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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Four Walls Theater call for scripts

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Deadline: August 7, 2020

Four Walls Theater is a grass roots socially responsible theater that produces new plays through online readings, working with diverse artists from around the country. Four Walls Theater honors people of all backgrounds and works to create a safe and supportive community for our artists and audiences.

For our next show which will be in October, 2020, we would like to boost voices of playwrights who are BIPOC and/or who are members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you do not fall in these categories, please do not send work at this time. As we are performing a reading virtually, we have learned to ask for a few things with our scripts technically:

-Between 60-75 pages (no more than 75 pages)
-Between 4-7 actors (can be double cast)
-Diversity in the actors 
-Realistic capabilities for virtual readings
-Trans visibility/rights -weird illness
-health stories
-human rights

As a socially responsible theater, each show that we do chooses its own charity or non-profit that it will spotlight. A portion of all donations from the show will go to support that charity or non-profit. As a result, the topics that we are looking for are rather relevant to today’s world and we ask that playwrights consider this carefully:

- Trans visibility/rights
- political rights
- immigration/ICE
- weird illness
- unemployment
- education reform
- health stories
- gun control
- human rights
- voting rights
We are open to other stories as well but you have to make sure that we will think it is relevant to what audiences will be interested in hearing today as we traverse our current upside down world and barrel towards an election. We are open to biography, drama, comedy, dark comedy, fantasy, magical realism, adventure, historical drama, etc.

Here are a few things to avoid:

-horror
-a lot of violence
-scripts that require a lot of physicality
-TYA scripts
-scripts that require people to be talking simultaneously

To date, Four Walls Theater, founded in March, 2020, amidst the corona virus crisis, has produced three shows: Ageless by Bridgette Dutta Portman, Ghosts of Bogota by Diana Burbano, and Rights of Passage by Michelle Tyrene Johnson.
Submit your play by Friday, August 7 2020 to fourwallstheater@gmail.com. Put “Script Submission” with the title of your play in the subject of your email.

Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 5 seeks short play scripts for publication

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Deadline: January 31, 2021

Like its successful predecessors Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 5 will be released in June of 2021 to once again celebrate LGBTQ Pride season.

Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology is the annual collection of creative literary work by and about LGBTQ+. It includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scripts up to 7,500 words.

Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 5 will be published in print & ebook. It will be made available in paperback on Amazon, the Barnes & Noble website, QommunicatePublishing.com and wherever books are sold (available to booksellers and libraries through Ingram.) Ebook versions will be compatible with the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, iOS, Android, MacOS, and Windows devices, in addition to PDF and other downloadable formats and web-viewable digital formats.

And watch for Hashtag Queer, Volume 4, out this summer (2020)!

Submission Guidelines

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 5. If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com and we will be happy to answer.

Theme
By and/or about LGBTQ+.
Genres
  • Fiction (including flash non-fiction of 1 page or less).
  • Creative non-fiction & memoir.
  • Poetry.
  • Scripts (including plays and screenplays).

For this book, we are NOT considering
  • Erotica.
  • Work written for children.
Length (all word/page counts are loose)
  • Prose: up to 7,500 words
  • Poetry: Up to 5 pages
  • Scripts: Up to 10 pages

These maximums are recommended but flexible. Please number submissions of longer than 10 pages.
Formats
All submissions must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.

PLEASE EDIT YOUR WORK.
If you send your submission in, please do NOT mail us your only copy of your work. We can not be responsible for returning submissions.

Multiple Submissions
Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!
Simultaneous Submissions
Simultaneous submissions (submitting work you’ve already submitted–or are planning on submitting–elsewhere) are fine too.

Please just be sure that if your submission gets accepted elsewhere, you contact us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com to withdraw it from consideration for Hashtag Queer:

For all anthologies to be published after January 1, 2020, we will no longer be paying $5 per printed page. Instead we will be instituting a royalty system, whereby we share a book’s profits with all of that book’s contributors.
Payment for writers and artists contributing to any anthologies will published will be a split of the net income from sales of that book with the publishers and other contributors, as follows:
Net income = Retail price – costs of printing and distribution
Printing and distribution costs vary depending on which of the two printers/distributors we use (Amazon & Ingram) processed the sale.
Of the net income from each book, the Publishers will keep 50% and the other 50% will be split evenly among all the writers and artists who contributed work to the book. Generally, each of our anthologies have between 14 and 40 contributors.
Because we are a tiny company, royalties will be calculated once per year on the anniversary of the book’s publication date and payments along with documentation of sales will be distributed within 30 days afterward.

If you have already submitted work to us for an upcoming anthology, and you wish to withdraw that piece from consideration due to this change in payment structure, just let us know.

What to Submit
  • Your submission
  • A brief bio telling us something about you and (if applicable) any publishing experience
  • At least one form of contact information (phone number, email, or mailing address. Please do not give a social media account handle as your only form of contact information.
IMPORTANT: Pen names are acceptable. However, for contractual purposes, all submissions must also include the author’s legal name.

Please identify in the subject line or cover letter the publication to which you’re submitting, though keep in mind we may consider your work for other books we publish too if we find them appropriate. 

If you only want your work considered for this one book and no others, please indicate as such.
Where to Submit

Submissions may be emailed to us at: submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com

or mailed to us at:
Qommunity
PO Box 798
Becket, MA 01223

AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED
Submission Deadline
January 31, 2021

Response Time
We do our best to respond to all submissions within 3 months of receiving them. If you haven’t heard from us in that time, please feel free to reach out.

Check out Hashtag Queer, Volume 1 & Hashtag Queer, Volume 2 to see what kinds of work we’ve published already, plus we’re always looking for new voices and perspectives!
Editorial Feedback

Want editorial feedback on your submission? Our Senior Editor Sage Kalmus now offers honest, constructive & respectful editorial feedback on submissions. Learn more here about how to request editorial feedback.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Raise Your Voice Playwright Competition

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Deadline: August 7, 2020

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE:

1) $200 cash award from Inclusion Media Group.
2) $200 cash award from Hosting Theatre.

3) A commitment from hosting theatre to host an online reading of the show.
4) A commitment from the hosting theatre to have a diverse production team (director, music director, etc).
5) A commitment to consider the show for future placement in an upcoming season.
6) If the reading is put on as a benefit, the hosting theatre commits to pay the winner 10% of the proceeds from the reading.

***Each theatre will choose their own winner. Therefore, there will be multiple winners since we have a lot of participating theatres.

