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Monday, July 31, 2023

Native Voices accepting submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights


Deadline: August 15, 2023

Native Voices is currently accepting submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights addressing all themes and topics.
2024 Playwrights Retreat and 30th Festival of New Plays

The Retreat and Festival bring artists to Los Angeles to work on a selected number of plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 8–10 days in June. The Retreat culminates in public staged readings of the plays at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. Selected playwrights receive artistic support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Selection Process: Full-length plays (60+ pages) received by August 15th, 2023 will be read and evaluated. A select number of playwrights will be invited to submit formal proposals detailing their developmental goals should their play be chosen for the short list. Scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to four plays for the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in March 2024.

*Due to budget constraints post-COVID, we cannot accept plays that require more than six actors to produce. Express doubling is encouraged, should it be necessary to complete your vision.

Checklist for All Submissions 
  • Please label script attachment as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc). 
  • All submissions must conform to a standard play-script format (one-inch margins, #12 Times or Courier font, all pages numbered). 
  • Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail address) and a draft or revision date. 
  • Include a character breakdown at the beginning of your script. 
  • Provide a biography of 75–100 words. Please label attachment as follows: Bio_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Bio_Doe, J.doc). 
  • Provide a press ready photo of at least 300dpi. Please label attachment as follows: Photo_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Photo_Doe, J.doc). Provide development history for the play. Label attachment as follows: DevHistory_PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: DevHistory_MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc). 
  • To submit, fill out our online form and upload your submission materials here: 

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Go Try Play Write July 2023


Deadline: July 31, 2023

Submit online

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 July 2023 is:

A poetic meeting prompt. A ten page maximum "meet cute" between two people, but written in some form of poetic verse. This would be like the first meeting between Juliet and Romeo. Free verse, iambic pentameter, haikus, dactylic hexameter, in rhymed couplets, in alliteration, etc. Even rap! Pick a form, state what it is in the title, and make it work for the scene. We know you can do it!

L’Esprit Literary Review seeks drama for Issue Three


Deadline: August 1, 2023 at 3AM


L’Esprit Literary Review publishes work written in the fearless, risk-adept, and revolutionary spirit of High Modernism. We accept short fiction, creative non-fiction, novel extracts, drama, literary criticism, book reviews, artwork, and photography. General submissions are currently open. During open reading periods (announced here, on social media, and in our newsletter), find us on Submittable.

There is no fee for submitting. Please include the following:
  • Your name, and the title and genre (fiction, CNF, criticism, review, etc.) of your piece.
  • A third-person bio, to be used as the contributor’s note should your work be accepted.
  • Social media handles (Twitter and Instagram), if you’d like to be promoted online.
  • An optional cover letter to introduce the work, yourself, or provide some context to your submission; please note that this in no way impacts the likelihood of publication.
  • Finally, we would appreciating knowing how you found the journal (social, ad listing, database search, reference, etc).
We also accept submissions via email should Submittable be infeasible. Kindly send your work via Pages, PDF, or Docx attachment to submissions@lespritliteraryreview.org.

Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund 2023


Deadline: none listed

About the Fund

In 2017, Audible launched a theater initiative, intended to radically increase access to exceptional plays and performances. A core pillar of the initiative is the Emerging Playwrights Fund, a program that invests in and nurtures self-identifying emerging playwrights, some of our most inventive, delightful, and provocative storytellers. Through the Fund, Audible aims to connect extraordinary performers with remarkable original work, amplifying new voices and harnessing the power and potential of audio to reach millions of listeners.

The Fund specifically supports the creation of original dramatic work, written with audio in mind, but theatrical in spirit.

Audible is dedicated to commissioning, developing, and producing work that reflects the diversity of our members and our world. To accomplish this, Audible is committed to granting at least 50% of emerging playwright commissions to artists of color and women.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions will re-open in January 2023. To be considered as an applicant for a commission, please submit all of the following to AudibleTheater@audible.com:

1. One full-length script for an original or adapted play (in English language only) that represents your voice ("Script"). The Script can be in any genre and may include one-acts and solo pieces;
2. A short biography; and
3. A brief statement about why audio plays appeal to you.

If you have an idea for an original audio play, you are welcome to include a pitch or summary along with your statement (this is encouraged, but not required).


