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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Trade a Play Tuesday

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One Tuesday, in January 2014, I had just finished a ten-minute play that I wasn’t sure about. I usually don’t ask for feedback on ten-minutes, but this one was a little unusual, and I felt like I wanted some. So I posted on the Playwright Binge asking if anybody wanted to trade a ten-minute play for feedback. The response was incredible! I ended up reading 20 ten-minute plays that day, and got a ton of feedback on mine that helped shape it and make it funnier.

So today, I woke up, it’s Tuesday, I have a couple new ten-minutes, and I thought why not make this a regular thing? There are no development opportunities for ten-minute plays but, as with any play, a ten-minute can be improved with thoughtful feedback and attention.  (You may also send ten-page scenes that you’d like some feedaback on.) So let’s provide for each other what doesn’t exist.

If you don’t have a play today, don’ t worry:  I’ll remind you about TAPT each week on the Official Playwrights of Facebook page and Twitter (please follow me at @donnahoke to see the confirmation reminders–IF THERE IS NO REMINDER, THERE IS NO TAPT THAT WEEK, but this is very rare, so always feel free to inquire), so when you see that we’re on, send your play and somebody will be ready to read it. And if you’ve haven’t got one, here’s why I think you should.

Playwrights can send their ten-minute plays or ten-page scenes to me at donna@donnahoke.com with the subject #TAPT (Trade A Play Tuesday).  I will trade them two-by-two as they come in. Subject matter can be anything, but there are  two important rules:

1) It must be a ten-minute play or a ten-page scene. No sneaking in any longer one-acts.  If you are sending a ten-page scene, please give your reviewer some context. READERS: If you receive something longer than ten minutes, you do not have to read it. Please alert me, so I can remind the sender about the rule. Senders, PLEASE be courteous about this rule; it’s not fair to others who are following it.

2) You MUST read and provide feedback within a reasonable time frame: Ideally, this would be WITHIN THREE HOURS, but certainly NO LATER THAN THE END OF THE DAY (that means midnight EST). We all know that once something languishes in your email, it can get lost forever, which would not be fair to the playwright who is diligently reading your play and awaiting your stellar wisdom. If you can’t give a thoughtful critique within this time frame, don’t send it until you have the time to dedicate.

The earlier in the day you send your play, the better. This gives me the best ability to match people with people they haven’t been matched with before; you can also send it the night before, or even whenever you remember during the week; I’ll hang on to it until Tuesday. And on Tuesday, you must do your trade. I also ask that you not send things past five o’clock; it’s rare that I’d get someone to trade you with that late. It’s okay if you tell your reader you can’t respond until after five, but sending that late doesn’t tend to work well.

 Once you’ve sent your feedback and received yours, if you feel like you want more AND are willing to read another play–send it again. I’ll trade you with another playwright. AN IMPORTANT WORD ABOUT FEEDBACK: Please take the time to give thoughtful and honest feedback, the kind you would like to receive yourself.  Praise is wonderful, but praise-only critiques, as we all know, are rare birds that we spot infrequently.  They are not a substitute for a thorough read and feedback.

And that’s it. Spread the word. And if you’ve got a new ten-minute, send it. Let’s get this thing rolling. You’ll get feedback AND meet a cool new playwright. What have you got to lose?

Saturday, March 4, 2017



Welcome to the best and most supportive festival in US Play and Musicals between 5 and 90 minutes accepted







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.

Theatre Southwest's Festival of Originals 2017

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Theatre Southwest of Houston, Texas is now accepting entries from now until March 15, 2017 for the 20th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals! The TSW-FOO is FREE to enter and will once again be calling for short one act (20 minute) plays in any and all genres from all over the country and the world. Please check below for submission guidelines and see how you can enter for a chance to win a cash prize and to see your work produced.

Submission Guidelines:

Each playwright may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.

All entries should be unpublished and previously unproduced in the Houston area.

All Genres are accepted.

Monologues or One Actor plays are not accepted.

Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). Page count should be no less than 17, but no more than 22 pages.

