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Friday, March 24, 2023

BMI Musical Theatre Bookwriting Basics Workshop 2023


Deadline: June 1, 2023

This nine-month course explores the fundamentals of writing book for the musical theatre.

Drama Desk Award winning bookwriter Adam Mathias (he/him) unlocks the toolkit for musical theatre librettists. Through lecture, discussion, and assignments students learn how to apply the fundamentals of playwriting to the craft of creating musicals. As a class, writers deep-dive into the DNA of the musical theatre canon — from the Golden Age through today — dissecting what works and why and then applying it to their own work.

Applicants should have a book-musical project in mind to develop over the course of the year; this musical could be anywhere from an early concept to an early draft.

The course runs September through May in New York City, Covid restrictions permitting. Prospective members should live in the city or be able to commute weekly.
Librettists Workshop

After completing the Bookwriting Basics program, writers may apply to join the established Librettists Workshop group. Not all writers who apply will be invited to join.

Nancy Golladay, veteran Broadway literary manager and dramaturg, moderates a writers’ roundtable focused on developing the skills unique to musical theatre bookwriters. Members read and critique each other’s work as their material evolves from one-page synopses to fully scripted scenes — including occasional cold readings of an entire show. In a yearly collaborative project, the Librettists Workshop engages with the First Year Songwriting Class. Librettist Workshop members are also eligible to participate in Collaborator Connections events with members of the Songwriters Workshops.

Applicants must submit two writing samples, at least one of which must include comedic content.

Either or both samples could be:a 10-page or longer excerpt from a script or other genre
  • a complete one-act
  • a full-length script

Any of these may be in-progress, produced and/or published material.

Scripts from genres other than playscripts or musical theatre scripts are also acceptable; however, theatrical comedy scenes are preferred to stand-up or sketch material.

In addition, writers must include a bio or resume.

Musical Theatre Bookwriting Basics — Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Librettists Workshop — Mondays 6:15 - 8:15 p.m.

All sessions take place at the BMI Offices in lower Manhattan from September through May. All prospective members must arrange to live in the greater New York City area or be able to commute weekly September through May. Please do not apply if this is not possible for you.

Applications must be submitted by June 1st.

There is no fee to apply for or participate in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Please note that Workshop participants will be charged $27 for a 7 WTC identification badge.

THIRTEEN podcast submission guidelines


Deadline: none listed

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Thirteen! We are an audio-drama/audio fiction podcast specializing in feature length (~ one hour) productions that are characterized by slow-burn, atmospheric stories, horror and ghost stories.
Thirteen Podcast is an Imaginary Comma production.

Submissions will only be considered if they meet the following guidelines:

Our audience comes to us for slow burn, atmospheric, character driven stories. They want to know the characters and see them grow and change just as much as they want a good scare. Stories that aren't character driven won't be a good fit.

Submissions of 5,000 words or more are most likely to be selected for wide release. Shorter submissions may be selected for special double feature episodes or episodes exclusive to Patreon supporters and other financial supporters of Imaginary Comma. Any submission that is selected for production, regardless of platform, will be paid.

Submissions should be in prose or script format. Preferably in Arial font and sized at 11pt. Check out our transcripts for a visual.

Stories with a first person central narrator and supporting characters work best for our format.

Stories which include derogatory language or slurs against any group of persons will not be selected regardless of context.

Stories that include depictions of rape or sexual assault will not be selected. While these topics may be acceptable as plot elements we will not perform or narrate depictions of them.

Stories should not be plagiarized in part or in full. Any story found to contain plagiarized material will be removed from our platform and the author will be asked to return their payment for that story.

How the process works:

We may not be able to reply to all submissions. Be sure to use the subject line "Story Submission'' to ensure your submission makes it to the correct folder. You'll also receive an auto-reply with information about what will happen next

Stories not written in an audio fiction format will be altered and/or adapted to fit that format. This may include changes in the placement of character dialogue attribution, folding character dialogue into narration and resolutions to issues of clarity that work on the page but not in an audio format

Submissions with several speaking roles may require alteration to fit a limited cast. This would come in the form of the narrator incorporating the character's lines into narration

Authors are paid for submissions that are accepted and published at the time of acceptance. Payment options include Venmo, Apple Pay, Paypal or direct invoice

Authors of stories over 5,000 words in length will be paid $75.00 if accepted. Authors of stories under 5,000 words in length will be paid $50.00 if accepted

Submissions will be attributed to the author in the recorded episode and in the show notes.

Our brand is built on great stories, rich in character development and in an atmospheric tone that remains with the listener long after the story is over. We recommend becoming familiar with the show to determine if your story is a good fit.

Thursday, March 23, 2023

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.


The Courtship of Winds submission guidelines


Deadline: none given


We are interested in short verse plays and one-act plays.

The Courtship of Winds
 publishes poetry, fiction, short dramatic pieces, essays, photography, art, and short pieces of music. Please submit no more than six poems at a time. Prose should generally not exceed 10, 000 words. Simultaneous submissions are fine, provided the author immediately withdraws any work accepted elsewhere. Please withdraw work only through Submittable, indicating in the "reason" field if you are withdrawing part or all of your submission.  Courtship does not publish previously published work.  Authors retain all rights to their work.

Please use Submittable for all submissions. Please do not submit work in a particular genre more than once in a six-month period.Work is considered year-round for two issues.  You should expect a response within six months. We regret that we cannot currently pay for accepted work.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

The Clive Awards Playwriting Competition


Deadline: August 31, 2023

The Clive Awards is a new playwriting competition presented by Fellowship for Performing Arts to encourage the writing of new works that advance FPA’s mission to produce theater from a Christian worldview to engage a diverse audience. FPA is excited to connect with literary artists who are inspired by our history of producing smart, imaginative, multilayered stories and adaptations.

FPA intends to award two prizes:

First Prize Winner will receive $25K total. At the announcement of the prize, the First Prize winner will receive $10K. An additional $15K will be distributed to the First Prize Winner during a collaborative development process during which the winning play will receive at least one live or virtual staged reading.

