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Friday, November 30, 2018


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PARAGON is a short-play festival dedicated to furthering Otherworld's mission of growing the genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy Theatre through the discovery and promotion of new playwrights and works. This annual event began in 2014 and we have presented 40 new science fiction and fantasy plays over this one-weekend festival every year since. 2019 will mark year 5.

PARAGON returns in the fall of 2019 and we are actively seeking playwright and director submissions. If you are interested in submitting your play or applying to direct a play, check out the guidelines below!
  • Your play must be within the genres of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy, or contain Sci-Fi or fantastical elements.
  • Your play should be between five and 60 minutes in length.
  • Your play should be submitted in a PDF format.
  • The play should unpublished, however we welcome submissions that have been featured in other festivals.
  • You will retain full rights to the play and the text will not be altered in any way without your explicit permission.
There is no submission fee. You are encouraged to submit multiple plays if you have them!
Due to the number of submissions, we will only be able to contact you if your play has been selected. Rejection letters will not be sent.

Submission deadline and selection announcement dates are TBD.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

McSweeney's seeks short imagined monologues

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Send your short imagined monologues to websubmissions@mcsweeneys.net.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a comedy site so they are after satirical/humor monologues.

Samples of short imagined monologues at McSweeney's.

Please review their web site first so you understand what McSweeney's is about.

Please read the submissions guidelines before sending:

Submissions should be shortish. By shortish we mean an absolute maximum of 1,200 words, but in truth we veer toward pieces that are under 1,000 words, and snuggle closest to ones that are even shorter than that. Submissions of exactly 742 used to automatically appear on the site, as if by magic, but like so many good things, those days are gone.

Should be on your submission. Put it under the title of your piece. Absolutely all submissions must look like this:

My Funny Experience [story title]*
By William Williams [author’s name]
willywill@internet.com [email address]
@wilywill [twitter handle, if you have one]

The email address listed should be the one you would like to appear linked to your byline should we choose to publish your submission. Same goes for your Twitter handle. If you do not want your email address or Twitter handle linked to your byline, please tell us so.

*- Please do not make a joke by titling your piece “My Funny Experience” because that joke has been told to us a thousand times before.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

OC-Centric Orange County's New Play Festival 2019

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Are you a playwright? Do you live in or hail from Orange County, CA? Monday, December 17 is the deadline to submit scripts for the 2019 OC-centric New Play Festival!

The ninth annual OC-centric New Play Festival is scheduled for August 15-25, 2019 at Chapman University in Orange, CA. As in past years, we are looking for both full-length and one-act plays; we will likely produce 1 full-length and 2-3 one-acts next summer, with each play receiving 6 performances during the festival.

We fully produce new works, rather than just presenting staged readings. You are welcome to submit previously produced work that is new to Orange County, CA. Finalists will be announced in early 2019; the 3-4 plays selected for the festival will be announced shortly thereafter.

Script submission details:
* Submit scripts via email to occentric@gmail.com (either PDF or Microsoft Word format). In your email message, let us know a little about your connection to Orange County, CA. (The criteria for eligibility: you must either have grown up in Orange County, or you currently live in OC at least 6 months out of the year.)
* Submissions accepted through December 17. Submissions after December 17 will not be considered.
* No submission fee.
* Playwrights will receive a small honorarium/royalty.
* No restrictions on language or subject matter, but no nudity.
* Sorry, no musicals.
* Plays should have casts of 12 or less and be producible in a black box theatre space with playing area approximately 20' x 25'.
* Playwrights may submit 1 full-length play and/or 1 one-act play.
> Our definition of full-lengths = plays that run 60 minutes or longer.
> Our definition of one-acts = plays that run 15-60 minutes. (One-acts running between 30-60 minutes are especially welcome.)
* The playwright’s name and contact information must appear on the title page of the script(s).

Questions? Email us occentric@gmail.com
Information about past OC-centrics is at www.oc-centric.com
We look forward to reading your work!

South Simcoe Theatre of Cookstown is currently seeking new plays

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South Simcoe Theatre of Cookstown is currently seeking new plays for the 12th year of our reading series:

MAY 30th – JUNE 2nd

“Every Day A Different Play!”

Audiences will be treated to a showcase of lightly rehearsed “readings” of plays never before seen or heard on the Town Hall stage.


Original sketches, monologues, short or full-length plays accepted for consideration.

While all submissions will be accepted for consideration, please note that preference will be given to submissions from local or Canadian based playwrights.

Additionally, royalties will not be paid for any submission.

For more information on how to become involved or to submit a play, contact fourplay@southsimcoetheatre.com

The Kentucky Women Writers Conference Prize for Women Playwrights

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The submission period for the Prize for Women Playwrights is November 1 - 30, 2018, at this LINK. The Kentucky Women Writers Conference awards a biennial Prize for Women Playwrights to bring more scripts by women to the stage, through a collaboration among our program, partnering director Eric Seale, and a guest judge tba. The winner receives a world premier production for a paying audience in November 2019, with royalties, plus a cash prize of $500. The winning script may be workshopped prior to its production. If you would like to receive our bi-monthly listserv with updates about this contest and our other programming, please send your request to kentuckywomenwriters@gmail.com.

Producer and Director

Eric Seale, artistic managing director of Central Kentucky Community Theatre in Springfield, KY, and former director of Actors Guild of Lexington, will independently produce and direct the winning script.

Guest Judge


Eligible Playwrights

The competition is open to all women playwrights living anywhere on Planet Earth. There are no restrictions on age, experience, or residence. Co-authored scripts are eligible if at least 50 percent of co-authors are female.

Eligible Plays

One-act or full-length scripts in English, with a running time between 45 and 90 minutes, that have not been published or commercially produced as of the entry deadline or before the release of the KWWC production. We are seeking a new play that can be produced as a world premiere. Many kinds of preliminary productions, even those charging admission, do not disqualify your script, including:

  • an Equity or other showcase
  • a workshop production
  • a script-in-hand staged reading
  • a student lab performance

We place no limitations on subject matter. Scripts may be based on factual events, purely fictional, or adaptations. We are not seeking musicals or children's plays.To ensure an equitable judging process, please submit only a "blind" script, with all personal identifying information removed.  Limitations:

  • Reading time must be in the range of 45-90 minutes.
  • Casts must be limited to 8 actors (1 actor may play multiple roles).
  • The production will be in a small theater. Set, lighting, sound, costume, and prop requirements should be kept to a minimum.
  • Deadline and Timeline

Entries must be electronically submitted by 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2018
Winner will be posted on our Web site in January 2019
Winning script may be workshopped.
Production will occur in November 2018 in Lexington, KY, venue tba.

Judging Process and Criteria

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Toft Lake Center 10th Annual Emerging Artists Program

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TLC is sponsoring its 10th annual Emerging Artists Program which enables both individual creative artists and a group of artists to focus on their current work.  This program subsidizes one 2-week residency for 7 emerging artists and/or 2 person creative teams from the Minnesota and the 5 boroughs of New York, and one week-long residency for a group project that would have exclusive use of the facilities. Please note that applicants must live in either MN or one of the 5 NYC boroughs to be eligible to apply.

