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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Manhattan Rep's Playwright's Showcase seeks short play productions

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Manhattan Rep's Playwright's Showcase is created to showcase your new work in the heart of the theatrical capital of the world - Times Square!

And we make it easy!

We supply the technician for lights and sound.  We supply the poster and the ticketing pages.

We curate, organize and orchestrate the program with 3 or 4 other short plays...

And we supply our beautiful new theatre space on West 45th St. right next to Broadway and more!

Please come join us as we celebrate Playwrights and the magical power of the theatre!

Seeking fully produced 1 act plays 7 to 25 minutes
(cast, directed and ready to be performed by October 2018)
for Manhattan Rep's
Playwright's Showcase
at the New Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 17-19 West 45th St.
October 12 - December 22, 2018

Each 7 - 25 minute play will be given:
A tech rehearsal with our technician to run your sound and lights, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances, (even more if your show is selling well), at the brand new Manhattan Repertory Theatre on 45th St. in Midtown Manhattan!

To submit your 7 - 25 minute play production please email:

The complete script of the play as a .pdf,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the set and lighting requirements,
the play's history (readings etc etc.)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by September 15, 2018

Please put “Playwright's Showcase” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, 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 September 15, 2018, if we fill up all available performance slots.

There is no submission fee.

Once accepted, there is a $69 participation fee.

 NON-EQUITY ONLY.  

CLOCKHOUSE seeks short plays

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CLOCKHOUSE, the literary magazine published in partnership with Clockhouse Writers' Conference and the MFAW program at Goddard College, seeks short dramatic works from emerging and established playwrights for its 2019 issue.  Dramatic works can be either a standalone piece or a self-contained excerpt from a play or screenplay, and up to 15 pages in length.

CLOCKHOUSE is devoted to a variety of genres, publishing fiction, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, as well as dramatic work. Our mission:  Dare. Risk. Dream. Share. Ruminate. CLOCKHOUSE is an eclectic conversation about the work-in-progress of life—a soul arousal, a testing ground, a new community, a call for change. Join in.

Deadline is December 1. 

All submissions must:

  • Be original, unpublished work written by the author
  • Follow the industry-standard formatting guidelines appropriate for the genre as well as the applicable guidelines below:


  • Fiction: Short stories and self-contained novel excerpts in a literary style. Genre fiction will be considered only if it sustains literary merit (Up to 5,000 words)
  • Poetry: All poetry in traditional and experimental styles including prose poetry (Up to 250 lines of poetry, total. Only one poem per submission. Poets may submit up to three times per reading period.)
  • Memoir and Creative Nonfiction: All memoir and creative nonfiction in traditional and experimental literary styles. No academic or scientific essays (Up to 5,000 words)
  • Dramatic Work for Stage or Screen: Short dramatic works in traditional and experimental styles, either a standalone piece or an excerpt from a one-act or full length play or screenplay (Up to 15 pages)
  • Include a short bio of approximately 100 words or less
  • Include a brief artist statement: a few sentences about your work as an artist (i.e., not a “pitch” for this submission, but rather a statement about what you’re interested in writing about now, what drives your writing, or how your writing is reflecting or influencing the world at large, etc.)
  • Be submitted only through our online submission manager (see link at bottom of page). No email submissions will be accepted
  • Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be discarded unread.


The submission period for the Summer 2019 issue will begin on  August 15, 2018, and remain open through  11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2018.

Responses to submissions

Please expect to wait up to four months for a reply. After that time, if you have not yet received a reply, please check on the status of your submission by sending an e-mail to submissions@clockhouse.net. Indicate the title of your piece, the genre, and the original date of submission.

Upon acceptance

By accepting any offer of publication by Clockhouse, the author will grant the magazine first serial rights. Upon publication, rights to the work revert back to the author. The author retains all other rights to the work. Any subsequent publication will note that the work was first published in Clockhouse. Payment for publication in Clockhouse is one contributor’s copy in which the work appears. As appropriate, we may also choose to nominate published work for awards or other recognition.


CLOCKHOUSE SUBMISSION FORM

Questions?

Planning to submit and have questions about Clockhouse?  Please send them to submissions@clockhouse.net.  Submissions themselves are not accepted at this address.

CLUBBED THUMB OPEN-APPLICATION COMMISSIONING OPPORTUNITY FOR WRITERS OF COLOR

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Like our Biennial Commission, this application asks that writers respond to a series of prompts with a ten-page piece of initial writing and a one-page proposal for a full-length play, which will be read without the readers’ knowledge of the writer’s identity. One or more writers will be awarded (or will share) a $15,000 commission. Unlike the Biennial Commission, which is open to all writers, submissions for this award are open only to writers of color.

For this commission, Clubbed Thumb is interested in plays that employ alternative structures and shapes. We ask you to consider one of five alternative play shapes–landscape, spider web, nesting dolls, circle, double helix–and craft a proposal for how you will employ that play shape to best suit the story you wish to tell. This is subjective, of course, and meant to trigger the imagination, not be academic analysis. Some examples of what we mean:

Landscape: in which we learn about the world through accumulation

Our Town by Thornton Wilder is structured a bit like a landscape painting–we are introduced to everything all at once and Wilder zooms in and out of the landscape in order to tell the story.
Other examples might include: Wilder Gone, God’s Ear, Mlima’s Tale

Spider Web: in which we learn through disparate scenes that seem disconnected but are linked at odd angles and actually cohere around a central theme or argument
Booty Candy by Robert O’Hara could be seen as a spider web play–at first each scene feels like a vignette exploring a discrete idea, however, as more and more divergent worlds are explored we begin to realize that each world is connected in exploration of a single theme.
Other examples might include: Lear (Young Jean Lee), Doll’s House Pt. 2, Of Government

Nesting Dolls: in which we learn through analogies and juxtaposition
Mr Burns, a Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn might be seen as a play shaped like a set of nesting dolls–each act is its own entity and the dramatic movement lies in building out from what came before.

Other examples might include: Fairview, An Octoroon, Barbecue

Circle: in which we learn through reflection
Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes might be a circle play. The most important dramatic events happen in the middle; act one leads us into these events and act three deals with the aftermath; the end of the play reflects themes that are present in the beginning of the play.
Other examples might include: A Map of Virtue, The Aliens, Father Comes Home From the Wars

Double Helix: in which we learn through thematic associations between the narrative threads
Stop Kiss by Diana Son could be a double helix play – the story is told in two threads simultaneously–what happened before and what happened after the inciting event–with thematic links between these narratives.
Other examples might include: Midsummer Night’s Dream (might be a triple helix), We are Proud to Present…, The Tomb of King Tot

You are also welcome to propose your own unconventional play shape. Should you choose to do that, be rigorous and make the case for it.

