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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Long Beach Short Play Festival 2024


Deadline: December 3, 2023

MAY 4-5, 2024 FESTIVAL 



This short play festival is in keeping with Artist in Partnership (AIP)'s mission to
  • Foster a partnership between the arts and our community at large to raise the visibility of the arts in Long Beach, NY And the surrounding Long Island area; 
  • Assist new playwrights in getting their talents seen by and shared with our local audiences, and to 
  • Cultivate an appreciation of theater by new patrons. 
There is NO FEE to submit your play to be considered for inclusion in this Festival. Playwrights may submit up to two (2) plays, with a separate application accompanying each submission.


All plays submitted will be reviewed by a selection panel chosen by the Festival’s Artistic Director and Executive Producer, who will also have input. Playwrights will be notified on or about January 15, 2024, if their play has been selected for inclusion in the festival.

Selected playwrights must submit a PARTICIPATION FEE of $150.00 per accepted play to help defray some production expenses, along with a signed Participation Agreement by no later than February 2, 2024. All selected playwrights will receive  one (1) complimentary admission to each performance of their selected play(s).

The 2024 Long Beach Short Play Festival is hosted by Temple Emanu-El in their ballroom at 455 Neptune Blvd, Long Beach, NY, which seats 150 patrons. So, our host’s congregations will be considered by the Festival Selection Panel in reviewing the language, situations and themes used in any play submitted. The Festival’s Artistic Director, and the Executive Producer reserve all final decisions regarding selection, content, staging, and running time presented.

All submissions must be original and unpublished (but our festival’s production of them does not have to be a premiere).

All production and publication rights will remain the property of the playwright. No royalties or other monetary compensation will be paid to the playwrights nor anyone else by the festival for presenting any of these plays. Other than reviewing these plays for selection, no critical analysis or feedback will be provided by the festival to the playwrights.

Ease of production is a prerequisite for all plays considered for production in this Festival. The stage is 40’ wide x 18’ deep, with masking to provide wings on stage left, center, and right. A simple set footprint and minimalist production requirements (e.g., costuming, props, audiovisual, etc.) are non-negotiable. A basic lighting/sound plot will be used for all plays in the festival. Given the available resources, musical plays cannot be considered for this year’s Festival.

Plays submitted for the festival can run no longer than 30 minutes (if unsure, please use 1.1 minute per page for estimation), and regardless, brisk pacing is a prerequisite for the Festival’s Artistic Director. Plays can be comedies or dramas (or in between), as well as monologues. The festival will present two (2) performances of each play selected on the same day, with the dates, times and order of presentation assigned at the sole discretion of the Festival’s Artistic Director and Executive Producer.

Playwrights can submit their play(s) for production by AIP or they can self-produce it (them). If the latter, please note that the ballroom stage is only available for one (1) evening tech/dress rehearsal on either April 30 or May 1, 2024 (TBD for each play) and the Festival’s Artistic Director must attend a full run-through of each selected play by no later than April 24, 2024, to forestall any technical issues and ensure proper pacing and projection. All tech rehearsals will be scheduled in the exact order that the plays will be presented at the festival to properly work through the set changes between them (each play’s cast will be expected to assist with set changes, if necessary). Each Program may consist of as many as seven (7) plays.

Videos of our 2022 Festival plays can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/@longbeachshortplayfestival2022

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Four Play: A Showcase of Play Readings of the South Simcoe Theatre


Deadline: November 30, 2023

Cookstown Ontario Canada

2023-24 Season Show Date:  May 30-June 2, 2024

Audiences will be treated to a showcase of lightly rehearsed “readings” of plays never before seen or heard on the Town Hall stage.

Original sketches, monologues, short or full-length plays accepted for consideration. Please avoid submitting musicals, works with large casts or anything technically heavy that would not translate well in a staged reading.

While all submissions will be accepted for consideration, please note that preference will be given to submissions from local or Canadian based playwrights. Additionally, royalties will not be paid for any submission.

We are using a blind submission process this year. Please do not include your name or any other identifiers on the attached script; however, please include your name, address and any other pertinent information in the body of the email when submitting.

For more information on how to become involved or to submit a play, contact fourplay@thesouthsimcoetheatre.com

Monday, November 27, 2023

Experimental Theater Writing Workshop – Winter 2023

Seeking female or female-identifying experimental writers for the Fall Experimental Theater Writing Workshop. This is a series of ten Zoom classes/workshops held every Tuesday evening from 01/09/24 - 03/12/24. Classes will consist of discussions of homework material; prompt assignments; and readings of work generated in class. The last class will consist of final presentations.


