We never post opportunities that require a submission fee. LEARN MORE.
Showing posts with label prize. Show all posts
Showing posts with label prize. Show all posts

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Virtual Theater Festival seeks 10-minute plays or musicals

web site

Deadline: August 13, 2020  Midnight Pacific Time

SUBMISSION FORM

BROADWAY THEATRE STUDIO, creators of the long-running IMBIBLE series of Off-Broadway musicals, will produce its first VIRTUAL THEATRE FESTIVAL for live-online productions. BTS has partnered with theatre media icon PLAYBILL to host the festival, which will run exclusively on Playbill.com. BETERRIFIC, industry leaders in live-streaming productions, to provide the cutting-edge technology and experience necessary to successfully translate the live theatre experience to live-online. BTS is assembling a distinguished panel of judges to choose a winning production, and there will also be an Audience Choice winner selected by festival viewers. 

Each winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize. PLAYBILL VTF LIVE is currently scheduled to run October 23-25, and Theatre fans looking to view the festival will be able to purchase an All-Access Virtual Festival Pass for only $2.99 with $1 from each ticket going to THE ACTORS FUND.

Please READ CAREFULLY before submitting your application.
  • Seeking ten-minute original, fully-produced plays or musicals. Submissions must be no shorter than eight (8) minutes, and no longer than ten (10) minutes.
  • Submissions may have been previously produced, as long as you or your company created the work and it has not been published or licensed.
  • You may submit more than one production, simply complete a separate application for each work.
  • Accepted productions will be given a broadcast time during the festival in which to present their live show on VTF.Live.
  • Productions will be asked to demonstrate that their broadcast is live, though it is not necessary that all, or even any, actors/crew be in the same place -- we’re looking for creativity here.
  • At this time, we are only able to accept submissions from the U.S.
  • There is no fee to submit or present in the festival.
  • All submissions are due by midnight Pacific Time on August 13th.

PRIZES
Two prizes will be awarded:
-$1,500 for Judges’ Choice
-$1,500 for Audience’s Choice

CHALLENGE
Each season, Playbill VTF Live presents participants with a unique production challenge to overcome, selected based on real-world theatre production trends and priorities. The Fall 2020 Production Challenge is:

Each member of your cast, crew, and production team must be in separate locations. Actors may have one (1) stagehand on location with them, but all other production team members must be individually isolated.


RESPONSIBILITIES
If your show is accepted to Playbill VTF Live, you will be given a slot in which to produce your show, virtually. We are NOT producing your show, but are merely presenting it. You or your producing organization must hire your own cast, crew, and staff, run your own rehearsals, record your own live performance, etc. Your show must be produced in accordance with your place of residence’s COVID-19 guidelines.


SCHEDULING
Accepted shows will be scheduled into a single time slot for a LIVE performance during the festival broadcast. All shows must demonstrate that they are performing live by opening from a designated Starting Line shot of actors holding cell phone clocks visible to the judges (this shot will not be considered part of the performance). Any show that is prerecorded, or contains prerecorded portions, will be disqualified.

There will be a strict one-minute grace period allowed on either end of the time requirement to allow for the inherently unpredictable nature of live theatre. To maintain fairness, shows that run under or over the required times with the grace periods (under 7 or over 11 minutes) will not be eligible for prizes.


TECHNICAL/PRODUCTION
BeTerrific, the technology partner for Playbill VTF Live, will provide the technical elements to present your video stream live during the festival broadcast. All recording equipment will be up to the production company to provide – BeTerrific will ONLY be broadcasting your fully-produced and uploaded live video stream. We are working with BeTerrific to have equipment available for rental upon request, though this is not required to participate and we can’t guarantee the equipment you need will be available.


ACCEPTANCE
Playbill VTF Live will select 12 Participants and 6 Alternates. In the event a Participant is unable to present their work, an Alternate will be selected to participate. All applicants will receive acceptance status notification (i.e. Participant, Alternate, or Declined). Notification of acceptance status will be sent on or about August 24th, and confirmation is due from Participants by August 31st. At that time, if you are accepted and confirmed, you will receive a Participant’s Packet. Applicants may be asked to speak with our Technical Director to confirm production capabilities prior to final acceptance into the festival.


JUDGING CRITERIA
For the Judge’s Choice Award, productions will be evaluated on:
–General Audience Appeal – Does the production appeal to a wide range of audiences?
–Theme – Does the production have a clear concept?
–Execution – Does production effectively communicate its concept?
–Effective Use of “Live Online” – How well does the production make use of live online theater?
–Overall Performance – How well are all elements of the production presented?

The Audience Choice Award will be given to the production that receives the most votes from ticketed festival attendees.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Joining Sword & Pen Seeking Playwrights of Marginalized Genders

web site

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.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

‘Hear Me Out’ New American Monologue Competition Festival

web site

Deadline: August 15, 2020 Noon EDT
‘Hear Me Out’ New American Monologue Competition.
Labor Day, 2020. Festival Theme: ‘Me & My Masks’

All writers who consider themselves American are invited to submit one monologue on this year’s festival theme ‘Me & My Masks’ to compete for $5,000 in prizes and a shot at being named one of the 12 Finalist Winners which will premiere in a special Labor Day event open to the public and held entirely online via Zoom. The top cash prizes will be selected and awarded by an elite panel of judges including playwrights Kia Corthron, Gary Garrison, Julie Jensen, Kate Snodgrass and Doug Wright.

