Thursday, June 30, 2016

Diez Minutos 2017 seeks 10-minute plays

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

There is no fee for submitting.

Each playwright whose script is selected and performed will receive a $25 USD cash honorarium and two complimentary tickets to the production. One play will be selected as the Audience Favorite and its playwright shall receive an additional $50 USD cash award. No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.

Submission Guidelines

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

Only one play may be submitted per entrant. In honor of our fifth anniversary, we’re making this year’s festival a “Free for All.” In other words, there is no theme. Just send us your best.

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

We’re asking for blind submissions again this year.

No musicals or children’s plays, please.

The play must be submitted by email, as an attached PDF file. No MS Word files or other formats will be accepted. The subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play.
The submission shall include all contact information for the playwright, including name, address, telephone number and email address on a separate title page; the script must be in standard play format, with a title page, a character listing, the setting, props, and any technical requirements or other production considerations. Your name must not appear on the script. The two files should be titled "Submission [Name Of Play]” and "Title Page [Name Of Play].”

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

Submission period opens on August 1, 2016. Entries must be received prior to midnight U.S. Central Standard Time, August 31, 2016. No late submissions will be accepted because of transmission problems.

The play must be unpublished, but may have had previous productions.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

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

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

Selected entrants will receive a list of the festival scripts by email. Notification is expected to be made no later than December 1, 2016. Only playwrights whose plays were received in the first 100 submitted will receive first-round notification. Only playwrights whose plays have been selected for performance during the festival will receive notification of acceptance. Producers reserve the right to consider additional plays not received in the first 100.

Scripts are limited in subject matter or content. However, there must be no nudity, and suitability for performance before a general adult audience will be a factor in selection.
Plays are restricted to 4 or fewer characters. Small casts are preferable, as the stage size is modest, with minimal set, props, sound cues, and costuming. Our talent pool is composed mostly of actors aged 40 and older. This will be a factor in selection.
Entering playwrights grant the producers of Diez Minutos permission to perform the play a maximum of twelve times during the Diez Minutos 2017 festival, and to make as many copies of the script as are necessary for production. All other rights remain with the playwright.

Submitting Your Play
Please address your submission to: Any inquiries should be addressed to the same address.

Michael Gottlieb, Players Workshop
Producer of Diez Minutos 2017

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:

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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.

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, June 28, 2016

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


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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

CAP21 submission guidelines

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Materials for consideration must not be optioned, published, or produced in New York City.

All submissions MUST include the following information:
Cover Letter
Writer(s) resume(s)
Writer(s) Bio
Story Synopsis
Development/Production history (if applicable)
Full Libretto (no score)
MP3/Dropbox/CD of selected songs

Please Send All Submissions to:
CAP21 – Literary Department
18 West 18th Street, 5th Floor
New York, New York 10011

Please Note: Submission Materials will not be returned. CAP21 will be in contact by phone or e-mail only if it can offer an opportunity or residency for the development of the project.

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!!!

Monday, June 27, 2016

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

LILA's 2016-17 Season Script Submissions Wanted

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Call for script SUBMISSIONS
for LILA's 2016-17 season.

Theatre LILA, an Equity theatre company in Madison WI, is accepting submissions from playwrights and poets for our upcoming original work entitled The BED: a Theatre LILA invention. We are seeking short scenes ranging from five minutes to maximum of thirty minutes. We will not be accepting monologues. We are also seeking all styles of poetry, spoken word and original songs.

Writers should know that the entire scene will be set around a large four poster bed. Submitted works must revolve around this set piece only plus props. This is a highly theatrical play-space and we encourage artists to consider LILA’s style of storytelling (see our portfolio at when submitting. Previously produced works may be submitted.

Your cast may not exceed 8 actors. We are a company dedicated to presenting plays that represent our community and are seeking a diverse collection of voices from all cultural backgrounds, races and ages. We love to get inventive and say ‘YES’ so we encourage you to be fearless in your ideas.

All selected scripts will be combined to create the world premiere of The BED. This collage-like production will be produced by Theatre LILA in March, 2017. Writers will receive a small stipend, a pair of complimentary tickets to the production and acknowledgement in press, website and playbill materials.

Submissions are DUE JULY 10th, 2016. 

 Please email your submission in a PDF format to Subject line should read ‘The BED-(your last name)’

Sunday, June 26, 2016

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.****

Short Attention Span Theatre V: KILLER INSTINCT

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Short Attention Span Theatre V: KILLER INSTINCT is accepting submissions!

What would you do to get what you want; what depths would you sink to or heights would you rise? What—or who—would you kill for? What would it take to make you embrace your killer instinct?

Fury Theatre is looking for new short plays concerning the topic “Killer Instinct” for our SAST V production in our 2016/2017 season. Submissions should be 15-30 minutes in length and have uncomplicated sets (minimal set changes) and a small to medium (1-7 actors) cast.

Email submissions to by July 1st, 2016.

Six (6) pieces will be chosen.

Please submit plays in the following format:

• Submitted as a PDF (no hard copies or Word docs, please)

• Page 1: cover page with play title and playwright information

• Page 2: brief synopsis of play (200-word maximum) and cast list that includes each character’s name/age.

• Pages numbered.

Production Details:

Performances: September 8-10, 15-17, 22-24

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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.

