLAYWRITINGCOMPETITION is now accepting entries. Winner receives staged reading and $50 cash prize. Entry fee: $60. We will also automatically withdraw a $10 notification fee from your PayPal account when you reach the end of this sentence. Winning playwright must travel at his or her own expense to Hoopers Mill, Wisconsin, by way of Kenosha, because our Managing Director left his umbrella in a diner there so it would be cool if you could swing by and pick it up for him.
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THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATRE OF ACTORS’ SEMI-ANNUAL 8-TO-11-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL presents plays inspired by a common theme. This round’s theme: paper towel absorbency. It is not necessary to use paper towels on stage, but the plot must hinge on the absorbency of paper towels, in either a literal or metaphorical sense. Scripts about linen towels will be returned unread.
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REPERTORY REP’S DRAMALAMADINGDONG seeks plays about Disability and/or the Spanish-American War. Playwrights should meet at least two of the following criteria: current resident of Colorado or Delaware; direct descendant of pirates; Capricorn. No “kitchen-sink” plays; plays depicting kitchens without sinks or sinks in other rooms OK.
More at McSweeney's Internet Tendencies

The International Music and Entertainment Association’s IMEA Awards

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The International Music and Entertainment Association’s IMEA Awards are pleased to announce our “New Works” categories for the 2nd Annual IMEA Awards. The categories are as follows: Outstanding Original Play, Outstanding Original Book of a Musical, and Outstanding Original Score Written for the Theatre.

Download and print the Submission Packet. Once you complete the Submission Packet, you may scan it and e-mail it, with the piece you are submitting, to awards@IMEAAwards.com.

The following outlines the guidelines and rules for the 2014-15 competition:

1. The submission must be written in the English Language.

2. The submission must be an original, full-length play or musical that is unpublished.

3. The submission must begin with a title page that includes the work’s name and the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, and email. There should also include a character list and scene breakdown if applicable. NOTE* If submitting a musical please include a score and demo.

4. Submissions that have been previously produced professionally will not be accepted. A play that is scheduled for a professional production at the time of submission will also not be accepted.

5. The manuscript must be easy to read. It must be typed in no less that 12-point type and page numbered.

6. The script may have more than one author. Also, the playwright(s) may include a brief biography, but it is not necessary.

7. Each playwright is limited to one musical and one play submission per year. There will be no revisions accepted once a script has been submitted.

8. There will be no written or oral critique given on scripts submitted. We will notify the playwrights whose plays have been selected for nomination.

9. Please send the manuscript to IMEA Awards, P.O. Box 352, Cave Spring, Georgia 30124 with the Submission Packet or you may send the required material via e-mail to awards@imeaawards.com.

10. In order to qualify for the 2014 IMEA Awards, the script must be submitted no earlier than July 15, 2013 and must be post marked no later than July 15, 2014.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@IMEAAwards.com.

We are seeking new short plays and projects for Rising Sun’s 2014 & 2015 Seasons

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We are seeking new short plays and projects for Rising Sun’s 2014 & 2015 Seasons for potential Parks and regional touring. These plays should be exciting and imaginative. We are looking for works that are highly theatrical, with a sense of whimsy and innovation for outdoor performance and regional/festival touring. Educational elements are also welcome.

Plays should fit the following criteria:
· Original Unpublished Play (or modernized adapted classic-
No Shakespeare adaptations)
· Not previously performed in NYC
· 45 to 60 Minutes running time (no more than 60 pages)
· Highly Theatrical/Stylized (Old school medicine or trunk show style)
· Easily portable for travel and outdoor non amplified venues
· Appropriate for Performance Outdoors in Parks and non-traditional venues
· Appropriate for all ages
· Cast size should be 4 to 8 People
· Subject and thematic matter is open as long as its family friendly

We are open to an existing Director/Playwright collaboration/team for this project, as well as reviewing treatments/proposals for development of new work or works in progress for our outdoor/touring programming.

