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Showing posts with label monologues. Show all posts
Showing posts with label monologues. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Best of Bolton 2018 (UK)

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The next Best of Bolton will be Sat 10 November 2018.  Why not have a go at taking part?

You can submit your writing for Best of Bolton in any short form – story, poem, monologue, sketch, or a short extract from a novel or play, but it must be no more than 700 words in length or for poetry no more than 30 lines.

Everything we receive will be read, and, although we cannot return manuscripts or feedback on work that isn't selected, the forty best pieces will be read onstage in one of two performances by professional or trainee actors - (whilst our theatre across the road is being excitingly re-created) – in the beautiful Lecture Theatre at Bolton Library.

How To Apply

The competition opens on Tue 12 June with the deadline for entry being 5pm Fri 27 July. 

All entries must be accompanied by a completed copy of the entry form which includes full contact details and agreement to abide by the terms and conditions, which can be downloaded.

Entries can be submitted either:

* by (signed for) post to the following address: Best of Bolton, Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton BL1 3SP

* or by email to the following email address: literary@octagonbolton.co.uk
  • Work submitted must be original, unperformed and unproduced.
  • Length: For drama, monologue and prose (extract of novel/short story) the submission must be no more than 700 words. For poetry, the submission must be no longer than 30 lines.
  • Copyright: The entrant must exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the submitted script.
  • The submitted work must be available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

BingeTheatreCompany is accepting submissions

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#BingeTheatreCompany is accepting submissions for our premier digital series 46: The Landmark Series, a collection of new works about Oklahoma, the 46th state.

The Theme: 46: The Landmark Series

So what are we looking for? We want monologues, scenes, 10 minute plays, one acts, and full length plays about Oklahoma, the experiences of people in Oklahoma, what it's like being gay/trans/liberal/an immigrant/a migrant/of color etc. in Oklahoma, pieces about Oklahoma history, Oklahoma's future, a visitor's perspective on Oklahoma, things that the country should know about Oklahoma, fact or fiction, and everything in between. We aim to tell the real Oklahoma story, not the Rodgers and Hammerstein version of it. The selected works will receive a filmed reading in locations around the Northeastern part of Oklahoma and released on social media platforms.

The Goal: To give Oklahoma, its residents, and the issues Oklahomans face national attention.

The Deadlines: Submissions emailed to bingeads@gmail.com by midnight on Friday, June 29th.

Please title the email “46 Submission” and include: a PDF of the piece, your headshot, short bio, synopsis, and a short response explaining your connection, past or present to Oklahoma. Residency in Oklahoma is not required. Selected playwrights will be contacted by midnight on Friday, July 6th.

About #Binge: We are a digital incubator for new works. What that means is that we are the world's first strictly online theatre company. We produce new plays without the constraints of a physical theatre, and we release those showings for free on social media platforms because we believe that great art should be accessible to all--no matter where someone may be located. Furthermore, we are champions for marginalized artists, their stories, and their experiences. With our national platform, we aim to give those who have been historically/presently looked over a spotlight.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Headspace Theatre Call for Monologues

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Headspace Theatre is seeking dramatic monologues of 5-to-10 minutes in length for publication and to be performed by members of the "From the Neck Up Acting Company."

Form & Content

The monologues should make sense of the head-in-a-box setting.  This will be most successful if characters use the setting as a metaphor for feelings, thoughts, perceptions, urges, desires, insights, experiences, stories or situations rather than -- or in addition to -- commenting on the literal confines of the space.

Playwrights can also suggest costume and set design details that could fit in the Headspace (e.g., surrounded by foliage, mirrors or tiny people, etc.).
Submission Guidelines

  • Deadline:  Midnight, June 30, 2018.
  • Length:  No longer than 2 pages single-spaced, 12 pt.
  • Limit:  2 monologues per playwright.
  • Format: PDF or WORD docs as email attachments.
  • Submit to:  michael.bigelow.dixon@gmail.com.
  • Document must include name and email info for playwright.

Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged and playwrights will hear if their works are selected by September 30, 2018.  Playwrights whose works are selected will receive a Letter of Agreement specifying payment and rights for performance and publication.

