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Sunday, June 4, 2023

American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Awards 2023


Deadline: September 1, 2023 11:59 pm EDT 

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

The Nadia Christensen Prize, which recognizes an outstanding translation of a literary text from a Nordic language into English and includes a $2,500 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion

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

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

The Inger and Jens Bruun Translation Prize, supported by ScanDesign Foundation, which recognizes the best Danish translation and includes a $2,000 award publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

The prizes are for outstanding English translations of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary prose originally written in a Nordic language.
  • Translations must be from the writing of one author, although not necessarily from a single work.
  • The online application will require the following materials:
  • Your CV
  • A brief description of the author whose work you are translating and the significance of the original work
  • One copy of the translation, including a title page and a table of contents for the proposed book of which the submitted manuscript is a part. If prose, manuscripts must be 25-50 pages, double-spaced; if poetry, 15-25 pages. 
*Note: Manuscripts must have numbered pages, and the translator’s name should not appear on any page of the translation manuscript. Submissions containing the translator’s name will be disqualified
A letter or other document signed by the author, the author’s agent, or the author’s estate granting permission for the translation to be entered in this competition and published in Scandinavian Review

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

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

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

Arc Stages Playwriting Festival


Deadline: June 30, 2023


Arc Stages’ Adult Playwriting Festival is open to any writer ages 18 and over.

A select number of plays will be produced in a professional reading-style performance at Arc Stages.

Submission Guidelines:Plays should be 1 to 10 pages in length, double-spaced.

There is no restriction on style, subject, or form, except plays should be inspired by the theme of 'Shadows and Reveals.'

Collaborations are permitted.

Plays must be typed, in dialogue format.

Please submit plays in PDF format.

All plays will be read blindly by a panel.

All plays are due by June 30, 2023 in order to be considered for the Festival.

Saturday, June 3, 2023

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship 2024


Deadline: September 29, 2023, 5 p.m. EDT

Notification: March 2024
Award Period: September 3, 2024–May 23, 2025
Stipend: $85,000

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections of The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center seeks top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. Visual artists whose projects require extensive use of Library collections are also encouraged to apply. Visit www.nypl.org/research-collections for detailed information about the collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Successful candidates will need to work primarily at the Schwarzman Building rather than at other divisions of the Library. Applications from those working in languages other than English are welcome; however, the applicant must be conversant in English, and application materials must be in English. Fellowships will not be granted for academic projects to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.

The Center seeks diversity in race, ethnicity, age, gender, field, and type of project. The Center aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the highest level—within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows' published work.

In order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest, the Cullman Center does not accept applications from New York Public Library staff members or their partners, or from people active on the Library’s Board of Trustees, Board Advisory Committees, or Library Council.

Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center for the duration of the Fellowship term and may not accept other major professional obligations during the term. Fellows may have a few prior commitments but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements to short periods of time. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Center's Director or Deputy Directors. The Library will pro-rate stipends for Fellows who spend excessive time away from the Center.

The Cullman Center will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation.Completed applications and supporting materials—research proposal, curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation, and creative writing sample or art work sample—must be submitted by September 29, 2023, 5 p.m. EDT.

The Cullman Center is made possible by a generous endowment from Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman in honor of Brooke Russell Astor, with major support provided by Mrs. John L. Weinberg, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Estate of Charles J. Liebman, The von der Heyden Family Foundation, John and Constance Birkelund, and The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and with additional gifts from Helen and Roger Alcaly, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, The Arts and Letters Foundation Inc., William W. Karatz, Merilee and Roy Bostock, and Cullman Center Fellows.

Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2023 Virtual and In Person Play Festival

Deadline: September 30, 2023

Submissions are now being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2023 Virtual and In Person Play Festival. Seeking short plays (no more than 15 pp/minutes), from playwrights from around the globe.

Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes).  Musicals welcome! 

We post your YouTube link of the performance to the festival site for voting. We will also present selected plays in person in the summer of 2023 in Midtown Manhattan, at no cost to anyone. One submission per playwright. No submission fees. 

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work; we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! Deadline: September 30. 2023. 

