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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Prime Playmaking Project

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Do you have a sizzler where a read-aloud of just the dialogue could transform any playing space into a chamber of story delight?

Our *Prime Playmaking Project is a "shortcut cooking" method for producing quality theatre. Chosen submissions are loaded onto tablets, rehearsed with fine actors for a few hours, then taken varieties of venues, from formal playing spaces to bars, to living rooms. No stage directions are read out loud. The actors "enter" by standing and "exit" by sitting. It's a pure reading; something akin to campfire storytelling-- through theatrical dialogue. 

Do you have a piece that could be categorized as Science fiction, Fantasy or Suspense? Are you interested in having it boiled down to just characters using words to battle?

Chosen authors receive $5.00 for each performance of works under 20 minutes and $10.00 for each performance of works 20-50 minutes and $20.00 for pieces 50 minutes or more. Pieces are frequently used for more than one performance. Prime Playmaking also gives authors an excellent marketing angle for their pieces: A play that needs little to no budget to mount and has been proven (through our performances) able to carry an evening.

(please read all before submitting)

The piece must fit under the categories of either Science Fiction, Fantasy or Suspense.

Though not necessarily limited to 5 characters, the piece requires no more than 5 actors (less is even better).
Contains no physical actions OR it has tastefully-placed interludes of narration to cover actions.
The changes in setting and circumstance are very easy to track just through the dialogue.
Establishes high stakes from the get-go or an atmosphere of danger/outrageousness from the get-go.
Extra points for scripts with more roles for women!
If you don't have anything that fits our qualifications, feel free to refer friends to us and send suggestions of existing published works.

You can send word docs or pdfs to


If you do not receive a response within 30 days of your submission, please contact us and you will have an update within the week.


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Deadline: December 15, 2015
Venus/Adonis is not only a festival, it’s a competition as well.
That means that there are prizes! The winner of the Best Play award will receive a prize of $2,500. Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director will each receive $500. Best Original play will receive $200, Best Musical $300.

Please know that all genres are welcome, including MUSICALS. Several of our winners over the years have been musicals. We are all musicians, and know exactly what you need to make your show a success.

Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US
Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.
Submissions must be between 30 and 90 minutes long.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015


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American Alliance for Theatre and Education


The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) announces a call for unpublished plays for young audiences as part of the 2015-2016 Unpublished Play Reading Project (UPRP).

The UPRP provides an opportunity for playwrights to receive constructive critiques of their work from noted and professional playwrights, producers, directors, actors and others in the field of youth theatre. An annotated list of plays deemed highly producible is distributed by the AATE Playwrights Network to theatre companies and play publishers, and rehearsed readings of cuttings from selected plays are featured at the annual AATE conference. The AATE Playwrights Network is dedicated to promoting the process of developing new works and informing producers and artistic directors of high quality new scripts for young audiences.

To be considered for the 2015-16 project, scripts must be submitted December 17, 2015, and must conform to the following guidelines.

Guidelines for submissions:

l. Plays should be intended for young audiences ages four through high school age and have a minimum performance length of approximately 35 minutes.

2. Scripts may be previously produced, but must be unpublished and not committed to publication.

3. Supporting materials (resumes, photos, reviews, etc.) should not accompany submissions.

4. Playwright may submit up to two scripts.

5. We do ask that scripts be submitted via email as a PDF to Jeremy Kisling, project coordinator, jkisling@lctonstage.org

6. The playwright's name must not be visible anywhere on the script. Please include the playwright's name, address, phone, and play title in your email submission.

7. If you choose to send a manuscript via mail – please note that the script cannot be returned. Playwrights should include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for confirmation of receipt of their scripts.

8. Musicals are eligible. Submissions must include three recordings of the music and lyrics. Please do not send a written score.

9. Playwrights shall allow the release of their names, addresses, and play titles to producers, professional publications, and AATE members. Playwrights also grant permission to AATE to read portions of their work in activities that promote AATE/UPRP, with proper credit given to the playwrights.

10. Mailed submissions may be should be sent to
Jeremy Kisling, AATE/UPRP
Lexington Children's Theatre
418 W. Short Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Monday, November 16, 2015

2016 New Voices Play Festival

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Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 2016 New Voices Play Festival! This festival is an opportunity for up­ and­ coming or accomplished playwrights to submit their work which, upon selection, will be produced on the mainstage at GVT, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia. The performance of these plays is an invaluable tool for playwrights to workshop what’s working in the play and what may need revision. The New Voices Play Festival has become a popular event among our patrons who are eager to enjoy these new works.

