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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Native Voices 14th Annual Short Play Festival


Deadline: September 15, 2023

Who You Calling “Stoic?”: Not Your Cigar Store Indian

There are many stereotypes that Native Americans - living and dead - have had to contend with. One of the most pervasive in film, history, and wooden statues: the stoic, wise leader.

He never smiles. He rarely speaks. He is always a he.

But we know better. And for Native Voices 14th Annual Short Play Festival, you will, too!

We’re asking our writers to dive into the image of the “Stoic Indian.” Let’s flip that stereotype on its head.

Will you…

Showcase that brilliant wit lurking behind that stoic facade?

Tackle the stories of the very real (and wise)?

Regale us with the playfully mischievous?

Surprise us?

Instead of playing stoic, Native Voices’ 2024 Short Play Festival is asking for stories that play with stoic. Come, make us laugh, teach us a lesson, or show us stoic as we join together for the Autry for our 14th Annual Short Play Festival.

Please keep your plays under 10 minutes! Plays selected to participate in the 14th Annual Short Play Festival will also be entered to win the Thomas Studie Gadugi Audience Prize of $500 and the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award of $1,000.

Scripts longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome!

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: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Monday, August 28, 2023

Seeking plays about the contribution Black women made in 19th-century America


Deadline: September 15, 2023

Fifteenth Street Meeting of The Religious Society of Friends, a Quaker congregation in NYC, seeks plays of any length and description about the contribution Black women made in 19th-century America.

Possible staged reading or full production at the end of this year — or next year — which we will produce.

Opportunity open to all playwrights, anywhere.

Submit as many plays as you choose; all plays are eligible whether produced, published or not.

No fee — no compensation.

Please send scripts by September 15th, as MSWord or PDF documents, by email only to: stevecapra@pipeline.com.

Submitters will be notified at the end of this year — or early next year.

Thank you, playwrights!

Sunday, August 27, 2023

The Philly Cycle seeks US-based playwrights for commission


Deadline: August 31, 2023

Over the next two years InterAct will commission three plays to be written about and with Philadelphia communities that are under-represented on local (and national) stages. The second commission will focus on the city’s community of Southeast Asians, specifically those displaced by the wars in Southeast Asia.

InterAct Theatre Company is seeking U.S.-based playwrights who would be interested in immersing themselves in deep and ongoing conversations with this diverse community and ultimately crafting a singular story that centers this community.

Selected playwrights will receive a $15,000 commission, support for extensive play development both in and apart from the relevant community (including travel & local housing for playwrights based outside Philadelphia), and a guaranteed production (ideally in InterAct’s 2025-26 season)

InterAct will support the development of each of The Philly Cycle play in four distinct ways:

• Facilitating partnerships with community leaders and community organizations as resources for playwrights to fully mine the worlds of their plays. For this play, we are partnering with three local organizations: The Cambodian Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, Laos in the House, and VietLead.

• Identifying and engaging fully professional artistic teams, including directors, dramaturgs, actors and others, as desired.

• Coordinating private workshops and public readings of each play, including in-progress readings on-site in relevant communities.

• Providing ongoing dramaturgical consultation with InterAct’s artistic staff throughout the process

Submissions will be evaluated in a two-phased process, within the context of conversations already underway with leaders in the Philadelphia Southeast Asian community.

Phase 1: InterAct artistic staff will evaluate all applications, advancing those that are best aligned with the guidelines, vision and/or spirit of The Philly Cycle. Producing Artistic Director, Seth Rozin, and Literary Manager, Chaz T. Martin, will conduct (virtual or in-person) interviews with applicant playwrights.

Phase 2: InterAct will re-engage community partners and leaders in conversation about the final short list of candidates, and together make a final decision.

The Woodward/Newman Award 2024


Deadline: September 1, 2023

The Woodward/Newman Award is an exclusive honor offered by Constellation Stage & Screen, started through the support of Joanne Woodward, Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Newman family, celebrating Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward’s tremendous history of work on stage and screen. It presents the best unpublished play of the year with a cash prize of $3,000 and a full production as part of Constellation’s Mainstage season.

Please note that there are significant changes to our submission and selection process from previous years. In order to make the Woodward/Newman Award accessible to all, we have eliminated submission fees as well as the contest format. 

The Woodward/Newman Award will continue to be awarded to an unpublished new play once per year and come with a $3,000 cash prize and a full production. 

Submissions will be accepted and reviewed by our literary team on an ongoing basis, and will be considered for the award as well as for all 8 production slots in our season. So a play that is not selected for the Woodward/Newman slot in our season, may still be considered and selected for production. This will allow us to now accept open submissions for all types of plays (including TYA shows). Plays submitted prior to September 1 will be considered for the 2023-24 season, while plays submitted beyond that date will be considered for the 2024-25 Season. All submissions will be kept on file for 2 years after submission.

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


We are currently accepting submissions for the 2024-25 Woodward/Newman Award. The award recipient and finalists will be announced by May 15, 2024. The winner will be awarded $3,000 and a full production.
  • “Full-length” plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes). TYA shows should have a complete running time of over 40 minutes.
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission (independently published is acceptable).
  • Each play should be individually submitted at the following link: CONSTELLATION STAGE & SCREEN PLAY SUBMISSION.
  • You will be asked to submit your play as an attachment and all other information (bio, history, synopsis, character breakdown) will be entered into a form. Musical submissions may upload demos as an attachment or include a link to a shared folder.
  • Limit of 2 play submissions per year.
  • $3,000 cash prize is in lieu of royalties for the full production. Housing & transportation will also be provided.
  • If you have any questions, please email literary@seeconstellation.org.

Saturday, August 26, 2023



Deadline: August 31, 2023
The first 250 submissions to be received from July 1st until August 31st will be considered.

$22 submission fee will be waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild of America. Please include a scan or photocopy of your current membership card with your script for verification.

