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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Urbanite Theatre Modern Works Festival 2019

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Click here to submit your play.

Festival Performance Dates:
October 8-13, 2019
Sarasota, FL

Playwright Eligibility:
Seeking work from emerging and established female and female-identifying playwrights. Playwrights must be available to attend the festival in Sarasota, FL, including rehearsals, to be considered for selection (October 5 - 13) Travel and housing is provided.

No Entry Fee

Festival Awards:
Winner $3,000 (1)
Finalist $500 (2)
Travel, housing and per diem provided for all three finalists.

Submission Rules and Requirements:
Interested playwrights are encouraged to read Urbanite’s mission statement and look at our production history to get an idea of the type of work we produce.  Urbanite Theatre will only consider submissions that meet the following criteria:

  • Submissions must be from female or female-identifying playwrights.
  • Playwrights must reside in the United States. 
  • Plays must be unproduced and unpublished with limited development. 
  • No musicals, translations, or adaptations.
  • Full-length plays only (at least 60 minutes)
  • Plays must require five performers or fewer.
  • Quality, female-identifying roles must be well-represented.
  • Plays must include a contact page and character breakdown.
  • One submission per playwright.

Any plays that do not follow these requirements will be dismissed.

Festival Rules and Guidelines:

  • Three finalists will be chosen to participate in the Modern Works Festival. 
  • Finalists will be selected by panel of readers and notified by Urbanite Theatre on August 12, 2019. 
  • The volume of submissions will prevent us from providing individual feedback.
  • ONLY finalist playwrights will be contacted. 
  • Plays that have been previously submitted to the Urbanite Theatre or the Modern Works Festival are not eligible to be submitted again.
  • Each finalist will receive the following: a professional director and cast, a table read, 12 rehearsal hours, a staged reading with a total of three public performances, and facilitated post-show talkbacks. 
  • Each finalist play will be assigned a play development mentor to work with before, and during the festival.
  • Finalist playwrights are required to participate, in person, at the festival, if selected. Travel will be provided ($600 transportation limit), and local housing within walking distance to the theatre will be provided. A car is not provided at this time.
  • Playwrights are required to participate in the rehearsal process and attend the readings and talkbacks for their play.  
  • Winner of festival will receive a $3,000 prize. 
  • The two remaining finalists will each receive an award of $500.
  • No other royalties or payments will be issued.
  • Submissions will be capped after the first 300 scripts are received.
  • Winner will be chosen by a group of panelists in conjunction with an audience vote and will be announced October 13, 2019. 

Click here to submit your play.


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VIOLET SURPRISE: FEMSLASH FEST is a short play festival that reimagines the possibilities for well-known, well-loved female-identifying characters to be in queer relationships, and for those relationships to be parodied positively and within the world of the original fandom.

Whether you're down with OTP (One True Pairing) or you have an entire fleet of 'ships, we invite you to create a Sapphic spoof of the characters' signature sizzle that celebrates and elevates the perfection of their connection.

Write the subtext you see and the maintext you want to see. Inspiration – and subtext – can be found anywhere and everywhere: from Anne of Green Gables to The Baby-sitters Club to A League of Their Own. It's particularly present on TV: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Call the Midwife, Designing Women, A Different World, Downton Abbey, Gilmore Girls, The Golden Girls, Grace and Frankie, I Love Lucy, Laverne & Shirley, Living Single, Once Upon a Time, SVU, That's So Raven, Xena: Warrior Princess.

The possibilities are limitless, which is why submissions are open to romantic pairings of female-identifying characters in any fandom in any medium and in any genre. Whether your leading ladies come out of science fiction and fantasy, Disney or Shakespeare, classic literature (love Jo in Little Women?) or classic sitcoms (love Jo on The Facts of Life?), we request only that your writing be in 'ship shape and in playscript format, and that the material be kept PG. Onstage intimacy is acceptable (what's femslash without a first kiss?), but we want the show to be appropriate for audiences of all ages.