Your proposed play should also include the following:
1) At least three characters in every scene (no two character scenes)
2) Some simultaneous talking
3) Some found or repurposed text
4) A character pretending to be someone else
5) No indoor spaces

(Many thanks to Erin Courtney for developing this prompt with us.)

TO APPLY: SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING THROUGH THE FORM
(this is a BLIND submission, see notes below)

1) A one-page letter of intent describing your proposed project;
2) 10 exploratory pages from the proposed project (either contiguous or from different sections of the proposed play);
3) One of your finished plays, for reference;
4) Your resume

IMPORTANT NOTES

No names please — on the letter, the 10 page sample or the finished play for reference, or in any file names. The panel reads all submissions BLIND — the only place your name should appear is on the info form and on your resume.

The letter of intent should briefly map out the proposed piece, how you will use the chosen shape to tell the story and, if need be, orient the reader to the excerpt’s relationship to the whole. You needn’t explain or repeat anything that your 10 page sample makes clear. Then give us an idea of where the piece is coming from and where you think you want to go with it.

We ask you to include one of your finished plays for reference. Note (where prompted in the form) any relationship or similarities the complete play has to the proposed project, and recommend 10 pages for us to start with.

One last thing: this is a commission for Clubbed Thumb. So look around our website at our guidelines and production history for reference, if they are not familiar to you. Many of our plays have been published individually or in our anthology, “Funny, Strange, Provocative”, and are widely available to read.

DEADLINE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, 11:59PM EST
The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the fall, and the commission(s) awarded by the end of 2018. The $15,000 commission — which might be split between writers if the panel so elects — will be paid out in three installments every six months, with the first installment following the signing of a contract. Send questions to info[at]clubbedthumb.org

SUBMISSION FORM
Proposals must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday, October 8th, 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018

8th Annual Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival – Boo!

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DATES & LOCATIONS:
October 11-28, 2018
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY  10012


THEME: Boo!
Scare us or force us to laugh till we die – horror plays and musicals including a great spoof.  All plays submitted must be centered on and revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play – Host provides Theatre, technicians, marketing and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required

Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 20 pages

Submissions open: June 29, 2018

Submissions close: August 22, 2018 at 11p

Play selection announced on: September 01, 2018

All submissions must go through Submittable – please click below to submit your play or musical!

THE HENLEY ROSE PLAYWRIGHT COMPETITION FOR WOMEN

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($20 submission fee will be waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild. Please include a photo copy of your current membership card for verification.)

The first 200 submissions to be received between July 1st and August 31st will be considered. Once 200 scripts have been submitted an announcement will be made and the application will be closed.

Submissions must be completed full-length or one-act plays. No 10-minute plays, please.
Submissions must be the original work of the submitting female playwright.
Submissions may not have been previously produced or fully staged.
Submissions are due by August 31st, 2017 and must include all of the submission materials to qualify.
One script may be submitted per applicant.
International submissions are welcome.

There is a $20 submission fee. ($20 submission fee is waived for members of the Dramatists Guild with verification of current membership.)

Applicants who choose to submit materials via e-mail must also pay an additional $8.00 printing fee.

A small group of finalists will be announced in February of 2019. From that list, 3 winners will be selected and will be invited to attend the staged reading of their play in Knoxville, TN, in Summer of 2019.

The First, Second, and Third Place winners will be announced by February 14th, 2019 and will receive the Henley Rose Award. In addition, submission fees will go toward creating a cash prize for the winners of the Henley Rose Award.

Prescott (AZ) submission guidelines

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Now accepting script submissions for the 2019-2020 Season

 We accept script proposals for Mainstage, Stage Too, Family Theatre, and Reader's Theatre.
​(Please note - PCA does not take submissions for Teen Summer Stock Ensemble.)

Playwrights

If you wish to submit an original play which you believe meets the PCA's mission, please send a letter of inquiry with a brief synopsis (only) to the attention of our Executive Director at director@pca-az.net.  Original plays WILL be considered for our Family Theatre, Stage Too or Reader's Theatre productions.  Please indicate that the script is intended for one of these venues.

​Final decisions on venues will lie with the Production and Play Selection Committees with approval of the Board of Directors.  Our venues include Mainstage; Stage Too; Reader's Theatre; Family Theatre, and Prescott Summer Rep ( in Stage Too.)  NOTE: We will accept popular, well-known, small cast, COMEDIES only for Summer Repertory!

Stage Too Submission Cast Size Limit:  All Stage Too regular season submissions (including Reader's Theatre and Prescott Summer Rep) are limited to a cast of 6 or less.  Titles with more than 6 cast members will be considered, but are unlikely to be chosen for production.

Each play title submitted MUST  be accompanied by the following:

  • A hard or electronic copy of the title.  PCA WILL NOT purchase a hard (including a CD of the music if appropriate) or electronic copy.  That is incumbent upon the submitter.  PDF scripts should be obtained by the submitter and attached to the Script Submittal Form.
  • A brief comment and/or synopsis of the title.  You may recommend a venue for your play here.

If you have any questions before submitting your title, contact the Executive Director at (928) 541-0209 or at director@pca-az.net.

Please use the on line form to submit your script.

2nd Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 22nd Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in January 2019.  Each play selected will be given a black box production at Gallery Players and will be performed in a festival format with non-equity actors.

Playwrights must be available for rehearsals, if not in person then by skype, phone, or email, and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:  POST MARKED BY August 31, 2018.

Submission guidelines:

  • Plays must be un-produced (i.e., plays must never have had a previous production); (readings are ok); must be the play’s world premier
  • Length may be from 10 minutes to 60 minutes.  No monologues.  No period costume pieces.
  • You may submit as many plays as you wish.
  • Pages must be numbered
  • A cover page with Title of the play and playwrights contact information is required, along with a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown
  • Submit a copy of your resume
  • Playwrights may not direct their own work
  • Send two copies of your play(s), along with your resume, to:

The Gallery Players
Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the Festival.  If you want confirmation that your mailing was received by us, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard.

We do not accept email submissions.

We do not return scripts.  Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to protect the copyright.

