Thursday, April 17, 2014

History Theatre (St. Paul, Minnesota) is accepting proposals and/or completed scripts

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History Theatre (St. Paul, Minnesota) is accepting proposals and/or completed scripts for our Raw Stages New Works Festival in January 2015.   

The Raw Stages New Works Festival is an opportunity for playwrights to workshop a script with a team of professional artists and receive audience feedback at a public reading. 

History Theatre focuses on TRUE stories which have a connection to Minnesota or the Midwest (we do not produce historical fiction).  Playwrights may submit an idea for a script (which has yet to be written) OR an already-completed script. 

One or two entries will be selected for the festival.  Playwrights will be awarded $1,500 and at the conclusion of the festival their script may be considered for a full commission and production in History Theatre's mainstage season. 

Playwrights should submit:
-       One-page treatment which includes plot synopsis, cast of characters, and a statement of why you believe the play would fit History Theatre's mission.  
-       Ten-page writing sample from previous dramatic work (or from the completed script being submitted.)

Treatment submission deadline: June 1, 2014
Playwrights will be notified by July 1st if their treatment is selected and will have until Dec. 15th to submit a first draft.  The Raw Stages workshop and reading will take place in the first three weeks of January 2015. 

Send submissions as an electronic Word or PDF document to the following address with "Raw Stages 2015" in the subject line:   

For more information about History Theatre, visit

4th Annual Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam - free event

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Would you like to read a Sonnet?

All of our Sonnets are now allocated but PLEASE consider enrolling to Wait-list or Standby.

There is a high likelihood we will have cancellations and if you wait-list, you will get a Sonnet #.
Or just show up on 4/25 and get on the Standby list because we will have No-Shows and we NEED you to hop up to Sonnetize!!

Playwrights Realm is accepting submissions for its 2014-2015 Writing Fellows Program

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The Writing Fellows Program is at the heart of what we do—helping writers write. 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 and staff support each writer’s specific artistic process. Work with a director and cast over the course of two workshops allows writers to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also an integral part of the program and are tailored to the Writing Fellows, providing them the information and experiences they decide are most helpful. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets and professional workshops are designed to shed light on the sometimes shadowy business of theater and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own writing 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
  • Internal workshop
  • Public reading
  • Borrowing Privileges at The Realm: mooch off our Wifi, use a spare laptop or perch in our conference room when it’s free.
  • A key to The Realm’s supply cabinet (copies, pencils and Post-Its galore!)
  • The occasional hug

Program Criteria
Playwrights must be able to attend meetings and workshops in New York City on a twice-monthly basis from October 2014 through May 2015.

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 at which they would benefit from a nine-month rewriting and reading process. Plays should have no commitments to other theaters that will limit their development with Playwrights Realm.

Plays that 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. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE.
Theatrical résumé listing all academic credentials and professional productions
Full draft of play that you wish to develop as a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow in PDF format.
A list of references to call, or a 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 11, 2014, 11:59PM EST.
Finalists for the program will be interviewed in late summer and final selections will be announced in September.

The Center for Spiritual Living seeks short plays

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The Center for Spiritual Living – Princeton is hosting a playwriting contest for playwrights from NY, NJ and PA.
- Plays should be on the theme: A decision or choice that changes everything

- Plays should be between 15 and 20 minutes long

- Please include a cover page with your contact information

- Plays should use family-friendly language

- Winners will get a concert reading of their plays by local actors

- There is no fee to submit

- First prize is $100, second and third prize, $50

- Playwrights from NY, NJ and PA are welcome to submit. If your submission is one of the top 3, you will be expected to attend the reading

- There will be a talk-back after each presentation, in a very positive, supportive environment

- A form with questions partly chosen by the playwright will be filled out by audience members to help the playwright.

- Please submit in .pdf, .doc or .docx format. Plays will be accepted digitally only. Do not send a paper script.

- Please send submissions to

- Plays need not have anything to do with the teachings of the Center for Spiritual Living. If you would like to know anything about the organization, you will find it at

- Submissions must be in by May 15, 2014. Winners will be announced mid-August 2014 with the reading on a Sunday afternoon (TBD) in September, 2014

Thespis Theater Festival Now Taking Shows 30 to 90 Minutes Long (Manhattan)

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The Third Annual Thespis Theater Festival/Competition is open for submissions.There is no fee to submit to this festival/competition.

Send submissions to thespistheaterfestival[at]
  • Plays compete for outstanding prizes!
  • $3500 for Best Play, $500 for Best Actor and $500 for Best Actress.
  • Judges from the industry decide on winners
  • Possibility for reviews 
  • Use of a baby grand piano 
  • Assistance from theater management in all aspects to make sure your show reaches its highest potential
  • Free tutorials on how to use the sound/light/projection system
  • A chance to have your play filmed by professional videographer

And you and your cast are invited to a dazzling ceremony at the end of the festival with prizes announced in front of a live audience.

If you'd love to see your work onstage in a beautiful proscenium theater with 20 ft high ceilings and a professional lighting and sound system, we invite you to submit your play. 

There is no submission fee for this festival.

Deadline is June 1, 2014

Only plays from NY and NJ

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seeking playwright for Mystic Seaport’s 35th Annual Lantern Light Tours

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Mystic Seaport’s 35th Annual Lantern Light Tours

Mystic Seaport is commissioning a playwright for our 2014 season of Lantern Light Tours.  We are seeking a playwright that will bring a unique and exciting voice to this long-running production while still maintaining the traditional format. Submissions should include a script concept, a script outline, and a writing sample. Submissions are due April 18, 2014. The chosen playwright must be available for 3-4 meetings with the production staff in Mystic, CT. The final draft of the play will be due August 22, 2014. Because of the progressive nature of Lantern Light Tours, the chosen script may be edited for timing throughout the rehearsal process. 

Submission Materials:
1. Script Concept
Concepts should describe the proposed plot in one paragraph. Please be clear and concise. All scripts must be appropriate for a family audience. Mystery elements are acceptable, but not required. Comedy is encouraged. 250 word maximum.
2. Script Outline
Outlines should list specific details for each of the five scenes of the script. Please include plot developments, number of characters, and scene locations.
3. Writing Sample
Samples should demonstrate strength of dialogue, character, and facility with language. Scripts and screenplays are preferred. 1,500- 2,000 word maximum. Please do not send full-length scripts. Comedy is encouraged. Historically appropriate language may be used, but is not required.

