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Monday, May 25, 2020

Generations 2020 seeks full-length plays

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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.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Christopher Hewitt Awards 2020

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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.

Friday, May 22, 2020

CDDG One-Act Play Competition

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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


 Entries must be submitted via the link below.

Submit here. Send as a pdf. 

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

Monday, May 18, 2020

THE MAXIM MAZUMDAR NEW PLAY COMPETITION

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DEADLINE: June 30, 2020
Buffalo, NY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Notre Dame Performing Arts New Play Festival

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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

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Painkiller Project podcast seeks work

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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.
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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

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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

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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

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Playing on Air’s 2020 James Stevenson Prize for Comedic Short Plays

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Deadline: April 26, 2020
In his cartoons for The New Yorker, James Stevenson told stories about the human comedy with energy and economy. Returning for its third consecutive year, Playing on Air’s Stevenson Prize will honor three original comedies that perpetuate Mr. Stevenson's spirit and wit, bringing the finest new American short plays to a national audience.

The Prize is made possible through the generosity and vision of Josie Merck, James Stevenson's wife. For submission details, read on below.

FIRST PRIZE
$6,000 award, plus a Playing on Air recording of the winning play for radio and podcast distribution

SECOND PRIZE
$3,000 award

THIRD PRIZE
$1,000 award

Playing on Air invites writers to submit a short comedic play of 10-25 pages (not counting title page).
One submission will be accepted per entrant. Additional entries will disqualify the writer.

All entries must be original, unpublished, and unproduced plays. For more information about our working definition of “unproduced,” scroll down to our STEVENSON FAQs section.

Even in revised form, plays that have been previously submitted to the Stevenson Prize competition or to Playing on Air are ineligible.

FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS

Please submit your script as a PDF with title page (with no author information), 12pt font, 1 inch margins on every side, and numbered pages.

All submissions will be judged "blind." Uploaded scripts should not include the author's name, representation, or any identifying information. All author information should be provided via submission form, linked below. 
 
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Submissions will be judged for literary merit, originality, and humor. 2020 Guest Judges will be announced after submissions have closed.

We’re particularly excited about plays that embrace the creative possibilities of storytelling through sound and language. Your play may include brief moments of music, but it shouldn’t be a musical. We’re unable to accept any supplementary tracks or audio files.

Special consideration will be given to the script’s suitability for audio recording and public radio broadcast.

Single-character monologues and plays that rely on the extensive use of a chorus, stage directions, or visual elements are discouraged.

Please do not include sound design cues or instructions beyond standard stage directions.

We strongly encourage you to listen to recent Playing on Air episodes by subscribing to the Playing on Air podcast on your favorite app. Two of 2019’s winning plays, HUMAN RESOURCES by Jason Gray Platt and THE CLAM by Amanda Quaid, will premiere as part of the Spring 2020 podcast season. 

Submissions will only be accepted through the digital form below, which opens on February 27, 2020.

The Preliminary Submission Period will run from February 27, 2020 - April 26, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. During this period, there is no submission fee. We strongly encourage playwrights to submit their work well ahead of April 26 to avoid the extended deadline fee.

The Extended Submission Period will run from April 27, 2020 - May 15, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. During this period, a $5 fee will be applied to every submission. No exceptions will be made to this deadline.

*Why this new system? As the Stevenson Prize competition grows, we’re committed to keeping this opportunity accessible to all playwrights. We’re also committed to paying every reader, judge, staff member, and intern involved, as we have in previous years. $5 submission fees in the Extended Period will cover a small part of that fair compensation for the artists who make the Stevenson Prize possible.

Entrants must be at least 21 years of age by May 15, 2020. By entering, playwrights consent to Playing on Air’s recording and distribution of any winning plays.

Past winners may not submit.

Due to number of entries, Playing on Air cannot provide feedback on any individual script.

