Monday, July 25, 2016

Rainbow Theater Festival

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The AlphaNYC Theater Company is seeking plays written with at least one LGBT character and/or that deals with themes or causes important to the LGBT community, for its first ever Rainbow Theater Festival. There is no charge to participate or submit a play. Plays must be 15 minutes in length or LESS. Performances will take place at the new 60 seat Roebuck Theater for two weekends in September in Midtown, New York City. Deadline for submissions is August 15th.

 The AlphaNYC will supply the actors, actresses, and directors. Playwrights receive billing and a bio in the program for shows as well as comp. tickets to a performance of their choice.

 Please submit plays in PDF or Word document format to

Yale Drama Series Competition

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The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2017 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Nicholas Wright. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

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

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

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 Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English.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

3. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.

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

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

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

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

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


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

Electronic submissions for the 2017 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2016 and no later than August 15, 2016. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

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

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to:


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

Submissions for the 2017 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2016 and no later than August 15, 2016.

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

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

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

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

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

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

Or email us at

Sunday, July 24, 2016

EU seeks monologues & short plays

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Call for submissions - Monologues & Short Plays

EU presents an evening of monologues & short plays to benefit the NY Foundling.
Monologues - 2-4 min. max
Short Plays - 10 min. up to 4 characters

The submission deadline is Monday August 8th. 

 Once the plays have been selected, casting will take place and there will be a short rehearsal period before the performance on October 20th.

Submissions may be emailed to:

365 Women A Year: a playwriting project

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Plays can be ANY length and you can have ANY number of characters.

PLAYS DUE DECEMBER 31, 2016 (There are no extensions.)
FIRST STEP: Choose a woman or women to write about. We are looking for 365 NEW women that our project has not yet covered. We do not accept repeats from previous years yet. You can make sure you don’t claim a repeat by searching through our historical women alphabetically. If you are not sure who to write about, scroll down for a list of available women.

Once you have chosen some options, you will fill out the CLAIM FORM. You will be asked to choose at least 3 options, in case your lady has already been claimed.

SECOND STEP: You will receive a confirmation email. You are not officially writing about anyone until you have received this confirmation email from It can take up to two weeks to get a confirmation email depending on the volume of claims we receive.

THIRD STEP: Happy writing. If at any point throughout the year, you get a hankering to write about someone else, simply fill out a new claim form.

Plays can be any length, any number of characters, and the playwriting format you are most comfortable with. PLEASE INCLUDE A LIST OF CHARACTERS at the beginning of the play.

FOURTH STEP: Submitting your piece. Please follow the directions, as your piece will not be officially submitted otherwise.

You will email your piece to Follow the directions below:

(1) In the subject line you will put: 2016/Name of historical woman/Play Title/Page Number/Your Name. (If you have many historical women in your piece, simply write MANY WOMEN, in place of the name of the historical women in the subject line.)

(2) Include your 100 word bio in the BODY of the email

(3) Getting the information from your piece onto the web site is important. We need you to write it out in a specific format. Here’s an example of what we need from you about your piece and the historical women in it to properly database it.

Historical Women: ***Each historical woman needs to be listed separately, include ANY existing woman who appears in your piece, even if you didn’t specifically claim them.****

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ars Nova Residency

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Play Group is a two year residency in which members become a part of the Ars Nova Resident Artist community. In addition to biweekly meetings where members share new work and receive feedback from their Play Group peers, members also receive dramaturgical support and artistic match-making advice from the Ars Nova artistic staff; invitations to Ars Nova shows, Resident Artists mixers, and to see the work of Play Group alums around the city; two Play Group writing retreats; and the opportunity to further develop and showcase one of their plays in a weeklong workshop that can culminate in a public reading. 


All playwrights who identify as emerging are eligible to apply. In selecting new members, we will take into account the strength of the submitted play, what the writer stands to gain from membership at this point in her/his career and the overall balance of voices and styles within the group. Writers of all genders, races and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please click HERE for the application form. Applications require one full-length play, a resume, two professional references and a personal statement describing what the playwright hopes to gain from membership. Applications for Play Group 2017 will be accepted beginning June 30th and must be submitted by midnight on July 31st to be eligible for consideration.

Still Crazy (After All These Years!)

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Looking for short plays with characters 55 or older

A Festival of new short plays for and about Seniors.

Looking for as yet unpublished, short plays in which ALL the characters are over 55 years old. This will be a non-Equity, short run festival in Fall 2016 in CT. Playwrights will be paid a small honorarium.

Deadline: August 1, 2016.

1. ALL CHARACTERS MUST BE OVER 55 YEARS OLD. Maximum of four actors.

2. Plays must be 15 minutes long or less. Monologues are accepted.

3. Plays must be unpublished. Previous productions are allowed (congrats!).

4. Simple, easily changed sets will be looked on favorably. No helicopters.

5. No more than two play submissions per author. Send us your best!

6. Please include your contact info on title page and in cover letter. Please include character and set descriptions on page 2 of your script. Previous production history may be included in cover letter, not required.

7. We are only accepting submissions by e-mail. Please attach your script as a Word document or PDF. PDF preferred. No hardcopy submissions.

How to submit:

E-mail submissions only, send to:

Please put "Senior Festival Submission" in the subject line of your e-mail.

We will announce our final selections in early Sept. 2016.

We look forward to reading your plays. Thanks!!!

Friday, July 22, 2016

David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize Guidelines

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We will be accepting submissions for the 2017 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize from July 1 - 31, 2016.
We will no longer be accepting submissions via email or standard post. Please complete the application form and upload your materials below.

David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize Guidelines
• Submissions will be accepted from July 1 – 31, 2016
• Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays in English in any genre
• Musicals, translations, one-acts, and any play previously submitted for the prizes are not eligible
• Plays may not have received or be scheduled for a full-scale, professional production prior to submission
• Playwrights must be citizens of the United States
• One submission per playwright is allowed each year; if you plan to submit for the 2017 Sky Cooper Prize, you must submit the same play for both prizes
• Playwrights submitting on their own behalf should submit a 10 page dialogue sample; Agents may submit full scripts for consideration. We prefer submissions as PDF of word documents (.pdf or .doc) with last name, first name, (title of the play) as the document title. For example: Wilson, August (Seven Guitars).pdf

The LIC One Act Festival 2016

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Oct. 27 – Nov. 13

The LIC One Act Festival 2016 is now accepting submissions for this year's festival.
Deadline for submissions is September 12th and acceptances will be awarded from now until September 19th.

The LIC One Act Festival 2016 is a competition style one-act play festival. The plays are divided into three different programs each program will run eight times during the course of the festival.

The Audience will vote for best plays. At least 6 perhaps 8, [depends on the plays length], nominated plays will then compete on November 13th at 8pm for Best Actor, Best Actress, Director and Best Play. Best Actor wins $50, Actress $50, Director $100 and Best Play $200.

All types of short play are considered but please remember to keep the staging simple with minimal set and props. We are ideally looking for plays that are 10 – 20 minutes in length. We will give special consideration to plays that are of the Halloween nature due to the time of year that this festival takes place during.

The LIC One Act Festival 2016 plans to run a rotating schedule of performances beginning Thursday, Oct. 27th through Sunday, Nov. 13th. Each Play is responsible for providing their Director and Actors for their production.

Break a leg! Equity Showcases permitted but acts will obtain their own code, The Secret Theatre will provide Equity compliant Insurance to the productions.

