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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Fleas on the Dog is open for play submissions


Deadline: August 31, 2022

Plays. plays. PLAYS (the play’s the thing.) 4 ( four) Issue 12. That’s Twelve! The 1 after 11. All you’ve got to lose is your reputation and self respect. Is that asking too much? 

We are a collective of writers/editors who publish a non profit online magazine for those who are on the avant garde and outside the box. 


Fiction: We take pretty much everything. Mainstream, traditional, literary, barbaric yawps, flash, metafiction, experimental, sci/fi, speculative, fantasy, mystery, micro, nano, grunge, bad (but it better be good!), modernist, post-modernist, spamlit, kitschlit, retro, metro, outsider, novel excerpts, graphic stories, even comics. Our only criterion is quality. 

Poetry: Up to ten poems any style.

Plays: Any style up to five acts. 

Screenplays: any subject, any length.

Politically incorrect is welcome as long as it doesn’t devolve into invective!!


Anybody whose engines burn when they write. You can have won literary awards or never published at all. Degrees don’t impress us—it’s your work that matters. 


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

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

Submissions should be on a Microsoft Word doc or docx file. Use a sensible font. Double space format. Stuff like grammar and sentence structure  is important unless your work deliberately exploits bad grammar and lack of structure. (We can tell the difference.) Include a brief bio with your submission and publishing credits, if any. 

Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to editors@fleasonthedog.com (or type in the link in the email address).

 Include the genre (fiction, poetry, or play) and title of your work in the subject bar.  

Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere. 

Multiple submissions are not okay unless solicited. 

Submit to only one category per issue. 

We retain the first rights of your work for a period of three months. After this time rights revert back to the author. 

If you should republish the story/article please acknowledge that it was first published by www.fleasonthedog.com

Monday, August 29, 2022

The Playwrights Group ~ We’re adding a Tuesday Night Group to the Weekly Zoom Workshop!

We’re adding a Tuesday Night Group to the Weekly Zoom Workshop! 

Weekly Zoom Workshop


The Weekly Workshop has been meeting Thursdays since 2007 and now there will be a Tuesday night group  as well. Get feedback on a finished script or one you’re just getting started on. We read everything from a one page scene to a full length. Plays, musicals, film scripts — whatever it is you’re working on. This is a great way to keep yourself focused and to connect with other playwrights across the country. 


Tuesday or Thursday, 7 - 9:30pm EST


Check out our website for details and rates and

 ask to sit in on a session and see for yourself.


Script Consultations


Have a script you want feedback on?  Just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get the answers you’re looking for via email, phone or video conference. 


Richard Caliban has worked with  individuals on their scripts from all over the world — Indonesia, China, Greece, Australia, Serbia, as well as right here in New York. A script consultation will provide you with feedback on the structural soundness of your story, the dramatic arc of your protagonist, thematic unity and much more.


Online One-on-One Courses


If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:


       The Art of Playwriting

       Write a Play in 10 Weeks


Both are One on One with instructor Richard Caliban, who has spent his life in rehearsal rooms getting words on a page up onto a stage. And since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience. 



Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com or visit our website for further info at: 



Henley Rose Playwright Competition 2022


Deadline: August 31, 2022
The first 250 submissions to be received from July 1st until August 31st will be considered.

$22 submission fee will be waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild. Please include a scan or photocopy of your current membership card with your script for verification.

The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women was founded by Yellow Rose Productions, with permission of Beth Henley, to encourage and recognize the new works of female playwrights. The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women aims to give voice to the stories of this generation and to bring into the spotlight important works that have been crafted.

The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women seeks to honor both the writings of Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley and those of winners of the Henley Rose Award.

Submissions are welcome from July 1st until August 31st and will be read by a committee of writers, theatre artists, and producers.

A small group of finalists will be announced in May 2023. The First, Second, and Third Place winners will also be announced by the end of May 2023 and will receive the Henley Rose Award. In addition, submission fees will go toward creating a cash prize for the winners of the Henley Rose Award.

First Place – $1000
Second Place – $500
Third Place – $250

Please note that prizes will be sent out via PayPal to ensure efficient and secure delivery. Additionally, we are unable to provide feedback on scripts that are submitted.

