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Sunday, April 30, 2023

The Vanguard Arts Fund Request for Proposals 2023-2024


Deadline: May 12, 2023

Vanguard Arts Fund applications are now open for Olney Theatre Center’s 2023-24 season. The Vanguard Arts Fund provides development support to diverse teams of artists interested in creating works - especially works that cross artistic disciplines - in a collaborative environment. From the seed of an idea for a new play, to a concept for a classic adaptation, to a first draft or first song of a musical, we provide intensive workshop time at various stages of the development process. We commit to these artistic teams in hopes of producing their work at Olney Theatre Center in a future season.

The Vanguard Arts Fund was launched in 2017 with a $350,000 endowment gift from the Eugene B. Casey Foundation; the Fund’s success in developing shows we’ve gone on to produce prompted the Foundation to add $1 million to the endowment in 2022.
What kind of projects are we looking for?

While OTC will consider text-based work that springs from the mind of a singular playwright, successful proposals for new work will more likely bring together more than one generative artist in an interdisciplinary fashion to explore new or classic stories. So, a director and videographer working on an off-beat immersive experience, or workshopping a new musical, or a number of designers or actors coming together with a playwright to devise something, or a playwright and director working jointly to create something, or a composer working with a bunch of musicians and a choreographer on an idea all are examples of exciting proposals. Directors, actors, playwrights, designers, stage managers - we want to hear from anyone with a great idea and a great plan to pursue their artistic visions.

We are committed to ensuring the majority of projects we fund are led by BIPOC generative artists, and intend to support at least one BIPOC-created musical each year.

At this time, we are only able to consider artists based in the United States.


Please send the following information as a single pdf to hallie@olneytheatre.org. We are accepting applications until May 12, 2023, and announcements will be made in June. Please include the following in your application: 
  • Project point of contact information (pronouns, email, phone number, city/state)
  • In 1-2 pages: About the Project
  • Point of View
  • At what stage of development is this project currently, and what is the project’s development history? 
  • In up to 1 page: What are your goals for a Vanguard Arts Fund workshop? How will this workshop support the development of this project?
  • How much time do you think you need to explore this project? 
  • The names and bios of the artists/collaborators involved in this project
  • Number of performers or other types of artists needed for a workshop (if known)
Any supporting materials (script drafts, song recordings, synopsis, orchestration, etc.)

How large are the support budgets for VAF projects?

Support for projects in the past has ranged from $2,500 to $15,000. However, support of up to $25,000 will be considered.

When do you need this and what’s the selection process?
This is the first year we are opening up the application process nationally. We are asking you to send proposals by May 12, 2023. Our selection process will be internal, with OTC’s full-time artistic staff. We’re going to aim to decide by June 30, 2023. Which will give us time to review, and ask questions if needed.

I have more questions.
Write to me, Hallie@olneytheatre.org

Saturday, April 29, 2023

We Who Wander seek 40-60 minute plays


Deadline: April 30, 2023

We Who Wander is an independent theatrical performance art ensemble with an emphasis on site-centric and new works. We aim to use unique performance spaces to investigate all avenues of theatrical expression, with a goal of developing and exploring the boundaries of the art-form. As a collective of young artists, our objective is to bring brave concepts to the forefront of theatrical expression. We aim to create a safe space for creative individuals of all backgrounds, so as to reach a greater understanding of expression through all walks of life. Be it through new pieces or new interpretations that encourage bold perspective.

To find out more follow us on Instagram @wewhowander.nyc and checkout our website https://wewhowanderperform.wixsite.com/we-who-wander

-Writers should submit one new 40-60 min play that has not been previous published or produced (readings and workshops are okay)

-Play must take place in one specific location (ex: church, garden, playground, office, the possibilities are endless but should stay in one location)

-submitters will be notified if their play was picked via email by mid-May

-stories written by and/or about meme era of the BIPOC and LBTQIA+ communities strongly encouraged

-playwright does not need to be onsite in NYC for production

Submissions are open now! Accepted until April 30th.

Submit via google form here


Friday, April 28, 2023

Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights 2024


Deadline: May 1, 2023

Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright (currently living in a state that contains the Appalachian Mountain Range— which, for our purposes, run from New York to Alabama.)


