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Friday, September 29, 2023

Garfield Lake Review seeks drama


Deadline: October 13, 2023

SUBMISSION FORM - requires free signup to Duotrope

The Garfield Lake Review prides itself in accepting a wide selection of fiction, poetry, and visual arts from the Olivet community and beyond. This year’s theme is humanity. Through growth, emotions, relationships, and accomplishments, we show what it means to feel human. This theme is meant to be ambiguous; how do you interpret the human experience?

We accept art in any form that may be reproduced on a page. We are looking for work that is engaging and striking. Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, photography, and other art are all welcome. All submissions are reviewed anonymously, regardless of form, which ensures that no author will be judged by race, creed, sexual orientation, or political ideology.

Technical DetailsProse submissions should be double-spaced and not include your name in the body, header, footer, or file name.

We accept files in the following formats: docx, doc, and rtf. Submissions with strong visual components like comics or graphic narratives should be submitted as .jpg or .png files.

Please name your files with your submission's title (NOT your name) -- file names like "Story 1" make file management difficult. Prose submissions are limited to 5000 words. We do accept excerpts of longer work and may publish the longer piece on our website--please include and label the excerpt and the entire work in your submission.

The only guideline we have content wise is that we would prefer works that do NOT contain epic acts of gore, hate crime, or hate speech.

Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions

Individuals may submit up to five pieces total, in any combination of media. If your pieces are the same genre, you may put them in the same submission. All pieces will be reviewed individually.

Our review time is short: we will make decisions by the beginning of December, so we ask that you wait until you hear back from us before submitting your work elsewhere. However, please let us know immediately if your work is no longer available.

The Garfield Lake Review is the annual literary and visual arts magazine produced by The University of Olivet students, and it is a proud member of thr Olivet College Media Board. We produce a print journal and post an online edition on our website. Contributors in the continental U.S. may choose to receive a complimentary copy and purchase additional copies. Other contributors may pay shipping and receive their copy.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Stonecoast Review seeks short plays


Deadline: October 1, 2023

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE SUBMITTING: We accept Fiction, Genre/Pop Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Dramatic Works, Experimental, and Visual Art. We can’t wait to see your best pieces! Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears. Stonecoast Review acquires First Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights for all work published in the journal. Rights revert to the author upon publication. Our staff is a group of volunteers, all either current Stonecoast MFA Program students or alumni of the program.


When submitting your work, include a short cover letter and bio (50 words maximum). Submissions are only accepted through Submittable.

To fully commit to our value of elevating socially marginalized voices and emerging writers, Stonecoast Review will no longer implement the policy of “blind submissions.” The practice was once believed to support the unbiased judgment of submissions by withholding the author’s identity from the reviewer. Beginning with Issue 18, all first readers have had access to the cover letters and names of submitting authors. Stonecoast Review gives privileged attention to the works of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+, and differently abled authors and emerging writers. We invite all writers to submit and join our efforts in elevating needed voices. 

We accept only one prose submission, one poetry submission (of up to three poems), or five pieces of visual art per author, per submission cycle.

Submitted work must be previously unpublished. Stonecoast alumni may submit already published work for consideration as reprints.

We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your submission immediately if accepted elsewhere. If you submit multiple poems and one is accepted elsewhere, please attach a note on Submittable identifying which poem is no longer available.

Your work must use standard manuscript format: double spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman font. Poetry may be single spaced. However, if a divergence from these rules is integral to your piece, we will still consider it.


Fiction and Popular Fiction: Limit submissions to 5,000 words or fewer.
Creative Nonfiction: Limit submissions to 5,000 words or fewer.
Poetry: Limit submissions to 3 poems, with no more than 50 lines each.
Dramatic Works: Limit submissions to 12 or fewer pages.
Visual Art: Limit submissions to 5 pieces. We seek visual images for the cover and interior of our issues. We welcome experimental and unusual art forms. We accept 2D digital images of all forms of fine art—photography, sculpture, painting, and mixed media. Please send high-res digital images (no lower than 300 dpi) in JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, or RAW file format.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Rover Dramawerks 10-Minute Comedy Contest


Deadline: until 250 plays have been received

Rover Dramawerks announces the return of our annual 10-Minute Comedy Contest! We are seeking 10-minute comedies or farces to be a part of our 24th Season.
  • Submissions will be accepted starting September 25 until 250 plays have been received.
  • Only the first 250 10-minute plays will be accepted.
  • Comedies only! No musicals. No dramas. No one-person plays.
  • Plays may have been produced previously but not in the DFW Metroplex.
  • Plays may not be published.
  • Playwrights may submit only one 10-minute play. Additional plays submitted by a single person will result in disqualification.
  • A cast list and brief synopsis must be included.
  • Only PDF files will be accepted. Other formats will not be read.
  • Name and contact info must not appear anywhere on the script (i.e. this is a blind submission process). 
  • Submissions will ONLY be accepted using the form provided: Google Form
  • There is no fee.
  • Please do not submit a play you have sent to us in the past!
Up to ten plays will be chosen to be a part of Rover’s 10-Minute Play Festival, April 11-20, 2024, with all winners receiving a $100 prize. The audience will also vote on the “Best of the Fest,” and that overall winner will receive an additional $100.

