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Friday, August 16, 2019

Enigmatic Society Productions seeks full-length LGBTQIA+ scripts

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Enigmatic Society Productions is accepting full-length scripts with LGBTQIA+ themes for our 2020-2021 season. Chosen playwrights will receive a full-length production with a standard Dramatist Guild of America playwriting contract (Not a membership, but the playwright will earn a percentage of each ticket sold).

Enigmatic Society Productions is an LGBT theater company that is focused on the development of new LGBT-themed scripts and re-imaging classic plays and musicals.

Deadline is December 1st, 2019. No submission fee. Open to all playwrights.

Submission Rules and Process:

  • Scripts must be in standard playscript format
  • Scripts submitted must be in PDF format
  • Cover page to include play synopsis, character breakdown, playwright's bio and production history
  • playwrights may submit more than one play
  • Scripts must be received by December 1st, 2019
  • Scripts must be LGBTQIA+ themed
  • Selected playwrights will be notified February 1st, 2020 and contracts will be sent out March 1st, 2020 - via email

Company: Enigmatic Society Productions
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Los Angeles Queer New Works Festival

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We are currently accepting submissions for next year's Los Angeles Queer New Works Festival.

A production for The Commons is just as powerful as it is entertaining. It's brave, breathtaking, and thought-provoking. It's honest. It's vulnerable. It's boldly authentic and unapologetic in the space it takes up. And it showcases the unique and powerful stories that come from every corner of our community.

We are especially interested in:

  • Fearless new plays and one acts
  • Socially relevant contemporary musicals
  • Ensemble driven pieces
  • Daring solo works
  • Unproduced screenplays
  • Pilots and Web Series centering LGBTQ+ Characters ​​

As a general rule, we do not produce:

  • Children's theater
  • Musicals without original scores
  • Literally any story that revolves around a cis/het/white man

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2019

We are tirelessly dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint and impact on our environment. For this reason, we only accept electronic submissions. To submit your work, fill out the form at the link below.


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Queer Playwrights Contest

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Full-length pieces, at this time we are not accepting one acts or 10 minute plays.

An emphasis on queer lives and the queer experience, we want plays written by queer playwrights for queer actors about queer characters.

New work, unpublished and unproduced, may have been publicly read. (Let us know the history of your play if there is one.)

Send us an excerpt of your play (15-25 pages), a short bio, and a cast breakdown.

The submissions will be open until August 15th, 2019.

We will invite finalists to send us their full scripts by August 31st, 2019.

We will announce the play selection on September 30th, 2019.

The selected play will be produced by the company in the spring of 2020 in Portland, OR. The selected playwright will be brought out to Portland for the production. The top 5 runners up will be featured in our “Artists to Watch” page.

Saturday, June 1, 2019


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VIOLET SURPRISE: FEMSLASH FEST is a short play festival that reimagines the possibilities for well-known, well-loved female-identifying characters to be in queer relationships, and for those relationships to be parodied positively and within the world of the original fandom.

Whether you're down with OTP (One True Pairing) or you have an entire fleet of 'ships, we invite you to create a Sapphic spoof of the characters' signature sizzle that celebrates and elevates the perfection of their connection.

Write the subtext you see and the maintext you want to see. Inspiration – and subtext – can be found anywhere and everywhere: from Anne of Green Gables to The Baby-sitters Club to A League of Their Own. It's particularly present on TV: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Call the Midwife, Designing Women, A Different World, Downton Abbey, Gilmore Girls, The Golden Girls, Grace and Frankie, I Love Lucy, Laverne & Shirley, Living Single, Once Upon a Time, SVU, That's So Raven, Xena: Warrior Princess.

The possibilities are limitless, which is why submissions are open to romantic pairings of female-identifying characters in any fandom in any medium and in any genre. Whether your leading ladies come out of science fiction and fantasy, Disney or Shakespeare, classic literature (love Jo in Little Women?) or classic sitcoms (love Jo on The Facts of Life?), we request only that your writing be in 'ship shape and in playscript format, and that the material be kept PG. Onstage intimacy is acceptable (what's femslash without a first kiss?), but we want the show to be appropriate for audiences of all ages.

VIOLET SURPRISE: FEMSLASH FEST is curated and produced by Iris Sowlat and Allison Fradkin in collaboration with Otherworld Theatre Company, and will be presented in Chicago August 9-11, 2019.