The plays must be set in the Appalachian region.
Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production.
Plays must be full length.
Plays must be submitted electronically.
Submission deadline: May 1, 2023

Please send play and a brief synopsis to: apfestival@bartertheatre.com

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Go Try Play Write April 2023


Deadline: April 30, 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 April 2023 is: Someone "mansplaining" something to someone else. Here's a rather simplistic example: a hammer explaining to a nail what it's like to be a nail.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Yorick Radio seeks radio play scripts for podcasts


Deadline:  April 30, 2023, Midnight (GMT)

Submit to Yorick

Please visit our Latest Episodes page and listen to some of our work to get an idea of the kinds of writing we enjoy the most. This will stand you in the best stead for being selected for publication on our podcast.

Yorick Radio Productions accepts the following original pieces of written work for publication on their podcast:

  • Prose Fiction and Non-Fiction (3000 word limit)
  • Flash fiction (1000 word limit)
  • Poetry (6 Poems of no more than 6 pages)
  • Radio Play Scripts (20 pages)
  • Critical Reviews of Books, Films or Plays (2000 words)

Although each of these categories is subject to its own word/length limit, we request that all of them follow the same presentation format. Please ensure that your document is typed in a .doc or .docx file, using a readable font such as Arial, Times New Roman, or Garamond in 12pttype size. The title of your writing should be centred in bold at the top of your document with your byline underneath. Please name your document using the following format: ‘TYPE – Full Author Name’.

Eg, ‘PROSE NON-FICTION – Joe Blogs’. For further information on how to format your submission, please look to https://www.shunn.net/format/story/1/ – Modern Manuscript Format.

We especially encourage work from people from underrepresented groups, such as people with physical or mental illnesses or disabilities; neurodivergent people; people of colour or people from minority ethnic communities; care-experienced people; people from low-income backgrounds; LGBTQIA+ people. Please note, that this is not a comprehensive list of the groups we consider to be underrepresented. If you identify with one of these, or any other underrepresented group, please let us know in your cover letter and your biography (if you’d feel comfortable to do so).

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us immediately if the story is accepted elsewhere. Occasionally, this may not affect us if the contact you sign with another publisher does not include rights to publish in audio format. If you are accepted elsewhere, we may ask you to send us a copy of your contract so that we can confirm this.

Previously published work is very welcome with us, subject to the rights established by your signed contract with other publishers.

Please only submit one piece of work at a time.

Our aim is to respond within 6 weeks after the closing date to let you know if we’d like to publish your work on our podcast. You can get in touch if you’ve not heard back from us after 10 weeks.

Submissions are free.

Please include a cover letter and a short third-person biography. If you are successful, we’ll read this out on our podcast alongside your work, to make sure you get the publicity you deserve. Make sure to include links to your social media and mention any other works of note that you’ve done.

We will consider any genre or subject, however, we ask authors to be sensitive and include content warnings if necessary. We will not publish erotica, graphic gore, or any material that promotes intolerance, hatred, or violence.

We are currently unable to pay our contributors, but we hope to be in a position to change this in the near future.


Prose Fiction and Non-Fiction –
We are looking for exciting, engaging stories, both real and imaginary, that piques our interest and sparks our imagination; that can make us think and laugh and wince and feel. We love pieces that are unique and present us with new angles, distinctive literary styles and different points of view. Your work can be in any genre, though we do ask for content warnings to be added where applicable. Have at, and show us what you’ve got!
Length Limit: 3000 words.

Flash fiction –
For our Flash fiction section, we want short stories that really pack a punch. If you’ve got something to say, or a tale to tell and are up to the challenge of doing it in 1000 words or less, then we’d love to hear from you. Your work can be in any genre, though we do ask for content warnings to be added where applicable.
Length Limit: 1000 words

Poetry –
Some writers find poetry a true challenge, while others can really paint their words into the perfect picture. If you’re one of those writers, send us your work. We love work that can make us see the world through different eyes, and change our perspective. It can be on any theme, as long as you provide the appropriate content warnings in your work.
Length Limit: 6 Poems of no more than 6 pages

Radio Play Scripts –
Write us a script and have our amazing cast of actors bring your work to life. This is what true power looks like: making strangers say anything you want! Make your audience laugh or cry (hopefully in a good way), or explore a new, exciting world through sound alone. Let’s see what you’ve got. Break a leg!
Length Limit: 20 pages

Critical Reviews of Books, Films or Plays –
We would say anything goes, but maybe not, according to you! There’s a lot of brilliant (and not so brilliant) work out there, and we have no doubt that you have your own opinions about them. We’d love to hear what you have to say about different media and what effect you think it’s had on its audience. Make it funny or fierce and let us have it!
Length Limit: 2000 words

Submit to Yorick!


