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Friday, May 20, 2022

The No Sleep Horror Podcast seeks scripts

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Deadline: none given

We’d love to see more script submissions, as these have proven to work very well on the show. Scripts should ideally last between 20 and 40 minutes, and star 2 or more characters, with more being preferable. Please include a word count with your script, and a spoiler-free list of characters with speaking roles. If you’re new to scriptwriting and you’d like an example of how to structure and format an audio-only script, you can download an example.

Please make sure your script is written as an audio drama. We can’t adapt scripts written as a screenplay, or scripts that heavily feature visual cues. Anything not written in an audio drama format will not be accepted.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Please email us at submissions@thenosleeppodcast.com.

If your story is selected, you may be asked to work with the story editor on edits or tweaks to ensure your story is as perfect for the show as it can be.

Feel free to introduce yourself and say hello, but things like cover letters or CV’s aren’t required.

Please be considerate of other authors waiting for a response. Choose one or two of your best works and submit those via an attachment in a single email. Please don’t send link-dumps, or refer us to an entire anthology of your work. Similarly, please don’t send rapid-fire submissions. Ideally wait a few weeks between submissions. This is a polite request and not a rule however, and if you have a burning desire to send another story over in the meantime, go for it.

Stories can appear elsewhere. Previously published or performed stories are fine, as long as you hold the rights to grant usage to The NoSleep Podcast. However, stories which have not already previously appeared in audio form will have priority.
Please do not re-submit stories that have already been passed on. If we think a story could work with certain changes or rewrites, we’ll reach out to you and let you know. This applies to all stories, including holiday specials.

If you’re submitting a story for a holiday special (Christmas, Halloween etc) then say so in the subject line of the email. This is super important! If you don’t do this then there’s a good chance it’ll get overlooked for a specific episode.

Only submit your own work. We can’t adapt stories without the permission of the author.

If for some reason you’ve decided to withdraw your submission, let us know immediately. Due to the extremely fast turnaround time, a story might be put into production on the same day it’s accepted. By submitting a story, you’re granting us permission to adapt it.

We cannot provide a personalized response to every author individually. Similarly, requests for writing advice or critiques will probably go unanswered. However, even if a story is rejected you will hear from us saying so as long as the submission falls within our guidelines.

If your story submission has been posted online at any point, please provide us with a link so we can share the text version with our listeners. Secondly, when including a word count, please include the exact word count rather than an estimate. Thanks!

Due to an ever-increasing volume of submissions and a number of documents which are almost impossible to format, we are now requesting the following formatting requirements for submissions going forward:

No tabbed indents.
If you need to remove tabbed indents from your submission document, an easy way to batch remove them is find/replace ^t with nothing in the replace field.

Documents where you’ve created tabbed indents by pressing space bar a bunch of times will be automatically rejected.

Please spend some time on editing and proofreading your document.
We get dozens of submissions a month with mistakes so obvious that you couldn’t fail to miss them on an editing pass, leading us to believe that these editing passes aren’t being done. Obvious things like sentences ending half way through, nonsense typos that aren’t real words etc. Sometimes we find these in the opening paragraph.

Keep the header/footer blank.

Stick to one font and don’t use fancy title fonts or similar.
We format the documents to Calibri 14 so it’s a waste of your time. If your document is already Calibri 14 then we’ll love you more.

Keep the prose left aligned.
Nobody wants to read a 4000 word center aligned story.

Only use one space between words.
We get submissions with two, three or even four spaces between words at random and it’s an absolute pain to fix if the amount of spaces fluctuates. If we have to spend hours deleting spaces from your document, it won’t be considered.

Give the document a sensible file name.
Title – Author is ideal. Make it as easy as possible for us to search for, find and assess your story. HotSexySubmission.doc might seem funny at the time, but it’s less funny when your story gets overlooked because we can’t recall the filename to locate it!

Give your story an extra editing pass for superfluous commas and run-on sentences.
These are the bane of our lives as editors of an audio production because excessive commas can be extremely disruptive to the voice actors. If your 150 word paragraph is one sentence long with twelve commas, it shouldn’t be. This is the single biggest issue that takes up our editorial time and we’d like to see more authors making a concerted effort to fix this stuff up before submitting. You don’t need to guide the reader by the hand to quite the degree some people do with commas, they’re capable of parsing sentences with only the most mandatory of commas in place. Go through your story and remove any commas that don’t absolutely need to be there when you’re writing for audio.

If you post your stories to Reddit, please remove the Reddit formatting before sending it in.
Your submissions shouldn’t be rife with asterisks and underscores framing a bunch of words. Likewise, please edit things like ‘I’m posting this on Reddit because’ or even ‘I’m typing this’ or similar unless it’s mandatory to the plot (for eg it’s framed as something that’s been written up and is then being read by another person). If you want your story to be adapted on the podcast then it should be from the perspective of being spoken aloud. We do audio drama adaptations, not narrations. There are many great horror narrators out there but it’s a different medium and requires different presentation.

Remember that somebody has to do all these things.
You might have a reason why you use three spaces between words, or center align, or have a complex and unintuitive filename, but someone has to fix it. If it’s left to us to fix thousands of typos, superfluous spaces, tabbed indents etc then that’s (much, much) less time we have to focus on selecting stories and giving people opportunities to be on the show. If it’s something generic that the editors can fix, it’s something you can fix before you send it in. The great thing about digital is that you can save as many copies of a file as you want. If you want your prose version to have tabbed indents, that’s great! Save another copy without them to submit to places who don’t want them. If it’s in your muscle memory to double space between words and you just can’t break the habit, cool! But you’re also able to find/replace double space with single space. If you don’t have time to proofread and edit your story in general, then… actually there’s no excuse for that, it just means you’re only doing part of your job as a writer.

If you forget to do any of this, don’t worry!
Unless it’s incredibly obvious that you’ve made zero effort, we’ll still consider your story. You don’t need to send in six revisions fixing things.

This only applies to submissions going forward.
If you’ve already submitted something filled with tabbed indents or something then we might frown at it but we won’t hold it against you. Please don’t send in revisions of existing submissions.

When you’re submitting somewhere, you want to do everything you can to make it as easy as possible for the editors to accept it. Everything we get submitted has to be edited and adapted into a uniform script type for our voice actors. If we have two equally great stories and one has been submitted with care in the presentation and the other hasn’t, and will take hours longer to edit, then we’re going to go with the former every time. If we have to spend 10-15 minutes just preparing your document for you so it’s readable for assessment then we don’t have that 10-15 minutes to spend making an awesome podcast.

Unless it’s obvious that you’ve flagrantly ignored our submissions guidelines, you will hear back whether it’s an acceptance or a rejection. We’re in a place where we’re very on top of things and nothing is slipping through the cracks. If you haven’t heard back then it’s because we have nothing to tell you right now. As soon as your story’s been selected or rejected, you’ll know. Especially with flash fiction; if you listen to the show, you’ll know that our flash fiction episodes only happen generally once a season, so we’re simply unable to be constantly assessing the hundreds of flash fic submissions we get a week. Now that flashfic submissions are temporarily closed this is less of an issue, but if you have a pending flash fiction submission then please be patient.

Please include the phrase ‘I’m bracing myself for The NoSleep Podcast‘ in your submission email.

Fairy Tale Review seeks drama submissions

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Deadline: June 30, 2022

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

The Rainbow Issue of Fairy Tale Review will be dedicated to queer fairy tales written by queer writers.
 
We ask that only writers who self-identify as queer or members of the LGBTQIA+ community submit to the issue.

This category is for graphic novels, comics and drama submissions to our nineteenth print issue, The Rainbow Issue, which will be published by Wayne State University Press in March 2023.

For graphic novels, comics, and drama: Writers may submit up to ten pages.

