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Showing posts with label 10-minute plays. Show all posts
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Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Fifth Avenue Theater of New York seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: Deadline: August 30, 2021

The Fifth Avenue Theater of New York is returning for a live performance in October 2021, in Midtown! 

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp/minutes), from playwrights from across the five boroughs and Long Island. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes). Musicals welcome! One submission per playwright. No submission fee. 

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. 

We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Christopher Hewitt Award 2021

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Deadline: June 15, 2021

Magazine is currently accepting entries for the eighth annual Christopher Hewitt Award. Named in honor of A&U’s first literary editor, the award showcases outstanding responses to the AIDS pandemic and the realities of individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.

Prize: $75
Entry fee: None
Submission deadline: June 15, 2021
Judges: Winners will be selected by the following judges, by category.
Poetry: Philip F. Clark
Fiction: Raymond Luczak
Creative Nonfiction: Jay Vithalani
Drama: Bruce Ward

Publication: Winners and named runners-up will be published in upcoming issues of A&U.

How to Submit: Email Word (.doc or .docx files) of your work to Managing Editor Chael Needle by emailing chaelneedle [at] mac [dot] com. Please indicate in the subject line that your submission is for the Christopher Hewitt Award; include your name and genre in the subject line as well. Your name or any other personal identifying information should not appear on your manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each separately.
Guidelines: All submissions must be HIV/AIDS-related and previously unpublished. All styles are welcomed. Writers may submit more than one work.

Fiction and creative nonfiction should be 1,200 words or fewer, double-spaced. Reasonable exceptions will be considered.

Drama may be an excerpt from a longer work or a ten-minute play (1,400-1,600 words, no more than ten pages, Dramatists Guild format). For drama excerpts, include, on a separate page, a synopsis and a full cast of characters.

We reserve the right to excerpt longer pieces for print, in consultation with the author; works in their entirety will be printed on the web.

Rights: We secure first North American serial rights and electronic archival rights (posting on the Web and in digital issues).

If any genre lacks a clear winner, fewer than four awards may be given. All entries will be considered for publication.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2021 Virtual Play Festival

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Deadline: August 30. 2021

Submissions are now being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2021 Virtual Play Festival. Seeking short plays (no more than 15 pp/minutes), from playwrights from across the globe. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes). Musicals welcome! 

We post your YouTube link of the performance to the festival site for voting. One submission per playwright. No submission fee. 

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. 

There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! 

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Short Play & Musical Festival - NYC 2021

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Deadline: May 15, 2021


June 10 - June 27, 2021

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

Theatres can now resume live performances at a limited capacity. We will adhere to all state guidelines including requiring our cast and audience to wear masks and maintain social distancing. A full list of our Covid restrictions can be found at www.shortplaynyc.com. We will also stream one performance per week live on YouTube for a virtual audience!

If you are unwilling to find a cast and team comfortable performing live on stage in New York City, we completely understand but please do not submit

Also, please consider submitting plays with limited cast members and incorporating natural social distancing in your storylines!

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),

5 plays featured each week.


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.

THEME: “NYC - Only in New York”

New York City is like no other place in the world! We are seeking plays that get to the heart of the Big Apple and explore what makes this town tick. Unique New York - it's more than a tongue twister - it is a way of life!

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play - Host provides Theatre, technicians and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required

Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 15 pages

Submissions open: April 26, 2021

Submissions close: May 15, 2021

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 do not fill out and send.

Threshold Theater wants to see new scripts from LGBTQ playwrights

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Threshold Theater wants to see new scripts from LGBTQ playwrights about the LGBTQ experience.
Threshold Theater’s mission to “produce fresh LGBTQ works” means we tell the stories of who we are, because only when we see each other do the walls of discrimination start to crumble.

In addition to fully staged productions (when we can safely do such things again), Threshold Theater also wants to curate an ongoing series of public readings of new scripts to introduce audiences to new writers, and to help in the development of new work.

