Saturday, August 23, 2014


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For an anthology from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, a division of Hal Leonard, Inc., entitled, 25 10-Minute Plays for Teens, the editor is looking for plays about subjects of interest to the high school and middle school market, ideally with mostly characters in that age group. I prefer that the plays have had a production, although this is not mandatory. If you have a play that fits these criteria, please send it to Plays previously submitted or published will be considered. All submissions must include a title page with the authors complete contact information.

12th Annual NJPC – Play Series

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The New Jersey Playwrights Contest of WPUNJ in Wayne, NJ is proud to announce the 12th Annual NJPC – 

Play Series (open to NJ Residents only) and 

Musical Series (open to all in the northern NJ, tri-state region within 75 mile radius of Wayne NJ).  

The NJPC helps bring new playwrights and composers and their work into focus in the community, the region and the state of New Jersey.  At this time we are seeking new plays and musicals, specifically those suited for staging in a black box theatre – i.e. small casts, limited scenic needs, etc. The NJPC offers the contest winners the chance to see their work fully realized on stage and is proud to have produced 13 original plays and musicals in our first 10 seasons! 

Three play finalists will be selected from all entries received by June 30, 2014 and given staged readings in the fall of 2014.  

Three musical finalists will be selected from all entries received by August 31, 2014 and given staged readings in the spring of 2015.

Entries must include: a completed, signed and legible Entry Form; a cover letter, stating availability of the author for participation in the process and the performance history of the piece; a one-page synopsis of the play or musical that includes the cast/vocal requirements and scenic needs; and a resume of the playwright and/or composer. 

Entries must be emailed to
In the subject line please put: 12th Annual NJPC and your full name.

Note: Those selected to participate in the next round must submit the play, or librettos and a piano score for the entire show in PDF format. (Audio files are also encouraged but not required.) Interviews with the authors will be arranged as soon as possible after selection.

To download the Entry Form cut and paste this url into your web browser:

For further information about the NJPC, please visit:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Seeking 10-minute plays and short monologues

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New York's Piney Fork Press Theater is seeking submissions for their 2015 winter festival in NYC (now in year 4)!

Ten minute plays and short monologues are being accepted. No fees,  no themes, a few limits, just a great time for all. 

Send scripts to: Need more info? Write to us! Also seeking actors and directors!

Deadline: November 1, 2014

Theater Three Festival of One-Act Plays

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Panowski Playwriting Competition 2014

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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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


The Navigators are now accepting submissions for our first annual LIFT-OFF NEW PLAY SERIES. Please submit one play (either full length or ten-minute) with Science Fiction themes to for consideration.

Deadline: October 1, 2014

Our Mission:

To produce new Science Fiction and Fantasy inspired theater that departs from the traditional theater going experience. We seek to engage new audiences, realize new and daring realities, and expand the boundaries of what theater can achieve by fully exploring these genres on stage. Please check out our website at

Drury University is proud to announce its biennial One-Act Playwriting Competition

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(Two Awarded)
$150 each

Winning plays will be considered for production by Drury University.

For further information please contact Dr. Mick Sokol (417) 873-6821 or


1. The competition is open to all playwrights.

2. Scripts are to be original, unpublished and unproduced. Staged readings or workshop productions will not disqualify a script. Musicals, monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, film scripts, and television scripts are ineligible.

3. Preference will be given to small cast, one-set shows with running times of no less than 20 minutes and no more than 45 minutes.

4. No more than one script can be submitted from a playwright.

5. All scripts are to be typewritten and firmly bound.

6. Scripts cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped
envelope with sufficient postage. For confirmation of receipt, include a self-addressed stamped postcard. For results of your script, please include a self-addressed stamped
#10 business envelope or a current e-mail address.

7. No written or verbal critiques will be tendered.

8. The decision of the judges is final. Drury University reserves the right to produce any of the winning plays royalty-free during our 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 seasons, to withhold production, and to modify cash awards as deemed necessary by the judges.

9. Drury University does not assume any responsibility for the loss, damage, or return of scripts. All reasonable care will be taken.

10. Deadline for entries is a postmark of December 1, 2014.

11. Winners will be notified by mail no later than April 1, 2015.

Address scripts to:
Drury University One-Act Playwriting Competition
c/o Mick Sokol, Associate Professor of Theatre
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Actors Theatre of Louisville 2015 NATIONAL TEN-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

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Established in 1989, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest remains one of the most enduring and significant means by which the literary staff at Actors Theatre of Louisville connects with American playwrights and is introduced to vibrant new voices for the stage.

We will accept submissions for the 2015 National Ten-Minute Play Contest from September 1 – November 1, 2014 (postmark dates).

Established in 1989, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest remains one of the most enduring and significant means by which the literary staff at Actors Theatre of Louisville connects with American playwrights and is introduced to vibrant new voices for the stage. We consider all submissions for the Heideman Award—a $1,000 cash prize given out each January—as well as for production in the Apprentice/Intern Tens and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

An annual event that takes place in January, the A/I Tens consist of a bill of 8-10 world premiere ten-minute plays, fully produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville and performed by our Apprentice Company of young actors.

Contest Guidelines:
- Scripts should be submitted between September 1-November 1 (postmark dates).
- Characters in submitted plays should be in the age range 18-28.
- Each script must be no more than ten pages long. (We start counting pages after the title page and character list, if applicable.) Title page must include the playwright’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Each manuscript must be typed and individually bound or stapled.
- Each playwright may submit only one script—send us your best!
- Previously submitted plays, plays that have received an Equity production, musicals, children’s shows, and any unsolicited longer one-act or full-length plays are not accepted and will not be returned nor receive a response. Plays that have received Equity waiver showcase productions are eligible. Playwrights must be citizens or permanent residents of the USA.
- We are unable to accept electronic submissions. Please mail submissions to: National Ten-Minute Play Contest, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202-4218.
- Submissions are limited to the first 500 scripts we receive each year. If your play is received after we’ve hit the 500-script mark, you will be notified. Entries will be acknowledged by postcard in December. Playwrights will be notified of their finalist or non-finalist status the following summer. No scripts will be returned.
- The volume of scripts submitted hampers our ability to comment individually on each work, so we do not offer criticism.
- All ten-minute plays will be considered for the Heideman Award ($1000)*, as well as for production in the Apprentice/Intern Tens and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

*The Heideman Award was established in 1979. Made possible by the late Ted Heideman, a Louisvillian, the $1,000 cash prize is bestowed annually upon the winner of the National Ten-Minute Play Contest (1990 – present).

