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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Quarantine: The Musical - Call For Monologues

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DEADLINE : May 20, 2020
Carrollwood Players Theatre announces an open call for submissions of original monologues and original songs for QUARANTINE: THE MUSICAL

Quarantine: The Musical is a collaborative project for writers, actors, singers, and musicians. This special production will be presented live by Carrollwood Players Theatre in mid to late June, 2020.

While it is possible this performance MAY be presented on stage for a live audience, we anticipate this original work will be presented as a live virtual online performance.

Therefore, we request submissions that are both created by, and intended to be performed by, the submitter(s). Your submission of your monologue(s) and/or original song(s) will also be considered your audition.

We are seeking original material addressing all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeking a variety of material, ranging from comedic to dramatic. All submissions, including songs, should be suitable as a stand alone piece. Selected pieces will be compiled together by the director to create Quarantine: The Musical.

Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m, Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Guidelines for Submissions:

1. All submitted material must be 100% original, written by you or one or more collaborator(s), and intended to be performed by you as a monologue or song.

2. Monologues should be approximately 5 minutes in length and tell a compelling story about a specific character. Monologues may be comedic or dramatic and must be written in the first person style. Monologues must be intended to be performed by you, but can be written by you and/or a collaborator. Please, no scenes with multiple characters. We are seeking monologues only.

3. Songs should be approximately 3-5 minutes in length and may address either a specific character’s story, or our collective pandemic experience. Songs must use 100% original music and lyrics and may be comedic or dramatic. Songs do not necessarily have to be written in the first person style. Songs must be written by you and/or one or more collaborators, and be intended to be performed by you and/or any other person(s) in your household. You must be able to provide live accompaniment on an instrument(s) played by yourself and/or others in your household, or using a backing track created from your own original music.

4. Submit your work as a VIDEO of you performing the piece. If you are submitting a song that will be performed by you WITH others in your household, all performers should perform in your submission video. Lyrics/lines do not have to be memorized for your submission/audition video, but if your submission is a song, it must be performed in your video with your instrument(s) or backing track..

5. Your submission video should begin with a brief introduction of each person appearing in the video, including each person’s name and email address. followed by a performance of the piece.

6. Send your video as a file or private link by email to info@carrollwoodplayers.org and include in the body of your email the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of anyone appearing in the video.

7. Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020.

8. Selected submissions will be notified by email approximately one week after the deadline.

9. Selected participants should be prepared to participate in rehearsals and performance(s), which will be scheduled based on cast availability. Rehearsals will take place beginning in late May, with performances to take place in mid to late June.

10. To participate, selected participants must have access to a WIFI connection and must have a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and internal mic. Rehearsals, and likely performance(s), will be held online.

11. Due to the likelihood of online performances and the limitations of live virtual performing (buffering/lag times, etc.), any song pieces that will be performed by you WITH someone else, must be performed together, in person, from your household. Please, no submissions of duets or group songs that would involve singers/musicians in different locations. Limiting participation in your song to persons who RESIDE in your household is highly recommended.

This is an unpaid project. Writers retain rights for their original material, and grant permission to Carrollwood Players Theatre for use in this project.

Questions about submissions may be submitted by email at info@carrollwoodplayers.org

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Springville Center for the Arts Short Play Submission 2020

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Deadline: May 15, 2020
Springville NY

We are accepting submissions for our Fifth Annual Staged Shorts production scheduled for September 18 & 19, 2020. Plays should be eight to twelve pages (approximately ten minutes on stage). All genres accepted, but no excerpts from longer plays. Playwrights can submit up to three plays by May 15, 2020.

Email to: scaartsubmissions@gmail.com use “Short Play Submission 2020” in subject line.

Theatre Nerd Podcast seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: May 15, 2020

Trapped inside during the time of Corona, the bards and bardessesses at Theatre Nerd Podcast have decided that nothing will stop them from creating theatre to keep the ghostlights on in the world. To this end, they’re looking for a few 10-minute plays with a special little twist.

If your play meets the following criteria, we’d love to hear from you.

1. It’s right about ten minutes long. A little leeway is fine, but please don’t send us a one act.

2. It can be produced with a cast of no more than 4 actors. Reasonable doubling is a-ok. Unreasonable doubling is not.

3. It can easily be translated to a podcast style. We’re social distancing.

4. We're completely open on genre and content. Send us your best stuff.

5. It is unpublished – we’ll happily accept plays with previous productions, but we’re looking for unpublished works.

6. We’re especially interested in plays and playwrights from a diverse background or plays that allow underrepresented voices a chance to be heard.

7. We're also huge fans of the following: True Crime, Escape, Revenge, Science Fiction, Reunion, and Noir. You don't have to submit plays in those categories, but bonus points if you do.

We’re happy to offer a one-time royalty payment of $30.00 to any of the plays that we produce. You’ll also be credited on any relevant material – of course – as well as get a copy of the finished work.

We’ll get back to folks as we work through submissions.