DATES:

Submission Deadline: August 7, 2020
Notification Date: September 25, 2020
Reading: TBD (Each theatre will contact their winner with the production schedule between September 25 - October 2)

Rules & Terms

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

1) There is no entry fee. It is free to enter!
2) Plays and Musicals submitted before August 7, 2020 are eligible for consideration.
3) This competition is open to anyone who holds legal residence in the United States of America and/or are U.S. Citizens.
4) A signed Acknowledgement of Official Rules.
5) Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry to the competition and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
6) Limit: Each participate can submit as many complete entries as one desires.
7) Theme: Plays and musicals may (a) tell a story that centers around BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ people or (b) feature characters of color.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

A) Musical Submission Guidelines

1) On the cover page of your script, please include a working link to the musical demos for the songs in the musical so that we can review the songs.
2) Please include the sheet music in the document submitted with your script.
3) Scripts should be in 12-point Courier font, written in English, and formatted using industry-accepted standards, available through software such as Final Draft, Celtx, etc.
4) Please submit a synopsis of 250 words or less, which includes a plot summary; description of major characters, setting, and time period; and the most important conflicts in the story. Please also include a link to your music demos at the end of your synopsis.
5) New drafts, substitutions or corrected pages will not be accepted after initial submission of each submitted work. Producer will not be responsible for submissions that are incomplete, lost, unintelligible, misdirected, or damaged while in transit.

B) Play Submission Guidelines

1) Scripts should be in 12-point Courier font, written in English, and formatted using industry-accepted standards, available through software such as Final Draft, Celtx, etc.
2) Please submit a synopsis of 250 words or less, which includes a plot summary; description of major characters, setting, and time period; and the most important conflicts in the story.
3) New drafts, substitutions or corrected pages will not be accepted after initial submission of each submitted work. Producer will not be responsible for submissions that are incomplete, lost, unintelligible, misdirected, or damaged while in transit.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

A) Plays and musicals should be the original work and sole property of the Participant(s) submitting them. Plays and musical that are collaborative works of no more than two writer(s) will be accepted so long as (i) each writer of the team submits an application and e-signs these Official Rules; (ii) the names of both writers are included in each application with one writer identified as the primary contact; (iii) each writer satisfies all Eligibility Requirements set forth in Section A, above, and is otherwise in compliance with and agrees to these Official Rules.

B) Plays and musicals may be in any genre, but should be intended for a live stage production.

C) Plays and musicals should not have been previously optioned, sold, licensed or produced as a live stage production, theatrical motion picture, television or online program.

D) Plays and musicals should not include material that: (i) defames any individual or entity; (ii) invades the privacy or misappropriates publicity rights of any third party; (iii) infringes the copyright of any third party or is otherwise unlawful or infringing; or (iv) is harmful to users of the Site or could adversely impact the Competition, Site, other Participants.

E) Participant acknowledges that Sponsors and Competition Entities may have motion pictures, television programs, live stage productions and other creative materials in development or production that include ideas, concepts, plots, characters, settings, and themes similar to Participant’s Submitted work and that Participant will not be entitled to any compensation or right to negotiate with Sponsors because of any such similarities. Nothing in these Official Rules or related materials shall create an implied or express contract to compensate Participants for their scripts, except as specifically described in these Official Rules.

F) Producer reserves the right to notify any Participant of Producer’s interest in negotiating directly with Participant to develop and potentially produce a work based on the Play or Musical submitted. If Participant agrees to move forward with such negotiation, Participant’s submitted Play or Musical will not move forward in subsequent rounds of the Competition.

G) Producer recommends that Participants register their Play or Musicals with the U.S. Copyright Office. Participants should retain all rights in their works throughout the Competition, so that if the Participant wins the Competition, Participant can assign rights in and to the work to Producer for production of the winning work, free of any limitations, restrictions or third party obligations.

COMPETITION PROCESS:

1) Initial Submissions that do not conform to technical requirements in these Official Rules will be automatically disqualified.

2) Each Initial Submission that satisfies all the requirements in these Rules will be reviewed by a team of diverse judges assembled by the participating theater and ranked based on the following criteria (“Criteria”) on a scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (outstanding), with each evaluator assigning a number score for each of the listed criteria that will be added together to arrive at a total score for the Submission:

a) Originality/Creativity b) Structure c) Plot d) Pacing e) Character Development f) Diversity g) Music (if applicable) h) Lyrics (if applicable)

3) Each participating theater will choose one (1) winner each. Please note that it is possible that your project could be chosen by more than one participating theater.

PRIZE/WINNER’S OBLIGATIONS:

A) Each participating theater will choose one (1) winner. Each winning play and musicals will be awarded a $200 award from Inclusion Media Group and another $200 award from Hosting Theatre. Please note that it is possible that your project could be chosen by more than one participating theater. In the event that this happens, you will receive the GRAND PRIZE listed above from each participating theater.

B) Each participating theater commits to the following:
1) A commitment from hosting theatre to do an online reading of the show.
2) A commitment from the hosting theatre to have a diverse production team (director, music director, etc).
3) A commitment to consider the show for future placement in an upcoming season.
4) If the reading is put on as a benefit, the hosting theatre commits to pay the winner 10% of the proceeds from the reading.

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HERE WE GO FESTIVAL

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Deadline: August 15, 2020
NYC

HERE WE GO: A Site-Specific Production Company, LLC is seeking submissions for our Summer 2021 Site-Specific Bi-Annual festival

We are a New York City-based production company that seeks to work with emerging and early-career artists! If you feel that you and your work fit this description, please fill out the form provided below to submitfor our festival.

International submissions are accepted, although please keep in mind that if selected for the festival, you may have to travel to NYC.

Submissions are open from August 1st, 2020 through August 15th , 2020.

Submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Page Limit: Max 20 pages and 2 entries per writer
  • Submissions must have a resume attached or a paragraph explaining career history if a resume is not available
  • Please specify if the piece submitted has a director attached or if you will need to be paired up with one
  • We do not accept plays/pieces that have been produced in NYC before (the exception in the case of staged readings)
  • Script and resume must be submitted in PDF format
  • Video submissions are allowed
  • Run time of either submitted scripts and/or videos MUST be no longer than 20 - 25 minutes
Please note: No more than one piece per writer will be admitted to the festival.

Submissions Form: https://forms.gle/K9VTHjDMZQZLjVwo8

If you have any questions, please email herewegosubmissions@gmail.com.

Any submissions not submitted through this form, or submissions filed past the deadline will not be considered. We look forward to reading your pieces!

To learn more about the company, check out our website at herewegofestival.com or follow us on Instagram and Like us on Facebook @herewegofestival

Gallery Players 24th Annual Black Box New

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Deadline: August 15, 2020

The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 24th Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in January 2021.

We are specificallv seeking plays from the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) playwriting community.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the upcoming festival will be performed over Zoom. Accordingly we are seeking plays that have been specifically written for the Zoom format. Each play selected will be performed with non-equity actors. Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: POST MARKED BY August 15th, 2020.

Submission guidelines:
  • Plays must be un-produced in any format (readings are ok).
  • Length may be from 10 minutes to 15 minutes MAXIMUM. Longer plays will not be considered.
  • You may submit a maximum of 2 plays. 
  • Pages must be numbered
  • A cover page with Title of the play and the playwright’s contact information is required, along with a plot synopsis of the play, a character breakdown and a copy of your resume
  • Send two copies of your play(s), along with your resume, to: 
The Gallery Players
Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215.
We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the Festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received by us, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard. We do not accept email submissions. We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to protect the copyright.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

ARTemis Arts Wisdom Anthology

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Deadline: September 1, 2020

Entrance Form
This ARTemis Arts project is highlighting the work of women writers over the age of 50. We aim to showcase work that needs to be read, produced and seen by the greater community, but may have little opportunity to be seen otherwise. Please share this information in your circles and help us identify, celebrate and shine a light on those women with wisdom and history to share. We will be publishing both an eBook and a printed volume.

