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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2016

NYCPlaywrights wishes all its theater friends a happy new year and a wonderful 2016.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Short Play Festival Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival: SEX!!

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February 11-28, 2016.

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),

5 plays featured each week.


Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 20 minutes or less, no more than 20 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.


A little bit naughty and slightly steamy but very sexy. No one under 18 will be admitted to the performance so .....

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play - Host provides Theatre, technicians and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required

Plays MUST be NO MORE 20 minutes in length and no more than 20 pages

Submissions open: December 30th, 2015
Submissions close: January 25th at 5p
Play selection announced on; January 28

For more festival information visit: www.shortplaynyc.com

Click Here to download a sample contract for the festival


great weather for MEDIA

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October 15 2015 – January 15 2016
Submissions for our next anthology are now open!


great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our annual print anthology.

Our focus is on the fearless, the unpredictable, and experimental but we do not have a set theme for our anthologies.

**We highly recommend reading one of our stunning previous collections to see the type of work we love. Let us know in your cover letter how you found us, and any feedback on what we have done so far. We are based in New York City and welcome submissions from national and international writers. For submission tips, check out our interviews on Duotrope and The Nervous Breakdown

We are thrilled to announce our 2016 guest prose editor is Thaddeus Rutkowski. Read our interview with Thaddeus here.

We accept work through Submittable only

Work sent via email or snail-mail will not be read. You may set up a Submittable account for free and we do not charge a reading fee. Your account will be created during the first step of the submission process.

Finally, please read the guidelines! We do tweak them each reading period in order to improve our submission and selection process.

Any questions? Please contact us.


Surprise us with your fearless best!

Submissions are open from October 15 through January 15 every year. (Ends midnight PST.)

We do not consider previously published work, whether print or online. This includes limited edition chapbooks and personal blogs.

If your work appears in our most recent anthology, please wait a year before submitting again.

1-4 poems of any length. If you are submitting more than one poem, include them all in a single document. * Do not submit multiple poems in separate files. * Single-spaced please, or how it should appear on the printed page. Start each poem on a new page.

1 prose/creative nonfiction piece, 2 if under 500 words. Maximum word count: 2,500.

Multiple submissions (in the same genre) are not accepted and will not be read. Please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again.

Simultaneous submissions are fine – just notify us with your good news immediately. If you wish to withdraw part of your submission, please log in to your Submittable account to add a note to your submission activity and list the title no longer available for consideration. If you wish to withdraw your entire submission, log in and update your Submittable account – instructions here.

Please don’t send revisions. You can always add a note to your submissions if there is something you need to let us know about.

Payment: One contributor copy, plus $10 for writers based in USA. International writers receive two copies.

We usually respond in 1-3 months. If you have not heard from us after four months, please contact us.

Copyright: great weather for MEDIA holds first serial rights for material that we publish. The copyright automatically reverts to the author upon publication. All work may be permanently archived online. We ask that great weather for MEDIA be acknowledged in any subsequent publication of the work.

All writers who submit are added to our monthly email newsletter. You are welcome to unsubscribe at anytime – no hard feelings!

Please note we are not currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts.

Finally, please take a look at our books. Small presses love readers and all support is much appreciated!

Monday, December 28, 2015

2016 Act One: One Act Festival

FEBRUARY 15th-28th


Submission Deadline: January 10th 2016

The Act One : One Act Festival is now accepting plays for its 3rd annual. The Secret Theatre seeks to promote new work and emerging playwrights through our annual One Act Festival. We also promote playwrights through publishing anthologies of the winning plays; all of the final plays including the festival winner are offered a non-exclusive publishing agreement! We have currently published five volumes of short plays.

No fee to submit or produce.

• $100 Cash Prize for Best Play
• $50 Cash Prize for Best Director
• $50 Cash Prize for Best Actor
• $50 Cash Prize for Best Actress
• Each Play is guaranteed multiple performances [the exact number is decided once our final selection is made. Factors include the length of plays]
• The final selected plays are eligible for publishing in Top Secret Books’ The Act One : One Act Festival Vol 3 on a non-exclusive basis.


• Plays must be between 10 – 20 minutes in length. Preference given to plays that have not been produced before.
• Playwrights are responsible for selecting director and cast. (We may be able to help you if you do not have a director but preference will be given to playwrights who can provide their own directors and actors.)
• Easy to produce. (If you have a play which for instance includes a swimming pool, a large amount of sets and props, or anything else too elaborate or is impossible to cast we may reject it.)
• Please submit plays in PDF or Word format only.
• We will divide selected plays into three programs,

Selected Playwrights will be informed July 27th.


The Secret Theatre
4402 23rd Street
LIC, NY 11101
At Court Square on the E, M, G and 7 train. (Between 44 Rd and 44 Ave)

19th Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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The Gallery Players, Brooklyn’s premier, award-winning Off-Off Broadway theatre, is seeking plays for its 18th Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in June, 2016. Each play selected will be given a Black Box production at Gallery Players and will be performed in a festival format with non-equity actors. Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play. We are particularly interested in shorter pieces.

Submission guidelines:

1. Plays must be un-produced (readings are o.k.)

2. Seeking shorter plays from 10-40 minutes. No full-lengths please.

3. Playwrights may not direct their own work.

4. The deadline for submission is December 31st 2015

5. Please mail two copies of your play, a plot synopsis and a resume to:

Gallery Players

Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn N.Y. 11215

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the festival. If you wish to receive confirmation that your play was received by us, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. We will not return plays.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

East Village Chronicles, Volume 12 April 2016

Deadline - Thursday, December 31, 2015

Metropolitan Playhouse, New York's OBIE Award-winning explorer of America's Theatrical Heritage, is currently accepting submissions for new plays inspired by the life and history of New York's Lower East Side. 
Submissions will be evaluated by Metropolitan's artistic staff, and we will produce up to 10 of the submitted plays in April 2016, as part of our 7th Annual East Village Theater Festival.

Subject - Very Important:

Please DO NOT submit plays that do not conform to this simple guideline. We are eager not to waste your--and our--time.