At this time, we will be accepting submissions through May 15, 2020.

We expect to release one 10-minute play per week.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Gadfly Theater Submission Guidelines

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Gadfly Has An Open Submission Policy

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

Asymptote seeks drama in translation

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Rolling deadline
Asymptote welcomes submissions of hitherto unpublished translated poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama; certain types of original English-language nonfiction, including literary and critical writing; as well as visual art. 

You may send a one-act play or an excerpt from a full-length play, in either case not exceeding 20 pages, translated into English. For full-length plays, send a brief synopsis first. Rolling deadline.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

1. All submissions should be sent as one Microsoft Word attachment (as a .doc file, please) via Submittable or, only if this is not possible, via email to editors@asymptotejournal.com. The Microsoft Word attachments must be labeled with the last names of the author and translator: authortranslator.doc.

2. For ease of reference, your email header should follow this format: SUBMISSION (Genre)-Submitter Name [e.g., SUBMISSION (Fiction)-James Frey]

3. Your submission must include the following:

The original work and the translation (where applicable).
A statement granting us permission to publish both the original work and the translation online, as well as declaring that you are in a position to grant us such rights (i.e., that you have the author’s permission—or the translator’s, if you are the author—and his/her publisher’s, if required).
Biographical notes, written in the third person, for both author and translator(s), beginning with the name, no longer than 150 words per bio.

Optional, but highly encouraged:

A short write-up providing context and discussing the challenges of this particular translation; fewer than 300 words.
An MP3 recording of a reading of the original non-English-language text (for poems and shorter pieces) or an excerpt of the original text (for longer work).
4. For poetry submissions, please format your submission so that each original work follows after its translation. [Translation 1, Original 1; Translation 2, Original 2, etc.]

5. Translations must not have been previously published, although the source text may have been.

6. Submissions in English (where permitted: see above) must not have been previously published.


7. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask in return that you notify us by email as soon as you learn of an acceptance elsewhere.



LANGUAGE GUIDELINES

Asymptote is a journal that celebrates translation and world literatures. Therefore, we mainly consider work translated into English, particularly for poetry, fiction and drama. The exceptions are:


Providing the text in the original language and arranging all necessary permissions are solely the translator's responsibility. Submissions with uncertain rights issues will not be considered at all. Submissions with no source text or introductory material (for poetry) will be at a significant disadvantage versus those that do have them.


OTHER INFORMATION 

1. Rights to the work revert to the author and the translator after publication. We do hope to put out a print anthology one day (after we have recovered the costs of the website). Contributors who have been chosen for such an anthology will be queried for permission.

2. We try to respond to each submission within a reasonable period, but due to the volume of submissions we receive, we may not always be able to do so. Please query after three months if you have not heard back from us, and would like to know the status of your submission.

3. Our finances do not permit us to pay contributors at this time.


4. If you require further clarification on any matter, please send us a query (with the word "QUERY" included in the header) at the email address listed above.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Painkiller Project podcast seeks work

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Deadline: May 7, 2020 10PM
UK

The Painkiller Project is a fortnightly playwriting competition with a small £150 prize for each winning play.

The winning play will be produced and released the following week as a podcast (available here). The winning playwright will also get the chance to have a "video coffee" with a line-up of established theatre makers over the coming weeks including Laura Wade, Ryan Craig, Anne-Louise Sarks and David Eldridge.

​We hope that the repetitive nature of the competition helps to make the project feel collaborative and cyclical - like theatre.

We hope this a good idea, it may not be - we don't know. If it works, however, we hope to improve it/keep it going every week that theatres in the UK remain closed.

We have already raised some money to get the project off the ground. If people like this idea and it grows, we hope to pay everyone else involved in the project. For this to happen, in the long run, we are going to be reliant on the generosity of others.

If you can afford to donate, or if you know anyone who might want to donate to the continuation of the project there are two options:

You can make a one-off donation through PayPal.me

Or, you can become a patron to the project through Patreon. This allows you to make a donation that would be repeated each time a new winning play is released, fortnightly.
Donate
Become a Patron
It would mean the world to us and allow us to make more work.

Any money raised will go exclusively towards the winning playwrights, designers, readers and actors.

Finally, please give us lots of feedback and let us know if you have any other questions - we want to make this something that feels like a collaborative experience that works for everyone who wants to be involved.

To get updates about The Painkiller Project you can subscribe to Bitter Pill's mailing list.

​Thank you for your support and spread the word!

The infomation.

Our next submssion window will be from Monday 4th May (10am) until Thursday 7th May (10pm) - please send to bitterpilltheatre@gmail.com

All submissions should be done with the following form attached. Download here. We encourage you to use a pen name. Plays should be written for 1 or 2 actors.

On Sunday 10th May we will announce one play that will become a podcast the following week, we will also release a shortlist this time.

