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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Live and In Color seeks plays and musicals

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Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color interested in developing their new musical or play. The work must be able to be performed with a multiethnic cast.

The winning musical submission will have a two-week workshop this fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a staged presentation to an invited audience.

The winning play submission will have a one-week development period this fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a reading for an invited audience.

To Apply
Send digital materials or any questions to dennis@theatreincolor.org

Finalists will be announced in May. The final selection for the 2019 season will be announced at our annual gala in June. Materials are due by March 15th, 2019. 

Submission Requirements


  • The musical must be able to be performed with no more than 8 actors. 
  • All submissions should include:
  • Single page synopsis
  • Single page character breakdown
  • Demo of score (2-3 songs)
  • Sample of dialogue (5-10 pages)
  • Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)


  • The play must be able to be performed with no more than 5 actors. 
  • All submissions should include:
  • Single page synopsis
  • Single page character breakdown
  • Script sample (10-20 pages)
  • Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)

Acadiana Repertory Theatre seeks full-length plays

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The Acadiana Repertory Theatre, celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2020, is committed to serve playwrights as a place where they feel they can develop work with a company that has a desire to help in the growth of both the playwright and the play. We strive to create a safe, creative, open environment for our playwrights and, using our own experience, along with the experiences of some of our friends from across the country, we seek to help playwrights create and develop shows that have the best chance of a long life of production. Through developmental readings, developmental productions, and soon, the possibilities of residences, we hope to help, through working with the amazing playwrights we come in contact with, the voices of new American playwrights be heard.

We are now accepting submissions for our 2019 Season, which kicks off in in early February. We accept submissions of full length plays and musicals. In order to be eligible for consideration, submissions:
-Should be no longer than 90 minutes (we occasionally make exceptions)
-Should be full length.
-Should be actor/story forward
-Have minimal technical and set requirements
-Have a cast no larger than 10
-Should have limited to no production history and should not be published. We are looking specifically for work that you are looking to further develop and are looking for playwrights who want to be involved in the process.
-include a cast list and a synopsis

Scripts should be submitted in PDF format to submissions@acadianarep.org

The window for submissions will close on March 15th. 

Playwrights will be notified that their submission has been received as well as if their show has been selected as a finalist or not passed through.

Please note: There are no submission fees nor is there a fee to be a part of the season. Playwrights will be responsible for travel expenses should they choose to join us for any part of the process.

To find out more information about us, submissions, or our past work, visit www.acadianarep.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Pistarckle Theater seeks Virgin Islands themed plays

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Please complete each question as accurately as possible.

The information provided will be used to determine whether The Pistarckle Theater, Inc. review committee will request further review of your new work. Please take note that submission of this form in no way requires Pistarckle Theater, Inc. to review your new work. 

Pistarckle Theater, Inc. New work submission and reviews are ongoing. Response times may be quicker during some parts of the year than others based on new work schedule and presentation needs of the theater.

The focus of The Pistarckle Theater, Inc. New Works initiative is two fold;

1) To develop new dramatic works of any genre or content by Playwrights that live in or have lived in The United States Virgin Islands and/or

2) To develop new works with themes, characters and issues that are related to or that highlight United States Virgin Islands and/or Caribbean history, culture, values, obstacles, accomplishments, etc...

Submissions that do not fit into either category 1 or 2 will not be reviewed.

Playwrights may submit multiple entries for consideration.

The work being submitted for consideration must have never had full production.

The work being submitted must either be new with no previous public exposure or have had only a staged reading with no production value.

Plays that have had staged readings and are of interest to the committee will receive additional inquiry about the public presentation history.

After review of this synopsis form, if the committee is interested in your play, you will be provided contact information and instructions for submission of the full work or an excerpt.

Thank you and we look forward to reading your work!


Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival

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DEADLINE: Plays or musicals must be submitted online, e-mailed or postmarked by MARCH 15, 2019.

FEES: There are no fees for submitting your work to the Festival.

ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years old or younger on March 15, 2019; co-written plays are allowed, provided all writers meet age requirement.

CONTENT: Original plays or musicals on any subject and any length.

LIMIT: Up to 3 plays per playwright or playwright team.

FORMAT: All plays must have numbered script pages. Plays submitted through theblank.submittable.com should follow Submittable.com requirements. Plays submitted by e-mail must be sent as PDF. Plays submitted by mail must be printed on one side of a page and unbound.

COVER SHEET: Along with play script(s), submissions must include a Cover Sheet with: Title, Playwright Name, Playwright Date of Birth (with year), Age, School Name (if applicable), E-Mail Address, Contact Phone Number, Mailing Address.

NO RETURNS: Scripts will not be returned so please do not send originals.

NOTIFICATION: We will contact Festival Competition winners in May 2019.

PERFORMANCE: Winning plays will be performed in the Festival in Los Angeles in June 2019.

SUBMIT ONLINE: Browse to theblank.submittable.com, create an account and follow the instructions to submit your play(s) and cover sheet.

SUBMIT BY E-MAIL: Send play(s) and cover sheet as PDF with play title in subject line to: ypfsubmissions@theblank.com

SUBMIT BY MAIL: Send unbound play(s) and cover sheet to:

Young Playwrights Festival
c/o The Blank Theatre
PO Box 1094
Los Angeles, CA 90078

Monday, February 25, 2019

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s 8th Annual “Out On A Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City”

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Scripps Ranch Theatre (San Diego CA) is currently accepting scripts for its 8th annual Out On A Limb new play festival.

Deadline is March 1, 2019.

Please only submit finished works (no treatments or drafts). Plays must not exceed 10 minutes.

After your play has been received it will be reviewed. We will make a final selection of 6 plays to present in performances on July 12-14 and 19-21. If your play is selected you will receive a stipend to present your play in the performances.

This year we are adding an exciting element to the festival. CASH PRIZES! Each play will be judged by a distinguished panel of judges and our audience. At the end of each show we will select an audience favorite. In addition, we accumulate all the scores from all the performances and award an overall first, second and third prize. This total will be culminated from the judges and the audiences. The prize money will be divided among the playwright, director and actors.

Please submit your works to: OOAL@scrippsranchtheatre.org

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By Marcia McNair and Anissa D. Moore

 The personal becomes the political when passionately-opinionated African American women speak their minds on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Black Lives Matter, missing black women and girls, black-on-black crime, and male/female relationships in a soul-stirring mix of song, dance, poetry, and prose. The interrelated dramatic monologues range from tragedy to comedy in a “newsical” revue that examines pressing social issues from an African-American female perspective. Sistas on Fire! A Newsical uses theatre to provoke thought, encourage social activism, and build bridges that cross race, class, gender, and culture. In short, it's For Colored Girls for the New Millennium.

The play opens at the East Village Playhouse from February 22nd to March 17th.

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Plazapalooza seeks 10-minute plays

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Backstage at SPTC (Santa Paula Theater Center in California) is now seeking scripts for its eighth annual production of original one act plays, Playzapalooza! 2019!

Submission Guidelines

  • Plays should run approximately 10 to 15 minutes in length.
  • Each writer may submit up to two plays.  
  • Submissions will only be accepted electronically.  Send pdf or Word files to SPTCBackstage@gmail.com.
  • Include a list of characters with any relevant description either on the title page or the 2nd page.  A teaser or synopsis is also appreciated.
  • Including a bio or list of credits is optional.
  • Previously produced plays are permissible.
  • Submissions must be received by midnight March 1, 2019.

Backstage at SPTC is a “black box” theater.  Plays are simply staged with minimal set pieces, props and set dressing.  Elaborate set designs, special effects or large casts, unfortunately cannot be considered for production.

