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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Adirondack Theatre Festival submission window open

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ATF produces new scripts of the highest caliber throughout each season. To help fulfill this mission, we welcome the opportunity to read submissions from skilled playwrights who feel their work would be a good fit at the Adirondack Theatre Festival.

**Please note our new policy. Submissions are now accepted from Aug. 15-Oct. 1 only. This new policy is to help us manage the large volume of submissions we receive and ensure that your play is heavily considered during the fall season selection period.

If you are interested in submitting your play to be considered for future seasons at ATF, please send the following via email to Literary@ATFestival.org:

  • Full PDF version of the script (Word also accepted)
  • Brief (3-5 sentence) synopsis of the play
  • Production history—including any readings, workshop or full productions the play has received thus far
  • Professional playwright resume or bio
  • Please note: all submissions MUST be sent electronically. Plays submitted via email can be sent either by the playwright or by a literary agent on the playwright’s behalf. Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive, please allow a few weeks for a response acknowledging receipt of your script. ATF does not provide dramaturgical feedback.

If you have any further questions about the submission process, please reach out to ATF’s Literary Manager, Hank Greene, at Literary@ATFestival.org.

Ampersand Theatre Company seeks plays by women

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Ampersand Theatre Co. is looking for female playwrights to join in our in augural evening of short plays for, by and about women this January.

Seeking 10-15 minute plays and musicals.

The event will take place in NYC, so NYC writers are most certainly encourages to attend.

The only boundaries are that they must be female writers and their story must feature a female lead. 

There is absolutely no submission fee and no fee to participate, should their work be selected. There is also no limit to the number of works they can submit.

Deadline: August 31, 2018

Send to ampersandtheatreco@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Brave New World Repertory Theatre seeking full-length plays

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Three to four original, full-length plays (under 120 pages preferred) will be selected and given staged readings. Plays that reflect upon social justice and human rights themes, or that address current socio-political and/or environmental challenges will be given priority.

Thanks to the enthusiasm of our base community last season, BNWorks 2019 will return to private living rooms in Ditmas Park Brooklyn between January 2019 and May 2019. Plays must be un-produced, but previously staged readings/workshops are not disqualifying factors. Chosen playwrights will receive a small stipend.

Brave New World Rep is committed to giving a platform to voices and stories from underrepresented and historically disenfranchised communities. Black, Latinx, Asian/Asian-American, POC, Indigenous, Muslim, immigrant, trans, LGBTQA+, gender non-conforming, differently abled, femme and/or female-identifying playwrights are HIGHLY encouraged to submit. Brooklyn-based playwrights will also be given first consideration.

To submit, please send an electronic copy of your script in PDF format with numbered pages to submissions@bravenewworldrep.org. In a separate document or in the body of your submission email, please also include a short synopsis of your play, a brief bio, and a website link (if relevant to your work as a writer/theater artist.) Entry is limited to one play per season.

The deadline for consideration for the 2019 BNW Reading Series is October 1st 2018, however submissions are accepted all year-round, with the potential of being considered for future opportunities. Only playwrights who are selected will be notified.

Call for Plays - Women Playwrights Series

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The Centenary Stage Company, an Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2018 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and Susan Glaspell Contest.

Now in its 27th year, the WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and underserved voice of women writing for the theatre today.  Each season 3 new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period, over a period of a approximately 1 week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals.  The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the public as part of the Series, giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work, as well as offering the playwright an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium.  Additional funds for travel and housing are available for one playwright each season.

The 2019 Susan Glaspell Contest:
One play from the WPS Festival will be selected by a panel of judges as the winner, to be featured in a subsequent CSC main-stage season as a full production, with an additional award of $1500 to the playwright.

Guidelines for WPS Susan Glaspell Contest:
Submit full - length play, with no prior AEA production.
(If play has had one workshop production, please include information in your cover letter about the company, # of performances, and contract, if applicable)

Please include 1 letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or professor/instructor familiar with your work.

Note: we are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

Call CSC for more details (908 979-0900)

Deadline for Open Submissions: November 2, 2018

Deadline for New Dramatists, Agent Submissions, and PW Center:  January 15, 2019
Send Submissions to:
Attn: Catherine Rust, Prog. Dir
Centenary Stage Co. WPS
400 Jefferson St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Monday, August 13, 2018

SLAM Boston Diverse Voices in Theatre seeks 10-minute plays

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Dec 11 & 12, 2018
Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

The Open Theatre is calling for ten-minute plays for our December 18’ production of SLAM Boston Diverse Voices in Theatre, Boston’s Favorite 10-Min Play Competition.

When: Plays accepted now through Sept 1

Notifications will be made by Oct 1st

We are The Open Theatre and that means we will consider work from anyone. Maybe you went to drama school. Maybe you didn't. Maybe you've written a hundred plays. Maybe this is your first, either way, we are particularly interested in seeing work from people who may have experienced the world as The Closed Theatre. We want to see work from women, artists of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and others whose voices have not been traditionally heard. So please share your work with us so that we can share it with others.