The winner will receive £150 upfront. We will try to give feedback to as many plays as possible but will only give it if we think it is helpful rather than for the sake of it - we don't have all (or even many) of the answers!

Each winning play will be produced (in audio form) and released online approximately 1 week on from being announced as the winner.

Each winner will also have the chance to have a video coffee with an established theatre maker.

The method.
  • Using recording equipment and by working with innovative sound designers!
  • The plays will be rehearsed over online video technology, recorded and then released.
  • Once all this is over, we would hope to bring the winning plays together for some kind of physical event. 
The twist(s).

We are looking for short plays. Plays should between 500 and 1500 words.

For now, all plays need to be performable by a maximum of 2 actors.

All plays should have been written post 20 March 2020 (the day most theatre buildings closed in the UK). We also request you do not submit more than one play per submission window.
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Plays with the following words included within them will still be considered but we wonder whether it might be a good idea to avoid them:

social distancing, coronavirus, COVID, the virus, self-isolation, self-isolate, antibody test, quarantine, ventilators, Chris Whitty, herd immunity, Lombardy, Wuhan, flattening the curve, stay at home, vaccine, Dyson, lockdown, Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, pandemic, super spreader, Keir Starmer, antibody test, Houseparty (the app), Zoom (the app), Skype, shielding, Donald Trump, mortality rate, Matt Hancock, stock-piling, toilet paper (within the context of stock-piling), symptoms, asymptomatic, a new or continuous cough, PPE clothing, Sweden, Governor Cuomo, face mask.

Please note we're not suggesting you try and write a play about coronavirus which simply excludes these words. You can write about absolutely anything and it is probably inevitable that the state of things will influence everything and everyone at the moment. Tackling the subject head-on, however, and writing "The Resistible Rise of Rishi Sunak" or "Waiting for Herd Immunity" might be a bit premature!

Best of luck writing, and we hope people find this interesting! Let's try and make some plays. @BitterTheatre on Twitter for updates.

Monday, May 4, 2020

The Playwrights Group




STUCK AT HOME? 
GOOD TIME TO GET SOME 
WRITING DONE. 
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ONLINE OFFERINGS



Script Consultations

Have a script you want feedback on?  Just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get the answers you’re looking for via email, phone or video conference. 

Richard Caliban has worked with  individuals on their scripts from all over the world — Indonesia, China, Greece, Australia, Serbia, as well as right here in New York. A script consultation will provide you with feedback on the structural soundness of your story, the dramatic arc of your protagonist, thematic unity and much more.

Online One-on-One Courses

If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:

       The Art of Playwriting
       Write a Play in 10 Weeks

Both are One on One with instructor Richard Caliban, who has spent his life in rehearsal rooms getting words on a page up onto a stage. And since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience. 

Weekly  Workshop

During the current crisis, the weekly workshop has moved online to a Zoom meeting. We read everything from a one page scene to a full length. Plays, musicals, film scripts — whatever it is you’re working on. This is a great opportunity for those not in the NYC area. 

We meet (virtually) Thursdays from 7 - 9:30pm EST. 


Please visit our website for details and rates:


9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) submissions guidelines

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Deadline: May 31, 2020 Midnight

NYC
9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions from March to May each season. Please note that due to our small staff we are unable to respond to submissions that are not accepted. Please adhere to the guidelines below. Send submissions in either a .doc or .pdf format to Submissions@9ttc.org. In respect of our commitment to the environment please do not mail submissions to our office.

Guidelines

9TTC produces works that incorporate environmental issues as part of the part, characters, or theme. We are uniquely dedicated to Eco Theatre, connecting humanity and nature, in various forms.

We accept original one acts, and full length plays and musicals.

We do not accept one-person shows, children's shows, screenplays, or works without environmental themes. 9Thirty Theatre Company also does not produce works that have already been produced in New York City.

To have your work considered, please submit the following as one file:
• cover letter, including your contact information
• brief synopsis of piece (500 words or less)
• character descriptions
• 20 page dialogue sample
• brief production history of the work (if applicable)
• bio for yourself and any other collaborators
• if submitting a musical, please include at least 3 recorded demo tracks

To be considered for 9TTC's all submissions must be received by midnight on May 31st.

For Visual Artists

We are accepting pieces for display in our lobby at performances, from visual artists of all mediums whose work is in concert with our mission. This may include art made from found objects, sustainable materials, non-toxic and eco-friendly products, etc.

About Project Proposals

Please include the project name, history and plan of action, project description (please include what your work is exploring or a synopsis), and any research you have done.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

The Merry Beggars seek 10-minute radio plays

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Deadline: May 4, 2020

Moved by the unprecedented event of a ‘global quarantine’ due to Coronavirus, The Merry Beggars seeks submissions of 10-minute radio plays responding to the theme "Quarantine."

As we enter into a strange monkish isolation, our humanity emerges in a new and vivid light. We encounter our families, perhaps for the first time. Old wounds - and old loves - resurface. We enter into an unplanned retreat - a deepened Lenten sacrifice. What new stories will this create? What farces? What heroes? Where has this been felt before in history? Does this prefigure our future? Where is God in all of this? Where are our families? Where are we?