VIOLET SURPRISE: FEMSLASH FEST is curated and produced by Iris Sowlat and Allison Fradkin in collaboration with Otherworld Theatre Company, and will be presented in Chicago August 9-11, 2019.


Submissions are open to playwrights who identify as female, trans, or non-binary.

Plays can be up to 10 pages and include up to 4 characters.

Playwrights may submit 2 scripts for consideration.

Send your scripts in PDF format to allisonfradkin@aol.com with "Violet Surprise" in the subject line. Questions may also be directed to that address.

The deadline for submissions is June 8, 2019.

Playwrights will be notified of our selections by June 22.

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

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

And Toto Too submission guidelines

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We are now accepting submissions.


Woman playwright

Full length or long one acts

Play may not have had fully produced performances in Colorado, readings are fine

7 or less characters (do not double up your characters to make it fit)

Finished plays only

Minimal settings (our theatre space seats only 56 and won't handle multiple sets)


Electronic only (if you send a hard copy it will be returned to sender unopened)

First 10 pages

Production History


If these guidelines are not followed your script will not be read.  We will contact you only if we are interested in seeing a full script.  We do not give feedback on why your play was not accepted. Thank you for submitting we look forward to reading your work.

Send to submissions@andtototoo.org

Friday, May 3, 2019

Jewish Women's Theatre seeks short plays and monologues

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Okay, you’re Jewish, that’s a good start, but how “Jewish” do you have to write? When submitting material, consider the following parameters for your submission:

Please check the themes of the season and submit accordingly. We will not accept late submissions this year.  Thank you!

Sex Addiction & Love in the 21st Century
Deadline for submissions June 1st 2019

  • Please make sure your name and title of your work appear on your submission.
  • An element of Jewish resonance is important, but your submission does not need to feature being Jewish as the prominent theme or subject.
  • Feature women or a woman’s point of view, but not exclusively. Male characters are welcome.
  • Short one-acts (10 minutes max) and monologues (7 minutes max) are preferred.  Will read full-length, but unlikely will produce.
  • 1500 words or less preferred
  • Must be topical for the 21st century. While we consider plays set in another time period, we mostly select contemporary pieces.
  • Small cast a must. One-person shows okay.
  • Previously produced or published work is welcome. Please include production and/or publication history. A new version of a classic or an adaptation from another medium would definitely be of interest.

Although the primary focus of JWT is on the writing, music is often a part of our events. We encourage composers, song-writers, and performers to submit individual work. Musicals are welcome.

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

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Plays In Progress Series seeks full-length plays

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Athena Project, located in Denver, Colorado, is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIPS). This Series is an opportunity for new plays to be developed in one of three models: concert or table readings and our workshops.

Rehearsals and presentation will take place in Denver at a location to be determined over the course of approximately March-April 2020. Three to six new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, cast and basic design elements during presentations. Scripts are accepted from March 1 – April 15, 2019.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:
  • Playwright must be a woman and may submit only ONE full-length script. Full-length is defined by at least 60 pages in standard playscript format.
  • Previously un-produced plays only. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised for the playwright to get the most from this opportunity.
  • Submission must include:
  • a. BLIND script in PDF format – PAGE ONE of PDF script MUST have TITLE, CHARACTER BREAKDOWN & SYNOPSIS of script, 200 word limit (This file will contain NO playwright contact info*)
  • b. Cover letter addressing: 1) what the playwright would like to accomplish working with a director, dramaturg and cast and 2) how she heard about the call for submissions
  • c. Resume 
  • Plays submitted without all supporting materials included will be disqualified.
  • We recommend the playwright be able to travel to the area for rehearsals as needed, and for at least one performance at her own expense. We will select 3-6 playwrights to participate in the PIP Series and hope to strike a balance between local and national work. Exact rehearsal and performance schedules will be worked out with the director, dramaturg, and playwright after all plays are selected. Travel stipends are offered.
  • Contact us via LiteraryManager@AthenaProjectArts.org if you have any questions about submitting. You will receive a confirmation upon receipt of materials.

