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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Feels Blind Issue #5 seeks submissions by women

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Deadline: May 1, 2020
Feels Blind Literary welcomes submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, and art from new and emerging writers and artists who identify as women.

Submissions for Issue #5 are open until May 1, 2020 and should be sent to feelsblindliterary@gmail.com. 

Please put in the subject line the category to which you are submitting and include a short bio written in the third person. Please be certain your name does not appear anywhere on your submission document, however.

While we are adamant about not charging a submission fee, as we feel this creates a barrier in terms of who can submit and how often, we encourage submitters to donate what they can using the donate tab. We hope to work toward being able to pay our contributors.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but immediately withdraw you work if it is accepted elsewhere.

Submissions must be previously unpublished, original works.

We will do our best to respond to each submission within 90 days. If 90 days has passed, please send us an inquiry at feelsblindliterary@gmail.com. We will try our best to respond much sooner.

  • Short Fiction: Send one story up to 7000 words.
  • Flash Fiction: Send one story up to 1000 words. 
  • Creative Non-Fiction: Send one personal essay or memoir up to 5000 words.
  • Plays: Send one one-act play up to 20 pages.
  • Poetry: Send 3-5 poems. If spoken word, send 1-3 recordings.

Art & Music: We are open to all mediums and genres. For art work, submissions must be adaptable to accommodate the space, so send us your work in a minimum of 300 ppi.

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

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Rights revert to the author upon publication. All work published in our online issues will be considered for an annual print anthology. While we cannot pay contributors at this time, we hope this changes in the future.

Spark Creative Works seeks one-act plays by women

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Deadline: May 3, 2020

East Islip, NY

We are looking for submissions of ONE ACT PLAYS that run between 10-20 minutes in length. (Though we will consider longer pieces if the play matches several of the criteria points below).

Pieces must be ORIGINAL but can be previously produced.

We are looking to showcase works from female. All plays must fit one or more of the criteria below:

- Written by a woman.
- The piece features a strong female lead
- The piece features a predominately female cast OR
- The piece addresses a topic important to women that is rarely touched.

Please limit characters from 1-5 per submission (MAX)

*We feel that this criteria would provide opportunities for female performers to step into powerful roles and would be keeping with the overall goal of the festival.

Writers can be involved in the process but are encouraged not to direct their own pieces as we are trying to promote collaboration within our theatre community.

Submission Deadline: May 3rd, 11:59 p.m.

We will be holding auditions for a cast of about 10-15 performers and we will be bringing on board 5-8 female directors to work in collaboration with our writers for this project. We are hoping for between 20-40+ submissions. All submissions will be read and selected by a committee chosen by SPARK Creative Works compromised of local female theatre professionals.  We look forward to reading your submissions!

Please send all submissions to: info.sparkcreativeworks@gmail.com
*with subject line: WOMENS WRITING FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS

Sponsored by Broadhollow Theatre Co.
The festival performances will be performed at Broadhollow Theatre Co. in East Islip.
Performance Dates are August 7th, 8th, 9th 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020

Applause Theatre & Cinema Books seeks work for publication

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

Applause Theatre & Cinema Books is looking for 10-minute plays whose original production is/was in 2019 or 2020 and 1-2 minute monologues from plays produced originally 2018-2020. No stand-alone monologues.

Send submissions to LRHarbison1@gmail.com.

Submission guidelines

Saturday, April 25, 2020

The International Literary Residency in Ulyanovsk for writers and artists

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

The International Literary Residency in Ulyanovsk for writers and artists from the UNESCO Cities of Literature Network

OPEN CALL 2020

Ulyanovsk UNESCO City of Literature announces the International Literary Residency open call for writers and artists from the UNESCO Literary Cities Network. The program was opened in 2019, the poet Andrej Hochevar from Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the poet David Howardfrom Dunedin (New Zealand) were the first guests of the residency. Ulyanovsk is a city with a great literary history, located on the banks of the widest Volga River. You'll work in the homeland of the great Russian writer Ivan Goncharov (author of the famous novel "Oblomov"), the poet Nikolay Yazykov, the historian and writer Nikolay Karamzin, etc.

WHEN

September 1-30, 2020 (one resident).

Application deadline: April 30, 2020

WHO

- Writers, poets, translators, playwrights, screenwriters, etc.;

- artists of all genres and illustrators, film directors, film makers, visualization artists, photographers, implementing literary projects.


The full list of the UNESCO Cities of Literature

WE OFFER

- One-month accommodation in the city center (residents are required to take care of medical insurance and are responsible for their meals and household; additional guests cannot be hosted).

- A scholarship (€1,000).

- We cover expenses on accommodation, participation in public events and the organization of the final event with the resident (at the end of the month);

- An opportunity to get engaged in the cultural scene of Ulyanovsk.


CRITERIA

- Interest in Russian culture and literature.

- High/average level of spoken English.

- At least one officially published book (fiction or non-fiction) (or screenplay, script or translation from Russian into another language), for artists and other applicants – at least one completed literary project.

- For writers – residents will be asked to write a text (work of fiction or non-fiction) that will feature the City of Ulyanovsk (min. 15 000 characters with spaces) and will be used in a future for publishing and promotional purposes (residents will be asked to permit printing, reproduction, translation of this short text to the City of Ulyanovsk Administration).

- For artists and other applicants – residents will be asked to create artwork related both to literature and Ulyanovsk (the artwork will be used in a future for promotional purposes, residents will be asked to permit printing, reproduction, demonstration of this work to the City of Ulyanovsk Administration).

- Willingness to present the results of the work at the end of the month at the public event in Ulyanovsk (text/poems about Ulyanovsk (or artwork) and results of the resident's literary project).

- Willingness to take part in the literary life of Ulyanovsk, including events, meetings, promotional interviews and engagements, festivals, etc. (unless agreed otherwise, there is no additional honorarium for these activities).

- Work on the literary project.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

- Application form (please log in to your Google Account to fill in the form)

- For writers, poets, translators – extracts from their published texts (in English or Russian) or a fragment of a translation (from Russian into another language); no more than two pages.

- For artists and other applicants – examples of their art projects related to literature.

- Biography/CV.

- Recommendation letter.

Please attach all required documents to your application form.

More information and questions

Gala Uzryutova, Elena Titova, ulyanovsk.cityofliterature@gmail.com

Friday, April 24, 2020

BLINDSPOT COLLECTIVE SEEKS NEW SHORT PLAYS & MUSICALS FOR COLLABORATION WITH LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE

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Deadline: April 26, 2020 6pm PST
San Diego CA

Blindspot Collective, a theatre company in San Diego dedicated to radically inclusive new work and diverse emerging artists, seeks new short plays and musicals to be featured in (W​alks of Life),​ an original work of auditory theatre commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse. Each recording will consist of three 10-minute “radio plays” or musicals unified by a narrator, and is intended to be enjoyed as individuals take a roughly 30-minute walk in their own neighborhood. 

