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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Ruthless Nightingale Theatre Company seeks 20-30 minute plays

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Ruthless Nightingale Theatre Company seeks 20-30 minute plays for our first ever new work festival, The Nightingale Songs. The event will be held in October, and you may write about anything you wish.  Submissions are due September 1st.

Playwrights may submit from anywhere in the world, but submissions must be written in English. The festival will be produced in New York City, and we are unable to provide monetary compensation for the playwright. However, Ruthless Nightingale will provide actors, directors, and all other necessary personnel, and we encourage the playwright to come hear their words!

We ask that the play you submit is truly a NEW WORK. This means that the work should not have received a full production prior to being read at Ruthless Nightingale. We will consider work that has had other readings.

We extend a special invitation to playwrights of marginalized identities to submit their work.

Ruthless Nightingale Theatre Company does not own the rights to your work. We will produce it for this one-night-only reading series, and wherever it goes next is up to you! Thank you in advance for sharing your words with us. Happy writing!

Submit via online form.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Rage Structure with Rob Askins at Primary Stages ESPA

So you want to write a play. Is it going to be sweet? Pretty? Urbane? If so, take another class. During this 2-day workshop with Robert Askins, Tony Award-nominated author of Broadway’s deliciously devilish Hand to God, we’re going to explore our rage.

Instructor: Robert Askins (Hand to God on Broadway, EST, and MCC; Permission at MCC)
Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23
12:00pm – 3:00pm both days

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are angry, disappointed, almost livid. 
  • Love works like Blasted, Look Back in Anger, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 
In this class you will:
  • Talk about how you can yell at the world through the megaphone of the stage. 
  • Investigate the relationship between raw energy and formal restraint, harnessing the two for more electrifying and dynamic writing. 
  • Delve into exercises and discussion to find the balance between fury and discipline.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Understand how to channel your rage and passion into powerful theater that lights the audience ablaze.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Living Room Theater New Play Incubator: Cultural Identity

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Living Room Theater is seeking playwrights to develop plays on the theme “Cultural Identity” for its New Play Incubator.  In the course of 3 weeks, the playwrights individually will create a 10 minute play related to cultural identity. Each group will culminate in a staged reading for the public. Actors and director will be provided for the reading. 
There is no fee to submit or to participate. Playwrights that have participated in the previous incubator are not eligible to apply at this time. Playwrights must be able to attend all meetings. Please do not submit if you cannot make all the meetings of at least one group. 

All meetings/rehearsals/readings will be held in Manhattan. Non-New York based playwrights may apply but must be able to travel to the meetings/reading. No travel stipend is provided.
9/23/18 from 1-4pm
9/30/19 from 1-4pm
10/7/18 from 1-4pm 

Staged reading date: 10/25/18 from 6-10pm
Please submit a resume, a 10 minute play, and a short paragraph in the email why you would be interested in writing about the theme “Cultural Identity” to lvtnewplays@gmail.com Only selected finalists will be asked to interview the week of 09/10/18. 

Submission deadline is September 7, 2018.
Living Room Theater has been producing and developing new plays in New York City since 2010.

Pride Films and Plays: Call for Entries to LezPlay Contest

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**Entry fee is $15. Dramatists Guild members may submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code DGLP2018 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.

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.

We welcome submissions of full-length scripts (up to 120 pages) from May 1 to September 1, 2018, from writers who identify as women. Scripts may be plays, screenplays, or teleplays. Only scripts that have not been professionally produced are eligible. Scripts that have been submitted in the past are eligible for resubmission only once and only if the script has been radically revised.

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

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.

Entry fee is $15. Dramatists Guild members may submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code DGLP2018 on the payment page. 

PFP Network Writers may submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code PFPWN2018 on the payment page. Members of the Playwrights' Center may submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code PCLP2018 on the payment page.

To make the final deadline, scripts must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on September 1, 2018. 

10 semifinalists, 5 finalists, and 1 winner will be selected from all eligible script entries. The selected scripts will be those that receive the highest recommendation from our reading panel and that best align with the mission of LezPlay. The winner will earn a minimum of four and a maximum of seven days of script development workshops, culminating in a public staged reading at Pride Arts Center in Chicago the weekend of November 17-18, 2018. The top-scoring plays will also be considered for, though not guaranteed, production in a future PFP season.

For complete details, please visit:

Categories/tags: Dramatists Guild, festival, full-length plays, LGBT, readings, submission guidelines, women-only

Monday, August 27, 2018

ARTIST COMMISSIONING PROGRAM seeks Queens (NYC) based playwrights & composers

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The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) awards Queens-based choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 each towards the creation of a new, original work. This innovative program democratizes the traditional commissioning process, which has historically been reserved for a privileged few. Two things make ACP distinct from a typical arts award: 1) its aim to fill gaps in American culture, as well as 2) pair artists with a cohort of "art producers". Art Producers select the artists in a panel and serve as a support structure for the cohort. Both Artists and Art Producers receive access to professional development programming and collaborative arts events throughout the year-long program. Read more about each role below.





6 - 8pm,
Hall of Fame Studios
89-37 164th St
Jamaica, NY 11432

6 - 8pm,
King Manor Museum
150-03 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432


6 - 8pm,
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11354

6 - 8pm,
Flushing Library (Room A & B)
41-17 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Signature Series at Town and Country Players is a new play series

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The Signature Series at Town and Country Players is a new play series created in 2015.  Its mission is to provide playwrights the opportunities to develop new work through readings, workshops and productions.  It also serves the Town and Country Players' Community of Theatre Artists and Patrons, giving them a step by step glimpse into the process involved in new play development.
​2018 Submissions

As part of its Signature Series, Town and Country Players is looking to fully stage 4 to 7 one act plays as part of our June 2019 One Act Play Festival .

