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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Little Black Dress seeks 10-minute plays

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Submissions are now being accepted from awesome female playwrights for consideration in this year's festival. This festival utilizes a peer-review process for evaluating submissions, so please make sure to read over the following guidelines carefully before submitting.

This year's festival theme is Hot Mess. Playwrights are invited to submit short plays and/or monologues written on this theme. In the past we've had great success with short scene lets as well (10 minute plays comprised of a couple of scenes, which we can sprinkle throughout the lineup)

LBDI strongly suggests you do not submit plays or monologues longer than ten minutes. Keep in mind that in all instances, shorter is truly better. Plays running longer than ten minutes stand very little chance of making it into the festival as we strive to produce as many playwrights as possible.

Little Black Dress INK utilizes a peer review process for evaluating plays. By submitting to this fest, you agree to participate in this unique opportunity to help select plays for production.

  • Once our submission window is closed, you will receive a selection of plays to read and score using the LBDI online eval form. You MUST read and submit your evaluations by the required date in order for your play to remain in consideration.
  • Submitted works will be read by other participating playwrights and LBDI artistic personnel. But submitting to the festival, you agree to share your work for review in this process.

Submission materials must be emailed to LBDI by December 10, 2016 and should include:
The following information in the body of your email:

  • Your name
  • The title of your play
  • Your contact information *It is very important that you use a reliable email address as all correspondence will be done via email!
  • A blind PDF of your script - do NOT include your name anywhere on the scripts!
  • Email materials to submissions@LittleBlackDressINK.org

LBDI will be producing readings of the top scoring plays nation-wide. The top eight to ten scoring plays will also move on to full production with Little Black Dress INK.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Submissions wanted for Pinning Our Hopes: A Night of Arts & Activism Around the Inauguration

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Pinning Our Hopes, a night of inspiration and action at Deane Hall, the Boston Center for rthe Arts Calderwood Pavilion, will feature theatre artists responding to issues of social justice and citizenship raised by the 2016 election. For one night, some of Boston's best performers will showcase work that speaks of solidarity and resistance, and leaders from local social justice organizations will be on hand to introduce how audiences can connect, contribute, and make a difference.

Submissions open now to writers nationwide: submissions must be original material and may be a monologue, a small-cast short scene from a play, poetry, spoken word, or a new work written in response to the election. The goal of the evening is to highlight the diversity and the experience of those whose rights are most under threat: People of immigrant communities, Muslims and those of non-majority faiths, LGBTQ people, and people of color, and women.

All performances, event space, and materials are being donated, and the event is free/pay what you can, so there is no compensation for the written material.

Deadline: December 14, 2016 
(later submissions may or may not be read)

Please attach contact info and also say whether you want your material to be shared for use with other Pinning Our Hopes performances or only the Boston event.

Send your submissions or questions to pinningourhopes@gmail.com. For more information or to host your own event, visit http://pinningourhopes.com/.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Everyday Inferno Theatre Co. seeks one-act plays

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If on a Winter's Night... (One Act Plays)

Length: 15-45 minutes in production / 50 pages or less

Topic: This year's theme is "Perception" – what that means specifically is open to your interpretation. If on a Winter's Night... takes the form of either fully staged readings or completed productions depending on the year. If you submit, you are indicating your willingness to be considered for either.

Playwrights: NYC area or able to travel at least occasionally throughout January.

Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2016
Compensation: Everyday Inferno Theatre Co. will cover all production costs associated with rehearsing and performing the piece. Playwrights retain copyright and full ownership of their plays. No further compensation will be provided.

Submit your work online at http://everydayinferno.com/scriptsubmissions.html

PDF format is STRONGLY preferred. Google docs will not be considered.

Manhattan Rep’s January Short Play Competition

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Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by Jan.)

original, never-produced before, 7 - 20 minute 1 act plays for

Manhattan Rep’s January Short Play Competition

January 5 - January 21, 2017

at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,17-19 West 45th St. NYC

$100 Prize for Best Short Play

Each 7 - 20 minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, and a minimum of 2 performances! 1 more performance if your play goes on to the Finals.

To submit your 7 - 20 minute play production please email:

The complete script of the play as a .pdf, 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 to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by December 15, 2016.

Please put “January Short Play Competition” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within a couple days, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.

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

The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before December 15, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

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

Once accepted, there will be a $30 commitment fee.
For more information, please log on to: www.manhattanrep.com

New Works Festival 2017 Script Submission

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Each year, Kitchen Dog selects six new plays from hundreds of submissions to be part of our New Works Festival. Selected scripts receive 15-20 hours of rehearsal, one public reading in June, and a $100 honorarium for the playwright. As Founding Members of the National New Play Network, it is our goal to showcase an exciting, diverse, and inclusive slate of plays that reflect the next phase of new work coming to the fore in the American theater and beyond. This year marks our 19th annual festival of new plays. In a continued effort to go green, we are only accepting submissions through the New Play Exchange (NPX). If you are unfamiliar with NPX or how to submit a play through the new opportunity module, please scroll down for tips.

We invite playwrights to submit full-length scripts that have had no more than one production. This is more of a showcase opportunity than a developmental one, so scripts should be close to production-ready, especially since we are unable to provide travel funds. Plays that call for five or fewer actors are ideal, but not mandatory. We ask that all scripts speak to Kitchen Dog’s mission. Only one submission per playwright will be accepted.

The web-based NPX is the most efficient way to get your work in front of hundreds of new play professionals across the country. This platform allows us to easily receive your plays, and to recommend them to our colleagues in the field. While we are only able to present six plays as part of our Festival, we are committed to writing recommendations in NPX for our top 25 finalists.

Only electronic submissions will be considered – no hard copies or emailed submissions accepted.

DEADLINE is December 5th, 2016.
If you have questions about submitting your play to us through NPX, please contact haley@kitchendogtheater.org

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PLAYWRIGHTS: Get details on how to submit your plays for our annual PUP FEST.


1. Go to www.newplayexchange.org and create a Writer account.
2. Once you've set up your profile, upload a full draft of the play you want to send to Kitchen Dog. Samples are not eligible for any NPX opportunities.
3. You'll get an e-mail from NPX telling you that your play is eligible (this can take up to 24 hours, but is usually much faster).
4. Make sure you're logged into NPX in your browser, click on the link in the email, review our criteria again - just to make sure - then click the big blue "tag my play" button.
5. You're done. It's really that simple!

The Monthly Question December 2016

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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 around Lama’s monthly question that will be performed at The Kraine Theater, NYC.

With the elections results and the upcoming holiday’s season, we were curies to find out… Why Hope?

We're accepting submissions of short plays /Monologues/Poems and songs until Nov 30th, 2016. Then we will choose pieces that address the question differently!

Our Mission: Lama means WHY in Hebrew. Lama generates new work that explores theatrical, psychological, political and social questions from within the nation and around the world to inspire different points of view and theatrical visions.

Important dates:

November 30th - playwrights/poets/song writers submission deadline!
December 5th - announcement of chosen works.
December 12st - performance night at 8:00pm. Casting the actors on the spot at 7:30pm. Location: The Kraine Theater, NYC.

