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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Seeking Theatre for Young Audiences Script Submissions for CATCO’s 2022 New Works Festival for Young Audiences


Deadline: August 31, 2022 11:59 PM EDT

CATCO is seeking script submissions of plays for young audiences for our new work festival in late November/early December. We define work for young audiences as plays for audiences aged 5-18 and their families where the intended audience could be, for example, 5-7, 10-14, or 15-18, as well as families with youth in that 5-18 age range.
  • Submitted scripts should be full-length, between 40 minutes and 2 hours in length.
  • The play may be unproduced or have had one or two developmental readings/productions, but it should not be a finalized script.
  • Three plays will be selected – one for a developmental production with limited production support and two for readings.
  • There is no fee to submit.
  • For the selected scripts, the playwrights of the readings receive a $300 fee.
  • The playwright of the developmental production receives a $500 fee.
  • Rehearsals: Nov 21 – 23, Nov 28 – Dec 1
  • Performances: Dec 2 – 4, Dec 7 – 10
  • Rehearsals: Dec 6 – 9
  • Public Readings: Dec 10 and 11

This festival is an opportunity for playwrights to work on projects in the early phases of development that would benefit from a workshop process. If they choose, the playwright will have the opportunity to make rewrites during the rehearsal process and will receive audience feedback after the production or reading in a moderated talkback. The play may be unproduced or have had one or two developmental readings/productions, but it should not be a finalized script. We hope that the playwrights will be involved in the rehearsal process, either virtually or in person, depending on the playwright’s location. Rehearsals take place on evenings and weekends. Travel is not provided.


To submit, email literary@catco.org.
  • In your submission email, please briefly introduce yourself and your work as a playwright, including if you have connections to Columbus or Ohio, provide a short description of the play, and let us know what you hope to gain from a workshop.
  • Please attach the script as a PDF titled “TITLE [Playwright Last Name]”
  • If submitting more than one script, please include them all in one email and let us know the one to focus on if there is only time to read one.
  • We will get back to you about the status of your submission by September 30, 2022.


Saturday, July 30, 2022

Theatre Now New York accepting submissions from across the country for Musical Writers Lab


Deadline: ongoing basis

Theatre Now New York (tnny.org) is accepting submissions from across the country for its Musical Writers Lab, a community of musical writing teams that meet biweekly for feedback and developmental opportunities for both traditional and genre-bending new work. There are two chapters; the local New York Group meets in person in midtown Manhattan, and the National Group meets on zoom. Members of both groups have received readings, workshops, developmental productions, and other professional support from Theatre Now. For more information, and to submit your team to either group, visit https://www.tnny.org/musicalwriterslab

The support we will offer our lab members is varied and wide ranging based on the needs of the writing teams and may include individual and group consultations, mentoring, dramaturgical sessions, writers groups, office resources, rehearsal space, and networking. For those with musicals ready for production, we will guide you towards developmental lab productions with Theatre Now or through other theatre companies and other performance and production opportunities.

You may apply as a team (book writer, composer, lyricist or any combination with 2 or more collaborators) or as an individual (as the sole book writer/composer/lyricist).

Acceptance is through a highly selective and competitive application process. The application will require you to submit one full length musical (book and music) that is complete, at any stage of development, and has not yet received a major production, as an example of your work for evaluation. If chosen, your participation in the group encourages work at any and all levels of development. You may submit multiple applications if you’ve collaborated and wish to continue with different sets of team members.

The submission of your full-length musical is the corner-stone of your application. In other words, it is the libretto and the songs that you submit that will be used as the criteria for the quality of your work. Having said that, the full length piece you submit should be an example of your work that you are most proud of. It does not need to be fully realized or considered finished, in fact it can be at almost any stage of development. You must, however, submit at the very least a libretto (full or partial), and three songs. You may describe along with your submission, the stage of development, include an outline of the piece or any other qualifying information, and we will take all that in consideration when evaluating. We are not looking for perfection, we are looking for potential. You and your writing team for this musical, will be the members on the application. You may submit more than one musical through separate applications with different team members. Each application will be considered independently. 

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and we will contact those we’re interested in when slots become available. 

Application Guidelines and Requirements
  • Full length musical (book and music) that has not yet received a major production, as an example of your work for evaluation. The musical you submit may be at any stage of development.
  • Bios and resumes of each writing team member
  • Production history of all the applicants, individually and/or as a team
  • List of current projects you are working on indicating the stage of development
  • Information about any potential commitments for production, grants, applications in process, etc. 
  • Future projects you have thoughts and ideas about or would like to work on
  • An artist statement from each applicant with future goals
  • A team statement of your shared vision and aesthetics
  • In addition to the submission of your full length libretto and MP3’s of at least three of the songs, you may also submit additional samples of other works-in-progress
  • In person interviews will follow for those chosen at the final stage of the application process
  • There is no cost to apply and no dues or fees will be required if accepted

For the NY Chapter, it is advantageous that the Lab members chosen are available to meet on a regular basis at our New York office and studio, as available. We currently meet twice per month on Sunday afternoons in a midtown studio for Lab member presentations, guest speakers and discussions. The National chapter meets online vía Zoom the alternate Sundays of the month. 
Please note: You must complete and submit your application online in one sitting. You will not be able to save your application and return to it later. Therefore, we recommend you prepare your application answers off-line and have your files ready to upload. 

We have included a PDF version of the application HERE for your convenience in preparing your materials.
Mission Statement:
Theatre Now is an artist service organization dedicated to the development, production, publication, and circulation of short and long-form musicals, by providing ongoing support for writers and their work in order to nurture voices and forms that push the boundaries of musical theatre. 
Theatre Now bridges the gap between early readings and fully-produced theatrical runs by offering staged and performed developmental productions to pieces that are ready to live on their feet. We strive for continuity and growth in our production process by collaborating with artists on story development through song and dialogue, and focusing on their prospective audience. Theatre Now furthers the visibility of our alumni writers with opportunities for networking, publication, and future production. In addition, we embrace musical properties we’ve produced as their theatrical licensor, offering them for productions in schools, colleges, communities, and other theatre venues across the country. By providing the support for rising artists and original forms to thrive, we entice unexpected audiences to experience the emerging voices of musical theatre.