  • Submissions must be completed, full-length plays. No one-acts or ten-minute plays, please.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the submitting female-identifying playwright.
  • Submissions may not have been previously produced or fully staged.
  • Submissions are due by August 31st, 2022 and must include all of the submission materials to qualify.
  • One script may be submitted per applicant.


Completed Registration (Click Here for Registration)


Payment: $22 submission fee. Submission fees will go to create a cash prize for the winner of the Henley Rose Award. ($22 submission fee will be waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild. Please include a scan or photocopy of your current membership card with your script for verification.)
All applicants may choose to submit scripts and/or payment via snail mail (checks made payable to Yellow Rose Productions):

Henley Rose Competition
1321 Raleigh Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

All applicants may choose to submit materials via e-mail for an additional $10.00 printing fee. E-mail submission materials may be sent to henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com.

At the completion of your registration form you will receive a an e-mail confirmation with additional instructions. If you are choosing to submit electronically, please attach your script as a response to this email confirmation. If you are planning to submit via snail mail, please respond to the confirmation e-mail to let us know when your script is on its way.

If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within a few minutes of submitting your application, please check your SPAM folder and make sure to add henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com to your contacts to be sure we are able to reach you!

Please note that your submission is not complete until all submission materials (application, script, and payment – if required) have been received. 

Submissions via snail mail must be postmarked no later than August 31st, 2022. Should the submission cap be reached before August 31st, 2022, the application will no longer accept new submissions and an announcement will be made. Any accidental payments made past the 250 script cap are fully refundable.

Feel free to contact us with any questions at henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

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

INKubator 2022-2023


Deadline: September 1, 2022 at 11:59PM ET

INKubator 2022-2023 Application

Art House Productions is a performing and visual arts center established in 2001 and located in Jersey City, NJ. Art House is a home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. We engage, inspire, entertain, and challenge audiences with ambitious performing and visual arts programs. We provide arts education programs that promote life-long learning to a diverse community and celebrate the essential power of the arts to illuminate our common humanity.

Art House's INKubator program is an eight-month generative playwriting process for a select group of playwrights-in-residence in Jersey City, culminating in the annual INKubator New Play Festival in May. 

Playwrights will meet as a group and in-person monthly from October 2022 to May 2023 alongside program director Alex Tobey to share new pages, receive feedback, and develop the first draft of a brand new play. At the end of the process in May, each writer will team up with a professional director and actors to present a public staged reading, part of the annual INKubator New Play Festival in May.

Applications are open to playwrights who can commit to the program's monthly meetings and festival dates (see details below), and have a play they are passionate about writing and developing with Art House Productions in Jersey City over an eight-month process. 

While New Jersey residency is not a requirement for the INKubator program, we are seeking playwrights with some kind of association to New Jersey. 

We hope the plays created will be inspired by New Jersey and all its glory, warts and all.

What do we mean by association? Have you…

…ever lived in New Jersey?
…gone to school in New Jersey?
…worked in New Jersey?
…visited the Jersey Shore or somewhere else?
…family in New Jersey?
…any connection at all to New Jersey?

Great! We'd love to hear about it.

At its essence, INKubator supports playwrights and the plays they are creating at their earliest stage of development while also creating opportunities for long-term artistic relationships with Art House and the Art House community. We hope to use our mainstage to fully produce the work of INKubator alumni playwrights and will publish an annual open call for all INKubator Cohorts to submit plays for consideration in future seasons. More on this to come.


You must be able to commit to all the monthly in-person meetings scheduled at Art House's new home at 180 Morgan Street in Jersey City: October 3, November 7, December 5, January 2, February 6, March 6, and April 3.

Due to the in-person nature of the residency, all playwrights must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

It's okay if the play you pitch already has some pages written, but the collective goal of the residency should be to complete a first draft. If you already have a majority of the play written, all of the answers figured out, or even a completed first draft, we would recommend applying with a play that is much earlier in its development process.

The INKubator New Play Festival is tentatively scheduled for May 5, 6, and 7, 2023. Please hold these dates in your calendar, as we encourage writers to attend the entire festival and properly support the work of their cohort. 

INKubator playwrights will receive free admission to all performances, mixers, and other events at Art House Productions.

Playwrights will also have the ability to schedule meetings, rehearsals, and readings as needed for free in Art House's new space (subject to availability).

Art House Productions is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and encourages playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels to apply.

There is no fee to apply. The deadline to submit is Thursday, September 1 at 11:59PM ET. All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of September.

