Monday, October 24, 2016

Promising Playwright Contest 2017

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Full-length play scripts sought for theater workshop opportunity. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000 and a script workshop weekend in summer 2017. The workshop will culminate in a rehearsed public reading of the script at our theater in Annapolis, Maryland.

  • Playwrights must currently reside in Washington DC or any of the 13 original colonies of the United States 
  • Plays must be unpublished and unproduced.
  • Estimated run time should be at least 85 minutes, and cast size should not exceed 10.
  • Musicals and musical librettos are not accepted.
  • The winner will be notified by May 15, 2017.
Judging is blind. No name(s) of the playwright(s), nor any other identifying information is allowed on any submitted material. The materials will not be forwarded to readers for judging if names appear anywhere.

All entries must include four PDFs:
  • Summary of the story not to exceed two pages. Plotline only! Please do not include reviewer comments, notes of praise, or any enthusiastic blurbs that are intended to sway judges or sell the piece
  • List of Characters with descriptions
  • 10 consecutive representative pages from the script
  • Full script (no author names or other identifying marks)

Submit online at between October 1, 2016, and Dec 31, 2016.

Scripts submitted outside of these contest dates and rules cannot be considered.

Tenth Annual Original One-Act Festival

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Festival prizes to be awarded: Six plays shall be selected for production in the spring (March/April/May) of 2017. Of those six selected, one shall win the Grand Prize $150 and one shall win runner up $100 as determined by the festival play readers. Of the remaining four, one shall will an Audience Favorite Prize $100 to be determined by the audience attending the festival performances.

Guidelines for submission:

All submissions must be original, unpublished one act plays of 20 pages or less.
Submissions must be received by email between August 1, 2016 and November 1, 2016
Any submissions not adhering to the following guidelines may be eliminated from consideration.
Additional information and guidelines:
  • All scripts must be submitted electronically via email in .pdf format. Please email
  • All scripts should include a short biography of the playwright for publication on website, programs, and publicity materials to be considered for evaluation.
  • Playwrights will be notified via e-mail when their manuscript is received.
  • Scripts should include:
  • A separate title page with name of the playwright, address, telephone number and e-mail address
  • A cast of characters with descriptions
  • A brief synopsis
  • Numbered pages
  • Playwrights shall not submit more than two plays to be considered per festival year.
  • Playwrights will be notified by February 15, 2017, if their play has been selected for production.
  • Plays selected for production will be listed on our website,
  • All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.
  • Stage Door Productions shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties.
  • Production will be at the discretion of Stage Door Productions.
  • Only stage plays will be considered. Musical, film or TV scripts will not be selected for production.
  • All submissions must be original and unpublished.
  • Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted.
  • Critical analysis or feedback will not be provided.
  • Playwrights should be aware that the size of our stage is limited. There are no opportunities for elaborate scene changes.
  • Please consider our audience and do not send sexually explicit or gratuitously violent scripts.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Little Festival of the Unexpected 2016

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Submissions for the upcoming Little Festival of the Unexpected are accepted September 1st through December 31st for consideration the following May. Only scripts and samples of full-length plays are considered for the Festival.
  • Literary agents may submit complete scripts on behalf of their clients.
  • Playwrights who do not have agents may submit 10-page dialogue samples for consideration. Dialogue samples must be accompanied by a synopsis, production history and character breakdown.
  • Plays are eligible for development at the Little Festival of the Unexpected only if they have not previously been professionally produced or workshopped with Equity actors. This restriction includes Actors Equity showcase and waiver productions. Plays that have had readings or non-AEA productions are still eligible.
Only one submission is accepted per playwright in a given year.
Submissions of 10-page samples (from playwrights) must be sent by U.S. Mail only – no e-mails, faxes, etc.
Portland Stage rarely produces scripts with more than 8 characters. When doubling occurs, a full character track breakdown should be included.

Submit by mail to:
Portland Stage Company
Attn: Literary Manager
P.O. Box 1458
Portland, ME 04104

Please note we have recently updated our submission guidelines to allow our staff to more effectively manage our new work initiatives. Scripts that were submitted prior to June 1, 2016 will be assessed following the old submission guidelines.

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, October 22, 2016

Theatre Southwest 12th Annual Readers Theatre

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Theatre Southwest is NOW accepting short plays for its 12th Annual Reader's Theatre Matinee! This year the TSW-RTM will happen on Sunday, Nov. 20th, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. and our new event producers Brian Heaton and Scott McWhirter will be accepting 5-10 minute scripts from NOW until November 7th, 2016 (postmarked by). Selected plays will be read and voted on by the audience in attendance and the Audience Favorite will receive a $100 prize!
Guidelines for this this year's event are as follows:
  • Scripts will be accepted via snail-mail only (no emails, no PDF's).
  • Scripts entered cannot be returned.
  • Limit of 2 entries per playwright.
  • There is NO ENTRY FEE.
  • ALL scripts should be numbered with title, list of characters, brief synopsis of play and playwright's contact info on title page.
  • ALL scripts should be stapled in the upper left hand corner.
  • No Monologues or one man/woman plays will be accepted.

ALL genres of plays will be accepted (light comedies, heavy dramas, thrillers, mystery, sci-fi, satire) with no regard to language or subject matter content.

ALL plays should be able to be read within 5 to 10 minutes, no longer, no exceptions. If using standard play format a good gauge would be if the play's text is 4 to 11 pages long (excluding title page).

Please make sure the play you are submitting is conducive to Reader's Theatre, simple stage directions, story mostly expressed through dialogue, not action.

Approximately 8-12 plays will be selected to be given a performance level read, and the playwrights selected will be informed prior to the event.

ALL entries should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest
8944-A Clarkcrest
Houston, TX 77063

To learn more about Theatre Southwest's Special Events go to the below link:

Note: At present the section on How to submit a play to the TSW-RTM has not been updated from last year's (2015) guidelines, so please refer to the guidlelines listed HERE when submitting.

Sundog Theatre is seeking one-act plays for "Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2017"

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For Sundog Theatre's 15th annual presentation of original, short
one-act plays about our favorite boats, the Staten Island Ferries.
(No submission fee)


--Submit original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming that.

--Plays should be 15-25 minutes long and have their setting on the Staten Island Ferry. Plays should be at least 15 pages long.

--Plays should be contemporary, involve 2-3 characters and require no special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited and easily accessible props,
and no special sound/lighting needs.

--Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence situations and overly offensive language since we cater to a broad audience.

--No musicals, long monologues, poetry, or verse - plays are memorized by actors in a short time.

--As in life, humor is good.

IMPORTANT: It is Sundog's 15th anniversary.  Please incorporate the number 15 into your play in some way.

Remuneration: Six authors will receive $100 each and be produced in our series of five March 2017 performances in Staten Island.

NO FEE to submit.


--Please send two copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author and contacts) to
Sundog Theatre,
"Scenes 2017" PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301

--Submissions should include brief synopsis,
70-word bio and also resume of writer.

