Monday, April 27, 2015

Visiting Playwright Series

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Visiting Playwright Series
Play Submission
Deadline: April 30th

Rising Sage Theatre is accepting play submissions for our Visiting Playwright Series show (September 5th-19th). This is an opportunity for a playwright to have their original play (not previously produced) be selected, produced by Rising Sage Theatre. Our goal is to provide a platform for creative playwrights to showcase their work for a theatre company known for "pushing the envelope."

1. Deadline for all play submissions is April 30, 2015
2. A review panel will score and rank the top 3 submissions
3. Finalists will be notified and asked to submit the full script
4. Winner will be notified in month of July
5. The winning play will be produced and run from Sept. 5th-19th


1. Play must be originals. No adaptations will be accepted.
2 . Play must be plot-driven (sorry, no gospel plays will be accepted)
3. Only unproduced scripts will be accepted
4. Play should have no more than 5 characters
5. Total running time of play must be between 80-120 minutes (not including intermissions)
6. Play submissions must include

a. Headshot/resume of playwright
b. A 300-word synopsis of play
c. First 10 pages only of script (in pdf)

Email submissions to:

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation 2015 Playwriting Competition

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Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation 2015 Playwriting Competition. 

The Foundation will accept submissions for its 2015 Playwriting Competition between March 1 and May 31, 2015

Prizes are as follows: First Prize, $3,000; Second Prize, $1,500; Honorable Mentions, $500. 

Prizewinners will be announced before the end of the year. Production Grants: The foundation also offers grants to not-for-profit production companies to offset expenses in producing theatrical works (plays, musicals, operas, choral works, orchestral works with text) and film or video. All works must be based on, or inspired by, history and must concern LGBT life. No submission fee.

1. Only full-length works (dramas, comedies, musicals, screenplays) are eligible for consideration.
2. All works submitted must be original and in English.
3. All must concern LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender) life and must be based on, or directly inspired by, a historical person, culture, work of art, or event.

For more submission details visit

Submissions will be accepted until May 1, 2015.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wanted: 8 minute plays about Showbiz

Wanted: 8 minute plays about Showbiz ( comedy,we hope) for SHOWBIZ SHORTS at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Entry Deadline. 16th May 2015. No fee.

Unpublished. Unproduced. We will pick the 10 best and perform them during the Hollywood Fringe Theatre Festival. on Sun 21st June 4 pm. and/or Sat 27th June 1 pm. So , if you have any war stories about showbiz, remember all those humiliations you suffered in showbiz? now is your chance to rant and rave.

Questions? 323.806.8770 ..john...scribblerusa ( at )  Writers will be contacted for permission to perform their play.

Copyright your play. Please mail scripts to :

Scribbler Theatre " showbiz shorts "
p o Box 291460 Los Angeles Ca 90029.
We prefare snail mail, but, if you're a modern writer,well, ok,

email script to: scribblerusa ( at )

Please state showbiz,your name and play title, in subject.

Include contact info INSIDE email. Please include brief bio.

Showbiz Shorts. Short plays 5 to 8 minutes long.

Directed by John Fingal O’Donnell.

Produced by Dallas Bancroft.

Sun. 21st June 2015. Asylum Theatre. 4:00 pm.

Sat. 27th June 2015. Asylum Theatre. 1:00 pm.

We specialize in 10 minute plays and screenplays.

Please add your email if you want announcements.

Thank you.

performances at THEATRE ASYLUM

6320 Santa Monica Blvd ( near Vine St. ).
Hollywood, CA 90038

2015 Rockford New Play Festival

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The 2015 Rockford New Play Festival selection committee is seeking new ten minute plays. 4 – 6 scripts will be chosen as official selections of the festival and presented in an evening of staged readings in Rockford, Illinois during the weekend of August 22 & 23, 2015.

Now in its second year, the Rockford New Play Festival hopes to present scripts of local writers alongside the work of writers from around the nation and beyond. Last year’s festival featured writers from Rockford, Chicago, New York and Georgia.

Submissions will be accepted through May 15th, 2015.

  • Plays of all genres and styles are welcome. We would love to see the play that speaks to where your mind and heart are right now. We encourage you to be bold, passionate, humorous and, most importantly, yourself.
  • Submission Deadline: Friday May 15, 2015. (11:59 PM, PST)
  • Length: The body of the script must be no more than ten (10) pages long. This does not include title page and character breakdown/setting page.
  • Format: Please submit your script as a PDF file in Standard Play Format:
  • Font: 12pt Times New Roman (or similar) typeface
  • Title Page: play title + playwright’s name + contact info
  • Character Breakdown/Setting Page
  • Page Numbering: Pages are numbered in the upper right hand corner starting with the number “1” on the first page of dialogue/action
  • Margins: 1 inch (top, bottom, left, right)
  • Character Names: Capitalized
  • Dialogue: Begins on the line below the character name
  • Stage Directions: Start at or near the center of the page
  • Only one play may be submitted per writer.
  • Plays submitted to The Rockford New Play Festival in previous years will not be considered.
  • Plays must be submitted electronically through the online form below. Email or USPS submissions will not be accepted.
  • Language: Plays must be written for English speaking audiences.
Plays that do not follow the guidelines will be ineligible.
click here to submit your play

Have questions? Please email us at Please note that we cannot accept play submissions via email.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

3rd Annual Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival at Eureka College

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Scripts are now being accepted for the Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival to be presented November 20-21 by Eureka College and the Peoria Live Theatre League. All Illinois High School students are eligible to enter. All scripts must be new unproduced works. Six scripts will be selected as winners and produced by Eureka College.

Submission deadline: Must be e-mailed or postmarked by July 1, 2015
Evaluation period: Now through July 4, 2015
Authors notified: July 5, 2015
Selections announced: By September 15, 2015
Performance dates: November 20-21 (2 evenings)

Notification of scripts received will be made by July 5, 2015
Notification of script chosen will be made by September 15, 2015
The six selected plays will be staged in November 2015 at Pritchard Theatre in Eureka College

There is no fee to enter this competition

Eureka College will produce six scripts written by Illinois High School students. The six plays will be selected from all entries in the following categories:
Class of 2015: 1 script
Class of 2016: 1 script
Class of 2017: 1 script
Class of 2018: 1 script
At-Large: 2 scripts

In the event that no scripts from a class are submitted, another at-large script will be chosen. All student scripts are eligible for selection in the student’s class rank and the At-Large openings.

