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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Kumu Kahua’s September prompt


Deadline: September 30, 2022


We’re proud to announce a new monthly playwriting contest in collaboration with Bamboo Ridge Press!

Every month, Kumu Kahua’s artistic director Harry Wong III will select a writing prompt on or by the first day of that month. We’re looking for 5-page monologues or 10-page scenes based on that prompt; the due date for submissions will always be the last day of the month. All entries must be written in traditional play format; instructions on this format can be found here (https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats), courtesy of the Dramatists Guild.

There will be one winner each month. Scripts will be submitted to the judges anonymously. Winners will receive $100 and a subscription to Bamboo Ridge Press. Woo!

The prompt for the month of September 2022 is: In honor of Halloween, one child in a group of kids receives a magic piece of candy that, once eaten, grants her or him three wishes.

Best of luck!

The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival 2023


Deadline: October 1, 2022

The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival honors new American plays that provide dynamic performance opportunities for college-aged actors.

The festival endeavors both to recognize playwrights for their outstanding work and to provide a resource for universities across the country to identify dynamic plays with robust roles for college-aged actors for production at their institutions. The festival features both a full-length and short play division.


Seeking plays that have:
  • A cast of primarily (or exclusively) characters in their teens and early twenties (15-25 years old).
  • A mid- to large-sized cast (i.e., at least five actors, preferably at least ten).
  • A running time of at least 80 minutes.
  • Significant representation (in both number and quality) of roles for female-identifying actors.
  • Dynamic, fully-drawn roles to challenge student actors.
  • Thematic values that will speak to college-aged artists and audience members.

The festival also places a value on plays that have the potential to provide performance opportunities to actors from under-represented groups.

Please note: The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival is specifically seeking plays in which the characters are in their teens and early twenties, not simply characters that could be played by actors in their teens and early twenties. The festival is not seeking plays with characters that are “ageless” or “any age.” Plays should be about characters experiencing late adolescence and early adulthood.

Full-length plays should not have had a previous full production. Workshops and readings are fine.

Finalists for the festival’s top prize will receive airfare and housing to participate in the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival on the campus of the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance at Southeast Missouri State University in May of 2023. Staged readings of the finalists’ plays will be presented as part of the festival, and the winner of the prize will be announced at the end of the week-long event.

The winning full-length play will receive:
  • A world premiere production in the 2023-2024 Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance theatre season.
  • Consideration of the play for publication by Concord Theatricals, the world’s most significant theatrical company, comprising the catalogs of R&H Theatricals, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection.
  • A meeting for the playwright with new play acquisition staff at Concord Theatricals.


Seeking plays that have:
  • A cast of exclusively characters in their teens and twenties.
  • Dynamic, fully-drawn roles to challenge student actors.
  • A running time of 10-25 minutes.
  • Thematic values that will speak to college-aged artists and audience members.

The festival also places a value on plays that have the potential to provide performance opportunities to female-identifying actors and actors from under-represented groups.

Plays should not have had a previous production under an Actors Equity agreement. Non-union productions, workshops, and readings are fine.

The five finalist short plays will receive:
  • A staged reading at the 2023 Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival.
  • Publication in the anthology Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival 2023: The Short Plays, published by Southeast Missouri University Press and made distributed nationwide through online and retail outlets.


Submissions for the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival should be submitted by October 1, 2022 at:


The submission form will request:

  • Complete script
  • Brief synopsis of the play (100-250 words)
  • Character breakdown, including ages
  • Author(s) bio (100-250 words)
  • Development history (if applicable)

If you have any questions, please email the festival’s Artistic Director, Kitt Lavoie (klavoie@semo.edu).

Friday, September 23, 2022



Deadline: September 30, 2022 at 5PM

The Sauk, located in Jonesville, Michigan, is seeking scripts to consider for production as part of SAUK SHORTS 2023.

Scripts may be original works or published works that you would like us to consider. Scripts should have a performance time no longer than 15 minutes.

We will begin accepting scripts on Friday, September 16 and will continue to accept scripts until 5 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, September 30.

Scripts should be e-mailed to saukshorts@gmail.com.

We are looking for comedies and dramas. Plays with roles for teens and young people are encouraged.

SAUK SHORTS is an annual collection of 10-minute plays. Each year, we produce a combination of popular published works and original un-produced pieces. We try to balance a combination of local and national playwrights. There is no fee for submitting scripts. Please limit your submissions to five scripts.

Selected scripts will be announced in early November. If you do not receive an e-mail by November 1 at 5 p.m., your play has not been selected. A royalty is paid to all selected scripts. Scripts that are not selected for production in 2023 may be kept on file for consideration in future years.

Performance dates are March 23-26, 2023.

Independent International Award for Improper Dramaturgy «Neem-2022. Turquoise edition»


Deadline: December 1, 2022

The «Neem» award was created to support and identify underground dramatic waters.

Organizers: Jenya Stashkov, Performance-troupe «Vibrating body»

Nominations: Awarded one prize in the nomination «A play that no one will ever agree to stage»

The author of the play-winner will receive a cash prize: 20£.

The best plays will be staged in the format of reading, sketching, performance or something else by Performance-troupe «Vibrating body» in ia random place on our planet.

Requirements for the submitted works:
  • Formal requirements are absent.
  • There are no linguistic and geographical limits.
Plays should be sent to: pos.vostok@gmail.com

Terms for the reception of plays: July 13, 2022 – December 1, 2022
Summing up: December 2022 – January 2023.

All information on the prize will be published on the website: https://vibratingbody.jimdofree.com/projects/neem-2022-turquoise-edition-1/

All the rights to plays remain with the authors.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Shakespeare on the Sound's 3rd Annual Short New Play Festival!