Submissions will be evaluated by Art House Productions Executive Artistic Director Meredith Burns, INKubator alumni Maddie Dennis-Yates and Christian Mendonça, and INKubator Resident Director Alex Tobey.

Have questions about the application or program? Feel free to email Alex Tobey at alex@arthouseproductions.org.

HOMINUM JOURNAL submissions open


Deadline: none given

All submissions should be emailed to hominumjournal@gmail.com, with the subject line "GENRE-FIRST AND LAST NAME". Please include your submission as an attachment (.pdf, doc(x), or.rtf) along with a brief third-person biography. Cover letters are appreciated. Unless a submission is withdrawn, we ask that you do not submit more than once per reading period.

We appreciate standard conventions, i.e. 12-point Times New Roman or Garamond font. Prose should be double-spaced and poetry single-spaced. However, if deviating from these standards is integral to the artistic integrity of the piece, then by all means do so.

We ask for first North American publishing rights and archival rights on all submissions. All rights revert back to the author upon publication, but we do ask that you mention us in future reprints. 

Simultaneous submissions are accepted on the condition that it is acknowledged in the cover letter and we are notified immediately if this work is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published work unless solicited.

OTHER: We are open to receiving other genres of the literary arts, including (but not limited to) hybrid pieces, one-act plays, screenplays, and songwriting. Guidelines for these submissions vary, so if you're unsure drop us an email or just send it along!

Friday, August 26, 2022

Ensemble Playwrights Lab 2022-2023


Deadline: September 2, 2022

The Ensemble Playwright Lab (EPL) is a residency program for NYC-based playwrights to engage with Letter of Marque's (LOM) ensemble of actors, musicians, dancers, designers, and dramaturgs to create, develop, or reimagine a piece of work. This experimental process of creation and development is designed to welcome the playwright into the rehearsal room through active participation in devised and improvisational explorations. The goals and outcomes of each residency are mutually determined by both LOM and the playwright.

Playwrights are chosen using an anonymous submission process. Each entrant is asked to create an alias so as to mask their identity. Entrants are also required to omit all mentions of names of previous collaborators and the titles of their previous work. The anonymized submissions are then read by a panel consisting LOM Co-Artistic Directors Nolan Kennedy and Scarlet Maressa Rivera, and Guest Dramaturgs. Finalists are scheduled for interviews to determine the participants in this year’s Ensemble Playwright Lab. 

This season, LOM will be exploring the theme of DISCOVERY.

For the third season, LOM will proudly offer a $500 honorarium to each playwright chosen for a residency.

There will be two residencies: Fall (Oct.-Nov.) and Spring (March-May). Each residency will consist of 7 consecutive sessions to develop a work with the LOM ensemble. At the end of each residency, there will be a public showing and a facilitated post-showing talkback with the audience, playwright, and cast.

All meetings, rehearsals, and showings will take place in person in Manhattan, NYC unless otherwise arranged.

LOM is striving to amplify more BIPoC and LGBTQA+ voices. Playwrights from these communities are encouraged to apply.

NOTE: This is an annonymous submission process.
Do not mention your real name, the names of companies or artists you've worked with, or titles of plays you've written in your submission. Doing so will get you disqualified!

If you have any questions, please email: lomsubmissions@gmail.com to contact a non-adjudicating member of the team.


The EPL is open to playwrights...

-who currently live in NYC
who are able to attend all required sessions
-at any stage of their career
-wishing to work on a previously written piece OR wanting to create something new with the LOM ensemble
-age 21 or older

If you have submitted to the EPL in the past, please feel free to submit again!

What we are looking for:

The purpose of the Ensemble Playwright Lab is to build a relationship between a playwright and the LOM ensemble, and to explore/allow for/create new ways of collaboration. This program is intended for artists who identify as playwrights and want to improve their craft as well as their work. Yes, there will be public presentations at the end of the residency. However, what gets presented will be based on the interest and goals of the playwright. Letter of Marque’s mission is to spread ensemble culture, through responsive, inclusive, and accessible theater, and to engage individuals in collective success and meaningful dialogue.

What Does It Cost the Playwright:
There is no monetary charge or fee to participate in the Ensemble Playwrights Lab. We ask for their time, dedication, talent, and energy!

Important Dates
Due to the intensive nature of this program, only applicants who are able to attend all required dates will be considered.