Lantern Light Tours is a 70 minute progressive or traveling play, set in the year 1876 on Christmas Eve night. The play unfolds through five 8-minute scenes that take place in different exhibit spaces located around the museum grounds. The audience travels the route of the play with the assistance of a Tour Guide who performs as a unique persona from the era. As they travel between scenes, the Tour Guide provides entertainment and historic information through first-person story-telling. This season will be the 35th annual performance of Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport. The production runs for 10 performance nights with up to 40 tours per night. The audience averages a total of 5,000-7,000 people annually.

Script Requirements:
  • The play must contain a total of 13-15 characters. Each character may only appear in one scene. Characters may be any age or gender you wish, but one character must represent Santa Claus in a literal or figurative way. If represented figuratively, the Santa Claus character should be easily discernible to a child.
  • In addition to the 13-15 characters, the play must also include a Tour Guide. For performances, there will be 14 different Tour Guides. Please consider the Tour Guide an interchangeable character of varying age, gender, and social status that may or may not be an active character in the storyline. You may utilize the Tour Guide as much or as little as you wish in your script.
  • The play must contain a total of 5 scenes. Four scenes may be set in different locations of your choice, but the fifth scene must be located onboard a whaling ship that is in port. Each location should be historically appropriate for a small community in the year 1876.  Location options include, but are not limited to:
o    A General Store or  place of business
o    A Cooperage or craftsman’s workshop
o    The Home of a middle class family
o    A Tavern or social meeting place
o    A Meeting House or place of worship
  • Lantern Light Tours is set in the year 1876. All plot points and dialogue should be appropriate to that era but also accessible to a modern audience. Because Santa Claus may be a literal character, magic is an acceptable plot device. Please note that, although set in a specific moment of history, Lantern Light Tours is an entertainment piece and not a historic reenactment. 
  • Lantern Light Tours has traditionally included five elements: a carriage ride, a traditional tavern dance, a fresh-baked ginger cookie, a scene on a historic vessel, and an appearance by Santa Claus. Script outlines may include all of these five elements but are not required to. Please note that the chosen script will be edited to include these five elements for the final draft.
Production Time-Line
  • April 18, 2014: Playwright submission deadline- all materials must be received by 11:59pm.
  • April 25, 2014: Playwright selected
  • May 2, 2014: First production meeting
  • July 11, 2014: First Draft deadline and second production meeting
  • August 22, 2014: Final Draft deadline
  • October 14, 2014: Third production meeting and first rehearsal with the cast
  • November 24, 2014: Dress Rehearsal (optional)
  • November 29, 2014: Opening Night (optional)

The selected playwright will be required to sign an agreement with Mystic Seaport in which the playwright agrees, among other things, that Mystic Seaport will own all rights in all works the playwright creates for the Lantern Light Tours.

How to Apply:
Please send all submission materials to Files should be labeled in the following format: LLT2014_concept/outline/sample_your initials. Please be sure to include all materials in your submission. If unable to send materials electronically, submissions may also be mailed to the following address:
Interpretation- Denise Cannella
Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355

All submissions must be received by April 18, 2014 at 11:59 P.M.  
The fee for this commission is set at $1000. Mystic Seaport has no obligation to return (or retain) any materials submitted.

If you have questions regarding this commission, please contact:
Denise Cannella
Mystic Seaport: the Museum of America and the Sea
Supervisor of Museum Theatre
860.572.0711 x5075

Modern Day Griot seeks scripts for "In Transit"

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Modern Day Griot is working with the New York Transit Museum to produce/showcase an experimental, interactive theatrical project called In Transit in June 5 and 6, 2014.

We are currently seeking one act-plays that explore the art of storytelling as they unfold in the subway cars of the New York subway system.

Our criteria for submission to the project is that playwrights must be from the New York City area and that scenes must take place on a subway car or platform.

**Please note that the train cars date from the year 1887 to present day, so submission of period pieces are strongly encouraged.**

Submission packet must include:

• A 5-12 page long play (should be 15 minutes max) with an optimum cast size of 2-4 people. The submitted script must be the script proposed for presentation, with no major alterations necessary.

• A Submissions inquiry letter (one page only) which must include:

• Brief history of the work

• Cast size & character breakdown

• Synopsis of the piece

All submissions must be submitted electronically to our submissions department: MDGSubmissions (at) moderndaygriot (dot) org.

The deadline for submissions is April 21, 2014, 5pm EST and the final line-up will be announced in May 2014. Only one entry per playwright will be accepted. You will be contacted should we wish to invite participation to the In Transit project. Neither fax nor paper submissions will be accepted and absolutely NO phone calls.

Please note that due to high volume of inquiries, response time is usually 3-6 weeks and while Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company cannot offer royalties we can offer a production opportunity.

Badass Theatre Company is now requesting submissions from playwrights

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Badass Theatre Company is now requesting submissions from playwrights for our second annual 9 x 9 short play festival to be presented in June 2014! 

We will choose 9 new plays to present as a fundraiser for our company. Please see the guidelines below for submission information.

This year's prompt is: Tolerance/Intolerance

“In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher." - Dalai Lama 

“I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.” -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“It's not about whether or not someone is a bigot, but whether or not the argument which that someone is arguing is worth being a bigot about.” - Criss Jami

“No man can truly embrace the practice of tolerance until you have lived a day in a bra with a broken underwire." - Adrienne Flagg, Badass Theatre member

  • It must be a previously unproduced original work that incorporates, or is inspired by, the prompt. 
  • It is advised to remember our mission: Our mission is to engage diverse artists and audiences in new and inclusive stories in order to expand the boundaries of mainstream theatre to accurately reflect the many voices of our community.
  • The play must be no more than 9 minutes long
  • No more than four characters/ four performers
  • Limit technical needs. 
  • Blank stage or one table and two chairs are available.
  • Submissions must be sent no later than April 19
  • Files must be sent as PDF or word.  They must be named with the title of the play, underscore, your name, underscore 2014. TheTempest_Shakepeare_2014
  • Please put the title name in the subject line of your email submission.
  • Include a one paragraph bio along with any of your links.
  • Only one submission per playwright please

All submissions will be read by a panel of BTC Artistic Associates and the 9 plays selected will be announced in mid May 2014.