Antaeus Theatre Company submission guidelines

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The Antaeus Theatre Company accepts full-length scripts that have been adapted from classical literature and/or new works with a keen sense of language and enduring themes that might be loosely termed "classical." The plays may come from a broad range of styles generally taking inspiration from the Classical tradition.

Selected scripts will be presented as a staged reading for the public and will be considered for possible future development and production. Staged readings are cast from our large ensemble of classically trained professional actors.

Our Literary Department is made up of company members.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are gratefully accepted from literary agents, or by referral from theatre professionals with whom we have existing relationships.

Playwrights with at least one professional credit. (A professional credit is considered to be any production that employs Equity actors.)

Unproduced full-length plays or plays that have not been produced in New York City or Los Angeles for critical review and that match the above description (PDF format).

We are open to any cast size, but larger ensembles are encouraged, as are plays that require minimal technical elements. We are looking for roles that are well suited to our company members, so we encourage any submitting playwrights to familiarize themselves with our work.

A cover letter (1 page maximum) containing a brief synopsis, cast size, and imagined technical requirements.

Author’s bio/resume and development history of submitted play.

Scripts that are an adaptation of copyrighted materials or incorporate copyrighted materials must include a statement stating that the playwright has obtained the rights to use such material.

Musicals and plays for children will not be considered.

Please submit the above in electronic format to:

All correspondence is by email. No phone calls, please. Please do not mail or drop off hard copies of scripts. Due to our limited resources, we are only able to accept one play at a time from the same author and cannot consider resubmissions, including those which have been significantly revised.

Please allow at least six to eight months for the review process of scripts.

The Antaeus Theatre Company welcomes submissions from any professional playwrights, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

We are looking to collaborate as well as to interpret. Selected playwrights are always welcome and encouraged to participate in our staged reading process.

Thank you for your interest in the Antaeus Theatre Company!

Open Theatre Project submission guildeines

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Open Theatre Project has an on-going submission call for original plays & musicals in hopes of collecting a local library of new & original works which represent the artistic potential of our community. Each play or musical submitted will only be read and assessed by OTP’s current CORE, and will be considered for OTP’s Playwriting Workshops, Series Productions, and more.
Will I hear back?

You absolutely will! OTP’s Playwriting Artistic Director, Howard Zilber is our ambassador to the local playwriting community and he also manages our literay endeavors. Along side our team of literary volunteers (let us know if you want to read for OTP) we will follow up with you about your piece within 3-4 days. Specific call for scripts will be announced socially and through the OTP Blog. Feel free to reach out with any questions!
What do I need to submit?

(and where do I send in my new works?)
Submission Check-List: (please include the following in your submission)
Name (pen name is fine)
Contact information (email, phone, website)
Title of play / musical
Length of play / musical
Actor requirements (include specific breakdowns)
.doc, .rtf, .pdf file formats accepted
Music Files may be submitted via email / drop box
Submissions should be emailed to:

Friday, June 24, 2016

Crossing Borders Repertory – Fall Reading

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Crossing Borders Repertory is a theater venture showcasing new and emerging writers and new work. Our mission is to explore topics that either directly or indirectly involve the crossing of borders between people: countries, religions, generations or life-stages; class, gender or racial differences—and the walls that must come down to allow the crossing—stereotypes, prejudices, hatred and blindly held customs.

For our fall reading we seek poetry, short prose and one-act or 10-minute plays that explore themes of culture and class. Crossing between cultures, crossing between classes―how does crossing affect how we think, how we live and how we relate to one another?

The submission deadline for the fall Culture and Class production is August 15 2016 but we accept work that fits the Crossing Borders Repertory vision on an on-going basis throughout the year.

See our submission guidelines and online submission at

We also remind actors to make yourselves known at our site for future productions.

Broadway Rose submission guidelines

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We are seeking original musicals to workshop or produce. As a member of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre, we have the opportunity to preview original material when it workshops in New York. We welcome submissions from writers and composers. To submit material, please send a CD or mp3 files of a few songs, a synopsis of the show, and a scene from the show. Materials will not be sent back to you.

Send materials to:

Dan Murphy
General Manager
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
P.O. Box 231004
Tigard, OR 97281

Or email to

Thursday, June 23, 2016

MITF: Summer Is Still Accepting Short Subjects

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Production Dates July 16 - August 7, 2016

Dear Friend in the Theatre,

MITF: Summer has extended the submission deadline for short plays and musicals to June 27

MITF: Summer is taking place at the WorkShop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters, 312 W. 36th Street, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Details are straightforward:
Dates for the Festival are July 16-August 7, 2016.
We're looking for any kind of short play or musical that fits the guidelines:
* 30 - 60 min. long.
* Easy to produce in a no-frills festival.
* Any genre.
* Both union and non-union plays will be considered.
Scripts with guns as props will not be accepted.
Plays must be sent in Word Document or PDF File. Pages MUST be numbered and script must be in standard playscript format.* Please also include the running time.
Short plays and musicals receive 3 performances, all in the same week (July 24, July 25, and July 26).
Producers have an option to receive a share of the profits, if any.**
There will be a tech rehearsal running 2 times the running time of your show.
The Festival provides the venue (the WorkShop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters), shared scenery (rehearsal cubes, a table, and 4 chairs), front-of-house staff, and a board op (NOT a lighting designer). The rest is up to you! You are 100% responsible for your own production. Shows must be fully produced (off book!).
To submit a project, mark it clearly "MITF: Summer," and let us know if it is a short play or musical. We'll curate the entries as they come in, so you can start working on them as soon as possible. Send your script soon. The deadline is fast approaching!We look forward to your submissions!