Deadline: October 7, 2022 11:00 PM

This year we are asking playwrights to submit a new 10-minute play inspired by the characters in Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy As You Like It (click on title to read play).

PROMPT: After the Curtain: Where are they now?

At the end of As You Like It four couples marry (Rosiland & Orlando, Celia & Oliver, Phoebe & Silvius, Audrey & Touchstone), Jacques is off to pursue a religious life of contemplation, and Duke Senior, his crown newly restored to him, plans to return from exile and create a new court.

Looking 5, 10, 20 years into the future your play should explore the lives of one or more of these characters.

Please keep your cast size to 4 actors. You can have more than 4 characters but the roles will need to be doubled.

PERFORMANCE DATE: Saturday, November 12th

SUBMISSION PROCESS: Please send an email containing 2 PDF copies of your play to contactus@shakespeareonthesound.org.

This is a blind submission process. Only one PDF of your play should contain your name and contact information.

The other PDF should not contain your name or contact information .


Does my play need to be in verse? No, your play does not need to be in verse, in fact we prefer that your play is in prose.

Do all the characters in my play need to be from As You Like It? No, only one character in your play needs to be from As You Like It.

Does my play need to be written in the style of Shakespeare and/or set in the time period in which Shakespeare wrote? No! We are excited by plays that reflect the many different genres of theater. Let your imagination soar and choose a style of playwriting that excites you be it experimental, revenge drama, musical, farce, absurdist, etc.

Is this a blind submission process? Yes! See submission process for details on how to submit your play.

When will I be notified if my play has been selected? Playwrights will be notified either way by Friday, October 21, 2022.

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.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Not Your Average Theater Group is looking for full length play

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Deadline: December 1, 2022

Not Your Average Theater Group is looking for full length play submissions for a February 2023 production date. Prefer a play that works for the small stage with minimal set. 

Can be from playwrights from any state. 

Send submissions by December 1st and any questions to myra.graves@comcast.net.

Premiere Play Festival 2022


Deadline: November 14, 2022, 11:59pm

How to submit: All plays must be submitted as a PDF via Submittable at premierestagesatkean.submittable.com/submit.

All plays submitted to the Premiere Play Festival are evaluated by a panel of professional theatre producers, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and publishers. Four to five finalists are subsequently selected for public Equity readings in Spring of 2023.

Following the Spring readings, one play is selected for an Equity production in the Premiere Stages 2023 season and receives an award of $3000. The runner-up receives a 29-hour staged reading and $1500. The other finalists will each be awarded $1000.

Premiere Stages accepts script samples and synopses from playwrights without an agent. Submissions must include:

-Brief synopsis of the play (no more than half a page)

-History of the play’s development (or statement that it has none)

-The playwright’s bio or resume

-Script sample from the play (no more than 10 pages plus title page and character breakdown)

- Please Note: Premiere Stages will request full scripts to read if the play seems viable for the 2023 season. In 2022, almost half of the 35 Semi-Finalists were first received as samples.
  • Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.
  • Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (readings and workshops are okay), with no productions and/or publication currently scheduled through September 2023.
  • Playwrights must have strong affiliations with the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).
  • Musicals, adaptations (of existing plays or other sources), and solo shows are not eligible.
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
Please contact Premiere Stages to inquire about submitting a script that has been previously submitted.
Submitters will be notified via Submittable of their status no later than April of 2023. We thank submitters for their patience; we evaluate up to 950 submissions per year and give each one careful consideration.

There is NO self-producing requirements and NO participation fees.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

New Voices Showcase seeks one-act plays

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Deadline: September 23, 2022 midnight EST

Open call for submissions of short plays / one-acts for full production in a New Voices Showcase, opening late January 2023.

Murmuration Theatre Company is looking for shows that have a cast size between 2-11 (no solo shows), and a maximum runtime of 45m. 

Open to submissions from any playwright whose work has not yet been produced on Broadway. 

Please send at least 5 sample pages (PDF or Google Doc) of each submission and a short writer's bio by email to Emma at emma.mcglashen@gmail.com to be considered. 

Feel free to submit more than one play; please attach all sample pages to the same email. 

Selected playwrights will receive a $30 fee per performance. 

We will be accepting submissions until midnight EST on Friday, September 23rd, and we will notify selected playwrights that they have been chosen for inclusion in the showcase by Sunday, October 2nd. 

Please feel free to reach out by email if you have any questions.

Stonecoast Review seeks work for issue #18


Deadline: October 1, 2022


Stonecoast Review will be open for submissions from July 20, 2022 to October 1, 2022.

We support the Stonecoast community's goal to promote inclusivity, equity, and social justice through writing.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE SUBMITTING: We accept fiction, pop (genre) fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, dramatic works, experimental, and visual art. We can’t wait to see your best pieces! Stonecoast Review offers feedback on 10% of declined submissions. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears. Stonecoast Review acquires First Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights for all work published in the journal. Rights revert to the author upon publication.

Our staff is a group of volunteers, all either current Stonecoast MFA Program students or alumni of the program. We rely upon donations to cover advertising, website, and printing costs. To support the Stonecoast Review, please consider donating or purchasing a copy from stonecoastreview.org!

