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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Troy Foundry Theatre seeks supernatural plays

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Troy Foundry Theatre, a 501(c) 3 professional theatre company in Troy, NY is currently accepting submissions of new plays for the OCTOBER sessions of the DARK DAY MONDAYS FREE READING SERIES.  The selected plays will be presented in staged reading format with the possibility of being considered for full staging in the 19.20 season. Please see below for details and submission directions.

This session will specifically highlight plays that focus on the supernatural (whatever that means to you). The submitted play needs to be recently written and possibly never staged before. We are not interested in monologues. There are no restrictions on script-length or subject.  To learn more about past DARK DAY MONDAY events, visit www.troyfoundrytheatre.com.


Submissions for the OCTOBER 2018 session will be accepted until 5pm on MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2018. To submit your work email to info@troyfoundrytheatre.com with the subject line:

OCTOBER supernatural playwright session_FIRST NAME LAST NAME_ TITLE OF PLAY.

There is NO submission fee. Please include a short playwright’s bio, a production history of the piece, and the play in PDF or WORD doc format. You will only hear back from us if your play is selected for reading. 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Queer Scare V

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The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for Queer Scare V,  staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Halloween on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC.  


  • Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes (no more than 10 pages in standard format.) 
  • Plays must about the LGBTQ experience and have a Halloween theme or be scary. 
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand 
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal.

Deadline Monday, October 1, 2018, 5 pm.
No fee to submit

Feels Blind Literary welcomes submissions of plays from women

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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.


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Deadline: September 30, 2018

Attention playwrights! Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts is once again calling for submissions for its award-winning, 19th Biennial Year End Series Festival of New Plays - THE Y.E.S. FESTIVAL, running April 4–14, 2019.

  • Full-length plays are eligible. All rights must be fully owned by the author.
  • No children’s theatre, one-acts, or reader’s theatre pieces will be considered.
  • Adaptations will be considered only if the adapted work is in the public domain.
  • A submitted play may not have had a previous professional or university production.
  • In deciding which play to submit, a writer should know the festival will be cast with undergraduate student actors. Plays with larger casts are looked upon favorably in the selection process.
  • Scripts must be standard sized, legibly typed, and bound. Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred.
  • Submissions (ONE per playwright) should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.

  • An entry form must accompany a submitted script (visit nku.edu/theatre for downloadable form or email mking@nku.edu).
  • Submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2018.
  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish the project director to acknowledge receipt of your script.
  • Scripts are not returnable unless specifically requested and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Returnable scripts will be mailed back after the selected playwrights have been notified.
Submissions, accompanied by an entry form, should be mailed to:
            Michael King
            NKU School of the Arts
            Nunn Drive, FA 205
            Highland Heights, KY 41099


Selections will be made and selected playwrights notified no later than December 31, 2018.

The names of the winning plays will be posted on the Y.E.S. Festival website in late January.

Selected playwrights must be available to visit the festival about one week before opening so their visit can be arranged to include late rehearsals and the premiere of their play. Festival dates are April 4–14, 2019. The visiting dates are at the discretion of the festival. The cost of travel and accommodations will be covered by NKU. Selected playwrights will receive a cash prize of $400.

Playwrights and directors of their plays will participate in one post-show question-and-answer session with the audience.

2018 Stephanie Lehr Playwriting Competition

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The Guinea Pig Lab literary board would like to invite all playwrights to enter their 2018 search for plays.

The board is looking specifically for scripts written as one-woman plays and plans to select THREE for staged readings in spring 2019 in Wichita, Kansas. The competition, named in honor of Guinea Pig Lab volunteer Stephanie Lehr, is open to all playwrights however, two of the plays will be selected from Kansas playwrights. This allows us to continue in our mission to support Kansas playwrights, but also allows us to bring in new playwrights so the winners can network and share experiences.

Call for Entries
The Guinea Pig Lab is calling for full-length or one-act plays.

Scripts are due September 30, 2018 by midnight.

Winner and runners-up will be notified in mid-January. The winner will also receive a staged reading from the Guinea Pig Lab in the spring of 2019, dates TBA. Winners of the competition are welcome to attend the event and will be acknowledged with certificates and a short ceremony – as we want to ensure the playwright is in attendance so they can fully reap the benefits of a public reading. Prior to the reading, the winner will receive a session with our resident dramaturg, Dr. Dan Bacalzo, a former theatre critic and professor.

For the 2018 Competition:
-submit your play (minimum of 20-minute estimated run-time)
-you are welcome to select your own topic, no restrictions
-NO musicals, please
-please submit play in standard traditional play format, in English
-submissions must be original, unpublished plays
-translations and adaptations are not accepted
-no fee to enter
-one script per playwright each contest, please

KANSAS ENTRANTS: You MUST be either currently living in Kansas or the KC Metro Area to submit or be a former Kansas resident who retains ties to the state. If you are not living in Kansas at the time of submission, please note when you lived in Kansas and why you are no longer in the state in your bio. (i.e. Lived in Kansas from birth to 18, now in Colorado going to CU-Boulder).

Please send your script with a short author’s bio and contact information to theguineapiglab@gmail.com, preferably as a pdf.

Remember, deadline is September 30, 2018.

Brave New World Repertory Theatre seeking full-length plays

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Three to four original, full-length plays (under 120 pages preferred) will be selected and given staged readings. Plays that reflect upon social justice and human rights themes, or that address current socio-political and/or environmental challenges will be given priority.

Thanks to the enthusiasm of our base community last season, BNWorks 2019 will return to private living rooms in Ditmas Park Brooklyn between January 2019 and May 2019. Plays must be un-produced, but previously staged readings/workshops are not disqualifying factors. Chosen playwrights will receive a small stipend.

Brave New World Rep is committed to giving a platform to voices and stories from underrepresented and historically disenfranchised communities. Black, Latinx, Asian/Asian-American, POC, Indigenous, Muslim, immigrant, trans, LGBTQA+, gender non-conforming, differently abled, femme and/or female-identifying playwrights are HIGHLY encouraged to submit. Brooklyn-based playwrights will also be given first consideration.