Literary movements and theories allow us to see the social response of theatre to the world.  While these movements and theories enlighten us to historical artistic responses, they can also seem like arcane academic subjects to the writer.  Questions we may ask are: can some of these concepts unearth new dramatic possibilities for the writer?  Can theories or techniques of the past be relevant in today’s socio-political landscape?  If we are seeking new ways to express ourselves as dramatists and theatre makers, we might continue our search for other techniques that allow us to expand our toolkit and create unique experiences for our audiences.

The goals of this course are: 1) to gain additional theater writing techniques which expand the writer’s current theatrical repertoire; 2) to investigate writing techniques as a representation of a writer’s response to the world; and 3) to strengthen a connection between theatre and various other theories and movements. 



  • Only 1 submission per playwright
  • 1 experimental writing sample. Each sample is up to 10 pages only. 
  • Title page on sample should contain:
    • title
    • name
    • contact info
  • Second page should contain:
    • Character breakdown
    • setting
    • time
  • file name of sample play should read: titleOfPlay_lastname_exp.pdf

Writers will be selected based on the nature of the work submitted and availability. By experimental, we mean work that challenges the conventional elements of theater. If selected, the fee is $400 ($350 for returning students).   Please note that this is an intensive course with an expectation that the writer will participate in class discussions and spend time writing 10 pages of new material outside the class each week.

Apply here: https://forms.gle/NgrqJVpkjUCyr5pt5

Deadline: December 20th, 2023 5 pm.

Web: 3ws dot silverglassprods dot com

FB: @etww19nyc


Join Us on Fb: Experimental Theater Writer's Workshop

Suzanne Willett

Silver Glass Productions

View our latest show, Quantum Debt.

TYPE! seeks micro-plays for future publication


Deadline: none given

Seeing Micro-plays, 1 - 2 pages long

Thank you for considering sharing your work. TYPE! is free to read — we cannot pay for submissions or chosen work, but we will work with authors to promote the piece and their other writing. We also require written confirmation that submissions are original work.

Please note – due to the high number of submissions we receive we will only respond to those we wish to publish, however we do read EVERY submission. Submission also carries no guarantee of inclusion or feedback.

Please send in your writing via the submission form online.

Hunter College MFA Playwriting Program 2024

The Hunter College MFA Playwriting Program is accepting applications through January 15th! Please visit https://theatre.hunter.cuny.edu/mfa for more information.


Sunday, November 26, 2023

Dramatic Chaos Productions seeks holiday monologues

Facebook page

Deadline: November 30, 2023 Midnight

We are seeking Writers with Short Monologues inspired by the Festive Season for reading on our YouTube channel. 

Topics could include Winter, Christmas, Gifting and the lead-up to the New Year.

Max 10 Pages, Must be in English. It's as open a prompt as we can give!

Submit up to 3 pieces to: DramaticChaosTP (at) gmail.com by Midnight, 30th Nov.

Bunbury Players Festival of One Acts II


Deadline: December 1, 2023


Plays MUST be 20-25 pages long (not including Title Page, Character/Scene Descriptions, etc.) and must be submitted in Standard Play Format.

Works must be solely original and not based on or contain any previously copyrighted material.

We ask that writers submit only one play to help limit the size of submissions that our selection team needs to read.

Plays will be presented over the weekend of March 8 & 9, 2023 at the historic Strand Theatre in Hudson Falls, NY.

For any questions, email andersonme1388@gmail.com or mrnichols1992@gmail.com.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Sundog Theatre seeking radio dramas or comedies


Deadline: November 30, 2023

Sundog Theatre's longtime series "The Originals" will take place on MakerPark Radio's internet-based station in NYC. Sundog is seeking plays that actors will read, broadcast live on the web, and hear throughout NYC, the US, and worldwide in January 2024.

Producers: Victoria Colella and Susan Fenley


-- Original dramas or comedies - no more than 5 characters.

-- Like true radio plays, sound effects should be written into the script to set the scenes.

A Foley operator will create the effects.

-- Plays should not rely on visuals to tell a story and set the mood, only words, music, and


-- Ideal running time: 45-60 minutes.

-- Exhibit care with any sexual/violent situations. We cater to a broad audience and families.

-- Sundog will pay a remuneration of $150 for each play that is used.

-- No fee to submit.

Mail (easier on the eyes and no potential virus issues) submissions to:

Sundog Theatre
Radio Plays
PO Box 183
Staten Island, NY 10301

Postmark deadline: November 30 - no fee to submit. Deadline - the sooner the better.