Play Submission Guidelines:

● Plays must be 5­ to 10 ­minute one ­act plays.
● Playwrights may submit up to two works for consideration.
● Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production.
● The subject matter of submitted plays is open; however, excessively strong language is discouraged.

Is this your first time submitting? Here's what happens: A brief rehearsal process (approximately 10 hours/play) takes place in January with an emphasis placed on clarity, not effect—getting the playwright’s words and story out to the audience. The plays are directed by theatre professionals and experienced community directors who cast actors from our local Lewisburg community. These plays are performed together before a panel of theatre professionals and local audience in attendance. Recognition will be given to the playwright of the 1) audience’s choice and 2) artistic panel’s choice. Additionally, the artistic team will also be providing comments for all of the selected plays with their initial reactions and ways to move forward.

Important to note:

● It is a challenge for us to cast youth actors during this time of year. The inclusion of youth characters is not forbidden, but be aware that we may not be able to appropriately cast young characters.

● It is also difficult to accommodate larger casts for this festival. We recommend including no more than 6 characters.

● There will be no financial award for these plays, even if selected to be performed. However, it will be an opportunity for them to be rehearsed, performed, and received by the Artistic Team of GVT and patrons of GVT who are excited to hear new works.

● Submissions will not be returned.

Submission forms are available at: h​ttp://www.gvtheatre.org/#!__education/new­voices­play­festival 

To submit your play electronically,​please send a PDF of the script along with a submission form to: newvoicesplayfestival@gvtheatre.org.

To submit your play by mail:​Please submit the full script in a three­brad folder or unbound, along with a submission form. Plays may be submitted to this address:

Greenbrier Valley Theatre
c/o Education Department
113 E Washington St.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Deadline for Submissions: D​ecember 2, 2015

The playwrights of the selected plays will be notified of this decision by December 21, 2015.

For more information, contact: Micah Hein, GVT Teaching Artist

teachingartist@gvtheatre.org No phone calls, please.

Thank you so much for your time. We look forward to reading your submissions! ­The GVT Education Team

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Blockheads are seeking new work

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The Blockheads are seeking new work. We want to hear from new playwrights with interesting and relevant ideas, to be developed as part of our 2016 season.

There are a million stories out there, countless voices and immeasureable ideas. The more that get to be heard the better. We want to help you shout. Our 2016 season will see us produce a brand new piece of work and we want to hear from you. Our focus will always be on text with a social justice angle; we are looking for the relevant and the contemporary. Something that can engage with a 21st century audience, challenge conventional ways of thinking and inpsire new ways of experiencing theatre.

Submission Guidelines:
  • You must complete and attach the submission form along with your work
  • The piece must already have, or can be developed to, a 90 minute run time
  • The piece must not have been fully produced or received any reviewed previews
  • Minimum 2 characters
  • Submissions must be in Times New Roman, font size 12
  • Submissions must be double spaced
  • Must include page numbers
  • Include the title of your piece in either a header or footer
  • Comedy sketches are not eligible

Submission Deadline is December 21st 2015


COMPLETED SUBMISSIONS MUST BE EMAILED TO theblockheadscollective@gmail.com with "NEW PLAY 2016" in the subject line. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ohlone Playwrights Festival 2016 Seeks Submissions

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Playwrights Festival 2016 Seeks Submissions- 2015-2016 Season of the Theatre and Dance Department

Deadline for submission: November 20, 2015
Festival dates: May 2016 in the NUMMI theatre in the Smith Center at Ohlone College
Submission Guidelines
Plays must be world premieres.
Plays must be 10 minutes in length.
2 out of every 3 characters should be of college age (18-26). We seek plays that speak to and from an 18-26 year old male or female perspective in a diverse society.
The plays do not have to take place in a college setting.
All plays chosen will receive a fully produced production by Ohlone’s Student Repertory Theatre Company.

Financial arrangements: No fee for submissions. Playwrights will receive royalties if their plays are chosen for the festival.

Notifications: Playwrights will be notified by February 2016.

Submissions can be emailed to Michael Navarra at PlaywrightsFestival@ohlone.edu.

* Please include your bio, short character descriptions, and a brief synopsis of the play. (Submissions must be in PDF form.)