There is no maximum limit of characters or sets, but common sense should be used as 5 plays will be produced in one evening.

Number all pages of the scripts, and scripts should be securely bound or stapled in the upper left hand corner.

Scripts must be submitted by postal mail ONLY. Emailed PDF or Word files will not be considered.

Be sure to include your contact information; phone number, email, and mailing address on the title page of the script.

List all characters with a brief character description.

Please include a one paragraph synopsis of the play.

Make sure all mailed entries are POSTMARKED by March 15, 2017 (the Ides of March)

Scripts cannot be returned.

One hundred dollars will be paid to all playwrights selected for production.

Scripts should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest
8944 Clarkcrest St.
Houston, Texas 77063-4004

For more information or background on past productions, go to


Broadway Bound Theatre Festival

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The Broadway Bound Theatre Festival (BBTF) is a new festival based in NYC, proudly proclaiming 'Where Playwrights Take Center Stage.' All applicants undergo careful scrutiny by our panel of talented playwrights, before being accepted to the only curated theatre festival dedicated to transforming playwrights into producers.

Enter Now
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017

Acceptance Offers will be made in early April 2017
Participation Fee: $750, payable upon acceptance

Performance Dates: July 31 through Aug. 20, 2017
Opening Night Ceremony: July 29, 2017

Closing Night Ceremony: Aug. 20, 2017

There are two steps which must BOTH be completed in order to submit to Broadway Bound Theatre Festival 2017:

1. Application: Applicants must fill out the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival - Playwright Application below.

2. Materials Email: Applicants must email a PDF version of their script, as well as a headshot to the email address provided upon the completion of this form. All submitted files MUST be PDFs and saved as "Full Name - Title."


3. There is no cost to submit your script for consideration in BBTF 2017. However, if you would like to purchase an in-depth critique of your work, please visit our online store and provide your order number in the cover letter of your materials submission email.

Unlike any other festival, upon completion of the decision-making process, you will receive a brief critique of your work which should help you understand the reason for our decision. You may submit up to two scripts per season. However, only one will be selected. A total of 20 plays will be accepted into the 2017 festival.

Babes with Blades JS&P 2017-18

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BWBTC’s international playwriting competition, founded in 2005 to increase the number of quality scripts featuring fighting roles for women. Since its inception, JS&P has been sponsored by Fight Master David Woolley, SAFD.

The winner receives the Margaret W. Martin Award: the play undergoes development via BWBTC’s Fighting Words program prior to premiering as part of an upcoming BWBTC season, and the playwright receives a $1,000 cash prize.The winner is chosen through a blind selection process: company members find out the identity of the playwright only after voting in the piece to be produced.
Use either one of the images below (or, if you’re feeling particularly art-y, both) as the basis for a new play that 1) features complex roles for women, and 2) explores staged violence as a storytelling tool.

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JS&P 2017-18 Submission Guidelines

The winner of Joining Sword & Pen 2017-18 will receive the Margaret W. Martin Award:

The winning script will be workshopped through Fighting Words in 2017.
The winning script will be produced as part of Babes With Blades’ 2018-19 Season.
The winning playwright will receive a $1000 cash prize.

U.S. and International submissions accepted.

In order for their scripts to be considered, playwrights must observe and adhere to ALL of the following SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS.

1. Please email your submission in a PDF file to Delia Ford:
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. Submissions are due NO LATER than March 9, 2017. By submitting a script, you are agreeing to adhere to the deadlines on the workshop and production schedule.

3. All 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.

4. 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.

5. Only FULL LENGTH submissions will be accepted: at least 60 pages (75-120 minutes) in length. Do not send incomplete submissions, excerpts, or a synopsis. They will be rejected.

6. Please include a list of characters. Both all-female and mixed-gender casts will be considered, but women must be in most/all of the primary roles, and women must be featured in most/all of the combat.

7. Scripts submitted will be considered the original creations of the authors, not Works for Hire. The author will retain all copyright rights and privileges granted thereto. If a winning script is subsequently published, we ask authors to note “Babes With Blades Theatre Company” as the original producing company.