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

Please send submissions and all materials toPlaysubmissions@risingsunnyc.com no later than July 15th


Seeking 18 Playwrights to participate in Three 24 hour play festivals

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Rising Sun will have three separately themed 24 hour play festivals over the next year. Seeking Playwrights who are quick thinking, collaborative and fun to work . Playwrights will be partnered with a cast, director and theme specific prompt or short story and will have overnight to write a short 10 minute play for their cast. Playwrights should be quick thinking, collaborative and fun to work with. 

Must be local or able to spend weekend in NYC for these events. 

Dates are TBA, but events will be late July/early August and Late October or Early November 2014. Participating in our Reading series is a great way for us to get to know you.

Please send us a proposal that includes the following information:
· Your Name and Contact Information
· Why are you are interested in this project, content matter and working with Rising Sun
· Any applicable experiences or similar projects or that you’ve been a part of
· A 3-8 page play writing sample

Please send all materials to playsubmissions@risingsunnyc.com
We are accepting submissions on an ongoing basis
Please include 24 Hour Plays in subject line

Seeking playwright for collaborative work in development “Henry’s Wives”

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We are seeking a playwright to join an already in progress work in development.

Candidates should be open to collaboration, improvisation and devised work. The playwright will help the director and cast create, develop and lead writing on a new project entitled “Henry’s Wives”. This is a group developed project and the playwright should be comfortable with helping to refine, write and support multiple voices into one refined script. Experience with devised, group creation and/or improvisational work is needed. Ideal playwright is a flexible, social, good natured team player, comfortable with breaking boundaries and working outside a traditional play model. 

This is a long term development commitment, so being NYC based is important. 

Playwright should plan on being at rehearsals and active in the project from start to finish. Familiarity and/or interest in the Tudor Court and Henry VIII’s 6 wives are important.
Projects voice will be comedic and experimental, not period verse.

Please send us a proposal that includes the following information:
· Your Name and Contact Information
· Why are you are interested in this project, content matter and working with Rising Sun
· Any applicable experiences or similar projects or devised works that you’ve been a part of
· A 5-8 page play writing sample (can be sample of this content or another play you’ve written)

· A sample treatment of concepts for this piece using one of the following conceits: (Utilizing at least 3 of the Tudor Queens)
o Hotel Lobby
o Limbo
o Dinner Party gone wrong
o Reality Show style parody (ala Real Housewives)

Please send all materials to playsubmissions@risingsunnyc.com
Please send materials no later than July 15th Please include HENRY WIVES in subject line

Friday, July 11, 2014

Monologues and short plays wanted

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COMPETITION: Themed monologues and short plays.

Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre, with KTDT request submission of rib-tickling monologues and plays funninesses, laughably moving wacky slap-sticks and side-splitting comedies. Dramatic action-packed jocularities, hilariously electrifying stories of mayhem, humorously riveting absurd monologues and short plays.

Potluck! Stories about the food we eat, shouldn't eat, can't eat (but do anyway), don't eat for the silliest of reasons, et cetera...

Monologues and plays to fill our Liar's Lair! http://thistledewtheliarslair.blogspot.com/

(Clue: Pinocchio was one of the original Tarradiddlers.)
Super Heros (Of your own making).
Tales Told After School (No identifiable names).
Halloween (need I say more?)
Thanksgiving: Dinner with the family.
Mr. & Mrs Claus. (November 15 deadline): What's with the elves?

Contact Tom: tddtheatre@aol.com for KTDT RADIO FORMAT RULES! go to




Thursday, July 10, 2014

HIP Literary Magazine searches for plays

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HIP Literary Magazine searches for the best in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, reviews, and plays

If you have a piece you’d like to share, send it in and we’ll have a look!
At this time there are no specific limitations on themes or formats however we do ask that for long stories or novel length pieces you submit the first chapter of 5-7 pages.

We do ask that you submit no more than five pieces at a time and that you include an author bio of about 3-5 sentences with it.
All submissions may be sent to ace.coker12@gmail.com.We will usually get back to you within a month.
We ask that submissions be sent as an attachment in .doc format or, if you cannot format it in .doc, then you may paste it into the body of your email.

