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Wednesday, July 11, 2018


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Our mission is to Inspire, Empower, Validate, and Celebrate women playwrights.

The Women Playwrights’ Initiative at the Ivoryton Playhouse develops new one-act plays by and about women, and the issues that shape their lives. Friendship, political and economic advocacy, sexual satisfaction, aging, gender equality, racial issues, marriage, singlehood, motherhood, careers, and power. The Initiative provides a safe, nurturing environment for play development, including a week of intensive rehearsal with the playwrights, directors, and actors. The workshopping week culminates in a staged reading festival, featuring interactive talkbacks with the playwrights, directors, actors, and audience.

Starting May 15, women playwrights are invited to submit one-act plays written solely by women via email in standard Samuel French playwriting format: 12 point font, character name centered, 1” margin all around. Plays should be emailed to Laura Copland laurac@ivorytonplayhouse.org.

Ten minute plays are acceptable and no play may run longer than one hour—approximately 50 pages. Longer submissions will not be considered.

No one-person plays or musicals will be accepted.

Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned.

Submissions are limited to the first 150 scripts received. No play will be accepted before May 15.
The title page must include the playwright’s name, email address, mailing address, and telephone number. Resumes must be sent as a separate file and NOT included in the PDF file of the play.

Please do NOT include a synopsis.

The call is open from May 15 to July 31, 2018 OR until we receive 150 plays. Playwrights will be notified if their play was received after receipt of 150 plays or the deadline and thus, not considered.
Submissions will be acknowledged by email. Playwrights will be notified in the fall by email if their play is selected. Playwrights whose plays were not selected will also be notified.
Playwrights will stay for the week of rehearsals beginning Saturday, February 23, 2019 through to the staged readings on Friday, March 1, and Saturday March 2, with a departure day on Sunday, March 3, 2019.

The WPI is a workshop and playwrights are encouraged and should be prepared to work on their play, including rewrites, as needed.

Stipend: $500, plus travel to and from Ivoryton, CT, and housing is provided.
DIRECTORS: The WPI also seeks resumes from directors. Stipend: $300 and housing is provided.

READERS: We seek resumes from readers to evaluate the plays and to email feedback on a form provided.

Play submissions, and Director and Reader resumes should be emailed to Laura Copland, Director of Play Development at Ivoryton Playhouse, laurac@ivorytonplayhouse.org.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Producer's Perspective Super Conference

The Producer's Perspective Super Conference is one of the best ways in which playwrights can get a leg up in their career. Because knowledge is power and this conference is a master class in the business of theatre.

This 2-day event focuses on how theatre comes to be . . . from the playwrights to production and everything in between. We're bringing together the best and brightest from the industry to start a conversation around how a show gets from the page to the stage, the roles required to make it happen, and how YOU can be a part of it all.

Through expert keynotes, panels and presentations we’re bringing together top industry talent to speak on a range of topics within the business of Broadway. Our Keynote speaker, John Cariani, is one of the top-produced playwrights in the country and offers a unique perspective on how his play Almost, Maine has become such a success.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:
  • Top Playwrights on Avoiding Writer's Block, Standing Out & Sharing Your Story
  • Building Your Brand: How to Be An Artist & A CEO
  • The Agent Approach: Literary Agents Talk Submissions & Negotiation
  • Demystifying Showbiz Law: Everything You Should Know to Save Time and Money
  • The Perfect Partnership: Powerhouse Collaborators on Working as a Team
  • Zero to Hero: Sure-Fire Tips on Raising The Money You Need to Get to Broadway
  • Media Blitz: How to Get Press That Sells Tickets
  • The Secret to Developing An Audience in 2018 with Tom Melcher (Show Score)
  • License to Sell: How to Make $$$ Beyond Broadway
  • Keynote Presentation: Tony Award nominee John Cariani
Attendees range from Playwrights to Producers to Artistic Directors at established regional theatres. This mix creates unique networking opportunities for playwrights that you just can’t find anywhere else. Mingle with your fellow attendees on breaks and at our happy hour events!

And NYC Playwrights save $300 on registration! Just click here and use code: NYCPLAY
**Hurry! Code NYCPLAY expires July 31st!**

“My life is forever changed because of your vision for this conference!” - Gregory L.“I'm amazed by how many industry professionals were all. The panels made the theater industry seem more approachable for those of us who would like to be more involved. Thank you so much for being so inclusive, for sharing your knowledge, and for providing opportunities such as these.” - Amy R. 
“I pitched my play to Ken at the Producers Perspective Super Conference. That was a great privilege and very valuable. No one asked me to give a plug, but what I have learned from Producers Perspective is what has allowed me to enter this NY world of theater with a real chance at being a part of it, not just a wish and a dream.” - Marge L.