Questions: info (at) sundogtheatre.org

Friday, November 24, 2023

Call for Experimental Theatre Playwrights: CUT / EDGE ~ NYC 2024

NYC, 2024

Playwrights, Application Deadline December 1, 2023

Final decisions by December 15


Please send a writing sample (10 pages), artist statement and resume to 
Cut Edge Collective <cutedgecollective@gmail.com>

Join us in 2024 in NYC for our fifth season.

We meet twice monthly, on the second and third Tuesdays of each month (except July and August). 

On the second Tuesday of each month, we will hear the work of a single writer out loud (read by professional actors) and discuss this writer’s work. This is an in-person meeting.

On the third Tuesday of each month, we will engage (online) in a moderated philosophical discussion about where we’re at in terms of style, form, the direction of theatre/art today etc. Each accepted writer will have the chance to suggest a topic for the monthly salon, and lead the discussion.  (Past discussions have included what makes a theatrical production experimental; from what/where do we draw our inspiration; censorship in theater; mysticism in theater; differences in ideas of catharsis between East and West; gender issues in written theatre roles; when is spectacle essential to theatre; repetition and play in storytelling, etc.)


The Upshot

Upon invitation, the rate is $125 for the year. This covers space to meet for an entire year and a modest stipend for the actors who’ll read our words during the workshop meetings(Cut Edge will cast all readings, if desired by the playwright).  Additionally, it will help defer costs for our annual 10-minute play Festival, available to  all accepted writers (Cut Edge provides TD, SM, free rehearsal space options and all marketing).  Lastly, the fee helps underwrite the publication of the plays in the Ten Minute, with each playwright receiving three copies of the antholofy.

(Our 2023 cohort will be presenting their 10-minute plays this February  10-12, 2024 at the Tank, 312 W. 36th Street).

The Breakdown
  • To participate, you must be an experimental theatre writer. What do we mean by this? You must write for live performance and you must be in the process of creating something that isn’t “conventional.” This departure from normative theatre can include dialogue, structure, staging, character and/or character development, format, passage of time or any other manner of pushing at theatrical boundaries. Teach us something.
  • The Cut Edge Collective currently has only a few available slots.  Playwrights will be selected based upon the quality of the work submitted and experimental nature of the work.
  • If you’re in New York City and able to commit to two events monthly in Midtown, and write experimental work for theatre, please send a sample, segment or example and tell us why you want to be a part of the collective.
And So Who Is This For
  • Experimental Theatre Writers
  • Able to Commit to Twice Monthly Meetings, including one in-person in Midtown Manhattan, through 2024 
  • Submit Compelling Samples
  • $125 for Space, Actors and Ten Minute Play Festival (early 2024).  The writers retreat will occasion another $20/day fee ($100 total), which will include transportation, room and board (but not alcohol, coffee and meals out, local t-shirts and other swag, etc.)
Please reach out if you have any questions to: Cut Edge Collective: cutedgecollective@gmail.com

Cut Edge Collective
At the cutting edge of contemporary theatre

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Sixth Annual Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists 2023


Deadline: December 1, 2023


The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists is a juried cash and production grant given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. It commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World), and the playwright/librettist of Class Mothers ’68, which earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination.  

The winner will receive $2,000 to help with cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2023 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, culminating in an Amas Lab production with New York theatre professionals. Amas, which is administering the award, was the development home for several of Mr. Weinberger’s musicals, and which produced the World Premiere of Wanda’s World and the New York Premiere of Tea for Three. 

We are grateful to be afforded this opportunity to continue making theatre and creating an impact in our community. We are excited to begin work with our 2023 winners Annie Dillon and Samantha Caps on their piece Show Me Eternity and welcome a new wave of inspiring voices to our musical theatre family.

Submissions open Monday September 18, 2023 and will close on Friday, December 1, 2023. All submissions must be sent through an online application that can be found HERE. 

Only one submission per playwright/librettist will be accepted. The winner of the award will be announced in spring 2024.

Amas Musical Theatre will not ask for any fees for entry or for any fiduciary involvement

from the playwright/librettists at any point of the process.

Submission Requirements:

The musical must:

  • Be a full-length show (at least 80 minutes)
  • Have no more than seven actors  (actors may play multiple roles, if so please include a suggested breakdown of role distribution)
  • Be complete and ready for readings, workshops and/or productions
  • Have a demo that is an accurate representation of the music and style of the show (at least five songs)
  • Have full underlying rights clearance of any pre-existing material used in the script (music, source material, etc.)
  • Not have had a full production or be published in any way, even if with a different name.

