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Thursday, March 31, 2016

End of the Road New Short Play Festival and Beach Party

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South Baldwin Community Theatre of Gulf Shores, Alabama is seeking submissions for the second annual "End of the Road New Short Play Festival and Beach Party." The Play Festival will be held July 15, 16 and 17, 2016 in Gulf Shores Alabama located on the Gulf of Mexico. It will consist of three fully-staged daily readings of the ten winning ten-minute plays. Attendance by the playwright is required for authors of winning scripts. Plays should not exceed 10 minutes in length and should be appropriate for a family-friendly theatre. A $100.00 prize will be awarded to the overall winner as well as a $25.00 audience favorite prize. The weekend will include an opening night beach party reception and three talk-backs with the authors.

Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2016.

Submissions can be made via US mail to:

South Baldwin Community Theatre
Box 722
Gulf Shores, AL 36547

or via email: pfizfplays@gmail.com

Please include your name and contact information on a separate cover sheet. The author's name should not appear anywhere in the body of the script.

For more details or questions call 251-968-6721
or visit the theater online at www.sbct.biz

We look forward to reading your play.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Playwright Residencies

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Downstage Left residencies are designed to help playwrights take a project from the conceptual stage all the way to a production-ready script. Playwrights work closely with one of our ensemble directors and members of the literary team to design a process tailored to the particular needs of their project. We are now accepting applications for Season 35 residencies.

Please download the application form, which also provides detailed instructions.

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016. Email questions and submissions to scripts@stagelefttheatre.com

Gi60: the One Minute Play Festival

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In association with stage@leedsfestivals and The Department of Theater at Brooklyn College

Write a play it's only a minute - what are you afraid of?

Now accepting submissions - send your submissions to screammedia@yahoo.com

Deadline is April 1, 2016.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pride Films & Plays' LezPlay Contest

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**Dramatists Guild members can submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code DG2016 on the payment page.**

The mission of Pride Films & Plays' LezPlay Contest is to enhance the visibility and advance the viability of lesbian-centered stories for stage and screen. To that end, LezPlay honors excellence in storytelling by women-identified writers who present lesbian characters and themes—past, present, and future—in a pivotal, positive way.

**The LezPlay Contest is open to playwrights and screenwriters who identify as women.**

We want stories that elevate and celebrate us, refine and redefine us. We want to introduce audiences to writers whose work reflects, resonates with, and is relevant to their lives. We want stories that have a broad appeal, stories that will enable us to reach individuals of all ages and in all stages of life.

From March 1 to April 30, 2016, we welcome submissions of short scripts (up to 45 pages) and full-length scripts (up to 120 pages) from writers who identify as women. Only scripts that have not been professionally produced are eligible. Scripts that have been submitted in the past are ineligible for resubmission.

Scripts will be judged by a panel of industry professionals: directors, artistic directors, filmmakers, playwrights, producers, literary managers, activists, educators, comediennes.

**When submitting, please be sure that there is NO identifying information included anywhere on your script. Scripts that identify the writer on the title page or anywhere else in the document will immediately be disqualified.**

**To enter LezPlay, complete the entry form. You will receive an email from LezPlay's Literary Manager Allison Fradkin confirming receipt of your submission.**

**Entry fee is $15 if script is received by March 31. Entry fee is $30 if script is received by April 30. To make the final deadline, scripts must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on April 30, 2016.**

**Dramatists Guild members can submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code DG2016 on the payment page.**

Awards & Prizes

Ten semi-finalists will be selected from all script entries. We will then name five finalists. The scripts that make the finals will be those that receive the highest recommendation from our reading panel and that best align with the mission of LezPlay.

The five finalists’ scripts will be presented as staged readings during LezPlay Weekend, which will take place in Chicago, Illinois, September 9-11, 2016. Writers whose work is selected for presentation will earn a cash prize: $400 for full-length scripts, $100 for shorts. In addition, stage play finalists' work will be considered for a full production with PFP. Both playwrights and screenwriters who make the finals are invited to join us in Chicago for up to 10 hours of rehearsal with PFP Company Members to refine their scripts prior to and during the staged reading.

The 7th Annual Festival of Shorts

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Submitted short plays must be less than 15 minutes long, centered on the theme “paradox”.

Submissions that have been previously produced WILL NOT be accepted.

Only one submission per author will be accepted.

Eight finalists will be chosen by a panel of readers. Reading will be blind, so AUTHOR NAME and other author information are not to be included anywhere on the play. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.

SUBMIT one PDF with only the PLAY TITLE and name the file “your play title / blind”. And submit another PDF with your full title page and name the file “your play title.”

Pagination should begin on page 1 of the text. Please include name of play on each page.

Please submit in pdf format by EMAIL.

Please use no more than 6 characters in your play.

Please be aware that selected plays will be staged with minimal sets, props, costumes, lights and sound.

The eight selected plays will be assigned a director who will best present the work, and the director will cast appropriately..

The eight finalists have the chance to compete for an audience “peoples’ choice” award as well as judges’ awards.

Lastly, we are a community theater, so please no X-rated scripts. We simply can’t perform them for our audiences.

Accepting submissions – January 18, 2016

Submissions closed – March 30, 2016 @ Noon
Finalists will be announced – May 2, 2016

Submit by e-mail to:


Good luck!

Monday, March 28, 2016

2015-2016 Science Playwriting Competition – CALL FOR PLAYS

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The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, in its ongoing mission to explore the intersection science and art, announces a CALL FOR PLAYS for the 2015-16 SBU Science Playwriting Competition. The event is made possible by the generous support of the Simons Center, the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the SBU Department of Theatre Arts.

Calling all talented playwrights with an interest in the sciences, and talented scientists with an interest in the theatre to compose a ten-minute play with a substantial science component. This contest is open to the general public:

First Prize Winner: $500
Second Prize Winner: $200
3rd Prize Winner: $100

Bringing science and theatre together can provide the inspiration for a play of exceptional artistic merit and lead to exciting new ways of learning about science. Indeed, we believe the best science plays can be great works of art because of the science they contain and great educational tools because of their artistic value. We are recruiting Stony Brook University’™s brightest minds to write great plays that make science accessible to a wide audience.

ENTRIES MAY BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY BELOW. ALL submissions must be received by midnight April 1, 2016.

A public staged reading of the winning entries will be performed during the Fall 2016 semester at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.

– Plays should be around 10 minutes in length (usually around 10 pages).
– Winning playwrights will receive a directed, staged reading of their work in the Fall 2016 semester.
– Plays must have a title page that includes the playwright’s name, address, phone number, and email address.
– Plays must be unpublished work.