Fall 2022 Section Dates
Submissions Open: 8/3/22
***Playwrights must be available for all the dates!***
October 24, 2022, Mon
October 31, 2022, Mon
November 17, 2022, Mon
November 11, 2022, Mon
November 21, 2022, Mon *
November 28, 2022, Mon
December 5, 2022 Mon
December 8, 2022, Thurs (rehearsal & tech)
December 9, 2022, Fri (showing & talkback)
December 12, 2022 Mon (wrap session)

Spring 2023 Section Dates
Submissions Open: 12/28/22
***Playwrights must be available for all the dates!***
March 27, 2023, Mon
April 3, 2023, Mon
April 10, 2023, Mon
April 17, 2022, Mon
April 24, 2023, Mon
May 1, 2023, Mon
May 4, 2023, Thurs (rehearsal & tech)
May 5, 2023, Fri (showing & talkback)
May 8, 2023, Mon (wrap session)

Where this all takes place: ​ Houghton Hall (NOMAD, 22 E 30th NY, NY 10016) from 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Clay & Water 2023 - Fifth Annual Playwrights' Retreat and New Play Reading Series


Deadline: August 31, 2022 5PM EDT


Clamour Theatre Company is accepting applications starting 8/1/2022 for Clay & Water 2023, our Fifth Annual Playwrights' Retreat and New Play Reading Series.

Clay County, Florida is still lagging behind in vaccinations and, as best we can tell given the lack of data, cases of COVID are once again on the rise. Fortunately, they mostly seem to be mild, but we cannot yet be sure whether the Retreat will be in-person or virtual. Thus, the dates are still not finalized, and we understand that some applicants, if selected, may not be able to attend once the final dates and format are chosen. We suggest you go ahead and apply, and we'll all figure it out when the time comes.

The application form includes a section where you can tell us whether you are applying for an In-Person version of the Retreat only, a Virtual version only, or either.

And we THANK YOU for your understanding as try to maintain a safe way forward for everyone involved.

Application Window: 9am (Eastern time) August 1, 2022 until 5 pm (Eastern time) August 31, 2022

Five playwrights will be selected to participate on dates TBD in the 1st Quarter of 2023.

All the details and the application guidelines can be found here: https://www.clamourtheatre.org/events/2023-2/clay-water-2023-applications/

Notification by year-end 2022.


* Note: For the virtual Retreat, you do not have to be available all day, every day during that time period. See Requirements and Guidelines below for more information about the schedule and details about each version of the Retreat.



We provide accommodations, a no-pressure developmental reading of your work-in-progress, and a chance to see some of the points of interest of the surrounding area to five selected playwrights.


Clay County, Florida

The actual location will be TBD in Clay County, Florida.  Previous in-person Retreats were held in Green Cove Springs. Green Cove is a town in northeast Florida first settled in the mid-1800s, best known for its natural sulfur springs and its location on the St. Johns River, a bit south of Jacksonville. The location for the 2023 Retreat, if held in person, will be in the Orange Park/Fleming Island/Green Cove Springs/Penney Farms area and is yet to be confirmed.


EXPECT TO PAY YOUR OWN WAY HERE. Fly into Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) where we’ll pick you up, or drive yourself to the accommodations we will book for you in Clay County. (There’s also an Amtrak station in Jacksonville, if needed.)


Accommodations will be fully covered by Clamour at a location still to be confirmed. We will have that information for you by the time we invite the selected playwrights so that they can take it into account when deciding to accept the invitation.


Each playwright will get a developmental reading of a single work-in-progress.

We will provide local actors for readings.

The reading will be open to the public at no charge. If possible, we will schedule a private Zoom rehearsal the week before the Retreat, but the public readings will be fully understood to be minimally-rehearsed, cold readings for development and NOT performance.

There will be a moderated audience feedback session after your public reading. (Don’t worry! Our audiences are supportive.)


We ask you to be available for two informal meet-and-greet Q&A sessions with local students to answer questions about the craft and business of playwriting. These will be held during the school day within the four weekdays in the span of the Retreat. Transportation to and from the school(s) will be provided.

Networking Opportunities

There will be a Welcome Dinner on arrival day and since all playwrights will have accommodations at the same location, there will be ample opportunities to get to know your fellow writers and to share experiences and tips, and socialize with each other.