Backstage at SPTC is a forum for new and original works.  Strong language and adult situations are common.

Submission of any plays implies that the author grants permission to Backstage at SPTC to produce their work.  Rights of all plays remain the sole copyright and property of its author.

Writers of plays selected for production are invited to the opening night performance along with a guest, will receive two complimentary tickets to another performance during its run, and will be able to experience every performance at no charge.

Due to the sheer volume of submissions, writers of plays not selected for performance will not be personally contacted.

Performance dates are May 24th through June 9th

Please do not call the SPTC Box Office with questions regarding this production Instead, send your inquiries to SPTCbackstage@gmail.com.  You may also visit www.santapaulatheatercenter.org for additional information regarding events.

2019-20 Woodward/Newman Drama Award

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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

BPP is now accepting submissions for the 2019-20 Woodward/Newman Drama Award.

Submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2019. 

The winner will be announced in May/June 2019.

"Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.

Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted.

It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.

The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.
Send to:
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Horatio Productions' (London UK) Science Fiction Festival 2019

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We're looking for groundbreaking short science fiction plays, for writers coming from all walks of life, for daring and innovative creators, for new ideas, revolutionary dreams, crazy stories, for the bold, the daring, and the unique. These are the details:
  • Length: Up to 15 minutes per play.
  • Cast: Up to 4 performers.
  • Set restrictions: The stage will be shared with several other companies; time for setting up will be minimal, so don't submit anything that involves complicated set design, or too many props.
  • Submission limit: Writers can submit as many plays as they want. We we'll do our best to read all the material sent, and to get back to every applicant in due time.
  • Deadline: Our current deadline is set on the 28th of February. Plays sent after that date won't be considered for the festival. 
Selection Process:

Once the deadline is closed, we'll read all of the plays submitted. Yes, all of them. From beginning to end. We'll select between 16 and 20 plays, and get back to every writer who has applied. Unfortunately, we won't be able to provide feedback for all but, if you specifically ask for it, we would try our best to get back to you. Sometimes, if necessary, we will ask writers for edits, but only if there is something that we really need changed in order to program the play. Edits are generally related to length, or number of characters.

What happens next:

The selected plays will be paired with directors and cast, and will be given one or two slots during the festival. This means that, as a writer, once you have submitted your play, and done any necessary edits, your work is done (unless you want to get involved in a different capacity as well).Once the festival is over, we will share any profit between all participants. We have an open books policy.
This project is currently on a profit share basis. We are currently applying for funding but are not able to confirm if it will come through until a later date.

Send your plays to:


We are aiming at programming up to 20 short plays during the festival. Depending on the quality of the material received, and the length of the plays selected, that number could change.

We are looking forward to read your science fiction plays!

Broadway Bound Theater Festival

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The application fee does not apply to members of the Dramatists Guild with proof of active membership.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59PM EST on Sunday, March 31, 2019. All submissions must be made through www.broadwayboundfestival.com/submit. Late applications, applications mailed via the postal serve, e-mailed or faxed will not be accepted – no exceptions will be made.

FINALIST INTERVIEWS: Friday, April 5 - Sunday, April 7, 2019. Finalists will be interviewed by the Festival Director, via telephone/FaceTime/Skype.

PARTICIPANT INVITATION: Monday, April 8, 2019. Acceptance offers will be made on a rolling basis. Final acceptance offers will be made no later than Monday, April 8, 2019.

CONTRACTS AND PARTICIPATION FEE DUE: 12PM (Noon) EST on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. If invited to participate, your contract and non-refundable participation fee is due no later than 12PM (Noon) EST. If you miss this deadline, your spot will be offered to another finalist.

FESTIVAL PROPER: Techs Begin on Monday, July 29, 2019, between the hours of 9:30AM - 10:30PM.

Performances Run: Tuesday, July 30 - Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 2PM, 5PM and 8PM

Applications cannot be revised once they have been submitted. Take time to review your script before submitting.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Town Hall Theatre Playwrights’ CageMatch

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Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, California, is accepting submissions for its first Playwrights’ CageMatch. Our CageMatch is a chance for playwrights to show their stuff in an audience-decided live competition.

Five Playwrights enter but only one will emerge victorious. Grand prize for the chosen script.

We are seeking brief scenes (5-20 minutes) which conform to the limitations of the competition. THT staff will select the top five submissions. Each of the final scripts will get one rehearsal with the same director and company of actors which Town Hall provides.  On March 24, 2019, the five scenes will be performed at a live staged reading event at Town Hall Theatre. The audience will vote by token to determine the winner!

Our theme this year is: Building Bridges.  The setting is an apartment building in a large city anywhere in the universe; there’s a fire escape, maybe a corridor, and maybe a bridge in the distance. Time period is not restricted. Please limit your scenes to no more than four characters, and maintain gender parity. A lovers’ encounter or post-apocalyptic tale, perhaps?  We’re looking for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporate the setting into the scenes. Tone, theme or genre is up to you!

Yes, you may submit more than one play.  There is no restriction on plays that have been previously produced and/or published but they need to fit the theme and setting.  Playwrights will be notified by email whether they are chosen as one of the five performed playwrights.

Admission to the performance is $5 (free to our subscribers), and a token to vote for the winner is $5.

Deadline for CageMatch submissions sent via e-mail is March 8, 2019; post-mark deadline, if mailed, is March 1, 2019.

Submissions can be e-mailed in *.doc or *.pdf to cagematch@townhalltheatre.com or mailed to:

Town Hall Theatre, ATTN: Susan E. Evans, Artistic Director, 3535 School Street, Lafayette, CA  94549

The Green Room

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In a time when cannabis is moving from taboo to dinner table conversation, we here at The Green Room offer a space for artists to use theater as a medium of discourse. We are a pot-positive environment! Weed/Pot/Bud/Dope and all of its nicknames, we want to collaborate with theater communities, both near and far, with a purpose to open the conversation of cannabis with their unique voices and perspectives.

This is our call to you, Artists. Here is your chance to create a short play ranging from one to five minutes. Comedy or drama is up to you, as we are basing our selection on work we believe is bold, creative and different.

Proceeds from The Green Room will be donated to charities and organizations that care and represents those incarcerated and the communities affected by the war on drugs.

Play submissions will be accepted through the Google Form in the link below until Monday, February 25, 2019.


Imagined Theatres seeks submissions

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Imagined Theatres is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal and archive, dedicated to imagining what might be possible and impossible in the theatre.

We publish scripts, scores, stories, manifestoes, and essays, in prose and in verse. These texts are paired with a critical response, or “gloss,” extending the argument or view of each imagined theatre in new directions.

Imagined Theatres supports creative criticism, meaning creative work that acts critically and criticism that acts creatively. The journal releases issues annually, with thematic issues comprised of entries solicited from guest editors, and un-themed issues devoted to user submissions.


We are currently accepting submissions for our first open call issue. The deadline for submissions to issue #03 will be March 1st, 2019.

Prospective authors are encouraged to explore the website, as well as the book Imagined Theatres, for a sense of possible approaches, bearing in mind that these are merely suggestions. We emphasize the written word, but are open to submissions that take advantage of the digital form in interesting ways.

Submissions should include 1-2 pieces. We encourage the publication of shorter work, though there is not prescribed word limit. While the themed issues pair each theatre with a response (or “gloss”), open submissions do not need to include glosses. Of course, you are welcome to submit both a theatre and its gloss if you would like. You are also welcome to submit independent glosses that respond to previously published texts; in this instance, please let us know which text you are referencing.

