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Monday, June 8, 2020

The Phoenix Theatre Company’s 2021 Festival of New American Theatre

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Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide photo/copy of your membership card when submitting your script).

Deadline: June 15, 2020
Phoenix Arizona

Full Length Plays: Both dramatic and comedic.
▪ Plays should be original, un-produced, full-length scripts.

▪ A blind copy of your script should be submitted (no names).

▪ Plays that have received more than two development processes (i.e. festival participation) are not eligible.

▪ No screenplays please.

▪ No Theatre for Young Audience please.

▪ Cast size must be limited to 6 actors or less (actors may play more than one role).

▪ Submission fee: $10.00*
* Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide photo/copy of your membership card when submitting your script).
▪ PDF attachments only! Hard copy (mailed in) or word documents will NOT be accepted.

▪ A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.

▪ Plays selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg and actors. This includes twenty hours of rehearsal time and two performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience. Either a guided feedback session with the audience will follow the performance or the play will have a dramaturgical breakout session at the festival. Questions for the talkbacks are developed with the playwrights and are facilitated by the festival director or one of the coordinators.

▪ If selected, you must be available to be in residence for 6 to 7 days during the festival. Timing will be determined after selections are made.

▪ Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival, as well as a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport not included.


Full Length Musicals: Both dramatic and comedic.

▪ Musicals should be original and un-produced.

▪ A blind copy of your script and score should be submitted (no names).

▪ Please submit a full libretto and demos of at least three songs (more are recommended and do not need to be fully produced). Sheet music/Score will be asked for after the first round of readings.

▪ No Musical Revues please.

▪ Jukebox Musicals are okay. You must provide proof rights to the song.

▪ No Theatre for Young Audience please.

▪ No more than 3 collaborators (book writer, lyricist and composer) for each work.

▪ Cast size must be limited to 10 actors (actors may play multiple roles).

▪ Submission fee: $10.00*
* Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide a link to your DG/WGA page, ID number or photo/copy of your membership card).
  • PDF attachments only or provide link to Dropbox, Google Drive or other sharable platforms. Hard copies (mailed in) or word documents will NOT be accepted.
  • A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
  • Musicals selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg and actors. This includes twenty hours of rehearsal time and up to three performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience. Either a guided feedback session with the audience will follow the performance or the musical will have a dramaturgical breakout session at the festival.
  • If your script/musical is selected, all collaborators must be available to be in residence for 6 to 7 days during the festival. Timing will be determined after selection.
  • Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival as well as a small honorarium.
  • Travel to and from your home airport not included.

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MIXING IT UP PRODUCTIONS CONTEST

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DEADLINE: June 12, 2020 Midnight (EST)
NYC

Mixing It Up Productions encourages playwrights to take this opportunity to showcase their work to professionals in the theatre industry. Our company is always looking for plays that show potential in the commercial market as well as in the performing arts.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
(Please note that plays that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible for consideration)
Scripts must be original and in English.
Adaptations are ineligible.
Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
No musicals will be accepted.
Scripts that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or published are ineligible.
Scripts that have had a workshop or reading are acceptable.
Plays may be in any genre i.e. drama, comedy, youth.
Entries received after the June 12th deadline will not be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
The submission must begin with a cover page that includes the work’s title and the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, and email.
Scripts must be standard sized in PDF format. (Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred).
A character list and scene breakdown, if applicable, should be included in the attachment.
All submissions will be judged with the playwright’s name withheld.
No changes or resubmissions may be made once a script has been submitted.

SELECTION PROCESS:
We will confirm that an initial submission has been received.
A panel of judges will consist of writers, directors, producers, and theater enthusiasts.
Contest winners will be posted on our website.
Each participant will be notified of the results by email.
There will be no written or oral critique given on scripts submitted.
Winners will be announced by July 30, 2020.

PRIZES:
SHORT PLAYS (10 to 15 pages)
Winner will receive a year subscription to Play Submissions Helper where playwrights are given a huge collection of play opportunities.

ONE-ACT (20 to 60 pages)
Winner will receive a year subscription of Broadway HD where theatre enthusiasts can stream their favorite Broadway hits at anytime and anywhere.

