Sunday, May 28, 2017


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The Warner International Playwrights Festival recognizes the work of emerging and established playwrights from across the country and around the globe. The Festival gives playwrights a forum for production of their one-act plays that engage and entertain audiences through exploration of the human experience and the human spirit.


Please read submission policy carefully:
We invite playwrights to submit plays via electronic script submissions, in standard Samuel French playwriting format - 12 point font, character name centered or 3.5 inches from left margin, 1” margin all around. Plays should be emailed to:
  • Submitted plays should be one-act plays of no less than 12 and no more than 30 pages long, not including your cover page.
  • Submissions will be limited to the first 200 scripts received.
  • Scripts will be accepted internationally but must be written in English. 
  • Previously produced scripts are accepted. 
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Please remove all playwright identification from the script including name, mailing address and telephone/e-mail.
  • In the body of the email include: 
  • Script Name
  • Playwright Name
  • Playwright Email
  • Playwright Telephone Number
  • Playwright postal mailing address. 
  • Please do not send a synopsis or playwright resume.
  • Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned.
  • If your play is selected, you will be notified, via email, of the readers’ selection on/about August 1.
  • Selected scripts will receive minimal-set (table, 4 chairs, 2 cubes), minimal-tech production (lights up, lights down, 2 sound cues) production. Please be sure your play will adhere to these parameters for production.
  • Selected playwrights receive two free tickets to the festival.
  • Selected playwrights are invited to attend the festival by their own means. Accommodation recommendations are available. 
  • To be considered for the Warner International Playwrights Festival scripts must be RECEIVED by 11:50pm Eastern Standard Time on June 1; late entries will not be read.
  • For additional information, contact

Saturday, May 27, 2017

2017 New Musical Discovery Series

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Florida Theatrical Association announces the 2017 New Musical Discovery Series.
Aspiring writers from around the country are encouraged to submit their new works, which will be reviewed by a panel of theatre professionals, including renowned directors, writers, producers and performers. The panel will select two works that will each receive a staged reading. One final winner will receive a workshop presented of their piece featuring local directors and talent. The Discovery Series will also include talkbacks for students and audiences with the playwrights and directors.

The deadline to submit musicals for consideration is June 1, 2017.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All submissions must include: A cover letter A history of the musical’s development A synopsis Full script A CD or flash drive with at least six songs from the production (can be a very basic recording) *Please note that materials will not be returned.
  • Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and performances September 5-10, 2017.

All materials should be mailed to:
Florida Theatrical Association
Attn: Play Submission
100 S. Eola Drive, Suite 200 Orlando, FL 32801

For full submission guidelines and more information, visit or email

PICK OF THE VINE – Season 15 (2017)

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Little Fish Theatre is accepting scripts for our 15th Annual PICK OF THE VINE short play production to be presented in January-February 2017.

There will be a $50 flat fee royalty payment to playwrights per play produced.

Submission Guidelines:

1. Only ONE play may be submitted per playwright. There is no submission fee.
2. Submissions accepted starting May 1, 2016. Submission deadline is May 31, 2016.
3. Submissions via email only. Email submissions (in .pdf form only) to
4. Plays must include contact info (name, phone number, email address, home city and state, country) on the cover sheet.
5. Plays will require no more than 10 actors.
6. Plays will run no more than 15 minutes, no exceptions.
7. Plays will have minimal set, costume, prop, and special effect requirements.
8. Plays must included a title sheet with Title, Playwright, cast of characters (with brief description), and setting.

1. We will notify semi-finalists via email by mid August. Only those playwrights whose pieces have progressed to the semi-final round will be notified.
2. Playwrights whose pieces have been chosen for Production will be notified via phone call and email in September.

StageCoach submission guidelines

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At StageCoach Theatre Company, we are looking for original scripts for murder mystery dinner theatre performances.

Scripts should be written for 5-6 actors and include both men and women.
Total duration of the show including dinner and question-and-answer period from the audience should be approximately 2.5 – 3 hours. This is roughly 45 pages.
Show should have little or no set or technical requirements since shows will be performed in open rooms and restaurants.
Murderless mysteries are fine, too. They can be aimed at adults or at older children (10+).
All of our murder mysteries are PG13. Children’s mysteries should be PG rated.

We are also looking for original scripts for our Theatre for Young Audiences. These can be new stories or clever adaptations of traditional favorites.
Scripts should be written for 5-15 actors and include both men and women. Children age 12+ may be included in the cast but the show should be primarily adults acting for a young audience.
Show should be approximately 1 hour with no intermission.
Show should include some audience interaction from the children.
Show should have simple set requirements which can be easily transported.
Rating should be G or PG. Primary target audience would be 4-11 years old.

For additional information and guidelines, please contact us.




Welcome to the best and most supportive festival in US Play and Musicals between 5 and 90 minutes accepted






Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.

NBYT’s Short Play Festival

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PLAYWRIGHTS: Submit your scripts to or by hand to Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington by July 31, 2017.

To be considered for production, all play submissions must follow these guidelines:
  1. Plays may be written by one or more people, but all contributing writers’ names must be credited.
  2. No person may submit more than three scripts for consideration.
  3. Plays may be original works or adaptations. Adaptations must be based on works in the public domain or permission of the author of the underlying work must be obtained and proven.
  4. Plays must be no more than twenty (20) pages and must be typed in 12-point size of a standard font with one-inch margins on all sides of each page. A character list must be included at the beginning of the play, along with any notes on possible double casting and the setting. Pages must be numbered. There is no minimum length for submissions.
  5. Plays must be suitable for either all ages or middle school age and up.
  6. Plays submitted by email must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF formats.
  7. Plays must be able to be produced with minimal design elements and no required special effects.
  8. Playwrights must agree to license plays for production by New Britain Youth Theater for up to four (4) performances. No compensation will be paid to playwrights.
  9. If a play cannot be considered for any reason, NBYT will notify writers as soon as possible. If a problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, writers may be asked for revisions.
  10. Early submissions (before July 31) are permitted and encouraged.

Questions may be directed to NBYT Executive and Artistic Director Darren Farrington at

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sticky in the Sticks seeks 10-minute plays

Sticky in the Sticks is a pop up theatre troupe that showcases a monthly anthology of short plays that take place entirely at a bar. Submit DRAMA (it can be serious or funny or both) to be performed by Sticky actors. Your dramatic expression is wanted! “They walked into the bar and [drama ensued J !!!].”

Write a 10-minute play to be considered for a monthly performance at Firehouse Pizza and Pub in Normal, IL. 

Send no less than 10 pages and no more than 12 pages to

We are looking for you to tell us and our audience a GOOD STORY set from beginning to end in a bar. You should still submit a script you feel confident about.