The 9 x 9 Night is an annual, all volunteer fundraising event in support of BTC’s season.

Please send submissions to the attention of Adrienne Flagg at

Black Rabbit Theatre seeks short plays

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Submission Deadline: Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 5:00PM
Black Rabbit Theatre is looking for submissions from emerging playwrights of 5 to 10 minute theatre pieces regarding the five stages of grief (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance). The show will consist of 6 actors (3 Men, 3 Women) all in their twenties. You do not need to use all six actors in your piece. The idea is to choose one of the five stages of grief, and write a piece based on that concept (and feel free to be creative with your ideas!). The pieces will be put together in the proper order so that the audience will get to watch the grieving process happen throughout the show, and see how no matter what you are grieving about, the same stages apply. The show will be performed on Sunday, June 15th, 2014, at the The Box Toronto Studio and Theatre.

Submit to:

Dan Thompson
Artistic Director
Black Rabbit Theatre

(Please write “Themes of Grief: [title of your piece] as the subject line)

Twitter: @blackrabbitthea

Dramatists Guild Fellowship and Musical Fellowship

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications for the program commencing in Fall, 2014 must be received by the Guild no later than 5:30pm on May 5, 2014. Please read all of instructions carefully.

**IMPORTANT CHANGES: This year, we will be accepting electronic submissions ONLY. E-mail all submissions to

We are also expanding eligibility to include writers who have had one or more professional productions.**

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants will be eligible for the program with any of the following qualifications: 1) Participation in a graduate program in theatrical writing within the last five years; or 2) Participation in an organized theatrical workshop within the last ten years; or 3) Comparable experience, such as one or more professional productions, and a recommendation by a theater professional or theater educator; or 4) Pertinent, documented practical experience. All applicants must be residents of New York or the surrounding metropolitan area for the time of their fellowship. Applicants must also be prepared to meet on alternate Monday evenings of every month, and to make themselves available, if possible, to participate in observerships, assistantships, etc. when those opportunities arise.


Please submit a cover letter answering the following: Describe an experience in which somebodys input on your work as a writer affected or inspired you; a resume containing pertinent contact information for you; 20 pages of a script you have written. Please name submission as follows: LastNamePlayTitle (for example: NottageRuined.pdf. The document(s) must be e-mailed as a PDF.


If you are applying as a Musical Theater Fellow and you write both music and lyrics, you may apply alone as a self-contained writer. Members of collaborative teams must apply together. Collaborative teams with composer and lyricist should also consider applying with their librettist partner, or, at the very least, make their librettist partner available whenever that project is being discussed. Unfortunately, we cannot accept people who write only lyrics or only music or only libretti without a writing partner, as we cannot pair collaborators. The cover letter and materials submitted should make it clear whether you and your collaborator(s) are applying as a team or whether you are applying as a self-contained writer.

Please submit a cover letter; a resume containing pertinent contact information for you; mp3 files of four (4) songs with lyric sheets; a brief description of each song as to its plot placement, a brief synopsis of the musical, and the complete libretto, if one exists. Musical submissions need not be elaborately produced; piano and voice is sufficient. Please note that we can only accept music in the mp3 format. PLEASE E-MAIL EACH SONG SEPARATELY and name them as follows: LastNameMusicalTitleSong# (for example: FlahertyRagtime#1.mp3) The other documents must be e-mailed as a PDF.

Bully Awareness Month 10-minute plays

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SEEKING: Ten minutes plays to be produced as staged readings in October 2014 as part of the Bully Awareness Theatrical Event and to coincide with October's Bully Awareness Month.  School bullying is a national problem both in person and through cyber space. Each year scores of young people take drastic measures to avoid bullying that often end up being fatal.  Help us make the public aware of this national issues and at the same time let's make a difference in the lives of young people.

This mini festival of new works will showcase a series of ten minute plays on the subject of bullying.  Plays may be of any content but with limited technical support.  No more than five characters.  Plays must be no longer then 10 pages long not including title page and be presented in Courier Font, 12 point font.  Please include title page, character description and full script in PDF form.

A portion of the proceeds will go to to help educate and combat school bullying.

Send 10 minute plays with plot description and character breakdown to

Submission for deadline is May 30, 2014 and participates will be notified by August 31, 2014.

Playwrights Project - Playwrights in Process

Cygnet Theatre’s New Play Festival, produced in partnership with Playwrights Project

The deadline for submitting is May 16, 2014.
Playwrights Project, in association with Cygnet Theatre, requests original, full-length, un-produced plays for Cygnet’s 3rd Annual Playwrights in Process: New Play Festival (PiP). The Festival is three days of audience-focused workshops, readings, and post-show discussions. The festival takes place November 7 – 9, 2014 at Cygnet Theatre.

As part of PiP, chosen playwrights will be afforded an exciting opportunity to work with a dramaturg/director in a three-step development process from selection confirmation through the festival itself. Steps one and two consist of private table readings with professional actors provided by Cygnet Theatre. After each, the playwright will work with her/his mentor to further develop the play. The final step is a rehearsed, staged-reading of the final draft in front of a discerning theatre audience. Playwrights are required to attend one or two rehearsals as part of the development process. Through a facilitated post-show discussion, the audiences will provide the writer feedback to help playwrights further develop their plays with the ultimate goal of helping to prepare the works for future productions.

Playwrights are asked to submit their choice of 10-12 consecutive pages of a completed, full-length play that can be performed by five actors or fewer. The works can be comedies or dramas. Musicals, with the same cast-size restrictions, will be accepted, and the music must be able to be performed with piano-only and/or minimal instrument accompaniment. Each submission must be accompanied by a one-page (maximum) synopsis of the whole play; musical submission must also include a three song sample of the music. All works must be new plays (or musicals) that have not received a previous production. Additionally, playwrights must assure that they have full rights to the works submitted.

We seek writers with a strong commitment to developing their scripts, a collaborative attitude, and a self-motivated work ethic. Southern California writers are given a preference; however, playwrights outside of the geographic area are welcome to submit. As script development is a central tenet of Playwrights in Process, selected playwrights will need to attend the table readings of their work, commit to working collaboratively with their dramaturgs, meet revision deadlines, attend the staged readings, and participate in the post-performance discussions. While we hope to provide accommodations, stipend, and travel in the future, at this nascent stage of the festival, there is no funding for these allowances, hence, the preference for local/southern California playwrights. Playwrights outside of the area will be responsible for meeting rehearsal and performance attendance requirements.