No submission or participation fee

Scripts may be submitted to

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lagos Literary and Arts Journal submission guidelines

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Lagos Literary and Arts Journal is always in search of exceptional talents to promote.

If you feel you believe you are a good writer whose voice should be heard all over the world, send us your best short fiction, essay or poem.
If you have taken some extraordinary photographs, and you think you should rank amongst the best, send them to us with your bio.
If you have written a review about a book you have just read, and you want other people to know about the same book, send us the review and we will pass the message along.
If you have met a great artiste (writer, musician , artist) you think is so amazing and is worth promoting, send us your report .
If you have interviewed any of them, all the better, send us the interviews and some pictures, we will do our best

Lagos Literary and Arts Journal publishes all genres of creative writing and media related to creative endeavors – including but not limited to poetry, fiction, essay, memoir , drama; political essays, satire, profiles, book reviews, anything to stimulate public interest in Nigerian art and culture. As much as possible please keep the length of all submissions below 2500 words; and the size of other media (image. video. audio) less than 3MB
You may submit files of following type; doc , rtf, jpg , gif , png,
Submissions are invite from all over the world.
All work to be considered for publishing should be sent to the editor at the following :

LLAJ is primarily a promotional publication, aiming to bring to light the work of new talents. We generally only pay an honorarium of $20 ($10 for poetry) for any work used in the print edition.

To obtain a sample copy of the journal (N800), visit our editorial and fulfillment office at:
AM Book and Team Publishing Limited
1 Olanipekun Street, Ososami Road,

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Generate 31 New Plays in 31 Days

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Brooklyn, New York – The 31 Plays in 31 Days Project, an annual event challenging playwrights to write 31 original plays during the month of August will be accepting submissions beginning August 1st. Participation is free and open to the public.

The project was founded in 2012 by Rachel Bublitz and Tracy Held Potter and as a way to motivate playwrights to generate a large quantity of material in a short period of time. Since 31 Plays in 31 Days’ inception, hundreds of playwrights from around the world have participated each summer, many of whom have gone on to produce or publish the work they had begun during the project.

In addition to posting daily writing prompts and playwright interviews, 31 Plays will be hosting two free writing workshops in New York City and Los Angeles to further motivate participants. The New York workshop will be held at the historic Drama Book Shop in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district, and the Los Angeles event will be announced closer to August. The workshops will be streamed live on Facebook.

Topher Cusumano, Executive Director of 31 Plays in 31 Days, hopes this year’s project will offer playwrights even more inspiration and motivation to help them complete the month. As an organization dedicated to helping writers produce more work, 31 Plays is also bringing back the popular optional submissions process. “Last year we didn’t ask laywrights to submit their 31 plays through digital submission because we wanted playwrights to feel like they only had to answer to themselves during this process,” Cusumano explains. “However, participants in years past thought the submissions helped them stay on track, so we’re bringing it back for the folks who benefit from that ype of structure.”

The submission link will go live on the website August 1st at 12:00am when the project officially kicks off. Playwrights interested in participating are encouraged to follow the project on Facebook ( and Twitter ( for further updates.

New York's Equity Library Theater One Act Play Festival Winter 2017

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Submissions are now being accepted for the New York's Equity Library Theater One Act Play Festival, to take place in the Winter of 2017 at the new NYPL 53rd street branch auditorium in New York City.

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from the Tri State area only. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome.
Basic set requirements.

One submission per playwright. No profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee! Please include name, address, telephone number and email address.

Seeking actors and directors, too. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone.

Deadline: October 1, 2016


Snail mail:
Equity Library Theater Theater Festival
22-73 43rd Street - JC
Astoria NY 11105

Seeking short plays for young audiences

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Lit on Fire will be a collection of roughly ten-minute parodies of common titles from high school English class reading lists. Selected plays will be published as part of the collection, and licensed individually for performance.

Plays should be aimed at high school performers, but with the ability to cross over to universities, and middle schools looking for a challenge.

Our preference is for parodies of novels or other non-dramatic material (i.e. not plays).

To see examples of the kind of thing we're looking for, check out these plays that are already published by YouthPLAYS ( and destined for the collection:
  • Everything you need to know about The Scarlet Letter in 10 minutes or less by Don Zolidis
  • HKFN: The Abbreviated Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Jeff Goode (ten-minute version) 
  • Moby (No Last Name Given) by Arthur M. Jolly
Submit by August 1, 2016 through the YouthPLAYS website Submit a Play page.

Some potential ideas:
- The Count of Monte Cristo
- The Three Musketeers
- Robin Hood
- Arabian Nights
- Little Women
- Jane Eyre
- Wuthering Heights
-The Time Machine
- Sherlock Holmes
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - The Lady of the Lake
- Edgar Allen Poe
- Alice in Wonderland
- Swiss Family Robinson
- War & Peace
- Great Expectations
- Gulliver's Travels
- Don Quixote
- Rip Van Winkle
- The Headless Horseman
- The Illiad or The Odyssey
- The Art of War
- The Tao Te Ching
- Call of the Wild
- Dracula
- Ulysses
- The Picture of Dorian Gray
- Beowulf

Naughties 2016

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Image Theater of Lowell, MA ( is seeking submissions of short plays, sketches, songs, or monologues for our “adult only” evening of original works to be performed on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

We are looking for sexy, silly, scandalous pieces, limit four characters or less, single set… have fun, because that’s what this evening of theater is all about!

To submit your play, monologue, or song, please send your work in a WORD format, along with full contact information on the cover page. Songs may be sent in Mp3 format, but lyrics should be included separately, along with sheet music.

Heading of submission: “ Naughties 2016”

Submission deadline: August 31st, 2016 no exceptions

E mail your submission(s) to:,
attention Jerry or Ann.

Image Theater is a not for profit theater company that has produced the original works of playwrights since 2005

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


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Seeking never produced before ORIGINAL 1 ACT PLAYS (7 minutes to 30 minutes)
(cast, directed and ready to perform)
And never produced before DANCE PIECES (7 - 20 minutes)
August 10 - August 27, 2016 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. (at 8th Ave) NYC

We are looking for passionate playwright/producers from the Tri-State area who wish to participate and try out a new short play (7-30 minutes) or a DANCE PIECE (2 - 20 minutes) in front of a live audience!

This is an opportunity to bring your NEW short 1 act play or dance piece to life!

And it is FREE to participate!


We will supply a technician to run your sound and lights for your production.

And again, there is no fee to participate.

Please know this Event is NON-EQUITY ONLY.

To submit your NEW, never produced before short 1 act play production or dance piece, please email:
The complete play, or synopsis of the dance piece,
a synopsis of the play,
the running time of the play or dance piece,
the set and lighting requirements,
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by August 8, 2016 at Midnight.

Please put “THE AUGUST EVENT" in the subject heading.

1 act play productions and dance pieces will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.
(The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted.) If we fill up all production slots early on, we will end submissions earlier than August 7, 2016. Once submitted, we will get back to you within a couple days as to your acceptance.

Again, there are NO Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees of any kind.

If you have any questions about THE AUGUST EVENT 2016,
please drop us a line at:

Can Serrat Residency

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ONE full granted writer is invited for a two-months residency at Can Serrat, including accommodation, workshop spaces, local food supplies [the grant does not include travel costs ]

Then, a shortlist of artists are selected for a 50% or 30% support.

Can Serrat, is a rustic house close to an old and mysterious mountain – there is no topic to answer, although jury expects proposals who take in consideration the place and environment – as well as it is expected from the artist a position regarding contemporary creation .