We're looking for new scripts of any length (from 10 minute to 2 acts) penned by LGBTQ writers about the LGBTQ experience. We're defining new as either unproduced, or not produced in the last 5 years. Previous public readings and workshops of a script are OK.
All LGBTQ writers are welcome, but we specifically want to encourage submissions from those in communities whose voices have been traditionally underrepresented.
Threshold is excited by plays of all genres, topics, and the intersectionality of LGBTQ and other aspects of life. Our history did not start in 1969 and the theater world has only seen a sliver of our experiences – we are dedicated to changing that.

If you are interested in submitting your work please do so as either a Word or PDF attachment, and include production/development history (if any) along with your contact information to thresholdmpls@gmail.com

Please put 'Play Submission' in the subject line.

10 minutes plays please submit the entire work,

Full length scripts please submit the first 25 pages, if we want to see the full script, we'll follow up with you.

If you'd just like to get to know us better, feel free to contact us with any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you and having the chance to read your work.

Threshold Theater

Friday, May 7, 2021

The Open Eye Theater seeks ten-minute plays

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Deadline: May 12, 2021

Each season, The Open Eye Theater accepts submissions of ten-minute plays for consideration in Summer Shortcuts, a program of eight ten-minute plays. In 2021, Summer Shortcuts XI will be performed on stage, on Zoom, or a combination of both, and may be broadcast on WIOX Radio in the Catskills, streaming worldwide at www.wioxradio.org — depending on the COVID-19 situation. The submission window for 2021 is open from May 3-12, only.

Authors of selected plays will be contacted in late June or early July and will receive a modest fee.

Playwrights may submit a maximum of two plays, with no more than 4 characters each. Scripts must be submitted as attachments in Word or PDF format. There is special interest in playwrights from New York State. Family-friendly comedies and dramas with good roles for senior adults are especially appreciated. Submission must include title page with playwright’s name and full contact information, including mailing address. Plays longer than ten-minutes will not be considered.

Please email scripts to openeyescripts@gmail.com. Put SS XI and playwright’s last name in the subject line.

Monday, May 3, 2021

inspiraTO’s Ten-minute Audio Drama Playwriting Contest

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Deadline: May 16, 2021, 11:59 pm E.S.T.

We are excited to offer our first ever ten-minute audio drama playwriting contest. There is a wonderful intimacy in listening to drama - like a stranger telling you a secret. Theater inspiraTO is ready to add your voice to further showcase the beauty and brevity of this art form.

Please read the terms and conditions below and scroll down to submit your play. Be part of it all.


Six to ten, ten-minute plays will be selected and be professionally produced as a radio drama and hosted on the Theatre inspiraTO website.

You must submit online (scroll to the bottom of the page) by May 16, 2021, 11:59 pm E.S.T. There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play (if more than one play is submitted you will be automatically disqualified).

The play must be a ten-minute play. The theme "in-touch" must be an integral part of the play. The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, a monologue, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We do not censor scripts for language. We do not accept musicals. This must be drama (a play). The contest is open to anyone, in any part of the world, without geographic or age restrictions (not open to the inspiraTO executive, board members or their immediate families).

What will happen

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be professionally produced as a radio drama and hosted on the theatre inspiraTO website in late October/early November 2021 for one year. Between six to ten, ten-minute plays will be selected.

Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by June 24, 2021. We do not give feedback on any play submitted. The production of the play, including the directors, cast and sound tech will be determined and executed by the inspiraTO artistic team.

Your creativity, our pledge

Should your play be selected, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre inspiraTO to produce the play in inspiraTO’s Ten-minute Audio Drama Showcase. Theatre inspiraTO will find the cast, director, production facility, editing and posting the finished play in audio drama format on the inspiraTO Festival website for one full year. Theatre inspiraTO will be offering this free to listeners and will not be collecting any fees from the public. Playwrights retain copyright and full ownership of their plays. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your creativity.