The LSU Department of Theatre presents Outworks 2015, a festival of one-act plays with LGBTQ themes

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Deadline for Submission: November 17, 2015 

Award: $150 and production videotape

The Louisiana State University Department of Theatre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 10th annual Outworks festival. A part of the LSU Theatre Lab Season, Outworks 2015 continues our commitment to producing new one-act plays that explore topics in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer (LGBTQ) experiences.

To celebrate this special anniversary of a decade of new LGBTQ theatre, your task is to submit an original ten minute play that incorporates any variation on the theme of the number ten (10). Some superstring theories cite the existence of ten spacetime dimensions. Hindu and Judeo-Christian religions find great significance in the number ten in teaching spiritual lessons. The number ten is both an anchor and a way to see what comes next, particularly in mathematics. It is linked to change, energy, and manifestation in numerology. Music, sports and finance use tens for chords, scoring, and accounting. For our tenth year anniversary we are asking that your submissions reflect on any variation of the number ten (10) as we at Outworks 2015 are looking forward to the next ten years and beyond of LGBTQ dramatic works.

Outworks 2015 Submission Guidelines:
● Submissions must be the author's own original, unpublished work. Each

entry shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold LSU, its officers, and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.

● We are accepting one-act plays, ten (10) to twenty (20) minutes in length. ● Scripts must be LGBTQ-themed, reflecting the 2015 festival theme of the

number ten.
● Only one (1) script may be submitted per playwright.
● Title page must be in same document as the play script.
● All submission must be sent, formatted for Microsoft Word or as a PDF, via e-mail to with the phrase Outworks 2015 with your last name (e.g., Outworks 2015 Doe) in the subject line.

● Deadline is November 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM.
● Scheduled production dates are April 28 - May 3, 2015.

Submissions will be read and scored by a faculty/student committee. The committee will select six plays. These playwrights will receive $150 in monetary compensation, each play selected will be guaranteed three staged performances, and each playwright will receive a video of his/her production. Playwrights wishing to attend the festival are responsible for all travel expenses.

The LSU Theatre Lab season retains all rights and privileges concerning casting, production, and programming for Outworks. LSU Theatre reserves the right to:

● Reproduce as many copies of the play as are necessary for distribution to the judges and participants in the production.

● Videotape the performance for archival purposes.
● Use the title, author's name and images from the production for publicity purposes related to the Outworks Festival.

The final play list will be announced January 2015 on the LSU Theatre Department website. Those playwrights will also be notified individually.
Please send any inquiries to

Thank you for celebrating 10 years of Outworks with us! Alexis M. Skinner, Outworks Festival Coordinator

About the LSU Theatre Lab Season:

The LSU Theatre Lab season, produced by the Louisiana State University Department of Theatre, offers audiences an “alternative” theatrical experience. Providing a diverse and exciting schedule, the LSU Theatre Lab Season highlights the tremendous talents of the LSU graduate and undergraduate students (B.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D.) both on and behind the stage.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Edgemar Center for the Arts Submission Guidelines

The Edgemar Center for the Arts is seeking one-act and full-length plays for our upcoming 2015 season. The Edgemar has developed and premiered works like Dale Stamos Griffith’s One White Crow and Terry Jastrow’s Jane Fonda in the Court of Public Opinion starring Anne Archer.

We accept submissions by mail at:

Attn: Literary Dept.
2437 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Electronic submissions are also accepted at in PDF format.

Raíces Theatre Company’s 1st Annual One Act Play Festival

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Calling all Latino Playwrights to submit to Desde El Puente, Raíces Theatre Company’s 1st Annual One Act Play Festival. Ten plays will be chosen to have a 4 day run from June 11 to June 14 2015 in Buffalo, NY.

Please read our submissions guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not follow our guidelines will not be taken seriously.

Playwrights: May submit a maximum of 2 One Act Plays no longer than 10 minutes, if you find yourselves with more than 10 pages on hand ( or less) please read it aloud and time it. All plays must have a cast no larger than 6 characters and minimal set requirements as there is no time for elaborate set changes. All plays must deal with subject matter that relates to the Latino culture. If selected your play will be cast, produced and directed by Raíces Theatre Company. All plays will run every night. Selected plays will receive at $20 royalty. Please email your submissions to play to in standard format WORD or PDF. Subject line should have your name and title of the play. Body of email should contain your contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number and email)

Deadlines: All submissions must have arrived before December 31st, 2014. An email confirmation will be sent to you when we receive your play. If we select your play for the festival we will notify you no later than April 31st, 2015. Please do not email us asking for status, if you are selected you will be notified. Please note that Plays will be read as they come so the earlier you submit your play the better, once we have 10 that we like we reserve the right to close the submissions before the dateline.

We look forward to reading your work!

For more information about Raíces please visit us at

Monday, August 18, 2014

Small Fish Radio seeks radio plays

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The deadline is the stroke of midnight, September 15, 2014.

Our second annual Horror Show will be recorded LIVE  at Chicago Dramatists on October 26, 2014.

Vampires, Witches, Monsters, and Zombies welcome.

Please send your submissions to:

Please follow the guidelines listed below.

Radio Play categories by running time:
  • 6-10 Minute Radio Play (maximum 10 minutes)
  • Short Story and Poetry running times:
  • Short Story - no more than 5 minutes in length. 
  • Poetry - no more than 1-2 minutes in length.

Script Guidelines:

Five Actors or Less – This does not mean five characters or less, it simply means
your play must be able to be performed by a maximum of five actors.

NO STAGE DIRECTIONS – While this may seem obvious given our “radio”
format, it is important to remember that your play is conveyed through the dialogue,
music, and sound effects.

Theme/Genre – Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium encourages imaginative plays that transport the listener. Whimsy, fantasy (other than Sci-Fi), fable, fairy tale, melodrama, mystery are among the types of radio plays we look for.

Short Stories and Poetry –
 We accept short stories and poetry in written form (PDF preferred).

Please do not submit recorded radio plays, stories or music.

We are not accepting produced radio plays.

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS ARE FINE (as long as you follow the guidelines)!

Small Fish Radio Theatre presents curated programs of original theatre, storytelling, poetry, and music. Hosts Herzovi and Green serve up our latest catch from emerging playwrights, poets, and other artists with a different theme each episode. To listen to our latest program, you may download the FREE podcast from iTunes and listen at your  leisure, or go to our home page to listen there.