Conceived as a means of participating in theatre even in the midst of the current, global pandemic, the plays will be written as if the listener could hear inside the homes they are passing, and capture a snapshot of the lives and stories unfolding just out of sight.

As the project is being developed in response to the unfolding crisis created by COVID-19, Blindspot Collective​ extends our sincere condolences to those already impacted, deep gratitude to those working around the clock to address the pandemic, and best wishes to everyone navigating this evolving situation. In this period of uncertainty and isolation, the co-founders of Blindspot Collective remain steadfast in our belief that theatre as an act of storytelling and community is a vital means of resilience and hope. To that end, (​ ​Walks of Life) ​will encourage audiences to imaginatively connect with the physical community around them as they engage with new works created by dynamic playwrights and composers from across the country.

As part of this upcoming project, Blindspot Collective seeks proposals for new 10-minute plays and musicals that meet the following criteria:
  • Must feature no more than 3 characters
  • Must be a single, continuous moment set in a contemporary home or apartment
  • Must maintain a sense of realism or naturalism (including the use of diegetic music)
  • Must rely on dialogue and sound to convey every aspect of the story
In addition to the criteria above we recommend the following:
  • We encourage works that prioritize entertainment and levity as a source of comfort during this time. We believe a mix of humor and gravitas is often the most compelling.
  • We encourage an imagined rating of PG or PG-13 to avoid alienating audiences due to persisent strong language or graphic depictions of sex or violence.
  • We will prioritize narratives and characters that challenge expectations or exist outside dominant culture because we wish to depict the contemporary human experience in a way that might not be commonly seen represented in other works or mediums.
Approximately 6 works submitted as part of this open call process will be selected, revised, and produced as part of W​ alks of Life​. Any writer whose work is featured will receive an honorarium of at least $200.

S​elected playwrights, composers, or writing teams will collaborate with Blindspot Collective on final drafts. The process will be produced and directed by Catherine Hanna Schrock and Blake McCarty, co-founders of Blindspot Collective, in direct collaboration with La Jolla Playhouse. Writers are not expected to participate in rehearsals (unless they choose to do so) and performers will be selected by the producers. Each work will be audio recorded remotely, mixed and engineered in collaboration with a sound designer, and made available digitally to audiences via specific platforms still to be determined in conjunction with La Jolla Playhouse.

The aforementioned honorarium will be considered an initial payment for the works to be available for free or low cost to the public for a minimum of 30 days. Precise details are still being arranged, but any further use of the original work would be pending based on a contractual agreement, and writers would receive payments for any profits that were rendered from their work. ​While a license to use the work for the exclusive purposes of Walks of Life must be granted to Blindspot Collective, artists retain sole ownership and copyright of their original work.

To be considered, you must submit a one page proposal that includes a synopsis and character descriptions by 6:00pm PST on Sunday, April 26. If your proposal includes music, you must also submit a demo recording of at least one song. W​ hen submitting a musical, the synopsis should also outline where music would occur. Sheet music is not required and studio recordings of music are not expected. In most instances, a scratch recording sung by the composer will suffice.

Blindspot Collective's artistic staff are happy to provide feedback on initial ideas, concepts, synopses, or character descriptions to assist writers in developing work that is more likely to meet the demands of the project. I​t is not required that you contact us in advance of submitting materials but we encourage you to use our team as a resource during your creative process.

Please include your name, phone number, and email address in your submission. Decisions will be announced by May 15, 2020. 

All questions and submissions should be sent to submissions@blindspotcollective.org

As an organization, Blindspot Collective is committed to radical inclusivity. ​As our name suggests, we prioritize the experience and perspective of underrepresented communities and individuals that are often left out of the conversation -- including people of color, immigrants, women, and individuals with disabilities. Therefore we strongly encourage submissions written by or featuring characters who are members of these or other marginalized communities.

Rogue Theater Festival

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

New York City

Now accepting new play submission for the second annual Rogue Theater Festival! We are looking for original works by emerging playwrights and encourage anyone and everyone who feels they have something to say to submit their story. Rogue Theater Festival believes in equal opportunity for all.

Festival Details:
Performances: August 20-23 (each show will have 1 performance)
Tech Rehearsal: August 17-20 (each show will have 1 tech rehearsal slot)
Location: 13th St. Repertory Theater (50 W. 13th St. Manhattan)

Participants Will Receive:
- Theater space at 13th St. Rep for one performance over the weekend
- Theater space for one tech rehearsal per piece the days beforehand
- Professional Stage Manager to run Lighting and Sound
- Box Office Manager and House Manager
- Professional Assistant Stage Manager to run backstage
- Marketing Services for the festival
- Postcards and Posters
- Use of the theaters various set pieces
- FREE professionally recorded video of your show
- 25% of box office sales for your individual show

Entrance Requirements:
Length: 10 minutes to 1 hour long with no intermission
It may be a play, musical, comedy/clowning, burlesque, one person or dance based show. If you have something else we’d be thrilled to hear from you too! Please reach out!
It must be an original work but having been performed before is fine

Tickets Sold Requirements:
(10- 30 mins) - Must sell 15 Tickets at $15 each per show.
(30- 60 mins) - Must sell 20 tickets at $20 each.
You keep 25% of all box office sales from your individual show
*If the required amount of tickets are not sold the producer must buyout the remaining tickets and Rogue Theater Festival keeps all proceeds from ticket sales

WANNA SUBMIT!?

Please submit your piece (pdf attachment please) to Roguetheaterfestival@gmail.com care of Allison & Kerielle. The deadline for all submissions is Friday, May 1st. We will be reviewing all submissions and contacting future participants by or before Monday, June 1st.

If selected, there will be a one-time participation fee. If submitted prior to April 1st the fee is $75. If submitted from April 1st to May 1st the fee is $100 (non-refundable). If selected to participate you will receive a confirmation and welcome aboard email from us complete with:

- Tech date and time
- Performance date and time
- A contract confirming your committed participation and all specific details and requirements
- Instructions on how to pay the $75 or $100 participation fee (non-refundable)

 *All participants are fully responsible for producing their own plays. This includes covering all costs of production (e.g. rehearsal space, transportation fees, salaries, marketing, etc.).

 If you have any questions when submitting please feel free to email us and ask! Read below what two of our participants from last year had to say about their experience. “One thing about the Rogue Festival…it does not go rogue!  The festival is run like a well-oiled machine. The producers are passionate about theater and want to make this the best possible experience for everyone submitting.
- Lisa Yapp, Producer, Prince Musical Improv and The Life of Curtie.