The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women was founded by Yellow Rose Productions, with permission of Beth Henley, to encourage and recognize the new works of female playwrights. The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women aims to give voice to the stories of this generation and to bring into the spotlight important works that have been crafted.

The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women seeks to honor both the writings of Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley and those of winners of the Henley Rose Award.

Submissions are welcome from July 1st until August 31st and will be read by a committee of writers, theatre artists, and producers.

The first 250 submissions to be received from July 1st until August 31st will be considered.

A small group of finalists will be announced in June 2024. The First, Second, and Third Place winners will also be announced by the end of June 2024 and will receive the Henley Rose Award. In addition, submission fees will go toward creating a cash prize for the winners of the Henley Rose Award.

First Place – $1000
Second Place – $500
Third Place – $250

Please note that prizes will be sent out via PayPal to ensure efficient and secure delivery. Additionally, we are unable to provide feedback on scripts that are submitted.


Submissions must be completed, full-length plays. No one-acts or ten-minute plays, please.
Submissions must be the original work of the submitting female-identifying playwright.
Submissions may not have been previously produced or fully staged at the time of entry.
Submissions are due by August 31st, 2023 and must include all of the submission materials to qualify.
One script may be submitted per applicant.

  • Completed Registration (Click Here for Registration)
  • Script
  • Payment: $22 submission fee. Submission fees will go to create a cash prize for the winner of the Henley Rose Award. ($22 submission fee will be waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild of America. Please include a scan or photocopy of your current membership card with your script for verification.)

All applicants may choose to submit scripts and/or payment via snail mail (checks made payable to Yellow Rose Productions):

Henley Rose Competition
1321 Raleigh Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

All applicants may choose to submit materials via e-mail for an additional $10.00 printing fee. 

E-mail submission materials may be sent to henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com.

At the completion of your registration form you will receive a an e-mail confirmation with additional instructions. If you are choosing to submit electronically, please attach your script as a response to this email confirmation. If you are planning to submit via snail mail, please respond to the confirmation e-mail to let us know when your script is on its way.

If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within a few minutes of submitting your application, please check your SPAM folder and make sure to add henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com to your contacts to be sure we are able to reach you!

Please note that your submission is not complete until all submission materials (application, script, and payment – if required) have been received. Submissions via snail mail must be postmarked no later than August 31st, 2023. Should the submission cap be reached before August 31st, 2023, the application will no longer accept new submissions and an announcement will be made. Any accidental payments made past the 250 script cap are fully refundable.

Feel free to contact us with any questions at henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com.


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Deadline: August 27, 2023

Half & Half is an exciting new show from Anubis Improv. We'll take three 2-person scripts, split them in half, and pair one actor with one improviser on the night of the show. The actor has to say the lines as written, the improviser has no idea what the scene is about. Hilarity ensues.

Contact hello@anubisimprov.com

Friday, August 25, 2023

International Human Rights Art Festival Ten-Minute Play Festival 2023


Deadline: October 1, 2023

Full information about the call and Festival HERE

12 plays will be selected to be presented during the 5th Annual International Human Rights Art Festival

December 4th - 10th, 2023

The Tank
312 W 36th St., New York, NY 10018

New York City's International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF.ORG), NYC’s pre-eminent arts and human rights performance event, and The Tank Theater issue a call for proposals for its ten-minute play festival (scripts no longer than 10-pages, double-spaced, 12 point Times Roman font) as part of the International Human Rights Art Festival this winter.

The Festival will take place in The Tank’s 98-seat main stage.

We are looking for self-produced pieces which are built around a social concern. We are especially interested in work exhibiting the values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability, engagement and celebrating diversity; work inspired by the open-heart of the artist, and not their anger, disgust or disapproval.

Selected plays will receive two hours of free rehearsal space at ART-NY (520 8th Ave.); a 30-minute tech rehearsal, full tech support, PR and marketing, and free photography documentation as part of the festival. There is no fee to apply, and a production stipend of $100 per selected play will be paid.

Please send the script, links, resume and any other information which might be of help in our decision to Festival Assistant Producer Costanza Bugiani: costanza@ihraf.org, with the subject line: "IHRAF 10-minutePlay Festival Submission"

Deadline is October 1, 2023. Final decisions will be made by October 15, 2023.

The International Human Rights Art Festival has produced more than 100 events featuring more than 1000 artists since its inception in March 2017, at Dixon Place (NY). It has been covered in more than 30 media outlets (including the New York Times, NBC, Fox5, AM-NY, Metro-NY, Huffington Post, The Dramatist and many others); has worked with politicians and performers such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman John Lewis (deceased), Kathleen Turner, Barbra Streisand and many more.

Founded in 2003, The Tank champions emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression working across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, puppetry, and storytelling.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Radical Acts performance festival


Deadline: September 10, 2023


JACK will be accepting submissions to the annual performance festival, Radical Acts August 18th-September 10th!

Radical Acts is a 10 night performance festival where each night different artists showcase their interpretations of “radical.” Previous festival participants have embraced radical joy, radical mayhem, radical empathy, and radical experiments in design and of course, radical confrontations with today’s pressing issues!

We invite New York artists to apply within, outside, and in-between artistic mediums. We encourage you to apply with dance, music, theater, spoken word, puppetry, performance art and more.

  • Applications open: Friday, August 18th
  • Submission deadline: Sunday, September 10th at 11:59pm
  • Applicant notification: Mid October
  • Schedule confirmation: End of October
  • Festival Rehearsals: November - early December
  • Festival Dates: December 6 - December 16

Each project will receive $800 to be used as the artist sees fit.

Please consider this fee in relationship to the scope of the project you are applying with.