The Autry seeks full-length plays


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:


Friday, July 29, 2022

Night Picnic submission guidelines


Deadline: none listed

Submit via Submittable

Night Picnic is a journal of literature and art which publishes novels, novellas, plays, short and flash stories, fairytales for adults, poetry, interviews, essays (including popular science essays), letters to the editors, and artwork.

We encourage authors to submit all that is strange, dark, jubilant, complex, confusing, scary, mystical, and multidimensional.

We do NOT publish memoirs, heavy science fiction, political essays, and pornography. We do NOT publish manuscripts with chauvinistic and fascistic tendencies.

You must be 18 or over to submit.

The size of the manuscript does not matter; we do not have a limit by word count. Large novels will be published in separate issues of the magazine. We do not consider unfinished work.

All submissions must be in English and previously unpublished. Translations are permissible but should be accompanied by a copy of the original text. Simultaneous submissions are fine, just notify us immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere. Reprints by invitation only.

By submitting to Night Picnic Journal, you confirm that the work is your own and was not previously published.

Our publishing agreement is non-exclusive; this means the copyright will remain the author’s property. Once the author has been published by Night Picnic, the author is free to use the work elsewhere, but we ask that Night Picnic be cited as the first publication.

We suggest to all who submit that they read the most recent issues of Night Picnic Journal to acquaint themselves with material the magazine has published. Copies of the magazine can be acquired through Amazon.com.

Night Picnic Journal accepts submissions through www.submittable.com 

or by mail:

Night Picnic Press LLC
P.O. Box 3819
New York, NY 10163-3819

Do not forget to include a cover letter with publishing history and autobiographical information.

We welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or proclivity.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Purple Rose Submission Guidelines


No deadline listed


Thank you for choosing to submit your work to the Purple Rose Theatre Company. It is our mission to develop and produce new plays that give voice to a wide and diverse range of playwrights. We are unique in our journey toward quality storytelling, as we accept scripts from playwrights who have agency representation, as well as those who do not. Because of this, we receive a large number of submissions, and while we want to read everything that comes in, we also want to make sure that all who plan to submit understands that the Purple Rose is a professional theatre and only wishes to see the best work in which a playwright is capable. In addition to selecting a play that exemplifies a playwright’s storytelling ability, he/she/they must please adhere to the following guidelines to be accepted or considered.
  • Please submit only the first 40 pages; the title page does not count, however the character description/setting page will. Please include a brief synopsis on this page as well.
  • The 40 pages must be part of a full-length play. At this time we do not accept One-Acts or monologues.
  • Please save the file as monthyear: TITLE OF PLAY_Last Name; ex. 0722: MY PLAY_Playwright
  • The file must be in PDF; .doc, .docx, Google Drive files, .fdx or any extension other than .pdf will not be accepted or opened.
  • Dramatists Guild Modern Stage Play format is preferred but not required.
  • Include a brief synopsis of the play in the body of the email; emails containing scene-by-scene breakdowns will not be read.
  • Provide any development histories and production rights including, but not limited to: workshops, readings, former/current/slotted productions, labs, conferences, liens, etc.
  • Please notify us of any agency representation and include their contact information.
All submissions should be emailed to scripts@purplerosetheatre.org and adhere to the above guidelines to be read, reviewed, and considered. You will be notified when your script has been received. The Purple Rose Theatre Company does not provide feedback or coverage.

We thank you for sending the best representation of yourself in storytelling.

*Please note that The Purple Rose will not accept or read: screenplays, treatments, or television pilots.

Coachella Valley Festival for Young Playwrights 2022-23


Deadline: December 9, 2022

From Picture to Performance

Are you a playwright between the ages of 12 and 19? Would you love to see your play produced in a stage reading at our upcoming playwrights festival? If you are, then this is the contest for you!

Please read over our submission rules and then write and submit! We look forward to receiving your play!

Submission Rules

Deadline: Plays must be submitted online by Friday, December 9, 2022.

Fees: There are NO fees for submitting your work to the Festival.

Eligibility: Playwrights must be between the ages of 12 -19 on March 24, 2023; co-written plays are allowed, provided all writers meet the age requirement.

Content: Original plays must be inspired from the art piece provided. This year’s art piece is Michael Angelo Hernandez’s Walk in My Shoes. The art inspiration may be literal or figurative, but the play must be related to the art piece.

Characters: Each play is limited to a maximum of 6 characters.

Length of Plays: Minimum 10 minutes, Maximum 50 minutes (Pages: Approximately 10 to 60 pages in length.)

Format: All plays must have a title page and numbered script pages. (Please see sample title page and script sample below.)

Submission Form: All applicants must submit an electronic submission form with: Play Title, Playwright(s) Name, Playwright(s) Email Address, Playwright(s) Phone Number, Playwright(s) Home Address, Playwright(s) Date of Birth with year, Age, School Name and Teacher (if applicable). The submission form can be found at the bottom of this section.

Notification: We will contact festival competition winners by January 31, 2023.

Festival Cash Prize: A cash prize of $200 for the top 3 plays will be awarded to the playwrights.

*Please note that $200 will be awarded for the play; if there are multiple playwrights for a winning play, the prize money will be shared between the winning playwrights of that play.

Stage Reading Performance: The three winning plays will be performed by professional actors as a staged reading at the Coachella Valley Festival for Young Playwrights on March 25 and 26, 2023.

