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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

THE ACRONYM PLAYS An “Urban Stages New Pages” On-Line Publication Opportunity

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Deadline: June 1, 2020

Plays chosen will have the opportunity to be presented live at the
award-winning Off-Broadway theatre, Urban Stages, located at 259 West 30th Street New York NY

While nothing can fully replace live theater, the staff at Urban Stages invites ALL playwrights to participate in our next 10-minute play competition, THE ACRONYM PLAYS.  This opportunity will support our goal to discover and nurture new works by artists of diverse cultural backgrounds.

From the safety of your home, we encourage you to create a brand new play using the springboard and guidelines, detailed below, that will be reviewed by a panel of professional theatre artists.  On a rolling basis, the readers will recommend compelling, well-constructed plays to Bara Swain, our Creative Consultant, who has been spearheading our staged reading festivals for “Urban Stages New Pages” since its inception. If your play is selected, the script will be uploaded to our website and accessible to the public for reading and, yes, commenting on Urban Stages’ FB page (@urban.stages)!  After all, this will be the first time that your words will be presented!

Acronyms! Yes, that is the springboard for our next ten-minute play competition at Urban Stages.  Use your imagination! Acronyms are defined by Merriam-Webster as “a word formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term.” Huh?  Okay, we’re not going to be heavy handed during this chaotic time. Since an acronym is a kind of abbreviation, we’ll also accept plays that are inspired by a shortened form of a word or phrase. WTF! … and I’m not referring to offensive slang, LOL. WTF is also the acronym for the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Women’s Tri-Fitness Competition.  Oh, and LOL can refer to the now mostly obsolete “lots of luck” or “lots of love” used in letter-writing or, yes, Land of Lincoln, the official state slogan of Illinois, also retired from use.

Your challenge is to write a 10-minute play using an acronym or an abbreviation as the springboard for your piece. There are a wealth of acronyms to choose and explore, from social media, technological, economic and environmental acronyms to political, medical, digital, customer service and school logo acronyms.

As always, everyone – the writers and Urban Stages staff – are donating their time and talent for this online adventure and future live readings at our theatre home in the heart of Manhattan.


  1. Your play must use one (or more) acronyms/abbreviations in your play, or serve as the springboard for your script. 
  2. Write for 2-3 characters only.
  3. Maximum length is 10 pages.  As we roll this program out, please submit your play in Word or PDF in the event that we need to re-format for our website.
  4. Dazzle me!  The link below provides lists of common acronyms in chat, military, government and business,  as well as informative acronyms (i.e. ADD, OTC, DOA, DIY) and acronyms as identifiers (i.e. AA, NFL, SWF, ESPN).  You may also be inspired by googling “Acronyms” and searching images.  https://abbreviations.yourdictionary.com/articles/common-accronyms.html 
  5. Scripts can be submitted beginning on April 1 through June 1, with a possible extension. We are currently selecting judges and designing our website to support this effort.  Plays will be “published” on a rolling basis.


It will be helpful if you state your name and the acronym that inspired your work in the subject line.  Please include a summary of your play in the body of your email and a bio.  If you have a website, let us know that, too.  The authors of the plays chosen for “publication” will be notified prior to uploading to the web.  While our assumption is that we have your permission to present your play in the written form on our website, we will confirm your approval at that time.  Note that if we need to set a limit of submissions at a later date, you’ll hear from us.

Submit your play to Bara@UrbanStages.org.  Do you have any questions?  Reach out to Bara at the same email address.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Theatre Huntsville seeks original plays for reading series

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No deadline given

Monday Night at the e-Theater is seeking original plays of any length for a new play reading series.

Casts may be any size up to eight (8), however, smaller casts are preferred.

By submitting, you would be allowing us to read, record, and publish video to Facebook and other social media platforms. We know there is a lot of great work out there, and this is an opportunity to hear it read by experienced actors. Each reading will be followed by a Q&A with the playwright for feedback.

Submissions should be sent to: playwriting@theatrehsv.org

Monday Night at the e-Theater is the collaborative effort of five separate community theatre organizations in North Alabama, dedicated to keeping theatre alive while we are all shuttered. At each Monday reading, a different community theater will be featured, and donations will be collected for them to help keep theatre going throughout the region.