What to submit

  • All documents must be submitted as PDF files and they should be named with the part of the submission it refers to and the title of the show in the format of PART_TITLE, i.e.: for Tea for Three; BIO_TEA-FOR-THREE, SYNOPSIS_TEA-FOR-THREE, etc.
  • Biography and resumes of all contractually attached people such as composer, director, producer to the project
  • History of the submission’s development, and any previous titles it has gone through (if applicable, maximum one page)
  • Brief synopsis (maximum 150 words)
  • Brief artistic statement on the piece itself, including all source material, inspiration, goal, message, etc. (maximum one page)
  • Proof of rights (if applicable)
  • Demo and track listings (Demo selections to be posted as a Dropbox or Google Drive link)
  • PDF document of the full-script and sheet music, if available (no writers named)

Guidelines for Materials

All submissions must adhere to the following or your application will be disqualified before reaching our selection committee.


If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please submit a signed letter from the authors and/or underlying rights representative stating that underlying rights have been secured.


The full script must include:

  • Title page (which should only have the title on it and absolutely no other information)
  • Character breakdown (maximum one page)
  • The complete script with page numbers
  • ​​For the anonymity of your submission, the full script and sheet music cannot include any information on playwright/ librettist or contractually attached people, previous casts, or any agents. All submissions will go through a blind evaluation process, any personal information you provide will only be available to Amas Musical Theatre staff.

Demo Tracks

The recording should be a significant representation of the songs in the show that accurately highlights the style and character of the score and lyrics.

Demo tracks should:

  • Include at least one song from the first 25 pages
  • Have at least five recordings available – they do not need to be professional or studio quality but they must be clear enough to hear lyrics, melody, and accompaniment
  • Have singers of appropriate vocal types for their respective roles
  • Be full songs only, no medleys of spliced songs
  • For the anonymity of your submission, tracks cannot include any personal identifiers for playwright/librettist(s), the performers recorded, or contractually attached people.

The Selection Process

Scripts will be read and evaluated through a blind submission process by Amas Musical Theatre’s literary team. A group of finalist plays will be read and evaluated by a selection committee, comprised of distinguished artists and playwrights, using a blind evaluation process. Committee members will not be given any additional information beyond the title of the show, the script and the demo tracks.

Any personal information you provide in the application is seen by the Amas Musical Theatre staff only, not the selection committee. Our process is based on the quality of the work submitted.

Round 1 (September-December)

Our literary team reads the first 25 pages of the book and listens to the demo for any track related to these pages.

The team fills out evaluations for each show, which determine the submissions that continue to Round 2.

If selected as a finalist, the show’s application primary contact is notified via email.​​

Round 2 (January-March)

The selection committee reads the scripts in full and listens to all demo tracks submitted.

Committee members discuss the finalists to determine which one is best suited for the award.

The winner will be announced in the spring of 2024

The application’s primary contact is notified and a development schedule is created with the winner. 

 We will not be able to provide feedback regarding why a particular piece was or was not selected.

The Winner

Will receive $2,000 to help pay for cost-of-living expenses.

Will receive development assistance in the 2024 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre.

Will have the selected show rehearsed and performed by New York theatre professionals in an Amas Lab production.

Must be present in New York City for the development process.

Must give the right of first refusal for a world premiere of the selected show that will expire 90 days after Amas Musical Theatre presents the Lab production.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Chaotic Merge seeks Winter Print Issue Submissions


Deadline: December 8, 2023 11:59 PM


*Note: We don’t have themes for Issues. We believe all art forms and genres can beautifully collide into a Chaotic Merge.

Chaotic Merge is looking for submissions from all different forms of artists. We seek work that is adventurous and test the border of art and structure. Don’t be afraid to mess with everything you have ever learned. We encourage the voices of people of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to submit their work.

General Submission Guidelines
All work(s) should be submitted through Submittable with either Garamond or Times New Roman 12pt. Font. Please look below to see if the section(s) you are submitting to have specific guidelines. We have the right to refuse the right to read your work if submitted otherwise.

As a Magazine, we do not tolerate and reserve the right to reject or not to respond to work that contains racism, homophobia, violent themes, etc. content.

Content Warnings:
Please include content warnings for any sensitive material after the title of your piece or by messaging us directly. If you do not know if it should have a trigger warning or not, put it in there anyway. It can only help.

All our zine are all online only. Our regular Winter and Summer issues are print & online.

We accept up to 2 unpublished Screenplay or Play totaling to 10 Pages.

Famous Plays Who We Feel Are Very Chaotic Merge: Wolves by Sarah Delappe, Wives by Jacklyn Backhaus, and The Flick by Annie Baker
Chaotic Merge Fiction Contributors We Admire: Sarah Elizabeth Grace and Allison Fradkin

Our response time is from 2 weeks to 1 months for zines and 1 month – 3 months for Print Issues. If you haven’t received word back from us by then, you may send us a query to our email chaoticmergemagazine@gmail.com or through submittable. Please remember we are doing the best we can to get back to you as quickly as possible.