Submitting your script

1. You must submit online and fill out the form and attach your script (see below to submit). You may only submit one play (if more than one play is submitted you will be automatically disqualified). The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced at inspiraTO before). You must own the rights to the play (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).

2. We only accept electronic submissions in PDF or a Word document. If you produce your work on a Mac, please be sure that your document will open on a PC.

3. Keep the format well-spaced out and easy to read. Examples of script formatting we like:



4. You do not need to include any sound or music cues. The beauty of a well written play is that the director of the play (from inspiraTO) will see the potential of how to incorporate sound. Any sound/music cues you do indicate will be treated as stage direction and used at the discretion of inspiraTO’s artistic team. We want to produce the best radio drama we can and need to ensure the right technology is used and the overall flow and quality is appropriate.

5. The play needs to be ten-minutes in length. We allow a one-minute leeway: the play should not be less than 9 minutes and not more than 11 minutes long. When writing the script allow for sound elements and pauses to be incorporated. The best way to do this is to read your script, including pauses and potential sound cues, into your smartphone and time it. This is not an exact science so there will be room for rough estimates. The committee will disqualify any play that are clearly under or way over ten-minutes.

6. Theme: the play must address the theme, “in-touch”. You decide the story you want to tell that addresses the theme and that works best in an audio drama format.



What we’re looking for

We want you to tell a story using all the elements in writing a quality ten-minute play: distinct characters facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal – through the exclusive element of dialogue and sound. We want to see a complete story through rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment that addresses the theme, “in-touch”. Don’t be afraid to be bold, daring and imaginative: get the listeners attention fast and keep them interested.

Writing an audio drama

When writing an audio drama keep in mind that you are writing in an art form that relies on telling a story through the element of sound. Below are some links to further explore this fascinating art form.

If you want to be good in writing audio drama listen to audio dramas. Samples:


Short plays (not necessarily a ten-minute play):




Other websites we recommend you listen to: http://www.playmepodcast.com/

A plethora of audio radio drama resources (and a shout out to Jack Ward for his insight): https://sonicsociety.org/

Options to use in audio drama:

set up the scene in the form of a narration before the play opens

voice-overs: we can be listening into a character’s thoughts

allow room for sounds and sensations to be used that give clues to the environment of the play (i.e. wind, footsteps etc.)

An excellent primer in writing audio drama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uE3IHn5IuE

Final words

“You can do so much more in audio, you can go anywhere. Use your imagination; go from the top of Everest to the depths of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific. Travel to new worlds. Go inside someone’s head… go inside and live in their head…you can go microscopic…you can go cosmic.

Good radio drama, good audio drama, is ‘go and make a world’, go and paint a picture in sound, which makes the imagination create huge fascinating pictures…even huge fascinating pictures of tiny things. If it’s a man locked in a cell for twenty years, and you are just with him in that cell, you can still explore everything about the human condition, and you can do it with colour, and texture, and light.

And you’re just working in sound.”

-Dirk Maggs

Audio drama is more than just a blinded stage or screen. It has its own peculiar spectrum of aural shades and textures. Listen to audio dramas. Get to know them.

Hear your story come to life.


If you have any questions please email: nicolesantospm[at]gmail.com

Sunday, May 2, 2021


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Deadline: May 8, 2021

Spectrum Theatre Ensemble (STE), in partnership with The Epic Players, is seeking scripts from neurodivergent playwrights for consideration as part of the 2021 Neurodiversity New Play Festival (NNPF). As a part of the NNPF, the Neurodivergent Playwright Initiative will consist of a combination of virtual and in-person readings to be held in July and August of 2021.

  • Submissions must be by a playwright who is neurodivergent.
  • Scripts can be for a 10-minute or one-act play.
  • Scripts should be no longer than 50 pages.
  • Scripts must be previously unproduced. (Readings and workshops are acceptable)
  • Cast size should be no larger than 10.


At this moment, we cannot accept screenplays or musicals.
Theater Scripts For Young Audiences are acceptable submissions.
We prefer submissions in standard playwriting format, but it is not a requirement.
There is no submission fee.