First Laugh One-Act Play Festival

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First Laugh returns to Piccolo Theatre in February 2015! This two-weekend festival of one-act plays premieres the original work of local and regional playwrights, and joins comedy writing and performance to answer the question, “What was your first laugh?” This juried festival will feature a fantastic prize awarded to the audience favorite. The festival’s second weekend will showcase Gregory Luick, grand prizewinner of First Laugh 2014 by presenting his full-length play Work In Progress. Join us as we explore the unique origins of what people find funny.

Submission Guidelines
Incomplete submissions cannot be considered until are materials received.

To be considered for entry into the festival, playwrights must provide:
  • 1 one-act script inspired by the first thing you found funny, no longer than 25-minutes in length
  • 1 vision statement detailing the script’s usage of the theme “The first thing I found funny.”
  • 1 synopsis of the one-act script
  • 1 ground plan and scenic design conducive to sharing the playing space with two other companies
  • (please contact Tony Lawry for a pdf of the playing space)
If your play is selected for the festival, we will notify you by email; we then will require a $50 production deposit, which will be held and returned to you after the festival is over.

Playwrights must also include:
  • A production team, director, and actors. (Piccolo cannot provide artistic staff for your one-act)
  • A production contact list of cast and crewmembers including name, phone number, and email address.
  • A list of cast and crewmember program bios (each bio must be no more than 100 words in length)

How to Submit:
For email submissions, please send PDF files of all materials to Tony Lawry at, Subject Line the play’s title, by no later than September 12, 2014

For postal submissions, mail to:
Piccolo Theatre
c/o Tony Lawry, One Act Festival
600 Main Street
Evanston, IL 60202

Must be postmarked by September 12, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MITF Starts New Season with Sept. Short Play Lab - Cash Prizes

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

Whether you've thought about doing a short play in New York but have never tried, or if you're a regular at such events around town, please give a thought to producing a show in the September Short Play Lab. Not only do you rub shoulders with your fellow short-playwrights, but you get to showcase your work to people you don't know yet. (Our Labs are always well-attended, and they can lead to other festivals and events that we produce, such as the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival and the Midtown International Theatre Festival.) The rules are easy-peasy:
Deadline is Sept. 7. 

Notification will be soon after submission, depending on number of submissions. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto!
Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with your contact info (only means of contact is by email).
Submit scripts in MS-Word.
You produce the play whether or not you live in New York. The SPL provides the theatre. This Lab will take place at Roy Arias Studios, 300 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10018.
Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)
Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table. You can't leave your stuff in the theatre overnight.
We provide a board op, box office, and venue management.
There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door.
Tickets are $20. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. 

There are no other comps.
There will be a tech rehearsal in the daytime on Saturday, Sept. 20. The production dates are Saturday, Sept. 20 - Sunday, Sept. 21.
Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun. Each play will be part of 1 of 2 programs: Program A or Program B, but not both. Program A takes place at 7 pm Sat. and 4 pm Sun. Program B takes place at 9 pm Sat. and 2 pm Sun.
We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up.
THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $75. Winners are determined by polling patrons after the performance. We reserve the right to break ties.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions.

The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.

To submit a script, send it as an attachment, in Word format, to Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!


John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

North By South Theatre Los Angeles is now accepting submissions for its 2014 Winter Rites Festival

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We are looking for a series of companion pieces, written by one playwright, that speak to the spirit of the holidays, however you define them. Do you have one or two one-acts that deal with the holidays? A series of short plays or ten minutes? Then we want to read them! Don't have the plays yet but you've got a great idea? We want to read your pitch! Any and all styles and genres are open for consideration, we just want the best possible story.

We're looking to put together an ensemble evening for two-four actors, but we're flexible on casting for the right idea.

Deadline: September 1, 2014

Please send your submissions to:
Jeremiah Munsey
Literary Manager
North By South Theatre Los Angeles

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Kings Head Theatre: FLOURISH - the new opera competition

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Now in its third year, Flourish is a new opera competition, launched by Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose in association with Eclectic Opera.


The competition aims to provide a platform for emerging and established composers and librettists, and to raise awareness of the wealth of contemporary opera being written.

A panel of industry judges choose a winner from five short-listed operas at a showcase performance. The team behind the winning opera then have a year to develop the piece, culminating in a full-length production, produced by OperaUpClose for a seven-performance season over four weeks in autumn the following year.

Submissions are now open for the 2014 competition. Composers and librettists are invited to submit up to 20 minutes worth of material of a new opera for up to seven performers (both musicians and singers are included in this seven). The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 17 August 2014. For more information, please read the Information Sheet carefully, which you can download from the link below.

Click here to download the Information Sheet

Click here to download the Application Form

Submissions can be sent via email to or via post to:

Up to five pieces will be shortlisted for a live showcase on Sunday 21 September 2014 where a winner will be selected. You can book tickets for the showcase here.

The winning piece of the 2013 competition is The Blank Canvas composed by Spyros Syrmos, with a libretto by Fay Wrixon, which will be produced by OperaUpClose in autumn 2014. You can book tickets for the production here.

The winner of the 2012 competition was Two Caravans, composed by Guy Harries with a libretto by Ace McCarron, based on the novel by Marina Lewycka.
For further information please email or call 020 7226 8561

OperaUpClose is known for work that is large in ambition and small in scale, and the parameters of Flourish reflect this. Composers and librettists are invited to write a piece for up to seven performers (divided between singers and instrumentalists as they wish). The winning opera will be provided with a budget for these six performers, a director, designers, stage management and marketing, in accordance with OperaUpClose and the King's Head Theatre's in-house Equity Agreement. OperaUpClose will also provide a producer and extensive creative support for the project.


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With its roots in the McCarthy Era Blacklisiting, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum has provided a home in Southern California for professional Shakespeare and the classics in its scenic, outdoor amphitheatre in rustic Topanga Canyon for over 40 years.

Theatricum is also committed to furthering new works and new voices in theatre through Botanicum Seedlings. Playwrights are invited to submit samples of full length works of any genre for this development series, which acts as an adjunct to Theatricum’s Summer Repertory Season.

The submission window is September 1 - December 1 annually. Works received during this period will be considered for development and production during the following year.

Opportunities through Botanicum Seedlings include Playreadings, Play Festivals, private GreenReads (for a fresh look at early drafts) and Playwrights Workshops culminating in developmental GreenReads. Since its creation in 2002, the
program has supported well over 100 new plays.
The goals of Botanicum Seedlings are:
 to maintain focus on the needs of the playwright in regard to a play’s growth;
 to foster relationships with emerging playwrights around the globe;
 to act as an advocate whenever appropriate in recommending plays to other companies;
 to establish Theatricum Botanicum as a guiding force in the development of original material; and
 to provide a nurturing environment in which Theatricum company members can expand and stretch in new directions as actors as well as directors, writers and dramaturgs.