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Coachella Review seeks short scripts

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Deadline October 25, 2018  

The Coachella Review is the literary arts journal of the University of California Riverside–Palm Desert Graduate Center and the MFA program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.

We accept original work that is vibrant, thoughtful, and precise. Whether your work is innovative or traditional, we strive to celebrate writing that holds readers in awe.

We welcome dramatic writing for both stage and screen. We are interested in scripts within the ten to thirty page range, but may also accept shorter pieces. Stage plays should follow Final Draft format (see example here). Screenplays should be in Final Draft screenwriting format (see sample here). Please submit only Word documents. Multiple submissions are not accepted.

Diez Minutos 2019 seeks 10-minute plays

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Players Workshop seeks plays for its Seventh Annual International 10-Minute Play Festival. This fully-staged festival will be in English and will take place in late March of 2019 in the international arts center of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico — a World Heritage Site brimming with charm, history, and culture. San Miguel was voted Conde Nast Traveler Magazine 2013 "Best City in the World.” In 2017, readers of Travel – Leisure Magazine voted it the #1 city in the world to visit.

There is no fee for submitting. Each playwright whose script is selected and performed will receive a $25 USD cash honorarium and two complimentary tickets to the production. One play will be selected as the Audience Favorite and its playwright shall receive an additional $25 USD cash award.

In honor of the festival’s seventh anniversary The Founders Award, a special cash prize of $100 USD, will be awarded to the author of the best written play, as chosen by the festival’s founders.

No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.


One play will be selected as the Audience Favorite and its playwright shall receive an additional $25 USD cash award.  No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.

Submission Guidelines

Players Workshop may delete, without reading, any submission that does not comply with these rules.

Only one play may be submitted per entrant. Send us your best!

Only the first 100 plays entered are guaranteed to be considered.

The theme for 2019 will be The Seven Deadly Sins (wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, gluttony; please pick only one). Scripts must relate to the theme but are not otherwise limited in subject matter or content.

No nudity. Suitability for performance before a general adult audience will be a factor in selection.

No musicals or children’s plays, please.

The play must be submitted by email, as an attached PDF file. No MS Word files or other formats will be accepted. The subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play and the “sin” your play covers: e.g., Shakespeare; King Lear; Pride.

Blind submissions. The submission shall include all contact information for the playwright, including name, address, telephone number and email address on a separate title page; the script must be in standard play format, with a title page, a character listing, the setting, props, and any technical requirements or other production considerations.  Your name must not appear on the script. The two PDF files should be titled "Submission [Name Of Play]” and "Title Page [Name Of Play].”

The play must be in English and no longer than 10 pages in standard format, with a calculated running time of no less than eight minutes and no more than twelve minutes.

Submission period opens on August 1, 2018. Entries must be received prior to midnight U.S. Central Standard Time, August 31, 2018. No late submissions will be accepted because of transmission problems.

The play must be unpublished but may have had previous productions. If the play has had previous productions, a production history must be included with the submission. The submitting playwright must own all rights to the play.

Selection of plays will be at the absolute discretion of the judges.

Selection of a play does not guarantee production. Producers may decline to produce a selected play because of casting, directing or any other consideration, in which case no payment will be due the playwright.

Notification is expected to be made no later than December 1, 2018. Only playwrights whose plays have been selected for performance during the festival will receive notification of acceptance.

Playwrights whose plays were received in the first 100 submitted will receive first-round notification. Producers reserve the right to consider additional plays not received in the first 100.

Plays are restricted to 5 or fewer characters. Small casts are preferable, as the stage size is modest, with minimal set, props, sound cues, and costuming. Our talent pool is composed mostly of actors aged 40 and older. This will be a factor in selection.

Entering playwrights grant the producers of Diez Minutos permission to perform the play as needed during the Diez Minutos festival (March 13 – 24, 2019), and to make as many copies of the script as are necessary for production.  All other rights remain with the playwright.

Submitting Your Play
Please email your submission to: diezminutosfestival@yahoo.com. Any inquiries should be sent to the same address.

Thanks, in advance, for helping us make Diez Minutos 2019 a great success. We look forward to reading your entry.


Players Workshop San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Producer of Diez Minutos 2019

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Get Started as a Playwright at Primary Stages ESPA

If you’re just stepping into the world of playwriting, welcome! In this 5-week class at Primary Stages ESPA, Kara Lee Corthron will help you build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your first play (and each play you write after that!) can be built on a strong foundation.

Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
September 20, 27, October 4, 18, 25

This class might be for you if you are:
  • A budding playwright who wants to get down to basics. 
  • A theater artist boldly crossing the line from one discipline to another and ready to start writing!
In this class you will:
  • Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, including discussions of structure, character, and dialogue. 
  • Complete writing exercises to gain an understanding of the form and generate ideas for material. 
  • Start to write your own play by the end of the semester.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a strong grasp on writing for the stage, armed with the confidence you need to declare yourself a playwright and get to work on your script. 
  • Be ready for The First Draft!
Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Feels Blind Literary welcomes submissions

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

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

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

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

Submissions must be previously unpublished, original works.

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

Short Fiction: Send one story up to 7000 words.

Flash Fiction: Send one story up to 1000 words.

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

STORY CAMP Theatre Company seeking short LGBT plays

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Story Camp Studios is seeking LGBT Plays 15-Minutes or Less for our upcoming “Come Out
with Plays” New Playwrights Reading Night in association with this year’s Orlando Pride Week
taking place in October.

Plays should be 15 Minutes or Less and contain LGBT characters and themes and include a
cast of 5 Actors or Less. The plays will be carefully selected and curated, therefore all genres
are encouraged, particularly comedy but open to all. 6-8 plays will make the final selection and
be assigned to local professional Talent and Directors.

The event will take place in Orlando, Florida as a part of the Orlando Pride Week Festivities on
October 12th (Exact Date TBD) and will support local LGBT charities and causes, but
playwrights are not required to local or in attendance in order to participate and submit their
play.

To submit, please send an electronic copy of your short play in PDF format via email. In the
body of your email, please also include a brief bio, contact information, and logline for your play.

There is no submission fee and no fee to participate, nor limit to number of submissions.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO: info@storycampstudios.com

DEADLINE FOR OPEN SUBMISSIONS: August 31st 2018

Story Camp Studios is committed to championing new diverse voices and producing
women-helmed, LGBTQ, and POC works and staffed with crews as diverse as our stories.

