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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

The Playwrights Group: Weekly Workshop

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.  And when your play is ready — we’ll present it in a reading open to the public. 



Sit in on a session and see for yourself!

Tuesdays or Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm EST


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: 



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8th Annual National Women’s Theatre Festival


Deadline: March 12, 2023


The National Women’s Theatre Festival announces the call for production proposals for the 2023 WTFringe festival. WTFringe will be part of the 8th Annual National Women’s Theatre Festival happening in person in Raleigh, NC and virtually from June 22 - July 1, 2023.

Proposals for in-person productions, virtual productions, and hybrid productions will be accepted for consideration.

Proposals should be 20-90 minutes with no intermission. We seek production proposals that are experimental, innovative, and collaborative—works that push boundaries and embrace parity.
WTFringe Proposal Timeline:

January 22 - March 12: Proposal Submission Forms Accepted

February 20 6:30-7:30pm ET: Info Session for interested Producers (optional; register HERE)

February 27 12-1pm ET: Info Session for interested Producers (optional; register HERE)

April 2: WTFringe Producers Notified of Acceptance

April 9: WTFringe Producers Return Contract/Schedule Finalized

June 22-25 & June 29-July 1: WTFringe23 Performances

WTFringe Seeks Productions That:

Center Women, Non-binary, Gender-diverse, Trans, + Gender Non-conforming artists

Feature Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Global Majority artists

Feature Disabled, Blind, Deaf and/or Neurodivergent artists

Embrace innovation + experimentation

Prioritize Accessibility

Create conversations that further Equity + Social Justice

WTFringe Selection Process:

All submissions are evaluated by a Selection Committee using the criteria above. WTF uses the “50/50 Rule” as a guide in all decision processes: WTF seeks 50/50 equitable representation in all aspects of programming. We equally prioritize artistic merit and equitable representation. Every submission is read and evaluated thoroughly and considerately.

The Selection Committee will make recommendations to WTF’s Executive Artistic Director who, with the staff leadership team, will make final decisions. All submissions receive a response, whether or not they are selected. If you are not selected, you may also request feedback on your submission to strengthen your application for future festivals.

We expect to accept between 10-14 shows, depending on what is proposed and how it fits together. In the past we have received as many as 3x more submissions than we had production slots.
You should apply to WTFringe23 if…

It’s an in-person project that meets the Production Criteria above, and:

You’re available to produce your show at the end of June 2023

All the physical elements of your show can fit safely and securely within an assigned 3ft x 3ft. backstage space

You can tech your show in a 75 minute tech window

You can light your show with 5 look options and no more than 40 cues (including sound).

You are able to prepare for your show with no more than 60 minutes in a communal dressing room prior to showtime and able to vacate 30 minutes after curtain

You can load your show into and out of a space in 15 minutes

You can identify a single member of your team to serve as the primary contact (“Producer”) to interface with National WTF

You are interested in receiving training on how to caption your show/excited to have your show captioned for accessibility purposes!

It’s a virtual project that meets the Production Criteria above, and:

You’re available to produce your show at the end of June 2023

You are able to provide your own streaming design and virtual stage management

You have an idea for a self-contained virtual project that can either be

live-streamed from Zoom and projected into an in-person theatre and/or our Youtube Channel, or live-streamed from your performance space to WTF’s YouTube channel, or pre-recorded, uploaded and scheduled for a live viewing experience, or  Self-contained in digital space

You are interested in receiving training on how to caption your show/excited to have your show captioned for accessibility purposes!


Sunday, February 26, 2023

New Victory Theater LabWorks 2023-24


Deadline: March 1, 2023

New Victory® LabWorks is for artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) creating original work for kids and families. We welcome and uplift all BIPOC artists, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and who identify as disabled. As an artistic home for artists of all disciplines, New Victory LabWorks explores, devises and reimagines what theater for families can be.
Applications are now open for the 2023-24 New VictoryLabWorks Program. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023.