The residencies at TLC are intentionally interdisciplinary in nature. Artists from many disciplines can apply. Disciplines may include: playwriting, poetry, prose writing, painting, music composition, and dance.  We would be happy to accept applicants who sculpt, produce films, are photographers, work with crafts; we are, however, more limited in terms of the materials we can provide.  The underlying philosophy is to provide space and means of support for individual artists wishing to further their creative endeavors in the visual, literary and performing arts. The dramaturgical assistance of TLC director Liz Engelman is available if desired.

Individual Artist/Creative Team Residency: July 15-28, 2019.

Group Project Week: August 12-18, 2019.

How to Apply
Applications for 2019 are open from October 1 through November 30, 2018.

Each Artist Will Receive

Individual/Creative Residency: Each artist from MN will receive an honorarium, meal, and travel stipend of $1,600, and each artist from NYC will receive $2,000.

Group Residency: Each artist will receive an honorarium, meal, and travel stipend of $1,000.


There are 7 sleeping areas in four cabins.  Two cabins are solo cabins, the other five sleeping areas are either bedrooms or lofts in shared cabins.  Each artist will have his/her own room/loft.

Emerging Artists

We define “emerging artists” as those who have not attained name recognition in their profession/field by having a body of critically recognized work (at least 3 major productions, showings, exhibits, books) at major and well-known institutions/publishers.

Please review the definition of “emerging artist” on the application to ensure that you are eligible.

The Yard (UK) seeks scripts

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Thank you for your interest in sending your writing to The Yard! Providing a platform for writers is central to what The Yard does, so we are always thrilled to hear from you.
We’ve changed the way we read your work. Twice a year we’ll open up submissions for scripts, so that we have two focussed periods during which we read your writing.

Submissions for scripts are open now.

The next deadline for sending us your writing is: 3 December 2018


We don’t want your full script in the first instance. Instead, we ask that you send us:

- A one-pager about you script. Things you may want to tell us are:
- What is the story?
- Why is it a story that needs to be told now?
- Is there something interesting that happens with the form?

We’d also like you to include a little about yourself and why you’d like
to start a relationship with The Yard.

- A sample from your script (up to 10 pages)
Send your application to: ​submissions@theyardtheatre.co.uk
With the subject line: SCRIPT SUBMISSION

- Applications will be read by the core team and a small group of trusted readers
- From there we will request full scripts from, whose ideas excite us and whose work we think could be a good fit for The Yard’s programme. ​We will need these sent promptly so please check your emails regularly! You can expect to hear from us in 2-3 weeks after the submissions deadline.
- Full scripts will read by at least two people in the reading team and then will be discussed with everybody.
- Within 6 weeks after the submissions deadline everyone will hear back from us. This may be to set up a meeting to discuss your work, offer dramaturgical notes, request further writing, or to let you know that your writing isn’t quite right for us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Christopher Newport University's College of Arts and Humanities seeks 60-minute scripts

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Christopher Newport University’s College of Arts and Humanities, in partnership with Norfolk State University, seeks 60-minute scripts for the forthcoming conference on the Global Status of Women and Girls to be held at CNU, March 21-23, 2019

Scripts should engage with the theme of the conference (see below).

The script will be presented as a staged reading followed by a response which includes the playwright as well as two additional scholar/artists who can speak to the themes of the work, date TBD.
  • Plays should be complete at no more than 60 minutes. A script may be adapted from a longer play, but must be a complete work as presented.
  • Readers will be local college students. Please keep this in mind if specific character casting is required.
  • Playwright must attend the reading and talkback session. There are no fees associated with the conference, but no travel or housing assistance is available at this time.
  • No restrictions on previous productions or development, but play must be free from performance fees.

Please submit a script in PDF format with complete contact information, history of performance or development, cast of characters, a synopsis of 100-300 words, including how the script engages with the themes of the conference.

Submit scripts here: https://form.jotform.com/82196212984160

Scripts will be read in the order they are received and once a suitable script is chosen, no additional submissions will be accepted. Final deadline of December 1, 2018.

Understanding Women's Lives and Resistance in the Past and Present

This interdisciplinary conference uses tools of the arts, humanities, social sciences, and other fields to address challenges faced by women and girls around the world, both historically and today. Our 2019 conference theme marks the 30th anniversary of Kimberlé Crenshaw's use of the term "intersectionality" as well as the 400th anniversary of the first Africans arriving in Hampton and the Jamestown Colony in 1619. Given the close proximity to Jamestown and Hampton, this year's conference will especially highlight the ways in which gender intersects race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and other identity markers in complex ways. To this end, we welcome proposals that use an intersectional approach to understand these subjects, as well as the interconnectedness of systems of oppression, power, and privilege.

Topics addressed at the conference may include but are not limited to the past and/or present role of intersectionality in:

• Social Movements
• Women's writing and narratives
• Artistic representations of women
  (film, literature, music etc.)
• Motherhood and family life
• Sexuality and gender identity
• Reproductive Rights
• Politics
• Social media
• Employment
• Poverty
• Education
• Health
• Violence
• Religion
• Law


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Rants & Raves wanted for the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast episode

The theme for the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast is "rants & raves."
  • A "rant" is generally a negative view of something or someone.
  • A "rave" is generally a positive view of something or someone.
Please send only one - either a rant or a rave. Not both. We will only accept one piece from each writer.

We may select as many as three scripts from the submissions to perform for the podcast.

Please review the web site and listen to at least one podcast to get an idea of what you are submitting to. The web site is http://www.playwrightspodcast.com - the next podcast episode will be out in a couple of days.

These are the submission rules:
  • The deadline is Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • There is no fee for submission 
  • The script must be a rant or a rave.
  • The submission can be one monologue. 
  • The monologue can only be one page long, so choose your words carefully and edit edit edit.
  • Only one submission per playwright.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 December 9, 2018.
  • A recording of one (or more) selected monologues will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.

If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Artist Residency


To apply for an artist residency, submit an application form (below) along with the application fee and required work samples.

The annual deadline for applications is January 18th to be considered for a residence grant the following calendar year. Online applications must be received, and mailed applications must be postmarked, by January 18th. Grantees will be notified of their fellowship awards in June. For more info read the FAQs.

Online applications received between now and 11:59PM MST, Jan. 18 2019 will be considered for residency grants in 2020. Supplemental work samples sent via mail must be postmarked by January 21st!

Friday, November 23, 2018

SciArts Festival of New Plays

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LSU School of Theatre and LSU College of Science invites submissions for consideration for the inaugural season of our reading series exploring the intersection of art and science. Up to three selected scripts will receive readings at LSU and a $1000.00 SciArts at LSU Playwriting Prize.

When To Submit: Submissions are now open with a deadline of November 30, 2018.

Dates of the Festival: April 3-6, 2019

Please read all guidelines below before submitting.