Rover Dramawerks performs in a black box theatre set in a thrust that seats about 100. Please take this into consideration when presenting your work to us. We strongly recommend that you check out our website at https://www.roverdramawerks.com/ to see the types of plays we generally produce.

Please note: The judges reserve the right not to award prizes or productions if they feel the caliber of plays received does not warrant a winner.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Literature Today - October 2023 Issue:


Deadline: October 15, 2023

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

1. Beauty of nature.

2. Destruction of nature by Man.

3. Natural hazards and Man.

4. Conflicts between Man and Nature.

5. Joys of Nature

6. Nature as guide of man

7. Nature as philosopher

8. Any other themes related to 'Nature'.

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2023

send all submissions to : editorliteraturetoday@gmail.com


PS. You may also check videos of authors reading their work on our new YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2pArEG14AU&t=1s

Submission Guidelines:
  1. Send not more than 4 poems (preferably short poems up to 1 page for each poem).
  2. Send not more than 2 short stories (word limit of 500 words for each story)/2 one minute plays (2 pages for each play)/ 2 memoirs (1000 words for each memoire).
  3. Work submitted for publication must be original.
  4. Simultaneous submissions are also welcome.
  5. Send all submissions to editorliteraturetoday@gmail.com
  6. Please send a cover letter and short Bio-data, (Maximum 50 words) in third person narrative, with your submission. Please attach a high resolution photo of yours too.

Our weblinks:
Website: https://literaturetodayjournal.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/literaturetodayjournal
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/literaturetoday/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@literatutetoday6949/videos

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

New Harmony Project residency


Deadline: October 2, 2023 11:59pm EDT

For more than three decades, The New Harmony Project has gathered world-class writers and artists along the banks of the Wabash River for an intensive, creative residency and retreat program in the spring of each year. Throughout that time, Pulitzer Prize, Tony, Emmy, and Academy Award-winning artists have worked alongside early and mid-career writers, students, and the local community to create a one-of-a-kind experience in Utopia. With a unique focus on people over product, The New Harmony Project clears space and provides a supportive environment for each writer and artist to build their own experience.


The New Harmony Project is a national arts organization whose mission is to nurture writers in the development of scripts and new works that interrogate the complexity of hope. Through artist-centered programming, we care for writers so they can change the world.


This year, through our open selection process, we're seeking storytellers who are interested in an artist-centered residency that will provide a creative and nurturing environment, supportive artistic community, and dramaturgical resources in a bucolic setting. These residencies will not include a full developmental workshop with actors and a creative team, but there will be opportunities to hear your work out loud in informal settings.

At the 2024 conference, we will also be supporting 1-3 Productions in Residence selected in collaboration with partner organizations outside of the open selection process. These projects will be receiving a full developmental workshop with actors and a creative team, but will be shorter in duration.


May 22 - June 2, 2024 in New Harmony, IN


We are looking for artists who will be active participants in creating a welcoming, supportive and engaged artistic community over the course of the conference.

We support stories and storytellers interrogating the complexity of hope. If you’ve read our mission statement and you’re still not sure you're a good fit for the conference, you can gain a fuller sense of our aesthetic and philosophical interests by perusing our roster of writers and scripts that have recently found an artistic home at NHP.

We are actively working to dismantle racism within our organization, and are committed to supporting artists who honor a multiplicity of perspectives.


There is no out of pocket expense to apply or attend, and we pay a modest honorarium to each participant.

Additionally, we provide:

A creative community and an unparalleled level of artistic support, including dramaturgical meetings, informal salons to hear work, collaborators willing to read pages, student interns to provide support, etc.

Roundtrip air and ground transportation to/from Southern Indiana

Three meals daily

A private room at the New Harmony Inn

For parent artists, childcare support is available in a myriad of ways based on your artistic needs

If you have any questions, please email applications@newharmonyproject.org (please, no phone calls). We look forward to reviewing your applications, and thank you for taking the time to apply!