Fill out the form and upload your materials online here: Submit to Playwrights in Process 2014

Selected pages, synopses, and submission forms must be submitted by 5PM, May 16, 2014.

After a review of the initial submissions, approximately ten writers will be asked to email copies of their full, completed scripts (and scores, if applicable). These must be received within 48 hours of the request.

Questions about submitting to the Playwrights in Process: New Play Festival may be directed to

Fourth Wall Review seeks works of any length, genre and topic for the first issues

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Fourth Wall Review is a publishing venture dedicated to playwriting and playwrights. We are currently accepting  submissions for our Summer/Fall issue with with an August 1st deadline.

The Fourth Wall Review is a print and online journal dedicated to publishing quality dramatic writing, along with interviews and essays relating to the craft of dramatic writing. The Fourth Wall will publish online bi-monthly and triannually in print. We are currently accepting submissions for the Summer/Fall 2014 online issue and the Winter 2014 print  issue.  We are  welcoming works of any length, genre and topic for the first issues. Submissions must be original and previously unpublished works.

We do not require a specific script format at this time. However, writers please adhere to generally agreed upon formatting rules such as character names being placed center - or somewhat center - of the page above the dialogue, etc. Please submit scripts as a Word or PDF file only.

For Play Submissions: Electronic Submissions Only.
File Format: Word or PDF.

Please Submit in an attachment to


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Seeking fully produced original plays
(cast, directed and ready to perform)
40 minutes to 120 minutes in length for:
Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s
June 3 - August 14, 2014
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. (at 8th Ave) NYC

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

by Monday April 28, 2014 at Midnight.

Please put “SUMMERFEST PLAY SERIES” in the subject heading.

Plays will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.
(The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted.)
If we fill up all festival production slots early on, we will end submissions earlier than APRIL 28, 2014

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


Each accepted play will be given a minimum of FIVE HOURS of TECH & DRESS rehearsal time weekday evenings or Saturday and Sunday days in the theatre you will be performing in on 42nd St and 8th Ave. NYC., and a each accepted play will be given a MINIMUM of THREE performances.

A refundable security deposit of $300 will be required upon acceptance which will secure the theatre for damages, and for an average of 10 audience members per performance (a total of 30 for three performances.)

See guidelines here

Stage Left Theater, of Spokane, Wash seeks 10-minute plays

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

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

*One script only. It must be a comedy.

*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.

*Please do not submit a play you have submitted to us before.

*Plays that have been previously produced are okay.

*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).

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Notification: September

Submission procedure: 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

March Forth Summer Salon

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We here at March Forth love good stories, and without writers… well we don’t have many good stories, now do we? That is why this summer we are providing writers with a chance to have their work read and shared informally in an environment that will promote collaboration, thoughtful feedback and the building of our artistic community.

Every Monday in August we will gather writers, actors, directors and dramaturgs to read a new play along with the playwright. We'll have a glass or two of wine, discuss what we’ve just experienced, and address any questions or concerns the playwright might have. This is a perfect opportunity for early-career writers or seasoned veterans looking for a supportive arena to try out their newest venture!

Summer Salon Guidelines
Full Length, original plays only (no musicals)

Play must be complete at the time of submission. Revisions to submitted scripts are allowed, however incomplete texts will not be considered.

Playwright must be able to attend the Salon (Brooklyn NY) August 4th, 11th, 18th or 25th.

All submissions materials must be provided in PDF format.

Multiple submissions accepted, however only one slot will be awarded per playwright

Preference will be given to plays that stretch the bounds of theatrical storytelling

To be considered for our Summer Salon, please send a resume, character breakdown and ten-page sample of the play you wish to submit to by May 31st. 

Please note in the body of your email which Salon date(s) you are available for. Writers whose work is selected for further review will be asked to submit their full script no later than June 15th. Final selections will be made by July 15th.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Page 73 Fellowship

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All of Page 73′s programs are specifically for early-career playwrights. Each year, Page 73 offers five primary programs:

  1. a New York City or world premiere production of a new play that marks the professional premiere of that playwright in New York City;
  2. the P73 Playwriting Fellowship to one playwright;
  3. a week-long summer residency program on the Yale University campus to four playwrights;
  4. Interstate 73, a writing group that consists of six to eight playwrights; and
  5. Page 2, an extensive workshop offering a lengthy rehearsal process and design support to one play in development.

Please note our primary means of receiving submissions for all of our programs is through our Development Programs application.

Though the P73 Playwriting Fellowship is the only program awarded solely on the basis of these applications, participants of the Yale Residency, Interstate 73, Page 2, and the annual production are chosen primarily from playwrights who have gotten to know Page 73 through this application process.

Please click here to learn more about the application for Page 73′s various development programs.

The deadline for the 2015 Page 73 Development Programs Application is Thursday, May 1st, 2014, at 11:59pm EST.

Page 73's annual application process is the primary way we meet new playwrights and stay engaged with those playwrights within our mission whom we are familiar with. Below please find the application form for all three 2015 development programs. Click on each heading for more information; the application form and upload portal can be found in the final bar. Kindly follow all instructions below. There is no fee to apply.

Once you have submitted your completed application you should see a confirmation screen as well as receive a confirmation email. If you have any questions regarding the online application, please email

1. The applicant must be a US resident at the time of participation;

2. The applicant must have completed at least 2 full-length plays or at least 3 one-act plays;

3. The applicant must have made a commitment to playwriting as a professional goal;

4. The applicant must have never received a production of his/her work in New York City that was larger than an Actors' Equity Showcase Code presentation; and

5. The applicant must not be enrolled in a degree/certificate program at the time of participation.

For more information see their web site.

6th Annual Community Readers Theatre August 15-17, 2014 $500 Grant Award!

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Welcome to the 6th Annual Amateur Playwrighting Contest.

10-Minute Plays with an Eco-Drama, Peace, Justice or other social issue theme.

Submissions are accepted from October 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014.

Use your gifts to give social justice a voice. For more information and to enter the contest, go to the online submission page.
You must submit these forms with your entry:

  • Play Submission Form
  • Play Title Sheet
  • Playwright Agreement

To clarify some confusion over the "donation" request: As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, we are always seeking donations. However, there is not an entry fee for this competition. Donations are voluntary. All submissions are accepted without donations.