Hurry because seats are EXTREMELY LIMITED! Click here to register and save $300 with code: NYCPLAY2w

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sitting Shotgun is looking for scripts

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Sitting Shotgun is accepting submissions for scripts and directors for #ShotgunReadings, a series of readings to be produced in our fall season.

#ShotgunReadings will be produced at Sitting Shotgun's SQUARE1, our studio space at 885 Park Ave in Brooklyn. These readings are workshops for which Sitting Shotgun will provide free space and marketing as a part of our fall season.

Writers, please submit your scripts/librettos (can be excerpts of 15-20 pages) with your resume, a brief synopsis of your piece, and tell us how you feel your piece fits within Sitting Shotgun's vision of intersectional and inclusive artmaking.

Directors, please submit your resume, a link to your website (or production photos/videos), and tell us about yourself and the kind of theater you are interested in making.

Submissions are due by Monday July 9 at midnight, please send materials to sittingshotgun@gmail.com.


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An evening of ten-minute plays reflecting the Jewish identity of playwrights born between 1982 and 2002

We are seeking ten-minute plays by Millennial playwrights exploring their (Ashkenazi, Sephardi, 3G, LGBTQ, African-American, Latino, Asian, Interfaith, Multicultural, Feminist, Yiddishist, Zionist, Secular, Orthodox, or Ambivalent) Jewish Identity.

Character driven, technically simple
Cast Size: 5 actors max (1-3 is ideal)
Non-published, New Works only!


Plays chosen for Jew-dentity will be performed as concert readings in Theatre Ariel’s 2018 Salon series, and the Alliance for Jewish Theatre conference. Winning Playwrights will receive a $180 honorarium.

Submission deadline: July 15, 2018
Winning Plays announced: August 15  Performances Oct. 13-28, 2018
For submissions or further information: info@theatreariel.org

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Women's Theatre Festival submission guidelines

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WTF accepts submissions on an ongoing basis. We are interested in both full-length and short pieces, published or unpublished, on any theme. Submissions must meet the following requirements:

1. Playwrights must identify as female or non-binary. No male authors, no exceptions.

2. Cast makeup must be 50% women or higher.

3. At least 50% of the characters must be open to actors who are people of color.

Email your submission to submissions@womenstheatrefestival.com. In the subject line, simply state your name and the title of your play. In the body of the email, include a brief synopsis, character breakdown, technical requirements, and attach a pdf of your script. All submissions will be read and responded to.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission

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The Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission is an annual playwriting commission that encourages emerging playwrights to write original works for large ensembles of emerging actors.

Through this commission, The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and The Lee Strasberg Creative Center partners with emerging playwrights, directors and The Lee Strasberg Method™ trained actors and encourages the synergy of great acting with the development of new works.

This commission will provide an incubating space for the development of true ensemble plays in New York City and develop the next generation of collaborating artists.

Below is a link to our website, where you will be able to see a brief description of the commission as well as the Spring 2017 previous director and playwright, Lucy Thurber and Jenna Worsham, who worked one of the last incarnations of the program.

https://newyork.methodactingstrasberg.com/blog/2017-clifford-odets- ensemble-play-commission-artists-announced/

Essentially, the commission is a collaborative, development process where the playwright meets the NYU students who are accepted (after internal auditions) to the Practicum Program, and a text is developed from there on. All of these students are in their third or fourth year at NYU.

Below is a breakdown of important dates:

Wednesday, July 11th: deadline for playwrights to submit previous work for review.
Friday, July 20th: Playwright is selected.
August 27th: First draft of play due.
Septermber 4th: First Table Read.
December 13th–15th: Performances.

Once the playwright is selected, we will ask the playwright for a director suggestion who will then be interviewed and approved by Victoria Krane, the President of the Institute. The compensation for the commission is $1,500 for the playwright and $1,500 for the director.

Interested playwrights should submit the following:

-A PDF sample work of a full-length text.
-A PDF cover letter outlining the following:
Title of sample work.
Genre of sample work.
Synopsis of sample work.
Brief history of personal experience in ensemble programs and/or play development programs.
-Artistic résumé in PDF form.

All materials are to be submitted to Production Manager, Haydn Díaz, at haydn@strasberg.com – Questions about the program can also be directed there.