How To Submit

Playwrights should submit two PDF documents:
o Script cover page with name and contact information and a cover letter with a brief description of the play and how it fits the definition of a "science play".
o Script with no playwright information but a complete cast list with brief character descriptions. 
Email your script to sciartsconference@gmail.com

What We're Looking For:
SciArts Festival of New Plays will be part of a conference that is interested in new work that explores the intersection of science and art. Plays should have significant science related content as well as being artistically and theatrically engaging. New perspectives on the intersection of art and science are encouraged, but we are not interested in science fiction or medical dramas. Successful submissions will be viable theatrically with science content, characters and themes that are plausible and integral to the action of the play 
Formatting Requirements: 
Legible, 10-12 point font in a standard professional play format.
This is a BLIND submission process. Please remove author’s name and contact information from the script. DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY/ NO PAPER MAIL 
Include cast list with brief character descriptions at the beginning of the script. 
A minimum run time of 30 minutes for one-act submissions and 60 to 120ish minutes for full length plays. 
Submissions Should Be: 
• Full-length plays (not incomplete drafts or treatments) that stand alone as an evening of theater with a 60 minute minimum running time or one act plays running at least 30 minutes. 
• Plays that have never had a professional AEA production and have never been published; (readings and workshops are fine, but include a brief history of any such previous exploration in your cover letter.)
Submissions Should NOT Be:
• Film or TV Scripts
• Translations
• Children’s Theatre
• One-person shows
• Science Fiction or Medical dramas

What to Expect:

LSU will select up to 3 new plays for concert readings and talkbacks. Plays will be paired with locally based directors, actors, and stage managers and receive several hours of rehearsal time. While no guarantees can be made, plays will be chosen with an eye toward further development and possible production of plays that are successful in our Festival reading series.
Talkbacks with the playwright, the director and the audience will be held immediately following each reading. One-on-one discussions about the play with LSU artistic personnel will be available to playwrights.

Fine Print:

• Submissions are limited to one per author per year.
• Travel to the readings and three nights of housing will be provided for the selected playwrights in addition to a $1,000.00 SciArts at LSU Playwriting Prize.
• LSU Theatre does not ask for any rights to these plays at this time, but requests that any subsequent readings, workshops or productions of our chosen plays contain acknowledgement that the script was developed at the SciArt Festival of New Plays at Louisiana State University.
• Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Blackboard play submission guidelines

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We are looking for new work by Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora that tell stories of the Black experience.

Why Blackboard: With a home in Manhattan’s Chelsea, your featured reading will be in a gorgeous townhouse setting, Nancy Manocherian’s the cell, complete with a mini reception and followed by a 20 minute talk-back.  Additionally, we will record a podcast interview with you.

Please fill out the form before and upload 10 pages.

Thank You for your interest in Blackboard Plays, devoted to the stories of Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora.  Answer the questions below, upload your play and the donate the optional submission fee.

We will contact you regarding your submission within 1 month.

A Note: PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT 10 PAGES of dialogue that best represents your play.  You will also be submitting a synopsis so we will know what the entire play is about.  If interested in moving forward, we will request the entire script.

Any questions: info@blackboardplays.com


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We define “emerging” as a playwright that has not had more than two professional productions or a published script.

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

If you are unsure if you are eligible, please email us at contact@campfiretheatrefestival.com with details.

We will accept full length plays that are more than sixty pages, less than one hundred and twenty pages, and may have an intermission.

We currently cannot accept musicals. We can accept children's plays. We will accept plays of any genre. Each playwright may submit ONE play. If you have been selected for Campfire before, please observe a one year hiatus between the year you were selected and the next year you submit.



The Staged Reading Series accepts plays by emerging playwrights and offers them a fully staged reading at our festival in Boise, Idaho in September 2019.


Your play will be assigned a cast and director.

You will receive a prize of $100 for a selected full-length play.

Campfire Theatre Festival is not currently able to provide playwright travel stipends for the Staged Reading Series; however, if a selected playwright can provide their own travel to Boise for the festival, all efforts will be made to assist with housing.

The Spark Program accepts plays by emerging playwrights for a twenty-hour workshop process that culminates in a seated reading at the festival in Boise, Idaho in September 2019.


Your play will be assigned a cast, a dramaturg and director.

You will receive a prize of $100 for a selected full-length play.

You will receive airfare and housing for a week in Boise, Idaho.


The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2018. We will accept the first 300 full-length plays and close submissions when we receive that many, even if it's before the deadline.





Please complete the following Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/qo93kSq0vG9pgN1S2.
There you will be asked to upload a blinded PDF copy of your script (THE TITLE OF THE DOCUMENT SHOULD BE THE NAME OF YOUR PLAY) and a theatrical resume (THE TITLE OF THE DOCUMENT SHOULD BE YOUR NAME).

Thank you and we look forward to reading your play! Please direct any questions to our Literary Manager Sam Hamashima at contact@campfiretheatrefestival.com.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Living on the Edge - 10 Minute Playwriting Festival

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Living on the Edge - Actors' Theatre Grand Rapids is now accepting script submissions.

Anyone is welcome to submit a script for a 10-minute play which utilizes this year's unique theme:


The top 10 scripts will receive a public reading and then 5 of these scripts are chosen to receive a full performance.

Script submissions: Due Monday, February 4th by 8am

Public readings: April 6th, at 10am

Full performances: June 5-8 at 8pm, June 8 at 5pm

Living on the Edge - Emergence - Script Submission Form

2019 Inge Festival New Play Lab

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The New Play Lab at the annual William Inge Theater Festival is a partnership between the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the William Inge Center for the Arts at Independence Community College.

The 4th Annual New Play Lab seeks to connect 20 playwrights with the national theater community through during the 38th Annual William Inge Theater Festival,  May 22-25, 2019.

Selected playwrights receive a professional public staged reading of their play, feedback from national theater artists on their script, exclusive playwriting masterclasses with master playwrights, and full access to all private and public festival events.

This year the festival will honor playwright Octavio Solis with the 2019 Distinguished Achievement in American Theater Award.

Interested playwrights are invited to submit a 10 minute or one-act play (no more than 30 minutes, no more than four actors) to be included in the New Play Lab.

The playwrights receive:

  • A professional staged reading of their play with an audience
  • Feedback on their play facilitated by national theater professionals 
  • Exclusive playwriting masterclasses with master playwrights (including festival honoree Octavio Solis and a Dramatist Guild Fund Traveling Master playwright)
  • Opportunities to meet with theater professionals from across the country
  • VIP passes to all festival events

Applications are due by midnight on Nov. 22, 2018, with notification by Jan. 18, 2019.

The submitted plays will be blind reviewed (the playwright’s name will not be revealed) by a panel of national theater professionals.


Submit a play

  • Playwrights may submit either a 10-minute play or one act play, no more than 30 minutes read-time - not page count. (Plays that are longer than 30 minutes will be disqualified).
  • Plays should require no more than 4 actors. The play may be designed to have actors play multiple roles. If that is the case, doubling must be indicated in the character list.
  • Plays must be submitted in a PDF format.
  • Plays may not include the author’s name or contact information anywhere on the script
  • Playwrights may only submit one play per festival. 


Playwrights are required to attend the festival. If you cannot attend, you are ineligible to apply.
Each playwright is required to attend the Playwright Masterclass with honoree Octavio Solis and the masterclass with the Dramatists Guild Fund Traveling Master playwright. The Masterclasses will take place on Thursday and Friday mornings May 23 and 24.

Each playwright is required to attend the reading of their play during the Play Lab. The Play Lab readings will take place on Thursday and Friday, May 23 and 24.

More details will be sent out to those accepted.

Travel, transportation, and lodging.

Playwrights who are chosen are required to attend the festival in-person starting Thursday morning, May 23rd through Saturday evening, May 25.