We are dedicated to producing original works, and if we have the resources to produce more than six plays, we will select more than two At-Large scripts.
Submission Guidelines:
  • You must be a high school student in Illinois.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished 10-minute plays.
  • There is no limit to number of plays that an individual may submit.
  • Production requirements should be feasible. Since the winning plays will be produced, no play considered technically un-producible will be considered.
  • Recommended maximum number of characters per play is four.
  • Running time is to be 10 minutes or less, which may mean 6-10 pages depending upon the density of dialogue. Authors are responsible for submitting work that is within the 10 minute running time limit. Cuts will be requested of the playwright for any selected play which runs over the limit regardless of the number of pages in the script.
  • Mailed scripts must be typed/word-processed, numbered, and stapled.
  • Scripts cannot be returned. Eureka College and the Peoria Live Theatre League assume no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.
  • We are unable at this time to provide feedback to playwrights regarding their work.
Submission Process


Mail 2 copies of each script to:
Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival
c/o Marty Lynch
Eureka College
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530-1500

Send a digital copy of the script to In the subject line, write Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival.

Please note

The selection of directors, actors and designers for the selected plays is at the sole discretion of Eureka College. An author may participate in the process if participation is requested by the producing companies or the director selected for the project. Entry of a script into this festival grants to Eureka College the right to produce the entered play only for this specific event in November 2015 and authors retain all rights to their work for future production or publication. Authors, if their play is selected for production, grant to Eureka College and the Peoria Live Theatre League the right to use their name, biographical information and photo for purposes of publicity and marketing during the period Aug 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

Questions can be directed to

Athena Theatre Guidelines for Playwright Submissions

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Athena Theatre is extending an invitation to NYCPlaywrights to submit their full length plays, which meet our guidelines. Please indicate in your response that you saw this on the NYCPlaywrights site or Saturday email blast.

The purpose of this play reading series is to develop new works which explore a new voice, expresses storytelling in an unconventional way, challenges both the artists as well as the audience to think outside of the box. The play may explore views on religion, race, gender, politics, social change, hunger, blindness or disability of any kind. Please note we are only considering full length, contemporary staged plays at this time with a cast of two – six characters, unit set, genre/theme which is of the style of our past productions. The play should be relevant to the current time. Please submit action driven plays which do not include overt exposition and audience address. From the play reading series, a play will be picked to develop into a staged reading. The staged readings will be performed on a quarterly basis. Please check back to view our staged reading schedule.

When submitting please include all of the following:

-a brief cover letter stating how you think your play fits our mission statement as well as the how it relates to our past productions.
-Subject line: [play title] play reading submission
-a one page summary
-character breakdown
-first ten pages in PDF format.

We will contact you within one month if we are interested in doing a play reading of your play. The play reading series was developed to explore original work.

E-mail to:

Philadelphia Women's Theater Festival

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Announcing the 2015 Festival
July 30th – August 2nd

Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival (PWTF) is dedicated to creating opportunities for women in theatre.

Playwrights e-mail this form, a digital version of your play, a brief introduction letter, and a resume with two references to by May 15th

Playwrights chosen for a staged reading will receive at least one performed staged reading of the play along with response and feedback from industry professionals. Playwrights chosen for a fully mounted production will receive a full rehearsal process, feedback, and at least 2-3 public performances of the play.

Write a ten-minute play about an endangered species

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Go to the World Wildlife Fund or CITES and choose one or more species (Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Flora & Fauna, or Invertebrates). The species must be integral to the plot, not just mentioned. Astonish the audience with the magnificence of the species – take us on an adventure – make us laugh, make us cry, make us weep if they're gone – motivate the audience to save them!

8-10 plays will be selected for a Staged Reading at a California theatre, with an award of $100 USD for each play. Multiple playwrights/Translators on a single play will divide the award equally (unless they request a different division). The audiences’ “ticket” will be a donation to a specified non-profit Wildlife Conservancy. There is No Entry Fee.

Entries must be received by midnight November 30, 2015.

Winners and Finalists will be announced by May 31, 2016 via e-mail and on the SES website. One submission per playwright. Plays must be in English, or have been translated into English. SES does not offer critiques.

Plays may be Comedic, Dramatic, or for Young Audiences (performed by adult actors). No adaptations or musicals. Maximum 4 actors – no elaborate props, swinging trapezes, or flaming torches, please.

Playwrights must hold the copyright. Legal clearance of materials not in public domain is the playwright's responsibility. Previously produced plays are accepted, published plays are not. Playwrights are obligated to inform SES if their play becomes published after submission. Plays with any contractual commitments, which restricts SES in any way, are not accepted. SES reserves the right to decide what is restrictive.

Include on the Title page: your Name, Address, Phone Number and e-mail – On the 2nd page: Cast List, Location/Time; Name of the Species; CITES Appendix I, II, or III; and any Playwright’s Notes/Glossaries.


Electronic submissions please

Submit the full script as an e-mail attachment (Word Doc. or pdf format) to Nikki Harmon

Put your Name; Contact info; Name of the Endangered Species in the body of the e-mail. In the subject line put “SCRIPT SUBMISSION” and the “Title of your Play”

If you have any problems sending your script let us know - we'll figure it out.

SES reserves the right to cancel the competition if not enough plays meet the mandate and artistic caliber required for presentation. If canceled, an announcement will be made via e-mail and on the website.

All winning playwrights are invited to the Staged Reading. Travel and accommodations are not included in the Prize.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Studio Players 2nd Annual 10-Minute Play Festival,

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Studio Players, Kentucky’s Oldest Community-Involved Theater, located in Lexington, is proud to announce their 2nd Annual 10-Minute Play Festival, to be performed in August 2015. The response last year was so positive, we are adding a second week of performances. We are looking for 7 strong, entertaining plays to feature so, once again, we are holding a competition. This competition is for 10-minute plays only; it is open to any playwright. The judges will be members of the Studio Players theater community: board members, directors and patrons. The rules are simple and are as follows:

1. Any playwright may enter; only one script per playwright.
2. The play must be a 10 minute play (meaning it will be approximately 10 pages long).
3. All plays should be emailed, with a separate cover page, with: play's title, author's name, email address, mailing address and phone number. The play itself should only have the title; no identifying information contained in or on the 10 page script.
4. To be considered, each script must be received by May 10th.
5. The contest is open to the first 150 entries received.
6. Winning entrants agree to a full production of their scripts.

That's it! The top 7 scripts (as determined by the judges) will be performed by active members of the Bluegrass theater community. Each play will be a fully realized, staged production; each performance showing all winning scripts. The 7 Selected playwrights will each receive $150 in prize money.

All entries should be sent to: with "10-min play fest" in the header.

Briefs: A Festival of Short LGBT Plays

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It's that time of year again, and we are opening short play submissions for our fifth annual Briefs: A Festival of Short LGBT Plays, which will be held in Spring 2016 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 LGBT 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. LGBT characters or themes must be central to the piece, and we are especially interested in reading plays that explore the experiences of LGBT people of color, trans experience, youth and seniors. Comedy is a plus.