Dramaturgs are NOT part of the in-person Retreat experience. They are provided as part of the virtual Retreat experience, because those writers are not getting the time away from the distractions of their ordinary lives, the in-person interaction with their fellow writers, and the exposure to a new area with new experiences, people, and sights to see.



Selected playwrights will participate from their own homes. The virtual version of the Retreat will be slightly longer (@ 2 weeks) to enable writers to continue to work at their survival jobs, if necessary, while still providing the developmental readings and plenty of opportunities to interact with each other.

Location (virtual)

No travel required.

The entire Retreat will take place on Zoom.


No travel required.  Retreat is all on Zoom.


Your very own bed.  You’re not traveling, so you won’t need a hotel room.


Each playwright will get 2 one-on-one meetings with a dramaturg and 2 developmental readings (one private, one public) of a single work-in-progress.

We will provide actors for readings.  Local actors will be given preference whenever possible. We will cast the net wider, if necessary.

The first reading will include you, actors, your dramaturg, and Clamour staff.

The second reading will be open to the public at no charge. It will be fully understood to be an unrehearsed, cold reading for development and NOT performance.

There will be a moderated audience feedback session after your public reading. (Don’t worry! Our audiences are supportive.)


We do ask you to be available for two informal meet-and-greet Q&A sessions with local students to answer questions about the craft and business of playwriting. These will be held during the school day within the two week span of the Retreat, so you must be able to take an hour or so out of your daily schedule twice during the Retreat. NOTE:  We are in the Eastern Time Zone. If you are located on the West Coast and the class to which we are invited is a morning class, we will (regretfully) ask you to get up pretty early.

Networking Opportunities

There will be several informal group check-ins throughout the Retreat providing opportunities to get to know your fellow writers and dramaturgs, share experiences and tips, and socialize with each other. We start the Retreat with a Welcome Dinner (via Zoom) and will provide a small meal stipend in lieu of being able to host you at a Board member’s home or a local restaurant.


Each selected writer will be matched with a dramaturg. The dramaturg’s role in the context of this retreat is to provide the playwright with critical feedback, notes, and suggestions on the script. They are here to assist you in shaping your play into the next stage of development, and they can be a set of fresh eyes throughout the process. The dramaturg can also assist with research pertaining to the play’s themes, time period, and support material, if applicable. In addition, the dramaturg is someone who can act as an audience member and really get the feel for the show as a spectator, providing key insight to the play’s strength’s and weaknesses.


Please read and follow these guidelines and application material carefully. Plays that do not adhere to the guidelines in terms of length, format, cast size, etc. will not be considered.

Requirements & Schedule


In order to apply, you must:

  • Have a completed draft (both in-person & virtual applications)
– Draft of a full-length, unproduced non-musical play (60-120 pages) in a standard play script format (either the Modern Format or Traditional Format on the Dramatists Guild website: https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats would be acceptable) in a 12-point standard font (Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Courier are all fine).  The play should require 2 to 4 actors to perform. (Plays that have had previous developmental readings are acceptable.) 
– No monologues, please.
– The submitted script should have a character breakdown page immediately following the title page.
–You may have more than 4 characters as long as all characters can be played by a maximum of 4 actors and you specifically explain any double-casting options.
– We understand that, in revising, you may discover a need for an additional character, and we can be somewhat flexible for the final reading, but we urge you not to hope to circumvent this actor cap by cutting an army out of the submitted draft with a view to adding them later.  We want to provide a stipend to each of our actors. Please help us make that a realistic goal.
– Content: We are located in one of the most conservative areas of a conservative state. Please take that into consideration when you are choosing a play to submit. (If you are applying for the virtual version only of the retreat, the definition of “appropriate” content is a little looser, but please remember we are hoping to return to an in-person event in 2023.)

  • Be willing and able to work with a dramaturg (virtual applications only)
– If you do not think your draft is able to be improved and/or are not willing to seriously consider rewrites, this is not the Retreat for you.
Be able to spend significant time during the allotted period working on your script on your own (evenings/weekends are fine for the virtual Retreat; in-person Retreat work time is yours to determine outside of the Meet & Greets and the readings).