How the SLAM works:

  • 8 Plays & Directors will be chosen
  • Once teams are assembled, they will rehearse independently
  • Technical Elements: minimal scenery (cubes, chairs tables) Lights Up/Down Only and props must fit in one grocery bag
  • Plays must not go over 10min or longer than 12 pages.
  • We will have One Tech Day at BPT
  • Each play will be performed on both nights
  • The audience will vote on their favorite plays, winner is chosen from the average scores from both nights. The winning team (Actors, Playwrights, Directors) will win a cash prize! 
  • As an OTP Fundraising event, every position from producing staff to playwrights are volunteer

Please Note:
If you have submitted to OTP’s SLAM Boston before, please do NOT submit again, we consider previously submitted works within these calls.

How to apply:

  • Submit 1 Version with full contact information & 1 Version with NO contact information
  • Plays must be sent in either a .pdf or word doc
  • Please include a brief synopsis & your full contact information
  • Please use the subject line SLAM Boston 2018 Submission
  • Submissions can be sent via email to submissions@theopentheatre.com

The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award 2018

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The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be given to an emerging female composer, or composer-lyricist who compellingly demonstrates outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing, and who can clearly show how the grant money and mentorship will further her artistic career.

Eligible candidates for the award must currently reside in the United States and consist of an individual female composer, or individual composer-lyricist.

Finalists will be selected and interviewed at the end of September in New York City.

The recipient of the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be selected by a committee of industry professionals chosen by the Ziegfeld Club and will be presented at a private reception in New York City in November 2018.

The recipient of the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will receive a grant of $10,000 in addition to professional, and artistic mentorship for one year.

Important Dates

The application for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be open from July 30th- August 31st 2018.
Finalist interviews will be held in person on September 21st, 2018 in New York City. The recipient of the award will be notified in late September 2018.

Click HERE to download the application form.

Applications for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award must include the following:
1) Demo recordings of 3 contrasting songs from at least two separate works of musical theater. Professional recordings are appreciated but not necessary. Piano-and-vocals are sufficient. The songs should be sent as individual MP3 files, and labeled with both the candidate’s name and the songs’ titles (Last Name, First Name- Title). Applicants retain all copyright of their work. Please do not submit live recordings.

2) Dramatic context and lyric sheets. Please include piano/vocal music, or scores if available.

3) An Artistic Statement of one page or less (no more than 500 words) describing your work in musical theater, and how the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will aid you in your artistic and professional goals.

4) A current Resume that lists your experience and production history as a musical theater composer. Applicants will be considered eligible as emerging artists if, in the judgment of the committee, they have not already received substantial recognition in American musical theater.

5) A completed Application Form.

Note: If you receive this grant, it will be awarded through Fractured Atlas, pending acceptance into their fiscal sponsorship program. For more information about Fractured Atlas and their fiscal sponsorship program, please visit www.fracturedatlas.org

To submit an application for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award, please send the required materials to: submissions@theziegfeldclubinc.com

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Little Black Dress seeks 10-minute plays from women

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2019 Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Fest: Swimming With Giants (submission form)
This year’s festival theme is SWIMMING WITH GIANTS.  Playwrights are invited to submit short (1-10 minute) plays and/or monologues written on this theme.  In the past we’ve had great success with short scenelets as well (10-minute plays comprised of a couple of scenes, which we can sprinkle throughout the line-up).

**We know that the "ten-minute" thing can feel vague/limiting/over-done/etc.  But believe us, we have built some truly kick ass festivals out of some truly phenomenal short pieces that meet (or even beat) the ten-minute mark.  Our most successful plays have been those that move with a snappish pace, that punch you in the gut and keep on running, or make us laugh so hard we gasp for air and then BOOM, it's over and we're over the moon.  Short plays that leave us wanting more instead of feeling antsy are the bees knees, as far as we're concerned.  So please adhere to the under-10-minute challenge and have fun!  (And keep in mind we strive to produce as many playwrights as possible, so shorter pieces do stand a better chance of making it to the final line-up)**

Remember:  Little Black Dress INK utilizes a peer review process for evaluating plays.  By submitting to this fest, you agree to participate in this unique opportunity to help select plays for production.

Once our submission window is closed, you will receive a selection of plays to read and score using the LBDI online eval form.  You MUST read and submit your evaluations by the required date in order for your play to remain in consideration.

Submitted works will be read by other participating playwrights and LBDI artistic personnel.  By submitting to the festival, you agree to share your work for review in this process.

As always, LBDI will be producing readings of the top scoring plays at locations nation-wide.  The top eight to ten scoring plays will also move on to full production with Little Black Dress INK in 2019.

Submissions will be accepted July 1st – Aug 15th.

*** There are two steps to submitting work for this year's festival:
      1.  Complete and submit the form.
      2.  Upload a BLIND PDF at the bottom of this form (Blind PDF = no playwright info anywhere on the script!)
      3. Check your email for confirmation of receipt!  (If you don't get a confirmation email from Google, it may mean something has gone wrong and your submission was not received.  Please let us know if this happens.)

REMEMBER - This year's theme is SWIMMING WITH GIANTS.  Now go wild, ladies!  We can't wait to read your work!