We accept submissions via email at submissions@imaginedtheatres.com. All submissions should include contact information, a brief contributor’s bio, and the word “submission” in the title of the email.

Please send your work as an attachment in one of the following formats:

  • Word document (.doc) files
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf) files
  • Text (.txt) files
  • Portable Document Format (.pdf) files
  • JPEG, TIFF, PNG for image files
  • There are no submission fees, publication fees, or page charges for this journal. All work must be original; copyrighted images or media will not be published.

For more information, please write info@imaginedtheatres.com.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Summer Shorts 2019

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Throughline Artists is currently accepting submissions for the 13th season of SUMMER SHORTS, an annual festival of new American short plays, to be held this summer at 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan.

Playwrights in the tri-state area are encouraged to submit previously unproduced one-act plays between 20 – 30 minutes in length. Six plays will be selected for production in July/August. Playwrights will be notified of selection by May 1st.

Please read our submission guidelines carefully. Plays that do not adhere to these rules will not be considered.


·      Plays cannot have been previously produced in New York or published (previous workshops and/or staged readings are acceptable)

·      Plays should be between 20 and 30 minutes in length (we are not interested in 10-minute plays)

·      Plays should not require more than four actors

·      Plays must include a cover page with the playwright’s contact info (email, phone and address)

·      Playwrights are expected to attend rehearsals. For that reason we limit submission to writers living in the tri-state area.

·      Submit plays in PDF or Word format to: submissions@throughlineartists.org

·      Deadline for submission is February 28th, 2019. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Women's Theatre Festival Occupy the Stage

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WTF Occupy the Stage
July 12-14, 2019
Raleigh, NC

The Women's Theatre Festival is seeking short and long-form plays written by women and non-binary folx for a staged-reading marathon. We accept unproduced and already produced work. Subject matter can be anything, (it does not have to match our season theme) but play must be able to be cast with at least 50% women and/or non-binary folx and 50% people of color.

 Occupy the Stage is a series of staged readings where all works are written by women and non-binary folx. We accept both short and long form plays from of a variety of genres. We insist on only two requirements; that the piece be castable with at least 50% women or non-binary people and at least 50% people of color.  Please select only one play to submit per year.
Plays will be performed July 12-14 2019

The cut-off date for submission will be March 1st.

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4th Annual One Act Playwright Jamboree

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NOTE: If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions.   

We are currently seeking submissions from playwrights for our 4th Annual One Act Playwright Jamboree at our new state-of-the-art black box facility in Pompton Lakes, NJ.

Please visit the link to our One Act Jamboree website link to review the details of this exciting opportunity for playwrights. If selected for participation by our review panel, their plays will receive a fully staged production with our experienced directors and creative teams during our One Act showcase which runs an entire four show weekend. The winning playwright, voted upon by our loyal audiences, receives a $500 cash reward. OPEN TO PLAYWRIGHTS IN NYC, US, and INTERNATIONAL.


We are also happy to link your wonderful company to our own website to help spread the word of your business, as well.

Thank you for your consideration and let us know if you have any other questions regarding this opportunity.


2019 Fourth Annual One-Act Playwright Jamboree

Submission Deadline:  March 1, 2019

Auditions:  April  2019 - exact dates will be posted in March 2019.

Writers must submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 20 minutes or less)

Entries will be judged on plot, character development, dialogue and overall quality.

Please send manuscripts and enclose your $20 reading fee (checks made payable to Rhino Theatre Group, LLC) to:

NOTE: If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions.   

Rhino Theatre Group, LLC,
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442
Attention:  One Act Jamboree

 You may also email your manuscripts to joann@rhinotheatre.com and then pay your $20 reading fee online. Use the buttons below to submit your manuscript and to pay the reading fee (manuscripts will not be considered until fee is remitted). If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions.

Between 6 and 10 winners will receive the prize of a staged production of his or her play at the Rhino One Act Jamboree, which will be held in August 23 - 25, 2019 at Rhino Studio 237.

The production will have auditioned actors, directors chosen by committee, producers, stage managers, ushers, ticket takers and tech crew.

2019 Fourth Annual One-Act Playwright Jamboree Terms and Conditions

Writers are encouraged to submit their one-act plays (run time of 20 minutes or less)

Plays will be judged on the following criteria:

·       Plot

·       Character Development

·       Dialogue

·       Overall writing quality

Submissions deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019

Playwrights are limited to three (3) submissions.

How to Submit:

Please read and follow our submission guidelines. Submissions that are incomplete or do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified. To enter your play, you must submit the following:

(1) Three (3) hard copies of your play (or email in advance for electronic submissions/Paypal payment).

·       Plays should run 20 minutes or less and be written in the proper playwriting format

           (when in the proper format, running time is approximately one minute per page):

·       A list of characters with a brief physical description of each should also be included.

·       Plays should contain 12 or fewer actors.

·       One person plays are accepted.

·       No musicals, unless you are providing accompaniment.

·       Plays should have simple staging and technical needs.

 (2) A cover letter with the following information:

·       The name of your play

·       Your name full address, full contact information (including your e-mail and phone


·       A brief synopsis of your play (for publicity purposes if your play is selected)

·       A brief biography

(3) A check in the amount of $20 (US dollars) for each play submitted, made payable to: Rhino Theatre Group, LLC.  Please write "One-Act Jamboree" in the check's memo line.

The submission package must be sent to:
Rhino Theatre Group, LLC,
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442
Attn:  One-Act Jamboree

Additional Information:

·       Submissions must be postmarked on or before March 1, 2019.

·       If you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (business-size - 4" x 9 ½"), you

         will receive your play evaluation forms from our readers at the conclusion of the

        judging process.

·       Plays will NOT be returned and will be recycled.

·       The entry fee is non-refundable.

If your play is chosen, a $50 participation fee will be required prior to auditions for your play.  

As the playwright, you are invited to auditions and will have input regarding casting and production presentation.  However, Artistic Director may choose to exercise her authority regarding questionable content and/or presentation of the show with consideration and protection of the reputation of the company in its entirety.


At the conclusion of the jamboree, one winner will receive a $500 cash prize based on audience vote.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Beverly Hills Theatre Guild - Youth Theatre Competition

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The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild annually sponsors the Competition for Youth Theatre to discover new theatrical works and to encourage established or emerging writers to create quality works for youth theatre. The Play Competition for Youth Theatre represents grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 and offers two prizes:


Entries must be accompanied by the application form and in accordance with the submission policies and procedures. We accept scripts from January 15th to February 28th for this competition. No scripts will be accepted after these dates and all scripts received after the deadline cannot qualify and will not be returned.

Rules for the Play Competition for Youth Theatre

1. The Michael J. Libow Awards consist of two (2) monetary prizes for plays suitable for grades 6-8 (middle school) or for plays suitable for grades 9-12 (high school). The two prizes will be awarded on the merits of the play scripts, which includes its suitability for the intended audience. The plays should be approximately 45 to 75 minutes in length. There is no production connected to any of the prizes, though a staged reading is optional at the discretion of the BHTG.

2. Authors must be U.S. Citizens or legal residents. Co-Authorships are permissible.

3. The plays must be written in Standard American English. Slang, jargon, and regional dialects, etc., may be used only to establish necessary characterization.

4. Authors may enter up to two (2) scripts in the Play Competition for Youth Theatre.

5. Entries must be unpublished, theatrical works written for the living stage and suitable for the grades designated. Play scripts may have had one (1) non-professional or educational theatre production. But the play may not have been produced on a professional level for which authors, actors or staff were paid.