FULL-LENGTH (70 to 100 pages)
Winner will receive a 30 minute virtual video meeting with Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer, Tracey Knight Narang plus an award of $100.

Please send the requested materials via email to mixingitupprod@gmail.com with the
subject line: 2020 Contest.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

NYCPlaywrights Statement of Solidarity

NYCPlaywrights believes that black lives matter. Black people were dehumanized in 1619 then struggled against all odds after Emancipation to achieve the American Dream only to have their prosperous communities destroyed by a resentful white majority: the Tulsa massacre happened 99 years ago on June 1, but there were many other violent attacks on black communities that have gone under-reported and unrecognized. And extreme force used by American police departments against black people is not new: it is part of America's shameful tradition.

But now that so many Americans of all ethnicities have recognized how bad things still are, there is reason to hope. We can do better, and we will do better.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Christopher Hewitt Awards 2020

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Deadline:  June 10, 2020

A&U Magazine is currently accepting entries for the eighth annual Christopher Hewitt Award. 

Named in honor of A&U’s first literary editor, the award showcases outstanding responses to the AIDS pandemic and the realities of individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.

Prize: $75
Entry fee: None
Submission deadline: June 10, 2020
Judges: Winners will be selected by the following judges, by category.
Poetry: Noah Stetzer
Fiction: Raymond Luczak
Creative Nonfiction: Jay Vithalani
Drama: Bruce Ward

Publication: Winners and named runners-up will be published in upcoming issues of A&U.

How to Submit: Email Word (.doc or .docx files) of your work to Managing Editor Chael Needle by clicking here

Please indicate in the subject line that your submission is for the Christopher Hewitt Award; include your name and genre in the subject line as well. Your name or any other personal identifying information should not appear on your manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each separately.

Guidelines: All submissions must be HIV/AIDS-related and previously unpublished. All styles are welcomed. Writers may submit more than one work.

Fiction and creative nonfiction should be 1,200 words or fewer, double-spaced. Reasonable exceptions will be considered.

Drama may be an excerpt from a longer work or a ten-minute play (1,400-1,600 words, no more than ten pages, Dramatists Guild format). For drama excerpts, include, on a separate page, a synopsis and a full cast of characters.
We reserve the right to excerpt longer pieces for print, in consultation with the author; works in their entirety will be printed on the web.
Rights: We secure first North American serial rights and electronic archival rights (posting on the Web and in digital issues).

If any genre lacks a clear winner, fewer than four awards may be given. All entries will be considered for publication.

UnDisposables seek short plays for Zoom performance

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Deadline: June 13, 2020

In light of the current, locked down state of the industry, the UnDisposables are bringing their much loved scratch night back, this time to be performed to an online audience via live stream on the evening of Saturday 4th July.

We are opening our arms once again to emerging writers, directors & actors to take part in this cyber event. Interested? Great! Let's explain the details...

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
  • Eight pieces of new writing by different writers
  • A team of directors to take on a scene (or two!) each
  • A company of actors to bring these pieces to life
All scenes or monologues must*:

Fit within the theme of independence (this does not mean it literally has to be about Independence Day)

Be no longer than 5 minutes when read aloud (approx. 4-6 pages)

Contain only one or two actors (actors can multirole)

Be suitable for being performed live online (this does not mean it has to be about lock down, be creative with the form!)

Be rehearsed online by the successful actors and directors for at least 5 hours prior to the performance

* Scenes submitted which do not fit the brief will not be considered

All applicants must be available on the 4th July for the full company rehearsal (from 12pm - 3pm) and for the live stream performance (from 6:30pm - 9:30pm).**

** These times may change but the date will not


WHAT WILL YOU GAIN

All successful applicants will receive mentoring from an artist in their field experienced in virtual theatre

All successful applicants will be invited to a live Q&A about their piece following the performance

Every piece will be performed to an online audience via live stream, to get as close as we can to live theatre from a distance

Scratching the Servers is a place for growth, learning and professional experience which you can stick on your CVs and casting profiles. It’s also a great space to meet and work with like-minded creatives, which is especially crucial in these uncertain times.

Writer? Time to get those literary juices flowing and boldly share your work with others.

Director? Why not take on a virtual challenge outside of your usual comfort zone.

Actor? How about you exercise those acting muscles with a brand new character. 