--Should be postmarked from now until no later than
December 31, 2016.

--Do not submit plays electronically.

Susan Fenley, Producer

Notification: Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog's website early 2017. Please do not contact Sundog to see whether or not we are using your play.


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This is the Eleventh year of premiered staged readings of three winning one-act plays in showcase at the Brick Box Theatre housed in the beautiful Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland, Vermont. Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre is in its Twelfth season. The Nor’Eastern Contest winners will receive an intense day and a half’s work on each play, and two evenings of Showcasing as well as three nights lodging. The Nor’Eastern Showcase rehearsal and performance dates for this year will be May 18, 19 & 20, 2017. First, each script goes through a rigorous screening process with panels of readers. The scripts with the highest scores are submitted to a second panel, and then the finalists are read by a single reader who selects the three scripts to be showcased.

If you have question you may e-mail us at:

Type of work: one-act plays no longer than 45 mins.

Deadline: November 15, 2016 

This year’s winners will be workshoped and showcased May 18 (workshop), May 19 (workshop & showcase) and May 20 (professional review and discussion & showcase), 2017

Friday, October 21, 2016

Residency - Writers Omi at Ledig House

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Since its founding in 1992, Writers Omi at Ledig House has hosted hundreds of authors and translators, representing more than fifty countries. We welcome published writers and translators of every type of literature. International, cultural and creative exchange is a foundation of our mission, and a wide distribution of national background is an important part of our selection process.

Guests may select a residency of one week to two months; about ten at a time gather to live and work in a rural setting overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Ledig House provides all meals, and each night a local chef prepares dinner. Daytime is reserved for writing and quiet activities, while evenings are more communal. A program of weekly visits bring guests from the New York publishing community. Noted editors, agents and book scouts are invited to share dinner and conversation on both creative and practical subjects, offering insight into the workings of the publishing industry, and introductions to some of its key professionals. Click here for a list of former guest speakers.

German publisher, Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt, for whom the program is named, was noted for his passionate commitment to quality in literature. His list of authors included Thomas Wolfe, William Faulkner, Yukio Mishima, Jean-Paul Sartre, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon.

Writers Omi has hosted hundreds of writers and translators from roughly 50 countries around the world. The colony's strong international emphasis reflects the spirit of cultural exchange that is part of Ledig's enduring legacy.

Each applicant is required to provide 4 (four) separate items in total:

1. A cover letter, which provides the following details: country of birth, country of residency, the language in which you write, your preferred residency dates. Additionally, please let us know how you heard about Writers Omi at Ledig House, why you want to come to Writers Omi and what you expect to get from the experience.

*Important Note*: If you are eligible for one of our sponsored residencies, such as the Translation Fellowships or the residency set aside for a Whiting Award winner please indicate so in your cover letter. For a full list of sponsored residencies, please see the "Sponsorships & Endowments" tab on our webpage.

2. A brief (2 pages, maximum) statement about your work history, referencing publications, performances and writing credits. This can be submitted in CV format.

3. A writing sample, no more than 50 pages. (Please be sure to indicate if the writing is published or unpublished; if it is published please provide details.)

4. A one page description of the work to be undertaken while at Writers Omi.

Your writing sample does NOT have to be an English translation; please submit your writing sample in your mother tongue. All other documentation must be submitted in English.

Your cover letter should be provided in the designated Cover Letter field. Items 2-4 should each be provided as separately uploaded files.

In addition to these requirements, every applicant must arrange to have a letter of recommendation submitted separately. The letter can be provided by a fellow writer, teacher, editor, literary agent, or any informed individual who can speak to your character and work.

Please use the Reference Letter field in your online application to send a request for a letter to the individual who will provide your recommendation. Once that individual receives this prompt he or she will be able to upload a letter separately to your application file.

To be considered for a 2017 residency, your application (including separate letter of recommendation) must be received electronically by the end of the day, October 20, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EDT).

We look forward to receiving your application.

Drama League Residencies

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There are currently six different residencies available at The Drama League.
Note: All applications require the project's director to apply as Lead Artist.

First Stage Residency
Next Stage Residency
Beatrice Terry Residency
Rough Draft
The Impact Residency
The Boris Sagal Fellowship/Drama League Residency



The First Stage Residency gives theater directors and their collaborators in the early-to-mid stage of project development unique, supportive opportunities to develop new plays and musicals. Residencies include stipends, rehearsal space and mentorship.

Applications are now open and will close on Thursday, November 10th, 5:00pm.



The Next Stage Residency gives theater directors and their collaborators in the mid-to-late stages of project development unique, supportive opportunities to develop new plays and musicals. Residencies include stipends, rehearsal space and mentorship.

Applications are now open and will close on Thursday, November 10th, 5:00pm.



A one-day residency to explore one aspect or element of a project in early development stage.

Applications are accepted twice-yearly. Please check back soon for information about the second round of submissions for this season.



A program focused on the development of a new work by an emerging female-identified writer-director, culminating in a writing residency and in-progress showing.

Applications are now open and will close on Thursday, November 10th, 5:00pm.



A partnership of the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and the Drama League of New York, the Impact Residency is a year-long residency for a director-led ensemble group, designed to combat the ever-shrinking theater resource bank of time, space money and creative support.

Applications are now open and will close on Thursday, November 10th, 5:00pm.



A partnership of The Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Drama League Of New York, this program allows a director to create, refine, and present a new play or musical first at the Festival, and then in New York City.

Applications for this program are available via the Williamstown Theatre Festival website.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Discount tickets: ONE FLEA SPARE

Playhouse Creatures presents
One Flea Spare
written by Naomi Wallace
directed by Caitlin McLeod


This 20th Year Anniversary Production of One Flea Spare will be directed by Caitlin McLeod and marks the play's first appearance in New York City since it's Public Theatre production in 1996. One Flea Spare is set in plague-ravaged 17th-century London, where a wealthy couple is preparing to flee their home when a mysterious sailor and a young girl appear sneaking into their boarded up house. Now, quarantined together for 28 days, the only thing these strangers fear more than the Plague is each other. Definitions of morality are up for grabs and survival takes many forms in this dark, fiercely intense and humorous play. 

New Plays for Young Audiences seeks full-length play scripts

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New Plays for Young Audiences seeks new unpublished and unproduced full-length play scripts for young audiences (ages 4-21) for our 20th season, June 2017. The final date that submissions for 2017 will be accepted is October 31, 2016.

Submission Guidelines:
In your email submission, please include your name, the name of the play, and where we can contact you.

Also include in your submission your goals for the week of development – questions about the script you hope to answer, characters you want to further develop, story areas you want to look closer at, etc. Scripts received without goals are automatically disqualified, as this is an important part of our process.

If you are submitting an adaptation, we ask that you include proof that the original author has agreed to you adapting their work.
Finally, also rank, from most to least preferred, the development week that works best for you. Please also note any scheduling conflicts you have during that 3 week period. We cannot guarantee a preferred slot, but this information will help facilitate the scheduling process once scripts are selected. The 2017 series is slated to run June 4-25: June 4-11, June 11-18, and June 18-25.