Any applicant over the age of 18 may submit a Script. Employees or independent contractors, or immediate family members (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren) or those living in the same household of employees or independent contractors of Audible Inc., Amazon or any entity involved in any aspect of the Theater Fund may not submit a Script for consideration, unless it is determined by Audible in its sole discretion in accordance with Audible’s then current policies and procedures that no conflict of interest exists in connection with accepting the relevant submission for consideration.


Submissions are accepted year-round. Due to the number of Scripts that Audible receives, Audible will only consider one Script at a time from each applicant and will not consider resubmissions, including those that have been significantly revised. The Audible team evaluates submissions on a rolling basis, and applicants will be notified regarding the status of their submissions via email. Thanks in advance for your patience while we process your Script; our typical response time is 6-8 months.


All submissions must be the original creations of the applicants. By submitting a Script, each applicant represents and warrants that: (a) the submitted work is his/her 100% original creation, (b) the submitted work will not violate or infringe the rights (including copyrights and rights of privacy and publicity) of any other person or party, and (c) all materials and elements comprising the submitted work are exclusively owned or controlled by the applicant. Audible may determine, in its sole discretion, that an applicant is ineligible to submit a work for consideration if these requirements, and others described in these Guidelines, are not satisfied to Audible’s satisfaction.

Applicants understand and acknowledge that (i) Audible is in the business of developing and distributing content, (ii) Audible receives numerous submissions (both from outside and from within Audible) of content ideas and creative materials, (iii) Audible is continually developing ideas, formats, shows, stories, concepts, artwork, music, and the like, and (iv) content developed or distributed by Audible may resemble, be similar to, or contain identical material or elements found in works submitted to Audible for consideration. By submitting a project via this program, each applicant understands and agrees that Audible is not prohibited or restricted from developing or distributing content that may contain elements similar or identical to an applicant’s submission, and Audible will not be obligated to any applicant in any manner if such similar or identical elements were developed or obtained by Audible either independently or from sources other than the applicant’s submitted work.

Thursday, July 27, 2023


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Deadline: August 31, 2023

Livonia Community Theatre is requesting submissions of short plays (approx. 5-20 minutes) for our winter production, LITTLE LOVE STORIES. We are looking for tales of love in all its shapes and forms, whether romantic, platonic, fulfilled or unrequited, and any color of the LGBTQIA+ rainbow.
Submissions will be read with the identity of the writers withheld.
Selected playwrights will receive cash honorariums.

LITTLE LOVE STORIES will be performed February 16-17, 23-24 

Submission guidelines:
1. Submissions close August 31, 2023.
2. Upload your play here: https://forms.gle/HefqxHcibCTVzy238
3. Plays submitted may have been previously produced.
4. Submissions must be 20 pages or fewer, in 12-point font, written in standard play format.
5. No more than two (2) entries per playwright
6. Include a separate cover page with play's title, author's name, address, phone, email, and short bio of the writer.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

B3 Theater's First Feminist Festival Playwrights' Form


Deadline: July 31, 2023 11:59 PM


NO FEE OPTION: If you are unable to pay, please skip this step and write on the form “No Fee.” This will not affect your submission in any way.

B3 Theater, Inc., of Phoenix, Arizona, is seeking scripts for our First Feminist Festival of Shorts, performing January/February 2024. These will be fully rehearsed shows. Each scriptwriter chosen will receive $50. 

This festival has the theme of celebrating women, female-presenting persons, and non-binary individuals.
The form will ask you to choose if you would like to self-identify as one of the previous categories. Abstaining from answering or answering male or male-presenting will not disqualify you from being chosen. All voices are welcome. 
Otherwise the subject matter is open, although preference will be given to experimental and progressive works. There should be minimal setting, prop, and costume requirements. All genres welcome, including monologues, with the exception of musicals. 
  • Entries should be 5-20 pages, including the title and cast page. 
  • One entry per playwright, please. 
  • Previous productions are okay. 
  • International submissions are welcome, but the text must be in English. 
  • The format may be docx or pdf.

Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 PM, July 31st, 2023.
If you have any questions, you may ask Sabrina Rose at sabrinab3productions@gmail.com, or also Ilana Lydia at ilanab3productions@gmail.com


If you are unable to pay, please skip this step and write on the form “No Fee.” This will not affect your submission in any way.

To record your donation, please write "Paid" on this form in the appropriate space.
Please submit by filling out this form.
You will hear from us regarding your submission around September 2023.