6. Entries may be original plays, adaptations and/or translations. Authors of adaptations and/or translations of works that are under current copyright must provide (upon request) proof of permission from the copyright holder(s) or their legal agents to use such works.

7. Plays shorter than approximately 45 minutes are not eligible; musicals are not eligible; and plays entered in previous BHTG Competitions are not eligible. (Please note: plays with music, i.e. plays with an occasional interpolated song, are eligible: works that are designated as musicals are not.)

8. Submissions received with postmarks BEFORE January 15th or AFTER the last day of February of the contest year will not be accepted, read or returned. Authors will be notified of ineligible submission and the reasons why.

9. Submissions in noncompliance of these Rules and the Submission Procedures will be ineligible.

10. BHTG has the right to accept or reject any entry without explanation, and will not correspond with, or discuss with, any person the results of the competition, or the acceptance or rejection of any entry.

11. The competition judges' decisions are final in all respects.

12. BHTG has the following rights which it may exercise at its sole discretion:

a. To declare any entry ineligible if prior to Competition's close (June 1) the entry is in violation of rule #6. Authors must notify the BHTG of any change in status.

b. To reproduce as many copies of an entry as are necessary for distribution among the judges.

c. To use the author's name and title of any entry receiving an award for publicity about this Playwright Award and the results of the competition.

d. To present one script-in-hand, rehearsed readings of an award winning entry to an invited, nonpaying audience. No royalty payment will be due to the entry's author for these readings.

13. Each award winner will, at all times, in connection with publications, production, publicity, advertisements, etc. about the award winning entry, designate that the play is an "Award Winner of The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild/Youth Theatre Competition."

14. Each entry will be free from copyright restrictions relating to this Award, and the author will hold the BHTG, its officers, and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims and violations.

15. The BHTG is not a producing organization. No production is connected with the competition nor any prize awarded.

16. Sorry, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild - Youth Theatre Competition does not sponsor scholarships, fellowships, educational grants, or loans to students or private individuals. Nor does the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild as an organization.

Submission Procedures

1. Each entry must be accompanied by an individual, completed application/entry form. Application forms may be duplicated as necessary. Application forms and Competition rules and Submission Procedures may be obtained by sending #10 business-sized SASE to the address below.

2. Each author must personally sign the application. Entries must be legible and signature clearly the name of the writer(s). The author(s) must sign the entry form. Proxy or agent signatures are not accepted and will lead to disqualification.

3. Bind your entry securely and include a title page with the name of the play, whether it is an "original" or an adaptation/translation from another work, and, if desired, copyright or registration information and date (instead of the author's name, please use "by the author.") On the second page list all characters, time, place, number of acts and scenes, and any other pertinent information such as whether the scripts make use of special effects, e.g., puppetry. Scripts must be bound. A clip holding pages together unfortunately doesn't constitute being "bound". (This is insisted upon for the protection of the script and benefit of the writer. Loose scripts may have pages become misplaced or lost. The competition is not responsible for loss or damage to entries or parts thereof.)

4. Do not show your name, address or any identifying information on any page of your entry. Attach with a removable paper clip, a sheet containing the title of your entry, your name, address, phone number and any other information.

5. To preserve anonymity, all entries will be identified by numbers for judging. All identifying marks will be removed.

6. Submissions will not be returned. This includes either eligible or ineligible submissions. Enclose with your submission a #10 business-sized SASE for our response.

7. You may enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt of your entry. Competition winners to be announced on this web site in June.

8. The BHTG is not responsible for loss or damage to entries.

9. No script will be accepted by fax or e-mail. No electronic submissions or correspondence.

10. No entry is returned.

Address All Inquiries and Submissions To:
Candace Coster, Competition Coordinator
Play Competition for Youth Theatre
P.O. Box 148
Beverly Hills, CA 90213

Monday, February 18, 2019

Studio Players 6th Annual Play Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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Studio Players, Kentucky’s Oldest Community-Involved Theater, located in Lexington, has produced 5 solid, exciting years of engaging, thought-provoking and sometimes hilarious theater, in the form of our 10-minute play festival.  

That said, we are  proud to announce our 6th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival, to be performed in July 2019. 

We are looking for 7 strong, entertaining plays to feature so, once again, we are holding a competition. This competition is for 10-minute plays only; it is open to any playwright.  

 The judges will be members of the Studio Players theater community: board members, directors and patrons.

The rules are simple and are as follows:
Any playwright may enter; only one script per playwright.
  2. The play must be a 10 minute play (meaning it will be approximately 10 pages long).

  3. All plays should be emailed, with a separate cover page, with: play's title, author's name, email address, mailing address and phone number. The play itself should only have the title; no identifying information contained in or on the 10 page script.

  4. To be considered, each script must be received by March 10th.

  5. The contest is open to the first 300 entries received.

  6. Winning entrants agree to a full production of their scripts, including a video recording of the production with possible publication on youtube.

That's it! The top 7 scripts (as determined by the judges) will be performed by active members of the Bluegrass theater community. 

Each play will be a fully realized, staged production; each performance showing all winning scripts.  The 7 Selected playwrights will each receive $250 in prize money.

All entries should be sent to: sweftdart@yahoo.com with "10-min play fest" in the header.

22th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals

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Theatre Southwest of Houston, Texas is now accepting entries from now until March 15, 2019 for the 22th Annual  Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals! The TSW-FOO is FREE to enter and will once again be calling for short one act (20 minute) plays in any and all genres from all over the country and the world. Please check below for submission guidelines and see how you can enter for a chance to win a cash prize and to see your work produced.

Submission Guidelines:

Each playwright may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.

All entries should be unpublished and previously unproduced in the Houston area.

ABSOLUTELY NO email entries will be ACCEPTED for consideration

All Genres are accepted.

Monologues or One Actor plays are not accepted.

Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). Page count should be no less than 17, but no more than 22 pages.

There is no maximum limit of characters or sets, but common sense should be used as 5 plays will be produced in one evening.

Number all pages of the scripts, and scripts should be securely bound or stapled in the upper left hand corner.

ALL scripts must be submitted by postal mail ONLY. Can we stress that enough?

Be sure to include your contact information; phone number, email, and mailing address on the title page of the script.

List all characters with a brief character description.

Please include a one paragraph synopsis of the play.

Make SURE all mailed entries are POSTMARKED by March 15, 2019 (the Ides of March)

Scripts cannot be returned.

One hundred dollars will be paid to all playwrights selected for production.

Scripts should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest
8944 Clarkcrest St.
Houston, Texas 77063-4004

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Helen McCloy Scholarship 2019

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What Is It? The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Who May Apply? The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Membership in Mystery Writers of America is not required to apply. The McCloy Scholarship is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills. Applicants should not have received monetary compensation for novels, short stories, non-fiction, screenplays or play scripts in the crime-writing genre.

How Shall the Scholarship Be Used? The scholarship shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs taking place in the U.S. in summer, fall or winter of 2019 or early spring 2020. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied.  To be eligible, the chosen writing program must require the applicant to produce writing and to have writing critiqued. Writing conferences featuring only panels and agent conferences are not eligible.

 What Is the Scholarship Amount? MWA will present two scholarships for up to $500 each. Scholarship checks are issued in late Spring and are made out jointly to scholarship winners and their chosen educational institutions.

 Submission Details Applicants are required to submit:

* ONE Scholarship application form, completed – 2019 McCloy Application Form

* ONE copy of the official description of the writing class/workshop/program (from college catalog, workshop brochure, or other.)

