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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Paradox Theatre Works’ first annual New Works Festival seeks monologues

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Deadline: July 15, 2021

Submissions are now being accepted for Paradox Theatre Works’ first annual New Works Festival Showcase. Entries accepted at: ParadoxTheatreWorks@gmail.com

Seeking original monologues (Between 2 and 5 minutes), from playwrights from across the globe that have not been produced in the Chicago area yet. This year’s festival is monologue driven and we are holding a “Cocktails & Monologues” night. 

Only 12 entries will be selected. The winning entries will be produced by Paradox Theatre providing a venue, audience and actors to perform your monologue live at our “Cocktails & Monologues” New Works Festival Showcase. The production will be in front of a live audience and recorded. It will subsequently be posted to YouTube under our account, and a video of your individual piece can be sent to you if requested.

The length of the performance piece should be between 2-5 minutes. Seeking Original monologues and original spoken word pieces. There is No submission fee. 

• Monologues must be original.
• Monologues should stay between 2 and 5 minutes.
• Monologues that copy the exact plotline of existing movies, TV series, and books will not be considered.
• No more than five submissions allowed per playwright.
• Cover sheet of monologue should have title, author’s name, mobile number, e-mail that is checked regularly, and a bio of up to 50 words.
• First page should provide name of character and brief description of personality.
• We reserve the right to cast monologues with the best actor for the work. Actors portraying characters may not be able to match every physical look, attribute or identity.
• Monologues must be typed, pages numbered, and double-spaced in PDF format.
• Deadline July 15, 2021
• Send to: ParadoxTheatreWorks@gmail.com

Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Festival is currently accepting submissions of 10-minute plays

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Deadline: July 15, 2021 11:59pm EDT

The Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Festival is currently accepting submissions of 10-minute plays as well as short (5-min) performances by singer/songwriters, poets and performance artists by members of the transgender community. The plays/performances should fit the theme of The Transgender Day of Remembrance, but that doesn’t mean they need to be sad or somber; we encourage you to submit works celebrating and remembering life not only in the past, but in the present and future as well. We will select 3 plays and 3 performances for our 2021 festival.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day meant to honor and memorialize those in the trans* community lost to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. The origin of the Transgender Day of Remembrance was in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil in tribute to the life of Rita Hester, an African American transgender woman. In remembrance of Rita, and the many other BIPOC members of the trans* community, we aspire to feature their voices in this festival.

To submit a script, you must identify as a member of the trans* community, and we ask that you send a short paragraph explaining your connection to the Transgender Day of Remembrance with your play. Any submission without this will not be considered. Plays should be 10 minutes or shorter in length and be able to be performed digitally over Zoom. We look forward to reading all your brilliant pieces.

Please email tpr.submissions@gmail.com with any and all work that you feel would fit the theme of the festival. Each performance day will feature plays as well as other multimedia, transmedia, and interdisciplinary artists.

Submissions at a Glance:
  • Theme: Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • Must be member of trans* community to submit.
  • Must be able to be performed/read digitally.
  • Length: 10 minute for plays / 5 minutes for performances
  • Cast size (plays): Maximum of 4 characters. 
  • 2 submissions max per person (but the pieces must be contrasting in theme).
  • Paragraph explaining playwrights/performers connection to the theme.
  • Time frame for submissions: Rolling from June 1st until July 15th @ 11:59pm EST.
  • Other information: All types of documents and forms (inclusive of poetry) will be considered.
  • Playwrights and artists will paid a $30 royalty per accepted piece. While we know that this amount is not equivalent to compensation, we hope this amount represents a token of our appreciation for the work being shared in this educational, virtual space.
  • All artists will be featured on the T[P]R website with a headshot and bio and link to portfolios of work, if so desired. 

For more information about the festival, please visit our website at https://transplaysofremembrance.weebly.com/ or our FB page at https://www.facebook.com/TransPlaysofRemembrance.

Monday, June 28, 2021

2021 The Greater Good Commission & Festival

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Deadline: July 4, 2021 11:59 PM


Founded by playwright Darrel Alejandro Holnes, the Greater Good Commission offers $500 mini grants to Latinx playwrights to write short plays, innovative in form, that reflect the times. The commission’s second round will focus on LGBTQIA+ Latinx- identifying playwrights. Submissions are open until 11:59 PM on July 4th, 2021.