Submissions are open to playwrights who identify as female, trans, or non-binary.

Plays can be up to 10 pages and include up to 4 characters.

Playwrights may submit 2 scripts for consideration.

Send your scripts in PDF format to allisonfradkin@aol.com with "Violet Surprise" in the subject line. Questions may also be directed to that address.

The deadline for submissions is June 8, 2019.

Playwrights will be notified of our selections by June 22.

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The Q Collective will begin seeking submissions for its upcoming original short play festivals THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL and THE TRANSLUMINATE ARTS FESTIVAL on June 1, 2019.

Submission and Selection Period:

Plays for THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL may be submitted via email only from June 1 through August 15, 2019, with festival play selection completed by September 1, 2019. Playwrights selected will be notified by September 1 and announced by September 15.

Topics of interest in this year’s festival include: Intersexuality, Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Polyamory, Coming Out in Immigrant Communities, Coming Out in Communities of Color, Coming Out as a Conservative Queer Person, Coming Out in Religious Communities, Coming Out Later in Life. Plays do not necessarily have to fall in one of these categories nor must they only explore the LGBTQIA+ experience of coming out.

Plays for THE TRANSLUMINATE ARTS FESTIVAL may be submitted via email only from June 1 through December 15, with festival play selection completed by January 5, 2020. Playwrights selected will be notified by January 5 and announced by January 15.

Topics of interest in this year’s festival include: Trauma associated with coming out as trans expansive, experiences of gender affirming surgery, experiences with starting hormones, dating someone with your deadname. Plays do not necessarily have to fall in one of these categories but must fall under the trans expansive experience in some way.

Performance Dates:

THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL will be held October 17 – 19, 2019, at The Monocle, in the Grove neighborhood of St. Louis.

THE TRANSLUMINATE ARTS FESTIVAL will be held February 27 – 29, 2020, at The Chapel, in the Wydown-Skinker neighborhood of St. Louis.

Playwrights will be invited to the first read through of their play and a performance and are encouraged to invite friends as well as share any interviews and/or publicity materials via their social channels.

Selected playwrights will receive a $50 stipend for their work and two tickets to a performance of their choice. Playwrights may attend any rehearsals but are asked to please arrange ahead of time with the director of their piece. The producer or director may contact the playwright for purposes of clarification, publicity, and other artistic, technical or festival marketing and promotion needs.


Scripts must be typewritten using Samuel French guidelines (http://www.playwrightslocal.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Samuel-French-Formatting-Guide.pdf).

Scripts must not exceed fifteen minutes in length. We will NOT accept plays with longer run times. Please time your plays prior to submission. A general page estimate for a 15-minute play includes approximately 14-20 pages, although this is clearly not an exact science.
Due to the limitations of our host venues’ theater space (proscenium with no apron, approximately 16 feet wide and 8 feet deep), please limit your script to 1-4 actors. Roles may be doubled within our acting pool.

Please keep prop and set demands to an absolute minimum.

A fundamental foundational principle of The Q Collective is to be open and welcoming to all gender identities, races, ethnicities, sexualities, ages, abilities, etc. Our play festivals reflect these values and we encourage writers to embrace them.

Scripts and cover pages shall be submitted in PDF format. Submitted scripts should bear only the title of the play. They shall NOT include a synopsis, author’s note, nor the name, address or other author-identifying information. To ensure blind review, please include a separate cover page document with the title of the play, name of the author, address, phone number, email, and university/college, theatre, or state affiliation, as applicable, as well as a synopsis of your play.

Playwrights may submit multiple works; however, no more than two (2) plays per playwright will be produced in the festivals.

Previously produced but unpublished works and well-developed works in progress are welcome; plays previously produced by The Q Collective are not eligible.

Works may be submitted for both

Submit plays and cover pages by email attachment in PDF format to: submissions@theqcollective.theater with the subject COMING OUT 2019 or TRANSLUMINATE 2020.

Plays to be submitted to both festivals for consideration can be sent with the subject PLAY FESTIVAL SUBMISSION.