Further Information


Friday, May 11, 2018

The Monologue Project at the Dramatists Guild 2018 National Conference

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The Monologue Project aims to increase the number of audition-length monologues available to women and girls of the African Diaspora. All current public high school students are invited to submit an original 250 word fictional, historical, or autobiographical monologue depicting a woman or girl belonging to the African diaspora.

$300 First Prize
$200 Second Prize
$100 Third Prize

10 finalists will have their monologues performed at the Dramatists Guild of America in June 2018.
50 participants will be invited to attend the Dramatists Guild of America National Conference in New York in July 2018.

The Monologue Project at the Dramatists Guild 2018 National Conference
Hilton Midtown, New York, NY 10019
Friday, July 27, 2018 – 7pm


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Protest Plays' Get Out the Vote! Initiative

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We are looking for 1-3 minute non-partisan plays/monologues which activate audiences to vote/register to vote for the midterm elections.

Plays/Monologues should:
  • Be easy to stage. We’re asking theatres to perform these pieces before their shows this summer and fall, so your play needs to be flexible enough to work in front of a curtain, on a crazy multi-level set, or even in a lobby and with whatever acting talent they have involved in their current productions.
  • On that note, some theatres may be thrilled by plays for kids, short musicals, plays that incorporate the ushers or FOH staff, so get creative!
  • Encourage audiences to register/vote. Plays should NOT be telling audiences who/which party they should vote for.
After you complete the form below, email your play to us:
  • BLIND (no author info on script)
  • In PDF format
  • Saved as PLAY TITLE.pdf
Then, keep an eye out for an email from us!  We’re going to use LBDI’s peer-evaluation process to select our finalists, which means each of you will read and respond to a selection of plays.
  • Multiple submissions ok! But you MUST complete separate registrations for each script.
  • Plays must be received by April 12th
  • Peer eval window will begin April 15th

Connect with us!  We are looking for creative partners who want to present Get Out The Vote! plays before their regular programming this summer and fall.  Plays will be short (1-3 minutes) and easy to fold into your pre-show rituals.  Contact us at ProtestPlays@LittleBlackDressINK

Other ways you can help activate audiences to register and to vote in the midterm elections
  • Invite voter registration groups to send reps to your shows!  Register audiences in the lobby pre/post-show & during intermission.  Offer the reps free tix in exchange for their time.
  • Curate a political reading series with play selections that address concerns facing your community/the nation.
  • Invite civics/political science instructors to lead a non-partisan salon at your theatre. Include play/poetry readings that ask questions about issues facing your community/the nation.
  • Partner with local playwrights to write short plays in response to issues on the ballot in your community/the nation.  Present these plays to the public (either as readings or as performances). Allow  time for audiences to discuss the plays with the creative team and local experts on the issues raised – provide snacks!

*** There are two steps to submitting your play ***

2. Email a PDF of your script to protestplays@LittleBlackDressINK.org (Blind PDF = no playwright info anywhere on the script!)
  • Make sure you use the following for your email subject line: “Playwright Name – Script Title”

Friday, March 9, 2018

Call for Monologues: Illuminated Dresses

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Deadline: March 17, 2018

We are seeking monologues about a transformation while putting on (or taking off) a dress. (“Dress” can be a uniform, costume, smock, etc.) This experience could be connected to a ritual, magic, an awakening, an everyday epiphany. A few questions to consider: Why this dress? Why now? (How) does the dress fit? How does the person feel in this dress? What does the person want to do in or to the dress? Are there regrets? Expectations? What doors might open or close?

Selected scripts will be pitched as a project for the upcoming Women's Theatre Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Submission guidelines:

  • Submit one monologue up to to five minutes long. (Please time it by reading it aloud.) Each entry must be original, in English. Author must own copyright. Entry should be double-spaced, in Courier or Times New Roman 12-point font, using one-inch margins. 
  • Include author’s name and contact information on the title page. 
  • Put your last name and the word “monologue” in the subject line. 
  • Send as a Word or pdf attachment to mebanepoetry@gmail.com. 