A person can submit up to one time per category (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.) per submission period.

Chaotic Merge Magazine publishes only unpublished work, unless we ourselves request for them. By submitting your work, you affirm that you are the sole author and maintain all rights for your work. By submitting your work, you authorize Chaotic Merge Magazine to publish your work in both its e-journal, online platforms, and print.

While we accept simultaneous submissions, please notify us on our email (chaoticmergemagazine@gmail.com) or through submittable immediately to withdraw your work once it has been accepted elsewhere.

We will now be offering a small $3-$5 payment for each work(s) accepted. Currently, that is the best we can do for our writers, and we are working on improving this amount in the future. Also, all works will be considered and nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

Appalachian Voices New Play Festival Greenbrier Valley Theatre


Submission Deadline: December 1, 2023

Requirements and How to Submit - https://www.gvtheatre.org/play-fest 

(PDF only acceptable format)

Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, is proud to open submissions for their second annual Voices of Appalachia New Play Festival. 

The goal of this open submissions process is to collect new works from across the region to tell the stories of life in Appalachia. 

We are aiming to produce one 30-minute one act and three 10-minute short plays. 

The winners of this year's contest will receive $500 for the one act and $200 for the short plays, plus a minimally staged production of their play at GVT, located in the “Coolest Small Town in America” Lewisburg, West Virginia.

The final selections will premiere as part of the 2024 Voices of Appalachia Play Festival, February 23 & 24, 2024 at Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia.

We are seeking one 30-minute one-act and three 10-minute short plays focused on different aspects of life and culture in Appalachia. Targeted themes include:
- Identity in Appalachia
- Heritage in Appalachia
- Appalachian Wilderness
- Duality in Appalachia (Disparity/Triumph)
- The Appalachian Exodus
- Diversity in Appalachia
- Women/Femininity in Appalachia

Anyone may submit work meeting these requirements. It is acceptable to submit more than one play. The play must not have had any productions. Folks who submit will be notified of the results either way by mid-December. There is no submission or participation fee.

Contact Jenna Sulecki at artisticassociate@gvtheatre.org with any questions.

Monday, November 20, 2023

THINK FAST Short Play Competition seeks short plays


Deadline: November 27, 2023

Eight finalists compete online for Audience Favorite and $500 Judges' Prize


15-minute plays are accepted for review October 18 through November 27, 2023 for the event, March 1-3, 2024.
  • Electronic submissions only
  • No fee to submit
  • Plays are accepted for six weeks each fall
  • Only one entry per author

E-mail your short play to: OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org
Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”

Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email: “If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $100 participation fee.”

If Your Play Is Selected​​​

The Theater Project will supply a stage manager/technical director to oversee the Zoom recording process

Individual productions supply the actors, directors and make their own agreements with actors and directors regarding compensation

Production Fee

​Playwrights will be charged a $100 fee to cover the $500 prize as well as the cost of hiring the stage manager/technical director.

The Theater Project does not charge a submission fee for its THINK FAST one-act festival. We do, however, charge a $100 production fee to help cover the cost of the $500 prize as well as the hiring of a stage manager/technical director to work with the productions on their technical needs as well as supervise a rehearsal and record the final performance on TTP’s Zoom platform.

Although we would rather not charge a production fee, the reality is that without help from participating playwrights, we would not be able to offer this showcase for new works.
About the Competition

​The Theater Project’s annual short play competition awards the winner for Best Play a $500 prize. The contest is open to adult playwrights, 18 and up. There is no fee to submit your play for consideration, but there is a participation fee for the finalists who present (see below). Plays are accepted in the fall for a virtual event in March 1- 3, 2024. Eight to ten short plays are selected for three prerecorded broadcast performances.

At each performance, the audience will vote for their favorite play. After the final performance, judges will award: Best Play ($500 prize), Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Audience Favorite (play) certificates.

Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time. This restriction is absolute and plays that exceed 15 minutes will not be considered. Sets, lighting and sound requirements must be simple. No elaborate props or effects. Playwrights invited to participate must have plays that are ready-to-perform and supply their own actors and directors who are recorded via Zoom by The Theater Project.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Players Theatre Short Play Festival LUV 2024


Deadline: November 25, 2023 11:59 PM


DATES & LOCATIONS: February 8th-25th, 2024 The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre: 115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012 - 3rd floor: 3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday), 5 plays featured each week. 

 ELIGIBILITY: Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length. Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

PRIZE: Each week a audience favorite is selected by audience vote. The winner of each week will receive $100 prize 

THEME: "LUV" Make it sweet or sexy - Luv is Luv! All plays submitted must be centered on and revolve around this theme. ** Note ** 

 1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play - Host (us) provides theatre, technicians, marketing and box office. 