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IATI Theater is gearing up for the 19th season of a play development program that has given hundreds of playwrights the foundations to build written vanguardia. Please see below for guidelines and link to submit your play.

Cimientos will spotlight a curation of national and cross-continental contemporary writers. From February to June 2019, Pimientos 2019 will host 10 play readings that fuel the genesis of theater: the playwright. “All plays are not created equal” and our avant-garde is a solemn cry into what theater can and should do today.

Play readings will include a talkback with the playwright, director, actors and guests that focuses on audience reaction and constructive feedback–bringing the new work closer to a fully realized production.


There is no submission fee for Cimientos.

Submissions lacking any of the following guidelines will not be considered.

1. Submissions will only be accepted through the online form. See link below. Deadline for submissions is July 9th.

2. Submissions must be the author's own work. The piece shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold IATI Theater and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.

3. The playwright must commit to be present on the staged reading performance of his/her work.

4. The playwright must commit to be present on the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel) assigned to his/her work.

5. This program is open to authors from anywhere in the world with original works in English or Spanish who are interested in a New York audience feedback. However, because of the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel), every playwright must be present to take part in the monthly meetings or commit to presenting feedback electronically or in written form on the dates of the PPP's and with no delay.

6. Only one play may be submitted per playwright, per season.

7. Submissions must not exceed 90 minutes in length.

8. The play must require 5 actors or less. Plays that have more than 5 actors and do not provide a clear and stageable doubling explanation will not be reviewed. If doubling is possible, it must be expressed clearly on the online form.

9. The submission must be a completed full-length play that has not previously been produced in any setting. If the play has undergone a workshop, staged reading or development of any kind, the playwright must inform IATI Theater of the specifics on the online form.

10. The author’s name(s) should be nowhere within the script, any authorship information must not be visible in the play document. Scripts will be read ‘blind’.

11. Submissions for the 2019 Season will only be accepted from June 1 to July 9, 2018.

12. Please use a standard playwriting format.

Link to submit:

*The 2019 Cimientos will consists of two main components:

*PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel): Playwrights accepted to the program, IATI Theater’s artistic staff and other specially invited theater professionals will converge in workshop meetings to discuss the new works that make up the particular season. Every meeting will be dedicated to a single playwright in the program, the focus being in further advancing the text before it is presented in front of a live

*SRP (Staged Reading Presentation): Each playwright in the program will be given the opportunity to present his/her play in a directed, professionally acted staged reading. Thus, the piece will be exposed to a receptive audience that further develops the featured script through a post-reading talkback.

Discount tickets: THE HUNT

THE HUNT AND THE ART OF SELF-PRODUCING IN NYC. Five plays. Five playwrights. Five talkbacks.

Samuel French playwright and Dramatists Guild member, Eric Fallen, will be presenting a dynamic series of short plays followed by an intimate talkback about self-producing in NYC.

Playwrights and theater artists are encouraged to see this show and engage in a discussion about the process and resources that get work off the page and onto the stage.

The show will be at HB Playwrights Theater on Bank Street in Greenwich Village from 7/11-7/15. There will be six performances and each one will be followed by a talkback.

Exclusive NYCPlaywrights discount code for $15 TIX: HUNT2018 (case sensitive)

Check out our website or call: 917-399-5221

Thursday, July 5, 2018

David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize

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The David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize is awarded annually to a professionally unproduced playwright, for a new work that shows outstanding promise and a distinctive new voice in the American theatre.

Norton J. “Sky” Cooper established the Calicchio Prize at Marin Theatre Company in 2007, in honor of David Calicchio’s lifelong career as a playwright, and in support of Marin Theatre Company’s commitment to the discovery and development of new and emerging American playwrights. The playwright selected as the Calicchio Prize winner will receive a $2,500 cash award, a professional developmental workshop for the winning play, plus round-trip travel and accommodations during their stay at MTC. The workshop will culminate in an invited or public staged reading at Marin Theatre Company.

Calicchio Prize Guidelines

Marin Theatre Company receives 600+ submissions for the Calicchio Prize each summer. In order to ensure a fair and thoughtful evaluation of each submission, we have established the following guidelines:

Submitting to the Calicchio Prize is free to playwrights. We love you!

One submission per playwright per year only. All Calicchio submissions are automatically entered into the Sky Cooper submission pool as well – no need to apply twice.

Submissions are accepted from July 1-31, 2018. 

Due to the high volume of entries, we ask that you submit via our online process only.