Deadline is midnight March 17, 2018.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Därkhorse Drämatists “Four Our Hearts”

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[LOVE THEMED PLAY FESTIVAL] Please consider the following guidelines for Därkhorse Drämatists “Four Our Hearts”! This is our smaller festival featuring 4 headlining selections. It’s important to note, that while we favor newer plays, this festival is not limited to original work. Your submissions may have been produced at other venues, so long as it is unpublished and wasn’t featured in last year’s festival. Besides one-act plays, we are also looking for 1-person shorts & monologues. Please refer to the guidelines below.

One-acts: 25 page maximum / 10 page minimum. (No minimum page count for 1 person shorts or monologues). No exceedingly violent or pornographic material. Adult language allowed within reason.

Plays may have a maximum of 3-4 characters and should take place in a limited setting and minimal props.

Due for submission by December 6th. 2 submissions allowed per playwright.

Playwright must provide contact information including their location and previous production history of the play where applicable. Regional playwrights are given first consideration.

Submissions preferred in stageplay format. E-mailed no later than December 6th to: darkhorsedramatists@gmail.com

Plays can be any genre; comedy, satirical, farce, drama, horror or gothic as long as they fall into a loose 'Valentines Day / Love or relationship' theme.

Plays will be mediated in a forum comprised of local playwrights, directors and actors to determine which will be produced.

• At this current time, we don't produce full length scripts / longer than 50 pages. We will still accept submissions for full-length work for future consideration.

• All play submissions must be e-mailed to: DARKHORSEDRAMATISTS@GMAIL.COM in PDF or word (.doc / .docx), preferably in standard stage play format. Submissions are completely free of charge, no fee.

• Your play is moderated in an initial screening by the artistic director and committee before determining if it makes it to the table reading. After the table reading, it is reviewed by a team of local actors & directors, using blind ballots, and the highest scores are selected. If selected for production in a play festival, your work will be performed in black box style presentation with minimal stage and set requirements. We are a not-for-profit unit, with the goal to introduce new work to community theatre audiences, and raise awareness for contemporary dramatic theatre; while helping newer playwrights and unpublished work gain exposure. We cannot pay royalties for your work, but do offer other tokens of appreciation.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Woodside Players of Queens Spring 2018 Play Festival

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Submissions are now being accepted for the Woodside Players of Queens Spring 2018 Play Festival, to take place in May 2018.

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from the five boroughs of New York City only.

Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome! Basic set requirements.
One submission per playwright. No unpleasant profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! 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!

Deadline: February 15. 2018
Email: woodsideplayersofqueens@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

South Simcoe Theatre is seeking new plays

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South Simcoe Theatre (Ontario Canada) is seeking new plays for the 11th year of our reading series:

Four Play: A showcase of Play Readings  May 31st 2018 - June 3rd 2018

"Everyday a Different Play"

Audiences are treated to a showcase of lightly rehearsed "readings" of plays never before seen or heard on our Stage.


Original sketches, monologues, short or full-length plays accepted

For more information contact fourplaysst@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Seeking non-binary monologues for non-binary actors

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Seeking non-binary monologues for non-binary actors—they don’t have to be from a full-length play, and playwrights are encouraged to write a stand-alone monologue specifically for the site.

Please send to nonbinarymonologues@gmail.com
1) Character name (and pronouns, if desired.)
2) Text of monologue - either as an attachment in MS Word or pasted into the body of the email
3) Name of playwright.
4) Context about the play and where the monologue falls if it’s from a full length play.
5) Email or website that folks can use to contact the playwright if they have questions/suggested edits/would like info on how to produce the play.

No deadline - rolling submissions posted within 7 - 10 days of receipt.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Equity Library Theater Summer 2018 Play Festival

Submissions are now being accepted for the Equity Library Theater Summer 2018 Play Festival, to take place over three weekends in August 2018.

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from around the world!
Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome! Basic set requirements.
One submission per playwright. No very unpleasant profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! 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!
Deadline: April 15. 2018
Email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Female Gaze seeks monologue

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The Female Gaze is an online film magazine run by playwright Sarah Gonnet. Our entire staff of contributors are women or of a non-binary gender. We feature reviews and longer pieces on film and TV. You can find us here: https://thefemalegazemagazine.wordpress.com/ .

So why an open call for monologues?