*Contact information must be listed ONLY on resume and cover letter, not on the script, the first page of which will be its title, a character breakdown and a short synopsis (submissions will be read blind).

  • Deadline to submit all materials is midnight, April 15, 2019**
  • Three – six finalists will be selected by September 2019
  • Directors and Dramaturgs will be selected by October 2019
  • Casting will be between November-December 2019
  • Rehearsals will begin in February 2020
  • Plays In Progress Series will open approximately March or April 2020

**Athena Project reserves the right to close submissions before April 15, 2019.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Parnip Ship seeks plays

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Deadline: April 21st, 2019
and for Season Five, we are specifically looking for plays exclusively written by
female-identifying playwrights*.

As we believe there are as many distinctive styles and voices as there are playwrights, we remain open to a wide range of plays that will engage audiences in an intimate setting and on a podcast format. We see our recordings as a fun collaborative effort among us, the playwright, the directors, musicians and the actors!

Submission form online

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

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

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival 2019

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The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival will take place August 1 -August 5 2019.


Please e-mail the site's form, a digital version of your play, a brief introduction letter, and a resume with two references to info@phillywomenstheatrefest.org by March 15th. Playwrights chosen for a staged reading will receive at least one performed staged reading of the play along with response and feedback from industry professionals.


Please e-mail this form, a digital version of your play, a brief introduction letter, and a resume with two references to info@phillywomenstheatrefest.org by March 15th.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Global Female Voices and Global Female Arab Voices

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Global Female Voices and Global Female Arab Voices will premiere excerpts of new plays in translation and from the wider English-speaking world.

We are welcoming submissions from all female-identifying playwrights that are based (or previously resided) outside of the UK, or who are part of the international community. We are particularly interested in reading submissions from playwrights from Arab countries and the Arab diaspora.

The performances of rehearsed readings will be taking place on the following dates:
- Global Female Voices, Arcola Theatre: Saturday 23rd February 2019
- Global Female Arab Voices, Rich Mix: Saturday 9th March 2019 (part of the Arab Women Artists Now festival)

We are looking for plays from contexts beyond the Western world; exploring issues and settings that audiences might not otherwise see in London theatres.

Playwrights should be based outside of the UK.

Plays can be any length, from any period, and with any number of characters; and must be in, or translated into, English.

If you are submitting a play that has been translated and if the play or translation is still under copyright, you must ensure that both the playwright and the translator (or the relevant rights-holders) give their authorisation for the translation to be submitted and to participate.

Global Female Voices - 12 noon, 24th January 2019
Global Female Arab Voices - 12 noon, 31st January 2019


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Ain't I a Woman Playfest

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Play must be an original, unpublished and unproduced piece written by a Woman-of-color  playwright (female-identified, transsexual, transgender, or gender-queer encouraged to apply).
Maximum Length: 10-12 pages not including title page. Play should run in the 10-15 minute range.
Submissions should require minimum set, costume and technical needs.
Submissions should have a title page with the following information:
*Playwright's name
*Mailing Address
*Phone Number
*Email Address​

Submission must be submitted as a PDF to aintiwomanfest@gmail.com by January 31, 2019 .
Email header should read: SUBMISSION: AIN'T I. YOUR NAME. TITLE OF PLAY      

Sunday, January 6, 2019

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

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Deadline: January 7, 2019

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


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

Follow our Facebook page to receive updates/details.

Twitter: @PersistentNasty

Instagram: @PersistentandNasty


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

Saturday, January 5, 2019

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

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(*New for this round)

What We’re Looking For

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


Your email submission should contain two separate attachments:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inspirational Images for JS&P 2018-2019 Competition:


Helpful Hints:

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

Friday, December 28, 2018

Call for Submissions: SHE PLAYS staged readings

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Plays about women, written by women, directed by women.