Neurodivergence can encompass, but is not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Epilepsy, SPD, Developmental Language Disorder, BPD, Tourette’s and Tic Disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities.


We are looking for stories told through a neurodivergent lens. Submissions do not need to revolve around themes of neurodivergence explicitly.

We are looking for stories and plays encompassing the broad spectrum of neurodivergent experiences. We are especially reaching out and encouraging submissions from BIPOC, female, non-binary, and LGBTQA+ playwrights.

Submissions will be accepted until May 8, 2021.
Selected playwrights will be notified by June 4, 2021.
Selected playwrights will be offered a $100 honorarium, the option to participate in the rehearsal process, and their work will be considered for a full production in future STE seasons.

Please send your script as a PDF and a bio or resume (can be pasted into your email) to Dave Osmundsen (Playwright Coordinator) at literary@stensemble.org.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

1st Festival of Shorts for Youth – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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Deadline: May 15, 2021

Send submissions to:  ilanab3productions@gmail.com

B3 Theater of Phoenix, Arizona, seeks scripts for their 1st Festival of Shorts for Youth! The Festival will be held in December of 2021. The Shorts will be fully-rehearsed shows, whether they take place live or virtually.

Plays will be selected with an eye towards originality and taking risks. Plays which do not follow the requirements below will not be read.

Shortlisted scripts will be performed in the Festival. Playwrights who are asked to participate in the Festival will be given the opportunity to submit a rewrite of their work by AUGUST 1st, 2021 after script feedback is given. Rewriting is not mandatory.
  • The subject matter is open, although preference will be given to experimental and progressive works. There should be minimal setting, prop, and costume requirements. All genres welcome, including monologues, apart from musicals. 
  • Entries should be 5-15 pages, including the title and cast page. 
  • One entry per playwright, please.
  • Previous productions are okay.
  • International submissions are welcome, but the text must be in English.
  • Please scrub your submission of your name and personal information. Include that information in the body of your email, along with the title of the play.
  • Please put the following in the subject line of your email: Submission: the name of your play.
  • The format may be docx or pdf.
  • There is no fee with this contest.
  • Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 PM AZ time, May 15, 2021.
  • Playwriting teams are welcome.
  • Playwrights must be under the age of 18 to submit.
  • Entries will be capped at 100. Please check our website at www.b3theater.com for a notice of when the cap has been reached.
  • Send submissions to: ilanab3productions@gmail.com. If you have any questions, you may also ask Ilana Lydia at this address. 
You will hear from us regarding your submission around July 2021.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

SMALL BITES Holiday-Themed Short Plays

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Deadline: June 18, 2021

Western Queens NYC

No More than 10 Minutes in Length

Halloween / Thanksgiving / Christmas / Hanukkah
To be performed during October through December 2021

SMALL BITES ~ holiday entertainment for the Bars & Cafes

Unity Stage Company (www.unitystage.org) is calling for explosive original short plays to be presented in bars and cafes as part of a traveling neighborhood festival in Western Queens, NY. Each play should be the theatrical equivalent of a jolt of double-espresso or a knocked-back shot of whiskey. No cozy plays please! Your comedy or drama should focus on a turning point in the characters’ relationships taking place at a specific holiday time. Each play will perform multiple times (TBD), and feature paid non-Equity NYC actors ages 18 to 81.

If Covid-19 restrictions prohibit in-person entertainment, Unity Stage Company will pivot to present the plays as part of a virtual event available for viewing online. All plays must meet the following requirements:

· Running time must be no longer than 10 minutes. Plays longer than 10 pages will not be considered. New, unproduced plays only. Previous readings/workshops are okay.
· Plays must be set in a café or bar and require minimal set and props.
· Play submissions must be sent as anonymous script in PDF format. Page 1 should include Title, Character Breakdown, and brief synopsis, but NOT playwright’s name to better facilitate blind readings.

· Scripts must be double-spaced and use Calibri 12 or Times New Roman 12 fonts.