If you are submitting by mail, checks are accepted.
If you are submitting by e-mail, go here to make on-line donation: Events, Tickets, Donations

Monday, April 14, 2014

Center of the World Festival seeks ten minute plays

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This Playwrighting competition is open to "every person" without age and geographic restriction, but honoring all laws relating to citizenship and under-age minors participation. Non-citizens must certify legal right to participate in this competition. Minors (children to age 18 years) must have signed parental consent.

Competition is restricted to English language submissions only. No collaborations are accepted--single authorship only.

There are no contractual obligations, or royalties paid to playwrights whose scripts are selected as finalists or competition winning plays for the Festival. However, all finalists will receive recognition awards. Grant Award is $500.

The Festival is a charity fund-raising event for Center of the World Festival, Inc. (hereafter COWFEST). COWFEST is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. As a public charity, all contributions and donations made to COWFEST are tax-deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. COWFEST sponsors special events for charitable purposes. For further donation information, please see our profile at Kern Community Foundation-- Click Here.

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. Playwrights 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 April 30, 2014. 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, 2014. 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 15 through August 17, 2014. 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.

Lone Star Theater seeks Texas plays

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Lone Star Theatre company invites submissions of full-length plays by Texan playwrights or plays dealing with Texas subjects for full production or to be included in our 2014-2015 Texas Reads series in New York City.

  • You must be from Texas or have lived in Texas long enough to understand Texas life.
  • OR your play must be related to Texas themes. 
  • Submissions are only accepted electronically in PDF form.
  • Deadline to submit is Cinco de Mayo, 2014. (May 5)
  • Please also include a brief bio or personal statement telling us a little bit about yourself in 300 words or less.
  • No fee to submit. 
  • Applications must be e-mailed to

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Studio4Seattle seeks 10 minute plays

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Studio4Seattle a new company with a mission to create a network of collaborative artists in Seattle and across the country as well as to promote the work of Seattle artists in other areas. 

We are now in our second season and we're looking for short play submissions (max. 10 minutes). Our first public reading of the year will be in May and the theme is Art.  What is Art?  What does Art mean to you?  Something inspired by a work of Art.  It can be drama, comedy, scene from a larger work, even monologue.  Please don't feel hampered by the prompt.  Ideally submissions will be new work never before performed, but our only real stipulation is that it is new to Seattle.

Deadline:  Monday, 21 April 2014
Email submissions to:
For more info:

If you would like to submit shorts on another subject or after the deadline, feel free! They will be in contention for our shorts festival over the summer.  And if you have a full length or one act you would like to submit, we welcome those too!  We do on-going workshops and readings of new work.

Testimonial - NYCPlaywrights is a helpful resource

NYCPlaywrights is pleased to hear another playwright has found this site to be a good resource - thanks for letting us know, Mark Rosati!
I cannot begin to tell you how great and helpful this resource is. I can only imagine how much work goes into it, and I know I join many playwrights in thanking you. 
Best wishes, 
Mark is a member of the Dramatists Guild and The Company Theater Group of NJ.

Conejo Players Theatre submission guidelines

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Conejo Players Theatre accepts new full-length plays, comedies, musicals, and plays for children. Musicals should include a demo CD of the songs in addition to the script.

The CPT season is year-round and follows a calendar-year schedule. The upcoming year's season is selected February through May and announced in August.

Submissions may be made anytime to:

ATTN: Executive Director
351 S. Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-1008

If the manuscript is to be returned, a self-addressed pre-paid envelope should be included with the submission materials. All material should be clearly labeled with the playwright's name, address, phone number, and email address (if available). Submissions will be considered year-round but may not be returned until scheduling is completed mid-year.

Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays

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Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays for its 2014 "Theater Madness" season.  Plays should be between 10-15 minutes in length, have no more than four characters, and can be of any genre.  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. Please include synopsis and contact information. Plays will be accepted through April 20, 2014. Submit plays to

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I AM SOUL Playwright Residency now accepting applications

I AM SOUL recognizes one black playwright annually whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field. Alongside NBT’s Theatre Arts Director, the selected playwright will develop a new play during the twelve (12) month residency. The program will provide the playwright with a stipend [pending funding], administrative and dramaturgical support, in-house readings, one 29-hour workshop and a workshop production in NBT’s 2015-16 season.

With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between black theatrical institutions and black playwrights, and to begin to re-establish black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by black playwrights.

I AM SOUL – Important Dates:

Applications must be received by: May 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm 
Finalists will be notified in: May 26, 2014
Recipient will be notified in: June 30, 2014
The residency year is: September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015

2014 - 2015

All inquires should be directed to

The Puzzle: New Play Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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“The Puzzle” is in its 4th year and is currently seeking 10-minute plays!  Selected plays will receive staged readings or full productions during the festival week of Monday, June 23 - Saturday, June 28, 2014.  Each piece will be assigned a director and cast with professional actors in the NYC area.

If you are interested in submitting for “The Puzzle,” download the application, and send it with your 10-minute play to:

The Puzzle New Play Festival
Marble Collegiate Church
1 West 29th Street
New York, NY  10001

Submissions must be postmarked by April 14, 2014


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Every year Forget Me Not Theatre Company produces one Mainstage production and one Workshop production. In our Workshop Series we work alongside a playwright in the final stages of script development to bring his or her words to life on stage. This process bridges the gap between a reading and a full production and provides a venue for the playwright’s vision while challenging his/her concept of what the piece can and should be.

The Workshop Series consists of a two week workshop where the playwright can make changes based on discoveries made in the rehearsal room, a two week rehearsal, and a  two week run. During the 2 week workshop the playwright is invited into the room to collaborate with and be inspired by the director, actors and designers. It is a time for play, discovery and iteration. After the two week workshop the final rewrites are made and rehearsals solidify the play.


How do we survive?

How do we dust off the wreckage?

How do you wake yourself up from panic?

Being awake vs. being asleep. Survival. Community.

Being local to Chicago is strongly encouraged, but not a requirement.