[Editor's note: playwrights themselves do not have to be LGBT]

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Call for Plays - Women Playwrights Series

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The Centenary Stage Company, an Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2018 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and Susan Glaspell Contest.

Now in its 27th year, the WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and underserved voice of women writing for the theatre today.  Each season 3 new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period, over a period of a approximately 1 week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals.  The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the public as part of the Series, giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work, as well as offering the playwright an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium.  Additional funds for travel and housing are available for one playwright each season.

The 2019 Susan Glaspell Contest:
One play from the WPS Festival will be selected by a panel of judges as the winner, to be featured in a subsequent CSC main-stage season as a full production, with an additional award of $1500 to the playwright.

Guidelines for WPS Susan Glaspell Contest:
Submit full - length play, with no prior AEA production.
(If play has had one workshop production, please include information in your cover letter about the company, # of performances, and contract, if applicable)

Please include 1 letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or professor/instructor familiar with your work.

Note: we are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

Call CSC for more details (908 979-0900)

Deadline for Open Submissions: November 2, 2018

Deadline for New Dramatists, Agent Submissions, and PW Center:  January 15, 2019
Send Submissions to:
Attn: Catherine Rust, Prog. Dir
Centenary Stage Co. WPS
400 Jefferson St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Monday, August 13, 2018

SLAM Boston Diverse Voices in Theatre seeks 10-minute plays

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Dec 11 & 12, 2018
Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

The Open Theatre is calling for ten-minute plays for our December 18’ production of SLAM Boston Diverse Voices in Theatre, Boston’s Favorite 10-Min Play Competition.

When: Plays accepted now through Sept 1

Notifications will be made by Oct 1st

We are The Open Theatre and that means we will consider work from anyone. Maybe you went to drama school. Maybe you didn't. Maybe you've written a hundred plays. Maybe this is your first, either way, we are particularly interested in seeing work from people who may have experienced the world as The Closed Theatre. We want to see work from women, artists of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and others whose voices have not been traditionally heard. So please share your work with us so that we can share it with others.

How the SLAM works:

  • 8 Plays & Directors will be chosen
  • Once teams are assembled, they will rehearse independently
  • Technical Elements: minimal scenery (cubes, chairs tables) Lights Up/Down Only and props must fit in one grocery bag
  • Plays must not go over 10min or longer than 12 pages.
  • We will have One Tech Day at BPT
  • Each play will be performed on both nights
  • The audience will vote on their favorite plays, winner is chosen from the average scores from both nights. The winning team (Actors, Playwrights, Directors) will win a cash prize! 
  • As an OTP Fundraising event, every position from producing staff to playwrights are volunteer

Please Note:
If you have submitted to OTP’s SLAM Boston before, please do NOT submit again, we consider previously submitted works within these calls.

How to apply:
THIS IS A BLIND SUBMISSION CALL

  • Submit 1 Version with full contact information & 1 Version with NO contact information
  • Plays must be sent in either a .pdf or word doc
  • Please include a brief synopsis & your full contact information
  • Please use the subject line SLAM Boston 2018 Submission
  • Submissions can be sent via email to submissions@theopentheatre.com

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Little Black Dress seeks 10-minute plays from women

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2019 Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Fest: Swimming With Giants (submission form)
This year’s festival theme is SWIMMING WITH GIANTS.  Playwrights are invited to submit short (1-10 minute) plays and/or monologues written on this theme.  In the past we’ve had great success with short scenelets as well (10-minute plays comprised of a couple of scenes, which we can sprinkle throughout the line-up).

**We know that the "ten-minute" thing can feel vague/limiting/over-done/etc.  But believe us, we have built some truly kick ass festivals out of some truly phenomenal short pieces that meet (or even beat) the ten-minute mark.  Our most successful plays have been those that move with a snappish pace, that punch you in the gut and keep on running, or make us laugh so hard we gasp for air and then BOOM, it's over and we're over the moon.  Short plays that leave us wanting more instead of feeling antsy are the bees knees, as far as we're concerned.  So please adhere to the under-10-minute challenge and have fun!  (And keep in mind we strive to produce as many playwrights as possible, so shorter pieces do stand a better chance of making it to the final line-up)**

Remember:  Little Black Dress INK utilizes a peer review process for evaluating plays.  By submitting to this fest, you agree to participate in this unique opportunity to help select plays for production.

Once our submission window is closed, you will receive a selection of plays to read and score using the LBDI online eval form.  You MUST read and submit your evaluations by the required date in order for your play to remain in consideration.

Submitted works will be read by other participating playwrights and LBDI artistic personnel.  By submitting to the festival, you agree to share your work for review in this process.

As always, LBDI will be producing readings of the top scoring plays at locations nation-wide.  The top eight to ten scoring plays will also move on to full production with Little Black Dress INK in 2019.

Submissions will be accepted July 1st – Aug 15th.

*** There are two steps to submitting work for this year's festival:
      1.  Complete and submit the form.
      2.  Upload a BLIND PDF at the bottom of this form (Blind PDF = no playwright info anywhere on the script!)
      3. Check your email for confirmation of receipt!  (If you don't get a confirmation email from Google, it may mean something has gone wrong and your submission was not received.  Please let us know if this happens.)

REMEMBER - This year's theme is SWIMMING WITH GIANTS.  Now go wild, ladies!  We can't wait to read your work!

Questions?  Email Info@LittleBlackDressINK.org  (This is our question/info address only.  Please do NOT send submissions to this email address as they may get lost.)

Object Movement Festival for puppetry seeks submissions

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APPLICATIONS FOR OBJECT MOVEMENT 2018-2019 ARE DUE FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 AT 5PM. 

OBJECT MOVEMENT is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The purpose of the program is to develop new work and advance existing works-in-progress that address social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical questions through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of performances. Participants will meet weekly as a group to share the progress of their pieces and offer feedback. The group is moderated by a curatorial team of puppetry artists and producers. Group meetings will be from September 2018 through May 2019, culminating in a festival of performances.

Applications due August 31, 2018
Participants notified by September 10, 2018
Residency meetings start September 18, 2018
Work in progress showing in December 2018
Performance festival May 17-19 and 24-26, 2019
Workshop meetings will take place weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm at The Center at West Park on the Upper West Side starting September 18, 2018 and continuing through May 2018. Participants will be expected to commit to the weekly schedule with a minimum number of absences.