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

Submissions may also be considered for production as part of Theatricum Botanicum’s Summer Repertory Season.

Please note that the theatre very rarely includes new works in its season; both of our performance spaces are outdoor amphitheatres in a natural setting.

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

If electronic submission is not possible, send complete plays, musicals and accompanying materials to
Botanicum Seedlings
c/o Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum,
P.O. Box 1222
Topanga, CA 90290. 
All materials will be recycled unless special arrangements are made beyond including an SASE.

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

For more information on Seedlings writing workshops, private dramaturgy and other Theatricum events and programs,

visit or contact The business office can be reached at (310) 455-2322.

Thank you in advance for your submission, and for your patience if our response is delayed.

Jennie Webb Kimberly Shelby-Syszko
Seedlings Program Director Seedlings Literary Manager

Acadia University Theatre Company’s 22nd Annual International MiniFest

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We are looking for fresh new plays from new or experienced playwrights to stage at Acadia University Theatre Company’s 22nd Annual International MiniFest. This is a student-run festival coming up soon and would provide an excellent opportunity for playwrights to see their one act plays performed!

If you would be willing to pass this opportunity along to anyone you feel would be interested, we would be happy to consider them for our festival.
For submission guidelines, please visit
Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 15th, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014


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This is the ninth year of premiered staged readings of three winning one-act plays in showcase at the Brick Box Theatre housed in the beautiful Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland, Vermont. Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre is in its tenth season. The NorEastern Contest winners will receive an intense day and a half’s work on each play, and two evenings of Showcasing as well as three nights lodging. The NorEastern Showcase rehearsal and performance dates for this year will be May 14, 15 & 16, 2015. First, each script goes through a rigorous screening process with panels of readers. The scripts with the highest scores are submitted to a second panel, and then the finalists are read by a single reader who selects the three scripts to be showcased.

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

Deadline: November 15, 2014 
Plays may again be submitted as of August 15, 2015.

This year’s winners will be in workshop and showcase May 14 (workshop), May 15 (workshop & showcase) and May 16 (professional review and discussion & showcase)

2015 Guidelines

This contest is open to playwrights of all ages and experience who are residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

· One-act plays must be readable in the showcase in 30 to 45 minutes. Readers are instructed to disqualify plays that are, or appear to be, longer.

· Submissions must be original, unpublished, one-act plays. Plays that have had staged readings or productions may be submitted, however, plays that have received Vermont productions or readings or have been published may not.

· Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

· Individual playwrights may submit a maximum of two (2) entries per year.

· The author will maintain all literary rights to his or her own material.

· All submissions are judged blind. We require four (4) bound copies with four (4) cover pages: All four (4) with the title of the play, BUT ONLY ONE with the author’s name, address, E-mail & phone numbers. Electronic copies will not be accepted due to the costs of printing.

· If you would like your scripts returned, you MUST include an S.A.S. mailing envelope covering the FULL return mailing costs with your submission. If no S.A.S.E. is included, your scripts will be recycled.

· Plays must be processed, page numbered, and securely bound in an ably bound soft cover, in standard professional play format. Write to Samuel French Inc., 45 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10010-2751 for their format guidelines, or copy them from on line.

· All submissions will be handled with care. However, Vermont Actors Repertory Theatre assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

· Submission fees: Following the guidelines of the Dramatists Guild of America there is no entry fee.

· Mail four (4) copies of your script(s) to: 

Nor’Eastern Play Writing Contest, 
Vermont Actors Repertory Theatre, 
PO Box 580, 
Rutland, Vermont 05702-0580. 

Deadline for submissions is postmarked by November 15, 2014, notification of winners will be on or about March 5, 2015 and the staged readings in Showcase will be in May 14,15 & 16, 2015, with winning playwrights expected to attend.

Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival call for scripts

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Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival (NIF) is an annual, three-week juried festival of new plays, works-in-progress and experimental theatre. Each week a different program of up to four plays, as well as a workshopped reading on Saturday at noon, is presented. The 2015 festival, NIF’s 27th season, will run from March 11 to 29, 2015.

NIF offers dramaturgical support, rehearsal and production space, technical support, access to Alumnae Theatre’s costume and props collections, publicity and sold-out houses.

We are now accepting scripts and proposals for the 2015 festival. The deadline for submissions is September 5, 2014; September 15 for Alumnae members. We invite you to submit your own play or pass this information along to a playwright you think may be interested. Note that there is no submission fee this year.

Submission guidelines
Scripts or proposals should be submitted electronically in PDF or Word format to

Scripts must be original works that have not been previously performed outside of a workshop. They may be in any genre or style, with a running time of 10 to 40 minutes; one act of a full-length play may also be accepted for production. Submissions longer than 40 minutes will only be considered for a reading, which will showcase the script development done over the rehearsal period.

Please include a cover page with the script/proposal, providing the play title, a list and description of characters (including age), and a short play synopsis. Send a separate contact page with the play title, playwright’s name and contact information, and a short bio (75 words or less). NIF does not provide feedback on submissions or return scripts.

NIF will confirm receipt of submissions within two weeks, and scripts/proposals will be sent to the NIF reading committee. The 2015 festival lineup will be announced in early November, followed by cold reads of all chosen plays in early December.

Preference will be given to scripts that include challenging roles for women of all ages. NIF welcomes voices from diverse communities.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Strange Sun Theater, The Greenhouse Project seeks submissions

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The Strange Sun Greenhouse will be accepting play submissions from June 1 through September 15, 2014.

for the 2014 submission cycle: All submissions must be written by women, and the playwright must be amenable to a female director.

Strange Sun’s goal is to create magical theater, but we know that magic can be elusive, and often takes time and care to manifest. The Greenhouse was created to give theater artists the resources they need to coax the magic from their work, and nurture and grow the seeds of their artistic vision.

Part of our mission for creating exciting new theater is to bring the finest theater artists together with dynamic audiences to focus upon our shared humanity, releasing us from the ordinary and igniting us with the power of possibility. “Possibility” is an exciting word, one that theater artists engage with every time a writer sits down to a blank page, a director picks up a script for the first time, or an actor walks into their first rehearsal. It is ever-present when the lights dim and an audience takes the journey of a new play.

Our aim is to engage with artists throughout this entire process. Each 2 year Greenhouse cycle begins with a theme we feel can inspire dialogue amongst artist, audience and community. The Greenhouse will be open to submissions yearly, and throughout the course of each theatrical season we will be working with plays in different cycles of the Greenhouse process.

