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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Joining Sword & Pen Seeking Playwrights of Marginalized Genders

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Deadline: February 18, 2021
Chicago

Babes With Blades Theatre Company’s Joining Sword & Pen (JS&P) competition is live and underway! Since 2005, JS&P has challenged playwrights to write a full-length play based on the story they see in our contest image. The winner receives a full production and the Margaret Woolley Martin Award, which carries a cash prize of $1000.

This year’s image and competition rules may be found here:
babeswithblades.org/jsp-how-to-submit/

We’re seeking submissions from playwrights of underrepresented genders. This includes cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those who are otherwise marginalized based on gender.

What We’re Looking For

1. The moment depicted in the inspirational image at the bottom of this page must be physically dramatized/incorporated into the play. We want to (literally) perform that moment on stage. Include the page number of your script where the contest’s image is depicted in your submission email.

2. Scripts must be inclusive of the BIPOC community. Whether the script lends itself to characters being played by actors of any race/ethnicity or whether it includes stories that are race-specific, BIPOC characters must not be limited to secondary or background characters.

3. Submissions are due NO LATER than midnight February 18, 2021.

4. All JS&P submissions must be new, full length, original works, inspired by the artwork that is the focus of the contest. Previously written, workshopped, published or performed submissions will not be considered and we will not contact you. Please do not insert the contest image into an existing script.

5. Please email your JS&P submission in a PDF file to swordandpen@babeswithblades.org. The filename must start with the title of the play (ex. “Patchwork Drifter.pdf”). If the title of the play begins with “the,” “a,” or “an,” please place that article at the end of the title (ex. “Last Daughter of Oedipus, The.pdf”).


IMPORTANT: This will be a BLIND SUBMISSION PROCESS.

Script submissions for JS&P accepted between August 5, 2020 and February 18, 2021. Want more info? Contact swordandpen@babeswithblades.org.

Joining Sword & Pen winners receive full productions with the Babes.

Check out the full list of Joining Sword & Pen winners.

Your email submission should contain two separate attachments:

 a) Your cover page. INCLUDE:
  • The play’s title
  • Playwright’s name and full contact information (phone numbers, email, mailing address).

 b) Your script. INCLUDE:
  • The page number on which the contest’s image is incorporated.
  • A synopsis.
  • A character list specifying the gender of each character. “Open gender” is an option. If it’s important that a character is cisgender or transgender, please specify this.
  • If it’s important that a character is of a particular racial/ethnic background (including white), please specify this. Characters of unspecified racial/ethnic background will not be automatically assumed to be white.

DO NOT INCLUDE ANY contact information, of any kind, in the body of your script. An author’s identity will only be revealed to the ensemble once a selection has been made.


6. The winner of the contest agrees to participation in the Fighting Words new plays program (workshops and festival reading – dates TBD), and grants Babes With Blades Theatre Company rights to produce the world premiere production of the winning play. Production dates are TBD for Spring 2023 (subject to change).


Things to consider:
  • Our mission statement: Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to tell stories that elevate the voices of underrepresented communities and dismantle the patriarchy. Through performance, script development, training and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.
  • We do not accept or produce musical scripts.
  • Both our venues and our budgets tend to be small.
  • If your play does not pass the Bechdel Test, it is unlikely to fit our mission.
  • If your play does not include stage combat, it does not fit our mission.
  • Characters fight as a realization of high narrative stakes. Scenes of characters training to fight are usually lacking in stakes.
  • If your script includes sexualized violence, consider whether the sexualization is truly necessary to the story. Sometimes it is; often it’s not.
Click here to learn more about Joining Sword & Pen

Our Mission Statement: Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to tell stories that elevate the voices of underrepresented communities and dismantle the patriarchy. Through performance, script development, training and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.

We look forward to hearing your stories!!

PLEASE NOTE: The image for the competition can be found on our website. Please do not select your own prompts.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

15th Women's Work Festival - Submission Form

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Deadline:  October 12th, 2020 11:59pm

St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador

Welcome to the submission form for the 15th Women's Work Festival, which will take place March 8-12, 2021. Women includes trans and non-binary identities.

We are open for submissions until 11:59pm on October 12th, 2020. 

Please fill out the following form, upload your piece and we will be happy to get to know about you and your work.