Once all applications are reviewed, a select group of applicants will be contacted to participate in an interview with members of the New Victory Artistic Programming staff. From there, final applicants will be notified of their acceptance. All applicants will receive notification of final decisions. No phone calls, please.

New Victory LabWorks 2023-24 Application Info Session

Learn more about the New Victory LabWorks application process. WATCH ON YOUTUBE

  • Program RequirementsArtist(s) must have a primary residence in NYC and be available to participate between August 2023 and June 2024.
  • Artist(s) must identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Color.
  • Artist(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Artist’s work must be intended for family audiences (artist does not need prior experience in creating work suitable for families).
  • Artist’s project(s) must be in development, but may be at any point during development, including initial concept.
  • Pending the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, Artist(s) must be able to attend monthly meetings in Manhattan.
  • Artist(s) must be interested in actively participating in all aspects of the New Victory LabWorks program, including professional development, monthly meetings with the 2023-24 LabWorks cohort, peer-based exchange and peer and/or audience feedback.
For more information on New Victory LabWorks, please read our FAQs.

Application Instructions


If you are interested, you can review the questions and required materials before applying. Please note the application is a Google Form, which cannot be saved as you go.

Please complete the application and include support materials via a Dropbox link or Google Drive folder. If you have physical materials to submit, please let us know by emailing LabWorks@New42.org.

StageWorks Theatre Group 2023 Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree


Deadline: March 1, 2023



Submission Deadline: March 1, 2023

Auditions: Spring 2023 - Exact Dates TBA

Show Dates: July 21st, 22nd, 23rd 2023

Writers must submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 20 minutes or less)

Entries will be judged on plot, character development, dialogue, and overall quality.

Please send manuscripts and enclose your $20 reading fee (waived for members of Dramatists Guild) (checks made payable to StageWorks Theatre Group, INC.) to:

StageWorks Theatre Group, INC.
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
Attention: One Act Jamboree

Alternatively, you may submit your play via our website. Click "Submit Your Play" to send your manuscript via Google Form. Then, click "Pay Reading Fee" button to pay your reading fee (online payment convenience fees apply). Manuscripts will NOT be considered until the reading fee has been submitted. Fee waived if applicant can prove they are a member of Dramatists Guild.

Between 6 and 10 winners will receive the prize of a staged production of his or her play at the StageWorks One Act Jamboree, which will be held during the Summer of 2023 at StageWorks Studio 237.

The production will have auditioned actors, directors chosen by committee, producers, stage managers, ushers, ticket takers, and tech crew.

2023 Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree Terms and Conditions

Writers are encouraged to submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 20 minutes or less) by Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Entries will be judged on plot, character development, dialogue and overall quality by a committee of three to five. Directors will be chosen by the committee.

Between 6 and 10 winners will receive the prize of a staged production of his or her play at the StageWorks One Act Jamboree, which will be held during the summer of 2023 at StageWorks Studio 237.

Plays will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Plot
  • Character Development
  • Dialogue
  • Overall writing quality

Submissions deadline: March 1, 2023

Playwrights are limited to three (3) submissions.

How to Submit:

Please read and follow our submission guidelines. Submissions that are incomplete or do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified. To enter your play, you must submit the following:

(1) Three (3) hard copies of your play (or Google Form submission in advance for electronic submissions/Paypal payment).

  • Plays should run 20 minutes or less and be written in the proper playwriting format (when in the proper format, running time is approximately one minute per page):
  • A list of characters with a brief physical description of each should also be included.
  • Plays should contain 12 or fewer actors.
  • One person plays are accepted.
  • No musicals, unless you are providing accompaniment.
  • Plays should have simple staging and technical needs.
(2) A cover letter with the following information:
  • The name of your play
  • Your name full address, full contact information (including your e-mail and phone number)
  • A brief synopsis of your play (for publicity purposes if your play is selected)
  • A brief biography

(3) A check in the amount of $20 (US dollars) for each play submitted, made payable to:

StageWorks Theatre Group, INC. *Fee waived for members of Dramatist Guild (must include copy of front and back of current card with submission)
Please write "One-Act Jamboree" in the check's memo line.