  • Subject line should read: THE GREENHOUSE SUBMISSION
  • Each script should be accompanied by a short synopsis within the body of the email as well as author's information. Please let us know if you have a director already attached to the project.
  • We may not be able to respond to each submission we receive, but thank you for your time and work!
Please read the description of our entire Greenhouse process before submitting

Decisions will be made by November 1st, 2014


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International search for plays written for teens to perform

Milken Community Schools is excited to announce the creation of a major international playwriting prize for plays written to be performed by teenagers.  The prize includes a cash award of $2,000, a script development process, and a full production of the play. A professional dramaturg will assist the playwright and provide readings as needed during the rewriting process. The winner will be promoted to theatres and high schools internationally.

This much-needed award encourages the writing of plays meant for teenagers to perform. High schools, unlike theatres, are constantly looking for large-cast plays with a majority of female actors. Although a variety of grants currently exist for both plays written for adults to perform and plays created by children, the Milken Playwriting Prize is for plays written to be performed by teens.  

“This is a wonderful opportunity for playwrights,” says Milken Playwriting Prize Director Robert Menna . “Our hope is that an increasing number of writers will focus on plays for younger performers. It’s also a chance for writers to challenge themselves in a new way, with the assurance of a professional-level development process and a full production."

SUBMISSION POLICY:  Professional playwrights and authors are especially encouraged to submit. There is no entry fee. The plays must be unproduced and unpublished, have casts larger than 10, use a majority of female actors, and be between 30 and 90 minutes in length. Other parameters can be found on the Milken Playwriting Prize web page:

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:   September 15, 2014 .
Prize announced: January, 2015
Development process:  through April, 2015
Production opens:  November, 2015 

Robert Menna , Director of the Milken Playwriting Prize, has extensive experience working with playwrights. He served as Dramaturg/Literary Manager at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, founded the Seattle Playwrights Alliance, and worked as co-director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. He has written and directed dozens of plays, working with noted writers and receiving a commission from the Denver Center to adapt Newbery Award Winner Avi’s The End of the Beginning  . As an educator, Menna taught in the MFA Acting Program at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver as well as in various high schools.  For more than eight years, he has taught at Milken Community Schools. He has also co-directed the Denver Center's Living History program, which reached more than 10,000 high school students annually with its mix of theatre, history, ethics and literature. He holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington. 

About Milken Community Schools

Milken Community Schools is one of the largest Jewish, independent, co-educational schools in the country. Serving grades 7-12, Milken is a place of rigorous academic exploration and intellectual inquiry built on a foundation of spiritual and ethical practice, developing students with sharp minds, generous hearts, and kind souls. The school’s 10-acre campus is located in the Santa Monica Mountains along the Mulholland Corridor.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Centre Stage seeks full-length plays

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  • We are searching for commercially viable comedies and dramas with innovative storytelling that deal with important social issues.
  • We accept only previously unproduced comedies and dramas with a running time of one hour and fifteen minutes to two hours.
  • Playwrights may submit only one play per year.
  • Plays that have received prior readings and development will receive favorable consideration.
  • We do not accept musicals or plays for youth.
  • Plays with excessive violence or profanity will receive limited consideration.
  • Cast size is limited to six.
  • Plays that utilize double (or triple or quadruple…) casting should use this technique for a dramaturgical reason. Double casting should not be an attempt to make a play with a large cast fit the guidelines.
  • Providing playwrights with the highest quality actors is a priority. Plays that can be effectively cast within our market will be considered favorably.
  • Playwrights are encouraged to submit plays that require minimal technical elements and are suited to our thrust stage. Please view the seating chart or our Theatre Accessibility page for images of the theatre.
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Hard copies will be read by at least two readers. However, the following will be rejected:
  • Screenplays or teleplays submitted as theatrical plays
  • Obvious first drafts 
  • Plays with typos and spelling errors
  • Plays that are not formatted according to industry standards
  • Plays that require costly design elements

Submission Process

Mail the UNBOUND full text of the play along with the following required materials by February 1st to:
New Play Festival Literary Manager, Centre Stage
P.O. Box 8451, Greenville, SC 29604

Do not include return postage. Plays that are not accepted into the festival will be recycled. Submissions received after February 1 will be considered for next year’s festival. Semifinalists will be contacted by early June. Finalists will be contacted and posted to our website in early July.

Playwrights accepted into the festival will receive travel and lodging as well as one-on-one time with the playwright-in-residence. Each play will receive at least three rehearsals with a professional director and actors.

If you are wondering if your play is a good match for Centre Stage or if you have any questions about the festival, please do not hesitate to send an inquiry to
  • A full description/synopsis of the story including stylistic and thematic content. This description is not a teaser or publicity blurb; it should be approximately half a page long and include all major plot elements including the climax.
  • The complete casting requirements (limited to six actors)
  • The development history of the play (if any)
  • A brief bio (please be assured that past professional experience is not required)
  • Full contact information, including phone number and email address.

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By George Kelly

Directed by Jesse Marchese

Mint Theater - 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor (between 8th & 9th Avenues)

After 28 years of marriage, Ollie Espenshade is still an incurable romantic (her fatal weakness). Perhaps discovering that her husband is a lying cheat will cure her?

"So fresh in its observations, three-dimensional in its characters and human in its humor that it emerges as the first important new comedy of the season." - The New York Post, 1946

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT - August 19 through October 12
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*Special Wednesday Matinee: September 10 at 2pm
*No Performances: Tuesday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 16

$49.50 (reg. $55) for performances 8/19 – 9/14**
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


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The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library).

Application Deadline: September 26, 2014, 5 p.m. ESTNotification: March 2015

Award Period: September 8, 2015 - May 27, 2016

Stipend: $70,000

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. It aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the very highest level — within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows’ published work.

Candidates who need to work primarily in The New York Public Library’s other research centers — The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Science, Industry and Business Library — are not eligible for this fellowship.

In order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers does not accept applications from New York Public Library staff members or their partners, or from people active on the Library’s Board of Trustees, Board Advisory Committees, or Library Council.

Please visit for detailed information about the collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center, on the project for which they applied, for the duration of the fellowship term. Fellows may have a few prior brief commitments, but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements, and may not accept other major work obligations during the course of this fellowship. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Director or Deputy Director in advance. The Library will pro-rate stipends for Fellows who spend too much time away from the Center.

Fellowships will not be granted to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.

The Cullman Center will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation.
Fellows must be conversant in English.