Monday, September 25, 2023

Magnetic Theatre Fifth Annual One-Act Play Festival


Deadline: September 30, 2023 at 11:59PM ET

*Note: we will cap the submissions so may cut the deadline short if we reach over 500 plays submitted.

The One Act Play Festival is scheduled for August 2024.

This year’s theme is “anniversary” which can relate to any sort of annual or significant milestone recognition (marriage, divorce, birth, death, retirement, relocation, etc.)

Playwrights may only submit one piece for consideration

Please limit your cast to a maximum of six actors

Plays should be 15 minutes or shorter

Scripts with minimal set, costume, and prop requirements are preferred

We are not considering theatre for young audiences at this time

We will not accept screenplays or musicals at this time

The Magnetic Theatre produces plays that have not been previously produced. We respond primarily to plays with a sure command of language, that are accessible to a diverse and discerning audience, and that have clear dramatic action that truly uses the resources of live theatre.

If you wish to submit a play for consideration, please click the button below to complete the submission form. Include a complete manuscript with your form submission (bio, resume, and any other supporting materials (e.g. reviews) that might help pique our interest in you and your work are optional but encouraged).

Playwrights accepted into the One Act Play Festival will be notified by December 31, 2023. Playwrights, actors, and production team members participating in the Festival receive a small stipend.

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Kenyon Review open for short plays


Deadline: September 30, 2023

Here’s the link to our Submittable portal: https://thekenyonreview.submittable.com/submit

The Kenyon Review is open for general submissions from September 1 until September 30, 2023. In 2024, our magazine will feature three themed sections: Extinction, Writing from Rural Spaces, and Literary Curiosities. We invite work that broadly interprets these themes. When you submit, you will have the option to identify your work for general submission or the themes.We strongly encourage submitters to familiarize themselves with work previously published by The Kenyon Review. 

Subscriptions are available here, and anyone can read up to five free pieces per month in our Archive.
We do not charge a reading fee for general submissions.
We consider previously unpublished:short fiction and essays (up to 7,500 words)
flash fiction and essays (up to 3 pieces, up to 1,000 words each; please format and submit as a single document)

poetry (up to 6 poems; please format and submit as a single document)
plays (up to 30 pages double-spaced)
excerpts (up to 30 pages double-spaced) from larger worksWe do consider translations in the categories listed above. Please submit your translated work to its corresponding genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or drama). By submitting, you affirm that you hold first-serial English-language publication rights to the work.

You may submit to more than one genre. However, please submit no more than one submission in a given genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama); multiple submissions in the same genre (including multiple submissions with different themes) will be disregarded.
We are not currently considering the following:unsolicited interviews
unsolicited book reviews
unsolicited artwork
emailed submissions (please use Submittable)
previously published material

We consider submissions on Submittable and do not consider paper submissions, except from writers (such as those who are incarcerated) who do not have ready access to the internet. Paper submissions for the current submissions period must be postmarked by the current submission period’s deadline and must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Send hard copies to: SUBMISSIONS, The Kenyon Review, 102 W. Wiggin St., Gambier, OH 43022

We do not accept revisions to submissions once the submission period is closed. Do not send new drafts unless requested to do so by an editor.

We allow simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere.For prose and drama submissions, please withdraw your piece via Submittable.
For poetry and flash fiction/nonfiction submissions, please use your Submittable account to add a note to your submission listing the titles of works no longer available for consideration.
We cannot consider additional work in the place of withdrawn work.
We read every submission, and because we receive so many submissions per year, response times will vary according to the volume of submissions. We aim to respond to all submissions within six months of receipt. Feel free to query us at kenyonreview@kenyon.edu for an update if after six months of submitting work you do not hear from us. Thank you in advance for your patience.
Authors will receive a contract upon acceptance and payment upon publication. Authors retain copyright to their work published in The Kenyon Review.
Submitting work to The Kenyon Review adds you to our mailing lists. You may unsubscribe from these lists at any time.

Please be sure to add kenyonreview@kenyon.edu to contacts so that you can receive correspondence from us about your submission.
If you are unable to submit because you have not verified your email address with Submittable and have not received a verification notification, we recommend adding notifications@email.submittable.com to your safe-sender or contact list and attempting email verification again. The Submittable forms require email verification for security purposes. If you continue to experience issues, we recommend you submit a Submittable support request; the support team usually respond quite quickly and can send you your individual verification link directly.
We pay $0.08 per published word of prose (minimum $80, maximum $450) and $0.16 per published word of poetry (minimum $40, maximum $200).
We generally follow the Chicago Manual of Style and Webster’s latest New Collegiate Dictionary.