Send an application between July 1st to August 1st

Documentation required:
-One and only pdf file named: “lastname-canserrat-Wcall-july-2016”

This file must contain:

3 pages sample of recent works (prose, poems, screenplays, etc…)
Cover letter introducing yourself and short summary of the project.
Curriculum Vitae

We accept applications in English, or Spanish. We will not accept applications in any other language.

Send application using the application form at the end of this page.

Total file size not to exceed 5MB

21st Annual One Act Festival - Ten Below

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The Fine Arts Association will once again showcase original, never been produced 10-minute plays. Those chosen will be fully produced as part of the 21st Annual One Act Festival - Ten Below in February, 2017 at The Fine Arts Association.

Submissions of original ten-minute plays will be accepted beginning Friday, July 1, 2016.

Submission deadline is Monday, August 15, 2016. 

NEW THIS YEAR: Only ONE 10-minute submission will be accepted per playwright. Submit your favorite!

The number of plays to be produced will be at The Fine Arts Association's discretion and will depend on the mix of qualified submissions. Original plays accepted for the Festival will be announced between October 17 and October 28. The plays selected will be given full production within the capabilities and budget of The Fine Arts Association. There are no submission fees for this Festival. There will be no monetary stipend for plays used in the Festival.

Festival Submission Guidelines
  • Submission must be an original, unproduced 10-minute play at time of submission. Plays that have had staged readings will be accepted. Plays that have received full productions, either professional or amateur, prior to submission will not be accepted. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.
  • Limit of ONE play may submitted by each playwright.
  • Maximum Length: 10 pages not including title pages. Play should run in the 10 minute range. Longer submissions will not be considered.
  • Scripts may be comedy and drama. Not open to musicals. No more than 6 characters.
  • Simple set and costumes needs and minimal technical requirements. Only basic furniture and minimal props available for the production.
  • Plays must be submitted with pages numbered and include on the title page the following contact and bio information:
  • International submissions are welcome. All scripts must be in English.
  • All play submissions will be handled with care. However, The Fine Arts Association assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.
  • Submissions may be e-mailed to E-mail submissions must be received by The Fine Arts Association by Monday, August 15, 2016 to be considered.
  • Preferred document format: Microsoft Word or .PDF files ONLY. No other formats will be accepted.
  • Mail submission to: Ann Hedger, Ten Minute Plays, The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, Ohio 44094.
  • Mailed submissions must be securely bound with a title page containing full contact and bio information as outlined above.
  • Scripts will not be returned. Scripts not selected will be shredded then recycled.
  • Selections will be made by The Fine Arts Association Performance Department and inclusion in the festival is solely at their discretion. All decisions are final.
  • All submitting playwrights will receive an email notification upon receipt of their scripts. Notification of final decisions will be made by e-mail between October 17 and October 28.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Relationship-rants seeks monologues, etc.

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Are you a frustrated Writer or Actor? Do you need to “Rant” do you long to have eyes and ears pay attention to you. Join Us Tuesday Nights for “RELATIONSHIP-RANT'S”

If being on stage makes your hair stand on end, bring an actor Friend to perform your piece. (They should be somewhat trained and familiar with the text)

The Relationship Theater is looking for short pieces for its weekly Tuesday night show “Relationship Rants” beginning September 12th, 2016. The pieces can be monologues, stand up snippets, sketches or humorous songs with a theme of the relationships we have with lovers, friends, co-workers, employers, pets and family. All submissions should not exceed 6 minutes. has a mission to develop new work and allow performers/ writers to do what they crave (be in front of an audience).

We are very excited to host this event at our Lower East Side Venue. (NYC)

No Fee, Note this is an unpaid performance and writing opportunity.

Deadline for the first show is August 12, 2016
Submission Process: scripts /video (Video is a plus)
  • Upload your video to your personal YouTube channel
  • Label it with your name and Relationship Theater audition and date
  • And then send the public link to info@


Push Down Gently and Turn
By Carrie Hart Stratton
2015 New Works of Merit Honoree

Staged Reading:
July 21st, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 54, Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor

The Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival – Boo! 2016 Now Accepting Submissions

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October 13-30, 2016
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012 - 3rd floor
3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),
5 plays featured each week.
Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.
Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

THEME: “Boo!”
Scare us or force us to laugh till we die – horror plays and musicals including great spoofs.
All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.
** Note **
1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play - Host provides Theatre, technicians, marketing and box office
2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required
Submissions open: June 25, 2016
Submissions close: September 05, 2016 at 5pmPlay selection announced on; September 12, 2016
For more festival information visit:

115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

The Redemption Series - Landing Theater

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The series will feature 16-18 new plays by American writers, presented over 2 weekends. We are asking the writing community to submit play that respond to the current state of tragedies and conflicts in the world. How do we come out of it, and move forward? What perspective has it given us? What place does redemption or hope play in how we come to terms with crisis? What rises from the ashes? We believe that American playwrights have a lot to say right now. The Redemption Series is a collection of voices that reflect on our world and how we move forward.

  1. Plays must be written by American playwrights
  2. We are seeking original works
  3. Must be between 8-12 minutes long 
  4. The submission deadline is August 15th at 5pm, by email only
  5. One play per playwright
  6. Plays are given blind reads, so no personal identifiers should be in the script
  7. Please send your full name and contact info in the email only
  8. Send submissions to
  9. Playwrights will be notified only if their play is selected
The Redemption Series will be presented
September 22-September 25, 2016 - Group A Plays
September 29-October 2, 2016 - Group B Plays

Here is a url to our submissions webpage.!submissions/c59z

Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays and Musicals

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Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild

We're now accepting full length play submissions for the 2017 Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays and Musicals.

The Festival will be held between May 1st and May 14th 2017. 

The Festival presents four staged readings of new unproduced plays or musicals, an Evening of New Short Plays and a Composer/Lyricist Cabaret. Playwrights whose work have been presented include Beau Willimon, Y York, Donna Hoke, Kris Bauske, Jack Heifner, Janet Neipris, Craig Bohmler, Hal Corley, James McClure, Rich Orloff, Eric Coble, Dale Wasserman, & Richard Warren.

The Festival is accepting submissions for the following:

Full Length Plays:
  • Both dramatic and comedic.
  • Plays should be original, un-produced full length scripts
  • Plays should be in a development phase that would profit from a staged/concert reading by a professional creative team and open to additional development process.
  • Please no screen plays.
  • No multiple authors or collaborations will be accepted.
  • Scripts may not exceed 120 pages of dialogue and must be submitted bound or in a folder or by e-mail (send fee separately to the address below).
  • Cast size must be limited to 5 actors or less (actors may play more than one role)
  • No more than 5 locations.
  • Submission fee: $10 Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild
  • Please make checks, money orders, etc., payable to Phoenix Theatre. Payments must be included with your script. Do not send cash. 
  • Please mail a full bound script/libretto to Phoenix Theatre, C/O Robert Harper 100 E McDowell Rd Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • Or send your submission to with Full Length Submission in the subject line. Please make sure the script is submitted as a PDF.
  • A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
  • Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival

Full Length Musicals:
  • Musicals should be original and un-produced
  • Please send librettos/scores bound or in a folder or by email.
  • CD’s of studio recordings are accepted as well.
  • Musicals should be in a development phase that would profit from a staged/concert reading by a professional creative team and open to additional development process.
  • No more than 3 authors (book writer, lyricist and composer) will be accepted.
  • Librettos may not exceed approximately 120 pages of dialogue/lyrics.
  • Cast size must be limited to 8 actors (could play multiple characters) or less.
  • No more than approximately 5 locations.
  • Full Length Musicals would receive a staged reading/concert reading.
  • Submission fee: $10 Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild
  • Please make checks, money orders, etc., payable to Phoenix Theatre. Payments must be included with your script. Do not send cash. 
  • Please mail a full bound script/libretto to Phoenix Theatre C/O Robert Harper 100 McDowell Rd Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • OR send email submissions to 
  • Please put Full Length submission in the subject line. Please make sure that the libretto/score is submitted as a PDF and send fee separately via email.
  • A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
  • Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival.
Short Plays
  • No fee required
  • Plays should use 5 or fewer actors, comedy or drama (please no musicals).
  • Selected short plays will receive a staged reading in our annual Evening of New Short Plays.
  • Plays should be unproduced.
  • Please email submissions to (Robert Kolby Harper: Associate Artistic Director)
  • Please put Short Play Submission in subject line.
  • Please make sure that the play is submitted as a PDF.
  • No more than 2 submissions per playwright are accepted.
  • Please include phone number.
  • Travel and lodging for the festival not included.