Unfortunately, at this time HIP Literary Magazine cannot pay for publication, but it’s a good way to see your writing online!
We read submissions all year round.
Multiple submissions are more than welcome, simultaneous submissions are fine too but please let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere first. If we publish you first, you are more than welcome to be re-published elsewhere. Please DO NOT submit pieces to HIP that have already been published elsewhere.
Thanks so much,
Allie Coker-Schwimmer, Editor

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New words wanted

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The Language of Air invents, appropriates and repurposes words in order to re-imagine the air we move through each day. We want a crowd sourced, ever expanding living dictionary of your new words. Bring air to life again, make air words compelling, i.e. reconsider “air pollution” so our minds don’t go numb at the mention. You can draw inspiration from personal observations, cultural mythologies, scientific lexicon, slang, other languages, and imaginative word meldings to come up with new words that describe a quality of air, it’s smell, texture, experience, impact. Submit your words (more than one entry welcome), a dictionary definition in English including pronunciation, usage and possible origin in a sentence or two, to us by September 1st. The winning wordsmith will receive a $500 cash prize to be announced at a public event in October 2014; Second prize will include a gift certificate and copy of the forthcoming Language of Air Dictionary.

Send your entries to us at info@thegymtc.com

Example: Purgent (perjunt) adjective 1. Having a strong, pungent odor that feels unhealthy, or germ-ridden origins: purge from the Latin purgare, to pour out; and germ, a microorganism, especially one that causes disease.

Mathilda could not describe the quality of the air she had experienced in her elderly father’s room at Mount Holly Home for the Aged. She wanted the right word to describe the smell that felt as if it might infect her if she breathed too deeply. “The rooms air is purgent,” she said. “I tried hard not to breathe it in, for fear of coming down with some kind of airborne disease.”

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Seeking new musicals for kids

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Playdough Productions is seeking new works with large casts (predominately female characters) for a new developmental reading series in NY.

Please email synopsis and writer bio to info@playdoughproductions.com for initial consideration.


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Seeking fully produced one act plays  (cast, directed and ready to perform) 7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for MRTʼs FALL ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION

Sept. 10 - Oct. 2, 2014 at Manhattan Rep, 303 W. 42nd St. NYC.



(And an additional two performances if the play goes on to the FINALS.)

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

To submit your one act play production please email:
  • The complete play,
  • a synopsis of the play,
  • the character breakdown,
  • the running time of the play,
  • the set and lighting requirements, 
  • the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where) 
  • your mailing address,
  • and a creative team leader contact email address to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by MONDAY July 21, 2014 at Midnight.

Please put “Fall One Act Competition” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within a week as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.

The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before July 21 if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FOUR performances, with 2 more performances if the play moves on to the finals.

Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee.

There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.


Follows is an overview of how the competition will be run and what will be expected from each creative team participating. We have run these competitions now for a number of years now and they are always great fun, and pretty exciting too.

The big difference between what we do and other play competitions is that we offer FOUR performances no matter what, so even if you play does not make it to the finals, at least you get to showcase your work for at least 4 performances in front of a live audience in a professional showcase.

This Fall, we are simplifying the voting process so that it is crazy fair to all and easy to understand.

There will be 6 performance series with 5 plays in each series so we are only accepting 30 plays.

Each week, there will be two performance series with 5 plays in each series. The 1 play from each of the two performance series that week that scores the highest will go on to the Finals on Thursday October 2 for two performances 6:30 pm and 9 pm. So there will be six plays in the Finals. The one play that night that scores the highest will win the $1000 grand prize which is awarded that night.

The voting here is done by audience ballot where each play in a performance series is rated from 5 to 1 in order of preference with no duplicates - 5 being the best. The voting is crowd-sourced in a way that prevents the play with the most friends from ALWAYS winning. We like that. It still helps to invite friends but bringing the most friends does not guarantee entrance into the finals. A great play will!!