· Please include separate Playwright Resume in PDF format with contact information. Include details re: all previous readings or workshops.

· Playwrights may submit more than one play.

Send Scripts and Resumes to Sofia Geier at unitystagecompany@gmail.com.

Deadline: Plays may be submitted beginning immediately through June 18, 2021. Playwrights will be notified of their selection no later than August 1, 2021.

Each selected holiday play will be performed a minimum of two times at a bar or café in Western Queens, NY. , during the months of October, November, or December. Each play will receive a $50 honorarium and playwright interviews will be included in P.R. outreach.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 22nd Annual New Play Contest

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Deadline: May 1, 2021

The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays are scheduled to be showcased in a concert-format festival in the fall of 2021. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for future seasons.


We are proud to announce that for the 22nd consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form, and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. Playwrights located outside the United States that might be interested in submitting their plays via email should contact us at jim@chameleontheatre.org. If you are submitting a musical, also include 3 copies of the music on a CD or flash drive.

Do not bind any author identification with your scripts. We will distribute the scripts "blind" to our readers for complete objectivity. Include the show's title on at least the first bound page. Once the winning scripts have been chosen, we will disclose the playwrights' identity to our readers (and the world).

We do not accept plays that have been previously produced. We do accept plays that have had workshops and other readings. Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request. Scripts are non-returnable.

As in past years, this year's contest will have multiple categories.

Winners will receive $25 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. All short plays will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 15 pages or less will fall into this category.

Winners will receive $50 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can be joined with one or two other shows of similar length to make up a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 20-60 pages will fall into this category.

Winners will receive $100 plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can constitute a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. It is important to note that these shows can be one, two, or more acts, as long as it makes up a complete evening of theatre.

If five or more musicals are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "musical" category. Musicals are defined as any original play using original or rights permitted musical dialogue to further the story and/or the characters. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the musical i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any musical will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

If five or more plays intended for and/or by youth are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "theatre-for-youth" category. Theatre-for-youth plays are defined as any original play intended for young audiences, young participants, or both. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the play i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any theatre-for-youth submission will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

At the theatre's discretion, we reserve the right to designate or not designate an "Overall Contest Winner" from any category and an "Audience-Favorite Winner" from any category at the conclusion of the New Play Festival. No additional prize money is awarded, just bragging rights..

Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any combination. Please submit three (3) copies of each script (plus 3 copies of the music on CDs or flash drives for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by May 1, 2021 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:

The Chameleon Theatre Circle
22nd Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Note: This is a rolling deadline. Any plays submitted after this date will be considered for the following year's contest.

Monday, April 5, 2021

LIMITATIONS - seeking 10-minute plays

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Deadline: April 15, 2021

We're calling for worldwide short play submissions of max 10 min for our new Village live online showcase themed 'LIMITATIONS'!

We will be producing 5 selected submissions to be performed live via Zoom for our Village showcase in June or July, 2021.

Revolve around the theme 'LIMITATIONS' and your inference of it. Feel free to explore different elements and sides of the concept

Be originally written and specifically for digital theatre NOT stage theatre

Have some audience participation, as small or as big as you want it to be

Include sensory experience (be it all 5 senses, just one, or a few)

Submission Guidelines

Your short play of max 10min in pdf format to info@krispproduction.com

A short explanation (100-200 words) of why your play is suited for the digital theatre format

Selected plays will be announced May 10, 2021, will be produced by KrisP Production and performed by our international pool of actors.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Stonecoast Review seeks dramatic works

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Deadline: April 19, 2021


Stonecoast Review will be open for submissions from February 1, 2021 to April 19, 2021.

We support the Stonecoast community's goal to promote inclusivity, equity, and social justice through writing.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE SUBMITTING: We accept fiction, pop fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, dramatic works, experimental, and visual art. We can’t wait to see your best pieces! Stonecoast Review offers feedback on 10% of declined submissions. 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. We rely upon donations to cover advertising, website, and printing costs. To support the Stonecoast Review, please consider donating or purchase a copy from stonecoastreview.org!