Festival performances will be in the Center’s Balcony Theater on May 17-19 and 24-26, 2019. Each participant will have at least three total performances on one of the two weekends. Final performances may be short (15-20 minutes) or full length (40-50 minutes).

Participants will receive up to 40 hours of free rehearsal space at the Center during the residency. Free rehearsal hours may be used in the Chapel between 10am and 6pm, Monday-Friday and must be reserved in advance.

Artist Fee

All participants will receive an equal share of the box office proceeds from the festival as an Artist Fee at the end of the residency.

Festival Info

The Object Movement 2019 Festival will take place over two weekends, with Program A running Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19 and Program B running Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26. Participants will be scheduled in Program A or B in early 2018 based on performer availability. Each piece in the festival will get one full day in the theater for tech and dress rehearsal.

The Center will provide front of house and technical staff for the festival, including a box office manager, house manager, technical director, and production stage manager. Equipment including a lighting rep plot and PA sound system will also be provided. All tickets will be $15 and sold through the Center’s website.

Print and digital marketing materials, including posters and Facebook pages, will be created by the Center. The Center will host a promo photo shoot in advance of the festival, and provide a photographer for production stills.

Application Information

Artists of all ages, experience levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applications should be for a specific project, either a new piece or an existing work in progress to be developed further. Please upload a one-page text description and one-page image/illustration of the project you would like to develop and perform during the residency and festival.

Your text description should include:

  • the style of puppetry or object theater used in the project
  • the social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical question(s) addressed in the project
  • why puppetry or object theater is essential to addressing the question(s) and the conception of the project
  • the length of the piece you are hoping to perform at the festival and how much of the material you have already created, if any
  • Please upload a document with one-page resumes or narrative biographies for up to three lead artists participating in the project. PDF preferred.


Please upload a document with work samples for up to three lead artist participating in this project. Work samples can be links to video, audio, or image galleries; a series of still images; and/or text. Please keep script samples to no more than 10 pages. PDF preferred.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the application process, the residency, or the festival.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

New Light Theater Project seeks plays from NYC-based writers

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Submissions open July 17 thru August 17, 2018.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these submission guidelines:

  * This contest is restricted to unproduced plays written in the English language.
  * Playwrights must be NYC-based.
  * Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays. Translations, musicals, adaptations, screenplays, one-act plays, and children's plays are not accepted.
  * Playwrights may submit only one script per year.
  * Plays that have been professionally produced in NYC are not eligible.
  * Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
  * Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission. NLTP will have right of first refusal once script has won.
  * Plays must be typed/word-processed and page-numbered.
  * Plays must be submitted electronically. No hard copies, please.

New Light Theater Project reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

Electronic submissions for the New Light New Voices Award must be submitted no later than August 17, 2018. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and a 2-3 sentence description of the play. Your play title with your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography must be submitted in a separate attachment.

Please send the script in PDF format with the title format: PLAY TITLE.pdf

Submit the electronic copy of your manuscript to: nlnvsubmissions@gmail.com with the subject line “NEW LIGHT NEW VOICES SUBMISSION: (title of your play)”

Please note: the award is contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the production agreement.

The Yale Drama Series 2019 playwriting competition

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The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2019 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Ayad Akhtar. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.

2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, adaptations, and children's plays are not accepted. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.

3. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.

4. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.

5. Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

6. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in professional play format.

7. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

8. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2019 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2018 and no later than August 15, 2018. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to: https://yup.submittable.com/submit.

HARDCOPY SUBMISSIONS:
The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2019 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2018 and no later than August 15, 2018.

If you are submitting a hard copy of your play, the manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), page count, and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments; and a second title page that lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please include a brief biography at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page.

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include an email address on your title page or a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

CONTACT US
For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT
06520-9040

Or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

Friday, August 10, 2018

Drama Notebook is accepting submissions

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Have you written plays for kids and teens and simply want to have them used and performed?
Drama Notebook is accepting submissions from playwrights, teachers, and actors who have written scripts or scenes for children and teens. We are building a huge library of royalty-free, high-quality scripts for use in educational settings.

Most drama teachers pay for materials out-of-pocket, and cannot afford to pay royalties, per-script fees, video fees, etc. By sharing your work, you will be benefiting thousands of educators in over 100 countries.

We can either license your script for a small fee, or purchase the copyright for a slightly larger amount. This is not life-changing $ to be sure, but you will experience the joy of knowing that your work is being performed by students all over the world.

When we publish your script, we include your bio, a link to your website (if applicable), and a way for teachers to contact you when their students perform your play!

Ready to submit your plays?
1. Download more detailed information below.
2. See an example of a formatted script.
3. Download our handy script template (optional).
4. Fill out the play submission form.

We will contact you immediately to let you know that we have received your submission, and our team will get back to you within one week to let you know whether or not we’d like to add your script(s) to our library.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Tall Tales DC Productions seeking full length and short plays by South Asian playwrights

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Tall Tales DC Productions is seeking contemporary full length and short plays by South Asian playwrights not previously produced in the DC Metro area.

Simple production requirement and a cast of no more than 5.

Submit script as a PDF attachment to an e-mail with a cover letter that includes a brief synopsis of the piece, as well as any history of the production.

NO SUBMISSION FEE.

A stipend will be paid for selected work.

Email scripts and cover to info@talltalesdc.productions

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Write Your Next First Draft this Fall at Primary Stages ESPA

Whether you're writing your first play or your hundredth, it's not always easy to set the creative wheels in motion. This 10-week class at Primary Stages ESPA will guide you through the development of your first draft.

Faculty and Start Dates
September 16: Section A with Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
September 20: Section C with Suzanne Bradbeer (Writer, Confederates, Pulitzer-nominated The God Game)
September 26: Section E with Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public)

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright of any level looking to start the first draft of your new play. 
  • Are starting out in the world of playwriting or want to write your first play. 
  • Want concrete deadlines and constructive feedback to encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
In this class you will:
  • Bring in new pages to hear them read aloud in class. 
  • Strengthen your writing skills with exercises and assignments from your instructor. 
  • Engage in discussion with fellow writers, making connections with your artistic peers.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a solid start on—or even complete!—a first draft of a full-length play. 
  • Be ready for our Completing Your Draft class! 
Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

OPEN-APPLICATION COMMISSIONING OPPORTUNITY FOR WRITERS OF COLOR

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Like our Biennial Commission, this application asks that writers respond to a series of prompts with a ten-page piece of initial writing and a one-page proposal for a full-length play, which will be read without the readers’ knowledge of the writer’s identity. One or more writers will be awarded (or will share) a $15,000 commission. Unlike the Biennial Commission, which is open to all writers, submissions for this award are open only to writers of color.