The year’s commissioned plays will be presented at the second annual Greater Good Theater Festival produced by the Latinx Playwrights Circle (LPC) and Pregones Theater/PRTT. The festival will be streamed online in the fall and the plays will later live in digital archives.

Eligibility Checklist

Do you identify as Latinx (any race may apply)?
Do you identify as a member of the LGBTQIA community?
Are you at least 18 years of age?
Have you had no more than one professional theater productions of a full-length play?

College productions and workshop productions do not count as professional theater productions. College students are eligible to apply. People of the global majority/people of color, women, and individuals with disabilities who meet the above eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Greater Good Commission is open to any self-identified Latinx playwrights who also identify as LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Gender Non-Conforming, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and more).

Please include the following 5 items with your application:

Artist Statement: In 1 page or less, introduce yourself; tell us about your work. Please talk about what work your writing does to represent or engage the Latinx community, and your experience as an LGBTQIA+ community member.

Artist Resume, 1-2 pages

Writing Sample: Your writing sample should be a play that runs ten minutes or less or an excerpt for a full-length play, max 10 pages (English, Spanish, and Spanglish submissions are all welcome)

Short Play Proposal: 1 page or less, describe a short play about ACCESS that you’d like to write if selected for this commission; max of 5 actors per show for digital production

How to Submit

Completed applications must be submitted by July 4, 2021.

Late submissions will be disqualified unless the deadline is extended.

If you have questions, please email greatergoodplays@gmail.com

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Fleas on the Dog seeking short plays for publication

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Deadline: June 30, 2021

Fleas on the Dog writes:

We are looking for plays  up to 5000 words, but are flexible about this. We can be contacted at editors@fleasonthedog.com 

Oh Drat! The Brat Pack is back!!! Yes, the site your teacher warned you about is itchin’ and twitchin’ for QUALITY fiction, poetry, plays and nonfiction that’s full of spunk and kick ass funk. Writing that not only shames your imitators but your friends and family too! We want it ALL and we want it NOW. See our Guidelines for details. And remember, if we like what you submit we’ll be all over you. If we don’t, we promise to be gentle. Runs June 1 to 30.


There is no submission fee. There is no remuneration for work we publish, either, but what the heck, you're going to be famous! We'll get back to you in about 30 days, hopefully sooner. (Why should it take months?)

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

Submissions should be on a Microsoft Word doc or docx file. Use a sensible font. Double space format. Stuff like grammar and sentence structure  is important unless your work deliberately exploits bad grammar and lack of structure. (We can tell the difference.) Include a brief bio with your submission and publishing credits, if any. Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to editors@fleasonthedog.com (or type in the link in the email address).

Include the genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or play) and title of your work in the subject bar.  Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not okay unless solicited. Submit to only one category per issue. If you have been published by us please do not resubmit for six months unless solicited. We retain the first rights of your work for a period of three months. After this time rights revert back to the author. If you should republish the story/article please acknowledge that it was first published by www.fleasonthedog.com

Friday, June 25, 2021

Molecule seeks short work

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Deadline:  July 15, 2021

Molecule accepts submissions of poetry, prose (fiction & non-fiction) plays, reviews and interviews in 50 words or less (including titles and interview questions). Visual artwork of tiny things like tea bags and toothpicks, or tiny paintings, also wanted: no skyscrapers please!

We have a strict word count. Don’t try and trick us we have tiny minds. All submissions should be previously unpublished work.

How should I send my work?

Send submissions in the body of the email or as an attachment to moleculetinylitmag@gmail.com along with a 3rd person bio of no more than 24 words (including name). Please send no more than 5 pieces.

24 words or less for a whole bio, seems random, where did you come up with that?

There are 24 atoms in a molecule of caffeine. What more do you want from us?

When are you open for submissions and when will I hear back?

We are open for submissions for our Fall 2021 Issue from June 1st to July 15th. Replies will be sent by August 15th.

If your work is accepted we ask for first rights (to publish in our [forthcoming] print and online issue) and non-exclusive electronic and archival rights (so we keep using it). All rights revert to the author upon publication.