Play Selection: All plays will be read and selected by a team of professional theatre artists.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Echoes Writers Group ~ Primary Stages


Deadline: August 28, 2022

Primary Stages is happy to announce that applications are open for the Echoes Writers Group. Details are below and you can find more information here: https://primarystages.org/explore/echoes-writers-group

About Echoes:

Echoes Writers Group at Primary Stages is a year-long, educational program focused on finding, nurturing, and amplifying the voices of women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming artists. It is a place for writers to develop their practice in a supportive and creative community that grows together. Led by the artistic team at Primary Stages, the group is comprised of writers who are just starting to discover their voice and build their craft, particularly those who are interested in learning about the art of playwriting.

The Group participates in twice-weekly Mentorship and Sharing Sessions, where writers have the chance to create and develop their own work with professionals from across the theater community. Previous Mentors have included Cusi Cram, Brittany K. Allen, Judy Gold, Migdalia Cruz, Brenda Withers, C. Quintana, Tina Satter, Mfoniso Udofia, Madhuri Shekar, and AriDy Nox, and touched on topics such as Playwriting Fundamentals, Adaptation, 10-minute plays, Comedy, Solo Work, Devised Work, TV/Film Writing, and more.

Each Group member will receive a $500 honorarium, and the year-long program will include a week of developmental workshops for the writers and culminate in presentations of the group’s works in Spring 2023.

Who We’re looking for:

We are looking for applicants who love to write but have not had the chance to fully explore their passion in a professional or academic setting. Women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming writers have faced many barriers to pursuing and developing their work, and this is meant to be a safe and inclusive space that will offer mentorship, support, and community. Whether you've stepped away from your writing and wish to reinvest in your passion, want to expand the scope of your writing, are discovering a new creative interest, or anything in between, we're looking for undeveloped and undiscovered voices who need room to grow.


In order to foster a full and robust group, we are asking members to commit the following schedule:

Mentoring Sessions will be held on Zoom Tuesdays from 7:00pm-8:30pm November 2022 - March 2023

Sharing Sessions will be held on Zoom Saturdays from 12:00pm-3:00pm November 2022 - March 2023

Developmental Workshops will be held in-person in NYC January 30 - February 10, 2023, Dates and Times TBD

Final Presentations will be held in person in NYC March 27-31 2023, Dates and Times TBD


Apply Here: https://forms.gle/BM4U6Up3h5haefyt9

If you have any issues uploading material, please email the files to echoes@primarystages.org.

Applications are due August 28.

Applicants will be contacted by the end of September regarding their selection status, and finalists will be asked for a virtual interview.

Primary Stages strives to reflect the story of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, classes, ages, and abilities, and hopes for this group to reflect the America around us as opposed to what has historically been taught and represented.

The Echoes Writers Group is made possible through a generous grant from The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation New ERA Women Writers Program.

SOOP to Nuts Short Play Festival 2022


Deadline: September 19, 2022
(space permitting)

November 4 - November 19

Welcome to the 3rd Annual SOOP to NUTS Short Play Festival original short-play competition at our 530 Studios in Pelham, NY (28 minutes from Grand Central Station!)

FESTIVAL DATES: November 4th – 19th, 2022 at The 530 Studios, 530 Fifth Ave, Pelham, NY.

PRIZES: 1st place: $500, 2nd place: $250, 3rd place $100.

NUMBER OF PLAYS: There will be 20 – 25 plays chosen as semi-finalists each receiving two performances (one evening / one matinee); 5 plays will be chosen for the final evening of competition.

LENGTH: one-act plays between ten and thirty minutes (no more or less!).

PARTICIPANTS: submissions may be made by any playwright, age 18 or older.

FEES: there is no fee to submit, but if chosen, there is a $75 registration fee to participate.

FORMAT: plays should be submitted in English, in standard stage-play script format, saved as PDF file and submitted through our STN submission form at the bottom of this page.

SUBMISSION LIMITS: Playwrights may submit only ONE play (please send us your best work!)
Original works ONLY! Plays may have maximum of 4 cast members, with minimal sets, costumes and props. No children’s/young adult plays. No musicals.

CASTING / REHEARSAL PROCESS: If chosen, you will be responsible for all staffing (casting, director, etc) and rehearsing of your piece. SOOP can recommend actors/directors, if need be, but we make no guarantees that we can staff your piece! You are responsible for all rehearsals – SOOP will provide each play selected one free rehearsal slot in our studio space (schedule TBD), in addition to the required tech in the final week.

SOOP can provide small set pieces (chairs, tables, small loveseat, etc) as well as some more detailed props. A list will be made available to all participants. That said, we do ask that you keep ALL these requirements to a MINIMUM. Lighting will be a simple wash (lights up-lights down), sound cues can be used if provided – once again, MINIMAL and SIMPLE!

REVIEW / JUDGING PROCESS:All plays will be reviewed by SOOP administrative staff and the 20 – 25 semi-finalists will be chosen. These will be chosen on a rolling admissions basis between July 15th and September 19th, with registration due once accepted! Once all spots are filled and confirmed, we will no longer accept new submissions. 

DEADLINE (space permitting) is 9/19/22.
Each of those selections will receive two performances during the first weekend (Nov 4 – 6) OR the second weekend (Nov 11 – 13).

Each evening’s audience will vote anonymously and the cumulative vote from both performances of each piece will determine our *6 finalists. (*Highest amount of votes from each set of five will determine the first four finalists, then the next highest vote recipients from ALL the evenings will determine the fifth and sixth finalist).

The six finalists will perform on the final night of the festival (Nov 19th) and will be judged by a panel of theatre professionals comprised of playwrights, actors, directors (TBA).

Edgemar Center for the Arts submission guidelines


No deadline listed

Edgemar Center for the Arts, Acting school, located in Santa Monica, CA, is currently accepting submissions for our on-going season. We are asking for full length, and one act plays of any genre. There is no submission fee. Guidelines to submitting are as followed:

We ask for a synopsis of the work, full work, bio of author, etc. so we may learn as much possible about the author and work.

All materials can be emailed to  edgemarliterary@gmail.com.

Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2022 Virtual Play Festival seeks 10-minute plays (& short musicals)


Deadline: September 22, 2022

Submissions are now being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2022 Virtual Play Festival. 

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp/minutes), from playwrights from across the globe. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes). Musicals welcome! We post your YouTube link of the performance to the festival site for voting. One submission per playwright. No submission fees. Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work; we provide a virtual venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! 

Deadline: September 22. 2022 (end of summer). Email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com.

We will also be hosting a free in person live version of the festival in New York City in August, with room for up to 30 short plays. Please let us know, when submitting, if you’d like to participate in that as well.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022



Deadline: August 15, 2022
Or they reach a submission cap of 100

We will be accepting play submissions from June 15th until 5pm (PST) August 15th.



We accept plays written by queer (LGBTQIA+) playwrights, about queer characters, for queer performers.

We have a preference for plays about/by transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folx.

You may send us full length plays, one acts, or collections of ten minutes. Total submissions must be at least 30 minutes long when read.

We are considering plays for full production, but have more slots available for plays to be read on the podcast, if your play is an audio play please specify that.

We are not accepting musicals at this time.

Please send your scripts to theatreviscera@gmail.com with the subject line “2023 Play Submission” send your plays as .doc, .docx, or .pdf

Your submission must include a character breakdown and short synopsis.

Plays must be formatted appropriately, standard play format is preferred but if your piece requires unique formatting just let us know.

Plays must be paginated and in a readable 12pt font.

Submissions are limited to 1 per playwright.

If we’ve already read and declined a piece in previous submission cycles, please do not submit revisions unless specifically requested.

Theatre Viscera reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.


For more playwriting opportunities, check out https://playsubmissionshelper.com/

Monday, July 25, 2022

The Crossroad Project 2023 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative


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

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Masque and Spectacle accepting 10-minute plays


Deadline: July 31, 2022

We welcome 10-minute plays (up to approximately 10 pages in length). No full-length plays will be considered at this time.

While traditional plays are welcome, we are particularly interested in innovative and/or interdisciplinary texts that break new ground, either in relation to their subject matter, or in how the text itself is performed/written/represented on stage.

Playwrights may submit one previously unpublished 10-minute play for consideration. The script should be accompanied by a cover letter, which includes your name, address, phone number, and email address. Proper playwriting format should be used. If you are uncertain about this format, several examples can be found online.

Send drama submissions to masqueandspectacle@gmail.com. Attach written submissions in a single Word doc or docx file, and include the word “DRAMA” in the email subject line.

Saturday, July 23, 2022



Deadline: July 25, 2022

In association with the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Plays in Translation Contest!

Translators are invited to submit plays translated into English from another language. The translator of the winning translation will receive a small cash prize and the play will be presented as an in-person staged reading performed at The Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre in Tucson on November 4, 2022.

We are particularly interested in plays that meet the following criteria:

Plays translated from any other language into English;

Plays that can be performed with six actors or fewer;

Plays that feature content that is aligned with Scoundrel & Scamp’s mission to create “immersive and imaginative experiences for a diverse, cross-generational audience that inspire empathy and encourage discourse";

Plays that speak to the theme of “from spark to light”: emphasizing growth and change, in styles ranging from whimsical to dark, from inspiring to threatening;

Plays that foreground language in a manner that will work well in a staged reading (i.e., that do not heavily lean on physical theatre, scenery or props, or other non-spoken elements).

Past submitters are welcome to resubmit a script that was entered into competition in 2020 or 2021 but was not selected as the winner.
Submission Information

Please submit to playscripts@literarytranslators.org by July 25, 2022:

a translation of a complete play of no more than 100 pages with the original (Both short and long plays welcome!)

a brief query letter including confirmation of permission to translate the piece and permission to perform the translated version of the piece as a staged reading

short bios of both author and translator

a note as to whether the translator would be available to attend the performance, should their work be selected

Please send any questions regarding this Call for Plays to playscripts@literarytranslators.org

Shoestring Radio Theatre accepts submissions from writers.


Deadline: ongoing

We are always looking for good, original radio plays of any genre. We have produced dozens of scripts submitted by writers from all over the world who originally found us on the web.

Your script needs to be a radio play (i.e. no stage directions or visual cues). We do not accept stage plays or screenplays. Radio drama scripts should include only things you can hear—i.e. dialogue, sound effects and music cues (stings, transitions, etc.). Radio drama scripts should also include a synopsis of the story, and a cast list of characters. There is no industry standard for radio drama script layout, so we will leave the exact formatting up to you; just make sure that it's easy to distinguish the dialogue from the sfx and music.

To fit into our weekly 30-minute broadcast, plays can be a maximum of 28 minutes long (most scripts are about one minute per page but it depends on the formatting). Therefore, we accept 25-28 minute plays (which air in one part) and 50-56 minute plays (which air in two parts). We also accept shorts, which can be up to 10 minutes in length.

Fame Not Fortune
As a non-profit organization which really does operate on a shoestring budget, we do not pay for scripts at this point in time. However, if we produce your play, we absorb all production costs and it will air nationally on public radio stations across the country. You will also receive a copy of the finished production.

If we accept your script, we will send you a writer's agreement, which:Grants us permission to produce your script
Grants us Public Broadcasting rights to the finished production
Grants you, the writer, all rights to the original script

Feedback Policy
Unfortunately, due to the volume of scripts we receive, we cannot provide feedback on your scripts. Please do not be discouraged if we reject your submission. We reject scripts for any number of reasons, including excessive length, unsuitable content, and sometimes writing quality. Unfortunately, even if we really like the idea, we do not have time to work with writers to improve their scripts. Our advice is to keep writing as much as possible to gain experience, show your scripts to others for feedback, and take writing classes if you feel it would be helpful. Good luck!

Mailing Address and Email Address
We accept both hard copies of scripts and email submissions (Microsoft Word, PDF or Text file).