  • When submitting your work, include a short cover letter and bio (50 words maximum). Submissions are only accepted through Submittable.
  • We accept only one prose submission, one poetry submission (of up to three poems), or ten pieces of visual art per author, per submission cycle.
  • Submitted work must be previously unpublished, unless you are a Stonecoast MFA alum. We will reprint works by Stonecoast alumni.
  • To more fully commit to our value of elevating socially marginalized voices and emerging writers, the Stonecoast Review will no longer implement the policy of “blind submissions.” The practice was once believed to support the unbiased judgment of submissions by withholding the author’s identity from the reviewer. Beginning with Issue 18, all first readers will have access to the cover letters and names of submitting authors. The Stonecoast Review gives privileged attention to the works of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+ and Disabled authors and emerging writers. We invite more established writers to submit and join our efforts in elevating needed voices.
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your submission immediately if accepted elsewhere. If you submit multiple poems and one is accepted elsewhere, please attach a note on Submittable identifying the poem that is no longer available.
  • Your work must use standard manuscript format: double spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman font. Poetry may be single spaced. However, if a divergence from these rules is integral to your piece, we will still consider it.

  • Fiction and Pop (Genre) Fiction: Limit submissions to 5,000 words or fewer.
  • Creative Nonfiction: Limit submissions to 5,000 words or fewer.
  • Poetry: Limit submissions to 3 poems, with no more than 50 lines each.
  • Dramatic Works: Limit submissions to 12 or fewer pages.
  • Visual Art: Limit to five images. We seek visual images for the Issue #18 cover and interior. We welcome experimental and unusual art forms. We accept 2D digital images of all forms of fine art—photography, sculpture, painting, and mixed media. Please send high-res digital images (no lower than 300 dpi) in JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, or RAW file format. (NOTE: Except for the front and back cover of Issue #18, all accepted visual art will be printed in black and white.) 

Monday, September 19, 2022

The Moxie Incubator


Deadline: October 7, 2022

What is it? The Moxie Incubator is a season-long accelerated development program for new, unproduced plays*

Who is it for? The Incubator Cohort will be made up of 3 playwrights, 3 directors, and 3 line producers - in alignment with Moxie's mission, we will select work by artists of historically-excluded genders for this program. ​

Is this paid? Yes - All participating artists are paid a stipend for every round of the Incubator process. 

Does it cost to submit? No - Moxie is passionate about keeping opportunities accessible for all artists. We do not charge a submission fee for any artist. 

If you are interested in submitting to be a part of the Moxie Incubator Program, you can submit via the link below. Artists can submit to the Incubator as:
  • A Playwright
  • A Director
  • A Line Producer

The Incubator Cohort offers will be extended no later than November 14, 2022, to be announced for the season on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. 

Read More About the Selection Process >


Table Readings

In February 2023, each new play will have the chance to be read aloud with actors, a dedicated director, and a line producer in a virtual table read as the first step of development. 

The virtual table read is designed to open the piece for the first time to an audience reaction, begin to till the proverbial soil of the play, and create space for growth and exploration as the playwright is able to hear the pages aloud for the first time and benefit from the structured feedback.


29 Hour Reading

​Using the AEA 29-Hour Reading model, each new play will be read in front of an invited audience as the second step of the development process in spring 2023. 

​The readings will receive production casting assistance, dedicated rehearsal space, a director, stage manager, and line producer to help shape this part of the Incubator process. Round 2 is an important step in the development process, as it allows for the playwright to see and hear their material in front of a curated audience, providing further opportunity for feedback and potential industry partnerships for production development in the future. 


Fully Staged Workshop

​Under AEA Showcase Code*, each new play will receive a dedicated weekend of workshop performances in July 2023 in New York City. 

​These workshops will be as fully staged and produced as possible - lights, set, costumes, design teams, etc. 

We want our Incubator artists to see their work fully staged and ready for audience engagement. 

These will be ticketed performances running Thursday night through Sunday matinee, a total of 5 performances per show. Industry invitations are curated by our Executive Producers and line producers, and professional production photos are provided. 

*if there are no union members in the cast, this will not be under a showcase code; however, production will still follow showcase rules. 

Anything Can Happen in Ten Minutes Play Festival 2022


Deadline: September 25, 2022

Pan Theater presents Anything Can Happen in Ten Minutes, a collection of short plays by some of the nation’s top emerging playwrights.

Play Festival Fees:

(There is a fee if you submit more than one play)

Pan Theater, where neurons fire faster, has been bringing comedic and dramatic improv to the San Francisco Bay Area and Oakland since 2002.

The theme of the festival is Anything Can Happen in Ten Minutes.

Play Festival Winners:
All writers with plays accepted for production will paid at the rate of $100 per winning play. There will be 10 plays produced.

We are seeking a range of plays from serious/dramatic to absurd/comedic.

Suggestions for submissions:

-Have the play read by actors before submitting
-Provide some idea of preferred types for the characters
-Provide some background detail for the actors
-All submissions should include a synopsis and character outlines
-We will be limiting winning plays to those that can be performed within 10 minutes at most.
-Limit the number of actors to five at most
-The play should be appropriate to a minimalist production style
-Plays that can be easily played by different perspectives

Notes from the winning prior submissions:
  • Only one winning play was over ten pages in length
  • No play with more than five characters was chosen as a festival winner
  • Plays requiring extensive props and scenery were not chosen
  • Each play could be easily summarized in one sentence
  • Authors followed submission guidelines
  • Winning plays had strong central relationships
  • Winning plays had a strong main action/event
  • Characters were transformed during the play
  • Plays chosen were easy to produce with minimal scenery/props
  • Plays were easy to cast from our performing troupes

Plays will be judged by a panel of local performers, directors, actors, and writers.
Each piece will be rated separately on the following metrics:

-Meets performance requirements suggested
-Provides strong sense of character, location, and action
-Casting description/suggestions is flexible
-Story holds interest with discernible and actable objectives
-Play is either a complete story/scene
-Writing is entertaining and provides a scene that will hold audience interest

Submission Details: Format

For each play submitted, the number of copies sent should be equal to the number of characters in your play. Two characters plays would require two copies of the play. Three character plays would require three copies of the play. Include SASE if you wish the originals returned.