2) If selected, there is a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 15 pages Submissions open: October 8, 2023 Submissions close: November 25, 2023 Play selection announced soon thereafter. 

For more festival information visit: www.shortplaynyc.com 

Click Here to download a sample contract for the festival - This is a sample of what you would receive IF your play is accepted - please DO NOT sign & send this sample.

Friday, November 17, 2023

2024 Long Beach Short Play Festival


Deadline: December 3, 2023


Submissions are now being accepted for the 2024 Long Beach Short Play Festival, to take place on 4-5, 2024, at the Temple Emanu-El ballroom, which seats 150. Seeking original, unpublished short plays (maximum 30 minutes running time) that can be staged with minimal production requirements. 

Selected plays can be self-produced at the playwright’s option

Up to two (2) submissions per playwright will be reviewed. 

Submission is free, but each play selected for production requires a $150 participation fee to help defray some of the production expenses. Complete submission information and guidelines can be found at https://www.aip4arts.org/long-beach-short-play-festival

 Deadline for submission is December 3, 2023, sent to lbshortplayfestsubmissions@gmail.com.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Players Theatre Improv Residency


Deadline: December 31, 2023 11:59 PM

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.

Wednesday, November 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.

AR Productions seeks musicals


Deadline: January 1, 2024

AR Productions is seeking new musical submissions for an immersive staged reading to be put on in Houston, TX in Spring 2024. The staged reading will be of a selected SAMPLE of the work, and showcased alongside other upcoming musicals! Audiences will have the opportunity to view multiple show snippets at the event, and will vote at the end which should then be a fully produced stage reading. Team does not need to be local to Houston. We welcome new musicals that are in the process of being workshopped -- this is an opportunity to get a new work on its feet in front of an audience!

Please submit: sample tracks, the first ten pages of your show, or anything that best showcases your work to arproductionsnyc@gmail.com. 

In addition, please include in the body of the email or in an attached document:
  • Title of Show
  • Composers, Book Writers, and Lyricists
  • Genre
  • Rating/Intended audience age
  • Trigger warnings
  • Length (or goal length) of piece
  • Cast Size
We look forward to chatting with you about your new work! Reach out to arproductionsnyc@gmail.com with any questions.

Guidelines & Requirements for Eligible Submissions:New musicals may not already be licensed through a professional licensing house

New musicals that are reproductions or retellings of existent work must have source material that meets one of the following criteria:Exists in the public domain

You hold the licensing and rights for any preexisting material

Valdez Theatre Conference 2024


Deadline: November 20, 2023
We will accept the first 300 submissions from writers who have not participated before and don’t reside in Alaska


Submissions are now being accepted for the 2024 Play Lab.

Submission Guidelines
  • 20 to 120 minutes in length.
  • no more than ten actors needed.
  • no prior publications or professional productions. 
  • no musicals without prior permissions from the coordinator.
  • One submission per author.
  • PDF or Word documents accepted.
All genres and styles of storytelling are welcome. We will accept the first 300 submissions from writers who have not participated before and don’t reside in Alaska. The deadlines for writers who do meet those qualifications is November 20. If you have questions, feel free to contact Coordinator Dawson Moore.

Accepted authors are expected to attend the Conference June 8-15, along with approximately 50 other authors for a weeklong developmental immersion. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the playwrights.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Kumu Kahua Go Try Play November 2023


Deadline: November 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 November 2023 is:

A "what's in the news" prompt. Write a ten (10) page maximum scene or a six (6) page maximum monologue of an adult responding to a child's question about an event currently in the news. We encourage you to pose the most difficult question a child can muster to the most problematic events in the world right now. Remember that this is a scene or monologue in the dramatic form; avoid preaching and cant.

Best of luck!

Monday, November 13, 2023

Playwrights First Best New Play Award 2023-2024


Deadline: November 15, 2023

The Playwrights First Best New Play Award for the 2023-2024 season will be announced on the Award Recipients page in Fall 2024. 

Awardee and finalist playwrights will be notified by letter.

​Thank you for your interest and submission.

​Thank you for your interest and submission!

Overall, we look for:
- Imagination and originality in both style and subject or point of view.
- Characters that intrigue and move us.
- A compelling action which reveals the human condition.
- Theatricality inherent in the above.​

  • One, single full-length play per playwright in English from anywhere in the world.
  • Not produced full-scale prior to submission. Readings, workshops, and college productions are acceptable.
  • No joint authorships, adaptations, translations, musicals, or shorts.​


$1,000 first place.
Award listing of playwright and play title on our website.
Professional reading in NYC when feasible.