Yale Drama Series 2022 playwriting competition

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Deadline: August 15, 2021

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2022 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Paula Vogel. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading or virtual performance. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

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

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

Electronic submissions for the 2022 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2021 and no later than August 15, 2021. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

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

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

Hadcopy Submissions

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

Submissions for the 2022 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2021 and no later than August 15, 2021.

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

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

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

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

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

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

Or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

Thursday, June 24, 2021

July Happenings at Primary Stages ESPA!

July is just around the corner! We have classes starting as early as next week at Primary Stages ESPA that are still open for enrollment! Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

Fundamentals of Playwriting - STARTS JUNE 28!

Instructor: Dennis A. Allen II (Writer and Director, Atlantic Theater Co, National Black Theatre)

Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your plays can be built on a strong foundation. Complete writing exercises, writing in and exploring multiple genres and styles (comedy, surrealism, melodrama...) to gain an understanding of the form and generate ideas for material.

The Business of Theater - STARTS JULY 1!

Instructor: John Gould Rubin (Director, Turn Me Loose Off-Broadway)

This 5-week class is for theater artists of any discipline to learn about theater as a business in order to produce your own work and better understand the priorities for your work no matter your role within a production.

Fast First Draft - STARTS JULY 14!

Instructor: Lia Romeo (Writer, 4-time Kilroy's List writer)

Kickstart your creativity to swiftly and decisively embark on a first draft of a new play. Propelled forward by page-generating exercises and unencumbered by extensive critique, you will start to develop a new play—either a one-act or a full-length—and have another project ready for continued writing and future development.

Classes begin in June. Start and end dates vary. Click here for the full list of writing classes.

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

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

2022 Cimientos Season IATI Theater

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Deadline: June 30, 2021

From June 1 to June 30, 2021, IATI Theater is accepting scripts for its 2022 Cimientos Season. Submissions are only accepted through an electronic form on this website. Make sure to check the link below for guidelines before completing the submission form.

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  • There is no submission fee.
  • Submissions that do not adhere to the following guidelines will not be reviewed.
  • The online form is the only method of submission. The button below will be active during June.
  • This program is open to authors from anywhere in the world with original works in English or Spanish who are interested in feedback from a New York audience.
  • The playwright must commit to take part in the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel) meetings, either in person or video conference. The PPP will meet for ten (10) consecutive weeks.
  • The playwright must commit to participate in their post-reading talk-back, either in person or video conference.
  • Applicant must be the original creator of the submitted work and sole owner of its rights. By submitting their work, applicants grant IATI Theater and its collaborators permission to use the submitted material for the Cimientos Program.
  • The submission must be a completed, new, full-length play that has not had a previous professional production. If the play has undergone a workshop, staged reading or development of any kind, the playwright must state so on the online form.
  • Only one play may be submitted per playwright, per season.
  • Scripts must be between 45–90 minutes in length.
  • The play must have 5 actors or less. Plays that have more than 5 characters and do not provide a clear and stageable double-role explanation will not be reviewed. It must be clearly expressed on the online form.
  • The author’s name(s) should not appear anywhere within the script, any authorship information must not be visible in the play document. Cimientos reads submissions ‘blind’, in an effort to let the quality of the work speak for itself and to keep our judging process as equitable as possible.
  • All documents must be submitted in PDF format.
  • Submissions for the 2022 Season will only be accepted from June 1 to June 30, 2021. 

The 2022 Cimientos will consists of two main components:

PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel): Playwrights accepted to the program, IATI Theater’s artistic staff and other specially invited theater professionals will converge in workshop meetings to discuss the new works that make up the particular season. Every meeting will be dedicated to a single playwright in the program, the focus being in further advancing the text before it is presented in front of a live audience.

SRP (Staged Reading Presentation): Each playwright in the program will be given the opportunity to present their play in a directed, professionally acted staged reading. Thus, the piece will be exposed to a receptive audience that further develops the featured script through a post-reading talkback.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

ryga open for submissions

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Deadline: August 1, 2021

ryga welcomes submissions of previously unpublished poetry, prose and short plays from emerging writers. Writers interested in submitting must have no more than three previous publications in other journals or magazines, and must not have published any book-length works to date.