Three finalists will be fully produced as radio plays and broadcast on partnering radio stations. The top finalist will receive a $300 prize. All genres, periods, and sensibilities are encouraged! All submissions are judged blind by top industry professionals. Submission deadline is May 4th, 2020.

See the full prompt and contest at themerrybeggars.com/radio

Scripts do not have to be ‘about’ quarantine but simply ‘in response to’ the theme of ‘quarantine’ (i.e. wherever your imagination goes when you hear the word/idea of ‘quarantine’). Scripts do not have to be present-day or be about Coronavirus.

We are seeking scripts from all genres: comedy, farce, tragedy, satire, etc. Setting, time, and environment are left to your imagination. Scripts will be evaluated by the criteria of story (plot, structure, characters, dialogue, and concept) as well as by how they make use of the unique storytelling opportunities of an audio medium.

Scripts should be no longer than 10 to 15 pages.Your script should feature no more than 6 central characters (though additional minor characters with only a few lines are allowed).

For help in writing a radio play, see the BBC’s guide (Ten Tips for Writing a Radio Play) as well as RTE’s guide (Guidelines for Submitting a Radio Play). If helpful, here is the BBC’s Radio Play formatting guidelines: UK version or US version.

Friday, May 1, 2020

New Online Workshops at Primary Stages ESPA!

We’ve announced new Online Workshops at Primary Stages ESPA! Whether you want to work on your Artistic Statement, tackle your Social Media presence to establish your artistic brand, or banish writer’s block and Jumpstart a New Play, we have the workshop for you!

We’re dedicated to giving you a creative community while social distancing - we have classes and workshops to hone your craft online, and also have our Primary Plus: Virtual Community which offers free playwriting sessions, master classes, and more! Even though we are socially distant, we won’t let you be isolated.

Instructor: Dana Lerner (Tony Award-Nominated Producer for Broadway's Indecent and Company, Founder and CEO of Red Pelican Creative)
Monday, May 11
6pm – 8pm ET
Social media has become an instrumental place to promote your work and establish your brand - and whether you love it or hate it, it's one of the best marketing tools that you have as an artist. Whether you're new to this online content or a social media expert, Dana will help you focus your messaging and create a social media strategy in order to build your brand.

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre)
Saturday, May 16 and Saturday, May 23
12pm – 5pm ET both days
The Artistic Statement is a deeply dreaded, but required, field of most playwright development opportunities. This 2-day workshop will help you conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.

Instructor: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public, No One Is Forgotten at Rattlestick)
Part 1: May 30 & 31
Part 2: June 6 & 7
12pm – 5pm ET
Sometimes it’s inevitable: writers just get stuck. Part 1 of this workshop will inspire you to get cracking on your next play and generate material. If you want to challenge yourself to keep writing and take a deeper dive into the work, Part 2 will delve into character development.

And if you want to dive into your first draft...
Online First Draft - one spot left, starting next week!
Instructor: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public, No One Is Forgotten at Rattlestick)
Tuesdays from 11:00am – 2:00pm ET
Starts May 5
This online class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.

Click here for the full list of online classes.

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.

The Chameleon Theatre Circle announces its 21st Annual New Play Contest

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Submission Deadline: May 8, 2020

Apple Valley Minnesota


The Chameleon Theatre Circle, located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota, is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (e.g. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays are scheduled to be showcased in a concert-format festival in the fall of 2020. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for future seasons.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

We are proud to announce that for the 21st consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form, and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. (The form is fillable once you download the form from Dropbox). We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. If you are submitting a musical, also include three (3) copies of the music on a CD or flash drive.

Do not bind any author identification with your scripts. We will distribute the scripts "blind" to our readers for complete objectivity. Include the show's title on at least the first bound page. Once the winning scripts have been chosen, we will disclose the playwrights' identity to our readers (and the world).

We do not accept plays that have been previously produced. We do accept plays that have had workshops and other readings. Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request. Scripts are non-returnable.

As in past years, this year's contest will have multiple categories.

TEN-MINUTE PLAYS
Winners will receive $25 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. All short plays will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 15 pages or less will fall into this category.

ONE-ACT
Winners will receive $50 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can be joined with one or two other shows of similar length to make up a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 20-60 pages will fall into this category.

FULL-LENGTH
Winners will receive $100 plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can constitute a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. It is important to note that these shows can be one, two, or more acts, as long as it makes up a complete evening of theatre.