Good River Review ~ Spalding University submission guidelines


Deadline: none listed


Good River Review is the journal of the School of Creative and Professional Writing at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, which sits on the Ohio River. Ohio is Seneca for good river. We publish two issues a year and feature book reviews, craft essays, and other important literary news on a rolling basis on our website.

Good River Review is a home for writing that launches quickly, speaks to the universal through the particular, and is layered with meaning. We also love work that doesn’t fit neatly into genre categories. Our editors are attracted to writing that blurs boundaries, and so contributors will find their work published as prose, lyrics, or drama. In addition, we want to publish the most compelling writing for children and young adults that we can find. The editors of GRR work in collaboration with Spalding School of Writing graduate students who work in an editorial capacity. 

Our submission period is open and ongoing. Please submit in the category where you think your work best fits. We allow simultaneous submissions, but please access your submission and withdraw it if it is accepted elsewhere. We do not consider previously published material or work currently in press elsewhere. Please do not submit entire book or chapbook manuscripts. Current students at the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University are not eligible to submit. 

Questions? Email goodriverreview@spalding.edu.

Dramatic writers may submit scripts for 10-minute stage plays or short films, including TV. We will also consider publishing video of produced scripts.

Monday, July 24, 2023

Lift Every Voice New Play Festival


Deadline: August 1, 2023
Submissions will be capped after the first 200 scripts are received.

American Stage (St. Petersburg, Florida)  is committed to producing powerful stories, boldly told. Formerly known as our 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival, Lift Every Voice is a new play festival committed to providing exposure to emerging playwrights with a focus on BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ storytellers. This year’s programming includes a week-long rehearsal and development process for each of the final playwrights and their plays, culminating in public staged readings. In addition the festival weekend includes workshops, panels and lectures. All public events are held March 1-3, 2024.

  • Submissions are encouraged from BIPOC or LGBTQIA+ playwrights
  • Playwrights must reside in the United States.
  • Plays must be unproduced and unpublished with limited development.
  • Plays that have been previously submitted to American Stage or the Lift Every Voice New Play Festival are not eligible to be submitted again.
  • No musicals or translations.
  • Full-length plays only (at least 60 minutes)
  • Plays with casts of six or fewer will be more heavily considered.
  • Plays must include a contact page and character breakdown.
  • One submission per playwright.
  • Playwrights must be available to attend the festival in person, including rehearsals.

- Volume of submissions will prevent us from providing individual feedback.

- Submissions will be capped after the first 200 scripts are received.

  • Four finalists will be chosen to participate in the Lift Every Voice Festival.
  • Each finalist will receive the following: a professional director and cast, a table read, 15 rehearsal hours, opportunity to rewrite and edit, a staged reading with a total of two performances, and facilitated post-show talkbacks.
  • Finalist will receive a stipend of $600, housing accommodations and round trip airfare to and from St. Petersburg, FL.
  • Finalists will be selected by a panel of readers and notified by American Stage by November 1, 2023.
  • Volume of submissions will prevent us from providing individual feedback.‍
  • Submissions will be capped after the first 200 scripts are received.‍
  • Only finalist playwrights will be contacted.
  • Playwrights are required to participate in the rehearsal process and attend the readings and talkbacks
  • No other royalties or payments will be issued.
  • All participants (including actors, directors, stage managers and designers) will be compensated.


July 1st, 2023 - Submissions Open

August 1st, 2023 - Submissions Closed or will close earlier upon receiving the first 200.

August 15, 2023 - Full Play Semi-Finalists Selected to Submit

October 15, 2023 - Festival Finalists Selected

How to Apply

Complete the online submission form to provide American Stage with information about the playwright and the play.

Upload submission package via the online submission

In order to be accepted, your submission package must be submitted as a single PDF file that meets the following requirements.
  • File name must be “Title of Play_Author Last Name” 
  • The first pages of the file must include:Title of the play;
  • Character breakdown and description; please include total number of characters. Plays with 3-5 actors/characters are preferred.
  • Time and place of the play;
  • Synopsis of the play that helps to provide context for the 10 page sample (no longer than 1 page);
  • A concise paragraph (no longer than 1 page) describing the development history of the play you are submitting;
  • A statement describing how your play is a good fit for the 2023-2024 American Stage Lift Every Voice New Play Festival.
  • A 10-page sample of the play.