8. Please let us know in your submission email where you heard about JS&P.

Additional Considerations

1. Physical conflict is a big part of what we do, so the inclusion of fights is important as long as they serve the story and the characters. Quantity is not key – quality is.

2. We typically perform in black box theatres on limited budgets, so less is often more. Scripts that require fewer than 12 actors and uncomplicated/limited scenery tend to work best for us.

3. Please take a few moments to peruse our website to familiarize yourself with the
mission and direction of our company, our acting ensemble, and our past shows, including previous JS&P winners.

Still have questions?

1. Try visiting our FAQ for more information.

2. Please email Delia: swordandpen@babeswithblades.org

Friday, March 3, 2017

Playwrights Realm submission guidelines

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If you wrote a play and you’re dying to have us read it, then you’re in luck. We love reading new plays that have not yet had a professional production in NYC. We’ve gone paperless – it’s the 21st century, people – so please don’t send hard copies. Email a ten-page sample with an introductory email (or as they used to call it a cover letter) to literary@playwrightsrealm.org.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Last Chance for Spring Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA

The weather is getting warmer, and things are heating up at Primary Stages ESPA. Many classes have already started, and this your last chance to take advantage of the fantastic opportunities to stay on top of your writing goals this Spring. You can secure your spot with just a $50 deposit using code DEPOSIT when registering online!

March 8: The First Draft Section E with Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public): Winter sees the class as being part of a sacred team, all working to elevate the work. She will seek for you to be an active participant in your own development as a writer.

March 12: The First Draft Section F with Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes on at Primary Stages): Eddie's class is all about being a safe place to try things. One week you may bring in a scene that totally slays, the next week, not so much. But this is the room where you can try.

March 15: ONLINE: The First Draft with Jeni Mahoney (Writer, Fata Morgana at BCT; Founding Artistic Director, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference): In this online class, Jeni will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines and constructive feedback that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.

March 16: The Craft of the Adaptation with Richard Vetere (Writer, screen adaptations include The Third Miracle, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and The Marriage Fool starring Carol Burnett): Adapt source material of any form (play, novel, tv show, web series...the sky's the limit!) into a screenplay, writing specifically with the camera in mind.

March 19: ONLINE: The Web Series with Kate Wetherhead (Writer, Director, Creator of "Submissions Only"; Actor, Broadway's Legally Blonde and ...Spelling Bee): Your own home will transform into a TV writer’s room as you write the first season of your web series, a platform for writers to do what they want, unrestricted by producers or censors, and uniquely positioned to go viral for maximum exposure.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Four Quarter Theater accepting 10 minute musicals

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Four Quarter Theater, a NYC based theater ensemble, is currently accepting 10 minute musicals for our spring season Musicals.

In each quarter of the year, and aligning with the seasons, Four Quarter Theater aims to produce a new set of ten-minute plays. Each season is framed around a theme, which relates to the season in which the quarter falls. Each theme is open to artistic interpretation and is provided as a thematic framework to guide the playwright. The format of the performances will be staged readings in New York City.

Four Quarter Theater is currently accepting 10 minute musicals for our spring 2017 season Musicals. The term “musicals” is understood to include musicals, plays with music, thematic revues, or any comparable iteration.

Below please find our submission requirements and additional guidance to successfully submit your piece to Four Quarter Theater. Please note that playwrights are eligible to submit one piece per season only. 

We are currently accepting submissions until March 10, 2017.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Submissions, Dana Trottier, at 4qtsubmissions@gmail.com, or view additional information on our website at fourquartertheater.com.

Submission Requirements and Eligibility

§ The musical must be a stand-alone musical and presentable in ten minutes.

§ Cast should not exceed 5 actors.

§ Submissions must include script and libretto/lead sheets/piano score in PDF format only.

§ Music files of songs are also needed and should be submitted in MP3 or MP4. Each song should be submitted separately or as one piece with labeled tracks. The submission of music can be as simple as composer singing tracks with piano. Please place all required music files in a shared folder or drop site (Drop Box, Google Drive) and send a folder link with submission.