Read before submitting:
  • Scripts must be related to our monthly question. 
  • Our November question: WHY HOPE? 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. The questions are open to many interpretations! 
  • When you submit please keep in mind that Lama encourage artistic exploration, provoking and risk-taking writing. 
  • Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English. 
  • Short plays are limited to 8 pages in standard playwright 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. 
  • One submission per artist. 
  • Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted, Microsoft Word document or PDF. 
  • Submit a BLIND copy of your script (without any personal information on it.) The subject line should include the title of the play and the country you are from. 
  • E-mail your Script/Song/Poem to: lama@lamatheatercompany.com 

Please fill your contact information at our website:


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Campfire Theatre Festival is accepting submissions

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"Emerging" is defined as a playwright that has not had more than two professional productions or a published script.

"Never been produced" means plays that have had small readings and workshops are fine, but plays that have been previously produced or published are not accepted.

We will accept plays in two categories:
  • One-act: Play must be between ten and sixty pages with no intermissions.
  • Full-length: Play must be more than sixty pages, less than one hundred and twenty pages, and may have an intermission.
We currently cannot accept musicals. We can accept children's plays. We will accept plays of any genre. Each playwright may submit ONE play-- not ONE of each category. Please keep in mind that we will be taking technical requirements and feasibility to produce with a short rehearsal schedule into consideration when making selections. 

  • Your play will be assigned a cast and director
  • Your play will be presented in a staged reading during our festival in Fall 2017 in Boise, Idaho
  • You will receive a prize of either $100 for a selected full-length play or $50 for a selected one-act
  • Campfire Theatre Festival is not currently able to provide playwright travel stipends; however, if a selected playwright can provide their own travel to Boise for the festival, all efforts will be made to assist with housing and meals.

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2016. 

We will accept the first 100 one-act plays and 200 full-length plays and close submissions when we receive that many, even if it's before the deadline. 

Please email contact@campfiretheatrefestival.com with the requested materials:
  • A theatrical resume titled "RESUME" including contact information
  • A document titled "ADDITIONAL INFO" containing the following:
  • A short response to the following question: Why do you think this opportunity would benefit you at this point in your career?
  • A casting breakdown (specific requirements, doubling, cast size, etc.)
  • A brief note on technical requirements
  • A short synopsis
  • A copy of your script titled "SCRIPT", blinded (no names or identifying info please!). The play must be in proper stageplay format or it will not be read.
Please title your email either "ONE-ACT" or "FULL-LENGTH" depending on what you're submitting. All documents must be in PDF form.


Friday, November 25, 2016


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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 JANUARY PLAYS, a new opportunity under the auspices of Urban Stages’ Development Program.

THE JANUARY PLAYS challenges your creativity to write an original play using the month of January as the springboard, subject or theme. Think of holidays and observances in January – New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Chinese New Year. January is also National Glaucoma Awareness Month, National Blood Donor Month, and National Mentoring Month. The Golden Globe Awards are on January 17, and Holocaust Memorial Day is observed on January 27. Or think outside the box! Perhaps your play is inspired by a celebrity who was born in January (Elvis Presley, Al Capone, Albert Schweitzer) or who died that month (Audrey Hepburn, Winston Churchill, Coco Chanel).

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 Saturday, December 10.

The first 100 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, January 8th @ 2:00 & 4:00. Are you ready? Here are the guidelines. 

Please read carefully!

· The springboard, subject or theme for your play must be the month of January.
· 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 January 8th.
· We encourage you to attend rehearsals, if possible. The schedule will be determined later.
· The deadline for script submission is midnight, Saturday, December 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.
· 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 JANUARY PLAYS / Your Name
· In the body of the email send:
o Your complete contact information – name, mailing address, email address and phone number
o A one-line summary of the action of your play, including how your script relates to the month of January.
· You will be contacted regarding your play’s status by mid-late December.

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

Thursday, November 24, 2016

NYCPlaywrights poll results

Thanks to everybody who participated in the NYCPlaywrights poll, in answer to the question:

"Playwrights - do you have an agent?"

The results:
  • 2%   Yes, and it's very good for my career
  • 7%   Yes, but my agent doesn't do much for my career
  • 1%    I expect to have an agent soon 
  • 65%  No, but I would like an agent
  • 23%  No and don't care about agents

Pallas Theatre Collective seeks musicals

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Pallas Theatre Collective welcomes submissions of completed, full-length and one act musicals for their 2017 TableRead Series between October 15, 2016 and December 15, 2016. TableRead 2016 will offer creative teams the opportunity to develop, workshop and present new works of musical theatre in collaboration with Pallas’s new musical development team through a series of university and professional readings (usually 3-4), culminating in a professional black-box style production in 2018. Creators are provided a small honorarium and some travel expenses, as well as 10% net box office receipts from the show. For more information and a list of past winners, visit: pallastheatre.org/TableRead.

Only completed projects will be accepted. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit full libretto, full score (generated through music publishing software, no lead sheets), and complete demos at time of request. A short interview with Pallas Artistic leadership will be required of Finalists. Musicals must be unpublished with no prior large-scale production. Proof of rights must be secured by the composers if the musical is based on copyrighted material before submission to TableRead.

TableRead only accepts digital submissions. There is no fee to apply.

Please place all required files in a single folder in a drop site (Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, etc.) and send the folder link to tableread@pallastheatre.org. An email will be sent to you to confirm your submission within one week (please do not send emails about confirmation until after one week has passed). Please only include the following materials (incomplete submissions, or those not following guideline:
  • Creator contact information & bios
  • Story sentence: A one sentence statement of the story & 100 word synopsis
  • Cast size, character breakdown, including vocal ranges.
  • Development history & a list of attached parties if any (director, MD, actors, agents, current contracts, etc.) NOTE: Pallas Theatre is run by a collective of artists and most work is done ‘in house.’ We may not be able to accommodate all/any attached parties based on the size/scope/timing of the work.
  • First 30 pages of libretto only – must start on page 1 and must include title and credits page.
  • 6 mp3 demo tracks – must include the show’s first two songs. Songs submitted not in the first 30 script pages must include a brief description including placement in the show and the song’s function in the play.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

2017 National Latino Playwriting Award

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Submissions for the 2017 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, 2016.

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, 2017.

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


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In 2017, the thematic frame guiding the foundation’s open call for proposals is racial justice in the United States, and more specifically the epidemic of mass incarceration. Through that lens we are seeking proposals from activist artists who are pursuing ambitious creative projects that directly tackle the issue of mass incarceration.

Applying lessons from the inaugural round of fellowship applications, the foundation decided to narrow the focus of future open calls by inviting projects addressing a specific issue or theme. The issue area is subject to change. The 2016 and 2017 cohorts of Artist as Activist Fellows are addressing racial justice through the lens of mass incarceration.

The online application to the 2017 Artist as Activist Two Year Fellowship is now open. This is the only open call for grant proposals the foundation will announce in 2017.


Racial justice with particular focus on mass incarceration

US-based artists and artist collectives seeking to work full-time on an
ambitious creative work tackling this issue

May 2017 – April 2019

Up to $100,000 over a two-year period

December 7, 2016, 11:59 pm (EST)
Please note, the Foundation is not able to grant extensions or accept late submissions

March 17–March 24, 2017
For applicatant invited to move to next round

Late April 2017

Manhattan Rep's December Holiday Event 2016

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Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed)
original, never-produced before, 7 - 15 minute 1 Act Plays,
Dance Pieces (2 - 10 minutes), and Spoken Word Poetry (10 Minutes) for:

Manhattan Rep's December Holiday Event 2016
December 14 - 22, 2016
at the New Manhattan Repertory Theatre on West 45th St.

Each play, dance piece or spoken word poetry will be given a tech rehearsal, and a minimum of 2 performances!