Completed applications and supporting materials — research proposal, Curriculum Vitae, letters of recommendation, and art work sample or creative writing sample — must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on September 26, 2014.

New York Public Library staff members are not able to make corrections or additions once applications are submitted.

Secret Theatre’s play festival Act One: One Act is now accepting submissions

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The Secret Theatre’s play festival Act One: One Act is now accepting submissions for its performances in October 2014.

Act One: One Act is a competition style, one-act play festival produced by The Secret Theatre. Prizes will be offered in the following categories: Best Play ($100 Prize), Best Director ($100 Prize), Best Actor ($50 Prize), and Best Actress ($50 Prize). In addition to cash prizes, those plays in the final round will be offered a chance to be non-exclusively published in an anthology of winning plays by The Secret Theatre.

Plays advance to the final round through secret audience votes. Final voting will be done by a panel of judges scoring 50% of the vote with audience votes scoring the other 50%. Winners will be announced and awarded on the last night of the festival during the closing night party hosted by The Secret Theatre.

Scripts are due by 25 August at 5:00 PM. Scripts may be sent to in PDF format ONLY

There is no submission or acceptance fee.

Plays for the festival will be chosen by 30 August.

One Acts:
  • Will be guaranteed 4 performances each
  • Chosen playwrights MUST provide their own director and cast
  • Can be on any theme and in any style
  • Can use 6 actors or less
  • MUST be 15 minutes or less 
  • Will receive free rehearsal space at the theatre’s discretion and discounted space at $10/hr during peak hours
  • Cannot bring in a set (a standard setting including 4 chairs, one cafe table and 2 rehearsal cubes will be provided)
  • Can store small props and costumes if kept in boxes or totes in good condition
  • Will be given a tech cue-to-cue in the space on either September 29, 30 or October 1
October 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 at 8:00 PM and October 5 & 12 at 7:00 PM with those plays advancing to the final round performing October 18 at 8:00 PM

The Secret Theatre | 4402 23rd St | LIC/Court Square | 718 392 0722

The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest

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Exit 7 Players is seeking submissions for The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest, performing in February 2015. The contest producers are Janine and Jeffrey Flood (co-producers, the LabWorks 15-Minute New Play Contest 2010-2013, Valley Repertory Company) and Rebecca Johnson (co-producer, Les Miserables, Exit 7 Players).

The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest will produce short plays by twelve playwrights in an exciting audience-participation format, awarding two winning writers a prize of $150 each.

Submission Process

You may submit either one or two plays. Please use the following process to enter the contest. Read all requirements carefully so as to be considered.

1. Format your script using no smaller than 12-point type. Use 1” margins on top, bottom, and sides. Please number your pages. (Click Sample Script Format to see a properly formatted page.)

2. Page one should start with the title of the play at the top of the page (as seen on the Sample Script Format). If you consider your play to be a comedy, please follow the title with “A Comedy”. If you do NOT consider your play to be a comedy, follow the title with “A Drama”. And yes, you must label your play as either one or the other.

3. Your play must be limited to 15 pages total. Any script 16 pages or longer will be rejected.

4. The plays we produce are chosen blind, so do not include ANY author information on the script itself. The contest Play Selection Committee does not see any playwrights’ names until the final selections for production have been made. Therefore, if you put your name on the script so that a member of the Committee sees it, it will be rejected. A company member who is not on the Play Selection Committee keeps the playwright contact info until the final 12 plays are selected for production.

5. Save your script(s) in .pdf format. You can submit your script(s) until Saturday, September 13th, 2014 via the form found in the link. Do not attempt to submit the script in any other format or to any other destination. Snail mail submissions are NOT being accepted.

Submission Restrictions

Please read the following carefully so that your script can be given due consideration:

1. Playwrights can submit 2 plays, but only 1 play per writer will be produced. Members of Exit 7 Players are eligible to submit to the contest, but if their script is chosen as one of the 12 semifinalists, they will be prohibited from working on the production of the contest in any capacity.

2. Scripts should require 2 to 5 actors. Please note that a play can include more than 5 characters, as long as they can be played by 2 to 5 actors. Scripts requiring more than 5 actors will be rejected. 

3. We will not consider one-man or one-woman shows, musicals, or children’s theatre.

4. Entries must be original plays. Scripts may be co-authored, based on factual  material, or an adaptation. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

5. We will consider unproduced works as well as plays that have been previously produced, so long as their first date of production was on, or after, June 15th of 2013.

6. Submissions are restricted to plays that have not been published in any form, and they must be royalty-free to Exit 7 for this contest.

7. We’re seeking plays, not skits or sketches. Plays should have a beginning, a middle, and an end (though not necessarily in that order) and feature character development. Above all, make the script compelling.

8. Exit 7 is a community theatre. If we foresee difficulty producing a play due to unusual script requirements, the play may be rejected.

9. While Exit 7 is a family-friendly theatre, adult content is acceptable. Profanity, if it is fully justified by the script and for the character, will not be cause for outright rejection; however, profanity is no replacement for good writing. We will reject any script that requires nudity.

10. Keep set, lighting, sound, costume, and prop requirements to a minimum. The contest will feature 6 plays per night, with quick changeovers. A script with complex technical requirements could lead to its rejection.

Play Selection Process and Contest Format

1. Plays which do not meet submission requirements will be disqualified. A play selection committee of five Exit 7 members will read those plays which meet the submission requirements.

2. The play reading committee will select 12 plays for competition: 6 comedies and 6 dramas. Six plays will be presented on the first semifinals night (3 dramas and 3 comedies) and six plays on the second (again, 3 dramas and 3 comedies).

3. An audience vote on each semifinals night will select the finalists—four dramas and four comedies. The audience of the finals night will select a winner in the drama category and a winner in the comedy category, who will receive a prize of $150 each. A detailed explanation of the performance format and of the audience voting system will be made available to the playwrights whose plays are chosen as semifinalists.

Additional Information
1. By submitting your script you are agreeing to the following:
a. You have read, understand, and agree to all of the contest rules and guidelines as detailed on Exit 7’s website.

b. You understand that Exit 7 reserves the right to change any contest rules as needed (but we will attempt to keep any such changes to a minimum).

c. You attest that your submission is an original piece, and that you are the author of said submission.

d. You attest that your play has not had a production prior to June 15, 2013.

e. You understand that Exit 7 reserves the right to reject any submission for reasons including, but not limited to, length, quality, content, or for otherwise not meeting submission requirements.

f. You give Exit 7 non-exclusive permission to perform your play as part of The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest free of any royalties, as well as to record any performance of your play for archival purposes (not for resale or profit).
2. No playwright revisions will be accepted once a script has been submitted; Exit 7 reserves the right to request changes to any script, but none will be made without playwright consent.