Please, no email or snail mail submissions; they will be deleted unread.

Submissions must be new to MTC. Any submission that appears in a previous submission round for either of MTC’s prizes will not be read, even if substantial changes have been made. (Unsure if you’ve sent us a given piece already? Email MTC literary manager & resident dramaturg Laura A. Brueckner and ask: laurab@marintheatre.org)

Submissions must be unpublished, unproduced, original, full-length plays in any genre. Musicals, translations, and one-acts are not eligible.

Playwrights may not have received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission.

Workshops, readings, and/or non-professional productions do not disqualify a playwright. (Curious if your small production counts as “professional” or not? Email Laura!)

Playwrights must be citizens of the United States.


Calicchio Prize Selection Process

Phase 1:  

Playwrights without agency representation may submit a completed online submission form and upload 10 consecutive pages of sample dialogue. PDF is the preferred format. Please begin the filename with your last name and include play title: Williams, Tennessee - A Streetcar Named Desire.pdf

Theatrical and/or Literary Agents may submit on behalf of their clients, and upload full scripts of their client’s work. (Attorneys are not considered agents for the purposes of this program.) PDF is the preferred format. Please begin the filename with client’s last name and include play title: Williams, Tennessee - A Streetcar Named Desire.pdf

Please fill out all sections of the online form completely; we will be unable to consider incomplete submissions.

If sending a 10-page sample, please send only 10 pages; please do not submit a full script with instructions on where to find your favorite 10 pages.

Please do not send videos, CDs or DVDs; we will be unable to review or return them.

All complete, eligible Calicchio submissions received will be read by a member of the Marin Theatre Company artistic staff.

All complete, eligible Calicchio submissions received will be automatically entered into the submission pool for the Sky Cooper Prize. Hurrah!

Phase 2:

MTC artistic staff will advance especially promising submissions to Phase 2. Playwrights advancing to Phase 2 will receive an email asking for a full script.

From this pool of full scripts, six finalists will be selected and named.

The winning playwright will be chosen from among the finalists by MTC artistic director, Jasson Minadakis.

Questions or concerns? Please email literary manager Laura Brueckner: laurab@marintheatre.org

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

New Masculinities Festival seeks proposals

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Man Question is celebrating its sixth New Masculinities Festival this fall! We are thrilled to return to New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.

The call for pieces is OPEN. The deadline has been extended! Proposals are now due on July 8, 2018.

At the New Masculinities Festival, we examine the impact of expectations of masculinity on people's lives and imagine new possibilities for gender expression. We use the power of theatre, dance, poetry, spoken word, performance art, and dialogue to challenge thinking and transport participants to new worlds and perspectives.

We are seeking performances of all kinds that passionately and curiously investigate how expectations of masculinity impact people’s lives, both positively and negatively, overtly and unexpectedly. We seek pieces that have the potential to challenge audience members to experience the world in a new way.

The festival is open to people of all gender and sexual identities. Applicants must have a clear vision for their piece and are strongly encouraged to submit a link to a video recording.

Follow the link to get started.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Living Room Series Submissions

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We are now accepting submissions for the 27th season of The Living Room Series, our New Play Development program which embodies The Blank’s commitment to developing new work by both established and emerging writers. Submissions by women, playwrights of color, and other under-represented  voices are strongly encouraged.

The Living Room Series takes place on Monday evenings at the 2nd Stage Theater in Hollywood between Labor Day and Memorial Day. The Living Room Series offers a week-long collaborative rehearsal process for the playwright, director and actors to explore and refine the play before presenting it to an audience. The performances are minimally staged, with actors carrying scripts, and are a wonderful opportunity for the playwright to get a sense of the play’s full potential.


The Blank accepts plays for consideration for our Living Room Series (workshops of new plays) via Submittable. Submissions by women, playwrights of color, and other under-represented  voices are strongly encouraged. The Blank is firmly committed to  supporting gender parity and diversity.

Submissions will be accepted from June 1 - July 21 through this form only.


  • Submission must be full-length (one-acts or ten-minutes will not be considered at this time).
  • Submission must not have received a full production. Submissions that have received full productions, even if they have undergone significant post-production revisions, will not be considered. The Blank considers staged readings and academic productions exceptions to this rule.
  • If a script was declined for a prior season, please note what significant revisions have been made (in your Artistic Statement).
  • Playwrights may only submit one script per submission period.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Artemisia submission window is open

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Get involved with Chicago’s premiere theatre for the development and production of all new feminist plays.  The submission window is now open for Artemisia Fall Festival 2019 and all Chicago playwrights are invited to submit their work!

