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Friday, October 22, 2021

Penobscot Theatre Company submission guidelines

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We accept plays about Maine and our region at any time. Please send synopsis, development history and a ten-page sample to Tricia A. Hobbs, Acting Artistic Director at tricia@penobscottheatre.org.

No other submissions will be accepted at this time or are guaranteed a response.

Please note that Penobscot Theatre Company does not provide any comments or suggestions about work that we do not intend to develop or produce.

Please no phone calls.

The Players Theatre Improv Residency

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Deadline: December 1, 2021

SUBMISSION FORM

The Players Theatre is dedicated to creating space for those to create. Improv is an art form like no other which sparks ideas and generates a unique unity between audience and performer. We want you here! Submit your proposal for The Players Theatre Improv Residency.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

ellipsis… literature & art submissions are open

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Deadline: November 1, 2021

ellipsis… literature & art is the annual literary journal published by the students of Westminster College since 1965. We sponsor a yearly poetry contest ($100 prize), judged by Don Bogen in 2020, Laurie Ann Guerrero in 2021, and Carolyn Forche in 2022.

All accepted poems are eligible. Contributors include well-known writers, up-and-coming writers, and never-before-published writers.

We accept original English language submissions in poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, drama, and art. Submit poems in one document, please. 

Our submission period is August 1 through November 1 for poetry, short fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction. We accept art submissions from August 1 through January 31.

Please include a 75 word contributor’s note and your address, telephone number, and email address.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome but withdraw your submission immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Note that we do not republish pieces, including work online.

We usually pay $10 per poem and page of visual art, and $3 per page of prose, plus two free copies of the issue. We cannot pay international contributors.

Submissions cannot be accepted via email.

Original Works Publishing submission guidelines

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Original Works Publishing accepts unsolicited submissions all year round. Please follow the guidelines closely. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

THE RULES

OWP does not accept unproduced submissions under any circumstances.
OWP does not publish adaptations, translations, musicals, or works for younger audiences.
Only submit one play per email.

Do not send an inquiry email or synopsis or samples of multiple plays asking if any are of interest. Just submit the play in a complete submission package per the guidelines.

THE GUIDELINES
  • For Full Length Plays: We now only accepts plays that have received eight (8) or more performances in a production run and have been reviewed. 
  • All Other Lengths: Do not need 8 performances or review, but still must have been fully produced.
  • When emailing your submission please include all of the following material you have available.
  • Your play attached as a PDF or Word document, including cover page.
  • Short synopsis and character breakdown.
  • Production history. (Include theatre company and dates.)
  • Select review highlights, quotes, and awards or nominations received.
  • Any posters or logos from the productions.
  • Playwright resume or bio.

Send it all to:

SUBDEPT@ORIGINALWORKSONLINE.COM

Please list the title of your submission and length (full length, one act, etc.)

in the Subject line.

Response Time

OWP receives a large number of exciting new plays, all of which are closely evaluated. Please give us a minimum of three - six months to respond.

Snail Mail Submissions

OWP no longer accepts snail mail submissions. Let's keep it green. Save money on postage, save trees, save printer ink.

Currently accepting:
FULL LENGTHS

ONE ACTS - (25-45 minutes.)

MONOLOGUE SHOWS

FRINGE FESTIVAL HITS

NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING INDIVIDUAL TEN MINUTE PLAYS FOR "eTens" or TEN MINUTE PLAY COLLECTIONS

SheARTS Script Submissions For the 2022 Festivals

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Deadline: November 15, 2021 at 11:59pm PST

SUBMISSION FORM

Script submissions for the 2022 Festivals in LA and NYC are now open! Send us your full-length plays and musicals for consideration.

Script submissions for the SheATL Festival in Atlanta will open in September/October 2021! Join our mailing list and follow us on social media be the first to find out about those opportunities.

Note that we only accept script submissions during our 2-month submission window. If you would like to be considered for our summer festivals, you must submit your work during that time period. Read on below for more details on what you’ll need to submit and for the application link.

Looking to apply to CreateHER? Click here!


What You Will Need To Submit

1. The full script to your show, in PDF form. It must be at least 75% finished. If the rest is not finished, you need to provide a “treatment” (a detailed outline of the scenes that remain to be written, in order) along with the script. Bear in mind that you will have to send us completed script if you’re selected as a finalist.

2. A completed application form with some basic information (see below for FAQs).

3. If your show is a musical, recordings of at least 3 full songs from the show, in mp3 or m4a form. The more you have, the better! A simple recording with just you and your piano is fine, though obviously you want to make your music sound the best it can. Please do not submit Finale or Sibelius files (or any other automated vocals).

Before You Submit Your Script

It’s important to make sure your show is ready for a festival production. Our Festivals differ from city to city, so please read the pages for whichever Festival you plan to apply to — this page outlines exactly what it means to be a part of the Festival!