In a single email provide the following 3 documents described below (Items A, B & C), each as a separate file/attachment to: Playwrightsfirst1st@gmail.com

Note: This address is for submissions only.

Item A) Playscript in PDF format. The play should follow standard playwrighting convention and include a cover page, a character list/breakdown, page count, etc. Please, name your file using this format:Your Last name TITLE OF PLAY.pdf (Example: Shakespeare TWELFTH NIGHT.pdf)

Note: The TITLE of the play is in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS

Item B) Playwright/Production Resume, CV, or Narrative Biography in PDF format. Name your file like this:Your Last name RESUME.pdf (Example: Shakespeare RESUME.pdf)


Item C) Brief Summary of play in PDF format. Please include your full name and the full title of your play at the top of the page. Name your file like this:Your Last Name SUMMARY.pdf (Example: Shakespeare SUMMARY.pdf)


IMPORTANT NOTE: Paper copies will not be accepted. PDF format ONLY.


Each file MUST begin with your last name. Please leave one space after your last name -- do NOT use a dot, a dash, an underline. Please do NOT abbreviate the name of your play. Please do NOT use your first name. Please do not use your initials. We appreciate your attention to this detail as it helps our staff stay organized.


Clockhouse seeks submissions of short plays


Deadline: December 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM


A national literary journal published by Clockhouse Writers’ Conference in partnership with Goddard College

CLOCKHOUSE Submissions

Dare. Risk. Dream. Share. Ruminate.

Clockhouse accepts works of poetry, fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and dramatic works for stage or screen. We encourage submissions from both established and emerging writers. (Current students of Goddard College are ineligible to submit to Clockhouse, but we look forward to reading your work after you graduate.)

Before submitting, please read the guidelines below - the Submit button is at the very bottom of this page.


All submissions must:

Be original, unpublished work written by the author or, if you are submitting artwork for cover consideration, original artwork created by the artist.

Please follow the industry-standard formatting guidelines appropriate for the genre as well as the applicable guidelines below:


Flash Fiction, 750 words or less.

Short stories and self-contained novel excerpts, 751 - 3,500 words. (Genre fiction will be considered only if it sustains literary merit.)

Poetry: All poetry in traditional and experimental styles including prose poetry (Up to 250 lines of poetry, total. Only one poem per submission. Poets may submit up to three times per reading period.)

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction: All memoir and creative nonfiction in traditional and experimental literary styles. No academic or scientific essays (Up to 5,000 words)

Dramatic Work for Stage or Screen: Dramatic Work for Stage or Screen: Short plays and screenplays in traditional and experimental styles. Standalone work only and no monologues. Submitted work should be written with the audience in mind. (up to 12 pages)


Please also:

Include a short bio of approximately 100 words or less

Include a brief artist statement: a few sentences about your work as an artist (i.e., not a “pitch” for this submission, but rather a statement about what you’re interested in writing about now, what drives your writing, or how your writing is reflecting or influencing the world at large, etc.)

Note that:

Work may be submitted only through our online submission manager (see link at bottom of page, which will be live only during our submissions period).

No email submissions will be accepted, and submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be discarded unread.  


The submission period for the Summer 2024 volume will be open September 1 through December 15, 2023.

Responses to submissions

Please expect to wait up to four months after the close of our submissions period for a reply. After that time, if you have not yet received a reply, please check on the status of your submission by sending an e-mail to clockhouseeditorialdirector@gmail.com.  Indicate the title of your piece, the genre, and the original date of submission.

Upon acceptance

By accepting any offer of publication by Clockhouse, the author will grant the magazine first serial rights. Upon publication, rights to the work revert back to the author. The author retains all other rights to the work. Any subsequent publication will note that the work was first published in Clockhouse. Payment for publication in Clockhouse is one contributor’s copy in which the work appears. As appropriate, we may also choose to nominate published work for awards or other recognition.


Planning to submit and have questions about Clockhouse?  Please send them to clockhouseeditorialdirector@gmail.com. Submissions themselves are not accepted at this address.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

A Call to Conscience Interactive Theatre for Social Change seeks 10-minute and one-acts plays


Deadline: December 15, 2023

A Call to Conscience Interactive Theatre for Social Change in collaboration with Bread & Roses Missouri is seeking submissions for “Social Justice Shorts” a one-act play festival on April 18 -20, 2024, venue TBD.