MUSICALS
If five or more musicals are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "musical" category. Musicals are defined as any original play using original or rights permitted musical dialogue to further the story and/or the characters. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the musical (e.g. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute). In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any musical will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

THEATRE-FOR-YOUTH
If five or more plays intended for and/or by youth are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "theatre-for-youth" category. Theatre-for-youth plays are defined as any original play intended for young audiences, young participants, or both. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the play (e.g. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute). In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any theatre-for-youth submission will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

OVERALL CONTEST WINNER/AUDIENCE FAVORITE WINNER
At the theatre's discretion, we reserve the right to designate or not designate an "Overall Contest Winner" from any category and an "Audience-Favorite Winner" from any category at the conclusion of the New Play Festival. No additional prize money is awarded, just bragging rights.

Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any combination. Please submit three (3) copies of each script (plus three (3) copies of the music on CDs or flash drives for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by May 8, 2020 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:

The Chameleon Theatre Circle
21st Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley MN 55124

InterAct submission guidelines

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Now Accepting General Submissions

To keep our finger on the pulse of what’s going on in our world and the world of theatre, we accept samples of plays pertaining to our mission.

Please prepare:

A 30-page sample of your play

A 200-word synopsis of your play

Any development or production history your play has had

Your bio
Some tips before you submit:

Take a look at our mission.
While the personal is political, InterAct focuses on plays that use the personal to explore the political. All My Sons is an InterAct play. Long Day’s Journey Into Night is not.

Consider your genre.
InterAct does not currently produce musicals or theatre for young audiences.

Include a specific character breakdown.
Be honest about how many actors the play requires, especially if it’s not clear from the character list. Keep in mind that InterAct rarely produces plays with more than six actors.

You don’t have to sell us in your synopsis.
To give context to your sample, we want to know about the shape of the full piece: major plot points, important characters and general themes. We don’t need the one- to two-sentence buzzword pitch; your sample will sell us.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Feels Blind Issue #5 seeks submissions by women

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Deadline: May 1, 2020
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 #5 are open until May 1, 2020 and should be sent to feelsblindliterary@gmail.com. 

Please put in the subject line the category to which you are submitting and include a short bio written in the third person. Please be certain your name does not appear anywhere on your submission document, however.

While we are adamant about not charging a submission fee, as we feel this creates a barrier in terms of who can submit and how often, we encourage submitters to donate what they can using the donate tab. We hope to work toward being able to pay our contributors.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but immediately withdraw you work if it is accepted elsewhere.

Submissions must be previously unpublished, original works.

We will do our best to respond to each submission within 90 days. If 90 days has passed, please send us an inquiry at feelsblindliterary@gmail.com. We will try our best to respond much sooner.

  • 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 20 pages.
  • Poetry: Send 3-5 poems. If spoken word, send 1-3 recordings.

Art & Music: We are open to all mediums and genres. For art work, submissions must be adaptable to accommodate the space, so send us your work in a minimum of 300 ppi.

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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.

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Rights revert to the author upon publication. All work published in our online issues will be considered for an annual print anthology. While we cannot pay contributors at this time, we hope this changes in the future.

Spark Creative Works seeks one-act plays by women

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Deadline: May 3, 2020

East Islip, NY

We are looking for submissions of ONE ACT PLAYS that run between 10-20 minutes in length. (Though we will consider longer pieces if the play matches several of the criteria points below).

Pieces must be ORIGINAL but can be previously produced.

We are looking to showcase works from female. All plays must fit one or more of the criteria below:

- Written by a woman.
- The piece features a strong female lead
- The piece features a predominately female cast OR
- The piece addresses a topic important to women that is rarely touched.

Please limit characters from 1-5 per submission (MAX)

*We feel that this criteria would provide opportunities for female performers to step into powerful roles and would be keeping with the overall goal of the festival.

Writers can be involved in the process but are encouraged not to direct their own pieces as we are trying to promote collaboration within our theatre community.

Submission Deadline: May 3rd, 11:59 p.m.

We will be holding auditions for a cast of about 10-15 performers and we will be bringing on board 5-8 female directors to work in collaboration with our writers for this project. We are hoping for between 20-40+ submissions. All submissions will be read and selected by a committee chosen by SPARK Creative Works compromised of local female theatre professionals.  We look forward to reading your submissions!

Please send all submissions to: info.sparkcreativeworks@gmail.com
*with subject line: WOMENS WRITING FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS

Sponsored by Broadhollow Theatre Co.
The festival performances will be performed at Broadhollow Theatre Co. in East Islip.
Performance Dates are August 7th, 8th, 9th 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020

Applause Theatre & Cinema Books seeks work for publication

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

Applause Theatre & Cinema Books is looking for 10-minute plays whose original production is/was in 2019 or 2020 and 1-2 minute monologues from plays produced originally 2018-2020. No stand-alone monologues.

Send submissions to LRHarbison1@gmail.com.