Extended Submission Deadline For Short Subjects is June 27, 2016.
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

** Please visit our website and click on the 'Festival Manual' tab to learn more about MITF's Profit Sharing Policy.

John Chatterton

The Monthly Swap, July 2016

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What is the Monthly Swap? Well it’s very similar to Lama’s Monthly Question (Our cold reading series of new & bold writing around Lama’s monthly question) BUT this month the question is with a TWIST... We are NOW open for submissions of short plays /Monologues/Poems and songs from ONLY Female writers from the US and England around the question:


We will choose pieces that address the question differently from each country!

THEN … We SWAP the artist’s work. On the evening of the event, selected material from the US will be presented in London while selected work from the UK will be presented in NYC at the same day!

*** While submissions for the Monthly Question are usually open to all genders worldwide, this event is calling for work specifically from female’s writer from both countries. The Monthly Swap is a Collaboration between Lama & The So and So Art Club, inspired The So and So Arts Club's festival Women and War


July 10th (until Midnight, Eastern Time - EST) Playwrights/Poets/Song writers submission deadline.

July 17th - Announcement of chosen works.

July 25th – Performances: London: Monday, 25th of July at the So & So Arts Club (6 Fredericks Place London EC2R 8AB) Doors at 4:30PM, Show at 5:00P. NYC: Monday, 25th of July at Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th St, between 2nd & 3rd Avenues (Bowery.) Doors at 7:30PM Show at 8:00PM.

  • Scripts must be related to the Monthly Question. 
  • The Monthly Swap question is: WHAT IS YOUR WEAPON? What inspires you when you read the question? We are interested in what you are thinking about and how the question might affect the work you do. Gather whatever inspiration the questions give you, and use it to fuel your chosen discipline. The questions are open to many interpretations! 
  • Submissions open to ONLY Female's writers from the US and England! 
  • When you submit please keep in mind that Lama encourage artistic exploration, provoking and risk-taking writing. 
  • Short plays are limited to 8 pages in standard playwriting formats. (You can submit your 10 pages play but please keep in mind that we might ask you to make a few cuts.) 
  • Poems/ Monologues are limited to 2 pages. 
  • Song samples should be mp3 and no more than 3 minutes. If your song gets chosen we will ask you to perform in person on the night. 
  • One submission per artist. 
  • Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted, Microsoft Word document or PDF. 
  • Submit a BLIND copy of your script and include a list of characters/descriptions. 
  • E-mail your script/song/poem to:
  • Please include the title of the play and the country you’re submitting from in the subject line and fill your personal contact info and name of your play in our Submission form!the-monthly-question-submissions-/c15j0

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THEATRE ROULETTE is MadLab’s annual shorts festival. In its first year, THEATRE ROULETTE began a tradition of an annual shorts festival that has lasted more than 10 years. The first year was an “invitation-only” festival, from there expanded to taking local submissions to taking submission from across the United States to now, receiving over 1500 scripts every year from every corner of the world.


To maximize your chance of selection, please read all the guidelines carefully before submitting.

All submissions should be send to
Please put “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” in the subject line.

Theatre Roulette is a juried festival.

Submissions must arrive no later than October 1st, 2016

Submission will be chosen and applicants informed if his/her piece was chosen on/or before January 2nd, 2017.


Scripts should be between 5-30 minutes in length. Scripts of greater lengths will be considered, but due to time constraints, it is unlikely that unsolicited full-length plays will be selected for the festival, unless you are a Nobel or Pulitzer winning writer, in which case, your script will automatically be accepted for production as long as you waive your standard royalty, which would probably be more than the budget for the entire festival. If you are not sure whether or not you have won a Nobel or Pulitzer Prize, please find out through the glory of the world wide web and let us know.

You may submit multiple scripts. If you are submitting multiple scripts, please include them all in a single email.

Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address in the body of your email message.

MadLab will also be accepting full collections of shorts. This would be a group of plays that are meant to be performed together and would constitute a complete night of plays.

You may submit multiple scripts.

Script submissions WILL NOT be returned to the applicant; MadLab will destroy all evidence of your creative instincts upon a funeral pyre at an undisclosed location in order to protect both the innocent and the guilty. Ashes will NOT be returned to you unless you purchase a commemorative urn from MadLab at the bargain basement price of $999.95.

Due to our environmentally conscious president, you must email your script to us. Please send your script attached as a Microsoft Word document or PDF format. Scripts should be emailed to Please put “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” in the subject line. If “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” is not in your subject line, your submission may not be received. All submissions will receive a reply email to ensure that your submission was received.

For ROULETTE, MadLab pays $50 to each playwright.

If you’ve made it through all of this, congratulations. At least you’ve got the potential patience to deal with the travails of theatrical production. If you have any questions, please email them to Artistic Director Jim Azelvandre at

Thanks for your interest. Good luck with your submission, and regardless of the outcome here, be sure to keep writing and producing new works.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


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We are currently accepting submissions for the 2016-2017 season of the Playwrights on Park Reading Series at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT.


Playwrights MUST be able to come to West Hartford for the day of the reading. There will be a talkback with the playwright and the cast after the reading. There will be a rehearsal the day of the reading in which attendance by the playwright is optional, but strongly encouraged. Transportation may be provided from NYC or New England locations by the Playhouse.