The Second Prize winner will receive $15K total. At the announcement of the prize, the Second Prize winner will receive $5K. An additional $10K will be distributed to the Second Prize Winner during a collaborative development process during which the winning play will receive at least one live or virtual staged reading.

FPA shall reserve the right not to award winners for any reason.

Submissions will be restricted to unpublished, unproduced, full-length plays with approximate run times between 60 and 100 minutes. Cast lists will be capped at 6 actors maximum.

All material must directly reflect FPA’s mission of producing theatre from a Christian worldview to engage a diverse audience.

Submitted plays may be original or adapted. If adapted, the source material must either be in the public domain or the playwright must be able to prove that they own any underlying or third party rights.
Playwrights may submit up to two (2) plays per contest. Submitted scripts must not currently be under option or commissioned by another theatrical entity. Plays that have received previous readings will be considered.

Submissions from any country of origin are welcome, but the script must be submitted in the English language and writers must accept the contest rules and conditions.

There is no entry fee.

Playwrights must submit one single PDF file to include:
A cover page with name, address, email, phone number and brief bio (1 page).

A brief summary that includes cast breakdown, setting and story synopsis as well as disclosure of any readings or other development activity that the script has previously received (1-2 pages).

A typed script, written in English, with numbered pages.

If your script contains any copyrighted material, please also include a signed letter from the authors and underlying rights representative stating that you have secured underlying rights. Alternately, you may provide a copy of your contract with all financial information redacted. 

The following information should be made clear:
  • Length of agreement and standards for renewals/extensions
  • List and definitions of all parties involved
  • Indication of who has artistic control over the piece and what approvals are needed at what stages

When submitting your file, please include the playwright’s first and last name and the title of the play in the file name, as in: FirstNameLastName-TitleOfPlay.pdf

Diversionary is always seeking new, full-length LGBTQIA+ works


Deadline: no deadline listed

Diversionary is always seeking new, full-length LGBTQIA+ works for consideration. Please follow the guidelines below if you would like to submit your work. Because of the volume of submissions, those that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.
What to include:
  • a one-page synopsis, character breakdown, and playwright bio
  • a development/production history of the submitted work (including date written and any readings, workshops, and full stagings)
  • a ten-page sample of the work
  • three audio recordings of music, twelve minutes total, if it’s a musical

How to submit

Please send all of the above items as a single document in pdf format to frankie@diversionary.org. For music, please send the items in mp3 format or include a link to be accessed. No physical submissions sent to the theatre will be considered.

“A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.”― Truman Capote

Submission FAQ

Find answers to common questions about submitting work to Diversionary Theatre. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us below and we’ll be happy to help!

Is my work LGBTQIA+ enough to be considered?

Part of Diversionary’s mission is to tell the story of the LGBTQIA+ community, which we accomplish by considering works that have queer characters, themes, or are by queer playwrights. If at least one of these three applies, submit away!

My work is not full-length! Do you accept short plays?

We do not currently accept short plays for consideration. If you have an evening of short plays that are meant to be performed together as a unit, we can consider that as a full-length. Consider them as a whole and follow the same guidelines above.

How long will it take before I hear back from you?

We get a lot of submissions. It may take up to 12 months to respond and let you know whether we would like to see the full piece or not.

Should I follow up with you?

While your enthusiasm is very much appreciated, we are doing our best to respond in a timely manner and would prefer no follow ups after your initial submission. Rest assured, your submission will be reviewed as our scheduling allows, and we will be in touch. 

Can I resubmit work?

If you submitted a piece before December of 2014, please resubmit following the new guidelines. Once a work has been submitted in that format, please do not resubmit the work. If you have any uncertainty about the quality of your piece, we encourage you to attend a Wordplay Tuesdays meeting and get feedback from your peers and other professional playwrights so that you’re only submitting the most refined version of your piece to us. 

Will I get feedback on my submission?

While we wish we could give feedback to everyone who makes a submission, due to the volume of submissions and the limited size of our staff, we are unable to provide feedback. However, we encourage you to attend a Wordplay Tuesdays meeting which is a free workshop where playwrights come together and share their work and provide feedback, encouragement, and ideas on how to turn your work into the best version of your vision. 

What happens next?

We will be in touch regardless of if your piece is accepted or not. If we would like to see the full-length work, we will request it from you. Again, this could take up to 12 months, so please be patient when awaiting a response. Rest assured we will be in contact with you again to follow up.

We know the (often overwhelming) time and effort the submission process takes for playwrights, and we appreciate your hard work and wish you the best in all your endeavors. For that reason, we will be in touch regardless of our decision, as we respect your time just as you respect ours.

Thank you for considering Diversionary Theatre for your submission!

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Garfield Center for the Arts Short Attention Span Theatre


Deadline: March 27, 2023 at 11:59 PM


Here is our play selection process:

We are seeking scripts for 10-minute plays.

Non-LPS members may submit up to two 10-minute plays.

Submissions are anonymized and then read by our panel of judges.

Our panel of judges selects a number of submitted plays which are then offered to our group of directors.

You can see which plays made it through to directors on the SAST info page

Our directors select from this list (in addition to a list of published plays).

We will announce our final selections by June 1st.

Questions? Email sastplays@garfieldcenter.org

Good luck & get to typing

Mark Sullivan
SAST 2023 Executive Producer

SPELLBINDER A Quarterly Literary and Art Magazine submission guidelines


Deadline: none listed

Once you have read the guidelines below, you can submit your work through our submission form.

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

Compulsory Submission Guidelines:

Your submission will be considered invalid if you do not adhere to the following guidelines. One submission is permitted per quarterly. This means that you may only enter your work into one category. Your submission will be considered for the upcoming issue only.

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

We do not consider previously published or self-published submissions. This includes work that is on sale and/ or displayed on websites/ social media channels at the time of submission.

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

We do not accept work containing gratuitous/ offensive language, erotic detail, radical/ overly didactic religious or political commentary.

Written Work Guidelines:


Your submission will be considered invalid if you do not adhere to the following guidelines. Works must be written primarily in English. Translations are acceptable and should be accompanied by a copy of the original text.