Part of WHAM! Women History Artist Month produced by Goddard Riverside, Silver Glass Productions and 29th Street Playwrights Collective.

NYC-metro-based women playwrights only.

Our goal is to give women playwrights an opportunity to develop and present their work as a staged reading and participate in the process.

Submissions open Dec 28 -- Submissions Close on Jan 11.

Event date: March 18th, 7:30pm at the Bernie Wohl Theatre 647 Columbus Ave btw 91st & 92nd Streets. (Tech rehearsal Sun Mar 17 10-2pm)

Please submit plays up to 10-minutes in length and monologues, no more than 5 minutes.

One submission per playwright. Send us your best. Only first 150 plays will be read.

Plays will be performed as a staged reading by actors we cast.

Each play will have a director and 3-5 hours of rehearsal. You must be available to attend both rehearsals and performance.

NYC metro area women playwrights only! This is a community-building event. We want you to be there, participate, network and celebrate.

Stipend for all participants (including playwrights): $25.00

Submit: Here
Contact info on the first page.
One Submission

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/29StPlaywrights
Twitter: @29StPlaywrights

Questions? Email us at 29thstplaywrightscollective@gmail.com

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Panglossian Productions seeking submissions for Weekend of Women

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Panglossian Productions is seeking submissions for our Weekend of Women on March 29-30, 2019.

We are looking for both full-length and 10-minute plays written by and featuring women.

Here is what you need to know:
- You may submit more than one play (as long as you feel that it is worthwhile, submit it)
- Cast size should range between 2-6 people
-You will be notified via email if your play is selected to be featured
- Submissions should be emailed in PDF format to wow@panglossian.org and contain the following information

1. Playwright name
2. Playwright contact information including email address
3. A brief statement about the playwright and the piece itself (be creative, but honest)

-If you have further questions, please email them to wow@panglossian.org

Why are we doing this?

According to our namesake, the dementedly optimistic Dr. Pangloss, “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.”

Most of the time, the world falls short.  As any young artist who decides to build a life in the performing arts discovers, it’s hard to get experience without already having it. It’s even harder to convince people to take a gamble on new works and innovative ideas, no matter how exciting they may be.

What’s safe is always… well… safe.  And that’s fine.  But safe things don’t ignite passion in us.  They don’t make us catch our breath or question how we live or want to go running into the streets to tell people what we’ve seen.  So, we choose projects that take risks and that are worth the risk.

We exist in order to boldly and thoughtfully create:

• Unpretentious productions that challenge our audience without patronizing them.
• Opportunities for talented and dedicated young artists to gain meaningful experience.
• Development of new, innovative, substantive, and semi-crazy artistic ventures.

Visit us online at panglossian.org or find Panglossian Productions on Facebook.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The 13th Annual Women’s Work Festival

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We are now open for submissions for our 13th Women's Work Festival that will be taking place March 4-8 2019 in St. John's Newfoundland Canada.

If you would like to submit your play please email it to womensworkfestivalnl@gmail.com.

We are an international festival of plays-in-progress featuring play readings, music performances, workshops, and panels, promoting work by women (self-identified). Despite some bumps in 2017, we're still here and we're delighted that our festival is happening in 2018!

Our festival has a history of success  in helping to launch playwrights from the page to the stage. In our first 10 years, there were 21 professional productions of 17 WWF plays from new, emerging, and established playwrights. As we approach this year's festival, we'll feature some of the writers and hear about their experiences here and where it led them.

WWF gratefully acknowledges support from Canadian Heritage’s BCAH Fund for their continuing, generous support of our festival in 2018. We are delighted to have the long-term support of RCA Theatre, and support from the City of St. John’s.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Kentucky Women Writers Conference Prize for Women Playwrights

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The submission period for the Prize for Women Playwrights is November 1 - 30, 2018, at this LINK. The Kentucky Women Writers Conference awards a biennial Prize for Women Playwrights to bring more scripts by women to the stage, through a collaboration among our program, partnering director Eric Seale, and a guest judge tba. The winner receives a world premier production for a paying audience in November 2019, with royalties, plus a cash prize of $500. The winning script may be workshopped prior to its production. If you would like to receive our bi-monthly listserv with updates about this contest and our other programming, please send your request to kentuckywomenwriters@gmail.com.