The submission package must be sent to:

StageWorks Theatre Group, INC
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
Attn: One-Act Jamboree

Additional Information:

Submissions must be postmarked on or before March 1, 2023

Plays will NOT be returned and will be recycled.

The entry fee is non-refundable.

As the playwright, you are invited to auditions and will have input regarding casting and production presentation. However, Executive Director may choose to exercise her authority regarding questionable content and/or presentation of the show with consideration and protection of the reputation of the company in its entirety.


At the conclusion of the jamboree, one winner will receive a $250 cash prize based on audience vote.

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Stories Found Podcast is seeking 1-minute micro comedies


Deadline: February 28, 2023

The Stories Found Podcast is seeking 1-minute micro comedies for our new MICRO MONDAY episodes!

In this case, size does matter. We like ’em tiny. 1-2 minutes.

Comedies only, please

Plays will be performed as audio productions, so send scripts that can be easily adapted to audio-only.

2 characters max.

Playwrights may submit up to four plays.

SEND BY 2/28/2023

Questions? Read our submission guidelines or contact us!

Send scripts to: submissions@storiesfound.com

The Gulfport Community Players 2023 Summer One Acts Competition


Deadline: March 15, 2023

The Gulfport Community Players is accepting submissions for the Summer 2023 One-Acts. Established in July 2000, the Summer One-Acts is the longest-running one-act competition in the Tampa Bay Area. We accept submissions from authors who reside in the United States of America. We read all plays that are correctly submitted. Entries are judged anonymously on their literary content.
  • Running time 5 to 15 minutes maximum
  • New and never produced in the Tampa Bay Florida area
  • No adaptations, children's plays, or monologues
  • Family-friendly, no nudity or foul language
  • Cast size 8 maximum
  • Simple staging and set pieces
  • You can submit up to three plays
  • No entry fees
MAILING GUIDELINES: include a cover letter with author's contact information, telephone, mailing address and email. Refrain from including a resume. 

Entries are judged anonymously. 

You should include 2 copies of the play and eliminate any author information from all script pages. 

Include the number of characters, character breakdown, and synopsis of the play on the first page. 

Please use ONLY paper clips. Don't use staples, binders, or folders.

MAIL TO: Gulfport Community Players, 1619 49th St S, Gulfport FL 33707.

lease use regular US Mail. Don't send certified mail or signature required.

Stipend of $50 will be paid for any one act that we produce

All applicants will be notified of decisions by April 15, 2023

Plays will be presented July 13-23 at the Hickman Theater of Gulfport

Audiencemembers vote for their favorites

Awards are presented in August 2023

Friday, February 24, 2023

Emory seeks Brave New Works


Deadline: March 1, 2023

Biennially, The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory produces Brave New Works. This festival provides theater professionals and students with the space and resources to conduct creative experimentation, create new works for the stage, and test the dramatic product on an audience. For three weeks, the Brave New Works festival of new and evolving plays gives playwrights a laboratory to work with a director and actors, revise and rewrite their scripts, and share the results with members of the Emory and Atlanta community.


In Spring 2024 the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory will produce Brave New Works (BNW), a three-week theatrical developmental workshop. BNW provides theater professionals and students with the space and resources to conduct creative experimentation as part of the process of creating new works for the stage. The Brave New Works festival of new and evolving plays gives playwrights and other theatremakers, a laboratory to work with a director, actors, and other creative artists, to revise and rewrite their scripts, and share the resulting work with members of the Emory and Atlanta communities and beyond.

This year’s focus:

Of particular interest are plays that are for children and young adults.

All plays, in all styles and genres are welcome!