Submission guidelines

Saturday, April 25, 2020

The International Literary Residency in Ulyanovsk for writers and artists

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

The International Literary Residency in Ulyanovsk for writers and artists from the UNESCO Cities of Literature Network

OPEN CALL 2020

Ulyanovsk UNESCO City of Literature announces the International Literary Residency open call for writers and artists from the UNESCO Literary Cities Network. The program was opened in 2019, the poet Andrej Hochevar from Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the poet David Howardfrom Dunedin (New Zealand) were the first guests of the residency. Ulyanovsk is a city with a great literary history, located on the banks of the widest Volga River. You'll work in the homeland of the great Russian writer Ivan Goncharov (author of the famous novel "Oblomov"), the poet Nikolay Yazykov, the historian and writer Nikolay Karamzin, etc.

WHEN

September 1-30, 2020 (one resident).

Application deadline: April 30, 2020

WHO

- Writers, poets, translators, playwrights, screenwriters, etc.;

- artists of all genres and illustrators, film directors, film makers, visualization artists, photographers, implementing literary projects.


The full list of the UNESCO Cities of Literature

WE OFFER

- One-month accommodation in the city center (residents are required to take care of medical insurance and are responsible for their meals and household; additional guests cannot be hosted).

- A scholarship (€1,000).

- We cover expenses on accommodation, participation in public events and the organization of the final event with the resident (at the end of the month);

- An opportunity to get engaged in the cultural scene of Ulyanovsk.


CRITERIA

- Interest in Russian culture and literature.

- High/average level of spoken English.

- At least one officially published book (fiction or non-fiction) (or screenplay, script or translation from Russian into another language), for artists and other applicants – at least one completed literary project.

- For writers – residents will be asked to write a text (work of fiction or non-fiction) that will feature the City of Ulyanovsk (min. 15 000 characters with spaces) and will be used in a future for publishing and promotional purposes (residents will be asked to permit printing, reproduction, translation of this short text to the City of Ulyanovsk Administration).

- For artists and other applicants – residents will be asked to create artwork related both to literature and Ulyanovsk (the artwork will be used in a future for promotional purposes, residents will be asked to permit printing, reproduction, demonstration of this work to the City of Ulyanovsk Administration).

- Willingness to present the results of the work at the end of the month at the public event in Ulyanovsk (text/poems about Ulyanovsk (or artwork) and results of the resident's literary project).

- Willingness to take part in the literary life of Ulyanovsk, including events, meetings, promotional interviews and engagements, festivals, etc. (unless agreed otherwise, there is no additional honorarium for these activities).

- Work on the literary project.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

- Application form (please log in to your Google Account to fill in the form)

- For writers, poets, translators – extracts from their published texts (in English or Russian) or a fragment of a translation (from Russian into another language); no more than two pages.

- For artists and other applicants – examples of their art projects related to literature.

- Biography/CV.

- Recommendation letter.

Please attach all required documents to your application form.

More information and questions

Gala Uzryutova, Elena Titova, ulyanovsk.cityofliterature@gmail.com

Friday, April 24, 2020

BLINDSPOT COLLECTIVE SEEKS NEW SHORT PLAYS & MUSICALS FOR COLLABORATION WITH LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE

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Deadline: April 26, 2020 6pm PST
San Diego CA

Blindspot Collective, a theatre company in San Diego dedicated to radically inclusive new work and diverse emerging artists, seeks new short plays and musicals to be featured in (W​alks of Life),​ an original work of auditory theatre commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse. Each recording will consist of three 10-minute “radio plays” or musicals unified by a narrator, and is intended to be enjoyed as individuals take a roughly 30-minute walk in their own neighborhood. 

Conceived as a means of participating in theatre even in the midst of the current, global pandemic, the plays will be written as if the listener could hear inside the homes they are passing, and capture a snapshot of the lives and stories unfolding just out of sight.

As the project is being developed in response to the unfolding crisis created by COVID-19, Blindspot Collective​ extends our sincere condolences to those already impacted, deep gratitude to those working around the clock to address the pandemic, and best wishes to everyone navigating this evolving situation. In this period of uncertainty and isolation, the co-founders of Blindspot Collective remain steadfast in our belief that theatre as an act of storytelling and community is a vital means of resilience and hope. To that end, (​ ​Walks of Life) ​will encourage audiences to imaginatively connect with the physical community around them as they engage with new works created by dynamic playwrights and composers from across the country.

As part of this upcoming project, Blindspot Collective seeks proposals for new 10-minute plays and musicals that meet the following criteria:
  • Must feature no more than 3 characters
  • Must be a single, continuous moment set in a contemporary home or apartment
  • Must maintain a sense of realism or naturalism (including the use of diegetic music)
  • Must rely on dialogue and sound to convey every aspect of the story
In addition to the criteria above we recommend the following:
  • We encourage works that prioritize entertainment and levity as a source of comfort during this time. We believe a mix of humor and gravitas is often the most compelling.
  • We encourage an imagined rating of PG or PG-13 to avoid alienating audiences due to persisent strong language or graphic depictions of sex or violence.
  • We will prioritize narratives and characters that challenge expectations or exist outside dominant culture because we wish to depict the contemporary human experience in a way that might not be commonly seen represented in other works or mediums.
Approximately 6 works submitted as part of this open call process will be selected, revised, and produced as part of W​ alks of Life​. Any writer whose work is featured will receive an honorarium of at least $200.