HOW WILL THE SHOW WORK

Online theatre is something which is very new and experimental, we're not going to pretend otherwise. The current plan is to perform every scene live via a Zoom webinar, which we will make available for up to 100 guests (excluding the artists involved). We will also be looking into the practicalities of live-streaming the show on Facebook.

We will be working hard to make this virtual show as close to the real thing as possible. We'll be putting together an e-programme as well as posting the usual casting announcements on our social media, like we normally would.

Tickets for the show will be entirely free, but we will invite anyone who is in the position to do so to donate what they would have spent on a theatre ticket to the UnDisposables. All money raised will go towards funding future opportunities for emerging artists. 

HOW TO APPLY

You can apply for multiple roles (e.g. actor, director and writer if you're a superhuman!) and we will consider you for all you apply for, but you may not be guaranteed all the roles you apply for.

We have created a quick and easy Google form for you to complete. There are two versions of the form so make sure you select the correct one.***

This form is for all applicants who have an existing Google account.

https://forms.gle/Qxo3EL8UER7maNzA9

...and this form is for everyone who can't/doesn't want to create a Google account.

https://forms.gle/soH98keD917G3kwM8

***The reason for the two forms is because the first form requires you to sign into to a Google account to upload the required documents (scripts, CVs, etc). The second form is to allow Google-less people to still apply by sending these documents to us via email. Other than this small difference, the forms are identical, so don't worry about missing anything!

All is explained in the forms so fill them in and get in touch if you have any questions.

You can contact us on creatives@undisposables.co.uk****

****please only use this address for asking questions and submitting documents, not instead of completing the Google Form. If you send your full application to the email and not on the Google form, your submission may not be considered.

Please be aware that this is a voluntary project. Because of this, all rehearsals will therefore be scheduled around everyone's day jobs and other paid commitments. No one involved (including the UnDisposable Core Team) will be receiving any payment or expenses for their input to Scratching the Servers. Any proceeds made will go towards funding the future work of The UnDisposables, allowing us to continue to create opportunities for emerging creatives in the arts. By taking part you are not only helping to create new opportunities and work in the arts, but you'll also be meeting and working with a group of like-minded creatives and challenging yourself to try something new.

So what are you waiting for? Get applying! DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 13 JUNE 2020

Otherworld Theatre Company seeks science fiction and/or fantasy plays

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Deadline: June 20, 2020
Chicago IL

Your play must be within the genres of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy, or contain Sci-Fi or fantastical elements.

Your play should be between five and 60 minutes in length.

Your play should be submitted in a PDF format.

The play should unpublished, however we welcome submissions that have been featured in other festivals.

You will retain full rights to the play and the text will not be altered in any way without your explicit permission.

There is no submission fee. You are encouraged to submit multiple plays if you have them!

Due to the number of submissions, we will only be able to contact you if your play has been selected. Rejection letters will not be sent.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Summer Writing Classes Online at Primary Stages ESPA!

Summer 2020 online classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

Instructor: MĂȘlisa Annis (Writer, Director, Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch)
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: Rogelio Martinez (Writer, Ping Pong at The Public)
Use writing exercises to find your joy in writing, letting the new material they create surprise you.

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment to get your ideas on the page.
Instructors:
MĂȘlisa Annis (Writer, Director, Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch)
Abe Koogler (Obie-winning Writer, Fulfillment Center at MTC)
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy... at Primary Stages)
Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)
Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)

Instructors: 
Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River)
Suzanne Bradbeer (Writer, Confederates (Kilroys Honorable Mention))
As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This class will help you tackle the revision process and develop a stronger version of your play.

Instructor: Kate Moira Ryan (Writer (with Judy Gold), 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother)
Study the specialized set of rules for comedy to shape your ideas, structure your plot, develop believable characters, and write witty dialogue.

Instructor: Adam Kraar (Writer, Wild Terrain at EST)
Learn to distill a compelling story into the shortest possible dramatic form, think outside of the box of structure, and have some fun.

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River)
Conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.

Instructor: Kait Kerrigan (Writer, The Mad Ones)
Focus on this main structural component of musicals, developing the tools and framework of a musical theater piece.

Instructor: Daniel Talbott (Writer, "The Conners"; Artistic Director, Rising Phoenix Rep)
Focus on the core elements of writing for TV—from premise to outline to pilot.