Rogue Theater Festival was definitely one of the most positive theater festival environments I have ever had the pleasure of working in. In a time when I was feeling a little overwhelmed trying to get a brand new show on its feet, RTF made our time with them as efficient and stress-free as possible.
- Rebecca Kane, Producer, Almost Maimed

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Barrington Stage Company’s Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

After the success of the inaugural Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award in 2018, we are proud to announce the second round of the Burman New Play Award in 2020. Barrington Stage seeks an original, emerging new voice in the American Theatre. The winning playwright will receive $25,000, a staged reading and a possible full production. Two additional $5,000 awards will be given to playwrights who will each receive a staged reading at Barrington Stage.

The 2018 Grand Prize winner was Stacey Rose for her play America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of The American Negro; and the additional awards were given to Brent Askari for his play American Underground and Christina Quintana for her play Citizen Scientist. Both Rose’s and Askari’s plays received world premiere productions at BSC in 2019.

Submissions will open on January 2, 2020 and will close April 30, 2020. There is no fee for entry.

WHAT/WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

The play…
  • must be a new full length play that has not been produced professionally 
  • must be available for its official world premiere production
  • must be unpublished and not yet licensed
  • must be free and not attached to any producers 
  • must be able to be performed with 8 actors or less 
  • must be wholly original and not an adaptation or translation of an existing foreign language play 
  • must be a play that has not already been sent to Barrington Stage Company for consideration

The playwright…

  • must be a U.S. resident
  • can only submit one play
  • cannot be an immediate family member of a BSC staff or board member. 

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A NEW PLAY?

  • A brief letter of endorsement from a professional theatre, commercial producer or literary agent must accompany the script. Each endorsing organization/person/agent can only endorse one play.
  • A PDF of the script that does not include the author’s name, agent info, developmental/award history or year written anywhere within the script; please number all pages.
  • 150 word bio of the writer
  • 150 word synopsis of the play (that does not contain the writer’s name)
  • 150 word developmental history of the play, if any
  • Any special needs of the play (live animals, on-stage pool, three children, etc.)

HOW TO SUBMIT

All submissions must be sent through an online application, applications will open January 2, 2020.

You are able to save your work on the application and return to it at a later date. If you have any questions about the award or the application, please email Megan Nussle, Burman Award Project Coordinator, at NewPlayAward@BarringtonStageCo.org.

WHAT ARE THE AWARDS?

Grand Prize (1 recipient)

  • $25,000 
  • a staged reading with a professional cast and director at Barrington Stage
  • a possible full production at Barrington Stage Company
  • all travel and housing covered for the staged reading and production

Runner Up Prize (2 recipients)

  • $5,000 each
  • a staged reading with a professional cast and director at Barrington Stage
  • all travel and housing covered for the staged reading

WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?

Scripts will be read and evaluated through a blind submission process by committee assembled by BSC. A group of finalist plays will be read and evaluated by the New Play Award Committee, comprised of distinguished artists in Fall 2020. Winners will be announced in late 2020.

WHAT DOES BARRINGTON STAGE ASK OF THE PLAYWRIGHT?

Barrington Stage will ask for the right of first refusal for a world premiere of all award recipients that will expire 90 days after Barrington Stage presents the staged reading of the play.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Playwrights on Park Reading Series Seeks Small Cast Plays

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Deadline: May 15th, 2020

West Hartford, CT
We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020-2021 season of the Playwrights on Park Reading Series at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT.

PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK is an exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work.

Playwrights selected as part of the Playwrights on Park Reading Series will have a day of rehearsal, followed by a reading of their play and a talkback with the audience.

IMPORTANT INFO:

We are seeking exclusively full-length, small cast plays (4 actors or less). Sensible doubling is fine.

Playwrights MUST be able to come to West Hartford for the day of the reading and the audience discussion that follows.
There will be a rehearsal the day of the reading in which attendance by the playwright is optional, but strongly encouraged.

Transportation may be provided from NYC or New England locations by the Playhouse. Readings will be on select Sunday nights throughout the season.

We will choose FIVE plays to be read throughout the 2020/2021 season. Final selections will be made by June 20th at the latest.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

▪ Submit plays to newworks@playhousetheatregroup.org. Plays must be submitted electronically.

▪ Please include a FULL script and character breakdown (Please submit in PDF format).

▪ Include any production or workshop history, as well as biographies of the playwright, and any collaborators. Plays that have not been produced that will benefit from this opportunity are preferred. Previous readings/workshops are perfectly acceptable

▪ Playwrights may self submit or go through a literary agent.

▪ Connecticut-based playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit.

+Please only one submission per playwright


▪ NO SUBMISSION FEE.

More info about about us at-

Playhouse on Park: https://playhouseonpark.org/

Playwrights on Park: https://playhouseonpark.org/web2/playwrightsonpark.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlayhouseOnParkTheatre/

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Connective Theatre Company Play(s) At Home Festival

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Deadline: April, 2020

Connective Theatre Company is thrilled to announce our second virtual play festival, Play(s) At Home: A Green Theatre Festival. In this time of isolation and quarantine, CTC hopes to inspire, motivate, and connect people from across the world through a virtual reading of various short plays.

Participants are encouraged to submit short scenes/sketches/plays exploring themes of nature and the environment in the time of COVID-19. Inspiration may be drawn from (but is not limited to): your relationship to nature in quarantine, a favorite spot in nature you may be missing right now, or how the environment has benefited from this global pause. If you feel compelled to take a deeper dive, you may choose to explore how the mistreatment of nature accelerated this crisis, or how environmental factors have made disadvantaged groups more vulnerable to the virus. No matter how light-hearted or topical, all entries are welcome.

Submissions will be accepted until April 20th. Selected plays will be announced on April 22nd, then rehearsed, performed, and recorded remotely from the comfort (and safety!) of the actors’ homes. The readings will be published on our website and social media on May 1st.

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Please fill out the submission form here to have your work considered for our virtual short play festival. Feel free to email connectivetheatrecompany@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

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Quince Magazine seeks short plays

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Deadline: April 20, 2020 11:59 PM
QUINCE magazine is accepting submissions for Issue One on the theme of LOVE in the following categories: poetry, fiction, visual arts/photography, life writing, screen/stage shorts. Please read the submissions guidelines for details.

Poetry - submit up to five poems

Fiction - 3500 word upper limit

Visual Art/Photography - up to five images (photo essays welcome)

Life Writing - 3500 word upper limit.

Screen/Stage Shorts - 10 pages/minutes, scenes/extracts from a full length work are acceptable but should work on their own.

Email submissions@quincemag.com with the category of work in all caps followed by the title of your piece in the subject of the email eg. LIFE WRITING - One Summer at Sea. Please include a short bio (under 50 words) in the body of your email. The work should be attached in word format (.doc).
  • Please do not submit work in PDF format. 
  • Please do adhere to the word/page count limits. 
  • Only submit original, unpublished work. 
  • The theme is open to interpretation and experimental approaches are encouraged. 
  • The magazine's decisions are final.