Please note that we only accept previously unpublished and unproduced full-length play scripts. If your script has had a fully produced production, we cannot accept it. We accept musical submissions, but do not generally develop a musical every season. If you are uncertain if your script meets this requirement or believe there is cause for an exemption, feel free to contact us (David Montgomery or Teresa Fisher).

We welcome scripts of any cast size, but are limited to 10 actors due to the size of our stage. If your script requires more than 10 actors, include doubling suggestions with your submission.

To submit your new previously unpublished and unproduced play for young audiences for consideration in our 2017 series, send your script between June 27 and October 31, 2016, to Artistic Director, David Montgomery. We reply to all submissions within 7 days of receiving them.


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MultiStages, a multicultural, multidisciplinary theatre company located in New York City, is seeking original, unproduced, high quality full-length multidisciplinary plays by established and emerging writers for its eighth New Works Contest. The Contest Winner will receive a Workshop Staged Reading with professional actors or a Fully-Staged Production at a reputable theatre in New York City under an AEA approved code. The Finalists will receive a Staged Reading with professional actors in the New Works Festival.

MultiStages produces non-traditional multicultural, multidisciplinary theatre works that incorporate a fusion of art forms rarely found in today’s theatre. These fusions include collaborations with artists working in dance, music composition (including opera), visual arts, puppetry, poetry, multimedia, et al. If your play includes music, you may choose to submit with a composer. All submitted scripts must be multidisciplinary and multicultural, and respect non-traditional casting choices. All productions are subject to development by MultiStages in collaboration with the playwright.

You must Include:
  • Complete Script (w/ title only) in PDF. DO NOT include your name, this is a BLIND contest.
  • Script Cover Page (w/ title, author name(s), personal and/or agency contact info).
  • Up-to-date Resume and Bio.
  • Artistic Statement including Multidisciplinary and Multicultural Elements in the play.
  • We accept Scripts by EMAIL ONLY – please email a PDF script, resume, bio, and Artistic Statement, and anything else we need to know about you to:
  • Disciplines: If your discipline is music, visual arts, or video, you may send us a link to samples or send via dropbox or other shared server. If you need to send your discipline attachment via hard copy, submit to: Lorca Peress, Artistic Director, MultiStages, 344 West 87th Street (2R), New York, NY 10024. Include a cover note that this is the attachment to said play. Do not include any personal info on the attachments as they may be forwarded to our judges.

Deadline: Midnight, 12/31/16
No Submission Fee

Announcements: Spring 2017 – Semi-Finalists; Summer 2017 – Finalists and Winner

New Works Finalist Reading Festival (Finalists): TBS 2017 or 2018

Workshop or Production (Winner): TBS in 2018

Questions: address to Lorca Peress at

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gary Garrison Playwriting Festival - 2016 Guidelines

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1. All play submissions are due no later than October 21, 2016.

2. Please send 2 files including your play. (The selection committee will read the versions without a byline.)
a. With byline
b. Without byline

3. You may submit only ONE 10 Minute Play.
a. Your play must have 5 or less speaking/non-speaking roles

4. This year's festival will have a theme. Please ensure your play aligns with the theme of the festival.

THEME: This is My Life

5. Your play must be in play format making it easy for the readers.
a. 12 point or greater font
b. Courier New, Times New Roman or Arial

6. Submit plays keeping in mind minimalist setting and lighting.

7. The play must be unpublished at the time of submission.

8. Submitting your play grants The Gary Garrison Playwriting Festival the right to produce your play in our annual festival. Studio 33 will have the right to photograph and/or video it for archival purposes.

9. Please include your play’s suggested rating based on language, nudity, violence, drug and alcohol use. We reserve the right to alter ratings.

10. Playwrights must be open to discussion with directors and potential re-writes. You MAY NOT direct your own show.

11. The first 50 submissions will be accepted by email and read by our readers.
a. Send 2 emails to:
a. Subject: Name of Play - with Byline
b. Subject: Name of Play - without Byline

Theatrical Botanicum Seedlings


According to this web page:

ATTN Playwrights: We have reached our limit and no longer accepting submissions for 2017 opportunities.


Play Submission Guidelines

With its roots in the McCarthy Era Blacklisiting, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum has provided a home in Southern California for professional Shakespeare and the classics in its scenic, outdoor amphitheatre in rustic Topanga Canyon for over 40 years. Theatricum is also committed to finding new works and furthering new voices in theatre through Botanicum Seedlings.

The submission window is September 1 – November 1 annually. We will close this window after the first 200 submissions are received. These works will be considered for development and also production.

Opportunities through Botanicum Seedlings include Playreadings, Play Festivals, private GreenReads (for a fresh look at early drafts) and Playwrights Workshops through Theatricum’s Academy, culminating in developmental GreenReads. Since its creation in 2002, the program has supported well over 100 new plays.

The goals of Botanicum Seedlings are:
  1.  to maintain focus on the needs of the playwright in regard to a play’s growth;
  2.  to foster relationships with emerging playwrights around the globe;
  3.  to act as an advocate whenever appropriate in recommending plays to other companies;
  4.  to establish Theatricum Botanicum as a guiding force in the development of original material; and
  5. to provide a nurturing environment in which Theatricum company members can expand and stretch in new directions as actors as well as directors, writers and dramaturgs.

For consideration, please keep in mind that Theatricum encourages provocative, political and socially relevant material, and prefers works that are uniquely theatrical and character-driven. Although the company is classically based, Seedlings is by no means traditional in its sensibilities and is not looking for classical translations or adaptations unless they are highly original. Nor are we interested in scripts which might be better suited to film or television. In addition, Botanicum Seedlings is committed to gender parity, with a goal of 50% or more women playwrights and directors involved in its public readings.

Submissions may also be considered for production as part of Theatricum Botanicum’s Summer Repertory Season. Please note that the theatre very rarely includes new works in its season; both of our performance spaces are outdoor amphitheatres in a natural setting.

From September 1 – November 1, we accept the first 200 electronic submissions of 10-15 page dialogue samples from full length plays (sorry, no queries for one-acts or short plays) accompanied by playwright’s bio and play history as MS Doc or PDF attachments sent to (Only one play per year, please!)

If electronic submission is not possible, send complete plays, musicals and accompanying materials to Botanicum Seedlings c/o Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, P.O. Box 1222 Topanga, CA 90290. All materials will be recycled unless special arrangements are made beyond including an SASE. (Note: receiving hard copies may significantly add to our response time.)

Our goal is to acknowledge receipt of all submissions and queries. Please know that while we read and review all materials we receive, we are not able to personally follow up with every submission.

For more information on Seedlings writing workshops, private dramaturgy and other Theatricum events and programs, visit or contact The business office can be reached at (310) 455-2322. Thank you in advance for your submission, and for your patience if our response is delayed.