Questions?  Email Info@LittleBlackDressINK.org  (This is our question/info address only.  Please do NOT send submissions to this email address as they may get lost.)

Object Movement Festival for puppetry seeks submissions

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OBJECT MOVEMENT is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The purpose of the program is to develop new work and advance existing works-in-progress that address social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical questions through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of performances. Participants will meet weekly as a group to share the progress of their pieces and offer feedback. The group is moderated by a curatorial team of puppetry artists and producers. Group meetings will be from September 2018 through May 2019, culminating in a festival of performances.

Applications due August 31, 2018
Participants notified by September 10, 2018
Residency meetings start September 18, 2018
Work in progress showing in December 2018
Performance festival May 17-19 and 24-26, 2019
Workshop meetings will take place weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm at The Center at West Park on the Upper West Side starting September 18, 2018 and continuing through May 2018. Participants will be expected to commit to the weekly schedule with a minimum number of absences.

Festival performances will be in the Center’s Balcony Theater on May 17-19 and 24-26, 2019. Each participant will have at least three total performances on one of the two weekends. Final performances may be short (15-20 minutes) or full length (40-50 minutes).

Participants will receive up to 40 hours of free rehearsal space at the Center during the residency. Free rehearsal hours may be used in the Chapel between 10am and 6pm, Monday-Friday and must be reserved in advance.

Artist Fee

All participants will receive an equal share of the box office proceeds from the festival as an Artist Fee at the end of the residency.

Festival Info

The Object Movement 2019 Festival will take place over two weekends, with Program A running Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19 and Program B running Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26. Participants will be scheduled in Program A or B in early 2018 based on performer availability. Each piece in the festival will get one full day in the theater for tech and dress rehearsal.

The Center will provide front of house and technical staff for the festival, including a box office manager, house manager, technical director, and production stage manager. Equipment including a lighting rep plot and PA sound system will also be provided. All tickets will be $15 and sold through the Center’s website.

Print and digital marketing materials, including posters and Facebook pages, will be created by the Center. The Center will host a promo photo shoot in advance of the festival, and provide a photographer for production stills.

Application Information

Artists of all ages, experience levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applications should be for a specific project, either a new piece or an existing work in progress to be developed further. Please upload a one-page text description and one-page image/illustration of the project you would like to develop and perform during the residency and festival.

Your text description should include:

  • the style of puppetry or object theater used in the project
  • the social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical question(s) addressed in the project
  • why puppetry or object theater is essential to addressing the question(s) and the conception of the project
  • the length of the piece you are hoping to perform at the festival and how much of the material you have already created, if any
  • Please upload a document with one-page resumes or narrative biographies for up to three lead artists participating in the project. PDF preferred.

Please upload a document with work samples for up to three lead artist participating in this project. Work samples can be links to video, audio, or image galleries; a series of still images; and/or text. Please keep script samples to no more than 10 pages. PDF preferred.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the application process, the residency, or the festival.


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Deadline: September 30, 2018

Attention playwrights! Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts is once again calling for submissions for its award-winning, 19th Biennial Year End Series Festival of New Plays - THE Y.E.S. FESTIVAL, running April 4–14, 2019.

  • Full-length plays are eligible. All rights must be fully owned by the author.
  • No children’s theatre, one-acts, or reader’s theatre pieces will be considered.
  • Adaptations will be considered only if the adapted work is in the public domain.
  • A submitted play may not have had a previous professional or university production.
  • In deciding which play to submit, a writer should know the festival will be cast with undergraduate student actors. Plays with larger casts are looked upon favorably in the selection process.
  • Scripts must be standard sized, legibly typed, and bound. Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred.
  • Submissions (ONE per playwright) should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.

  • An entry form must accompany a submitted script (visit nku.edu/theatre for downloadable form or email mking@nku.edu).
  • Submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2018.
  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish the project director to acknowledge receipt of your script.
  • Scripts are not returnable unless specifically requested and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Returnable scripts will be mailed back after the selected playwrights have been notified.
Submissions, accompanied by an entry form, should be mailed to:
            Michael King
            NKU School of the Arts
            Nunn Drive, FA 205
            Highland Heights, KY 41099


Selections will be made and selected playwrights notified no later than December 31, 2018.

The names of the winning plays will be posted on the Y.E.S. Festival website in late January.

Selected playwrights must be available to visit the festival about one week before opening so their visit can be arranged to include late rehearsals and the premiere of their play. Festival dates are April 4–14, 2019. The visiting dates are at the discretion of the festival. The cost of travel and accommodations will be covered by NKU. Selected playwrights will receive a cash prize of $400.

Playwrights and directors of their plays will participate in one post-show question-and-answer session with the audience.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

New Light Theater Project seeks plays from NYC-based writers

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Submissions open July 17 thru August 17, 2018.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these submission guidelines:

  * This contest is restricted to unproduced plays written in the English language.
  * Playwrights must be NYC-based.
  * Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays. Translations, musicals, adaptations, screenplays, one-act plays, and children's plays are not accepted.
  * Playwrights may submit only one script per year.
  * Plays that have been professionally produced in NYC are not eligible.
  * Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
  * Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission. NLTP will have right of first refusal once script has won.
  * Plays must be typed/word-processed and page-numbered.
  * Plays must be submitted electronically. No hard copies, please.