On Monday, September 7th, 2020, Roland Tec and Pinkplot Productions will host an online festival of monologues on the theme ‘Me & My Masks.’ All writers considering themselves American are invited to submit one monologue on this subject, not to exceed 4 pages or 2,000 words in length. Only one submission will be accepted from each writer.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Saturday, August 15th at Noon, EDT.

Monologues will be judged by a circle of theatre professionals on the following criteria:

Does the character speaking feel fully realized and authentically human?

Is this a monologue rather than just a story, the distinction being that in a monologue, the speaker’s intention drives the language from beginning to end. The person speaking is speaking for a reason, beyond the simple telling of a story.

Does the monologue relate in some way to the theme of the festival, “Me and My Masks?” Please note: The festival theme is intentionally open-ended. You may use the word “mask” literally or figuratively. Please consider the festival theme to be a point of departure, provided as your inspiration for your own wholly original creation. There is no need to incorporate any specific words or language into your entry. Please remember: the best monologues are born of a specific character in a specific situation speaking to a specific person or group of people.

Selection and Public Presentation:

Twelve monologues will be selected for online presentation at the September 7th Festival Event. From these twelve, three prizes will be awarded: The Golden Mask, The Silver Mask and the Bronze Mask. A Special Prize for the Most Daring Monologue will also be announced at the event. Audience capacity at this Labor Day Zoom Event will be capped at 250. Monday, September 7th at 6PM, EDT via Zoom.

In the tradition of so many great playwrights who began as actors, you are strongly encouraged to perform your own monologue. However if you’re absolutely terrified of this, you may bring your favorite actor friend to perform it for you or if that’s not feasible either you may indicate that you prefer we cast your monologue. (If you choose to leave the casting to us, monologues will be assigned to seasoned professional actors who will work on the material alone. If you wish to give notes to your actor before the presentation on September 7th, you may request a private YouTube video of your actor reading the monologue after which you may email notes. But actors who are generously giving their time to this experiment will not be allowed to enter into a formal rehearsal process.)

The 12 Competition Finalists’ entries will be assembled into a PDF and will be distributed to university theatre departments and conservatory training programs.

Regardless of whether your submission is chosen for the Labor Day presentation, all writers are encouraged to submit a video recording of their entry. All writer-created videos will be posted on a designated YouTube channel along with a link to the writer’s website or agent/representative email.

If you submit a monologue to the competition you’re strongly encouraged to attend the Labor Day Festival.

If your monologue is selected as one of the 12 Competition Finalists, your attendance at the September 7th Premiere (held online via Zoom) is mandatory. Any writer failing to attend the September 7th event will forfeit their position as one of the 12 Competition Finalists.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 15, 2020, Noon, EST.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Raise Your Voice Playwright Competition

web site

Deadline: August 7, 2020

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE:

1) $200 cash award from Inclusion Media Group.
2) $200 cash award from Hosting Theatre.

3) A commitment from hosting theatre to host an online reading of the show.
4) A commitment from the hosting theatre to have a diverse production team (director, music director, etc).
5) A commitment to consider the show for future placement in an upcoming season.
6) If the reading is put on as a benefit, the hosting theatre commits to pay the winner 10% of the proceeds from the reading.

***Each theatre will choose their own winner. Therefore, there will be multiple winners since we have a lot of participating theatres.

DATES:

Submission Deadline: August 7, 2020
Notification Date: September 25, 2020
Reading: TBD (Each theatre will contact their winner with the production schedule between September 25 - October 2)

Rules & Terms

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

1) There is no entry fee. It is free to enter!
2) Plays and Musicals submitted before August 7, 2020 are eligible for consideration.
3) This competition is open to anyone who holds legal residence in the United States of America and/or are U.S. Citizens.
4) A signed Acknowledgement of Official Rules.
5) Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry to the competition and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
6) Limit: Each participate can submit as many complete entries as one desires.
7) Theme: Plays and musicals may (a) tell a story that centers around BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ people or (b) feature characters of color.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

A) Musical Submission Guidelines

1) On the cover page of your script, please include a working link to the musical demos for the songs in the musical so that we can review the songs.
2) Please include the sheet music in the document submitted with your script.
3) Scripts should be in 12-point Courier font, written in English, and formatted using industry-accepted standards, available through software such as Final Draft, Celtx, etc.
4) Please submit a synopsis of 250 words or less, which includes a plot summary; description of major characters, setting, and time period; and the most important conflicts in the story. Please also include a link to your music demos at the end of your synopsis.
5) New drafts, substitutions or corrected pages will not be accepted after initial submission of each submitted work. Producer will not be responsible for submissions that are incomplete, lost, unintelligible, misdirected, or damaged while in transit.