To submit, please send an electronic copy of your script in PDF format with numbered pages to submissions@bravenewworldrep.org. In a separate document or in the body of your submission email, please also include a short synopsis of your play, a brief bio, and a website link (if relevant to your work as a writer/theater artist.) Entry is limited to one play per season.

The deadline for consideration for the 2019 BNW Reading Series is October 1st 2018, however submissions are accepted all year-round, with the potential of being considered for future opportunities. Only playwrights who are selected will be notified.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Stage Door Productions, Inc Twelfth Annual Original One-Act Festival

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Fredericksburg, Va

Festival prizes to be awarded: Six plays shall be selected for production in the spring (March/April/May) of 2019. Of those six selected, one shall win the Grand Prize $150 and one shall win runner up $100 as determined by the festival play readers.  Of the remaining four, one shall will an Audience Favorite Prize $100 to be determined by the audience attending the festival performances.

Guidelines for submission:

  • All submissions must be original, unpublished one act plays of 20 pages or less. 
  • Submissions must be received by email between September 1, 2018 and November 1, 2018
  • Any submissions not adhering to the following guidelines may be eliminated from consideration.
  • Additional information and guidelines:
  • All scripts must be submitted electronically via email in .pdf format. Please email roy@stagedoorproductions.org
  • All scripts should include a short biography of the playwright for publication on website, programs, and publicity materials to be considered for evaluation. 
  • Playwrights will be notified via e-mail when their manuscript is received.
  • Scripts should include:
  • A separate title page with name of the playwright, address, telephone number and e-mail address
  • A cast of characters with descriptions
  • A brief synopsis
  • Numbered pages
  • Playwrights shall not submit more than two plays to be considered per festival year.
  • Playwrights will be notified by February 15, 2019, if their play has been selected for production.
  • Plays selected for production will be listed on our website, www.stagedoorproductions.org
  • All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.
  • Stage Door Productions shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties.
  • Production will be at the discretion of Stage Door Productions.
  • Only stage plays will be considered.  Musical, film or TV scripts will not be selected for production.
  • All submissions must be original and unpublished.
  • Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted.
  • Critical analysis or feedback will not be provided.
  • Playwrights should be aware that the size of our stage is limited. There are no opportunities for elaborate scene changes.
  • Please consider our audience and do not send sexually explicit or gratuitously violent scripts.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

NYCPlaywrights Podcast seeks monologues & 10-minute plays/excerpts on "the supernatural"

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The next NYCPlaywrights Podcast will be around the theme of The Supernatural in honor of Halloween.

These are the submission rules:

  • The deadline is Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • There is no fee for submission 
  • The script must have something to do with the supernatural
  • The submission can be one monologue or one ten-minute play or a ten-minute excerpt from a larger work.
  • The monologue can only be one page long. 
  • The ten-minute play or ten-minute excerpt cannot be longer than 10 pages.
  • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email as a PDF file.
  • Send the script to hello@playwrightspodcast.com
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • Only one submission per 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. 
  • The monologue or play may be submitted by any writer in the world but must be in English
  • It's OK if the play or monologue has been produced before. But not published.
  • The NYCPlaywrights decisions are final.
  • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologue and/or play on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday October 7.
  • A recording of the play will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.
If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com

NYCPlaywrights Podcast Episode #3: O CANADA

Listen to a reading of the monologue selected from our call for submissions, CONTES DU CAMP CANADIEN by Vivian Lermond; an interview with Vivian; an interview with Michael Rubinoff, the creator of COME FROM AWAY; interviews with Canadian playwrights & composers in French & English, plus a scandal in Canada with Justin Trudeau.

And the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast call for submissions for the next podcast episode on the theme "The Supernatural"


Target Margin Institute 2019 Fellowship

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A year-long fellowship (January – December) that provides five diverse artists space, support and a $1,000 stipend to challenge themselves and their art-making practice. There is no curriculum or “teaching” structure. There is no final result or project. The core goal is rigorously to question our own assumptions about what the theater is, what it could be, and what we would like it to be.

Our 2019 Institute will involve study, practical work, presentation, reflection, and include the following:

Stipends – Each Fellow receives a $1,000 stipend to relieve financial burdens and nurture their artistic practice.

Intensives – Fellows gather quarterly for three-day retreats in throughout the 2019 year (January – December). These are led by Target Margin Artistic Director David Herskovits and Associate Artistic Director Moe Yousuf, and the Fellows themselves. Intensives provide space and time for Fellows to collaboratively play / practice / test existing performance and theatrical frameworks.

Experiments – Each Fellow will engage in an artistic experiment. It might test an idea; question a principle the Fellow becomes interested in; allow the Fellow to change their process or working approach; or challenge the Fellow’s assumptions about collaboration. It has no performance goal or production outcome.

Open Studios – In late fall 2019 we will host a one day event in our space open to our local community and peers in the field. The form of the Open Studios will be shaped by the Fellows and created to highlight their specific ways of working within our Institute throughout the year. It may be an open showing, an invited rehearsal, conversation, facilitated dialogue, or participatory event.

Breakfasts – Fellows and TMT Artistic Staff have breakfast together one morning each month; this is an opportunity for informal sharing, conversation, and reflection. We ask that all Fellows commit to attending as many breakfasts as possible. After all, it’s the most important meal of the day.

Artists who have demonstrated a serious commitment to their practice and an interest in TMT’s principles, and are ready to move in a radical new direction. Fellows should be poised to embrace the open-ended questioning that guides the Institute. Applicants may emerge from any theatrical discipline (actors, designers, writers, directors, producers, stage managers, administrators, etc.). We also accept applications from other artistic fields (music, visual art, literature, etc.) as long as the connection to performance is clearly articulated.

Monday, September 24, 2018

14th Annual Reader's Theatre seeks plays 5-10 minutes long

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produced by Brian Heaton & Scott McWhirter

General guidelines are listed below and are subject to change.