The deadline for submissions for Issue One is 11.59pm, Monday 20th April 2020.


This magazine aims to be inclusive and current. Writers and artists from marginalised, underrepresented and diverse backgrounds as well as unpublished and emerging writers are all encouraged to submit.

COCAwrites: Plays on Zoom!

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Deadline: April 27, 2020, Midnight
We want you to write a play for Zoom! As COCA prepares to launch its new Theatre PPD program this fall, we’re giving you a taste of the new playwriting opportunities for students!

ALSO ACCEPTING PLAYS FROM ADULTS

We’re inspired by theatre companies around the country & locally that have brought forward some incredible opportunities including our partner, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, who has launched The Play at Home series in collaboration with theatres around the country.

We are asking for submissions of plays written with Zoom in mind. Plays will be accepted until April 27 at midnight. Ages 12-22.

After that, a panel will select the top plays to be rehearsed and performed by a professional STL director and actors on May 1 in a world premiere event!

How to Submit Your Work:
  • Write a scene, 5-10 minutes or less (a general rule of thumb is 1 page=1 minute) for Zoom! following these guidelines:
  • 3 characters or less
  • The play will be pre-recorded but must take place on Zoom
  • Stay between 5 & 10 minutes
  • Have fun with all the possibilities available when writing a digital play
Please submit your plays and any questions along the way to Delaney Piggins, Artistic Engagement Manager at dpiggins@cocastl.org.

Keep an eye on this page for updates on submission and performance of these plays on May 1.

We encourage you to get inspired by Nancy Bell’s play MUTE. Read it and think, how can I write a play with Zoom in mind?

And keep an eye out for a new playwriting class to help you write and develop your work! This class is a preview to what’s to come for the new Theatre PPD program this fall!

We are now accepting plays written by adult playwrights for audiences of all ages. We are also accepting plays written for Zoom from students ages 12-22.

COCAwrites: Plays on Zoom – Call for Submissions from Adult Playwrights

We are looking to highlight our multi-generational writers and audiences by asking adult playwrights from across the country to submit their 5-10 minute plays written for Zoom.

After that, a panel will select the top plays to be rehearsed and performed by professional directors and actors on May 8 in a world premiere event!

How to Submit Your Work:
Write a play for Zoom! following these guidelines:
  • 3 characters or less
  • At least one of those characters must be under 18
  • The play will be pre-recorded but must take place on Zoom
  • Stay between 5 & 10 minutes
  • The play must be written to be enjoyed by a multi-generational theatre audience

Goodly Frame Theater is looking for short play submissions for Zoom Fest 2020

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Deadline:  April 27 at 11:59 PM

Goodly Frame Theater is looking for short play submissions for our upcoming ZOOM FEST 2020 online production! Send us your most entertaining, funniest, or most dramatic works, 8-15 minutes in length -- we'll be selecting the best from the bunch and presenting them live via Zoom and Facebook Live!

We are looking for plays written specifically for the Zoom medium -- not stage plays, but plays that take place in the online world. Topics could include office teleconferencing, long-distance relationships, cyberbullying, video dating, online learning, or whatever else you think might work in this new virtual world.

Submission guidelines:
  • Plays should be between 8 and 15 minutes in length, with 2 to 10 characters.
  • Stage directions should be limited to what can be done within the Zoom platform -- actors can "pop" on and off of the screen, they can use virtual backgrounds, there can be some shared documents, etc.
  • The Goodly Frame Zoom Fest 2020 is only for playwrights currently residing in NC.
  • The plays can have had prior productions, as long as it fits within the established theme and the Zoom medium.
  • Please keep all submissions "family-friendly" -- plays with nudity or excessive profanity will be rejected.
  • There is no limit to the number of plays that a playwright can submit.
The deadline for submissions is April 27 at 11:59 PM, with the live productions hopefully starting up within 1-2 weeks of that date. 

 All submissions should be in a Word or PDF format; email your plays to meredith@goodlyframe.org, and include all relevant contact information (name, address, phone number, email) in the body of the email.

Aurand Harris Memorial Playwrighting Award 2020

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Deadline: May 1, 2020
Milford, Connecticut

This award was created in 1997 to honor the late Aurand Harris (1915-1996) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional theatre for young audiences.

A panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board will administer this award. A staged reading of the prize-winning scripts will be held along with the Annual Excellence in Theatre Awards ceremony.

RULES OF ENTRY

  • The contest is open to all playwrights and is for new full-length plays for young audiences. No musicals nor plays targeted at adult audiences
  • All plays will be submitted online to harris-award@netconline.org
  • Plays submitted to the contest must not have been
  1. previously published
  2. submitted to NETC’s Gassner Playwriting Contest
  3. previously produced by a professional or Equity company.
  • Plays submitted which have had workshop productions or staged readings are eligible and encouraged.
  • Plays submitted to this contest may have been submitted to another playwriting contest, and may have previously won a prize or an award in another contest. However, such plays must not have been published or professionally produced and must not be under option for publication or professional production.
  • Playwrights may submit only one play to the contest in one year.

The play must be submitted, along with:

  • a statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of May 1, 2020, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of May 1, 2020.
  • a list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.
  • ALL manuscripts and enclosures must be emailed to: harris-award@netconline.org
  • Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.
  • Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.


Saturday, April 18, 2020

One-Minute Play Trade

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Our mission is simple: Send in your one-minute play, get matched with a fellow playwright, and send feedback to your match by the end of the day (you will get feedback too)! No rules other than your play must be no longer than one minute.

E-mail oneminuteplaytrade@gmail.com and get matched on Fridays!

Tampa Bay Theatre Festival

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

Submit via SUBMITTABLE

FULL LENGTH PLAYS & MUSICALS:

All Material must be original. Your show can be published or non-published work.

** Your full length show should not exceed 2 hours and 15 minutes including your intermission if you choose to have one. If you do not have an intermission, your show should not exceed 2 hours.

You will have a total of 1 hour to mount your set and to do a tech run. We highly advise that you have a MINIMAL SET. Remember, this is a showcase of full length plays so you may not have time to put up an entire set. Please use the mindset of a black box setting with no panels or a full blown set. Tables, couches, chairs, and small pieces are fine. You must remember to stay within the allotted time frame that you have to set up.

If your play/musical is selected, there is a fee for the usage of the theater where your play will be presented. The fee for the black box/studio theater that seats up to 60 people is $100.00. The fee for a main stage theater which sits between 250 to 260 people is $300.00.

All monies made on your show is 100% yours, the TBTF does not retain any percentage of your earnings.

You must provide your own payment processing service. Eventbrite is the ONLY service that the TBTF allows, you will receive detailed instructions if your play is selected.