Rules:
  1. Work must have been completed after 50th Birthday. 
  2. Work must be unpublished. 
  3. Work cannot have been previously produced in any manner. 
  4. Artists must be living. 
  5. Artists must complete entrance form
  6. If selected artists must make themselves available for ZOOM or in person interviews with reviewers and complete a biography form. 
  7. The deadline for consideration is September 1, 2020 
  8. All entries must be sent in PDF form to ARTemisAnthology@gmail.com 
  9. You may only enter each category one time. 

Selected Work:

1) Will receive cash award of $250. 2) Artists retain all rights to their work past the ARTemis Arts Anthology printings.
3) All artists included in the anthology will share an equal stake 20% of the profits in perpetuity.

ARTemis Arts “The Wisdom Anthology” will include:
  • Full Length Plays 
  • One Act Plays 
  • 10 Minute Plays 
  • Screenplays 
ARTemis Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit Organization

Abingdon Theatre Company Fall Festival of Short Plays

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Deadline: August 17, 2020
NYC

In this time for change, Abingdon Theatre Company is recommitting to creating opportunities for all voices to be heard. With this in mind, we are delighted to announce our Fall Festival of Short Plays! 

This will be a 2-week virtual festival shedding light on stories by people of color. 

We will be taking submissions later in the summer and our diverse panel of judges, theatre professionals who are BIPOC, will select 6 pieces created, and to be performed and directed by people of color.

BIPOC Playwrights:

To be considered to participate in our Virtual Festival of Short Plays please submit the following to Beatriz Cavalieri: bcavalieri@abingdontheatre.org

-A Short Play Max 60 Pgs. (60 mins long) Excerpt of a play also welcome. All genres are welcome.

-Headshot and Resume

-The 6 chosen plays will be invited to participate in the two-week Virtual Festival.

-The winner of the festival will receive a stipend to be used to support further exploration of their piece and will be invited to become an Artist in Residence at Abingdon Theatre Company. Abingdon will then also commit to producing the winning piece as part of our Around the Table free reading series. Through the outreach, online readings and finally the staged reading of the winning piece, we hope to engage around 1500 people of color and create a more diverse environment at Abingdon.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

New Voices 2020 call for scripts

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Please note that we only accept submissions written for the stage or theatre by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations artists.

Deadline: August 10, 2020
Los Angeles CA


Native Voices is currently accepting submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights addressing all themes and topics.

2021 Playwrights Retreat and 27th Festival of New Plays

The Retreat and Festival bring artists to Los Angeles to work on 3–5 plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 8–10 days in May/June. The retreat culminates in public staged readings of the plays at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. Selected playwrights receive artistic support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Selection Process: Full-length plays (60+ pages) received by August 10, 2020 will be read and evaluated. A select number of playwrights will be invited to submit formal proposals detailing their developmental goals should their play be chosen for the short list. Scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to five plays for the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in January 2021.

2021 OPEN Submission for Production Consideration

We accept scripts all year long. Do you have a full-length script that has been developed and produced that you’d like us to consider for a future Native Voices production in Los Angeles? Please follow the Checklist for All Submissions below and in the Native Voices Script Submission form check the box for 2021 General Submission for Production Consideration.
A Note About the Native Voices Distance Dramaturgy Process

Months prior to residencies at the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays, selected playwrights participate in dramaturgical conversations with an assigned director and dramaturg. Workshops with these creative teams and a cast of professional actors commence once the playwright arrives on-site. It is important to note that these conversations and workshops are playwright driven, allowing the writer to shape their own developmental path. Selected playwrights should be prepared to dedicate adequate time to this process prior to arriving on-site.

Checklist for All Submissions
  • Please label script attachment as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).
  • All submissions must conform to a standard play-script format (one-inch margins, #12 Times or Courier font, all pages numbered).
  • Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail address) and a draft or revision date.
  • Include a character breakdown at the beginning of your script.
  • Provide a biography of 75–100 words. Please label attachment as follows: Bio_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Bio_Doe, J.doc).
  • Provide a press ready photo of at least 300dpi. Please label attachment as follows: Photo_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Photo_Doe, J.doc).
  • Provide development history for the play. Label attachment as follows: DevHistory_PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: DevHistory_MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).
To submit, fill out our online form and upload your submission materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Please do not send treatments or outlines. Previously submitted plays should only be resubmitted if the play has undergone significant dramatic changes. Previously produced plays should be submitted under the 2021 General Submission for Production Consideration. Plays that are not selected are kept on file for consideration for future opportunities. Playwrights are encouraged to make multiple submissions (up to three per event), but selection will be limited to only one play per playwright, per event.

Where to Send Submissions

We now only accept electronic submission (preferably PDF format).

To submit, fill out our online form and upload your materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Fleas on the Dog Open 4 Submissions

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Deadline: August 30, 2020

We’re the site your teacher warned you about! The no frills brown bag in your face thumb your nose online psychotropolis for the literarily insane. Get committed today! The infamous dude sextet is bustlin’, hustlin’, itchin’ and twitchin’ for QUALITY short fiction, nonfiction , poetry, plays and screenplays that smell ripe and kick ass for our cage-rattling upcoming Issue 7.

If we like what you submit we’ll be all over you; if we don’t we promise to be gentle, especially if it’s your first time.

There is no submission fee.

 There is no remuneration for work we publish, either, but what the heck, you're going to be famous! 

We'll get back to you in about 30 days, hopefully sooner. (Why should it take months?)

Fiction/Nonfiction: Up to 5000 words. Length is less important than quality. For works longer than 5000 words query the editors about possible serialization.

Submissions should be on a Microsoft Word doc or docx file. Use a sensible font. Double space format. Stuff like grammar and sentence structure  is important unless your work deliberately exploits bad grammar and lack of structure. (We can tell the difference.) 

Include a brief bio with your submission and publishing credits, if any.

Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to editors@fleasonthedog.com (or type in the link in the email address).

 Include the genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or play) and title of your work in the subject bar.  Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere. 

Multiple submissions are not okay unless solicited.

Submit to only one category per issue. 

If you have been published by us please do not resubmit for six months unless solicited. 

We retain the first rights of your work for a period of three months. After this time rights revert back to the author. If you should republish the story/article please acknowledge that it was first published by www.fleasonthedog.com

Diez Minutos 2021 seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: August 31, 2020 - midnight U.S. Central Standard Time

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Players Workshop seeks plays for its Ninth Annual International 10-Minute Play Festival. This fully-staged festival will be in English and will take place in March of 2021 in the international arts center of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico — a World Heritage Site brimming with charm, history, and culture. San Miguel was recently voted Conde Nast Traveler Magazine "Best City in the World.” In 2017, readers of Travel – Leisure Magazine voted it the #1 city in the world to visit.