New Light Theater Project reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

Electronic submissions for the New Light New Voices Award must be submitted no later than August 17, 2018. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and a 2-3 sentence description of the play. Your play title with your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography must be submitted in a separate attachment.

Please send the script in PDF format with the title format: PLAY TITLE.pdf

Submit the electronic copy of your manuscript to: nlnvsubmissions@gmail.com with the subject line “NEW LIGHT NEW VOICES SUBMISSION: (title of your play)”

Please note: the award is contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the production agreement.

The Yale Drama Series 2019 playwriting competition

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The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2019 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Ayad Akhtar. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.

2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, adaptations, and children's plays are not accepted. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.

3. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.

4. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.

5. Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

6. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in professional play format.

7. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

8. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.


The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2019 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2018 and no later than August 15, 2018. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to: https://yup.submittable.com/submit.

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2019 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2018 and no later than August 15, 2018.

If you are submitting a hard copy of your play, the manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), page count, and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments; and a second title page that lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please include a brief biography at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page.

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include an email address on your title page or a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT

Or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

St. Paul’s Arts Council 2019 Short Play Festival

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The St. Paul’s Arts Council is showcasing original, never before produced short plays in a Short Play Festival, February 24, 2019. Plays are to be in one of two categories: 2-Minute and 10-Minute plays.
The theme for this year’s festival is “Coming Together: Healing Our Divisions.” Topics may include such issues as racial, cultural, and economic divisions. The goal of the festival is to provide positive and encouraging ways to bridge our differences and bring us together.

Plays selected to be a part of the 2019 Short Play Festival will receive rehearsals with professional quality actors and directors, then presented in a staged reading for our audience.


We are looking for original works which have not been published and have not had a full premiere production. Plays are to be either two minutes or ten minutes in length. We are not accepting musi- cals and the cast shall be limited to six.


Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above and be submitted by the deadline. Early submission is encouraged. We are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF for- mat. Please do not submit paper manuscripts.
Send an email to parishoffice@stpaulna.org with the following in the body of the email: Play Title, Name of Playwright(s), Contact information (email and phone), Synopsis of the play and cast re- quirements.

Attach a PDF copy of your script with just the title on the cover. As our readers are reading blind we request that you please not include playwright or contact information on the submitted
script. Email all submissions by December 15, 2018.

One submission per playwright.


All submissions will be screened by a blind panel of readers for appropriateness of topic, theatrical- ity, and overall quality. Each play will receive scores from a minimum of 2 readers. Highly-scored plays from the first round will be read by additional readers and scored until a short list of plays is determined.

Contact parishoffice@stpaulna.org


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The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2019-20 Season. Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2018.

Previous winners have gone on to enjoy productions around the world and to garner additional honors such as the National Play Award.

2018-19 Award

Guidelines for Submissions
We are currently accepting submissions for the 2019-20 Reva Shiner Comedy Award. The top 10 finalists and the winner of the 2019-20 Reva Shiner Comedy Award will be announced at the end of March 2019.

  • "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
  • Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
  • Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted. If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here:
  •  Pay Reader Fee   
  • Make sure to note with your submission that you have paid the reader fee online.

It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.

The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.

Send to:
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org

Friday, August 10, 2018

Drama Notebook is accepting submissions

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Have you written plays for kids and teens and simply want to have them used and performed?
Drama Notebook is accepting submissions from playwrights, teachers, and actors who have written scripts or scenes for children and teens. We are building a huge library of royalty-free, high-quality scripts for use in educational settings.

Most drama teachers pay for materials out-of-pocket, and cannot afford to pay royalties, per-script fees, video fees, etc. By sharing your work, you will be benefiting thousands of educators in over 100 countries.

We can either license your script for a small fee, or purchase the copyright for a slightly larger amount. This is not life-changing $ to be sure, but you will experience the joy of knowing that your work is being performed by students all over the world.

When we publish your script, we include your bio, a link to your website (if applicable), and a way for teachers to contact you when their students perform your play!

Ready to submit your plays?
1. Download more detailed information below.
2. See an example of a formatted script.
3. Download our handy script template (optional).
4. Fill out the play submission form.

We will contact you immediately to let you know that we have received your submission, and our team will get back to you within one week to let you know whether or not we’d like to add your script(s) to our library.


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($20 submission fee will be waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild. Please include a photo copy of your current membership card for verification.)

The first 200 submissions to be received between July 1st and August 31st will be considered. Once 200 scripts have been submitted an announcement will be made and the application will be closed.

Submissions must be completed full-length or one-act plays. No 10-minute plays, please.
Submissions must be the original work of the submitting female playwright.
Submissions may not have been previously produced or fully staged.
Submissions are due by August 31st, 2017 and must include all of the submission materials to qualify.
One script may be submitted per applicant.
International submissions are welcome.

There is a $20 submission fee. ($20 submission fee is waived for members of the Dramatists Guild with verification of current membership.)

Applicants who choose to submit materials via e-mail must also pay an additional $8.00 printing fee.