The festival DOES NOT produce your show. All entries must be self produced. The TBTF does not provide casting of any sort for your production.

You are allowed to have union actors in your play (EQUITY) but it is up to you follow and abide by union rules when it comes to casting a union actor.

There will be an opening night show at the Straz presented by the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. This show is simply for entertainment and WILL NOT compete with other full-length plays.

Your sound and lighting will be managed by the staff at the venue where your play is to be performed. You are not allowed to handle their equipment. You can staff one of your team members to sit with the technicians to give them instructions on your cues and lighting.

If your show is in a black box/studio theater, you will have a total of 3 hours and 15 minutes allotted for your entire show. This includes one hour to set up which includes minor lighting and tech/sound run. You will have 1 hour and 45 minutes for your show including 15 minutes for intermission if you don't have an intermission, your show can run for 2 hours.  You will have 30 minutes to strike your set once your show is done.

You must provide your own team of stage hands, stage manager, and crew.
This is a festival and a showcasing of your play. To meet the guidelines provided, we highly advise that you keep your set and lighting to a minimum.
All winnrs will be announced at the Awards Party.

Musicals should also include:

2 to 3  MP3 demo tracks (linked in the cover letter section of the form)
Youtube clips (if available - no promo clips)
Lead sheet (if available)
WHEN YOU PERFORM YOUR MUSICAL YOU MUST USE A LAPTOP, CD, OR AN MP3 WITH YOUR TRACKS ON THEM. NO LIVE INSTRUMENTS ARE ALLOWED, NO EXCEPTIONS.

If your play/musical is selected, you will receive a detailed welcome letter that will cover any additional questions that you may have.  An email and telephone number to reach the TBTF will be provided.

SHORT PLAYS:
  • All Material must be original. Your show can be published or non-published work.
  • The length of short plays cannot exceed 10 minutes and a maximum of 8 cast members.
  • If your play exceeds the 10 minute time frame, it will effect your final score.
  • Short plays are to have a minimum set such as: table, chairs, desk, stoops, stools etc. Once your play is over, you must immediately remove your props as the next show will be waiting to set up. You will have 3 minutes to remove your props and minimal set.
  • The TBTF does not cast or direct your play. Please do not submit your work if you think getting a cast or director will be a challenge for you.
  • Any works previously submitted and performed will not be accepted. 
  • You must be at the theatre on time. If the run through starts and your entire cast is not there your show will be disqualified.
  • The Short-Play competition winner will be announced at the Awards Party.
  • There will be two sessions during the short-play competition. The cast must remain backstage during their session. Cast members do not pay to compete. Tickets must be purchased to attend the additional short-play session that you are not competing in. 
MONOLOGUES AND SCENES
Monologues are not to exceed 2 minutes max. If you exceed your time frame this will count against you and the judges may stop your monologue.
This does NOT have to be an original piece. Your monologue can be from a play, a movie, or something that you wrote.

To enter this competition, please submit a recording by phone of you performing your monologue and email it to tampabaytheatrefestival@gmail.com. If you are selected, you do not have to perform the same monologue that you submitted at the competition, you can perform a different one if you wish.
Winners will be announced at the awards party

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PLAY:

Plays can be submitted by way of the website submission page

If you have a recording of your play, you can mail the DVD as an option. Mail it to RL Stage PO Box 4145 Tampa FL 33677. This only for full length shows

WINNERS OF THE SHORT PLAYS, MONOLOGUES, AND SCENE COMPETITION WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE AWARDS PARTY.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY
I (We) certify that I have the full right and authorization to submit and enter into a contractual agreement to produce this submission during the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. I agree to indemnify RL Stage Inc and RQL Productions, its representatives, volunteers, board, sponsors, judges, and affiliates against all claims, losses, damages, and liabilities, from and against any claim or cause of action arising from any claim of infringement or intellectual property rights.

ALL PLAYS/MUSICALS MUST BE SELF PRODUCED AND READY TO MOUNT. THE TBTF DOES NOT PROVIDE ACTORS, DIRECTORS, STAGE HANDS, OR STAGE MANAGERS FOR YOUR SHOW.

I understand that In the event a claim or dispute arises out of this application and/or submission, which parties cannot, with good faith effort resolve in face to face discussions, both parties agree to bring the matter before a member of the American Arbitration Association. The arbitration decision will be binding on both parties. The arbitrator may require the losing party to pay the costs of reasonable attorney fees of the prevailing party. Judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in court of the competent jurisdiction. The laws of the State of Florida govern this Agreement



Friday, April 17, 2020

2020 - 2022 I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY FOR BLACK PLAYWRIGHTS

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Deadline: May 1, 2020 11:59 PM

New York NY


National Black Theatre (NBT), the nation’s first revenue-generating Black arts complex, was founded in 1968 by the late visionary artist and entrepreneur Dr. Barbara Ann Teer. Since its inception, NBT has been at the forefront of a broader movement of engaging the arts for social change, economic growth and transformation in innovative ways that build community. NBT is a leading institution engaged in intentional creative place- making by leveraging the power of theater arts with Black culture and creativity. Throughout its rich history, NBT has maintained a strong commitment to creating a space in which new and underrepresented voices can be brought to the forefront to provide unique and diverse perspectives on the myriad critical issues of equity and social justice that affect our nation today. During the last 52 years, NBT has produced over 300 original works, toured globally & launched international extensions, like the National Black Theatre of Sweden.

With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between Black theatrical institutions and Black playwrights in order to re-establish Black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by Black playwrights.

The I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY recognizes up to two Black playwrights annually. The chosen playwright(s) work must demonstrate exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field.

The selected playwright will receive:
  • A minimum stipend of $5000;
  • Administrative support: Access to office space, and printing;
  • Artistic support: Dramaturgy, in-house readings, two 29-hour workshop, and access to in-house resource library;
  • A workshop production in the 2021-2022 season for six public performances;
  • Two Complimentary tickets to National Black Theatre productions, as well as additional professional development opportunities.
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
TO APPLY:

Using the subject line I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT’S RESIDENCY, send an email to submit@nationalblacktheatre.org with a single PDF document, containing the following elements in sequence:

1. AN APPLICATION COVER SHEET with the following information presented in clear format: NAME

COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS HOME PHONE, OTHER PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS
PLAY TITLE

PLAY SYNOPSIS

If you are represented by an agent at that time of applying please make us aware and let us know who that agency is.

2. A WRITING SAMPLE: One full-length play that is at least 50 pages in length and has been written only by the applicant (no co-written submissions will be accepted). Please identify 20 pages that you would like for the panelists to read. Please note that the panelists are only required to read these pages. The submitted script must be a complete draft that represents your best playwriting. The submitted play should not have the playwrights name attached to it as the committee reads the plays as a blind submission.