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship 2024


Deadline: September 29, 2023, 5 p.m. EDT

Notification: March 2024
Award Period: September 3, 2024–May 23, 2025
Stipend: $85,000

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections of The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center seeks top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. Visual artists whose projects require extensive use of Library collections are also encouraged to apply. Visit www.nypl.org/research-collections for detailed information about the collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Successful candidates will need to work primarily at the Schwarzman Building rather than at other divisions of the Library. Applications from those working in languages other than English are welcome; however, the applicant must be conversant in English, and application materials must be in English. Fellowships will not be granted for academic projects to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.

The Center seeks diversity in race, ethnicity, age, gender, field, and type of project. The Center aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the highest level—within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows' published work.

In order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest, the Cullman Center does not accept applications from New York Public Library staff members or their partners, or from people active on the Library’s Board of Trustees, Board Advisory Committees, or Library Council.

Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center for the duration of the Fellowship term and may not accept other major professional obligations during the term. Fellows may have a few prior commitments but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements to short periods of time. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Center's Director or Deputy Directors. The Library will pro-rate stipends for Fellows who spend excessive time away from the Center.

The Cullman Center will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation.Completed applications and supporting materials—research proposal, curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation, and creative writing sample or art work sample—must be submitted by September 29, 2023, 5 p.m. EDT.

The Cullman Center is made possible by a generous endowment from Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman in honor of Brooke Russell Astor, with major support provided by Mrs. John L. Weinberg, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Estate of Charles J. Liebman, The von der Heyden Family Foundation, John and Constance Birkelund, and The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and with additional gifts from Helen and Roger Alcaly, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, The Arts and Letters Foundation Inc., William W. Karatz, Merilee and Roy Bostock, and Cullman Center Fellows.

Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival - Short Plays


Deadline: October 1, 2023


Seeking plays that have:
  • A cast of exclusively characters in their teens and twenties.
  • Dynamic, fully-drawn roles to challenge student actors.
  • A running time of 10-25 minutes.
  • Thematic values that will speak to college-aged artists and audience members.

The festival also places a value on plays that have the potential to provide performance opportunities to female-identifying actors and actors from under-represented groups.

Plays should not have had a previous production under an Actors Equity agreement. Non-union productions, workshops, and readings are fine.

The ten Official Selection short plays will receive:A staged reading at the 2023 Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival.

Publication in the anthology Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival 2023: The Short Plays, published by Southeast Missouri University Press and made distributed nationwide through online and retail outlets.Submissions due October 1, 2023.


Saturday, September 23, 2023

What I Learned from My Ex - Rockford New Words 2024


Deadline: October 15, 2023 5PM CDT


The West Side Show Room is seeking new 10-minute works which will be presented in a staged reading Feb 2-4, 2024 in Rockford, Illinois.

We accept spoken word poetry, plays, monologues, stories— anything written for live performance.

Theme: What I Learned From My Ex:
Length: 10 minutes or less
Award: $200
Deadline: OCT 15, 2023


You know who we’re talking about. They used to be the center of your little cosmic world— but now they’re gone gone gone! Ex-romantic partners, ex-family members, ex-friends, ex-pets— they all had to go! This year, we are asking writers to explore the laughing lessons your doomed relationships left behind.


New Works: written after Aug 15, 2023
Theme: What I Learned From My Ex:
One Written Work per writer
Language: English
Writer Location: anywhere in the world!
Originality: no translations, adaptations, or excerpts of other works
Copyright: you must own it
Eligibility: no published or produced works
Length: Stories/Monologues: 4 pages or less double-spaced. plays 10 pages or less
Reading Time: 10 minutes or less

Works will be accepted until October 15, 2023 at 5:00pm CST. Writers will be notified about the status of their submission no later than December 15, 2023.

Friday, September 22, 2023



Deadline: October 1, 2023

It is our hope that by connecting Black playwrights (wherever they are located) with stories from Black Appalachian communities, we can:

Create monologues that can be developed into full-length plays
Create work that explores the Black Appalachian experience, both past and present
Establish and cultivate relationships with Black playwrights and other Black theatre artists
Give audiences accessibility to new perspectives on life in Appalachia

5-7 monologues will be selected a year to be performed at SHINE: Illuminating Black Stories, during Barter’s annual Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights.

Monologue Submission Guidelines
Playwright must be Black.
Monologues must be set in Appalachia. (See link below for list of qualifying states/counties as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission)
Monologues must be 5-7 minutes in length (190 words = 1 minute).
Monologues must be unpublished and not have had a professional production.
Monologues must be submitted electronically.

Monologues must be written using these selected prompts.