Friday, June 2, 2023



Deadline: June 30, 2023

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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 FIVE poems any style. Poems beyond that number will not be read.

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!!

22nd Annual Pick of the Vine short play festival


Deadline: June 30, 2023

Only short plays (under 15 minutes) submitted through this process will be considered.

The THEME for this year’s Festival is: NEW BEGINNINGS

**New requirement** – Playwrights are invited to only submit a play that addresses this THEME. 

Submissions this year will be scored upon 1) the quality of the writing, 2) producibility, and 3) how well it addresses the theme.

Semi-finalists will be notified via email by mid-September. Only those playwrights whose pieces have progressed to the semi-final round of “Out Loud” reading by the committee will be notified.

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


Submission Guidelines:

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

2. Submissions will be accepted starting June 1, 2023. The submission deadline is June 30, 2023.

3. Submissions via Google form ONLY: LINK to GoogleForm

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

5. Plays will require no more than 6 actors.

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

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

8. Plays must include a title sheet with the Title, Playwright, cast of characters (with brief description), and setting.

9. **Playwright must submit a short response on how your play relates to our theme of “NEW BEGINNINGS”.

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

Submissions at City Fox Books are currently open


Deadline: July 11, 2023 11:59 PM BST

For spring/summer 2023, City Fox Books is looking to publish a limited series of full-length plays written for stage. We would like to see plays which are unconventional, and are particularly interested in plays which are surreal, experimental, absurdist, existentialist or politically subversive in nature. 

Plays must have at least 2 characters.

Up to 110 pages.

Publication with us is an adventure. As a small press, we are big believers in making personal connections with our authors and with our community, from independent bookstores in London to book fairs across the country. We have a small catalogue which allows us to pay a lot of attention to our authors, and we sell books online and in person. City Fox Books are in a very fortunate position as we are able to take a chance on books that might be turned down by other more commercial presses. Most of our books are published initially as limited-edition short runs of usually about 50 copies. Once we have sold all of those, we reissue the book as a second edition.


We believe in being transparent about money, as the majority of the publishing industry so often isn’t.
As we are a small press, we cannot offer an advance for publication. 

We are not making a profit, and we are publishing books for the love of it, and to provide a place for weird literature in an increasingly commercialised and homogenised publishing market. All the money left over after we have paid printing/website/shipping costs will go back into the press to enable us to offer more opportunities for writers and artists in future. 
If you publish with us, we can offer you a few free author copies, and if you would like more for an event, you can buy them from us a heavily discounted rate.

After 50 copies of your book have been sold through us, we will offer you 50% royalties on all future sales of your book.

please send your submission according to the guidelines above along with a short author bio and any other information you think might be relevant to cityfoxbooks@gmail.com

please, only send us one submission at a time. We are a tiny press and get overwhelmed. Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you let us know if your project gets accepted for publication somewhere else.

please put the category that you are submitting for in the subject heading of the email along with your name e.g.
‘Emma Goldman + Poetry chapbook submission’

Thursday, June 1, 2023

NYTheater Festival Fall/Winterfest 2023 Theater/Festival/Competition

NYTheater Festival Fall/Winterfest 2023 - Theater/Festival/Competition - Plays/Musicals - Total Prizes $8,000 - First Prize $3,500 - Full Lengths - One Acts - Shorts – Solos

We strongly believe that self producing a play or a musical can offer a very important tool for the growth of every playwright’s work.

Once a playwright sees their work onstage, it provides an opportunity for the playwright to improve or modify their story.

It’s also a great opportunity to invite people from the industry to see your production. People are more likely to go see a show than to read an unsolicited script, as some industry people receive on average thousands of submissions per month, and they understand that the journey for a show to be successful often goes through several productions

Our team is completely dedicated to help get your work seen.

We are always with you to help, from the first moment of your tech rehearsal to the closing of your last show.

You will never be left alone during the process. We will help you to choose some of the 85 set/furniture props we offer to dress your stage for your run, and give you a complete crash course on how to use the audio/light/video system, which are intentionally very user friendly.

After we show you how to use the tools we provide and how to utilize the space, you will be able to rehearse your tech rehearsal with whatever plan works best for you and your production.

