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Sunday, June 26, 2022

TNP Readers Theatre “Evening of New Plays” 2022


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:



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.


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.

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