Deadline for 2024 Submissions: October 1st, 2023

Please submit monologues to: tjackson@bartertheatre.com

PLAYground Festival seeks TYA plays


Deadline: October 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM CST

Submit new plays for young audiences at this link: https://bit.ly/PLAYground2024 

Submission documents must not include playwright's name.

Plays must be intended for audiences between 5 and 18 years old, though they are not required to appeal to this entire age range.

Plays must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission.

Plays should be full length or intended to be developed into a full length piece (between 30 and 90 minutes).

Each play must be accompanied by a page-long cover letter, which may touch on development, significance, and goals.

Only original plays will be accepted—musicals, screenplays, and direct adaptations should not be submitted.

Playwrights can submit up to 3 plays (please fill out separate form for each play).


Purple Crayon Players will select a group of semi-finalists in early November.

All playwrights will be contacted with the standing of their submission.

Three finalists will be selected in December in collaboration with student directors.

All semi-finalists will be notified whether or not their play was selected.

The Purple Crayon Players are committed to expanding representation for young people, and see PLAYground as an opportunity to to reflect the diverse experiences of young people today.

Reach out to playgroundtyafestival@gmail.com with any questions.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Women's Work Project


Deadline: September 30, 2023

WOMEN'S WORK is an award-winning program comprised of two separate, dramaturgically-driven Labs: 

1) The Short Play LAB (SPL) selects 6 emerging women playwrights each year and leads them through a rigorous, step-by-step process to create original 15-30 minute scripts in six-months, written to an assigned theme. The plays are then produced in an annual festival; 

2) the Full-Length LAB is for selected alumnae of the SPL to develop longer works over an extended period, with the same guidance and production goals.

Both LABS meet monthly, have submission deadlines, and provide comprehensive and rigorous feedback to the writers. 6-8 directors commit to the full year of the two LABs, both permanent resident directors and guest artists. 




The WOMEN’S WORK LAB for short plays provides a supportive and nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights while maintaining a rigorous feedback process that leads to production within six months.

Six playwright members are selected each year, along with a similar number of directors. The LAB meets monthly (Sundays) from February through June, allowing for time in between sessions for writers to continue to develop and revise their work in response to specific feedback from the dramaturgical team. Members are expected to bring work to each session beginning with the development of an original short play BASED UPON AN ASSIGNED THEME.

Monthly feedback from the dramaturgs focuses on the nuts and bolts of creating a 15-30 minute script ready for production. In a process unique to NPTC, feedback is given in a unified manner so playwrights do not have conflicting advice about what to work on, and so that the script moves forward according to NPTC's instructions as the producing entity. This approach creates a collaborative group from which members can draw inspiration and energy while modeling professional standards. Scripts are then produced in our ANNUAL WOMEN'S WORK SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL.


Playwrights should apply by MIDNIGHT, SEPTEMBER 30, 2023 by sending the following as email attachments, with the email Subject Line “Women’s Work Application” to contact@nptnyc.org:

PLEASE INCLUDE: a full resume, including specific information on your training as a writer (i.e. degree program, workshops, etc.) and website URL if applicable
a 10-15 page writing sample from a playscript
a personal statement explaining your understanding of the purpose of the LAB and why you wish to be a member, including goals for your own growth and development if selected. Please include in this statement how you choose to be identified re: ethnicity and gender (she/they).

(Please note that ALL 3 items are required to be considered.)


Playwrights who have completed the short play LAB may be invited to submit a proposal for a full-length work and continue with the LAB in the fall. This may be a new play, or a script already in progress. They, too, follow a schedule for presenting longer completed works and rough drafts. IN THIS WAY, THE LAB RETAINS NPTC’S DESIRE TO DEVELOP FULL LENGTH SCRIPTS BY WOMEN WRITERS WHILE STILL ALLOWING FOR CONTINUOUS CREATIVITY. 

These plays are presented as readings for invited or for public audiences at various stages of development. “Bare bones” productions of full-length scripts are presented as part of NPTC's season when it becomes clear that they will benefit from a full rehearsal process. WHEN RESOURCES PERMIT, FULL PRODUCTIONS ARE SCHEDULED.

Monday, September 18, 2023

The Playwrights Group Weekly Workshop - join our nationwide community of playwrights


The Weekly Workshop

Join our nationwide community of playwrights on Zoom. 
It’s a great way to stay connected and motivated.

Participating in a weekly workshop can give you the kick you need to see your script through from beginning to end. 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: 
Contact us at 

Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival 2024 - Full-length plays


Deadline: October 1, 2023

The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival honors new American plays that provide dynamic performance opportunities for college-aged actors.

The festival endeavors both to recognize playwrights for their outstanding work and to provide a resource for universities across the country to identify dynamic plays with robust roles for college-aged actors for production at their institutions. The festival features both a full-length and short play division.