-  A limited period of Open Submissions will begin July 16, 2018.
-  The types of plays accepted during this Open Submission Period:
     -  One Act Plays
          -  10-30 minutes in length
          -  No musicals, please
          -  Comedies or Dramas
-  There will be a cap on the number of plays submitted during this Open Submission period:
     -  75 One Acts

-  The Open Submission period will remain in place until the maximum number of submissions has been reached OR September 15, 2018, whichever happens first

-  Playwrights can submit TWO one act plays during this Open Submission period

1.  All documents must be submitted via email to the address below:
2.  The subject line of each email should look as follows:  SUBMISSION 2018: Play Title
3.  All documents must be submitted in a PDF format
4.  A playwright is allowed to submit TWO plays during this 2018 Open Submission period
5.  If a playwright is submitting more than one play, please send in 2 separate emails
6.  Each play submitted must have a cover page with ONLY the play's title
7.  Each submission should have its pages numbered
8.  A cover page with the playwright's name and contact information should be attached to the email submission
9.  A bio of 100 words or less from the playwright should be attached to the email submission
10.  A synopsis of 100 words or less should be attached to the email submission
11.  Please be sure the playwright's name doesn't appear anywhere on the script or title page; the only place the playwright's name should appear is on the bio and the separate attached cover sheet with the aforementioned requested cover page info

Those playwrights whose work is selected for the June 2019 One Act Festival will be contacted by Town and Country Players by December 31, 2018.  You will also then be introduced to the director of your piece via email.

Plays that have received prior readings or workshops can still be submitted.

We do ask that any plays with prior productions or productions planned for 2019 not be submitted at this time.

Playwrights from around the country are encouraged to submit their work.

Town and Country Players is located in Buckingham, PA, approximately 45 minutes north of Philadelphia in Bucks County, PA.

As noted, the submission window will remain open until the maximum number of submissions has been reached OR until the end of the submission window, September 15, 2018.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award 2018

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The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be given to an emerging female composer, or composer-lyricist who compellingly demonstrates outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing, and who can clearly show how the grant money and mentorship will further her artistic career.

Eligible candidates for the award must currently reside in the United States and consist of an individual female composer, or individual composer-lyricist.

Finalists will be selected and interviewed at the end of September in New York City.

The recipient of the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be selected by a committee of industry professionals chosen by the Ziegfeld Club and will be presented at a private reception in New York City in November 2018.

The recipient of the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will receive a grant of $10,000 in addition to professional, and artistic mentorship for one year.

Important Dates

The application for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be open from July 30th- August 31st 2018.
Finalist interviews will be held in person on September 21st, 2018 in New York City. The recipient of the award will be notified in late September 2018.

Click HERE to download the application form.

Applications for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award must include the following:
1) Demo recordings of 3 contrasting songs from at least two separate works of musical theater. Professional recordings are appreciated but not necessary. Piano-and-vocals are sufficient. The songs should be sent as individual MP3 files, and labeled with both the candidate’s name and the songs’ titles (Last Name, First Name- Title). Applicants retain all copyright of their work. Please do not submit live recordings.

2) Dramatic context and lyric sheets. Please include piano/vocal music, or scores if available.

3) An Artistic Statement of one page or less (no more than 500 words) describing your work in musical theater, and how the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will aid you in your artistic and professional goals.

4) A current Resume that lists your experience and production history as a musical theater composer. Applicants will be considered eligible as emerging artists if, in the judgment of the committee, they have not already received substantial recognition in American musical theater.

5) A completed Application Form.

Note: If you receive this grant, it will be awarded through Fractured Atlas, pending acceptance into their fiscal sponsorship program. For more information about Fractured Atlas and their fiscal sponsorship program, please visit www.fracturedatlas.org

To submit an application for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award, please send the required materials to: submissions@theziegfeldclubinc.com

Därkhorse Drämatists “Tales from the Script” 2018

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Please consider the following guidelines for Därkhorse Drämatists “Tales from the Script”! 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 September 1st.

 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 September 1st to: darkhorsedramatists@gmail.com

Plays can be any genre; comedy, satirical, farce, drama, horror or gothic as long as they fall into a loose ‘Halloween theme’. No musicals or murder mysteries please.

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

Friday, August 24, 2018

New Ideas Festival

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Alumnae Theatre Company’s (Toronto CA) New Ideas Festival (NIF) is an annual, three-week juried festival of new plays, works-in-progress and experimental theatre. Each week a different program of up to four plays, as well as a workshopped reading on Saturday at noon, is presented. The 2019 festival, NIF’s 31th season, will run from March 6 to 24, 2019.

NIF offers dramaturgical support, rehearsal and production space, technical support, access to Alumnae Theatre’s costume and props collections, publicity and sold-out houses.

The deadline for submissions is September 5, 2018; September 10 for Alumnae members. Preference will be given to Canadian scripts and scripts with challenging roles for women of all ages. NIF welcomes voices from diverse communities. We invite you to submit your own play or pass this information along to a playwright you think may be interested.

Submission guidelines
Scripts or proposals should be submitted electronically in PDF format to NIFscripts@gmail.com.

Scripts must be original works that have not been previously performed outside of a workshop.

They may be in any genre or style, with a running time of 10 to 40 minutes; one act of a full-length play may also be accepted for production.

Submissions longer than 40 minutes will be considered for a reading, which will showcase the script development accomplished during the rehearsal period.  Each playwright may submit a maximum of two scripts.

No identifying information should be on the script/proposal;
please include a cover page providing:
• play title;
• list and description of characters (including age);
• short play synopsis (max 50 words).

Send a separate contact page with the play title, playwright’s name and contact information, and a short bio (75 words or less). NIF does not provide feedback on submissions.

NIF will confirm receipt of submissions within two weeks, and scripts/proposals will be sent to the NIF reading committee. The 2019 festival lineup will be announced in early November, followed by a creative exchange on November 3 to meet and choose directors, and cold reads of all chosen plays on December 3 to 6. Playwrights must be available for the creative exchange and for at least one of the December cold reads dates.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Second Draft at Primary Stages ESPA

The final magic ingredient for any play in development is hearing it aloud and putting it in front of an audience. This rigorous class is for those with complete drafts who are ready to hear their play in full and embark on strategic rewrites.

Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)
Mondays from 6:00pm – 10:00pm
September 17, 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26

This class might be for you if:
  • You have a complete draft of a play, and are ready to hear it in full and embark on strategic rewrites. 
  • You are able to evaluate the current state of your play and the feasibility of attaining your goals in the application process for this class (more info below).