2018 Submission Deadline: October 26, 2018

Approximately 8-12 selected plays will be read and voted on by the attending audience. Two $50 prizes will be awarded, one selected by the event readers and one voted on as audience favorite.

General guidelines

  • Limit of two entries per playwright of an original work that has not been published or produced.
  • Monologues and one person 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 (October 26, 2018). 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

Actors Theatre Playhouse Seeking Scripts for 2019 Ten Minute Play Festival

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The Actors Theatre Playhouse of West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, and Brattleboro, Vermont, is accepting Ten Minute Play Submissions for its Ten Minute Play Festival in June of 2019.


All scripts will be accepted ONLY thru Email at tenplays19@gmail.com

Email is best for us to get your manuscript to our review committees as quickly as possible. Upon acceptable receipt, a return email will confirm your delivery to us.

The deadline for entry of a manuscript is September 30th, 2018. 

Six to eight Winners and Alternates will be announced to all participants by early November.

It is with deep regret that we cannot offer any financial prizes at this time. The winners will receive production of their play as part of our next Ten-Minute Play Festival and multiple tickets should the authors be able to attend.

Ten-minute plays should play in one scene, have minimal scenic requirements, not exceed ten-twelve pages in length and have two to six characters.

The goal of the Festival is both to encourage the production of new works from regional writers while exposing our actors and directors to the techniques and practices of working with playwrights and producing new plays.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Theatre Three 22nd Annual Festival of One-Act Plays

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  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted. 
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children’s plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 10
  • Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.) 
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.

Scripts must be post-marked by September 30, 2018.

Each season, THE FESTIVAL receives approximately 400 submissions. To date, THE FESTIVAL has received over 8,000 submissions from across the world. THE FESTIVAL has produced 120 world premieres by 84 different playwrights. THE FESTIVAL presents between five and seven plays each season.

Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail. Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left-hand corner. (No loose pages and no binders, please.) Any stage play format is acceptable. We do not accept electronic submissions at this time. Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

If playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.

Selected plays will be presented for ten performances in April 2019 at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on Theatre Three’s Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $125 stipend.

Playwrights are welcome to attend any rehearsals or performances. Playwrights will receive a standard Dramatists Guild-approved contract. Playwrights will receive four complimentary tickets to be used at any performances. Playwrights will receive copies of playbills, flyers, articles, and reviews as well as a link to all publicity and production photos. THEATRE THREE is responsible for all elements of production; playwrights incur no expenses. THEATRE THREE retains no future production rights.

Plays should be submitted to THE 22nd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS, Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE, PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512

Final selection of plays will be in late 2018.

Manhattan Repertory Theatre is seeking fully produced short plays for its NOVEMBER NEW WORKS

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Manhattan Rep's November New Works is created to showcase your new work in the heart of the theatrical capital of the world - Times Square!
And we make it easy and fun!
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 the magical power of the theatre!

Seeking never produced before 1 act plays 7 to 25 minutes
(cast, directed and ready to be performed by November 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,
The aprox. running time,
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 October 15, 2018

Please put “November New Works” 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 October 15, 2018, if we fill up all available performance slots.

There is no submission fee.

Once accepted, there is a $85 participation fee.

The Sauk Plays-in-Development 2019

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We are seeking unproduced plays. These can be any style (comedy, drama, children's play and/or musical) and any length (one-act or full-length). A completed draft of the play must be submitted. It is understood that changes can be made to the script between initial submission and performance.

The goal of Plays-in-Development is help playwrights continue to develop plays that have yet to be produced. By working with a director and actors, the playwright can learn vital information about their work. After the public readings, playwrights are able to participate in a talkback with the audience. We want playwrights to leave the experience with positive and constructive feedback to improve their plays.

It is expected that the selected playwrights will be involved in the Plays-in-Development process. The plays will first go through notes with the executive director in early 2019. A director will then be assigned to each play and work with the playwright prior to an audition draft being submitted. Auditions will take place in early June with two weeks of rehearsals prior to public readings.

Playwrights are encouraged to make changes to their scripts throughout the rehearsal process (often handing in new drafts on a weekly or even daily basis). The public staged readings will take place in early July 2019. A royalty is provided to the selected playwrights and The Sauk will provide the opportunity for the playwrights to fly to Michigan and be involved in the final days of rehearsals and the public reading.

Please e-mail a draft copy of the script, a one paragraph plot description and playwright's contact information to Executive Director Trinity Bird at saukpid@gmail.com.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018. 

The play selection committee will review all submissions and select the scripts to be part of the process. The selected plays will be announced on or before November 1, 2018.  For more information, contact the e-mail above.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

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.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Act One: One Act Festival 2019

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Act One: One Act Festival January 3rd - 13th 2019

The Act One: One Act Festival 2019 is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2019 festival. Deadline for submissions is December 10th and acceptances will be awarded from now until December 10th, so feel free to apply earlyie: We will be reading plays as they come in and notifying before the deadline passes. Early submission advised. If you wait until the last day you may miss out since this is much smaller, shorter festival than our Summer LIC One Act.

The Act One: One Act Festival 2019 is a self producing competition style one-act play festival.  The plays are divided into three different programs. Each program will run at least four times possibly more. The Audience will vote for best plays so if all of your friends come you will be sure to make the finals!

The top six nominated plays will compete on January 13th at 7:00pm for Best Actor, Best Actress, Director and Best Play.   Best Actor wins $50, Actress $50, Director $50 and Best Play $100. We also intend to invite the finalists to have their play published in a short play anthology. This would be a non-exclusive deal which doesn’t prevent the author from pursuing a deal with Samuel French for example and is not mandatory.

All types of short play are considered, but please remember to keep the staging simple with minimal set and props.  We will be using the theatres standard lighting plot and will provide you with a light and sound board operator. In addition we will offer free 2 hour rehearsal space to each show from November 19th - January 2nd which is subject to availability and on a first come first served.