For this commission, Clubbed Thumb is interested in plays that employ alternative structures and shapes. We ask you to consider one of five alternative play shapes–landscape, spider web, nesting dolls, circle, double helix–and craft a proposal for how you will employ that play shape to best suit the story you wish to tell. This is subjective, of course, and meant to trigger the imagination, not be academic analysis. Some examples of what we mean:

Landscape: in which we learn about the world through accumulation
Our Town by Thornton Wilder is structured a bit like a landscape painting–we are introduced to everything all at once and Wilder zooms in and out of the landscape in order to tell the story.
Other examples might include: Wilder Gone, God’s Ear, Mlima’s Tale

Spider Web: in which we learn through disparate scenes that seem disconnected but are linked at odd angles and actually cohere around a central theme or argument
Booty Candy by Robert O’Hara could be seen as a spider web play–at first each scene feels like a vignette exploring a discrete idea, however, as more and more divergent worlds are explored we begin to realize that each world is connected in exploration of a single theme.
Other examples might include: Lear (Young Jean Lee), Doll’s House Pt. 2, Of Government

Nesting Dolls: in which we learn through analogies and juxtaposition
Mr Burns, a Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn might be seen as a play shaped like a set of nesting dolls–each act is its own entity and the dramatic movement lies in building out from what came before.
Other examples might include: Fairview, An Octoroon, Barbecue

Circle: in which we learn through reflection
Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes might be a circle play. The most important dramatic events happen in the middle; act one leads us into these events and act three deals with the aftermath; the end of the play reflects themes that are present in the beginning of the play.
Other examples might include: A Map of Virtue, The Aliens, Father Comes Home From the Wars

Double Helix: in which we learn through thematic associations between the narrative threads
Stop Kiss by Diana Son could be a double helix play – the story is told in two threads simultaneously–what happened before and what happened after the inciting event–with thematic links between these narratives.
Other examples might include: Midsummer Night’s Dream (might be a triple helix), We are Proud to Present…, The Tomb of King Tot

You are also welcome to propose your own unconventional play shape. Should you choose to do that, be rigorous and make the case for it.

Your proposed play should also include the following:
1) At least three characters in every scene (no two character scenes)
2) Some simultaneous talking
3) Some found or repurposed text
4) A character pretending to be someone else
5) No indoor spaces

(Many thanks to Erin Courtney for developing this prompt with us.)


TO APPLY: SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING THROUGH THE FORM BELOW
(this is a BLIND submission, see notes below)

1) A one-page letter of intent describing your proposed project;
2) 10 exploratory pages from the proposed project (either contiguous or from different sections of the proposed play);
3) One of your finished plays, for reference;
4) Your resume

IMPORTANT NOTES

No names please — on the letter, the 10 page sample or the finished play for reference, or in any file names. The panel reads all submissions BLIND — the only place your name should appear is on the info form and on your resume.

The letter of intent should briefly map out the proposed piece, how you will use the chosen shape to tell the story and, if need be, orient the reader to the excerpt’s relationship to the whole. You needn’t explain or repeat anything that your 10 page sample makes clear. Then give us an idea of where the piece is coming from and where you think you want to go with it.

We ask you to include one of your finished plays for reference. Note (where prompted in the form) any relationship or similarities the complete play has to the proposed project, and recommend 10 pages for us to start with.

One last thing: this is a commission for Clubbed Thumb. So look around our website at our guidelines and production history for reference, if they are not familiar to you. Many of our plays have been published individually or in our anthology, “Funny, Strange, Provocative”, and are widely available to read.

DEADLINE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, 11:59PM EST

The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the fall, and the commission(s) awarded by the end of 2018. The $15,000 commission — which might be split between writers if the panel so elects — will be paid out in three installments every six months, with the first installment following the signing of a contract. Send questions to info[at]clubbedthumb.org

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Play selected: SHARK WEEK by Tom Misuraca

We received many good plays and monologues submitted for possible recording and inclusion in the next Podcast episode, "A Midsummer's Podcast" but we only have the resources to record one.

We selected SHARK WEEK by Tom Misuraca.

You can learn more about Tom and his play - an interview with Tom will be included in the Podcast.

Thanks to everybody who submitted work ~ we are sorry we couldn't include more.

You can learn more about the Podcast, and listen to the first episode at http://www.playwrightspodcast.com

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

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

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

Applicants can apply in the following categories:

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

2018 Cycle Dates

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

Applications will be available at:  www.nyfa.org/NYCWomensFund

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

3. Film, TV and Digital Projects :
a. Must have started principal photography and should be able to project final cut
and be ready to implement distribution strategy described in the application by
March 31, 2020.
b. Must be “Made in NY” meaning: (1) 75% of its total shooting days take place in
New York City, or (2) 75% of its production costs are “qualified production costs”(1)
c. Must adhere to content standards suitable for public broadcasting.
d. City must have three (3) years of non-exclusive royalty free rights to air
programming either in its original state or edited version beginning up to four (4)
years after original release date.
e. Funds can be used for any purpose critical to the completion of the project.
f. Projects can be live action or animated.
g. Applicant can be either the filmmaker or a producer.
4. Theatre Projects :
a. Must be an original play or book of a musical (with dialogue, lyrics and music)
that has not been produced previously.
b. Must be able to project a professional staging (including paid cast and crew) of
the developed work by March 31, 2020 for a minimum of 5 performances.
c. Must present a free performance or invited dress rehearsal for New York City audiences or provide free tickets by lottery or other means to be agreed upon
over the course of the run equal to the number of seats in the theatre.
d. Must be rehearsed and performed in New York City.
e. Applicants can be theatre companies, commercial or not-for-profit producers, or
playwrights planning to self-produce.

Application

Applications must include:

1. A detailed synopsis of the full project.
2. How the project represents a strong female or female-identified perspective.
1 "Qualified production costs" means the below-the-line production costs only to the extent such costs are incurred directly in New York City and are attributable to the use of tangible property or the performance of services within New York City directly and predominantly in the production (including pre-production and post-production) of a qualified film.
“Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund

2018 Program Guidelines 2
   
 3. Bios for applicant and key artists.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Work samples as detailed below.