3. Answer these following questions:
a. What inspires you and your work? [250 word max]

How important is collaboration within your process? [250 word max]

Why are you interested in doing this residency now? Incorporate three goals you wish to obtain after going through a process like this. [500 word max]


A PLAYWRITING RESUME [listing all readings, productions, awards, commissions, etc.]

If Playwright is chosen as a finalist they will be asked to submit a one page single spaced proposal outlining ideas, story and/or subject matter they would want to focus their residency on creating. This must be a NEW play.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Each application needs to submit a letter of recommendation from an industry professional that can speak to your work ethic, creativity, and character. In addition to to this each applicant to provide 2 -3 refines that the selection committee can call if the applicant is advanced to becoming a finalist. The one page letter of recommendation need to be submitted with the application.

International Human Rights Art Festival Short Play Festival

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Deadline: July 1, 2020

New York City's International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF.ORG) and Wild Project Theater issue a call for proposals for a ten-minute play festival on Tuesday evening, December 8, 2020 as part of the fourth annual International Human Rights Art Festival, December 7-13 at the Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd Street, East Village, NY.

We are looking for self-produced pieces which are built around a social concern. We are especially interested in work exhibiting the values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability and engagement; work inspired by the open-heart of the artist, and not their anger, disgust or disapproval.

Selected plays will receive a tech rehearsal, full tech support, PR and marketing as part of the festival and a prime spot in this year's event There is no fee to apply, and a production stipend of $50 per selected play will be paid.

Please send a description of the work, links, resume and any other information which might be of help in our decision to humanrightsartfestival@gmail.com. Deadline is July 1, 2020. Final decisions will be made by August 31, 2020.

The International Human Rights Art Festival has produced more than 80 events featuring more than 300 artists since its inception in March 2017, at Dixon Place (NY).  It has been covered in more than 30 media outlets (including the New York TimesNBCFox5AM-NYMetro-NYHuffington Post and many others); has worked with politicians and performers such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman John LewisKathleen TurnerBarbra Streisand and many more and WNYC is its media partner.  The Wild Project has been the starting point of plays that have gone on to Off-Broadway and Broadway productions; has had their productions reviewed numerous times in the New York Times and dozens of other outlets, and has offered a nurturing, beautiful theater which brings together local, downtown artists and national and international performers and events.  

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The International Carlo Annoni Prize is for theatre plays on gay themes and on diversity in love

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We dedicate the Carlo Annoni Prize 2019 to all those who in Italy and in the world fight for having recognized the right to love and against discrimination due to sexual orientation.

The prize for the winners is 1,000 euros for plays in Italian and 1,000 euros for plays in English.
Special Mentions:

– A special mention will be given to a play that puts at the center the condition of asylum seekers who leave their country each year because they are victims of persecutions concerning sexual orientation.
– A special mention will be given to a theatrical short of a maximum duration of 10 minutes
– A special mention will be given to LGBTQ+ themed comic plays.
– A special mention will be given to a video of maximum 10 minutes on relationship life.

Plays and videos must be sent by the 30th of April 2020 to this address: info@premiocarloannoni.eu

NO PARTICIPATION FEE IS REQUIRED.
Plays already represented will also be taken into consideration.
The award ceremony will take place in September 2020.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Newvember New Plays Festival for Irish writers

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Deadline:  Sunday April 26 2020 (12 midnight GMT)

Dublin Ireland

CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSIONS
  • submitted plays should be previously unproduced (we will consider plays that have had readings before but are still in development)
  • plays should have a cast size of 2-8
  • plays should have a running time of 30 to 120 minutes
  • we will only accept one submission per writer each year
  • we are interested in plays from playwrights based in Ireland, and Irish playwrights around the world
  • we ask that the writers of the chosen plays attend the reading of their play towards its further development and to be present for a post-reading Q&A with the audience
  • there is no fee for submissions
  • while we are open to all styles and subjects, we do have a preference for narrative and character-driven stories. Plays will be selected based on their originality, range, production potential, narrative quality and emotional resonance

PROCESS OF SUBMISSION

You will be asked to include:

your play as a PDF (without the writer’s name, email or other identifying marks on any page throughout the script – to aid our blind reading process). The script should include a character list. Please ensure the file name of your play matches the name of the play e.g. theweir.pdf

Within the form, you will be asked to include your name, play title and contact details (location, email and phone), which will be kept in a database unseen by the reading panel.

SUBMISSION DATES

The window for submissions opens Monday March 16th 2020.
The closing date for submissions is Sunday April 26 2020 (12 midnight GMT).

Please note that these criteria will be applied strictly and any submissions made after the closing date or not following the submission guidelines will not be considered. In addition, our festival’s reading panel will not be able to provide feedback on specific plays or on the status of your application.

The writers of the plays that have been shortlisted will be contacted in September and will be asked to send any updated version of their play, as this will be the final version considered and the version read at the festival if chosen.

The invited plays will be announced in October.

CASTING: Please note – the chosen plays will be read by an ensemble of actors, each performing roles in multiple plays in the festival. While we will endeavor to provide the best match of cast for each play that is read, in terms of characters’ listed ages/ethnicities, we also need to form an ensemble to best cover the entire range of the festival’s program. We appreciate our playwrights’ understanding of our ensemble-based casting.

Ox-Bow 2020 Fall Artists Residency

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Deadline: May 3, 2020  

Saugatuck, MI
Fall residents are given the time, solitude, and focus often unavailable to so many working artists. Each fall approximately 35 artists and 6 writers participate in the residency creating a community of engaged peers. At Ox-Bow, artists can enjoy 24-hour access to their studios, and an inspirational setting, free from the expectations of commercial and academic demands. The works on paper studio (printmaking and clean space) is available to all residents. Three studios are dedicated specifically to writers. The fall is also an ideal time to propose group or collaborative work. Please complete the application below. If you have any questions, contact us at 1.800.318.3019.

Submit via Submittable

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Athena Project Plays In Progress Series

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Deadline: April 15, 2020

Athena Project is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIPS).

Three to six new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, and cast for presentation. This PIP Series is an opportunity for new plays to be developed in the model of a Table Reading which includes approximately 3-5 hours of video conference time with the dramaturg, director, and playwright and 1.5 hours of read-through/rehearsal before the performance.

The dramaturg will moderate a talkback following the public performance. Over the course of approximately April and May 2021, conferences will take place with rehearsal and presentation to take place in early June in Denver at a location to be determined. Scripts are accepted from March 1 – April 15, 2020.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:

1. Playwright must be a woman* and may submit only ONE full-length script. Full-length is defined by at least 60 pages in standard playscript format.

2. Previously unproduced plays only. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised for the playwright to get the most from this opportunity.

