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Sunday, October 31, 2021

2022 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival

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Deadline: November 1, 2021

Produced by the Over Our Head Players

At Racine’s Sixth Street Theatre (Wisconsin)

The Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a festival of original comedies that run 10 minutes or less. Submitted scripts will be judged by the Snowdance Selection Committee. A selection of scripts will be chosen for production during the Snowdance Festival in the winter of 2022. 

Due to COVID-19, the exact dates and format are subject to change. Audiences attending Snowdance performances will have the ability to vote for the production they enjoyed the most. 

 The votes will be tallied throughout the five-week festival run, and the Snowdance “Best in Snow” will be awarded to the winning playwright after the final performance on a date to be determined. Cash award of $500.00 to “Best in Snow,” with $200.00 awarded to second place and $100 for third place.

* Through November 1st - Call for scripts.

* November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.

* Winter of 2022 – Expected run of festival performances.

* immediately after final performance - Announcement of “Best in Snow.”

** Should circumstances prevent a safe production of a 2022 Snowdance®, the chosen finalists will be re-considered for the following year OR for another production format, with the playwright’s consent.

#1- Competition is open to original 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Submission is considered to be approval to produce the piece without royalty if selected for production in the Snowdance® Festival. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered.

#2- Plays must run 10 minutes or less. A rule of thumb - 1 page (8 1/2 x 11) of single spaced, average dialogue will total about 90 seconds. Please time pieces prior to submission.

#3- Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2021.

#4- Manuscripts must be on standard 8-1/2” x 11” paper, cleanly typed and securely bound. Scripts should follow standard format. (Check any scriptwriting book in your library)

#5 – Plays can have a cast of 1 to 3 characters and should be easily staged. Avoid any elaborate set requirements. And remember it is a comedy festival.

#6- The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be included on the title page and only the title page. The title page should also include a cast list, set requirements, and a 1 to 3 sentence synopsis of the play.

#7 –Submit one (1) copy of your script.

#8 - Send scripts to: SNOWDANCE

C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

Alternatively, entries may be sent by email to snowdance318@gmail.com.

#9 - Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at (262) 632-6802 or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com.

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

Tiger's Heart Players seeks new work

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Submissions on a rolling basis - no deadline

WE ARE NOW SEEKING SHORT WORKS—10 TO 25 PAGES - OR UP TO 25 PAGES+-FROM A LONGER WORK

(the latter to be read in full, in installments)

Multiple Submissions are fine. Response time is usually swift—within a couple of weeks.

NOTE: Tiger’s Heart Payers does NOT cast your play for a Reading, but we will be more than happy to assist.

(Production is an entirely different matter.)

We are especially interested in work from Women, Outliers of all description--Playwrights & Actors around the globe!

Submit @ Tigersheartplayers@gmail.com.

PDF or Word Accepted

Lab Sessions are posted each weekend on our Facebook Page @ Tiger’s Heart Players

Saturday, October 30, 2021

PERFORMANCE AIRSPACE RESIDENCY

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Deadline: November 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET

The Performance AIRspace Residency annually supports three New York City-based performing artists. Residents receive a commission for the creation of a new work to premiere as part of Abrons presenting season, 200 hours of studio time, administrative support, as well as a technical and production residency.

Learn more about the application process, as well as our current residents below.

Application

With support from The Jerome Foundation, a cohort of 3 early career movement-based performing artists are annually invited to participate in our Performance AIRspace Residency. Performance AIRspace residents are provided with a monetary commission, premium access to studios and theaters for rehearsals towards the development of a live performance to be presented at Abrons Arts Center.