Jewish Women's Theater Culture Klatch

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Culture Klatch

Jewish women used to sit around in coffee klatches sharing everything from family to refrigerators, feminism to free market economies. But those days of sharing have changed. We’re still drinking coffee, only now, we’re at our computers sipping our java and writing our stories.

The Jewish Women’s Theatre, responding to this societal shift, is creating a “Culture Klatch” — a gathering of women in homes to listen to new stories and share thoughts. And oh, drink coffee and eat dessert, too!

Be a part of this culture klatch by submitting your play, monologue, poem, essay, story, song, etc. to the Jewish Women’s Theatre. Material will be read in the JWT signature Salon Theatre with a professional cast.

Please read the guidelines below, and when you’re ready to submit, please send it to info@jewishwomenstheatre.org

Submission Guidelines

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!
  • 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 the 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.
New Themes For 2016 At-Homes Salon Season


A delicious and dangerous discovery of secrets of Jewish women in this shocking and surprising show that will surely evoke laughter and tears, but most of all, remind you how seductive temptation can be. Jan 17-Feb 1.

Write about those moments in your life in which temptation got the better of you. OR how your resisted that which tempted you. Share a secret temptation and how you succumbed. Share how someone saved you from that which you were tempted by. Temptations could arise from love, food, parenting or just about any subject! Be creative. Be truthful.

Deadline for submissions: Oct 30


Ripped from the pages of our sacred text and reimagined for the modern age, this hilarious and provocative show of newly commissioned pieces explores yearning, betrayal and loss, and just might upend your preconceptions about the bible. March 6-March 21

Find the archetypes and universal themes of the stories of Jacob in the Bible and then share how these themes play out in your own life today. Don’t retell a biblical story, tell us a contemporary story–your story. Jacob traveled widely, fell in love with one sister, but married another. He was betrayed. He yearned. He loved. He had many children. What do we learn from his story and how is his journey relatable to your life? Tell us a story that illuminates a universal theme.

Deadline for submissions: Nov 15


Our sisters south of the border serve up funny, poignant and pivotal moments in their lives as they share what it means to have a Latina heart and a Jewish soul. May 15–May 30

Are you Latina? Do you have a Latina soul? Tell us what it’s like to be a Jew and Latina. Did you move to the USA from another country? What was that like? Tell us your stories of being a stranger in a strange land. Tell us about your family. Tell us what it is to be Jewish from a very different culture!

Deadline for submissions: Dec 15

Florida Studio Theatre seeks 10-minute plays

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Florida Studio Theatre, a LORT D regional Theatre in Sarasota, FL seeks compelling, provocative, hilarious, insightful, heart-breaking, surprising, dramatic, timely short plays and sketches for inclusion in our annual New Play Festival, Lab Programming, and other possible production.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: review thoroughly before submitting. Submissions not following the guidelines will not be considered.
  • Any genre or style (including musical, TYA, multi-lingual)
  • Ten minutes max length. Technically this mean 10 pages from top of show, not including title page.
  • Short plays and sketches will be accepted from 9am on November 16 until 6pm on December 16.
  • Electronic submissions should be sent to FSTshorts@floridastudiotheatre.org as a PDF.
  • Include a page with title, contact info, synopsis, bio, and production history.
  • Plays and sketches longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted.
  • The volume of scripts we receive prevents us from providing feedback or contacting any playwrights other than those selected for production.
  • Selected playwrights will be contacted in Feb/March.
  • One submission per playwright.
  • For questions please contact Associate Artist/Literary Manager Catherine Randazzo at crandazzo@floridastudiotheatre.org. 

Submissions sent directly to Catherine will not be considered, submit ONLY to FSTshorts@floridastudiotheatre.org

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The Owl and Cat Theatre seeking provocative new plays

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One of Melbourne’s leading independent theatres in Melbourne (Australia) is seeking new provocative plays to produce.

Submission Guidelines:
  • MUST be in pdf format ONLY
  • Plays should be 50min-120min in length
  • Should explore contemporary themes
  • Should be thought-provoking/confronting in nature.
  • Should be professionally formatted (e.g. using scriptwriting software such as celtx)
  • Not accepting musicals.
Deadline:  November 16th 2015, 5pm

Applications should be emailed to Thomas@owlandcat.com.au with the subject heading ‘2016 Script Submission.'

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ruddy Productions submission guidelines

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Ruddy Productions is looking for emerging artist including writers, directors, designers and technicians to further our mission of fostering an environment of collaboration and community which will translate into authentic, captivating experiences for our audiences.