Deadline: July 30, 2023

Fresh Words-An International Literary Magazine is open for submissions for its Special One Minute Comic Plays Anthology titled 'LAAFTRRRRR' . 

Please send all submissions to dramaanthologyfreshwords@gmail.com as per the following guidelines:

1. The play should be a 1 minute comic play/monologue.

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

3. Maximum 3 submissions per playwright.

4. The length of the plays should be decided by the playwright, keeping in mind that the performance time should not exceed 1 minute. (NOTE: if selected the performance rights and intellectual property rights of work will exclusively remain with the playwright, we shall request for one time publication rights in the anthology. The copyright of the work will revert back to the playwright immediately after publication of the anthology.)

5. Also please send a synopsis or story behind the work.

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

7. Submission deadline: July 30th, 2023. (The selected playwrights will be informed on or before August 10th, 2023 through email.).

8. Mention YOUR NAME followed by 'SUBMISSION FOR 'LAAFTRRRRR' 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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Sunday, July 23, 2023



Deadline: July 25, 2023 by 11:59 EDT


Playwrights, please format your submission draft in the following way, uploaded as a single document.

Remove all all personally identifying information (name, contact info, agent, agent’s contact, etc) from your script.

Be sure to include a character and scene/song breakdown. Include character names and any necessary identifying traits, plus doubling plot, etc.

If it is a musical, please indicate on your title page a URL where demos can be heard.

The Mazumdar New Play Award is not adjudicated blindly, however, the first two rounds of reading will be read without any identifying information. Your responses to questions on the form will be linked to your script in a separate spreadsheet for internal use only.

If you have questions, please reach out at newplays@alleyway.com

All entries are due by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. No late entries will be accepted. Each playwright may enter only one script. If your submission is successful, you will see a confirmation notice on this screen after clicking "submit." You will not receive an email confirmation as our system is not set up to do that automatically.First NameLast NameEmail Address

Full Length Category

The Full Length Play or Musical should be ‍90 minutes or more, requiring no more than 10 performers. Solo pieces are acceptable.

Finalists will be notified approximately January 1, 2024; the winning play will be announced approximately March 1, 2024 and will receive its premiere production in the 2024/25 Alleyway season. 

The playwright will receive an award prize of $750 in addition to box office royalties.

South Street Players is seeking original, short plays for its 13th Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival


Deadline: July 28, 2023 at 11:59 PM

Call for original, short plays by playwrights from tri-state area (NJ, NY, PA).

South Street Players (southstreetplayers.org) is seeking original, short (10 mins preferred,
15 mins maximum) plays for its 13th Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival. 

The event will take place October 20-22, 2023 in Spring Lake, NJ.

The festival, which receives more than 300 scripts annually, is committed to presenting the finest and most unique original, short plays written by local playwrights from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The event also serves as an artistic fundraiser, with all proceeds going to SSP to help maintain its commitment to producing high-quality, extremely engaging theatrical experiences for our audiences.

Submission Rules and Process:

Seeking original comedic and dramatic short plays from playwrights currently living in the Tri-State area only (NJ, NY and PA).

Plays must be 15 pages or less. Submissions of longer than 15 pages will not be considered.

Plays should include no more than 4 characters and be in standard playscript format.

Playwrights may submit more than one play, but please be sure your name and email address is on the title page of each script.

SSP is a family theatre – no excessive swearing, no nudity.

No royalties or payment will be provided to playwrights should their play be chosen for the festival.

Plays will only be accepted via email: southstreetoneacts@gmail.com

Deadline: July 28, 2023, 11:59pm.

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Short Play Festival BOO - seeks one-act plays for Halloween-related festival


Deadline: July 26, 2023 at 12:00 AM


Want to produce a play at an official off-off-Broadway theatre? Then you’ve come to the right place! For the past 11 years, Be Bold! Productions has held three annual short play and musical festivals upstairs in the Players Theatre’s black box, the Steve and Marie Sgouros Theatre. February 2023 marks the beginning of the 12th year, and over the past decade we’ve learned a few helpful tips and tricks that make the process run smoother. See below for guidance on general areas of the festival.