Below is an example of a really simple cover letter. You can use this one or invent your own. There’s no need to write screeds, but it’s a good way to introduce yourself. Please also let us know if you are a regular listener to Yorick (you don’t have to be and this won’t affect your likelihood of being selected), and if you identify as part of any under-represented group of people.

Dear Mx. Beech,

Please find attached for your consideration my [wordcount]-word [category of writing], “[Story Title]”.

This work is previously published [where]/unpublished. It is/is not a simultaneous submission.

Thanks in advance for your time.

Yours sincerely,

[Your Name (pronouns if desired)]


It’s very much up to you what you’d like to say in your bio, but we know that a lot of people find this part a challenge. Here are some ideas for what to include: Where you’re from – we’ve published writers from across the world. We’d love to know how cosy our little literary world is becoming.
What you like to write – you’ve submitted work to us so clearly you love to write, but do you have one type of work you focus on, or do you dabble?
Any previous publications, prizes or writing merits – we love to let our listeners know how talented you are and publicise what you’re proud of.
A fun fact about yourself – although we like to know if you’ve been published before, we also like to know who you are as a person.
Where listeners can go to read more of your work – we want to make sure you get as much publicity as possible, so if you have a published work that they can buy, a dedicated website, or facebook or instagram, let us know.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Fairy Tale Review seeks dramas


Deadline: July 15, 2023

Founding Editor Kate Bernheimer will edit the twentieth annual issue of Fairy Tale Review. Vol. 20 will not have a theme. We are looking for your best new work. Please familiarize yourself with the contents of our print issues. Submissions will be accepted March 8, 2023 – July 15, 2023.

We ask that all submissions adhere to the following general guidelines:

All work must be submitted using our Submittable portal. We do not accept submissions via email or postal service.

Submissions must be previously unpublished, both in print and online. Submissions must be previously unpublished, both in print and online; work submitted that is part of a forthcoming book such as a story collection is eligible for consideration as long as the book in which it will appear has a publication date later than March 1, 2024.

Writers should submit only once in a given genre per submission period, unless encouraged to submit again by our editorial staff. Multiple submissions will go unread.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please note as such in your cover letter and withdraw the submission immediately if accepted elsewhere. Withdrawals can be done through Submittable. If you’ve submitted a packet of poems and must withdraw one but would like the rest to remain under consideration, please add a note to your submission in Submittable.

We welcome submissions directly from authors, agents, and book publishers; and we welcome book manuscripts under contract and with publication dates after March 1, 2024 from which we might select contents for first serial rights publication (whether poems, stories, essays, graphic novel, etc). Please email us with information and details if you are representing a forthcoming book you would like to offer us first serial rights that you hold or represent for that book.

We welcome multi-lingual work. For works that are not primarily in English, please include a translation of the non-English portion(s) if that will, in your view, support its accessibility for our editorial staff.

Specific genre guidelines can be found below:

For prose: Writers may submit a single prose piece up to 6,000 words or up to three prose pieces under 1,000 words each (combined in a single Word Doc). We welcome short fiction, essays, lyric nonfiction, and creative scholarship. Scholarship will go through a standard peer review process.

For poetry: Writers may submit up to four poems totaling no more than ten pages.

For graphic novels, comics, and drama: Writers may submit up to ten pages.

For original artwork: Artists may submit up to five high-resolution images.

For translations (to English): Writers may submit translations of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Submissions in translation should follow the above guidelines corresponding to the genre of the original work. Submissions in translation should include the translated work in its source language, along with documentation of any permissions necessary to publish the work in both languages (original and English) combined in a single document.

For dialogues: If you wish to propose a dialogue between yourself and another scholar or author (or someone working in another discipline whose work centers fairy tales), please submit a short letter of inquiry contextualizing the proposed dialogue, including current bios for both participants, and email us directly at ftreditorial@gmail.com.

Volume 20 of Fairy Tale Review will be published in February 2024. Contributors will receive two (2) copies of the issue and a $50 honorarium upon publication. A standard contract between the contributor and Fairy Tale Review will be executed upon acceptance.

Our editorial staff is small and entirely volunteer-based. We hope to respond to all submissions within 4 months.

Fairy Tale Review is published by the Journals Division of Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI, and is proud to be part of their Series in Fairy Tale Studies.