Plays must pertain specifically, though not necessarily exclusively, to the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan. Plays that do not in some way illuminate life and/or conditions in that neighborhood--past, present or future--will not be considered. The subject or theme may well pertain to other places as well, but they must be quite specifically applicable to the East Village/Lower East Side.

As a secondary consideration, and as in prior years, the plays selected will pertain to a chosen theme. For Volume 12, plays should respond to Hope as it relates to life in the East Village of today and in eras past. (See below for more information.)

Submission Deadline:
Completed scripts must be RECEIVED, by mail or e-mail, by 5:00 pm Thursday, December 31, 2015.

By Mail:
Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10009

By e-mail
PLEASE SUBMIT as ".pdf" files to EVC12@metropolitanplayhouse.org

The Festival
East Village Chronicles, Vol. 12 is the 12th seasonal festival of new, one-act plays that celebrate and explore the varied history and eclectic culture that have defined Manhattan's Lower East Side (in all its permutations). Combined into two, distinct evenings of short plays, which run on alternating nights over three weeks, the presentations will include a variety of styles and tones, unified by their being clearly related to life in the theater's neighborhood.

Metropolitan Playhouse will produce the plays on our 3/4 thrust stage in our 51 seat theater at 220 E 4th Street.

The plays will be directed by directors engaged by Metropolitan to coordinate and rehearse the entire festival.

The plays will be performed by a core company of actors, cast specifically for the festival, each of whom will perform in at least two festival plays. The cast of any given play will be drawn from this core company, and therefore anyone cast must be suitable for more than one play. Because we are forming a company, while playwrights' input is highly desired, final decisions remain with Metropolitan's artistic staff.
The Theme for 2016: Hope

The Chronicles plays have been connected each year in that they have focused on a certain topic, theme, or timeline. Selecting plays that are inspired by some such organizing principle helps to give the festival shape and to enrich the experience for audience members. (See * below for further discussion of the theme idea.)

This year, the Chronicles will be devoted to Hope. We believe this theme is especially resonant within the context of our national conversation and the particular history and character of the neighborhood. In our neighborhood, particularly with its history of immigration and challenges to mainstream lifestyle, every day life has long been grounded in aspiration, even while just as many ambitions are dashed as realized.

  • Playwrights are encouraged to respond directly, indirectly, and creatively to this idea; how the plays relate to the notion of "Hope" is up to the playwright. 
  • Technical Guidelines
  • We are seeking plays of no more than 30 minutes that can be played by 5 or fewer actors.
  • The plays will be presented with at least three others in a given evening, and as a consequence, should not require elaborate set or properties. 

Performance Dates (subject to change): April 11 - May 1, 2016

Theater: Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E 4th Street

Urban Stages: The President Plays


An evening of 10-minute plays

NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights

Dear Playwright,

You are invited to submit an original 10-minute play to Urban Stages’ THE PRESIDENT PLAYS, a new opportunity under the auspices of Urban Stages’ Development Program.

THE PRESIDENT PLAYS challenges your creativity to write an original play using a “president” or “presidency” as the springboard, subject or theme. Think outside the box! ANY elected or appointed official can be featured, from a U.S. president to a chief officer of an institution to the president of the International Scrabble Club! Or find inspiration from a famous myth, speech or motto (“I cannot tell a lie” – “Yes we can!” – “Ask not what your country can do for you…”). We are seeking plays written in any style that reveal a fresh plot, sufficient conflict and a running time of 10 minutes, maximum. Plays are due at midnight on January 10. The first 60 submissions will be considered for programming. Selected plays will be presented as a staged reading at Urban Stages’ 74-seat theatre located at 259 West 30th Street in Manhattan. Performances will be Sunday, February 21 @ 2:00 & 5:00. Are you ready? Here are the guidelines. Please read carefully!

  • The springboard, subject or theme for your play must be a president or presidency. 
  • Write for a cast of 2-3 actors. 
  • We strongly encourage scripts that can be staged without relying on stage directions. If stage directions are necessary, please keep them to a minimum. 
  • Your script will be presented as a staged reading in accordance with AEA guidelines. Keep production values to a minimum. Standard set pieces will be available. Costumes are at the discretion of the director and the willing cooperation of the actors. No hand props can be used. Remember, less is more! 
  • Plays should be in standard script format: 12 point font, 1” margins on all sides, and character names on a separate line. Be sure to number all pages. 
  • Submit scripts in MS-Word - preferred - or PDF format. 
  • Scripts longer than 10 pages – title and character breakdown pages are not counted – will NOT be considered. Regardless of the number of pages, the running time MUST be no more than 10 minutes! 
  • You may only submit one script for consideration. 
  • Playwrights must attend both performances of the staged reading on February 21. 
  • We encourage you to attend rehearsals, if possible. The schedule will be determined later. 
  • The deadline for script submission is midnight, January 10
We strongly encourage original scripts developed for this presentation. Do not submit a play that has been previously produced.

Urban Stages presents the play. We provide the actors, directors, stage manager, rehearsal space and the theatre (located at 259 West 30th Street).
ALL participants are donating their time and talent. There is no fee or cost to the playwright. There is a ‘pay-what-you-will donation’ for audience members to attend the staged readings.
Each playwright and director will attend the staged readings of their script in designated seating.
Every play gets two performances on the same day.

Please make sure you follow all submission requirements.

  • Email your scripts to Bara@urbanstages.org
  • Write in the subject line: THE PRESIDENT PLAYS / Your Name 
  • In the body of the email send: 
  • Your complete contact information – name, mailing address, email address and phone number 
  • A one-line summary of the action of your play 
  • You will be contacted regarding your script’s status by February 1. 

If you have any questions, use the email address above. For more information on Urban Stages, see our website at www.urbanstages.org. We look forward to hearing from you!


Bara Swain
Creative Consultant
Urban Stages

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Premiere Stages seeks plays

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Premiere Stages is committed to supporting emerging and regional playwrights by developing and producing new plays. Through our Play Festival script competition, Premiere Stages offers developmental opportunities to four playwrights. We provide playwrights with an encouraging and focused environment in which they can develop their work through discussions, rehearsals, sit-down readings, staged readings, and full Equity productions.