2020 SUBMISSIONS Are now open: SUBMIT YOUR SHORT PLAY HERE

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Alpine Fellowship 2020

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Awarded for the best playwriting response theme of the 2020 Alpine Fellowship: Forgiveness and Retribution.

Aimed at encouraging theatre writers at the start of their careers to explore and challenge philosophical ideas using the dramatic form.

The prize will be £3,000 plus a rehearsed reading at the Fellowship’s annual Symposium to which the winner will be invited to attend. Runners up will be invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium to exhibit their work, all food and accommodation covered. Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to a total of £500.

Rules:

Open to all nationalities, aged 18 and above.
All genres permitted.
The final piece must be no more than 45 minutes in length and require no more than four actors.
The winning play will be performed as a rehearsed reading so simplicity in staging is preferred.

Key dates:

Applications open: 1st January 2020
Applications close: 1st April 2020
Shortlist (top 10 entries) announced: 1st May 2020*
Winners announced: 15th May 2020*

SUBMISSIONS VIA SUBMITTABLE

*Please note: we reserve the right to change the date of the shortlist and winners announcement if required for any reason.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

"Fade to Black" play festival seeks 10-minute scripts

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Building on the growing success and popularity of our previous years, Shabach Enterprise presents its eight season of the Fade To Black Play Festival, Houston's only short play festival celebrating the new works of African American playwrights.

Festival date: June 25-27, 2020, Houston, TX

SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020 TO WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020.

1. No fee is required.
2. No restriction of theme or genre.
3. Three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.
4. Selected playwright winners will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00.

TO QUALIFY:
1. You must be the sole African-American author of the submitted work.
2. Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).
3. Play must run no longer than 8-10 minutes long on stage. (Consider conducting an informal reading to ensure).
4. Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.
5. Play must not be a musical.
6. Play must not be written for children or youth.
7. Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.
8. Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons.
9. Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.
10. Play should be "stand-alone", separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.
11. Author must be at least 18 years of age.
12. Play must be submitted in a PDF format.

TO SUBMIT:
1. Complete the script submissions application.
Submission link:
https://monologuebank.submittable.com/submit/68c3eafa-ba83-43b3-9e61-9994f9a50142/fade-to-black-play-festival-2020


2. Upload pdf of original work.

For more festival details go to www.FadeToBlackFest.com 

 DEFINITIONS:
"Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.  

"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.

Staged readings (formal or informal) are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings but has not been produced as a full-scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Trustus Playwrights’ Festival

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

The Trustus Playwrights’ Festival began at Trustus Theatre in 1988. This festival accepts submissions nationally from playwrights seeking production of a full main stage production at Trustus Theatre. Past winners include David Lindsay-Abaire, Jon Tuttle, Deborah Breevort, Stephen Belber, Andrea Lepcico, and Sarah Hammond (to name a few).

Trustus Theatre selects one new play annually as the winner of the Trustus Playwrights’ Festival. Submissions should be full-length non-musical plays that have small casts (6 actors or less) and modest design needs (no fly systems or pyrotechnics please). The festival is welcoming to experimental works. The festival prefers scripts that have not been produced, and that Trustus’ production have “World Premiere” status.

The winning play will be produced in August 2021. Beyond the production, Trustus will provide winning playwright with a $700 prize, and travel and lodging for previews and opening night.

JANUARY 15, 2020 – MARCH 31, 2020

MAY 1, 2020 – FINALISTS’ FULL SCRIPTS REQUESTED

MAY 31, 2020 – WINNER ANNOUNCED

Saturday, March 7, 2020

A Light in Dark Places seeks short plays

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Deadline: March 13, 2020, 11:59 PM

If you are interested in submitting a play to ALIDP 2020, please check out the guidelines below.

You’re invited to submit a short-form play to be included in the 5th annual A Light in Dark Places: A Collection of Plays for Hope in accordance with National Suicide Prevention Month.

Selected plays will receive a six-performance run and a $75 prize.