Successful scripts should adhere to the following guidelines:
  1. All submitted work must be your own.
  2. The play must be able to take place in a bar. If the conversation can take place in a bar, it’s a Sticky play.
  3. Plays should not exceed more than four characters.
WRITERS: Open submissions through 2017. Write a 10-12-minute play that takes place in a bar (not a restaurant). We do not use the stage. These plays use the place of the bar or take place at the bar itself. Anything goes!

London Horror Festival

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Applications are now open for this year’s festival, and we’re happy to accept submissions from performers or companies regardless of whether they have explored the horror genre before. We’re looking for exciting and committed groups looking to push the boundaries of live entertainment.

Following the success of last year’s festival, the Old Red Lion Theatre in Angel will play host to the LHF for a second year. We welcome a broad range of horror theatre, comedy, magic, and performance art, from psychological spine-chillers to all-out splatter, improvised ghost stories to grotesque stand-up and séance magic to body horror, and almost anything else imaginable. Our purpose is to foster new talent as well as nurturing the already burgeoning live horror scene within the UK. We look forward to hearing from exciting performers and companies from all disciplines looking to create some ghoulish entertainment and art this Halloween.

If you would like to submit your show please download and read through our Application Pack then complete and return the form by Monday 3rd July 2017.

The Jeffrey Award call for 10-minute plays

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Deadline Extended to May 31,2017

Call for 10-Minute Play Submissions

The Jeffrey Award

The Jeffrey Award invites NYC playwrights to submit a ten-minute play on the theme "Second Acts." Submission guidelines below.

The Award will provide a director and actors for a one-time reading of the play. In addition to the opportunity to hear your play out loud, the winner will receive a $250 cash award.

All submissions must be received by Noon, May 31, 2017. Winner will be notified in July.

Guidelines for submissions:
  • NYC playwrights only; one submission per author.
  • No more than a 10-minute play, which is usually 8-13 pages [read your play aloud and allow for nonverbal action]
  • Maximum 3 characters
  • Submit a standard format PDF with no identifiers on the title page or in the script.
  • Play must be previously unproduced
  • The reading will be script-in-hand, no props--think table read-- with a short rehearsal period, with the focus on having the playwright hear the work out loud in front of people.
Send to:
The subject line should include the THEME and the TITLE of your play. For example: Second Acts: Title of My Play

Please include your contact information (address, email, phone number) in the body of the email.

We look forward to reading your work.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Discount tickets: THE TRAVELING LADY

by Horton Foote
Limited engagement from June 7th through July 16th
Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street, NYC 10014
Directed by Austin Pendleton

Featuring Larry Bull, Lynn Cohen, Angelina Fiordellisi, Jean Lichty, George Morfogen, Ron Piretti, PJ Sosko, Jill Tanner, Korinne Tetlow and Karen Ziemba.

Penned by the beloved playwright and master storyteller Horton Foote, The Traveling Lady is the unforgettable tale of an intrepid woman who journeys to a small town in 1950's Texas to reunite with her husband upon his release from prison. A poignant story of loss and redemption, The Traveling Lady looks into the heart and soul of America.

Special Offer:
$39 (Reg. $65) from June 7 – 21
$49 (Reg. $65) from June 23 – July 16

ONLINE: Visit and use code TTLRED
PHONE: (866) 811-4111 and mention code TTLRED
IN PERSON: Print out at box office during box office hours.

Restrictions: Phone and Online Service Fees will apply at checkout. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time. 

Soundwork Monologue competition

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To submit a monologue to the Soundwork competition, send the script as an attachment to and, on the top page of the script, put your name and email address, but these should not appear anywhere else in the attachment. Entries may be submitted from any part of the world. The monologue may be up to fifteen minutes long and may be on any theme. There is no fee to enter the competition and no acknowledgement of receipt will be sent. An entrant may submit any number of entries. The winner, in collaboration with Soundwork, will have the monologue recorded and posted on the website, along with a photo and details. Copyright will remain with the author and Soundwork will retain rights to the recordings.

Entries may have been broadcast/published elsewhere.

Closing date midnight 31st August 2017. 

Keep an eye on this website for results - expected in August 2017.

North Park Playwright Festival 2017

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Our goal in building the North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe was to provide a small theater to produce new, untested plays.  In support of this goal we have produced the North Park Playwright Festival each October.  The festival provides a platform for brand new, short (ten minute), plays written by playwrights from around the world.  Over the past twelve years more than 440 new plays have been produced.  We encourage new directors and actors to become involved in theater through the festival as well.  Through the North Park Playwright Festival over ninety playwrights, directors, and actors each year are able to showcase their talents.  We invite interested playwrights to submit work to the festival.  Please follow the guidelines below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2017. Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs. We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

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

General information:

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

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MANHATTAN REP'S SUMMER PLAY PRODUCTION PROGRAM - Seeking 10 Minute to Full-length plays

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So this is an idea that we have been kicking around for some time, but now that we have settled in to our new Theatre space on 45th Street, we are making it possible for anyone with a good play, and for a nominal fee, to have their play produced at Manhattan Rep (and at other theatres in town too! - See below.) We will supply the director, the cast, the rehearsal space, set and props, and we will bring your play to life in Midtown Manhattan where one can invite friends, family, and more to come and see it. And it won't cost an arm and a leg!

For a 10 minute play with 2 to 3 characters:

For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $695.00

For a 11 - 20 minute short play with 1 to 3 characters:

For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $895.00

For a 20 - 35 minute 1 act play with 1 to 4 characters:

For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $1195.00

For a Full - Length play with up to 6 characters:

Fee based on the play and production requirements.
Usually the Budget/Fee for a Full-Length play is 4 to 6 times as much of that of a Short Play due to play requirements, rehearsal time and more.

If you are interested in this program, please email your submission to

Please include the complete play as a .pdf,

a synopsis of the play,
the aprox. running time,
set and lighting requirements,
your contact email address,
your mailing address,
and your contact phone number.

Please put "Play Production Program" in the subject heading.
We will get back to you in a day or so as to your acceptance to this program.


ALSO, we are offering this same service if you have a play that has been accepted in to a theatre festival in New York City. For a production fee, we will handle everything from casting to props and costumes, to rehearsal space, to hiring a technician to run the board, and more, and much of the rehearsal will be on a real stage with lights and sound, so that your actors and your production staff will be so well prepared when your team FLIES into the festival to quickly and rushedly handle the Sound and Lights when you load in. ( I once had a friend who had a show in the Fringe years ago. They only finished HALF of their tech in the allotted tech time, so for opening night they had to crash and burn through their tech, open their show while never having done the tech before! Needless to say, it was a nightmare! This definitely won't happen if you work with our team for we will have literally done much of the tech work in advance.)