Please use the contact info below.

Contact Us
We welcome your feedback. Please email or write to us with comments, questions, or suggestions.
Monica Sullivan, Producer
Shoestring Radio Theatre
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163

Radcliffe Fellowship 2022


Deadline: September 29, 2022

Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, practitioners, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world.

Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

Throughout the year, fellows convene regularly to share their work in progress. Coming from diverse disciplines and perspectives, they challenge each other’s ideas and support each other’s ambitions. Many say that it is the best year of their professional lives.

Our online application for the 2023–2024 fellowship year is now available.

The deadline for applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is September 8, 2022.

The deadline for applications in science, engineering, and mathematics is September 29, 2022.

The Radcliffe Fellowship Program awards 50 fellowships each academic year. Applicants may apply as individuals or in a group of two to three people working on the same project. We seek diversity along many dimensions, including discipline, career stage, race and ethnicity, country of origin, gender and sexual orientation, and ideological perspective. Although our fellows come from many different backgrounds, they are united by their demonstrated excellence, collegiality, and creativity.

Explore the broad range of Radcliffe fellows’ projects.

We welcome applications from a broad range of fields and perspectives. The strength of our fellowship program is its diversity.

Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. We welcome applications from scholars, artists, and practitioners proposing innovative work that confronts pressing social and policy issues and seeking to engage audiences beyond academia.

We welcome proposals relevant to the Institute’s focus areas, which include:Law, education, and justice
Climate change and its human impacts, especially projects that address the disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis on marginalized or under-resourced communities
Legacies of slavery
Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history and institutional legacy, we welcome proposals that focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections.

Interdisciplinary exchange is a hallmark of the Radcliffe Fellowship, and we welcome proposals that take advantage of our uniquely diverse intellectual community by engaging with concepts and ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries.

Friday, July 22, 2022

The Overtime Theater 2022 WokeFEST


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.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Tiger's Heart Players seeks new work

Facebook page

Submissions on a rolling basis - no deadline


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

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

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

(Production is an entirely different matter.)

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

Submit @ Tigersheartplayers@gmail.com.

PDF or Word Accepted

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

The Ten-Minute Musicals Project 2022


Deadline: August 31, 2022

Since the inception of The Ten-Minute Musicals Project, over sixteen hundred submissions have been received, from librettists, lyricists and composers in seventeen nations: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Uruguay, Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Ukraine.

Stories 1.0 is the full-length musical comprised of works selected in the first several rounds. Several works in Stories 1.0 were workshopped in San Francisco, New York City, Miami, and Nashville over the years. Individual segments have been independently workshopped in Dallas, Chicago, London, and Boston.

SEEKING: Complete original stage musicals which play between seven and twenty minutes. Works which have been previously produced are acceptable, as are excerpts from full-length shows, if they can stand up on their own.

MUSICAL STYLE AND THEATRICAL FORMAT: Any musical style: pop, rock, C&W, show, opera, etc; or theatrical format: comedy, mystery, drama, etc.

CAST SIZE: Maximum of ten performers—five women and five men.


1. A printed script. (Note: printed on paper; not sent as a computer file on disk.) And please make sure your POSTAL ADDRESS appears on it.

2. Lead sheets or piano score. (This need not be at all elaborate; very basic is fine.)

3. A CD or DVD of either the entire piece or just the musical material. (Please don’t send a USB flash drive.)

4. A stamped self-addressed large envelope if you want the work returned.


DEADLINE: Simply postmarked by August 31st. (Do not waste money on overnight express, registered, or certified mail. All that's requested is that the package be postmarked by August 31.) Response will be by November 30th.

FINANCIAL REMUNERATION: $250/US royalty advance for each piece selected, with an equal share of licensing royalties when produced.


The Ten-Minute Musicals Project
Michael Koppy, Producer
P.O. Box 461194
West Hollywood, CA 90046 USA

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

SPELLBINDER A Quarterly Literary and Art Magazine ~ Autumn 2022 issue


Deadline: August 14, 2022


Open to drama:

Stage plays

Maximum of 5 pages of A4 content.

Monologues are welcome.

Starting with the Autumn 2022 issue contributors, we pay a £3 honorarium per acceptance after print publication.

Please name your file names as the title of your work, regardless of the file extension.

One submission is permitted per quarterly. This means that you may only enter your work into one category. Your submission will be considered for the upcoming issue only.

Within each category, you may only submit one piece of work, unless you are submitting poetry or artwork. Please note that we are unlikely to accept more than one work per writer or artist.

Our print magazine is published in A5. Please consider this if you have a specific intention regarding the formatting of your work.

We do not consider previously published or self-published submissions. We do not consider work that is on sale. If your work is displayed on your website or social media channel at the time of submission, we may ask you to take it down ahead of the release of our paperback issue.

We ask for first-time publication rights, but all rights revert back to the author after publication. We kindly ask that if your piece is published elsewhere in the future, that you please credit Spellbinder with its initial publication.

We do consider simultaneous submissions. However, you must inform us if your work gets published anywhere else so that we can withdraw your submission.

Please wait for our response regarding your submission before submitting another one. We read all submissions once our submission window closes, and we aim to respond within a month after that.

If your work is accepted, we may make editorial changes. We will inform you of any changes that are made so that you can approve these prior to publication.

If your work is accepted, please note that we are unlikely to accept more than one work per writer or artist within one calendar year.

If your work is rejected, please wait for two submission cycles before submitting again. 

We are not looking for gratuitous or offensive language or erotic detail.

We are not looking for radical or overly didactic religious or political commentary.

Written Work Guidelines:

Works must be written primarily in English. Translations are acceptable and should be accompanied by a copy of the original text.

All works should be typed in 12 point font and single-spacing.

Centre your title and number the pages of your document.

Submit all written work as a singular .doc/.docx/.odf attachment. Do not send your work as a .pdf.

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


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


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.