A small group of finalists will be announced in February of 2019. From that list, 3 winners will be selected and will be invited to attend the staged reading of their play in Knoxville, TN, in Summer of 2019.

The First, Second, and Third Place winners will be announced by February 14th, 2019 and will receive the Henley Rose Award. In addition, submission fees will go toward creating a cash prize for the winners of the Henley Rose Award.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Tall Tales DC Productions seeking full length and short plays by South Asian playwrights

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Tall Tales DC Productions is seeking contemporary full length and short plays by South Asian playwrights not previously produced in the DC Metro area.

Simple production requirement and a cast of no more than 5.

Submit script as a PDF attachment to an e-mail with a cover letter that includes a brief synopsis of the piece, as well as any history of the production.


A stipend will be paid for selected work.

Email scripts and cover to info@talltalesdc.productions

SciArts Festival of New Plays

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LSU School of Theatre and LSU College of Science invites submissions for consideration for the inaugural season of our reading series exploring the intersection of art and science. Up to three selected scripts will receive readings at LSU and a $1000.00 SciArts at LSU Playwriting Prize.

When To Submit: Submissions are now open with a deadline of November 30, 2018.

Dates of the Festival: April 3-6, 2019

Please read all guidelines below before submitting.

How To Submit

Playwrights should submit two PDF documents:
o Script cover page with name and contact information and a cover letter with a brief description of the play and how it fits the definition of a "science play".
o Script with no playwright information but a complete cast list with brief character descriptions. 
Email your script to sciartsconference@gmail.com

What We're Looking For:
SciArts Festival of New Plays will be part of a conference that is interested in new work that explores the intersection of science and art. Plays should have significant science related content as well as being artistically and theatrically engaging. New perspectives on the intersection of art and science are encouraged, but we are not interested in science fiction or medical dramas. Successful submissions will be viable theatrically with science content, characters and themes that are plausible and integral to the action of the play 
Formatting Requirements: 
Legible, 10-12 point font in a standard professional play format.
This is a BLIND submission process. Please remove author’s name and contact information from the script. DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY/ NO PAPER MAIL 
Include cast list with brief character descriptions at the beginning of the script. 
A minimum run time of 30 minutes for one-act submissions and 60 to 120ish minutes for full length plays. 
Submissions Should Be: 
• Full-length plays (not incomplete drafts or treatments) that stand alone as an evening of theater with a 60 minute minimum running time or one act plays running at least 30 minutes. 
• Plays that have never had a professional AEA production and have never been published; (readings and workshops are fine, but include a brief history of any such previous exploration in your cover letter.)
Submissions Should NOT Be:
• Film or TV Scripts
• Translations
• Children’s Theatre
• One-person shows
• Science Fiction or Medical dramas

What to Expect:

LSU will select up to 3 new plays for concert readings and talkbacks. Plays will be paired with locally based directors, actors, and stage managers and receive several hours of rehearsal time. While no guarantees can be made, plays will be chosen with an eye toward further development and possible production of plays that are successful in our Festival reading series.
Talkbacks with the playwright, the director and the audience will be held immediately following each reading. One-on-one discussions about the play with LSU artistic personnel will be available to playwrights.

Fine Print:

• Submissions are limited to one per author per year.
• Travel to the readings and three nights of housing will be provided for the selected playwrights in addition to a $1,000.00 SciArts at LSU Playwriting Prize.
• LSU Theatre does not ask for any rights to these plays at this time, but requests that any subsequent readings, workshops or productions of our chosen plays contain acknowledgement that the script was developed at the SciArt Festival of New Plays at Louisiana State University.
• Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

22nd One Act Festival — Ten Below

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Submission deadline: Monday, October 1, 2018

Notification of final decisions: Email between January 7-18, 2019

Festival Dates:  April 5 – 14, 2019 (6 performances)

They are BACK!  The Fine Arts Association will once again showcase original, never been produced in the state of Ohio 10-minute plays.  Those chosen will be fully produced as part of the 22nd One Act Festival — Ten Below in April, 2019 at The Fine Arts Association.

Submissions of original ten-minute plays will be accepted beginning  Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Submission deadline is Monday, October 1, 2018. Only ONE 10-minute submission will be accepted per playwright. Submit your favorite!  The number of plays to be produced will be at The Fine Arts Association’s discretion and will depend on the mix of qualified submissions.   Original plays accepted for the Festival will be announced between January 7 – 18, 2019.  The plays selected will be given full production within the capabilities and budget of The Fine Arts Association. There are no submission fees for this Festival. There will be no monetary stipend for plays used in the Festival.

Festival Submission Guidelines:

-   Submission must be an original, never before produced in the state of Ohio 10-minute play at time of submission.  Plays that have had staged readings will be accepted. Plays that have received full productions, either professional or amateur, prior to submission will not be accepted.  Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

-   Limit of ONE play may submitted by each playwright.

-   Maximum Length: 10 pages not including title pages.  Play should run in the 10 minute range.  Longer submissions will not be considered.

-   Scripts may be comedy and drama.  Not open to musicals.  No more than 6 characters.