To further its work highlighting the key role women play in the film world; the staff at The Female Gaze have decided to put together a play about the history of women in film. The idea is that the play would be performed live, alongside workshops about women in film and a published version of the script.

How will the play work?

The play will be made up of monologues (written by people from this open call), joined together by a narrative (written by Sarah Gonnet).

At the end of this document you will find a list of women in film. These are directors, actors, producers, screenwriters, critics and theorists from a wide range of backgrounds. They are the women I am asking you to write a monologue about for this submission. The monologue should have only one character speaking, and this does not have to be in the voice of the woman you have chosen; instead it might be someone the woman knows, or a fictional character which you make up, as long as they are speaking about the woman you have chosen.

I would suggest you pick a woman at random from the list and do a quick Wikipedia search on them to see if you are interested in them (and if you’re not repeat until you find someone you are interested in.) We are not expecting monologues back on all women from the list, there will only be a limited amount of space in the play. The list is there so that there is a wide choice of women. However if there is a woman you are desperate to write about, who isn’t on the list, go for it.

After the deadline, ten monologues will be chosen for the final play. Remember that if you choose to write about one of the more obscure women on the list, there will be less competition. If there are more than ten monologues which we want to use, there will be other ways to utilise some more of the work- for example in workshops and in the printed book of the project.

How long do I make my monologue?

We are looking for monologues of five minutes in length. This is about three pages. We will
not be able to consider monologues longer than four pages.

Who can submit work?

If you currently express your gender as female, or non-binary, you are welcome to submit a piece. We are looking for women from a wide range of backgrounds. LGBTQ+ and BAME women are encouraged to apply, as are women of all ages.

The play will be performed in the North-East of England, but you don’t have to live here to apply.

We are also looking for further collaborators on the practical side of things. If you are a theatre company, theatre venue or independent cinema (or any other kind of potential collaborator) and you are interested in the project, we would love to hear from you.

Where do I send my submission?
When is the deadline?
8th January 2018

The List:
 I would suggest you pick a woman at random from the list and do a quick Wikipedia search on them to see if you are interested in them (and if you’re not repeat until you find someone you are interested in.)

  • Germaine Dulac: DIRECTOR and FEMINIST (1882-1942)
  • Dinah Shurey: DIRECTOR and PRODUCER (1888-1963)
  • Daisy Burrell: ACTOR (1892-1982)
  • Mary Pickford: ACTOR and PRODUCER (1892-1979)
  • Lillian Gish: ACTOR (1893-1993)
  • Bryher: CRITIC (1894- 1983)
  • Iris Barry: CRITIC (1895-1969)
  • Djuna Barnes: CRITIC (1892-1982)
  • Dorothy Arzner: DIRECTOR and INVENTED THE BOOM MICROPHONE (1897-1979) JuanitaHall: ACTOR (1901–1968)
  • Leni Riefenstahl: DIRECTOR (1902-2003)
  • Muriel Box SCREENWRITER and DIRECTOR (1905-1991)
  •   Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968)
  •  Ruby Grierson DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR (1904-1940) Lorenza Mazzetti DIRECTOR
  • Louise Beavers: ACTOR (1902 – 1962)
  • Tazuko Sakane: DIRECTOR (1904-1975)
  • Brigitte Helm: ACTOR (1906-1996)
  • Vivien Leigh: ACTOR (1913-1967)
  • Kay Mander: DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR (1915-2013)
  • Ingrid Bergman ACTOR (1915-1982)
  • Margaret Tait DIRECTOR (1918-1999)
  • Pauline Kael CRITIC (1919-2001)
  • Ngozi Onwurah DIRECTOR
  • SetsukoHara:ACTOR (1920-2015)
  • JaneWhite:ACTOR (1922-2011)
  • Carol Morley: DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER (1926--)
  • Jane Arden: ACTOR and DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER (1927-1982) Agnes Varda: DIRECTOR (1928--)
  • Susan Sontag: CRITIC (1933-2004)
  • Carol J. Clover: CRITIC (1940--)
  • Laura Mulvey: THEORIST and DIRECTOR (1941--)
  •  Pam Cook: CRITIC (1943--)
  • Rita Mae Brown: SCREENWRITER (1944--)
  • Sally Potter: DIRECTOR (1949--)
  • Penny Woolcock: DIRECTOR (1949--)
  • Kim Longinotto: DIRECTOR (1950--)
  • Kathryn Bigelow: DIRECTOR and PRODUCER and SCREENWRITER (1951--) bell hooks: CRITIC (1952--)
  • Jane Campion: SCREENWRITER and DIRECTOR and PRODUCER (1954--) Annie Billson: CRITIC (1954--)
  • Pratibha Parmar: DIRECTOR (1955--)
  • Mira Nair: SCREENWRITER and DIRECTOR (1957--)
  • Callie Khouri: SCREENWRITER and PRODUCER and DIRECTOR (1957--) Mieko Harada: ACTOR (1958--)
  • Joanna Hogg: DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER (1960--) JillSoloway:SCREENWRITER (1965--)
  • Lana Wachowski SCREENWRITER and DIRECTOR (1965--)
  • Sarah Turner DIRECTOR and THEORIST (1967--)
  • Lynne Ramsey: DIRECTOR (1969)
  • Lee Young-ae: ACTOR (1971--)
  • Sofia Coppola: SCREENWRITER and DIRECTOR and PRODUCER (1971--)
  • Ava DuVernay: DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER (1972--)
  • Laverne Cox: ACTOR and ADVOCATE (1972--)
  • Courtney Kemp Agboh: SCREENWRITER and PRODUCER (1977--)
  • Desiree Akhavan: ACTOR and DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER and PRODUCER (1984--) Alice Lowe: ACTOR and SCREENWRITER and DIRECTOR (1977--)
  • Ana Lily Amirpour: DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER and ACTOR and PRODUCER Julia Ducournau: DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER (1983--)