Each playwright is responsible for their own travel, transportation, and lodging needs. Subsidized housing on-campus at Independence Community College is available upon request. (Complementary transportation to and from the Tulsa Airport is available upon prior arrangement.)

Conference Fees.

Conference fee is $175 and includes a number of VIP events that are not open to the general audience. Playwrights are responsible for their own conference registration fees.


Professional Public Reading Playwrights will receive a professional public reading of their play, as well as feedback from national theater artists.

Exclusive Seminars and Masterclass The Play Lab Playwrights receive at least two exclusive opportunities to take masterclasses from a master playwright, including a masterclass with the 38th William Inge Festival Honoree Octavio Solis.

Festival Celebration Play Lab Playwrights will have full access to four days of all public and private festival events, including the 2019 award and tribute to the honoree, the other play lab readings, productions, social events, workshops, panels, and much more.

Application Guidelines

All applications must be submitted online: https://kansascaic.submittable.com/submit/96278/new-play-lab

All scripts must be submitted in PDF format.

Your title page may not have any identifying information -- no author name or address -- or it will be disqualified.

Give your script file the name 2019 + TITLE (for instance, 2018 Bus Stop.pdf).

The script length should be no longer than 30 minutes of stage time and require a maximum of 4 actors.

Applicants must enter a short synopsis of their play as it might appear in the Play Lab program. (Maximum 100 words.)

Applicants must also enter a summary of how they think their play would benefit from a Play Lab reading and panel response. (Maximum 200 words).

If you have any questions about the residency, feel free to email program coordinators directly: playsubmissions@ingecenter.org  

Monday, November 19, 2018

Solofest 2019 (LA) seeks solo shows

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If you have a solo show, you can submit it for consideration for Solofest 2019.

Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2018.

Solofest is a festival of one person shows, or solo theatre, that is a celebration of the solo journey, not a competition. We do a completely different show every day during January February and the first part of March going on for seven years now.

It's grown into the largest solo theatre festival on the West Coast. This year will be doing 60 shows in 70 days!

We are looking for all types of solo theater. But we do need to have it ready and written and approximately 60 to 80 minutes in length.


Thanks to our playwrights

NYCPlaywrights would like to thank the playwrights who have given us a heads-up recently about theater organizations' calls for submissions that do not meet our criteria. Those items have been removed from our web site.

Although NYCPlaywrights makes every effort to ensure that information we post meets our standards sometimes unsuitable items get through.

It's unfortunate that some theater organizations have poorly designed and poorly maintained web sites. Their organizational dysfunction (we don't like to think it's deliberate bait and switch) sometimes means they charge submission fees which they do not mention right up front on their web site. This leads to grief for all.

We thank you for your patience and for letting us know when something is wrong. Let's keep working together to get the best opportunities, free of submission fees, out to hard-working playwrights.

So remember, if you see something, say something - if something's not right, email us at info@nycplaywrights.org - and thanks to all the playwrights who have done just that!

The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists

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Amas Musical Theatre's The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists is a juried cash and production grant to be given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. It commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World,) and the playwright/librettist of Class Mothers ’68, which earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination.

The winner will receive $2,000 to help pay cost-of-living expenses and will receive development assistance in our 2019 New Works Development Program.

Submissions open on September 13, 2018 and will close November 30, 2018. All submissions must be sent through an online application that canbe found at tinyurl.com/AmasWeinbergerAward.

Only one submission per playwright/librettists will be accepted. The winner will be announced at the Amas Musical Theatre's 50th Anniversary Benefit Event, April 1, 2019.

Submission Requirements

The musical must:
  • Be a full-length show (at least 80 minutes)
  • Have no more than seven actors  (actors may play multiple roles)
  • Be complete and ready for readings, workshops and/or productions
  • Have a demo that is an accurate representation of the music and style of the show (at least five songs)
  • Have full underlying rights clearance of any pre-existing material used in the script (music, source material, etc.)
  • Not have had a full production or be published in any way, even if with a different name.

What to submit

All documents must be submitted as PDF files and they should be named with the part of the submission it refers to and the title of the show in the format of PART_TITLE, i.e.: for Tea for Three; BIO_TEA-FOR-THREE, SYNOPSIS_TEA-FOR-THREE, etc.
  1. Biography and resumes of all contractually attached people such as composer, director, producer to the project
  2. History of the submission’s development, and any previous titles it has gone through (if applicable, maximum one page)
  3. Brief synopsis (maximum 150 words)
  4. Brief artistic statement on the piece itself, including all source material, inspiration, goal, message, etc. (maximum one page)
  5. Proof of rights (if applicable)
  6. Demo and track listings (Demo selections to be posted as a Dropbox link)
  7. PDF document of the full-script and sheet music, if available

Guidelines for Materials

All submissions must adhere to the following or your application will be disqualified before reaching our selection committee.

Proof of Rights

If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please submit a signed letter from the authors and/or underlying rights representative stating that underlying rights have been secured.

Full Script
  1. The full script must include:
  2. Title page (which should only have the title on it and absolutely no other information)
  3. Character breakdown (maximum one page)
  4. The complete script with page numbers
For the anonymity of your submission, the full script and sheet music cannot include any information on playwright/ librettist or contractually attached people, previous casts, or any agents. All submissions will go through a blind evaluation process, any personal information you provide will only be available to Amas Musical Theatre staff.

Demo Tracks
  • The recording should be a significant representation of the songs in the show that accurately highlights the style and character of the score and lyrics.
  • Demo tracks should:
  1. Include at least one song from the first 25 pages
  2. Have at least five recordings available – they do not need to be professional or studio quality but they must be clear enough to hear lyrics, melody, and accompaniment
  3. Have singers of appropriate vocal types for their respective roles
  4. Be full songs only, no medleys of spliced songs
For the anonymity of your submission, tracks cannot include any personal identifiers for playwright/librettist(s), the performers recorded, or contractually attached people.

The Winner
  1. Will receive $2,000 to help pay for cost-of-living expenses.
  2. Will receive development assistance in the 2019 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre.
  3. Will have the selected show rehearsed and performed by New York theatre professionals in an Amas Lab production.
  4. Must be present in New York City for the development process.
  5. Must give the right of first refusal for a world premiere of the selected show that will expire 90 days after Amas Musical Theatre presents the Lab production.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Hercules Radio Playhouse seeks radio scripts

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Hercules Radio Playhouse is now accepting radio scripts for the December episodes of "Olde Tyme Radio Hour", which is broadcast live from WAMF 90.3 FM in New Orleans (and also streamed over the Web at wamf.org).

Every episode is recorded and available for download.

We are the Golden Age of Radio for the Modern Era.

  • fake commercials (30 seconds to 2 minutes)
  • skits (2-5 minutes)
  • radio plays or serials (10-15 minutes)

Email PDF to herculesradioplayhouse@gmail.com

Theatre inspiraTO's 14th Playwriting Contest

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Deadline to submit: Nov. 20, 2018, 11:59 pm EST. 

This year's creative challenge: Outcast

The play must be a ten-minute play. The theme of "Outcast" must be an integral part of the play.
Outcast (definition): a person who has been rejected by society or a social group or cast out
The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We also accept musicals. Please note: if you are sending a musical please include an audio recording of the music. The contest is open to anyone, in any part of the world, without geographic or age restrictions.

You must submit online (scroll to the bottom of the page) by November 20, 2018, 11:59 pm E.S.T.  There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play.