A team member will be present to provide prime responses to every inquiry, as well as a telephone # you can call anytime during relevant hours throughout the run of your show.

In 11 years and 19 seasons we have successfully hosted 1,200 plays and 300 musicals and rewarded with cash prizes over 300 artists who participated in our Festival.

Yours could be the next production onstage!






Submit now so your production can come to life in the heart of New York - our plays and musicals have been WOWING New Yorkers for over a decade! 


to submit, go to:




Introducing NYC’s fastest growing competition - Now accepting submissions only from writers and producers  who live within a 30 mile radius from Manhattan.



We offer up to $8,000 in Prizes. $3,500 alone goes to the season’s best production (either a play or a musical) 

There is no other festival that gives away this much money in prizes. Our winners are selected by the festival’s team of judges, unlike many festivals that are nothing but popularity contests where winners are determined by who brings in the largest audience. We believe that sometimes the simple productions with smaller budgets and smaller audiences turn out to be the best shows, and therefore go on to win 1st Place Prize. At this festival, we love honest writing and sincere, heart-felt performances.

Prize categories include:





2 BEST ACTORS: $500 each 

2 BEST ACTRESSES: $500 each 






Ghost City Review welcomes submissions of short plays, monologues


Deadline: none listed

Ghost City Review welcomes submissions of poems, short stories, flash fiction, personal essays, adventure narratives, journal entries, short plays, monologues, translations, photographs, oil paintings, watercolors, sculptures, dioramas…. pretty much anything you can think of. We want to see it all. Show us what you’ve created. We’re looking for new work from both emerging and established authors and artists. To get an idea of what kind of work we tend to publish, look through our previous issues and decide whether your work would be a good fit. We do not believe in silent rejections, so you're sure to receive a response to all submissions. Our response time is around 1—3 months, but we usually get to the submissions sooner. If you don't hear from us within 3 months, please feel free to reach out to us at ghostcityreview@gmail.com.


We DO NOT accept any work that has been previously published in a literary & arts journal or on an online blog. This does not include your personal blogs and social media sites, however, we do ask that you take the work down before you submit it to us for consideration.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. We even encourage them and wish you luck in getting your work published, but please notify our editors of this when submitting. Also be sure to immediately notify us if accepted elsewhere.

You can submit to different categories but please email each submission with different categories in separate emails (i.e., poetry in one email and a short story in a second email).

Ghost City Review runs on a rolling submissions schedule, so feel free to submit your work at any time. DO NOT submit again until you’ve heard a response.

Please include a short 2-3 sentence author bio with your submission (written in third person).

In the subject line of your email, please include your LAST NAME, FIRST NAME - SUBMISSION CATEGORY. For example: Smith, Joe - Poetry.

Ghost City Review will nominate for The Pushcart Prize beginning in 2023.


POETRY: Please send up to three poems in a single Microsoft Word document. Please do not send PDFs or links.

PROSE: Please send up to 3 prose pieces per submission in a single Microsoft Word document — no more than 3,000 words per submission (for the entire document). Please do not send PDFs or links.

ART: Please send up to three pieces as high quality JPGs.

REVIEWS: Please send us an email with a proposal for the title you would like to review.

OTHER: Please feel free to submit anything that falls outside of the categories listed above. This might include journal entries, short plays, monologues, translations, etc. Be creative. We like this category.


Wednesday, May 31, 2023

14th Annual Northport One-Act Play Festival


Deadline: June 15, 2023


The Northport One-Act Play Festival is an opportunity to showcase one-act plays and offer the theater community an opportunity to produce a performance of those plays.

There is NO FEE to submit an application and play for consideration to be in the Festival. You may submit up to 2 plays for the Festival. A separate application must accompany each play submitted.

JUDGING/PARTICIPATION: Plays submitted for the Festival will be reviewed by our panel of judges. The plays may also be read during a meeting at the Northport Reader’s Theater, before or after the Festival. Playwrights whose plays are presented at a Reader’s Theater meeting will be invited to attend.
Playwrights will be notified on or about July 1, 2023 if their play is chosen for the Festival. At that time, each playwright must submit 

A PARTICIPATION FEE of $75.00 per accepted script, which will help defray some of the expenses – e.g. space rental, printing, and publicity - with the Release Agreement by July 31, 2023. Playwrights will receive two complimentary tickets to each Performance of their play plus a DVD or link to the video.