Submitting your Play:

We love reading your plays—and yes, we read all of them! The best way to ensure your entry is successful is to follow some basic guidelines:

Write to the theme. If the theme is love, please ensure your play contains elements of love. It doesn’t matter if it’s romantic love, familial love, or something in between, but it needs to match the theme of the festival to be selected. Hint* if you have a play you’ve already written that you really want to submit, you can always add elements to it that help it match the theme. For example, if it’s for our NYC-themed festival in June, set your play in NYC, or  make sure your characters mention NYC or that you include things associated with living in NYC, like the subway, Broadway, or other icons. It doesn’t need to be littered with references; one or two will do!

Make sure you submit by the deadline. Our system doesn’t accept submissions after the deadline at midnight, so please make sure you submit before then! Don’t wait until 11:58 pm the day of—things can and have gone wrong with people’s Internet or their files.

Follow the guidelines. Each play can be a maximum of 15 minutes, so please don’t submit a play that is longer than that—it likely won’t get chosen. The best thing to do is to read your play aloud – at the pace it will be performed – a few times and time it. Please make sure to take into account any actions that will take up time. If your play is chosen and ends up running over 15 minutes, it won’t be in the running for the weekly prize. Also, please remember that we put plays in order due to specific criteria — we cannot change the order of the plays.

BMI Workshop: Composers/Lyricists


Deadline: August 1, 2023


Application Materials

Composer: Three contrasting compositions - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics in PDF format - uptempo, comedy song, ballad.

Composer/Lyricist: Three contrasting songs - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Note that if you apply as a composer and a lyricist, you will be accepted as one or the other (that is, as either a composer or a lyricist) and you will be assigned different collaborators over the course of the year. If you apply as both a composer/lyricist and a librettist and are accepted as both, you will spend your first year as a composer/lyricist only, as the two groups meet at the same time.

Select applicants will be invited to audition in September. Librettist are accepted on the basis of their written materials and are not required to audition.

At the auditions, composers and composer/lyricists will be asked to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists will be asked to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics. All auditions must be done live, using a piano.

Please note that all prospective participants must be fully vaccinated to audition and plan to live in the New York City area for an easy weekly commute and collaborations outside of the Workshop.
Program upon Acceptance

The Workshop normally runs September through June in New York City. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly.

During the first year, composers and lyricists are paired off and are asked to create appropriate songs based on scenes from various sources. The writers perform their assignments, which are then discussed by the other writers and the moderators. There are analyses and discussions of current and past musicals, with an eye to understanding form and structure. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, the Workshop Committee determines which writers from the group are invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.

The First Year Workshop meets Monday at 6:15 p.m. The Second Year Workshop meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Advanced Workshop meets Monday at 4:00 p.m.

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 $43.55 for a 7 WTC identification badge.

The Workshop application process is now open!

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Open calls for new One Act Plays for a Stage Reading Festival in Mid October 2023.


Deadline: July 30, 2023, 11:59 pm

Six Plays will be selected for the Festival.

Selected Playwrights will work with directors and actors from their network if they prefer to do so or paired through a matching process hosted by Cellunova.

Presented Stage Reading may be barebone, or more developed with some tech elements (such as projection/light/costume), subject to space and budget constraints.

I. Theme: Metamorphosis

Your play should touch upon social challenges that you think are important for this decade and beyond.

II. Eligibility

We welcome proposals from emerging artists, regardless of age, at a critical career juncture in which the opportunity to experiment and receive resources from a major arts organization would be impactful. Please see the specific parameters of eligibility below:

– The Length of the play in the submission must be a One Act Play, with a runtime between 25 to 45 minutes.

– Play in submission should not have been fully staged in a production, or stage read/workshopped in a public setting with more than 50 audiences, at the time of submission. If this play receives a production after submission, the playwright must inform Cellunova Productions Inc.

– Only one play may be submitted per playwright for this festival per year.

– Artists must be over 18

– Artists must have experience conceiving and executing works or projects.

– The play should be in English.

We encourage anyone who considers themselves an emerging artist to apply.

III. Submission Timeline

Stage I:

By July 30, 2023, 11:59 pm, submit your summary and working sample (Script should be around 10 pages.)

We will notify everyone by August 4, 2023, 6:00 pm whether we would like to receive your full script.

Stage II:

By August 13, 2023, 11:59 pm, submit your full script.

IV. Guideline

I. Working Sample

Include in one PDF script document:

Title page

Synopsis (no more than one-half page in length)

Character listing (including gender, age range, and any features such as skin or hair color necessary to the script)

Setting (place and time)

Script (around 10 pages)

All scripts must be saved in PDF format and submitted via the Google Form link here Working Sample Submission.