For full length scripts we offer a staged reading, with professional actors, directors and dramaturges, to be held May 1st – May 14th 2017 in Phoenix. If your script/musical is selected, you must be available to be in residence for a 8-10 day time span during the span of the festival.

Scripts will NOT be returned.

All submissions will be accepted starting May 1, 2016.

Deadline for submission postmarked by: August 1, 2016

Finalists will be chosen and contacted by: November 1, 2016

For questions please email:

Mr. Robert Kolby Harper at
(Associate Artistic Director/Festival Director)

To submit your script:
Please send to:
Phoenix Theatre
C/O Robert Kolby Harper
100 E. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Proscenium Journal seeks plays

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Proscenium Journal (, a free literary journal for publishing plays, is accepting submissions for its fifth issue. The deadline is August 20th and there is no submission fee.

Submission Procedures:

Proscenium accepts original plays of any length and style, original adaptations (as long as the rights for the adapted work are secured) and musicals.

We accept all submissions via email. Please email your original play or article to with the subject “Submission: [Title], [Author]” Please submit your play as both a Word Document and PDF file (If you cannot convert your play into a Word Document you may submit a PDF file, but we will request a Word Document if your play is accepted for publication). In addition, please submit a brief author bio. If your play has been produced, please feel free to send us information about production history and production photos.

The deadline to be considered for the fifth issue of Proscenium is August 20th, 2016. However, we accept submissions year-round and will consider submissions after the deadline for future issues.

Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we regret that we cannot acknowledge all submissions. Proscenium reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason.

More information is at If you have any questions about our submission process, please contact

Monsterpiece Theater Collective is seeking new plays for its New Work Series.

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Monsterpiece Theater Collective, a non profit independent theater company based in New York City, is developing a vehicle for new playwrights with its New Work Series. Playwrights are encouraged to electronically submit one new work to be considered for a reading series and the possibility of a full production, produced by the Monsterpiece Theater Collective. In order to be considered your play must meet the following criteria:
  • all works must be complete, no treatments or works in progress
  • only one piece per playwright
  • no more than 8 actors needed for production 
  • approximately between 30 - 90 minutes in length with no intermission 
  • sent as a PDF in standard script format
  • plays must not be previously produced in New York (readings and staged readings are ok) 
  • musicals submissions will not be considered without submitted demo tracks for all songs
  • playwright must hold copyright for any material used that is not original to the playwright 
  • playwright must be local or able to travel at own expense
  • playwright is encouraged to be involved in rehearsal process and must be present for all performances. 

Playwright will be contacted upon receipt of submission and again when selections made.

Monsterpiece Theater Collective will choose no more than 6 pieces to be presented in a staged reading format with directors and cast chosen by the Collective. Of those readings, one will be chosen by audience vote to receive a full production. Reading series to take place in late September or early October 2016 with full production slated for November 2016.

To submit please email a brief synopsis with contact information and attached script to the address below. Direct submissions only.

Santa Fe Performing Arts Playwright's Competition

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Santa Fe Performing Arts Playwright's Competition was developed to support American Playwrights. The competition is not merely a competition of words, but a venue for recognition and a demonstration of appreciation - truly a celebration of the writer's contribution. SFPA and many other theatre companies around the country with similar programs, support playwrights and ensure the future of American Theatre. Without the writers, the actors would have nothing to say.

Submissions are limited to unproduced new American plays and must be postmarked by the first of September of each year

Send play synopsis and character break-down via email

or mail to: 
Santa Fe Performing Arts 
P.O. Box 22372 
Santa Fe, N.M. 87502. 

Full scripts upon request only.

Saturday, July 16, 2016


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Fraud & Phony, a new theatre collective in Chicago, is seeking submissions of ten-minute plays for "UNPRODUCEABLE", an upcoming live reading event. We're looking for your biggest, weirdest, least produceable ideas. The kind of scripts you might otherwise be embarrassed to send, or that you aren't sure are actually GOOD but that you find really funny, or even the Sex and the City fan fiction scene that you wrote that one time when you tried to imagine what it might be like if Samantha dated an astronaut.

We're looking for your best worst ideas, basically, to be a part of this one night live reading at Trap Door Theatre in Chicago on Thursday, August 4 at 8 p.m. This will be a free event, and will be it's a great opportunity to get your untenable ideas performed by some talented actors in front of an audience and SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

· Submissions should be sent to:,
ATTN: UNPRODUCEABLE by Monday, July 18

· All applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application by Wednesday, July 20

· Length: Up to 15 pages

· Characters: As many as you want, with the understanding that we may multicast if you have like...40 people or something


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The Initiative seeks to develop new plays by and about women, and the issues that shape their lives. Friendship, political and economic advocacy, sexual satisfaction, aging, gender equality, racial issues, marriage, singlehood, motherhood, careers, and power. The Women Playwright’s Initiative will provide a safe, nurturing environment for play development. Our intention is for the Initiative to culminate in a reading workshop/festival.

The Ivoryton Playhouse invites submissions by women playwrights. For this first season, we are seeking one act plays, with a running time of no longer than about an hour.

Interested playwrights should submit a hard copy and email version (for musicals include a script and CD, and email version with audio link), bio/resume, including a telephone number and email address.

Scripts will be returned only if a SASE is included.

The DEADLINE for One Act submissions is September 15, 2016.

Play submissions should be sent to Laura Copland, Director of Play Development at Ivoryton Playhouse, PO Box 458, Ivoryton, CT 06442. For questions, please email Laura at

Generations Residency

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2016-17 Residency Competition Guidelines:

BETC is now accepting submissions for our next Generations residency. In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays written by a parent with at least one child under 18 years of age as of September 1, 2016.
The winning playwright will receive:
· a week-long workshop residency in Boulder, Colorado, 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;
· reimbursement for travel and lodging;
· a $250 prize; and
· a $250 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. The residency will take place in May 2017; specific date arrangements will be made directly with the winning playwright.

Competition submissions are due September 1, 2016.
Entry Guidelines:
Plays must be written in the English language. Plays that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or that have been published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop or reading will be considered. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for production or publication as of September 1, 2016. BETC will negotiate an option on the winning play and have right of first refusal on the world premiere production. The winning play will be given full consideration for production in an upcoming season.

