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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Barely Seen seeks playwrights

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Deadline: November 30, 2020

Barely Seen seeks playwrights for November Writer of the Month, due by November 30, 2020. 

Multiple submissions are accepted, including previously published or produced plays, but they will not be considered if Barely Seen has published them before.

 There is no submission fee, and anyone of any age anywhere in the world may submit. 

Thanks for considering.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Playwrights sought for new virtual experiences

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Gray Zones, a new series of live social experiments, is seeking writers to join our collaborative writing team. Each project will developed collaboratively with the series creator, Mona Patel, and a team of writers and other creatives. The first project we're looking to build our team for is still in development, but is intended as a variation of a "murder mystery dinner party" focusing on the ways exploitation is ingrained in our labor system. In this context "murder mystery" is more related to the thematic styling of the piece (many, various characters, brought together by suspicious events and locked together until the mystery is solved) rather than an Agatha Christie-style murder to be solved. It's more a scripted escape room for the audience to solve than traditional murder mystery theater.

We're looking for writers with a wide range of experiences - those who have experience writing for/about murder mysteries, audio dramas, human rights, and class consciousness are the highest priority at the moment but as this is intended to grow and develop (partly around the ideas of the writing team), we're open to anyone with a unique perspective and voice.

Gray Zones creates projects that center our audience as the crux of the action. Our stories are scripted, but the interpretations of each experiment are left up to the audience and their internalized opinions brought into the event. Each experiment has multiple points for the audience to directly respond to the events and attend a moderated discussion after the session to discuss their reactions to what they just saw. For more information about what our past work looks like and understand our company a bit better, please head to GrayZones.org.

To submit, please send a brief cover letter explaining your interest in our project as well as a brief writing sample. In your cover letter, please include the following:

- What in your background as a writer makes you feel qualified for this project
- Your experience writing for interactive projects
- A social issue you would be interested in exploring in a future project as well as an idea for what that project might be.

Submissions should be emailed to info@grayzones.org.

Compensation will be determined at a later date, but is guaranteed and will not be deferred beyond project completion

Tuesday, October 27, 2020


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Deadline: November 15, 2020
Tampa Florida

The fee is waived for members of the Dramatists Guild if they provide a copy of their membership card.

The Powerstories Theatre of Tampa philosophy is that every person, organization, corporation, and community has a Powerstory to discover and share with others. The discovery and the telling of these stories create new success, invests our lives with more meaning, and connect us more vitally with others.

In this time in our country’s history, we feel compelled to bring about this festival to increase courage and confidence, deepen appreciation for diversity, and strengthen the bonds between people.

The Voices of Truth Theatre Festival will be produced by Powerstories in collaboration with Outcast Theatre Collective March 10 to 28, 2021. This will be a combination of in-house theatre and digital productions all live-streamed to empower, encourage, and enable diverse voices the opportunity to inspire audiences worldwide through the gift of sharing a true story. For three weeks, we will be showcasing real-life, humorous, heartbreaking, eye-opening, conversation-starting plays, and stories.


Powerstories Theatre is seeking submissions for the Inaugural Voices of Truth Theatre Festival scheduled for March 10 – 28, 2021. Each artist will be responsible for casting, directing, and mounting the show. All productions ideally will be presented at Powerstories Theatre with an audience and live-streamed. But due to Covid-19, artists will be asked on their application to choose one of the following methods to produce their work:
  • In Theatre Performance – With a socially distanced audience
  • In Theatre Performance – Without an audience
  • Using a digital platform provided by Powerstories
Submissions are due by November 15, 2020. 

Registration is $20.00 per submission. The fee is waived for members of the Dramatists Guild if they provide a copy of their membership card.

 Plays will be time stamped. Artists will get their choice of dates depending on when submissions are received. First entry gets first choice of dates, etc.. All plays and proposals will be reviewed by an artistic committee, and selections will be announced by December 1, 2020. Submissions will be reviewed in consideration of the following criteria:
The submission is congruent with the mission of the Powerstories and the Voices of Truth Theatre Festival.
The submission supports diversity and inclusion aligned with the festival mission.
The overall quality and development of the submission.

For theatre productions, Powerstories Theatre will provide our stage for final performances, rehearsal time, technical assistance, marketing, box office assistance, high-quality live-streaming, and a copy of the live stream video.