Since its inception, Fairy Tale Review has been committed to contributor diversity and inclusive engagement. As always, we are especially interested in submissions by women and nonbinary writers, LGBTQIA+ writers, BIPOC writers, Indigenous writers, writers with disabilities, and writers from other marginalized and underrepresented groups in mainstream publishing. Fairy tales have long represented marginalized communities. We celebrate the power of fairy tales to represent, resist, and reflect on abuses of power.This category is for graphic novels, comics and drama submissions to our twentieth print issue, which will be published by Wayne State University Press in March 2024.

For graphic novels, comics, and drama: Writers may submit up to ten pages.

Payment: Contributors will receive two (2) copies of the issue and a $50 honorarium upon publication. A standard contract between the contributor and Fairy Tale Review will be executed upon acceptance.

Monday, April 24, 2023

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters seeks plays


Deadline: none given


Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will consider fee-free submissions of drama whose impact can be experienced either on the page or in production.

Submit a file with up to 5000 lines, including title, byline, dramatis personae, and stage direction. 

(NYCPlaywrights note: 5000 lines is equivalent to a full-length play)

O:JA&L will consider several formatting options for drama: 1) conventions of formatting published by Gordon State College, 2) suggestions for formatting published by The Dramatists Guild, or 3) play formats in specialized software programs for writers like Final Draft or Movie Magic. Submissions which deviate extravagantly from these conventions of form will be declined.

Submitters should include a cover letter. This cover letter should contain, in the manner of a screenplay, a HEADER for the work, a LOGLINE of up to 30 words, and a SYNOPSIS of the work (without spoilers) of up to 150 words. This cover letter should also include a third-person professional biography of the playwright in 100 words, more or less.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters will only consider plays that have never before been produced or published. Submissions must be made in PDF file format only.

Theatre Arlington seeks plays


Deadline: May 23, 2023
We have been informed that although their flyer indicates the deadline is May 23, 2023, the deadline was actually April 23. DO NOT SEND SUBMISSIONS.

Theatre Arlington is looking for a wide range of play selections that represent our entire community.

Underrepresented voices and BIPOC authors are strongly encouraged to submit their works.

Plays accepted March 23 through May 23, 2023

Winner will be announced July 27, 2023

A staged reading for the winning play will be September 22 & 23, 2023 at Theatre Arlington’s Play-Reading Club

Reading will be directed and performed by theater professionals.

The playwright will be invited to participate in a talkback after the show

Submissions Guidelines:

Standard play formatting

Cast size 6 or less actors. 1 or 2 acts – approximately 90 minutes in length total

Extremely graphic material will not be considered

Playwrights May Send A Paper Copy Of Their Script To:

 Steven D. Morris
Theatre Arlington
305 West Main Street 
Arlington, Texas, 76010

(must be postmarked by May 23, 2023)


Email printable PDF to


Sunday, April 23, 2023

The Chocolate Church Arts Center and The Playwrights’ Collaborative seek Maine playwrights for A Celebration of Short Plays

Deadline: June 30, 2023
Or until 100 plays have been received, whichever occurs first.


(Playwrights from the state of Maine only)

The Chocolate Church Arts Center and The Playwrights’ Collaborative are pleased to announce:

A Celebration of Short Plays, March 16 & 17, 2024. Live and in-person in our 80 seat Annex.

Located in historic Bath, ME, The Chocolate Church Arts Center (CCAC) has served mid-coast communities since1977. CCAC is a cultural, non=profit, performing and visual arts center proud to offer a rich program of live music, gallery exhibitions, workshops, and live theater.

The Playwrights Collaborative (TPC) is a group of regional theater-makers whose artists have more than 800 theatrical credits collectively. Their Actors have performed from Bangor to Broadway and their award-winningPlaywrights have been produced at more than 250 theaters worldwide.

On March 16 & 17, 2024, we will present A Celebration of Shorts in CCAC’s 80 seat Annex; a program of 8 short plays spanning the range of human emotion and experience, from outlandish comedies to compelling dramas.


State of Maine Playwrights Only Short plays, 5-15 minutes long. No restrictions on content

PDF’s ONLY. Include contact information. No fee to submit.

The Submission window opens on May 1, 2023 and closes on June 30, 2023, or until 100 plays have been received, whichever occurs first.

With a subject line of: CCAC Submission, send your work to:jackrushton56@yahoo.com

Facilitated by Jack Rushton, The Playwrights’ Collaborative and its Selection Committee will engage in multiple rounds of reading, choosing several plays which will be included in TPC’s program at The Chocolate Church. If your work is selected, you will be notified by December 1, 2023. TPC will cast and produce your play.