We will not accept copies sent as part of the body of an email or as attachments. Only hardcopies of plays accepted.

What to include:
  • Writer's info
  • Production/Reading History
  • Synopsis/Character Info
  • Production suggestions
  • Fees:
  • 1 play - NO FEE
Chosen authors/playwrights will be notified the week of October 15th. Winning authors/playwrights will receive $100 festival award per winning play.

Send Play and Submission Fees to:
Pan Theater
3871 Piedmont Avenue, #323
Oakland, CA 94611

Winning playwrights grant Pan Theater the right to stage a winning play up to 4 times. Plays already produced/performed are acceptable.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Pegasus PlayLab 2023


Deadine: October 11, 2022 11:59PM

Submission Form

Pegasus PlayLab is a new play festival at the University of Central Florida dedicated to developing new works by MFA Playwriting candidates or emerging playwrights. We are seeking four full-length plays, including devised works and Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) pieces, which we will rehearse for two weeks in collaboration with the playwright and subsequently present as workshop productions. There is a possibility that one play will be fully mounted into a production.

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

To be considered, please complete this form by 11:59pm on October 11, 2022. No late submissions will be accepted. Please limit submissions to ONE play per person. If more than one play is submitted, we will only accept the first submission.

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.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Call for Pirandellian Dramaturgies, 2nd edition – Short Stories to Drama


Deadline: December 31, 2022

PSA, the Journal of the Pirandello Society of America (https://www.pirandellosociety.org/psa-journal), seeks submissions of short dramatic pieces (5 to 30 minutes of expected performance time) inspired by Luigi Pirandello’s short stories, for publication in the next or future issues. Scripts should be previously unpublished and unproduced for the stage except for staged readings.

An essential requirement is that proposed dramaturgies draw inspiration from Pirandello’s short stories, for example those recently translated and available at https://www.pirandellointranslation.org/, a project led by Pirandello scholars Lisa Sarti and Michael Subialka that aims at the translation of all of Pirandello’s short stories into contemporary English.

Dramaturgies could take several shapes such as:

1. adaptations for the stage of a single short story
2. adaptations that combine two or three stories
3. dramatic development of a section of a short story
4. monologues/dialogues of characters who appear in the short stories
5. dramatic situations that entail the reading/recitation of passages from the stories

Dramaturgies should avoid adapting the following stories, already utilized for theatre in some form by Pirandellohimself, specifically “The Doctor’s Duty,” “The License,” “The Jar,” “The Imbecile,” “Sicilian Limes,” “Think It Over, Giacomino!,” “A Character’s Tragedy,” “Death Is Upon Him,” “The Changeling,” “It’s Nothing Serious,” “Farewell, Leonora!,” “The Lord of the Ship,” “Mrs. Frola and Mr. Ponza, her Son-in law,” “The Friend to the Wives,” “Interviews with Characters,” and “Characters.”

Instead, inspiration should derive from any of the several other stories – already translated on the websitehttps://www.pirandellointranslation.org or read in a different translation – that did not find a dramatic form yet.

Please e-mail submissions by December 31, 2022 in Word or PDF format to Stefano Boselli, PSA Theatre and Performance Editor, e-mail Stefano.Boselli@unlv.edu. If accepted, playwrights will be notified by March 31, 2023 and scripts will be published on the next issue (XXXV, 2022) or scheduled for publication in subsequent issues.

Sundog Theatre seeks plays set on the Staten Island Ferry


Deadline: December 16, 2022

New and original, one-act plays about our favorite boats, the Staten Island Ferries.

Original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming that.

10-25 minutes in length and set on the Staten Island Ferry (Note: not performed on the Ferry).

Set in a contemporary time period. Strong priority will be given to plays with 2 characters, however, 3-character plays will be considered. No special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited and easily accessible props/costumes, and no special sound or lighting.

Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence situations and language since we cater to a broad audience.

No musicals, long monologues, poetry, rants, or verse.


We have weathered a lot the last few years, so this year's theme is Comedy. There can be serious moments peppered throughout, but we want to laugh. It can be dry, dark, or light comedy, satire -- whatever works in your play.

5 – 6 plays will be chosen by a reading team. Each writer will receive $200 and be produced in five March 2023 performances in Staten Island, NYC.

Please send two hard copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author and all contact information) and the name of the play on each page to Sundog Theatre, “Scenes 2023”, PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301.

Submissions should include brief synopsis, play history, a 70-word bio and also full resume of the writer.

Should be postmarked from now until December 16, 2022.

Do not submit plays electronically. Reasons: hard copies are easier to pass around/make notes on; protects your work; can’t get lost in email chains; and....easier on reading eyes.

Questions: info@sundogtheatre.org / Susan Fenley, Producer; Directors TBA. Actor auditions in February.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Athena Project’s Read & Rant: A Plays In Progress Series



Submissions Accepted: September 15-30 for November Read & Rant

Athena Project’s new Read & Rant program seeks to combine the original form’s sharing of theatrical work with the wider public with the new play development aspects of Plays In Progress while also fostering collaboration between playwrights and dramaturgs. We are initiating these changes to Read & Rant with the goal to create digital opportunities for early and mid-career playwrights, uplift women* writers and dramaturgs overall, and highlight underrepresentation for women* in these positions.

A total of five plays will be selected via lottery. Two of these plays will be featured in our next Read & Rant and will receive a moderated Zoom discussion led by a dramaturg as well as initial feedback from the public. The remaining three will still have an opportunity to receive short feedback from a dramaturg via a medium of their preference (written, audio recording, short video, or live phone call).