Ruddy Productions is looking for strong writers to have your work put up on its feet and showcased in front of an audience. We will be producing a reading series to develop works for future productions, in addition to short scripts for our New Works Festival. Send submissions to ruddyproductionsco (at) gmail dot com.

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Seeking fully produced one act plays (cast, directed and ready to perform)
7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for

Jan. 6 - Jan. 29, 2016
at Manhattan Rep, 303 W.42nd St.

$1000 PRIZE for BEST PLAY!!!
(And an additional 4 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS - Jan. 28 and 29, 2015 )

To submit your one act play production please email:
The complete play, a synopsis of the play, the character breakdown, the running time of the play,
the set and lighting requirements, the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address,and a creative team leader contact email address to:


by Tuesday November 24, 2015 at Midnight.

Please put “Winter One Act Competition” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week as to your acceptance.
Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before November 24, 2015, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FOUR performances, with 4 more performances if the play moves on to the finals. We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee.There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.

For more information log on to: www.manhattanrep.com

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


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The Theater Project’s annual short play competition awards the winner for Best Play a $500 prize. The contest is open to adult playwrights in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area. There is no fee to submit your play for consideration. Performances will be in February, 2016.

Deadline for submissions are November 19, 2015. All performances will be at The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ in February 19-21, 2016.

Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time. This restriction is absolute and plays that exceed 15 minutes will not be considered. Sets, lighting and sound requirements must be simple. No elaborate props or effects. Playwrights invited to participate must have plays that are ready-to-perform and supply their own actors and directors. Those selected for participation will be charged a $200 fee to cover expenses (venue, stage manager, lighting/sound director).


Electronic submissions only. No fee to submit.

E-mail your short play to:
Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”

Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email:
“If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $200 participation fee.”

Submission Deadline: November 19, 2015 

​The Theater Project will supply the venue, a stage manager and a lighting/sound director.

Individual productions supply the actors, directors and make their own agreements with actors/directors regarding compensation.

​Playwrights will be charge a $200 fee to cover production expenses for venue, stage manager


Plays selected advance through the opening rounds with two (2) performances:
Friday, February 19 and
​Saturday, February 20, 2016.

Those plays selected by audience vote will advance to the Sunday, February 21 final performance and compete for a $500 Critics Choice grand prize.

Patrons will also participate by voting for an Audience Favorite award.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BBC 25th International Play Writing Competition 2016

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The Prizes and the Rules for the 25th International Play Writing Competition 2016

The International Playwriting Competition - from the BBC World Service & British Council in partnership with Commonwealth Writers and co-produced by The Open University

The competition is open from 1 October 2015 to 31 January 2016. The competition is open to new and established writers, provided they live outside the UK.

In order to enter you need to send:

• A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters - we are unable to return these, so make sure you keep a copy

• A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words

• A completed form (download here), attached to your play and synopsis.

Full rules below

There are three prizes

English as a First Language Winner

£2200 sterling will be given for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a first language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.

English as a Second Language Winner

£2200 sterling will be given for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a second language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
The Georgi Markov Prize

In memory of the writer, BBC World Service journalist and broadcaster Georgi Markov (1929-1978) who championed freedom of creative expression, this prize is for the writer of the script identified by the judges as showing most promise. The script will be selected from the International Radio Playwriting Competition shortlist and will be an entry which, whilst not deemed ready for broadcast in its current form, shows outstanding potential.

The Georgi Markov Prize includes a standard return flight to London, with 2 weeks accommodation – a week of which will be spent with the BBC’s London Radio Drama department and a week with BBC World Service. These 2 weeks will coincide with the making of the winning plays from the International Radio Playwriting Competition and the winner of the Georgi Markov prize will attend the prize-giving ceremony and receive recognition at the same time.

This prize does not include recording or broadcast of the script and there is no cash alternative. The prize has been established by the BBC World Service and the Open University, in association with Annabel and Sasha Markova.


1. Entry is only open to anyone who is over the age of 18 as at 31 January 2016 who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man (“UK”). Individuals who have lived or worked in the UK on a temporary basis for no more than 12 months at the time of entering the competition are also eligible. Professional and previously published writers are eligible to enter, but this is not a requirement of entry. We may require proof of eligibility.

