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Thursday, May 6, 2021

JOOKMS: 2nd Annual Summer Spotlight Series

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Deadline: June 1, 2021
Submissions will be capped after the first 200 scripts are received.
Memphis TN

Announcing JOOK’s 2nd Annual Summer Spotlight Series celebrating Southern writers and new Southern plays! After the success of the first series and the subsequent workshop of Seth McNeill’s NATCHETOCHES in 2020, this uplifting project returns for a second round of submissions.

Seeking work from emerging and established Southern playwrights.

We are open to reading new works by writers from the South: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

We're also open to reading new plays by writers outside of these states if the work is set in the South. 

While this year's Spotlight Series is limited to Southern writers, we do accept new plays from all playwrights year round. 

JOOKMS is committed to discovering, developing and presenting great, previously unheard voices in American theater. We believe that great theater should be a positive, transformative and inclusive cultural experience for all of us. JOOK is committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable creative space. One where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments and programs. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. We’re also committed to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.

All finalists will receive a $100 usage fee.

Full-length OR one-act plays in any genre: comedy, drama, or multimedia. Musicals will not be accepted at this time.

Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays, and plays that have received full- scale, professional productions prior to submission are not eligible.

Plays with casts larger than 8 people and unfinished works or drafts will not be considered at this time.

Full-length OR one-act plays in any genre. Musicals will not be accepted at this time.

Plays that have had workshops and/or readings will be accepted.

Electronic submissions (PDF) only.

Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

Eligible play may be produced either virtually online or live onstage.

Please include the following information in one attached PDF file, not in the bodyof your email.

Please do not attach multiple files.

Complete submission must include:

Your contact information and bio
Your playwriting resume
Title of the play
Character breakdown and description including total number of characters Time and place of the play

Synopsis - no longer than 1 page
A concise paragraph describing the development history of the play you are submitting The full script

Incomplete submission packages will not be considered.

Email contactjookms@gmail.com with the subject line SUBMISSIONS QUESTION

Up to 4 finalists will be chosen to participate in the Summer Spotlight Series online and up to 8 semi-finalists will receive honorable mentions leading up to the series with social media shoutouts.

Finalists will be selected by a panel of readers and notified by JOOKMS no later than June 30.

We regret that individual feedback will not be possible and only finalists/semi- finalists will be contacted.

Each finalist will receive the following: a professional director, dramaturg and cast, 12 remote rehearsal hours including an online reading, and facilitated virtual post- show talkback.

Playwrights are required to participate in the rehearsal process and attend the readings and talkbacks for their play in a virtual setting.

No other royalties or payments will be issued. If a full production moves forward, a contract will be negotiated for full production. The playwright holds all rights to their material.

Email your complete submission package to: contactjookms@gmail.com by June 1, 2021

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