There is no fee for submitting. Each playwright whose script is selected and performed will receive a $25 USD cash honorarium and two complimentary tickets to the production. One play will be selected as the Audience Favorite and its playwright shall receive an additional $25 USD cash award. No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.

Submission Guidelines

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

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

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

Scripts are not limited in subject matter or content. However, there must be no nudity, and suitability for performance before a general adult audience will be a factor in selection.

No musicals or children’s plays, please.

The play must be submitted by email, as an attached PDF file, with a separate PDF listing playwright information. No Word files or other formats will be accepted.

We’re asking for blind submissions again this year; your name must not appear on the script. The second PDF shall include all contact information for the playwright, including name, address, telephone number and email address on a separate title page.

The script must be in standard play format, with a title page, a character listing, the setting, props, and any technical requirements or other production considerations. The two PDF files should be titled "Submission [Name Of Play]” and "Title Page [Name Of Play].”

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

Submission period opens on August 1, 2020. Entries must be received prior to midnight U.S. Central Standard Time, August 31, 2020. No late submissions will be accepted because of transmission problems.

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

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

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

Notification is expected to be made no later than December 1, 2020. Only playwrights whose plays have been selected for performance during the festival will receive notification of acceptance.

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

Plays are restricted to 4 or fewer characters. Small casts are preferable, as the stage size is modest, with minimal set, props, sound cues, and costuming. Our talent pool is composed mostly of actors aged 40 and older. This will be a factor in selection.

Entering playwrights grant the producers of Diez Minutos permission to perform the play a maximum of twelve times during the Diez Minutos festival (March 10 – 21, 2021), and to make as many copies of the script as are necessary for production. All other rights remain with the playwright.


Submitting Your Play

Please email your submission to: diezminutosfestival@gmail.com. Any inquiries should be sent to the same address.

Thanks, in advance, for helping us to make Diez Minutos 2021 a great success. We look forward to reading your entry.

Players Workshop San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Producer of Diez Minutos 2021

Rise Against Fanaticism Through the Arts Scriptwriting Award

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Deadline: November 1, 2020
London, UK

Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain received several posthumous awards for his bravery against violent extremism on July 1st 2016 at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka. As a 20 year old Muslim man, he had the chance to leave the café, but he chose to remain behind with his friends.

How can we honour his memory without exposing ourselves to harm and persecution? How can we begin to tackle the rise of fanaticism around us?

With the theatre production, TERROR, in November 2019, Sohaya Visions and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers have launched a new scriptwriting competition, RAFTA (Rise Against Fanaticism Through the Arts).

We invite the submission of scripts that address fanaticism, extremism, and xenophobia across the spectrum – whether it be Islamism or white nationalism.

The script must be an original piece of work that promotes tolerance and understanding in imaginative ways.

The winner will be awarded £1,000 to develop the work with Sohaya Visions and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers to performance stage. 2 runner-up scripts will be selected for a reading with professional actors in London.


Deadline for script submissions is 1st November 2020.

Send submissions to both

Sohaya Visions sohayavisions@gmail.com

and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers mukul_tiger@yahoo.com with a short covering letter about yourself.
The script should be sent to both Sohaya Vision at sohayavisions@gmail.com and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers at mukul_tiger@yahoo.com by the stated deadline. It should come with a short covering letter on yourself, why you wrote the script, and why it is suitable for RAFTA.

The script must be an original piece of work and not submitted anywhere else for development or production.

Submissions must be by those aged over 18.

The script can be in any style on any historical or regional context so long as it addresses RAFTA aims to tackle extremism, intolerance and/or xenophobia. It must be a minimum length of 25 pages.

Winners who accept the award must agree to work with the production team and commit occasional days at mutually agreed times for script development. Rehearsals will be held at a venue in London.

All submitted scripts will be held in the strictest confidence and winners notified by email. The winner will be paid in two instalments after contracted to develop the work with Sohaya Visions and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwriting Award

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Deadline: September 15, 2020
$5000
Including $1000 from Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation
in memory of Dr. Donna R. Barnes


The Nancy Dean award for Lesbian Playwrights is to honor a woman who was at the forefront of Lesbian, queer, gay, genderqueer, gender-nonconforming, trans, intersex and people of color movements. We honor her focus and writing on Lesbian relationships before the time of the Stonewall rebellion. Her writings were the precursor to social change. In that spirit of struggle and often hidden desire we encourage the submission of new plays that address the conflict of lesbian, queer or gay, trans and nonbinary women struggling to live and love their best lives. In these times of social definition and refinement the age-old conflict of acceptance and the right to live our true lives as we truly are is still our continuing fight which is refined and embolden by each new generation.

We understand people have their own language for their gender and sexuality. We are open to submission from people who are lesbian, queer or gay, trans and nonbinary.

As we are a small family foundation with an all-volunteer board, we must rely on nominations to identify potential recipients. We are asking professors, teachers, artistic directors, directors, literary managers, actors, writers, and others to nominate promising writers. As we want to be inclusive, we will allow people to self-nominate. The following are our guidelines:
  • Writer is lesbian, queer or gay and nonbinary;
  • Writer has written at least one play;
  • Writer is writing plays about lesbians;
  • Writer is committed to writing plays and furthering her/their career; 
  • Writer is interested in receiving the award. 
Please send a letter(pdf) describing why your writer should receive this award and a full-length play (pdf) to openmeadowsfdn@gmail.com. In your letter, please be as detailed as possible in up to 2 pages. Include the writer’s resume and website or other social media links. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2020. We will announce the recipient December 31, 2020.

New World Theatre seeks monologues for publication

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Deadline: January 1, 2021

New World Theatre acknowledges that there is a crisis of understanding and awareness that is deeply rooted in our history of racism, and if we are ever going to fully dismantle the institutions of systemic racism, we need to stop... and listen to those who continue to suffer simply because they are black. We can no longer afford to ignore what is happening to our fellow human beings, which​ is why we are creating a collection of monologues that will give voice to those who can no longer remain silent. Through the power of writing and theatre, we can do our part to amplify the stories of systemic racism and raise the level of awareness and understanding to effect meaningful change in the human heart.

This is an open call to black writers to submit monologues that reflect their personal experience of living while black. The selected works will be published in an anthology entitled, 08:46.

All the profits from the sale of the publication will be split between the contributing writers and charitable organizations that are committed to dismantling systemic racism.

Submission Guidelines:
  • Only submissions from black writers will be accepted.
  • One submission per writer.
  • The monologue may be part of a larger work or a stand-alone piece.
  • Deadline for submissions is January 1, 2021
  • We thank you for using the power of the written word to share your experience, and we greatly look forward to hearing your voice.
Additional details and submission form.

https://www.newworldtheatre.org/08m46s/

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Dragonfly Arts NJ seeks plays by women and POC

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NJ community theater company is looking for short plays for our Zoom reading series. We really want comedies and prefer works by women and POC. The plays should be 10-20 minutes long and must have female characters. Email DragonflyArtsNJ@gmail.com.

Brave New Works: Ditmas Park 2021 Reading Series

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Deadline: August 15, 2020
Brooklyn NY


Brave New World Repertory Theatre is seeking new play submissions for Brave New Works: Ditmas Park 2021 Reading Series. This season, we are building upon our 2019 Brave New Works theme of “Race in America” and are specifically seeking plays that address police brutality. We are especially looking to feature work from Black playwrights.