-   Simple set and costumes needs and minimal technical requirements.   Only basic furniture and minimal props available for the production.

-  Plays must be submitted with a title page containing the following contact and bio information:

-  Playwright’s name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address and a brief biography.

-  International submissions are welcome.  All scripts must be in English.

-  All play submissions will be handled with care. However, The Fine Arts Association assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

E-mail Guidelines:

-  Submissions may be e-mailed to ahedger@fineartsassociation.org.  E-mail submissions must be received by The Fine Arts Association by Monday, October 1, 2018 to be considered.

-  Preferred document format:  Microsoft Word or .PDF files ONLY.  No other formats will be accepted.

Mailing Guidelines:

-  Mail submission to:   Ann Hedger, Ten Minute Plays, The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, Ohio 44094.  Mailed submissions must be postmarked by October 1, 2018 to be considered for the Festival.

-  Mailed submissions must be securely bound with a title page containing full contact and bio information as outlined above.

-  Scripts will not be returned.  Scripts not selected will be shredded then recycled.
Selection & Notification Information:

-  Selections will be made by The Fine Arts Association Performance Department and inclusion in the festival is solely at their discretion.  All decisions are final.

-  All submitting playwrights will receive an email notification upon receipt of their scripts.  Notification of final decisions will be made by e-mail between January 7 – 18, 2019.

Questions — call 440-951-7500 x103.

Write Your Next First Draft this Fall at Primary Stages ESPA

Whether you're writing your first play or your hundredth, it's not always easy to set the creative wheels in motion. This 10-week class at Primary Stages ESPA will guide you through the development of your first draft.

Faculty and Start Dates
September 16: Section A with Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
September 20: Section C with Suzanne Bradbeer (Writer, Confederates, Pulitzer-nominated The God Game)
September 26: Section E with Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public)

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright of any level looking to start the first draft of your new play. 
  • Are starting out in the world of playwriting or want to write your first play. 
  • Want concrete deadlines and constructive feedback to encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
In this class you will:
  • Bring in new pages to hear them read aloud in class. 
  • Strengthen your writing skills with exercises and assignments from your instructor. 
  • Engage in discussion with fellow writers, making connections with your artistic peers.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a solid start on—or even complete!—a first draft of a full-length play. 
  • Be ready for our Completing Your Draft class! 
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 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.


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We are seeking ridiculously entertaining original musicals suitable for family audiences. Ideal musicals will feature stories about young people and families with strong plot lines and great characters. Please note, we are not seeking ‘issue’ shows, and we are not seeking adaptations of children’s literature or other published works. We are looking for entertaining, engaging new musicals by early career and/or emerging writers and composers.

We’re defining ‘early career’ and ‘emerging’ on a case by case basis. Certainly a 21-year-old with a published play or a major production of their work would not be eligible. However, a 35-year-old who is unpublished without a major production of their work would qualify. Bottom line: If you consider yourself ‘early career’ and/or ‘emerging,’ we welcome you to submit. (Please note, this is not a competition for children).

Submissions will be open from June 1 - December 1, 2018. Three works will be chosen to be a performed as staged readings during a weekend-long festival in March 2019. Committee selections to be made by January 30, 2019. Writing teams will be invited to attend performance weekend.  Selected musicals will be considered for full production in 2020.

Submission guidelines for Pantochino’s inaugural “POW” Festival are as follows:

  • All submissions must be full-length musicals suitable for family audiences.
  • Musicals having already received a full production are not eligible.
  • Musicals that are already published are not eligible.
  • Musical revues are not eligible.
  • Musicals that have had a workshop or reading remain eligible.
  • Only one submission per playwright-composer-lyricist team


Email submission package to PantochinoFestival@gmail.com between June 1-December 1, 2018.
All email submissions must be in PDF format. Please include the following as attached documents, not in the body of your email. A complete submission package should include the following:
PDF of the full musical:

  • Sheet music/score of the full musical.
  • Your full contact information.
  • Resume of the writing team (playwright, lyricist, composer)
  • A short description of the musical and/or synopsis.
  • A brief (no longer than one page) history of the development of this musical.
  • One page including title of musical, character breakdown and descriptions.
  • Link to dropbox of complete demo songs.
  • Cast size must be 10 or fewer (actors may play multiple roles)

A notice of receipt will be emailed. Thank you for your submission!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


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Like our Biennial Commission, this application asks that writers respond to a series of prompts with a ten-page piece of initial writing and a one-page proposal for a full-length play, which will be read without the readers’ knowledge of the writer’s identity. One or more writers will be awarded (or will share) a $15,000 commission. Unlike the Biennial Commission, which is open to all writers, submissions for this award are open only to writers of color.