  • The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. 
  • The pages should be numbered. 
  • The format should be easy to read. 
  • Please name your attachment with the title of your play. 

We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced at inspiraTO before). The playwright must own the rights to the play up to June 9, 2019 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).

Scroll to the bottom of the page and fill in the form. Once you fill in the form, attach your play and hit SUBMIT. You will be notified that your play has been received.

We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging.

What will happen

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from May 30 - June 8, 2019. Between fifteen to twenty four, ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN. Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre inspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 14th Annual inspiraTO Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival), in May and June 2019. The inspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 1, 2019.

What does a good ten-minute play need?

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

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

Get inspired. See your story come to life!

InspiraTO's Playwriting Contest form - click here

SETC/Stage Rights Ready to Publish Award

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Established in 2016, the SETC/Stage Rights Ready to Publish Award is a program dedicated to developing, publishing, and licensing new works by members of the SETC community.
The awards process is open to all and the requirements for submission are: one completed full-length play (no musicals, short plays, or short play compilations) that is either unproduced, has had a produced staged reading, or a world premiere production, and a completed submission form which is attached below.

The winning play will receive:
• Publication in the Stage Rights catalog of plays and musicals.
• A panel reading of the play at SETC 2019, hosted by members of the SETC Playwriting committee.
• Prominent display of the final published play by Stage Rights at SETC 2020.

In addition, the author of the winning play will receive:
• SETC 2019 Convention Registration.
• $400 royalty advance that the winner can use toward their expenses to attend SETC 2019.

Theatrical Licensing Agency & Publisher
Founded in 2000, Steele Spring Stage Rights is a Los Angeles-based theatrical publisher, licensing musicals and plays to commercial producers, regional theaters, community theaters and educational theaters across the country and around the world. As an agency for playwrights, Stage Rights is primarily a royalty house, administering performance rights, and collecting & distributing royalties for our authors. We print-on- demand for perusal and production purposes, as well as publish print editions for distribution online, at theaters, at conventions, and in bookstores. The Author retains all copyright ownership.

The Southeastern Theatre Conference is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and dynamic membership organization serving a diverse constituency and reaching out across 10 states in the southeast region of the United States and across the U.S. SETC is recognized as one of the strongest and broadest network of theatre practitioners in the United States, and provides extensive resources and year-round opportunities for its constituents. Its services, publications, and products contribute to the careers of emerging artists, seasoned professionals, and academicians.

 Submission Policy

The Ready to Publish Award has an initial open policy for the submission of plays to be considered. We are seeking completed full-length pieces that are either unproduced or have had one world premiere production or produced staged reading suitable for professional, educational and amateur venues.

Please use the following guidelines when submitting your play:
• Include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, website, and email address.
• Include a complete copy of the script.
• Include a completed Play Submission Form (attached).
• Include your resume/bio.

Only one work for each entrant will be considered. Please do not send any other materials besides those requested. There is no charge to submit.
The author of the winning piece must attend the 2019 SETC convention in Knoxville, TN. Please send submissions as outlined above to: april@setc.org

Relevant Dates

• October 16, 2018 – November 20, 2018: Window for initial open submission
• December 3, 2018: Date of Notification of finalists.
• January 22, 2019: Announcement of winning play and the deadline for online conference registration.
• February 27, 2019 – March 3, 2019: 70th Annual SETC Convention in Knoxville, TN. Note: The panel reading will be between February 27th and March 1st.

The Nora Salon submission guidelines

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The Nora Salon (TNS) in NYC welcomes submissions of any genre and length, provided they:

  • are by women playwrights in the NYC area,
  • centrally feature women’s stories and perspectives,
  • have not yet had a production.
  • Finished pieces and works-in-progress both welcome.

Please email a copy of your submission along with a brief cover letter to Alexandra Bonesho at submissions@norasplayhouse.org.

Corkscrew Theater Festival seeks productions

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Corkscrew Theater Festival (July 10-August 4, 2019) at the Paradise Factory Theater on NYC's Lower East Side
Submissions deadline Friday, November 23 at 11:59pm
Apply here: https://corkscrewfestival.org/application-2019

Now in our third year, Corkscrew Theater Festival is a curated presentation of new work by early career artists concentrated over four weeks at the Paradise Factory Theater in the summer of 2019. This year’s festival, running July 10-August 4, will contain four fully realized productions receiving ten performances each, and four “reading slots” for work to be heard publicly for the first time. Corkscrew seeks projects that demonstrate real collaboration, especially if they are being created through innovative or nontraditional partnerships or models.

We believe in increasing access to professional production opportunities for a wide range of early career artists and enabling their success in those opportunities. We enthusiastically support under-represented artists of all or no genders, artists of color, and LGBTQIA+ artists. Corkscrew’s model is an extension of our belief that we can do more together than we can individually: by presenting our work in a festival setting that facilitates meaningful collaboration between and among its artists, we mutually benefit.

From selection to final curtain, we provide casting assistance, design roundtables, a weekly Writers’ Group, readings in springtime for each of the five productions, and regular face-to-face meetings with our festival staff. We guarantee at least sixteen hours of technical rehearsal time and curtain times at prime theater-going hours. As a festival large enough to break through the clutter, yet still intimately connected to its artists, we are uniquely positioned to pursue external validation in the form of reviews, press features, and audience testimony. While there are many summer festivals, we believe this artist-centric approach distinguishes us within the New York theater community.

The application is not meant to kill you! We’re looking for the following materials:

A full draft of a script

Lead artist bios (broadly defined as Playwright/creator, Director, Producer, any other notable creative partners).

One or more work samples (photos, audio, or video)

Short answers (100-200 words) to five open-ended questions about the project.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, November 23 at 11:59pm. Phone interviews will take place January 3-10, 2019. All applicants will be notified of their status by February 14.

Our application is live! Fill out this informational google form. This is where you’ll upload your short answers, script, and any other supporting materials.

FAQs: Playwrights may submit more than one play; plays should not have previously had a fully-staged production (previous workshop productions are acceptable and in fact encouraged); playwrights must retain their own producer or self-produce, though the festival offers a lot of hands-on assistance - visit corkscrewfestival.org to read the details. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre (Illinois) 2nd Emerging Playwrights Festival 2019

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Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre (Joliet Illinois) s excited to open this unique opportunity to teens (ages 12-17) and adults (age 18 and older) for the 2nd Emerging Playwrights Festival 2019.

$0 – it’s FREE to enter!

Teen form click here.
Adult form click here.

NOVEMBER 20, 2018
Forms and original plays are due for review. Stories must be original, 10 to 15 pages long and in script form. Simply fill out the registration form and attach your short original script for review.

DECEMBER 5, 2018
Selections for the festival will be announced. If selected, you will cast and direct your own actors. The plays will be the author’s vision come to life on stage! Playwrights may recruit friends and family to star in their production on January 19, 2019. Plays will be 10 minutes in length. Mentoring will be available by Kimberly D. Garrett of KDG Greater Entertainment. She’ll advise on staging and production.

Everything else is up to the author!

JANUARY 19, 2019
2nd Emerging Playwrights Festival – selections performed on stage!

The event is produced by the Will-Joliet Bicentennial Park, Inc., nonprofit.