* One copy of a 300- to 500-word essay explaining the applicant’s interest in mystery writing

* One copy of a sample of mystery writing for judging: either a synopsis and 3 chapters from a novel, or 3 short stories, or 3 short nonfiction pieces, or 1 screenplay or 1 play script

The scholarship committee may also require a letter of acceptance and/or syllabus or other documentation from the writing class/workshop/seminar to be attended.

Email all materials in one complete submission package to: McCloy.MWA@gmail.com
Put “submission” in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline All applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2019. No late applications or emailed applications will be accepted.

Questions? For individual answers and a copy of scholarship FAQs and submission tips (recommended), e-mail the scholarship committee at:   McCloy.MWA@gmail.com

About Helen McCloy Helen McCloy (1904-1994) was a mystery author, editor, publisher, and agent. Creator of psychiatrist sleuth Dr. Basil Willing, McCloy served as president of MWA in 1950, won the Edgar® Award for mystery criticism in 1954, helped to establish MWA’s New England Chapter in 1971, and was named an MWA Grand Master in 1990.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Little Fish Theatre seeks plays for International Beer Day

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Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, CA, is looking for two to three short plays (12 minutes or less) to stage for a one-night-only event on International Beer Day, Sunday April 7th. The theater would like to award each play selected with a $25 royalty for the playwright.

The content of each script submitted must have to do with beer in some way, shape, or form. The plays will be performed in between rounds of beer tasting and discussion - palate cleansers, if you will. Beer. Play. Repeat. There is no maximum number of submissions per playwright.

Scripts and questions may be submitted to wildbilsky@gmail.com.

Please use the phrase "Beer Play" in the subject line. 

Please submit your script no later than Sunday, February 17th, 2019.

We look forward to reading your submissions, and giving the chosen ones an eager Los Angeles audience!


Friday, February 15, 2019

The Barn Theater Montville NJ seeks one-act plays


We are looking for original one act plays for our upcoming Solstice Showcase One Act Festival: June 14th - 16th. The event showcases new works of aspiring writers from the NJ/NY area and beyond as well directors and designers.

Thursday, February 14, 2019


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Short plays (1-10 minutes), parodies or homages of classical styles, or well-known pieces of art and literature, featuring vibrant roles for women.

Submissions open JANUARY 1, 2019 and close FEBRUARY 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

Please keep in mind that any plays sent to us outside of our submission window, or outside our play guidelines, will not be read.  (We are not accepting full-length plays at this time.)

Send submissions in PDF to turntoflesh@gmail.com, with subject line "[Cocktails and Classics 2019] Submission: Play Title, Author Name" as well as a brief cover letter.

Announcements regarding future submission dates are made via our Facebook page and other social media.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Take Ten Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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Between Us Productions is seeking 10 minute plays for its 7th annual Take Ten Festival, April 8th - 14th at the Workshop Theater Company’s Jewelbox Theater.

Winner will receive a cash prize and a workshop of a longer production produced by Between Us Productions. Tech rehearsals are daytime on Monday April 8th & 9th. You will receive 2 performances in the evening April 9th - 12th with possible performances on the 13th & 14th (maximum of 4). Between Us Productions will provide performance space, 45 mins to 1 Hour of tech time, a board op, and general festival marketing.

There is no fee to submit, but there is a $150 fee to participate.

Please note, this is a self-producing festival.

Between Us will provide what is listed above and is happy to connect you with directors and provide guidance. Please submit by email by Sunday, February, 17th.

Playwrights’ Revolution 2019


Every summer Capital Stage presents professional staged readings of new works through our new works festival PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. We seek submissions for new plays from December 1 – February 28.

Playwrights and Agents wishing to submit work should refer to our submission deadlines and criteria below.

Please note: Only submissions that follow the steps below will be accepted.

As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created the PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. This series of staged readings seeks to identify and develop exciting new plays and playwrights. These new works are brought to theatrical life through a series of staged readings performed by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theatre. Capital Stage invites audiences to take part in the new play development process by attending readings and participating in post-reading discussion.


Capital Stage is particularly interested in plays that fulfill our mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to the region. Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, etc. Musicals, translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading or non-professional production are still eligible. Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

The Selection Process

Capital Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. The first 350 play excerpts submitted during the first round are reviewed. Then, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play. Finally, Capital Stage invites 4 to 6 playwrights to have their work included in PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION.

Preference will be given to those plays that are aligned with Capital Stage’s mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to our community.

How to Apply

Step 1. Complete the online submission form to provide Capital Stage with information about the playwright and the play.

Step 2. Email your script sample to literarymanager@capstage.org. In order to be accepted, your script sample must be submitted as a single PDF file that meets the following requirements.

File name must be “Author Last Name_Title of Play”
The first page(s) of the file must include: Title of play, character breakdown and descriptions, synopsis of the play
The following pages must be a 10-page sample of the play
DO NOT include the full name of the author on any pages
Please note: Agents submitting on behalf of a playwright may submit full-length manuscripts following these same instructions.

Some recommendations from our literary manager: Make sure that your synopsis sets the reader up to understand what is going on in your sample. Remember that the reader only has this synopsis and the ten pages that you provide to get to know your work, and that is difficult to do if they are confused about the plot. Also, make sure you are submitting the best ten pages of your work! The sample does not need to be the first ten pages of the play; you should select whichever 10-page section you think presents the best argument for why we should want to read the whole thing.

2019 Deadline: Submissions will be accepted only from December 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019. Local, national, and international playwrights are encouraged to submit. Only the first 350 submissions will be accepted.

Thank you for your interest!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Kaiser’s Room seeks musical theatre writer(s)

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Kaiser’s Room seeks musical theatre writer(s) to help create our next inclusive, multi-sensory, musical for individuals of all abilities.

Kaiser’s Room intends to create a new show in the Spring/Summer of 2019 utilizing community stakeholders, parents/caregivers, professionals in the cognitive/developmental disability field, and multidisciplinary artists as collaborators to create a show that provides a safe and supportive environment for imagination, connection, and of course fun.

To be considered please submit the following materials:

1) Resumé

2) Cover letter outlining your interest in this particular type of work

3) Writing Sample (no more than 20 pages) AND/OR Links to up to 3 music samples

*If submitting as a writing team please submit #’s 1& 2 for both collaborators.

Kaiser’s Room is a not-for-profit service organization that provides the opportunity for imagination and connection through theatre and dance for students of all ages and abilities. We support the artist community by providing employment that not only is fiscally profitable but feeds the soul. Kaiser's Room cultivates an environment of YES in all programs and interactions by providing safe, supportive, and fun environments for students and artists alike.

East Valley Children’s Theatre (EVCT) is searching for aspiring playwrights

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East Valley Children’s Theatre is searching for aspiring playwrights to become a part of the theatre’s future seasons of performances. Contest rules and prizes are listed below.

  • All plays must be submitted to East Valley Children’s Theatre no later than March 1, 2019.
  • Playwrights must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number and email address
  • Plays must be suitable for children to perform and for an audience of children. (Plays with small casts are not as likely to be chosen for performance; casts of 15 or more are preferred)
  • Plays must be 60-90 minutes in length. Shorter plays may be submitted but will not be considered for a seasonal theatrical production.
  • Plays and musicals must not have been previously performed. They must be original and unpublished.
  • Musicals must include a copy of the music in either manuscript or audio recording format.
  • Playwrights are not required to pay an entry fee.

* The first place entry will receive a $500 cash prize, a stipend for travel, and will be produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in its upcoming season, if it meets all the criteria for performance. Second and third place winners will be announced and recognized.