Submissions are accepted between July 1st and December 15th each year.  Plays received outside of that time frame will be deleted and will not be considered.

Please include in your submission a one-page synopsis and the first ten pages of the play, the play’s production history and your professional resume as a single file PDF attachment to playsubs@artemisiatheatre.org.

Submission is free and Artemisia is dedicated to finding six remarkable, startling and unique plays.  Julie Proudfoot, Artemisia’s Artistic Director, will choose a play from Fall Festival 2019 to undergo an exciting development process that celebrates the playwright’s unique feminist voice and engages our audience directly in workshops and discussion that will culminate in a thrilling premiere production in Chicago.

Submissions are currently open for full-length plays for The Hive Collaborative’s inaugural season, 2018-2019.

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The Hive Collaborative is a new theater located in Provo, Utah. Ours is a cozy space, with a house size of about 80 seats. We’re looking for innovative new works to develop for production for our inaugural season. Here are some guidelines about what we’re looking for.

1. New. If it hasn’t been done before, that’s good. But even if it has, as long as it could still be considered in its development stage, that works, too. Whether you live next door or on the other side of the world (we’ve got Skype and we’re not afraid to use it), we’re looking to work with playwrights who are open to collaboration as we work with them on producing their play.

2. Innovative. We’re looking for new works that make us go “Wow.” We know that’s a bit vague. And we know we don’t have a body of work to show as an example of what we consider a wow. We think a wow involves more than a good story with strong characters (as vital as those elements are), but something that’s also a little bit extra. It might involve some clever technology. It might involve something immersive. We came across this link for Spaceman, and that was a concept that made us go wow (while making us mad we didn’t think of it first). So … yeah, something wow like that, but different.

3. A good fit physically. The Hive stage measures about 38 feet wide and 20-ish feet deep, and that includes wing space. Hence, we’ll probably not be looking for something right now that requires a lot of big sets and set pieces and a huge cast. On the other hand, we’re fans of short-throw, rear projection backdrops, so it doesn’t have to be a black-curtain blackbox, but that option is available as well. Our back-wall default set, for what it’s worth, has been made to look like the back alley of an old brick building.

4. Fits our sensibilities. We appreciate social commentaries on the condition of the world today as much as the next person, but we lean toward works that foster optimism and hope, which seems like folks could use these days. We tend to favor material that is clean, though that doesn’t always have to mean the subject matter has to be all ages appropriate. Work that moves us. Or makes us laugh. Ideally both. A kids’ show could work, too. Musicals, too.

5. Full-length. We’re aiming for a running time of something between 75 and 120 minutes.

6. Submission window. The submission window is open from April 1, 2018 until we find the script we’re looking for or July 31, 2018, whichever comes first. Update: As previously announced, the submission deadline for plays to be considered for our inaugural play was April 21, 2018. However, submissions received before or after that date will be considered for other production windows during our inaugural season. One submission per playwright, please. Don’t forget to include your name and contact info on the title page. If we get too far behind with submissions, we may press “pause” on the submission button below. But when we catch up, we’ll un-pause it until we find what we’re looking for.

7. Submission. Please complete the following form, then send the first 30 pages of your script as a PDF via the email link below. Upon reviewing your pitch material below and the first 30 pages, we may request that you send us the full script.

8. Notification. We’re sorry, but we’re unable at this time to follow up with every playwright who submits. If you don’t hear from us, please don’t hate us. We hope you will consider submitting to us again during our next submission window.

9. Prize. We will award at least one play in 2018 a $1,000 prize up front. In addition, if we proceed to production with the show, we will remit to the playwright 10% of the ticket sales or $1,000, whichever is greater, payable after the close of the show.

10. Multiple Winners? If we find more than one project we would like to pursue, yay us! And we reserve the right to award the same arrangement as indicated in #9 to more than one play.

Questions not answered above? See our FAQ here. Email us at brothers@hivetix.com

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Call for Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Play Submissions Creede Repertory Theatre’s Headwaters New Play Program

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One-third of CRT’s productions are new works, and every year CRT commissions a new show for it’s celebrated Young Audience Outreach Tour (YAOT). The goal of this program is to bring theatre to thousands of kids in rural and underserved communities throughout the Southwest while creating an exciting opportunity for emerging playwrights. Bilingual (English/Spanish) plays are preferred, but not required. With 35 years of successful productions we are looking for playwrights interested in working among a collaborative artistic team.