What JACK Provides
  • Lighting Designer
  • Stage manager for day of support and to run cues for your tech & performance
  • 3 hour spacing rehearsal at JACK
  • 3 hour tech day rehearsal on the day of your performance
  • Press and Marketing


Dec 6, 2023 - Dec 16, 2023

The 3rd Annual Patchwork Play Festival A One-Act New Play Festival


Deadline: November 30, 2023

Eclectic Full Contact Theater Company announces the opening of submissions for the 3rd annual Patchwork Play festival. 

To be presented at The Edge Theater, 5451 N Broadway, Chicago, IL.
Feb. 23, 2024 - March 3, 2024

We are currently accepting submissions of New One-Act Plays that embody this years theme of: Metamorphosis

​Deadline for submissions is Nov. 30, 2023

Nine finalists will have their play produced in our festival. 

A $250 Award will be presented for best production as adjudicated by a panel of Chicago Theater professionals. 

​A $250 Audience Award will also be presented to the festival favorite as determined by our audiences.

Submission Requirements:​Play must be previously unproduced. (Staged Reading are fine)
  • Play length not to exceed 30 minutes.
  • Play must reflect the yearly theme. This years theme is: Metamorphosis
  • Play must be received by November 30, 2023

Scripts cannot contain copyrighted music unless the playwright owns the music’s copyright, or has written permission from the music’s copyright owner.
Email submissions to: Patchworkplayfest@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Tiger's Heart Players 2nd Annual Literary Contest of Short Plays

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TIGER’S HEART PLAYERS has reached its Cap for Submissions to its 2nd Annual Literary Competition.

Thank you to all who have submitted. We look forward to reading your work!

Best to All!


Deadline: November 1, 2023
Or when 150 submissions are accepted

TIGER’S HEART PLAYERS, an International Theatre Company presenting works both online and recently Live! is holding its 2nd Annual Literary Contest of Short Plays.

This year we’re seeking 10-minute plays only—so no work should exceed 10 pages, excluding title & character pages. The title page must include the playwright’s name and email address. All pages must be numbered. No musicals. Children’s plays are not preferred, but may win us over.

Please use standard DG format:


Other formats (ie: character’s name at left margin to save a line will not be read, as will not others without page numbers, playwright’s name, etc.)

One play per playwright only! Please put Literary Competition in the subject Line.
  • $100 First Prize
  • $50 Second Prize
  • $25 Third Prize
  • 1 or 2 Honorable Mentions
We reserve the right to not select a winner(s).

We will post the Cap at www.NYCPlaywrights.com when reached & on our Facebook Page @ Tiger’s Heart Players. https://www.facebook.com/TigersHeartPlayers

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


Deadline: September 1, 2023

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

Please read carefully as the submission guidelines have changed.

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

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

Playwrights will receive a $150 stipend. Playwrights will receive a standard Dramatists Guild-approved contract and will receive four complimentary tickets to be used at any performances. Playwrights are welcome to attend any rehearsals or performances. Playwrights will receive copies of playbills, postcards, articles, and reviews, as well as a link to all publicity and production photos. THEATRE THREE is responsible for all elements of production; playwrights incur no expenses. THEATRE THREE retains no future production rights.

Final selection of plays will be announced by December 15, 2023.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

46th Annual One-Act Playwriting Competition at the Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA)


Deadline: September 16, 2023

*If you are unable to pay the entry fee for the competition, please email oneactslta@gmail.com to request a fee waiver.

Link to submission: https://forms.gle/2L3hoMqWSfgd2PCY6

Guidelines for Submission
For a play to be considered for this competition, the submission(s) must be an original, unpublished, and un-produced (not staged for a paying audience, including festivals with paid tickets, as of the date of entry) play.

Time permitting, LTA intends to produce the winner(s) in the summer of 2024 in conjunction with The Arlington Players (TAP).

LTA and/or TAP shall have the right to produce winning scripts without payment of royalties in 2024. Shows that receive a paid production during the submission period must be withdrawn, with another play allowed for substitution through September 16th. All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

To participate in the 46th Annual One-Act Playwriting competition, you must follow all of the guidelines on the following pages. Any questions can be directed to the One Act Chairs at oneactslta@gmail.com.

You must submit your entry and payment no later than September 16, 2023. If your play is not submitted by this deadline, your play will not be considered for the competition.

How to Submit Your Show:
Please use the link below to fill out our submission form. You will be asked for some information about yourself and to upload your shows directly to the form. If you have any issues submitting your show, please email us at oneactslta@gmail.com. Please note that the form will only allow you to upload a file if you are using a gmail account. If you do not have one, please email us for additional instructions.

Submission Fee:
What the Fee Goes Towards:

If you would like to learn more about the fee, what it goes towards etc, please see their website.

*If you are unable to pay the entry fee for the competition, please email oneactslta@gmail.com to request a fee waiver.

All plays must be sent as a PDF file. Any other electronic format will not be accepted.

Script must be in blind copy formatting (meaning, no identifying information about the author should appear in the script, including name, address or contact information)

Script must include a list of characters with descriptions, a brief synopsis of the show, and numbered pages.

Scripts that do not meet the above guidelines may not be scored.

Script Content
  • The approximate run time of the show must be 20 to 50 minutes.
  • Shows cannot include nudity. However, strong themes and language are welcome.
  • The submission must be a stage play. Film, TV or other scripts will not be accepted.
  • The show cannot be a musical or a play with live instrumentation.
  • The show cannot be the same submission from the year prior unless significant re-writes have been made to the script. For more information, email the chairs at oneactslta@gmail.com.
Technical Requirements
  • Given that the winners will be staged, the show must be written to meet technical specifications for the theater. A limited budget (approximately $500) will be made available to the production team. Examples from previous years are provided below, but if you have questions on whether your show would meet technical specifications, you can email oneactslta@gmail.com.Set: One large set piece (e.g., a rooftop) or a few smaller/medium-sized pieces (e.g., a bus seat, sand dunes)
  • Props and costumes: Should be readily available or easily made
  • Light and sound: Show should be accommodated with basic lighting instruments and minimal sound effects.
  • Special effects: Some special effects can be accommodated (e.g., fog)
  • Combat and/or intimacy choreography: Must be minimal
  • Music: Shows with live music cannot be accommodated
  • Additional technical notes: The theater has access to a fly system and a track system that can be used for these productions.