To submit your 7 - 15 minute play production, 2 - 10 Minute Dance Piece or Spoken Word Poetry (10 min or less), please email:
  • The complete script of the play as a .pdf, or synopsis of your dance piece or your poetry as a .pdf file, 
  • the set and lighting requirements, 
  • the piece’s production history (if it has been produced before and where)
  • your mailing address, 
  • and a creative team leader contact email address to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by December 5, 2016.

  • Please put “December Holiday Event" in the subject heading.
  • We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.
  • ACTS that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
  • The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before December 5, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots
There is no submission fee.

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

Once accepted, there will be a $15 commitment fee.

Monday, November 21, 2016


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So we have been trying to find a better way for producers to put up their full length shows and get something back, and have the producing costs be at a price point that will work. We had an amazing response for our Spring Play Spectacular so we are continuing with this producing model

So from January 1 - March 31, we offering our Winter Play Spectacular at our new 52 seat theatre on West 45th St.

For a $575 fee, you get a 2 hour tech/dress in the theatre (Nights and weekends), and TWO performances, and YOU GET ALL OF THE TICKET SALES! So if you have a free space to rehearse, a good team, and friends and family that can fill the house, you can actually make money putting up your play. (And more performances are available for additional fees.)

You also received free ticketing service, a webpage for your show, a venue manager, reduced rate rehearsal rental space in the theatre if you want, and a brand new beautiful, clean, theatre on West 45th St to present your work.

We are only accepting 13 plays for this event.

To submit your 30 - 90 minute play, please forward,
the complete draft of your play as a .pdf file,
a synopsis of the play,
the running time of the play,
the set and lighting requirements,
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:


by December 1, 2016
Other than added performances or reduced rate theatre rehearsal rental, there are no additional Manhattan Rep based fees.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Between Us Productions is seeking 10 minute plays

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Between Us Productions is seeking 10 minute plays for its 5th annual Take Ten Festival. The festival will take place in April and a cash prize, as well as a workshop of a longer play will be provided to the winning playwright. There will be cash prizes for best director, actor, & actress as well. Each play is guaranteed 2 performances and may be given up to 4 performances. There is no fee to submit, but there is a participation fee of $150 if accepted. Between Us Productions will provide the theater space for tech and performances, general festival marketing, and a light and sound operator. This is a self-producing festival. Three Take Ten participants have gone on to have full productions, fully produced by Between Us Productions.

Between Us Productions strives to do work about controversial issues by emerging artists. We have been operating since 2010 and have done 4 Take Ten Festivals and many mainstage, full length productions, 3 of them by Take Ten winners and participants. For more information, check out our website http://betweenusproductions.wixsite.com/betweenusprod or you can find us on facebook. Pictures of past years Take Ten Festivals are available.

To submit a play, please send a short summary, time estimate, and the full script to betweenusproductions@gmail.com

Please submit by Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Theatre InspiraTO's 12th Playwriting Contest is now open

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Deadline to submit is November 20, 2016 (11:59 pm E.S.T.)
Theme: Grow Up

1. This year's creative challenge: Grow Up. The theme "Grow Up" must be an integral part of the play.

You decide: Grow Up! Stop speculating, take action. Decrease your immaturity. Stop daydreaming. Become an adult.

You decide: Grow Up! Aim for what society believes is adult behavior. Lose your child-like wonder. Become pragmatic, sensible and rational. Lose your curiosity.

2. The play must be a ten-minute play. You must submit online by November 20, 2016. There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play.

The contest is open to anyone (any part of the world) without geographic or age restrictions.

The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We accept any style except musicals. If you need more ideas on writing to this year's theme click here.

The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced in InspiraTO before). The playwright must own the rights to the play up to June 10, 2017 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).

We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging. Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 1, 2017.

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from June 1 - June 10, 2017. Between eighteen to twenty four, ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN. Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre InspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 12th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival), in June 2017. The InspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

3. The submission must be a play. A ten-minute play is distinct from a sketch, or a skit; it is a compact play, with a beginning, middle and an end. You need a character facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal. You need rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment and your play must tell a complete story.

Generally speaking, scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage. This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes, so be wise: use Word Count and read the play out loud while timing the length (including all pauses). You don't want your hard work rejected because it was too long.

Get inspired. See your story come to life! You must submit your play online.

To submit your play email: inspiratoplays@gmail.com
Attach your play in a PDF or Word document (Mac users please note: make sure that the document can be opened on a PC).

In the subject line write: 12th InspiraTO Contest.

In the body of the email please state (copy and paste the following):
  • Name: 
  • Address:
  • Phone: 
  • Email: 
  • Website (optional): 
  • Play Title: 
  • Brief synopsis of play (under 100 words): 
  • Has the play been produced before (we stage previously produced plays)? 
  • If so, where?
  • Short Bio (under 100 words): 
  • Where did you hear about the InspiraTO Festival: 

We will email you a reply that we received your submission within three business days.

If you experience a problem please email: erin.ohanley@gmail.com. In the subject line write: 12th InspiraTO Contest.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Playwriting Group and New Play Festival

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Athena Theatre invites you to submit to “Athena Writes,” an emerging playwrights’ group assembled for a one-year exploration of the theme: “A New Memory,” and centered on Athena Theatre’s commitment to supporting new work which pushes at the boundaries of live theatre.

We especially encourage playwrights with an eye for diverse characters, strong points of view, and action focused dialogue to apply.

As a part of “Athena Writes,” playwrights will meet twice a month on Tuesdays (or a date that works best for the group), beginning in mid-January 2017, for three hours, to discuss the year’s theme, share new work and talk playwriting and the business of theatre. Playwrights will be asked to write a short, 10-minute play for production at the New Play Festival currently scheduled at a NYC theatre in Spring 2017. They will also spend the year working on a full length piece on this year’s theme. The playwright group will be facilitated by Athena Theatre Company’s 2017 playwright-in-residence, Nora Sorena Casey.

All playwrights will offer a ten-minute play at the play festival. Athena Theatre will provide the theater space and PR outreach; playwrights will be responsible for any specialty costumes, props or scenic items. The compilation of all ten-minute plays creating in residence will be submitted for publication consideration.

Those selected will be asked for an admission fee to be a part of “Athena Writes,” emerging  playwrights’ group 2017 is $125. This contribution goes directly to theatre rental, actor and crew stipends for the New Play Festival and the Year-End Staged Reading.

The playwrights’ full-length plays will also be considered for full production by Athena Theatre in its next season. The next year’s playwright-in-residence will also be chosen from this group of playwrights.

We will have guest dramaturges throughout the year to give feedback on the new pieces. We will also keep playwrights apprised of all play submission opportunities. The meeting space is at the Dramatists Guild Fund and playwrights will be able to hear their work read out loud. The three hour meetings will comprise of discussion about individual playwrights’ projects, as well as readings of new work, where playwrights will cast (from the other writers) and hear their work read aloud. 

Athena Theatre believes that a play cannot be fully understood until the words hit the ear of an audience. This process will allow playwrights to deepen their understanding of their own work, as well as glean ideas and approaches from their fellow playwrights.

Playwrights will be asked to concentrate on both their ten-minute piece, as well as their full-length piece throughout the year.  At the end of the year, 10-minute excerpts from each full-length play will be presented as a staged reading at a NYC venue TBA.