The awards committee will consist of Professors Christopher Herzog, George Sterman, and Steve Marsh.

*Note: please submit electronic entries as a pdf file. Submitting your play implies permission to have your play performed in a staged reading in the fall semester; all submissions remain the property of the playwright.

QUESTIONS? CONCERNS? CONTACT US AT scienceplays@scgp.stonybrook.edu

P73 Playwriting Fellowship

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The P73 Playwriting Fellowship provides a year of comprehensive support to one early-career playwright who has not received a professional production in New York City (please see eligibility requirements below). Through this program, Page 73 provides artistic and financial resources to this writer as he or she develops one or more new plays of his or her choosing. The P73 Playwriting Fellow receives an unrestricted award of $10,000 and a development budget, managed by Page 73 and the Fellow over the course of the Fellowship year, up to an additional $10,000.

The Fellow is encouraged to think creatively about using Fellowship resources to meet concrete goals that might not otherwise be possible. These goals may include, but are not limited to, development of one or more new plays, assistance in building relationships within the New York City theater community, research, and/or travel. Please note that funds from the P73 Playwriting Fellowship do not cover full-scale productions, nor does Page 73 commit to producing the work of the Fellow. The Fellowship incorporates at least one public presentation by the Fellow. Page 73 also helps the Fellow identify and connect with collaborators, including directors, designers, actors and dramaturgs, for Fellowship projects.

The Fellow is associated with Page 73 for the calendar year, from January 1 to December 31. After being selected, he or she works with Page 73’s staff to develop a plan for the year and establish a timeline for the development work to be done on the new play or plays. The Fellow may also be invited to participate in the Page 73 Summer Residency and, if eligible, Interstate 73 (described below) during the Fellowship year.

If the Fellow is not a New York City resident, he or she must be prepared to travel to New York during the Fellowship year in order to fully engage in the opportunities that the Fellowship provides.

On Monday, March 14th, at 7pm, Producing Artistic Director Michael Walkup and 2015 P73 Playwriting Fellow Nick Gandiello will host our annual Application Information Session. They will discuss our development programs and answer your questions about the application process. Please RSVP here to join us.

The 2017 Page 73 Development Programs Application is due Friday, April 1st, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.

Once you have submitted your completed application you should see a confirmation screen as well as receive a confirmation email. If you have any questions regarding the online application, please email Management Associate Mike Milov-Cordoba: mike.milov[at]page73[dot]org.
If you have questions about the fellowship, please contact us at info@page73.org.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Thespis Festival

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Runs from July 11 thru October 2, 2016
Submissions accepted until June 15
Submission Accepted from Everywhere in the US
Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.

Submissions must be between 30 and 90 minutes long.

Submission Rules

In order to submit a play please send the following via email:
1. A 100 word synopsis of the play
2. The complete script + character breakdown
3. Your telephone number and home address, plus the phone number of one other person in your production that we can contact
4. Your bio
5. All genres of shows are welcome to submit to our festivals.
6. Shows that have already been staged can also participate as long as the run was BEFORE 2014 and will participate in Venus/Adonis with AN ENTIRELY NEW CAST AND CREW.
7. Production’s history of the play submitted
8. Please tell us where did your hear about the festival

As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines. All plays will be given a three-performance run at the theater.

After all plays have had their three-performance run, the best 6 plays will be selected by the jury as nominees for the $3,500 prize of Best Play.
In Addition to the Best Play there will also be several nominations:

Best actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best singers will all receive each $500.
Best Musical Score $300. Best Original play , Stage manager and Set Designer will
all receive each $200

Winners will be announced during a special prize ceremony at the end of the festival to which the cast and crew of all nominated productions will be invited.

If your play/musical is accepted in our festival there is a payment of $250 to participate.
If you wish to participate as an Equity show case you will be contacted by the festival and sent  different sets of guidelines.

Contact us at thespistheaterfestival@gmail.com

The Relentless Award

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The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.

What we are looking for:

Plays that are challenging.

Plays that exhibit fearlessness.

Plays that are not mainstream.

Plays that exude passion.

Plays that are relentlessly truthful.

The American Playwriting Foundation encourages submissions by first time playwrights, women and playwrights of color.


The author of the Relentless Award-winning play will receive $45,000.

The winning playwright will have the option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service.

The winning playwright will have a week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm.

The selected play will have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States.

When the winning play is selected, three runners-up will also be named.


Submissions will be accepted from March 1, 2016 through May 2, 2016. Submissions must be sent via this website by 11:59pm EST, May 2, 2016.

Eligibility/Criteria for Submission:

Any unproduced play written by a United States citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) is eligible for The Relentless Award.

Each play must be submitted with a letter from a theater professional recommending the play. “Theater Professional” is defined as anyone who has worked in theater in any artistic capacity for a minimum of four years.

Plays with a producer, producing organization or theater attached are not eligible.

As much as we love them, one-act plays, musicals and plays for children are not eligible.

The author must be at least 21 years old.

How to submit your play:

Use the form below to submit your play and accompanying letter of recommendation to The American Playwriting Foundation.

NOTE: please DO NOT have your name or other identifying info (email/phone number) on any of your manuscript pages. Please also exclude agent info, development info, and dedications. This will preserve the author's anonymity for the judges.

Please provide your script file in pdf (rather than Word documents), with the title format: TITLE OF PLAY.pdf. Do not include your name in the file script title.

You'll receive confirmation that your script and accompanying materials have been received. As submissions are processed manually, please allow up to two weeks to receive this confirmation.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Radio Theater Project Submissions

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Call for Plays That Work Without Visuals

If you've got a script where the story depends on dialogue instead of visuals, The Radio Theatre Project in St. Petersburg FL performs new works written for radio and many stage plays adapted for audio.

Selected plays are performed for a standing-room only crowd in downtown St. Pete, with professional actors on book and a sound effects artist. Recordings are distributed via podcast and writers receive a stipend of $50 when the script is performed.

Short plays are very welcome. Full-length plays will need to be condensed to one hour with an intermission. Stage plays can be submitted as-is for consideration, though if selected some adaptation may be necessary.

  • Plays should have a running time of 50 minutes or less. Brevity is the soul of.
  • Plays longer than 30 minutes will need to be able to be split in two parts with an intermission.
  • Plays that originated as stage, film or prose are fine, but we produce radio theater – works originating in other forms will need to be adapted for radio.
  • The Radio Theatre Project reserves the right to make any edits necessary for length, clarity or FCC regulations. We’ll suggest those to you, if your script is being considered for production.
  • Florida writers and plays with Florida settings and subject matter are always welcome.
  • Send plays for consideration to Jim Wicker, Literary Manager, at jimwicker.actor@gmail.com.