  • When submitting your work, include a short cover letter and bio (100 words maximum). Submissions are only accepted through Submittable.
  • Stonecoast Review accepts only blind submissions. Your name, email address, or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere in the document or submission title.
  • We accept only one prose submission, one poetry submission (of up to three poems), or ten pieces of visual art per author, per submission cycle.
  • Submitted work must be previously unpublished.
  • 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 the poem that 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: 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: We seek visual images for the Issue #15 cover and interior. 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. (NOTE: Except for the front and back cover of Issue #15, all accepted visual art will be printed in black and white.)

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Common Play Factory is looking for short scripts

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Deadline: April 5, 2021

Common Play Factory is looking for one or two short short scripts (read time 30 min. or less) to complete a program tentatively to be held virtually in late spring.

Scripts should be unproduced; previous readings are okay. We are interested in experimental work. Send a .pdf of the script with character requirements and playwright contact information before April 5 to: dramastruction@gmail.com.

Scripts that are not a good fit for this Spring 2021 program may be considered for future production. Preference will be given to playwrights from Northeast Pennsylvania, but we are open to scripts, primarily in English, from anywhere in the world. Actors have not yet been cast for this production so if you are interested in reading, please contact us as the same email address.

That Uppity Theatre Company For Briefs anthology

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Deadline: April 15, 2021
Submissions sought for an LGBTQ+ anthology of writing by trans and non binary playwrights of 5-10 minute plays that reflects trans and non binary perspectives for possible publication in a volume edited by Joan Lipkin and Jon Fraser.

Include a brief bio of the author, where, if applicable the play has been performed, and a synopsis of the play. Deadline; April 15th, 2021

Submissions sent to: Thatuppitytheatrecompany@gmail.com

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Pegasus Theater’s Tapas 2021

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Deadline: April 1, 2021 Midnight

We are interested in doing 15-minute plays (15 pages of script) that are suitable for shooting outdoors and maintain social distancing between the actors. We welcome the submission of such plays and encourage you to send them to:
plays2021 {@} pegasustheater {.} com.

The deadline for submitting plays is midnight April 1, 2021. 

Plays will be chosen and announced by May 1, 2021. We are planning to produce three or four videos this summer.

Note that the plays we chose last year for Tapas 2020 will be produced as soon as the health officials tell us it is safe for actors, tech and audience to gather indoors for live theater.

Friday, March 26, 2021

2021 One Act Play Festival (OAPF) Presented by Artists’ Exchange

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Deadline: April 2, 2021

Submission Guidelines: Plays should be original, short one act plays 10-15 minutes long (ideal length 10 minutes; no longer than 20 minutes maximum will be considered). Previously produced plays acceptable. Playwrights may submit up to three (3) plays maximum using the Google form submission link.

Seeking Short Plays: Comedic, absurd, dramatic, satirical, farcical, musical, etc. are all welcome for review. Works for actors of all ages (children thru seniors) and abilities are strongly encouraged. Selected plays will be performed outdoors by Artists’ Exchange in Cranston, Rhode Island in late June 2021 (details TBD).

Deadline for Submission: All plays must be received by Friday, April 2, 2021. Any plays received after midnight on April 2nd will not be accepted for review. Plays will be reviewed and judged by a panel of community directors and actors on their artistic and technical merits, and collectively decided on whether they are “selected for performance” or “not selected.” Total number of selected plays is TBD, based on factors including number of submissions, length of plays, etc.

Selected Plays for Performance: The One Act Play Festival (OAPF) Panel will finalize and announce all selected plays for performance in early May. Playwrights will receive notification only if their play(s) was/were selected for performance, and the selected plays will also be posted on the festival’s webpage. Playwrights will not be notified if their works were not accepted. By submitting works, playwrights agree to allow Artists’ Exchange to produce their play(s) in the festival for the public with no performance/ royalty fees.