S​elected playwrights, composers, or writing teams will collaborate with Blindspot Collective on final drafts. The process will be produced and directed by Catherine Hanna Schrock and Blake McCarty, co-founders of Blindspot Collective, in direct collaboration with La Jolla Playhouse. Writers are not expected to participate in rehearsals (unless they choose to do so) and performers will be selected by the producers. Each work will be audio recorded remotely, mixed and engineered in collaboration with a sound designer, and made available digitally to audiences via specific platforms still to be determined in conjunction with La Jolla Playhouse.

The aforementioned honorarium will be considered an initial payment for the works to be available for free or low cost to the public for a minimum of 30 days. Precise details are still being arranged, but any further use of the original work would be pending based on a contractual agreement, and writers would receive payments for any profits that were rendered from their work. ​While a license to use the work for the exclusive purposes of Walks of Life must be granted to Blindspot Collective, artists retain sole ownership and copyright of their original work.

To be considered, you must submit a one page proposal that includes a synopsis and character descriptions by 6:00pm PST on Sunday, April 26. If your proposal includes music, you must also submit a demo recording of at least one song. W​ hen submitting a musical, the synopsis should also outline where music would occur. Sheet music is not required and studio recordings of music are not expected. In most instances, a scratch recording sung by the composer will suffice.

Blindspot Collective's artistic staff are happy to provide feedback on initial ideas, concepts, synopses, or character descriptions to assist writers in developing work that is more likely to meet the demands of the project. I​t is not required that you contact us in advance of submitting materials but we encourage you to use our team as a resource during your creative process.

Please include your name, phone number, and email address in your submission. Decisions will be announced by May 15, 2020. 

All questions and submissions should be sent to submissions@blindspotcollective.org

As an organization, Blindspot Collective is committed to radical inclusivity. ​As our name suggests, we prioritize the experience and perspective of underrepresented communities and individuals that are often left out of the conversation -- including people of color, immigrants, women, and individuals with disabilities. Therefore we strongly encourage submissions written by or featuring characters who are members of these or other marginalized communities.

Rogue Theater Festival

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

New York City

Now accepting new play submission for the second annual Rogue Theater Festival! We are looking for original works by emerging playwrights and encourage anyone and everyone who feels they have something to say to submit their story. Rogue Theater Festival believes in equal opportunity for all.

Festival Details:
Performances: August 20-23 (each show will have 1 performance)
Tech Rehearsal: August 17-20 (each show will have 1 tech rehearsal slot)
Location: 13th St. Repertory Theater (50 W. 13th St. Manhattan)

Participants Will Receive:
- Theater space at 13th St. Rep for one performance over the weekend
- Theater space for one tech rehearsal per piece the days beforehand
- Professional Stage Manager to run Lighting and Sound
- Box Office Manager and House Manager
- Professional Assistant Stage Manager to run backstage
- Marketing Services for the festival
- Postcards and Posters
- Use of the theaters various set pieces
- FREE professionally recorded video of your show
- 25% of box office sales for your individual show

Entrance Requirements:
Length: 10 minutes to 1 hour long with no intermission
It may be a play, musical, comedy/clowning, burlesque, one person or dance based show. If you have something else we’d be thrilled to hear from you too! Please reach out!
It must be an original work but having been performed before is fine

Tickets Sold Requirements:
(10- 30 mins) - Must sell 15 Tickets at $15 each per show.
(30- 60 mins) - Must sell 20 tickets at $20 each.
You keep 25% of all box office sales from your individual show
*If the required amount of tickets are not sold the producer must buyout the remaining tickets and Rogue Theater Festival keeps all proceeds from ticket sales

WANNA SUBMIT!?

Please submit your piece (pdf attachment please) to Roguetheaterfestival@gmail.com care of Allison & Kerielle. The deadline for all submissions is Friday, May 1st. We will be reviewing all submissions and contacting future participants by or before Monday, June 1st.

If selected, there will be a one-time participation fee. If submitted prior to April 1st the fee is $75. If submitted from April 1st to May 1st the fee is $100 (non-refundable). If selected to participate you will receive a confirmation and welcome aboard email from us complete with:

- Tech date and time
- Performance date and time
- A contract confirming your committed participation and all specific details and requirements
- Instructions on how to pay the $75 or $100 participation fee (non-refundable)

 *All participants are fully responsible for producing their own plays. This includes covering all costs of production (e.g. rehearsal space, transportation fees, salaries, marketing, etc.).

 If you have any questions when submitting please feel free to email us and ask! Read below what two of our participants from last year had to say about their experience. “One thing about the Rogue Festival…it does not go rogue!  The festival is run like a well-oiled machine. The producers are passionate about theater and want to make this the best possible experience for everyone submitting.
- Lisa Yapp, Producer, Prince Musical Improv and The Life of Curtie.