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

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


We really appreciate it if you adhere to the following instructions, but it is not essential for you to do so.All works should be typed in 12 point font and single-spacing.
Centre your title and number the pages of your document.

Compulsory Category Guidelines:

Your submission will be considered invalid if you do not adhere to the following guidelines.

Your work should not exceed more than 10% of the maximum total word/ line/ page count, as detailed below.

We are unable to read more than the permitted number of works per category. 


Stage plays Maximum of 5 pages of A4 content.

Note: Monologues are welcome.

Important information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 20, 2023

Go Try PlayWrite March 2023


Deadline: March 31, 2023


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

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

The prompt for the month of March 2023 is: Something a little different. Write an extended stage direction, no more than 8 pages, that you consider impossible to execute on stage. For example, Ibsen's play, When We Dead Awaken, ends with an avalanche carrying two characters to their death.

Best of luck

The NoSleep Podcast submission guidelines


Deadline: none given

Here at The NoSleep Podcast, we love nothing more than hearing from up-and-coming or seasoned horror writers who’d like to work with us. We want you to frighten us and mess with our heads, so we in turn can terrify our listeners. As such, we’ve prepared a handy list of submissions guidelines to get your relationship with our show started. We welcome and encourage a broad, diverse range of submissions from all across the horror genre, and can’t wait to read the spine-tingling tales you send us.

We’d love to see more script submissions, as these have proven to work very well on the show. Scripts should ideally last between 20 and 40 minutes, and star 2 or more characters, with more being preferable. Please include a word count with your script, and a spoiler-free list of characters with speaking roles. If you’re new to scriptwriting and you’d like an example of how to structure and format an audio-only script, you can download an example. 

Please make sure your script is written as an audio drama. We can’t adapt scripts written as a screenplay, or scripts that heavily feature visual cues. Anything not written in an audio drama format will not be accepted.

Submissions are handled by our team of editors, who upon your story being selected will work with you to ensure your story is primed for audio adaptation.

This email is for story submissions only. Submissions or inquiries about art, voice acting, or contributing to the podcast in some other form should not be sent here. The editors don’t handle that side of the podcast and won’t be able to answer your questions.

Please email submissions to: submissions@thenosleeppodcast.com

In the body of your email please include the title and exact word count of the story.

Please send submissions as an editable attachment.
Microsoft Word documents are preferable. Please do not submit your story or script as a .PDF file as we cannot edit or annotate it easily. Anything submitted as a .PDF file will be automatically rejected.

Please do not submit your story by pasting the text into the body of your submission email.
This breaks the formatting of your story and makes it exceptionally hard to read, requiring us to reformat your story ourselves just to be able to assess it. Any submissions received in this manner without an attachment will be automatically rejected.

Please double check that your story is actually attached to your email.

If your story submission has been posted online at any point, please provide us with a link so we can share the text version with our listeners.

Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, any submissions that don’t follow our requirements will be automatically rejected.
Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines carefully before submitting in order to receive a response from our team.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

2023 St. John's Short Play Festival


Deadline: April 28, 2023

St. Johns, Newfoundland Canada


St. John's Shorts welcomes submissions from artists and groups (production companies or other artist groups) for the 2023 St. John's Short Play Festival. Please submit your short performance piece (30 minutes or less) by April 28th, 2023. Experimental ideas and works in progress are also welcomed and encouraged.*

The festival will run from September 6th-16th, 2023 at the LSPU Hall in St. John's, NL. 

Each participating artist/group is responsible for producing their own piece and promoting the festival as a whole. Volunteer opportunities will be available at the orientation meeting in June for accepted artists/groups. St. John’s Shorts will provide each participating production: the venue, two performances (minimum), a tech rehearsal, box office management, a Festival Coordinator & Technical Director, professional development workshops, marketing support, the festival budget, and final financial reports. 

St. John's Shorts has a zero-tolerance policy for any and all hateful or oppressive content. St. John's Shorts reserves the right to remove any production(s) at ANY time during the submission/selection process and active festival period in conflict with this policy at the discretion of the Board. 

If selected, the following items are due on May 20th, 2023:

1) A copy of your detailed synopsis/plan for your production, along with content and trigger warnings.

2) Proof of performing rights for published works (if applicable).

3) A $200 registration fee.

Successful applicants will be chosen via a lottery system. (5 shows will be curated this season).

For information about St. John's Shorts, please visit our website (www.shortplaystjohns.ca) or contact sjshorts709@gmail.com if you have questions or concerns about this form, the submission process, or the 2022 festival in general. 

*Previous presentations at the Short Play Festival have included:

- Dance/Movement Theatre

- Improv 

- Sketch Comedy

- Puppet Shows

- Multimedia Performances

- Staged Readings

- Good Ol' Plays

- And much more!

Basically, if you think it belongs in the theatre, apply!

Fade to Black Festival 2023 seeks work by African-American playwrights


Deadline: April 1, 2023 12 Midnight CMT

Submit by uploading pdf of original work:

𝑻𝒆𝒏-𝑴𝒊𝒏𝒖𝒕𝒆 𝑷𝒍𝒂𝒚𝒔

1. Playwright must be the sole author of the submitted work.

2. Playwright must publicly and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.

3. Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).

4. Play must run no longer than 10 minutes long on stage, but no shorter than 8 minutes. (Conduct informal readings to ensure).

5. Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.

6. Play must not be a musical.

7. Play must not be written for children or youth.

8. Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.

9. Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons.

10. Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.

11. Play must not be a film. Screenplays/Scripts written for television or cinema will not be accepted.

12. Play should be "stand-alone", a separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.

13. Author must be at least 18 years of age.

14. Play must be submitted in a PDF format.


1. Playwright must be the sole author of the submitted work.

2. Playwright must publicly and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.

3. Monologue must run no longer than 3 minutes long on stage, but no shorter than 1 minute.

4. Monologue should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.

5. Monologue must not be a musical.

6. Monologue must not be written for children or youth.

7. Monologue must not be a film. Screenplays/Scripts written for television or cinema will not be accepted.

8. Author must be at least 18 years of age.

9. Monologue must be submitted in a PDF format.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Left Coast Theater anthology: "Closets are for Clothes."