We are excited to be partnering with the Hangar Theatre’s KIDDSTUFF program (https://hangartheatre.org/buy-tickets/category/kiddstuff/list/) and other TYA companies!

Workshop format:

One (1) play will be selected for a workshop production in the Theater Emory season, and two (2) plays will receive readings. The readings will have a 1-week rehearsal process culminating in a reading that is open to the public. The play chosen for production will have a limited all-student cast; and may go off-campus into the community with performances in a child-focused environment (i.e. school, cultural center, development center).

How to Submit:
Please send an email to lydia.fort@emory.edu with the following subject: “BNW 24 PRO Submission [Last Name]_[First name]”

In the body of the email, please give your:Name
Short description of the play
Character Breakdown
Any special requirements in the play

Be sure to attach a pdf copy of your script.

Note: If your play is an adaptation of a published book or other piece of literature, please give the author’s name, title, year printed, and publisher’s information in addition.

Deadline: Submissions are due March 1st. Finalists will be contacted for interviews

If you have any questions, please email Lydia Fort at lydia.fort@emory.edu

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Campbell Opera Librettist Prize 2023


Deadline: March 3, 2023

The Campbell Opera Librettist Prize is awarded annually to an American librettist who demonstrates exceptional talent and experience for writing opera librettos, with the potential for making a substantial contribution to the American opera literature; and who is committed to making opera a central part of their artistic work and career.

Conceived and funded by acclaimed librettist and lyricist Mark Campbell, the Prize is the first award in the history of American opera that specifically recognizes the opera librettist.

It is designed to highlight the crucial role librettists play in the creation and success of new operatic works, and inspire a new generation of writers to dedicate their pens to opera and music theater

The Campbell Opera Librettist Prize is supported by Mark Campbell.
Prize Details

The Campbell Opera Librettist Prize bestows a $7,000 award each year to a librettist chosen from applicants by a panel of independent experts.

Eligibility: Librettists who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States may apply.

Application Cycle
Application available online: January 2023
Intent to apply deadline: February 8, 2023
Full application deadline: March 3, 2023
Adjudication: March 2023
Applicant notification: April 2023

How to Apply

Review the prize guidelines and application worksheets to apply. All applications must be submitted through OPERA America’s grants dashboard.

Guidelines & Worksheets
Below you will find the guidelines, intent to apply questions, and application questions from the previous cycle of this program. They are for reference purposes only, and are intended to provide an understanding of the program in advance of the release of this year's guidelines and questions. 2022 Guidelines (PDF)
Intent to Apply Questions (PDF)
Full Application Questions (PDF)

For questions about applications or eligibility, contact us at Grants@operaamerica.org or 646.699.5236.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Studio Players 10th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival


Deadline: March 5, 2023
Or first 300 entries received 

Lexington Kentucky

This competition is for 10-minute plays only; it is open to any playwright. There is NO submission fee, NO production fee. The judges will be members of the Studio Players theatre community: board members, directors, and patrons. 

The rules are simple and are as follows:

1. Any playwright may enter; only one script per playwright.

2. The play must be a 10-minute play (meaning it will be approximately 10 pages long (dialogue). If it’s a monologue/one-person piece, it should come in under 10 pages).

3. All plays should be emailed, with a separate cover page containing the following information: play's title, author's name, email address, mailing address and phone number. The play itself should only have the title and a brief synopsis; no identifying information should be contained in or on the 10-page script.

4. To be considered, each script must be received by March 5, 2023.

5. The contest is open to the first 300 entries received.

6. Winning entrants agree to a full production of their scripts and video recording and presentation of their scripts.

That's it! The top 7 scripts (as determined by the judges) will be performed by active members of the Bluegrass theatre community. Each play will be a fully realized production; each performance will contain all the winning scripts. The 7 selected playwrights will each receive $250 in prize money.

All entries should be sent to: 10minuteplayfestlex@gmail.com with "10-min Play Fest" in the header. Visit https://www.facebook.com/studioplayers for more information.