The 2024 Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival will be held in person at the Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University from May 26-June 1 of 2024.

The festival will feature staged readings of five Official Selection full-length plays and ten Official Selection short plays, as well as workshops and seminars on playwriting and new play development.

At the conclusion of the festival, one full-length play will be selected for the festival’s top prize and will receive its world premiere in the 2024-2025 Dobbins Conservatory Mainstage Season and will be considered for publication by Concord Theatricals, the world’s most significant theatrical company, comprising the catalogs of R&H Theatricals, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark, and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection.

  • Seeking plays that have:A cast of primarily (or exclusively) characters in their teens and early twenties (15-25 years old).
  • A mid- to large-sized cast (i.e., at least five actors, preferably at least ten).
  • A running time of at least 80 minutes.
  • Significant representation (in both number and quality) of roles for female-identifying actors.
  • Dynamic, fully-drawn roles to challenge student actors.
  • Thematic values that will speak to college-aged artists and audience members.
The festival also places a value on plays that have the potential to provide performance opportunities to actors from under-represented groups.

Please note: The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival is specifically seeking plays in which the characters are in their teens and early twenties, not simply characters that could be played by actors in their teens and early twenties. The festival is not seeking plays with characters that are “ageless” or “any age.” Plays should be about characters experiencing late adolescence and early adulthood.

Full-length plays should not have had a previous full production. Workshops and readings are fine.

Finalists for the festival’s top prize will receive airfare and housing to participate in the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival on the campus of the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University in May of 2024. Staged readings of the finalists’ plays will be presented as part of the festival, and the winner of the prize will be announced at the end of the week-long event.

The winning full-length play will receive:A world premiere production in the 2023-2024 Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance theatre season.
Consideration of the play for publication by Concord Theatricals, the world’s most significant theatrical company, comprising the catalogs of RandH Theatricals, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection.
A meeting for the playwright with new play acquisition staff at Concord Theatricals.

Submissions due October 1, 2023.


Sunday, September 17, 2023

Personal Pizza Parties August ~ October


Poetry Party - August 21, 2023 at 5pm EDT
Classics Party - September 16, 2023 at 5pm EDT
New Play Party - September 21, 2023 at 5pm EDT
Comedy Party - October 7, 2023 at 5pm EDT

To submit, fill out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/FrhRWNxjkiy5MZ7PA

Personal Pizza Party (3P)'s Perusal Parties are a low-stakes, welcoming forum for artists to hear work read aloud in a casual, no-judgment environment filled with supportive vibes and constructive feedbacks (and also a fun party, because we love a party).

Programmed bi-weekly from late-August to mid-October, each Perusal Party has a unique theme and vibe to support a wide variety of works-in-progress, or to celebrate some classic pieces that bring you joy! From poetry to classic plays to sketch comedy, there's sure to be a party that will match your artistic interests.

Specific info and guidelines for the parties are as follows:

8/26 @ 8pm: Poetry Party in Hell's Kitchen

Read your poetry, or your favorite poem! All forms, from slam to sonnet, and all stages of drafting, from first to final, are welcome. No ee cummings, no exceptions, no explanations. If you’d like to perform, please sign up by Monday 8/21 at 5pm. If you just want to come and enjoy, you are more than welcome - an RSVP form will be available closer to the party date! Can't wait to see you there! Saturday 8/26 at 8pm, in Hell’s Kitchen.

9/16 @ 3pm: Classics Party in Central Park

Join us in Central Park to read a classic play! Along with your RSVP, submit your favorite play that is 100+ years old to be performed by a company of 10-15 participants. We’ll do a group vote based on your suggestions closer to the party date, so please submit your suggestion by Monday 9/11 at 5pm. Plays outside of the Western canon are highly encouraged – while we love Shakespeare and the Greeks, consider this an opportunity to discover something outside of the traditional definition of classic. Hope to see you there! Saturday 9/16 at 3pm, in Central Park. (Inclement Weather Date: 9/17)

9/30 @ 7pm: New Play Party in Sunnyside, Queens

Have a scene in your latest play that you’ve been itching to hear read aloud? Struggling with pacing in your new short? In the mood to show off your future Pulitzer Prize-winner? Submit scene excerpts, short plays, or a full-length work that can be read by a group of 10 (or less) performers. Submissions due Friday 9/21 at 5pm. If you just want to come and listen, or would be interested in reading, an RSVP form will be available closer to the party date! Let’s workshop together! Saturday 9/30 at 7pm, in Sunnyside, Queens.