Producer and Director

Eric Seale, artistic managing director of Central Kentucky Community Theatre in Springfield, KY, and former director of Actors Guild of Lexington, will independently produce and direct the winning script.

Guest Judge


Eligible Playwrights

The competition is open to all women playwrights living anywhere on Planet Earth. There are no restrictions on age, experience, or residence. Co-authored scripts are eligible if at least 50 percent of co-authors are female.

Eligible Plays

One-act or full-length scripts in English, with a running time between 45 and 90 minutes, that have not been published or commercially produced as of the entry deadline or before the release of the KWWC production. We are seeking a new play that can be produced as a world premiere. Many kinds of preliminary productions, even those charging admission, do not disqualify your script, including:

  • an Equity or other showcase
  • a workshop production
  • a script-in-hand staged reading
  • a student lab performance

We place no limitations on subject matter. Scripts may be based on factual events, purely fictional, or adaptations. We are not seeking musicals or children's plays.To ensure an equitable judging process, please submit only a "blind" script, with all personal identifying information removed.  Limitations:

  • Reading time must be in the range of 45-90 minutes.
  • Casts must be limited to 8 actors (1 actor may play multiple roles).
  • The production will be in a small theater. Set, lighting, sound, costume, and prop requirements should be kept to a minimum.
  • Deadline and Timeline

Entries must be electronically submitted by 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2018
Winner will be posted on our Web site in January 2019
Winning script may be workshopped.
Production will occur in November 2018 in Lexington, KY, venue tba.

Judging Process and Criteria

All entries will be screened by KWWC staff for completeness and adherence to contest guidelines. Judging will consist of two rounds. In round 1, a diverse panel of theater professionals and educators will choose 5-10 finalists. In round 2 a guest judge will choose 1 winner. Judging will be guided by literary merit and theatrical potential.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Nora Salon submission guidelines

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The Nora Salon (TNS) in NYC welcomes submissions of any genre and length, provided they:

  • are by women playwrights in the NYC area,
  • centrally feature women’s stories and perspectives,
  • have not yet had a production.
  • Finished pieces and works-in-progress both welcome.

Please email a copy of your submission along with a brief cover letter to Alexandra Bonesho at submissions@norasplayhouse.org.

Monday, October 8, 2018

2018 “Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund Guidelines and Eligibility Requirements

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The “Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund (“Women’s Fund”) is the latest in a groundbreaking series of initiatives by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) designed to address the underrepresentation of all who identify as women in film, television and theatre. The NYC Women’s Fund, administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), provides grants to support film, television, digital, and live theatre projects that reflects the voices, experiences and perspectives of all who identify as women.

The program will provide finishing grants for film, television, and digital projects and theatre productions. Recipients will work with NYFA Project Coordinator and funds will be dispersed at certain mutually agreed upon points in the process to ensure projects are completed on a timely basis.

Applicants can apply in the following categories:

● Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - grant amounts up to $50,000
● Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - grant amounts up to $25,000
● Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms) - grant amounts up to $20,000
● Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - grant amounts up to
● Documentary Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - grant amounts up to $25,000
● Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms) - grant amounts up to
● Theatre Production - grant amounts up to $50,000

2018 Cycle Dates

Application will open on:  Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Application will close on:  Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 11:59pm EST

Eligibility Criteria

1. Projects must be made by, for, or about all who identify as women; and/or feature a strong female perspective; and/or include a female director; and/or a meaningful female producer credit; and/or include a meaningful female writing credit; and/or include a female protagonist(s).
 2. All projects must be completed by March 31, 2020.  “Completed” means ready to be shown theatrically, on television, through a streaming service or online; for theatrical productions, the piece must be fully staged for a general audience in New York City. Projects can be either not-for-profit or commercial in nature. Recipients will work with NYFA Project Coordinator and funds will be dispersed at certain mutually agreed upon points in the process to ensure projects are completed on a timely basis.