3. Submission must include:
BLIND script in PDF format – PAGE ONE of PDF script MUST have TITLE, CHARACTER BREAKDOWN & SYNOPSIS of script, 200-word limit (This PDF must contain NO playwright contact info**)
Resume in PDF format

4. Plays submitted without supporting material will be disqualified. Presently, we cannot accept musicals.

5. We recommend the playwright be able to travel to the area for the performance weekend at her own expense. We will select 3-6 playwrights to participate in the PIP Series and hope to strike a balance between local and national work. Exact schedules will be worked out with the director, dramaturg, and playwright. See the timeline below. Travel stipends are offered.

6. Click here to complete your play submission. After you submit, you will see an immediate confirmation statement in the submission form informing you of receipt of your materials by Athena Project’s Literary Manager. Queries should be directed to LiteraryManager@AthenaProjectArts.org.

7. Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Timeline:
Deadline to submit all materials is midnight, April 15, 2020***
Three – six finalists will be selected by October 2020
Directors and Dramaturgs will be selected by April 2021
Casting will be in May 2021
Plays In Progress Series will be in early June 2021

*At Athena Project, we believe that “woman” means many things and can be a complicated term. We recognize that the term “woman” does not automatically include all aspects of the gender spectrum.  We want to create a safer space for the expression and growth for all women, trans and gender-nonconforming individuals.

**Contact information must be listed ONLY on resume and submission form, not on the script, the first page of which will be its title, a character breakdown and a short synopsis (submissions will be read blind).

***Athena Project reserves the right to close submissions before April 15, 2020, depending on the number of submissions received.

The 53rd John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award

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Deadline: April 15, 2020

Winners Announcement: October, 2020
The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to:
gassner-award@netconline.org

The John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award Competition fosters new playwrights and scripts through this important competition established by Molly Gassner, wife of theatre historian John Gassner. The Award was created in 1967 to honor the late John Gassner (1903-1967) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional and academic theatre.

This award will be administered by a panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board. A staged reading of the award-winning scripts, or of selected scenes from those scripts, may be given at the annual NETC convention and awards ceremony.

RULES OF ENTRY
•The competition is open to all playwrights. Submissions must be new full-length plays. Musicals will not be considered.

Plays submitted to the competition
  • must not have been published as of April 15, 2020
  • must not have been produced by a professional or Equity company as of April 15, 2020
  • must not be under option for publication or professional production as of April 15, 2020
  • The play must be submitted, along with:
  • A statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of April 15, 2020, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of April 15, 2020.
  • A list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.
  • • Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.  Deadline for submission of entries is April 15, 2020. Only winners will be notified. Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered. Playwrights may submit only one play to this or other NETC competitions in one year.

The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to:
gassner-award@netconline.org

The Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation Emergency Assistances Grants

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Deadline: April 14, 2020

3/25/20 COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE UPDATE

In response to the COVID-19 Theatre closures, we are redirecting our entire 2020 grant budget into emergency assistance grants of $2500 to playwrights, composers, librettists, and lyricists who have had a full professional show cancelled, closed, or indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19. We hope to be able to give up to 40 grants of $2500.

The direct link to the google form to enter the lottery is here:

https://forms.gle/arerNXYsBGiYwkn2A


Criteria:

You are eligible to enter the lottery for a grant of $2500 from the Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation if you are:

1) A playwright, composer, lyricist, or librettist

2) Have had a full professional production (defined for these purposes as a LORT, Off-Broadway, or Broadway production, not a reading or workshop) of which you are a writer that was cancelled, closed, or indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 closures.

The form will be active until April 14th, and after that date we will be doing a random selection, to make sure the process is totally impartial.

Each artist may only submit ONE time, even if you have had more than one production cancelled. If you submit more than once, your entries will be removed.

Friday, April 10, 2020

New Online Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Our new Online Classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! We know that the world is different right now, but we believe that there are ways to have community and hone your craft while social distancing - and we’ve recreated our classes to be available and useful for you in an online format. Even though we are socially distant, we won’t let you be isolated. Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

Instructor: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater, No One Is Forgotten at Rattlestick)
Tuesdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
Starts April 28
This online class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.

Instructor: MĂȘlisa Annis (Writer, Director, and Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch)
Thursdays from 11:00am – 2:00pm ET
Starts April 23
Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your first play (and each play you write after that!) can be built on a strong foundation.

Instructor: Daniel Talbott (Writer, "The Conners" and "The Mist"; Artistic Director, Rising Phoenix Rep)
Mondays from 7pm – 10pm ET
Starts April 20
Screenwriting is a specialized craft with its own set of dramatic writing principles. Apply the concepts of visual storytelling, theme, plot, and dialogue to your own original script.

Instructor: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater, No One Is Forgotten at Rattlestick)
Part 1: April 25 & 26
Part 2: May 2 & 3
10am – 2pm ET
Sometimes it’s inevitable: writers just get stuck. Part 1 of this workshop will inspire you to get cracking on your next play and generate material. If you want to challenge yourself to keep writing and take a deeper dive into the work, Part 2 will delve into character development.

Instructor: John Gould Rubin (Director, Turn Me Loose Off-Broadway; former Co-Artistic Director and Executive Director of LAByrinth Theater Company)
Tuesdays from 6pm – 8pm
Starts April 21
This class is for theater artists of any discipline to learn about theater as a business in order to produce your own work and better understand the priorities for your work no matter your role within a production.

Classes begin next week. Start and end dates vary. Click here for the full list of online classes.

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

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

Fleas on the Dog seeks plays for publication

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

Plays: Any style up to five acts.

ONLINE PUBLISHING GUIDELINES We are currently open for submissions from March 1 to April 30. 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 10 days, hopefully sooner. (Why should it take weeks?)

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

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Break A Leg Production seeks work for Historically Speaking Series

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

Historically Speaking – Historical fiction; Dramas or comedies focused on real life historical figures and/or events. May include fictional characters. Think Oslo, All The Way, Ink, Sweat.

We are looking for plays that have not yet been produced or published. We ideally would like to work with the playwright on developing their play or subsequent future plays going forward giving them an opportunity to see their work on stage in order to develop as an artist.

Please submit your play (no musicals/no one person shows/no child roles under age 15) to the appropriate reading series or One Act Slam during the submissions dates listed. 

In one email please include the play, a synopsis, a character breakdown, playwright’s bio, playwright’s writing resume, reviews, awards, and social media information if applicable as PDF attachments. In the Subject of the email please put the title of the playand the reading series to which you are submitting.

Please email submissions and literary inquiries ONLY to: breakaleg.plays@gmail.com

For all other questions, please contact us at: thebalproductions@gmail.com

Due to the number of scripts we receive and the limited size of our staff we are not able to respond personally to every play or to offer feedback. Typically it can take up to 6-9 months for a response if we feel your play may be right for our upcoming season. If you do not hear from us after 9 months you may only resubmit your playif any changes have been made or submit another play for the appropriate series in the following season.