It is recommended that the cast size be limited to a maximum of 4 actors. Please state if roles can be doubled or double-cast.

II. Full Script

You will be notified via email by August 4, 2023 if we would like to receive your full script.

Sign the Non-Disclosure Agreement that we will send out to you.

The format of submission should be the same as the Working Sample but with the full script.

The estimated runtime of the play should be between 25 to 45 minutes.

The script should be submitted by emailing festival@cellunova.org.


Can my One Act be a part of a full-length piece?

Yes, the script may be a part of a full-length piece, but your submission should stand by itself as One Act.

What does this theme even mean? My play is nothing related to biology.

Up to your interpretation of what metamorphosis mean to you and our current society.

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 






Hear Me Out's Some1Speaking Monologues


Deadline: none listed. 
Upcoming dates are July 3 and August 7 2023

Monologue Uploader

On the first Monday evening of each month, Hear Me Out Monologues introduces us to 5 characters through 5 monologues written by 5 fabulous writers.

We call this: Some1Speaking.

What’s it really take to bake a moist and satisfying monologue?
  • A compelling character who needs something
  • The very real possibility of change
  • A beginning, middle and end
  • A relationship between the speaker and another person (or group) that we come to understand.
  • Finally, all theatre needs a little suspense. Make us curious.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

2024 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative


Deadline: August 1, 2023 at 11:59PM
We can only consider the first 100 submissions

To submit your play, use the play submission form.

The 2024 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) playwrights in accordance with the mission statement of the Crossroads Project (see above). A diverse panel of judges including Illinois State University faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as members of the local community, will select one playwright as the winner.

To be eligible to win, the playwright must be available for a one-week residency in mid-to-late April 2024 (exact dates TBD). If the play has multiple writers/creators, we can only provide funding for one person during the residency. Other writers/creators are welcome to participate in the workshop by self-funding the trip or joining virtually for rehearsals and events.

The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2023 by 11:59 p.m. (central daylight time). There is no entry fee. We only accept electronic submissions in PDF format. Because our staff and resources are limited, we can only consider the first 100 submissions.

The winning playwright will receive:An invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL, as a guest-artist-in-residence for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. This residency may also include class visits and other University events.
Travel (within the U.S.), housing, and meals during the residency.
An honorarium of $500 for the residency.

Please include in your submission:A representative sample from your play up to 15 pages. These do not have to be the first 15 pages of the play.
A synopsis of the play (max. 250 words).
A character list with short descriptions for each character (age, ethnicity, gender, occupation, family relationships, etc.)
A playwright’s statement (max. 400 words). In the statement, describe your inspiration for writing the play, address where you are in the development process, and discuss how a workshop in a university setting can facilitate that process. Please include information about access and accommodation needs in this statement.

Please follow these guidelines when submitting your play:
Submissions must be:
  • A full-length play.
  • Musicals and plays with music are eligible for the program. However, we can only provide piano accompaniment for rehearsals and the staged reading.
  • The primary language of the play must be English. Other languages in the play may be presented through English translations (provided by the playwright) for the staged reading.
  • There are no other restrictions in subject matter or style.
  • A playwright may only submit one play per year. The work must be submitted by the playwright rather than a literary agent or other third party.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the playwright, which may include adaptations of fictional or factual material. Translations of other playwrights’ work are not accepted.
  • The submitting playwright must be either the owner and controller of the copyright or provide written proof that they have acquired the legal right to use copyrighted material (including source material for adaptations) in their work.
  • Plays that have been produced or published professionally are ineligible for the program. Plays that have been presented through staged readings, workshops, university productions, or community theatre productions are eligible.
  • A playwright (including finalists) may submit a play that they submitted in a previous year if there have been substantive revisions.
  • The Crossroads Project reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted play for any reason.

We will contact semi-finalists by the end of November 2023 and ask them to submit the full play.

The winning playwright will be notified by the end of January 2024.

Inquiries about the Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative should be directed to:

Kee-Yoon Nahm, D.F.A.
Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies
Chair, The Crossroads Project

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

2nd annual R5 Playhouse Series open - seeking one-act radio plays


Deadline: July 26, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT

First presented in 2022, the R5 Playhouse Series is R5 Productions’ annual festival of new one act plays — all presented virtually in R5’s signature radio play format. The Series creates space for playwrights to premiere new works and aims to grow the R5 artist community at large. Festival selections are chosen by a committee of readers, which includes R5 leadership. 