B) Play Submission Guidelines

1) Scripts should be in 12-point Courier font, written in English, and formatted using industry-accepted standards, available through software such as Final Draft, Celtx, etc.
2) Please submit a synopsis of 250 words or less, which includes a plot summary; description of major characters, setting, and time period; and the most important conflicts in the story.
3) New drafts, substitutions or corrected pages will not be accepted after initial submission of each submitted work. Producer will not be responsible for submissions that are incomplete, lost, unintelligible, misdirected, or damaged while in transit.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

A) Plays and musicals should be the original work and sole property of the Participant(s) submitting them. Plays and musical that are collaborative works of no more than two writer(s) will be accepted so long as (i) each writer of the team submits an application and e-signs these Official Rules; (ii) the names of both writers are included in each application with one writer identified as the primary contact; (iii) each writer satisfies all Eligibility Requirements set forth in Section A, above, and is otherwise in compliance with and agrees to these Official Rules.

B) Plays and musicals may be in any genre, but should be intended for a live stage production.

C) Plays and musicals should not have been previously optioned, sold, licensed or produced as a live stage production, theatrical motion picture, television or online program.

D) Plays and musicals should not include material that: (i) defames any individual or entity; (ii) invades the privacy or misappropriates publicity rights of any third party; (iii) infringes the copyright of any third party or is otherwise unlawful or infringing; or (iv) is harmful to users of the Site or could adversely impact the Competition, Site, other Participants.

E) Participant acknowledges that Sponsors and Competition Entities may have motion pictures, television programs, live stage productions and other creative materials in development or production that include ideas, concepts, plots, characters, settings, and themes similar to Participant’s Submitted work and that Participant will not be entitled to any compensation or right to negotiate with Sponsors because of any such similarities. Nothing in these Official Rules or related materials shall create an implied or express contract to compensate Participants for their scripts, except as specifically described in these Official Rules.

F) Producer reserves the right to notify any Participant of Producer’s interest in negotiating directly with Participant to develop and potentially produce a work based on the Play or Musical submitted. If Participant agrees to move forward with such negotiation, Participant’s submitted Play or Musical will not move forward in subsequent rounds of the Competition.

G) Producer recommends that Participants register their Play or Musicals with the U.S. Copyright Office. Participants should retain all rights in their works throughout the Competition, so that if the Participant wins the Competition, Participant can assign rights in and to the work to Producer for production of the winning work, free of any limitations, restrictions or third party obligations.

COMPETITION PROCESS:

1) Initial Submissions that do not conform to technical requirements in these Official Rules will be automatically disqualified.

2) Each Initial Submission that satisfies all the requirements in these Rules will be reviewed by a team of diverse judges assembled by the participating theater and ranked based on the following criteria (“Criteria”) on a scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (outstanding), with each evaluator assigning a number score for each of the listed criteria that will be added together to arrive at a total score for the Submission:

a) Originality/Creativity b) Structure c) Plot d) Pacing e) Character Development f) Diversity g) Music (if applicable) h) Lyrics (if applicable)

3) Each participating theater will choose one (1) winner each. Please note that it is possible that your project could be chosen by more than one participating theater.

PRIZE/WINNER’S OBLIGATIONS:

A) Each participating theater will choose one (1) winner. Each winning play and musicals will be awarded a $200 award from Inclusion Media Group and another $200 award from Hosting Theatre. Please note that it is possible that your project could be chosen by more than one participating theater. In the event that this happens, you will receive the GRAND PRIZE listed above from each participating theater.

B) Each participating theater commits to the following:
1) A commitment from hosting theatre to do an online reading of the show.
2) A commitment from the hosting theatre to have a diverse production team (director, music director, etc).
3) A commitment to consider the show for future placement in an upcoming season.
4) If the reading is put on as a benefit, the hosting theatre commits to pay the winner 10% of the proceeds from the reading.

MORE INFORMATION ON THEIR WEB SITE

Monday, July 27, 2020

The Yale Drama Series 2021 playwriting competition

web site

Deadline: August 1, 2020

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2021 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Paula Vogel. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater.

The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:
  • This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages. Plays with less than 65 pages will not be considered. Translations, musicals, and children's plays are not accepted. 
  • The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.
  • Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year. Only manuscripts authored by one playwright are eligible.
  • Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
  • Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
  • Plays must be typed/word-processed and page-numbered.
  • The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.
  • The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.
  • Electronic Submissions

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2021 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2020 and no later than August 15, 2020. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to: https://yup.submittable.com/submit.

Hadcopy Submissions

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2021 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2020 and no later than August 15, 2020.

If you are submitting a hard copy of your play, the manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), and page count; and, a second title page that lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please include a brief biography at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page.

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include an email address on the title page or a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.
Contact Us

For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT
06520-9040

Or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

Saturday, July 25, 2020

2020 Playwrights and Artists Festival


Deadline: September 6, 2020 Midnight
Binghamton, NY

It is that time of year again. We have chosen our artwork for the 2020 Playwrights and Artists Festival. We, as always, extend first look to those who have submitted to our festival in years previous.

We understand that times right now are vastly different for theatre productions. As of right now we are going ahead with this November’s festival. We will keep you updated via our website if any changes occur.

We will also be offering our prizes for these categories.
  • $300 for Best of Festival.
  • $200 for Artistic Merit.
  • $100 for Audience Favorite.