Each production will receive one or two nights or afternoons to present. Examples of submissions include the following:

Your own True Story Play or Play based on True Events – Either a full production with a minimal set or a staged reading. Six characters maximum on stage if selecting to use the theatre. No limit on the number of characters if producing digitally. The ideal length is 45 to 90 minutes to allow for one full evening or matinee. Other lengths will be considered. All authors must be willing to have plays live-streamed. 
A published True Story Play or Play based on True Events that you chose to direct – Either a full production with a minimal set or a staged reading. Six characters maximum on stage if selecting to use the theatre. No limit on the number of characters if producing digitally. The ideal length is 45 to 90 minutes to allow for one full evening or matinee. Other lengths will be considered. Directors must have the rights to produce and live-stream.

A detailed concept proposal for an event of true story monologues or another idea that will fit with the Festival’s theme. Six characters maximum on stage if selecting to use the theatre. No limit on the number of characters if producing digitally. The ideal length is 45 to 90 minutes to allow for one full evening or matinee. Other lengths will be considered. All authors must be willing to have works live-streamed.

The theatre is a black box theatre with a 26 x 13 acting stage. We will provide artists with stage lighting, sound, projection options, and a list of stock set pieces that are available in our theatre. If you are bringing set pieces and props, they must fit in a small van for ease of moving in and out of the theatre. If selected, artists will receive more detailed technical information.

Monday, October 26, 2020

The Playwrights Group ~ There’s Something for everyone @ TPG


There’s Something for everyone @ TPG

Script Consultations

Have a script you want feedback on? Just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get the answers you’re looking for via email, phone or video conference.

Richard Caliban has worked with individuals on their scripts from all over the world — Indonesia, China, Greece, Australia, Serbia, as well as right here in New York. A script consultation will provide you with feedback on the structural soundness of your story, the dramatic arc of your protagonist, thematic unity and much more.

Online One-on-One Courses

If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses

       The Art of Playwriting

       Write a Play in 10 Weeks

Both are One on One with instructor Richard Caliban, who has spent his life in rehearsal rooms getting words on a page up onto a stage. And since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience.

Weekly Zoom Workshop

During the current crisis, the weekly workshop has moved online to a Zoom meeting. We read everything from a one page scene to a full length. Plays, musicals, film scripts — whatever it is you’re working on. This is a great opportunity for those not in the NYC area.

We meet (virtually) Thursdays from 7 - 9:30pm EST. Check out the website for more details.

Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com or visit our website for further info at:


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Festival de la BĂȘte Noire Call For Projects

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Deadline: October 31, 2020


We are so excited about what YOU can bring to our unique horror theatre festival. The Festival will run exclusively online from Feb 15th to March 15th 2021 for a limited edition experience. We are offering you an online platform through which to share your weird, creepy, freaky, spooky, and macabre horror performance work.

Please read the information and guidelines before applying. There is no fee to apply.


1) All projects accepted to the festival will be pre-recorded performances, with NO post production edits. This is to ensure a most genuine and organic theatre experience albeit online. We are not a movie festival, we are a theatre festival. Keep this in mind when submitting your ideas as you will have to record and submit a finalized copy for viewing to the festival.

2) Projects /performances must remain as close to an organic theatre piece as possible: Whatever environment you choose to perform your project in EX: your living room, rented space, outside, a car etc...is to be interpreted as your stage. Remember if you can perform it on a traditional stage then, it can be done in your chosen environment (with a little creative thinking).

3) When describing your project in the form below please be as descriptive and concise as possible. Please include your idea for the type of “stage” or “stages” you will be performing in to give us a greater understanding of what to expect. You can submit more than one project.

4) During the festival all projects will be stored in our google drive and audiences will buy access to the links via our website. Most activities will come with a ticket purchase, but some other events will be free for all (Panels, workshops, live streams). There will be No live streams of the submitted projects on standard social media platforms( fb/youtube or Instagram) However, to ensure a more interactive relationship between the audience and artist we will have an opportunity to present live streams through “About the Creator” series. Which will be featured on standardized social media platforms.