If you are interested in our FESTIVAL PLAY PRODUCTION PROGRAM
please email:
  • The name of the Festival you have been accepted into
  • The TECH/DRESS /Production dates and times sent to you by the Festival,
  • the complete play as a .pdf,
  • a synopsis of the play,
  • the aprox. running time,
  • set and lighting requirements,
  • your contact email address,
  • your mailing address,
  • and your contact phone number.

Please put "FESTIVAL PLAY PRODUCTION PROGRAM" in the subject heading.

And we will get back to you in a day or so as to your acceptance, and if accepted, with a budget/fee for the Festival Play Production.

Midwest Dramatists Conference seeks 10-minute plays

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The Midwest Dramatists Center ('MDC”) is pleased to announce the first Midwest Dramatists Conference, to take place September 28-30, 2017. MDC is a Kansas City, Missouri-based organization and we invite play submissions from playwrights across the country.

Industry professionals from New York City, including Morgan Allen with New Dramatists, Gerald VanHeerden with the Midtown International Theatre Festival, and producer and theatre administrator George Simon, will attend play readings held during the conference and conduct 50-minute workshops for the playwrights whose plays have been selected for the conference.

We are currently seeking 10-minute plays with no limitations on theme. The plays must have no more than four characters and be unpublished, but previous productions or readings are acceptable. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2017, and selected playwrights will be notified by August 15. Up to 55 playwrights will be selected. There is no submission fee, the conference will provide actors and directors, and the number of submissions will be capped at 500. Only one submission per playwright is allowed.

For selected playwrights, conference registration is $200, and playwrights whose plays are chosen are required to attend to have their plays read. Conference registration includes opening night reception, continental breakfast Friday and Saturday, a Gala dinner held Saturday night, Saturday morning breakout sessions, as well as feedback on their plays by the adjudicators and the MDC literary manager during the readings. More details about the conference will be announced at

Please send scripts to as a blind submission (no name or other identifying information) and include a brief biography and any production history in a separate document.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Olathe, Kansas, 12080 S Strang Line Road. There is a special hotel discount for artists visiting from out of town. Please contact us if you need accommodations or help with transportation.

Ismena Collective seeks playwright

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Ismena Collective is looking to expand their semi-staged musical exploration into the life and work of diarist Anais Nin into a fully theatrical event.

They are looking for a young, enthusiastic and talented dramaturg/playwright to take our existing script, The Lie Box, which is a collage of Nin’s writing and create an engaging evocation of Nin’s colourful and dangerous life, work and relationship to music. The members of the cast are an actress, a soprano, cellist and pianist. There is an electronic score as well as live music. Initially, remuneration would be as part of a profit share from performances

What to submit/How to apply:
Send a short excerpt of your writing as a PDF, along with a short bio and a quick blurb about the piece to:
Please limit submissions to one per playwright

Deadline: 30th June 2017

Clarehouse Original Short Play Contest

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Guidelines for Playwrights

1.) Submitting playwrights may be any age.

2.) Playwrights may submit up to three scripts. Two scripts per playwright may be chosen for production Octoberber 10, 11 th , and 12 th , 2017 at Abiding Harvest UMC, in Broken Arrow

3.) Plays should be 10-15 pages, (not to exceed 15 minutes in length).

4.) Plays may have any theme but should be “family friendly” without profanity or sexual situations.

5.) All plays should be submitted in an appropriate play writing format.

6.) All scripts must have numbered pages. Minimum number of characters is two; maximum is seven.

7.) The name of the playwright may not appear anywhere on the script.

8.) A separate sheet with name and contact information, set requirements and character descriptions must be included.

9.) Minimal sets, costumes and sound are a must.

10.) Playwrights retain all rights to their submitted works.

11.) Submissions will be accepted April 5th through June 5th, 2017.

12.) Submissions may be sent to

13.) Submissions will be read and chosen by a panel of anonymous judges.

14.) Six to eight plays will be chosen to be produced.

15.) Playwrights will be notified of the status of their submissions via email by June 15, 2017

16.) All proceeds from the play festival will be donated to Clarehouse Hospice in Tulsa.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Dionysian seeks short plays from women

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The Dionysian is constantly looking for new and upcoming playwrights while also presenting established playwrights. Any content is fair-game, as we would like to present a range of styles and themes, whether it be two lines of dialogue or a stream of consciousness monologue. We want to showcase your work.

If you:
Have a completed short play ranging from 1-10 pages

Please send a PDF copy, along with a short bio (not to be published alongside the play), and a quick blurb about the piece to:

Please limit submissions to one per playwright.

We can only accept plays we haven't been sent before. While we appreciate enthusiasm, please don't send us the same play twice.

The deadline for Issue 003 is now closed. We are now taking submissions for Issue 004 due for release in September. (Deadline July 1st 2017).

!!!Please note for Issue 004 we are considering women playwrights only!!!
Please remember Copyright and Performance Rights always remain with the writer and our publication is used only to highlight the Playwright. That being said please ensure that you, the Playwright, has full ownership of the material before submitting.

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting new works

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Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions of new works for future projects.

If you are submitting to:
1- Our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *
2- The Political Play series (Full Length about 90 min) Note: Submissions do not have to be about Politics per se, but must be about topics that are socially and/or culturally significant.
3- The TV-style project (Episodic sitcom sample script- 20-30 pages) for **The New Situation Company. We are interested in writers residing in New York, as the team will be meeting frequently during script development. If you do not live in the New York area but would like us to consider your work, feel free to send in your sample script, as we would like to feature guest writers in the project as well.

This Round’s On Us: The redacted Word

Submission Deadlines:

The L Word - March 8th, 2017 (Show May, 2017)

The C Word - July 12th, 2017 (Show September, 2017)

TBA - September 6th, 2017 (2017)

The ____ Festival -- Redacted Festival What is forbidden? What should be covered up? What do we conceal and what do we reveal? Conspiracies, emails, Wikileaks, Tweet-storms, media bias, and social media rants. What kind of trail of evidence do we want to leave behind? What can’t we express in words? When are we at a loss? When are there too many words? What chokes us before we can say it? What is larger than a sentence? What words contains the Universe? The word need not even be spoken in the play.

To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to Please be specific as to which project you are submitting to. Write on the SUBJECT LINE For example: This Round’s On Us: 1970’s and your name.

Deadlines for “Political Play Series”
To be considered please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to
Subject Line: Name of Play and Playwright.

We will contact you if your work matches what we’re looking for.
Thank you!

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

Monday, May 22, 2017

Submissions for 2017-2018 Scratchpad Series due July 16th

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The Scratchpad Series, our newest program, jumpstarts The Realm’s relationship with early-career playwrights by doing one of the things we do best: listening to what playwrights need and then giving it to them. Whether it’s a place to hear a rough draft aloud for the first time, space to fine tune a more mature work or time to focus in on a particular aspect of a piece, we want to give playwrights what they need to thrive. Scratchpad is a chance for us to engage with a whole new group of playwrights each year, erasing limitations of geography or access by working to identify early career playwrights from all across the country to participate.