Scripts will be judged on the following categories:
  • Concept
  • Dramatic Action
  • Characterization
  • Dialogue
  • Ability to be performed within technical requirements

Prizes of $350 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd place, and $150 for 3rd place will be awarded. 

Winning scripts will also be offered an opportunity to have their script workshopped before going to production.

Notification of Outcome

Finalists will be notified in mid-November 2023, and final winners will be selected by the end of 2023. All playwrights will be notified of their final status by the end of 2023. LTA is proud to offer feedback to authors who request it. Feedback will be provided to all authors by the end of January 2024.


If you have any questions about the submission process, please email oneactslta@gmail.com.

Now accepting 2024 Submissions for Smith & Kraus, Publishers, Debbie Lamedman, Editor

UPDATE: they have received the maximum of 250 ten-minute plays 

BUT they are still seeking monologues.


Deadline: October 15, 2023 EST

Submit monologues here

Please read the following guidelines thoroughly:
For Best Men & Women’s Stage Monologue Anthologies:
• Monologues MUST BE FROM PLAYS. They cannot be stand-alone pieces.
• They must be from plays produced between August 2022 through September 2023
• Staged Readings performed live or virtually will be accepted if the readings occurred in the above-mentioned window.
• Monologues should be from 1-3 minutes long.
• Monologues should be pieces that have onstage action and work well for auditions.
• Please include a descriptive blurb containing a brief summary of the play; the name/age of the character; to whom the character is speaking, and the dramatic context of the scene.

**You may submit to both the Women's and Men's Anthology, but only ONE submission per book.

Do not submit any monologue that has been submitted in the past year.


For The Best 10-Minute Play Anthology:

Submissions will be capped after the first 250 scripts are received. Once I reach 250 plays, submissions will close. 


Plays must be produced between August 2022 through September 2023. If you know your play has an upcoming production it is eligible to submit it.

*Only one submission per playwright. Do not submit a play that has been submitted in the past year.
DEADLINE: 10/15/2023 Midnight EST—No exceptions

Tales by the Fire Episode III: Revenge of the Myth seeks short plays


Deadline: September 15, 2023
Or until 50 submissions received

It’s often said that good things come in threes, so prepare yourselves for ‘Tales by the Fire Episode III: Revenge of the Myth’.

The Orpheus Theatre Company is excited to announce the writing prompt for the third installment of our new works series- this time we are exploring myths and legends.
Do you know of any local myths that would make for a fascinating short play? Have you any desire to pass down a legend once regaled to you by a strange elder? Perhaps you think it would be fun to write a story about a Minotaur’s night out at DECADES, or Sisyphus becoming very confused by HISTORIC ROCK FORD? Whether they be ancient or modern myths, we want to read about them in your short plays.

The requirements are few. The pieces need to be short (no more than 15 minutes in length), they should feature no more than 6 actors, and they have to be inspired by the theme ‘Revenge of the Myth’. The short plays can be heartfelt, hysterical, or horrifying- all tales are welcome at our fire-side. 

Submissions can be sent to us at orpheusmoves@gmail.com and are open from 8/21-9/15 or until the cap of 50 submissions is received.

We look forward to reading your myths!

The Mini Plays Review' is inviting submissions for its September 2023 issue


Deadline: September 15, 2023

The theme of our second issue is 'Companionship or Friendship'. Please send us mini plays and monologues on this theme.

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

Last date of submission: September 15th, 2023 (The selected authors shall be informed by September 22 nd, 2023).

Please send your work to miniplaysmag@gmail.com

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

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


The anthology will be published in pdf and paperback editions.

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

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

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

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/the-mini-plays-magazine/submit?authuser=0
Email: miniplaysmag@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?viewas=100000686899395&id=100094065903790

Sunday, August 20, 2023

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


Deadline: August 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM MDT

Submissions Accepted: August 15-31 for November Read & Rant

Athena Project’s new Read & Rant program seeks to combine the original form’s sharing of theatrical work with the wider public with the new play development aspects of Plays In Progress while also fostering collaboration between playwrights and dramaturgs. We are initiating these changes to Read & Rant with the goal to create digital opportunities for early and mid-career playwrights, uplifting women* writers and dramaturgs overall, and highlighting the underrepresentation of women* in these positions.

A total of five plays will be selected via lottery. Two of these plays will be featured in our next Read & Rant and will receive a moderated Zoom discussion led by a dramaturg and initial public feedback. The remaining three will still have an opportunity to receive short feedback from a dramaturg via a medium of their preference (written, audio recording, short video, or live phone call).

Submission Guidelines:

Playwright must be a woman* and may submit only one full-length script each month. Full-length is defined by at least 60 pages in standard playscript format.Only previously unproduced plays are eligible. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised prior to submission to Read & Rant so the playwright receives the most benefit from this opportunity. (Presently, we cannot accept musicals.)

Submission must include:

The submission deadline is August 31, 2023, 11:59 pm MDT for November Read & Rant participation.

*At Athena Project, we believe that “women” means many things and can be a complicated term. We recognize that the term “women” does not automatically include all aspects of the gender spectrum. We want to create a safer space for the expression and growth for all women, non-binary, and LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Druid Theatre (Ireland) – Script Submission Window 2023


Deadline: August 25, 2023 at 5PM


Druid Theatre's 2023 New Writing Script Submission Window is now open.

Selected scripts will be read as part of Druid Debuts 2024, the company’s annual series of rehearsed readings of new plays, with a view to further development.