Please direct any questions to Sean Michael at the same email address.
Have something you want us to read? Send it to submissions@theqcollective.theater with the subject SUBMISSION.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


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Gadfly Theatre Productions (Minneapolis MN) is currently accepting one-act script submissions for our annual queer & geeky one-act festival aptly named “The Final Frontier Festival”. This year’s theme is “In A World” and we’re looking for scripts where queer & marginalized people create entirely new worlds. The setting can be dystopian, sci-fi, fantasy or anything else you can dream up. Plays can take place after humanity has destroyed this world, at the dawn of time, or on an entirely different planet in an entirely alternate timeline.

All scripts are due June 4th, 2019 at noon.

Gadfly Theatre Productions is a queer, feminist theatre company devoted to breaking binaries, fighting racism, and making art as accessible as possible while still paying artists. The Final Frontier Festival is a passion project of our two non-binary artistic directors who wanted to highlight the conversations about social justice happening within geek spaces and put some creative output from those conversations on stage. This festival will close Gadfly’s 9th season and will be the festival’s 5th anniversary.

All pieces accepted into Final Frontier Festival: In A World should be between 25-45 minutes, be easy and cheap to produce for people who are creative, and feature no more than 7 actors. All shows that do not fit in that time frame or feature more than 7 actors will be automatically disqualified no matter how good they otherwise are.

We are most interested in queer playwrights especially those who are femme of center and/or non-binary, BIPOC, immigrants, and/or disabled. No plays that are not by or for queer people will be considered. 

Please e-mail your script submissions to gadflytheatre@gmail.com with the plays title and your name in the subject line and a brief synopsis in the body. ALL plays that fit the years’ theme and our queer mission will be considered regardless of experience. All scripts selected will play three times over the course of two weeks and receive performance rights paid per performance.

Super exciting news time! For the first time ever, Gadfly is ALSO accepting proposals for devised works, works-in-progress, and improvised pieces as part of their submission process for The Final Frontier Festival. Shows still must fit the time frame, theme, character, and mission constraints outlined above. To submit, send a .docx or PDF outlining the project you hope to create for this festival along with an e-mail featuring some biographical info about yourself and your devising or improv team’s history together (even if that’s “none”) to gadflytheatre@gmail.com. All selected projects from this category will receive a total show budget for the project leader to assign as they see fit including performer pay and their own stipends. Each show will be given three performances over two weeks. Due to budget constraints, devising or improv teams must be based in the Twin Cities or the surrounding suburbs (Minnesota).    

Gadfly Has An Open Submission Policy

Attention Playwrights:
You can submit scripts to Gadfly at any time for consideration in future seasons. Right now we are only interested in stories BY trans and non-binary people, queer POC, and queer female playwrights. We can not respond with a "no, sorry" to every play, and we do not provide feedback on scripts. We do read everything that fits the guidelines below. If we want to produce your work, we will reach out in plenty of time to get rights and other contract details squared away.

Plays must:​

  • Be both queer and feminist in nature and content
  • Be full lenth (60 minutes or longer) plays. No one-acts or ten minute plays will be considered for mainstage work
  • Feature less than EIGHT actors (big casts with double-casting is fine) and have as few set/dress/tech requirements as possible
  • Be submitted in .pdf format to gadflytheatre@gmail.com Please include the title of the play in the subject line and a brief synopsis of the play in the body of the email

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Village Playwrights Riot and Revolution

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The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for Riot and Revolution, staged readings of short plays to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion and celebrate Gay Pride on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 7 to 9 pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC.

  • Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes (no more than 10 pages in standard format.) 
  • Plays must be about the Stonewall Rebellion, the Stonewall era (1960s) and/or the legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion. 
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand 
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal.
  • Deadline for submissions is May 27, 2019, 5 pm.
  • No fee to submit

To Submit:

  • Send your play as an attachment to villageplaywrights@gmail.com
  • Your name and contact information should be in the body of the email but not on the script.
  • Only put the name of your script on the subject line
  • For more information call 614-285-2515.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


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The Carlo Annoni Award is for theatre plays on gay themes and on diversity in love.

In the year of fifth centenary of Leonardo Da Vinci, who was discriminated for his sexual orientation, we dedicate the Carlo Annoni Prize 2019 to all those who in Italy and in the world fight for having recognized the right to love and against discrimination.

“Once you have experienced the flight’s flightiness, when you are back on the ground again, you will continue to look at the sky.” Leonardo Da Vinci

The plays can be written in Italian or in English

The prize is € 1000 for texts for each language (Italian and English).