LINK TO SUBMISSION FORM
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfXtAYt_rAGK81P7kfQcKcDwe6ABUXlQn1wBfs3huYeH07XA/viewform

If you have any questions, please refer to our FAQ's below or send us an email at womensworkfestivalnl@gmail.com.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does the festival cover my travel?

Unfortunately, we do not. We explore as many options as we can and work with each playwright on an individual basis to try and offer as much as we can. In past festivals we have been able to offer per diems for the duration of your stay with us, but we often aren't able to definitively say yes or no until a couple months out from each festival.

Will the festival consider more than one piece I've written?

Due to the overwhelming amount of submissions we've received in recent years we are limiting our submissions to one piece per playwright this year, so pick your best one and we will be happy to read it!

Will the festival be in person this year or online?

Obviously our preference is to have a festival in person where we can all be in a room and focus on the work together, however, given the uncertainty we all find ourselves in due to COVID 19 we have to do what we believe is safest for all artists involved and we will make our decision with regard to this matter at a later date. When we do, the artists involved will be the first to know!

Please Note: Due to our geographic location we are not always able to provide experienced readers of every scripted demographic, if this is the case with a selected play we will work with the playwright to reach the possible casting outcome most desirable to the playwright.

Does the festival accept short plays?

We accept all lengths of play for consideration.

Does the festival accept produced plays?

Although we are willing to consider plays that have had workshop productions as a part of the script-writing process, the Women's Work Festival is focused on the development of unproduced works.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Women's Theatre Festival Occupy the Stage 2020

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Deadline: September 15, 2020 11:59pm ET 

Women’s Theatre Festival will be accepting submissions for Occupy The Stage 2020, our annual staged reading marathon event. Occupy The Stage 2020 will commence from November 6-8 2020 on WTF’s YouTube channel and will consist of 48 hours worth of unproduced plays written by women+.

Submissions Criteria. In order to be considered for Occupy The Stage 2020 work must:
  • Be written by someone who identifies as a woman some or all of the time or who identifies as being of a marginalized gender*
  • Be considered new work (has not been professionally produced, has not received a world premiere, etc)
  • Be between 10-120 minutes in length
  • Be written such that 50% or more of the roles are for women+
WTF seeks submissions that represent a diverse range of women+ experiences. Further, we are committed to programming at least 50% of Occupy The Stage 2020 with the work of BIPOC women+ playwrights and to including multiple works by disabled playwrights, LGBTQ+ identifying playwrights, and to programming works by playwrights of all ages.

Selection Process. WTF’s Literary Manager, Laurel Ullman, and committee will read all submissions and make recommendations to Executive Artistic Director Johannah Maynard Edwards and the Occupy 2020 staff team for inclusion in the final line-up. Each playwright will be notified as to whether or not their submission was selected. Each selected playwright will receive a small royalty/honorarium. Selected plays will be paired with a director and cast by WTF. Directors will hold 3 rehearsals with their casts. Playwrights will be welcome to participate in the rehearsal process with the directors, but are not obligated to do so. Each play will receive 2 readings between 10:00am on Friday November 6 and 11:00pm on Sunday November 8, 2020.

Submissions will be accepted from 8:00am ET on September 1, 2020 until 11:59pm ET on September 15, 2020. No late submissions will be accepted. If you have questions, please check our Occupy 2020 FAQ and the form itself before submitting your question to info@womenstheatrefestival.com.

*WTF uses the term women+ to encompass a spectrum of gender experiences and identities. We welcome anyone who identifies as a woman some or all of the time, has identified as a woman at any time in the past, who identifies as non-binary, transgender, or any marginalized gender to submit.

Accessibility. WTF welcomes anyone with an access need to email us at info@womenstheatrefestival.com to arrange an accommodation or alternate format. If email is not an accessible form of communication for you, please reach out using the most accessible means of communication for you. We regret that we do not have a dedicated company phone line, but will schedule a phone call upon request. All Occupy 2020 staged readings will be captioned.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Women’s Work Project Short Play Lab

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Deadline: October 4, 2020 Midnight

A unique process of developing scripts to production quality

Since its creation in 1994, NPTC Women’s Work Project has had the goal of not only helping to develop specific plays, but to support residents’ growth as accomplished and skilled playwrights—to give writers added tools in the practice of their craft and to strengthen their individual voices. Our focus has always been on bringing scripts to production quality.
NOTE: All LABs are currently be conducted virtually. If circumstances require that we continue in that format into 2021, we may amend our procedures.