Cone Man Running Productions seeks 5-minute plays/monologues

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Cone Man Running Productions is announcing a nationwide call for the third iteration of our series ‘Five Minute Mile – Theatre on the Run.’ The series will perform in at Studio 101 in Houston, Texas.

The show will run from March 28 - April 13, 2019.

Michael Weems will serve as Artistic Director for the series.

We will be again staging this one-of-a-kind theatre festival. Each evening, twenty (20) plays will be performed off book by a core ensemble of actors. Eight (8) of those plays will be set for each evening, six (6) will be drawn at random by audience members and the last six (6) will be voted on by the audience (based on title, the blurb you provide, and word of mouth). Every night will be a different experience!


• Submissions will be accepted from Saturday September 1st through Sunday November 18th- 12pm noon (CST)

• This festival is open to current residents of the United States. English language plays only.

• Five-minute plays or monologues. No scenes or parts of other plays. We’re looking for compact plays/monologues with a start, middle, and end. Special note for monologues: PLEASE take the time to read them out loud, time them, and allow for inflection and beats.

• For plays, no less than 3 pages and no more than 4 pages (12 pt font and 1” margins), for monologues, no more than 1.5 full pages (12 pt font and 1” margins). There are no exceptions to this rule.

• Please include a short blurb (one to two sentences) describing your play.

• No works that have been published by a licensed publisher. Academic or anthology publications for which you hold the copyright are okay. If your play is optioned for publication prior to the production dates, please contact us ASAP as this will make your play ineligible for our purposes.

• Previous productions okay if not staged within Texas.

• No work that has been submitted previously to Cone Man Running or Five Minute Mile, even if revised or significantly rewritten.

• Minimal set and properties. Presume having no more than a few chairs and a table, very limited properties, and include no lighting cues other than ‘lights up/down’.

• No musicals, screenplays, adaptations, or theater for young audiences.

• Three (3) submissions per playwright - however no more than two (2) pieces by a playwright will be potentially staged. If you have co-authored a work, this counts as one of your three submissions for each writer.

• Please submit all files in only: MS word or pdf.

• Please note, all plays will be photographed and recorded for archival and marketing purposes. In submitting your work, you acknowledge and allow for your show to be recorded and photographed.

• Please do not include any identifying information on your script – in your cover letter/email please list your name, phone number, email address, physical address and your play’s title and blurb.

• We will not provide any feedback on scripts.
Special Note: Any submissions that to not meet all guidelines will be ineligible and immediately deleted without response.

• From the submissions, 50-75 plays will be shortlisted as semi-finalists and will be read by our committee. We plan to announce the selected final thirty-two (32) plays by Sunday, December 16th, 2018. The selected plays will be listed on our Facebook page and webpage (both listed below) on this date.

• No submission fee.

• Cone Man Running reserves the right to decline scripts for any reason we see fit.

• If one of your plays are selected and you are able to attend, you will be provided with two complimentary tickets to the show. As a volunteer organization, we will be unable to provide any royalty or compensation/funding towards transportation or lodging, if you choose to attend. Your show will be guaranteed a minimum of two performances. If the playwright can attend, we will work with them to assure their play is one of the set plays performed that evening.

• Please submit all the requested materials to conemanrunning5mm@gmail.com
Email submissions only.



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The Theater Project’s annual short play competition awards the winner for Best Play a $500 prize. The contest is open to adult playwrights in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area. There is no fee to submit your play for consideration. Plays are accepted in the fall for the March 22, 23, 24 event.

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

​Those selected for participation will be charged a $150 fee to cover expenses (venue, stage manager, lighting/sound director).


Electronic submissions only. No fee to submit. Deadline: Dec 1.

E-mail your short play to:
Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”

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


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

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

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

Plays selected will have three (3) performances March 22, 23, 34.

​At each performance, the audience will vote  for their favorite.

After the Sunday performance, judges will award:
Best Play ($500 prize)
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director
Audience Choice.


The Theater Project does not charge a submission fee for its THINK FAST one-act festival.

We do, however, charge a production fee to help underwrite the costs of mounting our three performance festival. 

Our $150 fee for playwrights invited to participate in the THINK FAST festival will not cover all of our upfront costs.

We do not own our building. The Theater Project rents the Burgdorff Center for the Arts in Maplewood. Everything we produce requires the hiring of front-of-house staff as well as technicians to handle light, sound, etc. We also hire a stage manager for the festival.

And, at the end of the day, the winning play receives a $500 award.

Although we would rather not charge a production fee, the reality is that without help from participating playwrights, we would not be able to offer this showcase for new works

Friday, November 16, 2018


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We are seeking ridiculously entertaining original musicals suitable for family audiences. Ideal musicals will feature stories about young people and families with strong plot lines and great characters. Please note, we are not seeking ‘issue’ shows, and we are not seeking adaptations of children’s literature or other published works. We are looking for entertaining, engaging new musicals by early career and/or emerging writers and composers.

We’re defining ‘early career’ and ‘emerging’ on a case by case basis. Certainly a 21-year-old with a published play or a major production of their work would not be eligible. However, a 35-year-old who is unpublished without a major production of their work would qualify. Bottom line: If you consider yourself ‘early career’ and/or ‘emerging,’ we welcome you to submit. (Please note, this is not a competition for children).

Submissions will be open from June 1 - December 1, 2018. Three works will be chosen to be a performed as staged readings during a weekend-long festival in March 2019. Committee selections to be made by January 30, 2019. Writing teams will be invited to attend performance weekend.  Selected musicals will be considered for full production in 2020.

Submission guidelines for Pantochino’s inaugural “POW” Festival are as follows:

  • All submissions must be full-length musicals suitable for family audiences.
  • Musicals having already received a full production are not eligible.
  • Musicals that are already published are not eligible.
  • Musical revues are not eligible.
  • Musicals that have had a workshop or reading remain eligible.
  • Only one submission per playwright-composer-lyricist team


Email submission package to PantochinoFestival@gmail.com between June 1-December 1, 2018.
All email submissions must be in PDF format. Please include the following as attached documents, not in the body of your email. A complete submission package should include the following:
PDF of the full musical:

  • Sheet music/score of the full musical.
  • Your full contact information.
  • Resume of the writing team (playwright, lyricist, composer)
  • A short description of the musical and/or synopsis.
  • A brief (no longer than one page) history of the development of this musical.
  • One page including title of musical, character breakdown and descriptions.
  • Link to dropbox of complete demo songs.
  • Cast size must be 10 or fewer (actors may play multiple roles)

A notice of receipt will be emailed. Thank you for your submission!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Theatre Travels seeks scripts

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Theatre Travels is currently looking for new scripts - especially for 1 person (monologue) full length shows (although we accept all scripts).

If you are interested in getting your play or musical up on stage, send us your work! We are really keen to work with new writers as well as established playwrights.

We are looking for new scripts that focus on issues and themes that are relevant worldwide.

We are particularly interested in works by emerging writers. We are also looking for new works by established writers.

If your script has had a previous production or reading, please let us know where and if you have dates or reviews that you can supply, please send them through as well.