The submission deadline for the Brave New Works 2021 Reading Series is August 15th, 2020. Due to our small staff, only the first 100 plays submitted will be guaranteed consideration and only finalists will be contacted. Finalists will be notified of their status by September 15th, 2020, and final selections will be made by October 30th, 2020.

Three original, full-length plays (under 120 pages) will be selected and given minimally staged readings between January 10th – March 30th, 2021 (if we are unable to have in-person readings due to COVID19, they will be done virtually). Playwrights must be local to the Tri-state area, ideally within a 90-minute commute to Brooklyn, NY as your attendance is requested. Brooklyn-based playwrights will be given first consideration. Chosen playwrights will receive a $350 stipend.
To be considered, plays must meet the following criteria:

1) No previously produced plays, although previous staged readings/workshops are not disqualifying factors.

2) The play must be completed at the time of submission - unfinished or partial drafts cannot be accepted at this time. Plays may still be in development, but they must be audience-ready at the time of submission. If the play is heavily revised AFTER being submitted, it MUST be resubmitted before the end of the submission period.

3) Plays must be able to be read by no more than 7 actors and someone on stage directions. If double and triple casting is possible please advise. We are interested in plays that feature diverse casts.

4) We are unable to accept new musical submissions at this time, given the limited technical nature of this reading series.

To submit, please attach a 10-page script sample AND your full script to submissions@bravenewworldrep.org. 

The 10-page script sample can include 10 pages of consecutive or non-consecutive content from your script (please clearly label jumps if you choose to submit non-consecutive content). Both the 10-page sample and full script must be submitted in PDF format with numbered pages. In a separate document or in the body of your email please also include a short synopsis of your play, a brief bio, where you found this call for submissions, and any relevant website link(s). Submissions are limited to one play per playwright per season. Multiple play submissions by the same playwright for the same season will not be considered.

Brave New World Rep is committed to giving a platform to voices and stories from underrepresented and historically disenfranchised communities. For this season, we are specifically seeking submissions from playwrights belonging to communities that have been disproportionately affected by over-policing and police violence. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Muslim, immigrant, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and womxn playwrights are HIGHLY encouraged to submit and will be prioritized.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Strand Theater Company Brown Sugar Bake-Off

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Deadline: September 7, 2020
Baltimore MD

The Strand Theater Company stands in solidarity with our beloved Baltimore community as we seek justice for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and all people oppressed by systems of racism. In our efforts to learn more and do more to impact social change, we are proud to team up with Two Strikes Theatre Collective for a virtual bake-off playwrighting festival, focused on Black womxn.

Inspired by Paula Vogel’s Bake-Offs, our Brown Sugar Bake-Off is an artistic response to the worldwide outcry against systemic racism. Though Black Lives Matter was founded by three Black women, the movement (much like liberation movements before it) has historically erased and undervalued Black women.

How this works:
  • Black womxn playwrights have until September 7, 2020 to write a short play using all the ingredients and following the provided “Recipe” (aka the rules)
  • Led by Two Strikes Theatre Collective and the Strand Theatre Company, our panel of readers will then select a collection of plays that will be presented in a virtual performance Festival that launches Strand Theater Company’s 2020-2021 Season. 
  • Each selected submission will be assigned a director and a cast, and will follow a three-week rehearsal period, leading up to the Festival on October 17, 2020. All performances will be pre-recorded. Playwrights will participate in live Q&As on the day of the Festival.
  • The Festival will be presented free of admission fees to the public. Donations will be encouraged to support the participants. Stipends will be provided to all Festival participants.
Brown Sugar FREE Playwriting Workshop (led by Dr. Nae Phillips and Christen Cromwell): Our Festival is open to the Baltimore community and beyond. We understand that there may be some who would like to participate in the Festival but may not know where to begin. Or, perhaps they want a refresher on how to write a short play. This free workshop is designed for you. Interested in joining the workshop? Please email info@strand-theater.org to sign up.

Food for Thought as you prepare your submission:
  • Read this article: “The Reckoning Will Be Incomplete Without Black Women and Girls.”
  • Read this quote: “White women and black men have it both ways. They can act as oppressor or be oppressed. Black men may be victimized by racism, but sexism allows them to act as exploiters and oppressors of women. White women may be victimized by sexism, but racism enables them to act as exploiters and oppressors of black people. Both groups have led liberation movements that favor their interests and support the continued oppression of other groups. Black male sexism has undermined struggles to eradicate racism just as white female racism undermines feminist struggle. As long as these two groups or any group defines liberation as gaining social equality with ruling class white men, they have a vested interest in the continued exploitation and oppression of others.” ― bell hooks, AIN'T I A WOMAN: BLACK WOMEN AND FEMINISM (1981)

The Recipe (aka the rules):
  • Playwrights must identify as Black womxn.
  • Submissions can be a short play, choreopoem, monologue, etc. 
  • The play/submission cannot exceed 10 pages (10 minutes or less).
  • Submission must have 5 characters or less
  • All performances will be pre-recorded. If actors are in the same space, the characters must remain six feet apart from one another.
  • Must include all of the following ingredients. 
The Ingredients:
Submissions must include all ingredients, which can be physical/literal or metaphysical/symbolic.
  • a Black womxn protagonist
  • a wig
  • a sign
  • a gathering 
  • brown sugar


Timeline:
Recipe Drop - July 20, 2020
Free Playwrighting Workshop- August 22, 2020
Submission Deadline - September 7, 2020
Selected plays announcement - Late September 2020
Rehearsal Period - 21 Days prior to the Festival
Virtual Festival performances - October 17, 2020

Completed play submissions should be forwarded to tstc.baltimore@gmail.com with the following subject format:
  • Brown Sugar Bake-Off SUBMISSION [Last Name]
  • The body of the email should contain the playwright’s first and last name, address, and a primary phone number
  • Please attach a character list containing the genders (if needed) and ages of characters if the script calls for them
  • The play should be included as a PDF attachment, with the playwright’s name and contact information removed from the actual script (blind submission)

WE ARE LOOKING FOR ACTORS AND DIRECTORS interested in taking part in the Festival.
Please e-mail your interest to tstc.baltimore@gmail.com with the following subject format:
Brown Sugar Bake-Off ACTOR [Last Name]
Brown Sugar Bake-Off DIRECTOR [Last Name]

Stipends will be provided to all Festival participants

BMI Theatre Workshop 2020

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Deadlines
Composers/Lyricists: August 1, 2020.


Applicants will be notified by August 21, 2020.

Composers/Lyricists
Librettists

Application Materials
Composer: Three contrasting compositions - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.
Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics in PDF format - uptempo, comedy song, ballad.
Composer/Lyricist: Three contrasting songs - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Note that if you apply as a composer and a lyricist, you will be accepted as one or the other (that is, as either a composer or a lyricist) and you will be assigned different collaborators over the course of the year. If you apply as both a composer/lyricist and a librettist and are accepted as both, you will spend your first year as a composer/lyricist only, as the two groups meet at the same time.
Auditions

Select applicants will be invited to audition in early September. Librettist are accepted on the basis of their written materials and are not required to audition.