Beginning October 1, 2015 through January 3, 2016, Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced new plays from playwrights born or currently residing in the greater metropolitan area (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania). There is no fee to enter. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a professional panel of theatre producers, dramaturgs, playwrights, scholars and publishers.

Four of the submitted plays will be selected for staged readings with Equity casts in March 2016 and awarded cash prizes. Following the March readings, the winner of Play Festival is selected for a full production during Premiere Stages’ 2016 main stage season and awarded $2000; a second play will be selected for a 29-hour Staged Reading and be awarded $750, and the two other finalist writers will be awarded $500.

At Premiere Stages, we pride ourselves on a uniquely accelerated process in which plays we find particularly promising are developed and fully produced within a year of submission. In many professional theatres the time span between meeting a writer, staging a reading and producing the play can be years. At Premiere Stages, immediately following the Spring Readings, two plays enter an intensive development phase. Playwrights work with a director, dramaturg, and design team to develop the play for a staged workshop or full production only a few months later. When we find a writer we believe in, our Play Festival process allows Premiere Stages to fully commit the time, talent, and resources necessary to share their work with a broad regional audience.

Premiere Stages’ productions offer playwrights the chance to see their work fully realized on stage. We hope, however, that the plays developed at Premiere will go on to subsequent productions throughout the country. Because of this, playwrights whose scripts we produce retain the coveted “World Premiere” brand on their plays. Premiere Stages also strives to facilitate relationships between playwrights and other theatre professionals who we think will respond to their work. Plays are consistently reviewed by the New York Times and scouted by major publishing houses. Multiple Festival plays have been honored by the American Theatre Critics Association.

Premiere Stages will accept full scripts from literary agents or theatre professionals familiar with our work. All other writers are required to submit a 10-page script sample and synopsis. Please review full submission requirements and guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines

A note about submissions: Premiere Stages seeks to support a diverse group of writers. We are particularly interested in scripts that explore or address contemporary issues and tackle topics that challenge and connect with our audience. We encourage writers to view our production history (http://www.kean.edu/premierestages/play.asp) for a better understanding of the type of scripts that we have produced in the past.

● Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.

● Plays submitted must be unpublished and must be works that have not been previously produced (readings, workshops, showcases are okay).

● Plays must be written by playwrights who were born or reside in the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania).

● Musical submissions, adaptations, and solo shows will not be considered at this time.

● Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.

● Electronic submissions (preferred) are due by 11:59pm on January 3, 2016. Hard copy submissions must be post-marked by this date. Hard copy submissions will not be returned.

● Playwrights must be available to be on-site at Premiere Stages for the development of their script.

Plays and synopses will be evaluated by a panel of arts professionals. The panel will submit their recommendations to the producing artistic director and literary staff.

Playwrights (non-agent submissions) Playwrights submitting without an agent must include:

● A brief synopsis of the play (no more than half a page).

● A character breakdown.

● A history of the play’s development (if any) and a brief statement of your goals for development.

● The playwright’s bio or resume.

● A script sample from the play (no more than 10 pages).

The panel will request full scripts from synopses of interest.

Agent submissions

Full scripts will be accepted from legitimate literary agencies and by professional recommendation of someone with an affiliation to Premiere Stages.

The schedule for the Premiere Stages Play Festival is as follows:

October 1, 2015: Premiere Stages begins accepting submissions
January 3, 2016: Deadline for submission to Festival (postmark deadline)
March 1, 2016: Scripts are reduced to four finalists
March 2016 (TBD): Readings of four finalist plays
April 2016: Festival winner and runner-up are selected for expanded development April to July: Development of scripts continues
Late June 2016: 29-hour Staged Reading of Runner-up
July or September 2016: Full Production of Festival Winner

Electronic submissions (preferred method) should be sent via email to:


All materials should be attached as PDF.

Hard copy submissions can be mailed to:

John J. Wooten, Producing Artistic Director Premiere Stages at Kean University 1000 Morris Avenue Hutchinson Hall, 2nd Floor
Union, NJ 07083

For more information about the Premiere Stages Play Festival, please visit our website at www.kean.edu/premierestages

For any questions regarding the submission guidelines, please email us at pfsubmit@kean.edu

Friday, December 25, 2015


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Submissions for the 2016 National Latino Playwriting Award are now open. Latino playwrights residing in the United States, its territories or Mexico are encouraged to submit scripts for the award. Each script will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists; finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff.

Submission Procedure

We respectfully ask that you adhere to the following application requirements:
  • Submit a single script via U.S. mail and email.
  • Scripts must be postmarked by December 31, 2015. 
  • Please include a title page on the script that includes the play’s title, the author’s name, and contact information (including a phone number, mailing address and email).
  • Include a cover letter of no more than one page, describing the play’s developmental history, and how the play fits into the playwright’s broader career trajectory.
Submit manuscripts to:

National Latino Playwriting Award
ATTN: Katherine Monberg, Literary Manager
Arizona Theatre Company
343 S. Scott Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701




The award is open to all Latino playwrights currently residing in the United States, its territories, or Mexico.

Scripts may be in English, English and Spanish, or solely in Spanish. (Spanish-language and bilingual scripts must be accompanied by an English translation.)

Plays must be unpublished and professionally unproduced at the time of submission.

Full-length and one-act plays (minimum length: 50 pages) on any subject will be accepted.


The physical scripts become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will not be returned. In this case, “property” means the physical property of the theatre, not the intellectual property or any rights to the play.

The winner will be notified by August 1, 2016.

For more information contact Katherine Monberg, ATC Literary Manager (520) 884-8210 x 7508 or kmonberg@arizonatheatre.org.

Long Island Theatre Collective (LITC) New Plays Festival

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The Long Island Theatre Collective (LITC) is accepting submissions for its second annual New Plays Festival, to be performed April 22-23, 2016 in Lindenhurst, NY.