Special mentions 2019

– What’s more, among the asylum seekers every year there are many people who leave their country because they are victims of persecution concerning sexual orientation. A special prize will be awarded to a text that deals with this theme.

– A special mention will be given for 10-minute theatrical shorts to promote  the theater in schools, clubs and events.

Plays must be sent by April 30, 2019 to: info@premiocarloannoni.eu

Participation is free of charge.

Texts already represented in the previous two years will also be taken into consideration.

The award ceremony will take place in September 2019 with an event in Milan.

A “library” of plays received is being created on this site to make them available to theater companies: those who want their text to become part of the virtual library must express their consent at the time of submitting the play, provided that the Author has all rights.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

17th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts,

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Submissions OPEN for the 2019 Main-Stage Festival
The 17th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts, held July 8 through 21 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues

The CREATIVITY is yours; the OVERHEAD is ours. And thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council there are no required application fees or participation fees, and all productions receive a box office share! We provide:

ADA and AEA approved performance venues
AEA approved venue insurance
Technical, Booth, & Front-of-house Staff
Repertory Lighting Plot & Sound system, with Video available
On-line, real-time ticketing service with audit trail
Glossy, full-color Festival brochures
Networking events & Marketing assistance for all shows
Optional co-production plans* for higher box-office shares
Deadline:  Tuesday, January 29th.
Late Submission Deadline:  ($35 Late Reading Donation due) Monday, February 25th. (NO Fee if you are on NY Medicaid)

Click on the APPLY button to go to the full Application Form. Please download a study copy so you can later complete the form in one online session (required).

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler (VPT) requests submissions for its ninth annual Summer Pride Festival

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Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler (VPT) requests submissions for its ninth annual Summer Pride Festival, July 26-28 and August 2-4 in the historic Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph (VT).

We are seeking full-length scripts with strong LGBTQ content that present the issues and concerns of today's LGBTQ persons, especially those living in rural areas, in a positive way. Scripts should have a mid-sized ensemble, with multi-generational plays welcome. Staging in a community-theater setting should be feasible. No musicals, please.

Plays that have been previously produced or workshopped are welcome, and their presentation history would be of interest. No later than November 15th, these should be e-mailed  -- along with a 100-150-word synopsis -- to VPT producer Sharon Rives <kenrives@gmail.com>

For more information about the festival or VPT, feel free to contact Ms. Rives.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Pride Films and Plays: Call for Entries to LezPlay Contest

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**Entry fee is $15. Dramatists Guild members may submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code DGLP2018 on the payment page. **

The mission of Pride Films & Plays' LezPlay Contest is to enhance the visibility and advance the viability of lesbian-centered stories for stage and screen. To that end, LezPlay honors excellence in storytelling by women-identified writers who present lesbian characters and themes—past, present, and future—in a pivotal, positive way.

We want stories that elevate and celebrate us, refine and redefine us. We want to introduce audiences to writers whose work reflects, resonates with, and is relevant to their lives. We want stories that have a broad appeal, stories that will enable us to reach individuals of all ages and in all stages of life.

We welcome submissions of full-length scripts (up to 120 pages) from May 1 to September 1, 2018, from writers who identify as women. Scripts may be plays, screenplays, or teleplays. Only scripts that have not been professionally produced are eligible. Scripts that have been submitted in the past are eligible for resubmission only once and only if the script has been radically revised.

Scripts will be judged by a panel of industry professionals: directors, artistic directors, filmmakers, playwrights, producers, literary managers.

When submitting, please be sure that there is NO identifying information included anywhere on your script. Scripts that identify the writer on the title page or anywhere else in the document will immediately be disqualified.

Entry fee is $15. Dramatists Guild members may submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code DGLP2018 on the payment page. 

PFP Network Writers may submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code PFPWN2018 on the payment page. Members of the Playwrights' Center may submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code PCLP2018 on the payment page.

To make the final deadline, scripts must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on September 1, 2018. 

10 semifinalists, 5 finalists, and 1 winner will be selected from all eligible script entries. The selected scripts will be those that receive the highest recommendation from our reading panel and that best align with the mission of LezPlay. The winner will earn a minimum of four and a maximum of seven days of script development workshops, culminating in a public staged reading at Pride Arts Center in Chicago the weekend of November 17-18, 2018. The top-scoring plays will also be considered for, though not guaranteed, production in a future PFP season.