  • Be available for these activities: (virtual applications only)
Opening Night & First Weekend (Friday – Sunday)
– Friday, the first evening of the Retreat – Welcome meeting on Zoom
– Saturday or Sunday – a one-on-one Zoom meeting with your dramaturg
Week 1 (Monday – Sunday)
– Monday evening – group check-in
– Tuesday – Sunday – a private reading of your play (you, actors, dramaturg, and Clamour staff) at some point during this time to be followed by another one-on-one meeting with your dramaturg
– Also, at a time TBD this week and next – approximately 1 hour at a time during a normal school day twice to attend a Zoom Q&A session with our local students. (Please note: We have to schedule these Q&A sessions in consultation with the teachers. We will try to have one this week and one the following week, but the final dates are TBD, and we hope you can be flexible as we figure that out.)
– Friday evening – group cocktail hour
– Sunday afternoon – group check-in
Week 2 (Monday – Sunday)
– Tuesday evening – group check-in
– Wednesday evening – group cocktail hour
– Thursday – Sunday – Public readings (1 Thursday evening, 1 Friday evening, 2 Saturday, 1 Sunday)
– Sunday evening – Wrap-Up group meeting
What to Submit

Applications must be made through our online application form which will ask you to complete the following:
  1.  Select whether you are applying for the In-Person Retreat Only, the Virtual Retreat Only, or Either.
  2. Name, email, cell phone # in the fields provided.
  3. Select whether you are US-Based or Non-US-Based so the form will show you the appropriate address fields.
    1. Complete the address fields. Note that the Non-US-Based address field is more free-form due to variations among international address, but we do need your street address, city, province, country, and postal code if your are not a US-Based playwright.
  4.  Title of the play you are submitting
  5. Select Tone of Play (Comedy, Drama, Serio-Comic)
  6. Brief synopsis of the play
  7. Brief description of what you think is/are the next step(s) in your revisions.
  8. Enter the number of actors needed and a numeric breakdown of male, female, neutral/non-binary/any gender actors needed.
  9. Enter the same breakdown for number of characters (these numbers may match the number of actors or may be different if double-casting can be done.)
  10. Describe any possible double-casting. Please be as specific as you can.
  11. Introduce yourself professionally (productions, workshops, readings, publications, education, any other theatre disciplines in which you participate).
  12. Introduce yourself personally (hobbies, non-theatre interests, where you from, survival job, etc.)
  13. Upload your 60-120 page script in standard play format in a 12-point font.  PDF ONLY!

Note that Clamour Theatre Company will make the final determination on which version of the Retreat we will host in 2023 based on writers’ interest and on the state of vaccinations and infections in our area and how that could affect the safety of our writers, our actors, our audiences, and our staff.

When to Submit

The application window is from

9:00 am Eastern time August 1, 2022 to midnight Eastern time August 31, 2022.

Applications received before or after those dates and times will NOT be considered.

Questions may be sent at any time.

Where to Submit

Is there a fee?
There is no fee to submit to either version of the Retreat.

Playwrights participating in an In-Person Retreat are responsible for their own transportation to the area and for their own food.  Any admission fees for optional sight-seeing trips during the In-Person Retreat are also the responsibility of individual writers.  Accommodation costs are covered by Clamour Theatre Company.

Playwrights participating in a Virtual Retreat have no costs, unless participation in a student meet & greet has an impact on that particular writer’s “day job.”

Can I apply again?

If you applied to a previous retreat and were not accepted at that time, by all means, please apply again.  We’re looking for the right combination of people, so many factors go into selection. You should never feel that not being chosen in any given year is a reflection on your writing.

If you were accepted and attended a previous retreat, as much as we would love to see you again, we’d like to keep meeting new people.  We will probably not be able to invite you back again at this time.

When will I be notified?

Good question!

We hope to make our selections of plays and playwrights by the end of October/early November.  Final decision on which format Clay & Water 2023 will take is something we are less able to predict since it will be determined by forces outside our control.

We can tell you that you will be notified either way.  We acknowledge receipt of all submissions, so if you get that acknowledgement, and you have not heard from us with an acceptance or regrets, it means that the decisions have not yet been made.   We understand this means you may accept another offer in the meantime.  It’s not an ideal notification policy, but these are less than ideal times. We thank you for your patience and your flexibility.

Anything else?

Normally, we request that you do not apply if you cannot arrange to attend the sessions outlined.  However, in this time of uncertainty, we recognize that final dates and format may mean that an applicant could be selected but unable to attend when the details are finalized.