Selected playwrights will work closely with our collective of directors and actors to develop their piece and share it with our incredible audience.

We will be accepting short, one act scripts conveying the theme “The Second Time Around”. Plays with smaller casts and minimal technical elements will be of particular interest. We will not accept plays that have been previously produced or published.

Submissions will be accepted through January 3, 2016.

Please email your script as a PDF or Word attachment to longislandtheatrecollective@gmail.com with the subject line, “New Plays Festival.”

Please include a brief synopsis of the play and a character breakdown as a separate attachment. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted. All writers will be notified of the status of their submission by February 1, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.litheatrecollective.com

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Hope and Optimism on Stage

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With generous funding from the John Templeton Foundation, Cornell University, and the University of Notre Dame, the directors of the Hope and Optimism project are pleased to announce an open playwriting competition. First-time and experienced playwrights are welcome.

Please Submit:
  • one full-length play (unproduced)
  • minimum 75 minutes
  • all theatrical genres accepted (including musicals)
  • submission must be prepared for blind review
  • pdf (no paper copies please) to hope@nd.edu
  • Deadline: December 31, 2015

Competition Nuts and Bolts:
  • Submissions due by December 31, 2015
  • Winners announced by April 1, 2016
  • Grand Prize: $10,000 plus professional production


The winning play will be mounted in a professional theater in Ithaca, NY. The winning playwright will be flown to Ithaca (round trip from some other North American city) for the premiere and talk-back session.

  • Playwright agrees to allow her/his name and work to be used in publicity prior to the show
  • Playwright agrees to travel to Ithaca NY for premiere in April 2017
  • Playwright agrees that the Hope and Optimism Initiative may use footage from rehearsal and the show for promotional and education purposes in perpetuity. 

The Hope and Optimism Initiative agrees that, after the show's premiere, all copyrights for future productions and publication will be transferred to playwright.


Can I submit more than one play? No, there is a one play maximum.

Is a play that has been given a staged reading or workshop production eligible? Yes, but more 'official' productions of other sorts (e.g., college or community) would disqualify it.

Does other information (e.g., resume or personal statement) need to accompany the play itself? No.

Should the script prepared for blind review be accompanied by a cover page with identifying information? No, your name in the body of your submission e-mail is sufficient.

Should musical submissions be accompanied by music?Yes, musicals should be accompanied by music if possible. We prefer that it be attached via a link (in the PDF of the script) to the files in DropBox, SoundCloud, etc. Author's name should not appear anywhere in the DropBox (SoundCloud, etc.) folder.

Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2016

"Scenes..." is our 14th annual presentation of original, short
one-act plays about our favorite boats, the Staten Island Ferries.

--Original plays not previously produced/published, with a signed note affirming. --15-25 minutes long with the Staten Island Ferry as the setting

--Contemporary, with 2-3 characters and no special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited and easily accessible props, and no special sound or lighting

--Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence situations and offensive language.
--No musicals, long monologues, poetry, or verse
--As in life, humor is good

Remuneration: Six authors will receive $100 each and be produced in our series of five March 2016 performances in Staten Island, NYC.

--Please send two copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author and contacts) to Sundog Theatre, "Scenes 2016"
PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301
--Include a brief play synopsis, 70-word bio, and also resume of the author
--Do not submit plays electronically.--*Postmarked no later than January 8, 2016.
*Note: We realized some of you wouldn't receive this until after the holiday.
For that reason, we extend the deadline until Friday, January 8th

Questions: ferry@sundogtheatre.org - Susan Fenley, Producer

Notification: Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog's website early 2016. Please do not contact Sundog to see whether or not we are using your play.

Tiny Plays for Ireland and America Playwriting Challenge

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Part of the 2016-2017 John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration

Part of IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture

In collaboration with Fishamble: The New Play Company and the Irish Arts Center

"Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."
- From John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural address, January 20, 1961

As President Kennedy’s 100th birthday approaches on May 29, 2017, the Kennedy Center encourages everyone living in the United States to write an original play of 500 words or less examining his legacy as it lives on in the country today and responding to the call, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

We want stories from across the United States, from people from all walks of life and all backgrounds, from writers young and old, from those who have written many times, to those who have never written a play before.

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States and America’s first Irish-Catholic president, served in office from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963, a total of just over 1000 days. His presidency, while shortened due to his untimely death, is notable due to the significant social and political events that occurred including the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Police Week, the establishment of the Peace Corps, the Space Race, the building of the Berlin Wall, the African-American Civil Rights Movement, and increased U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

Kennedy’s legacy, ultimately, is that he coached our character as citizens of this great country. His presidency remains tied to, and identified with themes of exploration, innovation, creativity, courage, freedom, justice, and service.

Submission categories - one play will be selected for performance from each category:

· Middle school (grade 6-8 or equivalents) or ages 11-13

· High school (grade 9-12 or equivalents) or ages 14-17

· Adults ages 18-26

· Adults ages 27-59

· Adults ages 60 and over

· Kennedy Center Family (staff, volunteers, and their immediate family members)

Submission Criteria:

· All submissions must be 500 words or less, in English, and performable by a cast of no more than 3 actors.

· Playwrights are encouraged to write multi-character dialogue, not a monologue, although monologues will be accepted.

· All submissions should be complete plays which can stand on their own; structurally, each play should have a beginning, middle and end and not be an excerpt from a longer work. Excerpts from a longer work will not be accepted.

· Playwrights must live in the United States.
· Playwrights should submit a headshot that may be used publicly, including via social media.

· By submitting a play, playwrights (and/or their parents and/or guardians) agree that the Kennedy Center, Fishamble, the Irish Arts Center, and any sponsors or other supporters of the Tiny Plays project may use the playwright’s name, image and all or a portion of the submitted play to promote the Challenge, regardless of whether the play submitted is selected for performance.

Important: Please read the complete Official Submission Guidelines and Rules before submitting an entry in the Tiny Plays for Ireland and America Playwriting Challenge (the “Challenge”). By submitting an entry, you agree to be bound by the Official Submission Guidelines and Rules and represent that you have read and understood all requirements set forth [HERE].