For this commission, Clubbed Thumb is interested in plays that employ alternative structures and shapes. We ask you to consider one of five alternative play shapes–landscape, spider web, nesting dolls, circle, double helix–and craft a proposal for how you will employ that play shape to best suit the story you wish to tell. This is subjective, of course, and meant to trigger the imagination, not be academic analysis. Some examples of what we mean:

Landscape: in which we learn about the world through accumulation
Our Town by Thornton Wilder is structured a bit like a landscape painting–we are introduced to everything all at once and Wilder zooms in and out of the landscape in order to tell the story.
Other examples might include: Wilder Gone, God’s Ear, Mlima’s Tale

Spider Web: in which we learn through disparate scenes that seem disconnected but are linked at odd angles and actually cohere around a central theme or argument
Booty Candy by Robert O’Hara could be seen as a spider web play–at first each scene feels like a vignette exploring a discrete idea, however, as more and more divergent worlds are explored we begin to realize that each world is connected in exploration of a single theme.
Other examples might include: Lear (Young Jean Lee), Doll’s House Pt. 2, Of Government

Nesting Dolls: in which we learn through analogies and juxtaposition
Mr Burns, a Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn might be seen as a play shaped like a set of nesting dolls–each act is its own entity and the dramatic movement lies in building out from what came before.
Other examples might include: Fairview, An Octoroon, Barbecue

Circle: in which we learn through reflection
Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes might be a circle play. The most important dramatic events happen in the middle; act one leads us into these events and act three deals with the aftermath; the end of the play reflects themes that are present in the beginning of the play.
Other examples might include: A Map of Virtue, The Aliens, Father Comes Home From the Wars

Double Helix: in which we learn through thematic associations between the narrative threads
Stop Kiss by Diana Son could be a double helix play – the story is told in two threads simultaneously–what happened before and what happened after the inciting event–with thematic links between these narratives.
Other examples might include: Midsummer Night’s Dream (might be a triple helix), We are Proud to Present…, The Tomb of King Tot

You are also welcome to propose your own unconventional play shape. Should you choose to do that, be rigorous and make the case for it.

Your proposed play should also include the following:
1) At least three characters in every scene (no two character scenes)
2) Some simultaneous talking
3) Some found or repurposed text
4) A character pretending to be someone else
5) No indoor spaces

(Many thanks to Erin Courtney for developing this prompt with us.)

(this is a BLIND submission, see notes below)

1) A one-page letter of intent describing your proposed project;
2) 10 exploratory pages from the proposed project (either contiguous or from different sections of the proposed play);
3) One of your finished plays, for reference;
4) Your resume


No names please — on the letter, the 10 page sample or the finished play for reference, or in any file names. The panel reads all submissions BLIND — the only place your name should appear is on the info form and on your resume.

The letter of intent should briefly map out the proposed piece, how you will use the chosen shape to tell the story and, if need be, orient the reader to the excerpt’s relationship to the whole. You needn’t explain or repeat anything that your 10 page sample makes clear. Then give us an idea of where the piece is coming from and where you think you want to go with it.

We ask you to include one of your finished plays for reference. Note (where prompted in the form) any relationship or similarities the complete play has to the proposed project, and recommend 10 pages for us to start with.

One last thing: this is a commission for Clubbed Thumb. So look around our website at our guidelines and production history for reference, if they are not familiar to you. Many of our plays have been published individually or in our anthology, “Funny, Strange, Provocative”, and are widely available to read.


The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the fall, and the commission(s) awarded by the end of 2018. The $15,000 commission — which might be split between writers if the panel so elects — will be paid out in three installments every six months, with the first installment following the signing of a contract. Send questions to info[at]clubbedthumb.org

Därkhorse Drämatists “Tales from the Script” 2018

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Please consider the following guidelines for Därkhorse Drämatists “Tales from the Script”! It’s important to note, that while we favor newer plays, this festival is not limited to original work. Your submissions may have been produced at other venues, so long as it is unpublished and wasn’t featured in last year’s festival. Besides one-act plays, we are also looking for 1-person shorts & monologues. Please refer to the guidelines below.

One-acts: 25 page maximum / 10 page minimum. (No minimum page count for 1 person shorts or monologues). No exceedingly violent or pornographic material. Adult language allowed within reason.

Plays may have a maximum of 3-4 characters and should take place in a limited setting and minimal props.

Due for submission by September 1st.

 2 submissions allowed per playwright.

Playwright must provide contact information including their location and previous production history of the play where applicable. Regional playwrights are given first consideration.

Submissions preferred in stageplay format. E-mailed no later than September 1st to: darkhorsedramatists@gmail.com

Plays can be any genre; comedy, satirical, farce, drama, horror or gothic as long as they fall into a loose ‘Halloween theme’. No musicals or murder mysteries please.

Plays will be mediated in a forum comprised of local playwrights, directors and actors to determine which will be produced.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Pride Films and Plays: Call for Entries to LezPlay Contest

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**Entry fee is $15. Dramatists Guild members may submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code DGLP2018 on the payment page. **

The mission of Pride Films & Plays' LezPlay Contest is to enhance the visibility and advance the viability of lesbian-centered stories for stage and screen. 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 writers whose work 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.

We welcome submissions of full-length scripts (up to 120 pages) from May 1 to September 1, 2018, from writers who identify as women. Scripts may be plays, screenplays, or teleplays. Only scripts that have not been professionally produced are eligible. Scripts that have been submitted in the past are eligible for resubmission only once and only if the script has been radically revised.