If interested, please submit cover letter and play to:


TalkStory Theater Company seeking Garden Plays

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We are happy to announce that we will be soliciting scripts for a new project! Slated to arrive on stage this summer, the showcase currently titled 'Garden Plays' will feature works which tie into a garden atmosphere. You know what we like. Give us whimsy, give us wonder! Don't be afraid to throw some spectacle in there! We want your stories, so get started! Plays may range from ten to fifteen minutes, four characters or less. We are currently looking for five scripts. Submit to

Remember that we are SITE-SPECIFIC, and will be outdoors, in a garden! Hold nothing back!

**We are taking submissions from now until April 15.**

Boston Children's Theater seeks submissions

The Marcia J. Trimble New Works Program is now accepting submissions for New Works. Please see below for Criteria and Submission Instructions. Each year, three new works will be selected for readings in the Spring.


Scripts may be plays or musicals, and must meet one or more of the following criteria:
Adaptations of a Classic or widely-popular Children’s Literature.
Based on historical events and written from a child or young adult perspective.
Original scripts or musicals which challenge young audiences in their themes and broaden our conception of what Children’s Theatre ought to be.

Additional Criteria:
  • Plays must be between 45 and 90 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be produceable with no more than 20 actors.
  • If a musical, orchestration must consist of six or fewer pieces.
Submission Instructions

Selection Timeline & Important Dates
Script Submissions deadline: April 20, 2014
Reading dates and Reading Titles announced: May 20, 2014
Workshop Readings with public audience: June 2014

Please submit the following to be considered for the Marcia J. Trimble New Works Program:
  • A copy of the entire script
  • A synopsis of no more than one page
  • A character breakdown
  • Music tracks and lead sheets (If a musical script is being submitted)
  • Playwright’s resume
Email submissions to with “MJT New Works” in the subject line.

To send by USPS, please mail submissions to:

 MJT New Works, 
Boston Children’s Theatre, 
PO Box 171388, 
Boston, MA 02117

Bare Essentials seeks short plays

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Are you a writer with a piece of work you want to see realised? Want to see it performed in a top London venue? Then Encompass Productions want you! Submissions are now open for BARE ESSENTIALS, a night created to showcase new and emerging theatrical talent. See your work staged and performed by experienced and professional actors and directors, all of whom have worked with Encompass who have been mounting productions and events since 2010.

Previous Bare Essentials have led to the critically acclaimed Life in a Sketchbook being produced and performed in London's West End; the result of a collaboration with writer Emma Minihan who submitted to the event. Further collaborations also led to the creation of a short film in association with Tartan Viking Films. We're always on the lookout for new creatives to work with – so why not submit something today?

- Pieces can be of any genre: comedy, drama, monologues etc. but must take the form of a theatrical script with dialogue.
- Submissions can be self-contained pieces OR extracts from longer work
- Pieces must be between 5 & 20 minutes long
- Keep things technically minimal. The event is called Bare Essentials for a reason!

SUBMIT TO LIAM FLEMING (CREATIVE PRODUCER) AT: (Subject: 'Bare Essentials 2014')

Deadline: April 14, 2014

2014 IGNITION Festival of New Plays

Victory Gardens Theater Artistic Director Chay Yew announces a call for submissions of new, challenging, and innovative plays to be a part of the 2014 IGNITION Festival of New Plays, which will take place July 21-27, 2014.

The fourth IGNITION festival will create a productive environment for both emerging and established playwrights to explore and develop their new work. The deadline for submission is Thursday, May 15, 2014.

IGNITION’s six selected plays will be presented in a festival of readings scheduled for summer 2014 and will be directed by leading artists from Chicago and around the country. Following the readings, two of the plays will be selected for intensive workshops during Victory Gardens 2014/15 season, and Victory Gardens will produce one of these final scripts in an upcoming season.

For More Information and Submissions 

Submission can be mailed to:
IGNITION, Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614.

Work can also be submitted electronically to

All submissions must be received by May 15, 2014. For more information about IGNITION Festival of New Plays, visit

9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions from March to May

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9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions from March to May each season. Please note that due to our small staff we are unable to respond to submissions that are not accepted. Please adhere to the guidelines below. Send submissions in either a .doc or .pdf format to In respect of our commitment to the environment please do not mail submissions to our office.


9TTC produces works that incorporate environmental issues as part of the part, characters, or theme. We are uniquely dedicated to Eco Theatre, connecting humanity and nature, in various forms.

We accept original one acts, and full length plays and musicals.

We do not accept one-person shows, children's shows, screenplays, or works without environmental themes. 9Thirty Theatre Company also does not produce works that have already been produced in New York City.

To have your work considered, please submit the following as one file:
• cover letter, including your contact information
• brief synopsis of piece (500 words or less)
• character descriptions
• 20 page dialogue sample
• brief production history of the work (if applicable)
• bio for yourself and any other collaborators
• if submitting a musical, please include at least 3 recorded demo tracks

To be considered for 9TTC's all submissions must be received by midnight on May 31st.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thank you Ashlee!

Thanks to Ashlee Mundy for sharing these generous comments about NYCPlaywrights!
I just wanted to send a quick thank you for your site and what it has recently done for me. After coming across it just after the New Year, I've already had my first play produced in San Diego, CA (The Nomads Theatre Company - Youtube video of the production) and this morning I was notified about yet another one to be produced in NYC (Fresh Fruit Festival - which I'll also be directing). I couldn't be more thrilled to have found such a generous, helpful gateway into truly being able to showcase the writer you are and the writer you can be, with the constant amount of work being offered.  
I'm really doing what I truly want to with my career, being a working playwright, and I have to extend quite a bit gratitude to NYCPlaywrights for giving me the opportunity to get to that place. And requiring nothing in return but excellence, creativity, and hard work. I can handle that.  
Thanks again. 
Ashlee Marie Mundy 


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Variations Theatre Group invites submission of one act plays  until April 15, 2014 for its Second Annual Unchained Theatre Festival at the classy Chain Theatre in Long Island City, to be held between June 9-28, 2014. 

No submission fee.

  • Plays should not have a running time longer than 60 minutes.
  • Each play should have its own  production team.
  • Deadline for  submission is April 15, 2014.
  • Application forms may be downloaded from our website shown below:
  • Applications must be emailed to
  • Notification of acceptance status will be sent by email on or about April 30, 2014.
  • A participation fee (which will be applied to the costs of running the festival, technical expenses and publicity)in the form of a certified check, cashiers check, or money order should be made out to Variations Theatre Group using the following calculation:
    • Participation fees are as follows:
      • $100 for plays 15 minutes and under
      • $200 for plays 15-30 minutes
      • $300 for plays longer than 30 minutes.