How It Works

Playwrights who submit a script during the submission window will have their work read. Scripts received outside of this time will not be considered. Scripts sent via email, post or other means will not be accepted.

Please read the guidelines before submitting your script.

The company accepts plays in the English language. For the purposes of clarity: Druid accepts translations of original plays into English which meet their criteria.

Please ensure you have read their guidelines before submitting your script.

For the open submission process, a reading panel assists the Artistic Director in assessing your play and ensures that a range of perspectives are brought to bear on each submission.

While Druid gives consideration to all plays submitted within the allotted period, they are not in a position to give a detailed a response to each submission.

The open submission process takes place alongside commissions, workshops, mentoring, public readings and other playwright development initiatives as part of Druid’s commitment to bring new work into production.

  • Submit only one script per submission window. Once submitted a new draft cannot be resubmitted. Submit original work only. 
  • Submit only those plays that have not had a full professional or amateur production. In this light, plays emerging from student productions or from a reading/workshop will be accepted. 
  • Writers whose work has previously been produced by amateur theatre companies are asked to submit only those plays that are not currently intended for a future production. 
  • Druid is not in a position to accept historical/biographical plays. For example, the company is more likely to produce a contemporary, more traditionally-structured play that has a connection to Ireland than an experimental opera about a historical figure with no connection to Ireland. 
  • Druid is not in a position to accept radio scripts, TV scripts or screenplays. Submitted plays must be written for the stage. 
  • Druid is not in a position to accept musicals or plays for children. 
  • Plays should be fully completed and have a running time of at least 40 minutes. 
  • Please ensure that you are familiar with Druid’s work before submitting your script. You are expected to submit your script to Druid only if you believe it would be of interest to the company. 
The aim of the New Writing process in Druid is to find new writers and voices that can be nourished rather than a finished polished piece of work.  Druid looks forward to collaborating, guiding and nurturing writers, building a relationship with those voices who will grace our stages for years to come. 

  • Scripts should be typed on A4 with pages numbered 
  • Please ensure you check the spelling in your script thoroughly 
  • Font size should not be lower than 12pt 
  • Stage directions must be in italics Please submit your file in PDF format 

Your name and contact details should not appear anywhere on the script Failing to remove your name or contact details from a script will render it ineligible.

Due to the large volume of scripts received annually, Druid cannot provide detailed feedback on each script received. 

The Clive Awards Playwriting Competition


Deadline: August 31, 2023

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

FPA intends to award two prizes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is no entry fee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Topanga Actors Company Short Play Festival 2023


Deadline: September 16, 2023 at 11PM Pacific Time

Topanga Actors Company is currently accepting submissions for its second Short Play Festival to be performed at the Topanga Library in Topanga Canyon, California on November 4 & 5 and November 18 & 19, 2023

Submissions for the festival are open to playwrights worldwide, but plays should be aimed at an English-speaking audience.

Deadline: 11 pm PT on September 16, 2023

Pieces should be original ten- to- fifteen minute plays; stand-alone shorts. Any theme, any genre, no musicals. We are looking for up to 20 short plays. Following established TAC protocols, plays will be presented as enhanced staged readings.

Please email submissions to topangaactorscompany@theatercompany.org . We will only accept email submissions.

  • Plays running 10 to 15 minutes each should be submitted in standard play format via PDF format with a title page including the title of your play and your contact info: name, address, phone and email address.
  • One play per playwright. Please provide a casting breakdown and a note about casting flexibility if appropriate
  • Unpublished work only, please.

Good luck, thank you for your interest in Topanga Actors Company and we look forward to reading your scripts!

Friday, August 18, 2023

Fall 2023 Online and In-Person Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Fall 2023 classes at Primary Stages ESPA are open for enrollment! We’re excited to announce online AND in-person writing, acting, and directing classes. Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

The First Draft - In-Person and Online!

MĂȘlisa Annis (Writer, Director, Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU)
Crystal Skillman (Writer, King Kirby)
Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)
Michael Walkup (Artistic Director, P73)

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment to get your ideas on the page.

Rewriting Your Draft

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby)

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This class will help you tackle the revision process and develop a stronger version of your play.

Fundamentals of Playwriting

Tasha Gordon-Solmon (Writer and Director; Faculty, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing Program)
Calamity West (Writer, Roundabout/Underground, The Goodman, Williamstown)
Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your first play (and each play you write after that!) can be built on a strong foundation.
10-Minute Plays and One Acts - In Person!

Instructor: Adam Kraar (Writer, Wild Terrain at EST)

Learn how to distill a compelling story into the shortest possible dramatic form, think outside of the box of structure, and be well on your way to compiling a portfolio of several submission-ready short plays.

TV Writing

Instructor: Daniel Talbott (Writer, "The Conners"; Artistic Director, Rising Phoenix Rep)

Learn the structure and language of television writing to develop a first draft of your pilot.


Instructor: Daniel Talbott (Writer, "The Conners"; Artistic Director, Rising Phoenix Rep)

Explore the components of screenwriting, particularly focusing on structure, form, and language, and begin to develop a first draft of your screenplay.

Classes begin in September. Start and end dates vary. Click here for the full list of writing classes.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Go Try Play Write August 2023


Deadline: August 31, 2023


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

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

August 2023 prompt: A super powers prompt. Write a ten page maximum scene or a five page maximum monologue about a society where everyone has the same super power, but one individual loses that power. The scene is about incidents that happen to that individual, or the monologue is about what goes through their mind as they deal with their new existence. 

(Sorry for the late prompt all; I caught a cold when I got back from vacation. I hope it doesn’t set you back. Harry Wong III~)

Winning entries will be performed/read by actors, filmed, shared via social media, and archived on Kumu Kahua Theatre and Bamboo Ridge websites.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023








Producing your play or musical is the best way to review and develop your work.










When you stage your work, you discover ways to enhance and improve your presentation and story.