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Categories/tags: Dramatists Guild, festival, full-length plays, LGBT, readings, submission guidelines, women-only

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


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Submit your play to the 2018 National Queer Theater New Play Reading Series, showcasing four new queer playwrights in September and October 2018 at Arts On Site in New York’s East Village.


For initial submissions, please submit a 10 page sample of a one act or full length play in PDF format. We are accepting blind copies only, please do not include your name in the script.
Please include a 100 word synopsis.

Please submit plays which have not had a professional production or showcase in New York City.
We are seeking LGBTQ-identified playwrights of all backgrounds from anywhere in the United States or internationally writing work that touches on critical social or political issues. Queer writers of color, trans+ and nonbinary playwrights are especially encouraged to submit.

All selections are made by NQT’s artistic committee which will receive blind scripts.

Playwrights the committee are interested in will be asked to submit a full script and statement of interest. Selected playwrights will be paired with directors and invited to collaborate in the casting process.

The deadline to apply is July 19th 11:59pm EST. 
No fee. Stipend provided for selected playwrights.

Submissions: Please submit your blind 10 page sample and 100 word synopsis to submissions@nationalqueertheater.org with your full name and play title in the subject line eg. ‘First Last- Title of Play- Fall Reading Series.’ This is a blind opportunity. Scripts will be considered on their own merits, without any access to personally identifying information about their authors.

Interested in getting involved as a performer or director? Please send a headshot/resume to submissions@nationalqueertheater.org and include that you wish to be considered for this series.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Medicine Show Theatre LAB First Annual Queer Fest

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Medicine Show Theatre LAB seeks submissions for its First Annual Queer Fest, by Monday, May 7.

The two-week festival will feature plays and multi-media storytelling by queer authors exploring themes not often addressed by the mainstream community. Queer Fest will run from June 6-15, before Gay Pride week, and will feature 10 plays, with each one running four times.

Each play can run NO LONGER than 90 minutes.

If you are chosen to participate in the festival, there will be a $150 fee, to defray personnel costs. The playwright is expected to do much of the producing, but MST LAB can recommend actors and technicians, if needed.

Playwrights may submit more than one play, previously produced material fine.

Plays may be submitted to queerfestmst@gmail.com



Friday, March 30, 2018

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation grant guidelines

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The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation offers grants to production companies to offset expenses in producing theatrical works (plays, musicals, performance art, operas, choral works, orchestral works with text) and film or video. All works must be LGBTQ-themed and must be based on, or inspired by, history. See What Is Historical? for more information.

Grants may be used toward any aspect of a production. Grants do not exceed $1,500; the amount of each is decided on an individual basis.  When choosing which projects to fund, the foundation gives priority to new works and to productions aimed at creating new audiences for LGBTQ-themed performing-arts works. Please note: The foundation no longer supports revivals of plays by well-known LGBTQ playwrights.

Please be advised that the foundation is NOT a production company. Grantees are responsible for producing the works for which they receive grants.

Also, please note that the foundation makes production grants only to incorporated not-for-profit entities such as theatrical companies, film and video production organizations, and the like. If you are an individual not associated with a not-for-profit organization that will produce your work, you are not eligible for consideration for a production grant. If you or your group is not an incorporated not-for-profit but is affiliated with a not-for-profit that can act as your fiscal sponsor, please tell us the name of that organization and provide documentation of its 501(c)3 status.

Proposals may be submitted throughout the year; please allow 60 to 90 days for a response.


Submit your proposal electronically, as an email with attachments, to: info@aabbfoundation.org.
In the body of your email, describe the proposed production, provide brief information about the organization mounting the work, include information about the historical inspiration for the work, and explain how the grant will be utilized. If you wish, you may include other relevant information about the project; such information may include theater capacity, ticket prices, planned production dates, community outreach efforts, or (for a film or video project) projected distribution.
In your email, please ask for a specific dollar amount. If we approve your proposal, we may not be able to provide funding at the level requested, but it is essential for us to know exactly how much money you are asking for.
Please make sure to provide your email address, phone number, and postal mailing address.
If a production budget is available, please include it as an attachment, specifying which expense(s) a grant from the foundation will pay for.
Include the work to be produced as an attachment. The required content of submissions varies by genre (see immediately below), but all submitted works must concern LGBTQ life and must be based on history. Texts, scores, etc. should be clearly labeled with the work’s title, the author’s or composer’s name, the submitting organization, and all appropriate postal and email addresses and phone numbers.