Payment: Contributors will receive two (2) issues of The Rainbow Issue and a $50 honorarium upon publication. A standard contract between the contributor and Fairy Tale Review will be executed upon acceptance.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

2022 Hear Me Out New American Monologue Competition & Labor Day Fest Submission: WHEN WE NAME IT



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Deadline: July 22, 2022 Noon, EDT.

Please fill out this form thoroughly before attaching a PDF of your submission.

Only one entry per individual.

  • Golden Ear $2,500
  • Silver Ear $1,350
  • Bronze Ear $975
  • Honorable Mention $500
  • The August van der Becq Memorial Prize for Daring $2,001

2022 THEME: WHEN WE NAME IT

In a world in which  social norms, political systems, economic laws and the natural environment are all facing existential challenges, the language we use to describe the world around us takes on new urgency. In order to change a thing, we first need to name it.  In order to care for something or someone it matters that we name it. If we want to understand something that confuses or frightens us, first we must name it. 

Since human beings created language, the labels we assign to things, people, places, activities, relationships, complex issues, etc. etc. have influenced our view of them. There are things we carry with us throughout life that feel so important, so powerful, that sometimes we dare not name them for fear that naming them might invite them to consume us. And yet, oftentimes the act of finally naming something we’ve been living with results in a newfound freedom. And, yes, we also name people, pets, places, projects and creations. 

And sadly, these days, our choices regarding how we identify certain things can even threaten to tear apart our most treasured relationships. 

Your 2022 Hear Me Out entry must in some way refer to some naming and its impact on the characters you’re revealing. As always we hope you will find your own way into our festival theme and we do not require the use of any specific words, language or stylistic choices.  

We only ask that your character grapples with our festival theme in some way.

And remember: your monologue must introduce us to a character who is talking to another person (or group of people). Short stories and essays will be disqualified.

If you are about to submit something that's been sitting in your desk drawer for years rather than something brand new written fresh to the festival prompt, think again. Your odds of actually winning with a piece of writing that was not organically created in response to the prompt are slim to none. Consider that writing a brand new monologue won't take you the same time and energy as writing a whole new play or screenplay. 

Consider that by investing between 5 and 20 hours you could see yourself clear to cashing a check for $2,500. Do yourself and your writing a favor and invest a little time, thought and effort into making something special for this unique opportunity.

FINAL DEADLINE: July 22, 2022 Noon, EDT.

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE FOR ALL THOSE WHO WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR
The Alvin Epstein Memorial Prize for Solo Performance
or
The Most Memorable Character Prize
Entries must be received by Noon, EDT on June 15, 2022.

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) seeks 10-minute audio plays from veterans

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Deadline: July 3, 2022

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) is launching a 10-minute audio play competition for playwrights who meet one of the following criteria:

  • current or former US military, law enforcement, fire, EMS, foreign service, or intelligence service veteran
  • immediate family member of a current or former military, law enforcement, fire, EMS, foreign service or intelligence service veteran (“immediate family member” means: parents, siblings, children and spouse.)

Submissions should be emailed in PDF format to info@vetrep.org 

OR via the submission portal on the VetRep website at: https://vetrep.org/submissions/

If emailing, submission must include the veteran/immediate family member status of the playwright in the body of the email.

Plays:

  • Must be a completed play, ten (10) minutes or less in length; Any genre/any subject matter; does not have to be related to veteran's service
  • Must not be a musical, screenplay, children’s play, adaptation, translation, or fan fiction play
  • Must be the entrant’s own original work and cannot be co-authored
  • Must be typed in the English language
  • Must not have been previously produced or published. (Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production are permitted).
  • Must not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission
  • Must not violate the intellectual property rights of any third party

Playwrights may submit more than one play

Winners and finalists will be notified via email no later than December 31, 2022. 

(Note: We will make every effort to have results back to submitters ASAP, however, in order to ensure fair treatment of each submission and to plan for any contingencies which may arise, we are providing a worst-case scenario for our timeline).

There is no participation or submission fee.

There is no guarantee that winners’ or finalists’ work will be produced by VetRep.

The competition winner:

  • Will receive a $1000 grant.
  • Will receive feedback from panel of judges.
  • May be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Resident Artists where Winner will have the opportunity to submit plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.
  • Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).

The second-place finalist:

  • Will receive a $750 grant.
  • Will receive feedback from panel of judges.
  • May be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Resident Artists where finalist will have the opportunity to submit plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.
  • Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).

The third-place finalist:

  • Will receive a $500 grant.
  • Will receive feedback from panel of judges.
  • May be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Resident Artists where finalist will have the opportunity to submit plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.
  • Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).

The fourth-place through tenth-place finalists:

  • Will receive feedback from panel of judges.
  • May be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Resident Artists where finalists will have the opportunity to submit their plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.
  • Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).

Founded in February 2021 in Cornwall, NY, Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) is a creative hub that brings talented veteran writers and professional New York-based artists under one roof to create compelling live theater and events.

Website: https://vetrep.org/. You can follow us at https://www.instagram.com/vetreptheater/ and https://www.facebook.com/veteransrepertorytheater to see our latest events and updates.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

2022-23 PlayGround-NY Writers Pool

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Deadline: June 30, 2022  11:59pm PT

Applications for the 2022-23 PlayGround-NY Writers Pool are being accepted, now through June 30, 2022. Only members of the Writers Pool may submit scripts as part of the monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, from which are selected the six plays and playwrights for each year’s Best of PlayGround. For specific eligibility requirements and responsibilities, see below.

To be eligible, writers must reside within the five boroughs of New York City. To apply for a place in the 2022-23 writers pool, please submit a 10-page max, double-spaced script as a Portable Document Format (.pdf) attachment. Both previously produced and unproduced scripts are eligible. The script must have the playwright’s name, address, email and phone number at the top of the first page and include a detailed cast breakdown, and all pages must be numbered. The script title must be labeled by Lastname_Firstname_Title.

Excerpts from longer works are not accepted but short plays that meet the above requirements and are derived from a longer work are accepted. BIPOC, trans/gender-non-conforming & differently-abled playwrights are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be received by 11:59pm PT on Thursday, June 30, 2022. The 2022-23 PlayGround Writers Pool will be announced before August 28, 2022.

Review Americana: A Creative Writing Journal submission guidelines

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Deadline: June 30, 2022

Submission Guidelines

If you would like to submit to Review Americana: A Creative Writing Journal, send an
explanatory email that includes your name and contact information to editor@americanpopularculture.com. Attach your submission to that email.

We publish a spring edition in late June/early July and a fall edition in late December/early January. Your work will be considered for the next available issue.

A note on reading times: We publish twice a year. Our reading period for spring is January through June with the spring edition decision and publication coming in late June/early July. Our reading period for fall is July through December with the fall edition decision and publication coming late December/early January.

Please conform to the following guidelines:

1) We consider poems, short fiction, short screenplays, short plays, creative nonfiction, essays about the art of creative writing, and essays about the teaching of creative writing.
2) We prefer no simultaneous submissions. If your work is under consideration elsewhere, please let us know. If it is accepted for publication elsewhere, please let us know that as well.
3) We do not consider multiple submissions. Please wait until you have heard from us regarding your previous submission before you submit again. Poets may submit up to four poems. All other authors should submit only one work.
4 ) We only consider previously unpublished work.
5) We do not publish profanity, gratuitously violent, or erotic work.
6) All work submitted to any publication or contest at Americana is reviewed blindly. Please do not include your name on the submission. If you do, we will remove it before it is sent out for review.
7) American citizenship is not a requirement for submission; the only requirement is that the work hold some appeal for an American readership and bear some relationship with American culture.
8) We ask for First American Serial Rights for one month after publication. After that, rights revert back to the author.
9) We don't pay for publication, and we don't charge reading fees.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

AMERICAN-SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION TRANSLATION AWARDS

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Deadline: September 1, 2022 (submission due by 11:59 pm EDT on September 1)

The American-Scandinavian Foundation annually awards three translation prizes for outstanding translations of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary prose written by a 20th or 21st-century Nordic author:

The Nadia Christensen Prize includes a $2,500 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

The Leif and Inger Sjöberg Prize, given to an individual whose literature translations from a Nordic language have not previously been published, includes a $2,000 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

The Wigeland Prize, given to the best translation from Norwegian by a resident of Norway, includes a $2,000 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

—APPLY NOW!