Click the icon to read about each city:


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Free Dramatists Guild downloads: Inclusion and Negotiation


Dramatists Guild Inclusion Rider

Free for members and non-members

As part of our commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, inclusive, accessible, and anti-racist industry, we have crafted a new and groundbreaking Dramatists Guild Inclusion Rider to support all dramatists and producers who have a desire to exercise these principles in the hiring of personnel involved in their productions.

The Dramatists Guild Inclusion Rider is intended to facilitate a conversation between playwright, composer, lyricist, or librettist and the producer about equitable hiring practices. For those dramatists who choose to use the rider, we strongly recommend you broach the subject of diverse, equitable and inclusive hiring with producers before sending them any contract language, in order to explore the possibilities of collaborating with them to address these concerns. This discussion can be awkward and uncomfortable, but if you approach producers in an open and collegial manner, it could prove to work to your mutual benefit.

The Art of Negotiating Theater Contracts

Free for members

The Dramatists Guild's new guide on The Art of Negotiating Theatre Contracts ensures that you know your rights as a dramatist, that you understand the current market (including how new media has impacted the industry), and that you recognize what employees get vs. what you get in a negotiation.

In addition, to address your diversity, equity, and inclusion needs, we recommend beginning the negotiation process with a pre-contract conversation that focuses on the sharing and aligning of values between the dramatist and the theatre. If inclusion is a priority for you, know that you have the right to assert your own vision when it comes to choosing the cast and creative team. Finally, we also offer up ten helpful questions to ask yourself at the start of a negotiation and we explain the power of "No."


Femuscripts Love Fest 10-minute plays from female-identifying or non-binary playwrights

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Deadline: December 1, 2021 11:59 PM

Femuscripts presents the second annual production of the popular Love Fest, which will take place in February, 2022. We are seeking plays all on the theme of love. We’re talking about love of all kinds: friendship, pets, family, planet, romantic partners, kids, requited, unrequited… any and all love under the sun.

We are looking for:
  • Female-identifying or non-binary playwrights only
  • Play must be short (about 10 minutes) 
  • Only one submission per playwright.
  • New plays only. Please do not send plays that have already had a full production (readings are okay). 
Submissions must be blind. 

Please include a title page (without your name), character breakdown, and a brief synopsis. 

Please send your script in PDF format only to: Femuscripts@gmail.com with the subject line: Love Fest Submission.

In the body of your email message, please include contact information: email address, phone number and website (if applicable).

Deadline is December 5th at 11:59 p.m.
All will be contacted by the end of December.

Femuscripts website: https://femuscripts.business.site

https://www.facebook.com/femuscripts928

The Growing Stage 11th Annual New Play-Reading Festival 2021-2022

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Deadline: December 31, 2021 Midnight EST

The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey is committed to expanding the canon of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) through our New Play-Reading Festival. This program provides a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished and unproduced work presented before a family audience by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors. Four finalists will be selected and one script will be presented as a fully mounted production in the Growing Stage’s 2022-2023 season.

2022 Festival Timeline:

Round 1: March 4th – 6th, 2022
Staged Play Reading
Post-Reading Talkback with Audience, Performers and Playwright (if present)
Printed Feedback provided by audience and artistic team
Private Video Recording of Reading (for playwright only)


Round 2 FINALISTS SHOWCASE: Saturday, April 23, 2022
Each finalist will present 20 minutes of selected scenes.
Written critique will be provided by our educational and artistic teams to each finalist.
Winner will be chosen.

Submission Guidelines:
  • Plays should be intended for young audiences through high school age.
  • Minimum performance length of approximately 45 minutes.
  • Musicals are eligible. Accepted submissions must include a sample recording of the music and lyrics. Please do not send a written score.
  • BIPOC plays and playwrights are encouraged.
  • Adaptations must include proof that permission has been granted from the author to adapt their work.
  • All scripts must be unpublished and not committed to publication.
  • No supporting materials accepted.
  • Two scripts maximum submission.
How to Apply

STEP 1:

To apply for our festival, please email: newplays@growingstage.com and provide the following details in the body of an email:
  • Play title
  • Brief synopsis
  • Approximate running time
  • Cast breakdown
  • Intended audience. (i.e. Elementary, Middle School, High School, Family)
  • Script aligns with The Growing Stage mission. (Insert link)
  • Development History (i.e. previous reading, production, etc.)
Note: Please do not submit your full script with initial inquiry.

Submission Deadline: Midnight, December 31, 2021

STEP 2:

If your initial submission is accepted for our festival, a full script will be requested. When submitting your full script, please follow these guidelines:

Playwright’s name must not be visible anywhere on the script. 

Please include your name, address, phone, and play title in your email submission cover letter.

Playwrights shall allow the release of their names, addresses, and play titles to The Growing Stage.