We will ultimately choose 5-6 readings for the 2016/2017 season. Final selections will be made by late August/early September.

The plays will receive a cast of professional actors and a director and will be presented as a staged reading for a public audience. After the reading, a moderated audience discussion with the actors, the director, and most importantly, the playwright, will give both the Playhouse on Park and the playwright constructive feedback to further develop the playwright's vision for the play.

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

Submission Guidelines:

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

▪ Include any production or workshop history, as well as biographies of the playwright, and any collaborators

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

▪ For musicals please submit the music on a CD or by mp3.

Connecticut-based and NYC playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit



Sasha Brätt, Literary Manager
(860)-523-5900 ext 10

ONLINE Submission:

Hardcopy Mailed Submission:

Playhouse on Park Reading Series
244 Park Road
West Hartford, CT 06119

Yale Repertory Theatre submission guidelines

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Script Submissions to Yale Rep

Yale Repertory Theatre accepts submissions of full-length plays, musicals, translations, and adaptations. All submissions are considered for productions at Yale Rep and for development opportunities with the Binger Center for New Theatre.

Playwrights must submit their work either through established agents or by first sending a letter of inquiry, accompanied by a brief synopsis, cast breakdown, a ten-page dialogue sample, and a résumé. The Literary Office will review these materials and contact playwrights regarding Yale Rep's interest in reading a full manuscript. Yale Rep will not read unsolicited manuscripts.

Submissions are accepted year-round. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if materials are to be returned. Unsolicited manuscripts will not be reviewed.

Materials may be sent to:

Literary Office
Yale Repertory Theatre
P.O. Box 208244
New Haven, CT 06520

Yale Rep also accepts electronic submissions. You may send files (as either .doc, .docx, or .pdf) to

Attention political playwrights: Call For Entries Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest 2017

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The Castillo Theatre sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest and reading series bi-annually. The contest is intended to encourage the writing of progressive plays that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our communities.

The contest encourages scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance. Castillo welcomes scripts from all countries and cultures.

The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright per year will be accepted.

The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists. The winning script(s) will receive a reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2017 summer season.

All scripts should be submitted in hard copy and must be accompanied by:
  • a statement of the political/social/cultural questions that the script engages (scripts with no accompanying statement will not be considered); 
  • a brief synopsis; 
  • a character breakdown, including gender, age and ethnic requirements, if any; 
  • a 100-word biography of the playwright; 
  • a current email address 

Please note:
  • Receipt of script will be acknowledged via email. 
  • Scripts will not be returned. 
  • Castillo does not give critical feedback to playwrights/contestants. 
  • Contest winners are required to sign a letter of agreement, which will include, but not be limited to, granting the right for Castillo to produce one or more readings and/or a full production of the winning play. 
  • Contest winners are responsible for travel expenses or any other expenses incurred as a result of participating in the development of the play with Castillo, or as a result of attending the reading and/or production. 
All scripts must be postmarked by July 1, 2016. 

The winner(s) will be publicly announced at the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre in New York City in May of 2017.

Send all submissions to:

Castillo Theatre

543 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Attn: Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest

Questions and inquiries should be addressed to Madelyn Chapman at 212-356-8485 or

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

North Park Playwright Festival 2016

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Short new plays (no more than 12 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people. Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival. We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival. We don't have space for large casts.

2. We request new work. A play that has had workshops or one or two previous productions is OK, but we are not interested in work that has been produced in numerous other places. Our goal in building the theater was to have a place to produce brand new work and let playwrights have a chance to see their work done for the first time.

3. We seek complete plays rather than excerpts from a larger work.

4. Work will be chosen by the directors we have in the festival. It is not a "contest" and we are not really judging plays in the formal sense. The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them.

5. Most subject matter is OK. We don't do nudity or off color humor.

6. We ask that all submissions be sent to us via snail mail at the theater. Address is: North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn Summer Golden, Artistic Director. We have too much trouble with differing email, word processing, and computer platform issues to take them via email. Additionally, our selection process requires the directors read the plays submitted and the cost of printing all the plays we receive each year is prohibitive. Please insure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form. There is no charge to enter.

7. Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2016. Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs. We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

8. Send only one script. Multiple submissions do not increase chances of production.

General information:

We are trying to support new work and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels. We have had a wide variety of artists involved from very experienced to first time directors and actors, to an 8 year old playwright (very short, well received play). We feel having a wide range of experience involved helps the new people learn from the more experienced.

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

Jeff Bushnell and Summer Golden
North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe
2031 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104

The Owl and Cat Theatre seeking new works

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The Owl and Cat Theatre are currently seeking new works to be produced as part of their 4th season.

The Owl and Cat Theatre is an independent theatre located in Melbourne, Australia. They are dedicated to sourcing and producing contemporary plays that reflect the voices of today.


Entry Conditions:

*Plays must explore the theme of sexuality on some level.

*One act or full length only.

*Submissions are accepted worldwide.

*Confronting and provocative works are encouraged.

*Payment is profit-share agreement (10%)

Applications should be emailed to

Closing Date: 4th July 2016

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

Monday, June 20, 2016

Emerging Artists Theater New Work Series

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15th Annual New Work Series: October 3–23, 2016

The Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT) New Work Series is a three-week developmental festival that provides artists of different disciplines the opportunity to present one night of a "work in progress" with audience feedback. Successful Fringe, NYMF, and Off-Broadway shows have been born out of this festival, and Emerging Artists Theatre is excited to present a new round of opportunity to local artists.