3. Film, TV and Digital Projects :
a. Must have started principal photography and should be able to project final cut
and be ready to implement distribution strategy described in the application by
March 31, 2020.
b. Must be “Made in NY” meaning: (1) 75% of its total shooting days take place in
New York City, or (2) 75% of its production costs are “qualified production costs”1
c. Must adhere to content standards suitable for public broadcasting.
d. City must have three (3) years of non-exclusive royalty free rights to air
programming either in its original state or edited version beginning up to four (4)
years after original release date.
e. Funds can be used for any purpose critical to the completion of the project.
f. Projects can be live action or animated.
g. Applicant can be either the filmmaker or a producer.

4. Theatre Projects :
a. Must be an original play or book of a musical (with dialogue, lyrics and music) that has not been produced previously.
b. Must be able to project a professional staging (including paid cast and crew) of the developed work by March 31, 2020 for a minimum of 5 performances.
c. Must present a free performance or invited dress rehearsal for New York City audiences or provide free tickets by lottery or other means to be agreed upon over the course of the run equal to the number of seats in the theatre.
d. Must be rehearsed and performed in New York City.
e. Applicants can be theatre companies, commercial or not-for-profit producers, or
playwrights planning to self-produce.


Applications must include:

1. A detailed synopsis of the full project.

2. How the project represents voices, experiences and perspectives of all who identify as
1 "Qualified production costs" means the below-the-line production costs only to the extent such costs are incurred directly in New York City and are attributable to the use of tangible property or the performance of services within New York City directly and predominantly in the production (including pre-production and post-production) of a qualified film.
3. Bios for applicant and key artists.

4. Current state of the project and plans for having it completed by March 31, 2020.

5. Amount of funding requested and description of anticipated use of funds and how they
will move the project to completion.

6. Overall project budget (please include potential festival fees and creation of a DCP or
other appropriate projection print format).

7. For Film, TV and Digital projects, please provide support for Made in NY criteria listed in
3b above.  For Theatre projects, please provide information regarding rehearsal and
performance locations.

8. Distribution/exhibition plan. We understand that there may not be commitments at this point, but please describe your plans: festivals to which you will submit; exhibitors and streaming services you will contact. For webseries please describe your plan to drive traffic to your project. For theatre projects, a description of the venue, target audience and marketing plan, and names of any artists committed to the project. For independent producers or playwrights planning to self produce, Letters of Agreement or Intent from potential venue partners.

9. Two professional references who are not paid by or have a financial stake in the project or for Theatre Companies, a three-year production history.

10. Work samples as detailed below.

Work Samples

For feature length films:
Applicants should include two work samples  from the project for which they are seeking support: a short clip of up to 10 minutes in length and a longer sample between 45 and 90 minutes, which gives a sense of the overall scope and trajectory of the film. There will be a comments section to provide context for the clips.  For the short clip, do not submit a trailer.

For short films and webseries:
Applicants should include two work samples  from the project for which they are seeking support: a short clip of up to 5 minutes in length and a longer sample of up to 40 minutes, which gives the overall scope and trajectory of the film. There will be a comments section to provide context for the clips.  For the short clip, do not submit a trailer.

For theatre productions:
Applicants should include: a 15-page excerpt of the script to be produced, and the complete script.