- Radio Plays - Audio Dramas - Living Room Theatre
- Dance - Puppets - Magic
- Spoken word - Interactive games - Murder mysteries
- Panels/Workshops


- All projects must be pre-recorded
- Projects /performances must remain as close to an organic theatre piece as possible: Whatever environment you choose is your stage and if it can be done on stage, it can be done in your environment.
- Artists can apply individually or in groups with performance projects.
- We strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented voices, including BIPOC and queer artists, and artists of varying abilities.
- No post production/Digital Manipulation
- 45 minutes or less
- Ticket profits split 85/15 in favour of the artist
- Tech, rehearsal spaces and other needs are your responsibility, although we can guide you in the right direction if you feel stuck.
- Flexibility, on yours and our part. We live in strange times and things can and may change.

Calls by November: 7th

Email us at betenoire.festival@gmail.com if you have questions.

Snow Dance 10-minute comedy festival

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Deadline: November 1, 2020
Racine Wisconsin

The Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a festival of original comedies that run 10 minutes or less. Submitted scripts will be judged by the Snowdance Selection Committee. A selection of scripts will be chosen for production during the Snowdance Festival in the winter of 2021. Due to COVID-19, the exact dates and format are subject to change. 

Audiences attending Snowdance performances will have the ability to vote for the production they enjoyed the most. The votes will be tallied throughout the five-week festival run, and the Snowdance “Best in Snow” will be awarded to the winning playwright after the final performance on a date to be determined. 

Cash award of $500.00 to “Best in Snow,” with $200.00 awarded to second place and $100 for third place.

Submission Timeline:
  • Through November 1st - Call for scripts.
  • November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.
  • Winter of 2021 – Expected run of festival performances.
  • Immediately after final performance - Announcement of "Best in Snow."
Should circumstances prevent a safe production of a 2021 Snowdance®, the chosen finalists will be re-considered for the following year OR for another production format.

To enter a script, please follow these steps:
  • Competition is open to original 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Submission is considered to be approval to produce the piece without royalty if selected for production in the Snowdance Festival. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered.
  • Plays must run 10 minutes or less. A rule of thumb - 1 page (8 1/2 x 11) of single spaced, average dialogue will total about 90 seconds. Read it out loud - time it – test it – and re-write if need be.
  • Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2020.
  • Manuscripts must be on standard 8-1/2" x 11" paper, cleanly typed and securely bound. Scripts should follow standard format. (Check any scriptwriting book in your library)
  • Plays can have a cast of 1 to 3 characters and should be easily staged. Avoid any elaborate set requirements. And remember it is a 'COMEDY FESTIVAL'.
  • The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) should be included on the title page and only the title page. The title page should also include a cast list, set requirements, and a 1 to 3 sentence synopsis of the play.
Submit one (1) copy of your script.
Send scripts to:
C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

Alternatively, entries may be sent by email to snowdance318@gmail.com.
Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at 262-632-6802 or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com

Plays selected for the festival will be produced by Over Our Head Players.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Winters Theatre Company 10-Minute Play Festival

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Deadline: November 6, 2020, 5:00pm PST



You must complete one application for every 10-minute play you submit.

Limit of 3 play submissions per playwright (one form per play).

While we would like nothing more than to host this festival in front of a live audience, we realize that this will be unlikely given the current pandemic. As a result, we are planning to continue the second annual Winters Theatre Company (WTC) 10-minute play festival in an online podcast format (audio only), which will be made available in 2 acts of 4 plays each, similar in format to the live performances last year. For many of us, this is a new approach to directing, acting, and managing a theatrical performance. Be sure to review the new set of rules and requirements to ensure that this new format will work for you. General information about the festival format is listed on page 4.


1. Any play submission must come directly from the original playwright/author of the play. Both scripts that have been produced previously, or not produced before, are eligible for submission.

2. Any author who does not intend to direct the play must have someone identified as the director for the 10-minute play festival.

3. The director will be responsible for coordinating their own rehearsal schedules and format, auditions, and casting. WTC will not be coordinating any live auditions; however WTC will be willing to assist in putting out a call for auditions if the director is interested in this.

4. Every play must be fully performed (including all additional audio sources such as music and other sound effects) in 10-minutes or less.

5. The recorded performances will be audio only. This will be a factor in the play selection decisions, and directors will need to consider this as they are casting and rehearsing each play.