To be considered for “Athena Writes” 2017 please submit the following by December 6th, 2016 to Founding Artistic Director, Veronique Ory at Veronique@AthenaTheatre.com:

-Cover Letter detailing your interest
-Full-length play, which highlights your style of writing

More information may be found at www.AthenaTheatre.com

Live Girls! Theater seeking ten-minute plays

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Live Girls! Theater is currently seeking submissions of ten-minute plays for our 17th festival of short plays, Quickies. Please note- Live Girls! accepts submissions by all those who identify as women as well as those who identify as genderqueer, transfeminine and non-binary.

The deadline for submissions is DECEMBER 11th, 2016.

Email submissions only. Please read the submission guidelines below and follow the instructions carefully!


Quickies is Live Girls! trademark event and our longest running program. Our 17th installment of this short play event will include 7 short plays, as well as feature up-and-coming local directors and actors. This festival will be focused on the theme “LOST & FOUND.” Quickies Volume 17 will be performed in association with Annex Theatre in June 2017.

New works are encouraged but submissions that have had previous productions outside of Seattle will be accepted.

  • Please send all submissions to submissions@lgtheater.org
  • The theme for Quickies Volume 17 is “LOST & FOUND.” Plays that are inspired by this theme are preferred.
  • Playwrights may submit up to 3 short plays total. Each should be close to a ten-minute running time.
  • In the body of your email please introduce yourself; we are always excited about meeting new playwrights! You should also include any previous production history for any plays submitted. You may include a bio or resume, but they are not required.
  • Deadline for submissions is December 11th, 2016. Submissions will receive a reply no later than February 5th, 2017.
  • Keep in mind we are a small theater taking risks to produce new works. We are creative and resourceful but may not be able to effectively produce scripts with extensive tech requirements.
  • Plays submitted should be sent as attachments; MS Word is preferable (more compatible with e-readers), but PDFs are also accepted.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Seeking new plays, screenplays, and performance pieces

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Seeking new screenplays, plays, music compositions, and performance art pieces for The Great Griffon, Inc.'s upcoming monthly staged reading series beginning in January. 

Works can be any length, any genre, and in any phase of development; just keep in mind the company's mission statement of shattering gender and LGBTQ stereotypes. 

Coordinators state: "These readings will be a platform for writers, actors, directors, and musicians to share their work and network in a safe yet swanky environment, and they'll also act as a benefit to our inaugural production premiering in 2017, 'Spring Street - The Web Series.'"

Readings begin in Jan. in NYC

Email material to greatgriffonfilms@gmail.com

Additional links:

Spring Street - Facebook page

Huffington Post features Spring Street


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The Theater Project’s annual short play competition awards the winner for Best Play a $500 prize. The contest is open to adult playwrights in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area. There is no fee to submit your play for consideration. Performances will be in February, 2017.

Deadline for submissions are November 18, 2016. 

All performances will be at The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ in February 2017

Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time. This restriction is absolute and plays that exceed 15 minutes will not be considered. Sets, lighting and sound requirements must be simple. No elaborate props or effects. Playwrights invited to participate must have plays that are ready-to-perform and supply their own actors and directors.

​Those selected for participation will be charged a $150 fee to cover expenses (venue, stage manager, lighting/sound director).
Electronic submissions only. No fee to submit.

E-mail your short play to: OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org

Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”

Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email:
“If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $150 participation fee.”

Submission Deadline: November 17, 2016 

​The Theater Project will supply the venue, a stage manager and a lighting/sound director.

Individual productions supply the actors, directors and make their own agreements with actors and directors regarding compensation.

​Playwrights will be charge a $150 fee to cover production expenses for venue, stage manager

Plays selected will have three (3) performances:
Friday, February
​Saturday, February
Sunday, February 2017

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Joust Theatre Company's Inaugural Workshop Series

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The Joust Theatre Company is on the lookout for new plays to produce for its first ever playwrights’ workshop series! Over the course of 2017, the Joust will produce four workshops of brand new plays, providing a platform where playwrights can test out new ideas and let their work take shape. We are looking for playwrights of all backgrounds and levels of experience whose work is in line with the Joust’s mission to tell relevant, sensitive and fearless stories. If your play is chosen for the series, we will provide you with: 
Rehearsal and performance space
360° marketing
Actors and a director, depending on your needs
A modest stipend

We are accepting finished plays as well as works in progress. If you would like to submit your work for consideration, please send the following to joustliterary@gmail.com:
  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter 
  • Draft of Play you would like to be considered 
  • Work Sample if play is unfinished 
  • Any technical needs or people/things you feel are crucial to a workshop of your play (eg. specific director, set piece, actor, etc.) 
  • Any giant conflicts in 2017 

Submission deadline is NOVEMBER 28th 2016.
We look forward to hearing from you!


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"What do you wear under what you wear?"

Lama is now accepting submissions for two new One Act plays that are inspired by the project’s question. We are open to submissions from both genders but we are interested in plays that address the topic from a woman’s character point of view.

When you submit please keep in mind that Lama encourages artistic exploration, provoking and risk taking writing.

We are looking for one act plays which have not been previously produced in New York. Plays that have received an Equity production, musicals, children’s shows or full-length plays are not accepted.

The chosen two One Act plays will be premièred at Under St. Marks Theater, New York as part of Lama’s Winter Season 2017.

We will assign a director to each play that is chosen. We will also provide the venue, lights, sound and production needs.

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 and directing. Lama generates new work that explores theatrical, psychological, political and social questions from within the nation and around the world to inspire different points of view and theatrical visions.

November 18th - playwrights submission deadline! December 2nd - announcement of chosen works.
January 26th – February 5th (Thursday – Sunday) Performances at Under St. Marks Theater,

• Plays that are inspired by this theme are preferred.
• Playwrights can be national or international, but plays must be in English.
• One Act plays should be between 15-55 pages in standard playwright formats.
• Plays should have a moderate sized cast (2-4 characters), although larger casts with
doubling are also possible.
• Only one submission per artist.
• Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted, Microsoft Word document
or PDF.
• Submit a BLIND copy of your script (without any personal information on it.)
• E-mail your play to: lama@lamatheatercompany.com
• Include the title of the play and the country you’re submitting from in the subject line.
• Please fill your contact information at our website: http://www.lamatheatercompany.com/one-act-submission

IF YOUR PLAY IS SELECTED, Lama Theater Company will supply the venue, lights, sound, a stage manager, cast and director. We will also provide a video of the production. Playwrights will be charged a $200 fee to help cover some of the production expenses.

Any Questions? Please email us lamatheatercompany@gmail.com and we’ll help you
out! For updates and more information about Lama, join our mailing list or follow us: https://www.facebook.com/lamatheatercompany

Monday, November 14, 2016

Four Quarter Theater, a NYC based theater ensemble, is currently accepting 10 minute plays for winter season Fireside

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In each quarter of the year, and aligning with the seasons, Four Quarter Theater aims to produce a new set of ten-minute plays. Each season is framed around a theme, which relates to the season in which the quarter falls. Each theme is open to artistic interpretation and is provided as a thematic framework to guide the playwright. The format of the performances will be staged readings in New York City.

Four Quarter Theater is currently accepting 10 minute plays for our winter 2017 season Fireside.

Below please find our submission requirements and additional guidance to successfully submit your piece to Four Quarter Theater. Please note that playwrights are eligible to submit one piece per season only. 

We are currently accepting submissions until December 1, 2016.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Submissions, Dana Trottier, at 4qtsubmissions@gmail.com, or view additional information on our website at fourquartertheater.com.