In this class you will:
  • Have the opportunity to hear your draft read aloud in its entirety twice by a company of actors. 
  • Hear your draft read in the first half of the semester and be given three weeks to revise your draft before the second reading, guided by feedback from the instructor and your fellow writers. 
  • Be allotted two hours of class time for each reading and feedback session. 
  • Be able to invite friends and family to the second reading to provide additional feedback via a questionnaire of your design.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a deeper understanding of what your play wants to be and specific next steps for additional revisions.
By application only. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now: https://primarystages.org/espa/writing/the-second-draft/

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.


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The New Harmony Project is pleased to accept applications of un-produced stage play scripts, musicals, screenplays and teleplays through October 1, 2018. Our streamlined online process will facilitate you uploading your materials in only a few minutes.

What is The Project looking for in a script? If you’ve read our mission statement and you’re still not sure your work is right for the conference, you can gain a fuller sense of our aesthetic and philosophical interests by perusing our roster of writers and scripts that have recently found an artistic home at our conference. The New Harmony Project recognizes that we live in complex times, and we seek stories that honor a multiplicity of perspectives.

Please complete the form below and submit the following materials for consideration for The New Harmony Project's 2019 Conference:

Statement of artistic purpose - A brief history of the script and what you hope to accomplish with the support of The New Harmony Project

Ten-page excerpt - A ten-page excerpt that you feel demonstrates the strength and potential of the script. Due to the number of applications received, our initial review of your application will focus on these ten pages.

Full script - The New Harmony Project welcomes applications at all stages of creative process, so please include a copy of the full script in its current form.

Musical sample (if applicable) - If you are applying with a musical, please include a 3-5 minute audio sample.

Resumé - Please include a copy of your resumé.

Once items have been submitted, we, unfortunately, will not be able to accept updates or changes. If you have any questions, please email submissions@newharmonyproject.org (please, no phone calls). We look forward to reading your work, and thank you for taking the time to share it with us.


Old Library Theatre OLT’s 8th Annual One Act Play Festival

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This year’s festival will have four performances February 21, 22, 23 & 24, 2019. Auditions will be held in November 2018.

Submission criteria is as follows:

– All plays must be complete, one act works, running 15-30 minutes, with six or fewer characters.

– No musicals, please.

– Plays will be mounted with no budget, though they will be fully staged with necessary sound and lighting.

– Please e-mail submissions or questions to info@oldlibrarytheatre.net by September 15, 2018. 

Playwrights who have not had plays produced in previous festivals will receive priority in selection.

All performances take place at George Frey Center for Performing Arts at 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn, NJ. Performance times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

Theatre For All Short Play Readings

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Queens Theatre is seeking submissions for its Theatre For All Short Play Readings, which will take place Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 at 7pm.

Plays on all subjects by writers with disabilities will be considered, as well as plays by any writer which feature a character or characters with a disability. Submissions can feature roles for seniors, children and young adults.

If you haven't written a short play on these subjects, use this as an opportunity to write one.

The TFA Short Play Readings will also feature new work by commissioned writers. QT is seeking diversity in genre, including comedy, drama, satire, etc. Submissions should be no less than 3 minutes, and no longer than 10 minutes.

With Theatre For All Short Play Readings, Queens Theatre seeks to continue its mission to reflect perspectives on immigration, race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, religion, sexuality and gender.

Please email your play to roburbinati@gmail.com with "Theatre For All Submission" in the subject line.

Deadline for Submissions is August 31, 2018.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Call for submissions: NYCPlaywrights Podcast

Seeking 10 minute plays, excerpts or one-page monologues.

The theme is "Canada."

More information at the NYCPlaywrights Podcast web site.

Please note: scripts can be in either English or French to honor Canada's bilingualism.

Cullman Center Fellowship

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Application Deadline: September 28, 2018, 5 p.m. EST
Notification: March 2019
Award Period: September 3, 2019–May 22, 2020
Stipend: $70,000

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. Visual artists at work on book projects are also encouraged to apply. The Center aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the highest level—within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows’ published work.

Successful candidates for this Fellowship will need to work primarily at the Schwarzman Building rather than at other divisions of the Library, such as the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; or the Science, Industry and Business Library. Applications from those working not in English are welcome; however, the applicant must be conversant in English, and the application materials must be in English.

In order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers does not accept applications from New York Public Library staff members or their partners, or from people active on the Library’s Board of Trustees, Board Advisory Committees, or Library Council.

Please visit www.nypl.org/research-collections for detailed information about the collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center for the duration of the Fellowship term and may not accept other major professional obligations during the term. Some Fellows may have a few prior commitments but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements to short periods of time. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Center's Director or Deputy Director. The Library will pro-rate stipends for Fellows who spend too much time away from the Center.

Fellowships will not be granted for academic projects to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.

The Cullman Center will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation.

Completed applications and supporting materials—research proposal, Curriculum Vitae, letters of recommendation, and creative writing sample or art work sample—must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on September 28, 2018.

New York Public Library staff members are not able to make corrections or additions once applications are submitted.

The Cullman Center is made possible by a generous endowment from Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman in honor of Brooke Russell Astor, with major support provided by Mrs. John L. Weinberg, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Estate of Charles J. Liebman, The von der Heyden Family Foundation, John and Constance Birkelund, and The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and with additional gifts from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Helen and Roger Alcaly, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, William W. Karatz, Merilee and Roy Bostock, and Cullman Center Fellows.

22nd One Act Festival — Ten Below

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Submission deadline: Monday, October 1, 2018

Notification of final decisions: Email between January 7-18, 2019

Festival Dates:  April 5 – 14, 2019 (6 performances)

They are BACK!  The Fine Arts Association will once again showcase original, never been produced in the state of Ohio 10-minute plays.  Those chosen will be fully produced as part of the 22nd One Act Festival — Ten Below in April, 2019 at The Fine Arts Association.

Submissions of original ten-minute plays will be accepted beginning  Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Submission deadline is Monday, October 1, 2018. Only ONE 10-minute submission will be accepted per playwright. Submit your favorite!  The number of plays to be produced will be at The Fine Arts Association’s discretion and will depend on the mix of qualified submissions.   Original plays accepted for the Festival will be announced between January 7 – 18, 2019.  The plays selected will be given full production within the capabilities and budget of The Fine Arts Association. There are no submission fees for this Festival. There will be no monetary stipend for plays used in the Festival.