6. The director is responsible for securing all additional sounds effects required for the recording of their play.

7. WTC will not provide technical assistance or software for virtual rehearsal space. This must be coordinated by the director of the play.

8. WTC will manage the recordings, editing and publishing of the final work.

9. You must be 18 years of age or older to submit an application for the 10-minute play festival.

10. All roles and members of the cast in the 10-minute play selections must be 18 years of age or older and we encourage play submissions to have 3 or fewer roles given the audio format.

11. There is a limit of 3 play submissions per author for the 10-minute play festival.

12. You must complete the application form on page 3 to the email addresses below.

Please submit a PDF of the full script, with this completed application form, to:

amkormos@gmail.com and jimhewlett@yahoo.com

The application and script must be received on or before 11/6/2020 at 5:00pm PST.

Friday, October 23, 2020

M Ensemble Company seeks new plays from people of color

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Deadline: November 1, 2020
Miami Florida

As we venture into our 2020/2021 season, we recognize that artist have been impacted tremendously from this Covid 19 Pandemic. It is important that we stand together as a community. It has always been The M Ensemble’s mission to promote African- American culture and experiences through the performing arts. Which is why we are so excited to give artist of color an opportunity to submit their original plays to be produced in or up and coming season!

Submission Rules and Information

Additional Information

The M Ensemble Company is looking for new plays from people of color (10- 20 minutes) for our up and coming 2020 to 2021 Season.

We want scripts that are conscious, thought provoking, lively, and timely. We are looking for plays of all genres. Plays cannot exceed 4 characters. There is no age restriction for the characters.

Please review the criteria thoroughly before sending in your submission

Plays will be accepted from October 12th – November 1st.
Scripts will not be accepted after submission date.
Playwrights can submit only one script, so make sure you send your best work!
Each play script must be no more than 20 pages long; not including production notes and character list.

Please send all submissions to: TheMEnsemble@gmail.com

Re: Scripts 2020_2021 Season

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Sauk Seeking Scripts for Plays-in-Development 2021

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Deadline: October 30, 2020 EDT

The Sauk, Hillsdale County's Community Theatre, located in Jonesville, Michigan is seeking entries to consider for our seventh annual Plays-In-Development in 2021. We are seeking unproduced plays. These can be any style (comedy, drama, young audience and/or musical) and any length (one-act or full-length). It is understood (and expected) that changes will be made to the script between initial submission and performance.

The selected plays will first go through notes with the artistic director. A show-specific director will then be assigned. The director will work with the playwright prior to an audition draft being submitted. Auditions will take place in early-June with two weeks of rehearsals prior to public readings. It is expected that the selected playwrights will be involved in the process and be in attendance for final rehearsals and the public reading in Jonesville, MI.

Playwrights are encouraged to make changes to their scripts throughout the rehearsal process (often handing in new drafts on a weekly or even daily basis). The public staged readings will take place June 25 and 26, 2021. Playwrights will be on site between June 22-27. A royalty is provided to the selected playwrights and The Sauk will provide travel and lodging.

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

Please e-mail a draft copy of the script, a one paragraph plot description and playwright's contact information to Executive Director Trinity Bird at saukpid@gmail.com. Playwrights may submit up to three scripts. We are NOT looking for scripts intended to be performed online.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. (EST) on Friday, October 30, 2020.

The play selection committee will review all submissions and select the scripts to be part of the process. The selected plays will be announced on or before December 3, 2020.

To view our 2020 Plays-in-Development online readings and learn more about past Plays-in-Development, visit www.thesauk.org/pid.html.

Reva Shiner Comedy Award 2021 - 2022

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Deadline: October 31, 2020
Bloomington IL

No fee for members of the Dramatists Guild, attach a copy of your DG card to the email

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2021-22 Reva Shiner Comedy Award. The winner will be announced by June 2021.