We are looking for plays that are 10 – 20 minutes in length maximum.  WE WILL REJECT PLAYS OVER 20 MINS LONG. [Useful guide: 1 min per page is a rough guide]

The Act One: One Act Festival 2019 plans to run a rotating schedule of performances beginning Thursday, January 3rd through Saturday January 12th.  Each Play is responsible for providing their Director and Actors for their production.

Break a leg!  Equity Showcases permitted but acts will obtain their own code, The Secret Theatre will provide Equity compliant Insurance to the productions.

Scripts may be submitted to: https://www.jotform.com/trimistopheles/act-one-one-act-festival-2019 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mid-America Theatre Conference seeks 10 minute plays

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Playwriting Symposium—Call for Ten-Minute Plays

The Playwriting Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference seeks submissions of new, unproduced ten-minute plays by playwrights who wish to participate in our Dramatists Play Lab. All submissions must be received by OCTOBER 1, 2018.

The all-conference theme for our 2019 conference in Cleveland is “Invention.” Whether born of necessity or sheer inspiration, from manifestos to manifestations of our creativity, how do theatres and practitioners design, innovate, and invent? How do historians address inventions or invent new histories? How do these inventions reshape our understanding of our histories, practices, and possibilities on the page, the stage, in the archives, and our classrooms? What gizmos, contraptions, and whirligigs, material or abstract, support our curiosity, passion, discoveries, and experimentation? How might a work’s reception be shaped/reshaped through invention? What inventions are waiting on the horizon? We invite you to explore ways in which we devise, adapt, improvise, and inspire original ideas in our practices, pedagogies, stories, histories, and historiographies. We encourage playwrights to consider the all-conference theme as a springboard to generate plays that problematize traditional stories and structures, although submissions not directly related to the conference theme will be considered as well.

The Playwriting Symposium invites proposals of 10-minute scripts around the theme of “Invention.” This is a juried event, and while we invite all playwrights to submit, the call for scripts is directed primarily at academic playwrights who are faculty members or graduate students and/or professionals in the field who seek the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from their peers. First-time conference attendees are welcome to submit! Cleveland is a popular conference site for MATC, so we are particularly eager for your help in spreading the word to playwrights in colleges, universities and professional communities within easy travel distance from our conference site!

The selected plays will be rehearsed and presented as staged readings during the Playwriting Symposium sessions. Each play will have an assigned team of a director, dramaturg, actors and possibly scenographers and stage managers. Each ten-minute play receives limited rehearsal time at the conference. All participants assigned to a given project will have the final script in hand prior to the start of the conference. A small number of additional plays will be selected for cold readings as a part of our annual Fringe Festival.

All selected playwrights must register for the conference and are expected to attend rehearsals for their play and participate in a post-reading discussion. Alas, there is no funding from the conference for travel or lodging costs.

Scripts must be typewritten using Samuel French or similar guidelines with a Times New Roman 12-point font.

Scripts may not exceed ten minutes in length. We will NOT accept plays with longer run times. Please time your plays prior to submission. A general page estimate for a 10-minute play includes approximately 8-9 pages, although this is clearly not an exact science. Scripts with fast-paced dialogue are often much shorter in time than plays with extensive monologues.

Due to the nature of the conference, please limit your script to two-four actors. Roles may be doubled within our acting pool, but the symposium can only accommodate a maximum of four actors per script.

Submitted scripts should bear only the title of the play and NOT the name and address of the author. To ensure blind review, include a separate cover page document with the title of the play, name of the author, address, phone number, email, and university/college, theatre, or state affiliation.

Playwrights may submit only one (1) 10-minute play script to the conference. Playwrights who submit multiple plays will not be considered. Plays that have been produced or have received readings or workshops prior to the submission date are not eligible for the Symposium. Please note that playwrights may also submit one (1) full-length or one-act play to the Plays-in-Progress initiative under a separate CFP.

If you are also interested in (or know someone else who is interested in) acting or directing, or serving as a dramaturg, scenographer or stage manager, please apply (or have them apply) under separate cover. There is a separate CFP for those roles.

No individual may submit to more than two symposia. This limit is put in place to avoid scheduling conflicts and to provide more individuals the opportunity to present. Please keep in mind, all the activities tied to playwriting and play development are part of a single symposia: Playwriting.

Submit plays and cover pages by email attachment in PDF format to Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, Playwriting Symposium Co-Chair (ethib1@uis.edu). Please direct any questions to Eric.

Acceptances will be acknowledged by December 2018 or earlier.

Adirondack Theatre Festival submission window open

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ATF produces new scripts of the highest caliber throughout each season. To help fulfill this mission, we welcome the opportunity to read submissions from skilled playwrights who feel their work would be a good fit at the Adirondack Theatre Festival.

**Please note our new policy. Submissions are now accepted from Aug. 15-Oct. 1 only. This new policy is to help us manage the large volume of submissions we receive and ensure that your play is heavily considered during the fall season selection period.

If you are interested in submitting your play to be considered for future seasons at ATF, please send the following via email to Literary@ATFestival.org:

  • Full PDF version of the script (Word also accepted)
  • Brief (3-5 sentence) synopsis of the play
  • Production history—including any readings, workshop or full productions the play has received thus far
  • Professional playwright resume or bio
  • Please note: all submissions MUST be sent electronically. Plays submitted via email can be sent either by the playwright or by a literary agent on the playwright’s behalf. Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive, please allow a few weeks for a response acknowledging receipt of your script. ATF does not provide dramaturgical feedback.

If you have any further questions about the submission process, please reach out to ATF’s Literary Manager, Hank Greene, at Literary@ATFestival.org.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Seeing Between the Lines at Primary Stages ESPA

The dramaturg’s job is to read between the lines and enhance a script with specificity and accuracy. This workshop will teach you to watch and read a play from the perspective of a dramaturg and see what you’ve been missing. With your eyes opened, you’ll be able to incorporate dramaturgical practice into your work as a writer.