All proceeds will benefit CCAC in support of their mission.

For more about The Chocolate Church Arts Center, please visit: https://chocolatechurcharts.org/about-us

See you at the show!

Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Science Playwriting Competition seeks 10-minute plays


Deadline: May 1, 2023

After a brief hiatus due to the Covid Pandemic, the SCGP is delighted to announce a new call for plays inviting all talented playwrights with an interest in the sciences, and talented scientists with an interest in the theatre to compose a ten-minute play with a substantial science and/or technological component. This contest is open to the general public.

First Prize Winner: $500
Second Prize Winner: $200
Third Prize Winner: $100

The Science Playwriting Competition brings science and theatre together for the dissemination of scientific knowledge through an intriguing lens — providing inspiration for plays that lead to exciting ways of learning about science. Rooted in artistic expression, the best science plays can be exceptional works of art that aesthetically convey scientific concepts, potentially resulting in further explorations in both disciplines. In this way, science and theatre may learn from each other, through their common goals of investigating and gaining an understanding of the significance of science and how the world works.

The competition commenced in 2012 with the assistance of an NSF grant awarded for scientific outreach projects initiated by Professor of Physics Christopher Herzog with additional support from the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, and the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics. The competition draws playwrights from all over the world who submit 10-minute plays with compelling stories and innovative expression of science and theatricality.

The preferred topics in hard sciences and technology include, but are not limited to: Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Computer Science, Space Exploration, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Anthropology and Archaeology.


-ALL submissions must be received by midnight May 1, 2023.

-A public staged reading of the winning entries will be performed during the Fall 2023 semester at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.


– Plays should be approximately 10 minutes in length (usually around 10 pages).

– Winning playwrights will receive a directed, live-staged reading of their work in the Fall 2023 semester.

– Plays must include a title page that includes the playwright’s name, address, phone number, and email address.

– Plays must be original unpublished work and must not be created with the assistance of any form of AI.

*Note: please submit electronic entries as a pdf file. Submitting your play implies permission to have your play performed in a staged reading in the fall semester; all submissions remain the property of the playwright.

Saturday, April 22, 2023



Deadline: April 27, 2023

Troy Foundry Theatre, a 501(c) 3 professional theatre company in Troy, NY is currently accepting submissions of new plays for the 2023 MAY session of the DARK DAY MONDAYS FREE READING SERIES. 

The selected plays will be presented in staged reading format with a director and actors from the Troy Foundry Theatre company on May 15 (crows) or May 22 (lead in the water). The playwright will be invited to attend in-person or virtually. These specific topics have been selected due to the role they play as “hot button issues” in the city of Troy, NY.

We’re calling for submissions of plays that center around or have themes relating to:

1) crows (birds)

2) lead in water

Accepting full length or short plays.

Submissions for the MAY 2023 session will be accepted until 5pm on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

To submit your work email to info@troyfoundrytheatre.com


When submitting please use an email subject that follows this format:




There is NO submission fee. You will only hear back from us if your play is selected for reading.

Your submission must include:
  • An email with a subject line that identifies which theme your plays fits, your first and last name, and the title of your play
  • Your play
  • A short playwright’s bio and a production history of the piece
  • Everything combined into ONE PDF or WORD doc format

If your submission does not meet the above requirements it will not be considered.

Friday, April 21, 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!

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.

Chain Theater Summer One Act Festival 2023


Deadline: May 6, 2023

Application form


Plays are chosen for the Chain Summer One Act Festival based on originality, inspiration, and innovation. The background or experience of the playwright is taken into consideration, but submissions will be judged on the quality of the play. All themes or genres are welcome. One Act Play runtime must be no shorter than 10 minutes and no longer than 1 hour. Shows will be performed in person.

NON UNIONS shows will have the ability to LIVE STREAM for at least one performance.

Chain Theatre is curating the event, not producing it - each production is responsible for staffing their own director, design team and cast.


All Equity Showcase paperwork is the responsibility of the producer, not the Chain Theatre.

You will assign a contact person for the piece; that person will be considered your play’s producer should it be part of the Festival.

Though we will be doing overall festival promotion, you are responsible for the marketing of your piece.

Your team must be from the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania).