Our reading period is May 1 – August 1 of each year. Submissions received outside of this timeframe will not be considered.

Submit your work by email to rygaeditor@okanagan.bc.ca. Submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Include a cover letter in the body of the email with your name, email address, date of submission, and the title(s) of your piece(s). You may also include a short bio (no more than 100 words). 
  • Attach your piece(s) as a single document in .doc or .rtf format
  • Poetry should be single-spaced. Prose and plays should be double-spaced.
  • A standard, readable font should be used, in 12-point type.
  • Each page should be numbered and include the author’s name and the title of the piece in the header.
  • Prose and play manuscripts must not exceed 6,000 words, and should indicate a word count on the first page.We will strive to respond to your submission within four weeks, but our response time will vary according to the volume of submissions. Please don’t contact us about the status of your submission unless you haven’t heard from us for two months.

If your work is accepted, ryga buys First North American serial rights and non-exclusive WWW rights. Payment is $50.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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

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 opportunity for those not in the NYC area. 


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



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: 



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A Latinx Theater Company seeks 10-minute plays

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 Deadline: June 30, 2021

TEATRX- A Latinx Theater Company is accepting 10-minute plays in English, Spanish, or Spanglish of all genres for the third annual La Vida Es Cortos / Life Is Shorts, a short play and short film festival. This year’s festival will have ONE day dedicated to showcasing plays and films for young audiences. Send your 10-minute plays for adults and young audiences to connect@teatrx.org and put “LVEC 2021 Play Submission” in the subject line.

TEATRX- A Latinx Theatre Company está aceptando micro obras de 10 minutos en inglés, español o spanglish de todos los géneros para la tercera edición anual de La Vida Es Cortos / Life Is Shorts, un festival de micro obras y cortometrajes. El festival de este año tendrá UN día dedicado a la exhibición de obras de teatro y cortometrajes para público joven. Envíe sus micro obras de teatro de 10 minutos para adultos y jovenes a connect@teatrx.org y poner “LVEC 2021 Play Submission” en la linea de asunto.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Van Lier New Voices Fellowship

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Deadline: July 2, 2021


The Lark is accepting applications for its Van Lier New Voices Fellowship program, supported by The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund with support from the Jerome Foundation.

The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship supports playwrights of color age 30 and under, who demonstrate financial need. During a year-long residency, Fellows will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development programs, and form relationships with other theater makers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The Fellowship includes a cash award of $35,000, plus access to a $5,000 Opportunity Fund and to a wide range of Lark resources, including artistic program participation, office and rehearsal space, and staff support. 

In the 2021-22 cycle, The Lark will award two Fellowships. Applications will be accepted through July 2, 2021. Finalists will be notified in August 2021. The 2021-22 Fellowship period begins September 15, 2021 and ends June 30, 2022.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

15th Annual Aery Theatre 20/20 One-Act Play Festival

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Deadline: July 2, 2021

Garrison NY

Aery Theatre Company, along with the Philipstown Depot Theatre, is accepting sub- missions for the 15th Annual Aery Theatre 20/20 One-Act Play Festival. Submissions must be e-mailed not later than FRIDAY, JULY 2ND, 2021. (E-mailed submissions only.) 

The Festival will be held at PHILIPSTOWN DEPOT THEATRE’S 67-SEAT STAGE in Garrison, NY, the weekends of SEPTEMBER 10-26TH.

The 20/20 has been established to provide audiences with short, quality plays from promising new playwrights, while offering a professional venue for theatre artists. (This Festival is made possible, in part, through the Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program with funds from NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and with funds from Putnam County. Its grant sponsor is the Garrison Landing Assoc., and the Philipstown Depot Theatre is Festival co-producer.)

Twenty one-act plays (20 minutes max) will be selected by our panel of judges and will be presented on one of the first three performance dates, SEPT 10th, 11th, 12th (Fri/Sat evenings – 8:00PM; Sat/Sun afternoon – 4:00PM). Two plays from each group (plus up to two “Wild Cards” for the opening weekend) will move into the semi-finals on Fri/Sat, 8:00PM (SEPT 17th, 18th) of the second weekend. Two shows each will then be chosen from these semi-final performances for the finals on the following weekend - Sunday afternoon, 4:00PM (SEPT 26th). A combination of Judges/Audience voting will determine BEST PLAY. Awards for BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR, BEST ACTRESS determined by Judges voting. CASH AWARDS TOTALING UP TO $750 WILL BE AWARDED.