Submission Requirements

§ The play must be presentable in ten minutes (generally between 7 to 12 pages of dialogue).

§ Cast should not exceed 5 actors.

§ There is a submission limit of one play per theme. The playwright must designate the theme submitted for in the subject line of the email (Fireside).

§ Please do not submit first drafts. Due to the number of submissions, Four Quarter Theater can only read any play one time.

§ Original and never before produced plays are highly encouraged.

§ Submissions are accepted electronically only in PDF format at 4qtsubmissions@gmail.com and our current deadline for submissions is December 1, 2016.

Cover Letter in Body of Email

§ Title, author’s name, address, phone number, email address.

§ A brief description of the play—this need not be a summary, but may include description of the play’s world, the characters, the conflict, reason for writing, connection to theme, etc.

Script in PDF Format

§ Title page should include at least the title, cast of characters, time and place.

§ Script should be approximately 7 to 12 pages not including title page and include completed dialogue as plays cannot be edited after submission.

Selection of Plays

The play selection process is conducted by the Play Selection Committee. As many as seven plays are selected for each series (approximately 4 times a year). Only selected playwrights will be contacted. Plays not chosen for this quarter/year may be considered for future series if considered by the company to be theme appropriate.

Four Quarter Theater reserves the sole right to make all production decisions with regard to the plays selected. Four Quarter Theater reserves the right to photograph, audio and video record selected plays to be utilized for promotional materials; promotional video and audio recordings will only include clips of performances and never the full performance of the selected play. Any recordings will be shared with selected playwrights.

Four Quarter Theater is committed to highlighting work of emerging artists. There is no financial compensation for entries, nor is any financial commitment required by the playwright.

We look forward to reading your submissions.

Gallery Players seeks plays

The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 20th Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in June, 2017. 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.


Submission guidelines:
  • Plays must be un-produced (readings are ok); must be the play’s world premier 
  • Length may be from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. No monologues. 
  • Pages must be numbered 
  • A cover page with Title of the play and playwrights contact information is required, along with a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown 
  • Submit a copy of your resume 
  • Playwrights may not direct their own work 
Send two copies of your play, along with your resume, to:

The Gallery Players
Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215.

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the Festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received by us, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard.

We do not accept email submissions.

We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to protect the copyright.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Seeking submissions for the Spring 2017 season

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The Bechdel group accept new plays and screenplays, scripts in development, partial scripts, drafts - anything in progress. Our readings are designed to provide an opportunity to further script development, so we're excited about work that is not yet 'complete'. We typically feature 20 - 35 pages (roughly a half hour) of a script.

Our aim is provide an informal, festive, safe space to hear your work and get feedback from actors, directors, dramaturgs, and theater lovers.

You may submit your script at anytime, but we read and respond in two windows:
For our Fall Workshop Series: we read scripts between March 1 and June 15, and aim to respond to all submissions by the first week of July.

For our Winter/Spring Workshop Series: we read scripts between August 1 and November 15, and aim to respond to all submissions by the first week of December.

We are happy to accept submissions that are being shopped elsewhere, but we ask that you contact us if your script is selected for another workshop, a staged reading, or production.

Due to the high volume of submissions, we regret that we cannot give each submission individual feedback.

Your submission MUST:
  • Be in progress. Our aim is to provide a space that will help you develop your work. If your script or screenplay is 'finished', has had full productions, or is about to be produced, we are not the right organization for you. We are happy to consider work that has had prior workshops or informal/staged readings, if you still consider your script in development.
  • Pass the Bechdel Test. You must have two female characters, with names, who have a full scene/conversation that is not about their romantic relationships.
  • We are constantly discussing the Bechdel Test and the way it serves (or fails to serve) our mission. We know that as a 'test', there are flaws and gaps. We are indeed interested in scripts that push boundaries and raise discussion points - however, this is our baseline. Please do not send us two-handers with one male and one female character or scripts with only one female character.
  • Support our mission of fostering strong, complex, dynamic roles for women.
What we want:
Complex, layered female characters.
Thoughtful consideration of your needs in terms of script development - we look at the questions you're asking about your work carefully.

What we do not want:
Scripts that just manage to pass the Bechdel Test. If your main female character goes 60 pages without interacting with anyone but men, chances are good we will not be interested. If your qualifying scene does not forward your plot, chances are good we will not be interested.

Have you read all this? Are you feeling confident about The Bechdel Group as a good fit for you?
Well, then, click here to submit.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Discount tickets: SWEET

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre presents
Written by Harrison David Rivers
Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges
National Black Theatre Inc., 2031 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10035
Limited engagement through November 20th

“Crowd-pleasing…Ms. Aharanwa…[brings] a kind of glow to the dreamy, dutiful Retha”
– The New York Times
Retha and Nina Baker have always been close—folding laundry together, chasing fireflies together, and enduring the summer heat together. But when their mother dies unexpectedly and their neighbor, George, returns home from college, the sisters’ relationship begins to fray and long-held desires threaten to tear them apart. Set on the outskirts of an all-black town in rural Kansas, SWEET is a coming of age story about the sacrifices we make to hold on to the ones we love.

Special Offer:
$25 (reg. $35) – now thru November 13th
$30 (reg. $40) – November 14th – November 20th
ONLINE: Visit Nationalblacktheatre.org and use code RISE
PHONE: Call 212-352-3101 and mention code RISE

Restrictions: Phone and Online Service Fees will be applied at checkout. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time.

Groups of 15 or more: $15 tickets

Schedule & pricing may change at any time. Group pricing for the final week of performances (November 14th – November 20th) must be purchased by November 1st. Submit order by fax to (212) 860-8004 or email your request to denzel@nationalblacktheatre.org

Link for NationalBlackTheatre.org in Online redemption section: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/962620/prm/Rise


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MultiStages, a multicultural, multidisciplinary theatre company located in New York City, is seeking original, unproduced, high quality full-length multidisciplinary plays by established and emerging writers for its eighth New Works Contest. The Contest Winner will receive a Workshop Staged Reading with professional actors or a Fully-Staged Production at a reputable theatre in New York City under an AEA approved code. The Finalists will receive a Staged Reading with professional actors in the New Works Festival.

MultiStages produces non-traditional multicultural, multidisciplinary theatre works that incorporate a fusion of art forms rarely found in today’s theatre. These fusions include collaborations with artists working in dance, music composition (including opera), visual arts, puppetry, poetry, multimedia, et al. If your play includes music, you may choose to submit with a composer. All submitted scripts must be multidisciplinary and multicultural, and respect non-traditional casting choices. All productions are subject to development by MultiStages in collaboration with the playwright.

You must Include:
  • Complete Script (w/ title only) in PDF. DO NOT include your name, this is a BLIND contest.
  • Script Cover Page (w/ title, author name(s), personal and/or agency contact info).
  • Up-to-date Resume and Bio.
  • Artistic Statement including Multidisciplinary and Multicultural Elements in the play.
  • We accept Scripts by EMAIL ONLY – please email a PDF script, resume, bio, and Artistic Statement, and anything else we need to know about you to: contact@multistages.org.
  • Disciplines: If your discipline is music, visual arts, or video, you may send us a link to samples or send via dropbox or other shared server. If you need to send your discipline attachment via hard copy, submit to: Lorca Peress, Artistic Director, MultiStages, 344 West 87th Street (2R), New York, NY 10024. Include a cover note that this is the attachment to said play. Do not include any personal info on the attachments as they may be forwarded to our judges.