In your submission, please include:

- The writer's name

- The writer's country of origin

- Brief synopsis of the story and character summary

- Any production or reading details if applicable (including reviews where possible)

- Any information you would like us to know about your research or writing process

- If your script has any rights or agency agreements attached already, please let us know


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Fresh Ground Pepper: 2019 - 2020 PlayGround PlayGroup

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Deadline Date: Tuesday, November 20th, 11:59PM

How To Submit: Please find details and our submission form at https://freshgroundpeppernyc.com/submit/

We are accepting proposals for new work -- including plays, musicals, dance pieces, and more -- for development in Fresh Ground Pepper's 2019 - 2020 Season. This is a project-development series that will culminate in a reading or workshop presentation at the 2020 Fresh Ground Pepper festival.

Bi-monthly meetings will take place in New York City; a week-long PlayGroup retreat will take place in summer 2019.

The Fresh Ground Pepper PlayGround PlayGroup hosts artists in a 16 month, residency program that celebrates the joyful creation of new work.

Artists will attend bi-monthly meetings, where fresh work and inspirations are shared, where exploration is encouraged, and where the snacks flow freely. We encourage you to submit the project you’re most passionate about: the one that keeps you up at night, the one you think you shouldn’t create, the one that you think might change the world, or the one you have no idea how to handle.

Deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm on Tuesday, November 20th. We may follow up with you with more specific questions about your work and/or to request additional materials for review.

All applicants will be notified by January 7th, 2019.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail 2019 (UK)

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The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its seventeenth year.

It performs at the end of August, on each of the Arundel Festival’s eight days, eight short plays at eight different venues all over Arundel – for example, in a community hall, a restaurant, a football club or Arundel Jailhouse.  An audience of over 2,000 came to see the eight 2017 Theatre Trail plays.

The Trail is firmly established as one of the major components in the Festival and is a great showcase for both new and established writers, both from the UK and beyond.

Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects.

All entries should be submitted to Drip Action Theatre Trail 2019

c/o Arundel Festival
Town Hall
Maltravers Street
West Sussex
BN18 9AP

Entries must be received by 31st January 2019. There is no reading fee.

One play only per entrant, in hard copy (not e-mail).

Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned.

Our reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at our Theatre Trail launch in May 2019.

Each successful playwright will receive a £150 writer’s fee.

For further information call 01903 885250 or email info@dripaction.co.uk

Monday, November 12, 2018

Manhattan Repertory Theatre Short Play Project 2018

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Seeking fully produced,
(cast, directed and ready to be performed by December 7)
21 - 40 minute 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
December 7 - 15 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
17-19 West 45th St. NYC

Each 21 - 40 minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, and a minimum of 2 performances!

To submit your 21-40 minute play production please email:

The complete script of the play as a .pdf, a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown, the set and lighting requirements,
the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by December 1, 2018.

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

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before December 1, 2018, if we fill up all available performance slots

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

Once accepted, there will be a $85 participation fee.

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

MiniFest Script Submissions

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MiniFest is a week-long festival of one-act plays featuring limited cast sizes and scenographic demands.  Every year hundreds of plays from around the world are submitted for juried evaluation.  A Play Reading Committee creates a short list which is then submitted to an Executive Committee that selects four to six plays for an actor-centered staging by members of the Acadia Theatre Company.

Submission Deadline: November 16, 2018

Rules and Guidelines

Anyone may submit up to two original scripts, provided that neither has been professionally performed.

All script submissions must be in WORD format and be accompanied by a completed electronic application.

Scripts will be chosen for their dramatic quality, but also for their suitability for staging by students in our Theatre program.  Scripts with limitedAll scripts must be submitted electronically in Word format.  No other formats will be accepted.

Each playwright may submit only two (2) plays for the competition.

The Covering Page of each script should include:

  • the title of the play
  • the playwright's name
  • contact information for the playwright (address, telephone number & email address)
  • All subsequent pages should be numbered and should include the play's title in a running header or footer.  As the jury process is anonymouse, plase do NOT include the playwright's name on these pages.

Please ensure that all document editing features are unlocked in order to enable removal or manipulation of pages for jury and production purposes.  No changes to scripts proper will be made. number of characters and modest production requirements will be preferred.  Running times should not exceed 30 minutes.

Minifest may present as many as eight plays over three consecutive nights.  Each may may be presented as many as three times.

No recording of performances will be permitted.

Successful playwrights will not be offered royalties.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Short Works Feminist Theatre Festival in Montreal

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Revolution They Wrote and MainLine Theatre are proud to present the fifth annual Short Works Feminist Theatre Festival, a 4-day event which showcases new short works of feminist performance and art. The goal is to create a space for feminist artists of all backgrounds to gather, develop, and produce short works that explore themes of intersectional feminism.

What does feminist theatre and performance mean? We are open to any style or approach, however, for a work to be considered feminist it needs to centre on equality and the intersections of gendered oppression.

There is no cost involved with applying or being produced in the festival.
Jurying takes place in late December and applicants, wether selected to be featured in the festival or not will be notified shortly after. Some feedback may be given to groups not selected upon request.

Dates for the festival are March 22-24, 2019.

Artists featured in the festival will be provided with:
  • Access to 10 hours of rehearsal space at MainLine Theatre;
  • Additional rehearsal space on a case by case basis;
  • A public reading or 4 nights of performance of the work at the festival;
  • 60% of the box office funds shared evenly between the other festival works in the program.
  • Other production-related support: promotional, technical and administrative.
To apply, please fill the submission form found here 

Questions include:
  • Goal in creating this work
  • Why this work now
  • Why are you the person to be exploring the themes of this work?
  • What about this work is important to you?
  • How do you plan to deepen or develop the work?
  • How you believe your work explores feminist values?
  • To be eligible:
  • Your work must be 15-45 minutes in Length
  • All applications submitted must include a score, script, or video documentation
  • be intended for a feminist audience
  • Be an emerging artist/collective
The works will be juried according to the following criteria:
  • Is this work giving a platform to unheard voices?
  • Is this work exploring something new, from a new angle or a topic that rarely gets stage time
  • The overall quality of the work
  • How the work fits within the context of the festival programming
  • Feasibility of the work
  • How relevant is the work to questions of feminism
  • Who does it benefit?
For questions please contact Artistic Director, Jad at revolutiontheywrote@gmail.com

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler (VPT) requests submissions for its ninth annual Summer Pride Festival

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Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler (VPT) requests submissions for its ninth annual Summer Pride Festival, July 26-28 and August 2-4 in the historic Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph (VT).

We are seeking full-length scripts with strong LGBTQ content that present the issues and concerns of today's LGBTQ persons, especially those living in rural areas, in a positive way. Scripts should have a mid-sized ensemble, with multi-generational plays welcome. Staging in a community-theater setting should be feasible. No musicals, please.

Plays that have been previously produced or workshopped are welcome, and their presentation history would be of interest. No later than November 15th, these should be e-mailed  -- along with a 100-150-word synopsis -- to VPT producer Sharon Rives <kenrives@gmail.com>

For more information about the festival or VPT, feel free to contact Ms. Rives.

Parson's Nose Theater seeks full length plays by or about women for reading series

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Parson’s Nose Theater is seeking full-length plays by or about women. Plays can be any genre, but we are particularly seeking comedies and historical plays.

The plays will be part of a reading series in the Spring of 2019.

Parson’s Nose is an award-winning theater in Pasadena, California, dedicated to presenting classical theater and new works to audiences of all ages.  Please submit script electronically to mary@parsonsnose.com.  Be sure to include contact information.

Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2018.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Woodside Players of Queens Spring 2019 Play Festival

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Submissions are now being accepted for the Woodside Players of Queens Spring 2019 Play Festival, to take place in June 2019. Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island only.

Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome! Basic set requirements.

One submission per playwright. No unpleasant profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee.

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission.

We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too!

Deadline: March 15. 2019. 

Email: woodsideplayersofqueens@gmail.com.


Monday, November 5, 2018

Discount tickets: LURED

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The hate rhetoric being spewed right now in our own country by our own president feels awfully similar to the propaganda coming out of Russia in the last few years, thanks to Trump’s hero, Vladimir Putin. As anyone who has studied history knows too well, this vitriol often leads to the scapegoating of certain groups of people.

Our play LURED deals directly with the effects of government sanctioned hatred and the potential repercussions.

Directed by Frank J. Avella & Carlotta Brentan. 
The cast features Ms. Brentan, Brendan Daugherty, John DiMino, Cali Gilman, Kalen J. Hall, Marc Lombardo & David Joseph Volino. 

For discount tickets visit: www.LuredThePlay.com  Use code: Lured15 for $15 tickets

Based on factual accounts and events, LURED focuses on one particular Russian hate group's attack on a young gay man and the repercussions that follow, when his loved ones decide to take action.
In this current world climate, the play could not be timelier. LURED is for mature audiences only.

LURED performance schedule is as follows: Thurs., Nov. 8th - Sun., Nov. 25th, Thurs., Fri., Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 3pm. 
With added performances on Sat., Nov. 10th at 3pm and Mon., November 19th at 8pm.

Full price tickets are $18 available at https://www.smarttix.com/Event/lur5E6, or via SmartTix at 212-868-4444 
or in person at the theater prior to each performance.
Please call 973-715-2356 for further information or e-mail luredtheplay@gmail.com.    Industry comps available.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Berklee Theater Arts Collaborative (BTAC) is seeking new musical submissions

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Berklee Theater Arts Collaborative (BTAC), the program for musical theater performance, stage management, conducting, and songwriting minors at Berklee College of Music, is seeking new musical submissions for main stage, staged-reading, and studio workshop productions.

Scripts at all stages of development are welcome

Students work under the direction of Berklee's faculty industry professionals to produce and perform all aspects of the new work, including new arrangements where appropriate

Performances are presented publicly at the Berklee Performance Center and other Berklee stage venues. High quality video recording may be available for archival and portfolio reference (subject to individual contract agreements). In many cases, pieces are performed with a full live orchestra. Writers have access to professional creative and production team feedback. Writers maintain full ownership of their work

The search committee is primarily seeking interesting stories with strong writing and music to feature our culturally diverse student body and promote the program's main goal: to help shape the narrative for the next generation of Broadway creators and performers by changing the landscape of theater to be fully inclusive of actors, directors, and writers of diverse backgrounds

BTAC prioritizes musicals with:
  • Open Casting possibilities 
  • Empowered roles for women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community 
  • Opportunities for actors who play instruments 
  • Cast sizes ranging from 10 to 18 characters including ensemble roles
  • Main characters age appropriate for college students (teens-late 20’s)
BTAC employs both Open and Conscious Casting for all theater productions. Which means: unless significant aspects of the story are about gender, sexuality, or race topics  - all roles are open to all students regardless of race, color, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, class, religion, ability, age, sex, and sexual orientation


M. T. Pockets Theatre One-Act Play Contest 2018

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Winning One Acts will be presented in the 6th Annual One Act Festival
February 7-10, 2019


November 16, 2018 - Deadline for submissions

All entries MUST be submitted online

December 21, 2018 - Winning submissions announced


Limit TWO entries per playwright.

Each entry must:
1. Be unpublished, with 3 or less productions (excluding readings, self-productions
     and/or contest productions).
2. Require two to four (2 to 4) characters.
3. Be no more than 10 minutes in running time.
4. Require minimal props and costumes excluding the title and cast pages.
5. Be no more than ten (10) pages long.
Questions, contact Festival Director Mara Monaghan

Smith & Kraus and True Acting Institute seeks monologues

We invite you to submit your monologues for consideration

Your 1-2 minute monologue may come from a play that has a copyright anytime from August 2017 until the end of 2018. (From a musical too? Yes!)

Fill out the email form. You will receive an email with a private submission link. 
Submissions must be made by November 15, 2018.

You may enter as many monologues as you choose, for either the Mens book, the Women's book or for both books. 
1. By submitting your 1-2 minute monologue for consideration by Smith & Kraus Publishers (SK), for inclusion in SK's The Best Mens Monologues 2019 and/or The Best Women's Monologues 2019, you grant SK permission to publish the monologue in said books in print, ebook, or any other form in which the book may be published. Monologue must be written in English. 
2. If the submitted monologue(s) is selected for inclusion in said titles, you will receive as remuneration:  One page featuring the monologue and a "facing page" to be used in support of an actors performance as well as in the promotion of you and your writing career. You will also receive 10 copies of the published book free of any charges.


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Finalist plays will be produced at our Annual Festival in June 2019.

Play submissions will be accepted through November 15, 2018.


High school-aged playwrights are encouraged to enter. Plays must include a letter from a teacher or school administrator, written on school letterhead, verifying that the play was written during high school, in addition to the guidelines below. If the committee chooses to name a high school entry as a finalist for the 15th annual contest, the play will be produced with the other finalists in our festival in June 2019.


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


The play should be approximately ten-minutes in length.

The play must have no more than five on-stage (speaking and non-speaking) characters.

You may submit only one play, so send us your best! Please do not make more than one submission.

The play should be in a "play format" making it easy for the readers.

(We like 12-point, easy to read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Arial)

The play must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission to our contest. We do screen for this, so don't send us your play if it has been produced. (Staged readings are not counted as "produced.")

Submitting your play to our contest grants Lakeshore Players the right to produce your play in our annual festival and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes, if it is chosen as a finalist.


 The play should have simple technical requirements. There won't be a set — a few furniture pieces and a few props only — we only have about one minute in between plays to change scenes
As a community theatre, we want to appeal to the largest possible audience, therefore plays with excessive offensive language are less likely to be selected - please keep that in consideration.

Two ways to submit: Email or Mail.

Your play must be received no later than November 15, 2018 to be eligible.



VERY IMPORTANT – Email submission rules below MUST be followed, or your submission will be disqualified.

  • Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information on the title page:
  • play title
  • your name
  • your mailing address
  • your phone number
  • your email address

Send ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information on the title page: just the title of the play.

Email Instructions:

Subject line: Include the title of your play, for example: 10 Min Contest: MY GREAT PLAY
Include your complete contact information in the body of the email.

Tell us where you heard about the contest
Please include the title of your play in the file name. For example:
- My Great Play-Blind.pdf
- My Great Play.pdf

Email plays to: 10mpf@lakeshoreplayers.org.


Don't know how to PDF? No problem.

Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information:

  • play title
  • your name
  • your mailing address
  • your phone number
  • your email address

Include ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information - just the title and the play.

Mail to:
15th Annual Lakeshore Players 10-Minute Play Committee
4941 Long Ave White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Plays will not be returned to you.

If you would like confirmation that we have received your script, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your script.


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

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

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