Another one of the things that we do that we feel is very important is that we organize and run the tech for the show so that in each performance series of 5 plays everything flows smoothly creating a professional show. We supply a technician and we run all the tech. All the scene changes between shows are orchestrated so that they are 60 seconds or less, so that the audience does not have to go crazy waiting as actors set the set for 10 minutes or more, like in other competitions in town. We create a slick professional show so that all the shows in each performance series can showcase their work in a professional context.

Lastly, we orchestrate the performance times at this competition so that there is MEET and GREET time after your performance, so you are not RUN right out of the theatre which occurs all the time at festivals throughout New York and, yes, this is super important to us too... we keep our theatre and our dressing room super CLEAN for audience and actors alike. It is part of our mission to keep our space clean for the artists who are working here. (Some theatres in NYC are downright scary for they have never been dusted in years!)

So come have some fun with us this Autumn. We just finished our Spring competition and it was awesome. Wonderful plays. Wonderful creative artists! And we had a gas!

Below are the guidelines for the Fall Competition. If you have any questions about any or all, please drop me a line at manhattanrep@yahoo.com.

Over 10,000 theatre artists have developed their work at Manhattan Rep since September 2005.

Please join the fun.

With best regards,

Ken Wolf

Artistic Director

Manhattan Repertory Theatre

Fall One Act Play Competition 2014 Guidelines

46 seat theatre space for at least 4 performances - more if you move on to finals etc

A technician to run your sound and lights

1 Tech rehearsal in the theatre with our technician

1 Full Dress rehearsal with all of the teams in your performance series in the theatre

Our stock furniture for your show

Web flyers with all the information about your show and the shows in your performance series for you to email to all.

Web site support.

Theatre production consultation

Reservation Service, House management and Box Office


An 8 dimmer lighting board with 16 instruments

A 4 speaker surround sound system

A 5 CD changer with support for IPOD, IPHONE, IPAD, PHONE etc and Laptop

Clean, organized dressing room



Casting the production

Directing the production

Outside rehearsal space (if you need it.)

Program design and copies of their program

All other miscellaneous production costs – costumes, props, etc.

Inviting friends and family.


All participants must be NON-UNION

There is NO PAY unless you win the $1000 cash prize.

Please do not submit MUSICALS unless staged with pre-recorded music.

(We have no room for an orchestra.)

All Productions must run between 7 minutes and 20 minutes with simple sets which can be easily struck.


NO SMOKING in the play!

No LIGHTING OF ANYTHING! (Candles, cigarettes, etc.)

No projections.

No FURNITURE is to be brought into the theatre for any reason.

We supply more than enough stock furniture for any show.

All props and costumes must be brought in and out of the theatre each night for, regretfully, we do not have space to store for all the plays participating.


Participants must keep space clean and organized and treat fellow artists with respect.

Any unruly Creative Teams will be immediately terminated from the competition and your participation fee will not be returned.

Any intentional damage to the theatre caused by a creative team will result in immediate termination of their entire production.


Ticket price will be $20.00

(All ticket sales will go to Manhattan Repertory Theatre.)


For this competition, there are no comps at all. Because of this voting context, we can't comp in Industry "friends" from one group and then not offer comp tickets to all the other groups, so for this competition there are no comps. If you wish to have industry you know attend, your creative team will have to pay for the seat.


There are NO personal comps.

CREATIVE TEAM MEMBERS (The director and playwright) can sit and watch the show for free at any and all performances (of course) if there are seats. The house manager will find you seats if available. If no seats are available we will absolutely find a place for the director and the playwright to either stand or sit above the crowd by the booth to see the show.

Anyone on the CREATIVE TEAM of any play is NOT ALLOWED to VOTE even if they pay for a seat.


There is no videotaping during live performances due to complaints from audience members, (Our theatre is only 46 seats.) except by our Sound /Light technician up in the booth with a very small video camera, that won’t disturb the technician or the audience.