  • One-person shows in all stages of development. Male or female playwrights may apply. Running time: 5–60 minutes.
  • New short plays in all stages of development. Running time: 5–60 minutes.
  • New musicals in all stages of development. Open to NYC, NJ and CT composers/librettists/lyricists. Please include a CD and full or partial script with your submission. Running time 15–210 minutes.
  • New pieces of dance or movement/mime in all stages of development. Running time: 5–60 minutes.

Have a comment or question? Email us:


PART ONE: Read this page thoroughly and agree to the terms and conditions

PART TWO: Fill out the online application form. You will be asked to provide information on the following:
  • How you heard about Emerging Artists Theatre's New Work Series
  • Why you think your show would be a good fit
  • Show title, running time, and production history
  • Show marketing blurb (one sentence) and summary (less than 500 words)
  • Contact information and professional bio(s)
Hit FINISH APPLICATION to submit your application

PART THREE: You will then receive an e-mail (within 30 seconds) asking you to attach the following supporting materials, if relevant, to a reply e-mail:
  • Full or partial script
  • Headshots and resumes (performers only)
  • Digital music (musicals only)
  • Press and video materials from submitted piece or past performances (optional)
Send your reply e-mail with all relevant attachments to finish your application


If you are accepted into the New Work Series, there will be an information session/meet-and-greet on a date to be determined. There will be snacks.

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:

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Call for Detroit Fringe Forward Festival 2016 Submissions

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The 2016 Detroit Fringe Forward Festival, to be held September 15-18 in Detroit, is accepting submissions from Monday, May 30th until Wednesday, July 6th. Please see below for more details and links to submit your work!

Continuing the momentum that produced over 20 shows as part of last year’s Detroit Fringe, the 2016 Fringe Forward Festival will return from Thursday September 15 through Sunday September 18th. Fringe Forward is dedicated to supporting Detroit performers and audiences as they try new things, providing a forum for works that advance the medium beyond the traditional proscenium play and facilitating a weekend of events that celebrates neighbors and artists connecting through the performing arts.

Submission Info:

This year, Fringe Forward will use a juried and lottery system to ensure a cross-section of exemplary performances are presented at the festival. (PRO TIP – FRINGE FORWARD IS ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS NOW THROUGH JULY 6TH!SUBMIT YOUR WORKS BY GOING HERE – There are three ways you can participate in Fringe Forward – by submitting work for consideration in the curated, lottery or registered performances categories.

First, all performances must be submitted for consideration. We are specifically looking for works that feature at least one of the below evaluation criteria:

*fostering artistic experimentation – works in new genres or works that employ progressive media (this can be in terms of content or form or both)

*taking risks – trying things untried and expanding expectations about what performance is and what it can be

*new performances in development

*celebrating facets of our community

*inspiration and organization – while we are not looking for shows that have been staged before, we are looking at your proposal to see why you want to be a part of Fringe Forward and how your work will benefit. Proposals should be clear, passionate and include all of the requested details.

Once all submissions have been received (DON’T FORGET, SUBMIT BY JULY 6TH!) works chosen to be included as Fringe Forward programming will be divided into our three programming categories, curated, lottery and registered performances.

*Curated – 5-10 submissions will be selected for the curated category, chosen by the Fringe Forward Advisory board based on the evaluation criteria above.

*Lottery – All submissions not chosen for the curated category will fall in the lottery category, of which 5-10 submissions will be chosen in a public LOTTERY PARTY in mid July.

(These 10-20 works from both the curated and lottery categories will each receive a small production budget of $300 in addition to 40 percent of their door sales.)

*Registered performance – If you are not chosen for the curated or lottery category but would still like to participate in Fringe Forward, you can request to be a registered performance until July 31st. All registered performances will be asked to pay a $300 fee to cover insurance, utilities, tech time and festival staff, but will keep 100% of their ticket sales.

Professional Development and Awards:

All works chosen for the festival will be offered a chance to participate in a professional development session with professional mentor over the course of your work’s rehearsal and performances as a way to gain feedback about process and increase connections within Detroit’s artistic community. All artists are responsible for creating, staging and marketing their shows, attending your required tech rehearsal and keeping up with all festival production deadlines. All performances will be guaranteed a venue, stage manager, house staff, basic tech needs and inclusion in Fringe Forward 2016 marketing materials. At the end of the festival the “Jury’s Choice” award and “Audience Choice” award will be given to two performances, who will each receive a fully staged spot in CMAP’s 2016-17 programming line-up.

Info Sessions and SNACKS!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and please consider yourself invited to Detroit Fringe Forward’s INFO SESSIONS (i.e., snacks and tea) to ask us about anything not included here, to get a hand on your proposal, to run an idea by another set of ears – or to just have some snacks and hang out! All Fringe Forward info sessions will be at CMAP, 2221 Carpenter, Detroit, at the following dates/times:

Saturday, June 11 from noon-2pm

Saturday, June 18, from noon-2pm

Saturday June 25 from noon-2pm

Wednesday June 29 from 4-6pm

We are really excited about the wealth of innovation and creativity on display in Detroit’s contemporary artists and we look forward to supporting an array of daring performances that will make up the 2016 Fringe Forward Festival.