  • “Full-length” plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission.
  • Each submission should be sent to BPP via email. Send your email to literarymanager@newplays.org
  • Your email should include the following: 
  • Tell us for which competition you are submitting: Reva Shiner Comedy or the script Woodward Newman Drama
  • Tell us your name, phone number, and the name of your Play
  • Tell us how you are satisfying the $10 administrative fee 
  • Agent submitted scripts require no fee.
  • If via Dramatist Guild membership, attach a copy of your DG card to the email
If you have paid via Paypal on our website, indicate your confirmation number and the email address used.
Paypal is preferred, but if you can’t pay on-line, you may send a check or Money Order, (must be from a US bank). Tell us the check or Money Order number. Make it payable to “BPP” and mail to BPP, 107 W 9th ST, Bloomington, IN 47404

Attach a PDF file containing your script with the following information included in the following order:
  • Title page with author name
  • Synopsis (1 page or less)
  • Character list/breakdown
  • Production history for the play—Include readings and productions
  • A brief bio of the playwright,
  • Full Script
  • Submissions that fail to include all requested information in the order listed will be disqualified from the contest.
  • Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
  • Two separate submissions per playwright per annual competition are allowed as long as each submission has all the required materials.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Latest Draft podcast seeks short musicals

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Deadline: October 30, 2020


Calling all musical theatre writers: Submission for Season 2 of @thelatestdraft are officially OPEN! Submit your 10-20 min musical or MT song for a chance to be featured on a future episode.

-Short-form musicals (10 to 30 minutes)
-Stand-alone songs (not from a show)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

New Native Theater seeks Indigenous 10-minute plays

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Deadline: October 30, 2020 12 noon

New Native Theatre is accepting 10-minute play submissions written by Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights for our December 2020 Virtual Festival: Good Medicine. We are seeking submissions for scripts with theme(s) of Good Medicine and/or Indigenous Futurism.

If interested, please submit your script along with a cover page that includes your name, name of your play, address, phone number, email, and tribal affiliation or GPS coordinates of your indigenous/tribal community indicating enrolled or descendent to literary@newnativetheatre.org. Deadline is Friday, October 30th at noon.

Good Medicine: In Yvette Nolan’s book Medicine Shows, she describes the importance of medicine in Native theatre. We are inspired by Nolan’s assertion that “Medicine is about connection, about health” and that “Good medicine… makes community.” We feel that we, as Native artists, are in need of some good medicine, and it is our hope that we can use this festival to enter a time of connection, community, and ceremony.

Indigenous Futurism: Indigenous peoples are often depicted as people from the past in mainstream storytelling, but Indigenous Futurism allows Indigenous peoples to reclaim and reframe their stories.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Fantasy Theater seeks short plays for children

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Deadline: October 24, 2020
Chatham NJ

Fantasy Theater, which produces CCP's children's theatre, is seeking original short pieces to be produced this winter in a safe environment, following all local health recommendations, and to be presented virtually. The deadline for submissions is October 24th.

Pieces should be about 15 minutes long and be appropriate for children and families. We are seeking plays that are "fractured fairy tales"--think a classic story but updated and/or with a twist. The funnier the better! Plays should feature no more than 5 actors, but actors can play multiple parts (please note which parts would be played by the same actors if possible).

Please email your plays to FantasyTheater@ChathamPlayers.org.

If you are an interested actor and comfortable working safely together, please email us at the same email.

We look forward to reading your plays!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Otherworld Theatre submission guidelines

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Chicago IL

· Please provide up to the first 20 pages of your play OR the first 10 pages and your favorite scene. We will reach out to you if we would like you to send the full script.

· Your play must be within the genres of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy, or contain significant Sci-Fi or fantastical elements.

· If Science Fiction and/or Fantasy elements are not evident in your selected pages, please describe in your submission how the play is a Science Fiction and/or Fantasy piece.​

· There is no submission deadline.

Submit at submissions@otherworldtheatre.org

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Exiled Tongues Artist-in-Residence

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In order to support emerging artists of color, Exiled Tongues is providing $200 microgrants to artists of color who articulate a new, inclusive path forward for American theater in 2021 and beyond. Grants are unrestricted and can be used for anything. Artists must only comply with residency goals.


Exiled Tongues is a theater collective that provides financial, artistic, and collaborative support to artists who center diasporic consciousness. We realize that mainstream American theater suffers from a severe lack of representation and deserves serious discussion on colonization and the legacy of post-colonialism especially within the American context. Our productions showcase the complex stories of BIPOC and acknowledge intersectional identities. We use our intersectional identities as a form of theatrical empowerment and seek to make change beyond theater and into our communities.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company Calls for Submissions

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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.
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

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Last Chance this Fall at Primary Stages ESPA!