Program Components:

• $7,000 commission for a new work to be presented at Abrons as part of our 2022-2023 Presenting Season. Performances must be programmed to occur before June 30, 2023.
• 200 hours of fully subsidized studio rental time in any of our performance studios (excluding Studio G-05) and theaters. Please visit our website to learn more about our studio and theater spaces

Eligibility Requirements:

• Applicants must be based in New York City and living within 5 boroughs at the time of application submission and during the residency period.
• Applicants and all associated collaborators who will be onsite at Abrons during the residency and production period must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated. Please learn more by reading our COVID-19 Safety Rules.
• Applicants working in movement-based practices that are interdisciplinary in nature are encouraged to apply. Collaborative groups are invited to apply but will receive the same commission fee as an individual artist. Collaboratives can only submit 1 application; Collaboratives that submit more than 1 application for the same project will be disqualified from the review process.
• Applicants must identify as early-career artists. (Abrons’ and Jerome Foundation’s criteria for “early-career artist” available in application)
• Applicants must apply with a project proposal that has not yet premiered in its final form in New York City.
• Applicants who are enrolled in degree-granting programs or are students during the grant period are not eligible to apply.
• As a program of the historic Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center is committed to the belief that artistic practice is key to a socio-politically engaged and healthy society. Applicants should closely review the Abrons Arts Center Mission Statement and Declaration of Inclusion before applying for the Residency.

Who is an “early career” artist?


An early career artist “typically has a track record of generating and publicly presenting full work over which they have ultimate creative control in the discipline in which they are applying, but are not yet at a point in their careers where they receive consistent development and production opportunities and significant recognition, awards, and acclaim.” Please note that this category is not contingent on the age of the artist.

Application Timeline:

Application link goes live: October 4, 2021
Application deadline: November 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET
Applicants notified of status: January 2022

Friday, October 29, 2021

Café Royal Cultural Foundation NYC Publishing Grant 2021

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Deadline: November 15, 2021 9:00 AM EDT

APPLICATION FORM

Café Royal Cultural Foundation NYC will award a publishing grant to authors of fiction / creative non-fiction, poetry and playwriting.

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: Authors in fiction / creative non-fiction, poetry and playwriting. The applicant must be the originator of the written material.
Grants awarded in this category may fund costs associated with continuing the composition of work submitted. Such as:
  • Course Reduction (if you're a Teacher/Professor)
  • Salary Replacement
  • Living Expenses
  • Research Expenses
Writers applying must be a current resident of New York City and have lived there for a minimum of one year prior to applying.

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:

Creativity, originality, ideas and concepts, writing style

Importance of the Project/Cultural Relevance

Promise of future achievements in writing

Application Requirements:

Up to and no more than a 15 page PDF of the work, for the Café Royal Cultural Foundation executive committee to download and read.

A letter of intent from the publisher with a date of planned publication, if no publisher is assigned, Café Royal Cultural Foundation may work with writer to help find a publisher.

A short description of the project.

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

List of costs that the grant money be used for - must not exceed the amount of $10,000.00

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.

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 28, 2021

Fast First Draft at Primary Stages ESPA

It’s not too late to start your play! One class left in the Fall 2021 semester at Primary Stages ESPA:

Fast First Draft

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

This class is set up for you to swiftly and decisively embark on a first draft of a new play. In the first session of this 5-week class, you will work on generative writing exercises designed to kickstart your creativity, and in each subsequent session you'll workshop new pages. 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. Open to new and returning students located anywhere in the world, this class will be run just like a real-life writing room, interacting with your instructor and classmates live via Zoom.

Class begins Monday, November 15 and will meet Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm ET (November 15, 22, 29, December 6, 13). Click here for a full course description.

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.

Monday, October 25, 2021

The Richard Rodgers Award 2022

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Deadline: October 29, 2021

ONLINE APPLICATION

Administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters 

These awards, created and enduwed by Richard Rodgers in 1978 for the development of the musical theater, subsidize full productions, studio productions, and staged readings by nonprofit theaters in New York City of works by composers and writers who are not already established in this field. The winners arc selected by a jury of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 


A. REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

1. The term "musical theater" is understood to include musicals, plays with songs, thematic revues, or any comparable work. The submission of irmova Live and experimental work is encouraged. The work submitted must be of significant length to fill an evening; it may consist of a group of smaller, related pieces.