GUIDELINES

The prizes are for outstanding English translations of poetry, fiction, drama or literary prose originally written in a Nordic language.

Translations must be from the writing of one author, although not necessarily from a single work.

The online application will require the following materials:

Your CV;

A brief description of the author whose work you are translating;

One copy of the translation, including a title page and a table of contents for the proposed book of which the submitted manuscript is a part. If prose, manuscripts must be 25-50 pages, double-spaced; if poetry, 15-25 pages. *Note: Manuscripts must have numbered pages, and the translator’s name should not appear on any page of the translation manuscript. Submissions containing the translator’s name will be disqualified;

One copy of the work(s) in the original language (relevant pages only); and

A letter or other document signed by the author, the author’s agent or the author’s estate granting permission for the translation to be entered in this competition and published in Scandinavian Review.

Restrictions:

The translation submitted in the competition may not have been previously published in the English language by the submission deadline. (If the submitted translation is also under consideration by a publisher, you must inform us of the expected publication date.)

Translators may submit one entry only and may not submit the same entry in more than two competitions.

The Translation Prize cannot be won more than three times by the same translator.

The Willow Tree Project

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Deadline: July 1, 2022

Northern Starz Center for the Performing Arts is proud to unveil our newest program: The Willow Tree Project!

Our mission is to create opportunities for people age 55 and up to participate in the performing arts, regardless of their previous experience. Through the stories we tell, we will honor the wisdom we gather as we age, and celebrate the experience of getting older.

We’re accepting submissions for our New Works Festival for plays by playwrights age 55 and up, which will run September 23-25 at Northern Starz Center for the Performing Arts in Ramsey, MN.

The Willow Tree Project is looking to further examine the experience of aging in modern America. We are looking for One Act scripts written by playwrights age 55 and up, taking on issues relevant to this constantly growing age demographic that can often feel overlooked in today’s society. Though we welcome submissions from around the country, we will prioritize the work of local and regional playwrights!

Submissions should be no longer than 60 minutes. You may submit more than one script. Submitted scripts will be considered for the festival, with 4-6 plays chosen for presentation as staged readings performed during the festival. The audience will vote, along with a panel of judges, for which script they want to see produced, and the chosen script will be produced as part of the 2023 Northern Starz season! The winning playwright will be paid royalties upon production.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. All inquiries and play submissions should be directed to: submissions@northernstarz.org. Submissions are due by July 1, 2022.

Monday, May 16, 2022

The Gallery Players 26th Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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Deadline: June 30, 2022

The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 26th Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in January 2023. Each play selected will be given a black box production with non-equity actors. Playwrights must be available via Zoom or some other virtual venue for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: RECEIVED AT GALLERY PLAYERS BY JUNE 30, 2022. NOTE the received by date. Mail your submissions accordingly.

Submission guidelines:

Plays must be un-produced (readings are ok); must be the play’s world premier Length of play: 10 minutes to 30 minutes. No monologues. No period costume pieces.

You may only submit two (2) plays.

Pages must be numbered

A cover page with Title of the play and playwrights contact information is required, along with a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown

Submit a copy of your resume

Playwrights cannot direct their own work

Send two copies of your play(s), along with your resume, to:

The Gallery Players

Black Box New Play Festival 199 14th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215.

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the Festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received by us, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard.

We do not accept email submissions.

We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to protect the copyright.

21st Annual PICK OF THE VINE

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Deadline: May 31, 2022

Little Fish Theatre is now accepting scripts for our 21st Annual PICK OF THE VINE short play production to be presented in January-February 2023.

There will be a $75 flat fee royalty payment to playwrights per play produced. (or $25 royalty if presented virtually)

Submission Procedure:

1. Only ONE play may be submitted per playwright. There is no submission fee.

2. Submissions accepted May 1- May 31, 2022. Submission deadline is midnight May 31, 2022.

3. PDF Submissions accepted via Google Form: https://bit.ly/37ptW5p-POV2023.

4. Plays must include contact info (name, phone number, email address, home city and state, country) on the cover sheet.

5. Plays will require no more than 6 actors.

6. Plays will run no more than 15 minutes, no exceptions.

7. Plays will have minimal set, costume, prop, and special effect requirements.

Timeline

We will notify semi-finalists via email by mid-September. Only those playwrights whose pieces have progressed to the semi-final round will be notified.

Playwrights whose pieces have been chosen for Production will be notified via email in November.

More information on Little Fish Theatre can be found at the links below:

Facebook: Facebook.com/TheLittleFishTheatre
Instagram: @LittleFishTheatre
Twitter: @lilfishtheatre
Website: littlefishtheatre.org

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Paradox Theatre Works’ second annual New Works Festival Showcase 2022: THE LIVING ROOM

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Deadline: June 1, 2022

Submissions are now being accepted for Paradox Theatre Works’ second annual New Works Festival Showcase 2022, entitled “THE LIVING ROOM”. 

Seeking original short plays 10 minutes in length that have not been produced in the Chicago area before, from playwrights from across the globe. This year’s festival is focused on scenes that occur in “The Living Room”. 
  • There are requirements to the plays so please read the rules carefully.
  • Only 9 entries will be selected. 
  • The winning entries will be produced by Paradox Theatre Works and provided a venue, audience, directors and actors to perform your play live at our “The Living Room” New Works Festival Showcase 2022 in October. 
  • The production will be in front of a live audience and recorded. It will subsequently be posted after the production on our website.
Seeking original monologues and original spoken word pieces. There is no submission fee. There will be 2 prizes awarded. There is no fee to submit nor to be produced if chosen.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • Scripts must be original.
  • Scripts should stay between 8 and 10 minutes.
  • Each play must take place in The Living Room.
  • Your available set will consist of one coffee table, one rug under the coffee table, two accent chairs and one sofa. 
  • Your play must be limited to between two and four characters.
  • Scripts that copy the exact plotline of existing movies, plays, TV series, and books will not be considered. 
  • No more than five submissions allowed per playwright.
  • Please include a cover sheet for your submissions. This is requested by the play reading committee. Submission cover sheets should have Play title, author’s name, place of residence, mobile number, e-mail that is checked regularly, and an author bio of approximately 75 words. You are welcome to include a brief play synopsis here as well. 
  • The first page of the script should provide the name of characters and brief description of personality.
  • Selected plays will be fully produced live onstage with a video posted on our website after the end of run.
  • We reserve the right to cast plays with the best actor for the work. Actors portraying characters may not be able to match every physical look, attribute or identity. Plays must be typed in 12-point font, pages numbered, double-spaced and sent in PDF format. 
  • Deadline June 1, 2022
  • Send email using subject line: 10 Minute Play Submission
  • Send the email to: ParadoxTheatreWorks@gmail.com
  • $50 prize for the play voted Audience Favorite and $50 prize for the play voted Jury Favorite will be awarded after the final show. 
  • Questions can be addressed to the email above or visit www.paradoxtheatreworks.com for more info.
Additionally,
  • The playwright may submit up to 5 plays.
  • We prefer plays that have never been produced anywhere but require plays never produced in the Chicagoland area. 
  • Submissions will be confirmed after receipt within two weeks. 
  • The 9 Plays selected to be produced will be announced on our website in August 2022 and those playwrights emailed at that time for further instructions. 
  • The 2 winning playwrights of the $50 prizes will be listed in a final email to all of the 9 chosen entrants along with a video link to the production. This info will be also available on our website in November.
  • There are no fees associated with this production to any of the playwrights.