For further information of current COVID protocols at the Chain Theatre please visit: https://www.chaintheatre.org/covid-19-guidelines


The deadline for submitting to the 2023 Chain Summer One Act Festival will be May 6, 2023. There are no submission or participation fees for the Chain Summer One Act Festival. Complete the following application and you will be directed to information on submitting your play.

After completing the application form you will need to email a PDF (no Word, Pages, or Final Draft files, please!) of the script, and a brief cover letter explaining your goals for the play.

Applications ask for a contact name, address, phone, and email. Show contacts will be the one contact point between Chain Theatre and your production. The email given will be the sole email address that Chain Theatre will use to contact you regarding acceptance, any issues regarding participation, and festival communications.

We will need an estimated running time of your piece that will be factored into the programming. As such, we will enforce this time limit. If during your dress rehearsal or performance the play runs significantly over, we may insist that you revise or forfeit your participation in the festival and any ticket split revenue.

Applications that are not complete will not be accepted. No materials will be returned.


Notification of acceptance status will be sent by email on or about May 6, 2023.

If you are accepted into the festival, your email will inform you of the time and location of the organizational meeting to be held on May 13 at 7:30pm. IT IS REQUIRED AND MANDATORY THAT SOMEONE REPRESENTING YOUR SHOW BE AT THE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING. 

This meeting is where you will receive your performance schedule and meet your fellow participants. If there are known conflicts to your scheduled performances, this is a great opportunity to work out alternate dates with Chain Theatre and your fellow participants. The most complex scheduling issues are much more easily solved talking face-to face with everyone in the room.

Each accepted ONE ACT show will be given 5 free hours of rehearsal space at one of the Chain Theatre rehearsal rooms. Availability and scheduling of these hours is at the Chain Theatre’s discretion. They must be used to rehearse the show in the festival and cannot be gifted, sold or used for other purposes. Additional rehearsal hours/locations are the production’s responsibility. If you choose to rehearse at one of the Chain Rehearsal studios you can book subsidized rehearsal space for this production for $10 an hour.

Each accepted show will receive a code for ticket tracking. Each show will receive 20% of the net box office for every ticket purchased using their code. (Code use for online sales is mandatory to receive this box office split. No exceptions.)


The precise number of shows is TBD, based on number of submissions and running lengths. Each One Act show will be guaranteed at least three performances with a possible one show extension. However, depending on the schedule there may be more. Performance blocks will be at 7 and 9pm during the week and will run throughout the weekend between 12-9pm.

There will be limited time between shows for changeovers. Keep in mind that when you are striking or setting up your show, another show is also likely striking or setting up. Minimalism rules. PLEASE FACTOR THIS TIME INTO YOUR TECHNICAL PLANS. Houses will be opened 5 minutes before the start time and will start promptly.


In person voting will be collected by paper ballot provided on site.


Chain Theatre handles all aspects of ticketing and box office. Tickets will be $22.


You will need to keep the technical requirements of your show very simple. There will be no projection in shows. The Chain is equipped with a full light board and sound system, however the board will be shared by several shows and we will maintain a standard rep lighting plot. Keep light and sound cues as simple as possible. No show will be able to refocus lights. Each company will have only one cue-to-cue technical rehearsal in the venue which will be run by a Chain Theatre hired PSM. Storage space/dressing room space is also limited and will be shared by all shows. You will be given a small, unlocked area to store your props, set pieces, and costumes, which must be completely cleared at the conclusion of your performances.

Any additional equipment your show requires should be listed on your application and approved by Chain Theatre. Chain Theatre has the right to disqualify any shows that bring in unapproved technical elements. If approved, this equipment will be provided for your show by you. Chain Theatre assumes no liability for this equipment; it is your responsibility.


Chain Theatre will publicize the festival and coordinate overall press relations, including interviews and critic attendance. You may be asked to submit publicity photos and PR materials. You are also responsible for publicizing your own show through your own press releases, mailers, handbills, busking and/or posters. Should a critic accept your invitation to see a performance, this information must be forwarded to Chain Theatre so we may coordinate this. Chain Theatre will provide a blanket press kit to help all shows promote.


If you are accepted to the Chain Winter One Act Festival, part of our agreement prohibits the performance of your show anywhere in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut any time from acceptance into the festival through June 2024. Please keep this restriction in mind when accepting other invitations to perform your show during these months, particularly before you have received acceptance status notification from Chain Theatre.


1. Choose your show.

2. COMPLETELY fill out the application form.

3. REVIEW your completed application to make sure it is complete and correct.

4. Ensure that the PDFs of your script and cover letter are included in your submission email.

Please do not send under separate cover. If there are technical issues, contact us at info@chaintheatre.org to discuss them.