About the 2023 Festival:

This year’s Playhouse Series theme is haunted, and R5 is looking for your haunted short plays — whatever that means to you! Thrillers and ghost stories have been favored fodder for stories for centuries, but so few find their way onto the stage. R5 wants to celebrate the macabre and the mysterious, the unseen and the unexplained, the eerie feelings that linger, the ghostly menaces that dance about the edges of the darkness, the places in the mind where the likes of Poe and King reside and revel. Take us to those places. Share with us those stories, between this world and the next.

The 2023 festival will take place virtually on Tuesday evenings in October 2023. Festival selections will be announced in late August or early September 2023, with playwrights and artists rehearsing throughout September. This is an unpaid opportunity.

Submission Guidelines:

Plays should be non-musical one acts at 20-30 pages in length, requiring no more than 5 actors.

Play should engage with the theme “haunted.” (See “About the 2023 Festival” section above.) We are particularly interested in subtle, surprising, and non-obvious interpretations of the theme.

Plays submitted should fit a radio play (audio only) format.

Playwrights may only submit 1 script.

We welcome submissions from all artists and strongly encourage submissions from writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, people with disabilities, gender-nonconforming, LGBTQIA+, women, and members of other marginalized communities.

Submissions will be capped at 50.

What to Submit:

PDF of your play (other file formats will not be accepted)

Synopsis of your play (100 words or less)

Explanation of why your play fits the “haunted” theme (500 words or less)

Your headshot and bio (150 words or less)

Names of directors and cast members (if known)

Send submissions to rproductions2020@gmail.com with the subject line “Playhouse 2023: [Name of Play] by [Name of Playwright].” Submissions are due no later than 11:59pm EST on July 26, 2023.

Monday, July 17, 2023

Scripthealer: New Writing for Television Workshops with Francine Volpe & Aurin Squire

Playwright Francine Volpe (P-Valley, Tokyo Vice) has packed everything she knows about developing and writing content for television into this intimate, interactive ZOOM course taught with Aurin Squire (The Good Fight, Evil). Taught over two weekends in the evenings (August 4-6th, and August 11-13th, 6-9:30 ET) these classes are a perfect way for playwrights to begin developing their work for television or go to the next level in developing their craft. Class size is limited. To sign up email scripthealer@yahoo.com.

Weekend One: Solid Foundations, Well Built Stories, 8/4-6, 6-9:30 ET


Distinguishing the Medium – Instructor, Francine Volpe

Understanding the foundations of our greatest TV series from All in The Family to I May Destroy You will set you on the right path to preparing for and writing your original script. You’ll learn the fundamental principles of television writing with a focus on the underlying structures and expectations of the medium. You’ll leave class with a template to ensure that you have every necessary element to build your show on a solid foundation.


Developing and Pitching Your Series
– Instructor, Aurin Squire

Now that you have assembled all the elements, how do you expand your ideas into a fully fleshed-out TV show? Aurin Squire will show you how to develop your thoughts into a compelling idea that meets the industry standard. This includes creating supporting characters, a pilot storyline, and an arc for the first season and beyond. He will help you seed your personal connection to the material and show you how to pitch it all vividly and concisely to engage buyers. You will leave class with a blueprint for pitching your show.


Writing the Pilot – Instructor, Francine Volpe

This is a walk through of all aspects of the craft of dramatic and visual storytelling. Each pilot script is a gem that must be cut differently – but no less carefully. Video clips from existing television shows will be shown to demonstratively convey principles and reveal many different techniques. Focus is put on the practical application of principles so that you will leave class with lasting tools and energized to begin writing your pilot.

Weekend Two: The Writers Room, Workshop & Practice, 8/11-13, 6-9:30 ET

Friday, August 11th

Aurin Squire will spend lead you through an interactive “mock writers’ room”. You will learn how to perform on the job. Aurin and Francine will also teach you exactly how they prepare and nail general meetings and staffing interviews. This is an invaluable class for anyone interested in writing professionally.

Saturday, August 12th, Sunday August 13th

Here's where we hear from you! Francine Volpe and special guest Showrunners will listen to your pitches, or offer mock general meetings or mock staffing interviews. This individual feedback is offered to improve your chances of success. 