Monday, February 20, 2023

Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival seeks work by women/non-binary


Deadline: February 24, 2023

Submit via Google Forms

The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival will take place in August 2023

PWTF CALL FOR PLAYS/PRESENTED WORK FOR 2023 FESTIVAL - Folkslore: Breaking the Binary Festival

The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival is now seeking playwright applications for our 2023 festival, centered around the subject of the ever-expanding definition of gender and womanhood.

The 2023 Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival will joyfully disrupt society by breaking the binary. Folklore makes space for folks to choose their own happy ending! We’re celebrating the playful, colorful and beautiful gender spectrum of our world. By looking beyond the traditional narrative of womanhood, the 2023 festival aims to expand our view and change the story. Let’s make magic breaking free of the cultural boxes that bind us and discover the intersections of our colorful world.

Submissions are ideally longer one-acts (30-45 minutes in length) or full length plays (60-90 minutes in length) though we will accept a sample of a work in progress. In addition - this year we are accepting and seeking out “Presented Work”. We define “Presented Work” as artistic offerings that are comparable to work in a fringe festival; work where you own much of your process (script, casting, directing, rehearsing, etc) and we support you with a stipend, venue, marketing, artistic input if needed (with some oversight in the process), administrative support, and more. Past Presented Work has included solo performance, duo musical theater one-acts, and more. For more information or clarification please email Polly at Polly@phillywomenstheatrefest.org.

With our theme this year of the ever-expanding definition of gender and womanhood we hope to focus our weekend productions on artists and stories of folks who fall outside the normative gender binary (transgender, agender, Two-Spirit, gender queer, non-binary, gender fluid, etc).

Submissions are due February 24, 2023.

​PWTF is a women's theatre festival committed to diversity, equity and inclusion by embracing all people and viewpoints. We aim to embrace intersectionality and serve people of all colors and backgrounds, inclusive of our BIPOC, non-binary, and trans community members. PWTF does not discriminate based on age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, or ability. Through staffing, casting, and programming that reflects the diverse makeup of our community and our world, we are dedicated to creating accessible theatre for the Greater Philadelphia Region and its theatre artists. Our story is to #ChangeTheStory.

To apply, please visit our website at http://phillywomenstheatrefest.org/submissions/. Significant preference will be given to playwrights located within 60 miles of Center City Philadelphia.

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Meditative Writing Development Fellowship for Playwrights


Deadline: first 100 submissions

We are pleased to announce our Development Fellowship for Playwrights, aimed at providing a platform for emerging and mid-career playwrights to hone their craft and develop their careers. Fellows receive two free workshops for playwrights to adapt one of their stage plays into a film or TV script.

Who is eligible to apply for the Development Fellowship for Playwrights?

Emerging and mid-career playwrights who have written at least one full-length play are eligible to apply. 

We welcome applications from playwrights of all backgrounds. There is no limitation on genre, style, or subject matter.

We will only accept the first 100 submissions, so we suggest submitting early.

The Fellowship starts July 2023, schedule will be made based on the availability of the winner.

How to Submit:
  • To apply for the Development Fellowship for Playwrights, please submit the following materials via the form below, PDFs only please. 
  • ​A resume or CV highlighting your experience as a playwright
  • A one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in the fellowship and what you hope to gain from the experience, including a short paragraph about the screenplay you would like to start or continue to write during the fellowship. 
  • A writing sample consisting of no more than 10 pages of a full-length play or a complete short play.
  • We look forward to reviewing your application and supporting you in the development of your craft.

Submissions for Exquisite Corpse Company’s 2023 Writer’s Lab are open


Deadline:  February 27, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST

The Exquisite Corpse Company’s Writer’s Lab welcomes six new playwrights annually to work with the company. Over the course of the 8-week program, playwrights will meet weekly and generate a new one-act play. Facilitated by Literary Directors Phillip Christian Smith and Blake Bishton, the Lab incorporates Culture Lab LIC’s current fine arts exhibitions as interactive writing prompts. This guided process encourages participants to create work in new ways and culminates in a reading series in June.