  • Please include a cover sheet with title, name of author and contact information.
  • On the second page, please include a plot summary and brief bio of the author.
  • Please submit scripts in 12-point type with page numbers in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Think about sound and sound effects.
  • The scripts will be broadcast, so FCC language restrictions apply—no seven deadly words, obscenity, overt sex or graphic bodily functions.
  • Before your script is produced, you will need to put it into radio play format – see guidelines here.

  • Any action must be made clear by dialogue and sound effects.
  • Characters should be identified frequently by name, and there can’t be too many characters in the same scene. If characters aren’t part of the conversation, they disappear.
  • Be judicious in your use of narration and monologue, or avoid them altogether. Dialogue is more engaging.


Tips from the BBC, including sample scripts. They do know all about it.

Wonderfully detailed guidelines from Independent Radio Drama Productions in the UK.

An introduction to writing NPR-style radio. All the rules about writing and the way listeners listen, apply.

If you have questions, please contact Jim Wicker, RTP Literary Manager at jimwicker.actor@gmail.com.

This is an ongoing opportunity. Submission guidelines are here: http://www.radiotheaterproject.org/submissions

Something Marvelous seeks production ready full length scripts

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A Chicago based, non-Equity festival, Something Marvelous seeks production ready full length scripts for upcoming seasons. Something Marvelous produces scripts in the genre of magical realism; works must feature non-realistic events or circumstances in an otherwise realistic world. Please note that we are specifically looking for scripts geared toward an adult audience, rather than a youth audience; both premieres and already-produced works are welcome.

If you are curious about the genre or want to check if your play is a good fit, please try our interactive flowchart.

Click here to download our brief application.

To submit:

Email scripts and application to Literary Manager Sarah Mayhan at festival@somethingmarvelous.org.
Please format title of application as: YourLastName.YourFirstName.Application2016.pdf.
Please title script documents YourLastName.TitleOfWork.pdf.

Deadline: Rolling.

Thanks for joining us in creating a deeper, more imaginative way to tell stories!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

19th Annual Festival of Originals at Theatre Southwest

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Each playwright may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.

All entries should be previously unpublished and unproduced in the Houston area.

All Genres are accepted.

Monologues or One Actor plays are not accepted.

Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). Page count should be no less than 17, but no more than 22 pages.

There is no maximum limit of characters or sets, but common sense should be used as 5 plays will be produced in one evening.

Number all pages of the scripts, and scripts should be securely bound or stapled in the upper left hand corner.

Scripts must be submitted by postal mail ONLY. Emailed PDF or Word files will not be considered.

Be sure to include your contact information; phone number, email, and mailing address on the title page of the script.

List all characters with a brief character description.

Please include a one paragraph synopsis of the play.

Make sure all mailed entries are POSTMARKED by March 31, 2016

Scripts cannot be returned.

One hundred dollars will be paid to all playwrights selected for production.

Scripts should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest
8944 Clarkcrest St.
Houston, Texas 77063-4004

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Resident Fellows Program

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The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Program offers academics, artists, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines and geographies. The Foundation's Bellagio Residency Program has a track record for supporting the generation of important new knowledge addressing some of the most complex issues facing our world, and innovative new works of art that inspire reflection and understanding of global and social issues.

Who Should Apply?

Residencies are open to university or think-thank based academics in all disciplines, literary artists, visual artists, and practitioners from a variety of fields, particularly those working on socially impactful endeavors. The Foundation seeks to promote a broad, stimulating mix of disciplines and fields within the Bellagio Community.

The Academic Writing residency is for university and think tank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline. Successful applicants can either demonstrate decades of significant professional contributions to their field or show evidence of being on a strong upward trajectory in their careers.

The Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts residency is for artists working in any discipline including composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, and visual artists who share in the Foundation's mission of promoting the well-being of humankind and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Rover Dramawerks

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Rover Dramawerks announces our third annual playwriting contest. We are seeking full-length comedies or farces to be a part of our Seventeenth Season.
  • Submissions will be accepted from March 21 to April 9.
  • Only the first 150 full-length plays will be accepted.
  • Comedies or farces only! No musicals or dramas.
  • No one-person shows.
  • Plays may have been previously produced but may not be published.
  • If previously produced, a production history must be included.
  • Plays may not have been produced in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.
  • Playwrights may submit only one full-length play of at least 60 pages.
  • A cast list and brief synopsis must be included.
  • Only PDF files will be accepted.
  • Name and contact info must not appear anywhere on the script (i.e. this is a blind submission process).
  • Submissions will ONLY be accepted using the form provided: https://form.jotform.com/60740857081154

One full-length play will receive a cash prize of $500 and a full production in Rover Dramawerks’ Seventeenth Season. (There is no fee to submit.)

Rover Dramawerks performs in a reconfigurable black box theatre that seats 90-130. Please take this into consideration when presenting your work to us for consideration. We also strongly encourage you to check out our website at www.roverdramawerks.com to see the types of plays we generally produce.

The judges reserve the right not to award prizes or productions if they feel the caliber of plays received does not warrant a winner.

Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival 2016

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Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival 2016
August 1st – 7th

Download the below applications to submit a play for a staged reading or to be featured as a presented artist. Fill out the forms and return the completed applications – along with the other materials requested – to info@phillywomenstheatrefest.org no later than March 31st, 2016.

Playwright Application

Artist Application

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Woodward International Playwriting Prize

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The Woodward International Playwriting Prize is for plays that focus on cultures OTHER than the United States.

The University of New Hampshire proudly announces the Woodward International Playwriting Prize. The Woodward international Playwriting Prize is part of Cultural Stages: The International Drama and Dance Initiative. The aim of this program is to broaden and deepen the understanding of international cultures through a competition for plays addressing relevant themes. Plays submitted for this competition should have a primary focus on cultures other than the US.

INFO: The winning play will be given a fully produced production as part of the University of New Hampshire's 2017-2018 season. The winning Playwright will receive a cash prize of $5,000, plus expenses to travel to the University of New Hampshire and stay for the one week of performances. Finalists will be posted on the University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance website. All submissions must be received no later than April 1, 2016.

COMPETITION RULES: Plays submitted to the Woodward International Playwriting Prize must be at least one hour in performance length, and can be written in any style, including musical, and may contain any number of characters. Plays may not be adaptations of any work that is not in the common domain. Scripts must be submitted in English. Plays that have already been produced are not eligible for this prize.