Rogue Theater Festival was definitely one of the most positive theater festival environments I have ever had the pleasure of working in. In a time when I was feeling a little overwhelmed trying to get a brand new show on its feet, RTF made our time with them as efficient and stress-free as possible.
- Rebecca Kane, Producer, Almost Maimed

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Barrington Stage Company’s Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

After the success of the inaugural Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award in 2018, we are proud to announce the second round of the Burman New Play Award in 2020. Barrington Stage seeks an original, emerging new voice in the American Theatre. The winning playwright will receive $25,000, a staged reading and a possible full production. Two additional $5,000 awards will be given to playwrights who will each receive a staged reading at Barrington Stage.

The 2018 Grand Prize winner was Stacey Rose for her play America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of The American Negro; and the additional awards were given to Brent Askari for his play American Underground and Christina Quintana for her play Citizen Scientist. Both Rose’s and Askari’s plays received world premiere productions at BSC in 2019.

Submissions will open on January 2, 2020 and will close April 30, 2020. There is no fee for entry.

WHAT/WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

The play…
  • must be a new full length play that has not been produced professionally 
  • must be available for its official world premiere production
  • must be unpublished and not yet licensed
  • must be free and not attached to any producers 
  • must be able to be performed with 8 actors or less 
  • must be wholly original and not an adaptation or translation of an existing foreign language play 
  • must be a play that has not already been sent to Barrington Stage Company for consideration

The playwright…

  • must be a U.S. resident
  • can only submit one play
  • cannot be an immediate family member of a BSC staff or board member. 

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A NEW PLAY?

  • A brief letter of endorsement from a professional theatre, commercial producer or literary agent must accompany the script. Each endorsing organization/person/agent can only endorse one play.
  • A PDF of the script that does not include the author’s name, agent info, developmental/award history or year written anywhere within the script; please number all pages.
  • 150 word bio of the writer
  • 150 word synopsis of the play (that does not contain the writer’s name)
  • 150 word developmental history of the play, if any
  • Any special needs of the play (live animals, on-stage pool, three children, etc.)

HOW TO SUBMIT

All submissions must be sent through an online application, applications will open January 2, 2020.

You are able to save your work on the application and return to it at a later date. If you have any questions about the award or the application, please email Megan Nussle, Burman Award Project Coordinator, at NewPlayAward@BarringtonStageCo.org.

WHAT ARE THE AWARDS?

Grand Prize (1 recipient)

  • $25,000 
  • a staged reading with a professional cast and director at Barrington Stage
  • a possible full production at Barrington Stage Company
  • all travel and housing covered for the staged reading and production

Runner Up Prize (2 recipients)

  • $5,000 each
  • a staged reading with a professional cast and director at Barrington Stage
  • all travel and housing covered for the staged reading

WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?

Scripts will be read and evaluated through a blind submission process by committee assembled by BSC. A group of finalist plays will be read and evaluated by the New Play Award Committee, comprised of distinguished artists in Fall 2020. Winners will be announced in late 2020.

WHAT DOES BARRINGTON STAGE ASK OF THE PLAYWRIGHT?

Barrington Stage will ask for the right of first refusal for a world premiere of all award recipients that will expire 90 days after Barrington Stage presents the staged reading of the play.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Playwrights on Park Reading Series Seeks Small Cast Plays

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Deadline: May 15th, 2020

West Hartford, CT
We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020-2021 season of the Playwrights on Park Reading Series at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT.

PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK is an exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work.

Playwrights selected as part of the Playwrights on Park Reading Series will have a day of rehearsal, followed by a reading of their play and a talkback with the audience.

IMPORTANT INFO:

We are seeking exclusively full-length, small cast plays (4 actors or less). Sensible doubling is fine.

Playwrights MUST be able to come to West Hartford for the day of the reading and the audience discussion that follows.
There will be a rehearsal the day of the reading in which attendance by the playwright is optional, but strongly encouraged.

Transportation may be provided from NYC or New England locations by the Playhouse. Readings will be on select Sunday nights throughout the season.

We will choose FIVE plays to be read throughout the 2020/2021 season. Final selections will be made by June 20th at the latest.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

▪ Submit plays to newworks@playhousetheatregroup.org. Plays must be submitted electronically.

▪ Please include a FULL script and character breakdown (Please submit in PDF format).

▪ Include any production or workshop history, as well as biographies of the playwright, and any collaborators. Plays that have not been produced that will benefit from this opportunity are preferred. Previous readings/workshops are perfectly acceptable

▪ Playwrights may self submit or go through a literary agent.

▪ Connecticut-based playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit.

+Please only one submission per playwright


▪ NO SUBMISSION FEE.

More info about about us at-

Playhouse on Park: https://playhouseonpark.org/

Playwrights on Park: https://playhouseonpark.org/web2/playwrightsonpark.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlayhouseOnParkTheatre/

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