The 2023 Writer’s Lab will meet on Mondays, March 27- May 15. Labs will be held in person at Culture Lab LIC from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The lab is structured in conversation with the work in the gallery; as such, writers must be fully available for every session. Previously written or produced plays will not be considered for development in this lab.

All plays completed in the Lab will be presented by Exquisite Corpse Company as part of the Drinks & Drama Series, running June 8th - 29th. Selected writers will receive a travel stipend of $150.

ECC encourages all to apply and will not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, color, citizenship status, sex, gender and gender expression, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law. Culture Lab LIC is handicap accessible.

Follow the link below to submit:


Submissions will close February 27 at 11:59pm EST.
Applicants will be notified of decision by March 15, 2023.

More information on the Lab and Exquisite Corpse Company is available at exquisitecorpsecompany.com. There is no application fee; limit one submission per applicant. Questions? Feel free to reach out to ExquisiteCorpseCompany@gmail.com

Saturday, February 18, 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 






Athena Project’s Read & Rant: A Plays In Progress Series ~ May 2023


Deadline: February 28, 2023 11:59 MDT

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, uplifting women* writers and dramaturgs overall, and highlighting the underrepresentation of 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:

Friday, February 17, 2023

Tilted House open for play submissions


Deadline: March 16, 2023 12:59 AM

Submit online

Fiction, Nonfiction, Essays, Plays, Reviews

Submit up to 2 pieces at 2,000 words or fewer (combined). All work should exist in a single .doc or .docx file. No previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us if your work makes it big elsewhere. Include a short (75 words or fewer) third-person bio. Submit to only one project at a time! Work that doesn't adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

938collective seeks short plays


Deadline: March 3, 2023


938collective is launching our inaugural Short Play Festival! And we want YOU involved.

We’re looking for new 10-20 minute plays in the early stages of development, something completely new, or a little snippet of a larger project you would like others to be involved in! The submission deadline is Friday, March 3rd.

Our goal is to create a 2 month process of writer’s workshops, rehearsals, and a weekend of performances to unite writers, directors, actors, and audience in the community in a celebration of collaboration and artistic development!

Our festival’s guiding theme? exhibitionism.

We encourage you to consider all kinds of exhibitionism. Sexual exhibitionism, museums, art, watching people from windows, being watched from windows, some sort of zoo situation! Whatever exhibiting means to you!

And in the spirit of exhibitions, we encourage you to submit works that attract wanted (or maybe unwanted) attention to yourself as a writer.

OnyxFest 2023 seeks one-act plays


Deadline: March 10, 2023

Thank you for your interest in OnyxFest 2023 - the first and only Indiana theater festival exclusively for African American playwrights. Entries must be original one-act plays - between 45 minutes and an hour in length. There may be no more than six characters per cast. The plays must be produced for the first time during our event.

The scope of OnyxFest subject matter is broad. It is recommended that writers avoid stereotypes, degrading or disrespectful portrayals of Black life and culture, and gratuitous violence or sexual content.

Scripts will be accepted for consideration up to midnight Friday, March 10, 2023. Winners will be notified by the first week of April. We will also communicate with those not chosen. If you have any questions please contact us at 317.457.8779.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

The Warner 12th International Playwrights Festival


Deadline: March 1, 2023

Do not send, they have reached their script limit.

The Warner International Playwrights Festival recognizes the work of emerging and established playwrights from across the country and around the globe. The Festival gives playwrights a forum for production of their one-act plays that engage and entertain audiences through exploration of the human experience and the human spirit.