· Playwrights (or their representatives) are responsible for the production of their plays – including casting, rehearsals, props, etc., with the theatre providing limited set pieces, lighting and sound equipment and production staff. (In other words, take in/take out.)

· Submissions must be typed in play-script format and are limited to 20 (numbered) pages in a 12-point font size. Only plays with running times of 20 minutes or less will be eligible for prizes. Plays that run beyond 20 minutes, or are presented with significant changes in script upon presentation, may be subject to disqualification. Submissions must include playwright contact info on the title page – separate from the script, for purposes of blind judging. (Please DO NOT include playwright resumes, as these will not enter into consideration.)

· Judging for advancement in the festival is based on audience/panel of judges combination. · Submissions must be emailed to Plennon122@aol.com by FRIDAY, JULY 2ND, 2021, along with this signed application as an attachment. Playwright selectees will be notified by WEDNESDAY, JULY 16TH, 2021. Early submissions may receive early notification.

· A maximum of two submissions per playwright will be accepted. (Please don’t send more.) · There will be a mandatory pre-production on-line ZOOM meeting for all playwrights or their representatives sometime during the week of JULY 21st, 2021. (TBA)

· A signed copy of this page must accompany your play to be eligible for consideration.

· Additional inquiries may be made to plennon122@aol.com or by phone at (845) 526-2600.

Proud Haddock is looking for plays with one or two characters only

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Deadline: July 1, 2021

Proud Haddock is looking for playwrights from all ages and backgrounds to send scripts of plays with ONE or TWO characters only.

We are seeking for bold, brilliant, relevant and innovative stories suitable to be filmed in a theatrical space and streamed online.

How to apply: Scripts can be submitted by email to anna@proudhaddock.com in doc or pdf format. Please note that the high volume of scripts submitted means it may take up to three months to respond to your submission.

Friday, June 18, 2021

The Courtship of Winds seeks short verse & one-act plays

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No deadline given

The Courtship of Winds publishes poetry, fiction, short dramatic pieces...

We are interested in short verse plays and one-act plays.

We accept submissions throughout the year. Please read the guidelines for the specific type of work you are submitting. Please do not submit work in a particular genre more than once in a six-month period.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, provided the author immediately withdraws any work accepted elsewhere. Courtship does not publish previously published work.

You should expect a response within six months. We regret that we cannot currently pay for accepted work.

Free writing event June 21 - Write Away!

It's a FREE online show co-produced by NYC-based Freestyle Repertory Theatre! It's perfect for writers and non-writers alike! Though it's free, advanced registration is required.
Our intrepid playwrights have 45 minutes to write a brand-new play, entirely based on audience suggestions. While they're hard at work, you're taking part in our fantastic Writer's Jam and having a blast meeting new people and exploring your creativity with a series of fun spontaneous writing exercises. Then, the playwrights come back, take roles in each others' plays, and perform them as cold-readings for the audience. What could they have written in just 45 minutes? Find out at our upcoming performance of Write Away! It's a show. It's a jam. It's the best of both worlds!

FEATURING THE WRITING TALENT OF Kenn Adams, Sheila Head, Laura Livingston. Geoff Tarson & Laura Valpey 
HOSTED BY Mike Durkin and Kat Koppett
This is a free event but attendance is limited to just 80 people and advanced registration is required.

The PTC New Play Festival is seeking short plays

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Deadline: June 30, 2021 11:59 pm

The Post Theatre Company (PTC) is the resident theatre company of the Theatre Arts Program in the Department of Theatre, Dance and Arts Management at Long Island University: Post. The PTC is a resident ensemble of actors, designers and managers that reflects the commitment of the program to theatre as a communicative language, to exploring the possibilities in the creation of new work, and to theatre as a vehicle for social understanding and change.

The mission of the Post Theatre Company is twofold: to provide a performing ensemble which approaches as closely as possible the conditions of a working professional theatre company, and to present exceptional live theatre.