Performances will be the weekends of Sept. 11th-13th & Sept. 18th-20th at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles in Hollywood.

ALIDP is a non-profit that using the arts to bring understanding, resources and hope to those affected by suicide. The plays are to explore themes of suicide prevention and mental health conditions with a focus on community, connection, hope, resources and healing.

Please DO NOT submit any plays that depict the act or glorify suicide, as that is not in accordance with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s safe messaging guidelines.

Up to six plays will be selected from the submissions. A standard option agreement contract will be expected to be signed by both parties upon selection.

Selections will be announced no later than May 15th, directors will then be assigned, and casting will commence in August. A four-week rehearsal period is expected.

To apply, playwrights must submit an original 5 to 15 page, double-spaced script via email to: submit@alightindarkplaces.org. Please include name, address and how you heard about us.

Submission fee will be waived for all applications received by 11:59pm PST, Friday March 13th.

 Submissions received between 12am PST, Saturday March 14th and 11:59pm PST, Friday May 1st will be asked to pay a $20 fee at www.alightindarkplaces.org/shop/submit

For further information on A Light in Dark Places, please visit www.alightindarkplaces.org.

For further information on the subject of Suicide Prevention, please visit: www.afsp.org.

For further information about Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles, please visit: http:/www.stellaadler.la

 Feel free to email with any questions you may have!

Best wishes,

The ALIDP Team

Sunday, March 1, 2020

McMenamins UFO Festival seeks productions of 10-minute plays

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

MCMENAMINS UFO FESTIVAL PRESENTS THEATRE 33
10-MINUTE PLAYWRITING COMPETITION.

THREE PLAYS WILL BE SELECTED BY THEATRE 33 TO BE PERFORMED AS STAGED READINGS ​MAY 15, 2020 @7:30 PM AT MCMENAMINS UFO FESTIVAL HELD IN MCMINNVILLE, OREGON, AT HOTEL OREGON. THE AUDIENCE WILL VOTE AND THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE A $200. GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR MCMENAMINS.

Submissions Guidelines
  • We will accept unpublished plays only.
  • The play must be about UFOs or anything closely related to them.
  • The play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
  • The playwright rehearses their team of actors, and director /or self directs the reading to perform at the Festival on May 15th, 2020.
  • One submission per playwright, or collaboration team.
  • By submitting, the playwright permits McMenamins/Theatre 33 to include the play during the UFO Festival. The playwright must be free to give this permission at no cost to McMenamins or Theatre 33.
  • Submitting your play grants McMenamins and Theatre 33 10-minute play Festival the right to use your name, play title, and possible video excerpts from your play or photographs from your play for promotional purposes on Theatre 33’s website in the promotion of future festivals.
  • Plays should be submitted in standard play format via email only in PDF format with the title page. Click the link for more information on formatting: http://www.playwrightslocal.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Samuel-French-Formatting-Guide.pdf
  • Play selections will be finalized by April 1st by Theatre 33. Everyone who has submitted will receive an email announcing whose work has been selected for the 2020 UFO Festival.
  • Remember, keep your play to no more than 10 minutes in length, approximately 8 to 10 pages. The venue will supply chairs, music stands, and possibly microphones.
  • Three plays will be selected to be performed as stage readings at McMenamins UFO Festival. The audience will vote upon the completion of the three play readings, and one​ playwright will win the Grand Prize of a $200 McMenamins gift card.  Submission deadline March 1st, 2020.​
  • ***If your play is selected you must be available to provide actor/director team and present a rehearsed/polished reading of your UFO 10-minute play at the Festival on Friday, May 15th, in McMinnville, Oregon, during the UFO Festival.***

​Submisson Details:
A brief bio and contact information.
A short synopsis of the play and a list of team members names.
Submission deadline March 1st.
Please email scripts to: THEATRE33ORG@GMAIL.COM
In the subject line write YOUR PLAY TITLE (AND) UFO PLAY COMPETITION.