Scratchpad participants will spend a week in New York City for a developmental reading of their play with top-notch professional collaborators—director, cast, and The Realm’s artistic staff. If the playwright is based outside of New York, The Realm will also facilitate travel and housing for the workshop.

Playwrights Receive
  • One week developmental reading of their play 
  • Professional collaborators, such as a director, cast, and The Realm’s artistic staff.
  • Facilitated travel and housing (if the playwright is based outside of New York City).
Program Criteria
  • Playwright must consider themselves early-career.
  • Play to be considered should be a complete draft.
  • Submitted script has not been produced in NYC.
Submitted script is not under commission from, or slated for production by, another institution.

What We’re Looking For
We love plays with evocative language, plays that contemplate big, unanswerable questions, that are intellectually curious and embrace the complexity of life, and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling. And of course, plays that are inherently theatrical—that could never be anything other than a play!

As a playwright-centric company hoping to help create the next generation of successful playwrights, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that the playwrights and the stories we support fully reflect the diversity of the society we live in. As such, we encourage writers and stories with unique cultural perspectives, experiences and backgrounds. With Scratchpad in particular, we aim to help artists break through any barriers that may exist—geographical, economic or otherwise—bringing voices and stories as diverse as our country to work with us and hopefully one day be seen on stages all across the United States.

All applications must be submitted electronically by July 16th, 11:59PM EST.

2017 MetLife 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: Wednesday, June 15, 2017. (Time stamped)

  • Playwrights may be Latino or of any other ethnic or racial background as long as the play’s subject matter and characters resonate with Latino audiences and accurately depicts the Hispanic experience.
  • No screenplays, one act plays, musicals, adaptations or translations will be accepted.
  • New and un-produced plays preferred. Plays that have had readings or a workshop production are acceptable.
  • All plays must be original and full-length (minimum running time: 1 hr. 30 min) and can be written in Spanish and/or English.
  • Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • Previously submitted scripts are accepted unless they have already placed in the top 10.
  • - See more at:

MISSION: To promote and develop original stage plays that relate to Latino life, culture and history in the United States and to encourage emerging and established Latino playwrights.

2017 marks the end of our competition under the auspices of MetLife. Repertorio is so grateful to have had their support and to have premiered 17 plays, produced over 110 staged readings and awarded over $110,000 in prize money.

We are very proud of our effort to encourage emerging voices and promote works that are relevant to the times we live in and are authentic to the Latinx community at large.

Please stay tuned for more information regarding our future endeavors with emerging and established playwrights.

Send all of this information and the requested materials via e-mail using the subject line “Nuestras Voces: Title of –Your- Play”.

Send the following information within the body of the e-mail:

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

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

Send the following as an attachment:
One ELECTRONIC COPY of your script without your name on it-- in one document with numbered pages and a title page that lists the title and year the play was written ONLY.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Backpack Theatre Company seeks musicals

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Seeking New Musicals for Fully Directed, 29-Hour Reading

The chosen musical will receive a fully-paid, directed, and staged AEA 29-hour reading (with writers full participation in the room) with a final presentation for Industry Professionals.

The musical will be assigned a professional Director/ Choreographer, Musical Director, and Stage Manager.

- A one-page synopsis of the Musical
- A Character Description
- 3 MP3 Song Samples that best represent the musical style of the show


The authors will receive a $300 Developmental Royalty Fee.

Apply by email:

Call for Submissions: “8 in 48” Idaho Short Play Festival for Young Audiences

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Treasure Valley Children’s Theater seeks new short plays for young audiences for the second “8 in 48 Idaho” Short Play Festival. 

Submissions are accepted February 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017.

 Winning selections are mounted as a part of the 8 in 48 Idaho Short Play Festival on September 9, 2017 in Meridian, Idaho. Cash prizes are offered to 3 of the 8 plays. '''

Submission criteria: Entries must be ten (10) minutes or less in length, previously unproduced, and suitable for families and young audiences.

No more than two submissions per playwright will be accepted. submissions relating to this year's theme (Courage) will be given strong consideration.

All entries must be submitted via the website submission link at No email submissions please. For submissions questions, email

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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BMI Theater Workshop Applications

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Composers/Lyricists: August 1, 2017.
Librettists: June 1, 2017.

Applicants will be notified by August 21, 2017.
Application Materials
Composer: Three contrasting compositions - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.
Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics in PDF format - uptempo, comedy song, ballad.
Composer/Lyricist: Three contrasting songs - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.
Librettist: A script sample of at least ten consecutive pages. Material written for the stage is preferred, but screenplays or teleplays are acceptable. Material need not include songs. Please include a sample of comedy writing.

Note that if you apply as a composer and a lyricist, you will be accepted as one or the other (that is, as either a composer or a lyricist) and you will be assigned different collaborators over the course of the year. If you apply as both a composer/lyricist and a librettist and are accepted as both, you will spend your first year as a composer/lyricist only, as the two groups meet at the same time.

Select applicants will be invited to audition in early September. Librettist are accepted on the basis of their written materials and are not required to audition.

At the auditions, composers and composer/lyricists will be asked to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists will be asked to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics. All auditions must be done live, using a piano.
Program upon Acceptance

The Workshop runs September through May in New York City. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly.

During the first year, composers and lyricists are paired off and are asked to create appropriate songs based on scenes from various sources. The writers perform their assignments, which are then discussed by the other writers and the moderators. There are analyses and discussions of current and past musicals, with an eye to understanding form and structure. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, the Workshop Committee determines which writers from the group are invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.

The Librettist Workshop reads and critiques its members’ work in a moderated roundtable discussion format, with material going through various drafts from on-one synopses to fully scripted scenes. There are occasional cold readings of an entire project.
Schedule & Fees

The First Year Workshop meets Monday at 6:15 p.m. The Second Year Workshop meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Advanced Workshop meets Monday at 4:00 p.m.

There is no fee to apply for or participate in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg Fifth Annual One-Act Playwriting Competition

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Shakespeare in the ‘Burg is pleased to announce our fifth annual one-act playwriting competition, in conjunction with our Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival. Dates of the 2018 festival will be announced on our website. The festival will be held at The Hill School, Middleburg, VA. There is no fee for this competition. We will choose three winners and each will have a staged reading during the Shakespeare in the ‘Burg festival. The readings will be performed by Shakespeare in the Square acting company from New York City.

Please note that you can write in any style you choose; this is not a “Shakespeare” writing competition, so plays in any genre are welcome.