Specific requirements by genre are as follows:

For plays, musicals, or screenplays:

Manuscripts should be in standard play or screenplay format, using a 12-point or larger font, and saved as a .doc, .docx, or PDF.
In the case of musicals, audio segments should be attached as MP3 files and limited to a total of 10 minutes. We will request more if necessary. If samples are available online, please provide us with a link to the relevant website.
For opera, choral works, orchestral works with texts, or song cycles (popular or classical):

A piano-vocal score if scored for orchestra OR a full score if the work is for a small ensemble or chorus.
A complete libretto OR a complete book and lyrics.
Audio segments attached as MP3 files and limited to a total of 10 minutes. We will request more if necessary. If samples are available online, please provide us with a link to the relevant website.
For film or video projects:

A screenplay, treatment, or prospectus.
A link or links to websites for viewing trailers, clips from the work-in-progress, and/or excerpts from previous works.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The 16th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts

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Deadline: Monday January 29th, 2018 - Regular Deadline - No Submission Fee!

Monday February 26th, 2018 - LATE Submissions Deadline - $35 Late Reading Fee.

The 16th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts, held July 9 through 22 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues

Categories: Full length plays; One-Act Plays; Choreographed Dance pieces; Thematic new Solo Shows, comedic or dramatic; Musicals; Opera; Cabaret; Unimaginable . . . ? -any kind of performance art featuring LGBTQ characters or themes.

The CREATIVITY is yours; the OVERHEAD is ours. And thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council there are no required application fees or participation fees, and all productions receive a box office share! We provide:
  • ADA and AEA approved performance venues
  • AEA approved venue insurance
  • Technical, Booth, & Front-of-house Staff
  • Repertory Lighting Plot & Sound system, with Video available
  • On-line, real-time ticketing service with audit trail
  • Glossy, full-color Festival brochures
  • Networking events & Marketing assistance for all shows
  • Optional co-production plans* for higher box-office shares
  • Deadline:  Monday, January 29th.
  • Late Submission Deadline:  Monday, February 26th. ($35 Late Reading-Fee due)
Click on the APPLY button below to go to the full Application Form.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

About Face Theatre is currently accepting submissions

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About Face Theatre is currently accepting submissions of new full-length plays for OUT FRONT: Babes On Stage, a showcase of readings of new and developmental works by LGBTQA women-identified playwrights.

Submissions for this series are open until December 31, 2017.

To Submit

Please send a PDF of your full script to us at literary@aboutfacetheatre.com with the subject line BABES ON STAGE-[Play title],[author name] (e.g. “BABES ON STAGE-A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry”), and title the pdf [PLAY TITLE][Author last name] (e.g. “A RAISIN IN THE SUN Hansberry.pdf”).

Accompanying your script, please attach a brief 1-to-2-paragraph bio, giving some of your own background as well as any production history for the play, and list any prior commitments you have in April or May of 2018

While PDF scripts are preferred, if absolutely necessary we will accept paper script submissions to 5252 N Broadway, 2nd floor, ATTN: Literary.

Any further questions can be directed to the literary office (literary@aboutfacetheatre.com)

We are still accepting submissions not related to Babes on Stage for future Out Front Series or Mainstage seasons. You may submit your play according to the following guidelines:

Query Submission – TITLE OF YOUR PLAY, Your Name (e.g. MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, William Shakespeare)

In a single PDF document attached to your email, please include the following:

The title of your play, your name, and your contact information
One-page synopsis of your play including relevant information such as casting requirements, genre, plot, etc.
Production history, beginning with the year the play was written
List of upcoming productions
Short bio for yourself, and contact information for you and your agent (if applicable)
A ten page sample of the play that you think best represents the work as whole.  Should we be interested in your piece, we will contact you for the full text.
Please include your play title (without beginning articles such as a, an, or the) and your last name in the name of your PDF file (e.g. MidsummerNightsDreamSHAKESPEARE.pdf).