Jennie Webb
Seedlings Program Director

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Manhattan Repertory Theatre Fall 10 Minute Play Series

Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by Mid November)
10 minute (or under) 1 act plays
for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's
Fall 10 Minute Play Series.

November 16, 17, 18, at the new Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
at 17-19 West 45th St.

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.

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 October 31, 2016.

Please put “Fall 10 Minute Play Series” 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 October 31, 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.

Once accepted, there will be a $30 commitment fee.

For more information, please log on to:

Eden Prairie Players Accepting Submissions of One Act Plays for 2017

PLEASE NOTE: they are no longer accepting submissions - the following appears instead of a submission form.

Submissions have closed
Collection of One Acts 2017
Eden Prairie Players
We have reached the maximum number of submissions for this production. We are unable to accept more submissions at this time.

Eden Prairie Players is accepting submissions of unpublished one act plays for its 2017 Collection of One Acts to be produced in September of 2017.

Please read the submission guidelines, then go to the One Acts Submission Form.

Submission Guidelines
  • We allow only one submission per playwright.
  • We are seeking unpublished one-act plays: dramas, comedies, etc. (previously-produced or stage readings OK)
  • Length 30 minutes or under (we typically select most in the 10-25 minute range)
  • The play must be submitted as a PDF file through our submission form. 
  • Submit through the online submission form:
  • Playwright contact information - name, email, address, phone.
  • Name of play.
  • Approximate duration.
  • List of characters / descriptions: age, gender, race if specified, etc. (please list allowable deviations) 
  • Short synopsis of the play, including a description of recommended set pieces and props
  • Has it been performed before? Where?
  • After the form is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. 
  • Plays will be reviewed on a first come-first served basis. We limit consideration to an arbitrary number of plays, so submissions will be closed after we reach that limit.


Selected plays will be paid a royalty of $25 per performance (we usually have 5-7 performances).
No compensation for selection process: By submitting your play(s) for consideration, you give Eden Prairie Players permission to make copies as needed for the selection process. You also give permission for your play to be performed without payment at an unrehearsed table readings as part of the selection process.

To begin the submission process, go to the One Acts Submission Form.


Q: Are works by international playwrights accepted?

A: Yes

Q: How are plays selected?

A: We provide access to each play for one or more authorized reviewers to read and rate as part of the selection process. Plays are narrowed down to a smaller subset of candidate plays. From this subset, plays are read at a public table reading and selected by our advisory committee.

Q: What format should I use for the play?

A: We only accept play files in PDF format.

Q: How can I convert my play to PDF?

A: There are several ways to convert your play to PDF:
Most modern word processors have a Save as PDF or Export to PDF command.
If you use Mac OS X, and your application doesn’t have one of these commands, you can save any file to PDF using the Print command and the PDF button in the Print dialog. This feature is built into the operating system and works with any application that has a Print command.
Google Docs is a free service from Google at This service has many useful features for writers, including online storage (through the integrated Google Drive service), sharing, and collaborative editing of documents. It also allows you to upload files from Word or other applications to convert them to Google Docs. And Google Docs has a Download as PDF feature.

Q. What about language in my play?

A: While we bill these productions as intended for mature audiences due to subject matter and language, we strongly consider what our audience's reaction to each piece will be.

Q: How long has Eden Prairie Players produced unpublished one-acts?

A: 2010 was the first year that EPP produced unpublished works as part of our Collection of One Acts, and it was immediately successful. The response from our audience was overwhelmingly positive. We now like to include a mix of published and unpublished works. In 2012, all of the plays we selected were unpublished when they were submitted to us, although some were published before we presented them. We hope to carry that enthusiasm forward each year by continuing to introduce our audience to fresh new works written by exciting playwrights. Thank you for your hard work, we are honored that you are considering EPP for your submission!

2017 Last Frontier Theatre Conference

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Play submissions are now being accepted for the Play Lab at the 2017 Last Frontier Theatre Conference. There are two submission deadlines this year. October 20 is the general date.
Past participants and Alaskan writers may submit as late as November 21. The 25th annual Conference will take place June 11-17, 2017, in Valdez, Alaska.

Selected plays receive public readings, with both public and private feedback sessions led by theatre professionals. Authors must register for the Conference and be in attendance for their reading.
Accepted writers will also have an additional opportunity to present their work in the 10-Page Play Slam, the Monologue Workshop, and the late-night Fringe Festival.

Authors are asked to submit through the call for plays on the website, using the on-line form on the Play Lab link.

  • One submission per author.
  • Submissions should run between 20 minutes and 2 hours.
  • They can be of any genre except musical.
  • The play should not have received a professional production; readings and amateur productions are acceptable. Authors should be interested in receiving feedback and developing their submission.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Samuel French: Playwrights welcome

Playwrights Welcome, developed for the Dramatists Guild of America members, is a national ticketing initiative created by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein. This program was made out of a desire to support the artistic health of our industry's writers, and by extension the vibrancy of the American theatre.

We’re aware that attending theatre is an integral part to how writers learn their craft and grows as artists. However, it can often be costly for writers to do that simple act. Playwrights Welcome is designed to offer available tickets to professional playwrights on the day of a performance, free of charge. These available tickets are ones that would otherwise go unsold; we firmly believe that no theater should give away a ticket that could otherwise be sold. To learn more about how your theater can get involved, or how you as a playwright can take advantage of this Dramatists Guild benefit, see below.

Theaters may sign up to participate in Playwrights Welcome by filling out this form. Our Program Manager will be in touch with next steps. Once registered, theaters will receive a welcome packet, complete with language to use in marketing and promotion, a logo pack, and a window cling to display in your box office window.

We will advertise the program to playwrights, but we encourage you to promote Playwrights Welcome to your community by displaying the window cling in your box office. We also recommend featuring the Playwrights Welcome program on your website or in printed materials with your ticket policies.

Eligible playwrights will call or visit your box office for day-of tickets - or through a reservation system designed by your theater. Every box office works differently, and we know that you may not be able to offer day-of tickets, so managing reservations for this program is at your discretion. Our only requirement is that playwrights present their Dramatists Guild card to claim their ticket. See below for notes about specific ticket reservations at theaters that currently offer Playwrights Welcome.

More information here.

Manhattan Repertory Theatre's FALL PLAY SPECTACULAR

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At our brand new 52 seat theatre on 45th St. November 8 - December 21, 2016

You receive 100% of the ticket sales!

Seeking fully produced plays 30 minutes to 90 minutes.

So we have been trying to find a better way for producers to put up their full length shows and get something back, and have the producing costs be at a price point that will work.

So from November 8 - December December 21, we offering our Fall Play Spectacular at our new 52 seat theatre on West 45th St.

For only a $500 fee:

you get a 2 hour tech/dress in the theatre (Nights and weekends), and TWO performances, and YOU GET ALL OF THE TICKET SALES!