The 2023 Northport One-Act Play Festival will be held at St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 270 Main St, Northport, NY 11768.

We request that you be available to attend your play’s performances if possible. An Open Discussion with the playwrights, directors, and cast may follow each performance if time allows.

REMEMBER: If you do not produce your own play, a group from the local theater community will be doing so. That group must find space to conduct their own rehearsals. 

The Northport One-Act Play Festival will provide for One (1) cue-to-cue technical rehearsal, which will last no longer than 20 minutes in the theater during the week preceding the Festival. There will also be One (1) dress rehearsal on the stage. All rehearsals are scheduled in the order that plays will be presented in the Festival. Each program consists of up to 7 plays. A mandatory preview on Sep 23rd will be scheduled and must be attended by Director and actors. Half-hour time slots will be offered between 11:00am and 5:00pm.

For more information see the submission form.

13th Annual National Jewish Playwriting Contest


Deadline: June 2, 2023


Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, but the current review cycle closes on Friday, June 2nd, 2023. Plays submitted after this date will be held for the next cycle. Full guidelines can be found at www.jewishplaysproject.org/guide. Please note that while we accept plays in many formats, we prefer the Dramatists Guild Standard Format.

We are currently seeking unproduced full-length (65+ minutes) plays and musicals that focus on aspects of 21st Century Jewish identity, culture, and ideas, and the complex and intersectional nature of contemporary Jewish life.

The following must be true of a submitted play or musical:It contains significant Jewish themes, characters, content, or points of view.
  • It does not deal directly with the history of the Shoah or the World War II period generally.
  • It does not fall into the beloved category of “ethnically stereotypical comedy”. 
  • It is in English, or primarily in English – we love plays that play with languages.
  • It is full length, meaning over 65 minutes or 60-70 pages.
  • It has not had a full production in the New York City Metro area or a major regional theater (LORT C or above).
  • The play has never been published in any form.
While we value history, we will always lean toward plays that tackle vibrant strands of today’s world: social, racial and economic justice; strong women in Jewish life; diverse stories of Jews of Color; LGBTQIA inclusion; new perspectives on Israel, environmentalism, and interfaith relations in addition to deep conversations about our complex and multifaceted identities.

Selected Finalists will be part of the Jewish Dramaturgy Lab, the JPP’s signature development process, and the National Jewish Playwriting Contest, an artist-driven, community-connected program that takes democratic artistic decision making directly to audiences.

There is no submission fee. Writers may submit more than one script. Submissions from previous years are accepted, particularly if there is a new draft of the script. Each play submitted will be read by at least 2 – and up to 12 – paid Artist Panelists and one staff member.

For more information, or any writing or submission questions, email literary@jewishplaysproject.org.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

The Playwrights Group ~ Join our nationwide community

The Weekly Workshop

Join our nationwide community of playwrights on Zoom. 

It’s a great way to stay connected and motivated.


Participating in a weekly workshop can give you the kick you need to see your script through from beginning to end.  You can bring in anything you’re working on — a full length script, a musical, a TV pilot, whatever. And when your script is ready — we’ll present it in a Public Reading. We also bring in Guest Speakers, like Pulitzer Prize winner Margaret Edson (Wit). 



Sit in on a session and see for yourself!

Tuesdays or Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm EDT


Check out our website for more details and rates. 


Script Consultations


If you don’t have time for the workshop but have a script you’d like some feedback on — just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get a critique 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.


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 with instructor Richard Caliban, 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: 




Contact us at 


Cimientos 2024


Deadline: June 30, 2023

There is no submission fee.
Submissions that do not adhere to the following guidelines will not be reviewed.

The online form is the only method of submission. No submission will be accepted via email. Once submitted, no changes can be done. Please ensure to submit the correct file. The button below will be active during June.

This program is open to authors from anywhere in the world with original works in English or Spanish who are interested in feedback from a New York audience.

The playwright must commit to take part in the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel) meetings, either in person or video conference. The PPP will meet for ten (10) consecutive weeks during December 2023 - February 2024.