10/13 @ 8pm: Comedy Party in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Whether you’re coming for a chuckle, or down to clown, we want you join us for a night of comedic sketches and solo acts. Solo acts of any kind should stay within 5 minutes. Sketches must be under 5 pages. Volunteered names at the event will be drawn from a hat and assigned a character to play in each sketch. Submit your sketch or solo act by Saturday, 10/7 at 5pm. Let’s have some fun! Let’s have some laughs! Let’s go Mets! The night of Comedy will commence on Friday, 10/13 at 8pm in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Click the link above (or HERE) to be taken to the submission form. Please note that each party has a different set of submission rules and deadlines, as indicated in the form. As long as you follow those guidelines, the world is your oyster! If you attend, there is a completely optional suggested donation of $5 to help us cover snack/beverage costs. We would also be extremely open to anyone who wants to bring food or drinks to the parties – just avoid anything with common severe allergens if possible (aka: go nuts, but leave the nuts at home).

3P’s staff will review all submissions as they come in and will make selections based on the work’s feasibility to be performed in a Perusal Party setting, length of work, and how closely the work supports 3P’s artistic tenants of honesty, irreverence, and fun.

All submitters will be informed as to whether or not their submission will be performed at one of our parties at least 96 hours in advance of the party’s date.*

Individual feedback on submissions will not be provided.

Please email info@personalpizzaparty.org with any questions, and visit personalpizzaparty.org/persualparties for more info.

The Lava Center Playwrights Circle


Deadline: rolling basis

Greenfield Massachusetts

Registration is required

Playwrights are invited to gather to share short samples of their work, request readings of short pieces of work by others in the group, discuss topics of interest and importance to the playwriting community in general.

This series moves to every 2nd Tuesday, starting September 12, 7pm. The first few sessions (September and October at least) will meet in person at The LAVA Center, then the sessions will move to Zoom for the winter.

These sessions are open to anyone interested, and are a great way to get involved in LAVA’s burgeoning theater scene. Regularly participating playwrights may have the opportunity to further develop and stage their work at The LAVA Center. 

(Note: Participating in the Playwrights’ Circle is currently the only way to be invited to LAVA Center programming.)

Actors Theatre Playhouse Seeking Original Scripts for our next Ten Minute Play Festival


Deadline: September 30, 2023

The Actors Theatre Playhouse of West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, and Brattleboro, Vermont, is accepting Ten Minute Play Submissions for its Festival in June of 2024. 

The Playhouse is seeking ten-minute plays


All scripts will be accepted ONLY thru Email at


Email is best for us to get your manuscript to our review committee as quickly as possible. Please include a title page with your contact information attached to the script. Ten-minute plays should play in one scene, have minimal scenic requirements, not exceed ten-twelve pages in length and have two to six characters. Upon acceptable receipt, a return email will confirm your delivery to us.

The deadline for entry of a manuscript is September 30th, 2023. The number of scripts we can process for this year’s festival is limited, so submit soon if you want to be considered for production this year. We will keep scripts in excess for consideration next year. Approximately 12 finalists will be selected and notified, with eight Winners announced following auditions and casting in Jan 2024.

We regret that we cannot offer any financial prizes at this time. The winners will receive production of their play as part of our next Ten-Minute Play Festival and multiple tickets should the authors be able to attend.

The goal of the Festival is both to encourage the production of new works from regional writers while exposing our actors and directors to the techniques and practices of working with playwrights and producing new plays.

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Urban Stages (NYC) 40th-anniversary new play festival


Deadline: September 30, 2023

As Urban Stages (NYC) celebrates its 40th-anniversary season, we are thrilled to announce a new play festival and invite submissions.

We are now accepting full-length plays that require 2 actors. Winning plays will receive a staged reading in January-February 2024 and will be seriously considered for a full production on our Off-Broadway stage.

Cast and Character Size: For this festival, we are interested in plays that work within the confines of a two-actor cast. However, there is no limit to the number of characters a play can contain as long as there is doubling, and two actors can perform the entire play.

*This festival will also accept musicals with up to five actors.*

Genre and Theme: There are no limitations when it comes to genre and themes. However, we suggest playwrights take a look at our previous productions to get a sense of the types of works Urban Stages leans towards producing. This includes, but is not confined to, producing plays from underrepresented perspectives, plays that center unknown histories, and plays that address pressing socio-economic issues, amongst many other themes.

How To Submit Plays: Plays should be full-length. For musicals, please include the book and music as well.

Please email your resume and play as .pdfs only to submissions@urbanstages.org by SEPTEMBER 30, 2023.

Due to the high volume of submissions we typically receive, we will only contact playwrights whose works we are interested in including in our festival. Please do not enquire about your work via email or via calling our office.