To enter our 2016-17 competition, please submit the following two files in PDF format by email to

File 1:
Cover sheet, containing within a two-page limit:
1. Contact information: name, phone, email, mailing address, and a paragraph bio for yourself and any other collaborators.
2. A brief synopsis of your play (500 words or less)
3. A brief production history of the work (if applicable)
4. Character descriptions

File 2:
A 20-page dialogue sample. Please do not include your name anywhere in the sample file. Full-length scripts will not be accepted.

The application deadline is September 1, 2016. A shortlist of playwrights will be contacted in early October, and we will request a full-length draft of selected works at that time. Our winning playwright will be notified by December 1, 2016.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Five Minute Mile – Theatre on the Run

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Cone Man Running Productions is announcing a nationwide call for the second iteration of our series ‘Five Minute Mile – Theatre on the Run.’ The series will perform at Obsidian Theatre in Houston Texas on November 10th – 19th, 2016. Michael Weems will serve as Artistic Director for the series.

We will be staging a one-of-a-kind theatre festival. Each evening, twenty (20) plays will be performed off book by a core ensemble of actors. Eight (8) of those plays will be set for each evening, six (6) will be drawn at random by audience members and the last six (6) will be voted on by the audience. Every night will be a different experience! If the playwright is able to attend, we will work with them to assure their play is one of the five set plays performed that evening. Requirements:

· Submissions will be accepted through Sunday July 31st.

· This festival is open to current residents of the United States. English language plays only.

· Five minute plays or monologues. No scenes or parts of other plays. We’re looking for compact plays/monologues with a start, middle, and end.

o Special note for monologues: PLEASE take the time to read them out loud, time them, and allow for inflection and beats.

· For plays, no more than 4 pages (12 pt font and 1” margins), for monologues, no more than 1.5 full pages (12 pt font and 1” margins)

· Please put ‘Cone Man Running – 5 Minute Mile’ in subject line.

· Please include a short blurb describing your plays/monologues.

· No published works. Previous productions okay if not staged within Texas.

· No work that has been submitted previously to Cone Man Running or Five Minute Mile.

· Minimal set and properties.

· No musicals, screenplays, adaptations, or theater for young audiences.

· Three submissions per playwright - however no more than one piece by a playwright will be accepted. If you have co-authored a work, this counts as one of your three submissions.

· If your play is optioned for publication anytime in this process, please contact us ASAP as this will make your play ineligible for our purposes.

· Please submit all files in only: MS word or pdf.

· If plays do not meet all of these requirements, they will be illegible for consideration.

· Please note, all plays will be photographed and recorded for archival and marketing purposes. In submitting your work, you acknowledge and allow for your show to be performed on the dates listed above, photographed, and recorded.


· Please do not include any identifying information on your script – in your cover letter/email please list your name, phone number, email address, physical address and your play’s title.

· We will not provide any feedback on scripts.

· From the submissions, 50 plays will be shortlisted as semi-finalists and will be read by our board. We plan to announce the selected thirty-two (32) plays by Sunday, August 28th, 2016.

· No submission fee.

· Please submit all the requested materials to Email submissions only.

· Cone Man Running reserves the right to decline scripts for any reason we see fit.


· If one of your plays are selected and you are able to attend, you will be provided with two complimentary tickets to the show. We will be unable to provide any additional compensation or funding towards transportation or lodging. Your show will be guaranteed a minimum of two performances.

· Please email us at if you have any questions.

For more information on Cone Man Running, please visit:

Discount tickets: VISITING HOURS

Om Shanti Productions presents
an Equity Showcase Code production of

Visiting Hours

written by Joshua Kaplan
directed by Dina Vovsi
featuring Richarda Abrams*, Adam Bemis, Amy Gaipa*, Michael Grew*, Dan Grimaldi*, Karen Tsen Lee*, Maureen Shannon*, Joel Stigliano
set by Frank Oliva, lighting by Jason Fok, sound by Emma Wilk
stage manager Ryan Keller

Presented at Theaterlab NYC
357 W 36th Street New York, NY 10018
Thursday, July 28, 8pm
Friday, July 29, 8pm
Saturday, July 30, 3&8pm
Sunday, July 31, 3pm

Decades of conflict has left the Stein family set in an unspoken state of war. But when the family’s crazy – though not insane -- matriarch lands in the ICU, the perpetual silence is permanently broken, uncovering old wounds and creating new ones. Visiting Hours follows the Steins as they attempt to navigate the present in the shadow of the past.

*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

NYCPlaywrights readers and subscribers offer -- HALF-PRICE TICKETS FOR THURSDAY 8PM SHOW.  
Email to purchase, write "VisitingHours2016 Special" in the subject line. Limit one per customer.

Cimientos 2016

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There is no submission fee for Cimientos.
Submissions lacking any of the following guidelines will not be considered.
  1. Submission will only be accepted through the online form here. (only visible in June 2016.)
  2. Submissions must be the author's own work. The piece shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold IATI Theater and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.
  3. The playwright must commit to be present on the staged reading performance of his/her work.
  4. The playwright must commit to be present on the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel) assigned to his/her work.
  5. This program is open to authors from anywhere in the world with original works in English or Spanish who are interested in a New York audience feedback. However, because of the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel), every playwright must be present to take part in the monthly meetings or commit to presenting feedback electronically or in written form on the dates of the PPP's and with no delay.
  6. Only one play may be submitted per playwright, per season.
  7. Submissions must not exceed 90 minutes in length.
  8. The play must require 5 actors or less. Plays that have more than 5 actors and do not provide a clear and stageable doubling explanation will not be reviewed. If doubling is possible, it must be expressed clearly on the online form.
  9. The submission must be a completed full-length play that has not previously been produced in any setting. If the play has undergone a workshop, staged reading or development of any kind, the playwright must inform IATI Theater of the specifics on the online form.
  10. The author’s name(s) should be nowhere within the script, any authorship information must not be visible in the play document. Scripts will be read ‘blind’.
  11. Submissions for the 2017 Season will only be accepted from June 1 to June 30, 2016.
  12. Please use a standard playwriting format.
*The 2017 Cimientos will consists of two main components:

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

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

To submit go to the following link and fill out the application:

NewTown Writers Press seeks short plays

NewTown Writers Press is delighted to announce that our annual print publication, Off the Rocks: An Anthology of GLBT Writing, is now accepting submissions for Volume 20.

Off the Rocks publishes poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction) by the GLBT community and its advocates. For this volume we also invite submissions of short plays, and we are seeking photography and artwork to be considered for the anthology's front cover as well.

The theme of this year's anthology is "Coming Out on Stage." Submissions should explore the GLBT community's relationship to the performing arts.

How are we presented and represented onstage, as well as backstage? What role has theatre played in your life? What roles have you played in the theatre? What are the ways in which gays influence and are influenced by the performing arts?

You are welcome to write about all styles of performance: dance, drama, drag, stand-up, musical theatre, you name it. Reminisce about a show that made a lasting impression on you, share the details of a play date, or shine a spotlight on the technical aspects of theatre. It's your call—and possibly your callback.

Fiction and non-fiction submissions should be a maximum of 5,000 words. Short plays should be no longer than 10 pages. Reprints are acceptable. We will consider up to three submissions per person.

Please send your work as an attachment in .doc or .jpg format to Editor Allison Fradkin at allisonfradkin [at] aol [dot] com. All submissions will be acknowledged and everyone will be notified of the Editor's selections.

Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology upon publication.

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2016.

For more information about Off the Rocks, please visit:

Labels: LGBT, 10-minute plays

Thursday, July 14, 2016

MRT'S Summer One Act Play Competition seeks immediate replacement play!