• Winner will be announced in April 2019.

Send entries to:
East Valley Children’s Theatre
P.O. Box 20514
Mesa, AZ 85277-0514
Or email them to: Karen@evct.org
For more information or questions call EVCT at 480-756-3828.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Shellscrape Theatre Co. seeks full-length plays

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Shellscrape Theatre Co. is a fiscally sponsored non-profit company that produces adapted and original work. Based in NYC, we seek to generate radical and deconstructed performances that encourage a revitalized sense of identity.

We are seeking new full length play submissions and proposals for original work for our 2019 - 2020 mainstage season. For our third season, we are focusing on narratives that explore the absolute extremities of human experience. This encompasses stories from many unconventional walks of life and is broad enough to include even the wildest pieces. Please be advised that we are especially interested in female identifying, non-binary, gender nonconforming, playwrights of color, and LGBTQ+ artists.

Email shellscrapetheatre@gmail.com to submit and include in the subject line, "Play Submission". Our deadline for submissions is March 1st, 2019. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and for more information about our company, visit us at: https://shellscrapetheatrecompany.com/

New Wave Theater Collective "Spring Break" seeks ten minute plays

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We are seeking submissions from writers for our upcoming mixed-media short play festival "Spring Break," taking place at Medicine Show Theater on Friday, March 15th at 7pm. This short play fest is a collaboration with artist Peter Anthony Stults.

Writers will be provided with 4 illustrations by Peter Anthony Stults. They can select any one of the illustrations that speaks to them, and write a 10 minute short play inspired by the image. There are no content or style restrictions--the world is your oyster!

Please email newwavetheatercollective@gmail.com to express your interest in submitting, and we will provide the illustrations!

Submission deadline is Sunday, February 24th at 11pm

Please submit your materials to newwavetheatercollective@gmail.com.

We will be selecting SIX PIECES to showcase. Your piece will be cast and assigned to one of our directors. Rehearsals will be throughout the first two weeks of March.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

TASN Short Play Festival 2019

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The Actors Studio of Newburyport, MA is dedicated to new play development and will be holding its second annual Short Play Festival for two weekends, and six performances, in October, 2019. The Submission window opens on January 1, 2019 and closes on March 1, 2019, or until three hundred plays have been received, whichever occurs first.

Our judges will participate in multiple rounds of reading, scoring, and debating and after 24 semi-finalists are chosen, we will hold an all-day Selection Sunday, putting all 24 semi-finalists on their feet. The eight winners will be announced in June 2019, with he top-scoring play receiving the coveted Clopton Prize.

Length: 5-15 minutes. Send us your best. There is no theme and no restrictions on content.
Workshops, readings, and one or two previous productions are okay.

Limit: One play per playwright. There is no fee to submit though we ask for an optional $5.00 donation per submission. TASN is non-profit and your tax deductible donation will be used to help defray the cost of producing this Festival which is dedicated to the development of New Work.

Submitting is a two-step process.

First, snail-mail your title page, contact info, and your optional donation (made payable) to The Actors Studio of Newburyport, The Tannery, Mill #1, Suite 5, Newburyport, MA, 01950.

Second, email a PDF of your blind script to TASNShortPlayFest @gmail.com . (PDF’s only)
No identifying information on your script please as we want to ensure anonymity during the
judging process. Only after selecting the finalists will the identity of the winners be revealed.

TASN is an award-winning 50 seat black box in historic Newburyport, Massachusetts. This Festival will be sponsored by our Weekend Writers Workshop who collectively have been produced at The Playwrights Platform Summer Festival (15 times), The Boston Theater Marathon (13) The Firehouse’s New Works Festival (10), The Players Ring, Portsmouth (5), Theater Artists Workshop, Norwalk (4), North Park Vaudeville (2), The Fusion Theater’s The Seven, The NYC 15 Minute Festival, the Vortex Theater, Durango Arts Center, Silver Springs Summer Festival, The Player’s Club, NYC, The LIC Secret Theater, and the list goes on…

Bottom line: This Short Play Festival is brought to you by playwrights, for playwrights, and will
be directed and performed by our amazing TASN talent. Good luck and see you at the show!

Like us on facebook or go to www.newburyportacting.org for more information.

Sprout Works Harvest Festival seeks short plays

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Sprout Works is seeking submissions for our inaugural short play series, THE HARVEST FESTIVAL

With this night of fully staged new works we strive to elevate playwrights, cultivate collaborative spirit, and join good plays with good people.

Sprout Works is a theatrical production company based in NYC geared toward the creation of new works, community growth, and providing professional opportunities to early career artists.

We are particularly interested in works by female identifying and gender nonconforming individuals, playwrights of color, and queer artists.

Manuscripts cannot exceed 18 pages and must be unpublished works.  Short plays are preferred, but excerpts from longer plays may be considered.  Current versions of plays cannot have been previously staged.  Extensive set or props may need to be pared down for the purposes of this production.  We strongly value the privilege and process of development and want to give playwrights the opportunity to work with directors in the rehearsal room, therefore preference will be given to NYC based writers.

Email submissions@sprout-works.com and include the subject line:
[Title of Your Play] - Harvest Festival Submission

Please include your bio, resume (if applicable), a short play synopsis, and any of the play's reading or previous production history.

We will put care in reading all submissions and will contact all playwrights by the first week of March, 2019.  If your play is not selected, it may be considered for future development at a later date.

Plays must be submitted no later than February 14th at 11:59pm.

First Read-Through: Friday March 8th*
Dress Rehearsal: Friday March 29th*
Performance: Saturday March 30th

*Dates subject to change

Saturday, February 9, 2019


To celebrate the magic of PERFORMANCE and to get everyone out of their apartments before cabin fever sets in,  we are holding our First Community Performance Event of 2019,

Manhattan Rep's Mid Winter Madness Performance Event!

Seeking fully produced:

  • Short Plays (6 - 15 minutes), 
  • Dance Pieces (3 - 15 minutes) 
  • Songs (2 songs up to 10 minutes), 
  • Stand up Comedy (up to 10 Minutes), 
  • Passionate Poetry Readings (up to 10 Minutes), 
  • and Music Acts (up to a 15 minute set)

for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's


February 21 - 24 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
17-19 West 45th St. NYC

  • Each short play, dance piece, singer, comedian, poet, music act get at least two performances if they wish.  
  • There will be a short tech, and a dress rehearsal. 
  • We will run the sound and lights and the logistics. 
  • You simply bring your art to Manhattan Rep and bring it to life!!!  
  • Submit and we will send you your dates and times for your performances and more info.



And we handle ticketing, posters and more.

To submit:

Your short play:

Forward us the play, running time, brief synopsis. Production history if any.

Your dance piece:

Running time, a brief synopsis or song used. Production history if any.


Name of Song and running time!  (For the show we will need a backing track or live music.)


Send us your poetry.

Stand up:

Send us a link or eamil an audio file of your work.

Music Act:

Forward us a link or email an audio file of your work

Email it to:


by February 16, 2019

Please put “MID WINTER MADNESS” in the subject heading.

We will contact you ASAP as to your acceptance.

There is no submission fee.  NO FEE TO PARTICIPATE.

TheatreWorks 10 Minute Play Festival

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TheatreWorks is accepting submissions for our First Annual 10 Minute Play Festival, "Tales from the Brookside." Submissions MUST be sent via this form NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 14th, 2019. Only submissions sent this way will be accepted. The festival will be held at TheatreWorks New Milford (5 Brookside Avenue, New Milford, CT 06776) June 4 through 8, 2019.