The artwork will follow a refresher on the rules.
  1. The play must be inspired by one of the works of art below.
  2. The play must be written between the dates June 24, and Sept 6, 2020.
  3. The play length needs to be between 15 - 20 minutes
  4. Cast size maximum, 5 characters. Set should be implied.
  5. Plays submitted MUST be a complete play and must include a beginning, middle and an end and contain a conflict. Our judges will be adhering to strict parameters during the adjudication process.
  6. Playwrights may only submit one play for the festival.
  7. The playwright would need to attend at least one of the two weekend performances (which take place in November). In person is preferred but we have in the past skyped with playwrights. As our festival is starting to reach a greater number of people in wider locations, we feel that we must take this into consideration. We always hope our playwrights can attend in person and feel the energy and excitement of having their work performed onstage for the first time, but we understand that sometimes this is not logistically possible.
  8. Plays must be submitted by midnight of September 6, 2020. This submission must include 2 copies of your play in either word or PDF, one “blind” version without name but including which artwork you were inspired by and one with a full title page. They must be submitted to binghamtoncitystage@gmail.com. Please submit play in a fresh email, do not reply to this email. Please use the title of your work in the file name and whether it is the blind or named copy. This makes it easier on the person coordinating the files and sending them on to the adjudicators. We receive many plays and don’t want anything to get lost in the mix.
There are no exceptions to these rules. We love the idea of fresh work based on the inspiration of our chosen art. We choose our artworks carefully. We love to see where it takes our playwrights. Each piece of art has infinite possibilities of inspiration. We wish all good luck writing and can't wait to see the results.


And now here are this year’s artworks.

 “Untitled” by Jasmine Khamphanthirath





Vietnam Women's Memorial – Frank Bocek







“U Drop Inn” – Greg Chianis




Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Notre Dame Performing Arts New Play Festival

web site

Deadline: July 15, 2020

South Euclid Ohio

Notre Dame College Performing Arts will host its annual National Playwriting Festival in November 2020, showcasing unproduced plays and musicals for young adults and children.

A national search has begun, looking for the best and most promising theatrical works relevant to young audiences today. The two-day festival will consist of 3-5 staged readings of previously unseen theatrical works, and will take place in the Regina Auditorium on the Notre Dame College campus.

A winner will be chosen through committee/audience voting and will receive a $500 prize, as well as the opportunity to present fully-staged production during the subsequent NDC Spring Semester.

The winner of the 2019 Notre Dame Performing Arts New Play Festival, "MIDNITE" by Rory Leahy and Rena Hardy, received its world premiere production February 2020.

Beginning March 15 of each year, the Notre Dame College New Play Festival will begin taking digital-copy submissions of new plays and musicals. The Director of Theatre will ensure the submitted materials follow specified criteria (see below) and will pass the play to 7-person panel who will judge the merits of each work.

All playwrights will be notified of the status of their submission in September and promotion about the chosen material will begin thereafter.

The festival will take place in late November.

The productions will be showcased in a reader’s theatre format open to the public. The winner will be chosen by the selection panel, with consideration given to an audience vote, and announced at a reception upon conclusion of the festival.

The winner of each season’s new Playwriting Festival will receive a fully-developed and produced show as part of the NDC Spring Semester.

A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the winner dependent upon funding.

Criteria

- There is no submission fee for the Notre Dame College New Play Festival

- Submission deadline is July 15 of each year. Scripts received after that date will be considered the following year.

- 3-5 finalists will be selected on October 1 of that year and their names will be posted to the Notre Dame College website and social media platforms at that time.

- Must be a full-length play/musical for children or young adults without a prior production

- A brief synopsis must be sent together with a complete digital manuscript. Submission must include a contact phone number and e-mail address on the play’s title page. No hard-copy submissions will be accepted.

- The play must be at least 1 hour and no longer than 90 minutes.

- The play must be appropriate for audiences of all ages.

- Dramas, comedies and farces (with or without music) are welcome.

- Only ONE work per author may be submitted each year.

- Cast size limited to no less than 4 or more than 22.

- The plays selected will be acted by our student actors with a mix of regional artists where necessary. Plays that can be effectively cast within our market will be considered favorably.

- Playwrights who are questioning whether or not their play is a good match for the Notre Dame New Play Festival are strongly encouraged to contact Director of Theatre Pierre Brault at theatre@ndc.edu before submitting.

- All plays that are not selected for the festival will be held on file for 2 years.

- All qualifying submissions will be read by five to seven readers.

Be advised that the following are not considered qualifying submissions:

  • Screenplays submitted as theatrical plays
  • Plays with excessive profanity or violence or are inappropriate for youth audience members

Notre Dame College 2020 New Play Festival Timeline

March 15 – Begin accepting submissions

July 15 – Submission deadline

October 15 - Finalists announced

November - Annual Notre Dame New Play Festival

Length: 60-90 minutes
Cast Size: 4–24
Age Appropriateness: all ages
Unproduced Work Only?: Yes

Saturday, June 27, 2020

THE MAXIM MAZUMDAR NEW PLAY COMPETITION

web site

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)

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Woodward International Playwriting Prize Competition

web site

Deadline: July 1, 2020

The University of New Hampshire is now accepting submissions for the Woodward International Playwriting Prize. 

The Woodward Prize is part of Cultural Stages: The Woodward International Drama and Dance Initiative and is given once every four years. 

The aim of this program is to broaden and deepen the understanding of international cultures through a competition for plays addressing relevant themes. Plays submitted for this competition should have a primary focus on cultures from countries other than the US. 