The first reading is scheduled on Monday, May 25 at 7:30 pm. We will continue each Monday after that for the foreseeable future.

• A full copy of the script in a 12 point font, Times New Roman or Courier
• Character breakdown
• A brief description of the play (to be used for promotion)
• If possible, highlight any stage directions that you, as the playwright, feel MUST be read
• PDF format preferred
• Cover sheet including play title and playwright name and contact information

Thank you for your interest. We can’t wait to read the submissions!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Theatre Three Off-Stage/On-Line seeks short plays

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No deadline

In an effort to present original content in a unique way, Theatre Three, is seeking short plays to be produced as part of a series of online works. Ideally, the pieces are written or re-conceived for an online platform. We hope that writers will see the constraints of the format as a way to tell stories in a different way.

The Plays:

  • Should run 1 to 10 minutes.
  • Should require no more than 6 actors.
  • Should ideally be able to be performed without stage directions. (The scene may be set at the outset.)
  • Will be rehearsed on Zoom or similar platform.
  • Will be posted on Theatre Three’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
Playwrights may make multiple submissions. This is an open-ended project.

Selected works will received a $25 stipend; playwrights will retain all rights to future productions.

Questions and pdfs of scripts may be emailed to Jeffrey@TheatreThree.com.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Green Stories seeks 10 minutes episodes

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Deadline: June 4, 2020
10 minutes episodes for mobile phones via Quibi

Length: 3 – 15 ten minute episodes of 8-10 minutes each (suitable for new platform Quibi – designed for mobile phones)

Eligibility: Open to all, as long as it has not been published elsewhere. All submissions must be in English and conform to the green stories criteria of showing a positive vision of what a sustainable society might look like or in some way smuggling in green solutions/policies/characters in the context of an otherwise mainstream story.

Prizes: £750: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50. An additional prize of £50 for the best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18-year submission (if sufficient high-quality entries). 

If a student or under 18 entry is the best overall then it will win first prize regardless of whether the entry is from a student or under 18, and the student (or under 18) prize will then go to the next best student (or under 18) prize entry. (tbc – awaiting prize sponsorship confirmation).

 Entries must be submitted via the link below.

Submit here. Send as a pdf. 

Also your script will get a better reception if written in a standard TV episode format e.g. see https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/screenplaytv.pdf

Monday, May 18, 2020


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DEADLINE: June 30, 2020
Buffalo, NY

Entries are accepted in the following categories. Playwrights may submit up to one play to each category per year.

 *New in 2020: there is no submission fee for any category. Submit here: deadline June 30.

Full-Length Play/Musical
— 90 minutes or more, requiring no more than 10 performers
— Finalists will be notified approximately November 1, 2020
— Winning play will be announced approximately December 1, 2020 and will receive its premiere production in the 2021/22 Alleyway season. The playwright will receive an award/royalty prize of $500.

One-Act Play/Musical
— 20 minutes or less, requiring no more than 6 performers
— Finalists will be notified approximately November 1, 2020
— Winning play will be announced approximately December 1, 2020 and will receive its premiere production in the 2020/21 Alleyway production of BUFFALO QUICKIES. The playwright will receive an award/royalty prize of $100.

Special Category for 2020: Digital
— Original plays or musicals written specifically for a tech platform such as Zoom. As theatres face the challenge of moving programming online, please consider the following:
— Creativity. We are not looking for plays that could just as easily be performed on stage. We want you to truly embrace the digital/virtual platform. How can you engage with an audience through this distant reality? How can you make this mediated form immediate?
— Technology. We are only at the beginning stages of understanding all the incredible opportunities technology can afford us. Which platform will work best for your play? How will it be done? What “magic” can you employ to use technology to help tell your story in the most successful way? Is it Zoom? Skype? FaceTime? An app? Something else? Is it live? Live to tape? Filmed previously and heavily edited? The winning plays will be specific and creative in this approach, as emphasis should be placed equally on the story and the form.
— Audience. Who is this for? Is it interactive? Passive? Zoom fatigue is real. How long can your production honestly ask an audience to sit at their screen? 10 minutes? 60? 90? Be realistic in your attempts at engaging your target audience.
— Finalists will be notified by early Fall 2020 and the winning play will receive its premiere production via Alleyway online during the 2020/21 season and will be awarded a royalty/prize of $250.
Mazumdar Competition Submission Requirements for All Categories