2. Entrants must not be BBC or British Council or The Open University or Commonwealth Foundation employees, their close relatives or any person connected to the competition. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.

3. Entrants should write a radio play of approximately fifty three minutes’ length on any subject of their choice. Adaptations of novels are not eligible.

4. Plays entered must not have been professionally produced in any medium (an informal play-reading is acceptable; a play-reading with a professional director and in front of a non-paying audience is acceptable, but a performance involving payment to actors and/or a paying audience is not).

5. Plays entered in the competition must not, at the time they are submitted, have been offered for publication, performance or broadcast in any other form or medium to any other person or company. Nor can they, at the time of entry or during the course of the competition, have been entered for any other competition. The winning playwrights will be deemed to have entered into an undertaking not to accept offers for their entries from other broadcasters or publishers before December 2016.

6. All scripts submitted must be approximately 53 minutes in length – this usually equates to a minimum of 45 pages of A4 paper (or equivalent) and a maximum of 65 pages (note, a rough guide is a minute per page; please read and time your play before you send it). The play should have a maximum of six central characters (there may be up to 3 small “doubling” characters too, who don’t have more than a few lines each). There must be no central roles for children.

7. Your script must be accompanied by a short synopsis which outlines the complete story of the play. This must be no more than 400 words.

8. There are two categories for entry. One is for entrants who speak English as a first language and the other is for entrants with English as a second language. The BBC may require proof of eligibility for the selected category before announcing a winner. For translated entries, it is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure the translated script fully complies with these rules and entry requirements and the entrant must have the right to enter into a contract on the translator or translators’ behalf as per Rule 21. No additional payment can be made by the BBC for translations.

9. The play must be written substantially or entirely in English. Unfortunately, we do not have the facility to offer a translation service. Entries that have been translated must acknowledge this fact by giving a credit to the translator or translators. Entries that have been translated will be entered in the English as a first language category.

10. The competition opens on 1 October 2015 and closes on 31 January 2016.
Entries must be received at your British Council office or at the BBC in London by midnight GMT on 31 January 2016. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

11. Entries must be submitted either by by post to the following address: International Playwriting Competition 2016, BBC Radio Drama, Room 6015 BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom, or to your local British Council office, or by email to the following email address: radioplay@bbc.co.uk

12. All entries must be accompanied by a completed copy of the entry form which can be downloaded here

13. Entrants can enter individually or as part of a group. If entering as a group, all entrants must meet the entry requirements and be eligible for the same category. No member should have also entered individually. Please note, the prize only includes payment for one airfare per category.

14. In the case of an entry by two or more writers, the BBC will need written or email confirmation from each writer involved that they are prepared to take a share of the prize money and are prepared to receive those funds from a nominee who will be one of the writers, as the prize money will be paid to one individual only. The nominee will be selected by the writers and it will be his or her responsibility to distribute these funds to the other writers and the organisers can take no responsibility for that aspect. As per Clause 8, there will be no additional payment from the BBC for translations.

15. Only one entry per person is permitted including any group entries. If you submit more than one entry, only the first entry received will be considered. Please do not submit plays you have entered before.

16. You may choose to submit your entry under a pseudonym (which will be the name it shall be promoted and published under), however you must include your real name on each entry for verification purposes.

17. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The BBC accepts no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to fully indemnify the BBC against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules.

18. Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene or any other unsuitable material, such as that which may cause offence to a wide audience of all ages. Content should not contain excessive swearing or obscene language.

19. Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but grant to the BBC an exclusive licence to broadcast their entry on radio, as well as use it on any online platforms in line with the BBC’s Radio Drama Agreement as agreed with the Radio Writers’ Forum (see 23 below). Entrants reserve certain secondary rights in other media subject to BBC short exclusive options. Entrants also grant a licence to Commonwealth Writers and The Open University to publish extracts of their scripts, along with their name(s), on the Commonwealth Writers and Open University websites and to The Open University to make their content available within OU courses for teaching and learning purposes, including to OU registered students on any secure platform or copy-protected medium.

20. The prize for each of the winners of the English as a 1st language category and the English as a 2nd language category will consist of £2200 sterling and a trip to London (standard airfare and accommodation for one person) to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and attend a prize-giving event. The prize is as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred. There will be no cash alternatives.