How do I submit a Tiny Play and what are the deadlines?
All submissions must be received by the Kennedy Center by February 19, 2016. 

Plays may be submitted online through the application below (note, the first step of the submission process requires creation of a free Submittable account) or by mailing the paper application and script to:

Kennedy Center Education Division
ATTN: Tiny Plays
P.O. Box 101510
Washington, DC 20566

If you wish to download a paper application rather than submitting online, click [HERE]

Sacramento Area Playwright Competition

PLEASE NOTE:  this opportunity is only for playwrights in the Sacramento California Area.

Competition Rules and Procedures

Rule #1:
Any un-produced local playwrights are welcome, provided they live within the counties of Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, Solano, San Joaquin & El Dorado

Rule #2:
Your submitted script must be written in English and must not have been published or broadcast. Public stage readings are accepted.

Rule #3:
First Prize: $100.00 with a Thistle Dew Stage Production,

Rule #4:
Submission: one (1) original one-act play with a minimum 35 minutes and a maximum 45 minutes.*
*(Playwrights may be asked at a later time to extend their play to full-length for evening production.)
Rule #5:
Submissions must be in .doc format.

Rule #6: 
 The Package.
All submissions must include:
a. Playwright’s résumé,
b. History of any development the script has received thus far,
c. The premise of the play,
d. Plot outline for the basic structure of the play (character arcs, conflict, et cetera),
e. Either your script pages must be numbered or lines numbered for actor ease of reference,
f. Your script must be in standard play-script format.
g. Email submissions only... tddtheatre@aol.com
Rule #7:
All genres accepted.
Not Permitted: nudity or excessive use of foul language, or plays using guns as props will not be considered.
Comedies, dramas, radio plays, children's plays and musicals are accepted, but content should be suitable for Thistle Dew Theatre audiences.
Rule #8:
Entry deadline is 9:00 am, March 31, 2016.
Procedure a.) 
Your script, to ensure the integrity of the competition must be submitted in the same email twice: once with your copyrighted identification and once without identification, but identified by an entry number sent to you via email response from Thistle Dew Theatre. 

Procedure b.) 
All submissions will be read by local community theatre professionals who will read those submissions without identification of the author.

Procedure c.) 
The winner of our prize will be announced at 9:00 am, April 14, 2016.

Procedure d.
Two plays will be chosen: the Prize Winner and the Runner-up.

Call for Submissions For 4th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival

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The St. Louis Actors’ Studio is proud to announce call for submissions for the 4th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater, with plays debuting from July 8-31, 2016. Submissions will be accepted October 1 through December 31, 2015.

Professional Submissions: Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18' x 18' stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves. Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes.

Up to eight plays will be chosen, in addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival. Mr. LaBute is scheduled to participate in the opening weekend activities.

High School Submissions: Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward: The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length.
Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

We are thrilled that Neil will be working with us again. Lending his name and talents to foster new works in the theater is just another example of his generosity and commitment to the arts, and we could not be more proud to host this ongoing event," says, William Roth, Founder and Producing Director of St. Louis Actors' Studio.

Submissions should be sent to:

LaBute New Theater Festival
St. Louis Actors’ Studio
360 N Boyle Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108

For more information: 314-458-2978 or help@stlas.org

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Equity Library Theater seeks comedy

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Equity Library Theater is seeking a one hour contemporary comedy to be presented as their March 2016 stage reading in New York. Small cast preferred. Playwright can direct and have total control. Please send to: submissions@pineyforkpress.com


Monday, December 21, 2015

Valentine's Day Monologues wanted

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Deadline: December 21, 2015

W.A.G.G. (Writers-A-Go-Go) presents "The Many Faces of Love" a Valentine's Day Monologue Festival.

Submit a monologue (two minutes long) in prose or verse, extolling the many expressions of love: celebration, obsession, possession, passion, heartbreak, loss, regret, jealously, exhilaration, gratitude.

*** No more than 2 minutes long ***

Only writers in the 5 boroughs of New York City and the Tri-State area (NY, CT, NJ) are eligible to submit.

Monologues will be directed and performed February 12th and 14th 2016 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Submit to: waggreadings@yahoo.com

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ball State University Discovery New Musical Theatre Festival

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Each Applicant Must Do The Following:

Complete the Online Application by filling out the form below or following this link:


Requirements Include:

Full Script (Libretto) PDF Attached

Full Piano Score PDF Attached

Proof of Rights (if applicable) *Required for any material that is not your own.

A minimum of Six Songs (in MP3 file format) that best represent the musical. Corresponding piano accompaniment must be included in the full score.



Four new musicals will be chosen and announced in April of 2016. These four winning entries will receive a workshop and a 45-minute staged reading of their musical at Muncie Civic Theatre in the summer of 2016. This reading will include feedback from multiple guest artists and industry professionals. A $500 travel and lodging stipend will be provided to each creative team for the summer workshop in Muncie, IN. At the conclusion of the festival, an overall winner will be selected. The winning musical will receive a summer workshop and a fully realized production at Ball State University in the fall semester of 2017. This production will then be a full entry at the American College Theatre Festival for the 2017-2018 school year, as well as an entry to the National Alliance of Musical Theatre.

PL.A.Y Noir 2016 - Call for Submissions

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Punk Monkey Productions is officially accepting submissions for their 2016 production of PL.A.Y Noir. Plays should ideally be 10-20 pages in length and possess the classic noir themes of murder, mystery, deceit, and double-crossing. We always encourage playwrights to submit pieces with strong female characters, whether ingenue or femme-fatale. Examples to draw upon include The Maltese Falcon, The Third Man, and Double Indemnity. Submissions and inquiries can be sent to info@punkmonkeyproductions.com.

The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2016.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Turn to Flesh Productions reading series

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Reading Series 2016
Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be submitted electronically to turntoflesh@gmail.com. Please address all correspondence re: the reading series to Laura Pittenger, Literary Manager.