The Alvin Epstein Memorial Prize for Solo Performance
The Most Memorable Character Prize
Entries must be received by Noon, EDT on June 15, 2022.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Obsidian seeks one-act plays or short scenes


Deadline:  October 16, 2022 

Submit via Submittable

Submit one act or a collection of short scenes no longer than twenty (20) pages in the Samuel French format. Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained.

Celebrating over forty-seven years of continuous publication, Obsidian supports—through publication and critical inquiry—the contemporary poetry, fiction, drama/performance, visual and media art of Africans globally. A premier platform dedicated to African and African Diaspora Literatures, Obsidian is published biannually in print, and year round online.

Monday, July 18, 2022



Deadline: July 20, 2022

Original Monologue Contest & Fundraiser

Talking Horse (Columbia MO) is once again looking for original monologues from writers to be performed online for a special fundraising campaign.

Our audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece and the winner will receive a cash prize!*

What do we mean by monologue?

In theatre and literature, a monologue is an extended speech by one character in a story. In theatre, it typically includes the verbal delivery of a character’s thoughts or speech to another character.

The 2022 Original Monologue Contest entry should be three to seven minutes in length and may include any topic.

Who can participate?

This contest is open to any writer and actor. Monologues will be recorded and shared via our website and social media. Also, any fan, member or interested party (audience) can participate in the judging!

How can I get involved?

ACTORS AND WRITERS – Register today to participate in our third season at: https://forms.gle/JqVEDcceZR1apPJAA

WRITERS – Following registration: submit your original monologue (3 to 7 minutes in length) concerning any topic of your choice to thpmonologue@gmail.com with the subject line "ORIGINAL MONOLOGUE CONTEST - SUBMISSION."

The entry must be the sole original work of the person submitting the written monologue. With the submission, the writer confirms ownership and control of the original work.

Entries should be formatted for easy reading following the style guidelines defined by the Dramatists Guild of America modern play format.

Monologues will be recorded and shared via our website and social media. All submissions are due JULY 20, 2022.

Now Accepting Submissions for ReOrient Festival of Short Plays 2023


Deadline: July 30, 2022

Produced once every two-years, ReOrient Festival showcases the diversity of voices and aesthetics from the Middle East and its worldwide diaspora in a curated festival of short plays produced biennially in San Francisco. The submission deadline for consideration in ReOrient Festival 2023 is July 30, 2022.


• Plays by playwrights of Middle Eastern heritage on any topic

• Plays about the Middle East by playwrights of any cultural heritage

• Plays must be in English

Submission Guidelines:

• Complete the ReOrient Festival of Short Plays Submission Form.

• Upload a pdf of your play to the Play Submission Form.

• Length: 10-30 minutes. One submission only per playwright

Areas of interest include:

• Comedies: political satire, romantic comedies

• Plays that experiment with non-realistic forms, non-linear or physically-based storytelling

• Plays that explore aspects of immigrant or family life

• Adaptations of classical texts and or historical figures

• Exploration of Middle Eastern performance traditions

Deadline: July 30, 2022

For Inquiries please email: submissions@goldenthread.org Subject Line: ReOrient 2023

Sunday, July 17, 2022



Deadline: July 31, 2022

We are open for submissions for our Special One Minute Play Anthology 'Contemporary Minute Plays-Volume 1' . Please send all submissions to dramaanthologyfreshwords@gmail.com as per the following guidelines:

1. The One Minute Play can be a tragedy or comedy or tragi-comedy.

2. We shall not accept works promoting or glorifying- violence, sexual abuse, racism, hatred or any political ideology.

3. Maximum 3 submissions.

4. You can send one-minute play (Maximum 3 pages for each work).

5. Also send a summary of the work.

6. All submissions to be sent to dramaanthologyfreshwords@gmail.com

7. Submission deadline: July 31, 2022. (The selected playwrights will be informed on or before August 10th, 2022 through email.).

8. Mention YOUR NAME followed by 'SUBMISSION FOR ONE MINUTE PLAY ANTHOLOGY ' in the subject line of your email

General Guidelines:

1. All submissions must contain a cover letter and a short literary profile (Maximum 70 words) of playwright in third person narrative.

2. All submissions must be sent typed in MS Word or PDF doc as attachment with the email.

3. The author should mention:

Legal Name:

Pen name (if any):

Snail mail address:

4. Playwright must send a high resolution photo of self as a separate attachment with the submission.

5. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but please immediately inform us in case they are accepted elsewhere.

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Calling all playwrights to submit a holiday play for Suburban Holidays XI


Deadline: July 31, 2022

Quannapowitt Players, Inc. is seeking new plays for Suburban Holidays XI for 2022, our popular annual holiday themed play festival and fundraiser. We are proud to be presenting our eleventh year of holiday shows! 

Play submissions should be between ten and twenty minutes in length and focus on a holiday. 

All holidays are welcome! In the past we have produced plays centered on Arbor Day, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Day, Halloween, Mother’s Day, Kwanza, Hanukkah, and Christmas, just to list a few! We appreciate large casts (within reason), and also welcome smaller shows. Plays featuring children are also welcome. Also, please keep in mind that we do try to keep the festival family friendly, so plays with excessive profanity are discouraged.

Each year, we select five or six shows from the submissions. All submissions are also kept on record and consulted for future years as well. Selected playwrights will receive a $100 stipend and their play will be produced as part of Suburban Holidays Eleven. Suburban Holidays productions are full productions that include lights, sound, and costumes, but minimal set.

The deadline for play submissions is July 31, 2022. All playwrights will be contacted by August 31, 2022, regardless of whether their play has been selected or not. If you have submitted a play in the past, please do not resubmit the same play without significant revisions. Any questions, and all submissions, should be directed to Nick Gould at qpsuburbanholidays@gmail.com. We look forward to reading your work!