Work Samples

For feature length films:

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

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

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

For more information visit  www.nyfa.org/NYCWomensFund  or email NYCWomensFund@nyfa.org
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Saturday, August 4, 2018

2018 Playwrights and Artists Festival

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It is that time of year again. We have chosen our artwork for the 2018 Playwrights and Artists Festival. We, as always, extend first look to those who have submitted to our festival in years previous.
New to this year’s festival we are offering three prizes.
$300 for Best of Festival.
$200 for Artistic Merit.
$100 for Audience Favorite.
The artwork will follow a refresher on the rules.
1. The play must be inspired by one of the works of art below.
2. The play must be written between the dates June 19 and August 8, 2018.
3. The play length needs to be between 15 - 20 minutes
4. Cast size maximum, 5 characters. Set should be implied.
5. Plays submitted MUST be a complete play and must include a beginning, middle and an end and contain a conflict. Our judges will be adhering to strict parameters during the adjudication process.
6. Playwrights may only submit one play for the festival.
7. The playwright would need to attend at least one of the two weekend performances (which take place in November). In person is preferred but we have in the past skyped with playwrights. As our festival is starting to reach a greater number people in wider locations we feel that we must take this into consideration. We always hope our playwrights can attend in person and feel the energy and excitement of having their work performed onstage for the first time but we understand that sometimes this is not logistically possible.
8. Plays must be submitted by midnight of August 8, 2018. This submission must include 2 copies of your play, one “blind” version without name but including which artwork you were inspired by and one with a full title page. They must be submitted tobinghamtoncitystage@gmail.com 
There are no exceptions to these rules. We love the idea of fresh work based on the inspiration of our chosen art. We choose our artworks carefully. We love to see where it takes our playwrights. Each piece of art has infinite possibilities of inspiration. We wish all good luck writing and can't wait to see the results.
And now here are this year’s artworks.

Flatlined by Jessica Fridrich



Rumor by Megan Proutey



Rockport Moss by Karl Schadlich



Sundog Theatre seeks radio plays

The Originals: Radio Plays

Seeking radio plays. Approximate running time: 60 to 90+ minutes.

Our series "The Originals" continues this fall in October on MakerPark Radio's internet-based station. Sundog is seeking plays that actors will read, broadcast live on the web, and heard/seen throughout the US and worldwide.

Mail Submissions To:
Sundog Theatre
PO Box 183
Staten Island, NY 10301
Attn: Radio Plays

Deadline: August 15th, 2018 - no fee to submit

Questions: info@sundogtheatre.org

The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre

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** Entry fees are waived for members of the Dramatists Guild and Arizona residents.**

The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre is accepting submissions for our next Bechdel Test Festival. Stipulations are that the work must be in development with a cast limit of eight (8) and that the writer has an understanding of the next stages needed towards the creation of their play. The playwright will be submitting his/her/their piece with the intention of committing time, work, and rewriting within a conscious and measured pipeline of development that will be generated with The Bridge Initiative other partner theatre companies (to be announced) committed to the shepherding of the work and writer throughout the process. A panel of professional theatre artists nationwide will adjudicate the submissions.  Playwrights of all genders are encouraged to submit short and full-length plays that satisfy the requirements of the Bechdel Test: Two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.

The Bridge Initiative’s inaugural Bechdel Test Fest, September 2017, was very well received by artists and audience alike, with more than 70 artists receiving stipends and an audience of about 300 throughout the weekend. And importantly to our mission, 80% of those served (on both sides of the footlights) were female. The concept that launched the Bechdel Test appeared in 1985 in a comic series titled Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel, who attributes the idea to her friend Liz Wallace. It refers to the representation of women in film, and according to numerous press reports annually, many films continue to fail to meet its criteria. When conceiving of The Bechdel Test Fest, the Bridge Initiative decided to apply the test not only to film but also to theatre, charging writers to pen complex, diverse female characters.

ALL playwrights who submit to the contest will receive written feedback on their play from at least two adjudicators.

The winning FULL-LENGTH playwright will receive:

Promotion of themselves and their play on The Bridge Initiative website and our social media channels, as well as inclusion in press releases both locally and nationally.
A week-long developmental workshop that will include a professional director who specializes in development, dramaturg, actors, and other supportive artists for the process that will best serve the play and playwright.

Professional reading presented to the public, involving artists named above, public during the Bechdel Test Fest weekend, April 26-28, 2019, at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe AZ 85201.

Our partner, InProximity Theatre Company, will present a reading of the play in their 2018-’19 season in New York City (updated 7/31/18).

Travel, housing, and stipend for the week of development in Arizona.  (Playwrights from outside the U.S. will be offered a limited travel stipend to help defray travel costs.)

If the winning full-length playwright does not reside in Arizona, an ARIZONA FULL-LENGTH WINNER will be named and will receive:

Promotion of themselves and their play on The Bridge Initiative website and our social media channels, as well as inclusion in press releases both locally and nationally.

A developmental process that will include a professional director, dramaturg, actors, and other supportive artists that will best serve the play and playwright.

Professional reading presented to the public during the Bechdel Test Fest weekend, April 26-28, 2019, at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe AZ 85201.
Stipend.

Up to 3 FULL-LENGTH RUNNERS-UP  and up to 3 SHORT PLAY WINNERS (including at least ONE ARIZONA PLAYWRIGHT) will receive:

Promotion of themselves and their play on The Bridge Initiative website and our social media channels, as well as inclusion in press releases both locally and nationally.
Professional reading presented to the public during the Bechdel Test Fest weekend, April 26-28, 2019, at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe AZ 85201.

Stipend.

TO SUBMIT:
Requirements:  The play must not have been fully produced prior to this contest and there must not be any rights attached to the script.  It is necessary that our winning writers be available and commit to the development process, beginning with a week-long residence in Arizona the week of April 21st, 2019, with a dedicated director, actors, and supportive artists throughout the week in Arizona.

Submit online to bridgeplaywright@gmail.com.

Application must include:

A separate resume with all contact information

A separate cover letter that addresses your intended vision of process for the development of your play

A separate list of three theatre work-related references with their contact information

A full script in pdf format that is completely scrubbed (no name or contact information) for the blind reading process

Entry fee** of $25 for full-length (over 30 pages) and $15 for short plays (under 30 pages) must be remitted via PayPal to bridgeinit@gmail.com. (If you require an invoice instead, please let us know and we can accommodate.)

** Entry fees are waived for members of the Dramatists Guild and Arizona residents.**

If you have any questions, please contact The Bridge Initiative at info@bridgeinit.org.