Instructor: Dana Lerner (Tony Award-Nominated Broadway Producer)
Learn to use your social media presence to enhance your own artistic work and establish your brand.

Instructor: Producers from The Business of Broadway
Demystify the process of creating a Broadway show!


Classes begin in June. Start and end dates vary. Click here for the full list of writing 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.

Monday, June 1, 2020

ALMOST ADULTS PRODUCTIONS SEEKS SUBMISSIONS FOR LGBTQ+ SHORT PLAY ONLINE READING SERIES

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No deadline

Almost Adults Productions, an inclusive theatre company based in Santa Fe, NM, is looking for 10-15 minute LGBTQ+ themed plays for a weekly reading series to be presented on Zoom starting this summer. 

 Writers do not have to be LGBTQ+ identified but their material should be thematically relevant to the queer community. There is no requirement for premiere status. 

Writers will be asked to participate in the production on their reading but Almost Adults can help out wherever needed. At least one rehearsal will be required prior to each reading. 

 There is no deadline for submissions as they will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

 Anyone from all over the world is welcome to submit. 

No submission or participation fees are required but donations are always accepted to cover the cost of Zoom membership and other expenses which can be sent via Paypal to greg.watson62@yahoo.com

 Whether or not a donation is made will not impact on the decision to have your play read whatsoever. 

Send plays as Word or PDF documents to writingcoachsf@gmail.com

Questions may be sent to this address as well. 

 Writers may send up to 3 plays and will be notified within one month of submission. 

Click here to read more about us or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/almostadultstheatre.

Mixing It Up Productions seeks plays

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DEADLINE: June 12, 2020 Midnight (EST)

Mixing It Up Productions encourages playwrights to take this opportunity to showcase their work to professionals in the theatre industry. Our company is always looking for plays that show potential in the commercial market as well as in the performing arts.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
(Please note that plays that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible for consideration)
  • Scripts must be original and in English.
  • Adaptations are ineligible.
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
  • No musicals will be accepted.
  • Scripts that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or published are ineligible.
  • Scripts that have had a workshop or reading are acceptable.
  • Plays may be in any genre i.e. drama, comedy, youth.
  • Entries received after the June 12th deadline will not be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
  • The submission must begin with a cover page that includes the work’s title and the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, and email.
  • Scripts must be standard sized in PDF format. (Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred).
  • A character list and scene breakdown, if applicable, should be included in the attachment.
  • All submissions will be judged with the playwright’s name withheld.
  • No changes or resubmissions may be made once a script has been submitted.

SELECTION PROCESS:
  • We will confirm that an initial submission has been received.
  • A panel of judges will consist of writers, directors, producers, and theater enthusiasts.
  • Contest winners will be posted on our website.
  • Each participant will be notified of the results by email.
  • There will be no written or oral critique given on scripts submitted.
  • Winners will be announced by July 30, 2020.

PRIZES:
SHORT PLAYS (10 to 15 pages)
Winner will receive a year subscription to Play Submissions Helper where playwrights are given a huge collection of play opportunities.

ONE-ACT (20 to 60 pages)
Winner will receive a year subscription of Broadway HD where theatre enthusiasts can stream their favorite Broadway hits at anytime and anywhere.

FULL-LENGTH (70 to 100 pages)
Winner will receive a 30 minute virtual video meeting with Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer, Tracey Knight Narang plus an award of $100.

Please send the requested materials via email to mixingitupprod@gmail.com with the
subject line: 2020 Contest.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Jeremy O. Harris and The Bushwick Starr provide financial relief for playwrights

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Jeremy O. Harris and The Bushwick Starr are partnering to provide financial relief to playwrights during this period of isolation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

APPLY HERE

This grant will distribute 152 unrestricted cash awards of $500 each directly to US-based playwrights, of any employment and/or immigration status. To us, a practicing playwright is a person who generates live performance in a theatrical setting through the creation of text and action. Playwrights in need at any stage of their practice or career are encouraged to apply. Grantees will be chosen through a random lottery after submissions have closed.