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

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

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

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

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


B. SUBMISSION OF MATERIAL

1. The name(s) of the author(s) must not appear on any of the items submitted, with the exception of the application form. Include only the title of the work on the script and plot summary. Please be sure author names arenot included in music file metadata.

2. Entry must include:

a) Script with lyrics, in PDF format.

b) Half-page synopsis of the action and a list of characters, in PDF format.

c) A separate track sheet (PDF) of recorded songs with page numbers indicating where they appear in the scriptand specifying the total number of minutes recorded.

d) At least 45 minutes of music, including a minimum of eight songs. Orchestrations are not necessary; piano and vocals are sufficient. Songs must be numbered in sequence (e.g. OJ Song Title.mp3) and each song's lyrics clearly typed into the script where it appears. Tracks must be uploaded in the order they appear in the script.

e) Application form signed by all collaborators (see below). Applicants submitting work that has already beenproduced must give full information concerning these productions, including programs. A work is not eligible ifone of the collaborators is deceased.

f) If applicable, a statement of intent declaring how the applicants would use the award if their musical is a winner.If the piece is already attached to producers or a theater, even if tentative, these associations must be declaredhere.


3. If the submitted work (or a portion thereofj is an adaptation of material which is not in the public domain, candidates mustsubmit licenses, permissions, or authorizations necessary to permit the work to be produced in conformity with applicablecopyright laws. The music must be original.


4. Applicants will be notified of the jury's decision by March 2022. The Academy is aware of the challenges facing the theatrelandscape in the current climate, and will work with the winners to apply the award in a reasonable amount of time.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

1. All rights to the material submitted shall remain the property of the author(s); the Academy will not retain any control over,or rights in, the work after the award production.

2. The decisions of the jury will be final as to eligibility and all other matters.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

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.

Aurora Metro & Supernova Books submission guidelines

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Welcome to Aurora Metro & Supernova Books! Award-winning independent publisher of distinctive new fiction, intelligent non-fiction and world drama. Three decades of publishing original voices, championing diversity and equality, and promoting work in translation.

Send to submissions@aurorametro.com.

We accept submissions but please look at the kind of books we publish before submitting a manuscript. We publish adult fiction, YA fiction, drama, and non-fiction biography, well-being, travel, history and books about the arts and popular culture. We don’t publish children’s books for ages 10 and under. We don’t publish poetry. We occasionally publish short stories in a themed anthology.

If you would like to submit your work to us, please submit your email and join our mailing list first.

FICTION (NOVELS, SHORT STORIES), NON-FICTION, DRAMA (PLAY TEXTS, ANTHOLOGIES)

Please note the following instructions for Categories when preparing your proposal.

If your Proposal falls under either Fiction or Plays/Drama/Performance, please prepare and submit the following , either as Word/PDF files and send:

  • Full synopsis
  • 3 chapters of your manuscript or full playscript
  • Your details (title, name, contact e-mail, telephone, postal address)
  • A short biographical note (up to 200 words)
  • Links to websites and/or social media profiles
  • List URLs pointing to examples of social media activity/previous campaigns (URLs which are relevant for your book and its promotion)
  • Please provide any additional information that would be helpful to us in making our decision e.g. previous books, experience, media contacts.
PLAYS/DRAMA/PERFORMANCE
 IF YOU HAVE A PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION OF A PLAY SCHEDULED, WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE SCRIPT AT LEAST 6 WEEKS BEFORE OPENING NIGHT.