The company is seeking 10-minute short plays and 30-minute or less one-acts plays centered around the following themes: 
  • LGBTQIA+ & Transgender Issues 
  • Mental Health 
  • Economic Justice/Workers’ Rights 
  • Police Brutality/Gun Violence 
  • Health Disparity 
  • Immigrant/Refugee Struggles 
  • Homeless/Unhoused Issues 
  • Racial Justice 
Storytelling must be rich in self-expression and theatrical imagination.

Plays with a cast of at least one to five characters will be considered (we will not accept plays with more than 5 characters). One person plays will be considered.

Plays with music acceptable providing a band is not needed.

Limited set, props and technical requirements are strongly preferred.

Playwrights please email 1) a bio or resume; 2) 10 consecutive pages of your play; 3) title page/synopsis; and 4) cast breakdowns to A Call to Conscience Artistic Director Fannie Lebby: fannie.c2c@gmail.com

Submissions will be accepted now until December 15, 2023. 

Plays will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Plot 
  • Character Development 
  • Dialogue 
  • Clear social justice theme 
  • Overall writing quality 
It is acceptable to submit more than one play. The play must not have had any productions or be published. Playwrights who submit will be notified of the results either way by January 15, 2024. There is no submission or participation fee. Playwrights will receive a stipend if your play is accepted.

We hope to have the honor of reading YOUR play soon.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

The Braid Theatre Company: Force of Habit


Deadline: November 15, 2023

Google Docs Submission Form

The Braid Theatre Company and we're taking submissions for our upcoming show "Force of Habit"! (note that you do not have to be Jewish to submit). Submit your short stories, poems, songs, or monologues via Google Docs and let me know if you have any questions - info@the-braid.org.

This is a *paid* opportunity to see your work performed on stage!


A riveting exploration of the joy, exhaustion, and powerful impact rituals have in our lives.
Rituals can give our lives meaning, routine, or drive us crazy. From global Jewish traditions to self-made mantras, what rituals do you celebrate, reckon with, or even invent? Are your rituals inherited from past generations or created anew? Whether you celebrate a quinceanera, obsessively check your zodiac, or keep shabbat every week, share with us your heart-warming, hysterical, or harrowing stories of rituals that impact you, your family or even your community at large.

*Submissions from those who identify as sephardic, persian, a person of color, queer, disabled, trans/GNC, religiously observant, and/or intersectionally marginalized are highly encouraged.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

BREAK A LEG PRODUCTIONS Seeking Submissions for Love Fest


Deadline: December 1, 2023

BREAK A LEG PRODUCTIONS Seeking Submissions for Love Fest – two days of short plays celebrating Valentine's Day. Three plays performed Friday, February 9th and three plays performed Saturday, February 10th.

Please submit one acts up to 30 pages with the theme of LOVE.

Deadline for submissions is December 1st.

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

Website: balproductions.org

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

BRIDGE: The Bluffton University Literary Journal seeks work from young playwrights


Deadline: November 15, 2023

You can submit your own work through our portal at www.submittable.com

Bridge: The Bluffton University Literary Journal is a magazine of arts and letters compiled by Bluffton University's Department of English and Writing Program. Our current publication schedule includes fall and Spring online issues. Bridge only publishes artists and writers age 14-24.

We are based at Bluffton University, in Bluffton Ohio: www.bluffton.edu.

Fall 2023 submissions are now open! They will close on November 15, 2023.

Bridge publishes original work by writers and artists age 14-24. We look for work that demonstrates virtuosity and wonder, work that interrogates norms and assumptions, and delights us all along the way. Bridge ONLY publishes writers and artists age 14-24. 

  • Bridge accepts work from young writers in the following genres: short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, art, graphic novels and short plays for stage and screen. Please, no fan-fiction or excerpts from novels. 
  • Contributors can submit only ONCE per genre, per submission period. 
  • There are no restrictions on content or theme. 
  • Work submitted to Bridge must not be previously published online or print. We cannot consider work you posted on WattPad, your blog, website, or social media. 
  • Bridge welcomes international submissions; however, all work submitted must be composed primarily in English. 
  • Bridge does not accept anonymous submissions. 
  • Bridge cannot accept third-party submissions. Writers and artists must submit their own work and correspond directly with our staff. Parents/teachers/mentors cannot submit work for you or on your behalf. If your work is collaborative and includes artists over the age of 24, it is not eligible for publication in Bridge. 
  • If selected for publication, Bridge retains First North American Serial Rights to your work. However, all rights revert to the author upon publication. 
  • Bridge is unable to pay contributors. 
  • Current or former Bluffton University students, and the household family members of Bluffton University faculty, staff, and administrators are not eligible to submit work to Bridge.
Thanks for sending your work to Bridge!

Monday, November 6, 2023

The Playwrights Group: Join our nationwide community of playwrights on Zoom

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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