Laughter is hard but so very needed right now - and Kate Moira Ryan’s COMEDY WRITING FOR THE STAGE is just the class to re-engage those laughter and comedy writing muscles. Class starts this Monday, so be sure to claim your spot today. We hope you’ll join the Primary Stages ESPA community online this fall!

COMEDY WRITING - Starts Monday!

with Kate Moira Ryan (Writer with Judy Gold on 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, The Judy Show)

We all need a cathartic laugh right now. Work on your comedy writing skills to bring some laughter to audiences - and yourself. This class is for any playwright in any stage of your career interested in the comedic form. By the end of this class, you will have a solid understanding of the principles of comedy and how to weave them into any script.

Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm ET

Starts October 19

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

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.


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Deadline: November 1, 2020

Submissions for the 2021 National Latinx Playwriting Award are now open. Latinx playwrights residing in the United States, its territories or Mexico are encouraged to submit scripts for the award. Each script will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists; finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff.

Submission Procedure

We respectfully ask that you adhere to the following application requirements:
  • Submit a single script via U.S. mail.
  • Scripts must be postmarked by November 1, 2020. Please include a title page on the script that includes the play’s title, the author’s name, and contact information (including a phone number, mailing address, and email).
  • Include a cover letter of no more than one page, describing the play’s developmental history, and how the play fits into the playwright’s broader career trajectory.

Submit manuscripts to:

National Latinx Playwriting Award
ATTN: Elaine Romero, Playwright-in-Residence
Arizona Theatre Company
343 S. Scott Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701


The award is open to all Latino playwrights currently residing in the United States, its territories, or Mexico.

Scripts may be in English, English and Spanish, or solely in Spanish. (Spanish-language and bilingual scripts must be accompanied by an English translation.)

Plays must be unpublished, professionally unproduced, and not currently under option at the time of submission.

Full-length and one-act plays (minimum length: 50 pages) on any subject will be accepted.


The physical scripts become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will not be returned. In this case, “property” means the physical property of the theatre, not the intellectual property or any rights to the play.

The winner will be notified by Fall 2021.

For more information contact Elaine Romero, ATC Playwright-in Residence: info@arizonatheatre.org.

The Richard Rodgers Award 2021

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Deadline: October 30, 2020

ll applications for the Richard Rodgers Awards are to be submitted online by October 30. Application requirements and procedures are explained in the application form below. Please download, read, and sign the application form before beginning the online application.

Mailed applications will not be accepted.

2021 Application Form (PDF)] | Click here to begin online application.

These awards, created and endowed by Richard Rodgers in 1978 for the development of the musical theater, subsidize full productions, studio productions, and staged readings by nonprofit theaters in New York City of works by composers and writers who are not already established in this field. The winners are selected by a jury of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
1. The term "musical theater" is understood to include musicals, plays with songs, thematic revues, or any comparable work. The submission of innovative and experimental work is encouraged. The work submitted must be of significant length to fill an evening; it may consist of a group of smaller, related pieces.

2. The jury will consider only completed works. Care should be taken to submit the work in its best possible form as it may not be submitted again, in another year, even if substantially revised.

3. Only one submission by a collaborative group or a sole creator will be accepted. 

4. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

5. Works by members of the Academy and previous winners of the production awards are not eligible for consideration. Former winners of Richard Rodgers awards for staged readings or studio productions may submit new works.

6. An applicant whose works in the musical theater have received professional or amateur productions in New York City or out of town is eligible unless, in the judgment of the jury, the applicant has already achieved significant recognition in the field of musical theater through the work submitted or through any previous work. Under special circumstances and at the discretion of the jury, applicants who have achieved recognition in fields outside the musical theater may be eligible. Works which have been produced by professional theater companies before a paying audience are eligible only if such productions received no more than 21 performances by a for- profit company or 50 performances by a nonprofit company.

Despite the uncertainty around the return of theatrical performances to New York City due to Covid-19, the Academy has decided to continue its Richard Rodgers Awards program for 2021 with the hope that these prizes will help bolster the return of live musical theater when that becomes possible.