Only scripts submitted between December 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016 will be considered for the 2016 Reading Series.*

*Please note: If you previously submitted a piece and received a notice of rejection, please do not resubmit it. However, you may submit another piece within our guidelines.

If you are unsure of the status of your 2016 submission for any reason, please email turntoflesh@gmail.comwith subject line “2016 Submission Status Request.”

Turn to Flesh reserves the right to consider only pieces submitted between December 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016. Exceptions will only take place at the discretion of the Literary Manager with playwright’s explicit acknowledgement and permission.

Submission Package Must Include

A) A ten-page script sample in PDF format. You may submit any ten pages from your script.

B) Casting breakdown (M/F # of actors & short description of age/relevant casting info); approximate running time; intermission, special requirements.

C) The play’s production/workshop/reading history, if applicable. Please include any confirmed future workshops or productions of the play. (Note: a history of workshops/readings does not disqualify a piece from our reading series. The ideal script for this series is a play not yet ready for production, but one ready to be put on its feet. Again, your piece should benefit from a partially staged reading.)

D) A brief cover letter telling us who you are and why you feel your play would benefit from a staged reading with Turn To Flesh at this stage of development. Please include basic contact information, your city of residence, and your plan for attending and participating in rehearsals/the event in NYC, if selected.

The Reading Series Experience

Three scripts will receive a reading in June, July and August 2016, respectively. The final order of the season will be reviewed by the Artistic Director and Literary Manager in conjunction with playwrights’ schedules.

Each play will receive 9 hours of rehearsal and one staged reading before an exclusive audience in New York City. Turn to Flesh will hire a director and a complete cast for each staged reading; playwrights will not be required to supply their own creative team. The Literary Manager will attend all rehearsals and be available for dramaturgical assistance if requested. Audience feedback will be collected in written form and given to the playwright following the reading performance.

If selected for a reading, playwright must be available for 9 hours of in-person rehearsal and/or present for an exclusive reading event held in New York City. Regrettably, TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS cannot provide housing or travel stipend for out-of-town playwrights. We can only consider submissions from playwrights outside New York/the greater Northeast region if playwrights can provide their own travel/housing and be present for rehearsal and/or the event.

A small honorarium will be awarded to each playwright who participates in the series.

What To Submit

Please review the TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS mission statement and website to learn about our company and the kind of plays we are seeking. We ask that playwrights submit and adhere to the following guidelines:

This season, we welcome especially plays in the following styles: radio drama, commedia dell’arte, comedy of manners and farce.

Verse continues to be the signature style of TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS; other forms of poetry and heightened language are also welcome (couplets, experimental, etc.).

Philosophically, the selected plays should embody the transcendental ideals of the “Good,” “True” and “Beautiful.”

The play should include a female protagonist and at least an even ratio of male to female roles.

Plays of 75-100 minutes are preferred.

Cast size of no more than 5-6 actors are preferred.

Adaptations must either be pieces in the public domain OR adhere to copyright guidelines in the United States. You may be asked to provide proof of permission for material not in the public domain.

What Not To Submit

No proposals/unfinished scripts will be accepted.

No translations of pre-existing material.

No “kitchen sink” plays - unless that kitchen sink play happens to be in verse.

No musicals, though some live music is acceptable; please email us with questions.

After You Submit

You will receive confirmation of your submission within 48 hours. Please do not send a follow-up email unless you do not receive a confirmation within that period.

At any point between December 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016 (approximately) you may be contacted by the Literary Manager to request the full script for review. At any point between December 1, 2015 and February 13, 2016 you will receive notification of your play’s acceptance or refusal. TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS reserves the right to refuse any submission, especially those not in accordance with our submission guidelines.

On February 14, 2016, final selections will be publicly announced.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The February Play Festival

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The February Play Festival is a small playwriting festival with readings held every Wednesday in February. Plays are workshopped with a rehearsal or two before each reading. Playwrights from all over the country are welcome to submit.

We are looking for:
  • Plays for young audiences
  • Holiday plays
  • Plays about Michigan people, places, or things

  • Only one submission per playwright per year is allowed
  • Please send your submission via email only to pnet.plays@gmail.com with the subject “FPF 2016: (Title of Play)“. Please include the playwright contact info and the full script
  • Scripts must be in PDF format

    December 31, 2015

Scorpio Theatre is now accepting script submissions

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Scorpio Theatre is now accepting script submissions for its 2016-2017 season!

Scorpio Theatre’s mandate is to workshop and stage any new work, or those which have not been staged in Calgary. If you’re interested, please direct all submissions to “scripts@scorpio.ca“ and include the following:

- “2016-2017 Script Submission” in the email subject line.

- Which aspect of the production (if any) that you’d be interested in undertaking.

- A brief explanation of why you feel your script is a great choice for Scorpio.

Our many thanks in advance. We look forward to seeing what exciting new works we can bring to Calgary in the coming season!

Please note that priority for consideration for the 2016-2017 season will be given to those scripts submitted on or before December 31st 2015. Any submissions received after this date, may be considered for future seasons.

Additional information available at www.scorpio.ca

Monday, December 14, 2015

Las Vegas Little Theater LVLT 2015 - 2016 New Works Competition

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LVLT 2015 - 2016 New Works Competition

Is NOW accepting submissions through December 31, 2015

CLICK HERE to Email your Submission OR EMAIL to NEWWORKS@LVLT.org



The submission must include both a copy of the play and your completed application. 1 application must be submitted with each Play. We will only be accepting 2 submission per person, if we receive more than 2 submission from an individual only the first 2 received will be considered. (THANK YOU!)