We worked with a dramaturg this year and it was 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.

Submit here (with user account set-up.)
Deadline for submission is June 15, 2015.

Please submit the following in the cover letter or attached- 100 word bio of the playwright, a short synopsis of your play, production history if applicable (or note that there is not one) and full contact info including email, home address, and cell phone, if there is another number you are reachable at, include that too. 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 want to do 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

Winter/Spring 2015-16 Full-Length Play Submission

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Winter/Spring 2015-16 Full-Length Play Submission

Do you have a full-length piece that embodies the H.E.A.T. mission statement? We are seeking scripts to be staged as a complete production. We will produce one piece in the Winter of 2015, and one in the Spring of 2016 to complete our season.

We are now accepting all full-length play submissions.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 26, 2015

Send a PDF or word document with the following information, along with a PDF of your script, to Ankita Mishra, our Literary Manager - - please indicate you are submitting a full-length in your email.
  • Name 
  • Address
  • Email
  • Approximate length of piece
  • Description of artistic background
  • In 150 words or less, please explain how your piece aligns with H.E.A.T. Theatre Company’s mission statement:
H.E.A.T. Theatre Company is a collective of artists who pledge to unpack contemporary perceptions of "otherness". That is to say: the quality of existing as a body that is both alienated from, and integral to, the social norm. Our investigation of the term is two-fold: first, as the noun, "an other," and second, as the verb, "to other". We do not wish to claim these identities as our own. Rather, it is through tenacious research and collaboration that we will create and interpret new works, while acknowledging the multiplicity of otherness as a fundamental component to the world in which we live. By telling these stories we hope to start conversations that spark reaction and action; that foster knowledge and empathy. Join us.

Fourth Annual Playwrights CageMatch

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The Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward is accepting submissions for its Fourth Annual Playwrights CageMatch. Our CageMatch is a chance for playwrights to show their stuff in an audience-decided live competition.

Five Playwrights enter but only one will emerge victorious. Grand prize for the chosen script.

We are seeking brief scenes (5-20 minutes) which conform to the limitations of the competition. DMT staff will select the top five submissions. Each of the final scripts will get one rehearsal with the same director and company of actors. On June 15, 2015, the five scenes will be performed at a live staged reading event at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre. The audience will vote by token to determine the winner!

Our theme this year is: ON THE BOARDWALK. The setting is a carnival or amusement park with a boardwalk in any beach-town. Time period is not restricted. Please limit your scenes to no more than four characters. We’re looking for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporate the setting into the scenes. Tone, theme or genre is up to you! Atlantic City, Coney Island, Venice Beach or somewhere else on the planet … or beyond? Anything can happen at the carnival.

Admission to the performance is free, but a token to vote for the winner is $5.

Deadline for CageMatch submissions sent via e-mail is May 15, 2015; post-mark deadline, if mailed, is May 10, 2015.

Submissions can be e-mailed in *.doc or *.pdf to or mailed to:

Douglas Morrisson Theatre ATTN: Susan E. Evans c/o H.A.R.D., 1099 E St., Hayward, CA 94541

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Broadway Rose Theater Company 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:

Sharon Maroney
Producing Artistic Director
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
P.O. Box 231004
Tigard, OR 97281

Or email Sharon at

Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest 2016

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Attention political playwrights: Call For Entries
Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest 2016

The Castillo Theatre (NYC) sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest and reading series bi-annually. In its seventh year, the political play contest is intended to encourage the writing of scripts for the stage that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our heritage.

While Castillo recognizes that in the broadest sense, all theatre is political, the contest is seeking politically progressive plays that: look at social and/or economic problems and challenges; explore possibilities of social transformation; and, reflect the concerns and interests of communities or which explore the importance of community. The contest also welcomes scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance.

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 October 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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


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Urban Stages' EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD is presented to innovative playwrights whose works speak to the whole of society. Special attention is given to plays that touch on social issues. Submissions are accepted throughout the year (there is not a deadline) from around the United States and internationally.However, special attention is given to those who live in or near New York.


Submit plays to:
Urban Stages
555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800
New York, NY 10018

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Full-length plays only:
- scripts must be firmly bound
- No changes or revisions accepted after submission
- No double-sided pages.
- 7 actors or less (Doubling is okay)

With your submission, please include:
- Biography and/or author’s history of the play
- Character breakdown
- Brief synopsis of the play.
- A small SASE envelope for response letters. Whole plays will no longer be returned. All plays will be recycled.

Plays MAY HAVE BEEN developed elsewhere, BUT NEVER PRODUCED in New York City.

There is no limit to submission. Subject matter and character variations are open.

There is no submission fee.

It usually takes two to six months for us to read and process your script. We ask that you do not call or email our offices to inquire on the status of your play.

Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered. BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York.

There is no deadline for The Emerging Playwright Award.

However, there may be deadlines for plays under special consideration (for example Words by Women, 2-character, etc.). These deadlines will be announced. All submissions are eligible for The Emerging Playwright Award.

Bookmark our website to keep up to date on our Mainstage production and traveling plays and workshops!

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 16th Annual New Play Contest

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Rolling Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015

The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays will be showcased in a concert-format festival in November 2015. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2016/2017 season by the Season Planning Committee.

We are proud to announce that for the 16th consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form, and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. Authors located outside the United States that might be interested in submitting their plays via email should contact us at If you are submitting a musical, also include 3 copies of a CD of the music.

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

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

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

Three to five winners will receive $25 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. All short plays will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 15 pages or less will fall into this category.

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

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

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

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

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

Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any combinations. Please submit three (3) copies of each script (and CDs for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2015 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:

The Chameleon Theatre Circle
16th Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Note: This is a rolling deadline. Any plays submitted after this date will be considered for the following year's contest.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Summer Playwriting Classes at ESPA!

Summer 2015 classes at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) are now open for enrollment! We're thrilled to announce this semester’s lineup of opportunities in our writing, acting, and directing departments. Some of the fantastic writing offerings include:

Mondays with Brooke Berman (Writer, Hunting and Gathering at Primary Stages) 
Tuesdays with Tessa LaNeve (Director of ESPA and New Arts Programming, Primary Stages)
Tuesdays with A. Rey Pamatmat (Writer, Upcoming after all the terrible things I do at Milwaukee Rep and Huntington Theaters; Co-Director, Mi-Ya Writer's Lab)
Thursdays with Edwin Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)

Wednesdays with Rogelio Martinez (Writer, Wanamaker’s Pursuit at Arden Theater Co.) 
Thursdays with Josh Hecht (Director, Christine Jorgensen Reveals at New World Stages)

Wednesdays with Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)

Workshop: Saturday, July 25 with Leslye Headland (Bachelorette at Second Stage Theatre and on film with Kirsten Dunst and Rebel Wilson)

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. For a full list of classes, including workshops and Online Classes visit Classes begin in June. Start and end dates vary. 

ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition: ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email

The Bellagio Center Resident Fellows Program

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The Bellagio Center Resident Fellows Program offers academics, artists, and writers a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a stimulating array of disciplines and geographies. The Bellagio community generates new knowledge to solve some of the most complex issues facing our world and creates art that inspires reflection, understanding, and imagination.

Who Should Apply?

Residencies are open to university or think-thank based academics in all disciplines, literary artists, visual artists, and non-profit practitioners.

We have a strong interest in applications that align with the Foundation’s core issue areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. The Foundations seeks to promote a broad, stimulating mix of disciplines and fields within the Bellagio Community.

The Center accepts applications from individuals as well as applications from collaborative teams of up to four people working on the same project. Residencies are typically four weeks in length.

Applicants are not allowed to re-submit any unsuccessful proposals, but they are permitted to submit revised versions. Applicants may apply up to a total of three times. However, those who have held residencies (or spouses who accompanied residents for more than one week) must wait five years before reapplying. There is a lifetime limit of two residencies.

News & Events

The competition opens on March 1, 2015 with a deadline of May 1, 2015 for a possible residency between February 8, 2016 to August 8, 2016.


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Adirondack Plays is a publishing company with a mission: Connect theater groups with new plays relevant for the 21st century. Adirondack Plays publishes anthologies of new plays so that artistic directors can easily find plays for their particular needs.

We are publishing six anthologies this fall and are searching for new plays of any length that fit in the anthology topic areas. Considered plays can be unproduced of have a long production history; full-length, one-act or shorter; dramas or comedy – but not musicals. Plays submitted by May 15, 2015 will receive full consideration.

Adirondack Plays will pay royalties to the authors based on sales of the anthology. Playwrights retain all the rights with the plays for productions and for future publication.

Adirondack Plays does not publish single editions of plays, all submitted plays must fit into one of the following anthologies:

· Mostly Female - Community Theater throughout the country have the same problem -- more actresses than actors. While most plays have more male than female characters. This anthology will have plays -- both full-length and one-acts -- which have more roles for women (or non-gender specific roles).

· Social Justice - Plays with a cause. The Social Justice anthology will feature plays concerning race, feminism, poverty, wealth inequality, immigration or other issues of social justice.

· LGBTQ - The LGBTQ Anthology will focus on the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and questioning individuals in the 21st century. All types of plays are welcome including romantic comedies, serious drama and everything in between. The only requirement is that non-heterosexuals are the main characters.

· Black Box - Black box plays have very basic technical arrangements, such as limited sets, simple lighting effects, and an intimate focus on the story, writing, and performances rather than technical elements. Plays for Fringe festivals and other experimental theater are encouraged.

· High School One Acts - One act plays are popular for high schools to get more drama students the opportunity to perform. One act plays are also often used in competitions. For this anthology, we are looking one act plays that are appropriate for high schools, meaning no sex and minimal violence. Note: characters are not limited to high school age.

· For Churches - Church theaters are in need of high-quality plays. Adirondack Plays for Churches will focus on plays with messages of love, forgiveness and generosity. Plays do not have to be specifically Christian, but should not contain vulgar language or sexual innuendo. In addition to full-length and one-acts, shorter plays that can be incorporated into worship services will also be accepted.

For more information or to submit a play for consideration please visit

Monday, April 20, 2015

Abingdon Theatre Company’s THE LAST RESORT PLAYS Benefit Challenge

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Abingdon Theatre Company
An evening of short plays
NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights

Dear Playwright,

You are invited to submit an original 10-minute play to Abingdon Theatre Company’s THE LAST RESORT PLAYS Benefit Challenge. This effort engages artists who support a theatre dedicated to new plays.

Our LAST RESORT PLAYS challenges your creativity to write an original play that will be presented as a staged reading on the set of Abingdon’s next production MALLORCA by Sheldon Bull and directed by Donald Brenner. 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 May 13, 2015. SERIES A performs on Tuesday, June 9 @ 6:30pm & 8:30pm, and SERIES B performs on June 16 @ 6:30pm & 8:30pm. Are you ready? Here are the guidelines. Please read carefully!


The play must be set in the living room of a modest island villa. There is a small balcony, which overlooks the ocean.

One character must make a last effort to resolve, salvage or confront a situation, or escape an irreconcilable problem.

Write for a cast of 2-3 actors. At least one character must be mid-30s in age or YOUNGER.

We prefer 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. Costumes are at the discretion of the director and the willing cooperation of the actors. No hand props can be used.

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 readings. Please specify your availability for SERIES A (6/9), and/or SERIES B (6/16). If you are available for both dates, let us know that, too!

We encourage you to attend rehearsals, if possible. The schedule will be determined later.

The deadline for script submission is midnight, May 13.

We strongly encourage original scripts developed for this presentation.


Abingdon presents the play. We provide the actors, directors, stage manager, rehearsal space and the theatre (the 56-seat Dorothy Strelsin Theatre at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC).

ALL participants are donating their time and talent, and HELPING TO RECRUIT AN AUDIENCE. Our goal is to fill every seat! There is no fee or cost to the playwright. There is a ‘pay-what-you-will donation’ for audience members to attend the staged readings.

Each playwright and director will attend the staged readings of their script in designated seating.

Every play gets two performances on the same evening.

Please make sure you follow all submission requirements.


Email your scripts to You will receive an auto-generated reply; if you don’t, you have used the WRONG email address.

Write in the subject line: LAST RESORT PLAYS / Your Name

In the body of the email send:

Your complete contact information;

A one-line summary of the action of your play; and

Your availability (Series A and/or Series B).

You will be contacted regarding your script’s status by May 20.

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


Bara Swain & Kim T. Sharp
Abingdon’s Benefit Challenge Series

Salute Your Shorts: A Night of One-Acts

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H.E.A.T. Theatre Co Presents Salute Your Shorts: A Night of One-Acts

Do you have a short piece that embodies the H.E.A.T. mission statement?We are seeking to produce a total of four short plays to be included in a night of one-act performances in late fall 2015.