Festival Submission Guidelines:

-   Submission must be an original, never before produced in the state of Ohio 10-minute play at time of submission.  Plays that have had staged readings will be accepted. Plays that have received full productions, either professional or amateur, prior to submission will not be accepted.  Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

-   Limit of ONE play may submitted by each playwright.

-   Maximum Length: 10 pages not including title pages.  Play should run in the 10 minute range.  Longer submissions will not be considered.

-   Scripts may be comedy and drama.  Not open to musicals.  No more than 6 characters.

-   Simple set and costumes needs and minimal technical requirements.   Only basic furniture and minimal props available for the production.

-  Plays must be submitted with a title page containing the following contact and bio information:

-  Playwright’s name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address and a brief biography.

-  International submissions are welcome.  All scripts must be in English.

-  All play submissions will be handled with care. However, The Fine Arts Association assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

E-mail Guidelines:

-  Submissions may be e-mailed to ahedger@fineartsassociation.org.  E-mail submissions must be received by The Fine Arts Association by Monday, October 1, 2018 to be considered.

-  Preferred document format:  Microsoft Word or .PDF files ONLY.  No other formats will be accepted.

Mailing Guidelines:

-  Mail submission to:   Ann Hedger, Ten Minute Plays, The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, Ohio 44094.  Mailed submissions must be postmarked by October 1, 2018 to be considered for the Festival.

-  Mailed submissions must be securely bound with a title page containing full contact and bio information as outlined above.

-  Scripts will not be returned.  Scripts not selected will be shredded then recycled.
Selection & Notification Information:

-  Selections will be made by The Fine Arts Association Performance Department and inclusion in the festival is solely at their discretion.  All decisions are final.

-  All submitting playwrights will receive an email notification upon receipt of their scripts.  Notification of final decisions will be made by e-mail between January 7 – 18, 2019.

Questions — call 440-951-7500 x103.

Monday, August 20, 2018

NYCPlaywrights Podcast Episode #2: A Midsummer's Podcast

The second episode: A Midsummer's Podcast

Listen to a reading of the play selected from our call for submissions, SHARK WEEK by Tom Misuraca; an interview with Tom; an interview Renee Nicole Gray, Lady Gaga impersonator extraordinaire; Dame Judy Dench; the Beatles & Shakespeare and the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast call for submissions for the next podcast episode, "O Canada!"


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Manhattan Rep's Playwright's Showcase seeks short play productions

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Manhattan Rep's Playwright's Showcase is created to showcase your new work in the heart of the theatrical capital of the world - Times Square!

And we make it easy!

We supply the technician for lights and sound.  We supply the poster and the ticketing pages.

We curate, organize and orchestrate the program with 3 or 4 other short plays...

And we supply our beautiful new theatre space on West 45th St. right next to Broadway and more!

Please come join us as we celebrate Playwrights and the magical power of the theatre!

Seeking fully produced 1 act plays 7 to 25 minutes
(cast, directed and ready to be performed by October 2018)
for Manhattan Rep's
Playwright's Showcase
at the New Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 17-19 West 45th St.
October 12 - December 22, 2018

Each 7 - 25 minute play will be given:
A tech rehearsal with our technician to run your sound and lights, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances, (even more if your show is selling well), at the brand new Manhattan Repertory Theatre on 45th St. in Midtown Manhattan!

To submit your 7 - 25 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 history (readings etc etc.)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by September 15, 2018

Please put “Playwright's Showcase” 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 September 15, 2018, if we fill up all available performance slots.

There is no submission fee.

Once accepted, there is a $69 participation fee.


CLOCKHOUSE seeks short plays

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CLOCKHOUSE, the literary magazine published in partnership with Clockhouse Writers' Conference and the MFAW program at Goddard College, seeks short dramatic works from emerging and established playwrights for its 2019 issue.  Dramatic works can be either a standalone piece or a self-contained excerpt from a play or screenplay, and up to 15 pages in length.

CLOCKHOUSE is devoted to a variety of genres, publishing fiction, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, as well as dramatic work. Our mission:  Dare. Risk. Dream. Share. Ruminate. CLOCKHOUSE is an eclectic conversation about the work-in-progress of life—a soul arousal, a testing ground, a new community, a call for change. Join in.

Deadline is December 1. 

All submissions must:

  • Be original, unpublished work written by the author
  • Follow the industry-standard formatting guidelines appropriate for the genre as well as the applicable guidelines below:

  • Fiction: Short stories and self-contained novel excerpts in a literary style. Genre fiction will be considered only if it sustains literary merit (Up to 5,000 words)
  • Poetry: All poetry in traditional and experimental styles including prose poetry (Up to 250 lines of poetry, total. Only one poem per submission. Poets may submit up to three times per reading period.)
  • Memoir and Creative Nonfiction: All memoir and creative nonfiction in traditional and experimental literary styles. No academic or scientific essays (Up to 5,000 words)
  • Dramatic Work for Stage or Screen: Short dramatic works in traditional and experimental styles, either a standalone piece or an excerpt from a one-act or full length play or screenplay (Up to 15 pages)
  • Include a short bio of approximately 100 words or less
  • Include a brief artist statement: a few sentences about your work as an artist (i.e., not a “pitch” for this submission, but rather a statement about what you’re interested in writing about now, what drives your writing, or how your writing is reflecting or influencing the world at large, etc.)
  • Be submitted only through our online submission manager (see link at bottom of page). No email submissions will be accepted
  • Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be discarded unread.

The submission period for the Summer 2019 issue will begin on  August 15, 2018, and remain open through  11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2018.

Responses to submissions

Please expect to wait up to four months for a reply. After that time, if you have not yet received a reply, please check on the status of your submission by sending an e-mail to submissions@clockhouse.net. Indicate the title of your piece, the genre, and the original date of submission.

Upon acceptance

By accepting any offer of publication by Clockhouse, the author will grant the magazine first serial rights. Upon publication, rights to the work revert back to the author. The author retains all other rights to the work. Any subsequent publication will note that the work was first published in Clockhouse. Payment for publication in Clockhouse is one contributor’s copy in which the work appears. As appropriate, we may also choose to nominate published work for awards or other recognition.