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We just had a play pull out of our Summer One Act Competition (with a $1000 prize for best play) due to an actor conflict, so we are seeking a short play production (7 - 20 minutes - cast, directed, ready to be performed) for the following dates:


On the date below you will be given a 15 minute time slot to go through your tech with our technician. This 15 minute slot will be for you to set up your sound and light cues with our technician, and to work out set, props etc etc.

Monday July 25, 2016 at 9 pm


Monday August 1, 2016
6 pm to 8:20 pm


Follows are the 3 dates minimum that you will be performing in the competition - 4 more if you move on to the Finals.


Tuesday August 2 at 6:30 pm
Thursday August 4 at 6:30 pm
Friday August 5 at 9 pm

And IF your play moves on to the FINALS your team must be available to perform in the Finals with 5 other plays on these dates:

Thursday August 11 at 6:30 pm AND 9 pm
Friday August 12 at 6:30 pm AND 9 pm

To submit your one act play production please email:
  • The complete play,
  • a synopsis of the play,
  • the character breakdown,
  • the running time of the play,
  • the set and lighting requirements, 
  • the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where) 
  • your mailing address,
  • and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by ASAP.

Please put “Summer One Act Competition” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within 24 hours if not sooner!

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $155.00 participation fee.

There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.

Discount tickets: A DAY AT THE SEA


By N.C. Hunter

Directed by Austin Pendleton

The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row – 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)

A Day by the Sea is a warm, human and often humorous depiction of the "crisis" of middle age. Julian Anson, a once-promising Foreign Service employee, confronts professional disappointment and personal failure while picnicking along the English seaside. Jolted into the realization that maybe it’s not too late - he seizes an opportunity to correct his past mistakes and start fresh - but will the results be any different?
“A subtle, civilized comedy… humorous, touching, gentle, wistful, and wise.”
Brooks Atkinson, The New York Times

“As bright as the sunny days in which the scenes take place.” 
– The Stage, 1953


Special Offer - $49.75

(Regularly $57.50)

Performance Schedule*

Tuesday – Saturday 7:30pm | Saturday & Sunday 2:30pm

*Added Performances: Wednesday 8/24 & 9/21 2:30pm


ONLINE: Visit and enter code TRG49

PHONE: Call 212-947-8844 and mention code TRG49

IN PERSON: Present this offer at Theatre Row Box Office – 410 West 42nd Street
(between 9th & 10th Aves)

Box Office Hours: Monday – Saturday, Noon – 8pm; Sunday, Noon – 6pm.

For more information, visit

**Ticket price includes a $2.25 facility fee. Service fees apply to online/phone orders. Schedule is subject to change. All sales are final.

Offer subject to availability. Offer may be revoked at any time. Maximum 8 tickets per order. Valid until 9/24/16.

Lucky Penny's 5th Annual Festival of 10 Minute Plays

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Lucky Penny's 5th Annual Festival of 10 Minute Plays will be presented in Feb 24-Mar 12, 2017. The production title this year is "Kids Rule the 8 x 10" and we are asking for plays that include roles for young actors.

The REVISED submission deadline for "KIDS RULE THE 8 x 10" is July 31, 2016. The remainder of the timeline is as follows:

Submission deadline: Must be postmarked by July 31, 2016
Evaluation period: Aug 1-Sept 30, 2016
Authors notified and selections announced: By Oct 1, 2016
Selection of director(s) and casts: By Dec 1, 2016
Rehearsal period: Jan-Feb 2017 (At directors' discretion)
Performance dates: Feb 24-Mar 12, 2017 (3 weekends)


1. Submissions must be 10-minute plays that include at least one role for a male or female actor age 6 to 16. All subject matter is acceptable but plays must be suitable for young performer participation. Authors should write for an adult audience - this is not a children's theatre production. Comedy and drama, both musical and non-musical will be considered. Musical submissions must include sheet music/score as needed. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the submitting playwright.

2. Scripts and related materials must be postmarked by July 31, 2016.

3. Sets, lighting needs and other technical requirements must be minimal. Since the winning plays will be produced, no play considered technically un-producible will be considered.

4. Maximum number of characters per play is four, and for this year, at least one role must be suitable for an actor age 6-16.

5. Running time is to be 10 minutes or less, which may mean 6-10 pages depending upon the density of dialogue. Authors are responsible for submitting work that is within the 10 minute running time limit. Cuts will be requested of the playwright for any selected play which runs over the limit regardless of the number of pages in the script.

6. Plays must be typed/word-processed, numbered, and stapled. Do not use binders or covers.

7. Plays must be presented in proper script format.

8. No electronic submissions will be allowed. (And please don't tell us "Hey, it's the 21st century! Other people accept email submissions!" We know that. We don't.)

9. All submissions are judged blind and this requires two types of cover pages. One, a separate cover letter, will include your name, address, phone number, e-mail and the play title. The other will be on each copy, but only showing the title. There can be no identifying information on the script other than the title. Do not include the author’s name on every page.

10. There is no limit to number of plays that an individual may submit, but each play must be accompanied by the proper cover pages as described. Only one play per author may be chosen.

11. Scripts cannot be returned. Lucky Penny Productions assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

12. The eight best plays will be selected from all entries by the reading committee. Notification to authors will be made by October 1, 2016. The eight selected plays will be staged in Feb-Mar 2017 as “Kids Rule the 8 x 10: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays.”

13. The author of the play chosen as the "People's Choice" will receive a $100 honorarium from Lucky Penny.

To submit your play:

Mail 3 copies of each script along with the two types of cover pages to:

Kids Rule the 8 x 10: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays
Lucky Penny Productions
1357 Foster Road
Napa CA 94558

The selection of directors, actors and designers for the selected plays is at the sole discretion of Lucky Penny Productions. An author may participate in the process if participation is requested by the producing company or the director selected for the project.
Entry of a script into this festival grants to Lucky Penny Productions the right to produce the entered play only for this specific event in Feb-Mar 2017 and authors retain all rights to their work for future production or publication.
The producing company reserves the right to remove and/or replace any play selected by the reading committee if, once in rehearsal, the play is found to be unproduceable as determined by the festival coordinator. Selection of a replacement play is at the sole discretion of the producing companies.
The producing companies reserve the right to reschedule or cancel the festival at their discretion if conditions beyond their control require it.
Authors, if their play is selected for production, grant to Lucky Penny Productions the right to use their name, biographical information and photo for purposes of publicity and marketing during the period Sept 1, 2016 through the performances dates in Mar 2017.
Submission of a script to this competition signifies the acceptance of these waivers and conditions if the play is selected for production.

Questions can be directed to Coordinator Barry Martin at or you may call or text to 707-738-2920.

MPAACT is seeking submissions

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MPAACT is seeking submissions of full-length original plays by African American and African Diaspora playwrights for its 2017-2018 season. Selected playwrights will be given development opportunities over the next year to prepare work for world premiere productions with our Chicago company. Female identified playwrights strongly encouraged to submit.

Submission Guidelines

Materials should be submitted electronically to, and include:

- Cover letter
- Brief biography
- Resume (optional)
- Synopsis, with casting breakdown
- Full script

Deadline for submission is June 21, 2016.