We are now accepting all short-play submissions for Salute Your Shorts: A Night of One-Acts.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 1st, 2015

Send a PDF or word document with the following information, along with a PDF of your script, to Ankita Mishra, our Literary Manager - - please indicate you are submitting a one-act in your email.
  • Name 
  • Address
  • Email
  • Approximate length of piece
  • Description of artistic background
  • In 150 words or less, please explain how your piece aligns with H.E.A.T. Theatre Company’s mission statement:
H.E.A.T. Theatre Company is a collective of artists who pledge to unpack contemporary perceptions of "otherness". That is to say: the quality of existing as a body that is both alienated from, and integral to, the social norm. Our investigation of the term is two-fold: first, as the noun, "an other," and second, as the verb, "to other". We do not wish to claim these identities as our own. Rather, it is through tenacious research and collaboration that we will create and interpret new works, while acknowledging the multiplicity of otherness as a fundamental component to the world in which we live. By telling these stories we hope to start conversations that spark reaction and action; that foster knowledge and empathy. Join us.

Panowski Playwriting Competition 2015

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Panowski Playwriting Competition Rules

1. There is a broad theme selected each year for the competition that entries for that year must adhere to. There is no restriction to style.

1.2 2015 Theme: For our 2015 competition, we are looking for a comedy that features college-age characters as the majority of the cast.

2. The competition is open to any playwright, but only one play per playwright may be entered per biennium.

3. Entries must be original, full-length plays or musicals. They also may be co-authored, based upon factual material or an adaptation. The applicant must be the owner and controller of the copyright. The legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

4.One-act plays and works previously entered in playwriting competitions sponsored by Northern Michigan University are ineligible.

5. Submission is restricted to plays that have not been previously produced or published.

6. No revisions will be accepted once a script has been submitted.

7. No written or oral critique will be given on plays submitted.

8. Entries may be submitted starting July, 2014 and must be received no later than September 1, 2015 to be considered for the current theme. The winner will be announced in December. A staged reading/workshop will be scheduled for March or April 2016. The full production will be scheduled in the 2016-17 season, and may happen in any of our performance spaces.

9. Northern Michigan University reserves the right to accept or reject any play entered in the contest.

10. Scripts should be submitted electronically either in PDF or Microsoft Word format. They can be submitted through the website or via email to If you have difficulty submitting through our online form, or would like to send your script as a PDF, please email your script to However, if your ONLY recourse is a paper script, then the script must be loose leaf bound in a 3-ring binder or with a binder clip. Scripts bound with staples are not acceptable. They must be either typewritten or word processed. Entries not meeting these criteria will be disqualified.

11. By submitting a paper copy of the script the playwright agrees to allow their work to be scanned into a PDF.

12. Paper scripts will not be returned. It is suggested that playwrights retain copies of their scripts.

Click Submission on the side navigation to submit your script.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


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We’re looking for smart, creative, research-savvy, and collaborative artists from diverse theatrical disciplines to join our R&D Team to help build our next show based on verbatim interviews.


We create smart, original, and unpredictable theatre. We produce investigative works based on real-life stories, often engaging with the people whose stories we tell. We experiment with new theatrical languages and forms in pursuit of visually inventive and lyrically rich works. To learn more, visit:


The R&D Team will conduct multiples avenues of creative investigative research (interviews, found text analysis, community engagement, excavation of other archival artifacts, or other experimental methods of inquiry) to explore the many facets and perspectives of our new show. The team will transform their research into a rich and multifaceted tapestry of diverse theatrical moments (e.g., monologues, duologues, songs, dance/movement pieces, and visual art), leading to a blend of stage performance, text, video, sound and architecture.


May 2015: Topic Selection Meetings (2 half days)
June 2015: Field Research Training (1 full day)
July 2015: Work-in-Progress Showings (1 full day)
August 2015: Work-in-Progress Showings (1 full day)
September 2015: Work-in-Progress Showings (1 full day), Script Finalization (2 full days), Rehearsals & Performances (7 full days)

*Also, Team Members will spend a great deal of time conducting research and crafting moments on their own.


We are looking for fierce artists who are savvy communicators, forward thinking, and fluent in one or more performative disciplines (text, movement, and/or song). Qualified candidates will be skillful at in-depth field research, using research findings to produce innovative theatrical works, and working and thinking independently and collaboratively.


Please email the following to (1) your resume; (2) 2-5 show ideas that you might pitch to the rest of the R&D Team; (3) 1-3 video links of work samples posted on or Desired length for each video is 2-10 MIN (please note a starting point if a video exceeds this timeframe). We prefer to see a few complete in-depth scenes of your work versus press reel or snippets of your portfolio.

The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship

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About the Program

The Writing Fellows Program is at the heart of what we do—helping writers be writers. Four early-career playwrights will receive nine months of resources, workshops and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing setting for writers to share and refine their work. Individual meetings with the Realm’s Artistic Director, Associate Producer, and Writing Fellows Dramaturg support each writer’s specific artistic process. Fellows work with a director and cast over the course of two workshops to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also an integral part of the program and are tailored to the individual Writing Fellows. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional workshops are designed to shed light on the often opaque business of theatre, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own careers. The Writing Fellows season culminates in a public reading of each fellowship play as part of our INK’D Festival of New Plays.

What We're Looking For

Above all, we look for dedicated early-career writers who crave a long-term, rigorous development process. We value intellectual curiosity, imagination and bravery. We love plays with evocative language, plays that contemplate big, unanswerable questions, plays that embrace the complexity of life, and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling.

Writing Fellows Receive...

$2,500 Award
A monthly Writers Group
Internal workshop
Professional Development Opportunities
A public reading in our INK'D Festival
Access to all our resources: borrow our wi-fi, camp out in our conference room, use our stickies
The occasional hug

Program Criteria

• Playwrights must be able to attend meetings and workshops in New York City on a twice-monthly basis from September 2015 through May 2016.

• Playwrights should identify as early-career. Those who have completed an MFA program are eligible, but not those who will be enrolled during the residency.

• Plays to be considered for the fellowship should be complete drafts at a stage of development that would benefit from a nine-month rewriting and reading process. Plays should have no commitments to other theaters that will limit their development with The Playwrights Realm.

• Plays that have already been through a similar development process, or have had a production outside of an academic environment, are not eligible.

• We are not looking for solo performance projects at this time.

Writing Fellows Application Components

• Completed application form. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD.

• Theatrical résumé listing all academic credentials and professional productions

• Full draft of the play that you wish to develop as a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow in PDF format.

• A list of three references with contact information, or a signed letter of recommendation from a teacher or theater professional (optional).

To apply, send the above materials to:

The script must be submitted in PDF format with your name and the play title on a cover page

All applications must be submitted electronically before May 10th, 2015, 11:59PM EST.
Finalists for the program will be interviewed in late summer and final selections will be announced in September.

Hit & Run IX call for 10-minute plays

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Stage Left Theater, of Spokane, WA is pleased to announce its call for comedic scripts for Hit & Run IX, a staged reading of short plays in November.