Call for Zoom Plays: monologues, scenes, and plays

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Deadline: April 16, 2020

Call for Zoom Plays: monologues, scenes, and plays written to be performed on the Zoom platform.

Learn about Zoom videoconferencing here

Now accepting plays, scenes, and monologues that are written with the context of the scene being a Zoom (or Skype) call. Plays can be two character, or more. Context is key -- there must to be a realistic need for this to be a Zoom call: teenagers talking late at night, a couple separated by borders, classmates trying to Zoom for a class project, lovers making plans to elope, etc.

Submit here: https://forms.gle/gh9oLZXpty3MxrBM7

This effort is sponsored by Project Y Theatre Company, NYC. All submitted plays will be considered for professional production with Project Y in NYC. In addition, the Project Y Co-Artistic directors are theater professors at Carnegie Mellon University and Middlebury College, respectively, and are in search of material to use with their classes.

These new works will also be gathered, organized, and through Google Drive made available for anyone, nationally or internationally, who seeks to use this for educational reasons: teachers, theatre companies, coaches, community organizations, academic institutions, etc. Given the national demand for material like this for use in educational settings, having younger characters might be beneficial, but certainly not required. A diverse range of characters is preferred. You may submit as many times as you like, but please make each a new submission.

All submissions will be eligible for professional production with Project Y Theatre Company NYC.
We are in the midst of an unprecedented temporary departure from the traditions of theatre as we know it, so let's make some new work for this new world.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Playwrights Week at The Lark 2020

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Deadline:  April 15, 2020

Playwrights' Week, The Lark’s Open Access Program, seeks to provide development opportunities for new and diverse voices for the theater by identifying and advancing promising plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives.  This annual, intensive, seven-day festival is designed to foster a peer-based community among a cohort of writers with new work in development.

Our support criteria emphasizes ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful and theatrical work by writers with clear artistic goals who are open to a collaborative development process.

The five writers selected for Playwrights’ Week are provided with twelve hours of rehearsal and a public staged reading to address self-defined developmental goals for their plays, as well as opportunities to engage with fellow participants in supportive group conversation.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Playwrights’ Week 2020 will take place in November 2020.
  • Each applicant should expect a final response by September 2020.
  • While there is no official minimum number of pages for submitted full-length plays, we do not accept 10-minute plays or musicals. 
  • Previously produced plays ARE eligible for consideration.
  • Plays previously submitted to this program are accepted, but we strongly encourage the submission of new work.
  • Writers living outside of the United States can apply if the script was originally written in English.
  • Due to the volume of submissions to this program, we will be unable to accept revised scripts during the selection process.
  • Housing and travel will be provided for all out of town writers.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Stonecoast Review Issue #13: Superstition

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Deadline: April 15, 2020 

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

ISSUE #13 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

The theme of Stonecoast Review Issue #13 is Superstition. This theme can be as loosely defined as necessary. Some phrases to give you a sense of what we’re looking for are: good luck, bad luck, cursed places, cursed objects, strokes of luck, lucky breaks, significance, cultural superstitions, personal superstitions, myths, urban legends, cryptids, charms, tough luck, beginner’s luck, secrets, wives’ tales, doppelgangers, tall tales, folk tales, last chances, and wishbones. Don’t feel restricted by this list, if you have a different way of interpreting the theme, we would love to see it. We accept Fiction, Pop Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Dramatic Works, Experimental, and Visual Art. We can’t wait to see your best pieces!

Stonecoast Review offers feedback on 10% of declined submissions. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears. Stonecoast Review acquires First Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights for all work published in the journal. Rights revert to the author upon publication.

Our staff is a group of volunteers, all either current Stonecoast MFA Program students or alumni of the program. We rely upon donations to cover advertising, website, and printing costs. To support the Stonecoast Review, please purchase a copy from stonecoastreview.org!

GENERAL GUIDELINES:
  • When submitting your work, include a short cover letter and bio (100 words maximum). Submissions are only accepted through Submittable.
  • Stonecoast Review accepts only blind submissions. Your name, email address, or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere in the document or submission title.
  • We accept only one prose submission, one poetry submission (of up to three poems), or ten pieces of visual art per author, per submission cycle.
  • Submitted work must be previously unpublished.
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your submission immediately if accepted elsewhere. If you submit multiple poems and one is accepted elsewhere, please attach a note on Submittable identifying the poem that is no longer available.
  • Your work must use standard manuscript format: double spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman font. Poetry may be single spaced. However, if a divergence from these rules is integral to your piece, we will still consider it.

GENRE GUIDELINES:

Fiction: Limit submissions to 5,000 words or fewer.

Creative Nonfiction: Limit submissions to 5,000 words or fewer.

Poetry: Limit submissions to 3 poems, with no more than 50 lines each.

Dramatic Works: Limit submissions to 12 or fewer pages.

Panglossian Productions seeking full-length and 10-minute plays for Area 51 project

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Deadline: April 13, 2020

Williamsburg, VA

Panglossian Productions is seeking submissions for our Area 51 project  to be presented on July 31 & August 1, 2020.

We are looking for both original full-length and 10-minute plays written around the theme of Area 51.  The full-length play will be presented in staged reading format on July 31st.  The 10-minute plays will be staged and presented on August 1st.  The deadline for submissions is April 13, 2020.

Here is what you need to know:
-You may submit more than one play (as long as you feel that it is worthwhile, submit it)
-Cast size should range between 2-6 people
-You will be notified via email if your play is selected to be featured
-Submissions should be emailed in PDF format to area51@panglossian.org and contain the following information
1. Playwright name
2. Playwright contact information including email address
3. A brief statement about the playwright and the piece itself (be creative, but honest)
-If you have further questions, please email them to area51@panglossian.org

Why are we doing this?
According to our namesake, the dementedly optimistic Dr. Pangloss, “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.”

Most of the time, the world falls short.  As any young artist who decides to build a life in the performing arts discovers, it’s hard to get experience without already having it. It’s even harder to convince people to take a gamble on new works and innovative ideas, no matter how exciting they may be.

What’s safe is always… well… safe.  And that’s fine.  But safe things don’t ignite passion in us.  They don’t make us catch our breath or question how we live or want to go running into the streets to tell people what we’ve seen.  So, we choose projects that take risks and that are worth the risk.

We exist in order to boldly and thoughtfully create:

• Unpretentious productions that challenge our audience without patronizing them.
• Opportunities for talented and dedicated young artists to gain meaningful experience.
• Development of new, innovative, substantive, and semi-crazy artistic ventures.

Visit us online at panglossian.org or find Panglossian Productions on Facebook.

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