Questions about our programs can be directed to Demetria Thomas, Literary Development Manager, at

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company currently accepting submissions

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If you are submitting to:
1- Our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *
2- The Political Play series (Full Length about 90 min) Note: Submissions do not have to be about Politics per se, but must be about topics that are socially and/or culturally significant.
3- The TV-style project (Episodic sitcom sample script- 20-30 pages) for **The New Situation Company. We are interested in writers residing in New York, as the team will be meeting frequently during script development. If you do not live in the New York area but would like us to consider your work, feel free to send in your sample script, as we would like to feature guest writers in the project as well.

“This Round’s On Us” TRAVEL TIME
We are accepting new works for our 2016 This Round’s On Us festivals. The plays do not necessarily have to be set in these time periods, but they should at least be informed by the social, cultural and/or political happenings of the time. Whether you find inspiration in the movies, music or theater of a particular decade, the major events that formed the historical narrative or which have been ignored by history, or the everyday lives of people in the bygone days of the not-so-long-ago, you can send your 10-minute play to

This Round’s On Us festivals new theme of Connecting/ Disconnecting, exploring the digital world, past and present, and how technology brings people (places or things) together while also putting new forms of separation between them. It can take place in any time period -

We welcome creative application of the theme!

Connect / Disconnect: DEADLINE: July 28, 2016. (new deadline)

To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to Please be specific as to which project you are submitting to. Write on the SUBJECT LINE For example: This Round’s On Us: 1970’s and your name.

Deadlines for “Political Play Series”
To be considered please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to
Subject Line: Name of Play and Playwright.

We will contact you if your work matches what we’re looking for.
Thank you!

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

2017 Briefs: A Festival of Short LGBTQ Plays

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It's that time of year again, and we are opening short play submissions for our sixth annual Briefs: A Festival of Short LGBTQ Plays, which will be held in Spring 2017 in St Louis, Missouri. The festival is well attended and received and usually gets excellent coverage.

We are looking for plays that are 8-12 minutes in length, have two to five characters and that can be done with simple staging/props (we only use cubes for the set and minimal props), and that are LGBTQ themed. You can read all about last year's festival on our website, at .

In the past few years, we have gotten a lot of pieces about coming out and also on marriage equality. We would prefer to get pieces based around other concerns unless the piece is really special or offers a new perspective. LGBTQ characters or themes must be central to the piece, and we are especially interested in reading plays that explore the experiences of LGBTQ people of color, trans experience, youth and seniors. Comedy is a plus.

We work with a dramaturg, and it proves a very successful addition to the festival, especially for work that has not yet been produced or that might have needed additional attention. Do let us know if you would be open to using his services if we suggest it.

Please do not send us pieces you have sent before as we keep previous submissions on file, if you are unsure, email Becky at and ask before submitting. You may submit more than one play, but please submit each play separately.

Deadline for submission is June 30, 2016.

Please submit the following in the cover letter or attached-

1)100 word bio of the playwright
2) a short synopsis of your play
3) production history if applicable (or note that there is not one)
4) full contact info including email, home address, and cell phone for the playwright, if there is another number you are reachable at, please include that too.

Submit to:

There are extra upload spaces available if you would like to send a headshot, photo or promotional material from a production or other attachment you think we might find of interest.
Due to our small staff and the volume of material we receive, once we confirm that the submission is received and accepted, we will only contact you if we have questions or decide to produce your work. We can't wait to start reading all of your wonderful submissions! If you have any questions, email our submissions manager Becky at

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Infinity Stage, Sound & Film seeks scripts

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Infinity Stage, Sound & Film is an indispensable one-stop shopping source of new scripts, songs and incidental music, actors, singers & musicians, soundbeds, sound engineers, sound effects, cinematographers, techies, and venue for directors and producers of staged productions and indie films, as well as arts lovers everywhere.

Infinity Stage would love to hear from playwrights, composers for stage and screen, actors, singers, musicians and blog writers. Inclusion on the site is free. Please send inquiries and submissions to

Playwrights: In the body of your email, please include a short summary, number in cast, genre and any disclaimers. Also tell us what you wish to receive in royalties. Attach a pdf of the play or musical (of any length) and a short excerpt. Keep the title and byline, but omit personal contact information. (so that we know the client came through our site). Also attach a jpg file of cover art, if possible, and for musicals, at least 3 mp3s. (musical writers will eventually need a score/lead sheets and, if possible, a backing instrumental track). This is a totally non-exclusive publishing deal. We make no claims on your work and there is no fee to the playwright. We keep only 15% of royalties and script sales to partially offset the cost of marketing.

Actors/singers: Listings are completely free of charge. There are no qualifications or conditions. Just send a jpg headshot, contact info, a brief bio and include a 10-year age range, your union status, your home base, and, optionally, a Youtube or Vimeo reel.

Musicians: send an optional photo on jpg, instrument played, a brief bio, and style of play that is your specialty, including whether you sight read or play by ear.

Bloggers: Please send a sample or previous work, especially theatre-related.

Overtime Theater Call for Submissions

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SUBMISSIONS for the 2017 season open NOW through 7/31/16

Devoted solely to producing new and original work, we are particularly interested in bold and innovative plays that are challenging and entertaining.

We are seeking unproduced original work, adaptations of films and novels, translations and adaptations of classic works, musicals, comedies, tragedies, melodramas, kitchen sink musical comedies, operas, light operas, operettas, soft rock operas, heavy metal boulevard farces and many other forms hitherto unknown.

If you can imagine it, then we will make it happen.

We are open to any genre, with a special emphasis on genres that are often neglected in theater such as science fiction, adventure, superhero epics and cross-genre works, immersive environmental plays, or pieces that are truly “uncategorizable”!

While we are looking to nurture and develop local artists we are also open to giving voice to artists across Texas and to other artists national and international.

We are, in short, looking for exciting plays that will move the audience of today and perhaps be a beacon to audiences of the future.

Located between the Pearl Brewery complex and the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Overtime has been voted the favorite theater of readers of the San Antonio Current for six years in a row. The Overtime is home to two performing spaces, one of which is small while the other is quite cozy.


Currently we do not have a stipend for playwrights. Writers, directors, cast and crew are all compensated through an equal share of audience contributions and other donations to the “love bucket” which is divided at the end of a production’s run. Artistic staff and the board of the Overtime are all volunteers.

This is not an ideal situation, and it is hardly reflective of the value we believe art should have, but it is as fair and democratic a way we have of ensuring the survival of a theater for the people and by the people.

Guidelines for up to 2 submitted works


Please submit your plays in PDF format.

We will accept full-length plays, “one-acts” and even shorter works that may be combined with other authors’ works for a full program.

We will even consider cycles of plays or anything else you can come up with.

We will accept submissions for serial pieces with the following requirements.

1. A completed pilot episode.

2. A series bible that defines characters and story arcs and an outline of the total run of the series.
3. A detailed synopsis for each of the following episodes.
4. An outline of the plan for scheduled completion of the serial season.
Movement Based Pieces/Improvisational pieces/Devised Pieces

We will consider forms of performance that are not “traditional” plays.

For these we will consider them in several forms.

1. For choreographic pieces (dance, ballet, etc.) we will consider pieces with a descriptive text.

2. If the artist is proposing to direct/perform then we will also like to see a sample of previous work and a full CV in addition to a descriptive synopsis of the piece.
3. For improvisational/devised pieces we will consider them based on a descriptive concept statement along with a full account of the process by which the proposed piece will be created.
Other Proposals

In addition to the above we will consider other options for a play or performance that is not covered here. Please contact us with your proposals.

Again, if you can imagine it, then we will consider it.
How to Submit

In an effort to be ecologically responsible, the Overtime Theater accepts scripts with all materials (PDF format please) in one email (use link below) no later than 7/31/16. You may submit up to two works.