Please note that:
  • The University of New Hampshire will not be able to offer feedback for submitted scripts.
  • Hard copy scripts will not be able to be mailed back.
  • The winning Playwright will be required to sign a letter of agreement giving permission for the University of New Hampshire to perform the play with no additional royalties or fees. The Playwright also agrees that any published version of the play will include the following statement: “First Produced by the University of New Hampshire, Department of Theatre and Dance as part of the Cultural Stages: Woodward International Drama and Dance Initiative.”
Plays must be received by April 1, 2016.
  • The Woodward International Playwriting Prize is for plays that focus on cultures OTHER than the United States.
  • Plays submitted to the Woodward International Playwriting Prize must be at least one hour in performance length, and can be written in any style, including musical, and may contain any number of characters.
  • Plays may not be adaptations of any work that is not in the common domain.
  • Scripts must be submitted in English.
  • Plays that have already been produced are not eligible for this prize.
  • The University of New Hampshire will not be able to offer feedback for submitted scripts.
  • Hard copy scripts will not be able to be mailed back.
  • The winning Playwright agrees to give permission for the University of New Hampshire to perform the play with no additional royalties or fees.
The Playwright agrees that any published version of the play will include the following statement: “First Produced by the University of New Hampshire, Department of Theatre and Dance as part of the Cultural Stages: Woodward International Drama and Dance Initiative.”

Sunday, March 20, 2016


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We encourage emerging playwrights to apply at the beginning of their careers so that through the New Dramatists Fellowship, they can develop their work as well as benefit from being a part of a unique, diverse, dynamic community of professional playwrights. An applicant’s status as an emerging playwright is evaluated during the adjudication process.

One playwright will be selected to receive:
• A grant in the amount of $7,500
• A one-season (September – June) artistic residency at New Dramatists, Inc. in New York City (For Award recipients living outside of the New York metro area, your on-site residency can be adapted according to your schedule with reimbursement provided for transportation costs to/from New York)
• Inclusion of your script in New Dramatists’ library
• Advocacy for the recipient and their script to New York and National theatre communities for the duration of the fellowship
• Mentorship from a New Dramatists resident playwright for the duration of the fellowship
• Opportunity for winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc.

• All candidates must be United States citizens or have permanent resident status.

• Eligible playwrights must not have had any professional full-length productions other than those using the showcase code or in an off-off-Broadway theater with 99 or fewer seats.

(If your show used a higher contract tier than the showcase code, you are not eligible to apply. If your show received a festival production in a theater with more than 99 seats and did not use an Equity contract, you are eligible to apply.)

Development opportunities such as readings and workshops are admissible.
You must submit one unpublished, full-length play (A full-length play is a single play that constitutes a full evening of theater. For example, a 90-minute intermissionless play is a full-length play.)
• There is no restriction on subject matter
• Story, language, and characters must be original; no adaptations.
• May not have received a professional production as defined above

Submission Window: March 1-March 31, 2016 6PM EDT
To begin your application, click on the “Begin Application” button below. 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 permanent resident.

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

3. Upload your playwriting resume.

4. Upload one full-length work (play or book of a musical) (The following files may be used: txt, pdf, doc, docx, rtf).

5. Upload your personal statement.

6. Should you wish to submit a letter of recommendation, enter the name and email of your reference. An email containing a link to upload their letter of recommendation will be sent directly to them.

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 at 6:00 (EDT) p.m. on March 31, you may not alter your application in any way.

If you have any questions, please email us.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Seeking fully produced plays (60 minutes or less) for Manhattan Rep’s 42nd St Spring Play Spectacular

Seeking fully produced plays (60 minutes or less) for
Manhattan Rep’s 42nd St Spring Play Spectacular
100% of the tickets sales go to the Playwright/Producer
April 18 - May 1 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 West 42nd St. NYC

So we are listening! Many playwrights and producers over the years have been asking for a way to get a percentage of the ticket sales for their productions in Midtown Manhattan. So we are trying something really fun that has NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE in Midtown Manhattan - 100% of the ticket sales goes back to the Playwright/Producer of each participating show. 100% of the gross ticket sales! Manhattan Rep gets no percentage of the ticket sales! And you can choose what you want the ticket price to be! If you sell 100 tickets at $20, you make an even $2000.00! If you sell 150 tickets at $15, you make $2,250.00. If you sell $150 tickets at $20, you take home $3000.00!

We are only accepting 10 plays into this new and exciting theatrical event!
All plays must be 60 minutes or less with simple sets which can be easily struck.

Each play receives:
- 3 performances over two weeks
- 1 - Two hour Tech rehearsal in the theatre
- 1 - 90 minute Dress rehearsal (on a different day from your tech) in the theatre
- Venue manager to help out with all.
- A page on Manhattan Rep’s website with promotional information about your play.
- Promotion about this Event and more!
- Tickets will be paid for and reserved online through our ticketing provider.
(Your Producing Team decides the ticket price.)


Come and perform your play on 42nd St in the heart of the theatrical world, with parking next door, and Broadway plays a half a block away. Where Agents and Broadway Producers can easily attend!!! And we are accepting Play Productions from all over the world!!

To submit your 60 minute or less play, please email,
The complete the play as a .pdf file, a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown, the set and lighting requirements,
the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address and phone number, to

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by March 21, 2016.

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 will probably end submissions before March 21, 2015, for we are sure to fill up fast!

Once accepted there is a Non-Refundable Participation fee of $875.00.
For more information, log on to manhattanrep.com

Friday, March 18, 2016


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Seeking never produced before ORIGINAL 1 ACT PLAYS (11 minutes to 25 minutes)
(cast, directed and ready to perform)
April 13 - April 30, 2016 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. (at 8th Ave) NYC

We are looking for passionate playwright/producers from the Tri-State area who wish to participate and try out a new short play (11-25 minutes) in front of a live audience. We are looking for NEW short plays, never produced before, cast, directed, off book, put on their feet and manifested for the first time from playwright/producers in the Tri-State area.

This is an opportunity to bring your NEW short 1 act play to life! And it is FREE to participate!


We will supply a technician to run your sound and lights for your production.
And again, there is no fee to participate.

Please know this Event is NON-EQUITY ONLY.

To submit your NEW, never produced before short 1 act play production, please email:
  • The complete play,
  • a synopsis of the play,
  • the running time of the play,
  • the set and lighting requirements, 
  • the playʼs history (readings if any, when it was written)
  • your mailing address,
  • and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by April 4, 2016 at Midnight.

Please put “THE APRIL EVENT" in the subject heading.

1 act play productions will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.
(The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted.) If we fill up all production slots early on, we will end submissions earlier than April 4, 2016. Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance. Again, there are no Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees of any kind.