So if you have a free space to rehearse, a good team, and friends and family that can fill the house, you can actually make money putting up your play. (And more performances are available for additional fees.)

You also received free ticketing service, a webpage for your show, a venue manager, reduced rate rehearsal rental space in the theatre if you want, and a beautiful, clean, new theatre on West 45th St to present your work.

We are only accepting 12 plays for this event so if you are interested, submit today for space is very limited.

To submit your 30 - 90 minute play, please forward:
  • the complete draft of your play as a .pdf file, 
  • a synopsis of the play, 
  • the running time of the play,
  • the set and lighting requirements, 
  • your mailing address, 
  • and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by October 24, 2016
Please put "Fall Play Spectacular" in the subject heading.

Other than added performances or reduced rate theatre rehearsal rental, there are no additional Manhattan Rep based fees.

Windy City Playhouse is accepting submissions for its Monday evening play reading series

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Windy City Playhouse is accepting submissions for its Monday evening play reading series. All submissions must be full-length comedies aligned with the theater’s mission of presenting contemporary, relevant, approachable plays accessible to audiences of all kinds.

Deadline: October 30, 2016
Only 10 pages from a full-length comedy may be submitted;
Playwrights must be able to travel to Chicago for reading

Please submit a PDF with the following information:
  • A one-paragraph synopsis of the play 
  • A one-paragraph statement explaining how the play fits into the theatre’s mission. 
  • The playwright’s bio 
  • Production history 
  • A one-line description of each character 
  • Playwright’s contact information 
  • A 10-page scene from the script– do not send the entire play. 
  • Applications that do not adhere to the guidelines cannot be considered. 
  • Readings will take place on Monday nights. 
  • Readings can be rehearsed at Windy City Playhouse for five hours on each of the two days prior to and on the day of the reading. 
  • Playwrights have the option of selecting a director or working with Windy City Playhouse to choose a director. 
  • All actors involved in the reading must be non-equity. 
  • Playwrights have the option of selecting some or all of their actors. Windy City Playhouse can also supply a list of actors and resumes. 
  • Actors and directors will not be compensated by Windy City Playhouse. The reading series will be promoted on Windy City Playhouse’s website and social media

Playwrights will provide the following information:

o Title of the play
o Playwright’s name
o A one to two sentence description of the play
o The names of the director and any actors selected by the playwright

Send submissions to Please include “Play reading application” in the subject line of your email.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Free reading: Aphra Behn UN/MASKED

On November 10 at 7PM Join author Donna Kaz aka Aphra Behn for a reading from her new book, “UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour” at Bluestockings 172 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

“A vivid memoir of an eager, energetic woman of the theatre confronting sexism in love and art. It’s also a rare first-hand account of life inside the famed Guerrilla Girls, those gorilla-masked artists and performers who made feminist protest daring, original and fun.” - Katha Pollitt, The Nation Columnist, poet, essayist and author

“A compelling and page-turning read, and a testament that fighters for fairness and justice are not born: they are made.” – Kia Corthron, playwright

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler seeks full-length plays

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler (VPT) requests submissions for its seventh annual summer festival in July in the historic Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph (VT).

We are seeking full-length scripts that present the issues and concerns of today's LGBTQ populations, especially in rural areas. In addition to new plays, plays that have been previously produced or published are welcome and their performance history would be of interest. These should be e-mailed to <>, no later than January 15th 2017.

For more information about the festival, or about VPT itself, send inquiries to that same address.

Seeking submissions for the Spring 2017 season

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The Bechdel group accept new plays and screenplays, scripts in development, partial scripts, drafts - anything in progress. Our readings are designed to provide an opportunity to further script development, so we're excited about work that is not yet 'complete'. We typically feature 20 - 35 pages (roughly a half hour) of a script.

Our aim is provide an informal, festive, safe space to hear your work and get feedback from actors, directors, dramaturgs, and theater lovers.

You may submit your script at anytime, but we read and respond in two windows:
For our Fall Workshop Series: we read scripts between March 1 and June 15, and aim to respond to all submissions by the first week of July.

For our Winter/Spring Workshop Series: we read scripts between August 1 and November 15, and aim to respond to all submissions by the first week of December.

We are happy to accept submissions that are being shopped elsewhere, but we ask that you contact us if your script is selected for another workshop, a staged reading, or production.

Due to the high volume of submissions, we regret that we cannot give each submission individual feedback.

Your submission MUST:
  • Be in progress. Our aim is to provide a space that will help you develop your work. If your script or screenplay is 'finished', has had full productions, or is about to be produced, we are not the right organization for you. We are happy to consider work that has had prior workshops or informal/staged readings, if you still consider your script in development.
  • Pass the Bechdel Test. You must have two female characters, with names, who have a full scene/conversation that is not about their romantic relationships.
  • We are constantly discussing the Bechdel Test and the way it serves (or fails to serve) our mission. We know that as a 'test', there are flaws and gaps. We are indeed interested in scripts that push boundaries and raise discussion points - however, this is our baseline. Please do not send us two-handers with one male and one female character or scripts with only one female character.
  • Support our mission of fostering strong, complex, dynamic roles for women.
What we want:
Complex, layered female characters.
Thoughtful consideration of your needs in terms of script development - we look at the questions you're asking about your work carefully.

What we do not want:
Scripts that just manage to pass the Bechdel Test. If your main female character goes 60 pages without interacting with anyone but men, chances are good we will not be interested. If your qualifying scene does not forward your plot, chances are good we will not be interested.

Have you read all this? Are you feeling confident about The Bechdel Group as a good fit for you?
Well, then, click here to submit.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

New York Theater Workshop 2017 Fellowships

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For 20 years, NYTW has honed an inclusive fellowship program for emerging theatre makers with a multiplicity of perspectives. These fellowships have taken many forms, supporting playwrights, directors, designers and administrators.

In its current iteration, the 2050 Fellowship is a yearlong residency for emerging playwrights and directors. The 2050 Fellowship provides a space for experimentation, artistic and administrative support, and mentorship. The 2050 Fellows are emerging artists who, with their unique voices, give us perspective on the world in which we live; and who challenge us all to contend with this changing world.

The following materials must be submitted by 5PM on Monday, October 17th. Incomplete or improperly formatted applications will not be accepted. Review the following requirements carefully.

A completed online form, available here, that includes the following:

Contact/Personal information
Names and contact information for two references (Recommendation letters are NOT required at this stage; however, they will be requested if you are invited to submit a full application.)
In a Single PDF to be uploaded into the form with your name as the subject:
In a total of 750 words or less, please respond to the following questions:
What kind of work are you interested in making? Why?
What about a fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop specifically appeals to you as an artist?

NYTW will accept up to six 2050 Fellows per season. These fellowships will entail a one year commitment from June to June. Playwrights and directors are eligible to apply.