21. As with any new play, the BBC may require further drafts and revisions of the winning plays. Winners must be willing and able to undertake redrafting and revision work in conjunction with the BBC and accept that they will work with the Producer on re-writes of the play. This work is likely to take place between June 2016 and September 2016 and the winning entrants will need to keep time free, and remain contactable, to achieve this. This work will be completed with the winning entrant using email or the most suitable method available. We reserve the right to revoke a play’s prize winning status if this work is not completed.

22. The BBC will reserve the right to make minor cuts, changes and edits to the winners' final draft scripts and all editorial control rests with the BBC.

23. You must inform the BBC if any character/s or situation/s in the play relate to real situation/s or real people, either living or dead

24. Subject to a satisfactory recording being made, the winning plays will be broadcast on BBC World Service at some point around Spring 2017. Winners will first be required to enter into a contract with the BBC on the standard terms and conditions applicable for broadcast of BBC Radio Drama. No fee will be payable other than the £2200 sterling offered as prize money for one broadcast cycle and the BBC's standard package of rights under that contract. If repeated on the World Service, a sum of £1100 will be payable for the first repeat cycle and thereafter the BBC will have certain broadcasting and other rights all in accordance with the contract.

25. This competition accords with the BBC's Code of Conduct for Competitions, details of which can be found on the BBC's Standards and Guidelines website:

Monday, November 9, 2015

Last Frontier Theatre Conference seeks submissions for developmental Play Lab

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The deadline for submissions to present plays in the Play Lab at the 2016 Last Frontier Theatre Conference is November 23, 2015. The 24th annual Conference will take place June 12-18, 2016, in Valdez, Alaska.

Selected plays receive public readings, with both public and private feedback sessions led by theatre professionals. Authors must register for the Conference and be in attendance for their reading.

Accepted writers will also have an additional opportunity to present their work in the 10-Page Play Slam, the Monologue Workshop, and the late-night Fringe Festival.

Authors are asked to submit through the call for plays on the website, www.theatreconference.org using the on-line form on the Play Lab link. Guidelines:

· Plays must be received by November 23, 2015

· One submission per author.

· Submissions should run between 20 minutes and 2 hours.

· They can be of any genre except musical.

· The play should not have received a professional production; readings and amateur productions are acceptable. Authors should be interested in developing this play.

Plays presented at the Conference have gone on to productions throughout Alaska, the rest of the United States, and internationally due to the exposure received there. Questions can be addressed to Conference Coordinator Dawson Moore at 907-834-1614 ordmoore@pwscc.edu.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

4th Annual New Works Festival

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Working Title: comedy Comedy COMEDY!? or #LoLz

Team Z and our team of directors will select six “10 minute” plays to be featured in this year's festival!

We are now accepting submissions for our 4th Annual New Works Festival. This year's theme: Comedy. All types of comedy: farce, camp, satire, dark comedy, melodrama, rom-com, parodies, surreal etc.

We look specifically for pieces dealing with LGBTQ issues and or written by a member of the LGBTQ community.

This is a 4-5 night event in February 2016 where the writers of the pieces have an opportunity to discuss their work in a safe open forum on one evening. This year's festival will be held at the Eclectic Theater on Capitol Hill in Seattle WA.

  • Submissions due no later than November 12, 2015
  • All scripts must be 10 minutes in length or under
  • Must be a comedic piece
  • Speak to the LGBTQ community
Send all submissions and questions to submissions@fantasticz.org


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2016 Festival: April 22-24

The Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF) annually presents seven new plays in staged readings and full productions during a three-day period. Audiences consist of local playgoers and representatives from theatres nationwide.

PPF provides a gathering place for writers and theatre professionals to connect and share ideas and interests in the context of a festival that promotes the latest and best in American playwriting.

South Coast Repertory launched the first annual Pacific Playwrights Festival in June 1998. The first festival consisted of five staged readings, workshops and the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's Hurrah at Last, in the final performances of its five-week run.

Since then, the Pacific Playwrights Festival has showcased as many as 10 new American plays each year, including the world premieres of Beau Willimon's The Parisian Woman, Julia Cho's The Language Archive, Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon, Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel, Rolin Jones' The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Noah Haidle's Mr. Marmalade and Richard Greenberg's Our Mother's Brief Affair.

SCR is currently considering material for the 19th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival, drawing from commissioned work, projects nominated by other theatres and scripts submitted for production consideration.

Playwrights without representation may send a query letter, brief synopsis, complete list of characters and 10-page excerpt to:

Literary Department
South Coast Repertory
P. O. Box 2197
Costa Mesa, CA 92628-2197

After review, we will contact you if we wish to read the entire script. Unsolicited full-length scripts will not be reviewed.