The winning play will be given a fully produced production as part of the University of New Hampshire's 2021-22 Department of Theatre and Dance main stage season. 

The winning Playwright will receive a cash prize of $5,000, plus expenses to travel to the University of New Hampshire and stay for the one week of performances. 

Finalists will be posted on the University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance website in October 2020. The winning play will be announced by February 1, 2021. 

A first and second runner up will also be named at that time. Pending funding, readings of the first and second runner up will be presented with travel and expenses provided to the playwrights to attend the readings.

The winning play will be given a fully produced production as part of the University of New Hampshire's 2021-22 Department of Theatre and Dance main stage season. 


MS Word or PDF accepted.

Any restrictions on eligibility:

- Plays must focus on a country/culture other than the US.
- Plays may also focus on the history and/or politics of the country/culture.
- Plays must be in English.
- Plays may be musical or non-musical.
- If the submission is a musical, a recording of the music must be included with the submission.
- Plays cannot have been previously fully produced. (Previous readings or workshop productions are allowed).
- Plays must be at least 50 minutes in length.
- The University of New Hampshire must be allowed to present and be credited for the non-professional premiere of the play or musical as part of the UNH 2021-22 season.
- Unfortunately, feedback cannot be provided.
- Any plays sent in hard copy will not be able to be returned. (Electronic submissions preferred).
- No more than two submissions per playwright.

Finalists will be posted on the University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance website in October 2020. The winning play will be announced by February 1, 2021.
http://cola.unh.edu/theatre-dance

For any questions or additional information contact: David Kaye Chair; Woodward International Playwriting Prize Selection Committee

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Shakespeare in Italy seeking short radio dramas

web site

Deadline: June 26, 2020
£200 prize for the best short play (audio drama)
Email Submissions to: collette@shakespeareinitaly.org.uk

There could not be a more apt time to shine a spotlight on the stories written by Italian author, poet and scholar Giovanni Boccaccio, whose work is thought to be among the classics from Italy which influenced Shakespeare in his writing.

Known as The Decameron the 14th century stories feature 10 young Florentines who flee from the Black Death to live in Naples. In all there are 100 short stories that feature a framing device and range from the erotic to the tragic, the hilarious to the instructional. In the stories individuals tell their stories to - guess what - distract themselves from the Black Death during a period of medieval quarantine.

These stories have also proved inspirational to young writer Rebekah King who has penned her own stories in the Decameron style. Rebekah has teamed up with Shakespeare in Italy on our Sharing Shakespeare platform to devise a competition open to all.

Over the next four weeks we would like you to submit a short play (audio drama) of no longer than 15 minutes - those shortlisted by our panel will be performed over two nights early in July with a director and two actors (max) assigned to each play. Then we will select an overall winner from those performed.

The plays must be written in the style of the Decameron, but must tell an original story set in our own time. 


Saturday, June 6, 2020

Christopher Hewitt Awards 2020

web site

Deadline:  June 10, 2020

A&U Magazine is currently accepting entries for the eighth annual Christopher Hewitt Award. 

Named in honor of A&U’s first literary editor, the award showcases outstanding responses to the AIDS pandemic and the realities of individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.

Prize: $75
Entry fee: None
Submission deadline: June 10, 2020
Judges: Winners will be selected by the following judges, by category.
Poetry: Noah Stetzer
Fiction: Raymond Luczak
Creative Nonfiction: Jay Vithalani
Drama: Bruce Ward

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

How to Submit: Email Word (.doc or .docx files) of your work to Managing Editor Chael Needle by clicking here

Please indicate in the subject line that your submission is for the Christopher Hewitt Award; include your name and genre in the subject line as well. Your name or any other personal identifying information should not appear on your manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each separately.

Guidelines: All submissions must be HIV/AIDS-related and previously unpublished. All styles are welcomed. Writers may submit more than one work.

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

Drama may be an excerpt from a longer work or a ten-minute play (1,400-1,600 words, no more than ten pages, Dramatists Guild format). For drama excerpts, include, on a separate page, a synopsis and a full cast of characters.
We reserve the right to excerpt longer pieces for print, in consultation with the author; works in their entirety will be printed on the web.
Rights: We secure first North American serial rights and electronic archival rights (posting on the Web and in digital issues).

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

Monday, May 25, 2020

Generations 2020 seeks full-length plays

web site

Deadline: June 1, 2020 - or when 250 submissions are received
Boulder CO


In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays written by a parent with at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of June 1, 2020

The winning playwright will receive

a week-long workshop residency in September/October 2020, with daily rehearsals, culminating in a staged reading of the selected script;
the chance to rewrite and revise during the week as part of the script development experience;
  • a stipend for travel costs;
  • a $500 prize; and
  • a $500 childcare stipend to defray the costs associated with childcare during the residency.

During the residency, the selected play will be rehearsed with a cast of professional actors, director, and dramaturg. The week will culminate in a public reading. This year’s Generations residency may be held online if public health circumstances dictate in the fall. Specific date arrangements for the residency will be made directly with the winning playwright.
Entry Guidelines:

Plays must be full-length scripts, submitted by playwrights with at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of the submission deadline.

Each playwright is limited to submission of one script for consideration.

Plays must be in the English language. Playwrights must be U.S. residents.

No musicals will be accepted.