Future performances

Manhattan Repertory Theatre retains NO (0%) percentage of play’s future productions outside of Manhattan Repertory Theatre.

Please know that Manhattan Repertory Theatre reserves the right to change our policies at any time in order for the Festival to run more effectively.

Sunday, July 6, 2014


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We are looking for short plays (no more than15 minutes) to include in the Playing With Science Short Play Experiment– a two hour mash-up of short science-themed plays. These will be performed by high school students at the Arkansas Science Festival, so please submit age-appropriate material. 

We will be selecting 10 to 12 of the best plays we receive to perform throughout the Science Expo Day of the festival to be held at Arkansas State University on October 11, 2014. These plays will be considered for possible publication in an anthology by YouthPLAYS, publisher of plays for young actors and audiences. Awards will be given for Best Script as selected by our panel of judges, and Audience Favorite based upon votes from the audience.

What kind of plays are we looking for?

Good plays about science. Maybe your play is about how Edison invented the light bulb, or about ionic bonding at a nightclub, or maybe it’s about a chameleon’s existential debate over whether or not his regrown tail makes him a different lizard... as long as it is science, we want to read it. Funny plays, serious plays, anything goes.

What should I submit?
• All plays must be received by July 15, 2014
• Short plays, 7-15 pages in manuscript form
• At least 2 characters in each play, no more than 8
• No more than two submissions per playwright
• Unpublished, unproduced original plays only
• Minimal props and scene changes
• We will only be accepting electronic submissions, PDF file or Microsoft Word document in a standard play format – no
screenplays or musicals.
• This is a blind submission process. Please include TWO attachments in your submission e-mail. The first attachment should be a blind copy of the script with only the title of the play on the cover page and no identifying text. Please be sure to include the cast requirements, production requirements, and a brief synopsis. The second attachment should include the playwright’s bio, contact information, and the title of the play. Blind submissions will be given to readers. Please title the first attachment with the name of your play and add “BLIND” after it (example: MY GREAT PLAY – BLIND), and the second attachment with your last name, first name, and title of the play (example: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – TITLE). Please be sure to put “PLAYING WITH SCIENCE” as the subject of your e-mail.
• Notifications will be made to selected playwrights in late July as soon as the readers have completed all evaluations.
• Direct queries about the Arkansas Science Festival to Dr. Amy R. Pearce, 870-972-3282, or apearce@astate.edu.
• Email play submissions to ASFsubmissions@gmail.com.

Open call at The Space

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The Space, based in London but open to any nationality, is looking for original, groundbreaking ideas for digital art, and the skill to deliver it to a high standard.

In order to apply, you must be:

1. Over 18.

2. An individual artist applying alone, a group of individuals, an organization or a group of organizations from the arts, creative, digital and technology sectors - co-commissioning and supporting artists. No formal training or qualifications are required.

3. Based anywhere in the world.

4. Usually, you will have your finished artwork or project showcased on The Space within 6 months of being approved. Ideally, you will share the process of creating new work as you go along by offering blogs, materials from the studio or rehearsal or creative process, live Q&A sessions, and where possible, to share work in progress.

5. If you are applying in partnership with another organization, or technology provider, please demonstrate how you are working together.

To submit, go to http://www.thespace.org/opencall.

For questions, go to their FAQ page at http://www.thespace.org/faq/opencall. Or send an email toopencall@thespace.org.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Pause & Play seeks short plays

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Pause & Play:
A theatrical presentation that takes original short plays written by different writers all dealing with the same subject. The pieces are then woven together and performed as one cohesive presentation. Each play will be rehearsed individually and then the producers put the pieces together a day or two before the performance.

The Theme – FEAR

We are looking for ten minute plays with two to three characters that explore the theme of fear. More than a specific genre, we are looking for a clear point of view so that each piece will have its own distinctive voice.