The PTC New Play Festival is seeking short plays from early career playwrights for our Fall Festival season. 5 plays will be chosen for back-to-back production in the PTC Lab, our resident blackbox theatre (Format and date TBD).

Submission Guidelines:

- Must come from early-career playwrights, including students.

- Plays must be unproduced, including amateur, collegiate, and professional productions. (Previous readings/workshops are allowed).

- Involve no more than 4 actors.

- 10-15 pages lasting no more than 20 minutes.

- Plays that demonstrate a need for dramaturgy are highly encouraged.

- Please include a 3-5 sentence synopsis of your play in the script PDF, and/or a logline.

- Blind Submissions: For the sake of equitable blind submissions, any script that contains personal identifiers (name, email, pronouns, etc.) will be discarded. When submitting, please include a separate PDF containing your contact information and the play you have submitted.

- Within this separate document, you may include an optional brief artistic statement of 50-200 words.

- Plays may be written in any format. If you need help formatting your play, visit www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats.

Send all submissions to ptcliterary@gmail.com with the Subject Line reading “PTCFEST: Title of Play by ‘Your Name’”. Playwrights may submit as many plays as they would like, so long as each play is submitted individually. Do not send hard-copy scripts.

Submissions will be reviewed and assessed by resident student dramaturgs of the New Play Festival. Finalists and Winners will be notified of their status in September.

Winning plays are also subject for use in an educational setting. Playwrights will also be given copies of reviews, photos, marketing materials, and media mentions from production, and will subsequently be eligible for member status in the Dramatists Guild of America.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Stories Found submission guidelines

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Submit Your Stories!

Got a funny story to share? We're actively seeking featured storytellers for the Stories Found podcast!

Each episode features weird, funny, and mostly true stories from... writers, playwrights, storytellers, and YOU.

What We're Looking For

We want your off the wall, absurd, and hilarious stories. The odd situations that you stumbled into the middle of, your weird encounters with other humans, or your embarrassing, but cathartic moments. We want to hear all about it!

Look, it's been a long pandemic and we're trapped at home in Austin, Texas, and we're tired of hearing our own stories. SEND US YOURS!

We love stories, but we're also happy to accept your funny 10 minute plays, sketches, poems, etc. If it's funny and can be recorded, we want it. Send it to submissions@storiesfound.com

How Does This Work?

1. Submit your story to us at submissions@storiesfound.com

2. If your story is a great fit, we'll reach out and tell you how awesome and funny you are.

3. Record your story.
You can record your story on your own and send us the file (we can help!)
OR, we will help you record the story, play, or sketch via an audio-only Zoom session.
OR, If you have a recording from a prior performance, we can use that too (as long as you own the rights) and will be happy to get it podcast-ready for you.

4. We'll set up a time for a short recorded interview about you and your story.

5. That's it, you're famous now.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The Civilians’ R&D Group is accepting applications

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Deadline: July 6, 2021


Applications for the 2021-2022 R&D Group are now open and will be accepted through July 6, 2021.

The Civilians’ R&D Group is a lab for writers, composers, directors, and other generative artists, working on investigative theater projects. The research and development creative process may include research, interviews, and other experimental methods of inquiry.

The group meets about 12 times over one season to discuss process and share work as it develops. Giving and receiving feedback at meetings is an essential part of the program, therefore regular attendance is critical and should be considered when applying.

Each R&D Group member will receive an honorarium. At the end of the season, each project will be given a brief rehearsal process with actors and a work-in-progress open rehearsal style presentation in the FINDINGS Series.

Direct questions to rdgroup@thecivilians.org
Learn more about the current R&D Group HERE

Before applying for the 2021-2022 R&D Group, please read about the program, application process, and instructions HERE

APPLY HERE – The Civilians R&D Group 2021-2022 Application

The Civilians’ R&D Group is comprised of writers, composers, and directors who meet throughout a season to develop original pieces of theater through the creative investigation of a pre-selected topic of their choosing. For more, please visit https://thecivilians.org/rdgroups/

TNP Readers Theatre “Evening of New Plays” Contest

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Deadline: June 30, 2021

One-Act Play Competition

TNP Readers Theatre “Evening of New Plays” contest is an annual event designed to give playwrights an opportunity to have their one-act plays presented to an audience in a staged reading.