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

Saturday, June 18, 2016

New York New Works Theatre Festival

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Deadline: June 20, 2016

Two years ago the New York New Works Theatre Festival was created by Gene Fisch, Jr. as a philanthropic project for the arts where Broadway Producers and Television writers donated their time to review and mentor the work of aspiring writers. We have decided to enjoy a third year given the success of our first two and we would like to invite your group's members to participate. We are calling for submissions for both plays and musicals; the selected shows will perform in the heart of the world's premier theatre district at the 199 seat Elektra Theatre. It's quite a special endeavor.

THERE IS NO FEE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATON You may submit up to 2 plays for the festival. A separate application must accompany each play submitted. If your play is chosen to participate in the festival there will be a $365 participation fee that is used to defray a portion of the costs.


On the cover of your script please include the
b) The Playwright’s name
c) The Contact information of the Playwright [Address, Telephone Number & Email address];

1. Include the character breakdown in your script;

2. Include the Setting (i.e. an apartment in NYC.) that your play occurs and the Time (i.e. the present); Include the following support materials with your application:

3. Cover letter stating why your show is a good fit for New York New Works Theatre Festival.
I. Bio(s) and headshots of yourself and any proposed collaborator (These may be used for marketing purposes on our website and social media). All pictures involved with the Festival may be used to market your show / the Festival.

II. CD of music, or wav files, mp3 or e-files. (Musicals ONLY.)
4. Any other materials you wish to accompany your application (will not be returned).

5. All submissions are made by email.

Applications and Scripts for one Acts, Musical Shorts, Solo Shows and short plays must be emailed to:

PRODUCING YOUR SHOW: Each submission is responsible for producing and casting its own production. Each applicant is responsible for the following duties each evening their submission runs in the Festival:
  • Preparing programs for their production.
  • Handling press packets.
  • Monitoring front of house for noise. 
  • Clear the theatre’s house of programs, etc. before and after every performance.
  • Cleaning all dressing room / back stage areas 
Each Production will need to act as its own stage crew so you can set up quickly and strike quickly. There will be basic lighting plots that all the plays will use that are in the festival. We will do our best to provide you with any necessary equipment, however, please expect to be responsible for any additional equipment that may be required, i.e. body microphone, etc.

RUNNING TIME: You must adhere to the running time of your play and not to exceed the 23 minutes of time allotted.

Park Playhouse seeking new musicals

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Park Playhouse Inc. in Albany, NY, is seeking submissions for new musicals by unpublished and emerging composers, lyricists and librettists.

Submissions will be considered for possible inclusion in upcoming first annual new musical festival in New York’s Capital Region. 

Submissions may be workshopped through a staged reading or concert production as part of new annual festival, and may be considered for full-scale professional productions in future seasons.

The ideal submissions will be full length (at least 90-minute) musicals of either one or two acts, and will not have been produced in a professional setting to date. All genres and subject matter are welcomed.

Please send brief description of piece, PDF of libretto/score, and any links to examples/recordings of music from the piece. 

Submissions selected for workshop and development will be notified before the fall season. 

Please send materials by email to Owen Smith, Producing Artistic Director of Park Playhouse and Managing Director of the Palace Performing Arts Center, at 

Or send hard copy materials/recordings to: Park Playhouse, Attn: Owen Smith, 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12207. Submissions accepted through July 31, 2016.

6th Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival

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South Street Players ( is seeking short (20 minutes or less), original, one-act plays for its 6th Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival. The event will take place November 4-6, 2016 in Spring Lake, NJ.

The festival, which receives more than 300 plays annually, is committed to presenting the finest and most unique original one-acts written by local playwrights from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The event also serves as an artistic fundraiser, with all proceeds going to SSP to help maintain its commitment to producing high-quality, extremely engaging theatrical experiences for the 2016-17 season… and beyond.

Submission Rules and Process:

Seeking original comedic and dramatic one-act plays from playwrights currently living in the Tri-State area only (NJ, NY and PA).

Plays must be 20 pages or less. Submissions of longer than 20 pages will be declined for consideration.

Plays must be in standard playscript format.

Playwrights may submit more than one play, but please be sure your name and email address is on the title page of each script.

SSP is a family theatre – no excessive swearing, no nudity.

No royalties or payment will be provided to playwrights should his or her play be chosen for the festival.

Plays will only be accepted via email:

Deadline: July 3, 2016, 11:59pm.

For more information, please email Rob Sullivan, Festival Producer, at

Friday, June 17, 2016

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

Submissions are now open for the 28th Annual JetFest in 2017

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$15 non-refundable submission fee. This fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild and submissions by legitimate literary agents (not lawyers/attorneys/friends). 
For those submitting digitally – the $15 fee cannot be waived, and may be mailed separately or processed by contacting the theatre.


JET encourages all playwrights over 18 to submit their work. JET's programming generally reflects issues of social conscience and human rights both in drama and comedy. Use our past productions as a guide and if you have questions, contact us a 248-788-2900.

Entry must be a full length original work or adaptation with a minimum running time of 85 minutes that has not been published prior to the festival in 2017. Cast size of 7 or less is preferred. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.


Submissions will be accepted December 1 through June 30, 2016 
(checked by postmark or time stamp).


Submit a blind copy of your script, securely bound, typed in standard play format, with pages numbered. Include a list of characters/descriptions, scene breakdown, and a brief synopsis of your play. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address) and resume. Musicals must include a demo CD. If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

The acceptable electronic format is an Adobe PDF file.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted. If you would like your script returned, please include a SASE. Script evaluations will not be provided.