Additional information:

The best times to submit materials and/or submission inquiries are July through November in order to be considered for the following season. (i.e. July – November 2014 submissions will be considered for the 2015-2016 season).
In addition to the script or script sample, your submission should include a query letter, your contact information, brief synopsis, character breakdown, and any relevant production history.
Please do not call the Artistic Director, Andrew Volkoff.
Any further questions should also be directed to the Literary Office at literary@aboutfacetheatre.com

Monday, December 25, 2017

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler (VPT) requests submissions

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Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler (VPT) requests submissions for its eighth annual Summer Pride Festival, July 20-22 and 27-29, 2018 in the historic Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph (VT).

We are seeking full-length scripts with strong LGBTQ content that present the issues and concerns of today's LGBTQ persons, especially those living in rural areas, in a positive way. Scripts should have a mid-sized ensemble, preferably all adults. Staging in a community-theater setting should be feasible. No musicals, please.

Plays that have been previously produced or published are welcome, and their performance history would be of interest. These should be e-mailed to VPT producer Sharon Rives <kenrives@gmail.com>, no later than January 1st.

For more information about the festival or VPT, feel free to contact Ms. Rives.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Call for Submissions: Global Queer Playwriting/Queer Plays in Translation

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In 2018, the Arcola Queer Collective will present its fourth annual season of theatre and performance.  In 2017, we presented forgotten and rediscovered plays from queer theatre history, from Mae West’s effervescent The Drag, and a new re-imagining of Edouard Bourdet‘s La Prisonnière, to a series of plays from the activist queer theatre of the UK in the 1970s and 80s.

For 2018, we want to discover and share how queer lives are depicted and lived – and how queer stories are told – in theatre around the world.  We will stage four rehearsed readings of queer plays in translation and from parts of the world that are currently less represented on the LGBT+ stages of London.  While we welcome the increase in LGBT+ theatre in the UK in recent years, most of this theatre has represented English-language voices from the English-speaking West.  We know there is a big queer world out there and we want to learn more about it.

To achieve this, we are putting out a call to all translators and playwrights who have a play to share.  Until December 25th, we are inviting you to send us plays that tell these global stories and open our eyes to the queer world in all its breadth and variety.  They can be any length, from any period, and with any number of characters, and must be in, or translated into, English.

The four plays will be selected by a panel of our members and performed in the spring as rehearsed readings by members of the queer collective.

If you have a play that you would like to share with us, please send it to us at nick@arcolatheatre.com by December 25th 2017, along with a short synopsis and a 100 words stating why the play would be a great fit for this mini-festival.

We are looking for any play that deals with queer lives, but in particular we welcome texts that tell the stories of less-represented groups.  We are very conscious that the LGBT+ community is itself very diverse, so we especially welcome plays that show this diversity and tell stories that explore issues such as intersectionality and the queer experience within a range of settings that audiences might not otherwise see.

We look forward to receiving your play.

Note to translators and writers:  if you are submitting a play that has been translated and if the play or the translation is still under copyright, you must ensure that both the playwright and the translator (or the relevant rights-holders) give their authorisation for the translation to be submitted and to participate in this event. You must confirm when you apply that you have the permission of both the translator and the writer.


Before applying, please take a look at the questions and answers below.

Does it have to be a new play?

No.  We are looking for great global queer stories and this could include brand-new contemporary writing or a brilliant rediscovered piece from centuries ago, or anything in between.

I’m a translator and I have found a fantastic play that would be great for this project, but I haven’t translated it yet – can I still apply?

Yes.  You can send a sample translation of a scene from the play, along with a synopsis and some comments about why you think it would be a good match for this project.  If accepted, we would need you to commit to completing the translation by [date].

I’ve written a play in a language other than English – can you help me get it translated?

No.  We’re only able to accept plays that have already been translated, or a translated scene and a synopsis.  We’re not able to translate plays or to find translators for plays that have not yet been translated.

I’m a playwright with a great idea for a play, or am writing a play at the moment that I need some guidance with – can you support me in writing a play for this event?

No.  We’re looking for plays that have already been written and are not able to offer dramaturgy or a play-reading service.  There are fantastic projects supporting new writers that you might consider, such as [list, links]

I’m a playwright from a less represented part of the world, but I write in English – can I still submit my play?

Yes.  We are very aware that the ‘English-speaking world’ represented on our stages can be overwhelmingly from a small number of countries such as the UK and the US, and that there are large areas of the English-speaking world which are almost completely unrepresented by the LGBTQ plays that are staged in our city.

I’m a playwright with an idea for a queer adaptation of a classic play – can I submit this sort of ‘translation’?