Deadline: March 18, 2023 - 11:59 PM PDT


We are currently accepting submissions for a staged reading of our next anthology, Closets are for Clothes.

Be they literal or metaphorical, many queer folk have had to navigate a closet or two. But we love when people live their lives open and proud! Closets aren’t for lives; they’re for clothes (and maybe the occasional skeleton). This will be an anthology of 6 or 7 pieces written about navigating the closets in our lives. While we love a good queer coming out story, we encourage writers to think outside the box with this theme.

There is no limit on the number of scripts any one playwright may submit; however, each script must be submitted separately.

Please submit your script by 11:59pm on Sat, 3/18

Chosen scripts will be part of a staged reading in May.

To submit your script (see formatting requirements below), please click the FILL OUT FORM link at the top of the page and complete our submission form.

We want to see your scripts!

But we do have rules. Submissions must adhere to the following requirements in order to be read and considered for inclusion in Closets are for Clothes.

Play Requirements:Play must not have been previously produced in the Bay Area;
Play must fit the theme of the show;
No more than four (4) characters;
Simple and minimal set pieces and props;
No more than 15 pages, or the equivalent of 10-15 minutes in length. Please do not submit longer scripts – they will not be read;

Scripts must be submitted in the following format:Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt;
1” margins on all sides;
Stage directions in parentheses and indented 2.5” from the left and 1” from the right;
Character names indented 3” from the left;
Dialogue is not indented either on the left or the right;
Include complete contact information on the front page as noted. This will allow us to notify you whether your play has been selected;
Include a one-paragraph synopsis of the plot of the play as shown in the template.

Two Good Dogs 'Dare to Dream' Play Festival 2023 seeks plays from NYC-based playwrights


Deadline: March 30, 2023

We are proud to announce our first playwright development opportunity, Two Good Dogs 'Dare to Dream' Play Festival, 2023, fostering New York City playwrights and performance artists. In our annual festivals we promote plays that call upon voices and experiences rooted in historically marginalized communities. TGD Productions is a New York-based non-profit theater company that provides inclusive opportunities for a diverse group of artists to create, collaborate, engage, and practice their craft.


After a prolonged period of online theater and distanced life, TGD mounted a highly successful production of the play Jericho in June 2022. In 2023, TGD aims to re-ignite local playwrights by sustaining their development from first ideas to a finished performance or script. Following a submission and selection process, TGD will showcase playwright finalists through live staged performances and readings that reflect the state of affairs in our city and our nation in our Two Good Dogs ‘Dare to Dream’ Play Festival, June 2023.

TGD will provide the selected invitees:A development process designed to support the playwright.
Guest actors, directors, and playwrights to assist, including in person table reads, scene work and feedback.

One guaranteed reading at Theatre 71, New York City, as part of the TGD "Festival" in spring 2023. Actors from TGD’s troupe will participate, and Director(s) will guide the production. Moreover, if your play is selected as one of three finalists, your play will be fully staged by TGD on the final day of the festival.

TGD’s ticketing, professional marketing and audience engagement to ensure wide distribution.
Each finalist will receive a $500 award as Two Good Dogs ‘Dare to Dream’ Play Festival Finalist, 2023.


Submissions are restricted to New York City residents 18 years or older. 

Entries (one per playwright) must be based on your original work. The work cannot have been published or produced in a venue where admission was charged before April 1, 2023. Prior staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.


We are looking for diverse, character-driven stories with thoughtful consideration for those with a unique story to tell. (No musicals.) Plays must be between 15-30 minutes in length (about 10 - 25 pages) that have not been produced.

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2023

Please submit plays in PDF or Word .doc or .docx format only.

Submit all materials through the TGD website www.tgdproductionsinc.com @TGDProductionsinc




Deadline: March 30. 2023

Register by submitting up to a 200-word synopsis (not a sample) of a 10-30 min play that speaks to the TGD mission statement “plays that call upon the voices and experiences rooted in historically marginalized communities.”

In addition to a synopsis, submit a final or preliminary 10 to 25 pages draft of the play in standard play script formatting.


Deadline: April 15, 2023

Based on your synopsis submission, you may be invited to expand your concept into a completed 10-30 page one-act play. A development process designed to support the playwright/performer will follow, where guest actors, directors, and playwrights will assist, including in person table reads, scene work and feedback.


June, 2023 (dates TBD)

Actors and directors will be provided through TGD for one 'off-book' performance or enhanced staged reading of the selected plays. Playwrights will be required to attend the first rehearsal in the month of May. Judging will occur and finalists will have an encore performance. Each finalist will receive a $500 award selected as judges' favorites.

Staging note: The planned number of performers should not exceed 4, and please consider the feasibility of your staging for a 'black box' staging (e.g., minimal props, sound effects, and lighting.)

Other Requirements:

There are no fees for any aspect of submission or staging. In return, TGD Productions requests the option to produce a staged reading of your work as part of its 2023 Festival season royalty free.

TGD Productions will provide the selected festival invitees ticketing, promotion, and marketing of their work.

Please submit all materials through the TGD Festival 2023 website www.tgdproductionsinc.com

Questions? Email us through the website.

Friday, March 17, 2023



Deadline: April 5, 2023

FRESH WORDS-AN INTERNATIONAL LITERARY MAGAZINE is open for submissions for its Special One Minute Plays Anthology titled 'Et tu, Brute?' (Volume 2) . Please send all submissions todramaanthologyfreshwords@gmail.com as per the following guidelines:

1. The play should be in line with the symbolic, metaphoric and literary meaning of 'Et tu, Brute?'.

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

3. Maximum 3 submissions.

4. The length of the plays should be decided by the playwright, keeping in mind that the performance time should not exceed 1 minute.

5. Also send a synopsis of the work.

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

7. Submission deadline: April 5, 2023. (The selected playwrights will be informed on or before April 10th, 2023 through email.).