This is a unique 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 - some industry people receive on average thousands of submissions per month. They understand that the journey for a show to be successful often goes through several productions and this is your chance to show that you can start that process! 

Our dedicated team is here to help you get your work out. We are with you from the moment you begin tech rehearsals, all the way through to your closing performance.

You will never be left alone during the process. We will help you choose from the 85 set/furniture pieces we offer to dress your stage for your run, and we will give you a complete crash course on how to use the audio/light/video system in just 3 minutes, which are intentionally designed to be very user friendly. 

After we show you how to use the tools we provide and how to best utilize the space, The Festival’s team will 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 12 years and 22 seasons we have successfully hosted 1,400 plays and 300 musicals, as well as rewarding over 300 participating artists cash prizes.

Yours could be the next production onstage!



To submit to the Festival, go to:
https://NewYorkTheaterFestival.com/ »

Send your submissions now – we only accept submissions from playwrights who lives within 30 miles of Manhattan.



Deadline: August 18, 2023


In November 2023, we will host the 5th Annual Faces of America Monologue Festival.
(Date/Location to be announced)

To submit your monologue for consideration there are just a few simple rules:

Your monologue must be less than two minutes in length.
We can't stress this enough. If we think your monologue is longer it will not be considered.

Your monologue should represent America's incredible diversity. (BIPOC, AAPI, Latine, and LGBTQIA+ artists are all strongly encouraged to apply).
Monologues can be historical or futuristic, cultural or political, comedic or tragic, spoken or signed!

Include the word "RENEWAL" somewhere in your monologue.

If this word does not appear in the monologue it will not be considered.

Send your submission to us by the deadline of August 18th using the form below.
Submissions are limited to two per writer. Late entries will not be considered, no matter how much you beg.

We are incredibly excited to read your submissions!

A selection committee will read all submitted monologues that meet the above requirements and pick those that best reflect the many voices that make up America. Submitted monologues remain anonymous to our readers throughout the selection process.

If your monologue is selected for inclusion in the festival you will be contacted by September 22nd. We will then work with you to cast your monologue from The PGE casting pool and your monologue will be performed at the fifth festival in November 2023 as well as published into an anthology.

Anthologies of the monologues from the first four festivals are available for purchase on Amazon.

Ten-Minute Musicals Project 2023


Deadline: August 31, 2023

Since the inception of The Ten-Minute Musicals Project, over sixteen hundred submissions have been received, from librettists, lyricists and composers in seventeen nations: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Uruguay, Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Ukraine.

Stories 1.0 is the full-length musical comprised of works selected in the first several rounds. Several works in Stories 1.0 were workshopped in San Francisco, New York City, Miami, and Nashville over the years. Individual segments have been independently workshopped in Dallas, Chicago, London, and Boston.

SEEKING: Complete original stage musicals which play between seven and twenty minutes. Works which have been previously produced are acceptable, as are excerpts from full-length shows, if they can stand up on their own.

MUSICAL STYLE AND THEATRICAL FORMAT: Any musical style: pop, rock, C&W, show, opera, etc; or theatrical format: comedy, mystery, drama, etc.

CAST SIZE: Maximum of ten performers—five women and five men.


1. A printed script. (Note: printed on paper; not sent as a computer file on disk.) And please make sure your POSTAL ADDRESS appears on it.

2. Lead sheets or piano score. (This need not be at all elaborate; very basic is fine.)

3. A CD or DVD of either the entire piece or just the musical material. (Please don’t send a USB flash drive.)

4. A stamped self-addressed large envelope if you want the work returned.


DEADLINE: Simply postmarked by August 31st. (Do not waste money on overnight express, registered, or certified mail. All that's requested is that the package be postmarked by August 31.) Response will be by November 30th.

FINANCIAL REMUNERATION: $250/US royalty advance for each piece selected, with an equal share of licensing royalties when produced.


The Ten-Minute Musicals Project

Michael Koppy, Producer

P.O. Box 461194

West Hollywood, CA 90046 USA

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Gallery Players 27th Annual Black Box New Play Festival


Deadline: August 31, 2023

The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 27th Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in January 2024. Each play selected will be given a black box production with non-equity actors. Playwrights must be available, if not in person, via Zoom or some other virtual venue for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play. 


NOTE the received by date. Mail your submissions accordingly. 

Submission guidelines: 

1). Plays must be un-produced (readings are ok); must be the play’s world premier 

2) Length of Plays: Plays should be 30 - 60 minutes. We will also accept full-length plays. We are looking for plays with at least 4-6 characters or more. No monologues. No period costume pieces. You may only submit two (2) plays. 

3). Format: Pages must be numbered; A cover page with Title of the play and playwrights contact information is required, along with a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown 

4). Submit a copy of your resume 

5). Playwrights cannot direct their own work

6). Send two copies of your play(s), along with your resume, to: The Gallery Players Black Box New Play Festival 199 14th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Monday, August 14, 2023

PlayZoomers Seeks Short, Online Scripts about Imperfect Love


Deadline: August 31, 2023

PlayZoomers, a live, online theater company, seeks short (10-20 min.) comic and dramatic scripts about how romantic love can go so well and yet so badly for a FESTIVAL OF (IMPERFECT) LOVE on Valentine’s Day weekend Feb. 16 and 17, 2024. 

Scripts should be suitable for online production. There will be no script submission fee required. If we produce your play, you will receive a small stipend.

Please email scripts to playzoomers@gmail.com In the subject line, put “Imperfect Love Script Submission: [title of play] by [playwright].” If you submit multiple scripts, send each in a separate email. No monologues, please.

Please be sure your script meets our formatting guidelines. The first page includes the title, playwright name, estimated run time, and contact information. On the next page, include a logline/synopsis, a detailed character breakdown, any production history, and a brief playwright bio. At the end of the script, describe production details, such as backgrounds, costumes, props, music, and sound effects, if any. For additional script formatting guidance, go to https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats

The deadline for this round of submissions is August 31, 2023. As we read through scripts, we will acknowledge your submission and reach out to you only if your script is selected for production.