NYTW’s 2050 Fellowships consists of five basic components:
Monthly fellowship meetings where fellows meet with each other and artists from the NYTW community to discuss craft, aesthetics, and artistic development
Access to rehearsal space and two opportunities to share works-in-progress with the NYTW Artistic staff and entire fellowship cohort
Mentorship from the NYTW Artistic staff and contemporary theatre artists
An invitation to participate in the artistic life of the theatre by attending staff meetings, developmental readings, dress rehearsals, and other NYTW functions
A three-day weekend retreat at the start and end of the fellowship

2050 Fellows are awarded a modest stipend and an artistic development fund to support fellowship projects, see work, research and travel.

DUAF seeking staged plays

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The Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) is currently accepting staged plays that illustrate city life for its 2017 annual season to be held during April and May in downtown New York City at the Cherry Lane Theatre and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.

For more info about DUAF, visit:

THEATER @ DUAF (15th Anniversary season) will accept 18 theatrical works (plays, musicals and solo works) with running times up to 70 minutes. Each work is performed only once during the festival. There will be $1,000 awards in the categories of Best Play, Best Short and Audience. There is no submission or participation fee and each playwright will receive a monetary production stipend at the start of the festival to defray some of the production costs of presenting their work.

To submit, please forward the following to
(1) Playwright’s bio with contact info – name, address, phone # and email
(2) Photo of playwright
(3) Synopsis of theatrical work
(4) Complete script of theatrical work
(5) Estimated running time of work
(6) Actor/director/crew bios, if available
(7) Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)


Relationship Theatre seeks short plays

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Relationship Theatre is looking for 5 to 6 minute plays to be done at their Monthly venue in NYC. Our mission is to allow writers and actors to come together in a casual environment and have an outlet to explore there potential.

  • No more than 3 Characters
  • Can be an essay then 3 pages
  • Can be from a larger play that has been cute down
  • 5-6 Pages one sided 
  • Be about a relationship, any kind. Lover workmates dog etc.
  • No stage props
  • No special lighting
  • NYC resident is a plus
  • No fee no pay. By submitting you are giving us permission to produce your work
  • Anything over 5 or 6 pages will be disqualified

Due to the large number of submissions we receive we will try and get back to you, if you are not notified then we are not using your script.

Send scripts with a list of Characters and contact to

DEADLINE OCT 15th 2016

please have contact on the title page.

Pallas Theatre Collective seeks musicals

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Pallas Theatre Collective welcomes submissions of completed, full-length and one act musicals for their 2017 TableRead Series between October 15, 2016 and December 15, 2016. TableRead 2016 will offer creative teams the opportunity to develop, workshop and present new works of musical theatre in collaboration with Pallas’s new musical development team through a series of university and professional readings (usually 3-4), culminating in a professional black-box style production in 2018. Creators are provided a small honorarium and some travel expenses, as well as 10% net box office receipts from the show. For more information and a list of past winners, visit:

Only completed projects will be accepted. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit full libretto, full score (generated through music publishing software, no lead sheets), and complete demos at time of request. A short interview with Pallas Artistic leadership will be required of Finalists. Musicals must be unpublished with no prior large-scale production. Proof of rights must be secured by the composers if the musical is based on copyrighted material before submission to TableRead.

TableRead only accepts digital submissions. There is no fee to apply.

Please place all required files in a single folder in a drop site (Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, etc.) and send the folder link to An email will be sent to you to confirm your submission within one week (please do not send emails about confirmation until after one week has passed). Please only include the following materials (incomplete submissions, or those not following guideline:
  • Creator contact information & bios
  • Story sentence: A one sentence statement of the story & 100 word synopsis
  • Cast size, character breakdown, including vocal ranges.
  • Development history & a list of attached parties if any (director, MD, actors, agents, current contracts, etc.) NOTE: Pallas Theatre is run by a collective of artists and most work is done ‘in house.’ We may not be able to accommodate all/any attached parties based on the size/scope/timing of the work.
  • First 30 pages of libretto only – must start on page 1 and must include title and credits page.
  • 6 mp3 demo tracks – must include the show’s first two songs. Songs submitted not in the first 30 script pages must include a brief description including placement in the show and the song’s function in the play.

New Paradigm Theatre's Holiday Show 2016 to Accept Submissions of Short Plays

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Seeking: A 25-35 minute contemporary holiday tale inspired by all or part of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," with an overall message of hope for the holiday season.




• Play should be written to accommodate 3-5 adult and 1-3 child actors. While doubling and non-traditional casting is always an option, the play should be written with these logistics in mind. We encourage diversity in gender, ethnicity, and age in your work.

• Social justice is a big part of the NPT mission; we mentor in-need students alongside our Broadway and other professionals. Locally relevant issues to Fairfield County Connecticut are strongly encouraged.

• Since we typically perform in black box theatres on limited budgets, less is often more. We suggest scripts that require fewer than 10 actors and uncomplicated/limited scenery. Production value will be one step above that of a staged reading.

• Musical numbers are fine, so long as the rights are your own or public domain. We are not interested in a musical but a play with a couple insert carols is fine.

• Advice on script formatting:

• Please take a few moments to peruse our website to familiarize yourself with our mission, our directors, and our history.


Scripts not meeting the following requirements will NOT be considered.

• Please email your submission by October 22 at 8PM in two PDF files to Kristin Huffman, Artistic Director at:

The PDF files should contain:

1 Your cover page. INCLUDE the play's title, playwright's name, and full contact information (name, phone number, email, mailing address)

2 Your script. INCLUDE a list of characters and descriptions. Submissions should be 25-35 minutes only. Longer or shorter submissions, incomplete submissions, excerpts, and synopses will be rejected.

• Please let us know in your email how you heard about NPT.

For any additional questions, please email Kristin:

Due to the volume of submissions accepted, we will only contact playwrights selected for the show. Scripts submitted will be considered the original creations of the authors, not Works for Hire. The author will retain all copyright rights and privileges granted thereto. If the winning script is subsequently published, we ask authors to note "New Paradigm Theatre" as the original producing company. Deadline: October 22, 2016 at 8PM 

Submit to:

Friday, October 14, 2016

White Rabbit Productions seeks a team of writers

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White Rabbit Productions seeks a team of 6-7 writers to create new short comic one-act plays for our 2017 Valentine’s Day Event – WHITE RABBIT SEXCAPADES, going up at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre on February 11 and 14, 2017.

1. Deadline for submission is Sunday, October 23 at 11:59 p.m. Submissions received after this time cannot be considered.

2. Writers must be local to NYC, as we will be meeting in person 3-4 times between November 1 and December 11, 2016. (Meetings will likely take place on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, but we will work around writer schedules when possible.)

3. Writers will be given further details regarding the 7 – 10 minute piece they are to write at the first team meeting. Some details will be drawn randomly from a hat.

4. While we appreciate good taste and decorum, the situations will all be very sexual in nature. Writers must be comfortable with this. The types of characters within each piece will be included in what is randomly drawn, so regardless of one’s orientation, writers should be willing to write engaging and funny one-acts for people of all types – heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and of all types, races and ages.