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Jewish Women's Theater seeks

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The Accidental Activist – January 20 – Feb 6

A moving and humorous show about people who act to right a wrong, help the helpless, or bring forth a smile where there was no hope. We are looking for material that tells a story about helping, acting to change something that strongly affected you, your success and/or lessons learned. It can also be someone else’s story.

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2017.
Submission Guidelines
Okay, you’re Jewish, that’s a good start, but how “Jewish” do you have to write? When submitting material, consider the following parameters for your submission:
  • Please check the themes of the season and submit accordingly. We will not accept late submissions this year. Thank you!
  • Please make sure your name and title of your work appear on your submission.
  • An element of Jewish resonance is important, but your submission does not need to feature being Jewish as the prominent theme or subject.
  • Feature women or a woman’s point of view, but not exclusively. Male characters are welcome.
  • Short one-acts (10 minutes max) and monologues (7 minutes max) are preferred. Will read full-length, but unlikely will produce.
  • 1500 words or less preferred
  • Must be topical for the 21st century. While we consider plays set in another time period, we mostly select contemporary pieces.
  • Small cast a must. One-person shows okay.
  • Previously produced or published work is welcome. Please include production and/or publication history. A new version of a classic or an adaptation from another medium would definitely be of interest.
  • Although the primary focus of the JWT is on the writing, music is often a part of our events. We encourage composers, song-writers, and performers to submit individual work. Musicals are welcome.

Submit your material to ronda@jewishwomenstheatre.org. Be sure to let us know the salon you are submitting for in the subject line of your email.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Heretic Voices seeks monologues

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Heretic Voices is a rare opportunity for writers of all backgrounds to see their work fully produced on the main stage at London's Arcola Theatre by leading theatre makers and published in a collection.

We invite writers and writer-performers to submit their original work.

Submitted monologues can be of any genre and can feature one or more voice, but must be able to be performed by a single actor. They must be between 15 minutes and 45 minutes in length.

How Heretic Voices works

Between 19 July - 30 September 2017 writers can submit their monologues. These will be read by a team of readers working in the industry.

A shortlist of plays will be announced and presented to the panel to read. From their individual appraisals, the final plays will be selected and produced.

Heretic Voices will assemble leading actors, directors, and creative teams to stage the chosen plays in early 2018. Writer-performers may perform their own work if selected, at the discretion of Heretic Voices.

The plays will be presented to the public at the Arcola Theatre in January 2018 for a week's performance.