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

When submitting, please be sure that there is NO identifying information included anywhere on your script. Scripts that identify the writer on the title page or anywhere else in the document will immediately be disqualified.

Entry fee is $15. Dramatists Guild members may submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code DGLP2018 on the payment page. 

PFP Network Writers may submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code PFPWN2018 on the payment page. Members of the Playwrights' Center may submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code PCLP2018 on the payment page.

To make the final deadline, scripts must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on September 1, 2018. 

10 semifinalists, 5 finalists, and 1 winner will be selected from all eligible 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 winner will earn a minimum of four and a maximum of seven days of script development workshops, culminating in a public staged reading at Pride Arts Center in Chicago the weekend of November 17-18, 2018. The top-scoring plays will also be considered for, though not guaranteed, production in a future PFP season.

For complete details, please visit:

Categories/tags: Dramatists Guild, festival, full-length plays, LGBT, readings, submission guidelines, women-only

Theatre inspiraTO's 14th Playwriting Contest

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Deadline to submit: Nov. 20, 2018, 11:59 pm EST. 

This year's creative challenge: Outcast

The play must be a ten-minute play. The theme of "Outcast" must be an integral part of the play.
Outcast (definition): a person who has been rejected by society or a social group or cast out
The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We also accept musicals. Please note: if you are sending a musical please include an audio recording of the music. The contest is open to anyone, in any part of the world, without geographic or age restrictions.

You must submit online (scroll to the bottom of the page) by November 20, 2018, 11:59 pm E.S.T.  There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play.

  • The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. 
  • The pages should be numbered. 
  • The format should be easy to read. 
  • Please name your attachment with the title of your play. 

We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced at inspiraTO before). The playwright must own the rights to the play up to June 9, 2019 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).

Scroll to the bottom of the page and fill in the form. Once you fill in the form, attach your play and hit SUBMIT. You will be notified that your play has been received.

We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging.

What will happen

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from May 30 - June 8, 2019. Between fifteen to twenty four, ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN. Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre inspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 14th Annual inspiraTO Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival), in May and June 2019. The inspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 1, 2019.

What does a good ten-minute play need?

A ten-minute play is distinct from a sketch, or a skit; it is a compact play, with a beginning, middle and an end. You need a character facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal. You need rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment and your play must tell a complete story.

Generally speaking, scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage. This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes, so be wise: use Word Count and read the play out loud while timing the length (including all pauses). You don't want your hard work rejected because it was too long.

Get inspired. See your story come to life!

InspiraTO's Playwriting Contest form - click here


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Finalist plays will be produced at our Annual Festival in June 2019.

Play submissions will be accepted through November 15, 2018.


High school-aged playwrights are encouraged to enter. Plays must include a letter from a teacher or school administrator, written on school letterhead, verifying that the play was written during high school, in addition to the guidelines below. If the committee chooses to name a high school entry as a finalist for the 15th annual contest, the play will be produced with the other finalists in our festival in June 2019.


Please read the following rules and requirements carefully.
Plays not meeting the requirements will be disqualified.


The play should be approximately ten-minutes in length.

The play must have no more than five on-stage (speaking and non-speaking) characters.

You may submit only one play, so send us your best! Please do not make more than one submission.

The play should be in a "play format" making it easy for the readers.

(We like 12-point, easy to read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Arial)

The play must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission to our contest. We do screen for this, so don't send us your play if it has been produced. (Staged readings are not counted as "produced.")

Submitting your play to our contest grants Lakeshore Players the right to produce your play in our annual festival and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes, if it is chosen as a finalist.


 The play should have simple technical requirements. There won't be a set — a few furniture pieces and a few props only — we only have about one minute in between plays to change scenes
As a community theatre, we want to appeal to the largest possible audience, therefore plays with excessive offensive language are less likely to be selected - please keep that in consideration.

Two ways to submit: Email or Mail.

Your play must be received no later than November 15, 2018 to be eligible.



VERY IMPORTANT – Email submission rules below MUST be followed, or your submission will be disqualified.

  • Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information on the title page:
  • play title
  • your name
  • your mailing address
  • your phone number
  • your email address

Send ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information on the title page: just the title of the play.

Email Instructions:

Subject line: Include the title of your play, for example: 10 Min Contest: MY GREAT PLAY
Include your complete contact information in the body of the email.

Tell us where you heard about the contest
Please include the title of your play in the file name. For example:
- My Great Play-Blind.pdf
- My Great Play.pdf

Email plays to: 10mpf@lakeshoreplayers.org.


Don't know how to PDF? No problem.

Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information:

  • play title
  • your name
  • your mailing address
  • your phone number
  • your email address

Include ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information - just the title and the play.
Mail to:
15th Annual Lakeshore Players 10-Minute Play Committee
4941 Long Ave White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Plays will not be returned to you.

If you would like confirmation that we have received your script, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your script.


Plays chosen for production in our festival will receive $10 per Lakeshore performance of the play, and a copy of the program from the festival within 60 days of the festival weekend. Production photos will be uploaded to PhotoBucket and available for viewing, sharing, and downloading.

Any questions? E-mail: office@lakeshoreplayers.org.

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