With 100+ professionally produced plays since 2020 - involving more than 150 playwrights, directors, designers, and actors - PlayZoomers has quickly become a national online theatre company and an international theatre community. We feature plays of different genres and lengths, with cast sizes typically ranging from 2 - 6. We work closely with playwrights to adapt their work to a digital platform. We welcome theatre artists and audience members of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Learn more about our nonprofit company at https://www.playzoomers.org

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Theatre Now Musical Theatre Writers Lab 2023


Deadline: September 4, 2023 at midnight ET


The Theatre Now Musical Theatre Writers Lab is accepting new applications. The Lab was formed in the fall of 2019 with 10 musical theatre writing teams. We are now opening up applications to add new team member spots to the NY Lab. We'd like to invite you to apply.

We currently have two ongoing Musical Theatre Writing Labs: Our NY Lab for those residing in the local tri-state area and our international Lab that meets on zoom.

Members of the NY Lab must be available to attend our in person Lab meetings that are held every other Sunday from 2-5pm at a midtown Manhattan studio from September through June. Our International Lab meets on the alternate Sundays every other week also from 2-5pm ET on Zoom also from September through June.

Lab member teams are scheduled rotating presentation times throughout the season of 45 minutes each with three teams presenting at each session. You are free to bring in and present any work of your choosing. Some teams have begun the season with the outline of a new musical and use their presentation time to bring in new scenes and songs as they write the piece. Others bring in portions of pieces they have already worked on to fine tune or develop further. The choice of how and what to work on and bring in for presentation is entirely up to you. Each presentation time is 45 minutes in length and that includes your actual presentation and the time you leave available for feedback from the group.

Additional support we offer our lab members is varied and wide ranging based on the needs of the writing teams and may include individual and group consultations, mentoring, dramaturgical sessions, writers groups, office resources, rehearsal space, and networking. For those with musicals ready for production, we will guide you towards developmental lab productions with Theatre Now or through other theatre companies and other performance and production opportunities.

You may apply as a team (book writer, composer, lyricist or any combination with 2 or more collaborators) or as an individual (as the sole book writer/composer/lyricist).

Acceptance is through a highly selective and competitive application process. The application will require you to submit a sample of a musical (book and music) that you have completed or that your are currently working on, at any stage of development, and has not yet received a major production, as an example of your work for evaluation. If chosen, your participation in the group encourages work at any and all levels of development. You may submit multiple applications if you’ve collaborated and wish to continue with different sets of team members.

The submission of your sample musical materials is the corner-stone of your application. We ask that you a submit 20 page sample of your libretto, music recordings, a full synopsis, cast breakdown and full scene and song list. It is the libretto and the song samples that you submit that will be used as the criteria for the quality of your work. Having said that, the material you submit should be an example of your work that you are most proud of. It does not need to be fully realized or considered finished, in fact it can be at almost any stage of development. You must, however, submit at the very least 20 pages of a libretto, and three songs. You may describe along with your submission, the stage of development, include an outline of the piece or any other qualifying information, and we will take all that in consideration when evaluating. We are not looking for perfection, we are looking for potential. You and your writing team for this musical, will be the members on the application. You may submit more than one musical through separate applications with different team members. Each application will be considered independently.

Application Guidelines and Requirements
  • Sample material (book and music) that has not yet received a major production, as an example of your work for evaluation. The musical materials you submit may be at any stage of development.
  • Bios and resumes of each writing team member
  • Production history of all the applicants, individually and/or as a team
  • List of current projects you are working on indicating the stage of development
  • Information about any potential commitments for production, grants, applications in process, etc. 
  • Future projects you have thoughts and ideas about or would like to work on
  • An artist statement from each applicant with future goals
  • A team statement of your shared vision and aesthetics
  • In addition to the submission of your 20 page sample libretto and MP3’s of at least three of the songs, you may also submit additional samples of other works-in-progress
  • In person interviews will follow for those chosen at the final stage of the application process
  • There is no cost to apply and no dues or fees will be required if accepted
You may save your submission and return later to complete. To do so, be sure to click the Save Button at the bottom of the application before leaving. Once your application is fully completed click the Submit Button. Please be patient, the files will take a moment to upload

When your application is submitted successfully you will receive a confirmation email. You will also be directed to an optional self-identification survey. This survey helps Theatre Now learn how well we are serving our community and how we can improve. The results of the survey are anonymous and are not linked to your application.

Saturday, August 12, 2023

The Players Theatre Improv and Sketch Residency 2023


Deadline: September 1, 2023


The Players Theatre is dedicated to creating space for those to create. Improv and Sketch Comedy is an art form like no other which sparks ideas and generates a unique unity between audience and performer. We want you here! Submit your proposal for The Players Theatre Improv and Sketch Residency.

Friday, August 11, 2023

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

Deadline: September 30, 2023

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Somerset Community College (SCC) Theatre & Film Department 2nd Annual Short Play Festival


Deadline: September 1, 2023

Somerset Community College (SCC) Theatre & Film Department is excited to announce its call for submissions for the 2nd Annual Short Play Festival. We are seeking new, non-produced, 10-minute and one-act plays to be featured in this highly anticipated event. Playwrights from all backgrounds are encouraged to participate and showcase their creative talents. The submission deadline is September 1, 2023.

The festival will span three exciting days, from March 28 to March 30, 2024, at the Stoner Little Theatre on the SCC North Campus. The festival aims to bring together the vibrant theatre community of Somerset, fostering connections among writers, actors, and audience members. It serves as a platform for both aspiring and experienced playwrights to showcase their work and engage with the local artistic community.