8. Mention YOUR NAME followed by 'SUBMISSION FOR Et tu, Brute? (Volume 2) ANTHOLOGY ' in the subject line of your email

General Guidelines:

1. All submissions must contain a cover letter and a short literary profile (about 50 words) of playwright in third person narrative.

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

3. The author should mention:

Legal Name:

Pen name (if any):

Snail mail address:

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

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

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Fishamble currently accepting plays

Deadline: April 30, 2023

​​Fishamble welcomes submissions of new, original, dramatic work, and appreciates the imagination, time, and effort that goes into writing a play.

Please limit your submissions to two plays per submission window.

We aim to reply to all submissions within 6 months. ​​

In 2021, Fishamble moved its script submissions system online. We hope, by doing this, to:
  • discover new voices;
  • allow greater accessibility;
  • offer some thoughts and guidance as to how best develop your play;
  • where appropriate, offer some thoughts as to how you might pursue your writing/project further.​
Fishamble seeks to tell stories of Ireland, and to engage with a wide range of communities, through discovering, developing and producing plays by Irish writers, and writers living on the island of Ireland. It aims to explore contemporary Ireland through bringing a diverse range of voices to the stage.

Fishamble is committed to gender equality and produces equal number of plays by men and women, as well as engaging with works by non-binary writers.

Fishamble is committed to inclusion and diversity in supporting and commissioning artists without regard to race, religion, colour, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, neurodiversity, physical disability, linguistic background, socio-economic status.

Finally, Fishamble aims to facilitate the development of new Irish plays, and welcomes work written either entirely in Irish, or that engage meaningfully with the language.

You can read Fishamble's Gender Equality & Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policies here.

​​For further information on Fishamble’s various dramaturgical and artist support programmes, please visit our Artists Supports page, or email Gavin at gavin@fishamble.com.

If you encounter problems with the online submission system, please email Ronan at submissions@fishamble.com for assisstance.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

The Dramatists Guild End of End of Play.® starts April 1


Registration Form

The Dramatists Guild of America is very pleased to announce the fourth annual national playwriting month, End of Play.®

Starting April 1, 2023, participating playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists will be challenged to write a brand new play or musical, or revise an old draft. Through a combination of community building events, motivation, and that all important deadline, DG hopes to inspire countless new works.

End of Play.® is an annual initiative, created by the Dramatists Guild, to incentivize the completion of new plays, scores, or songs over the period of one month. Since the launch of End of Play.® back in 2020, hundreds of participants from all over the world have connected with one another, uniting to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of creating new theatrical work.

Each year, writers set goals for themselves at the beginning of End of Play.® month and share their weekly progress with the community. Goals may include writing a new full-length play/musical, two one-act plays/musicals, or completing a second draft of any of the above. Ultimately, the aim of End of Play.® is to get writers to the finish line with inspirational prompts, motivational events, and the support of their End of Play.® community.

How Do I Participate?

The next round of End of Play.® starts April 1, 2023. (Pens up on April 1; pens down on April 30!) Sign up using the registration form below.

Want to get more involved? Take your End of Play.® experience one step further, and become a Volunteer Event Coordinator. Plan a kick-off party, a silent writing session, or another event of your choice for your End of Play.® community!

Fostering an artistic community is more important than ever before. Once you've signed up to participate in the End of Play.® writing challenge, help us spread the word! Share that you'll be doing End of Play.® on social media, using #EndOfPlay. Maybe you can even inspire a friend or two to join you on your End of Play.® journey!

Any questions can be directed to Lily Dwoskin or Jordan Stovall.

Tips for Participating in End of Play.®:

Considering joining End of Play.®? If you have a new play or musical brewing in your mind, End of Play.® is the perfect time to start working on your draft. Here are some tips to consider between now and “Pens Up!” on April 1 to help you make the most of your End of Play.® writing experience.

1. Plan an achievable writing goal. Only you know the full extent of your time, availability, and resources. Perhaps you'd like to spend the month creating a draft of a new full length play (or two one-act plays), or composing a fully notated new song, or revising an existing draft of your play or musical. Maybe you'll only have time to draft the first act of your play or to sketch out the melody for your song. That's great too. No goal is too lofty or too small for your End of Play.® month of writing.

2. Know what you would like to write about. It's always helpful to have an overarching theme to explore or a question to keep in mind when you embark upon a new project. If you're stuck, find a friend with whom to trade writing prompts and exercises that will help spark your creativity. Or, you could read through some online issues of The Dramatist magazine to get your creative juices flowing.

3. Set yourself up for success by proactively protecting your work. The business side of writing can seem daunting and distant when you're just beginning a new project, but it's always good to think about the future of your work. If you're planning to write your play, musical, or song with a collaborator, be sure to check out the Dramatists Guild collaboration agreements for plays and for musicals.

4. Get to know the world of your play. If it’s helpful, begin the outlining process, or do some character development exercises, so that you are familiar with your plot and protagonist before you dive into End of Play.® month.

5. Find your optimal writing spot. Do you enjoy curling up with a pen and a notebook under a leafy tree? Are you most excited to write when you're poring over your laptop in the midst of a bustling cafe? Perhaps you gravitate towards the familiar surroundings of home when you want to really focus on your writing projects? Choose a comfortable writing place, or several comfortable writing places, where you know that you'll be able to do your best work.

6. Don't forget about self care. We encourage you to get some nice writing equipment, some delicious snacks for your writing breaks, and maybe a stress ball to squeeze when your hand cramps up from all that writing. Treat yourself to whatever will relax you as you take on this writing challenge. You deserve it!

7. Keep yourself accountable. How will you make sure that you stick to your writing goals for the month? Will you reward yourself after you write a certain number of pages each week? Will you make a donation to your favorite charity when you finish your draft? Will you check in with a writing friend to help keep them accountable too? There is no right or wrong way to stay accountable throughout the month. You should do whatever works best for you.

8. Plan to participate in the Guild's End of Play.® events. Check out our National Silent Writing page to see if there is an upcoming session that will work with your schedule. Take a look at our End of Play.® Events page to find regional events are happening near you, and register for any upcoming events that might be of interest!
(Don’t see any events for your area? Consider registering to become an End of Play.® Volunteer Event Coordinator, and organize your own local event.)