Deadline: Midnight, 12/31/16
No Submission Fee

Announcements: Spring 2017 – Semi-Finalists; Summer 2017 – Finalists and Winner

New Works Finalist Reading Festival (Finalists): TBS 2017 or 2018

Workshop or Production (Winner): TBS in 2018

Questions: address to Lorca Peress at contact@multistages.org

Thursday, November 10, 2016


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This is the Eleventh year of premiered staged readings of three winning one-act plays in showcase at the Brick Box Theatre housed in the beautiful Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland, Vermont. Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre is in its Twelfth season. The Nor’Eastern Contest winners will receive an intense day and a half’s work on each play, and two evenings of Showcasing as well as three nights lodging. The Nor’Eastern Showcase rehearsal and performance dates for this year will be May 18, 19 & 20, 2017. First, each script goes through a rigorous screening process with panels of readers. The scripts with the highest scores are submitted to a second panel, and then the finalists are read by a single reader who selects the three scripts to be showcased.

If you have question you may e-mail us at: actorsrepvt@aol.com

Type of work: one-act plays no longer than 45 mins.

Deadline: November 15, 2016 

This year’s winners will be workshoped and showcased May 18 (workshop), May 19 (workshop & showcase) and May 20 (professional review and discussion & showcase), 2017

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lakeshore Players Theatre is accepting submissions for 10-minute plays

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Finalist plays will be produced at our Annual Festival in June 2017.

“Gram Scams” – Winner of the 12th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival
Contest Schedule
January 2017: Quarter-finalists for the Festival will be announced
Mid-March 2017: Semi-Finalists will be announced
April 2017: Finalists will be announced

High School Playwrights

High school-aged playwrights are encouraged to enter. Plays must include a letter from a teacher or school administrator, written on school letterhead, verifying that the play was written during high school, in addition to the guidelines below. If the committee chooses to name a high school entry as a finalist for the 13th annual contest, the play will be produced with the other finalists in our festival in June 2017.

All Playwrights

Please read the following rules and requirements carefully. Plays not meeting the requirements will be disqualified.

Submission Guidelines
  • The play should be approximately ten-minutes in length.
  • The play must have no more than five on-stage (speaking and non-speaking) characters.
  • You may submit only one play, so send us your best! Please do not make more than one submission.
  • The play should be in a “play format” making it easy for the readers. (We like 12-point, easy to read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Arial)
  • The play must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission to our contest. We do screen for this, so don’t send us your play if it has been produced. (Staged readings are not counted as “produced.”)
  • Submitting your play to our contest grants Lakeshore Players the right to produce your play in our annual festival and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes, if it is chosen as a finalist.

Additional Guidelines
  • The play should have simple technical requirements. There won’t be a set — a few furniture pieces and a few props only — we only have about one minute in between plays to change scenes.
  • As a community theatre, we want to appeal to the largest possible audience, therefore plays with excessive offensive language are less likely to be selected – please keep that in consideration.
  • Two ways to submit: Email or Mail.
  • Your play must be received no later than November 15, 2016 to be eligible.

Submission Options

Email two PDFs or mail two copies. Only plays submitted exactly as outlined below will be accepted.
Email Two PDFs:

VERY IMPORTANT – Email submission rules below MUST be followed, or your submission will be disqualified.
Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information on the title page:
Play title
Your name
Your mailing address
Your phone number
Your email address
Send ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information on the title page: just the title of the play.
Email Instructions
Subject line: Include the title of your play, for example: 10 Min Contest: MY GREAT PLAY
Include your complete contact information in the body of the email.
Tell us where you heard about the contest.
Please include the title of your play in the file name. For example:
My Great Play-Blind.pdf
My Great Play.pdf
Email plays to: office@lakeshoreplayers.org.
Or Mail Two Copies:

Don’t know how to PDF? No problem.
Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information:
Play title
Your name
Your mailing address
Your phone number
Your email address
Include ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information – just the title and the play.
Mail to:
13th Annual Lakeshore Players 10-Minute Play Committee
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Plays will not be returned to you.
If you would like confirmation that we have received your script, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your script.

Plays chosen for production in our festival will receive $10 per Lakeshore performance of the play, and a copy of the program from the festival within 60 days of the festival weekend. Production photos will be uploaded to Flickr and available for viewing, sharing, and downloading.

Any questions? E-mail: office@lakeshoreplayers.org.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Därkhorse Dramatists seeks one-act plays

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Please consider the following guidelines for Därkhorse Drämatists “Four Our Hearts”! This is our smaller festival featuring 4 headlining selections. It’s important to note, that while we favor newer plays, this festival is not limited to original work. Your submissions may have been produced at other venues, so long as it is unpublished and wasn’t featured in last year’s festival. Besides one-act plays, we are also looking for 1-person shorts & monologues. Please refer to the guidelines below.

One-acts: 25 page maximum / 10 page minimum. (No minimum page count for 1 person shorts or monologues). No exceedingly violent or pornographic material. Adult language allowed within reason.

Plays may have a maximum of 3-4 characters and should take place in a limited setting and minimal props.

Due for submission by December 6th. 2 submissions allowed per playwright.

Playwright must provide contact information including their location and previous production history of the play where applicable. Regional playwrights are given first consideration.

Submissions preferred in stageplay format. E-mailed no later than December 6th to: darkhorsedramatists@gmail.com

Plays can be any genre; comedy, satirical, farce, drama, horror or gothic as long as they fall into a loose 'Valentines Day / Love or relationship' theme.

Plays will be mediated in a forum comprised of local playwrights, directors and actors to determine which will be produced.

365 Women A Year: a playwriting project

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Plays can be ANY length and you can have ANY number of characters.

PLAYS DUE DECEMBER 31, 2016 (There are no extensions.)
FIRST STEP: Choose a woman or women to write about. We are looking for 365 NEW women that our project has not yet covered. We do not accept repeats from previous years yet. You can make sure you don’t claim a repeat by searching through our historical women alphabetically. If you are not sure who to write about, scroll down for a list of available women.

Once you have chosen some options, you will fill out the CLAIM FORM. You will be asked to choose at least 3 options, in case your lady has already been claimed.

SECOND STEP: You will receive a confirmation email. You are not officially writing about anyone until you have received this confirmation email from 365womenayear@gmail.com. It can take up to two weeks to get a confirmation email depending on the volume of claims we receive.

THIRD STEP: Happy writing. If at any point throughout the year, you get a hankering to write about someone else, simply fill out a new claim form.

Plays can be any length, any number of characters, and the playwriting format you are most comfortable with. PLEASE INCLUDE A LIST OF CHARACTERS at the beginning of the play.

FOURTH STEP: Submitting your piece. Please follow the directions, as your piece will not be officially submitted otherwise.

You will email your piece to 365womenayear@gmail.com. Follow the directions below:

(1) In the subject line you will put: 2016/Name of historical woman/Play Title/Page Number/Your Name. (If you have many historical women in your piece, simply write MANY WOMEN, in place of the name of the historical women in the subject line.)

(2) Include your 100 word bio in the BODY of the email

(3) Getting the information from your piece onto the web site is important. We need you to write it out in a specific format. Here’s an example of what we need from you about your piece and the historical women in it to properly database it.