We are accepting submissions for the 2020 Young Audience Outreach Tour and if you would like to be considered for a commission, please, submit the following by July 2, 2018:

• Cover sheet with your name, contact info, and a synopsis
• 10-20 page excerpt
• Cover letter that indicates experience in the following: touring shows, theatre for young audiences, and/or plays that have been produced.
• Please specify whether you are submitting for YAOT or The KID Show
• Electronic versions are preferred
• Email materials to CRT’s Education Director Johamy Morales - johamy@creederep.com

The Young Audience Outreach Tour develops plays with two actors and based on core curriculum subjects. The following are past curriculum subjects: history of US Presidents, the science of flight, the geography of the United States, the water cycle, the importance of math and literacy, history of the Southwest. For more information on previous productions check out our YAOT page.

For questions or to submit materials contact Education Director Johamy Morales at johamy@creederep.com.  Electronic versions are preferred. Hard copies should be mailed to: Creede Repertory Theatre, Attn: Johamy Morales, P.O. Box 269, Creede, CO 81130.

Saturday, June 30, 2018


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Nashville Rep will award up to four residencies in the New Works Lab. Each playwright who accepts the residency will commit to developing a new play from its earliest stages to a full draft. The Ingram Works Lab does not develop plays that have already received substantial developmental support or production. Lab playwrights commit to all dates including participation in monthly Lab meetings, participation in the New Works symposium week, rehearsals for the New Works Festival, and participation in the New Works Festival as a featured playwright."

All playwrights who accepts a residency must commit to be available for all Lab, Playwrights Week, and Festival dates:

  • Lab Meeting Dates: Oct. 18-21; Nov. 15-18; Dec. 13-16; March 14-17; April 11-14
  • Playwrights Week: January 12-19, 2019
  • New Works Festival: May 8-18, 2019 (Playwrights must be in attendance May 5-19, 2019)

Should a playwright-in-residence miss any commitments, they may be asked to forgo their place in the New Works Lab.

All applications must include the following material:

 A letter of intent describing your proposed project. Please include a description of the project, a description of any work you have already begun on the project, and your objectives for working on this play at the Ingram New Works Lab.
 One Page Resume / Bio with history as a playwright.
 A full-length play that best represents your voice. Author and contact information must appear on the title page. Please do not submit musicals, screenplays, TV scripts, or children’s theatre.


Please use the form below for your submission. Upload your letter of intent, one page bio/resume, and sample play in PDF format. Please save files as LASTNAME_LETTER.pdf, LASTNAME_RESUME.pdf, and LASTNAME­_(TITLE OF YOUR PLAY). Your application must include all three files. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will receive a confirmation email to verify your submission.


We strongly suggest you read our FAQ before applying.

Additional questions can be sent to Nate Eppler, Playwright-in-Residence and Director of the Ingram New Works Project, at nate@nashvillerep.org.

Find answers to commonly asked questions about the Ingram New Works Project with the document below.

Crossing Borders submission guidelines

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Crossing Borders Repertory accepts submissions at all times and has no deadlines.
All submissions will be acknowledged.

Please read about the origins of CB Repertory and the kind of work it wants to produce before submitting.

Selections deemed appropriate for possible future programs will be held on file.

CB Repertory will notify writers when and if an appropriate program is pending to discuss any possible performance.

No work will be returned so please send copies only.

We accept
  • one-act plays
  • monologues
  • full length plays from which one act could stand on its own
  • poetry
  • short prose pieces suitable for performance
  • serious, comedic, parody−all styles are welcome

It is OK if a play has been performed previously or if poetry or prose has been published previously, but please provide details of performance or publication for appropriate acknowledgement.

Please include with your submission:

email address
short bio
previous performance/publication of submitted work (if any)
If you have not already done so, please join our mailing list and keep email addresses updated.

Friday, June 29, 2018

National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival

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The Festival will take place August 1 - 5, 2018 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Playwrights please include on the cover page of your play:

  • Your name.
  • The name of your play.
  • Tribal affiliation or GPC Coordinates of your indigenous tribal community.
  • Indicate if you are enrolled or descendant.

Submissions open until June 30th. No exceptions for late submissions.

Send your scripts to info@newnativetheatre.org with the subject PLAY FESTIVAL SUBMISSION>

All plays must be ten minutes or shorter. Plays about the Minnesota and Upper Midwest are encouraged but not necessary.