If you have any questions about THE APRIL EVENT 2016, please drop us a line at: manhattanrep@yahoo.com


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Deadline: April 1, 2016
The Lark is accepting applications for the 2016-17 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship program, supported by The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund.

The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship supports playwrights of color under 30 who demonstrate financial need. During a year-long residency, Fellows will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development programs, and form relationships with other theatermakers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The Fellowship includes a cash award of $15,000, plus a $3,000 health insurance allowance, along with access to a wide range of Lark resources, including artistic program participation, financial literacy workshops, office and rehearsal space and staff support.

In the 2016-17 cycle, the Lark will award two Fellowships.

Applications will be accepted from February 9 to April 1, 2016. Selected fellows will be notified by June 1, 2016.

The 2016-17 Fellowship period begins July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017.

The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship program is a critical component in The Lark’s acclaimed portfolio of fellowships, which includes the PoNY and Jerome New York programs. The portfolio is designed to engage a diverse community of extraordinary playwrights—at various places in their careers—who represent, collectively, a contemporary national vision. The Lark believes that targeted support to early-career playwrights from underrepresented backgrounds is essential to a culture of equity, access and inclusion, and a national theater that represents the vibrancy of our collective cultural voices. Van Lier New Voices Fellows will be in residence at The Lark as part of a community of artists at various career levels from across the country and around the world, gathered to explore and illuminate the most important issues of our time.

Fellows will:
Work with Lark staff to identify individual artistic goals for the fellowship year, toward generating and developing new plays through a series of Lark programs appropriate to those goals;
Meet, collaborate, engage and work with a community of other professionals in the field, including playwrights, directors, actors, agents, producers and other industry leaders as appropriate;
Participate in and/or observe a variety of Lark’s play development processes, whether on or offsite, including retreats, workshops, readings, etc.;
Receive support for the advancement and advocacy of work generated during the Fellowship year, along with continued access to Lark development programs beyond the fellowship period.
Financial Award

Fellows will receive:
$15,000 fellowship stipend
$3,000 health insurance stipend

Please note that the fellows will receive a Form 1099 in the 2016 and 2017 calendar years and be responsible for their own taxes. Both stipends are taxable.

Fellowship applicants must:
  • Be legal residents of New York City;
  • Identify as playwrights of color under the age of 30 at the time of application;
  • Demonstrate financial need; and
  • Make a case for how the Fellowship and participation in The Lark’s community would promote transformative artistic and professional growth.

Please submit:
A cover sheet, including your name, address, date of birth, phone number, and email address.
A current artistic resume, along with one personal or professional reference (listing the referee’s title or institutional affiliation, along with their phone number and email address). Referrer may be an artistic collaborator, professor, or educator familiar with you and your work;
A one-page Artistic Statement that describes (1) where you feel you are in your creative and professional life; (2) career goals; (3) a proposed strategy for using the Fellowship’s resources towards those goals;
A one-page Description of Financial Need, describing current income, expenses, and any outstanding financial commitments (such as student loans or other debt), including a statement on how the fellowship stipend might be used and why it would be transformative.
A ten (10) page sample of recent work that best represents you as a playwright (Sample may be an excerpt or self-contained 10-minute play). Finalists will be asked to submit a recent full-length play as additional support material.

Finalists will be notified in May. Selected fellows will be announced June 1.

Applications may be emailed in MS Word or PDF to VanLierNewVoices@larktheatre.org

Electronic submissions are encouraged.
Mailed submissions can be sent to:
The Lark, Attention: Van Lier New Voices Fellowship
311 W. 43rd Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10036

Applications are due April 1, 2016.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Primary Previews Play Discussion Workshop

Great playwrights never stop reading new plays. Get an advance look at the plays making their NYC Premiere as part of the 2016/17 Primary Stages season as part of the Primary Previews play discussion workshop. Deconstruct the texts, conjure your dream casts, discuss design and production elements, and place these four plays within the larger NYC landscape of American theater.

Instructor: Tessa LaNeve (Director of ESPA and New Arts Programming, Primary Stages)
Wednesdays from 5:00pm – 6:30pm
May 11, 18, 25

Plays in next season include:  
The Roads to Home by Horton Foote
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, adapted for the stage by Claudia Rankine and Stephen Sachs
Daniel’s Husband by Michael McKeever
Fade by Tanya Saracho

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Self Control a New Play Reading Series

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Identity theater company is now accepting submissions for the new reading series called Self Control. Plays may be of any length and in any genre. We are looking for plays about characters who try to exert too much self control or too little self control over their lives and the consequences that result. Submissions are due March 20th.

Selected playwrights will be notified no later than April 15th and the reading series will be held on the 1st four Mondays in May 2nd 9th 16th and 23rd. 

Playwrights with disabilities strongly encouraged to submit regardless of theme. 

There is no submission fee but a $40 participation fee will be charged if selected. Playwrights must attend on the night of the reading Submit plays to idcreadingseries@aol.com

The Institute of Prophetic Activist Art Call for Activist Playwrights Ten-minute play playwriting group

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The Institute of Prophetic Activist Art (http://propheticiactivistart.blogspot.com) is starting an Activist/Advocacy-oriented 10-minute Playwright's Group. The group will comprise 8 playwrights who will write a 10-minute play for every class, dealing in some manner with our social/political/cultural life for a total of 8 sessions (8 ten-minute plays in all). We will be meeting on Tuesday afternoons, 2-5 pm: April 5, 12, 19; May 10, 17, 24, 31 and June 7.

There is no fee to apply, but a $20 fee if accepted to defray the cost of renting space.
Please send a cover letter detailing a little bit about your activist impulse/background, and a 10-minute play or 10-page writing sample to thomasablock@gmail.com.

Submission deadline is March 21.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Exquisite Corpse Company is seeking writers

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Exquisite Corpse Company is seeking writers to participate in the Spring 2016 Writer's Lab and Drinks & Drama Reading Series.

What is Writers Lab?

Led by ECC Literary Director, Blake Bishton, this month long intensive is designed to create a safe space for playwrights to come together and experiment. Writer's Lab encourages writers to create new and refreshing work. Following a unique structure that mirrors ECC's larger development process, the lab aims to inspire participants to create work that strays from their usual wheelhouse. Each writer will generate an original one-act play by the end of the Lab.

Writer's Lab culminates in Drinks & Drama - a cocktail infused reading series where each play developed in the Lab receives a staged reading by the company.

Writer’s Lab Spring 2016 will meet on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, April 6th - April 30th. Drinks & Drama will run on Tuesday evenings in May.