Instructor: Ken Cerniglia (Dramaturg and Literary Manager, Disney Theatrical Group)

Tuesday, October 9
6:30pm – 9:30pm

This class might be for you if you:
  • Would like the ability to translate what you see on stage to your own work.
In this class you will:
  • Watch a performance of the Primary Stages production of Final Follies by A.R. Gurney prior to the class date. (Tickets will be provided for students at no additional cost.) 
  • Meet with your class after viewing the production. Your instructor will facilitate a class discussion about the production, exploring the questions of why this play, in this place, at this time. 
  • Discuss what it means to be a dramaturg, what dramaturgical inquiry is, and how you can incorporate dramaturgical practice into your work no matter your role in a production.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a better understanding of the role of a dramaturg and be able to bring dramaturgy into your work as a writer.
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.

Canal Cafe Theatre (UK) seeks shorts.

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After our successful runs of Shorts @ The Canal and The Twilight Hour at Canal Cafe Theatre, Union Theatre and Etcetera Theatre, we are inviting all writers to submit a play no longer than
15-minute, for "The Twilight Hour" season 2.

The show will be based on The Twilight Zone TV series to be performed at the award-winning Canal Cafe

Theatre a renowned comedy and theatre venue in London.

A selection process will follow and if your play is chosen, it will be
assigned to an emerging director. Play will then be rehearsed and then
staged for 4 nights. Dates 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th November.
An excellent opportunity for writers to see their work come to life in
front of an audience.

Things to bear in mind:
Twilight Zone theme - fantasy, sci-fi, suspense, psychological thriller often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist and usually with a moral
No character limit
Minimal set
Up to 15-minute running time

Please send your short plays to shortsatthecanal@gmail.com
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Deadline: 7th October

Tuesday, September 18, 2018



Ego Actus Presents Samuel Gallu’s rousing one-man show about the little president that could!

Stage and film actor, J. Dolan Byrnes takes command of the role from October 18 – 28 (Thursday – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p,m.) at the Episcopal Actors Guild, 1 East 29th Street, NYC.

Tickets are offered at a discount for $18 to visitors of this web site
and can be purchased at http://www.Artful.ly/Ego-Actus with discount code NYCwrights

Production directed by Joan Kane

In these trying times, we need a president who will take command of the nation and lead us to victory and renew the spirit of patriotism … even if its just on stage!

The prolific Ego Actus Theatre Company presents a revival of Samuel Gallu’s one man exploration of the president that got us out of a war and not in one – Harry S. Truman.

In a younger life J. Dolan Byrnes worked as a Congressional Aide for a Member of Congress who stood up to the Reagan administration on a very important moral issue of the time and at great cost to her own career, a very Trumanesque thing to do. Coming from a working-class family with a keen interest in politics and an active involvement in local affairs, Byrnes says “It is the role of a lifetime to be able to portray this giant of a man.  Truman fought for my parents and perhaps yours as well, average Americans working in the factories of post-World War II.  He never forgot his farm roots, never lost his integrity, and always put “the folks” first; not the banks, not big business, not big unions, just “the folks” 

The Take Ten, Ten Minute Play Festival

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The Take Ten, Ten Minute Play festival is looking for submissions for our 2019 festival. The festival will take place April 8-14 2019 at the Jewelbox Theatre in NYC. This is a self producing festival and includes a cash prize for best play, best director, best actor and best actress, as well as a workshop production for the writer of the best play. Please submit your ten minute plays today, as the deadline for submission is October 31st, 2018. We hope to be able to work with you this year!

Email to betweenusproductions@gmail.com

Monday, September 17, 2018


In this Saturday's weekly email blast (September 22, 2018) NYCPlaywrights is giving away free tickets to six SEVEN different shows.

But you won't be in the running for free tickets if you aren't on the mailing list.

To join the mailing list go to this page and sign right up!

See you on Saturday!


by Daniel Damiano

Award-winning Playwright/Actor Daniel Damiano returns in his solo play, AMERICAN TRANQUILITY, for a limited engagement at the East Village Playhouse,  after its acclaimed performance in the 2018 Downtown Urban Arts Festival, focusing on the human divide in 21st Century from the perspective of four very different Americans.  "Damiano seamlessly pulls off each of the four individual performances of the characters in his show.

I do hope that this isn't the last that we hear of this show." 
- Anthony J. Piccione, OnStage Blog

We at fandango 4 Art House would like to extend discounted tickets for all NYCPlaywright members  by using code ATEVP at www.eastvillageplayhouse.com.

Please note that seating is extremely limited.

Discount tickets: THE LONG RAIL NORTH


part of The New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC
(a production of The Present Company)


Order your discount tickets by emailing Michael Hagins at mchagins@gmail.com - please specify the number of tickets and the date in your email.

Dates and Tickets
Saturday October 13th – 4:45 pm
Monday October 15th  – 9:30 pm
Saturday October 20th – 7:00 pm
Tuesday October 23rd – 4:45 pm (Talkback directly following)
Saturday October 27th – 12:15
Tickets: $22 $15 for visitors of the NYCPlaywrights blog!


C.A.G.E. Theatre Company will present – as part of the first fall season of the New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC – The Long Rail North, written by award-winning playwright, Michael Hagins, and directed by former Planet Connections Artistic Director, Brock H. Hill.

The Long Rail North centers on Pvt. Thomas Morgan, a black union soldier, who must escape via train with a young southern white girl named Molly Barnes that he rescued from a plantation fire of a nearby Civil War battle. Exhausted, with limited resources and even fewer allies, Morgan (played by Xavier Rodney) continues traveling north getting Molly to safety – despite her racist view of him and his race. Regardless of his good intentions, both union and confederate forces pursue them.

Mr. Rodney is joined by Jordyn Morgan, Rich Wisneski, Anna M. Hogan, and Michael J. Whitten.

The C.A.G.E. (Classical Avant-Garde Experimental) Theatre of New York City begins its 14th season with this world premiere by founder, Michael Hagins. The company – dedicated to bringing classical works to modern audiences in new and fascinating ways have presented works including Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Swashbuckling Comedy! and A 1940’s Comedy of Errors.

 Stage Manager: Liza Penney; Technical Director: Melissa Farinelli; Costume Designer: Janet Mervin.