Stories Found submission guidelines

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Deadline: None given

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.

Talking It Out Virtual Arts Festival seeks short plays, one-acts & full-lengths

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Deadline: May 31, 2022 11:59 EST

Submissions for plays for the upcoming 2022-2023 season of the Talking It Out Virtual Arts Festival in support of mental health awareness will be accepted this May for Mental Health Awareness Month beginning May 1st at 12am EST. Please read below for more details.

This year, we will be accepting submissions for short plays, (less than 20 minutes) one-act plays, (20-40 minutes) & full-length plays (60-120 minutes) of all genres, including comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, experimental, etc. 

The one requirement - in terms of subject matter - is that all plays should deal with the topic of mental illness. (i.e. anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, etc.)

Depending on the length and quality of the submissions received, our November 2022 performance will feature between 5-6 short plays, our March 2023 performance will feature between 2-4 one-act plays, and our July 2023 performance will feature 1 full-length play.

There is no submission fee, and playwrights are welcome to submit as many plays as they wish.

Plays that have received a previous reading or production are eligible, as long as they are unpublished.

Tickets to the festival will be free, but we will be accepting donations. Half will be donated to a non-profit organization dedicated to direct action & relief for those struggling with mental illness, while the other half will be evenly distributed amongst the participating artists.

Our submission deadline is May 31st at 11:59pm EST. 

Playwrights will be notified by July 31st at the very latest if their play is selected for inclusion in the festival.

Playwrights who are interested in submitting should send each submission via email to Literary Manager Angelo Lorenzo at talkingitoutfest@gmail.com under the subject line "Talking It Out Play Submission - INSERT PLAY NAME HERE". 

Please also provide us with a brief synopsis & approximate run time of your play(s) in the body of your email.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize 2022

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Deadline: April 30, 2022

The deadline has been moved forward by a couple of weeks to
Deadline: May 15, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The award ceremony will take place in September 2022.



Break A Leg Reading Series / Short Play Competition

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Deadline: May 31, 2022

Submissions accepted electronically at breakaleg.plays@gmail.com.

Break A Leg has opened submissions for our:

One Act Slam Reading Series / Short Play Competition.

Make us Laugh! - Make us Cry! - Win $100!

ONE ACT SLAM DETAILS:

We are looking for short plays (no musicals/no one person shows/no child roles under age 15) that have not yet been produced or published. 

One Acts 5-10 pages (8-10 minutes) accepted from May 3rd to May 31st, 2022. A cash prize of $100 will be awarded to the winner of the One Act Slam by audience vote as part of a live reading taking place in Midtown NYC in September. 

In the Subject of the email please put the title of the play and the reading series to which you are submitting.

Submission Details for the One Act Slam 2022:

Plays must still be in the development / reading stage, with no prior fully staged / off book performances. Plays will be performed on book.

Due to the high volume of scripts received, WE ARE LOOKING FOR ONE ACTS 5- 10 PAGES (8-10 minutes) ONLY – PLAYS FOR OTHER CATEGORIES that don’t fit the one act criteria (Art of Science, Historically Speaking, Etc.) / FULL LENGTH PLAYS WILL NOT BE READ

Scripts 5-10 Pages submitted for the recent Delicious Comedy Call for Submissions are automatically being considered for the One Act Slam. PLEASE DO NOT RESUBMIT THEM.

Submissions accepted electronically at breakaleg.plays@gmail.com.

In the Subject of the email, please put the title of the play and the reading series to which you are submitting.

Include your full name and phone number.

Attach plays in PDF form

Characters should be human or be able to be played by a human (no real animals). No child characters that cannot be portrayed by an adult. No Musicals. 

Characters Ages 40+ are encouraged

Due to the number of scripts we receive and the limited size of our staff, we are not able to respond personally to every play or to offer feedback.

Resubmissions of plays previously sent for consideration should be for updated drafts only, and please include the date of your original submission.

A cash prize of $100 will be awarded to the winner of the One Act Slam by audience vote as part of a live reading taking place in Midtown NYC in September.

At this time, we do not compensate playwrights outside of NYC for travel / accommodations to see the live reading, but we do take a lot of pictures and post on social media.

For any further questions, please contact the Literary Manager at: Breakaleg.plays@gmail.com.

Denizens Theater Company "Fear the Future" seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: October 1, 2022

For our third season, the Denizens Theater Company will be exploring the theme "Fear the Future", an examination of how people react to and navigate change. This includes:

-Personal vs Social changes
-Re-entering the world, post-covid
-All the ways tech helps or destroys
-What it means to be on the "right" or "wrong" side of history
-What stays the same as things change.
-How change ties into race, identity, politics, relationships, revolutions

We are seeking 10 min plays for our annual evening of one-acts, "Snapshot".
Particularly seeking plays that are: Sci-fi, Historical, about Covid, Dark Comedy.

We are also seeking interested directors for a Fall 2022 or Winter 2023 production.

DenizensTheaterCo@gmail.com

Friday, May 13, 2022

The Courtship of Winds submission guidelines

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Deadline: none given

SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

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

The Courtship of Winds publishes poetry, fiction, short dramatic pieces, essays, photography, art, and short pieces of music. Please submit no more than six poems at a time. Prose should generally not exceed 10, 000 words. Simultaneous submissions are fine, provided the author immediately withdraws any work accepted elsewhere. Please withdraw work only through Submittable, indicating in the "reason" field if you are withdrawing part or all of your submission.  Courtship does not publish previously published work.  Authors retain all rights to their work.

Please use Submittable for all submissions. Please do not submit work in a particular genre more than once in a six-month period.Work is considered year-round for two issues.  You should expect a response within six months. We regret that we cannot currently pay for accepted work.


The 24th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays (2023)

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Deadline: September 30, 2022

Each season, The Festival receives approximately 350 submissions. Since its inception in 1998, The Festival has received over 8,000 submissions from across the world and produced 126 world premieres by 99 different playwrights. The Festival presents between five and seven plays each season.

Guidelines:
  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted.
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children's plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 12
  • Length maximum: 40 minutes (no minimum)
  • Settings: Simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions.
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.
  • All submissions should be emailed in PDF format to Jeffrey@theatrethree.com
  • Scripts must be received by September 30, 2022.
Cover sheet of the play should include title, author, author's address, author's telephone number, and author's e-mail; a short synopsis is encouraged but not required. Any stage play format is acceptable. Multiple submissions should be made in the same email. In addition, a resume may be included as a separate attachment in the same email. Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

Selected plays will be presented for ten performances (dates to be determined in winter-spring 2023), at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on Theatre Three's Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $125 stipend.

Playwrights will receive a standard Dramatists Guild-approved contract and will receive four complimentary tickets to be used at any performances. Playwrights are welcome to attend any rehearsals or performances. Playwrights will receive copies of playbills, flyers, articles, and reviews as well as a link to all publicity and production photos. THEATRE THREE is responsible for all elements of production; playwrights incur no expenses. THEATRE THREE retains no future production rights.

Final selection of plays will be in late 2022.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

The ATG PlayLab

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Deadline: June 10, 2022

The ATG PlayLab, which launched in September 2020, is a professional space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Queer (LGBTQ+) playwrights to develop their works for the stage. Led by Pandora Scooter and comprised of twelve playwrights, the goal for the PlayLab is to help develop marginalized voices to enable the telling of rich and varied stories from all members of our community. Applications are currently being accepted for the program; the deadline is Friday, June 10th. 


The group will meet once every week for 12 sessions during the Fall, Spring and Summer via Zoom on Sunday evenings.  One additional meeting per month will be called for professional development discussions/workshops (these will not be required, but strongly encouraged).  Applicants from anywhere in the US are welcome to apply, though preference will be given to NJ, PA and NY writers.   