Thank you for your interest in this competition as part of the McMenamins 21st annual UFO Festival. Good luck, and we look forward to reading your plays!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

2020 5th Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree

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Submission Deadline:  March 6, 2020

If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions (a copy of the front and back of a membership card or membership letter on official letterhead).

Writers must submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 20 minutes or less) maximum 2 plays per writer.

Our one-act jamboree is open to writers of all ages, stages, and locations around the world!
We are ESPECIALLY seeking new one-act plays that one might consider ground-breaking or boundary-pushing  and that invite audiences to think deeper or feel more deeply about issues and topics in the play. We also encourage female and minority playwrights to submit their plays for consideration. However, our readings are blind, meaning the members of our panel are not made aware of the age, race, gender, nationality, and/or religion of the playwright during the reading and selection process of plays. We do not discriminate in our play selection based on age, race, gender, nationality, or religion and all plays submitted are ultimately judged for plot, character development, dialogue, and overall quality.

Please send manuscripts, cover letter (see "How to Submit" below)
AND enclosed $20 reading fee***
** (waived for members of professional playwright organization, such as Dramatist Guild.
See below for more information and submission requirements for proof of membership)
(checks made payable to Rhino Theatre Group, LLC) to:

Rhino Theatre Group, LLC,
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442
Attention:  One Act Jamboree

You may also email your manuscripts and cover letter (see below for more info)  to joann@rhinotheatre.com  and then pay your $20 reading fee online.

Use the buttons below to submit your manuscript and to pay the reading fee (manuscripts will not be considered until fee is remitted).

If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions (a copy of the front and back of a membership card or membership letter on official letterhead).


Make sure the subject is: One Act Submission

Between 6 and 10 winners will receive the prize of a staged production of his or her play at the 5th Annual Rhino One Act Jamboree, which will be held on August 21 - 23, 2020 at Rhino Studio 237.

The production will have auditioned actors, directors chosen by committee, producers, stage managers, ushers/front of house, ticket takers and tech crew.

2020 5th Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree Terms and Conditions

Writers are encouraged to submit their one-act plays (run time of 20 minutes or less)

Plays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Plot
  • Character Development
  • Dialogue    
  • Overall writing quality 

Submissions deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020

Playwrights are limited to two (2) submissions.

How to Submit:

Please read and follow our submission guidelines. Submissions that are incomplete or do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified. To enter your play, you must submit the following:

(1) Three (3) hard copies of your play (or email in advance for electronic submissions/Paypal payment).
 Plays should run 20 minutes or less and be written in the proper playwriting format (when in the proper format, running time is approximately one minute per page):
A list of characters with a brief physical description of each should also be included.
Plays should contain 15 or fewer actors.
One person plays are accepted.
No musicals, unless you are providing accompaniment.
Plays should have simple staging and technical needs.

 (2) A cover letter with the following information:
The name of your play
Your name full address, full contact information (including your e-mail and phone number)
A brief synopsis of your play (for publicity purposes if your play is selected)
A brief biography

(3) A check in the amount of $20 (US dollars) for each play submitted, made payable to: Rhino Theatre Group, LLC.  Please write "One-Act Jamboree" in the check's memo line.

The submission package must be sent to:
Rhino Theatre Group, LLC,
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442
Attn:  One-Act Jamboree

Alternatively, the submission packet may b e-mailed to:
joann@rhinotheatre.com

Additional Information:

Submissions must be postmarked on or before March 6, 2020.
Plays will NOT be returned and will be recycled.
The entry fee is non-refundable.

If your play is chosen, a $50 participation fee will be required prior to auditions your play production.  As the playwright, you are invited to auditions and will have input regarding casting and production presentation.  However, Artistic Director may choose to exercise her authority regarding questionable content and/or presentation of the show with consideration and protection of the reputation of the company in its entirety.

Prizes:
At the conclusion of the jamboree, one winner will receive a $250 cash prize based on audience vote.

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