Submission Guidelines:Playwright must be a woman* and may submit only one full-length script each month. Full-length is defined by at least 60 pages in standard playscript format.

Only previously unproduced plays are eligible. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised prior to submission to Read & Rant so the playwright receives the most benefit from this opportunity. (Presently, we cannot accept musicals.)

Submission must include:

The submission deadline is September 30, 2022, 11:59 pm MDT for November Read & Rant participation.

Last Frontier Theater Conference


Deadline: November 15, 2022

Up to 200 submissions will be accepted from new applicants; at that point, full-length submissions will only be open for Alaskans, past participants. New folks will still be able to submit plays 30 minutes and under. The final deadline for everyone is November 15, 2022.

Selected plays will be presented in the Play Lab in Valdez, Alaska, June 11-17. 

Participating authors selected for the Play Lab must be in Valdez for the reading. 

They are responsible for their own travel expenses and will be required to register for the Conference ($100).
  • Submission guidelines. 20-120 minutes in length.
  • Any genre except musicals.
  • Not published (i.e. still interested in feedback on the script).
  • Ten actors maximum (not roles).
  • One submission per author. 

If you have any questions, contact Coordinator Dawson Moore. To submit, click here.

TEDxAsburyPark ’s 1act.1idea is accepting submissions of short plays


Deadline: September 30, 2022


TEDxAsburyPark ’s 1act.1idea is accepting submissions of short plays (8- 18 minutes run time) with a big idea worth sharing. 

We seek original work that focuses our hearts and minds on any of these themes: Collaboration, Determination, Democracy, Diversity, and/or "All Together Now". 

We seek well-developed characters that entertain and enlighten us. Our preferences are for small casts and minimal sets.

We encourage playwrights to participate with us as we together explore these themes.

About 40 accepted plays will be produced in a Zoom reading with professional actors, with discussion.
About 6 plays will be produced live on stage in the spring of 2023, and may be recorded and edited as either a TED talk or as a 1act.1idea production.

Within 45 days of submission, we strive to get back to you. Be patient with us as we expect over 1000 submissions. We appreciate your creativity, imagination, and original ideas and characters.

Submit to play project https://tedxasburypark.submittable.com/submit

Website is 1act1idea,com and tedxasbury.com

One play per writer please- any questions

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Fall Writing Classes Online at Primary Stages ESPA!

Fall 2022 online classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

The First Draft

Crystal Skillman (Writer, King Kirby, Open, Rain and Zoe Save the World)
Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)
Michael Walkup (Artistic Director, Page 73)

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment to get your ideas on the page.

Rewriting Your Draft

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River)
As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This class will help you tackle the revision process and develop a stronger version of your play.

Writing “Hot” Plays

Instructor: Adam Kraar (Writer, Alternating Currents at The Working Theatre, Dancing On The Edge at Theatre Novi Most)

"Hot scenes" are the building blocks of good plays: scenes where characters are pushed beyond their comfort zones and compelled to make revealing choices. This class will focus on dreaming up, drafting, and developing these exciting scenes.

TV Writing

Instructor: Daniel Talbott (Writer, "The Conners" and "The Mist"; Artistic Director, Rising Phoenix Rep)
Learn the structure and language of television writing to develop a first draft of your pilot.

Short Form Screenwriting

Instructor: Daniel Talbott (Writer, "The Conners" and "The Mist"; Artistic Director, Rising Phoenix Rep)
Apply the concepts of character development, visual storytelling, theme, plot, and dialogue to your own original short film script.

Workshop: Kinetic Energy

Instructor: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater, No One Is Forgotten at Rattlestick)
This workshop will toss you headlong into your play, set into motion by Winter.

Workshop: Eclipse Yourself!

Instructor: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater, No One Is Forgotten at Rattlestick)
Let's find out what's obscuring your play from you by asking your characters to tell you their stories. In this writing intensive workshop, you'll write monologues and scenes to reveal what's been hidden.

Classes begin in October. Start and end dates vary. Click here for the full list of writing classes.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.






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 20 seasons - 11 continuous years of activity. Read below to find out why!

Why is the 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 no 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 immediately 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 3 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!

Bite Sized Spectacular seeks 10-minute plays


Deadline: September 30, 2022


We are looking for original short plays (or other theatrical pieces) that are 10 minutes or less.

This evening is being produced on Halloween, and we encourage any submissions that may resonate thematically, whether they directly relate to Halloween or not.

While we will consider anything and everything, we especially want to see submissions that are either comedic or spooky, as this fits best with the tone of the evening!

Have something that isn’t quite a play, but you think fits? Send us a video link!

Because we are small and have limited tech, easy-to-produce pieces are more likely to be selected. We also recommend submitting plays with a smaller cast size.

You may submit as many plays as you'd like, but please note we will only accept one play from each playwright for the event, and we may only be able read two scripts.

About the event:
  • The event will take place the afternoon of Monday October 31st, in New York City. Exact time and location TBA.
  • Playwrights are encouraged to submit from anywhere, and local playwrights may be as involved in the process as they would like!
  • We work to match plays that need them with directors and actors, and help to coordinate rehearsal space.
  • This is an unpaid event, as we are not profiting from it. 
To submit, please send your script and/or any supporting materials by September 30th via the form on the submission page.

New Perspectives Theatre Company Women's Work Project ~ Short Play Lab


Deadline: September 30, 2022


The WOMEN’S WORK LAB for short plays provides a supportive and nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights while maintaining a rigorous feedback process that leads to production within six months.  