Also new for 2018: The staged readings will be videotaped so if winners can’t be present, they will still be able to see their plays performed by skilled actors.

Please bear in mind that your script will be performed for an audience of all ages.

Competition Rules:
  • Open to all playwrights
  • Scripts must be original. Musicals, monologues, film scripts and television scripts are not eligible.
  • Running times of no less than 25 minutes and no more than one hour.
  • No more than one submission per playwright. Give us your best work!
You may email your script to:, and in fact, we prefer emails. In the subject line, please write: Shakespeare in the ‘Burg One-Act Play

If sending a hard copy, please number the pages and staple or paperclip your submission. Send hard copies to Genie Ford, 3803 Bayside Circle, Bradenton, FL 34210. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like confirmation of receipt—or include your email address and I will write to you.

Submissions should include:
Playwright bio.
Contact page with name, address and telephone number of the playwright,
On all pages, please place the title of the play at the top of each numbered page.

The deadline for entries is a postmark or email at end of day, October 15, 2017.

Thank you and good luck!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Five Minute Mile – Theatre on the Run

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Cone Man Running Productions is announcing a nationwide call for the third iteration of our series ‘Five Minute Mile – Theatre on the Run.’ The series will perform at The Beacon Theatre in Houston Texas on November 2nd – 18th, 2017. Michael Weems will serve as Artistic Director for the series.

We will be again staging this one-of-a-kind theatre festival. Each evening, twenty (20) plays will be performed off book by a core ensemble of actors. Eight (8) of those plays will be set for each evening, six (6) will be drawn at random by audience members and the last six (6) will be voted on by the audience (based on title, the blurb you provide, and word of mouth). Every night will be a different experience! If the playwright is able to attend, we will work with them to assure their play is one of the set plays performed that evening. Requirements:

· Submissions will be accepted through Friday July 14th at 12pm noon (CST)
· This festival is open to current residents of the United States. English language plays only.

· Five minute plays or monologues. No scenes or parts of other plays. We’re looking for compact plays/monologues with a start, middle, and end. Special note for monologues: PLEASE take the time to read them out loud, time them, and allow for inflection and beats.

· For plays, no less than 3 pages and no more than 4 pages (12 pt font and 1” margins), for monologues, no more than 1.5 full pages (12 pt font and 1” margins). There are no exceptions to this rule.

· Please include a short blurb (one to two sentences) describing your play.

· No works that have been published by a licensed publisher. Academic or anthology publications for which you hold the copyright are okay. If your play is optioned for publication prior to the production dates, please contact us ASAP as this will make your play ineligible for our purposes.

· Previous productions okay if not staged within Texas.

· No work that has been submitted previously to Cone Man Running or Five Minute Mile, even if revised or significantly rewritten.

· Minimal set and properties. Presume having no more than a few chairs and a table, very limited properties, and include no lighting cues other than ‘lights up/down’.

· No musicals, screenplays, adaptations, or theater for young audiences.

· Three (3) submissions per playwright - however no more than two (2) pieces by a playwright will be potentially staged. If you have co-authored a work, this counts as one of your three submissions for each writer.

· Please submit all files in only: MS word or pdf.

· Please note, all plays will be photographed and recorded for archival and marketing purposes. In submitting your work, you acknowledge and allow for your show to be recorded and photographed.

· Please do not include any identifying information on your script – in your cover letter/email please list your name, phone number, email address, physical address and your play’s title and blurb.

· We will not provide any feedback on scripts.

Special Note: Any submissions that to not meet all guidelines will be ineligible and immediately deleted without response.

· From the submissions, 50-75 plays will be shortlisted as semi-finalists and will be read by our committee. We plan to announce the selected final thirty-two (32) plays by Sunday, August 27th, 2017. The selected plays will be listed on our facebook page and webpage (both listed below) on this date.

· No submission fee.

· Please submit all the requested materials to

Email submissions only.

· Cone Man Running reserves the right to decline scripts for any reason we see fit.

· If one of your plays are selected and you are able to attend, you will be provided with two complimentary tickets to the show. We will be unable to provide any additional compensation or funding towards transportation or lodging. Your show will be guaranteed a minimum of two performances.

For more information on Cone Man Running, please visit:

The New York New Works Theatre Festival

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The New York New Works Theatre Festival has assembled a panel of Broadway Producers and Emmy Award winners created to truly give back to the community of tomorrow’s writing greats. the panel of Broadway Producers donates their time to help develop these projects The agenda is to provide aspiring artists of the highest caliber a platform to present their work. Several plays from the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Festivals have been proceeding to the next level as a result of the mentorship and assistance of the Festival attendees and Panel.
THERE IS NO FEE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION You may submit up to 2 plays for the festival. A separate application must accompany each play submitted. If your play is chosen to participate in the festival there will be a U$ 635.00 participation fee that is used to defray a portion of the costs.

More information and submission form at

1st New York International FRIDGE Festival

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The 1st New York International FRIDGE Festival will take place from Aug 31 – September 10th, at IRT Theatre (154 Christopher St. 3B) in the charming West Village neighborhood in NYC.

Curated and Produced by The Arctic Group, Fridge Fest will premiere New Works by playwrights including Matthew Minnicino, Daniel Talbott, Celine Song, and hopefully YOU!

Submissions open on APRIL 3, 2017

Deadline is JUNE 1, 2017 midnight EST
Here are some answers to your questions:

What are you looking for?

One acts, preferably between 20 - 30 minutes. That being said, we’ll consider 10-20 minutes. We ask that your play NOT to exceed 40 minutes.

Your play must include, but preferably FEATURE, a fridge. We provide the fridge. It is very likely that our fridge will be backless (and therefore walk-through-able) In terms of genre, there are no restrictions whatsoever. Our mission statement is to “pick a snowflake out of an avalanche”, and we want you to be that snowflake. We really like risk-taking and disclaimer-free art, so we encourage you to think outside the (ice)box.

What if I’m selected?

If selected, there is a non-refundable $200 participation fee. This fee includes: 4 performances, marketing, press, production stills for your show, help with graphics. And a potential encore.
You’ll be in charge of fully staging your play, though we’re happy to help with any casting, recommending theater-makers and personal issues (within reason.)

What do I need to send?
Email us your script, any supporting documents, a little bit about yourself and any questions you might have at
Please format the subject of your email as such: TITLE OF PLAY - Length of play - Author. (ie. FROZEN MEATBALLS - 26 minutes - Mrs. Breezy Bottoms)

When will I hear back?
June 15, 2017.