— Plays must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission (developmental readings and workshops notwithstanding).
— All entries must be withheld from production during the period of the competition, reserving the premiere production for Alleyway Theatre
— A single PDF submission packet must include the following items, in this order. Submissions which do not comply, or fail to meet the following, will not be considered. Each of the first 5 requirements are a single page each. The full script should begin on page 6 of your PDF.

— Page 1: Title page with author name and contact information
— Page 2: Cover Letter. One page maximum, discussing your artistic pov, and detailing why your play fits with the mission and history of Alleyway and should be produced in our season.
— Page 3: One page including a short synopsis of your play, and a character breakdown.
— Page 4: One page listing any developmental history, including readings, workshops, etc.
— Page 5: One page playwright bio
— Page 6+: The script

— Musical submissions must include a link to sample audio files. This URL should be included on Page 1 of the PDF.
— The PDF file must be saved using the following filename format: PlayTitle_LastNameFirstName_Category.pdf, where Category is Short, Full, or Digital

Each year, entries will be accepted during a late-Spring submission window. For 2020, entries are accepted from May 15 through June 30 only. 

*Playwrights who submitted unsolicited work between January 1-May 15, 2020 will be automatically entered into this year’s contest unless you ask otherwise. There is no need to resubmit.

Entry in the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition is understood as an indication of the playwright’s willingness, in the event of winning, to grant first production rights to Alleyway Theatre. Selection as Winner requires the playwright’s prior commitment to grant first production rights under the terms of Alleyway Theatre’s Standard Production Agreement, and additional terms will not be negotiated.

Submit to the 2020 Mazumdar Competition
(please tell them you heard about it via NYCPlaywrights - thanks)


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Deadline: May 22, 2020
Minneapolis, MN

Little Red Theatre Company is now accepting tiny plays inspired by life outside of quarantine. In other words, life before COVID-19. This means that you can submit a tiny play about everything or anything, as long as it's no more than 600 words. 

We will be putting together a collection of these tiny plays and will publish them on our website. Your tiny play is due Friday, May 22nd. Get writing!

Email littleredtheatrecomany@gmail.com your submissions and let us know if you have any questions.

Instagram: @littleredtheatrecompany

Friday, April 24, 2020


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Deadline: April 26, 2020 6pm PST
San Diego CA

Blindspot Collective, a theatre company in San Diego dedicated to radically inclusive new work and diverse emerging artists, seeks new short plays and musicals to be featured in (W​alks of Life),​ an original work of auditory theatre commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse. Each recording will consist of three 10-minute “radio plays” or musicals unified by a narrator, and is intended to be enjoyed as individuals take a roughly 30-minute walk in their own neighborhood. 

Conceived as a means of participating in theatre even in the midst of the current, global pandemic, the plays will be written as if the listener could hear inside the homes they are passing, and capture a snapshot of the lives and stories unfolding just out of sight.

As the project is being developed in response to the unfolding crisis created by COVID-19, Blindspot Collective​ extends our sincere condolences to those already impacted, deep gratitude to those working around the clock to address the pandemic, and best wishes to everyone navigating this evolving situation. In this period of uncertainty and isolation, the co-founders of Blindspot Collective remain steadfast in our belief that theatre as an act of storytelling and community is a vital means of resilience and hope. To that end, (​ ​Walks of Life) ​will encourage audiences to imaginatively connect with the physical community around them as they engage with new works created by dynamic playwrights and composers from across the country.