Please Note: We do not accept materials submitted electronically.

Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts at any time. Please note that—for this purpose—lawyers and law firms do not qualify as "professional representation.

SCR accepts submissions for full-length plays, musicals, translations and adaptations and works for young audiences (approximately fourth-grade level). Unproduced plays are considered for possible inclusion in the NewSCRipts reading series, the Pacific Playwrights Festival and for production on SCR stages.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Amy’s Horse is seeking short plays

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Amy’s Horse is seeking short plays, up to 15 minutes in length, to be produced as part of our podcast.

What is Amy’s Horse?

Amy’s Horse is a theatre podcast that produces two short plays per episode. Actors in multiple locations connect to our Vermont studio via the internet for the live recording of the show. 

The podcast launched in July, and so far we've produced 14 plays in our first 7 episodes, featuring the work of 13 playwrights and 30 actors! The episodes are available on our website or through the iTunes Store, where the podcast is consistently rated as “New & Noteworthy”.

The goal is to bring together emerging playwrights and established actors to read new works, then chat about them. At the end of each reading, the actors and author stick around to speak about the play and promote their current projects. It’s a very light-hearted, fun, and relaxed atmosphere.


- Plays should be unpublished at time of submission
- Small casts preferable
- We are mainly seeking comedies, but dramas also considered
- Plays must be a maximum of 15 minutes in length

Most importantly, if you listen to our existing episodes, you’ll see that the plays we select lend themselves to an audio only production. We use minimal sound effects and stage directions, so plays with extensive visual elements or action may not work well in our format. Please submit accordingly.

How to submit:

Please send a PDF copy of your script to submissions@amyshorse.com

We are seeking scripts on an ongoing basis. If you have previously submitted there’s no need to re-submit. Thank you.


Thursday, November 5 @ 7pm
A satirical musical comedy cabaret about what it means to be 
American in 2015.  Up & Down Theater. 

Thursday, November 5 @ 8pm 
An evening of the unpredictable hosted by Darian Dauchan, 
with special guest poets and anyone who wants to participate. 

Friday, November 6 @ 7pm 
A presentation of a new edgy, thought-provoking play by  Brian Dykstra about two young people who fight for free speech in a society hostile to any change in the status quo. 
Directed by Margarett Perry 

Saturday, November 7 @ 7pm 
Drama, comedy, satire, and songs by Michael Bradford, 
Brian Dykstra, Libby Emmons, Colin Greer, Arthur Kopit, Israela Margalit, and Dominique Morisseau, directed by John Eisner, John-Martin Green,  Margarett Perry, and Christina Roussos. 

Sunday, November 8 @ 2pm 

The same program as on November 7th (minus the Living Theater). 

12 Annual Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest

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Play Contest Details

Lakeshore Players Theatre is accepting submissions for 10-minute plays. Finalist plays will be produced at our Annual Festival in June 2016.

Play submissions will be accepted through November 15, 2015.

Pellets, winner of the 2015 Audience Favorite at Lakeshore’s 11th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival.
Contest Schedule
January 2016: Quarter-finalists for the Festival will be announced
Mid-March 2016: Semi-Finalists will be announced
April 2016: Finalists will be announced

High School Playwrights

High school-aged playwrights are encouraged to enter. Plays must include a letter from a teacher or school administrator, written on school letterhead, verifying that the play was written during high school, in addition to the guidelines below. If the committee chooses to name a high school entry as a finalist for the 12th annual contest, the play will be produced with the other finalists in our festival in June 2016.

All Playwrights

Please read the following rules and requirements carefully. Plays not meeting the requirements will be disqualified.

Submission Guidelines
  • The play should be approximately ten-minutes in length.
  • The play must have no more than five on-stage (speaking and non-speaking) characters.
  • You may submit only one play, so send us your best! Please do not make more than one submission.
  • The play should be in a “play format” making it easy for the readers. (We like 12-point, easy to read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Arial)
  • The play must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission to our contest. We do screen for this, so don’t send us your play if it has been produced. (Staged readings are not counted as “produced.”)
  • Submitting your play to our contest grants Lakeshore Players the right to produce your play in our annual festival and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes, if it is chosen as a finalist.
Additional Guidelines
The play should have simple technical requirements. There won’t be a set — a few furniture pieces and a few props only — we only have about one minute in between plays to change scenes.
As a community theatre, we want to appeal to the largest possible audience, therefore plays with excessive offensive language are less likely to be selected – please keep that in consideration.
Two ways to submit: Email or Mail.