*What? 10-minute plays (12 page maximum)

*One script only. It must be a comedy.

*Please don’t send scripts submitted in previous years.

*Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.

*Standard play format preferred.

*There are no restrictions on content, but our audiences prefer more family-friendly fare.

*Deadline: May 1, 2015

Notification: September

Submission procedure:

1. Send the full script with a title page with your contact information, a synopsis and character breakdown, and a short bio. Include all the information in one document. The document should be labeled the play’s name_your last name (i.e. Hamlet_Shakespeare).

2. E-mail your script as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to The subject line should include your name and the title of the play.

Fee? None. No payment to writers as this is an all-volunteer event.

Questions? Contact Hit & Run coordinator Sandra Hosking at

Thank you and we look forward to reading your work.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Monthly Question reading series

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Submission guidelines

April 30th- playwrights/poets/song writers submission deadline!
May 3rd -announcement of chosen works.
May 13th - performance night at 7:30pm. Location: Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie St, New York, NY.


Scripts must be related to our monthly question.
Our May question is:
What do you want to be when you grow up?
(What did you want to be when you grew up? 
What did your mother want you to be when you grew up?
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!

Short plays are limited to 10 pages or less (sometimes less is better) in standard playwriting formats.

Poems/ Monologues are limited to 2 pages.

Song samples should be mp3 and no more than 3 minutes.

One submission per artist.

Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted, Microsoft Word document or PDF.

Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.

Submit a BLIND copy of your script and include a list of characters/descriptions.

E-mail your script/song/poem to:

The subject line should include the title of the play.

Please fill your contact info, name of your play and 4-6 line synopsis HERE.


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The Ophelia Theatre Group is requesting submissions for their first annual OPHELIA’S NEW PLAY FESTIVAL in Astoria, NY. In an effort to bring more art to our incredible community, we are launching this competition for one acts shows. 6 Plays will be selected to be performed three times in late September/early October, followed by a gala in which a winner will be chosen by a panel of judges.

The winner gets a workshop production of his choosing the following year.

This is a great opportunity for playwrights to work with driven peers and get their names out there! 

Submission Guidelines:

*25 to 60 minute plays. 

*If your play is picked, you are responsible for the production of the play. We will help with marketing, and if we can, rehearsal space.

*This is not only for New York residents, if you are able to produce the show in NYC, SUBMIT!

*Include name, email, phone number, and title on the cover page.

*Play must be received on or before June 15, 2015 to

*Limited to one submission per playwright.

The shows will be chosen by a group of readers, with the selected 6 finalists to be announced July 1st. 

Center of the World Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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7th Annual Community Readers Theatre August 14-16, 2015
$500 Grant Award!

Welcome to the 7th Annual Amateur Playwrighting Contest. 10-Minute Plays with an Environmental Humanities theme based upon our local history.

Submissions are accepted from October 1, 2014 to May 30, 2015. Use your gifts to help us develop a storytelling videography of our local area as part of our Cal Humanities Grant Project.

Script submission donation: There is a suggested minimal donation of $10.00 which can be paid by check to Center of the World Festival, Inc.

Send donation with submitted scripts. 

Or you may donate online at this link: Events, Tickets, Donations

These donations are used to pay for the advertising expenses associated with conducting this Festival. No donation is expected from under-age minor amateur playwrights nor adult hardship cases.

The play must be original and unpublished and unproduced in any type of setting or venue.

The play must be complete in and of itself and not be an incomplete fragment (such as a monologue, etc.) taken from a longer play nor an adaptation of another person's material already published. However, edited (shorten versions) of your own work may be accepted, if source is identified and available for comparison. Adaptations of public domain material, published before year 1900, may be considered if source is identified.

The play must be appropriate for readers’ theatre presentation (no elaborate sets or stage directions). Please read the section on Readers Theatre for more information. We do not conduct, nor send, written evaluations of scripts to playwrights. Play theme must adhere to Social issue topics, such as ecology, justice, peace, equality, crime prevention, freedom of speech, etc. See Theme Rules for more details.

The Festival is for a General Audience base. DO NOT SUBMIT "Mature Audience Only" material. Please consider general audience for appropriate language in your script dialogue.

The plays are limited to 10-minute scripts, which are about ten pages long. Some flexibility: no shorter than 8 minutes and no longer than 12 minutes.

The Play Submission Form must be used as the cover page. The next page shall be the Play Title Sheet, which includes the title of the play, the playwright's name, the list of characters, and setting. Playwright Agreement also must be signed and sent with your script.

You acknowledge that this is a competition for playwrights who self-identify as amateurs, in various meanings of that word, but excludes playwrights who identify themselves as professionals.

Play must be typewritten (or Word Processed) on 8.5" by 11" paper. Pages should be secured only with a removable binder clip (no staples). Please number each page of the play. The play must be typed in standard play format, using one side of each page only.

You may submit three plays for consideration. However, only one play per author will be chosen as a finalist. A separate submission donation is requested for each different play.
Two entry ways:

1) E-mail transmission to:

You may submit the play in Word Doc or ".pdf" format by e-mail, accompanied by a ".pdf" of your signed Playwright's Agreement, and ".pdf" of Play Submission Form and Play Title Sheet. In the event that your signature is delivered by e-mail delivery, such signature shall create a valid and binding obligation with the same force and effect as if such ".pdf" signature page were an original of your signature.

2) "Hard-copy" paper "snail-mail" submitted applications with Play Submission Form, Play Title Sheet, and Playwright's Agreement. Send to:

The Center of the World Festival
P.O. Box 1929
Frazier Park, CA 93225-1929

If you wish to be notified that script was received, please enclose self-addressed, stamped envelope. Do not send manuscripts by certified mail, or signature required.

Please retain your original and send us only one (1) printed copy. COWFEST will keep this copy in its private archives to validate non-profit mission fulfillment. You give permission for sufficient copies to be made by Festival staff to fulfill the preliminary reading, Festival production, and other requirements for cast, staff, and directors. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR ORIGINAL COPY!

You may wish to copyright your material. Check writers' guides for more information, or visit

Deadline for play submission is May 30, 2015. All submissions will be judged by reader/actors of a non-professional community reader’s theatre in Pine Mountain Club, California.

Finalists will be announced by June 30, 2015. All playwrights will be notified of the results. For further information, read section on Selection Process.

Should your play be selected as a finalist, you are giving the non-exclusive right to the Center of the World Festival to produce and perform the play in readers theatre format from August 14 through August 16, 2015. We encourage the playwright (or a proxy) to be in attendance at this Festival production.