The playwright must commit to participate in their post-reading talk-back, either in person or video conference.

Applicant must be the original creator of the submitted work and sole owner of its rights. By submitting their work, applicants grant IATI Theater and its collaborators permission to use the submitted material for the Cimientos Program.

The submission must be a completed, new, full-length play that has not had a previous professional production. If the play has undergone a workshop, staged reading or development of any kind, the playwright must state so on the online form. We encourage plays in an early stage of development.

Submissions must be non-published work. Published plays in any format are not acceptable.

Only one play may be submitted per playwright, per season.

Scripts must be between 45–90 minutes in length.

The play must have 5 actors or less. Plays that have more than 5 characters and do not provide a clear and stageable double-role explanation will not be reviewed. It must be clearly expressed on the online form.

The author’s name(s) should not appear anywhere within the script or file, any authorship information must not be visible in the play document or file. Cimientos reads submissions ‘blind’, in an effort to let the quality of the work speak for itself and to keep our judging process as equitable as possible.

All documents must be submitted in PDF format. Other formats will not be accepted.

Submissions for the 2024 Season will only be accepted from June 1 to June 30, 2023.

The Woodward/Newman Award 2024


Deadline: September 1, 2023

The Woodward/Newman Award is an exclusive honor offered by Constellation Stage & Screen, 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 Constellation’s Mainstage season.

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). Plays submitted prior to September 1 will be considered for the 2023-24 season, while plays submitted beyond that date will be considered for the 2024-25 Season. All submissions will be kept on file for 2 years after submission.

If you have questions regarding submissions to the Constellation Stage & Screen, please contact the Literary Manager at literary@seeconstellation.org.


We are currently accepting submissions for the 2024-25 Woodward/Newman Award. The award recipient and finalists will be announced by May 15, 2024. The winner will be awarded $3,000 and a full production.
  • “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).
  • Each play should be individually submitted at the following link: CONSTELLATION STAGE & SCREEN PLAY SUBMISSION.
  • 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.
  • $3,000 cash prize is in lieu of royalties for the full production. Housing & transportation will also be provided.
  • If you have any questions, please email literary@seeconstellation.org.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Ten-Minute Musicals Project 2023


Deadline: August 31, 2023

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

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


Deadline: July 3, 2023

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) is launching a 10-minute play competition for playwrights who meet one of the following criteria: 
  • Current or former: US military, law enforcement, fire service, EMS, foreign service, intelligence service, DoD employee, DoD Contractor; 
  • Immediate family of the service member listed above (“immediate family member” means: parents, siblings, children, and spouse.) 
Submissions should be emailed in PDF format to info@vetrep.org 
OR via the submission portal on the VetRep website at: https://vetrep.org/submissions/

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

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

Playwrights may submit more than one play Winners and finalists will be notified via email no later than December 31, 2023.

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

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

Sunday, May 28, 2023

American Theatre Group BIPOC PlayLab 2023


Deadline: June 10, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT


This is the application for ATG  PlayLab (now going into its 4th year), dedicated to providing a professional and supportive space for playwrights who are BIPOC (straight and queer BIPOC) playwrights.  

*The group will meet once every week for 10-12 sessions during the Fall, Spring and Summer via Zoom on Sunday evenings.  

*One additional meeting per month will be called for professional development discussions/workshops to discuss craft, applications, networking, marketing etc... (attendance will not be required, but strongly encouraged).  

*Applicants from anywhere in the US are welcome to apply, though preference will be given to NJ, PA and NY writers.   

*Sunday evening (6pm to 9pm EST) attendance at meetings is required.  Please don't apply to this PlayLab if you can't commit to the schedule. 

*There is no restriction on style of playwriting that the applicants use, though writers of full length plays are strongly preferred.  

*There is also no guarantee that acceptance into this PlayLab will result in any public readings or productions by American Theatre Group.  

If you have any questions about this application form or this program, please feel free to contact, Pandora Scooter, Founder/Director at pandorascooter@gmail.com.  

Deadline for application is June 10th 2023 at 11:59pm EST.

Successful applicants will be contacted by August 20th, 2023.