Submission Deadline: August 15th, 2018.

 NOTE: Playwrights who have not been awarded by The Bridge Initiative in the past will receive priority consideration.

NEWvember Dublin New Plays Festival

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NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that will take place over three days at the New Theatre in Dublin’s Temple Bar. There is no fee for submissions and all plays are read blind of name or gender by our panel.

The spirit of NEWvember is to provide a dynamic, interactive and comfortable place where writers can hear their plays read by professional actors and discuss their work and creative process. The first five festivals, co-produced with Tangent Theatre, took place in the historic village of Tivoli (in upstate New York) with our first Dublin based festival in 2017 at the historic Belvedere House.

In 2018 NEWvember will be hosted in the rehearsal rooms of the New Theatre in Temple Bar.

CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSIONS

  • submitted plays should be previously unproduced (we will consider plays that have had readings before but are still in development)
  • plays should have a cast size of 2-8
  • plays should have a running time of 30 to 120 minutes
  • we will only accept one submission per writer each year
  • we are interested in plays from playwrights based in Ireland, and Irish playwrights around the world
  • we ask that the writers of the chosen plays attend the reading of their play towards its further development and to be present for a post-reading Q&A with the audience
  • there is no fee for submissions
  • while we are open to all styles and subjects, we do have a preference for narrative and character-driven stories. Plays will be selected based on their originality, range, production potential, narrative quality and emotional resonance
  • your play must be submitted as a PDF (via the online form) without the writer’s name, email or other identifying marks on any page throughout the script, and should include a character list. Please ensure the file name of your play matches the name of the play e.g. theweir.pdf
  • The window for submissions opens Friday July 27th 2018.
  • The closing date for submissions is Friday August 17th 2018 (12 midnight GMT).
  • Please note that these criteria will be applied strictly and any submissions made after the closing date or not following the submission guidelines will not be considered. In addition, our festival’s reading panel will not be able to provide feedback on specific plays or on the status of your application.

The writers of the plays that have been shortlisted will be contacted in early September and will be asked to send any updated version of their play, as this will be the final version considered and the version read at the festival if chosen.

The invited plays will be announced in October.

CASTING: Please note – the chosen plays will be read by an ensemble of actors, each performing roles in multiple plays in the festival. While we will endeavor to provide the best match of cast for each play that is read, in terms of characters’ listed ages/ethnicities, we also need to form an ensemble to best cover the entire range of the festival’s program. We appreciate our playwrights’ understanding of our ensemble-based casting.

Gadfly (Minnesota) submission guidelines

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Attention Playwrights:

You can submit scripts to Gadfly at any time for consideration in future seasons. Right now we are only interested in stories BY trans and non-binary people, queer POC, and queer female playwrights.

We can not respond with a "no, sorry" to every play, and we do not provide feedback on scripts. We do read everything that fits the guidelines below. If we want to produce your work, we will reach out in plenty of time to get rights and other contract details squared away.

Plays must:​

  • Be both queer and feminist in nature and content
  • Be full lenth (60 minutes or longer) plays. No one-acts or ten minute plays will be considered for mainstage work
  • Feature less than EIGHT actors (big casts with double-casting is fine) and have as few set/dress/tech requirements as possible
  • Be submitted in .pdf format to gadflytheatre@gmail.com Please include the title of the play in the subject line and a brief synopsis of the play in the body of the email

Friday, August 3, 2018

Angel on the Corner (UK) seeks female-centered plays

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Their first show, 'Zero Down' written by BBC award winning writer Sarah Hehir, premiered at Theatre 503 in August 2015 and transferred to The Pleasance Courtyard the following year at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

More recently the company have been involved in film projects and are currently in developing a full length play and a sitcom pilot. 

Angel on the Corner like to work in collaboration with writers, directors and actors and are open to work in progress. 

Submission specification 

Full length play (60 minutes min) 
Female centered stories preferable 
Include a brief biography and synopsis 
Send all submissions and queries to kt_hurley@yahoo.com 

Deadline for submissions: 17th August 2018 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Loch Lyle Music Publishing & Muse Picholine Media's call for submissions

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NYC-based writers are invited to submit original short works (10-minute plays, one-act plays of fewer than 20 minutes) for inclusion in the upcoming program, "Short Plays: Deconstructing and Reconstructing". The purpose of this show is to showcase new, unproduced theatrical works in a black-box environment. Show details may be found on Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/short-plays-deconstructing-and-reconstructing-tickets-48717575580

Submitters must own the work being submitted; if a collaboration, both collaborators must apply. Application materials, in PDF form (Word format will not be accepted) must include:

- A cover page, which includes writers'names and contact (phone, email) information;
- A synopsis;
- Casting breakdown (a maximum of 3 characters)
- Whether the work has already been cast/existing attachments

Restrictions:
A maximum of two (2) submissions per writer;
Unproduced works only;
A participation fee of $45 (waived if the writer assumes responsibility for casting the work, with NYC-based actors)

Submissions close at 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, August 10, 2018. 

Writers will be informed regarding acceptance/non-acceptance no later than EOB, Friday, August 17, 2018. For more details, and to submit materials, please email info@llmp-mpm.com. Thank you!

Loch Lyle Music Publishing & Muse Picholine Media
www.llmp-mpm.com
Play On.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Actors Theatre Playhouse Seeking Original Scripts for our 2019 Ten Minute Play Festival

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The Actors Theatre Playhouse of West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, and Brattleboro, Vermont, is accepting Ten Minute Play Submissions for its Ten Minute Play Festival in June of 2019.

Our Website is www.atplayhouse.org

TWO SUBMISSIONS ONLY PLEASE !

All scripts will be accepted ONLY thru Email at tenplays19@gmail.com

Email is best for us to get your manuscript to our review committees as quickly as possible.  Upon acceptable receipt, a return email will confirm your delivery to us.

The deadline for entry of a manuscript is September 30th, 2018. 

Six to eight Winners and Alternates will be announced to all participants by early November.

It is with deep regret that we cannot offer any financial prizes at this time. The winners will receive production of their play as part of our next Ten-Minute Play Festival and multiple tickets should the authors be able to attend.

Ten-minute plays should play in one scene, have minimal scenic requirements, not exceed ten-twelve pages in length and have two to six characters.

The goal of the Festival is both to encourage the production of new works from regional writers while exposing our actors and directors to the techniques and practices of working with playwrights and producing new plays.

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