Entries must be one act, non-musical, and no longer than 30 minutes. We suggest that the cast not exceed seven characters.

Writers may submit only one play.

Each play must be the writer’s own original work, not an adaptation, and not commercially published or produced, though it may have been work-shopped or presented in staged readings in other locations than Southwest Florida. A submitted play also may have been entered in an earlier “Evening of New Plays” contest one time, so long as it was not an earlier Finalist.

Submissions are accepted from January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2021.

How to Enter

Playwrights must follow the instructions for play submission or the play will be rejected.

All submitted plays must follow our Standard Playwrighting Format. Plays can be submitted by mail OR electronically.
If mailing a hard copy, playwrights must submit a copy of their play to “An Evening of New Plays 2020, The Naples Players, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102.

A title page with the name of the play, synopsis, and list of characters must be attached to the script. A separate page, giving the name of the play, the name of the playwright, and all contact data should accompany the script but not be attached to it.** This is to help assure anonymity during the judging process.
Plays may also be submitted electronically as PDFs to: readerstheatre@naplesplayers.org.

**If submitting electronically, one PDF should be the playwright name and contact data, the other PDF should be the play with title page, etc.

Scripts may not be revised for purposes of this competition once they are submitted.


Entries may be funny, sad, scary or smart, be about character or ideas; certainly may shock, surprise or amaze, and may be in any genre. Strength of characterization, writing style, dialog, and plot are among judging criteria.

Authors retain all rights and give performance rights to The Naples Players for “An Evening of New Plays” and limited readings in other venues, including possible outreach and electronic media. Finalists and other submitters will be notified by October 31, 2021.


Finalists will receive staged readings of their plays, presented in the Tobye Studio on January 23, 2022. A reception follows for all in attendance. Finalists each may receive a $100 performance royalty and two complimentary tickets. The plays and playwrights will be publicized in The Naples Players’ web pages, social, community and national theatre media, event calendars, flyers, programs, TNP playbills and e-mail “blasts” to select lists.

Monday, June 14, 2021

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) is accepting submissions of new plays and musicals

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Deadline: June 25, 2021at 11:59 PM EDT

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The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) is accepting submissions of new plays and musicals for the AMDA Plus Staged Readings happening in New York City August-September 2021.

Similar to a 29-hour reading format, this two-week program will function as a professional opportunity for writers to workshop new material as well as an educational opportunity for students to experience the development process. Over the course of the readings, writers will be encouraged to create new scenes and songs as they explore their piece in collaboration with the student performers, a professional director, and a professional music director.

The submission deadline for new plays and musicals is Friday June 25, 2021 at 11:59p Eastern.

● Musicals will workshop August 23 - September 3 evenings; presentations on September 4.
● Plays will workshop September 6 - September 17 evenings; presentations on September 18.

NOTE: We are following local and state COVID protocols for live performances. As of printing, audiences will be limited to the student body, the creative team, and the AMDA Plus faculty.

Submission guidelines

Submissions will be accepted via this Google Form through Friday June 25, 2021 at 11:59p Eastern. Please submit:
  • Show information (Title, writers, length, proof of rights)
  • Synopsis (500 words)
  • Detailed cast and character breakdown, including gender, vocal requirements, potential doubling, and other pertinent identifying information
  • 10-page script sample
  • For musicals, three (3) song samples (audio & score)
  • Creative team bios
  • Development history and goals for the workshop
Eligibility requirements:
  • Authors must be local to New York City in order to fully participate in person
  • Authors are expected to actively rewrite during the workshop, so works with previous full-staged productions are ineligible
  • Authors from underrepresented communities are encouraged to submit
  • Only complete drafts will be accepted
  • For musicals, a notated piano score must be provided

  • Musical writers will receive a flat rate compensation of $1000 per team 
  • Playwrights will receive a flat rate compensation of $750 per team 
  • Pursuant to Dramatist Guild Guidelines, AMDA will retain no copyright, royalty, or any claim of ownership over the material. Any work devised during the AMDA Plus Staged 
  • Readings Workshops will stay the property of the authors. 
  • MDA will video record the presentations for archival purposes and student reels. 
  • AMDA will include the AMDA Plus Staged Readings materials into our student library for potential scene study class work in the future. 