Short Play Lab

The WOMEN’S WORK LAB for short plays provides a supportive and nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights. Six members are selected each year, along with a similar number of directors. The LAB meets monthly (Sundays) from February through June, allowing for time in between sessions for writers to continue to develop and revise their work in response to feedback. Members are expected to bring work to each session beginning with the development of an original short play based upon an assigned theme.

Playwrights receive monthly feedback on their play from the LAB’s group of director/dramaturgs. In a process unique to NPTC, feedback is given in a unified manner so playwrights do not have conflicting advice about what to work on. NPTC’s approach creates a collaborative group from which members can draw inspiration and energy. Scripts are then produced in our annual Women's Work Short Play Festival.

Note: Playwrights may not solicit outside feedback during the development process.

Application Guidelines For Short Play Lab


PLAYWRIGHTS

Playwrights should apply by midnight, October 4, 2020 by sending the following as email attachments, with the email Subject Line “Women’s Work Application” to contact@nptnyc.org:

Please include:
  • a full resume, including specific information on your training as a writer (i.e. degree program, workshops, etc.) and website URL if applicable
  • a 10-15 page writing sample from a playscript 
  • a personal statement explaining your understanding of the purpose of the LAB and why you wish to be a member, including goals for your own growth and development if selected. Please include in this statement how you choose to be identified re: ethnicity and gender (she/they).

(Please note that ALL 3 items are required to be considered.)

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwriting Award

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Deadline: September 15, 2020
$5000
Including $1000 from Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation
in memory of Dr. Donna R. Barnes


The Nancy Dean award for Lesbian Playwrights is to honor a woman who was at the forefront of Lesbian, queer, gay, genderqueer, gender-nonconforming, trans, intersex and people of color movements. We honor her focus and writing on Lesbian relationships before the time of the Stonewall rebellion. Her writings were the precursor to social change. In that spirit of struggle and often hidden desire we encourage the submission of new plays that address the conflict of lesbian, queer or gay, trans and nonbinary women struggling to live and love their best lives. In these times of social definition and refinement the age-old conflict of acceptance and the right to live our true lives as we truly are is still our continuing fight which is refined and embolden by each new generation.

We understand people have their own language for their gender and sexuality. We are open to submission from people who are lesbian, queer or gay, trans and nonbinary.

As we are a small family foundation with an all-volunteer board, we must rely on nominations to identify potential recipients. We are asking professors, teachers, artistic directors, directors, literary managers, actors, writers, and others to nominate promising writers. As we want to be inclusive, we will allow people to self-nominate. The following are our guidelines:
  • Writer is lesbian, queer or gay and nonbinary;
  • Writer has written at least one play;
  • Writer is writing plays about lesbians;
  • Writer is committed to writing plays and furthering her/their career; 
  • Writer is interested in receiving the award. 
Please send a letter(pdf) describing why your writer should receive this award and a full-length play (pdf) to openmeadowsfdn@gmail.com. In your letter, please be as detailed as possible in up to 2 pages. Include the writer’s resume and website or other social media links. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2020. We will announce the recipient December 31, 2020.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Madwomen in the Attic Featured Writer Project

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As part of Madwomen in the Attic’s literacy mission, we have added a writing component to our monthly meeting tradition: The Featured Writer Project.

MITA meetings are always held on a Monday– and usually on the third Monday of the month. The reason for this is to mirror the tradition of the national holiday Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is held on the third Monday of January each year.

In honor of literacy, the days on which we will hold our monthly meetings will be known as ‘Mad Mondays’. In celebration, on Mad Monday of each month, we will showcase a featured writer by publishing their work and sharing it (or parts of it) aloud at our meeting.

If you are willing to and interested in being a featured writer, these are the most basic stipulations:
Featured writers need to gender-identify as women or as queer, gender–non-conforming, non-binary, or gender-fluid (i.e., the Featured Writer Project does not feature people who identify as men).
Featured writers need to write something something (from any genre) that relates in some way to MITA’s mission. Featured Writers should have had some kind of experience with the mental health industry or with mental health issues, whether it be firsthand or secondary experience. We leave the perspective and style of the writing completely up to the writer.