1. The name(s) of the author(s) must not appear on any of the items submitted, with the exception of the application form. Include only the title of the work on the script and plot summary. Please be sure author names are not included in music file metadata.
2. Entry must include:
  1. a)  Script with lyrics, in PDF format.
  2. b)  Half-page synopsis of the action and a list of characters, in PDF format.
  3. c)  A separate track sheet (PDF) of recorded songs with page numbers indicating where they appear in the script and specifying the total number of minutes recorded.
  4. d)  At least 45 minutes of music, including a minimum of eight songs. Orchestrations are not necessary; piano and vocals are sufficient. Songs must be numbered in sequence (e.g. 01 Song Title.mp3) and each song’s lyrics clearly typed into the script where it appears. Tracks must be uploaded in the order they appear in the script.
  5. e)  Application form signed by all collaborators (see below). Applicants submitting work that has already been produced must give full information concerning these productions, including programs. A work is not eligible if one of the collaborators is deceased.
  6. f)  If applicable, a statement of intent declaring how the applicants would use the award if their musical is a winner. If the piece is already attached to producers or a theater, even if tentative, these associations must be declared here.
3. If the submitted work (or a portion thereof) is an adaptation of material which is not in the public domain, candidates must submit licenses, permissions, or authorizations necessary to permit the work to be produced in conformity with applicable copyright laws. The music must be original.
4. Applicants will be notified of the jury's decision by March 2021. The Academy is aware of the challenges facing the theatre landscape in the current climate, and will work with the winners to apply the award in a reasonable amount of time.

1. All rights to the material submitted shall remain the property of the author(s); the Academy will not retain any control over, or rights in, the work after the award production.
2. The decisions of the jury will be final as to eligibility and all other matters.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Ex/Post seeks work for ISSUE II

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Deadline: October 15, 2020

Submissions for ISSUE II are open on Duosuma from September 1 to October 15, and BIPOC creators may simultaneously submit to our microgrant here. If you encounter any issues submitting over Duosuma, please let us know and send an email submission instead. Blog pitches are open year-round and not hosted on Duosuma. 

All submissions are read anonymously. We welcome people of all ages, ethnicities, and sexualities to submit. We are open to multiple and simultaneous submissions as long as you state such in your cover letter. Unless solicited, please submit only previously unpublished work; we do not consider work that has been featured on personal websites or social media as published.

All submissions should be in 12-point Times New Roman, with poetry single-spaced. Please do not include any identifying information within the body of the work submitted.

At this time, we are able to offer a modest honorarium to accepted writers. Upon acceptance, EX/POST MAGAZINE receives first North American publishing and archival rights. All rights revert back to the author upon publication. We ask that you credit us if the work is reprinted in the future.


Please send up to two one-act plays under ten pages each. Include a brief third-person biography with your cover letter.



To participate:

- register

- select favorite Shakespeare Sonnet

- submit a self-tape (in any language, or in any style) by Deadline: Oct 15th at 9pm EST (absolute latest)

Note: Sonnet numbers that are unclaimed: 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 31, 32, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40.

Melinda Hall, producer of The Shakespeare Sonnet Slam for Willful Productions will be holding this event virtually this year. Looking forward to seeing you on Oct 24th at viewing party.

Please Register:


Monday, October 12, 2020

There's something for everyone at The Playwrights Group

There’s Something for everyone @ TPG

Script Consultations


Have a script you want feedback on?  Just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get the answers you’re looking for via email, phone or video conference. 


Richard Caliban has worked with  individuals on their scripts from all over the world — Indonesia, China, Greece, Australia, Serbia, as well as right here in New York. A script consultation will provide you with feedback on the structural soundness of your story, the dramatic arc of your protagonist, thematic unity and much more.


Online One-on-One Courses


If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:


       The Art of Playwriting

       Write a Play in 10 Weeks


Both are One on One with instructor Richard Caliban, who has spent his life in rehearsal rooms getting words on a page up onto a stage. And since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience. 


Weekly Zoom Workshop


During the current crisis, the weekly workshop has moved online to a Zoom meeting. We read everything from a one page scene to a full length. Plays, musicals, film scripts — whatever it is you’re working on. This is a great opportunity for those not in the NYC area. 


We meet (virtually) Thursdays from 7 - 9:30pm EST. Check out the website for more details. 



Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com or visit our website for further info at: 



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