Your play must be received no later than November 15, 2015 to be eligible.
Submission Options

Email two PDFs or mail two copies. Only plays submitted exactly as outlined below will be accepted.
Email Two PDFs:

VERY IMPORTANT – Email submission rules below MUST be followed, or your submission will be disqualified.
  • Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information on the title page:
  • Play title
  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
  • Send ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information on the title page: just the title of the play.
  • Email Instructions
  • Subject line: Include the title of your play, for example: 10 Min Contest: MY GREAT PLAY
  • Include your complete contact information in the body of the email.
  • Tell us where you heard about the contest.
  • Please include the title of your play in the file name. For example:
  • My Great Play-Blind.pdf
  • My Great Play.pdf
  • Email plays to: office@lakeshoreplayers.org.
Or Mail Two Copies:

Don’t know how to PDF? No problem.
Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information:
  • Play title
  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
  • Include ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information – just the title and the play.
Mail to:
12th Annual Lakeshore Players 10-Minute Play Committee
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Plays will not be returned to you.
If you would like confirmation that we have received your script, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your script.

Plays chosen for production in our festival will receive $10 per Lakeshore performance of the play, and a copy of the program from the festival within 60 days of the festival weekend. Production photos will be uploaded to Flickr and available for viewing, sharing, and downloading.

Any questions? E-mail: office@lakeshoreplayers.org.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The 23rd International MiniFest

A juried showcase of the year’s best original one-act plays
Lower Denton Theatre. Wolfville, Nova Scotia
March 31 - April 2, 2016,

The Acadia Theatre Company (ATC) is pleased to announce its 22nd annual MiniFest, to be held in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada March 31 - April 2, 2016.

Once a year, hundreds of the best plays from around the world are submitted for a juried evaluation. The best make it to the short list, from which the winning plays are chosen by the Executive Committee.

In addition, awards will be presented for Best Play, Best Director, Best Male/Female Character and Best Ensemble, as chosen by the audience.

General seating tickets are only available at the door. MiniFest is always a popular event, and our friends and patrons are advised to come early to avoid disappointment!

For further information or clarification, please e-mail the ATC Administrator at english.theatre@acadiau.ca

The deadline for all submission materials is November 15th, 2015.

Rules and Guidelines

  1. Anyone can submit an original script, provided that it has not been professionally performed.
  2. Playwrights can only submit two (2) scripts in total each year.
  3. The running time of the script can be no longer than 30 minutes in length.
  4. The scripts selected will be chosen not only for their dramatic quality and writing, but also for their suitability for the actors (and numbers of actors) available in any year. As MiniFest is modestly funded, scripts will also be considered from the point of view of their production requirements.
  5. Scripts must be submitted electronically no later than midnight on November 15, 2015, AST. No late submissions will be accepted.
  6. Rehearsals start in the first week of March, 2016.
  7. MiniFest may choose to present as many as eight plays over two consecutive nights. Each evening of plays may be presented as many as three times.
  8. Successful playwrights will not be offered royalties.
  9. Script submissions will only be accepted after a correctly completed application has been received.

  1. Your script can only be submitted electronically in Word format.  If you do not have Microsoft Word, or program that will save as a Word document, you can download the free Open Office and save the file as a Word document No PDF or other formats will be accepted.
  2. You can only enter two (2) plays in the competition.
  3. The first page, the Covering Page of your script, include:
    1. the name of your play
    2. the playwright’s name
    3. the contact information of the playwright (address, telephone number & email address).
  4. On the second page, the Character Breakdown and Setting Page, include:
    1. the character breakdown in your script (e.g. Sally – a CEO.)
    2. the setting (e.g. An apartment in NYC.) that your play occurs.
    3. the Time (e.g. The present.)
  5. As the play goes to the jury anonymously, please make sure that the pages of the script following the Covering Page (including the Character Breakdown Page) do NOT contain your name.
  6. Please make sure the document editing features are unlocked or disabled. This to enable removal or manipulation of pages for jury and production purposes. No changes to the text itself will be made.
  7. Please make sure your actual script pages are numbered, and contain (header or footer) the name of your play.
The deadline for all submission materials is November 15, 2015.

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