If you have any questions about the submission guidelines or festival, please contact Danny Campos, Festival Director at newplays@growingstage.com.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

For More Information, contact: newplays@growingstage.com or call (973) 347-4946

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize

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Deadline: April 30, 2022

Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize accepts plays on any topic affecting the LGBTQ+ community, and the promotion of diversity in love, society, politics and culture.

We dedicate the 2022 Carlo Annoni Prize to all those individuals that fight to see their right to love respected both in Italy and in the world, and to those experiencing discrimination because of their identity.

No majority will ever be able to abolish a minority’s feeling of diversity from their consciousness (Pier Paolo Pasolini)

Two plays (one in English and one in Italian) will be awarded the amount of 1.000 Euros each.

Special mentions might be given to:
BEST COMEDY
BEST SHORT PLAY: a special mention will be given to a short play of a maximum of 10 minutes length
NEXT GENERATION: A special mention will be assigned to a play chosen by a jury of under 25s

Plays must be submitted via email at info@premiocarloannoni.eu by 30th April 2022
For info, jury details and regulations, please check
http://premiocarloannoni.eu/guidelines/?lang=en
No participation fee is required.

We are happy to consider plays that have already been performed.

The award ceremony will take place in September 2022.

FLEAS ON THE DOG is open for submissions

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Deadline: November 1, 2021

Oh Drat! The gutter press is back!!! Yes, the unnatural heir to ‘The Beats’ is itchin’ and twitchin’ for QUALITY fiction, poetry, plays and nonfiction for our milestone (drum roll, please…) ISSUE 10!!! We’re hungry for junk that’s full of spunk and kick ass funk that will put your family and friends in denial for months! So do the politically incorrect thing and send us your bling! See our guidelines for details and learn new ways to sabotage your literary career!

 Runs Oct. 1 to Nov. 2. Contact editors@fleasonthedog.com

We are a collective of writers/editors who publish a non profit online magazine for those who are on the avant garde and outside the box. 

WHAT WE LIKE 
  • Fiction: We take pretty much everything. Mainstream, traditional, literary, barbaric yawps, flash, metafiction, experimental, sci/fi, speculative, fantasy, mystery, micro, nano, grunge, bad (but it better be good!), modernist, post-modernist, spamlit, kitschlit, retro, metro, outsider, novel excerpts, graphic stories, even comics.   Our only criterion is quality. 
  • Poetry: Up to ten poems any style.
  • Plays: Any style up to five acts. 
  • Screenplays: any subject, any length.
  • Nonfiction: Kick ass op-eds, essays and articles on topical topics that are sure to p*** somebody off, memoirs, manifestos, reviews, games, nonsense and other cogent junk. Politically incorrect is welcome as long as it doesn’t devolve into invective!
WHO YOU ARE
Anybody whose engines burn when they write. You can have won literary awards or never published at all. Degrees don’t impress us—it’s your work that matters. 

 
ONLINE PUBLISHING GUIDELINES 
 
  • There is no submission fee. There is no remuneration for work we publish, either, but what the heck, you're going to be famous! We'll get back to you in about 30 days, hopefully sooner. (Why should it take months?)
  • Fiction/Nonfiction: Up to 5000 words. Length is less important than quality. For works longer than 5000 words query the editors about possible serialization.
  • Submissions should be on a Microsoft Word doc or docx file. Use a sensible font. Double space format. Stuff like grammar and sentence structure  is important unless your work deliberately exploits bad grammar and lack of structure. (We can tell the difference.) Include a brief bio with your submission and publishing credits, if any. Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to editors@fleasonthedog.com (or type in the link in the email address).
  •  Include the genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or play) and title of your work in the subject bar.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not okay unless solicited. Submit to only one category per issue.
  • 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

Monday, October 18, 2021

The Playwrights Group & Special Event

Take advantage of our Online Offerings

There’s Something for Everyone @ TPG 


Weekly Zoom Workshop


Get feedback on a finished script or one you’re just getting started on. 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 way to keep yourself focused and to connect with other playwrights across the country.

We meet (virtually) Thursdays from 7 - 9:30pm EST. Arrange to sit in on a session and see for yourself. And check out our website for more details and rates.

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 and/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.

Please visit our website for further Info and Rates: 

www.theplaywrightsgroup.com

Contact us at 

scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com 

 Special Event! 

Every three months we present public Zoom readings of our member’s plays. So come check out Angry Annie. Just click on the Zoom link below at showtime. 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89990757732



www.angryanniethemusical.com


Harper Productions: The Fright Before Christmas

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Deadline: November 7, 2021

We’re looking for six original short horror plays to be performed at The Space this December 11th.

The night will be MC'd by drag queen extraordinaire, Lady Aria Grey, and each performance will be judged by our panelists and the audience (and, yes, there will be prizes!).