Freeze Frame Fiction seeks drama


Deadline: June 30, 2023

We are currently open to submissions for volume 0.2. If you submitted a piece to our last volume and have not yet received a response, it is still under consideration, and we will get back to you shortly.

For more information about what we want and expect, see our editor’s interviews with Jim Harrington at Six Questions For… and on Duotrope (visible to non-members). Also, take a look at 5 Tips for Writing Twist Endings at Flash Fiction Chronicles.

What are we looking for?

Good flash fiction is like a freeze frame—a snapshot of a real story about real characters. The word count is low, so many of the details are left to the reader to fill in, but they’re there. Flash fiction is neither a vignette nor a character sketch. Something must happen, and there must be an ending, whether explicit or implied.

So first and foremost, we want a story. A complete, interesting story. 1000 words or less, any genre, no content restrictions. We want your science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, drama, literary works, satire, bizarre fiction, or anything else you can come up with or mix together. The more original, the better. The weirder, the better.

The best way to find out what we’re looking for is to read what we’ve already published! Check out our current volume, free to read at https://freezeframefiction.com/.

What are we NOT looking for?

We are 100% okay with explicit content, so long as it serves a purpose to the story and/or characters. Profanity for the sake of profanity—or the same thing for sex, violence, or gore—does not impress us. Also, animal cruelty. Please just send that somewhere else.

We do not publish fan-fiction, i.e., stories based in worlds or using characters created by other authors. All content must be original.

The following things might be accepted, but will be a very hard sell:
  • stories involving vampires, zombies, or werecreatures (read an exception here)
  • pure romance with no other significant elements
  • the now-ubiquitous young adult paranormal romance
  • military fiction or stories of battles or wars
  • stories with a religious message or theme
We’re also pretty tired of reading about straight cis white guys, honestly. We get it; they’re everywhere. Give us some diversity, please.

What is our policy on revising and resubmitting?

In general, if we want you to revise and resubmit the same piece, we will tell you so when we decline your story. That said, if you’ve made significant changes to the piece, per our comments in the rejection note, feel free to give it a go. If the piece is similar to its original form, please do not re-submit it to us. If you like the story how it is and are hesitant to change it, that’s a good sign we’re probably not the right fit for that particular flash. That doesn’t mean we’re not a good fit for you, though. Try sending us something else instead.

What is our submission and publication schedule?

We publish online semi-annually. Our open submission calls will be from 1 August to 31 December, and from 1 February to 30 June. The months of January and July will be spent making sure we’re all caught up and getting the new issue set up on our website. Publication will occur online 1 August and 1 February.

Special volumes may be published annually. Announcement coming soon about our next themed submission call!

How do you submit?

We use Submittable to manage electronic submissions. Please be sure to remove your name and any contact information from the uploaded document before submitting.This is very important, as we review submissions blind. Your contact information will be available to the editors.

We do not accept email submissions. Email submissions will be ignored.

Our formatting guidelines are very simple: Text should be double-spaced, in Courier New (preferred) or Times New Roman (okay) size 12. Include word count on the top right of first page. Submissions that do not follow our guidelines will be automatically declined, with the exception of experimental forms.

Will we pay you?

Yes, $10 per accepted piece.

How will your work be published?

All work will be published initially online, free to read. After six months, work will be published in an ebook to make room for next issue’s flash fiction.

How and when should you query?

Expected response time will be updated on an on-going basis. Please feel free to emailsubmissions@freezeframefiction.com with the subject “Query” if you have any questions about a submitted work. Before emailing, please be sure to check the status of your submission on Submittable.

We are currently responding to pieces within one to three weeks.

What rights will we be purchasing?

For unpublished works, we are purchasing worldwide First Publication rights in multiple electronic formats, exclusive for one year from first publication. Work will remain archived on our website, and can be removed at the author’s request.

For reprints (solicited only), rights will be negotiated upon solicitation and acceptance.

Do we accept simultaneous submissions?

Yes, we just ask that you inform us of this fact upon submission, and withdraw your piece immediately if it’s accepted elsewhere.

Do we accept multiple submissions?

No, not at this time. Please wait for your piece to be accepted or declined before submitting further work. Also, only include one flash piece per submission.