§ Music for each piece will be performed live and should be able to be performed with a single piano.

§ There is a submission limit of one play per theme. The playwright must designate the theme submitted for in the subject line of the email (Musicals).

§ Original and never before produced musicals are highly encouraged.

§ Please submit all necessary materials electronically to 4qtsubmissions@gmail.com by March 10, 2017

Electronic submission must include

§ Title, author’s name, address, phone number, email address.

§ A brief description (100 words max) of the musical.

§ PDF of script and link for music.

Selection of Musicals

The play selection process is conducted by the Play Selection Committee. As many as seven plays are selected for each series (approximately 4 times a year). Only selected playwrights will be contacted. Plays not chosen for this quarter/year may be considered for future series if considered by the company to be theme appropriate.

Four Quarter Theater reserves the sole right to make all production decisions with regard to the plays selected. Four Quarter Theater reserves the right to photograph, audio and video record selected plays to be utilized for promotional materials; promotional video and audio recordings will only include clips of performances and never the full performance of the selected play. Any recordings will be shared with selected playwrights.

Four Quarter Theater is committed to highlighting work of emerging artists. There is no financial compensation for entries, nor is any financial commitment required by the playwright.

We look forward to reading your submissions.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Anna Zornio Children's Theatre Playwriting Award

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The University of New Hampshire’s Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce the playwriting contest for new children’s plays and musicals. The University is offering 1) a cash prize, up to $500, to a winning playwright(s), and 2) either a staged, fully staged, or touring production as determined by the needs of UNH Theatre and Dance Department.

This award was created to honor the late Anna Zornio, an alumna of the University of New Hampshire, for her dedication to and inspiration of children’s theater playwriting.
Competition Guidelines

Contest registrations are due by March 1, 2017. The award will be administered by the Director of the UNH Theatre Education Program. The Department of Theatre and Dance will reserve the right to withhold the award if, in its opinion, no submissions merit the award. The award will be announced November, 2017. All candidates will be notified of the contest results.
The University of New Hampshire will not be able to offer feedback for submitted scripts.
Hard copy scripts, sheet music and CD’s will not be able to be mailed back.
The winning Playwright will be required to sign a letter of agreement giving permission for the University of New Hampshire to perform the play with no additional royalties or fees. The Playwright also agrees that any published version of the play will include the following statement: “Winner of The Anna Zornio Children's Theatre Playwriting Award through the Theatre and Dance Department at the University of New Hampshire.”
Rules for Entry

1. The contest is open to all playwrights residing in the United States and Canada.

2. All ages are invited to participate.

3. The contest is for new plays, with a maximum length of 60 minutes and suitable for young audiences (adults will perform for children.)

4. Plays submitted must not have been fully produced at the time of submission, though it may have been workshopped or done as a staged reading for the purpose of revision; previously produced winner of an award or prize in another playwriting contest; and must not be under contract for publication before UNH’s announcement of the award winner; DOES NOT EXCEED A SIXTY-MINUTE RUN TIME. A statement stipulating all of the above items MUST be included on the registration form.

5. Playwrights may submit more than one play, but not more than three.

6. Only digital copies of the scripts will be accepted (no hard copies).

7. Each submission should include:
cast list
description of characters
a statement of design/technical considerations (the producers particularly need to know if you intend a multi-location set or unit set design motif)

8. For musical submissions, a CD of the music with lyrics sung and accompanying sheet music should be sent to:

Michael Wood
Theatre & Dance Department
University of New Hampshire
30 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824

9. The author’s name should not appear on any other page than the registration form. You may put the title on each page, but competition does blind evaluations. Readers should not be able to identify the author.