The stories we’re looking for must be:
  • Maximum 10 minutes long
  • Maximum 4 people (this includes cast & crew)
  • Original ideas and a previously unproduced piece
  • Based in the UK
  • Only one submission per writer/team
  • Submissions must be sent as a word document or PDF 

Submit entries via this Google form

Submissions must be completed by the 7th of November at the stroke of midnight!

We want plays that are new. Plays that are experimental. Plays that are inventive. But most of all, we want plays that will terrify beyond our wildest nightmares!

Best of luck and we will see you soon!

If you have any questions about the event, the space or your submissions, please don't hesitate to send them to contact@dansemacabreproductions.co.uk or harpyproductioncompany@gmail.com

American Renaissance Theater Company workshop for Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander playwrights

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Deadline: October 31, 2021

American Renaissance Theater Company – a developmental and producing organization founded in 1974 and based in New York City – seeks to expand its already diverse membership by inviting applications from Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander playwrights.

A dynamic community of theater professionals, ARTC's membership includes actors and directors as well as writers who encompass the full range of gender, age and sexual orientations. We want to extend a welcome to the voices of all writers who believe they would benefit from the supportive process of our weekly workshop.

The workshop meets at a midtown New York studio every Tuesday (via Zoom during Covid).

For more information on who we are and the work we’ve developed and produced (both live and on Zoom) – please go to our website: http://www.americanrenaissancetheater.com

Preliminary submissions should consist of the first 20 pages from a full-length or one-act play. 

Please send your writing sample and bio or resume to: artcorg@gmail.com

We aim to respond to applications within three months of receipt.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

American Radio Theater submission guidelines

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Would you like to write for American Radio Theater, to have your original radio play produced and offered for free on our podcast? ART is a non-profit 501c3 organization and one of our goals is to encourage new writers to explore the possibilities that audio theater provides, to bring their words to life and to share our productions via the internet through our podcast. We are always looking for good scripts. If you would like to submit a script for possible production by ART, here is what you need to know:

We cannot pay you for your script. We do what we do for the love of the art and operate on a shoestring budget. We are a purely volunteer organization and nobody gets paid for anything. That includes scripts. But money isn't everything. We put our best effort into producing the shows you hear on our podcasts and we can offer you the opportunity to have your work produced and published.

In order to have your script accepted for production by ART you must follow some simple guidelines.

Scripts must be written in radio format. If you don't know what that is, please take a look at some of the examples posted on our scripts page. Scripts that are submitted in TV or Film format will not be considered.

Your script must be original. You must be the author. The characters must be your creations. The only exceptions to this rule are for historical dramas where the characters are public figures or if your script is an adaptation of an existing work that is clearly in the public domain.

Scripts must be a standard length. Standard radio time slots in the golden age of radio were fifteen minutes, half hour and one hour. We prefer to adhere to those lengths even though we are not actually bound by the clock. As a general rule, one page of script written in radio format will run about one minute so, for example, a half hour script should probably be in the range of 26 to 30 pages depending on how dense the dialog is. We have some flexibility on this but keeping the standard lengths in mind is still a good practice.

Scripts can be any genre. Our members have expressed an interest in doing more comedies but any genre will be considered. We are looking for good stories, well plotted with interesting and compelling characters. You can also improve your chances of acceptance if your script is suitable for the voices we have available to use.

All scripts submitted for consideration must be preceded by a signed release. You can download the release here. Fill it out completely, sign and mail to: ART, 3259 Roxburg Drive, Lexington, KY 40503. Once the release has been received we will contact you and arrange to receive a digital copy of your script.

Let's do some great things together!

Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest 2021

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Deadline: December 31, 2021

To encourage the development of quality theatrical materials for the educational, community and children’s theatre markets, Pioneer Drama Service is proud to sponsor the annual Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest.

This is an ongoing contest, with a winner selected by June 1 each year from all eligible submissions received the previous year.  All eligible plays accepted for publication will be considered contest finalists, from which the winner will be selected.  The contest winner will receive a $1,000 royalty advance in addition to publication.

Contest entries must meet all general guidelines and submission requirements.

Individuals currently published by Pioneer Drama Service are not eligible for this contest.  Pioneer Drama Service employees and their families are also excluded.