Sunday evening (6pm to 9pm EST) attendance at meetings is required.  From the applicants, playwrights will be chosen to participate in this play development lab.  There is no restriction on style of playwriting that the applicants use.  There is also no guarantee that acceptance into this PlayLab will result in any public readings or productions by American Theatre Group.  

The Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened Language

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Deadline: August 31, 2022

Monetary award to playwright: $3000 for works with a running time of at least 40 minutes.

Synecdoche Works may support further development of a submitted work at its discretion.

Conditions for Consideration

Submissions must be in a heightened version of the English language in order to provide a meaningful challenge to the actors. This includes, but is not limited to, works using meter, verse, rhyming schemes, pidgins, creoles, and code-switching.

Plays must contain at least 60% heightened language.

Submissions may be translations or adaptations of works in the public domain.

No works under 40 minutes are eligible.

Authors awarded a grant must be willing to participate in a brief rehearsal process culminating in an online video reading of their submitted work*.

Submitted works cannot be currently attached to a theater or production company.

Submitted works cannot have had a prior development cycle outside of an educational program.

Submit Your Play

We accept English-language plays from anywhere in the world.

Submission deadline for 2022: August 31, 2022. Submissions open in March 2022.

Submission portfolio must include:
This Google form: https://forms.gle/qwWhmqBiLb6cViBg8
The play in standard script format, upload via the Google form or emailed as an attachment to submissions@synecdocheworks.org

Optional:
C.V. or resume.

Applicants under the age of majority in their home countries will need the permission of a legal guardian in order to accept an award from Synecdoche Works.

Submission constitutes acceptance of the Fellowship’s terms and conditions.

* Synecdoche Works will make reasonable efforts to facilitate an online video reading, but the reading is not guaranteed.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Left Coast Theatre Co.'s newest anthology reading - "Unheard Voices"

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Deadline: May 22, 2022 11:59 PM

This will be an anthology of 6 or 7 pieces written by and for members of queer communities who have been underserved by the broader/mainstream LGBTQ+ movement. Are you trans, non-binary, QTBIPOC, bi, pan, ace, aro, demi, neurodivergent, have a disability, or are part of any community that has been underserved by the LGBTQ+ community? We want to hear your stories!

Please submit your script by 11:59pm on Sun, 5/22

Chosen scripts will be part of a staged reading in August and will be considered for a full production in 2023.

Full submission details can be found on our website.

We ask for submitters to fill out the following form to submit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMsBSqPg7qzfGxSXOSRjC3P-ecsx8mafefuMDAiKD9R2iyWw/viewform

Play Requirements:

  • Play must not have been previously produced in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Plot must concern those who have been underserved by the broader/mainstream LGBTQ+ movement.
  • No more than four (4) characters
  • Simple and minimal set pieces and props
  • No more than 15 pages, or the equivalent of 10-15 minutes in length. Please do not submit longer scripts – they will not be read

Scripts must be submitted in the following format

  • 1” margins on all sides
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt
  • Stage directions in parentheses and indented 2.5” from the left and 1” from the right
  • Character names indented 3” from the left
  • Dialogue is not indented either on the left or the right
  • Include complete contact information on the front page as noted. This will allow us to notify you whether your play has been selected
  • Include a one-paragraph synopsis of the plot of the play as shown in the template

Unheard Voices is a development project. The script you submit should be the one you want performed at the reading, but the playwrights selected will have the opportunity to do some rewriting before the final production.

There is no limit on the number of scripts any one playwright may submit; however, each script must be submitted separately.

9th Annual Christopher Hewitt Award

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Deadline: June 15, 2022

A&U Magazine is currently accepting entries for the ninth annual Christopher Hewitt Award. Named in honor of A&U’s first literary editor, the award showcases outstanding responses to the AIDS pandemic and the realities of individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.

Prize: $75
Entry fee: None
Submission deadline: June 15, 2022
Judges: Winners will be selected by the following judges, by category.
Poetry: Philip F. Clark
Fiction: Raymond Luczak
Creative Nonfiction: Jay Vithalani
Drama: Bruce Ward

Publication: Winners and named runners-up will be published in upcoming issues of A&U.

How to Submit: Email Word (.doc or .docx files) of your work to Editor in Chief David Waggoner by emailing mailbox [at] aumag [dot] org. Please indicate in the subject line that your submission is for the Christopher Hewitt Award; include your name and genre in the subject line as well. Your name or any other personal identifying information should not appear on your manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each separately.

Guidelines: All submissions must be HIV/AIDS-related and previously unpublished. All styles are welcomed. Writers may submit more than one work.

Fiction and creative nonfiction should be 1,200 words or fewer, double-spaced. Reasonable exceptions will be considered.

Drama may be an excerpt from a longer work or a ten-minute play (1,400-1,600 words, no more than ten pages, Dramatists Guild format). For drama excerpts, include, on a separate page, a synopsis and a full cast of characters.

We reserve the right to excerpt longer pieces for print, in consultation with the author; works in their entirety will be printed on the web.

Rights: We secure first North American serial rights and electronic archival rights (posting on the Web and in digital issues).

If any genre lacks a clear winner, fewer than four awards may be given. All entries will be considered for publication.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Crossroad Project 2023 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative

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Deadline: August 1, 2022 11:59 PM CDT
we can only consider the first 100 submissions.

Play Submission Form

The 2023 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) playwrights in accordance with the mission statement of the Crossroads Project (see below). A diverse panel of judges including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members will select one playwright as the winner.

The winning playwright will receive:An invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL as a guest artist in residence for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. This residency may also include class visits and other University events.

Travel (within the U.S.), housing, and meals during the residency.

An honorarium of $500 for the residency.

To be eligible to win, the playwright must be available for a one-week residency in mid-to-late April 2023 (exact dates TBD). If the play has multiple writers/creators, we can only provide funding for one person during the residency. Other writers/creators are welcome to participate in the workshop by self-funding the trip or joining virtually for rehearsals and events.

The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. (central daylight time). There is no entry fee. We only accept electronic submissions in PDF format. Because our staff and resources are limited, we can only consider the first 100 submissions.

Please include in your submission:A representative sample from your play up to 15 pages. These do not have to be the first 15 pages of the play.
A synopsis of the play (max. 250 words).
A character list with short descriptions for each character (age, ethnicity, gender, occupation, family relationships, etc.)
A playwright’s statement (max. 400 words). In the statement, describe your inspiration for writing the play, address where you are in the development process, and discuss how a workshop in a university setting can facilitate that process.

Please follow these guidelines when submitting your play:Submissions must be:
  • A full-length play.
  • Musicals and plays with music are eligible for the program. However, we can only provide piano accompaniment for rehearsals and the staged reading.
  • The primary language of the play must be English. Other languages in the play may be presented through English translations (provided by the playwright) for the staged reading.
  • There are no other restrictions in subject matter or style.
  • A playwright may only submit one play per year. The work must be submitted by the playwright rather than a literary agent or other third party.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the playwright, which may include adaptations of fictional or factual material. Translations of other playwrights’ work are not accepted.
  • The submitting playwright must be either the owner and controller of the copyright or provide written proof that they have acquired the legal right to use copyrighted material in their work.
  • Plays that have been produced or published professionally are ineligible for the competition. Plays that have been presented through staged readings, workshops, university productions, or community theatre productions are eligible.
  • A playwright may submit a play that they submitted in a previous year (including finalists) if there have been substantive revisions.
  • The Crossroads Project reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted play for any reason.

We will contact semi-finalists by November 2022 and ask them to submit the full play.

The winning playwright will be notified by mid-January 2023.