The playwright gives the Jewish Ensemble Theatre permission to photocopy scripts for reading/ production purposes. Should your script be selected as one of the finalists, you are encouraged to attend the readings and talkbacks.

The finalists award the Jewish Ensemble Theatre the option to produce any of the finalist plays as part of its main stage season. Finalists must acknowledge the Jewish Ensemble Theatre if/when script is published


Each of the four finalists will receive a $500 honorarium. No other expenses will be paid.


Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 2 evaluations. The committee narrows down the entries to 15 – 20, which are then read by the entire committee who selects the finalists.


Finalists will be notified no later than December, 2016.


Mail: Jewish Ensemble Theatre
Jet Fest
6600 West Maple Rd.,
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Christopher Bremer, Executive Director


The Playwright/Submitter agrees (by submission) to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, its Adjudicators, Board of Directors and volunteers from any and all damages, liability, and claims, arising from the submission, production or elimination/disqualification of their submitted work.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stratford East submission guidelines

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We are committed to working with artists whose work expresses the aspirations and concerns of our diverse community on a local, national and international level.

Electronic submissions are preferred and should be sent to addressed to the Associate Director Pooja Ghai.

If you would like to send a hard copy please send it to: Pooja Ghai, Associate Director Director, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London, E15 1BN.

Please ensure the following are included in your submission:
Covering Letter, including:
Title page with character list, synopsis, production/development history. Please be sure to include names of the creative team as well as the contact details for the person to whom we should respond.
Why you think this is a good piece for Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Why you think this story needs to be told.
Your contact information
Full script with pages numbered.
CV's of everyone involved.

Please be aware that to cut down on costs and to be more green, we no longer send out personal replies or return scripts, photos, CV's, etc. (with or without SAEs). If you have not heard from us within 3 months you can assume that we were unable to work with you at this time.

If you would like to invite us to a workshop, production, or a presentation of your work please do reach out to

Call for original short Halloween plays by tri-state area writers

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South Street Players ( is seeking short (20 minutes or less), original, HALLOWEEN-themed one-act plays for its Tri-State Theatre Festival: Halloween Edition. The event will take place October 21-23, 2016 in Spring Lake, NJ.

This event is an offshoot of SSPs popular Tri-State Theater Festival, and will serve as an artistic fundraiser. All proceeds go to SSP to help maintain its commitment to producing high-quality, extremely engaging theatrical experiences for the 2016-17 season… and beyond.

Submission Rules and Process:

Seeking original comedic & dramatic Halloween-themed short plays from playwrights currently living in the Tri-State area only (NJ, NY and PA).

Plays must be Halloween-themed, which includes, but is not limited to, plays about ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches, zombies, trick-or-treating, pumpkins, headless horsemen…pretty much anything and everything Halloween… however all plays must be family-friendly, PG-rated.

Plays must be 20 pages or less. Submissions of longer than 20 pages will be declined for consideration.

Plays must be in standard playscript format.

Playwrights may submit more than one play, but please be sure your name and email address is on the title page of each script.

SSP is a family theatre – no excessive swearing, no nudity.

No royalties or payment will be provided to playwrights should his or her play be chosen for the festival.

Plays will only be accepted via email:

Deadline: July 3, 2016, 11:59pm.
For more information, please email Rob Sullivan, Festival Producer, at

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


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Submissions are now being accepted for the Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting, 2016. The deadline is 31 August, 2016 and entrants should be ‘a person of Indian origin from any country’. The organisers are looking for plays 75 – 120 mins in duration and the works must be in English and be unproduced, unperformed and original.

All entries should be accompanied by a synopsis, writer's biodata, photograph and contact details
Each submission should be sent in both hard and soft copies.

The hard copy with all relevant details should be sent to:

Theatre Group,
c/o Ms Ayesha Sayami
5 Palm Court, 2nd Floor
152 Maharishi Karve Road
Mumbai 400020

A PDF with all relevant details should be sent to

Winners will be announced at Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest in November, 2016 and selected scenes from the three successful plays will be read out at the awards ceremony.

Deadline 31 August 2016

Crab Fat Seeks Convinced Atheist Writers for Special Issue

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Deadline: June 15, 2016

Crab Fat Magazine is accepting submissions from convinced atheist writers for a second special issue to be released in July 2016. We seek to curate a collection of thoughtful prose and poetry by people who DO NOT believe in any god(s) and show that atheism goes beyond political, social, and racial barriers. We’re open to a wide variety of work, from “coming out” as an atheist, to the impact atheism has on both personal and professional sides of life, and everything in-between. However, to be clear, we’re not seeking tirades attacking religion with sweeping generalizations.

We accept:
  • flash fiction 
  • short stories 
  • poetry 
  • creative non-fiction 
  • visual art 
  • interviews with writers, musicians, artists, and other interesting artsy people 
  • stage/screenplays 
  • book reviews from small indie presses 

We do not accept email submissions. If you send us email submissions, we will delete them, unread. We use Submittable. Our interview editor is the exception. If you’d like to inquire about an interview with us please contact Mai for more information.