We accept unsolicited manuscripts that meet the parameters defined in these guidelines. However, we prefer for you to send us a query letter if you are not submitting through one of our playwriting contests. You can also start the submission process by contacting us here.
  • We will only consider manuscripts with a running time between 20 and 90 minutes.
  • Submissions must be family friendly in both subject and language. NO cursing. NO explicitly adult content.
  • We prefer casts that are either balanced or favoring females. The more gender neutral roles, the better.
  • We favor plays and musicals with ensemble casts, where more than just a few have a chance to shine.
  • Plays with elaborate set, costume or technical requirements are not appealing because of the limited resources of many of our customers. Pictures, sketches or descriptions of your vision are always helpful.
  • We recommend your submissions have had at least one production or reading, hopefully staged. We feel this fundamental field test is necessary before a play can be considered for publication since plays are created for the purpose of performance.
  • Manuscripts must be computer-printed in dark ink. We do not require specific formatting. However, your efforts to ensure your script is free of misspellings and typos will help the submissions editor.
  • We hope that Pioneer Drama is your first choice as a publisher, and we encourage you to submit to us exclusively. However, we do accept simultaneous submissions with the understanding that you will accept the first contract you’re offered and not use the situation to seek multiple offers from which to choose. If you receive another offer, please notify us immediately so we may rescind your submission.

NOTE: If you are not already published by Pioneer Drama Service and your submission meets all other requirements including having had at least one production or staged reading, your play will automatically be entered in the Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest. If you are a faculty member at an accredited K-12 public or private school in the US or Canada, you may also qualify for our A+ Playwriting Contest for Teachers.

Check out our list of past contest winners for examples of desirable submissions.
Submission Requirements

Please be patient. Queries will be answered within approximately one week. Submissions may take up to three months or longer.

The following information must accompany your submission or query:
  • 100-200 word synopsis.
  • Cast list that indicates the number of female roles, the number of male roles and the number of roles that can be performed by either gender. We do not accept one-person shows.
  • Running time.
  • CD and/or score for musicals. We appreciate the opportunity to hear the music, if possible.
  • Set design(s). Please feel free to provide diagrams and/or pictures.
  • Proof of production or staged reading (i.e., review, program, etc.) A DVD of your performance is ideal, though not required.
  • Age of intended audience.
  • A self-addressed envelope of sufficient size with appropriate postage for the return of your materials. We will NOT return manuscripts or accompanying material if this is not included.
  • Cover letter and/or resume.
Please send your query or manuscript and accompanying information to:

Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.
Attn: Submissions Editor
PO Box 4267
Englewood, CO 80155-4267

You may also email us your .txt, .doc or .pdf files after you contact us here.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

FutureFest 2022

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Deadline: October 31, 2021

 This fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild.

Festival dates: July 15 – 17, 2022. The Dayton Playhouse does intend to hold the 2022 festival in person.

The submission deadline for FutureFest 2022 is October 31, 2021.

FEE
$20 submission fee. This fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Dayton Playhouse”.

Fees may be paid online by following this link to our online payment system.

ELIGIBILITY
Entry must be an original work (NO musicals or plays for children) that has not been published or produced where admission was charged prior to FutureFest 2022. Staged readings/workshop productions are not necessarily disqualifying factors.

DEADLINES
Submissions will be accepted August 1 through October 31, 2021 (postmark or electronic submission).

SCRIPTS

Electronic submissions (PDF format) are preferred, but not required.

Submit a blind copy (no name/contact info) of your script, in standard play format with pages numbered. After the title page include a brief synopsis, character breakdown, setting, and scene breakdown, if applicable. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (address, phone #, e-mail address) and resume. If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will be disqualified. Scripts may be submitted electronically or via Media Mail. Eliminated scripts will not be returned. Script evaluations will not be provided.

CONSENT
Playwright gives the Dayton Playhouse permission to photocopy scripts for reading/production purposes.

Should your script be selected and produced as one of the six finalists, you must be available to attend, in person, the weekend festival (July 15-17, 2022) in Dayton, Ohio and participate in all events. Finalists must acknowledge the Dayton Playhouse when script is published. The winning playwright awards the Dayton Playhouse the option to produce the winning play as part of its main stage season royalty free.

AWARDS
A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright; runners-up each receive $100. The Dayton Playhouse provides the six finalists travel (within the continental U.S.) to Dayton and housing for FutureFest weekend.

SELECTION PROCESS
Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of three reads. The original play reading committee, following many months of discussion and voting, narrows down the entries to 15 – 18, which are then read by the entire committee before they select the 12 semi-finalists. A second committee selects the six finalists. During FutureFest weekend, the plays are staged and publicly adjudicated by a panel of five theatre professionals (New York based and regional). Following the final production of the weekend, the adjudicators vote and select the winner.

FINALISTS
Finalists will be posted on the Dayton Playhouse website (www.daytonplayhouse.com) in May 2022.

SUBMIT TO
Please submit electronic copies of scripts to futurefest@daytonplayhouse.com

QUESTIONS
Contact Fran Pesch, FutureFest Program Director, at 937-424-8477, or email futurefest@daytonplayhouse.com

United Beyond Borders Hear Thalia’s Daughters Laughing seeks short comedic plays from female-identified playwrights for publication

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Deadline: December 31, 2021

Coordinated by
Dr. Catalina Florina Florescu of Pace University
Publisher TBA

This international volume is hoped to be multi-lingual, thus giving each playwright a chance to submit a short piece in their mother tongue and its translated into English version.