Calendar of events:

June 25, 2021 — Submission Deadline

July 16, 2021 — Notification of Acceptance

August 23 - September 3 — Musicals workshops

September 4 — Musicals presentations

September 6 - 17 — Plays workshops

September 18 — Plays presentations

If you have any additional questions, please contact Bryan Blaskie, Creative Producer, at bblaskie@amda.edu.

Write Bites seeks plays

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Deadline: June 29, 2021

Featured Writer of the Month
  • Writers of any age anywhere in the world can submit a ten-minute or one act play, or a poem of any length free of charge to barelyseeneditor@gmail.com by June 29th
  • There is a category for plays and a separate one for poems. 
  • One may submit multiple poems and plays, up to five of each. 
  • Please also include a headshot and short third-person bio in your email.
  • Plays/poems will be published to our site, Barely Seen at barelyseenpoems.blogspot.com after June 30th. 
  • For any questions, email barelyseenquestions@gmail.com

Write Bites Collection

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Summer BIPOC Reading Festival seeks new work

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The Summer BIPOC Reading Festival (Staged Summer Festival) is an official program of Facility Theatre, located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Facility is dedicated to centering equity, diversity, inclusion, and access in all of our work. This program kicks off a series of ongoing events uplifting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists. The inaugural festival will feature 6 readings from diverse playwrights taking place throughout the summer months. 

Note: During 2021, the readings will take place on zoom until it is deemed safe to have them at Facility’s space.

Readings are an essential part of the play development process. We are proud to offer the Staged Summer Festival as a creative lab for emerging and established playwrights. Conveniently located in our brand new space, our reading series provides a home for writers to hear their new work read aloud.

The festival will take place in Humboldt Park during August 6, 7, 8 and August 13, 14, and 15. Playwrights will have their reading on one of the days and will be offered a $250 stipend for participation.

Are you a BIPOC Playwright interested in developing your work and having your play read out loud by professional actors? Fill out the form below and submit your play for consideration. We are always looking for new artists to work with. If your play is selected for the summer curation, we will be in touch for more information. We do not have any specific genre or topical requirements for our plays. They can be short, long, small cast, big cast, written for today, or written in pastiche. We are interested in all submissions and look forward to reading yours!


Quince Magazine seeks work for Issue Four

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Deadline: June 14, 2021

QUINCE magazine is currently accepting submissions for ISSUE FOUR on the theme of ARRIVALS in the following categories: poetry, fiction, visual arts, photography, film, life, writing, scripts. Please read the submissions guidelines for details.

A note on the theme
The movement away from winter and towards spring heralds new ARRIVALS. In the natural world (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least) this looks like greenery sprouting through the snow, flower buds winking awake, young animals discovering the world for the first time. ARRIVALS also suggests the idea of something - an action, a cycle? - finally completed. There are less abstract ways of interpreting this theme - the arrivals lounge, the arrival of a person in our lives, the arrival of a dream/wish come true. There are so many ways to envision this theme - be bold, specific and send your best!

Submissions Guidelines:

Poetry - submit up to five poems
Fiction - 3000 word upper limit
Visual Art/Photography - up to five images (photo essays welcome)
Film - 1 short film (1-20 minutes)
Life Writing - 3000 word upper limit
Scripts - 10 pages/minutes, extracts from a full-length work are acceptable but should work on their own.

Email submissions@quincemag.com with the name of the issue in all caps, followed by the catergory/ies of submissions eg. ARRIVALS - Poetry, Fiction

For VISUAL ARTS and PHOTOGRAPHY attach images as jpegs to email. Do not paste into Word documents.

For FILM submissions send either a youtube or vimeo link to your short film. Do not embed into the email.

Please include a short bio (under 50 words) in the body of the email.

Please do not submit work in PDF format. Do not use Google docs.

Please do adhere to the word/page count limits.

Only submit original, unpublished work.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome - please inform us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.

The theme is open to interpretation and experimental approaches are encouraged.

The magazine's decisions are final.

Unfortunately Quince Magazine is unable to pay contributors.

The deadline for submissions for Issue Four is 11.59pm, Monday 14th June 2021.

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