What else should I know?
Performances will be ticketed. However, half of your shows (2/4) will be “Fill Our Fridge” nights, where tickets can be purchased by donating a non-perishable good, which will be donated to a food bank local to the theater.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Online First Draft

Stay on Top of Summer Writing Goals from Anywhere

In the summer, it can be darn-near impossible to stay on top of writing goals. Between vacations, summer festivals, and all-around gorgeous weather, the months just zip by, leaving you wondering how you went weeks without setting pen to paper. We’re here to change that.

Instructor: Caridad Svich (Writer, 2012 Obie Winner for Lifetime Achievement)
Begins June 26
This 8-week online class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines and constructive feedback that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page. As you meet your deadlines, you will have the opportunity to teleconference with Caridad during weekly office hours and receive the feedback necessary to tackle the next assignment. You can expect to leave the class with a working first draft and a refined set of skills for writing—and finishing—your next play.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email


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QP is seeking one-act play submissions for our sixth Suburban Holidays production of new holiday plays the for November/December, 2017 Production.

Suburban Holidays explores the theme of the holiday season (in whatever form that means for the playwright) in a town “very much like Reading, MA.” Though this festival takes place in November and December, all holidays, not just the Christmas/Chanukah season are encouraged.

Since this festival draws a large pool of talented actors, plays featuring more than 4 characters will be considered first. Larger cast plays are strongly encouraged!

We would prefer to produce plays of 20-30 minutes in length, however, plays between 10-35 minutes are accepted.

Preference is given to playwrights from New England, though any playwright may submit. 

If you are not a resident of New England, your play will be considered, but we do give preference to our area, to increase the chances of having the playwrights visit and see their plays in our festival.

Plays must be submitted electronically in MS Word or PDF format, written in standard play format to the festival Producing Director, Patrick Cleary at Paper copies of plays will not be accepted.

Submissions must be received by noon on July 31, 2017.

Plays must be the original works of the playwrights and unpublished at the time of production. Preference is given to unproduced works, but works with limited production runs will be considered.

Original musicals will be considered, though musical accompaniment will be restricted to a keyboardist, should a musical be produced.

Playwrights whose plays are chosen for production will receive an honorarium of $100 for the festival.

Playwrights whose pieces are chosen will be notified via email no later than August 15, 2017. Selections will also be posted on the Quannapowitt Players website.

If you have any questions about this festival or the guideline submissions, please contact Patrick Cleary at . 

Please include the subject line “Suburban Holidays” on submissions and questions.

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.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CALL FOR SHORT PLAYS about gay hookups

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  • Please read all information carefully, as this is a very specific call for a very specific project. 
  • Plays must be about gay male hookups, but can explore any aspect before, during, or after. 
  • Plays may not be longer than ten minutes, but can indeed be shorter.
  • Plays should have no more than four characters.
  • Eight to ten plays will be selected to form a cohesive evening. 
This is the important part:

Once the plays are selected, they will be merged to form a single show. The plays will not be changed, but interstitial connective tissue will be written to connect the plays. We solicit permission to change character names in the interest of this unification. If other changes are necessary to maintain continuity, we will ask permission to make those changes.
  • We will ask that playwrights allow titles to be amended to, e.g. "Bob and Joe Find Out They're Cousins," in the interest of making each a "chapter."
  • Playwrights will be fully credited for their "chapters."
  • Plays will be chosen based on how they may best fit together to tell a story.
  • No restrictions on content, but keep in mind that anything TOO far afield of realism will have trouble fitting into a continuous evening.
  • The evening of plays will run minimum of 20 performances at a Fort Lauderdale theater in late summer/early fall; exact dates to be determined.
  • Selected playwrights will receive royalties of $10 per show (so minimum $200 for the run). 
Deadline is June 23, 2017 or whenever we've received enough plays to fulfill our project, so send early.

Send plays to Please include all contact information, as well as this statement: "I fully understand and agree that my play will be part of a single story incorporating eight to ten short plays. I give my permission for character names and the title to be changed in order for my play to be part of this singular vision, and permit--upon written request--reasonable changes to accommodate continuity."

Confused? Please send any questions to

The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence

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This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Manuscripts must be received by December 31 2017
Types of plays accepted

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. 

Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.

Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.
Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Pride Films and Plays: Call for Entries to LezPlay Contest

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Members of the Dramatists Guild are invited to submit one (1) entry for free. 
Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce that submissions for the 2017 LezPlay Contest are now open.

The mission of LezPlay is to enhance the visibility and advance the viability of lesbian-centered stories for the stage. To that end, LezPlay honors excellence in storytelling by women-identified writers who present lesbian characters and themes—past, present, and future—in a pivotal, positive way.

We want stories that elevate and celebrate us, refine and redefine us. We want to introduce audiences to work that reflects, resonates with, and is relevant to their lives. We want stories that have a broad appeal, stories that will enable us to reach individuals of all ages and in all stages of life.

From April 1 to May 31, 2017, we welcome submissions of full-length plays (up to 120 pages) from writers who identify as women. Only scripts that have not been professionally produced are eligible.

Scripts will be judged by a panel of theatre professionals: directors, artistic directors, playwrights, producers, dramaturges, literary managers.

One winner and two finalists will be selected from all script entries. The selected scripts will be those that receive the highest recommendation from our reading panel and that best align with the mission of LezPlay. The two finalists will receive a prize of $300. The winner will earn a prize of $400 and four days of developmental workshops, culminating in two public staged readings on September 8 and 9 at Pride Arts Center in Chicago.

To enter, complete the online entry form at FilmFreeway ( Please submit your script as a PDF with NO identifying information (only blind copies will be accepted).

Members of the Dramatists Guild are invited to submit one (1) entry for free. On the payment page, input the code DG2017. Entry fee for non-members is $15 if script is received by April 30 or $30 if script is received by May 31. 

To make the final deadline, scripts must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on May 31, 2017.
For complete details, please visit:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ivoryton Playhouse Women Playwrights’ Initiative

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The Ivoryton Playhouse is delighted to announce our second annual Women Playwrights’ Initiative.

Thanks to all participants, our inaugural Initiative was a resounding success. We once again seek submissions of one-act plays by women playwrights.

The Women Playwrights’ Initiative develops new one-act plays by and about women, and the issues that shape their lives. Friendship, political and economic advocacy, sexual satisfaction, aging, gender equality, racial issues, marriage, singlehood, motherhood, careers, and power. The Initiative provides a safe, nurturing environment for play development, including a week of intensive rehearsal with the playwrights, directors, and actors. It will culminate in a staged reading festival in February/March 2018, Passion, Power, Prose: Women Playwrights’ Initiative featuring interactive talkbacks with the playwrights, directors, actors, and audience.

Ten minute plays are acceptable, and all plays must run no more than one hour.

We will be accepting completed manuscripts by email only until June 30, 2017. The week of rehearsal culminating in staged readings on Friday and Saturday nights will be in February/March 2018. Writers whose works are chosen will be invited to Ivoryton for a week to work with directors and actors on their play. They will also receive a small stipend.