As part of this upcoming project, Blindspot Collective seeks proposals for new 10-minute plays and musicals that meet the following criteria:
  • Must feature no more than 3 characters
  • Must be a single, continuous moment set in a contemporary home or apartment
  • Must maintain a sense of realism or naturalism (including the use of diegetic music)
  • Must rely on dialogue and sound to convey every aspect of the story
In addition to the criteria above we recommend the following:
  • We encourage works that prioritize entertainment and levity as a source of comfort during this time. We believe a mix of humor and gravitas is often the most compelling.
  • We encourage an imagined rating of PG or PG-13 to avoid alienating audiences due to persisent strong language or graphic depictions of sex or violence.
  • We will prioritize narratives and characters that challenge expectations or exist outside dominant culture because we wish to depict the contemporary human experience in a way that might not be commonly seen represented in other works or mediums.
Approximately 6 works submitted as part of this open call process will be selected, revised, and produced as part of W​ alks of Life​. Any writer whose work is featured will receive an honorarium of at least $200.

S​elected playwrights, composers, or writing teams will collaborate with Blindspot Collective on final drafts. The process will be produced and directed by Catherine Hanna Schrock and Blake McCarty, co-founders of Blindspot Collective, in direct collaboration with La Jolla Playhouse. Writers are not expected to participate in rehearsals (unless they choose to do so) and performers will be selected by the producers. Each work will be audio recorded remotely, mixed and engineered in collaboration with a sound designer, and made available digitally to audiences via specific platforms still to be determined in conjunction with La Jolla Playhouse.

The aforementioned honorarium will be considered an initial payment for the works to be available for free or low cost to the public for a minimum of 30 days. Precise details are still being arranged, but any further use of the original work would be pending based on a contractual agreement, and writers would receive payments for any profits that were rendered from their work. ​While a license to use the work for the exclusive purposes of Walks of Life must be granted to Blindspot Collective, artists retain sole ownership and copyright of their original work.

To be considered, you must submit a one page proposal that includes a synopsis and character descriptions by 6:00pm PST on Sunday, April 26. If your proposal includes music, you must also submit a demo recording of at least one song. W​ hen submitting a musical, the synopsis should also outline where music would occur. Sheet music is not required and studio recordings of music are not expected. In most instances, a scratch recording sung by the composer will suffice.

Blindspot Collective's artistic staff are happy to provide feedback on initial ideas, concepts, synopses, or character descriptions to assist writers in developing work that is more likely to meet the demands of the project. I​t is not required that you contact us in advance of submitting materials but we encourage you to use our team as a resource during your creative process.

Please include your name, phone number, and email address in your submission. Decisions will be announced by May 15, 2020. 

All questions and submissions should be sent to submissions@blindspotcollective.org

As an organization, Blindspot Collective is committed to radical inclusivity. ​As our name suggests, we prioritize the experience and perspective of underrepresented communities and individuals that are often left out of the conversation -- including people of color, immigrants, women, and individuals with disabilities. Therefore we strongly encourage submissions written by or featuring characters who are members of these or other marginalized communities.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Connective Theatre Company Play(s) At Home Festival

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Deadline: April, 2020

Connective Theatre Company is thrilled to announce our second virtual play festival, Play(s) At Home: A Green Theatre Festival. In this time of isolation and quarantine, CTC hopes to inspire, motivate, and connect people from across the world through a virtual reading of various short plays.

Participants are encouraged to submit short scenes/sketches/plays exploring themes of nature and the environment in the time of COVID-19. Inspiration may be drawn from (but is not limited to): your relationship to nature in quarantine, a favorite spot in nature you may be missing right now, or how the environment has benefited from this global pause. If you feel compelled to take a deeper dive, you may choose to explore how the mistreatment of nature accelerated this crisis, or how environmental factors have made disadvantaged groups more vulnerable to the virus. No matter how light-hearted or topical, all entries are welcome.

Submissions will be accepted until April 20th. Selected plays will be announced on April 22nd, then rehearsed, performed, and recorded remotely from the comfort (and safety!) of the actors’ homes. The readings will be published on our website and social media on May 1st.

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Please fill out the submission form here to have your work considered for our virtual short play festival. Feel free to email connectivetheatrecompany@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

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COCAwrites: Plays on Zoom!