Musicals Only : Musical applications also have the option of including an audio sample of up to 10 minutes. The audio sample needs to come from the project for which you are seeking support.
For more information visit  www.nyfa.org/NYCWomensFund  or email NYCWomensFund@nyfa.org

Friday, October 5, 2018

New Perspectives Short Play Lab

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The WOMEN’S WORK LAB for short plays provides a supportive and nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights. Six members are selected each year, along with a similar number of directors. The LAB meets monthly (Sundays) from February through June, allowing for time in between sessions for writers to continue to develop and revise their work in response to feedback. Members are expected to bring work to each session beginning with the development of an original short play based upon an assigned theme. Playwrights receive monthly feedback on their play from the LAB’s group of director/dramaturgs. In a process unique to NPTC, feedback is given in a unified manner so playwrights do not have conflicting advice about what to work on. The process creates a collaborative group from which members can draw inspiration and energy. Scripts are then produced in our annual Women's Work Short Play Festival.


Playwrights should apply by midnight, October 15, 2018 by sending the following as email attachments, with the email Subject Line “Women’s Work Application” to contact@nptnyc.org: 
  • a full resume, including specific information on your training as a writer (i.e. degree program, workshops, etc.) and website URL if applicable
  • a 10-15 page writing sample from a playscript 
  • a personal statement explaining why you wish to be a part of the LAB, including goals for your own growth and development if selected. Please include in this statement how you choose to be identified re: ethnicity and gender (she/they).
(Please note that ALL 3 items are required to be considered.) 

Directors: A group of four to six directors is also chosen as part of the LAB. Directors commit to reading and commenting on all scripts before each meeting, and to being present at all monthly meetings, where consolidated feedback is given to each playwright. The short plays from the LAB are produced in "minimalist" productions in early August. Casting begins in June, with rehearsals in July. Decisions about who is directing which play are made by the directors as a group in May.
Directors should apply by October 1, 2018, sending as email attachments. Please include in this statement how you choose to be identified re: ethnicity and gender (she/they).
a directing resume including website URL
contact information for three references
a personal statement explaining why they wish to be part of the LAB
to newper37@gmail.com. The email Subject Line should read “WWP-Directors.” 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Feels Blind Literary welcomes submissions of plays from women

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Feels Blind Literary welcomes submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, and art from new and emerging writers and artists who identify as women.

Submissions for Issue #1 will be open until October 1, 2018 and should be sent to feelsblindliterary@gmail.com. Please put in your subject line the category to which you're submitting.

The theme for our inaugural online issue is community. Communities and the people in them thrive when we are better connected and we are interested in work that touches on the importance of community, space/place, and connection. Work that isn't specific to our theme is welcome as well, though.

 Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw the work immediately if accepted elsewhere.

Submissions must be previously unpublished, original works.

We will do our best to respond to each submission within 60 days. If 60 days has passed, please send us an inquiry at feelsblindliterary@gmail.com. We will try our best to respond much sooner and strive to provide feedback on each entry.

Short Fiction: Send one story up to 7000 words.

Flash Fiction: Send one story up to 1000 words.

Creative Non-Fiction: Send one personal essay or memoir up to 5000 words.

Plays: Send one one-act play up to 10 pages.

Poetry: Send 3-5 poems. If spoken word, send 1-3 recordings.
Art & Music: We are open to all mediums and genres. For art work, submissions must be adaptable to accommodate the space, so send us your work in a minimum of 300 ppi.

While we won't know exactly what we like until we see it, we do like honest, accessible work. Things that are overly abstract or don't make readers feel something don't do it for us. We want you to make us laugh and/or cry. We want you to challenge us as readers. We want your work to pass the Bechdel Test. We will not tell you which writers we worship, though we will tell you we don't worship Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, or John Updike.

Rights revert to the author upon publication. While we  cannot pay contributors at this time, we hope this changes in the future.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Ampersand Theatre Company seeks plays by women

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Ampersand Theatre Company seeks full length plays or musicals to present as part of their monthly Reading Series, starting this October in New York City.
  • The play or musical must be 60 minutes or more in length. 
  • Must feature a female lead. 
  • Must be written by a female. 
  • Preference will be given to work that has not been produced, and has not had a New York premiere.
  • All genres accepted. 
Deadline to submit is September 15. 

There is no fee to submit. 

All submissions should be sent to ampersandtheatreco@gmail.com


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