We require more than just the central piece of writing– our writers are also asked to write a statement about their piece in relation to mental health. If you submit a piece and are selected as a featured writer, you must submit the additional parts of your submission to us by the first day of the month during the month that it will be published so that the editors will have time to offer editing suggestions or to work with you to make additions or changes to it prior to the feature date.
Featured writers need to assign a writer’s name of some sort to their contributions, whether that be “fictional” (as in Solla Sollew), “actual” (as in Jessica L. Mason), or “anonymousical” (as in Anonymous).

Your subject can be personal, political, both, or neither. You may write poetry, fiction, non-fiction, a book review, a pop culture critique, a rant, an academic essay, a treatise, a list, a resource guide, a dystopian fairy tale, a lesson plan: any kind of writing is welcome, in addition to art, as long as it pertains to and supports the organization’s mission, which is to empower women who have been affected by the mental health industry or the stigma attached to what is called mental illness.

We encourage multi-lingual entries. If a piece is written entirely in a language other than English, we ask that an English translation be provided, as well, secondarily. We also ask that if you are writing about something for which not many people are well-versed that you define unfamiliar terms clearly to make your piece as accessible as possible.

Our hope with this project is to enact radical equality by publishing the work of writers from diverse backgrounds and abilities. In contrast to the literary world of publishing, which might be inclined toward elitism and might favor those who are privileged; Madwomen in the Attic seeks to nurture a sense of equality in the right to express. For novice writers to be able to write alongside veteran writers, despite differences in linguistic prowess, it sends out an acknowledgment of our equality as human beings.

The Featured Writer Project aims to combat the suppression of the voices of those, throughout history, who have had their rights and their voices ignored or taken away by systems of patriarchal power.

Madwomen in the Attic is not funded, sponsored, or financially supported by any source outside of the financial contributions (donations) of its co-founders. The group is a labor of love that relies 100% on the unpaid labor of its co-founders. Thus, MITA cannot and does not provide financial compensation to writers for their contributions to our projects or sites. We are a purely grassroots volunteer organization. Neither of our co-founders receives any financial compensation for anything related to the group. We pay for our website and for materials for our meetings through out of our own pockets. While we cannot offer financial payment for writing, what we do offer is a communal space and writing and advocacy opportunities.

If you wish to be a Mad Monday Featured Writer but do not have access to a pen, paper, or a computer to do so, please contact MITA and we will try our best to offer assistance. If you need assistance with putting your words onto paper or into a textual medium, please contact us and we will work with you to create a solution.

Send submissions to madwomenofwny@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Theater J Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

The Theater J Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize will award $3,000 and a stage reading to a promising emerging woman, trans, or non-binary playwright in honor of a new play that celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience.

The Prize is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and venture capitalist Patty Abramson. Plays must not have been produced, but a future professional production (outside of the DC metro region) may be scheduled.

For the purposes of this award, “Jewish” plays are plays in which Jewish identity, history, or culture plays a critical role: if you took it out, the play would change meaningfully.

The play may not have received a full professional production, though one may be scheduled at the time of submission. Readings and workshops are allowed.
  • The playwright must be a citizen or resident of the United States.
  • Plays must be full-length plays.
  • One-act plays and plays for children are not eligible.
  • Musicals are not eligible for the Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize.
  • Translations are not eligible.
  • Adaptations are eligible provided they diverge substantially from the source material.'
Eligible playwrights must not have had more than two productions at LORT or off-Broadway theaters (multiple productions of the same play will be counted) but may have been produced at other professional theaters. Submitted plays will be read by a committee of Theater J staff and collaborators. A winner will be announced in the fall of 2020.

You will receive an email confirmation that your script was received within ten days of submitting. All playwrights will receive a form letter with notification prior to award announcements in fall of 2020.

For the Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize ($3,000), we ask that you come to DC (travel and accommodations to be paid for by Theater J) and accept the award in person at Theater J, and simultaneously participate in a professional reading of the play. In accepting the Prize, we require that you agree to acknowledge the prize in future publications of the script. The winning play will be considered under exclusive option by Theater J for full production in the DC metropolitan region for the next two seasons.

 Playwrights may submit one sample of ten consecutive pages, a one-page synopsis, and a bio or resume. Please only send 10 pages; do not send a full script with a note telling us where your favorite 10 pages are. All documents must have your name, contact information, and the title of the script on them. If your script is advanced to the second phase of the Prize adjudication, you will receive an email asking for a full script. We accept electronic files only (either Adobe Reader (.pdf) file formats or Microsoft Word (.doc)).