  • A total of twenty 10 minute plays will be selected by our panel of judges from among those submitted.
  • TW Playwrights Workshop, held each Wednesday at 7:00pm at the theatre, is available to help further development of your play. Our doors are open to everyone.
  • The twenty selected plays will be presented once on one of the first three performance dates (Tues. June 4th, Wed. 5th or Thurs. 6th at 8:00 pm).
  • Two plays from each night will move into the semi-finals on Friday June 7th at 8:00pm. Four plays will be chosen from the semi-final performances for the finals on Saturday June 8th at 8:00pm.
  • CASH PRIZES will be awarded to the winners in each category (more to follow as we approach the event)


Playwrights (or their representatives) are responsible for the production of their plays-including casting, rehearsals, props, etc. TheatreWorks New Milford will provide limited set pieces, lighting/sound equipment and the production staff.

Submissions MUST be received NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 14th, 2019 an typed in standard play-script format, and be no more than ten (10) pages in a font size no smaller than 12-point.  Only plays with running times of ten (10) minutes or less will be eligible for prizes. Plays that run beyond 10 minutes may be subject to disqualification.

Submissions MUST include playwright contact info on the title page. Judging is based on audience/panel of judges combination.

Selectees will be notified BY MARCH 15th, 2019.

Early submissions may receive early notification.

A maximum of two submissions per playwright will be accepted.

Please note: There will be a mandatory pre-production meeting for ALL playwrights and/or their representatives in mid-May 2019. Exact date to be announced when selections are final and playwrights have been notified.


Friday, February 8, 2019

The MAP Fund grants

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The MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining — and ultimately co-creating — a more equitable and vibrant society. MAP awards $1 million annually to up to 40 projects in the range of $10,000 – $45,000 per grant.

MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States. Funded projects address these concerns through the processes of creating and distributing live performance to the public, and/or through the content and themes of the work itself. MAP is committed to intersectional anti-racism, and does not support cultural appropriation or oppressive project language, structures, or content.

The program pursues its mission by annually welcoming applications for new live performance projects. Each year, MAP hires a different cohort of peer reviewers who recommend the projects they believe most align with MAP’s goals through a rigorous, facilitated review process.

 MAP will accept online proposals through ​11:59 p.m. EST on February 15, 2019​. Late
proposals will not be not accepted for any reason.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Watermelon One-Act Festival

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WOAF is an excellent opportunity to showcase an original one-act play in a competitive environment and to receive instructional feedback that will help to further develop the play for future productions. Cash prizes totaling more than $1,000 will be given to the best overall script, audience choice, production/director, ensemble, and performers.

We welcome all original and unpublished works between 10 and 45 minute total running time (includes set up/breakdown and curtain call). Twelve to sixteen entries will be selected based on the quality of the writing, story/plot, and character development. Minimal technical requirements is advised as there are only 60 minutes for a technical rehearsal, all props and actors must fit into a 10- by 10-foot space (prior to set up and after breakdown), and there is no technical award.
​WOAF rules and a script submission form are available below. A sample adjudication sheet is provided for educational purposes.

A total of three (3) original and unpublished scripts can be submitted for each playwright. Please remember that a separate submission form is required for each play.

The script along with its submission form must be emailed to watermelon@watermeloninc.org by Valentine's Day (February 14, 2019)

WOAF Submission Form.pdf
WOAF Submission Form.doc



The production representative is the person submitting the play and the main point of contact. If the representative is not the playwright, a letter signed by the playwright giving WOAF permission to show a production of their play is required with the submission form.

For scripts equal in story quality, preference will be given to shorter scripts with minimal technical requirements.

Watermelon is NOT producing the play, merely presenting the finished product, which may be performed a total of two times if selected as a finalist.

Script submission is FREE.  However, if selected, a non-refundable $100 entry fee is required to assist with defraying festival expenses.

​Please email us if you have any questions.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

2019 Insomniacs 24 Hour Play Festival

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The Grex Group Theatre and Guiltner Creative Productions are proud to present the 2019 Insomniacs 24 Hour Play Festival


How it works
We invite some of the best up and coming actors, directors, and writers in the NYC area to converge upon a theatre for a weekend of creating new works to be performed for a live audience.

On Friday, March 8th at 7 p.m. THE CLOCK BEGINS with our mandatory registration and orientation meeting where directors, playwrights, and actors meet and are assigned to their team.  Each team is given instructions and a packet with a theme they must incorporate into their script.

The playwright will then seclude themselves somewhere within the city as they write the most brilliant script ever written!  As soon as the play is complete (usually within a few hours), the actors will be called in for an all-night rehearsal process with their director.  Then Saturday morning, March 9th tech rehearsals will begin at the Royal Theatre (Producers Club), and an evening performance is given in front of a live audience at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

How participants are chosen
We are looking for seasoned and early-career professionals for our festival!  Great care is given to choosing our participants and our festivals rely upon the skills and talents of each person to make it a success!

Submit your resume and a writing sample (short plays are preferred) along with a  brief cover letter / email describing your writing experience and why you feel you are a good fit for our Insomniacs festival.   Please write *WRITER* in the subject line.

For more information, please visit our web site or contact us!

When will I know if I’m selected as a festival participant?

We will contact you through email to notify you if you are selected into our festival.  You will be required to ACCEPT or DECLINE your spot within a 48 time period.  If we have not heard from you within that time frame we will give your slot to someone else.

Each participant must pay our $15 non-refundable registration fee by our deadline to secure your spot.

The Peekskill High School and Peekskill Middle School Theatre Program seek plays

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The Peekskill High School and Peekskill Middle School Theatre Program will be accepting short play submissions for their 3rd Annual New Play Festival.

Students will be in charge of selection, acting, designing, directing, and producing chosen work which will culminate in a full-scale evening of drama in May 2019. This is a quest to expose our students to outside theatre resources and make connections with worldly practitioners.  Peekskill, NY, is an artistic, multicultural community just an hour north of Manhattan (Located in the historic Hudson Valley). Please feel free to read more about Peekskill City Schools on the web at www.peekskillcsd.org or check out our Drama Club’s Facebook page at Peekskill High School Drama Company.

Guidelines as follows:
For Middle School (7th and 8th Grade) FIVE MINUTE PLAYS (or less)
For High School (9th-12thgrade) TEN MINUTE PLAYS (or less)

*Deadline: Friday, March 1st, 2019. Selected plays will be notified mid-April and performed in May.

* Three characters maximum. Gender and age non-specific.

*Please provide a cover letter. Include: contact information, a title page with character descriptions, numbered pages, and any specific production needs. Specify if your play is intended for Middle or High School (or both).

*Must be unpublished, but may have had professional productions/workshops/readings.

*All content, themes, and genres welcome. School appropriate language preferred (especially for Middle School age). Work will not be altered, censored, or cut unless the playwright does it themselves.

*Playwright may submit as many works as they wish. (Multiple copies for the actors, would be helpful and greatly appreciated.)

*Please note: We are not selling tickets or making a profit off of the plays we will be using.

Therefore, playwrights will not receive any compensation for using their work. By submitting to us, the playwright is agreeing to their work produced for classroom work, which will culminate in a full production and presented to the public.

*Mail Hard Copies of Scripts to:

Peekskill High School
1072 Elm Street
 Peekskill, NY 10566
 (Attention Terry Sandler, Theatre Teacher)

* For further questions, please email tsandler@peekskillschools.org. Thank you and we look forward to receiving your work. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Experience Theatre Project Accepting New Play Submissions

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Please email your information to playsearch@experiencetp.org

Finalists will be contacted via email no later than April 1, 2019 and asked to provide our company with a full copy of your play for further review.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email alisa@experiencetp.org

Thank you for your interest in ETP!