5. We will be reading the pieces amongst ourselves – and with actors – and discussing the pieces in depth. Thus, we seek open, collaborative-types who are willing to share their thoughts and opinions in helpful, supportive ways.

6. Meetings may take place in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens. (You will have a chance to let us know where you are willing and not willing to go.)

7. There is no fee for submissions.

8. All writers will receive one comp for him/herself, a tiny cut from every ticket sold, and a small bonus for every ticket buyer who lists his/her name upon the purchase of a ticket. (Further details will be specified upon receipt of materials and/or by special request.)

9. For consideration, please send the following materials to by Sunday, October 23 at 11:59 p.m.:

* A short COMIC one-act or a cutting from a longer comedy of 10 pages or less;
* A resume or bio highlighting your work as a dramatist;
* Your completed application, found here at:

Responses may be attached or copied and pasted into your email.

For further information, please visit Questions may be addressed to

The chosen team will be announced on or before November 3.

Blackboard Plays RedVolution Community Night seeks short plays

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The RedVolution Community evening is simple: Playwrights submit short plays (up to 30 minutes) for this themed evening. Unlike most community nights, submissions, will only be accepted September 1 – October 31st. Selections will be made and the final plays will be announced by the end of November to get ready for the December 12th Curated Community Evening.

Please fill out the form.  Upload your SHORT play. 

For this community night, we are defining short as 30 minutes or less.

Thank You for your interest in Blackboard Plays' curated RedVolution Community Night.
Blackboard is devoted to the stories of Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora.

This community night is accepting SHORT plays 30 minutes or less dealing with HIV/AIDS in the Black community.

Submissions will be accepted September 1 - October 31, 2016.

Selections will be made by the end of November.

The curated community night will take place Monday, December 12, 2016 at 7:30pm.

Please answer the questions below, upload your play and the donate the optional submission fee.

We will contact you regarding your submission in November.


This file should contain:
1) Your Bio
2) Play Synopsis
3) Title Page w/ Character Breakdown
4) Your short play

Any questions:

We will contact you in November.

Optional Reading and Submission Fee: $5.00

Please note that this is not a mandatory fee
. Our main goal is to read your play and feature your work, but as we are a fiscally sponsored project, every donation helps us with creating the best experience to showcase your work. Whether you give or not does not affect our decision regarding your play.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email:

Best of Luck!

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award

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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card.

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project's Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2017-18 Season. The deadline is October 31, 2016.
  1. "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  2. Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
  3. Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
  4. Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 
  5. It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.
  6. We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
  7. The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.
  8. Send to: Reva Shiner Comedy Award Bloomington Playwrights Project 107 W. 9th Street Bloomington, IN 47404
  9. Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2016, and received no later than November 10, 2016. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
  10. For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at

Thursday, October 13, 2016

EST/Sloan Project commissions

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Proposals will be accepted starting September 1st, 2016.
Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2016Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2015

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 15th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $450,000 to more than 140 artists. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Regional commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, ranging from $2,000 - $5,000.

The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.

Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
Anthropology and Archaeology

Computer Science
Software Development, Computer Development
Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
Space Research

Science Fiction
Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
Psychology and Human Behavior


Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored and include in the description of the story how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece. Focus on plot and character development, and, as it ideally will in the finished play, how the science comes out through plot and character.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.


Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:
A draft of the script.
A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2015 Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2015

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
An estimated budget for the project.


We accept scripts in the following manner...
Email (preferred):

Via regular mail:
The Ensemble Studio Theatre
Attn: EST/Sloan Project
549 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-247-4982

Please contact us with any questions.
Best of luck to you,
EST/Sloan Project Staff

The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance 10-Minute Play Festival

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The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce our third annual 10-Minute Play Festival for spring of 2017. We will begin accepting submissions for this festival on August 15, 2016; the submission period closes on October 31, 2016. Nine selected 10-minute plays will receive productions as part of a multi-evening festival, produced in the newly upgraded José Quintero Theatre on the University of Houston campus. This festival is open to all applicants, amateur or professional.

Submission rules:

 Scripts will only be accepted during a submission window of August 15 through October 31, 2016. Scripts received outside this window will not be accepted. The list of winning plays will be announced in November.

 We will accept only one play per playwright.

 Scripts should fall in the range of 8-12 pages and run roughly ten minutes. (Page count does not include the title page.)

 Characters in submitted plays should fall between the ages of 16-30 or else there should be no specific restrictions on the ages of the characters.

 Previously produced plays are not eligible.

 Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.

 Submissions will be acknowledged via email, but we do not offer critiques.

 Nine winning plays will receive productions in the José Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston in spring of 2017.

 There is no financial compensation for winning entries.

How to submit:

Plays must be submitted via email to There should be no identifiable information in the script. Your email should include all of the following information:
  •  play title 
  •  your name 
  •  your mailing address 
  •  your phone number 
  •  your email address 
For any questions contact:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

EST Marathon of One Act Plays

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EST has presented the Marathon, its celebrated festival of new one-act plays, for over 30 years. It is the longest-running, most celebrated one-act play festival in the country. Playwrights presented include David Auburn*, Leslie Ayvazian*, Horton Foote*, Tina Howe*, Shirley Lauro*, Romulus Linney*, David Mamet*, Cassandra Medley*, Jacquelyn Reingold*, José Rivera*, Cori Thomas,* and John Patrick Shanley*, among many others.

The marathon is now presented every other season.


Submissions for the 2017 Marathon of One Act Plays will be accepted from September 1, 2016 through October 15, 2016. Non-member playwrights may submit a single script, no longer than 40 pages, which has not been reviewed in New York. We prefer email submissions, which can be sent to Please include your name and contact information in the body of your email but send the script without identifying information.

Ten Minute Plays Wanted for Festival

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Between Us Productions is seeking 10 minute plays for its fifth annual Take Ten Festival running April 3-9, 2017. Though this is a self-producing festival, Between Us Productions will provide the performance space, a tech time, a sound and board op, and general festival marketing. The winner willbe awarded monetary and production prizes. There is no application fee, but there is a participation fee of $150. Email submissions to

Last submission date is Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


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An evening of 10-minute plays
NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights

Dear Playwright,

You are invited to submit an original 10-minute play to Urban Stages’ THE JANUARY PLAYS, a new opportunity under the auspices of Urban Stages’ Development Program.

THE JANUARY PLAYS challenges your creativity to write an original play using the month of January as the springboard, subject or theme. Think of holidays and observances in January – New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Chinese New Year. January is also National Glaucoma Awareness Month, National Blood Donor Month, and National Mentoring Month. The Golden Globe Awards are on January 17, and Holocaust Memorial Day is observed on January 27. Or think outside the box! Perhaps your play is inspired by a celebrity who was born in January (Elvis Presley, Al Capone, Albert Schweitzer) or who died that month (Audrey Hepburn, Winston Churchill, Coco Chanel).

We are seeking plays written in any style that reveal a fresh plot, sufficient conflict and a running time of 10 minutes, maximum. Plays are due at midnight on Saturday, December 10.