Inquiries about the Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative should be directed to:

Kee-Yoon Nahm, D.F.A.
Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies
Chair, The Crossroads Project
Email: knahm@ilstu.edu

Generations ~ BETC’s New Play Development Program

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Deadline:  June 15, 2022
Or when our 200-script submission cutoff is reached

In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays written by a parent with at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of June 15, 2022

Guidelines and the submission form are below. Please read carefully before submitting.

Entry Guidelines
  • Plays must be full-length scripts (at least 70 minutes estimated run-time).
  • Eligible playwrights are parents of at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of the submission deadline. Playwrights must be U.S. residents.
  • Each playwright is limited to the submission of one script for consideration.
  • Plays must be in the English language.
  • No musicals will be accepted.
  • We will not reconsider scripts that have been submitted to the Generations competition in previous years.
  • Scripts that have been fully produced by Equity or professional companies (for 8 or more performances) or that have been published are ineligible.
  • Scripts may not be under option or scheduled for production or publication as of June 15, 2022.
  • We will consider scripts that have had a workshop, reading, or academic production.
  • Residency and Prize Information

The winning playwright will receive:
  • a week-long workshop residency, with daily rehearsals, culminating in a staged reading of the selected script;
  • the chance to rewrite and revise during the week as part of the script development experience;
  • a stipend for travel costs;
  • a $1000 prize; and
  • a $500 childcare stipend to defray the costs associated with childcare during the residency.

The winning play will receive full consideration for production in an upcoming season. BETC will negotiate an option on the winning play and have right of first refusal on the world premiere production.

During the residency, the selected play will be rehearsed with a cast of professional actors, director, and dramaturg. The week will culminate in a public reading. This year’s Generations residency may be held online if public health circumstances dictate but our goal is to offer an in-person residency. Specific date arrangements for the residency will be made directly with the winning playwright.
Competition Deadline

The application deadline is June 15, 2022, or when our 200-script submission cutoff is reached. Our winning playwright will be notified by Sept. 15, 2022.

The submission form will require you to submit a blind copy of your full script as a PDF file. Please do not include your name anywhere in the sample file. The biographical and demographic info you submit will not be referenced during the selection process.
Selection process

In our initial reading round, we read the first 20 pages of a script. Script excerpts nominated by two readers continue to the semi-finalist round, in which two readers read the full scripts and complete thorough reader responses. Highly regarded scripts become finalists. Our full committee reads all finalist scripts, then advises our producing artistic director in selecting the winning play.
Frequently Asked Questions

Because of the volume of submissions we receive, we do not provide feedback on submitted scripts during or after the competition. We will confirm that an initial submission has been received, and notify applicants of the competition winner.

Due to available program funding and staff capacity, we will not consider scripts from grandparents or others who are not currently custodial parents of a child 18 years of age or younger. We hope to be able to expand our program to additional generations in future years, but at this time our focus is on assisting playwrights with young families.

Monday, May 9, 2022

BMI Workshop for Librettists

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Deadline: June 1, 2022

There is no fee to apply for or participate in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Musical Theatre Bookwriting Basics

This nine-month course explores the fundamentals of writing book for the musical theatre.

Drama Desk Award winning bookwriter Adam Mathias (he/him) unlocks the toolkit for musical theatre librettists. Through lecture, discussion, and assignments students learn how to apply the fundamentals of playwriting to the craft of creating musicals. As a class, writers deep-dive into the DNA of the musical theatre canon — from the Golden Age through today — dissecting what works and why and then applying it to their own work.

Applicants should have a book-musical project in mind to develop over the course of the year; this musical could be anywhere from an early concept to an early draft.

The course runs September through May in New York City, Covid restrictions permitting. Prospective members should live in the city or be able to commute weekly.

Librettists Workshop

After completing the Bookwriting Basics program, writers may apply to join the established Librettists Workshop group. Not all writers who apply will be invited to join.

Applicants must submit two writing samples, at least one of which must include comedic content.

Either or both samples could be:a 10-page or longer excerpt from a script or other genre
a complete one-act
a full-length script

Any of these may be in-progress, produced and/or published material.

Scripts from genres other than playscripts or musical theatre scripts are also acceptable; however, theatrical comedy scenes are preferred to stand-up or sketch material.

In addition, writers must include a bio or resume.
Schedule

Musical Theatre Bookwriting Basics — Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Librettists Workshop — Mondays 6:15 - 8:15 p.m.

All sessions take place at the BMI Offices in lower Manhattan from September through May. All prospective members must arrange to live in the greater New York City area or be able to commute weekly September through May. Please do not apply if this is not possible for you.

Applications must be submitted by June 1st.

The Nancy Dean Award for Lesbian Playwrights 2022

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Deadline: August 1, 2022

The Nancy Dean award for Lesbian Playwrights is to honor a woman who was at the forefront of Lesbian, queer, gay, genderqueer, gender-nonconforming, trans, intersex and people of color movements. We honor her focus and writing on Lesbian relationships before the time of the Stonewall rebellion. Her writings were the precursor to social change. In that spirit of struggle and often hidden desire we encourage the submission of new plays that address the conflict of lesbian, queer or gay, trans and nonbinary women struggling to live and love their best lives. In these times of social definition and refinement the age-old conflict of acceptance and the right to live our true lives as we truly are is still our continuing fight which is refined and embolden by each new generation.

We understand people have their own language for their gender and sexuality. We are open to submission from people who are lesbian, queer or gay, trans and nonbinary.

As we are a small family foundation with an all-volunteer board, we must rely on nominations to identify potential recipients. We are asking professors, teachers, artistic directors, directors, literary managers, actors, writers, and others to nominate promising writers. As we want to be inclusive, we will allow people to self-nominate. 

The following are our guidelines:
  • Writer is lesbian, queer or gay or nonbinary;
  • Writer has written at least one play;
  • Writer is writing plays about lesbians;
  • Writer is committed to writing plays and furthering her/their career; 
  • Writer is interested in receiving the award.
Please send a letter(pdf) describing why your playwright should receive this award and a full-length play (pdf) to openmeadowsfdn@gmail.com. In your letter, please be as detailed as possible in up to 2 pages. Include the writer’s resume and website or other social media links. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2022. We will announce the recipients October 31, 2022. We have been granting three awards of $5000, $2500 and $1250.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

New Voices: Playwriting 2022

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Deadline: May 9, 2022

New Voices is fueled by the ideas of student playwrights, who are tasked with writing one‐act plays or musicals in response to an open‐ended question. Shows are selected by the “New Voices Board,” consisting of Olney Theatre administrative staff and student

Program leaders. Playwrights are invited, but not required, to participate in any of the other five pathways.

The deadline for writing submissions and Writers’ Profile Form is May 9th.

Writers: your job is to write a one-act play or musical that reads a minimum of 10 minutes in length and a maximum of 30 minutes in length. Plays must be written in script format with dialogue, stage directions, etc. No stories written as narratives will be accepted. From all of our writing submissions, 3-6 one-acts will be selected to be produced in this year’s program. Your show must respond to this prompt:

Tell us about a time when a situation or event made you change your perspective on a major aspect of your life.

We urge you to be as creative as you can. Think outside the box, and write about what is important to you.

Email writing submissions to teencouncil@olneytheatre.org. The email’s subject must read “Last Name, First Name: Writing Submission” and contain a PDF of your script.

Additionally, please submit the writers’ profile form online. Any one-act submitted without the accompanying form will not be considered.

Writers’ Profile Form:

https://forms.gle/JieerN8z37SDwCHN8

Submit by May 9th, 2022.

Barely Seen submission guidelines

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Deadline: none given

-Submit as many ten-minute or one-act plays as you like, (Up to two for Write Bites) including previously published or produced plays in a Word or PDF file to barelyseeneditor@gmail.com. Make sure to title your email (Last Name)_(Play), and please note that any plays Barely Seen has already published won't be considered for publication a second time.
 
-Any style/theme of play is allowed, but plays that include inappropriate content won't be published.
 