Playwrights will retain copyright and full ownership of their plays. Playwrights will receive sole credit for writing their play.

No changes will be made to the script without permission of the playwright. The director shall be the sole person to give cast and crew notes of production; however, playwrights may give any notes regarding the play production to the director.

After the play is accepted as a finalist, the play may not be withdrawn for any reason. If you are concerned about the quality of production by an amateur readers theatre, please do not submit for this Festival.

The play chosen for grant award will be determined by the spectator audience of the Festival.

At this time, we are not accepting phone calls. If you would like to talk to someone personally about the Festival, please send a letter with your submission, explaining your questions. Or contact us by e-mail at the link on this website. Please provide a phone number, e-mail or fax number, and the best times to reach you by phone. We will contact you as soon as possible.


Friday, April 17, 2015

15th and FINAL SKETCHBOOK Festival

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Attention Writers, Devisers, Directors, Actors and Theatre Companies:

Collaboraction Theatre Company of Chicago is seeking submissions of world premiere theatre pieces of 7 minutes or less for its 15th and FINAL SKETCHBOOK Festival.

Collaboraction encourages both plays and devised work and are interested in proposals that explore form and unconventional staging. 

There is no theme, but please note Collaboraction's mission to "explore critical social issues."

The Festival will be two weeks in Nov. 2015 in Chicago at a TBD location and will return to its classic format of 16 short plays, visual art and music. 

The SKETCHBOOK Festival has become the "premiere short play festival in the Midwest" for its combination of provocative new work, immersive staging and multi-disciplinary environment and will gather a community of artists and audience for its' grand Finale!

Submissions are due by 11:59pm on April 30th.

NEXT ACT! Play Submissons

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Submissions are now being accepted for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Fourth Annual NEXT ACT! New Play Summit.

Accepting full length plays only.
Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged.
Comedy and Drama welcome!

Now in its fourth year, the weekend long NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 4 is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations. The festival directly reflects the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.” NEXT ACT! takes place October 31 - November 2, 2015 and will feature readings of four never-before produced plays, with additional special events throughout the weekend.

As in years past, the theatre is devoted to finding a play that can be produced in an upcoming season. Evidence of this devotion can be found in theREP’s 2014 production of THE GOD GAME by Suzanne Bradbeer, the 2015 production of HOW WATER BEHAVES by Sherry Kramer, and next season’s production of NAKED INFLUENCE by Suzanne Bradbeer, all of which started at NEXT ACT!.


-Plays cannot have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed.

-No more than 7 characters. Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.

-Plays previously submitted to NEXT ACT! will not be considered for this years’ Summit.

-Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.

Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Monday June 1, 2015


-Playwrights should submit a short one-paragraph synopsis that illuminates the plays entire plot including its ending; character descriptions and the first 10 pages (only) of their play, along with a photo/resume and bio.

-Email your submission to Margaret E. Hall, assistant to the artistic director, at with 2015 SUBMISSION in the subject line.

-A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected.

-Electronic submissions preferred.


-Playwrights selected for the Summit will be notified by the end of August.

-Three plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual 3-day Summit, which takes place October 31 – November 2, 2015.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


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FINAL APPLICATION DUE MAY 1, 2015 at 11:59pm 

The I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY is available to Black playwrights, 21 years of age or older, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

• Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs are not eligible.

• The resident playwright commits to spending the 18-month residency period in New York City actively participating in the National Black Theatre community.

• The resident playwright commits to completing one full-length work, which will receive a workshop production at the National Black Theatre in the 2016-2017 season.

 • The residency period begins September 1, 2015 and ends March 31, 2017. All residency requirements must be met during that time.

• Work in partnership with NBT to curate a Playwright’s Workshop and/or Symposium open for the community to participate in.

• The selected playwright is required to serve on the Selection Committee for the 2016- 2017 I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHTS RESIDENCY.

• Playwrights may not receive more than one residency at NBT through this program. SELECTION Applications are screened for eligibility by the National Black Theatre and evaluated by a selection committee of professional theater artists; The National Black Theatre’s Chief Executive Officer and Director of Theatre Arts Program will evaluate the finalist applications and will schedule interviews with all finalist. Selection is based on commitment, proven talent and artistic potential. The selection process is guided by the National Black Theatre’s mission statement.

TO APPLY: Using the subject line I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHTS RESIDENCY email to a single document in PDF, containing the following elements, arranged in this sequence:

1. AN APPLICATION COVER SHEET with the following information presented in clear format: NAME COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS HOME PHONE, OTHER PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS PLAY TITLE PLAY SYNOPSIS If you are represented by an agent please make us aware and let us know who that agency is

2. A WRITING SAMPLE: One full-length play that is at least 50 pages in length and has been written only by the applicant (no co-written submissions will be accepted). Please identify 20 pages that you would like for the panelist to read.. These pages will be read first by the panelist. The submitted script must be a complete draft that represents your best playwriting.

3. A PLAYWRITING RESUME [listing all readings, productions, awards, commissions, etc.]

4. If Playwright is chosen as a finalist they will be asked to submit a one page single spaced proposal outlining ideas, story and/or subject matter they would want to focus their residency on creating. This must be a new play.

Name the application packet file with your last name [Example: application packet sent by Jane Smith = Smith.pdf) o [lastname].pdf [for PDF files]

Email your application packet by May 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

No late applications will be accepted. Receipt of application materials will be confirmed via email.

DEADLINE & IMPORTANT DATES Applications must be received by: May 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm Finalists will be notified on: June 15, 2015 Recipient will be notified on: July 10, 2015 The residency year is: September 1, 2015 - March 31, 2017 QUESTIONS

Contact: NBT Literary Team cc: 4

North Park Playwright Festival

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Our goal in building the North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe was to provide a small theater to produce new, untested plays. In support of this goal we have produced the North Park Playwright Festival each October. The festival provides a platform for brand new, short (ten minute), plays written by playwrights from around the world. Over the past twelve years more than 400 new plays have been produced. We encourage new directors and actors to become involved in theater through the festival as well. Through the North Park Playwright Festival over ninety playwrights, directors, and actors each year are able to showcase their talents. We invite interested playwrights to submit work to the festival. 

Please follow the guidelines below.

We are looking for:

1. Short new plays (no more that 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, 2015. 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

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

8x10 Play Festival

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The Adobe Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico is celebrating its 55th year of producing quality entertainment in the greater Albuquerque area. That’s over five hundred plays, many of them never before produced.

To celebrate this milestone, The Adobe is launching its first 8x10 Play Festival July 16, 2015 through July 19, 2015, where eight never before seen works will be chosen and given full productions in our ninety-nine seat theatre.