TO APPLY: Playwrights are asked to submit a piece of writing to demonstrate eligibility for this grant, which is designated for playwrights. Shorter plays and texts are acceptable as long it constitutes and translates into an evening of performance. We ask for page numbers denoting an excerpt that you would like us to read. Although the grant process is not merit-based we are always interested in familiarizing ourselves with as many artists as possible, and will attempt to look at all writing that is submitted during summer 2020.

Awards will be granted by random lottery. Application will open on Friday, May 29 2020 at 3pm Eastern time and remain open until we receive 1500 submissions. We will then randomly select 152 recipients from the pool of 1500 applicants (10% of the applicant pool). Submissions will be viewed and administered by The Bushwick Starr curatorial staff to confirm eligibility.

Grants will be issued in cash by electronic fund transfer or check, we aim to make payments no later than Monday, June 15 2020.

You do not need to demonstrate need, skill, or merit to be eligible for funding. However, we hope you will weigh your level of need when considering whether to apply. If your experience of need is not urgent or acute, please consider stepping back and letting those who could most benefit from our limited resources access them first. If you know someone who is eligible and would benefit, please consider inviting them to apply.

If you have further questions, please refer to the FAQs. All other questions or concerns from grantseekers may be directed to: grants@thebushwickstarr.org

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Coming Out Play Festival 2020


Deadline: May 31, 2020

St. Louis MO

SUBMISSION FORM


The Q Collective is seeking submissions for its upcoming original short play festival THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL.

Plays for THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL may be submitted via Google form only from March 15 through May 31, 2020, with festival play selection completed by August 1, 2020. Playwrights selected will be notified by August 1.

Plays submitted should be based on a fairy tale, myth, legend, or classic literature. Please make sure works chosen are in the public domain. The playwright may additionally choose to pair a recent headline (two-years-old or less) with their selection.

Performance Dates:

Performances of THE COMING OUT PLAY FESTIVAL will take place Oct. 15-25, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM and Saturday through Sunday at 4:00 PM. All performances will be held at The Chapel.

Playwrights will be invited to the first read through of their play and a performance and are encouraged to invite friends as well as share any interviews and/or publicity materials via their social channels.

Compensation:

Selected playwrights will receive a $50 stipend for their work and two tickets to a performance of their choice. Playwrights may attend any rehearsals but are asked to please arrange ahead of time with the director of their piece. The producer or director may contact the playwright for purposes of clarification, publicity, and other artistic, technical or festival marketing and promotion needs.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
  • Scripts must be typewritten using Samuel French guidelines (http://www.playwrightslocal.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Samuel-French-Formatting-Guide.pdf).
  • Scripts must not exceed fifteen minutes in length. We will NOT accept plays with longer run times. Please time your plays prior to submission. A general page estimate for a 15-minute play includes approximately 14-20 pages, although this is clearly not an exact science.
  • Due to the limitations of our host venue’s theater space (proscenium with apron; stage proper is 12’x28′ and apron is 5’x22′), please limit your script to 1-6 actors. Roles may be doubled within our acting pool.
  • Please keep prop and set demands to an absolute minimum.
  • A fundamental foundational principle of The Q Collective is to be open and welcoming to all gender identities, races, ethnicities, sexualities, ages, abilities, etc. Our play festivals reflect these values and we encourage writers to embrace them.
  • Scripts shall be submitted in PDF format. Submitted scripts should bear only the title of the play. They shall NOT include a synopsis, author’s note, nor the name, address or other author-identifying information.
  • Playwrights may submit multiple works; however, no more than two (2) plays per playwright will be produced in the festivals.
  • Previously produced but unpublished works and well-developed works in progress are welcome; plays previously produced by The Q Collective are not eligible.

To submit a play, please fill out this form and upload your blind copy here: https://forms.gle/8RKsysMqCjrn6J4b8.

The PEN/Heim Translation Fund

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Deadline: June 1 2020 11:59 PM EST


The PEN/Heim Translation Fund was established in the summer of 2003 by a gift from Priscilla and Michael Henry Heim in response to the low number of literary translations currently appearing in English. Its purpose is to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted from April 1, 2020 through June 1, 2020.