Playwrights may submit plays directly to Theater J at LitOffice@theaterj.org

More info in the FAQs

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Whiskey Radio Hour seeks radio plays

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Deadline: February 16, 2020

We are currently taking writer and director submissions for Episode 22 of the Whiskey Radio Hour, which will be on Tuesday, March 31 at Chief O'Neill’s Pub and Restaurant, Chicago.

All submissions are due by Sunday, February 16 to whiskeyradiohour@gmail.com.

Submission Guidelines for Writers

NOTE: At present, we are only accepting new radio play submissions from persons of color, female-identifying and/or nonbinary playwrights.

Kindly email whiskeyradiohour@gmail.com with your complete script (in either .doc or .pdf format).

  • Only complete scripts will be considered.
  • Your play should be around ten minutes long (so read your play out loud before you submit!)
  • Your play can be in any genre you like, but try to engage the radio play format in some way.
  • Due to space constraints, up to four actors can perform in each radio play. Therefore, actors will play multiple roles if there are more than four characters in your piece.
  • Each writer can submit up to two radio plays per Radio Hour.
  • Each episode of the Whiskey Radio Hour is recorded, and then put on the internet for anyone to download free of charge. To check out past episodes, visit our bandcamp page.

If you’re interested in the correct format of a radio play, the BBC has a handy guide here

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Violet Surprise: Lavender Menaces seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: February 13, 2020

Sapphics save the day! 
Lesbian Visibility Day, that is.
VIOLET SURPRISE: LAVENDER MENACES is a short play festival that showcases Sapphic superheroines.
Whether you transform existing heroines into queeroines or create original sheroes who think girls are super, we invite you to submit stories that champion lesbian characters who are powerful and magical, formidable and visible, capable and -- if you so desire -- cape-able. Your play may be as realistic or fantastic as you wish, and set in the place and time period of your choice, but it must feature gutsy gay gals.
VIOLET SURPRISE: LAVENDER MENACES is curated and produced by Iris Sowlat and Allison Fradkin in collaboration with Otherworld Theatre Company, and will be presented in Chicago April 10-12, 2020.
Guidelines
  • 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 February 13, 2020.
Playwrights will be notified of our selections by February 28.
About Violet Surprise: Founded in 2019, Violet Surprise is a queer feminist theatre company whose mission is to present new works that vibrantly and valiantly validate the identities and experiences of queer women.
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Saturday, November 30, 2019

VIOLET SURPRISE: LEZ BEAUS SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL

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You can take the "gal" out of Galentine's Day, but wouldn't you rather take the gal out ON Galentine's Day?

VIOLET SURPRISE: LEZ BEAUS is a short play festival that celebrates lesbian love through the ages.

Whether it's a time-honored tale of girl meets boi, or a pulpy piece about women in the shadows who whisper their love, we're seeking character-driven romances that explore connection and affection, emotion and devotion.

For the purposes of this play festival, Sapphrodite is the goddess of love.

Other than that, we're open to anything: firsts, lasts, in-betweens; fix-ups, mix-ups, break-ups, make-ups; gal pals, lady friends, lover girls; historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic comedy.

So put your heart in the "write" place and submit to VIOLET SURPRISE: LEZ BEAUS, curated and produced by Iris Sowlat and Allison Fradkin and presented February 14-16, 2020, at The Martin in Chicago.

Guidelines

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 December 20, 2019.

Playwrights will be notified of our selections by January 1.

About Violet Surprise: Founded in 2019, Violet Surprise is a lesbian-feminist theatre company devised by director-producer Iris Sowlat and playwright-actress Allison Fradkin. Their mission is to present new works that vibrantly and valiantly validate the identities and experiences of lesbian, trans, and genderqueer theatregoers.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Art Garage TGNC Reading Series

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Art Garage, New York’s first non-profit theatre company dedicated to the TGNC community, is seeking submissions for the second installment of the TGNC Reading Series.

This series provides Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming playwrights a chance to hear their work aloud in a comfortable and professional environment. Additionally, cisgendered playwrights may submit work that involves the Transgender+ experience.

Art Garage produces, casts, and caters the reading.

Readings will be followed by a discussion, moderated by Art Garage, in which the playwright may ask questions and receive feedback to help aid the writing process.