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Deadline: April 27, 2020, Midnight
We want you to write a play for Zoom! As COCA prepares to launch its new Theatre PPD program this fall, we’re giving you a taste of the new playwriting opportunities for students!


We’re inspired by theatre companies around the country & locally that have brought forward some incredible opportunities including our partner, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, who has launched The Play at Home series in collaboration with theatres around the country.

We are asking for submissions of plays written with Zoom in mind. Plays will be accepted until April 27 at midnight. Ages 12-22.

After that, a panel will select the top plays to be rehearsed and performed by a professional STL director and actors on May 1 in a world premiere event!

How to Submit Your Work:
  • Write a scene, 5-10 minutes or less (a general rule of thumb is 1 page=1 minute) for Zoom! following these guidelines:
  • 3 characters or less
  • The play will be pre-recorded but must take place on Zoom
  • Stay between 5 & 10 minutes
  • Have fun with all the possibilities available when writing a digital play
Please submit your plays and any questions along the way to Delaney Piggins, Artistic Engagement Manager at dpiggins@cocastl.org.

Keep an eye on this page for updates on submission and performance of these plays on May 1.

We encourage you to get inspired by Nancy Bell’s play MUTE. Read it and think, how can I write a play with Zoom in mind?

And keep an eye out for a new playwriting class to help you write and develop your work! This class is a preview to what’s to come for the new Theatre PPD program this fall!

We are now accepting plays written by adult playwrights for audiences of all ages. We are also accepting plays written for Zoom from students ages 12-22.

COCAwrites: Plays on Zoom – Call for Submissions from Adult Playwrights

We are looking to highlight our multi-generational writers and audiences by asking adult playwrights from across the country to submit their 5-10 minute plays written for Zoom.

After that, a panel will select the top plays to be rehearsed and performed by professional directors and actors on May 8 in a world premiere event!

How to Submit Your Work:
Write a play for Zoom! following these guidelines:
  • 3 characters or less
  • At least one of those characters must be under 18
  • The play will be pre-recorded but must take place on Zoom
  • Stay between 5 & 10 minutes
  • The play must be written to be enjoyed by a multi-generational theatre audience

Goodly Frame Theater is looking for short play submissions for Zoom Fest 2020

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Deadline:  April 27 at 11:59 PM

Goodly Frame Theater is looking for short play submissions for our upcoming ZOOM FEST 2020 online production! Send us your most entertaining, funniest, or most dramatic works, 8-15 minutes in length -- we'll be selecting the best from the bunch and presenting them live via Zoom and Facebook Live!

We are looking for plays written specifically for the Zoom medium -- not stage plays, but plays that take place in the online world. Topics could include office teleconferencing, long-distance relationships, cyberbullying, video dating, online learning, or whatever else you think might work in this new virtual world.

Submission guidelines:
  • Plays should be between 8 and 15 minutes in length, with 2 to 10 characters.
  • Stage directions should be limited to what can be done within the Zoom platform -- actors can "pop" on and off of the screen, they can use virtual backgrounds, there can be some shared documents, etc.
  • The Goodly Frame Zoom Fest 2020 is only for playwrights currently residing in NC.
  • The plays can have had prior productions, as long as it fits within the established theme and the Zoom medium.
  • Please keep all submissions "family-friendly" -- plays with nudity or excessive profanity will be rejected.
  • There is no limit to the number of plays that a playwright can submit.
The deadline for submissions is April 27 at 11:59 PM, with the live productions hopefully starting up within 1-2 weeks of that date. 

 All submissions should be in a Word or PDF format; email your plays to meredith@goodlyframe.org, and include all relevant contact information (name, address, phone number, email) in the body of the email.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Bava's Gift, an ICRL Playwriting Competition

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Deadline: Wednesday, April 15th at 9:00 pm EDT

Based on events that can only be described as miraculous, the book "Bava’s Gift" blends ideas in science and spirituality, and delivers a fresh and engaging perspective about the nature of such events. The story begins with the death of the author’s close friend, but everything takes an amazing turn when a hastily prepared experiment that requires the cooperation of the deceased shatters commonly accepted notions about reality.