All plays must be full length (90 minutes or more). No musicals please.
  • Plays must have no more than 8 characters – doubling is allowed
  • The set must be simple or representational.
  • Ideally looking for subject matter that will appeal to an age range of 18 – 30.
  • Seeking new plays that have not been professionally produced or published.
  • Plays will be screened by the competition committee. The top 5 will be submitted to the judges.
  • Prizes – 1st prize = Production of the play in the Fischer Black box in May plus $150, 2nd prize = $75
  • 3rd prize = $50
  • Contestants must sign a release form to authorize production
  • Scripts cannot be returned
  • Materials that are adapted from or otherwise derived from copyrighted source material must also submit permission to use the material at the time of submission.
  • The winning author agrees to the production of his/her play with no royalty payment. The author also agrees to allow LVLT to video tape the production. LVLT cannot provide transportation, lodging or other compensation for the author to travel to Las Vegas for the production.
  • Members of LVLT’s board of directors may not submit for this competition
  • Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2015. The winner will be announced no later than March 30, 2016
  • Decision of the judges is final. Any disputes will be decided by the LVLT board of directors.
  • Only 2 submissions per person please. If more than 2 submissions are received from an individual, only the first 2 received will be considered.
  • Each submission will be assigned a number and author’s names will not be provided on judges copies of the script to prevent any bias.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

2016 Barhoppers

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Offstage Theatre is back and we are looking for submissions for our 2016 Barhoppers series to be performed late February/early March in bars in and around Charlottesville, VA!
Here are the details:

Offstage is seeking short plays that can be performed in Charlottesville area drinking establishments. Because these plays are performed in bars, your play should (obviously) take place in a bar, but also make sure your script doesn’t call for any special tech stuff or need any specific stage configuration. We need to be able to stage it simply, and in several different locations.

Remember that we always have more women than men in our acting pool.

We do want it to be a new play, not a previous submission.

Not every play should be about sex or being drunk. Unless it’s a really good play about sex or being drunk.

Optional prompt: If you already have a play written that you would like to submit to Barhoppers, send it on! If you are interested in writing a script for this event, please consider using the following prompt:

A person walks in with a briefcase. This can happen at the beginning, the end, or in the middle. As long as the briefcase is significant.

Submission guidelines:

Scripts must be NO LONGER than 15 pages.

Playwrights may submit up to two (2) scripts for consideration. There is no fee to submit to Offstage.

Please submit in PDF or MS Word. Include all contact information and the title of your play in the body of your email, but no identifying information should appear anywhere else in the attached document. Submissions must be in a standard font and no less than 12 point.

Deadline for submission: December 15th at midnight.
All playwrights will be notified of selection by January 5th, 2016.

Submit scripts or ask questions by emailing artistic@offstagetheatre.org, with the subject line: Barhoppers Script

The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence

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This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Manuscripts must be received by December 31st

Types of plays accepted

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. 

Unable to return without a self-atdressed stamped envelope.
Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.

Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.
Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Monthly Question. December 2015

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We are now accepting submissions for Lama Theater Company’s Monthly Question! The Monthly Question is a reading series of new and bold writing (short plays/ Monologues/ poems/ Songs) around Lama’s monthly question that will be performed at The Kraine Theater, NYC.

Our Mission: Lama means WHY in Hebrew. The Lama Theater Company is a writer/director-driven, nonprofit company that continually raises questions and encourages bold new writing from within the nation and around the world to inspire different points of view and theatrical visions.

Important dates:

December 13th - playwrights/poets/song writers submission deadline!
December 16th - announcement of chosen works.
December 21st - performance night at 8:30pm.

Casting the actors on the spot at 8:30pm, show at 9:30pm. Location: The Kraine Theater, NYC.


Scripts must be related to our monthly question.
Lama has been affected by current worldly events and the hatred that seems to be overly apparent. Our December question is :


What inspires you when you read the question? We are interested in what you are thinking about and how the question might affect the work you do. Gather whatever inspiration the questions give you, and use it to fuel your chosen discipline. The questions are open to many interpretations!
When you submit please keep in mind that Lama encourage artistic exploration, provoking and risk-taking writing.
Short plays are limited to 8 pages in standard playwriting formats. (You can submit your 10 pages play but please keep in mind that we might ask you to make a few cuts.)
Poems/ Monologues are limited to 2 pages.
Song samples should be mp3 and no more than 3 minutes.
Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted, Microsoft Word document or PDF.
Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.
Submit a BLIND copy of your script and include a list of characters/descriptions.
E-mail your Script/Song/Poem to: lamatheatercompany@gmail.com
The subject line should include the title of the play.
Please fill your contact info and the name of your play at our website:


Any Questions about Lama's monthly question? Please email us lamatheatercompany@gmail.com and we’ll help you out!
For updates and more info about Lama follow our page https://www.facebook.com/lamatheatercompany

The Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Contest

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The submission deadline for the 2016 Playwriting Contest is December 31st, 2015. 

 All submissions must be postmarked by this date. Mountain Playhouse will stage a public reading of the winning play before the end of 2016, and the author will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000. In addition, should the Mountain Playhouse decide to present a live production of the play, the author will receive royalties.

To submit your entry, you will need to download the Playwriting Contest Agreement, print and sign it, then mail your play with the agreement to 7690 Somerset Pike, P.O. Box 205, Jennerstown, PA 15547.

If you wish to have your script returned after the contest is over, you must enclose a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage to cover the return.
  • No re-submissions of plays previously submitted unless revised 70% or more.
  • Must be a World Premiere Candidate.
  • Cannot be produced before 2016.
  • MUST be able to be performed by EIGHT actors or less.
Type your title and name on the top sheet and do not have your name on the body of the play.

If you include a synopsis, keep it on a separate sheet from the play.

Include a list of characters and, if necessary, explain how 8 actors could perform the show.

Send a loose leaf copy held together by a single binder clip. Single or double sided is your choice, but don't waste time or effort to bind the play any other way as we will take that binding apart when we receive it anyway.

If you are sending your script from an overseas country, please send me an email at writecomedy@mountainplayhouse.org for special instructions.

Don't forget to download, sign and include the agreement with your play.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Studio 180 Script Submission Policy

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In keeping with Studio 180’s mandate to produce socially relevant theatre that provokes public discourse and promotes community engagement, we are interested in material that engages audiences intellectually and emotionally, and encourages dialogue and action even after the curtain falls. Our Core Artistic Team is most interested in works that tackle politically and ideologically challenging issues using a non-prescriptive approach.