The reading series will take place in a rehearsal studio at A.R.T./NY.

Please submit your work and a brief bio or resume to artgaragenyc@gmail.com

If you are a member of the TGNC community and would like to get involved with the Art Garage in another capacity (especially actors who would like to be considered for casting), please email a resume and cover letter to artgaragenyc@gmail.com

Thursday, October 17, 2019

THE ANNUAL PARITY COMMISSION seeks plays

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Beyond our annual productions, in concert with our mission to see more women and trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) artists employed in the theatre, we award two commissions per year to women and TGNC playwrights who have demonstrated a singular talent for storytelling. The selected playwrights will receive $2,500 each.

Parity Productions reads submissions blind, selecting work that is in harmony with our artistic mission. Playwrights will receive regular feedback on their commissioned work within 30 days of their submission of a first and second draft. They will also receive one “closed door” reading (attended by cast, Parity Productions Artistic Director, and literary department) and at least one public reading and/or developmental production of the commissioned work. An option for Parity Productions to produce the work is included in The Commission agreement.

How do I submit my work to Parity Productions?

Our next submission period will open on October 17th, 2019 and runs until we have received 150 applications. 

Join our mailing list to stay up to date.

You can SUBMIT HERE. ​There is no fee to submit a script to Parity Productions.

Please reach out to us at commission@parityproductions.org with any questions.​

Saturday, September 28, 2019

#ShePERSISTED: a festival of staged readings (Bloomington - Normal IL)

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New Plays Needed by  Womxn, Femme, and Non-Binary Playwrights for #ShePERSISTED: a festival of staged readings presented by Coalescence Theatre Project

Coalescence Theatre Project is accepting submission of new plays by Womxn, Femme, and Non-Binary playwrights for the 2020 #ShePERSISTED festival.

The company, based in Bloomington-Normal, IL, will select four plays to be presented in staged readings open to the public on January 25th and 26th, along with discussions about the work. Plays should be at least 75 minutes in length.

All submissions made by October 1, 2019 will be given full consideration. 

Submit plays to coalescencetheatre@gmail.com. Please include your name, pronouns, and best contact information on your script, as well as in the email. Selections are made based on merit, and in consideration of forming quartet of plays that, together, bring notable focus or useful contrast within the series. Thank you for sharing your work for consideration.

#ShePERSISTED Curators, Rachel Hettrick (she, her, hers) and Ann Haugo (she, her, hers)
Coalescence Executive Artistic Director, Don Shandrow (he, him, his)

The Coalescence Theatre Project is a nationally recognized and award-winning theatre that exists to incite our community to thoughtful action. Our logo, an abstract representation of the genetic tree of life, reminds us that we all come from one common Ancestor.

We focus on unheard stories and offer a place where the silent and the underrepresented have a voice. Coalescence Theatre Project aspires to be a home where play, discovery, and learning are celebrated and our audience reflects the diversity of the community we serve. Our mission is equity and inclusion in the exploration of identity and our place in a global community.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

VIOLET SURPRISE: FEMSLASH FEST

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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.

Guidelines

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.

Web site: https://www.otherworldtheatre.org/

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Parnip Ship seeks plays

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Deadline: April 21st, 2019
THE PARSNIP SHIP IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW PLAYS AND NEW VOICES...
and for Season Five, we are specifically looking for plays exclusively written by
female-identifying playwrights*.

As we believe 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 a fun collaborative effort among us, the playwright, the directors, musicians and the actors!

Submission form online

Before you send in your play for consideration, please either attend a live episode recording or take a listen to one of our episodes and read our FAQs on submissions. If you have any other questions or concerns, please email submissions@theparsnipship.com

*Cis-, Trans-, Non-Binary Femme Folx and Women of Color are encouraged to apply if they identify

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Women's Theatre Festival Occupy the Stage

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WTF Occupy the Stage
July 12-14, 2019
Raleigh, NC

The Women's Theatre Festival is seeking short and long-form plays written by women and non-binary folx for a staged-reading marathon. We accept unproduced and already produced work. Subject matter can be anything, (it does not have to match our season theme) but play must be able to be cast with at least 50% women and/or non-binary folx and 50% people of color.