Once those details ARE finalized, we ask you not to accept if you cannot commit to the full Retreat time period and activities. We also ask all selected playwrights to make every effort to attend the public readings of their colleagues.

Clamour Theatre Company is committed to diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual preference, and experience.

Woodward/Newman Award


Deadline: We advise submitting prior to September 1 2022

Each play should be individually submitted at the following link:

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.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

New City Players Lab seeks Zoom plays


Deadline: August 29, 2022

To submit a play please email your play to krystal@newcityplayers.org and include on the front page: character breakdown/descriptions and any content warnings.

August 29 (Zoom): Write a coming of age play that happens in your most nostalgic high school place. 10 page max.

NCPLab Festival will be back next season! In the meantime…let’s get back to writing. All plays written for lab will be considered for our 22-23 lab fest.

Anyone is welcome to spectate or participate! We will be writing and discussing new plays and connecting with artists from all over.

Never written anything before and want to try? Please submit something! 

Been writing your whole life? Please submit something! 

This group is for all of us to practice our craft, try new things, stretch ourselves artistically, and connect as people. 

Monday, August 22, 2022

Unshaded Arts seeks short plays for writing event

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Deadline: August 26, 2022 11:59PM BST

London UK

Are you a writer? We would love to hear from you! Unshaded Arts is staging its very first writing event! We are particularly looking to hear from writers from marginalised backgrounds though applications are open to everyone.

By marginalised, we refer to those who fall into groups that are overlooked as part of the ‘majority’, particularly by way of ethnicity. By foregrounding and contextualising such narratives and experiences in the scope of the human experience at large, we aim to unearth well-rounded characters who are not politicised through their (cultural) idiosyncrasies, but are instead used to propel entertaining and relatable storytelling within high-quality theatrical productions.

We will be staging our first new writing event "Universal" at Omnibus Theater, and are looking for short plays showcasing marginalized characters at the center of universal stories.

  • 10-15 minutes in length
  • 2-4 characters (no monologues)
  • Simple staging requirements
  • Unproduced

Canthius seeks short plays & excerpts


Deadline: September 1, 2022

Canthius is an intersectional feminist magazine that publishes poetry and prose by writers of marginalized gender identities, including trans, Two Spirit, non-binary, agender, cis women, genderqueer, GNC, and intersex writers. We are committed to publishing diverse perspectives and experiences and strongly encourage Indigenous women, Black women, and women of colour to submit. We also welcome submissions in Indigenous languages.

We consider unpublished work of poetry and prose (both fiction and creative non-fiction). We welcome experimental works and play excerpts. Please limit prose submissions to 3500 words and poetry submissions to five poems. For play excerpts, please limit submissions to 5-8 pages. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if another publication accepts work you've submitted to Canthius.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

DGF’s Fellows program 2022 - 2023


Deadline: August 28, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

The ideas of today’s writers become the groundbreaking shows of the future. DGF’s Fellows program helps create that future by propelling the most promising creative talents to their full potential.

The Fellows program is a year-long New York City-based intensive for professional dramatists who are looking to develop their existing work in the next level of their careers. The Fellows is a free program, hosted by the Dramatists Guild Foundation, to eliminate historical barriers of entry for many emerging dramatists. This cohort of playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists will work together under the guidance and leadership of Award-winning dramatists to develop their current work in pursuit of further development and production.

Fellows who are selected will receive:
  • A $5,000 Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation Scholarship
  • One-on-one mentoring from accomplished professionals in the field who help them hone their process, find their unique voice, and revise and edit an existing work ready for development
  • Access to career resources
  • Connections to partner with national arts organizations
  • The opportunity to participate in a presentation of their work for top theater professionals

The deadline to apply is August 28th at 11:59pm ET.

The program was founded in 2000 by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Janet Neipris, and Susan Miller. They believed it was vital to put playwrights and musical theater writers in the same room, to learn from each other’s different perspectives, to see how collaboration creates magic, and to foster community.

The success of the program has been proven by the careers of various dramatists and collaborations, including launching the careers of more than 200 writers. With alumni that include recipients of Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, Larson Awards, Kleban Awards, and Fred Ebb Awards, the DGF Fellows program is an opportunity to grow in community and professionally.

DGF Fellows is supported through the generosity of the Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation.