At the auditions, composers and composer/lyricists will be asked to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists will be asked to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics. All auditions must be done live, using a piano.
Program upon Acceptance

The Workshop runs September through May in New York City. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly.

During the first year, composers and lyricists are paired off and are asked to create appropriate songs based on scenes from various sources. The writers perform their assignments, which are then discussed by the other writers and the moderators. There are analyses and discussions of current and past musicals, with an eye to understanding form and structure. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, the Workshop Committee determines which writers from the group are invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.
Schedule

The First Year Workshop meets Monday at 6:15 p.m. The Second Year Workshop meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Advanced Workshop meets Monday at 4:00 p.m.
Fees

There is no fee to apply for or participate in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Collaboration: 2020 Short Plays Festival

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Deadline: September 15, 2020 5PM EST
Baltimore MD

Arena Players Inc. of Baltimore, MD, the country’s oldest continually running African-American Community Theater, is pleased to announce our New Short Works Play Festival. 

We are launching a program to develop new short plays from emerging Black playwrights.

Six to eight short plays will be developed and staged for the festival. Each play will be assigned a director and cast and receive 6 workshop sessions with a professional theater mentor culminating in an weekend of staged performances on the Arena Players’ main stage.

Submission guidelines for PLAYWRIGHTS:
  • Submit your short play; no more than 15-minutes. 
  • Tech and set requirements should be minimal.
  • Cast size should not exceed 4.
  • Please email pdf of your play to Deletta at: delettagillespie@gmail.com
  • Deadline to receive submission is September 15, 2020 5PM
Website: https://www.arenaplayersinc.com
History: Please submit plays that hav not previously been produced
Notification: Submitters will be notified by email mid-September, 2020
There is no fee to submit

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company Calls for Submissions

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Deadlines
The Future - Due August 1st, 2020

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions of new works for future projects.

If you are submitting to:
Our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *info below

The Political Play series (Full Length about 90 min)
NOTE: We appreciate your interest. But due to the amount of submissions we have been receiving we will not be accepting FULL LENGTH and/or TV - STYLE scripts at this time. Until further notice. Thank you!

The TV-style project (Episodic sitcom sample script- 20-30 pages) for **The New Situation Company. We are interested in writers residing in New York, as the team will be meeting frequently during script development. If you do not live in the New York area but would like us to consider your work, feel free to send in your sample script, as we would like to feature guest writers in the project as well.

This Rounds On Us:
RETROSPECT: "The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, The Future"
SUBMISSION DEADLINES (subject to change)

The Future - Due August 1st, 2020

RETROSPECT: The Best of Times
We have some success stories in history of the world. Explore one of them. Was it a success at the time or only in retrospect? Were they good for all or only some? Take any angle you want, even speculating what it would mean if things were different.

RETROSPECT: The Worst of Times
We have some epic fails in our past. Explore one of them. Was this a failure to all or just some? Could it have been prevented?   Should it have been prevented?  Take any angle you want, even speculating what it would mean if things were different.

PROSPECT: The Future
Every era has a “future” style. A future outlook based on the present. What does “future” look like now? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? We look at The Jetsons or Back To The Future and say “where is my flying car?” What do we expect now that we know that flying cars aren’t (yet?) a thing? Speculate. Have fun!

To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonsubmissions@gmail.com Please be specific as to which project you are submitting to. Write on the SUBJECT LINE For example: This Round’s On Us: The Worst Of Times, Jane Jones.

NOTE: accepted plays are produced (including casting) by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company. Playwrights are encouraged to attend rehearsals.
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Deadlines for “Political Play Series”
To be considered please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonLIT@gmail.com

Subject Line: Name of Play and Playwright.

We will contact you if your work matches what we’re looking for.
Thank you!

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

Monday, July 27, 2020

OPEN-DOOR PLAYHOUSE podcast seeks submissions

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Deadline: August 14, 2020
Release form

OPEN-DOOR PLAYHOUSE is a brand new PODCAST being launched this Summer/Fall 2020 that seeks to provide live Radio theater to audiences due to the shutdown of Live Theaters across the country.

Our goal is to introduce emerging and unknown playwrights with an opportunity to have their works, produced in a ‘Radio Play” format to be broadcast on our Open-Door Playhouse Podcast. 

We invite interested playwrights to submit 1 Acts up to 45 minutes and short 10 min plays to be produced for radio production.

If you would like to support this project please go here: https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/open-door-playhouse

Ongoing Submissions for OPEN-DOOR PLAYHOUSE

1. We are currently seeking new plays with a cast of up to 6 character roles. 

2. To launch our Podcast we are looking for by​ August 14th, 2020​:

● 10-minute plays that embrace the LGBTQ perspective to feature for October’s Pride Month.

3. Ongoing submissions:

● 10-minute plays that embrace the LGBTQ+, Black Lives Matter, and Senior Citizen perspectives. The 10-minute plays will be recorded and presented in groups of 4 per production.

● Ongoing: 1 Act plays (45 min 50 max) of any genre six characters or less.

4. Work will be chosen by a team of readers. The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them. Once produced the plays will premiere on the Podcast and remain on the website for up to 60 days.

5. There is no restriction on the subject matter, however, please keep in mind that we are attempting to reach a very broad audience with our programming and subject matter ‘taste’ will be a large part of our selection process.

6. Please ensure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form. There is no charge to enter – however, a tax educatable donation would be greatly appreciated though our fiscal sponsorship with Fractured Atlas.

7. Plays must be non-produced or shown for less than two weeks.

8. Please send PDF copies of your plays to opendoorplayhouse@gmail.com, along with a copy of the signed release form available here.
9. Playwrights will be notified via email once the selection process has been completed.

10. Once selected you will be notified via email with the date and time of the broadcast of your material.

Thank you to all the writers who entrust us with your work, and we appreciate your interest and willingness to share your work with us as we prepare to launch Open-Door Playhouse in the next couple of months.

2021 Ecodrama Playwrights' Festival

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Deadline: August 31, 2020

CALL FOR SCRIPTS: EMOS 2021

Hosted by Emory University, Theater Emory, and The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory, Atlanta, Georgia

Lydia Fort, 2021 EMOS Chair, Emory University lydia.fort@emory.edu

Co-Chairs: Chantal Bilodeau, The Arctic Cycle, and Ian Garrett, York University

First Place Award: Cash prize and professional production

Second Place Award: Cash prize and possible workshop production or concert reading

Honorable Mentions: Public reading

Deadline for submission: August 31st, 2020. (See below for EMOS Guidelines, and instructions.)

The Earth Matters on Stage (EMOS) Ecodrama Playwrights Festival was founded in 2004 by Theresa May and Larry Fried in order to call forth and foster new dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis, and, as part of that response, to explore new possibilities of being in relationship with the more-than-human world. EMOS calls for new plays that not only focus on current and historic environmental issues, but also looks for plays that enliven and transform our experience of the world around us, that inspire us to listen better, and instill a deeper or more complex sense of our ecological communities. If your play does any of these things, send it to us!