ETP is currently seeking one-act and full-length scripts.

We seek work that:

Has [relatively] simple casting, tech, costuming, and prop requirements
Would work well in a non-proscenium seating environment, allowing the possibility of being performed in non-traditional spaces like a storefront, rooftop, restaurant, pub or brewery
Feature immersive elements or takes advantage of being performed amidst or among (not “at”) a live audience
Is entertaining, bold, and collaborative
Has not had a fully-produced production in the past three years (workshops and readings are fine).

We are open to any genre and favor those works which are imaginative, bold, and innovative. Essentially we wish to produce exciting, immersive, entertaining plays that move a modern Millennial audience, and will elevate theater to its next natural evolution without seat numbers and prosceniums.

All work will be considered regardless of gender identity, ethnic background, skin color or sexual preference. We wish to curate voices which celebrate the diverse cultures.

Playwright Compensation: Upon production, playwright will receive a $500 finders fee, plus 5% of all net house receipts of the play’s world premiere production in Portland, Oregon in 2020.

Submission Requirements:
A one-page treatment of your piece
A 10-page writing sample from the piece
A brief cover letter telling us a little about yourself, the production’s history (whether it has been workshopped)  and why you think this would be a good choice for Experience Theatre Project to produce
A resume of your theatrical experience (optional)

Please submit your documents in PDF format ONLY.

If we would like to investigate further, we will ask for a full script submission. Please no more than three submissions per playwright. This is a national search.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

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Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is hosting 9 consecutive weeklong residencies between June 30 and September 1 in summer 2019 for musical theatre writing teams. Each team receives a private retreat and lives in their own home in the Hudson Valley near Rhinebeck, NY. There is only one musical theatre writing team in residence each week. There are no actors available, as this retreat focuses solely on writing new musicals.

All the writers' costs are covered by our generous donors including New York State Council on the Arts, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, The Noël Coward Foundation, The Frederick Loewe Foundation, and hundreds of individual donors. Thanks to them, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat provides for each writing team:

A fully furnished private home for one week, Sunday to Sunday
Food – you shop on your first day and cook for yourself
Piano – A Yamaha AvantGrand N3 hybrid baby grand piano, an upright acoustic piano, and Yamaha P125 digital keyboard.
Travel -- Round trip train from NYC to Poughkeepsie. If you live outside of NYC, we reimburse actual travel expenses up to $750 per writer.
A $500 stipend for each writer
Peer advisor – If you wish, you can work with one of our Sounding Board members (artistic advisors) before arriving in Rhinebeck to discuss your goals for your week.

The first application deadline is February 6th at 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, and there is no submission fee. After that, there is a fee of $20 and the final application deadline is February 16 at 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Selection Process:
There are two rounds of evaluation. In the first round, applications are reviewed by 2 readers and are judged on the quality of the musical. You will know by late-March whether or not your application will continue to the final round. In the final round, all applications are read by members of our Sounding Board, who judge on the quality of the musical and the writers' goals for their week as stated in the "Background and Artistic Goals." The final selection will be made in late April.


Before you begin the online application, you must read "Eligibility, Requirements, and Guidelines" and, additionally, have all your information ready and complete it in one sitting. This page lists all you need to gather to complete the application and has the link to the online application.

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to email info@rhinebeckwriters.org.

2019 SBU Science Playwriting Competition

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The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics and the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, announce a CALL FOR PLAYS for the 2019 SBU Science Playwriting Competition:

The organizers are calling all talented playwrights with an interest in the sciences, and talented scientists with an interest in the theatre to compose an original, previously-unproduced, ten-minute play with a substantial science component. This contest is open to the general public:

First Prize Winner: $500
Second Prize Winner: $200
3rd Prize Winner: $100

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2019.

The Science Play Competition began in 2012 as a local contest at Stony Brook University, and has since expanded to become a global event with submissions from throughout the United States and abroad. Bringing science and theatre together is a great way to educate and to provide the public, as well as the science community, with inspirational ideas about science and its effect on humanity. Starting with the belief that art and science are two sides of the same coin, the Science Play Competition seeks creative works of discovery that will ultimately give an audience a better understanding of how the world works and the importance of science!

– Plays should be around 10 minutes in length (usually around 10 pages).  
– Winning playwrights will receive a directed, publicly-staged reading of their work in either the Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 semesters (date to be determined).
– All entries must have a title page that includes the playwright’s contact information. (Name, address, phone number, and email).
– All entries must be original, unpublished work.

The awards committee will be organized by theatre director/dramaturg Steve Marsh and Professor George Sterman.


ALL submissions must be received by midnight February 15, 2019.
If possible a public staged reading of the winning entries will be performed during the Spring or Fall of 2019 at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.

*Note: please submit electronic entries as a pdf file. Submitting your play implies permission to have your play performed in a staged reading in the fall semester; all submissions remain the property of the playwright.

QUESTIONS? CONCERNS? CONTACT US AT scienceplays@scgp.stonybrook.edu

This competition is made possible by the generous support of the Simons Center and the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics.  Information about the previous competitions can be found below: 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Fourth Annual Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival

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Submissions for the Fourth Annual Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival (AMTF), to be held in the summer in Atlanta, are open. The deadline to submit new works is February 8, 2019. Selections will be announced in April 2019, at the annual selections announcement event (details forthcoming.)

Performances will be open to the artistic community, the public, and the press. Partner venues, along with Festival dates, will be announced shortly. Tickets to the Festival will go on sale in Spring 2019.

The inaugural Festival in 2016 was a huge success, and the Festival has grown in each subsequent year. In total, AMTF has showcased 11 brand new musicals, over 9 days, exposing more than 1,200 patrons to these new works. In just 3 years, AMTF has connected more than 250 artists and provided them with the resources they need to develop new musicals in Atlanta.


10 minutes or more of music material from an UNPRODUCED full-length musical

Audio recordings required in Mp3 format

Basic recordings will be considered (iPhone, etc), but professional recordings are suggested

Completed script required in PDF format

·1-2 page synopsis of show in PDF format

·Headshots and Bios of Writing & Creative Team are suggested, as well as any other material that best represents your show

Upload all files to 1 Dropbox folder and send to Submissions@TheAMTF.com (Be sure to include contact information)

If selected, you will be responsible for:

o   Cast & Musicians (or professional accompaniment tracks)

o   Creative Team (Including Director, Music Director, Stage Manager)

o   Rehearsal Space & Time

o   Travel and Housing in Atlanta for Cast, Musicians, & Creative Team for 1 week in July or August (Dates TBA)

o   Producers Representative (to maintain contact with AMTF Production Manager and Executive Artistic Director)

o   Funding of your project, including (but not limited to) paying actors, designers, directors, musicians, as well as MINIMAL set, costumes and props. While we cover the cost of the venue, sound and lighting equipment, marketing and press, as well as other miscellaneous expenses, you are in charge of producing your show at the Festival.

If selected, you will receive:

o   1 guaranteed performance in a professional Atlanta theater (Dates TBA)

o   Marketing materials (including show graphic, show poster, promotional photos, production photos and Festival wide program) as well as access to press outlets, which may result in interviews, features, and reviews for your production

o   Access to professional sound & lighting equipment

o   Access to a professional light board operator and sound board operator

o   Professional archival recording

o   Industry feedback

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