Six playwright members are selected each year, along with a similar number of directors. The LAB meets monthly (Sundays) from February through June, allowing for time in between sessions for writers to continue to develop and revise their work in response to specific feedback from the dramaturgical team. Members are expected to bring work to each session beginning with the development of an original short play BASED UPON AN ASSIGNED THEME. 

Monthly feedback from the dramaturgs focuses on the nuts and bolts of creating a 15-30 minute script ready for production. In a process unique to NPTC, feedback is given in a unified manner so playwrights do not have conflicting advice about what to work on, and so that the script moves forward according to NPTC's instructions as the producing entity. This approach creates a collaborative group from which members can draw inspiration and energy while modeling professional standards. Scripts are then produced in our ANNUAL WOMEN'S WORK SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL.

Playwrights should apply by MIDNIGHT, SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 by sending the following as email attachments, with the email Subject Line “Women’s Work Application” to contact@nptnyc.org:

  1. a full resume, including specific information on your training as a writer (i.e. degree program, workshops, etc.) and website URL if applicable
  2. a 10-15 page writing sample from a playscript
  3. a personal statement explaining your understanding of the purpose of the LAB and why you wish to be a member, including goals for your own growth and development if selected. Please include in this statement how you choose to be identified re: ethnicity and gender (she/they).
(Please note that ALL 3 items are required to be considered.)

WOMEN'S WORK is an award-winning program comprised of two separate, dramaturgically-driven Labs: 1) The Short Play LAB (SPL) selects 4-6 emerging women playwrights each year and leads them through a rigorous, step-by-step process to create original 15-30 minute scripts in six-months, written to an assigned theme. The plays are then produced in an annual festival; 2) the Full-Length LAB is for selected alumnae of the SPL to develop longer works over an extended period, with the same guidance and production goals.

Both LABS meet monthly, have submission deadlines, and provide comprehensive and rigorous feedback to the writers. 6-8 directors commit to the full year of the two LABs, both permanent resident directors and guest artists. 


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Bloomsbury Festival New Wave Theatre Writing and Production Opportunities 2023


Deadline: September 23, 2022 5PM

In partnership with Bloomsbury Radio & Macready Theatre

https://www.bil.ac.uk/bloomsburyradio/ https://macreadytheatre.co.uk/

Bloomsbury Festival 2023 Opportunities

Bloomsbury Festival is seeking submissions from emerging writers and companies (aged 18+) to produce work as part of our 2023 festival, in response to the theme ‘Grow’. Scripts and theatre productions might explore self-development, ambition, biology, globalisation, or subjects like the exploration of space or the contemporary impact of the industrial revolution - whatever our theme inspires for you as a writer!

We welcome both young emerging writers/companies and more mature entries who are starting their professional careers. You may have recently been part of professional or academic development programmes in theatre or similar disciplines, or have had some prior experience producing your own work.

Bloomsbury Festival is a local festival based in central London and so the production opportunities we offer are focused towards writers with a connection to London through their home base or studies. We are therefore unable to offer travel or accommodation support for successful participants.

Please submit your applications to submissions@bloomsbury.org.uk by 5pm Friday 23rd September 2022. 

In the subject line of your email, please note which opportunity you are applying for: Radio Competition 2023, or Macready Improvisation 2023, or Bloomsbury Theatre 2023. 

Please state if you are applying for more than one opportunity and include in your email the details requested at the end of this document.

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 23rd September, and the selected writers and theatre companies will be announced during Bloomsbury Festival 2022 (14th-23rd October). The opportunities for 2023:

1. Bloomsbury Radio 2023 Radio Play Competition
Winning Writer’s Fee - £1,000
With performer and production costs supported by Bloomsbury Radio

As part of Bloomsbury Festival 2023, the festival’s partner radio station Bloomsbury Radio is seeking submissions of completed new writing/theatre scripts in response to our 2023 festival theme ‘Grow’ to be considered for a radio play production. The winning writer will be awarded a £1000 writer’s fee, with their work programmed to be produced and broadcast by Bloomsbury Radio as part of Bloomsbury Festival 2023.

We are looking for a completed script of approximately 50 minutes in length, which should be suitable for broadcast to a general adult audience. We expect the playwright to take into account that production will happen within a limited recording slot at a radio studio, with 1 day of rehearsal time and 1 day of studio time for the production. We are able to provide 3 actors for this project and advise that cast lists reflect this, though there is an opportunity for actors to multirole.

2. Macready Theatre - Writer for Script Development Through Improvisation

Selected Writer’s Bursary - £1000
With Possibility to Attend Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023

We are seeking an emerging writer to develop a new script that responds to our 2023 festival theme ‘Grow’ through an improvisation process with Macready Theatre Young Actors’ Ensemble. The selected writer will be awarded a £1000 bursary payment to develop a full script, supported by Macready Theatre and its sponsors Cemex and Rugby School Department of Theatre & Performing Arts. Bloomsbury Festival is able to facilitate any costs incurred travelling to workshops outside of London.

We are asking for submissions to contain a previously completed full script which does not have to relate to Bloomsbury Festival 2023’s theme ‘Grow’, but which does show the writer has previously developed a script through an improvisation process, and an outline of the writer’s previous work with young performers.

The winning writer will work with a professional director and student performers aged 16-18 from Macready Theatre Young Actors’ Ensemble. The first workshop day with the director and student performers will take place during this year’s festival, on Monday 17th October 2022 - the writer must be available to attend. Further development will take place across the academic year 2022-23 at the Macready Theatre in Rugby, with the possibility to take the production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023, and/or return to Bloomsbury Festival 2023.