For your play to be considered:

Submit one play only to poetactsinc@gmail.com by July 9th. Send us your best!
Please include the following:
  • Short character description 
  • A synopsis of your play 
  • How your play relates to fear 
Production notes:
We have minimum props and scenery, so please keep that in mind. We cast all of the shows, but please let us know if you have any recommendations.


Submit your play by: July 9th
Selections Announced by: August 1st
Performance: September 4th, location TBA
Rehearsals: Director and Actors will determine their rehearsal times. Writers are welcome to join, if interested.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask. If you want more information on previous Pause & Play events, visit us on Facebook or our website: www.thepoetacts.com

Thank you,

The Poet Acts, Inc.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wordsmyth Theater is now accepting submissions

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Wordsmyth Theater is now accepting submissions for their 2015 New Play Reading Series. We are looking for full lengths and one acts.

There will six plays read thought the year. One slot will be reserved for a Houston playwright; another for a bilingual play (English/any other language.)

Plays should:
  • Never have been produced
  • Never have had a public reading in the Houston, TX area
  • be 40 minutes or longer
  • be 40 pages or longer
  • Be a blind submission (i.e., no playwright identifiers anywhere on the script)
  • be accompanied by a separate folder with playwright’s contact info
  • be in pdf
  • be received by July 3, 2014
  • No one person-plays, musicals or children’s plays are accepted
  • Only one play per playwright accepted.
Please fill out the online form and email script to Julie Oliver at at julie@wordsmyththeater.org

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Call for original short Halloween plays by tri-state area writer

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South Street Players (southstreetplayers.org) is seeking short (20 minutes or less), original, HALLOWEEN-themed one-act plays for its Tri-State Theatre Festival: Halloween Edition. The event will take place October 24-26, 2014 in Spring Lake, NJ.

This inaugural event is an offshoot of SSPs popular Tri-State Theater Festival, and will serve as an artistic fundraiser. All proceeds go to SSP to help maintain its commitment to producing high-quality, extremely engaging theatre experiences for the 2014-15 season… and beyond.

Submission Rules and Process:

Seeking original comedic & dramatic Halloween-themed short plays from playwrights currently living in the Tri-State area only (NJ, NY and PA).

Plays must be Halloween-themed, which includes, but is not limited to, plays about ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches, zombies, trick-or-treating, pumpkins, headless horsemen…pretty much and any and all things Halloween… however all plays must be family-friendly, PG-rated.

Plays must be 20 pages or less. Submissions of longer than 20 pages will be declined for consideration. 

Plays must be in standard playscript format.

Playwrights may submit more than one play, but please be sure your name and email address is on the title page of each script.

SSP is a family theatre – no excessive swearing, no nudity.

No royalties or payment will be provided to playwrights should his or her play be chosen for the festival.

Plays will only be accepted via email: southstreetoneacts@gmail.com

Deadline:  July 4, 2014, 11:59pm.

For more information, please email Rob Sullivan, Festival Producer, at southstreetoneacts@gmail.com.

Acadiana Repertory Theatre is now accepting submissions

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The Acadiana Repertory Theatre is now accepting submissions for one to two slots available in its 2015 Season, with the theme Only Adapt.

We are looking for full length shows (we will accept one acts, as long as they are around 70-90 minutes) that fit the model of a newly written adaptation of a classic. This can range from Greek, to Shakespeare, to any classic tale. It does not necessarily have to be a re-telling, but it must at least use an existing story as its starting point.

The Acadiana Repertory Theatre is a small ensemble in Lafayette, Louisiana that is committed to producing and developing new works, and working hand in hand with playwrights to assist them in whatever stage of development their show might be in.

We are open to new show ideas as well, even if the show is not written yet but you are interested in writing an adaptation for us.

Plays should:
  • Never have been produced
  • Be in PDF
  • Be received by August 15th, 2014
  • Have a cast of 10 or less, or the possibility of doubling

Not require a great amount of space (we perform in a 50 seat house) or have a great amount of technical needs.

Please email scripts to our Artistic Director, Steven Landry, at stevenlandry@acadianarep.org.

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