5. Include the title of your show in the subject line of the email and on all relevant materials.

Should they become separated, this is how we will reunite them.


If you still have questions, we are available to help you in advance of the deadline at info@chaintheatre.org. You may want to print and keep or bookmark these instructions and your original application for your reference.

The Playwright Laboratory Table Sessions


Deadline (Multiple)
  • Are you a theatre maker with a new play in development?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to hear your play read out loud to a live audience?
  • Are you ready for some feedback?
Working in partnership with The Playwright Laboratory, we’re seeking new plays for a monthly series of table read sessions in our Lab studio theatre space. Your play will be worked on for a day with professional actors and a director before a live table read in the evening.

As well as taking place in front of a live audience, the table read will be live streamed and also captured as a 360 VR film which will later be shared on The Playwright Laboratory’s industry platform and available for industry professionals globally to view.

We are looking for both short (5 to 15 minute) plays and longer (45 to 75 minute) plays that can be read with a maximum of 5 actors, with double ups if required.

Ideally your play will have had a little bit of development already, but we will also accept first drafts.

There will be one reading per month initially from March 2023 to June 2023.

Reading slots are limited and unfortunately, not all work submitted will receive a reading. Plays will be read by a panel from The Core and The Playwright Laboratory and those that are likely to benefit most from the process will be selected.

Deadline for submissions, and subsequent reading dates are:Play 1: Submission 5 January; Reading 30 March
Play 2: Submission 1 March; Reading 27 April
Play 3: Submission 1 April; Reading 25 May
Play 4: Submission 1 May; Reading 29 June

For more information contact: getinvolved@thecorecorby.com

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Submissions for Personal Pizza Party first annual Writer’s Kitchen are now open


Deadline: April 28, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT

To submit, fill out the following Google Form: https://forms.gle/9Hf6qDknPwuU9bGBA

Submissions for Personal Pizza Party (personalpizzaparty.org) (3P)’s first annual Writer’s Kitchen are now open!

The 3P Writer’s Kitchen invites five early-career playwrights and screenwriters to generate a new script (either a short play or short film/TV pilot) over an 8-week collaborative process, culminating in a public reading series in mid-July. Facilitated by 3P co-founder Lee Melillo, the Oven seeks to be a deeply collaborative, non-hierarchical, and supportive community for writers of various disciplines to work and play.

The Summer 2023 Writer’s Kitchen will meet on Mondays, May 8 – June 26. Meetings will be held in-person in Midtown Manhattan from 6:30pm-9:30pm. The Oven values collaboration and mutual feedback, as such, we require all writers to be fully available for at least 7 out of 8 sessions, with any potential conflicts to be disclosed upon applying. Previously written and developed work will not be considered for the Oven; all projects must be new and generated over the course of our meeting period.

All scripts that are cooked up in the Oven will be presented by Personal Pizza Party as part of our mid-summer reading series, between July 8 – 15. Actors/readers will be provided from the 3P collaborator pool. Selected writers will receive a travel stipend of $75.

In the spirit of the 3P mission, we are particularly excited by working with writers in search of an artistic community and home, and who have lacked access to opportunities to have their work produced due to systematic roadblocks that 3P hopes to aid in dismantling through our work and our practice.

3P encourages any writer who self-identifies as early-career/emerging to apply for the Oven 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.

Submissions close Friday, April 28 at 11:59pm EST. Selected writers will be contacted by Monday, May 1 at 11:59pm EST.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 24th Annual New Play Contest


Deadline: April 21, 2023 (for email submissions) 

May 5, 2023 (for paper submissions)

OR until maximum submissions are reached:
  • 75 full-length plays   - they have reached the limit
  • 75 one-act plays - they have reached the limit
  • 125 10-minute plays - they have reached the limit
The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full-length dramas, etc.). The winning plays are tentatively scheduled to be read in a concert-format festival in the fall of 2023. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for future seasons.

We are proud to announce that for the 24th consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! Entries may be made either via email or on paper but not both. Submissions will be limited to one play per playwright when submitting a full-length play and two plays per playwright when submitting non-full-length plays. A maximum of 75 full-length plays, 75 one-act plays, and 125 10-minute plays will be accepted.