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Balance Arts Center Performance Showcase


Deadline: August 15th at 5:00pm EDT


Join us this October for our third Performance Showcase in support of performing artists in NYC! There will be three shows taking place at the Balance Arts Center in Midtown: Friday October 21st at 7pm, Saturday October 22nd at 7pm, and Sunday October 23rd at 2pm. 

Each artist will have 15 minutes of performance time 

The BAC will curate the performances

Musicians, singers, actors, dancers, and performers of all art forms are all encouraged to apply

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


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.

  • 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.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Swipes: Tales of Online Dating seeks 10-minute plays


Deadline: July 20, 2022

The company will take submissions that will then be judged by our creative jury. The ten plays chosen will be performed in early November in Saline Michigan.

Here are the parameters and information for submissions.The play must be performed in approximately ten minutes.
  • Submissions must be in by July 20.
  • The ten plays chosen will be selected by August 15.
  • Auditions/Casting to perform the plays will take place in mid to late August.
  • If the writer also wishes to direct the play, indicate such on your submission. Otherwise, we will assign a director.
  • The play should not involve more than four actors.
  • The story must be about online dating at its core, experiences, vignettes, etc.
  • Tickets to attend the festival will be $15, and will post after the casts are set.
  • The creative jury will score each play, and a grand prize “Best Play In Show” will be awarded in the form of a $100 cash prize, a plaque and recognition as a Wilde Award Winner For Best Short Play.
  • All playwrights will receive a certificate of merit for clearing the jury selection process and having their play performed, and receive recognition on EncoreMichigan.com.
  • It is possible that we will have a sponsor that will underwrite the filming of the festival, which will then be available on Youtube.
  • Playwrights can submit more than one play, and more than one play from the same playwright may be chosen. Selection is based on quality.
  • All net proceeds will benefit the ongoing operations of EncoreMichigan, specifically to offset monthly server fees for the website and gas for reviewers to get to shows.
  • Submissions should be emailed as a proof-read PDF to EncorePress@gmail.com by July 20 with “Swipes” in the Subject Heading. Make sure your name, email, phone number, play title and whether you plan to direct your own play is on the first page along with the Characters/age/gender of characters, etc.
  • Playwrights so inspired are encouraged to submit stories that embrace diversity of all kinds–all races, genders, ages, LGBTQ characters.
  • Any questions can be directed to Encorepress@gmail.com


Few Spots left in December 2022




Submit to be among the plays and musicals in a Festival/Competition that is WOWING New Yorkers.


to submit, go to:


Introducing NYC’s fastest growing competition. Now accepting submissions only from playwrights who live no farther than 30 miles from Manhattan.

We offer up to $7,500 in Prizes. $3,500 alone goes to the best play or musical.

Can you find another festival that gives away this much money in prizes? Our winners are selected by the festival’s team, so it’s not simply some “popularity contest” based on whoever brings in the largest audience.  Sometimes the most “non-glitzy” smallest budget productions with the fewest audience members win first prize, simply because it was excellent. We love sincere, heart-felt performances, and honest writing. 

Prize categories include: 





2 BEST ACTOR $500 each 

2 BEST ACTRESS $500 each 





Here’s a chance to have your Play or Musical live on a New York City in Manhattan Stage!

Accepting plays and musicals of all genres between 5-90 minutes in length. The New York Theater Festival has been a haven for playwrights for 18 seasons - 10 continuous years of activity. Read below to find out why!

Why is New York Theater Festival a mecca for new and original plays?


We offer:
  • A quality venue.
75  seats. A stage the size of your average 2 bedroom apartment in Manhattan (30’x22’) with plenty of backstage space, room in the wings, a huge dressing room complete with mirrors and plenty of storage
  • Need set/prop pieces? No problem.
What other festival offers you the use of 85 set props/furniture in their storage for free? Not only do we invite you to use our items, we also offer free storage for all your hand props for the duration of your run.  It’s no fun double parking your truck outside of theaters for every performance, only to find your windshield sporting a new parking ticket. It’s annoying lugging all your props, set items, and costumes back and forth on the subway throughout the length of your run.  Don’t sweat it.  We have space- and that’s not easy to come by in NYC! Check out our props:

  • Easy to use technology.

Where else will you get a lighting plot of 65 lights, complete with LED lights that can create a flush in a full range of deep colors for your scenes. You are also free to use our projector that projects a back stage image of 21×12′. Our lighting and sound boards are extremely easy to use even for those that had not previous experience. You do not need to be a tech person to use them. 

  • If MUSIC is the food of love, play on!

Need music? We also have a good upright piano you can use

  • We offer long techs.
Do you know how important it is to have ample tech rehearsal time?  
For a Full-Length (60-90 minute) we give 4  hours for your tech.
For a One-Act (30-45 minute) we give you 2 hours, For a Short (5-20 minute) we give you 60 minutes.   
What can you accomplish with short tech rehearsals, or none at all offered somewhere else? Absolutely nothing (say it again!) We don’t want to risk your show looking miserable during your run because you did not have enough time to prepare. We want you to feel confident with how it will look. That’s why we offer a generous amount of tech time. (After all, time is money!)
  • What’s more important than advertising your show?
Many festival websites do not advertise your show. Many that do, will have mundane descriptions and a thumbnail of a poster. Check out our pages with previous productions and you will see immediate the difference. Large posters and detailed information. 
You can share the link of the post that we create for you without embarrassment and send it to your family, friends, colleagues, and community.  All cast and crew from all productions are granted free tickets to see all of the other shows in the festival!
Check out our posts:
  • Prime performance hours
We give you only ideal prime time slots, 30 minutes of ample set-up time before performances, and since the festival runs for 2 months, each production has time to breathe.
  • No seasonal volunteers
One of our principle team members is always at the theater to support you during your tech, box office times, and performances. You will always see a familiar face!  Feel free to ask for help or special guidance to make your performance a success. Your questions will be answered in a matter of hours from the festival’s team. You will never have to wait days for a response. Our staff is knowledgeable and experienced, providing you with real answers and a personal touch.