Planning to submit and have questions about Clockhouse?  Please send them to submissions@clockhouse.net.  Submissions themselves are not accepted at this address.


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Like our Biennial Commission, this application asks that writers respond to a series of prompts with a ten-page piece of initial writing and a one-page proposal for a full-length play, which will be read without the readers’ knowledge of the writer’s identity. One or more writers will be awarded (or will share) a $15,000 commission. Unlike the Biennial Commission, which is open to all writers, submissions for this award are open only to writers of color.

For this commission, Clubbed Thumb is interested in plays that employ alternative structures and shapes. We ask you to consider one of five alternative play shapes–landscape, spider web, nesting dolls, circle, double helix–and craft a proposal for how you will employ that play shape to best suit the story you wish to tell. This is subjective, of course, and meant to trigger the imagination, not be academic analysis. Some examples of what we mean:

Landscape: in which we learn about the world through accumulation

Our Town by Thornton Wilder is structured a bit like a landscape painting–we are introduced to everything all at once and Wilder zooms in and out of the landscape in order to tell the story.
Other examples might include: Wilder Gone, God’s Ear, Mlima’s Tale

Spider Web: in which we learn through disparate scenes that seem disconnected but are linked at odd angles and actually cohere around a central theme or argument
Booty Candy by Robert O’Hara could be seen as a spider web play–at first each scene feels like a vignette exploring a discrete idea, however, as more and more divergent worlds are explored we begin to realize that each world is connected in exploration of a single theme.
Other examples might include: Lear (Young Jean Lee), Doll’s House Pt. 2, Of Government

Nesting Dolls: in which we learn through analogies and juxtaposition
Mr Burns, a Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn might be seen as a play shaped like a set of nesting dolls–each act is its own entity and the dramatic movement lies in building out from what came before.

Other examples might include: Fairview, An Octoroon, Barbecue

Circle: in which we learn through reflection
Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes might be a circle play. The most important dramatic events happen in the middle; act one leads us into these events and act three deals with the aftermath; the end of the play reflects themes that are present in the beginning of the play.
Other examples might include: A Map of Virtue, The Aliens, Father Comes Home From the Wars

Double Helix: in which we learn through thematic associations between the narrative threads
Stop Kiss by Diana Son could be a double helix play – the story is told in two threads simultaneously–what happened before and what happened after the inciting event–with thematic links between these narratives.
Other examples might include: Midsummer Night’s Dream (might be a triple helix), We are Proud to Present…, The Tomb of King Tot

You are also welcome to propose your own unconventional play shape. Should you choose to do that, be rigorous and make the case for it.

Your proposed play should also include the following:
1) At least three characters in every scene (no two character scenes)
2) Some simultaneous talking
3) Some found or repurposed text
4) A character pretending to be someone else
5) No indoor spaces

(Many thanks to Erin Courtney for developing this prompt with us.)

(this is a BLIND submission, see notes below)

1) A one-page letter of intent describing your proposed project;
2) 10 exploratory pages from the proposed project (either contiguous or from different sections of the proposed play);
3) One of your finished plays, for reference;
4) Your resume


No names please — on the letter, the 10 page sample or the finished play for reference, or in any file names. The panel reads all submissions BLIND — the only place your name should appear is on the info form and on your resume.

The letter of intent should briefly map out the proposed piece, how you will use the chosen shape to tell the story and, if need be, orient the reader to the excerpt’s relationship to the whole. You needn’t explain or repeat anything that your 10 page sample makes clear. Then give us an idea of where the piece is coming from and where you think you want to go with it.

We ask you to include one of your finished plays for reference. Note (where prompted in the form) any relationship or similarities the complete play has to the proposed project, and recommend 10 pages for us to start with.

One last thing: this is a commission for Clubbed Thumb. So look around our website at our guidelines and production history for reference, if they are not familiar to you. Many of our plays have been published individually or in our anthology, “Funny, Strange, Provocative”, and are widely available to read.

The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the fall, and the commission(s) awarded by the end of 2018. The $15,000 commission — which might be split between writers if the panel so elects — will be paid out in three installments every six months, with the first installment following the signing of a contract. Send questions to info[at]clubbedthumb.org

Proposals must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday, October 8th, 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018

8th Annual Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival – Boo!

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October 11-28, 2018
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY  10012

Scare us or force us to laugh till we die – horror plays and musicals including a great spoof.  All plays submitted must be centered on and revolve around this theme.

** Note **

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

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

Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 20 pages

Submissions open: June 29, 2018

Submissions close: August 22, 2018 at 11p

Play selection announced on: September 01, 2018

All submissions must go through Submittable – please click below to submit your play or musical!


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($20 submission fee will be waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild. Please include a photo copy of your current membership card for verification.)

The first 200 submissions to be received between July 1st and August 31st will be considered. Once 200 scripts have been submitted an announcement will be made and the application will be closed.

Submissions must be completed full-length or one-act plays. No 10-minute plays, please.
Submissions must be the original work of the submitting female playwright.
Submissions may not have been previously produced or fully staged.
Submissions are due by August 31st, 2017 and must include all of the submission materials to qualify.
One script may be submitted per applicant.
International submissions are welcome.

There is a $20 submission fee. ($20 submission fee is waived for members of the Dramatists Guild with verification of current membership.)

Applicants who choose to submit materials via e-mail must also pay an additional $8.00 printing fee.

A small group of finalists will be announced in February of 2019. From that list, 3 winners will be selected and will be invited to attend the staged reading of their play in Knoxville, TN, in Summer of 2019.

The First, Second, and Third Place winners will be announced by February 14th, 2019 and will receive the Henley Rose Award. In addition, submission fees will go toward creating a cash prize for the winners of the Henley Rose Award.

Prescott (AZ) submission guidelines

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Now accepting script submissions for the 2019-2020 Season

 We accept script proposals for Mainstage, Stage Too, Family Theatre, and Reader's Theatre.
​(Please note - PCA does not take submissions for Teen Summer Stock Ensemble.)


If you wish to submit an original play which you believe meets the PCA's mission, please send a letter of inquiry with a brief synopsis (only) to the attention of our Executive Director at director@pca-az.net.  Original plays WILL be considered for our Family Theatre, Stage Too or Reader's Theatre productions.  Please indicate that the script is intended for one of these venues.