Take a look at  Contact Us for general information and send info and script to submissions@aurorametro.com

Many thanks for your submissions.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Theatre Ariel is always seeking the next great Jewish play

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Theatre Ariel is always seeking the next great Jewish play to present to our audiences. Anyone may submit through the process outlined below. Theatre Ariel is looking for plays that engage with the rich world of Jewish life, thought and practice; plays where Judaism, Jewish identity or Jewish perspectives are significant or driving factors in the story (In other words, not plays where the characters ‘happen’ to be Jewish or that have a few yiddishisms or “Jewish jokes” in them, but plays where Jewish life/thought/history is integral or particularly relevant to the story.). Theatre Ariel seeks plays with casts of five actors or less.

You do not have to be Jewish to have your work considered by Theatre Ariel.

All our performances are presented as salon-style theatre readings in people’s homes, following a long tradition of Jewish theatre. For the foreseeable future, we will be presenting in a hybrid model of both in-person and virtual performances.

To have your script considered, please email the following to submissions@theatreariel.org:

Brief cover letter introducing yourself and your play, as well as a short plot summary and character breakdown (indicating doubling, if any)

Ten minute excerpt from the script (if these are not the first ten pages, then please supply a brief explanation of where we are in the story when your sample picks up)

Theatre Ariel is committed to reading and responding to every submission we receive. Please allow three to six months for a response.

Please forward any questions you may have to the same email address listed above.

The 2022 Valdez Theatre Conference

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Deadline for past participants: November 15, 2021
Also will accept the first 150 submissions from new writers

The 2022 Valdez Theatre Conference (June 11-18) is now accepting submissions for its developmental Play Lab. Selected plays will have a single rehearsal for a public reading the following day, followed by a feedback session with three panelists as well as a private session with one panelist. The Conference is an excellent opportunity to learn and grow as an artist while making new friends and collaborators in a stunning landscape. Activities include readings and responses for over fifty plays, classes, performances, the late-night Valdez Theatre Fringe, and a cruise to Shoup Glacier.

Accepted authors are responsible for travel to Valdez, Alaska, and registering for the Conference ($100).

Submission Guidelines
Plays may be 20-120 minutes in length.
Ten characters maximum.
Plays must be unpublished.
No musicals.
A submission per author.

Deadline. The Conference will accept up to a total of 150 submissions from new writers. 

Submissions from past participants will be accepted through November 15, 2021.

Submissions must be either a PDF or Word document. Submit here.

Play Lab selections will be announced by February 28, 2022.

If you have any questions, contact Coordinator Dawson Moore at dlmoore@alaska.edu.

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.

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."


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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


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.

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!

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.


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.

Monday, October 11, 2021

The Miranda Theatre Company’s 2021 Playwright Grant

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Deadline: October 15th, 2021

Email application as a single PDF to mirandatheatreco@gmail.com

Goal of grant: To provide financial support towards a reading or workshop of a new play.

Eligibility: Women or women-identifying playwrights, with priority given to members of the BIPOC community.

Application should be sent to: mirandatheatreco@gmail.com as a single PDF

Please include the following:

Name
What is your gender?
How do you identify? Man Non-Binary Woman Other / Self-describe:
Race / Which category best describes you?
-American Indian or Alaska Native (Eg: Navajo nation; Blackfeet tribe, Mayan, Aztec, Native Village, etc)
-Asian (Eg Chinese, Filipino, Asia Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese etc)
-Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin (Eg: Mexican or Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Salvadoran,
Dominican, Colombian, etc)
-Middle Eastern or North African (Eg: Lebanese, Iranian, Egyptian, Syrian, Moroccan, Algerian, etc)
-Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Eg Samopan, Chamorro, Tongan, Fijian etc)
-White (Eg: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French, etc)
-Black or African American (Eg: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc)
-Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Eg: Native Hawaiian, Samoan, Chamorro, Tongan, Fijian, etc)
-Some other race, ethnicity or origin

Mailing Address
Telephone
Email
Title of Project
Brief (300 words) description of play
Inspiration for play. What compelled you to write this story? History of development of the work to date

Time frame for presentation of workshop 
Projected venue
4-page sample of Play
Resume

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