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

4. Exit 7 will post the names of the semifinalists and their plays on its website and Facebook page once the selections have been made.

5. We will promote your play, but you should too.

6. Complimentary tickets will be made available to participating playwrights; those playwrights will be informed of our comp policy at a future date.

7. Playwrights must agree to allow Exit 7 to record their plays for archival purposes (not for resale or profit). A DVD copy of your play only will be copied for all semifinalist playwrights. You may use the footage of your play for self-promotion purposes, e.g. on your own website, if desired.

A Final Note

We are expecting literally hundreds of submissions…so make your plays compelling from the very first line of dialogue!

Audiences will choose the two prize winning plays from only 12 semifinalists, so once you’re in the contest, your chances are pretty good…the tough part is getting a play into the semifinals. Write a great script that grabs us, makes us laugh or makes us think, or both. Good luck! Keep an eye out for announcements on, and “Like” Exit 7 Players Theater on Facebook.

Monday, August 11, 2014

2015 Y.E.S. Festival seeks full-length plays

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Northern Kentucky University is seeking full-length plays and musicals for its 2015 Y.E.S. Festival.

1. Scripts must be standard sized, legibly typed, and bound. Standard Dramatist Guild form is preferred.

2. Submissions (ONE per playwright) must be full-length and should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.

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

4. Scripts are not returnable (unless specifically requested and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope).

5. Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish the project director to acknowledge receipt of your script.

6. All rights must be fully owned by the author.

7. No children's theatre, one-acts, or reader's theatre pieces will be considered. Adapations will be considered only if the adapted work is in the public domain.

8. In deciding which play to subit, a writer should know our actors will be students ranging in age from 17-30. Some faculty members or guest artists may be available for the festival. However, a play with especially strong demands for mature character roles would not be as likely for selection as one of equal quality with roles for young adults.

9. Musicals with small orchestra demands will be considered. Musicals should be submitted only if a vocal score and piano conductor score is available.

10. A Y.E.S. entry form must accompany a submitted script.

11. Scripts may be submitted from May 1 until September 30, 2014 to this address:

Northern Kentucky University
Sandra Forman, Project Director
NKU Y.E.S. Festival of New Plays
Department of Theatre and Dance
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

12. Selections will be made and winners nortified no later than December 31, 2014. Returnable scripts will be mailed back after the winners have been notified.

13. An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to each selected playwright as well as travel expenses and housing while attending the festival.

14. It is important that selected playwrights be available to visit the festival about a week before opening so their visit can be arranged to include late rehearsals and the premiere of their play. Festival dates are Aprili 16-26, 2015. The visiting dates are at the discretion of the festival. Playwrights and the directors of their plays will participate in one post-shouw question-and-answer session with the audience.

15. In audition to the three plays selected for full productions, one script may be selected for a staged reading during the festival. The playwright of this script will also be brought in for late rehearsals and opening.

The Seven Dictators Playwriting Competition

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Write a three-act play ranging from 20 to 35 pages using seven dictators that existed/still exist in the 21st Century, in any possible theme you may wish to put/gather them in. The winning plays will be published in a book under the name of the competition title

Seven Dictators Guidelines:

-You can submit your work in two ways:

Either as: An individual writer with your name.

Or as: A theater-acting team, with the team/theater’s name, and the name of the team leader/representative.

Write a play with a three-act structure ranging from 20 to 35 pages using seven characters of dictators that existed/still exist in the 21st Century, in any possible theme you may wish to put/gather them in.

During the play, the playwright is free to be creative in any possible way (no limitations) to create their piece.

The playwright is allowed to add up to three more anonymous characters (not real existing people).

We expect the writers to reflect and discuss problems in our world through the chosen dictators, and anticipate the dictators’ feelings, thoughts and plans. We expect them to discuss problems that might have happened, still existing, and/or will exist.

We expect the script to be unexpected, powerful, philosophical, and artistic, with sophisticated ideas, ideologies, beliefs, and settings. We simply ask you as the playwright to create a masterpiece in the realm of literature, something that was never written before, an invention!

The winning plays will be published in a book under the name of the competition title, and some entries may be performed on stage.
Plays should be submitted by email to:

The deadline for all submissions is January 1, 2015.

We strongly believe in you, we believe in this competition, and we believe you can be super inspired by what happened/happens/might happen in our world.

Seeking short plays about women in history

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365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project is an open writers group that seeks female identifying playwrights who wish to join in our quest to write one acts about 365 women in history.


365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project is an open writers group that seeks female identifying playwrights who wish to join in our quest to write one acts about 365 women in history.

The project will be reaching out to theaters around the country and world for March productions and readings. We will also be seeking opportunities for publication in the coming year.

Plays should not exceed 60 minutes or 60 pages. There will be separate sections of the project: 10 pages and under, 11-20 pages, 20+ pages, 30-60 pages, and musicals. Set and props should lean towards simpler and limit for the characters is 1-8.

Please visit for more information. 

Ask to join the group. Once you are accepted then you may post the name of the woman your play is about. The quota on Caucasian women has been reached, so we are now accepting only plays on women of color.

Deadline is December 31, 2014.
Contact Jess Eisenberg Chamblee at

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Attention political playwrights: Call For Entries Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest 2015

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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 2015 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, 2014. The winner(s) will be publicly announced at the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre in New York City in May of 2015.

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

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Pirate Project

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Everyday Inferno is seeking playwrights and writers interested in contributing to a collaborative project based on the legend of the pirate Alvida. Selected writers may contribute dialogues, poems, journal entries, song lyrics, or other material which will become part of the final theatre piece.

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2014

Compensation: Everyday Inferno Theatre Co. will cover all production costs associated with rehearsing and performing the piece. Writers will retain copyright and full ownership of their individual pieces of writing. No further compensation will be provided.

To Submit material for consideration:
  • Send us a writing sample (up to 2 pages of prose or poetry, or up to 10 pages of dialogue) as a PDF or Word Doc (PDF strongly preferred) 
  • Please use subject line: "Writer Submission - Pirate Project" so we can send your submission to the right place
  • Please indicate in your email if there is an aspect of the project that struck your interest
  • Please include a bio or resume that lists any previous experience with collaborative theatre or devised/ensemble-generated theatre

The Naked Expedition Project (TNEP) is currently accepting submissions

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The Naked Expedition Project (TNEP) is currently accepting submissions for our Monthly Reading Series kicking off this September 2014!