Who is eligible:
  • The PEN/Heim Translation Fund provides grants to support the translation of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama that have not previously appeared in English in print or have appeared only in an outdated or otherwise flawed translation.
  • Works should be translations-in-progress, as the grant aims to provide support for completion.
  • There are no restrictions on the nationality or citizenship of the translator, but the works must be translated into English.
  • The Fund seeks to encourage translators to undertake projects they might not otherwise have had the means to attempt.
  • Anthologies with multiple translators, works of literary criticism, and scholarly or technical texts do not qualify.
  • Translators who have previously been awarded grants by the Fund are ineligible to reapply for three years after the year in which they receive a grant. 
  • Please note that projects that have been previously submitted and have not received a grant are unlikely to be reconsidered in a subsequent year. 
  • Projects may have up to two translators. 
  • Translators may only submit one project per year.

How to apply:

Translators must complete the below applications form by 11:59 PM (EST) June 1, 2020. The below application will require the following materials. Please use a standard 12pt font with 1 inch margins.

1. The application form, with all items completed:
A 1-2 page, single-spaced statement outlining the work and describing its importance.
A biography and bibliography of the author, including information on translations of his or her work into other languages.
A CV of the translator, no longer than 3 pages.
If the book is not in the public domain and the project is not yet under contract, please include a photocopy of the copyright notice on the original (the copyright notice is a line including the character ©, a date, and the name of the copyright holder, which appears as part of the front matter in every book), and a letter from the copyright holder stating that English-language rights to the book are available. A letter or copy of an email from the copyright holder is sufficient.
If the translation is currently under contract with a publisher, please submit a copy of the contract.


2. An 8–10 page, single-spaced sample of the translation. For prose, this should be within the range of 3,000-5,000 words. For poetry, please include 1-2 poems per page, within the 8–10 page range.

3. The same passage in the original language (and, if the work has been previously translated, the same passage in the earlier version).


Please be mindful of the requirements for 12pt font and 1 inch margins. The judges reserve the right to withdraw from consideration any submissions that go over these requirements.


Contact awards@pen.org with any questions.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Feels Blind Literary seeks work by women

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Deadline: June 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 June 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 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.

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.

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.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Drama Notebook submission guidelines

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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 online.
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.

What to expect after submitting your play…
We will write you right back and let you know that we received your piece, and will read it and get back to you as soon as possible. Currently, we are back-logged due to a huge influx of scripts that we are currently formatting and publishing on the site. We appreciate your patience, and if your play is accepted, we will give your script the same attention to detail as we are with our current playwrights. We estimate a maximum wait-time of 60 days and we appreciate your patience.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

THE ACRONYM PLAYS An “Urban Stages New Pages” On-Line Publication Opportunity

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Deadline: June 1, 2020

Plays chosen will have the opportunity to be presented live at the
award-winning Off-Broadway theatre, Urban Stages, located at 259 West 30th Street New York NY

While nothing can fully replace live theater, the staff at Urban Stages invites ALL playwrights to participate in our next 10-minute play competition, THE ACRONYM PLAYS.  This opportunity will support our goal to discover and nurture new works by artists of diverse cultural backgrounds.

From the safety of your home, we encourage you to create a brand new play using the springboard and guidelines, detailed below, that will be reviewed by a panel of professional theatre artists.  On a rolling basis, the readers will recommend compelling, well-constructed plays to Bara Swain, our Creative Consultant, who has been spearheading our staged reading festivals for “Urban Stages New Pages” since its inception. If your play is selected, the script will be uploaded to our website and accessible to the public for reading and, yes, commenting on Urban Stages’ FB page (@urban.stages)!  After all, this will be the first time that your words will be presented!

Acronyms! Yes, that is the springboard for our next ten-minute play competition at Urban Stages.  Use your imagination! Acronyms are defined by Merriam-Webster as “a word formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term.” Huh?  Okay, we’re not going to be heavy handed during this chaotic time. Since an acronym is a kind of abbreviation, we’ll also accept plays that are inspired by a shortened form of a word or phrase. WTF! … and I’m not referring to offensive slang, LOL. WTF is also the acronym for the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Women’s Tri-Fitness Competition.  Oh, and LOL can refer to the now mostly obsolete “lots of luck” or “lots of love” used in letter-writing or, yes, Land of Lincoln, the official state slogan of Illinois, also retired from use.