Historical Women: ***Each historical woman needs to be listed separately, include ANY existing woman who appears in your piece, even if you didn’t specifically claim them.****

Monday, November 7, 2016

MRT seeks short plays

Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by December)
original, never-produced before, 10 - 30 minute 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
SHORT PLAY PROJECT - December 2016

December 15, 16 17, 2016
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 17-19 West 45th St. NYC

Each 10 - 30 minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, and a minimum of 2 performances!

To submit your 10 - 30 minute play production please email:

The complete script of the play as a .pdf, 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 to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by November 23, 2016.

Please put “SHORT PLAY PROJECT” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before November 23, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.
We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $35 commitment fee.

For more information, please log on to: http://www.manhattanrep.com/

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Camargo Foundation Residencies

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The Camargo Foundation welcomes applications from all countries, nationalities, and career levels. 

Artists, in all disciplines, who are the primary creators of a new work/ project. The Camargo Core Program encourages multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. 

Applications must be submitted no later than Thursday, November 24th by 6:00pm EST (New York City)/12:00 midnight CET (France). Late and/or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Applications should be submitted via Submittable and can be accessed at: https://camargofoundation.submittable.com/submit

The application form must be submitted in English, the supporting materials can be submitted either in English or French. Applications must include the following:

1. A proposal narrative: describe your intended focus of the residency, whether on (a) particular work(s) or a more open-ended area of inquiry.

2. A rationale for wanting to work in the Aix-Marseille-Provence area, including existing or potential connections with people, places, organizations, and environments.

3. A rationale about why a residency is appropriate at this specific stage of the proposal and/or career.
4. A current C.V.

5. For artists: work samples. If providing a work in progress, please also provide finished work. Work samples can be: up to 16 images for visual artists; up to 20 pages for writers; up to 20 minutes of clips for filmmakers, etc. Vimeo is preferred but not required for videos. Applicants must provide information about each work sample, including cue point, passwords, the applicant’s role in the work represented, etc.

For any technical questions about the application <apply@camargofoundation.org>

Prize for Women Playwrights

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The next submission period for our biennial Prize for Women Playwrights will be November 2016 at this link [to come]. For our last cycle in fall 2014 we received over 300 submissions, reviewed blindly by our judging panel of theater professionals Mylissa Crutcher, Tonda Fields, Kathryn Newquist, and Eric Seale. Playwright Carson Kreitzer chose the winner.

The Kentucky Women Writers Conference awards a biennial Prize for Women Playwrights to bring more scripts by women to the stage, through a collaboration among our program, a partnering theater, and a guest judge. The winner receives a world premier production for a paying audience, with royalties, plus a cash prize of $500. The winning script may be workshopped prior to its production. If you would like to receive our bi-monthly listserv with updates about this contest and our other programming, please send your request to kentuckywomenwriters@gmail.com.
Partnering Theater

Eric Seale, former director of Actors Guild of Lexington, will independently produce the winning script.
Guest Judge

Tba for 2016. In 2015, playwright Carson Kreitzer chose the winner.
Eligible Playwrights

The competition is open to all women playwrights. There are no restrictions on age, experience, or residence, meaning you are still elibible if you reside outside of Kentucky or outside of the United States. Co-authored scripts are eligible if at least 50 percent of co-authors are female.
Eligible Plays

One-act or full-length scripts in English, with a running time between 45 and 90 minutes, that have not been published or commercially produced as of the entry deadline and will not be published or produced before the release of the KWWC production. However, scripts that have been staged in a workshop production or script-in-hand staged readings are eligible: we are seeking new plays that can be produced as world premieres. We place no limitations on subject matter. Scripts may be based on factual events, purely fictional, or adaptations. We are not seeking musicals or children's plays.To ensure an equitable judging process, please submit only a "blind" script, with all personal identifying information removed. Limitations:
Reading time must be in the range of 45-90 minutes.
Casts must be limited to 8 actors (1 actor may play multiple roles).
The production will be in a small black box theater. Set, lighting, sound, costume, and prop requirements should be kept to a minimum.

Deadline and Timeline
Entries must be electronically submitted by November 30, 2016
Winner will be posted on our Web site in February 2017
Winning script may be workshopped, tba
Production will occur in November 2017

Judging Process and Criteria

All entries will be screened by KWWC staff for completeness and adherence to contest guidelines. Judging will consist of two rounds. In round 1, a diverse panel of theater professionals and educators will choose 5-10 finalists. In round 2 a guest judge will choose 1 winner. Judging will be guided by literary merit and theatrical potential.

Past Winners & Guest Judges

Naomi Wallace was our first judge in 2011 and chose Keliher Walsh’s play, Year of the Rabbit, produced by Balagula Theatre in Lexington. Kia Corthron was our next judge in 2013 and chose Jo Morello’s E.G.O.: The Passions of Eugene Gladstone O’Neill, also produced by Balagula. Carson Kreitzer selected in The Silent Woman by Lydia Blaisdell, independently produced by Eric Seale in 2015. The Silent Woman tells the strange, true tale of a painter living with an effigy of his ex-lover in 1919. It had its world premiere in Lexington, KY on Nov. 5 - 7, 2015 (press release).

Saturday, November 5, 2016

8th Annual Northport One-Act Play Festival

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Deadline for submissions 11/15/16.​

The Northport One-Act Play Festival is a wonderful opportunity to showcase one-act plays and offer the theater community an opportunity to produce a performance of those plays.

There is NO FEE to submit an application and play for consideration to be in the Festival. You may submit up to 2 plays for the Festival. A separate application must accompany each play submitted.

JUDGING/PARTICIPATION: Plays submitted for the Festival will be reviewed by our panel of judges. The plays may also be read during a meeting at the Northport Reader’s Theater, if time allows, prior to the selection deadline. Playwrights whose plays are presented at a meeting will be invited to attend.

You will be notified by December 15, 2016 if your play is chosen to participate in the Festival. At that time, each playwright must submit A PARTICIPATION FEE of $75.00, which will help defray some of the expenses - such as space rental, printing, and publicity - along with your Release Agreement by January 1, 2017. Playwrights will receive one complimentary ticket to each Performance of their play and a DVD.

Important: The Northport One-Act Play Festival is held in a church. Please consider the language and situations used in your script. If you feel that your play is not appropriate for younger audiences, please let us know so that we are aware of this. 

Click here for Submission Form


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PROOF OF CONCEPT is a reading series focused on investigative theatre. We are seeking original, unproduced, high quality full-length plays and musicals based on real people, places, and/or events.

Produced by Life Jacket, an award-winning theatre company based in New York City, this reading series will spotlight smart, new, unpredictable works that support the company’s mission of telling real-life stories on stage in visually inventive and lyrically rich ways. Competitively selected submissions will receive one (1) staged reading at the Sheen Center’s Black Box Theater on January 8, 2017. For more information, visit: www.lifejackettheatre.org.

Authors of the chosen submissions are solely responsible for managing all administrative aspects of the staged reading (e.g., assembling their own casts, crews, and production teams as well as coordinating outside rehearsals). Selected submissions will receive a maximum of two (2) hours rehearsal time in the theatre the day of the reading.

Submission Instructions:

To submit your work, please email the following to info@lifejackettheatre.org by 5:00PM EST on November 15, 2016.

1.) Resume or bio.

2.) Complete script in PDF. Do not include any identifying information as this is a blind review process. If submitting a musical, please include a hyperlink to online song demos.

3.) Cover page with title, author/s, contact info, and a brief (50 words max) summary of the work.