We will not reconsider scripts that have already been submitted to this competition in previous years.

Scripts that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or that have been published are ineligible.

Scripts may not be under option or scheduled for production or publication as of June 1, 2020.

We will consider scripts that have had a workshop, reading, or academic production. BETC will negotiate an option on the winning play and have right of first refusal on the world premiere production. The winning play will receive full consideration for production in an upcoming season.

The application deadline is June 1, 2020, or when our 250-script submission cutoff is reached. Our winning playwright will be notified by August 31, 2020.

The submission form will require you to submit a blind copy of your full script as a PDF file.Please do not include your name anywhere in the sample file. The biographical and demographic info you submit will not be referenced during the selection process.
Selection process:

In our initial reading round, we read the first 20 pages of a script. Script excerpts nominated by two readers continue to the semi-finalist round, in which two readers read the full scripts and complete thorough reader responses. Highly regarded scripts become finalists. Our full committee reads all finalist scripts, then advises our producing artistic director in selecting the winning play.

FAQ’s:

Because of the volume of submissions we receive, we do not provide feedback on submitted scripts during or after the competition. We will confirm that an initial submission has been received, and notify applicants of the competition winner.

Due to available program funding and staff capacity, we will not consider scripts from grandparents or others who are not currently custodial parents of a child 18 years of age or younger. We hope to be able to expand our program to additional generations in future years, but at this time our focus is on assisting playwrights with young families.

Friday, May 22, 2020

CDDG One-Act Play Competition

web site

Deadline: June 5, 2020
Penwell Station, Truro UK

As part of our 50th celebration we are launching a competition to find a new one act play to be performed 1st to 3rd Oct and 10th Oct. The competition is open to all; both members and non-members.

Apart from the special reward of seeing your work performed there will also be a cash prize of £100 plus a script consultation with Victoria Ferguson to the winning playwright. Closing date for submissions Friday June 5th 2020 (Terms and conditions apply) As long as it has never been performed before it will qualify. All welcome from 16 years to 100 plus.

Plays should be:
  • Between 40 - 50 minutes in length
  • Never before performed in any capacity (but need not be written specifically for this competition)
  • Entries should have author name and preferred contact information on the title page
The winner will receive £100 cash and a script consultation with Victoria Ferguson to help develop their script and discuss careers in scriptwriting.

Victoria is a writer and script editor, and was the coordinator for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition. She collaborates with emerging and established writers to develop their scripts for the stage and screen, and is currently working with production companies including Drama Republic (Doctor Foster), New Pictures (COBRA) and 42 M&P (Military Wives) to find projects to develop for film and TV.

So, let the creative juices flow.

Please email your entries to j-frankland@hotmail.co.uk

Y.E.S. Festival 2020 seeks plays

web site

Deadline: June 1, 2020

Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts is calling for submissions for the 20th anniversary of our award-winning Year End Series Festival of New Plays - THE Y.E.S. FESTIVAL, running April 8-18, 2021.

Submissions will be accepted from Jan. 15 until June 1, 2020.

Two plays will be selected for performance in the festival.

The selected playwrights will each receive a cash prize of $400 and an expense-paid (travel and accommodations) visit to NKU to see their plays in production. Selected plays will receive a full production.

WHAT TO SUBMIT
  • Full-length plays and musicals are eligible. The author must fully own all rights.
  • No children’s theatre, one-acts, or reader’s theatre pieces will be considered.
  • Adaptations will only be considered if the adapted work is in the public domain.
  • Submissions may not have had a previous professional or university production.
  • In deciding what to submit, a writer should know the festival will be cast with undergraduate student actors. Submissions with larger casts are looked upon favorably in the selection process.
  • Scripts must be standard sized and legibly typed. Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred.
  • Submissions (ONE per playwright) should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.
  • For musicals, please also include libretto, a list of characters with vocal ranges, demo CD and samples of the score.
TO SUBMIT

Use the online form or print out and mail an entry form.


For additional information please contact:

Michael King, Co-Project Director
mking@nku.edu • (859) 572-5647

Corrie Danieley, Co-Project Director
danieleyc1@nku.edu • (859) 572-5451

Thursday, May 21, 2020

2020 Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition

web site

Deadline: May 28th 2020

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. Adaptations of another author’s works or use of proprietary characters such as Dr. Who, Frankenstein, or Othello will lead to disqualification.
  • Please keep the script “family friendly” as determined by meeting the following conventions:
1) Avoid incorporating swearing, which for this context includes “damn,” “hell,” “God” etc. This will lead to automatic disqualification regardless of context.
2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context. Romantic affection is fine. Details about intimacy are not.
3) Avoid graphic depictions of killing or torture. It is understood that people can get bumped off for dramatic capital if needed (which is not to say it is necessary to do so) but if you do please avoid disturbing intimate details.
Given the current world situation, please refrain from submitting dystopic/pandemic fiction. This isn’t to say the subject can’t make for compelling drama. However, this year’s competition will be adding an additional evaluation criterion rewarding upbeat stories so you’ll be putting yourself at a disadvantage.

Make sure your script is action/plot driven. Having something happen is far more engaging than having characters talk about it.
Please make sure it is free of visual stage directions such as “Shonna blows him a kiss. He nods knowingly as Tyler silently walks off stage” or stage play set design details.
Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes.