-All ages are welcome to submit work. If submitting to the Featured Poet/Playwright of the month, please include a headshot and a bio in the body of your email stating your name and a little bit about you.
 
-If you would like to be published under a pseudonym or nickname instead of your given name, please include your preference in your note.

-I will try to get back to you within two weeks; if I haven't contacted you by then, send me another email checking up on your submission. I might have received your file and just not been able to get to it yet.
 
-If you want to be considered for Featured Writer of the Month and/or Write Bites, make sure to send in your plays by the 22nd of each month.

-If you have any questions about the submission process, please feel free to reach out to me at barelyseenquestions@gmail.com.

The Overtime Theater 2022 WokeFEST

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Deadline: July 23, 2022  

The Overtime Theater in San Antonio, Texas is seeking new works from playwrights for WokeFEST, a showcase of progressive, activist, and political plays. The chosen play will be given a staged reading or a staged production August 5-27, 2022 at the Overtime Theater. The script submissions window is open from April 26, 2022 until 11:59 p.m. July 23, 2022. 

In light of Covid-19 protocols, the Overtime Theater is seeking plays that require one to five actors. Previously unproduced full-length and one-act plays are welcome, as well as longform monologues. The chosen play (or plays) will be given two rehearsals and one staged reading, which includes an audience feedback session or a fully staged production. 

The purpose of this program is to give new and seasoned playwrights an opportunity to further develop new works. 

Devoted to producing new and original work, the Overtime is particularly interested in bold, innovative plays from across the progressive, political, and activist spectrum that are both provocative and entertaining. 

 For environmental reasons, the Overtime Theater is unable to accept script submissions delivered by mail or in person. Only submissions in a Word document or PDF will be considered. Applicants should use the title of the play as the name of the document, followed by the full name of the playwright. Cover letters should include a synopsis. One play per applicant. The Overtime accepts submissions from writers based in the U.S. or Canada.

 The Overtime Theater, an all-volunteer organization, compensates playwrights with one equal share of donations to our tip jar at the end of the play’s presentation. 

Submissions should be sent to submissions@theovertimetheater.org. Attn: Jade Esteban Estrada, artistic director. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. July 23, 2022.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Chain Theatre Play Festival 2022

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Deadline: May 22, 2022

APPLICATION

Please read carefully before filling out your application.

PARTICIPATION

Plays are chosen for the Chain Play Festival based on originality, inspiration, and innovation. The background or experience of the playwright is taken into consideration, but submissions will be judged on the quality of the play. All themes or genres are welcome. Full Length Play runtime must be shorter than 2 hours. One Act Play runtime must be no shorter than 10 minutes and no longer than 1 hour. Shows will be performed in person for a vaccinated audience.

Every show will have the ability to LIVE STREAM for at least one performance.

Chain Theatre is curating the event, not producing it - each production is responsible for staffing their own director, design team and cast.

All shows must be Non-Union. We plan on streaming performances.

You will assign a contact person for the piece; that person will be considered your play’s producer should it be part of the Festival.

Though we will be doing overall festival promotion, you are responsible for the marketing of your piece.

All members of your production team and cast must be vaccinated to participate. We will need proof of vaccination at the organizational meeting should you be accepted into the festival. Preferred proof of vaccination will be through the New York State Excelsior app available on your phone.

For further information of current COVID protocols at the Chain Theatre please visit: https://www.chaintheatre.org/covid-19-guidelines

APPLICATIONS

The deadline for submitting to the 2022 Chain Play Festival will be May 22, 2022. There are no submission or participation fees for the Chain Play Festival. Applications may be downloaded from our website. Complete the following application and you will be directed to information on submitting your play.

After completing the application form you will need to email a PDF (no Word, Pages, or Final Draft files, please!) of the script, and a brief cover letter explaining your goals for the play.

Applications ask for a contact name, address, phone, and email. Show contacts will be the one contact point between Chain Theatre and your production. The email given will be the sole email address that Chain Theatre will use to contact you regarding acceptance, any issues regarding participation, and festival communications.

We will need an estimated running time of your piece that will be factored into the programming. As such, we will enforce this time limit. If during your dress rehearsal or performance the play runs significantly over, we may insist that you revise or forfeit your participation in the festival and any ticket split revenue.

Applications that are not complete will not be accepted. No materials will be returned.

ACCEPTANCE

Notification of acceptance status will be sent by email on or about May 28, 2022.

There will only be a maximum of 4 Full length shows included in this festival. One Act Plays will have an easier time getting accepted.

If you are accepted into the festival, your email will inform you of the time and location of the organizational meeting to be held on May 31, 2022.

 IT IS REQUIRED AND MANDATORY THAT SOMEONE REPRESENTING YOUR SHOW BE AT THE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING. 

This meeting is where you will receive your performance schedule and meet your fellow participants. If there are known conflicts to your scheduled performances, this is a great opportunity to work out alternate dates with Chain Theatre and your fellow participants. The most complex scheduling issues are much more easily solved talking face-to face with everyone in the room.

Everyone must be vaccinated. There will be no exceptions for any reason. All Chain staff on site will be vaccinated as well.

Each accepted ONE ACT show will be given 5 free hours, FULL LENGTH shows will be given 10 free hours of rehearsal space at one of the Chain Theatre rehearsal rooms. Availability and scheduling of these hours is at the Chain Theatre’s discretion. They must be used to rehearse the show in the festival and cannot be gifted, sold or used for other purposes. Additional rehearsal hours/locations are the production’s responsibility. If you choose to rehearse at one of the Chain Rehearsal studios you can book subsidized rehearsal space for this production for $10 an hour.

Each accepted show will receive a code for ticket tracking. Each show will receive 20% of the net box office for every ticket purchased using their code. (Code use for online sales is mandatory to receive this box office split. No exceptions.)


SCHEDULING

The precise number of shows is TBD, based on number of submissions and running lengths. Each One Act show will be guaranteed at least three performances and each Full length show will be guaranteed 4 performances with a possible one show extension. However, depending on the schedule there may be more. Performance blocks will be at 7 and 9pm during the week and will run throughout the weekend between 12-9pm.

There will be limited time between shows for changeovers. Keep in mind that when you are striking or setting up your show, another show is also likely striking or setting up. Minimalism rules. PLEASE FACTOR THIS TIME INTO YOUR TECHNICAL PLANS. Houses will be opened 5 minutes before the start time and will start promptly.

VOTING

In person voting will be collected by paper ballot provided on site.

BOX OFFICE and TICKETING

Chain Theatre handles all aspects of ticketing and box office. Tickets will be $20.


TECHNICAL

You will need to keep the technical requirements of your show very simple. The Chain is equipped with a full light board and sound system, however the board will be shared by several shows and we will maintain a standard rep lighting plot. Keep light and sound cues as simple as possible. No show will be able to refocus lights. Each company will have only one cue-to-cue technical rehearsal in the venue which will be run by a Chain Theatre hired PSM. Storage space/dressing room space is also limited and will be shared by all shows. You will be given a small, unlocked area to store your props, set pieces, and costumes, which must be completely cleared at the conclusion of your performances.


Any additional equipment your show requires should be listed on your application and approved by Chain Theatre. Chain Theatre has the right to disqualify any shows that bring in unapproved technical elements. If approved, this equipment will be provided for your show by you. Chain Theatre assumes no liability for this equipment; it is your responsibility.

PUBLICITY

Chain Theatre will publicize the festival and coordinate overall press relations, including interviews and critic attendance. You may be asked to submit publicity photos and PR materials. You are also responsible for publicizing your own show through your own press releases, mailers, handbills, busking and/or posters. Should a critic accept your invitation to see a performance, this information must be forwarded to Chain Theatre so we may coordinate this. Chain Theatre will provide a blanket press kit to help all shows promote.