Interested artists should submit an outline of their play, including a description of its production history and/or stage of development (maximum two pages). Please do not submit a complete script unless requested to do so.

Submissions may be made electronically to Mark McGrinder or by mail to
Mark McGrinder, Studio 180 Theatre
Re: New Play Development
19 Madison Ave, Third Floor
Toronto, ON
M5R 2S2

Leah Ryan's Fund for Emerging Women Writers

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To Apply

All women who consider themselves emerging playwrights (as distinct from fledgling or mid-career playwrights) are eligible to apply for the FEWW Prize. Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply, but the play must be written in English. Eligibility does not require that a submitted work adhere to the traditional three-act structure. One-acts, two-acts (even four-, five-, six- acts), monologues, adaptations, and any other wild (or deceptively tame) format will be considered with equal seriousness. The only absolute requirement is that the submitted text be a completed full-length work for theater.

The 2016 winner will be chosen by a committee selected by the board members of Leah Ryan's FEWW, and will be presented her award as part of the 2016 Lily Awards, which honors the work of women in American theater.

The winner will also receive a cash award of $2,500 as well as a staged reading of her play hosted by FEWW at a theater in New York City. In addition, a stipend of up to $700 for travel and accommodation may be provided by FEWW if necessary.

We will begin accepting applications for this year’s prize on November 15, 2016.

The deadline for submissions for the 2016 FEWW Prize is Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 5pm EST.
Applications must include the following:

1. Ten pages excerpted from a fully developed, completed script. Please note: finalists will be required to submit the complete script to the FEWW;

2. A cover letter of no more than 300 words describing yourself and your work.

3. Your resume or a bio;

4. The name, address, email and phone number of one reference. This person should know you well and be able to speak about your work if called to do so.

Finalists will be contacted in early March and will have one week within which to submit their full play.

Thursday, December 10, 2015


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  • Submissions for the upcoming Little Festival of the Unexpected are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. All submissions received after January 1 will be considered for the following year’s Festival. Only scripts and samples of full-length plays are considered for the Festival.
  • Literary agents may submit complete scripts on behalf of their clients at any time.
  • Playwrights who do not have agents may submit 10-page dialogue samples for consideration. Dialogue samples must be accompanied by a synopsis, production history and character breakdown.
  • Plays are eligible for development at the Little Festival of the Unexpected only if they have not previously been professionally produced or workshopped with Equity actors. This restriction includes Actors Equity showcase and waiver productions. Plays that have had readings or non-AEA productions are still eligible.

Only one submission is accepted per playwright in a given year.
Submissions of 10-page samples (from playwrights) must be sent by U.S. Mail only – no e-mails, faxes, etc.

Submit by mail to:
Portland Stage Company
Attn: Literary Manager
P.O. Box 1458
Portland, ME 04104

Please be advised that all scripts submitted for our 2015/2016 Little Festival of the Unexpected will be forwarded to be juried for our 2016/2017 Little Festival of The Unexpected. This year’s Little Festival will contain those playwrights who are Clauder Competition finalists.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Call for One-Act Comedies

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Starlite Players produces four or five short comedies for one weekend each month in Sarasota’s Starlite Room. If you’d like to send your comedy for consideration, please take a few minutes to browse our website (starliteplayers.com), visit our Facebook page (Starlite Players) and learn about us. Then make sure your script follows our guidelines below, developed after reviewing many scripts.
We’re very picky, and consequently we’re always on the lookout for outstanding scripts. Although the current submission deadline has passed, we will continue to accept scripts for further consideration.

The guidelines tell you what we want. It you think you’ve got it, send it on! Email your play to info@starliteplayers.com with the words “Script Submission” in the subject line. We always look forward to discovering exciting new work and will get back to you if we want to produce your play.

To be considered for the coming productions, get your script to us for evaluation by December 15.

  • Preference given to Tampa Bay playwrights but we will consider work from others.
  • We seek comedies, preferably contemporary.
  • Plays should be short but not too short: 10 pages minimum, up to 25 pages maximum.
  • Unpublished, original work only. If your script requires song lyrics, music, poetry or any other creative input by someone other than yourself, please do not send it unless you include a royalty-free grant of rights from the author or his/her representative. Likewise, if your work was adapted from, written in tribute to, inspired by or otherwise drawing on work written after 1922 by someone else, be aware that it may be covered by copyright. We will not be likely to consider such a play without a written release.
  • Previous productions are permitted and even welcomed.
  • Cast limit is 4 actors.
  • Production requirements must be simple.
  • We present our plays in a bar so it’s OK if they’re slightly risqué.
  • If you have sent us a script before then we’ve read it. We don’t have time or staff to read it again.
  • Limit is 1 script per author so send us your best.
  • PLEASE do use standard script format--and we really mean it! One-inch margins, 12-point type, single-spaced stage directions and dialogue, character name centered above dialogue. Number the pages and start the dialogue on page 1.
  • Please do not include cartoons, drawings, non-standard type fonts or promotional material. We want to evaluate your work on its merits. Extraneous material is distracting.
  • We cannot accept hard copies. Instead, please email two PDF files, each with the name of the play.
  • The first PDF must not contain your name anywhere but it must include the script title, cast of characters..
  • The second PDF should be a title page with your contact information (name, address, phone, email) along with the play’s title and its development history.
  • Please don’t send screenplays, musicals or children's plays.
  • Scripts not meeting guidelines will not be reviewed.
  • Please be aware that this is not a developmental program. We want plays that are ready to be staged.
Starlite Players doesn’t charge a submission fee. We do offer a full production and a small royalty. What we ask in return is your consideration in preparing your submission—and of course your talent in creating a wonderful script! We look forward to reading it.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Just Announced: Spring 2016 Writing Classes

Spring 2016 classes at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) are now open for enrollment! Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.
In the Writing Department this Spring:


For a full list of classes, visit http://primarystages.org/espa/writing. Classes begin in February. Start and end dates vary.

ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition: http://primarystages.org/espa/payment-plans.

ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org

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