  • Award ceremony
An unforgettable award ceremony at the end of the festival to honor your talent in front of your artistic colleagues, similar to the Oscars!

Submit your play to NYC theatre’s best kept secret TODAY.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

The Object Movement Puppetry Festival


Deadline: July 18, 2022 5PM





The Object Movement Puppetry Festival is an annual presentation of new short works developed in residence at The Center at West Park. Curated by Maiko Kikuchi, Rowan Magee, Marcella Murray, and Justin Perkins, Object Movement supports the development of new puppetry and object theater by artists in the NYC metro area, culminating in an annual festival of short performances.

For eleven weeks in Fall 2022 and eleven weeks in Spring 2023, a cohort of eight puppetry and object theater artists (or pairs or teams of artists) will meet to share progress on developing new work. Meetings will be in person (whenever possible) on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:30pm at the Center at West Park. If necessary, virtual meetings will be held on Zoom. Meetings will be facilitated by the curatorial team: Maiko Kikuchi, Rowan Magee, Marcella Murray, and Justin Perkins. The goal of these meetings is to provide supportive feedback for the artists and a useful but flexible structure for making and sharing work.

Each resident artist will develop a single piece over the course of the residency. There will be a work-in-progress showing for invited audiences at the second-to-last fall meeting on December 6. Completed pieces will be presented in a festival in the Center at West Park’s Sanctuary Theater March 20 through April 1, 2023.

The 2023 Object Movement Puppetry Festival will take place over two weeks from March 20 through April 1, 2023 in the Center at West Park’s Sanctuary Space. Each week will feature a different program of four original short pieces 10 to 15 minutes long. Each week will include a dedicated tech day for each of the four pieces, a dress rehearsal, and three performances. Festival working days will be Monday—Saturday, 1pm to 10pm with a meal break 5-6pm.

The festival will provide a stage manager and technical director, a rep lighting plot, sound system, and marketing and box office services. Each lead artist or team will be paid an artist fee of $500 at the end of the festival.

Applications open: June 13, 2022

Applications due: Monday, July 18, 2022 at 5pm

Applicants notified: Monday, August 26, 2022

Fall residency meetings: Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm from September 20 through December 13 (off Nov 8 for Election Day and Nov 22 for Thanksgiving)

Work-in-progress showing: Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30pm

Winter break: December 14—January 9

Spring residency meetings: Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm from January 10 through April 4, 2023

Festival dates: March 20—April 1, 2023

Program A performances: Friday, March 24 at 7:30 and Saturday, march 25 at 2pm and 7:30pm

Program B performances: Friday, March 31 at 7:30 and Saturday, April 1 at 2pm and 7:30pm.

Final meeting: Tuesday, April 4, 2023


Online applications open on June 13 and are due by Monday, July 18 at 5pm. Applications are open to all artists over 18 who live in the New York City metro area. Both experienced puppetry artists and puppetry beginners with experience in other disciplines are welcome. We are not able to accept applications from full-time students, or for projects being developed through another residency, program, or institution between September 2022 and April 2023. You may apply as an individual artist, a duo, or a collective/company. Please submit only one application per artist.

We are seeking a diverse cohort of artists of different backgrounds and with different interests and experience levels within the realm of puppetry and object theater. BIPOC artists, LGBTQIA artists, and artists with disabilities are heartily encouraged to apply!

For the Artist Statement and Project Description, you may submit a written statement (300 words max) or a video where you respond verbally (3 minutes max). Please choose the format that is easiest for you. Videos should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and linked in the corresponding section of the application. If the videos are password-protected, be sure to provide the password!

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

100 x 1 Minute Play Festival - Los Angeles 2022


Deadlines: July 30, 2022

The Decameron Project - LA, in partnership with International Arts Media, LLC, is seeking new one minute plays and screenplays for in-person and virtual presentations. 

A 100 x1 min play festival is being planned for fall 2022 in Los Angeles, while some plays will be presented virtually. 

A free workshop will be available on Monday, June 27, 2022 - 7 PM Pacific Time via zoom https://fb.me/e/2M4TNCkVI

Please submit up to 5 plays.  

If you are having any issues with the Google form, please feel free to email your play(s) to 1minplays@gmail.com 

There will be a stipend of $10 per play if the play is selected and performed.  

For more information about the Decameron Project - 


Tuesday, July 12, 2022

SPIDER®, a literary magazine for children seeks plays


Deadline: none specified


For children ages 6 - 9

SPIDER®, a literary magazine for children, features fresh and engaging literature, poems, articles, and activities for newly independent readers. Editors seek energetic, beautifully crafted submissions with strong “kid appeal” (an elusive yet recognizable quality, often tied to high-interest elements such as humor, adventure, and suspense). 

We have particular interests in stories that explore themes of identity (gender expression, ability, race and ethnicity, family structure including LGBTQAI+ and single parent homes, neighborhoods, beliefs, and traditions); global cultures and languages (current needs include South American, African, and Middle Eastern countries, island nations, and Native American nations); scientific and technological exploration and innovation; magical or interplanetary landscapes; cities and metropolitan areas; real kids doing real things; weird and sometimes gross stuff; and the creative spirit.

Calls for Submissions:

General submissions are always open. 


Before submitting, be sure to familiarize yourself with our magazines. (Sample copies are available for viewing at the Cricket Media Store, or you can order a current issue by calling 800-821-0115.) Issues are also available at many local libraries.

Fiction Stories and Plays

We seek fiction of all kinds: fantasy, folk or fairytale, sci-fi, historical, humorous, or realistic. Whether the setting is long-ago or contemporary, or the protagonist is a shy newcomer, clever trickster, class clown, fantasy creature, or superhero, characters and the worlds they inhabit should be complex and believable. Plays should have 2–6 characters so that a child could feasibly perform the play at home with family or friends.

Length: 300–1000 words

Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word
Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum
Activities, games, and recipes: $75.00 flat rate

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