Submissions from the United States/UK/Australia/Nigeria/etc. shall remain in original unless the author knows and speaks fluently another language or can work with a translator. The volume will have 10-12 comedies.

1. the play must be a comedy (because the doctor is in the house and she has prescribed laughter),

2. the script must be written by a female identified playwright (because the volume is coordinated/commissioned via an organization dedicated to womxn playwrights exclusively),

3. the script must be short, i.e., no longer than 20-30 pages (because I, like you, crave for comedic essence),

4. the script must be composed during “the longest year of our lives,” or how I call 2020-21 (because the intention is to see how womxn have used laughter as a coping mechanism during the pandemic),

5. hence, it can be realistic, symbolic, absurd: you choose, you are free! It could have had a reading, two readings, or 1,000 readings on Zoom.

6. Our main goal is to see how we understand and produce comedy worldwide and how we tap into our creative resources to deal with the trauma of a pandemic via mild to strong laughs.

Submit your piece by New Year’s Eve of 2021 to fflorescu@pace.edu

with the subject line “Thalia’s Daughters.” The process of reading, evaluating, and making a decision will commence with a good wine, a great laughter, and a chance to see womxn in their full, vibrant potential. Info about the publisher and how to devise our own apotropaic masks will be announced at a later date.

About the coordinator: Catalina Florina Florescu was born in Romania, earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University, and lives on the East Coast of the U.S. She has published and/or edited 8 books on immigration, hospitalization/health, motherhood, and more. She teaches at Pace in New York. She organizes a festival of new plays and is the coordinator for “Voices,” an international festival of plays both organized by JCTC. Her CV and other info can be found here: http://www.catalinaflorescu.com/

May Θαλεια bless and guide our journey!

Friday, October 15, 2021

Hominum Journal submissions open

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No deadline given

At Hominum Journal, we see the writer and the body as indivisible. Beyond the anatomy of narrative, we believe that there is language deep within our bone marrow and muscle tissue. A language that reconciles the mind/body/spirit divide. A language that, when pushed beyond the physical, has the power to challenge, heal, and embody.

All submissions should be emailed to hominumjournal@gmail.com, with the subject line "GENRE-FIRST AND LAST NAME". Please include your submission as an attachment (.pdf, doc(x), or.rtf) along with a brief third-person biography. Cover letters are appreciated. Unless a submission is withdrawn, we ask that you do not submit more than once per reading period.

We appreciate standard conventions, i.e. 12-point Times New Roman or Garamond font. Prose should be double-spaced and poetry single-spaced. However, if deviating from these standards is integral to the artistic integrity of the piece, then by all means do so.

We ask for first North American publishing rights and archival rights on all submissions. All rights revert back to the author upon publication, but we do ask that you mention us in future reprints.


Simultaneous submissions are accepted on the condition that it is acknowledged in the cover letter and we are notified immediately if this work is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published work unless solicited.

​OTHER: We are open to receiving other genres of the literary arts, including (but not limited to) hybrid pieces, one-act plays, screenplays, and songwriting. Guidelines for these submissions vary, so if you're unsure drop us an email or just send it along!

POETRY: Please include up to 5 poems per submission. There is no word or page limit.

FICTION: Please include up to 3 pieces per submission, with no more than 10,000 words total.

NONFICTION: Please include up to 3 pieces per submission, with no more than 10,000 words total.

VISUAL ARTS: We consider visual artwork for each issue. Please include up to 5 pieces of any medium (painting, photography, digital media, etc.), alongside an artist's statement of around 200 words.


Café Royal Cultural Foundation NYC performance grant

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Deadline: November 15, 2021 9 AM EST

Submission Form

Sometimes a specific work of art created by a dancer, a musician, an actor, a writer, is unfinished unless it has one more added and important piece… an audience. Café Royal Cultural Foundation NYC awards performance grants to individuals and groups focused on the production of theater, music, dance, and performance art.

Description: Café Royal Cultural Foundation NYC will award a performance grant to individuals / groups focused on the production of theatre, music, dance and performance art.

Deadline: Our Fall Grant cycle is currently open and ends on November 15, 2021 at 9:00 am Eastern Time.

Amounts: Up to $10,000.00

Eligibility: Performer(s) of theatre, music, dance and performance art.

Grants awarded in this category do not fund costs associated with the creating/composition of new work.

Performer(s) applying must be a current resident of New York City and have lived there for a minimum of one year prior to applying.

If your performance is a play, it must be a full production. Readings will not qualify.

We would prefer that the performance of your project take place in New York City’s five boroughs, or in a location in close proximity to New York City that has been discussed and approved by Café Royal Cultural Foundation. Email caferoyaldigital@gmail.com for inquiries.