How to Submit

To submit, please send us a resumé and a sample of your writing approximately 10 pages in length. This can be taken from a larger work, or be a stand alone piece.

Deadline for submissions is March 18, 2016 at Midnight.

For more information or to submit, please email submissions@exquisitecorpsecompany.com.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

American Stage seeks plays

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American Stage seeks to produce powerful and relevant professional live theatre. Part of our mission is to develop and present new works for the stage that speak to a contemporary audience in a fresh and compelling way.

Due to volume of submissions, our process for consideration is as follows:

Ten-page script samples will be accepted between January 30, 2016 and March 31, 2016.

Full scripts will be requested. Please do not send unsolicited full scripts.

Qualifications for Consideration:
American Stage will consider new plays that promote the exploration of socially-conscious themes relevant to our world today. Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc. Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays will not be considered. Plays should not have had a previous professional production in the state of Florida. Only one submission per playwright will be accepted each year.

Playwrights interested in submitting a script sample for consideration should include the following:
  • Playwrights full name
  • Contact information
  • A short bio
  • Title of the play
  • Character breakdown and description
  • Synopsis; and
  • A ten page sample of the play
Please mail submissions only between January 30, 2016 and March 31, 2016 to:

New Play Development
American Stage
PO Box 1560
St. Petersburg, FL 33731

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Summer 2016 One-Acts Competition

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The Gulfport Community Players is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2016 One-Acts. Established in July 2000, the Summer One-Acts is the longest running one act competition in the Tampa Bay Area. We consider all submissions that are properly submitted. Entries are judged anonymously on their literary content.


Submissions will be accepted January 15 through March 15, 2016
Running time 5 to 15 minutes maximum

New and never produced in the Tampa Bay Area

No adaptations, children's plays or monologues.

Cast size 8 maximum. Simple staging, costumes, sets.


Include cover letter with author contact information, telephone, mailing address, email

Do not include professional resume! Entries are judged anonymously

Include 2 copies of the play - eliminate any author information from script pages

Include the number of characters, character breakdown and synopsis on first page

Use ONLY paper clips. No staples, binders, folders

Scripts will not be returned. No electronic submissions.

Do not visit the theater to "drop off" scripts.


Gulfport Community Players
Summer One-Acts
1619 49th Street S.
Gulfport, Fl 33707

Do not send scripts by certified mail or signature required.

No limit on the number of plays you can submit.

No entry fees.

No stipends, compensation or award money will be paid

All applicants will be notified of decisions no later than April 15, 2016

Plays will be presented for ten performances July 7-17 at Catherine Hickman Theater

Awards presented for favorite playwright, director, actress, actor

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Ocean County College (Toms River, NJ) Second Call for Scripts

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Seeking 10-minute comedies for its second annual Comic Shorts One-Act Festival in April, 2016

Submission guidelines:
  • Limit one submissions per playwright. If you've already submitted one play, you may submit a second.
  • Plays must have a running time of 15 minutes or less.
  • The simpler your setting is the better. Plays are performed in a black box with limited technical capabilities.
  • Must be a comedy.
There is no fee for submission or production. There are no royalty payments to authors, all plays are performed for free. If your play is chosen, you will receive a copy of the program, four complimentary tickets to be used any night of the run, and lots or appreciation.

Submit your script in PDF format via email to: gshaffer@ocean.edu
Please use subject line: Comic Shorts

Submissions must be received by midnight (E.S.T.) March 18, 2016.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Vignettes for the Apocalypse

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EndTimes Productions is now accepting submissions for its 7th Edition of Vignettes for the Apocalypse, New York’s oldest and largest Sci-fi/Horror themed theater festival.

This year’s program will consist of two full-length plays and three short play collections. All submissions should fall within the horror, suspense, or sci-fi genre.

The festival awards, “The Serlings,” are determined by popular vote, with the author of the winning short play receiving $200. Only audience members who attend all programs are qualified to vote. Because we generally choose one comedy and one drama from amongst the full-lengths, awards are not given in the full-length category. The author of each full-length will receive a $100 honorarium.

We are also accepting radio plays for the launch of a horror/sci-fi themed podcast, to coincide with the festival. If you are submitting a radio play, please include “Radio Play” in the e-mail subject line.

Multiple submissions from the same author will be accepted, but please send each submission in a separate e-mail. Deadline for submissions is 3/21/15.

Please send submissions to: submissions@endtimesproductions.com

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Writer Guidelines For Studio C Artists One Act Series – “In The Garage”

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Studio C Artists is announcing the continuation of its One Act Room Series as part of this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival. Each show in the series has revolved around a particular room in a house, building, etc. For 2016, we are pleased to present “In The Garage”. With today’s announcement, we are also putting out the call for writers’ submissions for this show in the Series, which is set to open June 10th and run through the end of July.

Writer Guidelines For Studio C Artists One Act Series – “In The Garage”

Please register your intention to send us a submission ASAP at http://goo.gl/forms/AHOk1TXzbY so that we know how many submissions to expect and can plan accordingly.

Writers should submit one (1) completed One Act play (preferably in PDF format) no later than Friday, March 11th @ 5PM PST.

Please include a logline, a synopsis, and a casting/character breakdown with your submission.

No more than ten (10) plays will be chosen by the One Act Series selection committee.

Each play should be 12 minutes in length, maximum. Any play significantly over the allotted time will be required to be trimmed. Please don’t go by page count, as that can differ depending on writing utility (read aloud for best guess at play length).

All works should be original – having never been produced in Los Angeles before.

2 characters minimum, 4 characters maximum - with a preference of 2 characters if possible. Any play with more than 4 characters will likely not be considered.

We have access to a lot of actors in their 20’s and early 30’s. Please focus on this age range with the roles.

Each one-act play will take place in the same setting, “a garage”. That can be any garage – in a house, apartment, office, auto body shop, etc. Please make this integral to your story – not just secondary (i.e., stories that are just set in a basement, but could take place anywhere, are less likely to be chosen).

Because this is part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival and we need a space that is generic to all using it, so please assume the set will be fairly simple, and consist of a minimal basic garage set. The set dressing will be mostly along the walls, etc. – and will not include much in the way of furnishings. There will be places to sit provided (boxes, cubes, etc.), but do not expect anything more than that to work with.

There is one door available to the set, leading to the backstage area, for cast entrances.

Keep sound and lighting cues to a minimum – if not, we will cut them.

Keep props to a minimum. They must be carried on and off by the actors as they make their entrances/exits.

There will be no real food/drink allowed during the play – if the piece requires eating or drinking it must be pantomimed – so please consider this.