The Challenge:

Bava’s Gift touches on many facets of consciousness and the human condition. Arising from the simple gift of a marble, we see not only how our state of mind can help determine what we find in life, but how we are able to connect with other consciousnesses – even those that are “beyond” the grave – in unique and impactful ways.

We challenge you to create a play where:
  • Someone is guided by a soul or spirit that is not immediately present.
  • One or more of the characters finds a new meaning in something they thought they previously understood fully.
  • Some kind of physical object appears in higher-than-normal quantities.
  • Plays should be limited to roughly ten minutes in length. We’ll live with eleven or twelve minutes if necessary, but 15+ minute plays will not be read.
  • Only one entry per playwright.
  • Please use either Samuel French formatting or something comparable. The specific details don’t really matter, but we do want something that results in about one page per minute.
  • Scripts must be blind, i.e. no author-identifying information of any kind anywhere in the file.
  • Files must be in pdf format.
  • File name must be the exact title of the script, with spaces replaced by hyphens, followed by a hyphen and then the last two digits of your phone number (as a random factor). Example: If Jane Smith (with phone number xxx-xxx-xx84) submits a play entitled “The Chess Game”, the filename must be “The-Chess-Game-84.pdf” (capitalization in file names does not matter).
  • Scripts should include a title page with the play’s title, a cast list with genders and any age requirements, and the setting.
  • An brief explanation of relevance, i.e. how the script addresses the topic/challenge, must be included in the submission form (we are sorry to have to ask for this, but past experience has shown that many people submit scripts that don’t have anything to do with the prompt, resulting in a lot of wasted time for the judges).
  • The play must be brand new and written specifically for this challenge. Existing or re-purposed plays are not permitted.
  • The playwright retains all rights to the script, but grants ICRL the right to record a reading of the play and to post that recording online.
  • The submission period ends on Wednesday, April 15th at 9:00 pm (eastern)
Plays are to be submitted online here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Theatre in My Pajamas is looking for new ten-minute plays

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Theatre in My Pajamas is looking for new ten-minute plays, or excerpts of longer plays, to be read in a virtual environment during this time of quarantine. 

Plays should be unpublished; one production is fine if you feel the play needs more feedback/development. 

Total running time should be between ten and twenty-minutes. 

There is no submission fee. 

All writers are welcome, new and established writers - we are happy for any new material. 

This is an open call, as we hope to have these readings continue beyond our time of staying at home. 

Please send submissions and a brief bio to theatreinmypajamas@gmail.com

Please, only one submission per playwright. 

Playwrights will be notified within four weeks of their submission as to whether their play will be read. Theatre in My Pajamas will provide the readers for the play along with a recording of the reading that will be sent to the playwright and posted on our Facebook page.

Theatre in My Pajamas was created to provide readings of new plays through an online platform, at this time, Zoom. Readings take place Thursday night at 9:00 Eastern. 

Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/871165219991067/

We look forward to hearing from you. Stay well.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition is open for submissions

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The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates good old-fashioned storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. All genres considered and authors retain all script rights.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
  • Please keep to one entry per author.
  • The script should be your original work/story.
  • (No adaptations of other’s works or use of proprietary characters such as Dr. Who, Frankenstein, Othello, etc.)
  • Please keep the script “family friendly”
  • 1) Avoid swearing, which for this context includes “damn,” “hell,” “God,” etc.
  • (This led to the disqualification of some great scripts last year, so please don’t do it.)
  • 2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context.
  • 3) Avoid graphic depictions of killing or torture.
  • Make sure your script is action/plot driven and free of visual stage directions.
  • Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes.

Please send an e-mail to: submit@mtbscriptcompetition.com
Entry deadline May 28th 2018.
Winners will be announced on June 21st 2018.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

It’s Not a Box Theatre seeks stories for pod play

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It’s Not a Box Theatre are looking for intimate stories for their pod play Overhear.

(A pod play is a piece of theatre where the text is heard through an iPod or similar device. This theatre piece will work in conjunction with a smartphone app, making for a truly modern theatrical experience and process.)