The first 100 submissions will be considered for programming. Selected plays will be presented as a staged reading at Urban Stages’ 74-seat theatre located at 259 West 30th Street in Manhattan. Performances will be Sunday, January 8th @ 2:00 & 4:00. Are you ready? Here are the guidelines. 

Please read carefully!

· The springboard, subject or theme for your play must be the month of January.
· Write for a cast of 2-3 actors.
· We strongly encourage scripts that can be staged without relying on stage directions. If stage directions are necessary, please keep them to a minimum.
· Your script will be presented as a staged reading in accordance with AEA guidelines. Keep production values to a minimum. Standard set pieces will be available. Costumes are at the discretion of the director and the willing cooperation of the actors. No hand props can be used. Remember, less is more!
· Plays should be in standard script format: 12 point font, 1” margins on all sides, and character names on a separate line. Be sure to number all pages.
· Submit scripts in MS-Word - preferred - or PDF format.
· Scripts longer than 10 pages – title and character breakdown pages are not counted – will NOT be considered. Regardless of the number of pages, the running time MUST be no more than 10 minutes!
· You may only submit one script for consideration.
· Playwrights must attend both performances of the staged reading on January 8th.
· We encourage you to attend rehearsals, if possible. The schedule will be determined later.
· The deadline for script submission is midnight, Saturday, December 10.

We strongly encourage original scripts developed for this presentation. Do not submit a play that has been previously produced.

· Urban Stages presents the play. We provide the actors, directors, stage manager, rehearsal space and the theatre (located at 259 West 30th Street).
· ALL participants are donating their time and talent. There is no fee or cost to the playwright.
· Each playwright and director will attend the staged readings of their script in designated seating.
· Every play gets two performances on the same day.

Please make sure you follow all submission requirements.

· Email your scripts to
· Write in the subject line: THE JANUARY PLAYS / Your Name
· In the body of the email send:
o Your complete contact information – name, mailing address, email address and phone number
o A one-line summary of the action of your play, including how your script relates to the month of January.
· You will be contacted regarding your play’s status by mid-late December.

If you have any questions, use the email address above. For more information on Urban Stages, see our website at We look forward to hearing from you!

Bara Swain
Creative Consultant
Urban Stages


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PROOF OF CONCEPT is a reading series focused on investigative theatre. We are seeking original, unproduced, high quality full-length plays and musicals based on real people, places, and/or events.

Produced by Life Jacket, an award-winning theatre company based in New York City, this reading series will spotlight smart, new, unpredictable works that support the company’s mission of telling real-life stories on stage in visually inventive and lyrically rich ways. Competitively selected submissions will receive one (1) staged reading at the Sheen Center’s Black Box Theater on January 8, 2017. For more information, visit:

Authors of the chosen submissions are solely responsible for managing all administrative aspects of the staged reading (e.g., assembling their own casts, crews, and production teams as well as coordinating outside rehearsals). Selected submissions will receive a maximum of two (2) hours rehearsal time in the theatre the day of the reading.

Submission Instructions:

To submit your work, please email the following to by 5:00PM EST on November 15, 2016.

1.) Resume or bio.

2.) Complete script in PDF. Do not include any identifying information as this is a blind review process. If submitting a musical, please include a hyperlink to online song demos.

3.) Cover page with title, author/s, contact info, and a brief (50 words max) summary of the work.

Deadline: November 15, 2016, 5:00 pm EST

Decision Date: December 1, 2016

Application Fee: None

Eligibility: Original, unproduced, high quality full-length plays and musicals based on real events


Life Jacket Theatre Co.
45 Columbus Avenue, Office 618
New York, NY 10023
(212) 636-6354

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Rover Dramawerks 10-Minute Play Contest

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Rover Dramawerks announces our third annual 10-Minute Play Contest! We are seeking 10-minute comedies or farces to be a part of our Seventeenth Season.
  • Submissions will be accepted from September 20 to October 20.
  • Only the first 300 10-minute plays will be accepted.
  • No musicals.
  • Plays may have been produced previously but not in the DFW Metroplex.
  • Plays may not be published.
  • Playwrights may submit only one 10-minute play. Additional plays submitted by a single person will result in disqualification.
  • A cast list and brief synopsis must be included.
  • Only PDF files will be accepted.
  • Name and contact info must not appear anywhere on the script (i.e. this is a blind submission process). 
  • Submissions will ONLY be accepted using the form provided:
  • There is no fee.

Five to eight plays will be chosen to be a part of Rover’s 10-Minute Play Festival, July 20-29, 2017, with all winners receiving a $50 prize. The audience will also vote on the “Best of the Fest,” and that overall winner will receive an additional $100.

Rover Dramawerks performs in a reconfigurable black box theatre that seats 80-120. Please take this into consideration when presenting your work to us for consideration. We recommend that you check out our website at to see the types of plays we generally produce.

Please note: The judges reserve the right not to award prizes or productions if they feel the caliber of plays received does not warrant a winner.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Discount tickets: COMMUNION

On stage at Urban Stages is the American premiere of COMMUNION written and directed by OBIE, GLADD and Governor General's award-winning playwright Daniel MacIvor.

A shrink, an Alcoholic and an Evangelical. Three Women. Three Lives in Flux.

The distance between recovering alcoholic Leda and her Born-Again daughter is filled with silence, anger and humor. Upon the advice of a therapist dealing with her own host of troubles, Leda tries to bridge that distance and prepare her daughter for the calamity just ahead.

Communion explores the dark places of relations and what is needed to repair a familial bond under the pressures of religion, recovery and a ticking clock. It asks whether or not some bonds are too damaged to mend.

With code NYCP get $15 tickets and a free glass of wine (this offer is limited and will end once it has reached its cap of 40) for more information and tickets.

Onion Man Productions seeks ten-minute plays

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Onion Man Productions is accepting submission for its 2017 Summer Harvest collection of 10-minute plays. The shows will be staged at Onion Man’s theatre space in Chamblee, GA in June of 2017.

The deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2016.
  • Maximum of 2 plays per playwright
  • It should be a 10 minute play
  • Must be an original work with no prior production
  • Submissions are open to any writer although Georgia and southeastern playwrights will receive preference.
All submitted plays must be written to the following set requirements:
Either a boardroom or a breakroom.

If written for a boardroom, there will probably be some representation of a large table with chairs looking out toward the audience.
If written to the breakroom, there will probably be two to three small tables with chairs.

Some suggestions for a submitted play:
Smaller casts (prefer 2-3, 4-5 max), simple staging, strong choices (bold is good), address the question of “why this day?” What is unique about the day the play takes place? Also, the characters need to impact on each other in such a way that will require change (or possibility of change), and characters should “do” in order to reveal their motives, not just talk.

Plays should be submitted in a PDF format without name or contact information for the writer on the script. Please place the writer’s name and contact information in the text of the email or on a separate cover page. Scripts should be emailed to