If you have questions, please email us at

National Newborn Festival

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April 1st - May 31st, 2014 (There is no reader's fee for plays submitted during these dates)
June 1st - July 1st, 2014 (Require a $10.00 reader's fee)

Plays submitted outside of the above dates will not be considered.

MTWorks’ NewBorn Festival sponsored by the Pyschology Club and Department of the City College of New York is our annual full-length playwriting competition and reading series. We celebrate today’s innovative playwrights that boldly take risks in theme, structure, time-period, location and diversity (ethnic, economic, geographic, gender, sexuality or creed). MTWorks’ mainstage productions are selected from the NewBorn Festival winners.

Finalists automatically enter The Living Room Series, a private cold-read performed by our exceptional MTWorkers.

The winning playwrights will be awarded:
  • One full reading of their work in a festival environment.
  • Assigned professional director and cast to work on their play.
  • “Playwright Spotlight” Newsletter received by over 3,000 members of the NY Theatre Industry. 
  • Networking "Meet the Playwrights" Event.
  • Complimentary tickets to MTWorks shows, invited dress rehearsals and other special events.
  • Artistic and professional support from the MTWorks staff.
  • Eligibility for the MTWorks Board of Director's Excellence in Playwriting Award.
  • Eligibility for MTWorks' Audience Favorite Award.
  • MTWorks' mainstage productions are selected from NewBorn.
  • Talk-Back Discussions.

We are currently only interested in full-length plays (at least 90min in length).

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A full copy of your play in word or pdf format.
  • A half (1/2) page synopsis.
  • If you applied for NewBorn before, you must submit a different play.
  • You can only submit one play per year per program (it is OK to submit one play to FIREWORKS and one play to the National NewBorn Festival the same year).
We are interested in plays that have not been produced in New York City (readings are OK)
All material must be emailed (all together in one email) to with [NEWBORN: title of the play and your name] on the subject line.

If your contact information changes you are required to update your information by sending an email to with [NEWBORN: updated contact information for-your name] on the subject line.

Submission Dates for The National NewBorn Festival:

April 1st - May 31st, 2013 (There is no reader's fee for plays submitted during these dates)
Finalists will be contacted around September. Winners will be contacted around November.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

2014 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:  Sunday, June 1, 2014.  (Time stamped)

MISSION: Since 2000 MetLife Foundation and Repertorio Español joined forces to establish The MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition to discover --our voices --the best Latino plays and bring them to the attention to the American theatre community. These original works relate to Latino culture, history and life in the United States while at the same time reflecting the universality of the human condition.  In 2013 we received a record breaking number of scripts proving once again this outreach effort is important and so very necessary. It has been our privilege to promote and develop new plays, encourage bright new talent by providing this forum. We have produced over 100 readings to date and many plays that have placed within the competition over the years have gone on to have subsequent workshop and full productions at regional theatres across the country!


Winners (2013):

1st Place: Your Name will Follow you Home by Carlos Murillo Chicago, IL
2nd Place: El traje de novia by José R. Arroyo García San Juan, PR
3rd Place: El Coqui Espectacular & the Bottle of Doom by Matt Barbot Brooklyn, NY
Runners Up: María García is Having Your Baby by Stephanie Weber Chicago, IL
Hielo by Dania Ramos   Bloomfield, NJ

Winner (2012): Barceló con hielo by Marco Antonio Rodríguez from Dallas, TX will open in June of 2014

Published: Nuestras Voces: Latino Plays from Repertorio Español’s MetLife Playwriting Competition (Bilingual) Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Available at

Volume 1: Vieques (2000)by Jorge González, Momma’s Boyz (2004)by Cándido Tirado and No Where on the Border (2005)by Carlos La Cámara

Volume 2: Cartas a una madre(2005) by Marcelo Rodríguez and Locuras en Wichita(2010) by Lina Gallegos

Happy birthday Shakespeare project

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Wega Arts One Act Play Festival & Script Contest

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Wega Arts will fully stage at least three plays and stage readings of three more. 

New for 2014 is a teen playwright category (please let us know if you are 19 or under). 

Plays must have had no prior public productions, however, prior staged readings are allowed. The run time of the play should not exceed 45 minutes (approximately 45 pages). Plays must be in English; Foreign language plays with an English translation are allowed. By submitting your play you agree to give Wega Arts permission to perform your play for their One Act Festival. All further rights remain with the playwright. Plays must be submitted via email as PDF or Word files. Mailed hard copies will also be accepted. 

Festival dates are June 26-29, 2014 at the Gerold Opera House in Weyauwega, Wisconsin. 

Entry deadline is April 14th, 2014

Send to or 

Wega Arts, 
PO Box 50, 
Weyauwega, WI 54983. 

More info at


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NOTE: there is a $5 submission fee per script (waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild–include a photocopy of your membership card rather than a check).

CenterPieces readings are presented free of charge on the 2nd Wednesday of each month between noon and 1PM on the Waldron Stage of Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, VA. Pieces are minimally staged and given a total of 7 hours rehearsal prior to performance. Scripts must be between 25 and 35 minutes in length, suitable for a lunchtime audience. Preference is given to minimal production values, small casts, scripts without coarse language and that avoid overly controversial topics. Scripts with previous readings or productions permitted providing they are unpublished and unencumbered.

Writers unable to attend the readings will be provided with a DVD of the performance and moderated audience feedback session, no travel or other compensation is offered.

Scripts will undergo a three tier review process, which will include readers from the New Works Advisory Board, Faculty, Students, Volunteers, and Artistic Staff from affiliated theatres around the country.

To offset costs associated with the readings such as script copying and lunch for the actors, there is a $5 submission fee per script (waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild–include a photocopy of your membership card rather than a check).

Send hard copies (in standard stage play format) with cover letter, brief synopsis, character breakdown, contact information and a business sized SASE for a response to:

Playwright’s Lab Reading Series
PO Box 9602
Roanoke VA 24020-1602

Scripts are recycled, not returned. Average response time is 6 months to a year.