To submit via email, send a copy of the script in pdf or word format to jim@chameleontheatre.org. If submitting a musical, also send a copy of the music in mp3 format or a link to a public website where we can download the music in mp3 format. Also send a completed and signed entry form. Do not include any author identification information on the submitted scripts.

To submit via paper, complete and sign an entry form, and send it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. If you are submitting a musical, also include 3 copies of the music in mp3 format on a CD or flash drive. Do not include any author identification information on the submitted scripts.

The Chameleon Theatre Circle
24th Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley MN 55124

We will distribute the scripts "blind" to our readers for complete objectivity. Include the show's title on at least the first page. Once the winning scripts have been chosen, we will disclose the playwrights' identity to our readers (and the world).

We do not accept plays that have been previously produced. We do accept plays that have only had workshops and other readings. Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request. Scripts are non-returnable.

As in past years, this year's contest will have multiple categories.

Winners will receive $25 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. All short plays will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts with 20 pages or less of dialog fall into this category.

Winners will receive $50 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can be joined with one or two other plays of similar length to make up a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts with more than 20 and up to 60 pages of dialog will fall into this category.

FULL-LENGTH - do not send, they have reached the limit
Winners will receive $100 plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can constitute a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of over 60 pages of dialog will fall into this category. It is important to note that these plays can be only one act if it makes up a complete evening of theatre.

If five or more musicals are submitted, Chameleon reserves the right to create a "musical" category. Musicals are defined as any original play using original or rights permitted musical dialogue to further the story and/or the characters. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the musical i.e., full-length, one-act, or 10-minute. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if Chameleon decides not to create an additional category, musical submissions will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above./p>

If five or more plays intended for and/or by youth are submitted, Chameleon reserves the right to create a "theatre-for-youth" category. Theatre-for-youth plays are defined as any original play intended for young audiences, young participants, or both. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the play i.e., full-length, one-act, or 10-minute. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if Chameleon decides not to create an additional category, theatre-for-youth submissions will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

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"

Monday, April 17, 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: 



Contact us at 


The Fresh Fruit Festival 2023 10-Minute Play Contest


Deadline: April 17, 2023


Presented as a booster for the Fresh Fruit Festival ‘Build A Future’ campaign. Cash awards, publicity, and more fun than ever with Our Very Own Frank Calo hosting – as a part of the ’23 Fresh Fruit Festival MAINSTAGE at The Wild Project..

Thanks to the generosity of New York City and the Department of Cultural Affairs there are NO submission Fees.

Schedule: Submit Deadline: April 17
Selections by: April 24
Performance: May 6

$300 in cash awards, an Audience Choice Award + audience and judges voting.

Required: LGBTQ Topical Plays, for 2 to 3 characters

We provide: an assortment of basic set items- tables, chairs, etc. and some varied lighting looks as presets. There will be a short “mini-tech” the day of performance.

You provide: the play rehearsed and cast, ready to roll.

We will be looking for quality of course, but selecting also based on subject variety, diversity, humor, – and assembling a good mix for the presentation. We will also be considering these submissions for other divisions of the Festival to come. You can upload up to 2 files in the form, so please provide a complete casting breakdown (we may be able to help with suggestions) and synopsis. If not enough room in the form for anything, add it to your 2nd upload file. Thank you for supporting us.

Saturday, April 15, 2023

The Sixth Fest--a climate fringe festival--is calling for short plays


Deadline: April 17, 2023 at midnight EST

"The Sixth Fest--a climate fringe festival--is calling for short plays for a compilation that will run the first two weekends in June in NYC.

Send a PDF with "Play Submission" in subject line to: submissions@thesixthfest.org

One submission only.

Early submission encouraged.

Seeking: *scenes,* monologues, personal accounts (real or imagined) that will help tell the local and global climate crisis story.

The pieces will be woven together into one long piece, with other types of performance in-between (movement, music, Anna Deavere Smith style interviews..) 


--6 minutes or less

--6 characters or less

--two black cubes, a table, 4 chairs, and a kiddie pool for a set

--Very minimal props

--**Plays not meeting these parameters will not be considered**

No financial award, but you will be honored in the program, and will receive two complimentary tickets to the run.

Minor text adjustments may be made for flow and repetition issues.  We ask for your permission for this in advance as part of your process due to the volume of material being received.  

About the Festival:

The Sixth Fest is a fringe festival in its third year inviting events of all types to draw attention and get people engaged with the climate crisis.

With over 40 events and hundreds of participants so far, we are helping push the needle to see a livable, just future for all.

Take part!

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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 






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