Do we accept previously published work?

No, unless solicited. ‘Previously published’ also includes anything that has been publicly available online (such as on an open writing website or forum, or a personal blog).

Do we publish creative non-fiction?

If the piece reads like CNF, we probably will not publish it. If you tell us a well-written, interesting story that just happens to be true, you’ve got a good shot.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

The Coachella Review Daily accepts short scripts/monologues


Deadline: June 1, 2023


The Coachella Review is the literary arts journal of the University of California Riverside–Palm Desert Graduate Center and the MFA program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. 

We accept original work that is vibrant, thoughtful, and precise. Whether your work is innovative or traditional, we strive to celebrate writing that holds readers in awe. 

We publish two issues a year, in June and December, and curate an eclectic blog. We welcome submissions during our open call periods for the issue and year-round for the blog. Our response time is generally one to three months; simultaneous submissions are welcome.

TCR Daily accepts flash fiction and nonfiction, poetry, photo essays, and short scripts/monologues. For reviews and interviews, please query us via email: coachellareview@gmail.com. We will not accept review or interview pitches over Submittable.

As of Monday, March 27, 2023, our submission limits are as follows:
  • Fiction and Nonfiction: Up to 1,000 words (no limit on photography)
  • Scripts: Up to five pages
  • Poetry: Up to five poems, no word limit
  • Please send your creative pieces here through Thursday, June 1. 
In addition to your submission, please include the following information in your cover letter: the title of your entry, its genre and word count, and your email address (we will use it if we don't hear from you through Submittable).

Theatre Three 25th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays (2024)


Deadline: September 1, 2023

Since its inception in 1998, The Festival has received over 10,000 submissions from across the world and produced 132 world premieres by 102 different playwrights. The Festival presents between five and seven plays each season.

Please read carefully as the submission guidelines have changed.

  • Playwrights may only submit one play per Festival.
  • Only unproduced works will be accepted. 
  • Plays that have had staged readings or on-line productions are eligible.
  • No adaptations, children’s plays, or musicals.
  • Cast size maximum: 12
  • Length maximum: 30 minutes (no minimum)
  • Settings: Simple or suggested.
  • All submissions should be emailed as PDFs with the title in caps followed by the playwright’s name. Example: THE BASKET WEAVERS Jamie Martin
  • Play’s cover sheet should include author’s information (name, address, telephone, email). It may also contain a short synopsis.
  • Any stage play format is acceptable.
  • Due to last year’s high volume of submissions, we are allowing plays to be resubmitted for consideration.
  • Submissions should be sent to Jeffrey@theatrethree.com
  • Scripts must be received by September 1, 2023.

Selected plays will be presented for ten performances (dates to be determined in winter-spring 2024), at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on THEATRE THREE’s Second Stage. 

Playwrights will receive a $150 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, postcards, 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 announced by December 15, 2023.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Ruby Slippers ADVANCE THEATRE FESTIVAL: 2023/24 Advancing the Radically Inclusive Stage


Deadline: May 30, 2023

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

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

Playwrights: please send your play synopsis, brief bio, and a maximum ten page script excerpt to info@rubyslippers.ca by May 30, 2023. 

One submission per person please.

Successful candidates will be notified by June 30, 2023. The 2023/24 Advance Theatre Festival will take place in February of 2024, dates TBA. This is a curated process. Priority will be given to inclusivity; all cultural backgrounds, orientations, identities, abilities, and ages.

The Advance Theatre Festival is brought to you by Ruby Slippers Theatre in partnership with The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Playwrights Guild of Canada. It takes place in Vancouver BC on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish people. 

Applications are accepted from across Turtle Island (North America)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR the first issue of "The Mini Plays Magazine'


Deadline: May 30, 2023

'The Mini Plays Magazine' is inviting submissions for its first issue.

The theme of the first issue is 'Love'. Please send us mini plays and monologues on this theme.

The length of a mini play or monologue should not exceed 2 pages of text.

Last date of submission: May 30th 2023 (The selected authors shall be informed by 10th June 2023).

Please send your work to miniplaysmag@gmail.com

Submit your high definition photo in JPEG format for publication with your work.