For more information please email info@newnativetheatre.org

23 Miles South submission guidelines

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23 Miles South (Illinois) accepts submissions of full length and one act plays with a focus on female or other marginalized people as main characters and a primarily female cast.

Send your play, synopsis and character descriptions to 23milessouth@gmail.com with "play submission" in the subject line.   If selected for production, playwright will receive a royalty payment.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

JETFest 2018

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The Seymore J. & Ethel S. Frank Festival of New Plays seeks submissions

$15 non-refundable submission fee. This fee will be waived (with hard copy submissions only) for members of the Dramatists Guild and submissions by legitimate literary agents (not lawyers/attorneys/friends).
For those submitting digitally – the $15 fee cannot be waived, and will be used to offset printing costs.  The fee may be mailed separately or processed by contacting the theatre.

JET encourages all playwrights over 18 to submit their work. JET's programming generally reflects issues of social conscience and human rights both in drama and comedy. Use our past productions as a guide and if you have questions, contact us at 248-788-2900.
Entry must be a full length original work or adaptation with a minimum running time of 85 minutes that has not been produced prior to the festival in 2019. Cast size of 10 or less is preferred. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.
Submissions will be accepted January 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM. (checked by postmark or time stamp). 
Submit a copy of your script, securely bound, typed in standard play format, with pages numbered. Include a list of characters/descriptions, scene breakdown, and a brief synopsis of your play. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address) and resume. Musicals must include a demo CD. If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.
The acceptable electronic format is an Adobe PDF file.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted. If you would like acknowledgement of receipt please attach a self addressed stamped postcard.
The playwright gives the Jewish Ensemble Theatre permission to photocopy scripts for reading/production purposes. Should your script be selected as one of the finalists, you are encouraged to attend the readings and talk backs.
The finalists award the Jewish Ensemble Theatre the option to produce any of the finalist plays as part of its main stage season. Finalists must acknowledge the Jewish Ensemble Theatre if/when the script is published
Each of the four finalists will receive a $250 honorarium. No other expenses will be paid.
Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 2 evaluations. The committee narrows down the entries to 15 – 20, which are read by the entire committee who then select the finalists.
Finalists will be notified no later than December 31, 2018.
Mail:   Jewish Ensemble Theatre
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            6600 West Maple Rd.,
            West Bloomfield, MI  48322.
Christopher Bremer, Executive Director
The Playwright/Submitter agrees (by submission) to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, its Adjudicators, Board of Directors and volunteers from any and all damages, liability, and claims, arising from the submission, production or elimination/disqualification of their submitted work.

Pen America Writing for Justice Fellowship

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PEN America’s $10,000 Writing for Justice Fellowship will commission six writers—emerging or established—to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate.

The PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship aims to harness the power of writers and writing in bearing witness to the societal consequences of mass incarceration by capturing and sharing the stories of incarcerated individuals, their families, communities, and the wider impact of the criminal justice system. Our goal is to ignite a broad, sustained conversation about the dangers of over-incarceration and the imperative to mobilize behind rational and humane policies. As an organization of writers dedicated to promoting free expression and informed discourse, PEN America is honored to have been entrusted by the Art for Justice Fund to engage the literary community in addressing this pressing societal issue.

Deadline to apply: July 1, 2018


The Writing for Justice Fellowship is open-genre, and proposed projects may include—but are not limited to—fictional stories; works of literary or long-form journalism; theatrical, television or film scripts; memoirs; poetry collections; or multimedia projects. The most competitive applications will demonstrate how the proposed project will engage issues of reform, fuel public debate, crystallize concepts of reform, and facilitate the possibility of societal change. As part of our mission to stimulate discussion, emphasis will be placed on proposed projects that show strong promise for publication. Fellows must commit to contribute actively to bringing attention to their work and that of other Fellows. The Fellowship is open to writers at any stage of their career. Currently and formerly incarcerated writers are highly encouraged to apply, and special provisions will be made for incarcerated writers to participate through alternative methods.

Fellows will receive an honorarium of $10,000 and may request up to $5,000 in additional funding for travel and research. In addition to financial support, Fellows may choose to be paired with a mentor to serve as a source of guidance for the project, and the cohort will convene in person twice during the course of the Fellowship. PEN America will draw on the Writing for Justice Advisory Committee as well as its network of agents, editors, publishers, partner organizations and outlets in order to assist efforts for publication and dissemination of the work of the Fellows. Opportunities for sharing the created work through public forums will be organized in New York City at the PEN World Voices Festival, in the Fellow’s home community, and possibly additional locations.