The Warner Theatre, located in Torrington, CT, was built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace, the Warner Theatre was described then as "Connecticut's Most Beautiful Theatre". For more information about the theatre, please visit: http://www.warnertheatre.org/ and http://www.warnertheatre.org/history.html

Please read submission policy carefully: We invite playwrights to submit plays via electronic script submissions, in standard Samuel French playwriting format - 12 point font, character name centered or 3.5 inches from left margin, 1” margin all around. 
  • Submitted plays should be one-act plays of no less than 12 and no more than 30 pages long, not including your cover page.
  • Submissions will be limited to the first 150 scripts received. Submission deadline is March 1 or until 150 scripts are received, whichever comes first.
  • Scripts will be accepted internationally but must be written in English. 
  • Previously produced scripts are accepted. 
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Please remove all playwright identification from the script including name, mailing address and telephone/e-mail.
  • In the body of the email include: 
    • Script Name
    • Playwright Name
    • Playwright Email
    • Playwright Telephone Number
    • Playwright postal mailing address. 
  • Please do not send a synopsis or playwright resume or bio.
  • Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned. 
  • Please title your attachment with the full title of your play, only.
  • If your play is selected, you will be notified, via email, of the readers’ selection on/about July 1.
  • Selected scripts will receive minimal-set (table, 4 chairs, 2 cubes), minimal-tech production (lights up, lights down, 2 sound cues) production. Please be sure your play will adhere to these parameters for production.
  • Selected scripts will be produced as submitted: no revisions are accepted.
  • Selected playwrights receive up to four free tickets to the festival.
  • Selected playwrights are invited to attend the festival by their own means. Accommodation recommendations are available. 
To be considered for the Warner International Playwrights Festival scripts must be RECEIVED by 11:50pm Eastern Standard Time on March 1; late entries will not be read.
For additional information, contact warnersubmissions@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Drama Notebook submission guidelines 2023


Deadline: none given

We are currently accepting the following types of work: 
  1. Plays by BIPOC writers, or plays that celebrate cultural diversity and equity. 
  2. Plays based on popular works in the public domain, such as: Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, The Jungle Book, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Anne of Green Gables, The Scarlet Letter, The Sword in the Stone, The Velveteen Rabbit, Swiss Family Robinson, etc. 
  3. Works based on authors in the public domain such as: Beatrix Potter, Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jane Austen, etc. 
  4. Plays for kids in Spanish or French. 
  5. Plays of a timely or educational nature, such as: Christmas plays, Cinco de Mayo or Day of the Dead plays, plays that explain nature, geography, math, history or science, etc.
  6. Plays for very young children or early readers.
  7. Musical plays, or plays that include music.

If you have any questions as to whether your work will be a good fit for Drama Notebook, feel free to reach out to us on our contact page.


Have you written plays for kids and teens and simply want to have them used and performed?

Drama Notebook is accepting play script submissions from playwrights, teachers, and actors who have written scripts or scenes for children and teens. We have created a huge library of royalty-free, high-quality scripts for use in educational settings.

Most drama teachers pay for materials out-of-pocket, and cannot afford to pay royalties, per-script fees, video fees, etc. By sharing your work, you will be benefiting thousands of educators in over 100 countries.

We can either license your script for a small fee, or purchase the copyright for a slightly larger amount. This is not life-changing $ to be sure, but you will experience the joy of knowing that your work is being performed by students all over the world.

When we publish your script, we include your bio, a link to your website (if applicable), and a way for teachers to contact you when their students perform your play!

Ready to submit your plays?

1. See more detailed information.
2. See an example of a formatted script.
3. Download our handy script template (optional).
4. Fill out the play submission form.

What to expect after submitting your play…

We will write you right back and let you know that we received your piece, and will read it and get back to you as soon as possible. If your script is accepted, we will send out a simple license or copyright agreement, complete your payment and get to work on formatting your play. It usually takes a few weeks to publish each script.

Monday, February 13, 2023

The Playwrights Group ~ join our nationwide community of playwrights


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.  And when your play is ready — we’ll present it in a reading open to the public. 



Sit in on a session and see for yourself!

Tuesdays or Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm EST


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: 



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