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Monday, July 1, 2024

Clay & Water 2025 Seventh Annual Playwrights’ Retreat


Deadline: July 26, 2024 at 5PM EDT


Retreat Dates: February 22 – February 28, 2025

Clay & Water 2025 will be an in-person retreat (public health situation permitting) at Penney Farms, Florida (near Jacksonville.)

 Four selected playwrights will get accommodations, meals, a no-pressure developmental reading of their works-in-progress, a respite from the demands of their everyday lives, an opportunity to meet fellow writers, and a chance to see some of the points of interest of the surrounding area.

Clay & Water is not a production opportunity.

A small stipend of $100 will be provided to each playwright.

EXPECT TO PAY YOUR OWN WAY HERE. Fly into Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) where we’ll pick you up, or drive yourself to the accommodations we will book for you at PRC. (There’s also an Amtrak station in Jacksonville, if needed.)

Each playwright will get a developmental reading of a single work-in-progress.

We will provide local actors for readings.

The reading will be open to the public at no charge. We will schedule at least one, possibly two, private Zoom rehearsal(s) in the weeks before the Retreat, but the public readings will be fully understood to be minimally-rehearsed, cold readings for development and NOT performance.

There will be a moderated audience feedback session after your public reading. (Don’t worry! Our audiences are supportive.)

Please read and follow these guidelines and application material carefully. Plays that do not adhere to the guidelines in terms of length, format, cast size, etc. will NOT be considered.


In order to apply, you must:

Have a completed draft

– Draft of a full-length, unproduced non-musical play (60-120 pages) in PDF format and in a standard play script format (either the Modern Format or Traditional Format on the Dramatists Guild website: https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats would be acceptable) in a 12-point standard font (Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Courier are all fine). The play should require 2 to 4 actors to perform. (Plays that have had previous developmental readings are acceptable.)

– No monologues, please.

– No adaptations.

– No collections of short plays.

– The submitted script should have a character breakdown page immediately following the title page.

–You may have more than 4 characters as long as all characters can be played by a maximum of 4 actors and you specifically explain any double-casting options. Please note that offstage voices do count if an additional actor would be needed.

Please note: Scripts which do not follow the guidelines of length, format, number of characters will NOT be considered

What to Submit

Applications must be made through our online application form which will ask you to complete the following:

Name, email, cell phone # in the fields provided.

Select whether you are US-Based or Non-US-Based so the form will show you the appropriate address fields.

Complete the address fields. Note that the Non-US-Based address field is more free-form due to variations among international address, but we do need your street address, city, province, country, and postal code if you are not a US-Based playwright.

Title of the play you are submitting

Select Tone of Play (Comedy, Drama, Serio-Comic)

Brief synopsis of the play

Brief description of what you think is/are the next step(s) in your revisions. We want to know your next writing steps, not your next business steps.

Enter the number of actors needed and a numeric breakdown of male, female, neutral/non-binary/any gender actors needed.

Enter the same breakdown for number of characters (these numbers may match the number of actors or may be different if double-casting can be done.)

Describe any possible double-casting. Please be as specific as you can.

Introduce yourself professionally (productions, workshops, readings, publications, education, any other theatre disciplines in which you participate).

Introduce yourself personally (hobbies, non-theatre interests, where you are from, survival job, etc.)

Upload your 60-120 page script in standard play format in a 12-point font. PDF ONLY!

Reminder: Scripts which do not follow the guidelines of length, format, number of characters will NOT be considered.

Questions may be sent at any time.

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