Please share your author profile (60 words) for publication in the anthology.


The anthology will be published in pdf and paperback editions.

A free Pdf edition of the anthology will be published on our website .

A paperback edition will be published on ingram spark or lulu.com.

There is no publication, reading, processing or publishing fee.

Secret Theater Act One:One Act Festival 2023


Deadline: June 19, 2023

It's worth submitting early we do rolling admission meaning we read as they arrive and select


July 18 - August 20, 2023

This an application for a one-act show that runs 10 or 20 minutes. 

Solo shows or excerpts under 15 mins are submittable.

Please DO NOT fill this out for full-length plays

You must provide the director and actors. 

Staging note: please consider the feasibility of your staging - we cannot promise to provide sets, props or complicated furnishing. However we may have some pieces.

Equity Showcases are allowed but you must process the application. We offer help with it but it's your application and not difficult to do

Stages Houston open for submissions


Deadline: May 31, 2023


Stages makes plays and tells stories that invite everyone to live more deeply and love more boldly. We are Houston's premiere mid-sized theater, and produce a broad scope of plays and musicals ranging from jukebox musicals and family entertainment to world premieres and new work by emerging writers. We are committed to telling stories by and for traditionally excluded communities.

We utilize a volunteer Season Selection Committee comprised of staff members hailing from all of our departments. We are committed to expanding timelines for creative teams, and are reading now with an eye for productions 2+ years away.

In an effort to strike a balance between our resources and our dedication to supporting diverse voices, we have an open submission policy for the months of April and May.

-Playwrights with and without agents are welcome to submit during that time frame.

-Scripts sent after May 31st will be held until the following window opens.

-We ask that you please submit only one script. (Occasionally, we will find a playwright's work inspiring, yet know a specific piece is not for Stages. In those instances, we might reach out to you for additional work to consider.)

-Please do not submit new drafts of previously submitted work unless you are invited to do so.

Depending on the overall number of submissions, you will hear from us again between June and December. Thank you in advance for your patience and your story.

If you have any questions or issues with submitting, please contact scripts@stageshouston.com.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Women's Playwrights Circle open to women-identified playwrights


Deadline: June 15, 2023 
or when we've received 100 applications.

Application form: https://forms.gle/pfEVVp6Cc4NSWX7z7

This is the application form for the Women's Playwrights Circle (September 2023 to August 2024). All women-identified playwrights who reside in the US are welcome to apply. 

Preference will be given to women playwrights who are in PA, NY, NJ, CT, and DE. To be explicit, BIPOC, trans, cis and gender fluid women and those who identify on the spectrum of woman are welcome and encouraged to apply.

The first 100 applications will be considered for a spot in this year's Circle. Out of those who apply, 8-10 playwrights will be chosen to participate. Participation consists of attending up to 36 mandatory weekly (mostly) meetings (over the course of the year) to share pages, receive feedback and to develop their work. The summer session will focus on readings of full-lengths that may/may not be open to the public, depending on the determination of the playwright and the program's director.

Weekly Meetings on Zoom will be on Sundays from 2pm to 5pm. Please do not apply if you will not be able to commit to this schedule.

The deadline to apply is June 15, 2023 or when we've received 100 applications.
There is no fee to apply and no fee to participate.
Successful Applications will be contacted by August 15th.

This playwrights group will meet on Zoom.

Any questions about the Circle or about this application process should be directed to Pandora Scooter, Founder/Director at pandorascooter@gmail.com.

Every effort will be made to create as diverse a group of writers (based on race, gender identity, class, ability, background, education, etc) as possible. Please be sure to be particularly specific about all the ways in which you identify, to help us with this very important goal.

Speranza Theatre Company's mission is to create thought-provoking collaborative theatre centered on women’s issues, providing an opportunity for artists, particularly females, to share their voices through challenging and entertaining theatre based in honesty and truth.

Speranza Theatre Company is a non-profit women's theatre company and member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Founded to provide an opportunity for artists, particularly females, to share their voices through entertaining and challenging theatre, Speranza presents professional theatrical performances, free readings of new works, and educational programming. https://www.speranzatheatrecompany.com/about

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