Please do not email us asking if we received your play, when we will read it or if we will get back to you. Last year we received over 900 submissions and as you can imagine we are very busy reading them all. Yes, all of them. If your work is chosen you will be contacted.

Send submission to and the subject should be Creative Work Submission

play for voices and words without borders contest

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Calling all literary translators, radio dramatists, and international radio drama enthusiasts! Play for Voices, in partnership with the lovely online journal of international literature Words without Borders, seeks radio play scripts in English translation for our first contest.

We invite submissions of translated radio plays of all lengths and from all languages. The Play for Voices producers and Words without Borders editors will select the winners. The winning play(s) will be produced by Play for Voices and published in Words without Borders.


– Plays must be written or adapted for radio. We are not currently seeking unadapted stage plays or other literature.

– Plays can be of any length, and translated from any language.

– Translators should determine that performance and publishing rights are available before submitting and, if possible, provide contact information for the rights holders.

– Play for Voices and Words without Borders will retain nonexclusive first publication rights to produce and publish submissions.

– Submissions should include two attachments:

* A single MS Word document containing: 1) the English translation of the play; 2) short bios for the author and translator; 3) a translator’s note that includes background information about the play and its production history; and 4) any details regarding rights.

* A PDF of the original play.

– Multiple submissions are permitted.

– Please email submissions to

– Submissions will be accepted until June 31, 2016.

Please note: We are seeking only translated plays for this contest, but we encourage writers of original radio plays in English to send us their work anytime!

general submissions


Please email your original English-language radio play, along with a short bio, to

Monday, July 11, 2016

Manhattan Repertory Theatre's 10 Minute play Contest

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Seeking fully produced, (cast, didrected and ready to be performed by Mid-August)
10 minute (or under) 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's 10 Minute play Contest.
$250 prize for best 10 minute play production.

August 17 - 24, 2016 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. at 8th Ave.

Each 10 minute or less play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances and 2 more performances if your play production goes on to the Finals.

To submit your 10 minute or less play production please email:

The complete script of the 10 minute or less play as a .pdf, a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown, the set and lighting requirements,
the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to: by Friday July 29, 2016.
Please put “10 Minute Play Contest August 2016” in the subject heading. 
We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before July 29, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Voting will be done by audience ballot with graduated voting of each of the audience members 4 favorite plays. There is NO raising of the hands, or a "Panel of Experts?” like at some other play contests across the country. The voting is solely crowd-sourced and works incredibly well.

Once accepted, there will be a $30 commitment fee.
For more information, please log on to:

Discount tickets: HYSTERICAL

Hysterical: Tormented Stand-Up Comic Drifts Between Fantasy & Reality

“Being happy and being funny… got nothin’ to do with each other.”

Bobby Sharp is a veteran stand-up comedian who's made a career working the Vegas casinos. Years of telling corny jokes to an unending parade of tourists, retirees and compulsive gamblers has landed him in a mental hospital with a nervous breakdown, where he visits with people from his past, his present and his imagination as he tries to reconcile the difference between being funny and being happy.

Written by Jim Geoghan, Emmy-nominated executive producer of Disney Channel's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody", Hysterical was chosen out of more than 100 plays as T. Schreiber's 2016 New Works Project. This workshop production debuts at the T. Schreiber Studio in New York City.


July 13 to July 23, 2016

Wed-Sat at 8:00 PM (plus free stand-up comedy pre-show on July 15,16, 22, & 23 at 7:30pm)

T. Schreiber Theatre’s Gloria Maddox Theatre

151 West 26th Street, 7th Floor

$15 general admission; $25 reserved seating

50% off promo code for NYCPlaywrights members. 
Type the code “Hysterical4Playwrights” to receive tickets for $7.50 (regularly $15).

For tickets: (also:

Box office: 212-741-0209 |

Runs 1.5 hours plus intermission.


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When Are New Applications Accepted?
The 2016-2017 submissions window opens on Wednesday, July 6st at 10am (EST) and closes on Wednesday, August 3rd at 5pm (EST). Once the window closes, we will not process any more applications or allow modifications. New Dramatists staff reviews submissions for completeness in the order they are received, so it is in your best interest to submit well before the deadline. All U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for residency, if they are able to meet the submission requirements.

How Does the Selection Process Work?
PANELISTS: Over the course of nine months, from September to May, a seven-person panel, comprised of New Dramatists’ current resident writers, alumni, and outside theatre professionals, read the submissions. During the first stage of review, an alumni volunteer group may assist the panel in reviewing submissions. The panel is completely different every year. Special efforts are made to balance the panel in terms of aesthetic sensibilities, gender, race, and age, as diversity is crucial to the adjudication process. The only people who know the panel members’ identities are the New Dramatists’ admissions staff.

CIRCULATION: All applicants submit two full-length works and designate an “A” play and a “B” play. All “A” plays are read. As applicants advance through the process, their “B” plays are read. For the Initial Round, reading is blind, i.e. applicant names are not attached to the plays being read. In the Semi-Final and Final Round, names are disclosed to the readers. (In addition, the full applicant list is distributed to the current resident company after the submission window closes. Each resident playwright has the option to recommend one applicant who is guaranteed to have both the “A” and “B” plays read by different readers. This does not impact the applicant’s status.)

DECISION-MAKING: The panel meets three times between January and May to discuss the plays and by consensus, winnow the list of applicants and ultimately determine the incoming group.

NOTIFICATION: Status notifications are sent on a rolling basis: the first round of letters goes out in January/February, the second round of letters goes out in March/April, and the final round of letters goes out in May. Writers who are accepted into New Dramatists are notified in May. If your mailing address and/or other contact information changes, please notify

What and How to Submit?

 To Begin Your Application, visit and click on “Begin

Application.” You will be prompted to create an online account and to verify your citizenship status. You will be able to return to your saved application to continue working until you complete the final tab and click “submit”, at which point you will no longer have access.

 Enter a Statement of Intent the equivalent length of a one-page letter, responding to the following question: New Dramatists was founded on the premise that writers are one another’s greatest resource. If granted a New Dramatists residency, what do you see as the benefits of developing your work in the company of other playwrights? For national applicants (outside New York), please include how you envision participating in a community of playwrights from where you live.


 Upload or Enter a Copy of Your Current Playwright/Artistic Bio, Resume, or CV

 Upload a Stand-Alone Title Page for each play that includes your full name and contact information in the document.

 Upload “Blind Copies” of Two Original Full-Length Works (Plays and/or Libretti-books of musicals) Each submission must be a single work that constitutes a full evening of theatre. For example, a 90- minute play without an intermission is a full-length work.

Please do not put any identifying information in the script documents or in the file names or file descriptors (Acrobat DC users, take special care). Identifying information includes: your name, contact information, theatres that have workshopped or produced your plays, your agent, special thanks, actors/production crew involved, etc.

Every script page must be numbered.
Every script page must include the play’s title.

Supplemental Materials – You may submit music samples to accompany a libretto in order to showcase the style and tone of the larger work. Please do not submit music in place of the book, and please note past admissions committees have often found libretti less competitive than plays. In response to feedback, we are creating a new form this year for uploading music samples. You will be able to submit up to 5 tracks. Please email if you need assistance.

Format Notes: Text can be entered directly into the fields in the application or cut-and-pasted. Formatting such as italics or boldface will drop out. We strongly encourage you to submit your uploaded materials as PDFs. We will also accept the following formats: .txt, .doc, .docx, .rtf