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Lucky's Lighting 15-minute Play Festival


Deadline: July 22, 2023 at 11:59 EDT

Looking for Playwrights, Directors and Actors for a '15 minutes Play Festival'fully sponsor your production

no fee

3 show dates-mid August

Rehearsal will be starting a week prior.

Each play should be approx 10-20 minutes in length.

rehearsal will start the week prior of show.

show dates are August 17th-19th

rehearsal will be at the venue on the 15th and 16th.

each play performs in one show a day, each day

there are 2 shows each day:

7pm and 9pm.

productions interested will receive:

-rehearsal space provided, starting the week prior of show.
-live stream video footage of their show. (we're still deciding on which show day.)
-Stage Manager
-Assistant Stage Manager
-Lighting Designer
-Scenic Designer
-Projection Designer
-Sound Designer

-at end of each show, audience will vote on which play they want to see extended

winner on the 19th will receive a week at the venue for free. Splitting the door with venue 50/50 any time they desire. (There's a 6 month time limit).

if interested please send:

-Your name:
-email and phone number:
-Playwrights Name:
-Script title:
-description/ plot:
-potential run time:
-number of Actors:
-do you have the actors and Director you need? if not, what do you need?
-your availability end of July/early August(we're planning on doing a salon reading of the full show)
-please attach the script in email.

Send to info@Luckyslightinginc.com

Friday, July 14, 2023

Submissions are currently open for Issue #13, coming out in September 2023.


Deadline: (none listed)

SCAB is interested in your filth. Send your best worst.


Send stuff NO LONGER than 2000 words. Please send everything in doc or docx format.


Anything non-moving goes. Up to 3 pieces at a time, in JPEG format; I’ll contact you later if a better quality version is needed.

Send all submissions to this address: scabmag@outlook.com

Please wait ’til you get a response before sending something new. The usual response time is a few weeks.

No previously published pieces, please. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but if your piece gets accepted elsewhere, please shoot me a message about it.

SCAB is currently unable to pay for accepted submissions with other than undying gratitude and publicity.

Upon acceptance, I will contact you and ask you to include the name under which you’d like to be published, a short bio, and a social media link (optional) in your response.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Masque & Spectacle open for submissions for 10-minute plays


Deadline: July 31, 2023

Masque & Spectacle reads submissions for its bi-annual issues November 1 – January 31 and May 1 – July 31. Submissions received outside of this time period will be automatically deleted. Responses can be expected within a month. Acceptance rate is around 10%.

We do not accept previously published work, and we ask for First Electronic Rights and Non-Exclusive Archival Rights upon acceptance. Unfortunately, we are unable to pay contributors at this time.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

For any queries, please contact us at masqueandspectacle@gmail.com.

We welcome 10-minute plays (up to approximately 10 pages in length). No full-length plays will be considered at this time.

While traditional plays are welcome, we are particularly interested in innovative and/or interdisciplinary texts that break new ground, either in relation to their subject matter, or in how the text itself is performed/written/represented on stage.

Playwrights may submit one previously unpublished 10-minute play for consideration. The script should be accompanied by a cover letter, which includes your name, address, phone number, and email address. Proper playwriting format should be used. If you are uncertain about this format, several examples can be found online.

Send drama submissions to masqueandspectacle@gmail.com. Attach written submissions in a single Word doc or docx file, and include the word “DRAMA” in the email subject line.

Monday, July 10, 2023

The Playwright's Group ~ Sit in on a session and see for yourself


                            The Weekly Workshop

Join our nationwide community of playwrights on Zoom. 

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


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



Sit in on a session and see for yourself!

Tuesdays or Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm EDT


Check out our website for more details and rates. 


Script Consultations


If you don’t have time for the workshop but have a script you’d like some feedback on — just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get a critique via email and/or video conference. See website for rates.


Richard Caliban has worked with  individuals on their scripts from all over the world — Indonesia, China, Greece, Australia, Serbia, as well as right here in New York. A script consultation will provide you with feedback on the structural soundness of your story, the dramatic arc of your protagonist, thematic unity and much more.


Online One-on-One Courses


If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:


       The Art of Playwriting

       Write a Play in 10 Weeks


Both are with instructor Richard Caliban, and since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience. 


Please visit our website for further Info and Rates: 




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