A further £100 contribution to the writer will be made available to visit the production if it is presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023. Please note that Macready Theatre’s plans to tour the production will be subject to satisfactory development of the script alongside workshops.

3. 3 x Opportunity to Present Work at Bloomsbury Festival 2023
£300 Bursary Towards Production
Offer of venue and rehearsal space, marketing and box office share at Bloomsbury Festival 2023

We are offering opportunities to 3 emerging theatre companies to present productions of new work that responds to the theme of ‘Grow’ at next year’s festival.

The successful applicants will receive £300 bursary towards production, as well as the offer of dramaturgy sessions, venue and rehearsal space, marketing support and a box office share at Bloomsbury Festival 2023.

We are looking for completed scripts or new works for theatre currently in development. The length should be approximately 50 minutes, and we welcome applications from new companies wishing to establish themselves through this process. You should include details of your training, theatre and professional experience as relevant.

Entries will close at 5pm on Friday 23rd September, and the winner will be announced during Bloomsbury Festival 2022 (14th-23rd October).

Radio Competition 2023: submit 1 script approximately 50 minutes in length in response to the theme ‘Grow’.

Macready Improvisation 2023: submit 1 script that you have previously developed through an improvisation process (any subject matter) and an outline of your past experience working with young performers.

Bloomsbury Theatre 2023: submit 1 script, or description of devised project and process, of approximately 50 minutes in length in response to the theme ‘Grow’, and an outline of the writer’s/production company’s previous experience including earlier script where available.

Please email a .pdf copy of your application to submissions@bloomsburyfestival.org.uk by 5pm Friday 23rd September.

In the subject line of your email, please note which opportunity you are applying for: Radio Competition 2023, Macready Improvisation 2023 or Bloomsbury Festival Theatre 2023.

In the accompanying email, please submit a 20-50 word synopsis of your script/play with:

Phone Contact:
Contact Address:
Any recent writing courses (not essential) – course name and institution: Any other relevant information you would like us to be aware of.

Selected writers will be announced during Bloomsbury Festival 2022 (14th-23rd October).

Please Note:

Whilst all entries are welcome, Bloomsbury Festival would like to encourage applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the arts, and are particularly interested in hearing from global majority, lower socio-economic background, d/Deaf and disabled, LGBTQ+ writers. We are a festival based in the London Borough of Camden, and will pay particular attention to the work of writers with connections to the local and surrounding areas.

By applying for this opportunity you guarantee that your script is entirely your own original work, and does not infringe on the copyright of any other writer or artist.

For Radio Competition 2023 applicants you also agree that, if selected, you allow the director and Bloomsbury Radio to have the final say in casting and production decisions.

Bloomsbury Festival is a local festival based in Central London, and so the production opportunities we offer are focused towards writers with a connection to London as a home base or through their studies. We are therefore unable to offer travel or accommodation support for successful participants.

The Braid seeks stories for the stage


Deadline: December 31, 2022


Professional and Non-professional writers welcome! Send us your first-person narratives, poems, songs or essays!

On Stage — Our Salon Theatre Shows

Stories are no longer than 1500 words
Appear on stage in front of a live audience, Live on Zoom or Livestreamed
Performed by Professional Actor(s)
Selected stories receive payment and royalties
See an example here.
View Salon Theatre themes here.
More guidelines and FAQ’s here.


The LGBTQI+ community is filled with Jewish people and their unique experiences. Are you a member or an ally with a story to tell? Share an important moment that explores the beauty of the queer community through the power of love, the heartache of loss and the journey of finding one’s place in the world.

Los Angeles, Bay Area, NY (Specific Dates TBD)

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

The Dramatic Question Theatre is seeking submissions to their new free of charge play development programs


Deadline: September 30, 2022
(Same deadline for all three programs)

The Dramatic Question Theatre is seeking submissions to their new free of charge play development programs.
  • American Woman is how DQT develops and presents solo shows by Women and Women Identifying writers. 
    • American Woman (AW) is an online solo show development/ public engagement program, for solo shows-in-progress, that are by Women-identifying writers living in the United States. 
    • We use an instructor-led curated classroom format to advance each matriculant’s vision of their solo show.
    • Since public engagement is an equally important component of both the AW experience and the DQT mission, there is an online presentation showcasing excerpts of the participating pieces.
    • To be eligible for selection, you must identify as a Woman, have an early draft of a solo piece, and submit the required materials by deadline.
    • Up to 12 matriculants will be selected based on early drafts of their solo pieces, interviews, and other submission materials (i.e., resumes, etc.).
    • American Woman will be held via Zoom, from 12pm-2pm (EST), each Saturday between October 29 – December 17. DQT is proud to announce this season's American Woman instructor is Raquel Almazan.
  • Classics in Color is how DQT develops plays by BIPoC writers that blend the global classics with the BIPoC lived experience. 
    • Classics in Color (CIC) is an online new play development/ public engagement program for plays-in-progress, that are by BIPoC writers, and blend the BIPoC lived-experience with the global classics
    • We use an instructor-led curated classroom format with the goal of working constructively toward advancing each matriculant’s vision for their play. 
    • Since public engagement is an equally important component of both the CiC experience and the DQT mission, there is an online presentation showcasing excerpts of the participating plays.
    • To be eligible for selection, you must identify as BIPoC, have an early draft of a play that fits the description above, and submit the required materials by deadline. 
    • Up to 12 matriculants will be selected based on early drafts of their plays, interviews, and other submission materials (i.e., resumes, etc.)
    • Classics in Color will be held via Zoom, from 7-9:30pm (EST), each Monday between October 24 – December 12. DQT is proud to announce this season's Classic in Color instructor is Desi Moreno-Penson.
  • PlayTime is how DQT develops plays by Women, Women Identifying, and BIPoC writers
    • PlayTime (PT) is an online new play development program, for plays-in-progress, that are written by Women and BIPoC. 
    • We use an instructor-led curated classroom with the goal of working constructively toward advancing each matriculant’s vision for their play. 
    • Since public engagement is an equally important component of both the PT experience and the DQT mission, there is an online presentation showcasing excerpts of the participating plays.
    • To be eligible for selection, you must identify as either a Woman or BIPoC, have an early draft of a play, and submit the required materials by deadline. 
    • Up to 12 matriculants will be selected based on early drafts of their plays, interviews, and other submission materials (i.e., resumes, etc.)
    • PlayTime will be held via Zoom, from 7-9:30pm (EST), each Tuesday between October 25 – December 13. DQT is proud to announce this season's PlayTime instructor is Carmen Rivera Tirado.  