Theatre Now Musical Writers Lab


Deadline: September 1, 2022


Our Musical Writers Lab is a community of writing teams who meet bi-weekly to work on the development of new musicals through Lab presentations, sharing their process and offering support. Lab members benefit additionally from Theatre Now that includes developmental productions, publishing and licensing. This is a highly skilled, active, and collaborative group focused on embracing and fostering the diversity of musical theatre styles, forms, and creators.

There is both a National and a NY Lab chapter. The National group sessions are hosted online via Zoom every 2 Sundays with members from all over the states, while the NY group sessions are hosted in-person at ART/NY studios the remaining Sundays of the month. We value community and are aware that building a safe network is important in our creative field, that is why both groups interact closely with one another and are part of this big family.

The Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened Language


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

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.

Thursday, August 18, 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.

Bridge seeks work by young writers


Deadline - September 17, 2022

Bridge publishes original work by writers and artists age 14-24. We look for work that demonstrates virtuosity and wonder, work that interrogates norms and assumptions, and delights us all along the way. Bridge ONLY publishes writers and artists age 14-24.
  • Bridge accepts work from young writers in the following genres: short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, art, graphic novels and short plays for stage and screen. Please, no fan-fiction or excerpts from novels. 
  • Contributors can submit only ONCE per genre, per submission period. 
  • There are no restrictions on content or theme. 
  • Work submitted to Bridge must not be previously published online or print. We cannot consider work you posted on WattPad, your blog, website, or social media. 
  • Bridge welcomes international submissions; however, all work submitted must be composed primarily in English. 
  • Bridge does not accept anonymous submissions. 
  • Bridge cannot accept third-party submissions. Writers and artists must submit their own work and correspond directly with our staff. Parents/teachers/mentors cannot submit work for you or on your behalf. If your work is collaborative and includes artists over the age of 24, it is not eligible for publication in Bridge. 
  • If selected for publication, Bridge retains First North American Serial Rights to your work. However, all rights revert to the author upon publication. 
  • Bridge is unable to pay contributors. 
  • Current or former Bluffton University students, and the household family members of Bluffton University faculty, staff, and administrators are not eligible to submit work to Bridge.
You can submit your own work through our portal at www.submittable.com.

Submissions for the fall issues are open from October 1-February 1. Submissions for our spring issues are open from May 17-September 17.

Thanks for sending your work to Bridge!

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Avalanche Theatre submission guidelines


Deadline: ongoing

Avalanche is committed to fostering the innovative and unconventional voices in today's theatre community, by producing new plays of notable literary merit.

We are interested in theatrical stories told in interesting ways. We love stories that are in conversation with history, as well as stories that push the boundaries of playwriting. We especially love stories with compelling, nuanced characters who represent a variety of backgrounds and identities.

We are specifically looking for new plays that are ready for a full production. We will accept plays that have had up to three previous productions, but plays that still require development may not be the best fit for us. We are also not able to accept scripts that have been published.

To submit your play, please fill out the submission form. Make sure you have the following items prepared:

A 10 page sample of your script
A brief, 3-5 sentence synopsis
Character breakdown
Production history

Please send any questions to info@avalanchetheatre.com.

We look forward to reading your work!

Monday, August 15, 2022

The Playwrights Group ~ Take advantage of our online offerings!


Take advantage of our online offerings! 


Script Consultations


Have a script you want feedback on?  Just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get the answers you’re looking for via email and/or video conference. See website for rates. 


Richard Caliban has worked with  individuals on their scripts from all over the world — Indonesia, China, Greece, Australia, Serbia, as well as right here in New York. A script consultation will provide you with feedback on the structural soundness of your story, the dramatic arc of your protagonist, thematic unity and much more.


Weekly Zoom Workshop


Get feedback on a finished script or one you’re just getting started on. We read everything from a one page scene to a full length. Plays, musicals, film scripts — whatever it is you’re working on. This is a great way to keep yourself focused and to connect with other playwrights across the country. 


We meet (virtually) Thursdays from 7 - 9:30pm EST.  And starting in September, we’ll be adding a group that will meet Tuesdays from 7 - 9:30pm EST. Check out our website for more details and rates — and arrange to sit in on a session and see for yourself.


Online One-on-One Courses


If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:


       The Art of Playwriting

       Write a Play in 10 Weeks


Both are One on One with instructor Richard Caliban, who has spent his life in rehearsal rooms getting words on a page up onto a stage. And since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience. 


Please visit our website for further Info and Rates: 



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