Guidance for writers

Submitted works must not have been performed professionally.
Submitted works must have a running time of 15 minutes to 45 minutes and can be of any genre.
The monologue must be able to be performed by one actor.
The monologues must be in English.
We are regrettably unable to provide feedback to writers.

How to Enter

Submit monologues to hello@hereticproductions.co.uk along with no more than 150 words about yourself.

The Entry deadline is 5pm on 30 September 2017
Follow us on Twitter @hereticprod for updates.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

NYCPlaywrights call for submissions: Write a Monologue For Me

Tony White, actor & director
NYCPlaywrights has a new project starting this month: Write a Monologue for Me.

Actors are always looking for good monologues. NYCPlaywrights wants to help them find one by putting out this call for submissions. We are looking for monologues tailored to a specific actor, a different actor each month.

We plan to make this a monthly event during 2017 and possibly beyond.

We will select the top three monologues based on quality of writing and relevance for the actor and share them on the NYCPlaywrights web site (with your permission.)

The actor will select his/her favorite from those three and we will video-record him/her performing the monologue and post the video on NYCPlaywrights (via YouTube with your permission.)

This month we'd like you to write a monologue for Tony White an actor and director in New York City.

Tony has appeared in many plays from classics to original works, and has directed a variety Off-Off Broadway shows including Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Uncommon Women, Titus Andronicus, and Lysistrata. He has enjoyed playing Rupert in Rope, Edward in Spike Heels, Deacon Crow-For-a-Day in Tambourines to Glory (nominated best supporting actor 2003 Tiffany Awards), and Reverend Drum in God’s Trombones (nominated best actor 2004 Tiffany Awards). Represented by Carson Kolker Innovative, & Avanti Talent.
About the kind of work he prefers:
"I am most interested in dark comedy. The more unusual the character the better. Some of my favorite roles are Rupert in Rope, Kent in King Lear, Mercutio in Romeo and JulietProspero and Caliban in The Tempest, Archie in The Disposal by William Inge."


The deadline is Sunday October 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Send only one monologue per author to info@nycplaywrights.org. 
  • Please put the words "Write a Monologue for Me" in the subject field of your email.
  • The monologue should be no more than one page.
  • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email.
  • File format should be .pdf because it will retain your original script formatting. 
  • There is no fee for submission. 
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • The monologue can be submitted by anybody, anywhere in the world but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations.) 
  • A monologue that has had a production is not acceptable - we want you to write a new monologue with our actor in mind.
  • A monologue that has been published is also not acceptable.
  • The NYCPlaywrights selections decisions are final.
  • NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no monologues.
  • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologues on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday October 8.
Any questions email info@nycplaywrights.org
  • For some thoughts on writing monologues go here
NOTE: although of course the rights to the script are all yours, sometimes actors will ask for permission to perform your monologue in auditions. We hope you say yes.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Soundwork Monologue competition

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To submit a monologue to the Soundwork competition, send the script as an attachment to info@soundwork-uk.co.uk and, on the top page of the script, put your name and email address, but these should not appear anywhere else in the attachment. Entries may be submitted from any part of the world. The monologue may be up to fifteen minutes long and may be on any theme. There is no fee to enter the competition and no acknowledgement of receipt will be sent. An entrant may submit any number of entries. The winner, in collaboration with Soundwork, will have the monologue recorded and posted on the website, along with a photo and details. Copyright will remain with the author and Soundwork will retain rights to the recordings.

Entries may have been broadcast/published elsewhere.

Closing date midnight 31st August 2017. 

Keep an eye on this website for results - expected in August 2017.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

An evening of Monologues & Shorts

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A medium-brow charity event to benefit the NY Foundling. The 90 minute show will be made up of original and contemporary monologues and shorts followed by a reception.

The event will be a wonderful opportunity for artists, actors and writers alike. It is a chance to perform, to workshop new pieces and ultimately to share and create fantastic stories.

The arts are as important and vital to our world as ever and this evening will be a charitable experience in more ways than one. While benefitting the NY Foundling and the amazing work that they do, it will also be a special opportunity to share gifts, to give from your heart, and to be delightfully entertained amongst friends, colleagues, fellow artists, and an appreciative audience.

The show will be mostly made up of original monolgues and short plays.