CenterPieces Readings are produced by the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University and presented by Mill Mountain Theatre. This series, and all of the Playwright’s Lab’s extra-curricular programming, is funded solely through charitable giving, admission to paid events, and in very small part by these submission fees.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Playwrights CageMatch

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The Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward is accepting submissions for its third 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 July 13th 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: THE CAFETORIUM CHRONICLES: LOST & FOUND. The setting is a high school cafetorium in Anywhere, USA. 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! Class reunion? Bingo game? Polling place? PTA meeting? Bomb shelter? Inside the cafetorium anything can happen.

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

Deadline for scene submissions sent via e-mail is June 1, 2014;
post-mark deadline, if mailed, is May 30, 2014.

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

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 15th Annual New Play Contest

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Rolling Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014

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 September 2014. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2015-2016 season by the Season Planning Committee.

We are proud to announce that for the 15th 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 e-mail should contact us at If you are submitting a musical, also include three (3) copies of a CD of the music or three (3) copies of the score.

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. 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. 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 of these combinations:

  • One full-length play
  • One one-act
  • One ten-minute play
  • One full-length play and one one-act
  • One full-length play and one ten-minute play
  • Two one-act plays
  • Two ten-minute plays
  • One one-act and one ten-minute play

Please submit three (3) copies of each script (and three copies of CDs or scores for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2014 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:
The Chameleon Theatre Circle
15th 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

Monday, April 7, 2014

$10,000 Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship

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Application deadline: July 1st, 2014
Application fee: none

In addition to a $10,000 prize, the Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship includes a Hedgebrook residency on Whidbey Island, a fellowship position at the A Room of Her Own Foundation Retreat at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, and a project residency with the Lark Play Development Center in New York City. The fellowship will take place over the course of one year, throughout which the playwright will be mentored by the fellowship's creator, renowned playwright and actor Ellen McLaughlin. 

Applicants must be able to commit wholeheartedly to each stage of the fellowship, entailing four weeks of dedicated time over the course of the year, and must be willing to write an entirely new play. 

– All women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. 
– In the first round, applicants will submit 30 pages of a play. 
– Applicants who make it to the second round will be invited to submit the same play in its entirety.

For details and to apply, please visit:

Applications for Shakespeare's Sister are only accepted online.

 Still have questions? View answers to frequently asked questions on our FAQ page.

Submissions are open for the Short Play & Musical Festival

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This June, we are looking for 15 to 18 for our annual NYC (“Only In New York”) Festival of short plays. All plays submitted must be inspired by or focused on New York City and similar topics. We are seeking plays that highlight Quintessential New York moments, experiences, beliefs and more! So sharpen your pencils, charge your laptop or put a new ribbon in your typewriter! Let’s start writing!

Submission Window
 April 5 - April 19

Festival Dates

June 5 - 22, 2014.3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday), 5 plays featured each week at The Players Theatre Loft.

Learn more and apply at

Script submissions must be submitted in both digital and hard copy format. Submissions must be received with BLIND COPY meaning Playwrights names must be redacted from all pages of the script, and only listed on the attached application page. An individual application must be completed for and attached to all submissions.

The script submitted must be the script proposed for presentation, with no major alterations necessary.

Please provide an estimated run time (plays cannot exceed 20 minutes) and a one-sentence synopsis on your cover page.

Seeking short plays and musicals with a performance time of 20 minutes or less, no more than 25 pages in length.

Writers eligible to submit up to two plays.

Production of selected plays shall be at the sole cost and expense of the Producers, and no royalties or other payment are or will be owed by The Short Play and Musical Festival.

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre is a 55 seat Off-Off Broadway venue located at the historical Players Theater, in the heart of Greenwich Village. The theater will include a basic lighting plot with limited pre-set general light cues and basic sound equipment. A limited number of basic set pieces will be available at the theatre. Additional props, set pieces, etc. may be brought by the individual producing companies; however, we strongly advise that productions be kept as simple as possible.

On acceptance there is a $100 deposit and a $50 tech fee.

Digital submissions will only be accepted in PDF format. Each submission must be emailed to and must be labeled as follows PlayTitle_Author’sLastName.pdf 

Hard copy submissions must be mailed to the HOST address at 
Short Play & Musical Festival
Suite 2E
115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012


If submitting a musical, please submit sample tracks with your application.


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We are looking for short plays (no more than15 minutes) to include in the Playing With Science Short Play Experiment– a two hour mash-up of short science-themed plays. These will be performed by high school students at the Arkansas Science Festival, so please submit age-appropriate material. 

We will be selecting 10 to 12 of the best plays we receive to perform throughout the Science Expo Day of the festival to be held at Arkansas State University on October 11, 2014. These plays will be considered for possible publication in an anthology by YouthPLAYS, publisher of plays for young actors and audiences. Awards will be given for Best Script as selected by our panel of judges, and Audience Favorite based upon votes from the audience.

What kind of plays are we looking for?

Good plays about science. Maybe your play is about how Edison invented the light bulb, or about ionic bonding at a nightclub, or maybe it’s about a chameleon’s existential debate over whether or not his regrown tail makes him a different lizard... as long as it is science, we want to read it. Funny plays, serious plays, anything goes.

What should I submit?
• All plays must be received by July 15, 2014
• Short plays, 7-15 pages in manuscript form
• At least 2 characters in each play, no more than 8
• No more than two submissions per playwright
• Unpublished, unproduced original plays only
• Minimal props and scene changes
• We will only be accepting electronic submissions, PDF file or Microsoft Word document in a standard play format – no
screenplays or musicals.
• This is a blind submission process. Please include TWO attachments in your submission e-mail. The first attachment should be a blind copy of the script with only the title of the play on the cover page and no identifying text. Please be sure to include the cast requirements, production requirements, and a brief synopsis. The second attachment should include the playwright’s bio, contact information, and the title of the play. Blind submissions will be given to readers. Please title the first attachment with the name of your play and add “BLIND” after it (example: MY GREAT PLAY – BLIND), and the second attachment with your last name, first name, and title of the play (example: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – TITLE). Please be sure to put “PLAYING WITH SCIENCE” as the subject of your e-mail.
• Notifications will be made to selected playwrights in late July as soon as the readers have completed all evaluations.
• Direct queries about the Arkansas Science Festival to Dr. Amy R. Pearce, 870-972-3282, or
• Email play submissions to