Interested playwrights should email a completed manuscript, (for musicals include a script and CD), bio, and resume, including your telephone number and email address.

The Women Playwrights’ Initiative also seeks resumes from directors, and those interested in being readers, both men and women.

Play submissions, and resumes from directors and readers should be emailed to Laura Copland, Director of Play Development at Ivoryton Playhouse,

Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship

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Submissions for 2017-2018 Writing Fellowship due May 21st


About the Program
The Writing Fellowship is at the heart of what we do: helping writers write. Four early-career playwrights receive nine months of resources, readings 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 space for writers to share and refine their work. One-on-one meetings with The Realm’s artistic staff support each writer’s specific artistic process. Fellows work with a director, design consultant, and actors over the course of two readings to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also integral to the program and are tailored to meet the needs of each Writing Fellow. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional seminars are designed to shed light on the business of theatre, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own careers. The culminating event of the program is our INK’D Festival, which features a public reading of each Fellow’s play.

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, that embrace the complexity of life, and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling. And of course, plays that are inherently theatrical—that could never be anything other than a play!

As a playwright-centric company hoping to help create the next generation of successful playwrights, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that the playwrights and the stories we support fully reflect the diversity of the society we live in. As such, we encourage writers and stories with unique cultural perspectives, experiences and backgrounds.

Writing Fellows Receive

$3,000 Award

Internal reading

Public reading

Prime real estate on the Realm couch

An occasional hug

Program Criteria

Playwrights must be able to attend meetings and readings in New York City approximately twice monthly from September 2017 through May 2018.

Playwrights should identify as early-career.

Those enrolled in an MFA program during the span of the fellowship are not eligible.

Plays to be considered for the fellowship should be complete drafts at a stage of development that would benefit from a nine-month rewriting and workshopping process.

Plays should have no commitments to other theaters that will limit their development with Playwrights Realm.

Plays going through another similar development process simultaneously, or 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.

Theatrical résumé listing all academic credentials and professional productions

Full draft of the play that you wish to develop as a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow. The script must be submitted in PDF format with your name and the play title on a cover page

A professional reference with contact information (optional).

To apply, please send the above materials to:

All applications must be submitted electronically by May 21, 2017, 11:59PM EST. Finalists for the program will be interviewed over the summer and final selections will be announced by early September.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Play Writing Project - TwainFest

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In cooperation with Write Out Loud and in association with the Playwrights Project, the Descendants of Early San Diego announced a play writing project where submissions are to be used for TwainFest at Old Town San Diego State Park August 2017.

The Descendants of Early San Diego (Formerly known as the Old Town San Diego Descendants Group or Committee), announces that they are soliciting submissions of short monologues for presentation specifically for TwainFest to be held at Old Town San Diego State Park in August annually. TwainFest is an annual event celebrating the 1800’s with a specific focus on literature from that period, which is sponsored by Write Out Loud.

This is part of the ongoing activities of the Descendants Group to celebrate the people who helped develop the area we know as the greater San Diego Region. Submissions of original monologues from 3 to 10 minutes in length are being solicited for possible inclusion in the activities of TwainFest, and possible other educational / entertainment presentations celebrating the targeted historical period.  

The monologues are to depict real people who actually lived in the Region, share with the audience their individual stories and to get a glimpse of life in the 1800’s. Previous works have told the story of specific people and explored such topics as: Toys of the 1800’s, Women Gambling acceptable in California, the Cattle Industry of Early California, the changing of the flag from Spain to Mexico, the real life people that the legion of Zorro is based on among others. Monologues are to be written in the first person as spoken by the actual person who lived in the period speaking to a group of people who have come to San Diego. The piece should assume the character knows nothing of today’s events or evolution. The life of the character must be historically accurate and the slice of life must also be accurate. Topics of inclusion may include historical events of the day, foods, clothing, politics, customs, lifestyles, daily chores, transportation, social interactions, etc. The selected pieces will be performed by compensated actors during the activities of TwainFest and performed several times during the course of the day’s activities.
Set up of piece should be introducing themselves to a group by identifying themselves then telling their story. Within the context of their speaking they will share something about life in California during the 1800’s. Previous works have welcomed guests to San Diego and asked if they are looking for cattle or if they might be interested in gambling, then proceeded to expand on themselves and their slice of life. A committee from Write Out Loud, Playwrights Project, and the Descendants of Early San Diego will review submitted material to select pieces which will be compensated at $100 each script. We look to find 2 – 3 new scripts a year. Depending on the quality of submissions there is no specific limitation on awarded scripts. The committee may refer a script for assistance with the Playwrights Project, not be included at this time or compensated for submission. Compensated scripts and authors will be announced at the annual Descendants Reunion weekend which is held the last weekend of June yearly. 

Submissions will be accepted from anyone but must meet the criteria for the project.

August (dates to be announced and may be expanded to more than one day) performances of pieces at TwainFest activities
Criteria for submitted pieces/monologues
  1. Depict a person who actually lived in the San Diego Region during the 1800’s with factual information about them.
  2. Length of piece should be between 3 and 10 minutes of actual performance time.
  3. The piece should be written in the first person from the perspective of the historical person identified.
  4. The piece must also include something about the times, either: events, culture, music, foods, clothing, customs, social interactions of the times, weapons, tools, transportation, etc. within the context of what the character says. It should be informative but remain primarily as entertainment. This is not meant to be a lecture or lesson but will gently inform the audience about the target period of history while also entertaining them.
  5. Submissions must be received by email or by mail to Project Manager, Victor C. Contreras at or 110 N. 2nd Ave. #65, Chula Vista, Ca. 91910. Deadline for accepted submissions is May 31. (Mailed items will not be returned)
  6. Authors of submitted material selected for compensation agree to authorize The Descendants of Early San Diego and Write Outloud to present the piece with a compensated performer without further compensation. 
  7. Compensated scripts will be paid $100 per script. Compensated performers will be compensated at a rate of $125 per day of performance.
  8. All decisions including casting will be the purview of the joint committee with weighted votes for the Event Director of Twainfest, Project Manager, within the committee with representation from the Descendants of Early San Diego, Write Out Loud, and the Playwrights Project.