​Final decisions on venues will lie with the Production and Play Selection Committees with approval of the Board of Directors.  Our venues include Mainstage; Stage Too; Reader's Theatre; Family Theatre, and Prescott Summer Rep ( in Stage Too.)  NOTE: We will accept popular, well-known, small cast, COMEDIES only for Summer Repertory!

Stage Too Submission Cast Size Limit:  All Stage Too regular season submissions (including Reader's Theatre and Prescott Summer Rep) are limited to a cast of 6 or less.  Titles with more than 6 cast members will be considered, but are unlikely to be chosen for production.

Each play title submitted MUST  be accompanied by the following:

  • A hard or electronic copy of the title.  PCA WILL NOT purchase a hard (including a CD of the music if appropriate) or electronic copy.  That is incumbent upon the submitter.  PDF scripts should be obtained by the submitter and attached to the Script Submittal Form.
  • A brief comment and/or synopsis of the title.  You may recommend a venue for your play here.

If you have any questions before submitting your title, contact the Executive Director at (928) 541-0209 or at director@pca-az.net.

Please use the on line form to submit your script.

2nd Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 22nd Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in January 2019.  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, if not in person then by skype, phone, or email, and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.


Submission guidelines:

  • Plays must be un-produced (i.e., plays must never have had a previous production); (readings are ok); must be the play’s world premier
  • Length may be from 10 minutes to 60 minutes.  No monologues.  No period costume pieces.
  • You may submit as many plays as you wish.
  • 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(s), 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.

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Coachella Review seeks short scripts

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Deadline October 25, 2018  

The Coachella Review is the literary arts journal of the University of California Riverside–Palm Desert Graduate Center and the MFA program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.

We accept original work that is vibrant, thoughtful, and precise. Whether your work is innovative or traditional, we strive to celebrate writing that holds readers in awe.

We welcome dramatic writing for both stage and screen. We are interested in scripts within the ten to thirty page range, but may also accept shorter pieces. Stage plays should follow Final Draft format (see example here). Screenplays should be in Final Draft screenwriting format (see sample here). Please submit only Word documents. Multiple submissions are not accepted.

Diez Minutos 2019 seeks 10-minute plays

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Players Workshop seeks plays for its Seventh Annual International 10-Minute Play Festival. This fully-staged festival will be in English and will take place in late March of 2019 in the international arts center of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico — a World Heritage Site brimming with charm, history, and culture. San Miguel was voted Conde Nast Traveler Magazine 2013 "Best City in the World.” In 2017, readers of Travel – Leisure Magazine voted it the #1 city in the world to visit.

There is no fee for submitting. Each playwright whose script is selected and performed will receive a $25 USD cash honorarium and two complimentary tickets to the production. One play will be selected as the Audience Favorite and its playwright shall receive an additional $25 USD cash award.

In honor of the festival’s seventh anniversary The Founders Award, a special cash prize of $100 USD, will be awarded to the author of the best written play, as chosen by the festival’s founders.

No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.

One play will be selected as the Audience Favorite and its playwright shall receive an additional $25 USD cash award.  No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.

Submission Guidelines

Players Workshop may delete, without reading, any submission that does not comply with these rules.

Only one play may be submitted per entrant. Send us your best!

Only the first 100 plays entered are guaranteed to be considered.

The theme for 2019 will be The Seven Deadly Sins (wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, gluttony; please pick only one). Scripts must relate to the theme but are not otherwise limited in subject matter or content.

No nudity. Suitability for performance before a general adult audience will be a factor in selection.

No musicals or children’s plays, please.

The play must be submitted by email, as an attached PDF file. No MS Word files or other formats will be accepted. The subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play and the “sin” your play covers: e.g., Shakespeare; King Lear; Pride.

Blind submissions. The submission shall include all contact information for the playwright, including name, address, telephone number and email address on a separate title page; the script must be in standard play format, with a title page, a character listing, the setting, props, and any technical requirements or other production considerations.  Your name must not appear on the script. The two PDF files should be titled "Submission [Name Of Play]” and "Title Page [Name Of Play].”

The play must be in English and no longer than 10 pages in standard format, with a calculated running time of no less than eight minutes and no more than twelve minutes.

Submission period opens on August 1, 2018. Entries must be received prior to midnight U.S. Central Standard Time, August 31, 2018. No late submissions will be accepted because of transmission problems.

The play must be unpublished but may have had previous productions. If the play has had previous productions, a production history must be included with the submission. The submitting playwright must own all rights to the play.

Selection of plays will be at the absolute discretion of the judges.

Selection of a play does not guarantee production. Producers may decline to produce a selected play because of casting, directing or any other consideration, in which case no payment will be due the playwright.

Notification is expected to be made no later than December 1, 2018. Only playwrights whose plays have been selected for performance during the festival will receive notification of acceptance.

Playwrights whose plays were received in the first 100 submitted will receive first-round notification. Producers reserve the right to consider additional plays not received in the first 100.

Plays are restricted to 5 or fewer characters. Small casts are preferable, as the stage size is modest, with minimal set, props, sound cues, and costuming. Our talent pool is composed mostly of actors aged 40 and older. This will be a factor in selection.

Entering playwrights grant the producers of Diez Minutos permission to perform the play as needed during the Diez Minutos festival (March 13 – 24, 2019), and to make as many copies of the script as are necessary for production.  All other rights remain with the playwright.

Submitting Your Play
Please email your submission to: diezminutosfestival@yahoo.com. Any inquiries should be sent to the same address.

Thanks, in advance, for helping us make Diez Minutos 2019 a great success. We look forward to reading your entry.

Players Workshop San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Producer of Diez Minutos 2019

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Get Started as a Playwright at Primary Stages ESPA

If you’re just stepping into the world of playwriting, welcome! In this 5-week class at Primary Stages ESPA, Kara Lee Corthron will help you build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your first play (and each play you write after that!) can be built on a strong foundation.

Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
September 20, 27, October 4, 18, 25

This class might be for you if you are:
  • A budding playwright who wants to get down to basics. 
  • A theater artist boldly crossing the line from one discipline to another and ready to start writing!
In this class you will:
  • Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, including discussions of structure, character, and dialogue. 
  • Complete writing exercises to gain an understanding of the form and generate ideas for material. 
  • Start to write your own play by the end of the semester.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a strong grasp on writing for the stage, armed with the confidence you need to declare yourself a playwright and get to work on your script. 
  • Be ready for The First Draft!
Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Feels Blind Literary welcomes submissions

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Feels Blind Literary welcomes submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, and art from new and emerging writers and artists who identify as women.

Submissions for Issue #1 will be open until October 1, 2018 and should be sent to feelsblindliterary@gmail.com. Please put in your subject line the category to which you're submitting.

The theme for our inaugural online issue is community. Communities and the people in them thrive when we are better connected and we are interested in work that touches on the importance of community, space/place, and connection. Work that isn't specific to our theme is welcome as well, though.

 Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw the work immediately if accepted elsewhere.

Submissions must be previously unpublished, original works.

We will do our best to respond to each submission within 60 days. If 60 days has passed, please send us an inquiry at feelsblindliterary@gmail.com. We will try our best to respond much sooner and strive to provide feedback on each entry.

Short Fiction: Send one story up to 7000 words.

Flash Fiction: Send one story up to 1000 words.

Creative Non-Fiction: Send one personal essay or memoir up to 5000 words.

Plays: Send one one-act play up to 10 pages.

Poetry: Send 3-5 poems. If spoken word, send 1-3 recordings.
Art & Music: We are open to all mediums and genres. For art work, submissions must be adaptable to accommodate the space, so send us your work in a minimum of 300 ppi.

While we won't know exactly what we like until we see it, we do like honest, accessible work. Things that are overly abstract or don't make readers feel something don't do it for us. We want you to make us laugh and/or cry. We want you to challenge us as readers. We want your work to pass the Bechdel Test. We will not tell you which writers we worship, though we will tell you we don't worship Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, or John Updike.

Rights revert to the author upon publication. While we  cannot pay contributors at this time, we hope this changes in the future.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

STORY CAMP Theatre Company seeking short LGBT plays

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Story Camp Studios is seeking LGBT Plays 15-Minutes or Less for our upcoming “Come Out
with Plays” New Playwrights Reading Night in association with this year’s Orlando Pride Week
taking place in October.

Plays should be 15 Minutes or Less and contain LGBT characters and themes and include a
cast of 5 Actors or Less. The plays will be carefully selected and curated, therefore all genres
are encouraged, particularly comedy but open to all. 6-8 plays will make the final selection and
be assigned to local professional Talent and Directors.

The event will take place in Orlando, Florida as a part of the Orlando Pride Week Festivities on
October 12th (Exact Date TBD) and will support local LGBT charities and causes, but
playwrights are not required to local or in attendance in order to participate and submit their

To submit, please send an electronic copy of your short play in PDF format via email. In the
body of your email, please also include a brief bio, contact information, and logline for your play.

There is no submission fee and no fee to participate, nor limit to number of submissions.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO: info@storycampstudios.com


Story Camp Studios is committed to championing new diverse voices and producing
women-helmed, LGBTQ, and POC works and staffed with crews as diverse as our stories.

[Editor's note: playwrights themselves do not have to be LGBT]

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Call for Plays - Women Playwrights Series

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The Centenary Stage Company, an Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2018 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and Susan Glaspell Contest.

Now in its 27th year, the WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and underserved voice of women writing for the theatre today.  Each season 3 new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period, over a period of a approximately 1 week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals.  The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the public as part of the Series, giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work, as well as offering the playwright an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium.  Additional funds for travel and housing are available for one playwright each season.

The 2019 Susan Glaspell Contest:
One play from the WPS Festival will be selected by a panel of judges as the winner, to be featured in a subsequent CSC main-stage season as a full production, with an additional award of $1500 to the playwright.

Guidelines for WPS Susan Glaspell Contest:
Submit full - length play, with no prior AEA production.
(If play has had one workshop production, please include information in your cover letter about the company, # of performances, and contract, if applicable)

Please include 1 letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or professor/instructor familiar with your work.

Note: we are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

Call CSC for more details (908 979-0900)

Deadline for Open Submissions: November 2, 2018

Deadline for New Dramatists, Agent Submissions, and PW Center:  January 15, 2019
Send Submissions to:
Attn: Catherine Rust, Prog. Dir
Centenary Stage Co. WPS
400 Jefferson St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Monday, August 13, 2018

SLAM Boston Diverse Voices in Theatre seeks 10-minute plays

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Dec 11 & 12, 2018
Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

The Open Theatre is calling for ten-minute plays for our December 18’ production of SLAM Boston Diverse Voices in Theatre, Boston’s Favorite 10-Min Play Competition.

When: Plays accepted now through Sept 1

Notifications will be made by Oct 1st

We are The Open Theatre and that means we will consider work from anyone. Maybe you went to drama school. Maybe you didn't. Maybe you've written a hundred plays. Maybe this is your first, either way, we are particularly interested in seeing work from people who may have experienced the world as The Closed Theatre. We want to see work from women, artists of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and others whose voices have not been traditionally heard. So please share your work with us so that we can share it with others.

How the SLAM works:

  • 8 Plays & Directors will be chosen
  • Once teams are assembled, they will rehearse independently
  • Technical Elements: minimal scenery (cubes, chairs tables) Lights Up/Down Only and props must fit in one grocery bag
  • Plays must not go over 10min or longer than 12 pages.
  • We will have One Tech Day at BPT
  • Each play will be performed on both nights
  • The audience will vote on their favorite plays, winner is chosen from the average scores from both nights. The winning team (Actors, Playwrights, Directors) will win a cash prize! 
  • As an OTP Fundraising event, every position from producing staff to playwrights are volunteer

Please Note:
If you have submitted to OTP’s SLAM Boston before, please do NOT submit again, we consider previously submitted works within these calls.

How to apply:

  • Submit 1 Version with full contact information & 1 Version with NO contact information
  • Plays must be sent in either a .pdf or word doc
  • Please include a brief synopsis & your full contact information
  • Please use the subject line SLAM Boston 2018 Submission
  • Submissions can be sent via email to submissions@theopentheatre.com

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Little Black Dress seeks 10-minute plays from women

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2019 Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Fest: Swimming With Giants (submission form)
This year’s festival theme is SWIMMING WITH GIANTS.  Playwrights are invited to submit short (1-10 minute) plays and/or monologues written on this theme.  In the past we’ve had great success with short scenelets as well (10-minute plays comprised of a couple of scenes, which we can sprinkle throughout the line-up).