EXCLUSIVITY

If you are accepted to the Chain One Act Festival, part of our agreement prohibits the performance of your show anywhere in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut any time from acceptance into the festival through December 2022. Please keep this restriction in mind when accepting other invitations to perform your show during these months, particularly before you have received acceptance status notification from Chain Theatre.

WHAT TO DO NOW

1. Choose your show.

2. COMPLETELY fill out the application form.

3. REVIEW your completed application to make sure it is complete and correct.

4. Ensure that the PDFs of your script and cover letter are included in your submission email.

Please do not send under separate cover. If there are technical issues, contact us at info@chaintheatre.org to discuss them.

5. Include the title of your show in the subject line of the email and on all relevant materials.

Should they become separated, this is how we will reunite them.


CONTINUE TO APPLICATION

If you still have questions, we are available to help you in advance of the deadline at info@chaintheatre.org. You may want to print and keep or bookmark these instructions and your original application for your reference.

Ruby Slippers Theatre call for submissions

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Deadline: May 15, 2022

ADVANCE THEATRE FESTIVAL: 2022/23

Advancing the Radically Inclusive Stage

Playwrights: please send your play synopsis, brief bio, and a maximum ten-page script excerpt to info@rubyslippers.ca by May 15, 2022. One submission per person, please. Successful candidates will be notified by June 30, 2022.

The Advance Theatre Festival showcases dramatic readings of five new plays written and directed by female-identifying and gender non-conforming IBPOC playwrights and directors.

If you are a playwright and your play is chosen to participate in the Advance Theatre Festival, Ruby Slippers Theatre in partnership with The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts will cover the costs of all rehearsals prior to the day of the reading, your technical rehearsal, promotion, theatrical venue, and all artists’ fees.

If you are a director who wishes to participate, send us your resume and cover letter for consideration.

The 2022/23 Advance Theatre Festival will take place in February of 2023, dates TBA.

This is a curated process. Priority will be given to inclusivity; all cultural backgrounds, orientations, identities, abilities, and ages.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Woodward/Newman Award

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Deadline: We advise submitting prior to September 1 2022

Each play should be individually submitted at the following link:
CONSTELLATION STAGE & SCREEN PLAY SUBMISSION

The Woodward/Newman Award is an exclusive honor offered by Bloomington Playwrights Project, started through the support of Joanne Woodward, Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Newman family, celebrating Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward’s tremendous history of work on stage and screen. It presents the best unpublished play of the year with a cash prize of $3,000 and a full production as part of BPP’s Mainstage season (soon to be Constellation Stage & Screen, effective July 1, 2022).

Guidelines for Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2023-24 Woodward/Newman Award.

The award recipient and finalists will be announced by May 15, 2023. 

 The winner will be awarded $3,000 and a full production (including housing/transportation).“Full-length” plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes). TYA shows should have a complete running time of over 40 minutes.

Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission (independently published is acceptable).

You will be asked to submit your play as an attachment and all other information (bio, history, synopsis, character breakdown) will be entered into a form. 

Musical submissions may upload demos as an attachment or include a link to a shared folder.

Limit of 2 play submissions per year.

If you have any questions, please email literarymanager@newplays.org

Please note that there are significant changes to our submission and selection process from previous years. In order to make the Woodward/Newman Award accessible to all, we have eliminated submission fees as well as the contest format. The Woodward/Newman Award will continue to be awarded to an unpublished new play once per year and come with a $3,000 cash prize and a full production. 

Submissions will be accepted and reviewed by our literary team on an ongoing basis, and will be considered for the award as well as for all 8 production slots in our season. So a play that is not selected for the Woodward/Newman slot in our season, may still be considered and selected for production. This will allow us to now accept open submissions for all types of plays (including TYA shows). While there are no deadlines for entry, due to the incredible volume of submissions, we advise submitting prior to September 1 to be considered for the following season.

The Autry seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: August 2, 2022

Native Voices is accepting submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights addressing all themes and topics.

2023 Playwrights Retreat and 29th Festival of New Plays

The Retreat and Festival bring artists to Los Angeles to work on a selected number of plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 8–10 days in June. The Retreat culminates in public staged readings of the plays at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. Selected playwrights receive artistic support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Selection Process

Full-length plays (60+ pages) received by August 2, 2022 will be read and evaluated. A select number of playwrights will be invited to submit formal proposals detailing their developmental goals should their play be chosen for the short list. Scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to four plays for the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in March 2023.

A Note About the Native Voices Distance Dramaturgy Process

Months prior to residencies, selected playwrights participate in dramaturgical conversations with an assigned director and dramaturg. Workshops with these creative teams and a cast of professional actors commence once the playwright arrives on-site. It is important to note that these conversations and workshops are playwright driven, allowing the writer to shape their own developmental path. Selected playwrights should be prepared to dedicate adequate time to this process prior to arriving on-site.


To submit, fill out our online form and upload your submission materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Please do not send treatments or outlines. Previously produced plays should be submitted under the 2023 General Submission for Production Consideration. Playwrights are encouraged to make multiple submissions (up to three per event), but selection will be limited to only one play per playwright, per event.

For More Information:

https://form.jotform.co/33177331513852

Thursday, May 5, 2022

TNP Readers Theatre “Evening of New Plays” 2022

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Deadline: June 30, 2022

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.

Eligibility: Entries must be one act, non-musical, and no longer than 30 minutes.

We suggest that the cast not exceed seven characters.

PLEASE REMEMBER:This is going to be read, and not a fully staged production.

There should be very minimal blocking, minimal props requirements, and no costumes.
If your play cannot be easily performed by seated readers, it will not be considered for performance.
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, 2022 – June 30, 2022. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2022.

How to Enter:

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” The Naples Players, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102A 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 by clicking the button below and filling out the form:

SUBMIT PLAY ELECTRONICALLY


Judging

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, 2022.

Performance/Awards

Finalists will receive staged readings of their plays, presented on January 22, 2023. 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.

Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency

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Deadline: May 17, 2022 11:59 PM EDT

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center has a track record of spurring action and impact to address pressing global challenges. In 2022 to fill the 2023 residency program year we are seeking candidates from a broad range of fields, areas of practice and expertise, with diverse backgrounds and cultural perspectives.

Program Offering:
  • Up to four weeks at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Bellagio Italy, Lake Como
  • Room and board with a private studio for working
  • A shared community of up to 15 scholars, artists or practitioners coming from all over the world
  • Residents can bring a partner/significant other to join the residency for all or a portion of their stay
  • Travel funding is available when there is financial need
  • Future participation in an international network of Bellagio leaders, united in the shared purpose of creating a better world

General Open Call

The General Open Call Residency is for all practitioners, academics and artists working in any discipline or area of study. Projects can be based on any topic but must demonstrate clear social impact and charitable purpose. This residency is available to a wide range of diverse actors such as:
University and think tank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline.

Artists and writers, including but not limited to composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, dancers, musicians, and visual artists who share in the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humankind, and produce work that enhances our shared understanding of pressing global or social issues.

Senior-level policymakers, nonprofit leaders, journalists, private sector leaders and public advocates in a variety of fields and sectors

Three types of projects are highly encouraged

Scholarly Research Projects: This type of project will advance a scholarly discipline or field of study and often leads to a published book or article

Applied Practice Projects: This type of project comes from a professional domain outside of the arts and academia (e.g. private sector, public sector, civil society) and can take many different forms: book, article, communications plan, business plan, strategic assessment, etc.

Art Projects: An art project will advance an artistic discipline through the creation of a new work of art (may be in a research stage, a production stage, or a post-production stage of work)

The Rockefeller Foundation will accept applications for its residency program starting on March 1, 2022 with a final deadline of May 17, 2022. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before the final deadline. To access the application, go to: https://bellagiocenter.smapply.org/. Select “General Open Call” as the residency type within the project proposal question section of the application form.

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