10. Submissions must be received no later than March 1, 2017.

11. Entries that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Princeton Theatre Group New Works Festival - seeking 10 minute and one-act plays

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Two categories

One-Act Scripts and Ten-Minute Plays

Winners will receive a staged reading by professional actors during Festival 56, Illinois’ largest summer theatre festival. The New Works Festival will also include a playwrights’ reception and opportunities to receive feedback of the winning works. No entry fee — No cash prizes


Submission deadline: 1 March 2017

Winners will be notified by 1 May 2017

Production dates: August 4 and 5 2017

Competition Rules

Only complete scripts will be considered; no excerpts from longer works.

Scripts must be original, unpublished, and not previously produced.

Each playwright may submit only one script per category. It is possible for a playwright to win in both categories.

Competition is open to adult playwrights around the English-speaking world. No juvenile writers.

Target audience: adults, including young adults.

Genre: comedy, drama, tragedy, farce, hybrid; theatrical storytelling. No monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, or musicals.

Cast may contain any number of characters of any race, ethnicity, or gender.

Theme and subject matter are open; however, excessively strong language is discouraged.

Winners will grant Festival 56 and Princeton Theatre Group first production rights. Playwrights retain copyright.

At least one One-Act and up to six Ten-Minute scripts will be selected for staged readings. Total number of winners will depend upon the number and range of submissions.

The decision of the judges is final. Judges will not provide any written or verbal critiques.

• Winning playwrights are strongly encouraged to attend their readings, although attendance is not a requirement for winning. If the playwright is present, a talkback with the audience and actors will immediately follow the reading of each script.

Criteria for selection
  • Well developed storyline within a short work 
  • Natural and creative dialogue 
  • Quality of writing and dramatic structure 
  • Ability of script to connect with an audience 

Submission Guidelines

Type script with 1-inch margins on all four edges, using a 12-point serif type such as Times New Roman, Palatino, or Courier.

Use standard script format including cast of characters, setting, etc.

Do NOT put your real name on your script! On the first page of the script, under the title, put a pen name of your choice.
Use the script title as the name of this document.

Create a separate document giving your real name, address, email, phone, the title of your script, and either your real age or the statement “I am over 18.”
Use your pen name as the name of this document.
This document will not be opened until after winners have been selected.

Attach both the script document and the identifying document to an email as a Word doc, Pages doc, or PDF.

Send One-Act entries to Festival56oneact@gmail.com by 1 March 2017. 
Send Ten-Minute entries to Festival56tenmin@gmail.com by 1 March 2017.

For a list of winners, see the Festival 56 website after 1 May 2017.

Princeton Theatre Group Grace Performing Arts Center 316 South Main Street Princeton IL 61356


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Play Submission Guidelines

The play selection team is now accepting script submissions for consideration! If your submission is chosen, your play will be performed in July 2017 at CVLT’s River Street Playhouse. This is a “black box” environment which seats approximately 65 patrons. It has limited wing space, no fly system, and rudimentary lighting. Playwrights whose scripts are chosen will be contacted early in 2017.
  • Plays must be received by no later than February 28, 2017. 
  • You must be 18 years or older to submit a script.
  • Scripts must be complete. Scenes from a full-length production or from other works cannot be accepted.
  • Your show should have an estimated production “running time” of 10-12 minutes.
  • Your script must be original – CVLT will not accept responsibility for copyright violations.
  • CVLT reserves the right to choose directors for each play. You may not direct your own production.
  • While the primary mission of The 10-10 is to introduce works that have not been read or produced in public, we are accepting previously produced/read scripts for consideration.
  • You may submit multiple plays. We ask that you submit only your best scripts and keep the number of submissions to a reasonable amount.
  • CVLT cannot compensate you for your submission, nor will you receive compensation if your script is chosen for production. Our actors and staff are volunteers. All proceeds from the production go to actual production costs and facility upkeep.
  • CVLT will not produce, release, or distribute your work without permission.


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What is UN-Charted?

UN-Charted is a New Works Festival dedicated to giving playwrights, composers, librettists and lyricists an opportunity to have their work performed by professionals. Slated for the month of July, 2017, fifty miles north of Manhattan, under the stars on the Common at The Fairfield Museum in Fairfield, CT, Unquowa Repertory will present between two and four works that are in development and in need of an audience.