Entry deadline May 28th 2020.

Winners will be announced on June 21st 2020.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A IS FOR PLAYWRITING CONTEST ABOUT REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE

web site

Deadline: May 31, 2020
NYC
A IS FOR IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ITS PILOT PLAYWRITING CONTEST!

WHY A PLAYWRITING CONTEST?

It’s not just abortion that is stigmatized in our culture, but the entire lived experiences of people who seek to fulfill their promise as autonomous human beings, realize their own dreams, raise their families in safety and peace, pursue their ambitions, and maintain control over their physical and reproductive lives.

The subject of Reproductive Justice is one too often simplified by our current dialogues, and too often the voices and perspectives of the people most affected by restrictions, legislative prohibitions, and cultural prejudices are excluded from our artistic institutions.

A is For seeks to change that. We believe the theatre is an especially powerful platform with which to share stories, debunk myths, and disempower fears. We believe the theatre can transform. We want to amplify voices which can reframe the conversation, to support and promote artists who can dispel myths and misconceptions. We want to change the way people think about abortion and reproductive justice. We want to hear the stories you want to tell.

In that spirit, the stories we hope to bring to the fore will be diverse in perspective as well as imagination. These plays may be personal and realistic, or they may be allegorical. They may be fantastic, sprung from dreams, or they may be grounded in naturalism. Whatever form or shape they may take, we hope to receive a wide range of works from all over the country, reflecting the great variety of experiences that Reproductive Justice demands we all recognize.

In highlighting these stories, we’re broadening the emotional vocabulary of the American audience, and opening up our theaters to a fuller and more honest exploration of the human experience.

DATES
  • We are currently accepting submissions through May 31, 2020 11:59PM EST.
  • Judging through July 20 at 11:59pm EST.
  • Winners will be announced at the end of July, exact date tbd.
  • Presentation of all three winning plays will be on a date tbd in the fall of 2020.


CRITERIA
  • Submit one-act plays about Reproductive Justice, including (but not limited to) the topic of abortion.
  • You may not edit your entry after submitting.
  • You may submit as many plays as you wish.
  • Plays must be no longer than 60 minutes (typically about 60 pages, double-spaced.) Plays longer than 60 minutes will automatically be disqualified.
Plays do not have to be as long as 60 minutes. They can be shorter. They can be as short as a single page if you feel that’s sufficient to tell your story.

Please submit your files in PDF only.

Plays in languages other than English will be accepted as long as an accompanying English translation is also provided.

Plays should include a cover page that includes the name of the playwright, and all relevant contact information, including representation, if applicable.

WINNERS

A qualified Jury of accomplished theatre professionals and experts in reproductive justice will read and assess all entries.

Only the winner and runners up will be contacted directly by AisFor once the jury has made its decisions.

Grand Prize will be awarded to one play which will receive $5,000

Two runners up will receive $1,500 each

All three plays will be presented in whole or in part (depending on length) as rehearsed readings in a single evening (date tbd in the fall of 2020) at a theatre in New York City.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Green Stories seeks 10 minutes episodes

web site

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

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Painkiller Project podcast seeks work

web site

Deadline: May 7, 2020 10PM
UK

The Painkiller Project is a fortnightly playwriting competition with a small £150 prize for each winning play.

The winning play will be produced and released the following week as a podcast (available here). The winning playwright will also get the chance to have a "video coffee" with a line-up of established theatre makers over the coming weeks including Laura Wade, Ryan Craig, Anne-Louise Sarks and David Eldridge.

​We hope that the repetitive nature of the competition helps to make the project feel collaborative and cyclical - like theatre.

We hope this a good idea, it may not be - we don't know. If it works, however, we hope to improve it/keep it going every week that theatres in the UK remain closed.

We have already raised some money to get the project off the ground. If people like this idea and it grows, we hope to pay everyone else involved in the project. For this to happen, in the long run, we are going to be reliant on the generosity of others.

If you can afford to donate, or if you know anyone who might want to donate to the continuation of the project there are two options:

You can make a one-off donation through PayPal.me

Or, you can become a patron to the project through Patreon. This allows you to make a donation that would be repeated each time a new winning play is released, fortnightly.
Donate
Become a Patron
It would mean the world to us and allow us to make more work.

Any money raised will go exclusively towards the winning playwrights, designers, readers and actors.

Finally, please give us lots of feedback and let us know if you have any other questions - we want to make this something that feels like a collaborative experience that works for everyone who wants to be involved.

To get updates about The Painkiller Project you can subscribe to Bitter Pill's mailing list.

​Thank you for your support and spread the word!

The infomation.

Our next submssion window will be from Monday 4th May (10am) until Thursday 7th May (10pm) - please send to bitterpilltheatre@gmail.com

All submissions should be done with the following form attached. Download here. We encourage you to use a pen name. Plays should be written for 1 or 2 actors.

On Sunday 10th May we will announce one play that will become a podcast the following week, we will also release a shortlist this time.

The winner will receive £150 upfront. We will try to give feedback to as many plays as possible but will only give it if we think it is helpful rather than for the sake of it - we don't have all (or even many) of the answers!

Each winning play will be produced (in audio form) and released online approximately 1 week on from being announced as the winner.

Each winner will also have the chance to have a video coffee with an established theatre maker.