We accept applications all year round, to view our submission dates in our Grant Schedule. Please make sure to submit your application with ample time before the start date of your project.

Review Procedures: Funding decisions will be made by the Café Royal Cultural Foundation Selection and Executive Committees. The following criteria will be applied in evaluating grant proposals:

Quality of the original or adaptive material and the performance / performers

Importance of the Project/Cultural Relevance

Promise of future achievements in performance arts

Application Requirements:

Up to and no more than 5 videos links of works/performances to Café Royal Cultural Foundation to view and download.

If available, letter of intent from the venue with a date of planned performance. Please note that you do not have a commitment from a venue.

A short description of the performance / project.

A short artistic biography of the person(s) involved.


List of costs that the grant money can be used for:
Production fees
Actor fees
Director fees
Venue fees

Must not exceed the amount of $10,000.00. You cannot pay yourself artist fees if you are the producer, director, or an actor, do not include any fees related to the applicant in the project budget.


Grant Applications:

As of 2021 our grant submission platform has been moved to Submittable. If you are unfamiliar with how to apply using Submittable, here are some helpful points:.


You will need to create a free Submittable account or sign in with Google or Facebook credentials to submit to these forms.


You can save a draft of your work if you would like to finish filling out the form at a later date.


If you need to make changes to your form, please withdraw your submission and resubmit.


If anything changes with the information you submitted, please request to edit the submission


Submittable platform works best on Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Internet Explorer is not supported. Please make sure you are using a supported browser.


You can download Firefox by following the instructions linked here.


You can download Chrome by following the instructions linked here.

We will follow-up with you about your submission by email. Please be sure to whitelist notification emails from Submittable and check the email you used to sign up for your Submittable Account regularly. Check out the Submitter Resource Center or reach out to Submittable's Customer Support team with any technical questions here.

We accept applications all year round, to view our submission dates in our Grant Schedule.

Please make sure to submit your application with ample time before the start date of your project and please refrain from inquiries in the meantime. Good Luck!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Woodward/Newman Award

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Agent submitted scripts require no fee. If via Dramatist Guild membership, attach a copy of your DG card to the email to avoid paying the fee.

Deadline: December 31, 2021

Bloomington Indiana

The Woodward/Newman Award is an exclusive honor offered by Bloomington Playwrights Project, started through the support of Joanne Woodward, Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Newman family, celebrating Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward’s tremendous history of work on stage and screen.

It presents the best unpublished play of the year with a cash prize of $3,000 and a full production as part of BPP’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. Submissions for the 2022-23 competition must be submitted by Dec 1, 2021.

Guidelines for Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2022-23 Woodward/Newman Award. The winner and finalists will be announced by June 2022. The winner will be awarded $3,000 and a full production.

“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 (independently published is acceptable).

Each submission should be sent to BPP via email. Send your email to literarymanager@newplays.org

Your email should include the following:

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 SINGLE PDF file containing your script with the following information included in the following order:

Title page with author name

Synopsis (1 page or less). Please list the genre at the top (comedy, drama, etc.)

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.

Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) is currently accepting PLAY SUBMISSIONS for its 20th annual season

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Deadline: November 15, 2021

DUAF will accept 16 theatrical works (plays, musicals and solo works) that reflect urban life and with running times up to 70 minutes.

Each work is performed only once during the festival. There will be a $1,000 award in the category of Best Play, Best Short, and Audience

There is no submission fee and each playwright will receive a $500 monetary stipend as well as other supportive services to assist in developing the play for the stage.

SUBMISSION DETAILS:

1. Playwright's bio with contact info- name, address, phone # and email

2. Photo of playwright

3. Synopsis of theatrical work

4. Complete script of theatrical work

5. Estimated running time of work

6. Actor/director/crew bios, if available

7. Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)

The submission deadline is Monday, November 15, 2021. The program is subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Please submit to coordinator@duafnyc.com. For more info about DUAF, visit: duafnyc.com.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

THINK FAST: Annual One-Act Play Competition

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Deadline: November 12, 2021

The Theater Project’s annual short play competition awards the winner for Best Play a $500 prize. The contest is open to adult playwrights, 18 and up. There is no fee to submit your play for consideration, but there is a participation fee for the finalists who present (see below). Plays are accepted in the fall for the March 4,5,6 event. Eight to ten short plays are selected for three prerecorded broadcast performances.

At each performance, the audience will vote for their favorite play. After the final performance, judges will award: 

Best Play ($500 prize), Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Audience Faborite (play) certificates.

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

HOW TO SUBMIT FOR 2022

Electronic submissions only.
No fee to submit.

Plays are accepted for six weeks each fall.
E-mail your short play to:
OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org
Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”

Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email:
“If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $100 participation fee.”

If Your Play Is Selected
​​​The Theater Project will supply a stage manager/technical director to oversee the Zoom production.