The EMOS Festival includes workshop performance(s) of the winning script(s), play readings, talkbacks and discussions of the scripts that are finalists in the Ecodrama Playwrights’ Contest. The concurrent symposium will include speakers, panels, practice-based workshops, and discussions that advance scholarship in the area of arts, ecology and climate change, and help foster development of new works. EMOS has been hosted by producing institutions across the U.S. including Humboldt State/Del Arte Theatre (2004); Univ. of Oregon (2009); Carnegie Mellon University (2012); Univ. of Nevada-Reno (2015); Univ. of Alaska-Anchorage (2018).

Guidelines for Playwrights

Scripts must be original works which have not been published and have not had an Equity or full professional premiere production. (Readings or informal workshop productions are okay.)

In general, we are looking for plays that do one or more of the following:
  • Engage the personal, local, regional and/or global implications of man-made climate change.
  • Put an ecological issue or environmental event/crisis at the center of the dramatic action or theme of the play.
  • Critique or satirize patterns of exploitation, consumption, or other ingrained values that are ecologically unsustainable.
  • Expose and illuminate issues of environmental justice.
  • Explore the relationship between sustainability, community, and cultural diversity.
  • Interpret community to include our ecological community; give voice or character to the land, or elements of the land; theatrically examine the reciprocal relationship between human, animal and plant communities; and/or the connection between people and place, human and non-human, culture and nature.
  • Grow out of the playwright’s personal relationship to the land and the ecology of a specific place.
  • Celebrate the joy of the ecological world in which humans participate.
  • Offer an imagined world view that illuminates our ecological condition or reflects on the ecological crisis from a unique cultural or philosophical perspective.
  • Are written specifically to be performed in an unorthodox venue such as a natural or environmental setting, and for which that setting is a not merely a backdrop, but an integral part of the intention of the play.

EMOS 2021 hosted by Emory University specifically encourages submissions which also:
  • Engage with cultural and social impacts of man-made climate change.
  • Offer or complicate ideas of urban resilience.
  • Expose and/or grapple with environmental in/justice.
  • Expose and/or grapple with ecological violence and/or “slow violence.”
  • Examine ecological/climate/environmental justice issues specific to the Southeast United States.

General guidelines copyright Theresa May 2004, 2019, EMOS position paper, 2004. Reprint or excerption only with permission and citation.

Submission Process

We are looking for full-length plays that are written primarily (though not necessarily exclusively) in English. Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above. Deadline: August 31st, 2020.

Please note: we will NOT consider:
  • ten-minute plays
  • one-act plays (unless they are longer than 30 minutes in length)
  • musicals (though we love them, we cannot financially accommodate their production for this festival!)

We are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF format. Please do not submit paper manuscripts, as they will not be considered.

Submission Instructions:


Submissions are online. Go to https://www.judgify.me/emosplays


If you are a first-time user of Judgify, create a profile by clicking the link underneath the “submit an entry” button.


Upload a PDF copy of your script with NO IDENTIFYING MARKS (beyond the play’s title).

Evaluation Process

A Reading Committee composed of theatre professionals and Emory University students will read and evaluate each script in relation to the guidelines above, as well as theatricality, and overall quality. Each play will receive evaluation from a minimum of 2 readers. Highly-scored plays from the first round will be read again by the Reading Committee until a short list of 5 finalists are determined.

Those five plays will be read in a blind process by a panel of distinguished theatre artists from the USA and Canada and the artistic director of Theatre Emory, who will choose the winning plays from five final scripts. Our 2021 judges will be announced soon.

Questions?

For inquiries about script submissions contact Chantal Bilodeau at chantal1402@me.com

For inquiries about EMOS 2021 contact Lydia Fort, EMOS 2021 Chair, at lydia.fort@emory.edu

General questions, or interested in future hosting, contact EMOS Artistic Director, Theresa May tmay33@uoregon.edu, and/or EMOS Managing Director, Brian Cook brianecook@gmail.com

The Yale Drama Series 2021 playwriting competition

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Deadline: August 1, 2020

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2021 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Paula Vogel. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater.

The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:
  • This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages. Plays with less than 65 pages will not be considered. Translations, musicals, and children's plays are not accepted. 
  • The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.
  • Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year. Only manuscripts authored by one playwright are eligible.
  • Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
  • Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
  • Plays must be typed/word-processed and page-numbered.
  • The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.
  • The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.
  • Electronic Submissions

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

Electronic submissions for the 2021 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2020 and no later than August 15, 2020. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

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

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

Hadcopy Submissions

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

Submissions for the 2021 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2020 and no later than August 15, 2020.

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

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

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

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

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

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT
06520-9040

Or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

Sunday, July 26, 2020

The Storefront Theatre 8th annual 10-minute play festival

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Deadline: August 15, 2020 Midnight

Open to playwrights with U.S citizenship or Permanent Residency

The Storefront Theatre is accepting submissions for our 8th annual 10-minute play festival. Like all theatres at this time, we are uncertain as to the future but we’re going to take a chance that by next March, we will be able to present the plays on stage as live concert readings. If that isn’t possible, then we will present online as a video recording or live-stream. 

A blind panel of judges with broad theatre experience will select 8-10 plays to be presented as concert readings and will choose a first place winner who will receive a cash award of $75.00.

Guidelines:
  • Recently read plays are acceptable; published or produced plays are not
  • No musicals
  • No plays requiring children or teens in the cast
  • No more than 2 characters with minimal set up and few stage directions
  • Plays should be intended for a general audience
  • Please use a standard format and font size no smaller than 12 point and no color other than black
  • One submission per playwright in Word or PDF

Please submit by email as follows:
The subject line should contain ONLY the title of the play – no other words, letters, numbers, or symbols:
• Example subject line: Pedro’s Revenge
The body of the email must include the title of the play and the playwright’s contact information:
• playwright’s name
• mailing address
• phone(s)
• email
Do not send contact information as an attachment to the email.

Attach the play to the email:
The title of the play must match the title in the subject line.
• Example subject line: Pedro’s Revenge.
• Example attached play title: Pedro’s Revenge
The attached file should include cast and script
Do not include your name and/or contact information on the attached play. These are blind submissions. If your name appears on the title page or any other page of the script, it will be disqualified

By submitting, you are agreeing to all terms described above. Submissions that fail to meet these guidelines will not be accepted.

Submissions deadline:
Midnight – Saturday, August 15

Award-winning playwrights and all playwrights to be included in the festival reading will be notified by December 31, 2020.

Spooky Action Theater New Works in Action

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Deadline: August 15, 2020 11:59 PM

New Works in Action (NWIA) aims to host a play development experience that is playwright-centered. All plays are read and evaluated by at least one Spooky Action staff member and an experienced reader. At various stages in your writing process, we can give you access to professional directors and actors to help you experience your play. We are here to serve you and your vision. You can read more about our past programming here.