How does it work?

Selected writers will work daily with a director and company of Equity performers, as well as a music director, should the piece be a musical. A stipend, and transportation from NYC are provided for each artist selected. Writers who do not live in the NY Metro area should still apply as financial aid for transportation or housing may be available.
What can be submitted?

Submitted projects should be works in development and not have had a professional production prior to the UN-Charted Festival. We will consider both original and adapted works, providing that the rights to any material not in the public domain have been granted in writing and a copy has been included with the applicant’s materials.
How Do I Submit?

To apply for inclusion in the Festival, please have the following materials ready:
  • A letter of introduction
  • Contact information, i.e. email address, phone number, mailing address
  • Biographical information for each member of the writing team
  • Proof of rights, if the work is an adaptation of copyrighted material
  • A synopsis (no more than one page, please)
  • A character breakdown specifying age, gender and ethnicity (if important)
  • The first 30 pages of the script/libretto

If your piece is a musical, please prepare…
4 Demo tracks in mp3 format (demos do not need to be produced in a studio)

Once you’ve gathered these materials, click on the button below to fill out the submission form. Unquowa Repertory will send an email acknowledging receipt of the materials.
Important Dates

Unquowa Repertory will be accepting submissions until February 28th, 2017. If we feel your piece is a good fit for UN-Charted, we will request a full script and further demos by mid to late March. Final decisions for UN-Charted 2017 will be made by the end of April, 2017, when all applicants will receive an email either thanking you for your submission or inviting you to present at UN-Charted.

Helen McCloy Scholarship

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What Is It? The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Who May Apply? The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Membership in Mystery Writers of America is not required to apply. The McCloy Scholarship is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills. Applicants should not have received monetary compensation for novels, short stories, non-fiction, screenplays or play scripts in the crime-writing genre.

How Shall the Scholarship Be Used? The scholarship shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs taking place in the U.S. in summer, fall or winter of 2017 or early spring 2018. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied.
To be eligible, the chosen writing program must require the applicant to produce writing and to have writing critiqued. Writing conferences featuring only panels and agent conferences are not eligible.

What Is the Scholarship Amount? MWA will present two scholarships for up to $500 each. Scholarship checks are issued in late Spring and are made out jointly to scholarship winners and their chosen educational institutions.

Submission Details Applicants are required to submit:

* ONE Scholarship application form, completed – 2017 McCloy Application Form

* ONE copy of the official description of the writing class/workshop/program (from college catalog, workshop brochure, or other.)

* One copy of a 300- to 500-word essay explaining the applicant’s interest in mystery writing

* One copy of a sample of mystery writing for judging: either a synopsis and 3 chapters from a novel, or 3 short stories, or 3 short nonfiction pieces, or 1 screenplay or 1 play script

The scholarship committee may also require a letter of acceptance and/or syllabus or other documentation from the writing class/workshop/seminar to be attended.

Email all materials in one complete submission package to: 
 McCloy.MWA@gmail.comPut “submission” in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline All applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2017. No late applications or emailed applications will be accepted.

Questions? For individual answers and a copy of scholarship FAQs and submission tips (recommended), e-mail the scholarship committee at: McCloy.MWA@gmail.com

About Helen McCloy Helen McCloy (1904-1994) was a mystery author, editor, publisher, and agent. Creator of psychiatrist sleuth Dr. Basil Willing, McCloy served as president of MWA in 1950, won the Edgar® Award for mystery criticism in 1954, helped to establish MWA’s New England Chapter in 1971, and was named an MWA Grand Master in 1990.

Mixed Blood Submission Guidelines

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Mixed Blood welcomes submissions of contemporary plays that pursue and realize the company’s mission and aesthetic. Mixed Blood uses theatre to address pluralism, usually manifest in race, culture, language, disability, gender, nationality, affectional orientation, and political worldview. Predictably unpredictable, the theatre particularly invites polyglot plays, scripts from the global stage, and work that advances the art form. We prefer e-submissions. If you think you play might be a good fit for us, please send a query letter, your bio or resume, a brief synopsis, and a 10-page sample of your play to the Mixed Blood Literary Manager. literary@mixedblood.com


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Orlando Shakespeare Theater will be performing seven new plays for the PlayFest 2017 weekend, November 2–5, 2017. In Round 1, we will accept submissions from January 1, 2017 through March 1, 2017 of 10 pages from new plays to be considered for PlayFest 2017.