Your challenge is to write a 10-minute play using an acronym or an abbreviation as the springboard for your piece. There are a wealth of acronyms to choose and explore, from social media, technological, economic and environmental acronyms to political, medical, digital, customer service and school logo acronyms.

As always, everyone – the writers and Urban Stages staff – are donating their time and talent for this online adventure and future live readings at our theatre home in the heart of Manhattan.

NOW, HERE ARE THE RULES

  1. Your play must use one (or more) acronyms/abbreviations in your play, or serve as the springboard for your script. 
  2. Write for 2-3 characters only.
  3. Maximum length is 10 pages.  As we roll this program out, please submit your play in Word or PDF in the event that we need to re-format for our website.
  4. Dazzle me!  The link below provides lists of common acronyms in chat, military, government and business,  as well as informative acronyms (i.e. ADD, OTC, DOA, DIY) and acronyms as identifiers (i.e. AA, NFL, SWF, ESPN).  You may also be inspired by googling “Acronyms” and searching images.  https://abbreviations.yourdictionary.com/articles/common-accronyms.html 
  5. Scripts can be submitted beginning on April 1 through June 1, with a possible extension. We are currently selecting judges and designing our website to support this effort.  Plays will be “published” on a rolling basis.

SUBMITTING YOUR PLAY

It will be helpful if you state your name and the acronym that inspired your work in the subject line.  Please include a summary of your play in the body of your email and a bio.  If you have a website, let us know that, too.  The authors of the plays chosen for “publication” will be notified prior to uploading to the web.  While our assumption is that we have your permission to present your play in the written form on our website, we will confirm your approval at that time.  Note that if we need to set a limit of submissions at a later date, you’ll hear from us.

Submit your play to Bara@UrbanStages.org.  Do you have any questions?  Reach out to Bara at the same email address.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Review Americana: A Creative Writing Journal submission guidelines

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If you would like to submit to Review Americana: A Creative Writing Journal, send an
explanatory email that includes your name and contact information to editor@americanpopularculture.com. Attach your submission to that email.

We publish a spring edition in late June/early July and a fall edition in late December/early January. Your work will be considered for the next available issue.

A note on reading times: We publish twice a year. Our reading period for spring is January through June with the spring edition decision and publication coming in late June/early July. Our reading period for fall is July through December with the fall edition decision and publication coming late December/early January.

Please conform to the following guidelines:

1) We consider poems, short fiction, short screenplays, short plays, creative nonfiction, essays about the art of creative writing, and essays about the teaching of creative writing.

2) We prefer no simultaneous submissions. If your work is under consideration elsewhere, please let us know. If it is accepted for publication elsewhere, please let us know that as well.

3) We do not consider multiple submissions. Please wait until you have heard from us regarding your previous submission before you submit again. Poets may submit up to four poems. All other authors should submit only one work.

4 ) We only consider previously unpublished work.

5) We do not publish profanity, gratuitously violent, or erotic work.

6) All work submitted to any publication or contest at Americana is reviewed blindly. Please do not include your name on the submission. If you do, we will remove it before it is sent out for review.

7) American citizenship is not a requirement for submission; the only requirement is that the work hold some appeal for an American readership and bear some relationship with American culture.

8) We ask for First American Serial Rights for one month after publication. After that, rights revert back to the author.

9) We don't pay for publication, and we don't charge reading fees.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Generations 2020 seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: June 1, 2020 - or when 250 submissions are received
Boulder CO


In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays written by a parent with at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of June 1, 2020

The winning playwright will receive

a week-long workshop residency in September/October 2020, with daily rehearsals, culminating in a staged reading of the selected script;
the chance to rewrite and revise during the week as part of the script development experience;
  • a stipend for travel costs;
  • a $500 prize; and
  • a $500 childcare stipend to defray the costs associated with childcare during the residency.

During the residency, the selected play will be rehearsed with a cast of professional actors, director, and dramaturg. The week will culminate in a public reading. This year’s Generations residency may be held online if public health circumstances dictate in the fall. Specific date arrangements for the residency will be made directly with the winning playwright.
Entry Guidelines:

Plays must be full-length scripts, submitted by playwrights with at least one child 18 years of age or younger as of the submission deadline.

Each playwright is limited to submission of one script for consideration.

Plays must be in the English language. Playwrights must be U.S. residents.

No musicals will be accepted.

