Submissions for the upcoming Little Festival of the Unexpected are accepted September 1st through December 31st for consideration the following May. Only scripts and samples of full-length plays are considered for the Festival.
- Literary agents may submit complete scripts on behalf of their clients.
- Playwrights who do not have agents may submit 10-page dialogue samples for consideration. Dialogue samples must be accompanied by a synopsis, production history and character breakdown.
- Plays are eligible for development at the Little Festival of the Unexpected only if they have not previously been professionally produced or workshopped with Equity actors. This restriction includes Actors Equity showcase and waiver productions. Plays that have had readings or non-AEA productions are still eligible.
Submissions of 10-page samples (from playwrights) must be sent by U.S. Mail only – no e-mails, faxes, etc.
Portland Stage rarely produces scripts with more than 8 characters. When doubling occurs, a full character track breakdown should be included.
Submit by mail to:
Portland Stage Company
Attn: Literary Manager
P.O. Box 1458
Portland, ME 04104
Please note we have recently updated our submission guidelines to allow our staff to more effectively manage our new work initiatives. Scripts that were submitted prior to June 1, 2016 will be assessed following the old submission guidelines.