Seeking short plays (15-20 minutes) written by female emerging & pre-emerging playwrights or plays that focus on women, women's issues, femininity, and/or gender. (Male playwrights encouraged to submit as long as the play focuses on women, women's issues, femininity, and/or gender).


Electronic submissions only (PDF format- Attachment)

Please include a brief synopsis, character breakdown, short bio & contact information.

Deadline: August 15, 2014

The mission of The Naked Expedition Project is to challenge the perceptions of women and the underrepresented through the voice of theater and to serve as an advocate for their stories.

Endeavor Ensemble seeks full-length plays

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Endeavor Ensemble is seeking full-length, unproduced new plays for a staged reading and potential full production during the 2014-2015 season.

Endeavor Ensemble strives to close the gap between the development and production of new work, using collaborative dramaturgical development that leads to a guaranteed full production, demonstrating our commitment to the playwrights whose work we select. We are also committed to collaborating with a diverse group of playwrights, actors, directors, and dramaturgs who are able to bring their varied experiences to the work.

We are interested in forming long-term partnerships with emerging playwrights who have strong perspectives, voices, and senses of humor; who are engaged with current events and social issues, both domestically and globally; and who make bold choices in their writing. This can be in the form of an entirely original story, or a new take on a well-known story.

While scripts should be complete drafts, they do not need to be performance-ready, as dramaturgical work is built into this process.

Please email your scripts as a PDF by August 15 to and include a short bio with your contact info.

Thespian Production is seeking full length plays

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Thespian Production is seeking full length plays for its 2015 season of showcases.  Plays should be between 60-90 minutes in length, have no more than twelve characters. We are looking for gospel, comedy, or musical plays (or a combination of all three) . We love producing new and unpublished works but do accept works already produced. Multiple submissions are accepted. Plays should have simple set requirements. Since we are a community theater, plays with excessive vulgar language are less likely to be accepted but will be considered. 

Please include synopsis and contact information. 

Plays will be accepted through September 1, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014


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Develop your never produced before play at Manhattan Rep for a minimum of two performances.


2 performances at Manhattan Rep this Fall (more if you play is selling well.) 

Over 12 hours of rehearsal time on the Manhattan Rep stage 
3 hours tech, 3 hours Dress rehearsal, 
and 6 hours of straight rehearsal time in the theatre (Nights and weekend days.) 

Weekly development discussions with Artistic Director Ken Wolf and MRT Team members, with help with casting, direction, the best way to set up a production from the start, how to make important cuts to your play, how to better structure your play, team building and more. We will personally guide you through the process to a successful production.

If you have written a play and you feel you want some support developing it and bringing it to production, as opposed to being flung onto the stage like at so many NYC festivals, our play development production program is for you!

Space is very limited for this program.
Play Development at Manhattan Rep is by invitation only.

To submit for our Play Development Production program please email:

A brief introduction with detailed information about yourself and your work, the complete draft of your play, a synopsis of the play, the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements,  the playʼs history, (readings, when it was written, etc etc.)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:

as soon as possible (for we are accepting candidates now.)

Please put "FALL PLAY DEVELOPMENT" in the subject heading.

Submissions will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.

The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted into the program. If we fill up all production development positions early on, we will end submissions early.

Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance. 
There is no submission fee.

Once accepted into the program, there is a $300 Refundable Security Deposit which secures the space from damage, and secures an average of 13 audience members per performance for a total of 26 over two performances, and will be returned within a week of your closing date.  


For more information on all of our new development programs

If you have any questions about anything in reference to our new play development program, feel free to write us at:

Submissions are currently being accepted for Heiress Productions 2014 Playwriting Competition!

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Scripts should be full-length and mostly comedic in nature (or with major comedic elements). In addition, the plays should be unpublished and should not have previously been produced in New York City. 

Submissions will be accepted through August 31, 2014. 

The prize for the winning play(s) will be a complete reading in NYC produced by Heiress Productions with the potential of moving on to a full stage production at a later date.

For consideration, please send the following materials to -

1. Cover Letter
2. Synopsis of the play
3. Ten (10) representative pages -
These will be the basis for the first round of consideration. Scripts selected to continue will be read in their entirety by the judging panel.
4. Resume/CV of the playwright(s)

Houston Family Arts Center is looking for a new, unproduced play

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Houston Family Arts Center is looking for a new, unproduced play to premiere as part of its 2015-2016 season.

HFAC produces “family-friendly” plays – not “children’s theatre,” but contemporary or period plays which do not contain strong language or adult themes. Some plays that HFAC has produced that fit into these parameters include "Over The River and Through the Woods" by Joe DiPietro, "A Raisin in the Sun," by Lorraine Hansberry, The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlo"Death by Design" by Rob Urbinai, and "Driving Miss Daisy" by Alfred Uhry.

Please submit a synopsis, character breakdown and 20-page sample to Artistic Director Teri Clark at .

The deadline is November 1, 2014. 

The selected playwright will be brought to Houston for the opening.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

11th Annual Playwrights and Artists Festival Call for Submissions

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When we look at a piece of art each person has a different interpretation of what they see. That is the beauty of art and the challenge to our playwrights. Each year we take three works of art and ask writers to write a play as they are moved or inspired by the artwork. We blind-read the submissions, select the best and produce them. The art is exhibited, we perform the play and ask the audience for feedback. It is our annual mixed media event that draws inquisitive art and theatre lovers to KNOW. Come join us.

Live viewing will be available by appointment only. 
To make an appointment please call 607-724-4341

The pieces are:

1. Barney Ross and the Renaissance or the Art of Boxing: Wayne Claypatch. graphite and colored pencil on paper, 23 x 30 in.


2. Being and Time: Gordon Lee. 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas. 48 x 48 in.


3. Last Creek: Steve Carver. 2013, acrylic & alkyd on masonite. 20 x 29.75 in.


1. Play must be inspired by on of the works of art.
2. Play length is limited to 15-20 minutes maximum (no exceptions).
3. Cast size no greater than 5 characters. Set should be implied.
4. Playwright, if chosen, must be available to attend performances.

Please submit plays to subject should be “playwrights festival submissions”

The deadline for play submissions is August 31 at midnight. 

There will be no exceptions. Plays will then be sent to be adjudicated and those chosen will have some time for tweaking if needed.
Please submit plays to subject should be “playwrights festival submissions”

Please include a front page with name and title (which will be removed upon sending to adjudicators). Please ONLY put your name at the front of the script as we are trying to keep the submissions anonymous for the adjudication process. And please indicate what piece of artwork you were inspired by.