Overhear is an intimate interaction between one story teller and one audience member at a time, telling a true personal story that you wouldn’t necessarily tell in front of large groups. For this new part of the project, we are focusing on the stories of people who have moved to a new country. The focus of the project centers around individual’s stories about immigration, being displaced from ones home and living in an unfamiliar place. We would love to hear your true story that this prompt brings out in you. The story can be told in any written form or language- music, poetry, etc.

They are looking for 6 pieces of work. If chosen you are welcome to present your own work, but if you are unable to be in Paris for the performances, It’s Not a Box will source actors to interpret your story for you.

Chosen applicants for the production will be paid for participation in this project. Storytellers and actors will also receive a copy of their audio performance and the possibility of participating in future productions around the world.

Performances will be held between 26 October – 6 November 2017. Prior to the show run there will be at least one rehearsal and one technical rehearsal. Performers will also be needed to record the audio of their piece in a studio – date TBA.

How to apply: Please send story submissions and/or your acting resume to overhearparis@gmail.com.

Deadline: 16 September 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition

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The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates good old-fashioned storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. All genres considered and authors retain all script rights.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
  • Please keep to one entry per author.
  • The script should be your original work/story (no adaptations of another author’s works)
  • Please keep the script “family friendly”
  • 1) Avoid incorporating swearing, which for this context includes “damn,” “hell,” “God” etc.
  • 2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context
  • Make sure your script is action/plot driven
  • Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes

Entry deadline May 28th 2017.
Winners will be announced in June 21st 2017.

Rules, past winners and entry information can be found at http://mtbscriptcompetition.com/


Please click on the link below to send a note expressing your interest in entering the 2017 MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition. Please DO NOT attach your file in this note.

We will get back to you (hopefully within a couple of hours) with your entry form. Although this seems a bit cumbersome it will prevent my overzealous spam filter from diverting your entry.

Again, please DO NOT attach your script file with your interest to enter note.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition

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The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates good old-fashioned storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. All genres considered and authors retain all script rights.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
  • Please keep to one entry per author.
  • The script should be your original work/story (no adaptations of another author’s works)
  • Please keep the script “family friendly”
  • 1) Avoid incorporating swearing, which for this context includes “damn,” “hell,” “God” etc.
  • 2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context
  • Make sure your script is action/plot driven
  • Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes

Entry deadline May 28th 2017.
Winners will be announced in June 21st 2017.

Rules, past winners and entry information can be found at http://mtbscriptcompetition.com/


Please click on the link below to send a note expressing your interest in entering the 2017 MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition. Please DO NOT attach your file in this note.

We will get back to you (hopefully within a couple of hours) with your entry form. Although this seems a bit cumbersome it will prevent my overzealous spam filter from diverting your entry.

Again, please DO NOT attach your script file with your interest to enter note.


Monday, March 27, 2017

The Parsnip Ship seeks plays

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The Parsnip Ship is always looking for new plays and new voices, but for our third season, especially as we experience the current administration’s policies, we are incredibly interested in plays that address the modern world or are written by playwrights whose voices are underrepresented in it. As a play series who believes there are as many distinctive styles and voices as there are playwrights, we remain open to a wide range of plays that will engage audiences in an intimate setting and on a podcast format. We see our recordings as both a fun collaborative effort between us, the playwright, the directors, musicians and the actors AND an opportunity to create an asset for playwrights when submitting their plays for programmatic consideration.

Some questions we like to ask ourselves as we consider a play:
1. Does the play work in an audio only format?
2. Is the play diverse and/or innovative in perspective, voice or content?
3. Is the play exciting and unexpected?

Before you send in your play for consideration, take a listen to one of our episodes from Season Two as it best encompasses what we strive for both for the actual play reading and for our published readings.

A couple of logistical items to know before applying: a) we can easily accommodate up to 5 actors and one stage directions reader, for more actors we need to make special arrangements so preference is given to plays of that size; b) we can accommodate 3 inputs for our musical guest, i.e. 1 mic and 2 instruments/2 mics and 1 instrument/3 mics. We will be accepting full length submissions by individual playwrights, playwrights/director teams, playwright/director/music teams from February 15 - March 31, 2017 for our third season (September 2017 - June 2018). We fully encourage individual playwrights to apply; we will work with you to pair a director, cast, and musical guest from our pool of amazing collaborators.