We look for scripts that are appropriate for our Goldman Theater, an intimate proscenium theater that seats 118. Typical cast size for the Goldman Theater is 1–8.

We are especially interested in scripts that speak to the issues that our audiences are experiencing right now. Past PlayFest plays have dealt with issues of racism, autism, gender, Alzheimer's, immigration, etc. Our Shakespeare and classical productions deal with “timeless issues” and we like for our new plays to deal with modern “issues of our times.”

For a script to be eligible for inclusion in PlayFest 2017, a play does NOT have to be a world premiere, but it must be a “new” play. For our purposes, that means it cannot:

1. Have had more than two previous professional (AEA) productions before PlayFest 2017
2. Have been published
3. Have had an AEA production in New York City or Orlando
4. Most importantly, the author must still be developing and working on the script.

For unsolicited scripts, please send us the following from January 1, 2017 through March 1, 2017:
1. A brief bio about you (100-150 words)
2. A brief synopsis of the play (100-200 words)
3. A brief character breakdown (1-2 sentences that describe each character)
4. 10 pages from the script

Please send us your BEST consecutive ten pages, not necessarily the first ten. We want to be able to get a strong sense of your use of language and dialogue to tell your story. We do not have the staff necessary to read full unsolicited scripts, but we are excited to read your best 10 pages and then ask for your full script as a part of Round 2. Full script submissions for Round 1 will NOT be read or considered for PlayFest.

All submissions should be emailed as PDF electronic submissions. Please send to cynthiaw@orlandoshakes.org.

For Round 2, we request full scripts from our unsolicited 10 page submissions, as well as agent- submitted scripts, and previous PlayFest alumni scripts. We will be accepting Round 2 submissions from January 1, 2017 through June 1, 2017.

For Round 2, please send us
1. A brief bio about you (100-150 words)
2. A brief synopsis of the play (100-200 words)
3. A brief character breakdown (1-2 sentences that describe each character)
4. Full script
5. Optional: if you have letters of recommendation or references, we would be happy to read those as well.

All submissions should emailed as PDF electronic submissions. Please send to cynthiaw@orlandoshakes.org.

From June 1–August 1, we will select up to 15 plays as semi-finalists for PlayFest. From those semi-finalists, we will select the final seven which will appear in PlayFest.

The final plays for PlayFest 2017 will be selected by August 15th, 2017.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Moonlit Wings International Playwright Contest 2017

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Winning theater-for-youth scripts receive workshop, written feedback and world-premiere at our celebrated Performing Arts Summer Camp programs.



- Plays or Musicals (straight plays are fine, although we will ask to work music into your play)

- Runtime: 20-40 minutes (longer scripts may be submitted but we will ask to make necessary cuts)

- LARGE cast, 8 minimum - 35 maximum, ensemble shows preferred, female driven or gender neutral casts encouraged. *We will not consider scripts with less than 8 characters.*

- Material suitable to be performed by talent ages 7-16

Thursday, February 23, 2017


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2017 is the inaugural year of The Future Is Female Festival, a national festival with 22 outposts across the United States. As the only in MPLS, Pretty Shrew Productions invites female-identified playwrights of all intersecting identities to create short plays on the subject “the future is female” and what that looks like and/or means to them.

The Future Is Female Festival: MPLS will consist of five plays to be performed as staged readings with professional actors from the Twin Cities at the Playwrights' Center. Selected playwrights will receive a monetary prize for their contribution.

All submisions must be received by 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017.

The Future Is Female Festival will take place at the Playwrights' Center on Monday, March 27th at 7:00pm.