Crab Fat is interested in brutal honesty and authenticity. Don’t be afraid to use real language. Crab Fat is not interested in robotic academic language; frank language is always the best, even if that means using profanity and non-standard English. Break away from traditional structures and mainstream ideologies. Emotive writing is most important. We love well done second person POV in short fiction, and poetry with scientific language & outer space imagery, and prose that traverses the galaxy and reminds us that humanity is but a small part of the infinite unknown. We want poems about Batman & Joker & Gotham City. We want unique expressions of gender & gender neutral pronouns & mock interviews with dead celebrities & prose poetry & cross-genre experimental work. Use words as weapons, allow raw emotion to bleed into the work. Crab Fat wants your anger, your love, your disappointment, your peaks, your valleys, & above all, your best work.

Check out our Six Questions For… interview with Jim Harrington, as well as our LitBridge interview, NewPages Chat, and Duotrope Interview for a more in-depth discussion of what we’re after at Crab Fat.

Just a few formalities:

flash pieces, both fiction and nonfiction, should not exceed 1,000 words

short stories and creative non-fiction should not exceed 3,000 words (1,100-2,500 words preferred)

Please send no more than 10 pages of poetry at a time

images are limited to 5 per submission, please send hi-resolution (300 dpi), contact Justine, the art editor, for more information (if necessary)

transcribed interviews should not exceed 3,000 words, audio should be 10 minutes or less

we prefer shorter scripts, think somewhere in the 20-30 page range, though a little more or less won’t hurt
book reviews should not exceed 1,500 words

Crab Fat is currently a non-paying market, though we hope this changes in the future.

Crab Fat requires first North American serial publishing rights, after publication all rights revert back to the author.

Accepted work is subject for use in any future anthologies, both digital and print.

Crab Fat asks that any reprints give first publication credit–something like “XYZ originally appeared in Crab Fat Magazine.“

Crab Fat does not like to censor a writer/artist’s aesthetic or imagination, but there are certain topics that we are simply not interested in. With that said, please DO NOT send prose, poetry, or images that depict child molestation/sex fantasy, rape (unless it’s a vital part of the story and handled with sensitivity, ie–a revenge narrative), gratuitous violence or sex, bestiality, or necrophilia. Seriously, don’t do it. We will scream and add you to our auto-reject list.

Please withdraw any simultaneous submissions for poetry if publication is offered elsewhere by adding a note in Submittable–DO NOT WITHDRAW YOUR ENTIRE SUBMISSION UNLESS YOU NO LONGER WANT US TO CONSIDER IT. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in your submission being deleted, unread.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


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Northern Kentucky University | School of the Arts is once again calling for submissions for its award- winning, 18th Biennial Year End Series Festival of New Plays - THE Y.E.S. FESTIVAL, running April 20-30, 2017

Submissions will be accepted from May 1 - September 30, 2016. The
two selected playwrights will each receive a cash prize of $250 and an expense-paid (travel and accommodations visit to NKU to see their plays in production. Selected plays will receive a full production.


• Full-length plays are eligible. All rights must be fully owned by the author.

• No children’s theatre, one-acts, or reader’s theatre pieces will be considered.

• Adaptations will be considered only if the adapted work is in the public domain.

• A submitted play may not have had a previous professional or university production.

• In deciding which play to submit, a writer should know the festival will be cast with undergraduate student actors. Plays with larger casts are looked upon favorably in the selection process.

• Scripts must be standard sized, legibly typed, and bound. Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred.

• Submissions (ONE per playwright) should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.


• An entry form must accompany a submitted script (

• Submissions will be accepted from May 1 until September 30, 2016.

• Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish the project director to ac- knowledge receipt of your script.

• Scripts are not returnable unless specifically requested and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Returnable scripts will be mailed back after the selected playwrights have been notified.

Submissions, accompanied by an entry form, should be mailed to:
Michael King
NKU School of the Arts
Nunn Drive, FA 205
Highland Heights, KY 41099

• Selections will be made and selected playwrights notified no later than December 31, 2016.
• Selected playwrights must be available to visit the festival about one week before opening so their visit can be arranged to include late rehearsals and the premiere of their play. Festival dates are April 20-30, 2017. The visiting dates are at the discretion of the festival. The cost of travel and accommodations will be covered by NKU. Selected playwrights will receive a cash prize of $250.
• Playwrights and directors of their plays will participate in one post- show question-and-answer session with the audience.

For additional information:
Corrie Danieley, Co-Project Director | 859.572.5451
Michael King, Co-Project Director | 859.572.5647

The York Theatre Company submission guidelines

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The York Theatre Company is currently accepting scripts for consideration for its
Developmental Reading Series.

Please see the answers to frequently asked questions below:

Who can submit?
Both established and emerging writers. The York Theatre Company is one of the only theatres in the country that accepts unsolicited scripts.
What materials should I submit?
1. A cover letter introducing yourself and the piece, complete with name, address, phone number and email address.
2. A complete script of the piece
3. A demo of the score (as complete as possible)

How long does the evaluation process take?
The process generally takes six to twelve months: our script readers are dedicated but busy, and we're always working through a backlog.

Will my materials be returned?
While each submission will get a reply, we are unable to return your materials.

What shouldn't I submit?
. Non-musical plays: the York's mission concerns musicals only
. Jukebox musicals: the York is generally not interested in musicals without original scores, except under special circumstances

Where should I send my materials?
If you would like to submit electronically, please send the script and demo to

If you would prefer to submit a hard copy, please send it to:
York Theatre Company
The Theatre at Saint Peter's
619 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

What if I have other questions that aren't answered here?
Please email our Reading Series Coordinator, Seth Christenfeld at