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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Women in the Age of Trump - NYCPlaywrights call for monologues and 10-minute plays

NYCPlaywrights seeks monologues and 10-minute plays. The theme is "Women in the Age of Trump."

President-elect Donald Trump has said a number of controversial things, including that he can grab women "by the pussy" because "when you're a star they let you do it, you can do anything." This is considered a description of sexual assault by some, but locker room talk by others. 

More on what Donald Trump has said about women.

NYCPlaywrights is looking for scripts about women in a time when the leader of the United States is Donald Trump.

We encourage scripts from first-time playwrights as well as experienced writers.

Although the theme is inspired by the 2016 US presidential election the scripts do not have to mention or be directly about the 2016 US presidential election.

NYCPlaywrights will select as semi-finalists as many of the scripts that we like and which meet the submission guidelines.

The semi-finalists will be listed on this blog and an excerpt from each script (if permission is granted by the playwright) will be displayed in a blog post, one per day, along with any web site links or other contact information the author wishes to share. The deadline is Sunday, December 24, 2016The semi-finalist script selections will be announced Saturday, December 31, 2016.

The finalist scripts will be selected from the semi-finalist scripts. Between 5 and 10 scripts will be chosen. Video-recorded excerpts of those scripts, read/performed by actors will be displayed on NYCPlaywrights.org  (if permission is granted by the playwright) along with contact information and links to author web sites, author biography and a summary of the script. We decided to do video recordings rather than a single public performance so that people all over the world can see the work.

The finalist scripts will be announced Sunday, January 15, 2017.  Excerpts from the finalist scripts will begin posting soon after that.

The deadline is Saturday December 24, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Send only one play per author to info@nycplaywrights.org. 
  • The script submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be .pdf because it will retain your original script formatting. 
  • There is no fee for submission. 
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • Plays can be submitted by anybody, of any gender, anywhere in the world but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.) 
  • A play that has had a production is acceptable.
  • A play that has been published is not acceptable.
  • Please note: simply having a female character in the script does not, by itself, meet the theme of "women in the age of Trump" - the script must focus on one or more women and their experiences in a world which reflects the values of a country that would make Donald Trump its president. See More on what Donald Trump has said about women for ideas. If the script does not focus on one or more women it does not meet the theme of this call for submissions. If you have already submitted a script that does not meet this criterion, you can resubmit a new script that does, as a replacement. If you don't have a 10-minute play or monologue that meets that requirement, you might consider writing one, the deadline is December 24, 2016. 
  • 10-minute plays must be no more than 10 dialog pages (not counting the title page, list of characters, etc. Please have a title page, character list page, etc that is separate from the 10 pages or fewer of dialog) using standard script formatting - that means page numbers, centered character names in dialog pages, etc. See guidelines and a template here. For some advice on what we think makes a good 10-minute play go here. If you submit a 10-minute play you cannot also submit a monologue.
  • Monologues must be only one page long, using standard text size and spacing. See an example here. For some thoughts on writing monologues go here. If you submit a monologue you cannot also submit a 10-minute play.
  • There will be no money awarded for selected scripts.
  • The NYCPlaywrights selections decisions are final.

Any questions email info@nycplaywrights.org

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