Writers must be available for possible rewrites once the pieces are chosen, prior to rehearsals in May.

Writers are welcome to visit the casting sessions for their piece if chosen (Directors have final say in Cast selections).

Writers are welcome to sit in on any/all rehearsals once they are scheduled (any notes/comments should be given only to the Director – and never directly to the Actors).

Please address all questions, comments, or concerns to the Writers’ Liaison (via contact information below).

Writers’ Liaison: Dean Donofrio
(310) 922-0581 dean726@gmail.com

The Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival

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The Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival is a 24-year-old nationwide playwrighting competition for writers ages 9 to 19.

The 12 best plays are chosen by a panel of theatre professional from submissions across America.

No other national competition awards young playwrights with seeing their vision come to life on stage in a professional production.

Winning playwrights are provided careful mentoring and direction from industry professionals to help prepare their work for public performance and hone their skills, talent and confidence.
  • DEADLINE: Submissions must be postmarked or submitted by March 15, 2016
  • FEES: There are NO fees for submitting your play(s)
  • ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years old or younger on March 15, 2016; co-written plays are allowed, provided all writers meet age requirement. If submitting online each playwright MUST submit a copy of their play with their own contact information.
  • CONTENT: Original plays and musicals on ANY subject.
  • LIMIT: Up to 3 plays per playwright or playwright team.
  • FORMAT: All script pages must be numbered. If submitting by mail, plays must be printed on one side per page and unbound. Plays submitted via theblank.submittable.com must be in Word or PDF format.
  • COVER SHEET: Mailed in submissions must include a Cover Sheet with:
  • Title, Playwright Name, Playwright Date of Birth, Age, School Name, E-Mail Address, Contact Phone Number, Mailing Address.
  • NO RETURNS: Scripts will NOT be returned so please do not send any originals.
  • NOTIFICATION: We will contact Festival Competition winners in April 2016
  • PERFORMANCE: Winning plays will be performed in the Festival in Los Angeles in June 2016

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Festival51 Call for Submissions

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Now seeking original script submissions for 2nd Annual Women’s Playwriting Festival.

Festival51, a Rhode Island-based original works play festival focused on developing works for female writers, seeks submissions for inclusion in the second annual Festival51 Women’s Playwriting Festival to take place in Rhode Island during the summer of 2016.

Deadline for submissions is Midnight, March 31st, 2016.

All submissions for Festival 51 are subject to the following criteria and conditions:
  • Scripts must be by female authors.
  • All scripts must be submitted no later than Midnight, March 31, 2016 to be considered for inclusion in the Festival. Candidates will be selected by April 15th, 2016 and immediately go into casting and rehearsal.
  • Running time must be between 30 and 90 minutes (any scripted intermissions will not be included).
  • Plays must contain a *maximum* of 7 characters.
  • Must be an original work, not an adaptation or translation.
  • No children's plays.
Submissions must be sent by USPS mail to:

Festival51, 781 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown, RI, 02852 c/o Terry Shea

or emailed to rifestival51@gmail.com

If mailed, scripts must be unbound.

Scripts will not be returned.

Each selected author will receive a stipend following contract signature and production.

All plays will be fully staged and produced by Festival51 at the AS220 Blackbox Theater, Providence Rhode Island (July 15-24, 2016) with additional staged readings and production at The Contemporary Theater Company, Wakefield, Rhode Island during May and October 2016.

Questions? Email us at rifestival51@gmail.com

Theatre Conspiracy Eighteenth Annual New Play Contest

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Theatre Conspiracy will be accepting submissions for its Eighteenth Annual New Play Contest between December 2015 and March 30, 2016. All works submitted will be read and judged by a panel of qualified theatre teachers, directors and performers. Script Parameters: Work submitted to the contest must be a full length play with seven actors or less and have simple to moderate technical demands. Plays having up to three previous productions are welcome. No musicals, we are a tone deaf theatre company!. Remuneration: First place: $700.00 and full production. However, it is our goal to produce more than one entry each year.

Submission Guidelines:

1. Send complete script to Theatre Conspiracy Inc. 10091 McGregor Blvd. Ft. Myers, FL 33919 or send via e-mail to tcnewplaycontest@gmail.com

2: Include Biography of the Playwright and character breakdown.

3: If you would like to have the script returned include SASE. If not include an SASE for results.

4: Include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5.00. Make checks payable to Theatre Conspiracy (DO NOT MAIL CASH). Entry fee waived for members of The Dramatists Guild (Please provide proof of membership).

5. Deadline for submissions is postmark date of March 30, 2016. Please do not spend $20 to overnight or second day your script! Save your money!!!!

6. One entry per playwright per year please. Send your best script.

Contact: Bill Taylor: Artistic Director 239-936-3239

Fade to Black seeks 10-minute plays for 2016

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This exciting event is Houston's first play festival to celebrate the new works of African-American playwrights across the nation. We are so proud of our success and want to keep this positive thing going! We are looking for new 10 minute play submissions written by African-American playwrights. If you know someone, please encourage them to participate.

Script submissions will be accepted from Monday, February 1, 2016 until Friday, April 1, 2016.

Please adhere to contest requirements and guidelines.
Remember: Your submission form MUST be completed before you email your play. See instructions below.


The theme and subject matters of the work is open to the playwright's imagination.

Local Houston directors and actors are encouraged to participate.

Selected playwright finalists will be contacted no later than Sunday, May 1, 2016.

There is no fee to submit.

Grand prize winner will be chosen by audience vote and awarded a cash prize.

Only three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

1. Your play must be an original, not previously produced, unpublished work written by an African American playwright.
“Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.
Staged readings are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings, but has not been produced as a full scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.
"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.
2. Submission form must be completed. See www.FadeToBlackFest.com
3. Your play must be submitted in pdf format.
4. Your play must be between 8-10 minutes long.
5. Generally 8-10 pages of dialogue. Industry standard: 1 page=1 minute).
6. Your play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.
7. Play must not be a musical.
8. Play must not be written for children or youth.
9. Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black festival seasons.
10. Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.

1. Complete the script submissions form. See form atwww.FadeToBlackFest.com.
2. After submission form is completed, email pdf of original work. Seewww.FadeToBlackFest.com for email address.
3. Email header should read: Submission: Fade to Black. Your name and the name of the play
4. Your play should include cover pages including: Your name, contact information, title of the play as well as any character descriptions or pertinent details you have regarding the play.

For more details go to www.FadeToBlackFest.com


Friday, March 4, 2016

Geva Festival of New Theatre

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Submission Guidelines
The following guidelines apply to submissions for our Festival of New Theatre, Plays in Progress and general production consideration.

Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts at any time. Please note that lawyers and law firms do not qualify as professional representation.

To best accommodate our schedule of new play activities, we have an Inquiry Window, during which playwrights who are not working with an agent may send a submission inquiry. The dates of this year’s window are November 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016.

We are thrilled to announce a simpler way to submit your script sample and save a tree at the same time! As of 2015, we are only accepting queries through Submittable. During the Inquiry Window, use the button at the bottom of this page to submit your script.

Before submitting a play for consideration, please look at our production history and at the lists of new plays we have commissioned or produced, as an indication of the kind of work we are likely to produce.

Please do not send us the first draft of a play. Due to the number of scripts we receive, we can only read any play one time, so make sure you are sending us your best work. Plays for consideration in our play development series must not have had more than one production at another theatre.

To have your play considered, submit the following:
  • A cover letter introducing yourself, with your full contact information.
  • Your creative resume and a development or production history of this play. If the play has had other developmental readings or productions, they must be included here.
  • A description of this play, no more than ½ page. This need not be a summary of the plot – we welcome a description of the play’s world, characters and conflict, and your reasons for writing it.
  • A complete list of characters.
  • A ten-page dialogue sample. Pages do not need to come from the beginning of your text but must be sequential.

After reviewing your query, we will let you know whether or not we wish to read the entire script. Agents submitting plays should expect a response within 6-12 months.

Ready to show us your work? Submit here.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Script Submissions for Playwrights’ Revolution

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Every summer Capital Stage presents professional staged readings of new works through the PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. We seek submissions for new plays from January 1 – March 31, 2016.

Script submissions are accepted as follows:
Playwrights wishing to submit work should refer to our Playwrights’ Revolution submission deadlines and criteria below
Agents may send full-length manuscripts via email to: literarymanager@capstage.org
Literary Manager
Capital Stage
2220 J Street #8
Sacramento, CA 95816
Playwright’s Revolution 2016

As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created the PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. This series of staged readings seeks to identify and develop exciting new plays and playwrights. These new works are brought to theatrical life through a series of staged readings performed by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theatre. Capital Stage invites audiences to take part in the new play development process by attending readings and participating in post-reading discussion.

Capital Stage is particularly interested in plays that fulfill our mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to the region. Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc. Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading or non-professional production are still eligible. Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

The Selection Process
Capital Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. All play excerpts submitted during the first round, averaging 200 submissions, are reviewed. Then, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play. Finally, Capital Stage invites 4 to 6 playwrights to have their work included in PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION.

Preference will be given to those plays that are aligned with Capital Stage’s mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to our community.

How to Apply
Playwrights interested in submitting a play for consideration should send the following to Capital Stage between January 1 – March 31, 2016.

Attn: Literary Management, 2215 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816:
  • Your contact information;
  • A concise paragraph stating your previous playwriting credits;
  • Title of the play;
  • Character breakdown and description;
  • Time and place of the play;
  • Synopsis; and
  • A ten page sample of the play.

2016 Deadlines
Capital Stage is accepting submissions from January 1 – March 31, 2016. Local, national, and international playwrights are encouraged to submit.

Thank you for your interest!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

MITF: Summer

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July 18-August 7, 2016

The WorkShop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters

312 W.36th Street, NYC


Dear Friend in the Theatre,

MITF: Summer is a combination of short plays and musicals, a Variety division, the Short Play Lab, and staged readings.
Short plays and musicals are the mainstay of the MITF Short Subjects. We're looking for any kind of short play or musical that fits the guidelines:
* 25 - 60 min. long. Shorter plays will be given preference in selection.
* Easy to produce in a no-frills festival
* Any genre. (Plays using guns as props will not be considered).
* Union and Non-Union shows accepted.
* Plays must be sent in Word Document or PDF File. Pages MUST be numbered and script must be in standard playscript format.*

The Festival will take place at the Workshop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters, 312 W. 36th St., NYC. MITF: Summer runs from July 18-August 7. The Short Play Lab runs Saturday, July 16 - Sunday, July 17 in the Jewel Box Theater.

Short plays and musicals receive 3 performances, all in the same week. Producers receive a share of the profits, if any. Short Subjects receive a tech rehearsal equal to 2 times the running time of the show. Full-Lengths receive a tech rehearsal equal to 2.5 times the running time of the show.
The Variety division spans cabaret, magic, improv, sketch comedy, standup, and burlesque. Acts can be solo or group affairs, so long as they fit within an hour, including setup and strike, and so long as they bring their own music director and so forth. The Festival provides a keyboard and amp. Shows receive a 1-hour tech rehearsal and a share of the profits, if any.

The Short Play Lab is just like the regular Short Play Labs throughout the year: 2 programs of about 10 short plays each (not to exceed 10 min. in length, the shorter plays receive preference in selection), each program performed twice. The Festival takes the door; 2 cash prizes are awarded to the most popular shows, 1 from each program. Each show receives no more than 20 min. of tech rehearsal.

For all shows, the Festival provides a theatre (the WorkShop Theater's Main Stage and JewelBox), shared scenery (rehearsal cubes, a table, and 4 chairs), front-of-house staff, a board op (NOT a lighting designer), and a keyboard plus amp if necessary. Shows must be fully produced (off book!).
In addition to the fully produced shows, there will also be staged readings on weekday afternoons. Producers wishing to present a staged reading must make sure their reading doesn't exceed 3 hours and must pay a $200 fee. The Festival doesn't provide a board op or any technical rehearsal to speak of.

To submit a project, mark it clearly "MITF: Summer," and let us know whether it is a short play or musical, a variety act, a 10-min. play, or a staged reading. We'll curate the entries as they come in, so you can start working on them as soon as possible. Please send all playscripts and all Variety submissions (video reels, youtube, etc.), to: john.chatterton@gmail.com
We look forward to your submissions!

Submission Deadline For Short Subjects and Full-Lengths is April 15, 2016.
Submission Deadline For Variety Acts is May 2, 2016
Submission Deadline For Short Play Lab is June 20, 2016.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Moonlit Wings Playwright Script Contest for DC premiere

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DEADLINE: March 14, 2016
-Plays or Musicals (straight plays are fine, although we will ask to work music into your play)

-Runtime: 20-40 minutes (hour long scripts may be submitted but we will ask to make necessary cuts)

-LARGE cast, 15 minimum - 35 maximum, ensemble shows preferred, female driven or gender neutral casts encouraged

-Material suitable to be performed by talent ages 7-16

Playwright Contest 2016: Winning theater-for-youth scripts receive workshop & world-premiere at our #1 Performing Arts Summer Camp, plus production review with materials.

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