We are looking forward to reviewing your submissions and thank you for sharing your work with us!

Friday, September 15, 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.

Go Try Play Write September 2023


Deadline: September 30, 2023


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

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

The prompt for the month of September 2023 is:
A Karen vs. Karen prompt. Write a ten (10) page maximum scene about a conflict between at least two (2) "Karens." The two "Karens" are both perpetrator and victim. All the usual "Karens" tropes apply, but for the purposes of this a prompt, a "Karens" is loosely defined as a person who demands civility for themselves from someone, but goes about it in the most uncivil way.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

The Bite-sized Theatrical Spooktacular 2023


Deadline: September 30, 2023


WANTED: seeking short plays for an evening of spooky theater
  1. We are looking for original short plays (or other theatrical pieces) that are 10 minutes or less. 
  2. This production is on Halloween, and we encourage any submissions that may resonate thematically whether they directly relate to Halloween or not. 
  3. While we will consider anything and everything, we especially want to see submissions that are either comedic or spooky, as this fits best with the tone of the evening! 
  4. Have something that isn’t quite a play, but you think fits? Send us a video link! 
  5. Because we are small and have limited tech, easy-to-produce pieces are more likely to be selected. We also recommend submitting plays with a smaller cast size. 
  6. You may submit as many plays as you'd like, but please note we will only accept one play from each playwright for the event, and we may only be able read two scripts. 

About the event:

The event will take place the afternoon of Tuesday October 31st, in New York City. Exact time and location TBA.

Playwrights are encouraged to submit from anywhere, and local playwrights may be as involved in the process as they would like!

We work to match plays that need them with directors and actors, and help to coordinate rehearsal space.

This is an unpaid event, as we are not profiting from it.

To submit, please send your script and/or any supporting materials by September 30th via the form on the submission page!

Memoriam Development is seeking submissions for our fifth production of ‘Nightshade’ a one act horror anthology show


Deadline: September 30, 2023 at 11:59 PM CT


Attention Playwrights! Memoriam Development is seeking submissions for our fifth production of ‘Nightshade’ a one act horror anthology show. 

This year, in addition to the horror genre, we are adding the theme “Love Can Be a Nightmare”. Delve into the darkest corners of your imagination, or just draw from your own experiences dating in 2023 (it's scary out there) and submit your most sinister, disturbing and macabre stories to our jury.

If your script is chosen, it will be performed by a cast of phenomenal Chicagoland actors. Live performances are scheduled for February in Elgin Il. 


Submissions must be 5-10 pages (or minutes in length when performed). No elaborate sets or special effects please. Stories must be able to be easily produced in a black box theater setting. 

All genres and subgenres of horror that fit the theme are encouraged. 

Deadline for submissions is September 30.

Submit your one act with cover sheet including your name and contact information  by 11:59pm CT on September 30. All questions can be directed to memoriamdevelopment@gmail.com

Limit three submissions per writer.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023



Deadline: October 1, 2023

BREAK A LEG PRODUCTIONS Seeking Submissions for Fright Fest – an afternoon of short plays celebrating Samhain or Allhallowtide. Performance is 10/28 at 2 pm at Bloomingdale Library.

15-20 pages. No musicals/no one-person shows/no children under age 15 in the cast.

How to submit: Email plays in PDF form to plays.balproductions@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Parish Playwrights - the Tens Festival


Deadline: September 27, 2023

Types of Plays: Comedies or Dramas must be no more than 10 minutes in length.
Setting: Simple; the festival will offer 6 to 8 plays, and minimal set changes are required.
Deadline for Submission: Midnight Eastern time, September 27, 2023
Notification of Selection: November 15, 2023
Performance Dates: February 8,9,10,11 and 15,16,17,18, 2024

Producer: Robyn Noble

How to submit your script:
File format: PDF ONLY!
File name: Name your PDF file with the title of the play, a hyphen, and your own last
name, e.g. Hamlet-Shakespeare.
Email Scripts to: Pancho@ParishPlayers.org no later than midnight Eastern time on September 27, 2023.
Email Subject Line: Use the title of the play as the subject line of your email.

Please Note: No more than one script per playwright. We prefer new, unproduced plays; however previously produced and already published original plays will be considered. We will also give preference to "local" (New England) playwrights.

Questions? Email Pancho@ParishPlayers.org using the subject line: TENS QUESTION.

Monday, September 11, 2023

The Playwrights Group and the Weekly Workshop


                            The Weekly Workshop

Join our nationwide community of playwrights on Zoom. 

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


Participating in a weekly workshop can give you the kick you need to see your script through from beginning to end.  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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