Selected Playwrights: Participation is volunteer; no stipends or monetary prizes are awarded to selected playwrights. All monies collected from ticket sales, program ads, concessions, and donations will benefit Artists’ Exchange/Gateways to Change, Inc. and the continuation of the OAPF for years to come. Selected playwrights will receive at least two (2) complimentary tickets and recognition in the digital playbill and festival webpage, including a personal bio and contact information (if provided). Performances are not video recorded.

To Submit: Please fill out the Google form submission for each individual play submission. Playwrights may only submit up to three (3) plays maximum. Contact Festival Artistic Director Jessica Chace with any questions at jessica.chace@artists- exchange.org.

About the One Act Play Festival: Since 2006, Artists’ Exchange has hosted the One Act Play Festival for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Cranston community. Short plays are submitted from local, regional, and national playwrights and then selected for performance by a panel of directors/actors. Casts feature community actors of all abilities ranging in sex, age, and experience levels. This year marks the 15th annual year of live, in-person performance and aims to showcase new works by emerging and established playwrights and highlight the best short plays that were submitted for review.

About Artists’ Exchange: Artists' Exchange is a nonprofit arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere in which creativity, learning and discovery converge and individuality is celebrated. We are operated by Gateways to Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all human beings.

Artists' Exchange is home to multiple art studios, a gallery, art boutique and café, along with secondary venue Theatre 82, a multi-use performance, meeting and instructional space. Enriching classes and summer camps are offered year-round in art, ceramics, theater, and music; and a variety of events – including plays, music concerts, birthday parties, and fundraisers – are hosted at our venues.

Contact Information:

Jessica Chace, Artistic Director OAPF

jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org www.artists-exchange.org

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Fade To Black Festival 2021

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

No fee is required.

No restriction of theme or genre.

Three (3) script submissions are allowed per playwright.

Selected playwright winners will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00.

Winning playwrights will be announced nationally on Friday, May 1, 2021.


Playwright must be the sole author of the submitted work.

Playwright must publicly and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.

Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).

Play must run no longer than 8-10 minutes long on stage. (Consider conducting an informal reading to ensure).

Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.

Play must not be a musical.

Play must not be written for children or youth.

Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.

Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons.

Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.

Play must not be a film. Screenplays will not be accepted.

Play should be "stand-alone", a separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.

Author must be at least 18 years of age.

Play must be submitted in a PDF format.


See submission link: https://forms.gle/sUESPtTCvJrR9gfn9

Upload pdf of original work.

"Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.

"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.

Staged readings (formal or informal) are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings but has not been produced as a full-scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.


Monday, March 22, 2021

Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop seeks 10 minute plays

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop is calling for original plays to be presented at the Rivoli Theatre1 May 7 through May 16, 2021. In the event that theatres are not allowed to open due to New York State covid restrictions, SCDW will present these plays in a virtual format. All plays chosen must meet the following requirements:

· Running time must be no longer than 10 minutes from curtain to curtain (strictly enforced)

· Plays must be presented in a black box format with minimal set and prop needs (the Executive Director reserves the right to determine if the chosen plays meet this requirement)

· Vulgar language and topics will not be accepted for submission

Play submissions must be in an electronic format and submitted to the Executive Director haroldtighe50@gmail.com

Plays submitted after the deadline may not be given consideration. Scripts must be double spaced and use Calibri 12 or Times New Roman 12 fonts. Authors will be notified of their play being selected for performance no later than April 8.

SCDW reserves the right to present the selected plays without payment of a royalty to the author. 12 to 16 plays will be selected at the discretion of the Executive Director and Reading Committee. Each selected play will be performed three times either the weekend of May 7 or the weekend of May 14 at the discretion of the Executive Director.

For more information, please contact Executive Director Harold Tighe at haroldtighe50@gmail.com.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Third Annual Rogue Theater Festival accepting new works

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Deadline: April 1, 2021

Now accepting new works for the third annual and virtual Rogue Theater Festival! Rogue is looking for new works by emerging writers and artists. We encourage anyone who feels they have something to say to submit their piece to the festival. Rogue believes in equal opportunity for all.