New Submission Criteria for Round 13- Short Play Virtual Reading Series

Send us your most impossible short play. Do you have a brilliant idea for a play but you think can never be put onstage? We are looking to present digitally streamed readings of plays that still fit in the magic realism genre but include a certain epic or unbelievable element. Therefore, we are calling Round 13 “THE IMPOSSIBLE PLAY CYCLE.” We want short plays, ranging from 8 to 40 minutes (ideally between 5 and 35 pages). Selected plays will be rehearsed and presented on YouTube via Zoom in October. Additionally, due to the overwhelming popularity of our last round of submissions, we are only asking local DC/Baltimore area playwrights.

Submissions open July 1st and close August 15th at 11:59pm.

About Spooky Action Theater

Spooky Action’s programming fits within that ambiguous label of “magical realism”, and our definition expands to include stories from every race, culture, background, gender, orientation, and ability. We want plays that are mind-blowers. Reality twisters. We want plays that explore the primality of humanity, experience life in fresh ways, and reach beyond the conscious world. Styles and forms that break ordinary order and bend to a new paradigm of rules.
Please note: we do not typically look for sci-fi or horror scripts; instead, we are committed to scripts that live in the intersection of the cerebral and the soulful.

If you need additional accommodation, please contact
Casting Manager Bridget Grace Sheaff at bgsheaff@spookyaction.org

Please click the button below to submit your script. Thank you and good luck!
ROUND 13 SUBMISSIONS- CLICK HERE

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Charles Rowan Beye NEW PLAY COMMISSION

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Deadline: July 31, 2020
Presented by Urbanite Theatre

In honor of one of the earliest, most impactful and devoted Urbanite supporters, we are dedicating an annual new play commission to our dear friend Charlie Beye, who passed away earlier this year.

Along with his husband Richard Deppe, Charlie adored new work, provocative themes and challenging humor. He had a talent for illuminating the social and cultural importance of each production, and regularly wrote Urbanite blisteringly funny, poignant responses to each production, which staff members anticipated as much as reviews from critics.

To celebrate his legacy, we invite early to mid-career playwrights to apply for a $2000 commission for a new work. There will be two proposals selected.

Questions? Email us at submissions@urbanitetheatre.com

For our inaugural commission, submissions for this award are open only to writers of color.

Commissions:

Two proposals will be awarded commissions of $2000 each.
To apply, a playwright must submit:
• A one-page play proposal for a new, full-length, unwritten work
• A one-page resume
• One of your finished plays, for reference only

Free-form proposals for new plays must:

• Investigate a pressing social or cultural issue
• Utilize four performers or fewer
• Explain the use of singular, flexible or representational scenic demands
• Demonstrate how the use of humor will play a role in your script
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Eligibility Rules:

• Submissions may only be from playwrights of color
• Playwrights must reside in the United States
• One submission per playwright

Interested playwrights are encouraged to read Urbanite’s mission statement and look at our production history to get an idea of the type of work we produce.


CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

(Must have a Google Account to submit - it's free)

Commission contracts will be offered in August, 2020, and will be announced upon signing.

Jewish Women's Theater seeks short plays for At-Home Salon Theatre Season

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Deadline: October 1, 2020


Click to view our themes for the 2021 Season

Three easy steps to SUBMITTING YOUR MATERIAL

Step 1: Click to view our themes for the 2021 Season
VERY IMPORTANT TO SUBMIT TO THE THEME
Step 2: Carefully read Submissions Guidelines
Step 3: Fill out Writers Survey
Submission Guidelines

JWT produces contemporary American stories that have some Jewish content or Jewish resonance. Most of the stories are true. If you want to see your work performed on our stage, your best chance is to submit a first-person narrative OR a short story that is no longer than 1500 words AND illuminates a theme that JWT is exploring in the upcoming seasons (themes listed below.) Stories, one-acts, poems or songs will be considered. Sometimes we incorporate short, 5-8 minute plays into these salons if they fit the theme.

Submit your material to ronda@jewishwomenstheatre.org. Be sure to let us know the theme to which you are submitting in the subject line of your email. Make sure your name and title of your work appear on your submission. Fill out our writer’s survey HERE to complete your submission.


Themes for 2021 At-Home Salon Theatre Season


Remembrance of Things Present
The legacy of the Shoah in stories from the next generations are not only funny and insightful, but deeply moving.

Star Spangled Sabra
Caught between two promised lands, Israeli Americans share their story of longing, loss and love in the Diaspora.


Family Matters
We love them. We hate them. We can’t live with them; we can’t live without them. The matters of family, and why family matters, are as old as the Bible. This show reveals our most personal family stories.


Deadline for submissions
October 1, 2020


Persian Sunrise, American Sunset

Evocative and humorous Iranian stories that explore the heartbreak and triumph of a new generation forging its own identity while trying to honor its heritage. Email submit@jewishwomenstheatre.org for submissions to this particular show. Thank you!


Deadline for submissions
October 1, 2020

2020 Playwrights and Artists Festival


Deadline: September 6, 2020 Midnight
Binghamton, NY

It is that time of year again. We have chosen our artwork for the 2020 Playwrights and Artists Festival. We, as always, extend first look to those who have submitted to our festival in years previous.

We understand that times right now are vastly different for theatre productions. As of right now we are going ahead with this November’s festival. We will keep you updated via our website if any changes occur.

We will also be offering our prizes for these categories.
  • $300 for Best of Festival.
  • $200 for Artistic Merit.
  • $100 for Audience Favorite.

The artwork will follow a refresher on the rules.
  1. The play must be inspired by one of the works of art below.
  2. The play must be written between the dates June 24, and Sept 6, 2020.
  3. The play length needs to be between 15 - 20 minutes
  4. Cast size maximum, 5 characters. Set should be implied.
  5. Plays submitted MUST be a complete play and must include a beginning, middle and an end and contain a conflict. Our judges will be adhering to strict parameters during the adjudication process.
  6. Playwrights may only submit one play for the festival.
  7. The playwright would need to attend at least one of the two weekend performances (which take place in November). In person is preferred but we have in the past skyped with playwrights. As our festival is starting to reach a greater number of people in wider locations, we feel that we must take this into consideration. We always hope our playwrights can attend in person and feel the energy and excitement of having their work performed onstage for the first time, but we understand that sometimes this is not logistically possible.
  8. Plays must be submitted by midnight of September 6, 2020. This submission must include 2 copies of your play in either word or PDF, one “blind” version without name but including which artwork you were inspired by and one with a full title page. They must be submitted to binghamtoncitystage@gmail.com. Please submit play in a fresh email, do not reply to this email. Please use the title of your work in the file name and whether it is the blind or named copy. This makes it easier on the person coordinating the files and sending them on to the adjudicators. We receive many plays and don’t want anything to get lost in the mix.
There are no exceptions to these rules. We love the idea of fresh work based on the inspiration of our chosen art. We choose our artworks carefully. We love to see where it takes our playwrights. Each piece of art has infinite possibilities of inspiration. We wish all good luck writing and can't wait to see the results.


And now here are this year’s artworks.

 “Untitled” by Jasmine Khamphanthirath





Vietnam Women's Memorial – Frank Bocek







“U Drop Inn” – Greg Chianis




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