Lakeshore Players Theatre Active Voice: Staged Reading Series

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  • A play to be performed by no more than 10 performers.
  • Full-length in any genre.
  • If a musical, the score should be original and able to be played by one pianist.
  • Translations, collections of one-acts, and any play that has received a full scale professional production prior to submission are not eligible.
  • Opportunities for diversity are preferred.
We respond primarily to plays with a sure command of language and a clear dramatic action.
A complete submission package includes:
  • Title of the play
  • Your contact information
  • A concise paragraph describing why your play is a good fit for Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Character breakdown and description
  • Time and place
  • Synopsis
  • 10-page sample minimum, full manuscript welcome if complete
Submission Deadline: August 7, 2017

Submission Method:

Send a PDF via email to
Company Contact Information:

Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Office: 651-426-3275 | Tickets: 651-429-5674 |

Lakeshore Players Theatre’s (LPT) mission is to provide community enrichment and education through the performing arts. A community based nonprofit theater under professional management, LPT is committed to strengthening our community by helping people of all ages and experiences to participate in the performing arts. The 2017-2018 season is Lakeshore Players Theatre’s 65th season.

Village Playwrights Loud and Proud

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The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for Loud and Proud, staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Gay Pride on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 8 to 10 pm at the LGBT Community Center.

  • Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes. 
  • Plays must have a LGBTQ theme
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal.
  • Deadline Friday, May 26, 2017, 5 pm.
  • No fee to submit

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Shakespeare's New Contemporaries

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We're looking for remarkable playwrights from all walks of life. Do you have a great play that vibes off of Shakespeare's canon? Can you write a great play to be a companion piece to one of Shakespeare's plays? We want to see it.

Is your play ready to go? For the first round, we're looking for submissions that vibe off of The Merry Wives of Windsor; Henry IV, Part 1; The Comedy of Errors; or The Winter’s Tale.

The first two productions will be mounted during our 2018/19 Artistic Year. The first, in the 2019 Actors’ Renaissance Season (January - early-April) will accompany either The Merry Wives of Windsor or Henry IV, Part 1. The second, during the 2019 Spring Season (mid-April - mid-June) will accompany either The Comedy of Errors or The Winter's Tale. ​​

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. However, to be considered for the first year, please submit by February 15, 2018. ​

The play should take advantage of and be producible using Shakespeare's Staging Conditions*:
  • Cast size 10 - 12
  • Universal lighting
  • Direct address
  • Character doubling and cross-gendered casting
  • 2(ish) hours
  • Minimal sets
  • All sound effects created in real time, unplugged, by the cast
Each winning playwright will receive a $25,000 cash prize, plus travel to and housing in Staunton, Virginia for the rehearsal period and opening of their production.


We will announce the next round of plays approximately 1.5 years before the deadline of each cycle. Check this site for updates or sign up for e-mail notifications.

Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition

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The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates good old-fashioned storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. All genres considered and authors retain all script rights.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
  • Please keep to one entry per author.
  • The script should be your original work/story (no adaptations of another author’s works)
  • Please keep the script “family friendly”
  • 1) Avoid incorporating swearing, which for this context includes “damn,” “hell,” “God” etc.
  • 2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context
  • Make sure your script is action/plot driven
  • Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes

Entry deadline May 28th 2017.
Winners will be announced in June 21st 2017.

Rules, past winners and entry information can be found at


Please click on the link below to send a note expressing your interest in entering the 2017 MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition. Please DO NOT attach your file in this note.

We will get back to you (hopefully within a couple of hours) with your entry form. Although this seems a bit cumbersome it will prevent my overzealous spam filter from diverting your entry.

Again, please DO NOT attach your script file with your interest to enter note.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


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FURNACE FRINGE IS A CELEBRATION of new and innovative theatrical works, dance performances, musical acts, and visual arts. Our intent is to give young artists the chance to showcase their work in a more professional environment and offer workshops to teach basic skills in the areas of design, dance, visual art, playwriting, and acting. We also have a mentorship program set up for students to be a part of so that they may work with someone in their desired area of the arts. Our two main goals are to foster a community of artists who can collaborate in the future through the connections created in the making of and at the festival AND create a scholarship fund for students looking to further their education in the arts. All proceeds from the festival are going into a scholarship we are creating that will be awarded this fall to an undergraduate student.

Please fill out the form on our website to submit your work to the 2017 Furnace Fringe Festival.

Submission period for the one-act plays ends May 17th and we will announce our decisions the first week of June. Submissions for dance pieces are open until mid June. Submissions for small acts for the gallery performances close mid June.

Script notes: Running time should be between 50-70 minutes. Minimal props. Small to medium cast size.

Dance notes: Please submit a video of your piece along with a description of any additional needs for the piece it self. There is no limit to the cast size but please note, you will need to provide the dancers and costumes. We can have some flexibility in helping find any costume pieces you may need and can certainly help with props.



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Deadline May 15th 2017

The 2017 Rockford New Play Festival is seeking submissions of new ten minute plays. 

Six scripts will be chosen as official selections of the festival and presented in an evening of staged readings in Rockford, Illinois on August 24, 2017. Each of the six playwrights will receive $150 and a link to a video recording of the reading. The 2017 New Play Festival Reading will also be broadcast live on Facebook.

This year, we invite you to share a play inspired by the question: “In light of the recent Women’s March on Washington, ‘Where Are You Going?’” We encourage you to be bold, passionate, and most importantly, yourself.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these rules:

Theme: plays must be relevant to this year’s theme: “In light of the recent Women’s March on Washington, 'Where Are You Going?'”

Language: Plays must be written for English speaking audiences.

One play per playwright will be accepted.

Originality: Submissions must be original and playwrights must be the copyright holder. Translations and adaptations will not be accepted.

Eligibility: Plays that have been professionally produced or published, or which are under consideration for production or publication, are not eligible.

Plays submitted to The Rockford New Play Festival in previous years will not be considered.

File Format: Plays must be submitted in PDF format.

File Name: “Your First and Last Name - Play Title.PDF” (e.g. Caryl Churchill - Top Girls.PDF)

Plays must have the following sections:

Title Page (Play Title, Playwright Name and Contact Info)

Character Page (Name + Short Description. In order of appearance)

Setting/Time Page

Play Body: 10 Pages or less. Plays longer than 10 pages (not including Title, Character, and Setting/Time pages) will not be read.

Plays must be in Standard Professional Play Format:

Font: 12 point serif (Times New Roman or similar), no bold or italics please

Margins: Top: 1”, Bottom: 1”, Left: 1.5”, Right: 1”

Character Names: Capitalized, first letter of name centered on page

Dialogue: Begins on the line below the character name, single spaced

Stage Directions: start at center of page, single spaced, in parentheses, no italics

Page Numbering: Upper right corner, Page 1 is first page of Play Body

Online Submission: Plays must be submitted through the online form. Email or postal submissions will not be accepted.

Double-check these rules before making your submission.

Any submission not following these rules will be disqualified.

Plays will be accepted until May 15, 2017 at 11:59pm CST, or until we reach 500 submissions, whichever comes first. Playwrights will be notified about the status of their submission no later than July 1st, 2017.

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

Click the "Submit Your Play" to be taken to the online play submission form.