9. Keep a positive outlook. Get ready to challenge yourself, bring your writing to new heights, and join in on the fun!

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 






Stonecoast Review is open for submissions


Deadline:  April 5, 2023

Submissions are only accepted through Submittable

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

Our staff is a group of volunteers, all either alumni of the Stonecoast MFA Program or current students. Most of our staff have experience working on numerous Stonecoast Review issues as well as working for other literary journals. We rely upon donations to cover advertising, website, and printing costs. To support the Stonecoast Review, please consider donating or purchasing a copy from stonecoastreview.org!

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

Fiction and Pop (Genre) Fiction: Limit submissions to 5,000 words or fewer.
Creative Nonfiction: Limit submissions to 5,000 words or fewer.
Poetry: Limit submissions to 3 poems, with no more than 50 lines each.
Dramatic Works: Limit submissions to 12 or fewer pages.

The Ridgedale One Act Festival


Deadline: March 31, 2023
Troy, Michigan

Ridgedale Players is proud to announce the Ridgedale One Act Festival, a new playwright-development opportunity. Writers of all backgrounds are invited to submit their original scripts to be produced during the festival. Deadline to submit is March 31st!

Submission Guidelines:
  • Plays should be no longer than 10 minutes
  • Title Page should include the play title and the playwright’s namePlaywright’s name should not appear anywhere else on the script
  • Cast of Characters should include names of characters with a brief description.
  • Play should have minimal sets and no more than 3 characters
  • Play should be submitted as a PDF with the following title scheme: LASTNAME_PLAYTITLE
  • Limit of 2 entries per playwright
  • All plays must be submitted by March 31st, 2023 to (oneacts@ridgedaleplayers.com) (There is no entry fee)
The six selected plays will be performed by Ridgedale Players Friday, July 14th, and Saturday, July 15th.

Please reach out to oneacts@ridgedaleplayers.com with any questions.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Rice Paper submission guidelines



SUBMISSION FORM: PDF Name_Theme_Genre or DOCx Name_Theme_Genre

Please complete the above submission form and send it with your submission to submission@ricepapermagazine.ca

We ask for First North American Serial Rights (FNASR) should your work be accepted for publication. Authors retain all rights to their work after publication. We also ask that you grant us permission to archive your work online at ricepapermagazine.ca

We request that authors acknowledge their work’s first publication in Ricepaper Magazine if it is reprinted elsewhere.

As we are a volunteer-run publication, we are unable to provide financial remuneration for submissions.


Asian writers of all cultural backgrounds are encouraged to submit non-fiction articles, stories, poems, and profiles relatable to Asian Canadians, many of whom are global citizens with ties to other parts of the world.

We focus on showcasing creative writing by Asian Canadians and material containing diverse characters, stories and/or themes pertinent to the broad Asian Canadian population. That said, we are open to accepting submissions from Asian writers around the globe so long as we can see a link between the content and an aspect of the Asian Canadian experience. Canada is home to people from all kinds of backgrounds. We can usually find a connection.


Ricepaper accepts unsolicited creative writing in the following genres: poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Literary and Creative Writing (3000 words or less):

Previously unpublished short fiction, poetry (a limit of 3 poems per call), comics, play excerpts, and translated works

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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

The School Magazine submission guidelines


Deadline: ongoing

The School Magazine is open for submissions from writers, illustrators, comic serial creators and cartoonists.

The editors are seeking quality children’s literature for ages 7-12+. Submit stories, plays, articles, persuasive texts or poetry.

High quality stories, poems, plays, activities and non-fiction texts suitable for our readership are invited for all four levels. All material must have strong literary qualities.

  • Plays should be easy-to-stage scripts for large groups of students to perform, although plays for smaller casts are also welcome.
  • Scripts should have literary qualities in characterisation, language and plot.
  • Generally a maximum of 1500 words (fewer for younger readers).

  • The School Magazine endeavours to reply to submissions within 30 days. However, due to the quantity received, this means that the process can sometimes take some time.
  • We require non-exclusive, ongoing print and digital rights to this material, and that you agree to give The School Magazine first right to publish. Please note that you retain copyright. Your submission of a manuscript means that you accept these terms.
  • The School Magazine reserves the right to edit manuscripts according to house style and the needs of the magazine.
  • The School Magazine pays on publication. We pay a repeat fee at half price, if a piece is reused in a printed version of the magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work.
    • We pay $0.50c per word for fiction, articles and plays.
    • We pay for poetry: 1-12 lines is $55; 13-24 lines is $105; 25-40 lines is $170, and over 40 lines is $230.
  • We send two complimentary copies of the magazine to the authors of work in that magazine.
  • Our mission has always been to ensure fair and equitable access to quality literature for all primary school-aged children since 1916.

Black Latino Playwrights Celebration


Deadline: April 15, 2023

Submission Form

The Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration is a workshop and showcase featuring the work of student and professional Black and Latino playwrights.

Celebrating the voices of Black and Latino Playwrights by work shopping new plays in collaboration with professional directors, actors, and university students.

Notification of selected writers by June 30, 2023. Play scripts may be delivered by regular mail, in person or using this submission form. Include a stamped self-addressed envelope if you wish your manuscript returned. 

Send manuscripts to:
Department of Theatre & Dance | Texas State University
601 University Drive San Marcos, Texas 78666
ATTN: Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration

Monday, March 13, 2023

NYCPlaywrights advisory ~ call for submissions deadlines

Playwrights please note: although calls for submissions are sometimes posted on NYCPlaywrights with deadlines, be aware that many theater organizations do not consider these firm deadlines. They may have unpublicized maximum submission limits and may decide days, weeks, even months ahead of the publicized deadline to close the submission window. 

Some organizations will notify NYCPlaywrights when they close their submission window early - but some do not and NYCPlaywrights does not have the resources to continually check the groups' websites for news of changes to submission deadlines. If you have found an opportunity published on NYCPlaywrights and discover it is closed before the publicized deadline, please let us know by dropping us a line at info@nycplaywrights.org

So basically, you're better off sending your script earlier than later. Don't assume you have until the initially published deadline to polish your submission. 