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

NOTE:
​Playwrights will be charged a $100 fee to cover the $500 prize as well as the cost of hiring the stage manager/technical director 

About the Production Fee ​
The Theater Project does not charge a submission fee for its THINK FAST one-act festival.

We do, however, charge a $100 production fee to help cover the cost of the $500 prize as well as the hiring of a stage manager/technical director to work with the productions on their technical needs as well as supervise a rehearsal and record the final performance on TTP’s Zoom platform.

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

Premiere Play Festival seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: November 15, 2021 11:59 PM

Premiere Stages is committed to supporting emerging and regional playwrights by developing and producing new plays. Since 2005, the Premiere Play Festival has offered playwrights the opportunity to develop their work in an encouraging, focused environment through discussions, rehearsals, readings, workshops, and Equity productions.

Through the Premiere Play Festival, Premiere Stages has developed many plays that have gone on to have successful productions in New York and at regional theatres throughout the country. We strive to facilitate relationships between writers and theatre professionals who we think will respond to their work, in hopes that plays developed at Premiere will go on to subsequent productions. We offer Play Festival winners the option to retain the coveted “World Premiere” brand on their plays. Additionally, Premiere’s productions are consistently reviewed, scouted by major publishing houses, and honored by the American Theatre Critics Association.

To fulfill our commitments to writers whose presentations were postponed during 2021 social distancing procedures, we will be carrying plays submitted in last year's cycle into the 2021 season. Please see below for guidelines to submit for the 2022 Play Festival.

Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced plays written by playwrights affiliated with the greater metropolitan area from September 1, 2021 through November 15, 2021. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a panel of professional theatre producers, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and publishers. Four finalists are subsequently selected for public Equity readings in March 2022.

Awards

Following the Spring readings, one play is selected for an Equity production in the Premiere Stages 2022 Mainstage Season and receives an award of $2500. The runner-up receives a 29-hour staged reading and $1000. The two other finalists will each be awarded $750.

Premiere Stages is committed to supporting a diverse group of writers; playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to apply.


Submission Guidelines
  • All plays must be submitted as a PDF.
  • Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.
  • Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (readings and workshops are okay), with no productions and/or publication currently scheduled through September 2022.
  • Playwrights must have strong affiliations with the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).
  • Musicals, adaptations (of existing plays or other sources), and solo shows are not eligible.
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
  • Please contact Premiere Stages to inquire about submitting a script that has been previously submitted.
  • Playwrights must be available for the development of their script (see the 2021 schedule table).
  • Submissions are accepted September 1, 2021 through 11:59 p.m. on November 15, 2021. Submissions sent early in the submission window are strongly encouraged.
  • All plays must be submitted as a PDF. Hard copies will not be accepted.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2022 Virtual Play Festival


Deadline: March 30, 2022

Submissions are now being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2022 Virtual Play Festival. 

Seeking short plays (no more than 15 pp/minutes), from playwrights from across the globe. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes). Musicals welcome! 

We post your YouTube link of the performance to the festival site for voting. One submission per playwright. No submission fee. 

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

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

Seeking actors and directors, too.

The Plain Site Theatre Festival seeking new LGBTQIA2+ centered plays

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Deadline: Saturday November 20, 2021

The Plain Site Theatre Festival returns for a third season and is currently seeking new LGBTQIA2+ centered plays to develop and produce.

The Plain Site Theatre Festival returns for a new season. Curated by Alex Rioux and run by Theatre St. Thomas in partnership with Solo Chicken Productions, the festival has become an annual part of programming on the St. Thomas University campus presenting new LGBTQIA2+ centered plays with the aim of fostering queer visibility in the local arts scene and on campus.

Selected playwrights will receive professional dramaturgy for their play, a workshop reading at the 2022 Festival and full production at the 2023 Festival.

Artists eligible to submit must be currently attending a secondary or post-secondary institution and identify as LGBTQIA2+. Using ‘coming out’ as a prompt, writers are encouraged to explore what coming out means to them.

A maximum of 4 plays will be selected for the festival and scripts must have a running time of between 10-20 minutes. Each script must contain no more than 2 actors (monologues are welcome). Playwrights must be available to work on their script with a dramaturge between November/December 2021.

The Plain Site Festival reserves the right to award fewer than the maximum number of plays allotted should jury members feel that the quality of submissions does not meet a minimum standard or that the festival would not be able to stage certain submitted scripts for logistical, financial, or legal reasons.

Please submit the following information through email by the deadline:

– Cover sheet indicating the following: Playwrights Name, Full Contact Information, Title of Play

– Copy of the Script

– Documents should be in .doc, .docx or.pdf format

– Please email scripts to Festival Director, Alex Rioux at pstfdirector@gmail.com

Deadline to submit scripts is Saturday November 20, 2021.

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