No.  We are looking to hear the voices of global playwrights so are not looking in this project for, for example, a queer reimagining of The Cherry Orchard or similar.  As a collective, we love doing this kind of work but this particular project is not aiming to do this.

When will the readings take place?

Readings will be staged on the weekend of 3rd and 4th of March 2018 at either 1pm or 5pm each day (TBC). They will be held in one of Arcola’s rehearsal studios in our building in Dalston.

Will I be paid if my play or translation is used?

No. This is an opportunity to showcase new queer work from around the world to audiences and industry in London. Arcola Queer Collective is a volunteer-led queer community theatre company, and all actors and directors are volunteers with administration provided in-kind by the theatre. We will be charging a minimal fee to attend readings (£3) which covers the basic costs of staging the readings. As such no performance fee is available. Translator and writer will retain all rights to future production, but we will invite producers, directors and representatives from theatres across the UK to attend and we hope productions are picked up for future life.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Call for Submissions: Pride Films & Plays Seeks Short Plays for History Lezons Festival

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We already observe Women's History Month.

Now it's time to celebrate Women-Loving-Women's History Month.

Pride Films & Plays is seeking short plays about women who refine, define, and redefine the expression "out with the old."

Whether you're spotlighting women once considered yester-gay's news or reminiscing of days gone bi, we want to pay homage to the formidable fortitude of our foremothers, be they factual figures in history or fictional figures of your own creation.

As long as your play explores some aspect of women-loving-women's history, it can be set in any historical time period and can be in any genre.

The "History Lezons" festival of short plays will be curated by Allison L. Fradkin, Literary Coordinator of Pride Films & Plays' LezPlay Contest, and Iris Sowlat, director/producer and member of our LezPlay InQbator program.

Performances will take place at Pride Arts Center in Chicago the first two weeks of March 2018.


  • Submissions are open to playwrights who identify as women.
  • Plays can be up to 10 pages and include up to 5 characters.
  • Playwrights may submit 2 scripts for consideration.
  • Scripts that have been previously produced will be accepted, but they must have been produced outside of Chicago.
  • To be on the write side of history, send your scripts in PDF format to pridewomen@gmail.com with "History Lezons" in the subject line.
  • The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2017.
  • Playwrights will be notified of our selections by January 1.

To learn more about Pride Films & Plays, please visit pridefilmsandplays.com.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Left Coast Theatre Co. seeks 10- to 15-Minute Plays

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Left Coast Theatre Co. seeks 10- to 15-Minute Plays of any genre (comedy, drama, etc.) that relate to the theme listed below.

We encourage innovative/humorous/surprising scripts that address the following: “Besties”

They say some friends come and go like waves in the ocean, but best friends stick around like an octopus on your face. Let’s face it. Sometimes friendship can be…sticky. (What is a brojob anyway?) LCTC’s newest collection of hilarious and heartfelt original shorts will have you reaching for the tissues and crying with laughter as we share six original tales of the unpredictability and wackiness of queer friendships in the modern age. So bring your friends – and maybe some Kleenex – and we’ll help you work through your issues. Who knows? You might even make a new bestie.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Playwrights may submit no more than two 10- to 15-Minute Plays.
  • Plays may be no longer than 10-15 pages, exclusive of your title and character pages.
  • Plays must include an LGBTQ theme, character, event, etc.
  • Plays must contain no more than 5 characters.
  • Set, props and costume requirements should be minimal.
  • Script should include title page with play title, playwright’s name and contact info as well as a character page that includes a brief summary of the play and how it relates to the theme.
  • Plays must be submitted in PDF format. 

To submit your Play to LCTC, please email info@lctc-sf.org with SUBMISSIONS: your name and the title of your play in the subject line (i.e. SUBMISSIONS: Jane Doe – “Besties are the Bestest”).  Please send each play in a separate email.

Scripts are due to LCTC: December 1, 2017 at 5:00pm PST. No late entries. No exceptions.

Playwrights whose scripts have been selected by LCTC for “Besties” will be notified in by January 31, 2018.

We will be holding a staged reading of 5-6 shorts to let the audience pick their favorite play, which will also be included in the final lineup of “Besties”.

A $50 stipend is available for playwrights whose scripts make it into the final lineup of “Besties”.

“Besties” will run at the Exit Theater in San Francisco from October 26, 2018 – November 20, 2018.

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