If you have thoughts on theater organizations practices and you'd like to share, we're happy to publicize your thoughts - signed or anonymously. Send to info@nycplaywrights.org


Teatri Riflessi International Short Play Festival ~ 8th edition


Deadline: March 23, 2023 MIDNIGHT (Italian time)


Teatri Riflessi International Short Play Festival is a festival centred on a core event: a short play competition, no matter the genre: theatre, dance, or performance. The competition aims at promoting the expression of contemporary languages, hinging on the form of short plays—playlets and short pieces—encouraging dialogues and exchange between the performing arts and various participants—geographically, culturally, and artistically diverse.

The event takes place at the public park in Zafferana Etnea, in the Amphitheatre ‘Falcone & Borsellino’ from 13 to 15 July 2023. The artistic committee of the festival will select 10 short plays, lasting around 15 minutes. The selected participants will perform as semifinalists on Thursday, 13, and Friday, 14 July. The announced finalists will perform again on Saturday, 15 July 2023. The deadline for submissions is on 23 March 2023 at midnight (Italian time).

Teatri Riflessi 8 is a festival focused on short plays: live performances lasting around 15 minutes, with no distinction in terms of dramaturgy and genre. Each short play ought to have its completeness and needs to last approximately 15 minutes, being 20 minutes the maximum length within which the play must be presented, prepared, set up, performed, removed, and people eventually thanked. Therefore, the participants need to manage their time on stage in order not to exceed the compulsory threshold of 20 minutes, even when the actual duration of the piece might be longer than 15 minutes. Based on the materials submitted and the programme of the evenings, 10 short plays will be selected and will receive a cachet of € 500.00 and a potential additional reimbursement for travel expenses both issued by the Municipality of Zafferana Etnea (cf. Art. 4, Art. 5.1, and Art. 6.3).


The theme selected by the IterCuture for Teatri Riflessi 8 is OTHERNESS: it will be the common thread for the cultural and artistic activities of the festival. Adherence to the theme, as personally interpreted by each author and performer, will be taken into account for the selection. Participants can tackle and deal with the theme as they wish and are asked to clarify the connection in the participation form.


The competition consists of two semifinals (on Thursday, 13, and Friday, 14 July 2023) and a final (on Saturday, 15 July 2023) held at the Amphitheatre ‘Falcone e Borsellino’ in the Public Park in Zafferana Etnea (CT). The finalists will be determined thanks to the assessment of the Technical Jury of the Semifinals. The Best Short Play ⁠– Teatri Riflessi 8 will be determined by the votes of the Technical Jury of the Final, the Press Jury, the Jury of Cultural Operators, and the Youth Jury. The evaluation expressed will be weighted as follows: 50% Technical Jury, 20% Press, 15% Cultural Operators, and 15% Youth Jury. All evaluations take place on a digital platform.

The competition is the core event of Teatri Riflessi 8: many are the activities and events that will take place during the festival such as forums and round table discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and installations.

Entrance to Teatri Riflessi 8 is free of charge.



Determined during the semifinals by the Boards and awarded at the end of the final, the winning short plays will receive a contribution of €400.00 for each category. The Technical Jury of the Semifinals will consist of experts, artists, and theatre and festival directors assessing the semifinalists to award the prizes listed below. The decision of the Jury is incontestable.


The Artistic Direction has established three optional prizes for the Best Original Script in Italian, the Best Original Script in a Foreign Language, and the Best Dance Dramaturgy. Each prize consists of a reimbursement of €400.00 for the best author or authors of an original script or dramaturgy. Each of these prizes is proclaimed by a specific Board consisting of experts in the sector. An author can compete for the prize only if regularly registered for the competition. Mendacious or incomplete communications might determine the disqualification of the contestant from the optional prizes. These three prizes will be awarded if at least three short plays are competing in the same category. Nevertheless, the Boards can decide to proclaim a prize even with less than three competing short plays if a script or dramaturgy appears to be particularly deserving.


IterCulture has established an award for Best Direction consisting of a reimbursement of €400.00 for the short play with the most deserving direction and manifesting exquisite originality, immediacy, and eloquence.


IterCulture has established an award for the Best Interpretation consisting of a reimbursement of €400.00 for the performer or cast, whose interpretation is considered the most deserving. All performers are evaluated during the semifinals. The award is dedicated to a friend and former member of IterCulture, Valentina Nicosia: cheerful, energetic, and irreplaceable point of reference for the artists until 2015.

Sixth Annual Ivoryton Women Playwrights Festival seeks one-act plays


Deadline: June 1, 2023


The Ivoryton Playhouse have announced its Sixth Annual Ivoryton Women Playwrights Festival. They are seeking submissions of one-act plays by women playwrights.

The IWPF provides the 4 writers whose work is chosen, paid travel to Ivoryton and housing while here, 3 days of intensive workshops with a director and actors for play development and participation in a staged reading festival that will take place October 25-28, 2023. Writers will also receive a $500 stipend.

Ten minute plays are acceptable, and all plays must run no more than one hour.

The theatre will be accepting completed manuscripts by email only until June 1st, 2023.

Interested playwrights should email a completed manuscript, (for musicals include a script and links to music), with name and contact info.

The Ivoryton Women Playwrights' Festival is also seeking resumes from directors (CT residents only), and those interested in being readers, both men and women.

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize 2023


Deadline: April 30, 2023

The Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize is now open for submission of short and full-length plays with topics concerning the LBGTQ+ community, including love, diversity and identity in a time of gender fluidity.

We are willing to accept both full-length plays and short plays. We accept plays already represented.

€1000 awarded to two best plays (one in English and one in Italian) and special jury mentions on mutliple categories.

The aware ceremony will take place in September 2023 in Milan.

Send your submission to info@premiocarloannoni.eu.

Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival at Pablo Center One-Act New Plays Workshop


Deadline: May 1, 2023


As an integral part of this new festival, Pablo Center is proud to introduce Improbable Fiction: A New Works series. Playwrights from across the region and country are invited to submit one-act plays in one of three categories: “Young Voices” (for writers ages 16-24), “Diverse Perspectives (for writers who identify as BIPOC), or “Shakes-pired” (for works inspired by or an homage to Shakespeare and his plays). Through a blind adjudication process, the festival will select three playwrights to showcase their talent and creative writing through the workshop and provide a stipend of $1,500 for each script selected.

Submission Deadline: May 1st, 2023

Notification of Selected Plays: Mid-May 2023

Entry Fee: None

Stipend per script selected: $1,500

What is it?: A single one-act play from each of the three categories will be chosen to be workshopped and staged as an integral part of the 2023 season of the Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival. The categories are as follows:

● Young Voices: Playwrights between the ages of 16 and 24

● Diverse Perspectives: Playwrights who self-identify as BIPOC.

● Shakes-pired: A new work that is inspired by, derived from, or an homage to Shakespeare, his plays, and/or his characters

Each selected play will be assigned a director, stage manager, actors, and dramaturg and/or writing coach, and be workshopped in collaboration with the playwright over the summer months, culminating in a public performance (fully-staged or a staged reading).

● Please include a synopsis of your play in 50-100 words.

● Plays should run no fewer than 15 minutes, or more than 45 minutes in length.

● Plays must be typed in standard play format.

● Plays must not have been previously produced or published.

● Plays shall be full complete works, not a scene or act from a larger work or work-in-progress.

● The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere in the script.

● Include two title pages: One title page should contain a) the name of your play, and b) your name, address, phone number, and email address. The second title page should include only the title of your play, as this will be a blind read.

● Production criteria include scripts able to be produced with open staging and minimal design/technical support for a 400-seat black box theater. Scripts not fitting this criteria may be considered, but may be given a staged reading versus a full production.

● Playwrights retain full rights to all works submitted. However, WSF shall be named as “first produced”

● Selected plays will have a production mounted in late July 2023 at Pablo Center at the Confluence’s Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival with one public performance each.

● Playwrights are encouraged to attend rehearsals either via Zoom or in-person and collaborate with the director – the purpose is to both help the playwright to fine tune the script and the director to collaborate on a new script.

● Playwrights are requested to attend the performance of their work, either in person or via zoom and participate in a post-show discussion.

Submission process:

Please fill out this form with your submission: bit.ly/WSFimprobablefiction2023

Any questions should be directed to: Katherine Bauer at wsf@pablocenter.org with the subject line, “NEW WORKS QUESTIONS"

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.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Balance Arts Center Performance Showcase


Deadline: March 27, 2023 at 5pm EST


Join us this May for the BAC Performance Showcase in support of performing artists in NYC! There will be two shows taking place at the Balance Arts Center in Midtown: Saturday May 6th at 7pm and Sunday May 7th at 2pm. 

Each artist will have up to 15 minutes of performance time 

There is a no application fee!

The BAC will curate the performances

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

Accepted applicants will receive:

One 2 hour rehearsal in the performance space

A lighting/tech rehearsal on the day of the performance (3 internal cues max)

Reduced space rental fee at the Balance Arts Center as space is available (15% discount)

Showcase Specifications:

Performance Running Time: 15 minute max

Minimal props requested

Piano, music stands, small speakers, black traveler, and projector are all available on site

No excessively loud music

No street shoes, percussion sets, animals, open flames, paint, liquids, glitter, beads, confetti, or food to be used in the performance

Click Here to learn more about the Balance Arts Center’s Karl Kemp Performance Space!

Application deadline is Monday, March 27th at 5pm EST

Applicants will be notified about their work being presented by April 5th

If you have any questions regarding the application process you can email us at info@balanceartscenter.com

Literature Today seeks one-minute plays for its April 2023 issue


Deadline: March 28, 2023

PLEASE SEND ALL SUBMISSIONS TO:  editorliteraturetoday@gmail.com 

Literature Today- an International Journal of Contemporary Literature is inviting submissions for April 2023 issue. The theme of our April 2023 issue is ' Relationships '. You can send us poems, short stories, memoirs and one minute plays on :

1. Man-Woman relationship.

2. Parent-child relationship.

3. Man's/Woman's relationship with animals.

4. Man's/Woman's relationship with birds.

5. Lover-beloved relationship.

6. Man's/Woman's relationship with God.

7. Man's/Woman's relationship with Machines.

8. Man's/Woman's relationship with trees.

9. Any other themes relating to relationships.

Submission Deadline: March 28, 2023

Friday, March 10, 2023

The 26th Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award


Deadline: May 1, 2023 
(or until we reach capacity)



This award was created in 1997 to honor the late Aurand Harris (1915-1996) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional theatre for young audiences.A panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board will administer this award. A staged reading of the prize-winning scripts will be held along with the Annual Excellence in Theatre Awards ceremony.

  • The contest is open to all playwrights and is for new full-length plays for young audiences. No musicals nor plays targeted at adult audiences
  • Plays submitted to the contest must not have beenpreviously published
  • submitted to NETC’s Gassner Playwriting Contest
  • previously produced by a professional or Equity company
  • Plays submitted which have had workshop productions or staged readings are eligible and encouraged.
  • Plays submitted to this contest may have been submitted to another playwriting contest, and may have previously won a prize or an award in another contest. However, such plays must not have been published or professionally produced and must not be under option for publication or professional production.
  • Playwrights may submit only ONE play to the contest in one year.
  • All pages of the script must be numbered in sequence, along with title of play, in upper right hand corner.
  • In the case of an adaptation from a book or any other source, permission from the original author is the responsibility of the playwright.


Will I receive a response that you received my submission?

An automatic confirmation will be sent. Individual emails about submissions will NOT be returned.

Can the play contain music?

All submissions MUST be plays. If your play contains 1-2 songs or snippets of songs, it will be accepted. If your play is written with music, it will NOT be accepted.

Can it be an adaptation of a book?


What format should it be uploaded in?

All submissions should be in PDF format ONLY

How should my play be labeled?

Name of play, name of playwright, email address, and contact phone number.

How many scripts can I submit?

You may submit ONE script per contest year.

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