Basic Festival Details:

- Participants may choose to participate in Scenario A (in person filming in NYC) or Scenario B (remote filming anywhere in the U.S.)

- Performances: July 21st-25th (each show will have 1 performance that streams via showtix4u)

- In person Filming Dates: To be assigned days between May 1 and June 10, 2021 (each Scenario A show will have 1 scheduled time slot for tech rehearsal and filming)

- Location for in person filming: The Players Theatre (115 Macdougal St.)

- Playwrights and Producers are fully responsible for putting up their production (e.g. Director, stage manager, rehearsal space, transportation fees, salaries, marketing, costumes, casting etc.).

- There is a one time, nonrefundable, participation fee. You do NOT need to pay to submit your play, only if you plan to participate in the festival.

Scenario A:


Participants will film their piece at The Players Theatre in New York City with Rogue Festival staff. They will be assigned a date and time where they will come in for a tech rehearsal and to film their piece that will later be streamed as part of the festival.

Participants will have lighting and sound design done and ready for them on their filming date along with a professional Stage Manager to run all design cues.

Participants will have access to certain set pieces and props at the theater.

Filming will be done from one angle (participants choice) and will be filmed straight through from beginning to end.

Rogue will create a ‘final package’ including an introduction for the festival, the filmed piece, and any bonus features you would like featured at the end.

Participants will receive:

- Theater space at The Players Theater for one tech rehearsal/filming time

- Professional Designer to design Lighting and Sound

- Professional Stage Manager to run Lighting and Sound Cues

- Press opportunities for your show and the festival as a whole

- Use of predetermined set pieces and props in the theater

- ‘Final Package’ video of your show presented by Rogue

- 25% of box office sales for your individual show

Scenario B:


Participants will film their piece remotely and send to Rogue Festival their finished product.

Participants may film their piece on zoom, in their home, on location, in a theater they have access to, or any other way they can SAFELY imagine as long as the quality of the video is acceptable.

Rogue will create a ‘final package’ including an introduction for the festival, the filmed piece, and any bonus features you would like featured at the end.

Participants will receive:

- Press opportunities for your show and the festival as a whole

- ‘Final Package’ video of your show presented by Rogue

- 25% of box office sales for your individual show

Entrance requirements:

- 10 minutes to 1 hour long with no intermission (if your piece is longer we WILL consider it for Scenario B)

- It may be a play, musical, improv, stand up comedy, clowning, one person, burlesque, poetry, monologues, song cycle, or dance. If you have something else we’d be thrilled to hear from you too!

- It must be an original work, but having been performed before is totally fine!

Ticket Requirements:

- (10- 30 mins) - Tickets are $10 each.

- (30- 60 mins) - Tickets are $13 each.

- You keep 25% of all box office sales from your individual show


Please submit your piece (pdf attachment please) to roguetheaterfestival@gmail.com care of Allison. The deadline for all submissions is Thursday, April 1st. We will be reviewing all submissions and contacting selected participants by or before Monday, April 12th. If selected, there will be a one-time participation fee. Scenario A participants ($120) and Scenario B participants ($60). These are non-refundable. Please visit our website www.roguetheaterfestival.com for more information and to get to know us better. Get ready to make a wave with Rogue in 2021!

P.S. Interested in our BRAND NEW Playwright in Residence Program!?

When submitting your piece for Rogue Theater Festival please mention if you would also like to be considered for the Playwright in Residence Program for this season. If so, please also attach a resume for our consideration.

Rogue Theater Festival will be offering three residency opportunities for the 2021 season. Residencies will include:

No participation fee for Rogue Theater Festival, 2021

Four comp tickets for Rogue Theater Festival, 2021

Zoom writing workshop with LA based professional screen and stage writer

Zoom writing workshop with NYC based professional screen and stage writer

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