Monologues - 2-4 min.
Short Plays - 10 min. up to 4 characters

The submission deadline is Monday August 8th.

Once the plays have been selected, casting will take place and there will be a short rehearsal period before the performance on October 21st.

Email written work in either PDF or Word doc format.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Narratively submission guidelines

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Most of what we publish comes from freelance submissions and pitches, so if you've got a great, untold, character-driven story, we want to hear from you!

What we're looking for:
-As you may have guessed from our name, we like stories with a narrative; stories where something actually happens.
-That means active, engaging scenes described vividly.
-The human element: Narratively stories always focus on either one incredible character, or a group of incredible characters. If you want to write about a phenomenon, find the person or group of people who embody it. Most of our stories can be described with the phrase "ordinary people doing extraordinary things."
-Something new: check to make sure your story hasn't already been covered, we want to uncover untold stories, not rehash old ones. We love stories that show unique access to people and places often unseen and unheard in traditional outlets.
- We publish pieces from all over the world and are interested in untold human stories, regardless of location.

What we're NOT looking for:
-Think pieces or op-eds. While your story should engage with big, interesting ideas, it should do so through scenes and narrative.
-Diary entries. We love solid first-person narratives, but, just like our reported pieces, they need to bring something new, exciting, maybe even shocking to the table. Anecdotes from your life, no matter how heartbreaking/hilarious/odd, aren't enough to make a good memoir piece, they need to illuminate some bigger idea, to teach the reader something about what it's like to be you, and what it's like to be human.
-Anything written in a second-person or letter format
-Stories about your time in the Peace Corps or your experience using Tinder. Memoir pieces should be extraordinary stories only you can tell, not your take on a common story.
-Profiles of your friends or colleagues. Reported stories should not focus on anyone with whom you have a personal or business relationship.
-Stories about alien abductions, demonic possessions, or ghosts. Your story should be fact-check proof.
-Fiction or poetry. No matter how great it is. We only publish non-fiction stories.

Themes: In addition to current, rotating themes (which can be found on the category submission pages), here are a few themes/series for which we’re always looking for stories:

Ordinary Obituaries: Some of the best narrative journalism out there shows up in the obit section of publications like the New York Times. But why should only the rich and famous have their full life stories told? This series is all stories of recently deceased ordinary people--those who perhaps had a two-line obit in a local paper--but whose lives deserve a full-length treatment. (Past examples include: A Gitmo Defense Attorney Who Refused to Toe the Line and The Man Who Elevated the Art World.)

Humans Behind the Headlines: Stories that go behind the scenes and below the surface of big, current news stories. These can be national stories or local stories with a universal appeal, but since this is still Narratively, they need to be brand new, untold, and human-driven. (Past examples include: Faces of Ferguson, Inside ISIS: The Making of a Radical, and That Time the Internet Sent a SWAT Team to My Mom’s House.)

The Naked Truth: Revelations about sex, sexuality or gender that expose a larger truth about all of us. Profile or memoir. (Past examples include: Sexless in the City, When a Father’s Son Becomes His Daughter, and I’m a Straight Man and He’s My New Sugar Daddy.)

Secret Lives: The people who make things happen behind the scenes. We want detailed accounts of the jobs you never think about. These pieces are quirky, informative, unexpected. They can be profile or memoir. (Past examples include: Secret Life of a Crime Scene Cleaner, Secret Life of a Telemarketing Peon, Secret Life of a Ghost Hunter.)

We will also always consider a good story idea regardless of theme. So don't wait around until you see a theme that fits, pitch away!

Monday, July 17, 2017

365 Women A Year: a playwriting project

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Welcome 2017 playwrights! We are entering our third year of writing pieces about 365 historical women a year! We would love to have you write with us.

PLAYS DUE DECEMBER 31, 2017 (There are no extensions.)

DIRECTIONS TO PARTICIPATE: (Please read these 4 steps carefully)

FIRST STEP: Choose a woman or women to write about. We are looking for 365 NEW women that our project has not yet covered. We do not accept repeats from previous years yet. You can make sure you don’t claim a repeat by searching through our historical women alphabetically. If you are not sure who to write about, scroll down for a list of available women.