The method.
  • Using recording equipment and by working with innovative sound designers!
  • The plays will be rehearsed over online video technology, recorded and then released.
  • Once all this is over, we would hope to bring the winning plays together for some kind of physical event. 
The twist(s).

We are looking for short plays. Plays should between 500 and 1500 words.

For now, all plays need to be performable by a maximum of 2 actors.

All plays should have been written post 20 March 2020 (the day most theatre buildings closed in the UK). We also request you do not submit more than one play per submission window.
​​
Plays with the following words included within them will still be considered but we wonder whether it might be a good idea to avoid them:

social distancing, coronavirus, COVID, the virus, self-isolation, self-isolate, antibody test, quarantine, ventilators, Chris Whitty, herd immunity, Lombardy, Wuhan, flattening the curve, stay at home, vaccine, Dyson, lockdown, Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, pandemic, super spreader, Keir Starmer, antibody test, Houseparty (the app), Zoom (the app), Skype, shielding, Donald Trump, mortality rate, Matt Hancock, stock-piling, toilet paper (within the context of stock-piling), symptoms, asymptomatic, a new or continuous cough, PPE clothing, Sweden, Governor Cuomo, face mask.

Please note we're not suggesting you try and write a play about coronavirus which simply excludes these words. You can write about absolutely anything and it is probably inevitable that the state of things will influence everything and everyone at the moment. Tackling the subject head-on, however, and writing "The Resistible Rise of Rishi Sunak" or "Waiting for Herd Immunity" might be a bit premature!

Best of luck writing, and we hope people find this interesting! Let's try and make some plays. @BitterTheatre on Twitter for updates.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

The Merry Beggars seek 10-minute radio plays

web site

Deadline: May 4, 2020

Moved by the unprecedented event of a ‘global quarantine’ due to Coronavirus, The Merry Beggars seeks submissions of 10-minute radio plays responding to the theme "Quarantine."

As we enter into a strange monkish isolation, our humanity emerges in a new and vivid light. We encounter our families, perhaps for the first time. Old wounds - and old loves - resurface. We enter into an unplanned retreat - a deepened Lenten sacrifice. What new stories will this create? What farces? What heroes? Where has this been felt before in history? Does this prefigure our future? Where is God in all of this? Where are our families? Where are we?

Three finalists will be fully produced as radio plays and broadcast on partnering radio stations. The top finalist will receive a $300 prize. All genres, periods, and sensibilities are encouraged! All submissions are judged blind by top industry professionals. Submission deadline is May 4th, 2020.

See the full prompt and contest at themerrybeggars.com/radio

Scripts do not have to be ‘about’ quarantine but simply ‘in response to’ the theme of ‘quarantine’ (i.e. wherever your imagination goes when you hear the word/idea of ‘quarantine’). Scripts do not have to be present-day or be about Coronavirus.

We are seeking scripts from all genres: comedy, farce, tragedy, satire, etc. Setting, time, and environment are left to your imagination. Scripts will be evaluated by the criteria of story (plot, structure, characters, dialogue, and concept) as well as by how they make use of the unique storytelling opportunities of an audio medium.

Scripts should be no longer than 10 to 15 pages.Your script should feature no more than 6 central characters (though additional minor characters with only a few lines are allowed).

For help in writing a radio play, see the BBC’s guide (Ten Tips for Writing a Radio Play) as well as RTE’s guide (Guidelines for Submitting a Radio Play). If helpful, here is the BBC’s Radio Play formatting guidelines: UK version or US version.

Monday, April 6, 2020

THE MIRANDA FAMILY ‘VOCES LATINX’ NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

web site

Deadline: April 15, 2020

REQUIREMENTS

*PLEASE READ CAREFULLY*
Plays that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.
  • Subject matter and characters must resonate with Latinx audiences and accurately depict the Latinx/Hispanic experience.
  • Original and un-produced.
  • Full length plays. (At least- 1 hour and 15 minutes)
  • Written in either Spanish or English.
  • Plays that have had readings or a workshop production are acceptable.
  • No screenplays, one-act plays, adaptations or translations will be accepted.
  • Absolutely no changes or resubmissions can be made once a script has been submitted.
  • Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the United States or Puerto Rico.
SELECTION PROCESS

Winners will be announced 7- 8 months after the deadline.
Each participant will be notified of the results by e-mail.
We request that participants do not contact the office to inquire about the competition’s results.

PRIZES

Finalists will receive a staged reading at Repertorio to further develop the script.
Grand Prize Winner: $3,000
2nd Place: $2,000
3rd Place: $1,000


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Must follow instructions and fully fill out the form to participate. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any changes or re-submissions once the script has been submitted. Do not send any other biographical information or reviews.

New Deadline: Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Send all of this information and the requested materials via e-mail to aav@repertorio.org using the subject line “Latinx Voces: Title of –Your- Play”.

Send the following information within the body of the e-mail:
Your full name
Your e-mail address
Your cell phone number
Your mailing address (street address, city, state, zip code)
How did you hear about the competition?
4-6 line synopsis
4 -6 line description of how your play relates to the Latinx / Hispanic American community

Send the following as an attachment:
One ELECTRONIC COPY of your script – WITHOUT your name on it. (PDF ONLY)
Please OMIT your name from the script

Blog Archive