Deadline: November 15, 2016, 5:00 pm EST

Decision Date: December 1, 2016

Application Fee: None

Eligibility: Original, unproduced, high quality full-length plays and musicals based on real events

Contact: info@lifejackettheatre.org

Life Jacket Theatre Co.
45 Columbus Avenue, Office 618
New York, NY 10023
(212) 636-6354

Website: LifeJacketTheatre.org
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Friday, November 4, 2016

Association for Theatre in Higher Education ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting

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The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is pleased to announce the ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting. The award honors a new play marked by sophisticated and nuanced storytelling, with the potential to make a major artistic impact on contemporary theatre.

Plays must have been written during the two years preceding the upcoming national conference (August 2017) by playwrights engaged with an institution of higher education (be it student, faculty, artist in residence, guest artist, etc.) during that time period. 

Only full-length plays, in Samuel French Playwriting Format, may be nominated for this award. Self-nominations and nominations from ATHE members are permitted. Only one play may be submitted per playwright in any given year. The plays can be produced or unproduced, but must be unpublished.

Qualifying plays should be submitted through the ATHE website. No submission fees are required. The winning playwright is expected to attend the ATHE Conference and participate in a development workshop and staged reading of the play. The conference takes place - The playwright will receive conference registration, four nights in the conference hotel, $500 towards travel expenses (reimbursement), and a one-year membership in the Dramatists Guild. Additionally, the winner will receive a plaque at the annual ATHE Awards Celebration and attend a reception.

View a list of past awardees here
Submission Guidelines
  • Electronic submissions are required. Word, PDF, and Rich Text formats preferred.
  • Samuel French script formatting required.
  • Although we do permit the submission of musicals, the limitations of staff and resources will make it difficult for us to produce such material.
  • We do not accept screenplays.
  • Your play must not include material that you do not have permission to use.
  • Your play must not be previously published.
  • Previous production of your script is allowed 
  • Do not submit a play that is incomplete, unfinished, or a rough draft. Send us the entire completed play.
  • The ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting committee has no problem with you submitting your play to other competitions simultaneously.
  • Plays must be full-length. The rule of thumb is that plays under an hour are not full length. 
  • The screening for the award will be done by blind reading. Therefore we would request that names not be put on each page of the manuscript, but ONLY on the cover page. The readers for the award will not receive the cover page. 

Please include:
  • A Cover sheet with the name of the play, your name as you expect to see it on publicity material, and contact information.
  • A brief synopsis of the play
  • A rough casting breakdown (3M, 4W)
  • Brief descriptions of the characters Pertinent production notes.

For further information contact Jan Lewis at janlewis73@gmail.com, or Charlene Donaghy at cdonaghy@unomaha.edu.

Deadline: November 10, 2016.
Please Note: This award is limited to 150 applications.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Jewish Women's Theatre seeks scripts

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Okay, you’re Jewish, that’s a good start, but how “Jewish” do you have to write? When submitting material, consider the following parameters for your submission:
  • Please check the themes of the season and submit accordingly. We will not accept late submissions this year. Thank you!
  • An element of Jewish resonance is important, but your submission does not need to feature being Jewish as the prominent theme or subject.
  • Feature women or a woman’s point of view, but not exclusively. Male characters are welcome.
  • Short one-acts (10 minutes max) and monologues (7 minutes max) are preferred. Will read full-length, but unlikely will produce.
  • 1500 words or less preferred
  • Must be topical for the 21st century. While we consider plays set in another time period, we mostly select contemporary pieces.
  • Small cast a must. One-person shows okay.
  • Previously produced or published work is welcome. Please include production and/or publication history. A new version of a classic or an adaptation from another medium would definitely be of interest.
Although the primary focus of the JWT is on the writing, music is often a part of our events. We encourage composers, song-writers, and performers to submit individual work. Musicals are welcome.

Submit your material to info@jewishwomenstheatre.org.

upcoming themes
Exile: Kisses on Both Cheeks 
The Sephardic legacy of family, community, and country, looking for home more than 500 years after the expulsion from Spain.

More Courage 
Stories of brave acts, small or large, that change lives and inspire us all.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Manhattan Repertory Theatre seeks 10 minute plays

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Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by December)
10 minute (or under) 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's 10 Minute play Contest.
$100 prize for Best 10 Minute Play Production.

December 1 - December 14, 2016 at the new Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
on West 45th St.

Each 10 minute or less play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances and 1 more performance if your play production goes on to the Finals.

To submit your 10 minute or less play production please email:
  • The complete script of the 10 minute or less play as a .pdf, 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 to:
manhattanrep@yahoo.com by November 15, 2016.

Please put “10 Minute Play Contest” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before November 15, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

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

Voting will be done by audience ballot with graduated voting of each of the audience members 4 favorite plays. There is NO raising of the hands, or a "Panel of Experts?” like at some other play contests across the country. The voting is solely crowd-sourced and works incredibly well.

Once accepted, there will be a $30 commitment fee.
For more information, please log on to: http://www.manhattanrep.com/

Theatre Southwest is now accepting 5- to 10-minute scripts

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Theatre Southwest is now accepting 5- to 10-minute scripts for the 12th Annual Reader's Theatre. Deadline for submission is Nov 7, 2016. Approximately 8-12 selected plays will be read and voted on by the attending audience. The audience favorite receives a $100 prize!

General guidelines
  • Limit of two entries per playwright of an original work that has not been published or produced.
  • Monologues and one man/woman plays are not accepted.
  • All genres are accepted (light comedies, heavy dramas, thrillers, mystery, sci-fi, satire) with no regard to language or subject matter.
  • All plays should be 5 to 10 minutes long, no exceptions. (If using standard play format a good gauge is 4-11 pages, excluding title page).
  • Plays should be conducive to Reader's Theatre with simple stage directions and a story expressed through dialogue, not action.
Submission guidelines
  • Scripts are accepted via mail only (no email, no PDFs) and must be postmarked by Nov 7. Scripts are not returned.
  • Scripts should have a title page that includes the play title and playwright's contact information, as well as a list of characters and a brief synopsis of the play. Script pages should be numbered.
  • ALL scripts should be stapled in the upper left-hand corner.
  • There is NO ENTRY FEE.
Playwrights selected will be informed prior to the event.

Mail entries to:

Theatre Southwest
8944-A Clarkcrest
Houston, TX 77063

Stage Left Theater call for 1-minute plays for Fast & Furious IV

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Stage Left Theater, of Spokane, WA, is pleased to announce its call for 1-minute scripts for Fast & Furious, a staged reading of really short plays, in February 2017.

*What? 1-minute plays (2 page maximum for dialogues, 1 page maximum for monologues)

*Two scripts maximum.

*All genres welcome (no children’s plays or musicals)

*Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.

*Standard play format preferred.

*There are no restrictions on content, but our audiences prefer more PG-13 fare.

*Cast size, no restrictions

*Deadline: November 12, 2016
Notification: January

Submission procedure:

1. Send the full script with your contact information and character breakdown. Include all the information in one document.

2. The document should be labeled the play’s name_your last name (i.e. Hamlet_Shakespeare).

3. E-mail your script as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to tiajowooley@spokanestageleft.org. The subject line should include Fast & Furious Submission and the title of the play.

4. Include your name and email address in the body of your email.

Fee? None. No payment to writers as this is an all-volunteer event.

Questions? Contact Stage Left Managing Director Tia Wooley at tiajowooley@spokanestageleft.org.

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