Discount tickets: SQUATTERS

written, directed, and featuring Joshua Crone

ONLY $15 at Brownpapertickets

Squatters enjoyed international success as a play in Germany and London and a film version was made of the latter. Now it comes to America for the very first time in this limited run at NY’s NuBox Theatre 754 Ninth Ave. (Fourth Floor) on Friday, September 28 @ 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 29 @ 3;00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, September 30 @ 3:00 p.m.

Ground Zero, Late September 2001.
After a few drinks in a downtown New York bar, a young man takes his date home to his “squat” an empty flat in a high-rise building overlooking Ground Zero. Is this a one-night stand … or have they met before?

This darkly comic play by international filmmaker and stage artist, Joshua Crone, looks at the events surrounding 9/11 and the subsequent mass hysteria that swept across America and the world in the wake of the attacks.

911 was 17 years ago. Where are we now… and why.

Growing Stage New Play-Reading Festival Submission

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Submissions OPEN till Oct. 1st

This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced non-musical TYA scripts to be considered as one of four plays to be featured in the New Play-Reading Festival this coming season at The Growing Stage Theatre – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey.

The New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate rounds during our season.

After each reading, there is a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright, if present.  After 2nd Round of play readings, one of the four scripts are then selected to be presented as a fully mounted production in The Growing Stage’s 2019 – 2020 season!

  • Plays should be intended for young audiences through high school age and have a minimum performance length of approximately 45 minutes.
  • Scripts may be previously produced, but must be unpublished and not committed to publication.
  • Supporting materials (resumes, photos, reviews, etc.) should not accompany submissions.
  • Playwright may submit up to two scripts.
  • We do ask that scripts be submitted via email as a PDF to Danny Campos, New Play-Reading Festival Director at newplays@growingstage.com
  • The playwright’s name must not be visible anywhere on the script.  Please include the playwright’s name, address, phone, and play title in your email submission.
  • If you choose to send a manuscript via mail please note that the script cannot be returned.  Playwrights should include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for confirmation of receipt of their scripts.
  • Musicals are eligible.  Submissions must include a sample recording of the music and lyrics.  Please do not send a written score.
  • Playwrights shall allow the release of their names, addresses, and play titles to The Growing Stage.
  • If your script submission is an adaptation, we do ask that you also please include proof that you have permission from the author to adapt their work.

Mailed submissions should be sent to:

Danny Campos
The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey
PO Box 36
Netcong, NJ 07857

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Dance Connection Theatrical is seeking a playwright

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Dance Connection Theatrical is seeking a playwright to write a 55-minute long holiday play.  The show will include approximately 25-30 minutes of holiday dance performances.  The script narritive will string the musical numbers together in a cute holiday story with 2 child and 1 adult actor.  More details on the story and logistics will be discussed over the next few weeks.

This is for a fundraising holiday performance.  All proceeds benefit Gavin's Got Heart, a 501c3 whose mission is to provide financial and emotional support for families with children affected by congenital heart defects. GGH helps to subsidize medical bills, travel expenses associated with hospitalizations and medical care, and offset loss of wages for caregiver/parent(s).

A $100 stipend is available for the artist's time.

To apply, please email your interest and writing samples via Playbill.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Apparitions seeks radio plays

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The Professor would love to work with you.

If you have a script for a short radio play, in the realm of horror, that you’d like to have produced on the podcast, he’ll read it and respond. Submit to this e-mail address: theprofessor@apparitionspodcast.com

Directors and actors are also encouraged to reach out and introduce themselves. The show is recorded and produced in New York City, so that might be a small barrier to entry for some, unless you have recording capabilities at your location.

Or, perhaps you are a producer, and would like to get your work on the podcast? Submissions are welcomed.

No matter what, feel free to say hello, introduce yourself, and let The Professor know how you’d like to be involved in APPARITIONS.

2019 Elliott Hayes Award

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Application Information

Named in honor of Elliott Hayes, the former dramaturg and literary manager at The Stratford Festival and a dual citizen of Canada and the USA, this award recognizes excellence in dramaturgical work on a specific project over the past two years. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, production, season planning and implementation, educational programming, or advocacy for the profession.

The recipient of the 2019 Elliott Hayes Award, presented at the annual LMDA conference, will receive $1000 US and a travel stipend to the following LMDA conference.

There is no application fee. Applications will be evaluated through an anonymous application process. The application is open to all.

Applications will be accepted from August 15 at 12:00 AM PST through October 1st 2018 at 11:59 PM PST. All applicants will be notified of the panel decision and the winner will be notified by November 15, 2018. However, the public announcement will be kept private until the presentation of the award at the LMDA Conference in Summer 2019.

Application Guidelines

1. For the purposes of this application, if you self-identify as a dramaturg, you are a dramaturg. If you come from a culture that does not view dramaturgy as separate from other parts of the creative process, or does not have a word for dramaturgy, and you feel your work fits within the rubric above, please contact me at awards@lmda.org to speak further.

2. All applications must meet the above-mentioned standards for eligibility.

3. Only one application per person.

4. Although we welcome applicants from anywhere in the world, the application must be in English.

5. The application must be a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 4000 words. The will be no reward for brevity nor punishment for length. Within the already stated boundaries, the essay should be exactly as long as it takes for you to make a strong, clear, and cogent argument for the nomination you are putting forth.

6. At this time, we do not have the capability to review secondary materials such as videos or slideshows. Although their inclusion will not disqualify an application, they will not be reviewed. No letters of reference are needed - nor will they be read if sent. As well, please do not include a resume in your application, as we are concerned with only the strength of your proposal and what currently engages you, not your history.

7. In order to facilitate the anonymous application process, you must provide two separate documents in.doc or.docx format - the first discussing the work with no identifying information (including the name of the work, your name or the name of the person you are nominating, or the city, state or country in which the event took place. In other words, nothing can be included which is searchable on Google or any other search engine. The phrases "the work”, “the director”, and “the process” are all fine substitutes. The second document will include all of the identifying information not present in the first, including your name and contact info or the name and contact information of the person/work you are proposing. Your application will be reviewed by a panel of dramaturgs who represent the extraordinary talent and diversity found within our profession. As VP of Grants and Awards, I am the only person who will see the identifying information, and the panelists will not know the identity of the winner until after a decision has been reached.