Once you have chosen some options, you will fill out the 2017 CLAIM FORM. You will be asked to choose at least 3 options, in case your lady has already been claimed.

SECOND STEP: You will receive a confirmation (or denial) email. You are not officially writing about anyone until you have received this confirmation email from 365womenayear@gmail.com. It can take up to three weeks to get a confirmation email depending on the volume of claims we receive.

THIRD STEP: Happy writing. If at any point throughout the year, you get a hankering to write about someone else, simply fill out a new claim form.

Plays can be any length, any number of characters, any language, any genre (musicals included), and the playwriting format you are most comfortable with. PLEASE INCLUDE A LIST OF CHARACTERS at the beginning of the play.

FOURTH STEP: Submitting your piece. Please follow the directions, as your piece will not be officially submitted otherwise.

You will email your piece to 365womenayear@gmail.com. Follow the directions below:

(1) In the subject line you will put: 2017/Name of historical woman/Play Title/Page Number/Your Name. (If you have many historical women in your piece, simply write “MANY WOMEN” in place of the name of the historical women in the subject line.)

(2) Include YOUR 100 word playwriting bio in the BODY of the email

(3) Write out your historical/play info to be searchable on the website in the following format:

***Each historical woman needs to be listed separately, include ANY existing woman who appears in your piece, even if you didn’t specifically claim them.****


Alexandra David-Neel- “Adventuress Adventurous”(10 pages)/Playwright: Deborah Magid (2017)

Key Words/Occupation:

Alexandra David-Neel (Writer, Explorer,S inger)/Playwright: Deborah Magid

Century they were Born: (If you can’t find exact dates just put the century)

Alexandra David-Neel (1868-1969)/Playwright: Deborah Magid

By Play Info: (just written out once with all the women in history listed after “inspired by”)

“Adventuress Adventurous” by: Deborah Magid (3 characters/10 pages) Inspired by: Alexandra David-Néel (2017)

(4) Attach your play as a PDF and submit!

You can always email us if you have any questions. Please understand, that your bio won’t be listed on the web site until your play is turned in and processed.


*You can write about as many women as you want and they can all be in the same piece, or separate pieces. It is okay if the piece is simply about the historical woman or women, but they don’t appear.

*Any length welcome from 2 pages-full length. Any number of characters. Any language. Any genre. Musicals included.

*Plays are due Dec 31st of 2017. No extensions.

* You are always allowed to revise your piece. When you do, email it again with REVISION/Play title/Playwright/Year in the subject line and the revised piece attached as a PDF.

*Women MUST have existed. *They can be living or dead. *Our plays are loosely based on these historical figures.

*Yes, we plan to do this every year.

*You retain ALL rights to your pieces and may submit them anytime and anywhere you want to. When one of your 365 pieces gets produced, we will put it on the web site and tweet about it! Nothing will be done with your play without your discretion. If a theatre wants to produce your piece, we will contact you. While the play info is searchable, interested parties cannot read your piece unless you give permission.

*We have had festivals all over the world and appeared in The Dramatist. We have playwrights from all over the world participating.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hijabi Monologues London Story Call-Out 2017

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Are you a Muslim woman with a story to tell? We believe everyone has a story in them and we want to hear yours for a new project at the Bush Theatre.

Hijabi Monologues London will culminate in a theatrical production at the Bush Theatre focusing on the real-life experiences of both local and international Muslim women, weaving stories from our doorstep with the experiences of Muslim women in other parts of the world.

Hijabi Monologues London is part of an international theatre project which encourages and provides a safe space for Muslim women to creatively communicate their diverse experiences in their own words – unfiltered and uncensored.

You don’t need to be a professional writer to take part. We welcome submissions from any Muslim woman.

All submissions will be read and considered by a panel of theatre professionals from the Bush Theatre, Hijabi Monologues, the British Council and Amal – A Said Foundation Project.

The winning monologues will be performed at the Bush Theatre in the week of 25 Sep 2017 as part of a theatrical event that will also feature monologues from the Hijabi Monologues story bank written by Creative Director and Head Writer Sahar Ullah and by women from across Europe and the world.

The deadline for submissions is midday on 17 July 2017.

Online submission form.

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