 Occupy the Stage is a series of staged readings where all works are written by women and non-binary folx. We accept both short and long form plays from of a variety of genres. We insist on only two requirements; that the piece be castable with at least 50% women or non-binary people and at least 50% people of color.  Please select only one play to submit per year.
Plays will be performed July 12-14 2019

The cut-off date for submission will be March 1st.

Submission Form

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Persistent & Nasty seeks scripts from women, trans-women and non-binary individuals

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Deadline: January 7, 2019

We are inviting script submissions from women, trans-women and non-binary individuals. The prompt for writers this time around is fairly broad; we are looking for scripts that explore / respond to the phrase hope for the future. Writers are invited to interpret this however they wish.

CRITERIA FOR INTERESTED WRITERS:

  • 15-30 minutes in length (approximately 20-30 pages).
  • The script can be written for theatre, film, TV or radio.
  • Priority will be given to scripts that explore themes of gender equality, diversity and representation. 
  • Priority will be given to scripts that have more than one female character.
  • Casting will be age, ethnicity and disability blind (unless clearly justified within the narrative)
  • If the submitted script is an excerpt from a longer piece, the excerpt should be able to stand alone and be understood.
  • Please use as close to industry standard formatting as possible. Minimum requirement is 12pt font size, double line spacing and page numbers.
  • Alongside the script itself, please provide the following:
  • a brief synopsis
  • character descriptions
  • a few words on what inspired you to write this particular piece
  • a short biography

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HOW TO APPLY:

Please send the above information to our script submission inbox at persistentandnasty@gmail.com

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Babes with Blades Seeking Female, Trans or Gender Non-Conforming Playwrights

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(*New for this round)

What We’re Looking For

1. Please email your Joining Sword & Pen (JS&P) submission in a PDF file to swordandpen@babeswithblades.org.

IMPORTANT: This will be a BLIND SUBMISSION PROCESS.

Your email submission should contain two separate attachments:

a) Your cover page. INCLUDE the play’s title, playwright’s name, and full contact information (name, phone numbers, email, mailing address).

b) Your script. INCLUDE a list of characters, and the page number where the contest’s image is incorporated. DO NOT INCLUDE ANY contact information, of any kind, in the body of your script. An author’s identity will only be revealed to the ensemble once a selection has been made.

2. JS&P submissions are due NO LATER than midnight February 7, 2019.

3. The winner of the contest agrees to participation in the Fighting Words new plays program (workshops and festival reading – dates TBD), and grants Babes With Blades Theatre Company rights to produce the world premiere production of the winning play in our 2020/2021 Season (dates TBD).

4. All JS&P submissions must be new, original works, inspired by the artwork that is the focus of the contest. Previously written, workshopped, published or performed submissions will not be considered and we will not contact you. Please do not insert the contest image into an existing script.

5. The moment depicted in the inspirational image must be physically dramatized/incorporated into the play. We want to (literally) perform that moment on stage. Please include the page number of your script where the contest’s image is depicted in your submission email.

Please note: the models in the inspirational images are intended as prompts, to provide an emotional starting point for your reference. You are NOT required to incorporate those specific people, body types, races, ages, etc. into your script – rather, take the moment depicted and make it your own. Bear in mind that Babes With Blades Theatre Company encourages scripts that allow for a diverse world of characters onstage!

Inspirational Images for JS&P 2018-2019 Competition:



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Helpful Hints:

  • If your script does not pass the Bechdel Test, it is unlikely to be a good fit for us.
  • Our roots are in stage combat (Fights are the realization of high narrative stakes).
  • We do not accept or produce musical scripts.
  • Our venues are generally small black box spaces. So is our cashbox.

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.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Female Gaze seeks monologue

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DEADLINE: 8TH JANUARY 2018

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?
sarahgonnet44@outlook.com
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.)

  • Lois Weber: ACTOR and SCREENWRITER and PRODUCER and DIRECTOR- A FEATURE FILM (1879-1939)
  • Germaine Dulac: DIRECTOR and FEMINIST (1882-1942)
  • Fatma Begum: ACTOR and RAN HER OWN PRODUCTION COMPANY
  • 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)
  •  FIRST FEMALE DIRECTOR OF
  • DIRECTOR OF FIRST EVER NARRATIVE FILM
  •  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--)
  • Anna Biller: DIRECTOR AND SCREENWRITER
  • Ana Lily Amirpour: DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER and ACTOR and PRODUCER Julia Ducournau: DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER (1983--)

 

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