Guidelines for Submissions

To be considered for the festival, playwrights must adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Play submissions should be 10 minutes in length (approximately 10 pages) or one act plays (approximately 20-40 pages).

2. Any playwright may enter, with a limit of two scripts per playwright.

3. All plays should be emailed, accompanied by a separate cover page containing the following information: play’s title, author’s name, and email address.

4. Submissions must be received by September 1, 2023, to be eligible for consideration. Submit your playwright to scctheatre@kctcs.edu.

5. Entrants must agree to the possibility of their scripts being fully produced.

Selected playwrights will have a unique opportunity to collaborate with each other during monthly meetings, held every second Saturday, to refine and enhance their plays. This process will extend until the end of the year, culminating in auditions in January. Thereafter, the playwrights will have the privilege of witnessing their works come to life through readings by actors, leading up to the full production in March.

Contact Thomas Alvey at thomas.alvey@kctcs.edu for more information or questions.

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Steppenwolf Theatre Company open for submissions in July and August


Deadline: August 31, 2023


For many years Steppenwolf Theatre Company  has accepted unsolicited submissions every July and August from Chicagoland writers only, but as of two years ago, we now accept unsolicited submissions from unrepresented talent everywhere, which has greatly increased our pool. In recognition of our commitment to fostering unrepresented voices, during the months of July and August, we invite unrepresented writers to submit a sample of their work to the Steppenwolf Literary team using the form below. We look forward to learning more about you and your artistry!

Please note that scripts received via this portal will be considered for Steppenwolf membership series, and Steppenwolf for Young Adults, and any potential future workshop or commissioning opportunities.

To be considered, please include the following via the portal below: 
  • Brief biography
  • One paragraph play synopsis
  • Ten pages of sample dialogue
  • Brief statement (no more than 200 words) detailing why you see Steppenwolf as the right home for your project

Submission parameters:
  • Because we are an ensemble theater, we do not consider one-person plays.
  • Plays that require a cast of more than 12 performers cannot be considered.
  • We do not accept unsolicited musical submissions.
  • Work written explicitly for the virtual platform will not be considered.
  • Due to our limited staff and in an effort to consider as many new projects as possible, please do not resubmit work that has already been reviewed.
  • We only accept unsolicited submissions via the portal on this site; no hard copy submissions.
  • Please submit only one project per year. 

Due to the number of submissions we receive and our limited capacity, we cannot personally respond to every submission. Please know that each and every submission is read by trusted and paid literary personnel within four months. If we are interested in requesting the full script, you will hear from us before the new year. If you do not hear from us by then, please know that your work has been given careful consideration and that we won’t be requesting the full script.

We look forward to reading your work! Thank you for coming along with us as we strive to create a more equitable and inclusive submission process.

Yale Drama Series 2024 Competition – Call for Submissions


Deadline: August 15, 2023

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2024 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series’ current judge, Jeremy O. Harris. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a celebratory event. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright’s agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement. There is no entry fee.

  1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.
  2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages.
  3. Plays with less than 65 pages will not be considered. Translations, musicals, and children’s play are not accepted.
  4. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.
  5. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year. Only manuscripts authored by one playwright are eligible.
  6. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
  7. Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
  8. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered.
  9. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.
  10. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.


The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting
your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2024 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2023 and no later than August 15, 2023. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript and submission file name. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form. If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to:


The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, they will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2024 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2023 and no later
than August 15, 2023. If you are submitting a hard copy of your play, the manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), and page count; and, a second title page that lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please include a brief biography at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page.

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include an email address on the title page or a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.


For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT

Or email yaledramaseries@yale.edu

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Yeppoon Little Theatre submission guidelines


Deadline: rolling submissions

Play scripts performed on radio by YLT.

Yeppoon Australia

Original scripts form round the world broadcast by local radio KeppelFM91.3 on Thur nights at 9pm, repeated Sat night at 11pm (AEST- GMT +10) and accessible live on the web..

Submissions of original scripts welcomed.


Scripts must be in English and original, no more than 20 mins in duration and no more than 5 speaking parts. Any genre and subject matter accepted , however the broadcaster reserves the right to delete or alter some offensive language. Scripts must be suitable or adaptable for radio with the author's name, address and e mail contact. The writer retains copyright and will be sent copies of the recording.

For any inquiries contact Bob Galley at bob-g@bigpond.net.au

Radcliffe Fellowship 2023


Deadline: September 14, 2023

Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

We encourage you to apply. Our online application for the 2024–2025 fellowship year is now available.

The deadline for applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is  September 14, 2023.

The deadline for applications in science, engineering, and mathematics is  October 5, 2023.

Throughout the year, fellows convene regularly to share their work in progress. Coming from diverse disciplines and perspectives, they challenge each other’s ideas and support each other’s ambitions. Many say that it is the best year of their professional lives.

Watch the public 2022–2023 Fellows' Presentation Series.

The Radcliffe Fellowship Program awards 50 fellowships each academic year. Applicants may apply as individuals or in a group of two to three people working on the same project. We seek diversity along many dimensions, including discipline, career stage, race and ethnicity, country of origin, gender and sexual orientation, and ideological perspective. Although our fellows come from many different backgrounds, they are united by their demonstrated excellence, collegiality, and creativity.

We welcome applications from a broad range of fields and perspectives. The strength of our fellowship program is its diversity.

Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. We welcome applications from scholars and artists proposing innovative work that confronts pressing social and policy issues and seeking to engage audiences beyond academia.

We welcome proposals relevant to the Institute’s focus areas, which include:Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history and institutional legacy, we welcome proposals that focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections.

Climate change and its human impacts, especially projects that address the disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis on marginalized or under-resourced communities

Legacies of slavery

Interdisciplinary exchange is a hallmark of the Radcliffe fellowship. We welcome proposals that take advantage of our uniquely diverse intellectual community by engaging with concepts and ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries.

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