The theme for our inaugural 8x10 Play Festival is LOVE. All submitted plays should deal with this theme, but the word LOVE must never be used in your dialogue.

The Rules

The submissions should be no longer than ten (10) minutes in length when read or performed, with a maximum of ten (10) pages. Plays MUST BE submitted in Word or PDF format. Entrants may send a maximum of two (2) plays.

The Title page should contain the NAME OF THE PLAY only. A separate Contact page should contain the name of the play and the playwright’s contact information, which must include: the playwright’s name, mailing address, phones(s), and e-mail address; the title of the play. These pages do not count against the ten (10) page script maximum.

Plays should be typed in acceptable play format.

Cast maximum is four (4). Directors and cast members will be chosen by The Adobe from members of the Albuquerque theater community.

Settings for the plays should be simple; nothing shall be constructed, hand props and set pieces may be used. Special lighting and sound and other technical needs shall be dealt with on a case by case basis.

Plays which have received fully mounted productions are not eligible. Plays which have been given public readings are permissible.

How To Enter

The deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015. Winners will be notified on or about June 1, 2015.

ALL entries must be e-mailed, as attachments, in Word or .pdf format, to, with 8x10 Play Festival in the subject line. Hard copies or mailed plays will not be considered or returned.

By submitting an entry, you are affirming that you are the sole creator of the play, and entitled to confer performance rights. If you are chosen as a finalist, you agree to grant performance rights, royalty-free, to The Adobe for the four (4) performances dates. The play remains the sole property of the playwright.

Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places that will be determined by the Artistic Committee of The Adobe, using the following criteria: Artist Merit, Originality, Craftsmanship, Commercial Viability and Story Telling. There will also be an Audience Prize, voted upon by the Festival attendees throughout the four-day Festival.
Please address all questions to 8x10 Play Festival at

2015 Met Life Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition

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Online submissions now being accepted for FULL LENGTH LATINO STAGE PLAYS  (In Spanish or English or both!)

Time stamped Deadline:  Monday, June 1, 2015.  (Time stamped)

MISSION:  Since 2000 MetLife Foundation and Repertorio Español joined forces to establish The MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition! It has been our privilege to promote and develop original works that relate to Latino culture, history and life in the United States while at the same time reflecting the universality of the human condition and encourage bright new talent by providing this forum.  


Plays that do not meet these requirements will not be considered. Playwrights may be Latino or of any other ethnic or racial background as long as the play’s subject matter and characters resonate with Latino audiences and accurately depict the Hispanic experience. 
  • No screenplays, one act plays, musicals, adaptations or translations will be accepted. 
  • New and un-produced plays preferred. 
  • Plays that have had readings or a workshop production are acceptable. 
  • All plays must be original and full-length (minimum running time: 1 hr., 30 min) and can be written in Spanish and/or English. 
  • Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the United States or Puerto Rico. 
  • Previously submitted scripts are accepted unless they have already placed in the top 10. 
  •  Each script will be read by two qualified independent judges selected by Repertorio Español, on a blind submission. 
  • Winners will be announced six to seven months after the deadline. o Each participant will be notified of the results by e-mail. 

We request that participants do not contact the office to inquire about the competition’s results. 

Round 1: Finalists will receive a staged reading at Repertorio to further develop the script. 

Round 2: -Grand Prize Winner: $3,000 and a full production at Repertorio Español 

-2nd Place: $2,000 -3rd Place: $1,000 Grand Prize Winner must be available for Awards Ceremony

Follow instructions below to participate. 

Send the following information within the body of the e-mail: 
  • Your full name 
  • Your cell phone number 
  • Your mailing address (street address, city, state, zipcode) 
  • How did you hear about the competition? 
  • 4-6 line synopsis 
  • 4 -6 line description of how your play relates to the Latino / Hispanic American community 

Unfortunately, we cannot accept any changes or re-submissions once the script has been submitted. 

Send the following as an attachment: 

One ELECTRONIC COPY of your script -- in one document with numbered pages and a title page that lists the title and year the play was written ONLY. (PDF, Microsoft Word, Plain or Rich Text Formats Accepted) 

Please OMIT your name from the script 

Do not send other biographical information or reviews Unfortunately, we cannot accept any changes or re-submissions once the script has been submitted. 

By submitting your play to the competition, Repertorio Español shall have a right to produce the play for a period of two years. Such production shall be done in accordance with an agreement acceptable to both the playwright and Repertorio Español. 

If the playwright receives an offer within the two year period from a third party to produce the play, the company has the right to decide to produce the play on terms no less favorable than offered. 

Please direct any questions regarding this competition/application to

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Molotov Theatre Group Call for New Scripts for 2015/2016 Season

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The Molotov Theatre Group, Washington DC’s premier horror- and suspense-based theatre company, is issuing a call for new scripts for its 2015/2016 season.

In order to be considered, all plays must:
  • Be in the horror genre. We particularly favor plays in the style of Grand Guignol (see below). We would accept a series of vignettes or a cabaret, again in the style of Grand Guignol.
  • Have a run time between 60 and 90 minutes, no intermission.
  • Require a cast of no more than seven actors. No doubling, unless the submission is a series of vignettes.
  • Be able to be performed with a unit set.

SUBMISSIONS: Playwrights should submit a PDF of their script to along with an author bio, character breakdown, and brief synopsis. Submission deadline is April 15, 2015. Only one script, or collection of vignettes, per playwright.

Selected playwrights will be extended a contract in accordance with the Dramatist Guild guidelines, including a percentage of box office sales.

Grand Guignol

It is highly recommended that prospective playwrights visit the Molotov Theatre Group web site ( to read “About Grand Guignol” and “The Molotov Manifesto” before submitting.

About Molotov Theatre Group

Founded in 2007, the501(c)3 non-profit Molotov Theatre Group is DC’s premiere horror- and suspense related theatre company, dedicated to education, preservation and exploration in the aesthetic of the Grand Guignol, or French Theater of Horror. Molotov Theatre Group applies the Grand Guignol ideals to contemporary and classic works. They also produce English translations of original Grand Guignol scripts to preserve and draw attention to this important, and essentially forgotten genre.

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The Players Theatre Short Play Festival - NYC

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The Players Theatre Short Play Festival
June 4 - 21
Submission Deadline: April 15 at 5p


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June 04 – June 21, 2015

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),

5 plays featured each week.


Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

THEME: “NYC – Only in New York”

New York City is like no other place in the world! We are seeking plays that get to the heart of the Big Apple and explore what makes this town tick. Unique New York – it’s more than a tongue twister – it is a way of life!

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play – Host provides Theatre, technicians and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required

Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 15 pages

Submissions open: March 03, 2015
Submissions close: April 15, 2015
Play selection announced on; April 27, 2015