                        For more information and the applications, please click here.

                        Feel free to direct your questions to at me, dqtasc@gmail.com

                        SOUNDBITES 2023 seeks 10-minute musicals


                        Deadline: January 1, 2023

                        Click here for submission guidelines.

                        Who chooses the musicals?

                        A group of diverse industry 12 professional adjudicators that includes producers, literary managers, directors, professional performers, and writers from previous SOUND BITES guided by our Theatre Now staff members. We guide the committee to consider artistic quality, uniqueness and diversity of the pieces so the evening represents a wide range of styles and types of musicals. BIPOC writers, LGBTQ+ writers, and writers with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

                        Do I need to live in the NYC area to participate?

                        No, however if chosen, as writer, you would need someone to represent you and attend all required meetings if you do not live in the area.

                        How much does it cost?

                        As Theatre Now is an artist service organization, and as the Producer of SOUND BITES, we cover the majority of your expenses and costs. We're the only short musical theatre festival that offer artists honorariums and rehearsal reimbursements for each piece. That said, there are some out-of-pocket costs depending on your show's requirements (cast & creative team size, number of rehearsals, size of rehearsal space, etc.) and personal choice. Most of these costs relate to specific set-dressing, props and costumes for your show and additional personnel such as musicians.

                        Submissions require a letter of recommendation. What should that include?

                        Your letter should be written by a theatre professional who can talk about the piece itself or you as a theatre artist.

                        Theatre Now defines a 10-minute musical as any piece that can be performed in max. 10min, has a beginning, middle, end story arch, and includes music. Having produced over 70 pieces, we want musicals that are diverse, current, test the musical form and communicate a well-crafted story. We accept musicals across all styles and genres, as well as consider foreign language and/or bilingual scripts. We strongly encourage submissions from female writers, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers.​​

                        Please review the following criteria thoroughly before sending your submission:

                        Musical theatre writers can only submit up to two scripts.

                        The story must have a beginning, middle, and end.

                        We also accept submissions in foreign languages or that are bilingual. Although the application process is still in English, the work itself may be submitted and performed in any other language if selected.

                        Each piece must include music.
                        • All submission must be submitted via this website. No physical copies.
                        • Each musical must be ten minutes long maximum. Cuts will be made if accepted. 
                        • Longer one-acts or full-length musicals will not be considered.
                        • A musical may be a previously produced work with a production history.
                        • Though we have no formal script formatting guidelines, all scripts must be easy to read.
                        • The volume of submissions prevents us from providing feedback on all submissions.
                        • If your piece is visual (ie. Choreography heavy), please include video footage or detailed descriptions. 
                        We expect to contact all writers by the end of January, 2023 on the status of their submission with one of the following emails:

                        An acceptance email into the festival that will include additional information to confirm their involvement.

                        A waitlist email. In the event an accepted musical declines their participation, a selected wait listed musical will be notified to serve as a replacement.

                        The remaining musicals will receive a "not selected" email and are encouraged to submit again next year.

                        *All criteria is subject to change and without notice.*



                        Deadline: December 15, 2022

                        Eden Theater Company allows for emerging playwrights to develop a new play with ETC artists. The playwright collaborates with Eden’s Artistic collective to better hone the structure, characters and arcs in their playwriting. We hope that the work developed provides an empathetic vantage into different experiences, and states of spiritual being.

                        We are calling for playwrights to submit an application to participate in our lab series, and are especially seeking New York City playwrights who feel their voice is marginalized, by their age, gender, race, ethnicity or beliefs.

                        This year long collaboration will culminate in a staged development workshop of the playwright’s work developed during the lab. We hope to cultivate a longer standing relationship between the playwright and Eden Theater Company.


                        Submissions should be sent to etcplaylab@gmail.com and include the following:

                        1. A cover letter with clear contact information (name, cell phone, and email)
                        2. A short bio and writing/theater resume, including any website, and/or social media tags
                        3. A ten (10) page playwriting sample from a formatted full-length play with a summary/description of the full-length play. This sample should be in a pdf, and represent work that is the best reflection of your writing style and voice at this point in time, and/or would like to develop.

                        DEADLINE for submissions is December 15, 2022

                        Monday, September 12, 2022

                        The Playwrights Group ~ we’re adding a Tuesday Night Group

                        The Weekly Workshop



                        We’ve been meeting Thursdays since 2007 and now —


                        We’re adding a 

                        Tuesday Night Group


                        Join our nationwide community of playwrights on Zoom. It’s a great way to stay connected and motivated. 


                        We read everything from a one page scene to a full length script. We also present public readings of completed scripts with actors and audience talkbacks. 



                        Tuesday or Thursday, 7 - 9:30pm EST


                        Ask to sit in on a session and see for yourself!


                        Check out our website for details and rates.





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