Previous playwrights featured: Jose Rivera (School of The Americas), Brian Otano (Tara), Eljon Wardally (Big Black Balloon), Daniella de Jesus (The Columbus Play), Keelay Gipson (Untitled Radio Play), Garrett Groenveld (Missives), Chana Porter (Beshert), and many other talented playwrights and their captivating stories

February 15, 2017 - March 31, 2017

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Navigators Theater Company seeks 10-minute plays from women

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This winter and spring The Navigators Theater Company is hosting a podcast and monthly trivia nights, and during each we will produce a radio-theater-style 10-minute play reading. We are seeking submissions from female and female identifying playwrights, with the following themes: Aliens, Prophecy, Time Travel, Mars, Virtual Worlds, Apocalyptic Sci-Fi, and Robots. We'll also read any 10-minute play you have that is considered Sci-Fi!

To submit, email navigatorstheater@gmail.com. Subject line, "Winter Submission."

The Details:

Submissions for these events are free, and the winners will be announced on a rolling basis. Each presentation will receive a director, professional actors, and images for your portfolio.

The Navigators Podcast

Each episode centers around a theme, and will feature banter, one radiotheater-style 10-minute play, ties to current events, guest interviews, and special alien political correspondents.

Trivia Night Play-Readings

Part serial series, part fundraiser for our spring production, these events in February, March, and April will also center around a theme, featuring staged readings of two to three 10-minute plays, and starring...beer!

For more info visit: www.navigatorstheater.com

Hope to read your plays soon!

All the Best,

The Navigators

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Relationship-rants seeks monologues, etc.

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Are you a frustrated Writer or Actor? Do you need to “Rant” do you long to have eyes and ears pay attention to you. Join Us Tuesday Nights for “RELATIONSHIP-RANT'S”

If being on stage makes your hair stand on end, bring an actor Friend to perform your piece. (They should be somewhat trained and familiar with the text)

The Relationship Theater is looking for short pieces for its weekly Tuesday night show “Relationship Rants” beginning September 12th, 2016. The pieces can be monologues, stand up snippets, sketches or humorous songs with a theme of the relationships we have with lovers, friends, co-workers, employers, pets and family. All submissions should not exceed 6 minutes. Relationshiptheater.com has a mission to develop new work and allow performers/ writers to do what they crave (be in front of an audience).

We are very excited to host this event at our Lower East Side Venue. (NYC)

No Fee, Note this is an unpaid performance and writing opportunity.

Deadline for the first show is August 12, 2016
Submission Process: scripts /video (Video is a plus)
  • Upload your video to your personal YouTube channel
  • Label it with your name and Relationship Theater audition and date
  • And then send the public link to info@ relationshiptheater.com

Monday, August 1, 2016

12 Peers Theater seeks full-length plays

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12 Peers Theater is accepting unsolicited submissions of new full-length plays to be recorded and released monthly on a podcast about and featuring new plays. In an effort to maximize exposure for playwrights and assist them in securing full productions, 12 Peers Theater will record and release readings of new plays to be aired on our Modern Myths Podcast throughout 2017.

We understand that there are many forms of theatrical storytelling, but here are a few guidelines that will help you determine if your play is right for us. We will not consider plays that have had a major AEA production; plays that have had productions in smaller professional, semi-professional, community, and educational settings are acceptable.

We will only accept full-length plays; no one-acts, collections of one-acts, or musicals. Due to recording limitations, plays should be able to be performed with no more than 6 actors (doubling permitted). As a company we are drawn to plays with themes of social and cultural identity, plays that are politically, socially, and ethically relevant, and plays with mythic themes. We are also drawn to plays with a clear sense of dramatic action, an excellent use of language, and a creative use of theatrical resources.

If you would like to submit, please send your play, a brief synopsis, and a biography to Matt Henderson, 12 Peers Theater’s Literary Manager, at mhenderson@12peerstheater.org by August 1st, 2016. One submission per playwright, please.

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