8. Although you are welcome to propose the work of others, that other person must be known to you, you must have had a real-life interaction with said person, and you must be able to provide contact information for them.

9. Any project you propose cannot have been completed before July 1st, 2017. It is fine if the project is still underway. Ideally, it should be completed by December 31st 2018, though exceptions may be made for extraordinary work.

10. Each project may only be proposed once for the Elliott Hayes Award. While there is no limit to the number of years in a row one can apply (see note below), each year must feature a new project.

11. The winner of the award must appear at two conferences, either in person or virtually (using an application such as Skype.) The first appearance would be to accept the award, and the second to present it to the next year’s winner.

12. The winner of the Elliott Hayes Award is required to sit on the next year’s adjudication panel.

Note: If you have won or received a special commendation for the Elliott Hayes Award, you may not reapply for three years.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Bernardo Mazón Daher, VP of Grants and Awards, at awards@lmda.org

We look forward to your consideration!

To Submit:

Send your essay without identifying information in PDF format per the instructions here and a separate PDF with all of the identifying information outlined here to awards@lmda.org.

If you don't receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours, please contact lmdanyc@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Small Fish Radio Theatre Annual Horror Show

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Yes my dears, we're looking for HORROR SUBMISSIONS. If you would be so kind as to bring out your dead, or your undead, whatever the case may be. Our annual horror show will be recorded LIVE on October 21st.

Stories, plays, poetry, songs ... DEADLINE September 15th at the stroke of midnight.

Submissions must be specific to the Horror genre.
Gothic, Supernatural, Non-Supernatural - whatever invokes FEAR and DREAD!


Short Plays - No more than 10 minutes in length.
Short stories - No more than 5 minutes in length.
Poetry - No more than 2 minutes in length.

Five Actors or Less – This does not mean five characters or less, it simply means
your short play, story, or poem must be able to be performed by a maximum of five actors.

NO STAGE DIRECTIONS – While this may seem obvious given our “radio” format, it is important to remember that your play is conveyed through the dialogue, music, and sound effects.

Please do not submit recorded radio plays, stories or music.

We are not accepting produced radio plays.

Multiple submissions are acceptable, as long as you follow the guidelines listed above.

Please send your submissions (or questions) to:

Please follow us on Facebook for news of our next call for submissinos.


Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium produces portable theatre for the ear. Since 2012 we’ve produced over 30 podcasts featuring the work of over 50 artists from around the world. We’ve recorded live at Chicago Fringe, Chicago Dramatists, The Biograph at Victory Gardens Theatre, and Simon's Tavern in Andersonville.

Small Fish Radio Theatre was a top-featured podcast on Atlanta Fringe Audio for four years running.
Whether recorded before a live audience or in the studio, our podcasts are offered for free here
on iTunes and via our website - smallfishradio.com.

To listen to our latest program, you may download the FREE podcast from iTunes
and listen at your leisure, or go to our home page to listen there.

Battle Damage Theater seeks submissions

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Seeking short and full-length plays.

No deadline for full-length plays.

Deadline for short plays: November 1, 2018

There is no submission fee.

Plays must fit squarely into the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and/or Horror.

Please send submissions to battledamagetheater@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Phoebus Fire call for scripts

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We are currently inviting submissions for a performance project to take place in November 2019. We would like to feature new writing and are interested in finding a play (or two shorter plays) on the theme of women's empowerment.

The show will be performed in up to ten theatres around East Kent (UK), and all profits from the tour will be donated to a local charity which supports women. This is an opportunity for a writer to help contribute to a worthy cause, and to develop a piece of writing that they can later use elsewhere. This is not a paid opportunity. All cast and crew will be donating their time to the project.

The brief is as follows:
  • The script must be in English
  • Playing time must be at least thirty minutes and not more than ninety minutes.
  • Maximum of four actors
  • No upper age limit
  • Lower age limit - playing age none, actual age 18
  • No multimedia
  • Simple set (no fixed constructions)
  • We are actively seeking something that is experimental and / or experiential. We are happy to work closely with the selected writer(s) to develop the piece further if needed.

Closing date for submissions: midnight on 30th September 2018.

How to submit:

  • Please send an email to: info@phoebusfire.co.uk
  • In the subject line of the email, put RSProject
  • In the body of the email, please give us your name, contact details, the title of the play, and the approximate running time.
  • Attach the script (preferably as a .pdf).

Formatting the script:

Front page should contain the title of play, approx. running time, and character list.

We don't mind which formatting convention you follow for the body of the play as long as it is clear whether we are looking at a character name, a stage direction, or dialogue, and your formatting remains consistent throughout the script.

Do not include your name or other identifying information anywhere on the script.

Monday, September 10, 2018


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The Sauk is seeking scripts to consider for production as part of SAUK SHORTS 2019.

Scripts may be original works or published works that you would like us to consider. Scripts should have a performance time no longer than 15 minutes.

We will begin accepting scripts on Friday, August 31 and will continue to accept scripts until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 14.

Scripts should be e-mailed to saukshorts@gmail.com.

SAUK SHORTS is an annual evening of 10-minute plays. Each year, we produce a combination of popular published works and original un-produced pieces. We try to balance a combination of local and national playwrights. There is no fee for submitting scripts. Scripts that are not selected for production in 2019 may be kept on file for consideration in future years.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting

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The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting furthers the Company’s mission to identify, acknowledge and award excellence in short form dramatic writing. Known for developing and producing ten-minute works by established talents and promising new voices, City Theatre will select up to twenty-five plays from among its annual Contest submissions for special recognition. The National Award is valued at $2,000: the Winning Play will be produced in the annual Summer Shorts festival; the Winning Playwright will earn royalties, a cash prize of $1,000 and be invited to Miami for the festival. Finalists are awarded a certificate, and invited to Miami to attend the CityWrights Weekend for Playwrights (fee waived) and hear a reading of their Finalist Script (*subject to scheduling).