The first eight months of the Fellowship are designed for Fellows to research, create, and connect with mentors and the cohort, working toward submission of a polished final product that is ready for publication. The final four months of the Fellowship will focus on placing the works for public dissemination and opportunities for Fellows to present their work publicly.

  • July 1, 2018: Deadline to apply
  • September 2018: Successful applicants notified
  • September–May 2018: Fellows work on their projects, meet with mentors
  • October TBD, 2018: Cohort meeting #1 (NYC)
  • February 8–10, 2019: Cohort meeting #2 (Location TBD)
  • April 2019: PEN World Voices Festival event featuring works in progress
  • May 2019: Work completed and submitted for publication
  • May–August 2019: Placing work and public presentations


To be eligible for this Fellowship, the applicant must be

21 years of age or older.
An individual writer. Collaborative projects are acceptable, but only one project lead may apply and participate in the Fellowship’s activities.
A United States resident.
Available to participate actively in all dimensions of Fellowship programming, including mandatory gatherings and public programs. (The Fellowship will cover costs associated with these events, separately from the Fellowship honorarium and travel/research budget.) Currently incarcerated writers and formerly incarcerated writers on parole will participate through alternative means.
Able to demonstrate a track record of successful projects brought to completion on time.
Membership in PEN America is not required. Please see FAQs below for more information.


Fellows will be selected on artistic merit, the project’s approach and potential for impact, and the feasibility of project to be fully completed and in polished, publishable form within the given time frame. Applications will be reviewed by PEN America and expert advisors through an anonymous process.

Applications close July 1, 2018. Fellows will be announced in September 2018.


Closely review all required materials listed below. Please be mindful of the specific application requests. Failure to follow instructions carefully will result in immediate disqualification. Late applications will not be accepted. We suggest you submit early to avoid technical issues.

There is no fee to apply to the Writing for Justice Fellowship.

All non-incarcerated applicants are required to submit online through Submittable.

Currently incarcerated writers can submit by sending application materials (preferably typed, but clean, legible handwritten applications will also be accepted) to the address below:

Writing For Justice Fellowship
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012


Please do not include your name or any other identifying information on any part of the application, aside from the cover page. Typed materials should be:

  • 11 or 12 pt standard font (Times New Roman, Arial)
  • Spaced at 1 or 1.15
  • One-inch margins
  • Currently incarcerated writers should follow formatting to the best of their ability and estimate word count as closely as possible. We will not disqualify applications for being reasonably over count.

1. Cover Page:

Include name, address, telephone number, email address, and title of the proposed project.

2. Project Title and Brief Description (maximum of 100 words)

3. Project Proposal (maximum of 750 words):

Please respond to the following questions:

  • Describe the project, including genre, relevance to the topic of mass incarceration, and the geographic regions your project addresses.
  • Share what is new and significant about your project’s approach and why it matters. What inspired your choices and interest?
  • Where are you in the timeline of your project? What work do you hope to accomplish during the eight-month creation portion of the Fellowship? What resources would be most helpful in this process? What form of mentorship would your project most benefit from? (E.g., a writer in your genre, an editor, an expert in an aspect of criminal justice/mass incarceration, etc.)
  • What impact do you hope your project will have? What audiences/communities are you writing toward? How do you imagine your project might be used to catalyze conversations on mass incarceration? What change might it spur? Please provide specific examples.
  • Where do you imagine this project living or being featured? Share any ideas/connections to publications or other relevant venues that might be a good fit for your work.

4. Work sample: 7–10 pages of your written work, or 10 files if multimedia. If you are applying with a project that is already in motion, the work sample content should reflect this if available.

5. Research travel budget up to $5,000.

Budgets may reflect costs associated with research travel, a self-directed residency, resources associated with the project’s completion, and/or supplies. Funding is subject to the Fellowship committee’s discretion. Please do not submit a travel research budget unless there is a strong case for the impact of this financial support on your project’s completion.

6. Biographical Context (maximum of 500 words): Briefly introduce yourself as a creator. This might be an artist/career biography to express past accomplishments, a statement of philosophy and approach, or an overview of your current practice and/or creative mission.

7. Optional CV (maximum of 2 pages): Encouraged, but not required. Applicants who do not include a CV will not be penalized.

8. References: Submit three reference names and contact information that can speak to applicant’s track record of success and completion of past projects. This is required for non-incarcerated writers. Incarcerated writers are not required to supply references, but encouraged to do so if possible.

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