We will not reconsider scripts that have already been submitted to this competition in previous years.

Scripts that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or that have been published are ineligible.

Scripts may not be under option or scheduled for production or publication as of June 1, 2020.

We will consider scripts that have had a workshop, reading, or academic production. BETC will negotiate an option on the winning play and have right of first refusal on the world premiere production. The winning play will receive full consideration for production in an upcoming season.

The application deadline is June 1, 2020, or when our 250-script submission cutoff is reached. Our winning playwright will be notified by August 31, 2020.

The submission form will require you to submit a blind copy of your full script as a PDF file.Please do not include your name anywhere in the sample file. The biographical and demographic info you submit will not be referenced during the selection process.
Selection process:

In our initial reading round, we read the first 20 pages of a script. Script excerpts nominated by two readers continue to the semi-finalist round, in which two readers read the full scripts and complete thorough reader responses. Highly regarded scripts become finalists. Our full committee reads all finalist scripts, then advises our producing artistic director in selecting the winning play.

FAQ’s:

Because of the volume of submissions we receive, we do not provide feedback on submitted scripts during or after the competition. We will confirm that an initial submission has been received, and notify applicants of the competition winner.

Due to available program funding and staff capacity, we will not consider scripts from grandparents or others who are not currently custodial parents of a child 18 years of age or younger. We hope to be able to expand our program to additional generations in future years, but at this time our focus is on assisting playwrights with young families.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

bkONE productions is seeking submissions

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Deadline: June 1, 2020

Currently seeking scenes, monologues, sketches, songs, short films, poetry and more for an anthology series that they are producing.

Works should be original and focus on the mindset and situations people are dealingwith. The struggles, joys confusions & mania that has come with this evolving Coronavirus pandemic.

"Zoom friendly" works a plus!

Seeking all types of works for consideration, for all ages, backgrounds and types.

SUBMIT HERE

Emit Theatre seeks interactive plays for young audiences

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Deadline: June 1, 2020

We are accepting original scripts that have not been previously produced, as well as concepts for devised pieces, from NYC-based artists. This production will be performed for public audiences in Fall 2020 and subsequently toured to schools and community groups. The selected applicant will be compensated with a stipend.

Submitted stories must center a population that has been historically underrepresented in theatre. Inspiration for the piece can include but is not limited to: a folk tale, legend, piece of music, visual art piece, or historical event.

Requirements for submissions:
  • For young people within the age range of 4-11.
  • 40-60 minutes in length.
  • Can be performed with 1-3 actors.
  • Appropriate for up to 70 audience members.
  • If submission is an original script, it must be finished and ready for rehearsal (although the script is free to continue developing throughout the process).
  • Must include specific opportunities for interaction throughout. Examples of appropriate interaction include but are not limited to: call and response, group movement, posing questions to the audience, or bringing a small group onstage to help with a task.
  • Must be able to become a sensory friendly, relaxed performance
It is desired that applicants have experience with interactive performance, but it is not required. The selected applicant will train with Artistic Director Gianna Cioffi to develop the interactive elements of the piece in harmony with Emit’s style and community.

Application deadline is June 1, 2020. A decision will be made by July 1, 2020.

Submission is via this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczP0hdGqZF71Ne6pvXtSbAZQsiQnsDXpXLdhv-yz3gLFhE6g/viewform

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Urbanite Theater submission window is open

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No deadline given
Sarasota FL

The window to submit plays is currently OPEN.

To submit plays, please adhere to the following guidelines

1. Must require the use of five or fewer performers.

2. Scenic and set demands must be singular, minimal, flexible, or representational.

3. Full-length plays only.

4. Contemporary content only, with an emphasis on material that parallels our mission and production history.


How to submit

1. Email your script to info@urbanitetheatre.com with "Play Submission" in the SUBJECT: field.

2. Synopses are optional, but please do not submit a synopsis by itself. Please include full plays.

3. Acceptable file formats: Word Document (docx) and PDF.

4. Play must include character breakdown at the beginning of the script, along with playwright name and contact information (or agent, if applicable).

5. Please include link to your website, your bio, and the play's production history. Special interest given to plays not previously produced in Florida.

6. Please note if you'd be interested in having your play read in the Urbanite Reading Series.


Thank you!

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