The Summer Shorts Festival is produced annually in Miami during the month of June. Not every play in Summer Shorts is a contest Finalist. Finalist plays are not guaranteed City Theatre productions, but receive preferred consideration in the current or future Summer Shorts festivals, and/or other City Theatre programming, including Summer Shorts, Shorts Gone Wild, Shorts 4 Kids, and its Readings Series. Winner and Finalists’ plays are also submitted to the annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival Contest.

City Theatre is looking for wonderful short plays (10 minutes) for Summer Shorts and other programming. Having produced hundreds of plays, we want scripts that are lively and timely, hilarious and provocative, poignant and surprising. We look for works that span style and genre. We will consider bilingual scripts. We have no restriction on the age range of the characters. In other words, we are seeking compelling plays that rise above the ordinary.

Please review the criteria thoroughly before sending your submission.

  • Playwrights can submit only one script - send us your best! 
  • No scripts will be returned - save postage by submitting electronically. No SASE required. 
  • Each play script must be no more than ten pages long. We start counting when the actual play begins. 
  • Electronic submissions must include contact info, synopsis, bio, and production history.Title page must include contact info, synopsis, and bio and production history. 
  • Previously submitted plays, children's shows, longer one-acts or full-length plays or musicals won’t be accepted.
  • City Theatre will consider previously produced works with a production history included with submission.
  • The volume of scripts submitted prevents us from providing feedback or criticism. 
  • NOTE: City Theatre will only contact playwrights  with scripts the company considers for the National Award for Short Playwriting Contest, or we are interested in producing in its various programming. ONLY those playwrights will be contacted in Spring 2019.



NYCPlaywrights Podcast selection: CONTES DU CAMP CANADIEN

We received many good pieces for the NYCPlaywrights Podcast call for submissions on the theme of CANADA and the piece selected to be recorded for the next podcast episode is a monologue, CONTES DU CAMP CANADIEN by Vivian Lermond. You can hear it in the upcoming podcast scheduled for Sunday September 16, 2018.

You can learn more about Vivian and her work - an interview with Vivian will be included in the Podcast.

Thanks to all who submitted good work - we hope you will submit work for future podcast calls for submissions.

You can learn more about the Podcast, and listen to the first two episodes at http://www.playwrightspodcast.com

The Barrington Collective is seeking submissions for our 7th night of readings in our Holiday Reading Series inspired by Fear

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Manhattan based theatre company The Barrington Collective is seeking submissions for our 7th night of readings in our Holiday Reading Series inspired by Fear
Script Guidelines:

10-15 min in length
No more than 4 characters
Pieces must be inspired by Fear but please don’t feel bound to Halloween themed things the more creative the better.

Submissions deadline is MIDNIGHT on September 13th. 

Submission Guidlines:

Email scripts to barringtoncollective@gmail.com

In the address line of your email put “ FRIGHT SUBMISSIONS MARCH 2018 : TITLE OF YOUR PLAY”

We look forward to reading your plays!

The Barrington Collective

Unheard voices. Untold stories.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program

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Each of the more than 900 fellows who have been in residence at the Radcliffe Institute has pursued an independent project, but the collaborative experience unites all of them. Scholars, scientists, and artists work on individual projects, or in clusters, to generate new research, publications, art, and more.

Applications in all academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts are encouraged, and there are a few areas of special interest:

Applications related to the broad theme of the human body, which is a one-year initiative across the programs of the Radcliffe Institute

Applications that involve the study of women, gender, and society, which is a commitment rooted in Radcliffe’s unique history

Applications that draw on the resources of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, which is part of the Radcliffe Institute and one of the foremost archives on women’s history
Applications for the Mellon-Schlesinger Fellowship, part of the broader Long 19th Amendment Project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Institute seeks to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way.

Individual Applicants for the 2019–2020 Fellowship Year

Our online application for the 2019–2020 fellowship year is now available.

The deadline for individual applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences is September 13, 2018.

For applications in the natural sciences and mathematics, the deadline is October 4, 2018.
Cluster Applicants for the 2019–2020 Fellowship Year
The deadline to apply as a cluster has passed.
In July, the cluster convener will be notified on the status of their proposal.
For questions regarding the application process you can contact us by e-mail or phone at fellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu or 617-496-1324.

Selection Process
Former fellows of the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program (2000 to present) are not eligible to apply.

Each application is reviewed in a dual-tiered process by peers in relevant disciplines. Applications are judged on the quality and significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s record of achievement and promise. Applicants are notified by e-mail of the results of the selection process in March.

Terms and Conditions
Radcliffe Institute fellows are in residence for a period of nine months between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 and receive a stipend of $77,500 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses. Applicants may apply for either one or two semesters. Single-semester Radcliffe fellows receive a $38,750 stipend plus an additional $2,500 to cover project expenses.
This is a residential fellowship; therefore, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area for the duration of their time as Radcliffe fellows. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. The Institute will provide office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard University during the fellowship year. Radcliffe fellows may also be eligible to receive relocation, housing, and childcare funds to aid them in making a smooth transition to Radcliffe. Health care options are made available as needed.
Additional information about the funding that is available to fellows during their fellowship year can be found here.

Friday, September 7, 2018


by Tennessee Williams

Theatre at St. Clement’s
423 West 46 Street, NYC 10036

Directed by Austin Pendleton

In this unique tragicomedy, four women in Depression-era St. Louis live and work together in a valiant effort to stave off loneliness and despair. And, along the way, they uncover false idols – and maybe even themselves.  La Femme Theatre Productions presents the revival of Tennessee Williams's A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, featuring Kristine Nielsen, Annette O’Toole, Jean Lichty, Polly McKie.

$35 tix (reg. $55) from 9/14 to 9/22
$39 tix (reg. $65) from 9/26 to 10/21 

RESTRICTIONS: All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Performance schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. 

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