Play must adhere to the theme “the future is female”
Plays must have 1-5 actors maximum
Must be 5-10 minutes in length
The Future Is Female Festival celebrates the diversity of female voices - please include a brief, informal statement (200 word max) describing how your play makes an impact regarding this theme
5-12 double-spaced pages, size 12 font, Times New Roman preferred (anything over 15 minutes will not be considered)
Submit in PDF format only

Email submissions to prettyshrewproductions@gmail.com with "TFIF: MPLS Submission" in the subject line - there is no limit to the number of plays an individual playwright can submit

All playwrights will be notified of their status in the week following the submission deadline
If you would like to help out with the festival in other ways, please email prettyshrewproductions@gmail.com with "I want to help TFIF: MPLS" in the subject line and include your areas of expertise. Currently, Pretty Shrew Productions is looking for a stage manager, assistance with fundraising and house management.

This March, join in giving visibility and voice to women from all backgrounds, so that instead of celebrating women’s history, we can celebrate women’s futures.

Find out more about the background of this festival at www.thefutureisfemalefestival.com/.

If you'd like to make a kind donation to the project, check out www.YouCaring.com/TFIFMPLS

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award Submission Guidelines

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No deadline. Year-round submissions accepted.

It begins with submitting your play and being selected for step 1 of our process - a staged reading. Out of hundreds of submissions a year, we select 15-20 plays for readings. From these, we select 1-3 plays annually to go on to our workshopping phase. Our workshops are meant to prepare a play for our Off-Broadway stage. From our workshops, we select 1-2 plays for full productions, complete with a playwright’s contract and compensation (separate from the award).

Our $500 Emerging Playwright Award (coupled with press coverage) is given to playwrights who show excellence and dedication throughout this process – from development to the stage.

Submit plays to:
Urban Stages
555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800
New York, NY 10018

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Full-length plays only:
- scripts must be firmly bound
- No changes or revisions accepted after submission
- No double-sided pages.
- 7 actors or less (unless otherwise noted)…doubling is fine

With your submission, please include:
- Biography and/or author’s history of the play
- Character breakdown
- Brief synopsis of the play.
- A small SASE envelope for a response letter.
*Whole plays will no longer be returned. All plays will be recycled.

Plays MAY HAVE BEEN developed or produced elsewhere, BUT NEVER PRODUCED in New York City.

There is no limit to submissions.
Subject matter and character variations are open.
There is no submission fee.

It usually takes up to six months for us to read and process your script.
We ask that you do not call or email our offices to inquire on the status of your play.

Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered.
BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York.

Woodward/Newman Drama Award

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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card.

The BPP is accepting submissions for the 2016-17 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Submissions are due by March 1, 2016. The top 10 finalists will be announced at the end of May with the winner announced in June 2016.

If you have questions regarding submissions to the Bloomington Playwrights Project, please contact the Literary Manager at literarymanager@newplays.org.

  1. "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  2. Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
  3. Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
  4. Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. Make sure to note with your submission that you have paid the reader fee online.
  5. It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.
  6. We do not accept email submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
  7. The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production. 
  8. Send to: Woodward/Newman Drama Award
    Bloomington Playwrights Project
    107 W. 9th Street
    Bloomington, IN 47404
  9. Scripts must be postmarked by March 1, 2016, and received no later than March 10, 2016. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
  10. For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please email us at literarymanager@newplays.org.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Adapt your Play (or any material) into a Screenplay

This class is for writers wishing to adapt source material of any form (play, novel, tv show, web series...the sky's the limit!) into a screenplay, focusing on adapting specifically with the camera in mind. You will discuss each person's adaptation, as well as the rights to the original source material, and what one can gain from doing an adaptation. Richard will be hands-on in class, talking to you about your project as if he were directing it, and asking the same questions a director would if they were going to film your adaptation. By the end of ten weeks, you should have a first draft of your screenplay.

Instructor: Richard Vetere (Writer, screen adaptations include The Third Miracle, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Ed Harris and Anne Heche, and The Marriage Fool starring Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett)
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Starts March 16

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

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