**We know that the "ten-minute" thing can feel vague/limiting/over-done/etc.  But believe us, we have built some truly kick ass festivals out of some truly phenomenal short pieces that meet (or even beat) the ten-minute mark.  Our most successful plays have been those that move with a snappish pace, that punch you in the gut and keep on running, or make us laugh so hard we gasp for air and then BOOM, it's over and we're over the moon.  Short plays that leave us wanting more instead of feeling antsy are the bees knees, as far as we're concerned.  So please adhere to the under-10-minute challenge and have fun!  (And keep in mind we strive to produce as many playwrights as possible, so shorter pieces do stand a better chance of making it to the final line-up)**

Remember:  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.  By submitting to the festival, you agree to share your work for review in this process.

As always, LBDI will be producing readings of the top scoring plays at locations nation-wide.  The top eight to ten scoring plays will also move on to full production with Little Black Dress INK in 2019.

Submissions will be accepted July 1st – Aug 15th.

*** There are two steps to submitting work for this year's festival:
      1.  Complete and submit the form.
      2.  Upload a BLIND PDF at the bottom of this form (Blind PDF = no playwright info anywhere on the script!)
      3. Check your email for confirmation of receipt!  (If you don't get a confirmation email from Google, it may mean something has gone wrong and your submission was not received.  Please let us know if this happens.)

REMEMBER - This year's theme is SWIMMING WITH GIANTS.  Now go wild, ladies!  We can't wait to read your work!

Questions?  Email Info@LittleBlackDressINK.org  (This is our question/info address only.  Please do NOT send submissions to this email address as they may get lost.)

Object Movement Festival for puppetry seeks submissions

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OBJECT MOVEMENT is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The purpose of the program is to develop new work and advance existing works-in-progress that address social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical questions through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of performances. Participants will meet weekly as a group to share the progress of their pieces and offer feedback. The group is moderated by a curatorial team of puppetry artists and producers. Group meetings will be from September 2018 through May 2019, culminating in a festival of performances.

Applications due August 31, 2018
Participants notified by September 10, 2018
Residency meetings start September 18, 2018
Work in progress showing in December 2018
Performance festival May 17-19 and 24-26, 2019
Workshop meetings will take place weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm at The Center at West Park on the Upper West Side starting September 18, 2018 and continuing through May 2018. Participants will be expected to commit to the weekly schedule with a minimum number of absences.

Festival performances will be in the Center’s Balcony Theater on May 17-19 and 24-26, 2019. Each participant will have at least three total performances on one of the two weekends. Final performances may be short (15-20 minutes) or full length (40-50 minutes).

Participants will receive up to 40 hours of free rehearsal space at the Center during the residency. Free rehearsal hours may be used in the Chapel between 10am and 6pm, Monday-Friday and must be reserved in advance.

Artist Fee

All participants will receive an equal share of the box office proceeds from the festival as an Artist Fee at the end of the residency.

Festival Info

The Object Movement 2019 Festival will take place over two weekends, with Program A running Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19 and Program B running Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26. Participants will be scheduled in Program A or B in early 2018 based on performer availability. Each piece in the festival will get one full day in the theater for tech and dress rehearsal.

The Center will provide front of house and technical staff for the festival, including a box office manager, house manager, technical director, and production stage manager. Equipment including a lighting rep plot and PA sound system will also be provided. All tickets will be $15 and sold through the Center’s website.

Print and digital marketing materials, including posters and Facebook pages, will be created by the Center. The Center will host a promo photo shoot in advance of the festival, and provide a photographer for production stills.

Application Information

Artists of all ages, experience levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applications should be for a specific project, either a new piece or an existing work in progress to be developed further. Please upload a one-page text description and one-page image/illustration of the project you would like to develop and perform during the residency and festival.

Your text description should include:

  • the style of puppetry or object theater used in the project
  • the social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical question(s) addressed in the project
  • why puppetry or object theater is essential to addressing the question(s) and the conception of the project
  • the length of the piece you are hoping to perform at the festival and how much of the material you have already created, if any
  • Please upload a document with one-page resumes or narrative biographies for up to three lead artists participating in the project. PDF preferred.

Please upload a document with work samples for up to three lead artist participating in this project. Work samples can be links to video, audio, or image galleries; a series of still images; and/or text. Please keep script samples to no more than 10 pages. PDF preferred.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the application process, the residency, or the festival.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

New Light Theater Project seeks plays from NYC-based writers

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Submissions open July 17 thru August 17, 2018.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these submission guidelines:

  * This contest is restricted to unproduced plays written in the English language.
  * Playwrights must be NYC-based.
  * Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays. Translations, musicals, adaptations, screenplays, one-act plays, and children's plays are not accepted.
  * Playwrights may submit only one script per year.
  * Plays that have been professionally produced in NYC are not eligible.
  * Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
  * Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission. NLTP will have right of first refusal once script has won.
  * Plays must be typed/word-processed and page-numbered.
  * Plays must be submitted electronically. No hard copies, please.

New Light Theater Project reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

Electronic submissions for the New Light New Voices Award must be submitted no later than August 17, 2018. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and a 2-3 sentence description of the play. Your play title with your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography must be submitted in a separate attachment.

Please send the script in PDF format with the title format: PLAY TITLE.pdf

Submit the electronic copy of your manuscript to: nlnvsubmissions@gmail.com with the subject line “NEW LIGHT NEW VOICES SUBMISSION: (title of your play)”

Please note: the award is contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the production agreement.

The Yale Drama Series 2019 playwriting competition

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The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2019 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Ayad Akhtar. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.

2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, adaptations, and children's plays are not accepted. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.

3. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.

4. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.

5. Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

6. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in professional play format.

7. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

8. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.


The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2019 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2018 and no later than August 15, 2018. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to: https://yup.submittable.com/submit.

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2019 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2018 and no later than August 15, 2018.

If you are submitting a hard copy of your play, the manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), page count, and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments; and a second title page that lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please include a brief biography at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page.

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include an email address on your title page or a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT

Or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

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