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Thursday, July 11, 2024



Deadline: July 18, 2024
Or when 300 scripts are received


Back for the fifth year and taking place at Urbanite Theatre, The 2024 Modern Works Festival is a five-day playwriting contest, reading festival, and celebration of women in theatre.

Three finalists will be selected by a panel of play readers to present their work as a staged reading during the Festival. The Festival will culminate in an audience roundtable discussion, and Festival Passholders will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite of the three works, awarding the winner a prize of $3,200!

Seeking new work from emerging and established female playwrights. Playwrights must be available to attend all festival rehearsals and talkbacks, in Sarasota, FL. Rehearsals will take place September 2 - 4, 2024. Staged Reading performances will take place Sept 5 -8.

Interested playwrights are encouraged to read Urbanite’s mission statement and production history to get an idea of the type of work we produce.

No Entry Fee
Festival Awards:
Winner: $3,200 (1)
Finalists: $650 (2)

Submission Rules & Requirements

Submissions must be from female playwrights
Playwrights must reside in the United States
Plays must be unproduced and unpublished with limited development
Plays that have been previously submitted to Urbanite Theatre or the Modern Works Festival are not eligible to be submitted again
No musicals or translations
Full length plays only (defined as 60 minutes or more)
Must require three performers or fewer
Must include quality, female roles that are well-represented
Must include a contact page and character breakdown
One submission per playwright

Playwright must be available to attend the festival in person (September 4-8, 2024), including rehearsals (Rehearsals: September 2-4, 2024)

Festival Rules & Requirements

Festival Rules and Guidelines:-Three finalists will be chosen to participate in the Modern Works Festival

Each finalist will receive the following: a female professional director and stage manager, stage directions reader, professional actors, a table read, 15 rehearsal hours, a staged reading with a total of three staged reading performances and facilitated post-show talkbacks

Staged readings will have some lighting support, an intro and outro song if wished, music stands, chairs provided, costumes or additional internal music is not allowed as the readings are text focused

Actors, stage managers, directors will be comprised of local and non-local artists, AEA and non AEA

Winner of festival will receive a $3200 prize

The two remaining finalists will each receive an award of $650

All Finalists will receive an additional stipend of $250 to assist with daily food expenses

Housing, Travel to/from Sarasota will be provided

Finalists will be selected by panel of readers and notified by Urbanite Theatre on July 29, 2024

Submissions will be capped after the first 300 scripts are received

The volume of submissions will prevent us from providing individual feedback

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