Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest

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

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

Submission Process

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Restrictions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Play Selection Process and Contest Format

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Final Note

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

Audiences will choose the two prize winning plays from only 12 semifinalists, so once you’re in the contest, your chances are pretty good…the tough part is getting a play into the semifinals. Write a great script that grabs us, makes us laugh or makes us think, or both. Good luck! Keep an eye out for announcements on exit7players.org, and “Like” Exit 7 Players Theater on Facebook.

Stay Awake! seeks 10 minute plays

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Stay Awake! – a new Denver-based theater company - is now accepting submissions for its inaugural 10-minute play competition. Playwrights from around the world are invited to submit a 10-minute piece for our Prism Festival of new works.

Each submitted play will be read by at least two professional theater artists. Plays must be no longer than 10 minutes, unproduced and original. A panel of professional theatre artists from around the US will select the winning plays. Selected plays will receive a full staging in Denver by Stay Awake! at the Work/Space located in the Rhino Arts District on Lawrence Street, October 23-November 1, 2014.

Preference will be given to plays that embrace Stay Awake!’s mission: Stay Awake! engages with the cultural and educational experience of our region through innovatively staged historic and uniquely creative original theatrical works that pose philosophical questions, actively confront the status quo, empower unheard voices, and awaken change.

NOTE: You will need to create an account before submitting your script. Please be sure to check your SPAM folder for the confirmation message if you do not receive it within five minutes.. If you have any questions, please contact maryanne [at] stayawaketheatre [dot] org.

DEADLINE: August 20, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Acadia University Theatre Company’s 22nd Annual International MiniFest

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

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

Young playwrights wanted

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Application deadline for the 2014-2015 Season will be WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014.
EST/Youngblood is currently accepting applications for membership beginning in the 2014-2015 season. Applications are open to New York City resident playwrights under 30 years old.

Membership includes attendance at all weekly meetings, monthly (or more frequent) performances, readings and retreats. There is no set term of membership, and members often stay through the season that includes their 30th birthday.

If you have any questions, please contact youngblood@ensemblestudiotheatre.org

Application Instructions

Please complete the form below and include the following materials:
WRITING SAMPLE - up to 25 pages. This can be part of a longer piece or a one-act. Send whatever you think best represents where you are as a playwright right now.
LETTER - The "why Youngblood" letter. Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in membership in the group.
RESUME - Your current playwriting resume.
FULL-LENGTH PLAY - A completed full-length play in its entirety. Note: this can be the full play from which the initial 25 pages was excerpted, or an entirely different piece. In most cases, this additional material will only be read if you are selected as a finalist.


Combine the above items, in that order (sample, letter, resume, full-length), into asingle PDF file.

The file name should be your last name and first initial - i.e., TOLAN_R.pdf.

Upload the PDF file using the Upload link below.

Applications are due by Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance 10-minute Play Festival

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The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce our second annual 10-Minute Play Festival for spring of 2015. We will begin accepting submissions for this festival on July 1, 2014; the submission period closes on September15, 2014. Eight selected 10-minute plays will receive productions as part of a multi-evening festival, produced in the newly upgraded José Quintero Theatre on the University of Houston campus. This festival is open to all applicants, amateur or professional.

Submission rules:

Scripts will only be accepted during a submission window of July 1 through September 15, 2014. Scripts received outside this window will not be accepted. The list of winning plays will be announced in November.

We will accept only one play per playwright.

Scripts should fall in the range of 8-12 pages and run roughly ten minutes. (Page count does not include the title page.)

Characters in submitted plays should fall between the ages of 16-30 or else there should be no specific restrictions on the ages of the characters.

Previously produced plays are not eligible.

Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.

Submissions will be acknowledged via email, but we do not offer critiques.

Please staple hard copies of the script. Do not use binders, covers, or folders of any kind.

Eight winning plays will receive productions in the José Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston in spring of 2015.

There is no financial compensation for winning entries.

How to submit:
Plays must be submitted via both regular mail *and* email

. Plays not submitted in both ways will not be considered. Hard copies will not be returned. Plays should include a cover page with all of the following information:

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

Mail hard copy to:

University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance
Dr. Robert Shimko
Ten-Minute Play Submission
133 CWM Center
Houston, TX 77204

Email identical duplicate copy to: 

Endeavor Ensemble seeks full-length plays

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

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

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

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

Please email your scripts as a PDF by August 15 to endeavor.ensemble@gmail.com and include a short bio with your contact info.

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

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

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

Please submit a synopsis, character breakdown and 20-page sample to Artistic Director Teri Clark at teri.clark@houstonfac.com .

The deadline is November 1, 2014. 

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

Thespian Production is seeking full length plays

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

Please include synopsis and contact information. 

Plays will be accepted through September 1, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

YouthPLAYS seeks work for young audiences

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While we're always looking for a wide variety of great new plays and musicals for young actors and audiences, play publisher YouthPLAYS is particularly seeking awesome 30-35 minute one-acts for high school and middle school competition and festival use. Any genre, but flexible to large cast sizes and lots of female roles preferred. 

All roles don't have to be teen characters (though it's super cool if they are), but we do prefer that there be at least a number of substantial age-appropriate roles for teen actors. For submission guidelines, go here:

(Of course, we always recommend that you browse our website to see the kinds of plays we publish before submitting--as you should do for any submission opportunity.) 


The Naked Expedition Project (TNEP) is currently accepting submissions

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

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

SUBMIT TO submissions@thenakedexpeditionproject.com

Electronic submissions only (PDF format- Attachment)

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

Deadline: August 15, 2014

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


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The Play Lab is a UMass Department of Theater mainstage production, running from March 23 – April 4, 2015. Two playwrights will be chosen for concurrent 10-day residencies during this period. These residencies are structured around a series of public staged readings directed and dramaturged by UMass graduate students and performed by undergraduate actors. The 10-day workshop term allows time for exploration in rehearsal and the generation of new material.

Our mission is to develop two exceptional new plays per year in cooperation with visionary playwrights. The Play Lab, is, in essence, a writer's playground: a stimulating and constructive artistic environment founded on three guiding principles of engagement, collaboration, and discovery. The UMass Amherst Department of Theater's commitment to new play development is internationally recognized, from our groundbreaking work with New WORLD Theater to our recent collaborations with artists like Will Power, Marcus Gardley, and Constance Congdon. We approach new play development with rigor, focus, and sensitivity—and we're seeking playwrights who are as passionate about this process as we are.

Yes. We offer a $750 honorarium per playwright. Accommodations will be provided. Playwrights are responsible for booking their own travel arrangements, and will be reimbursed for a portion of the cost.

Plays must be full-length. Musicals are not accepted. Submissions may have had a previous reading, workshop, or production; as a rule, though, the Play Lab exists to develop relatively new work, so unproduced material will be given priority in our selection. The UMass New Play Lab seeks to develop plays that tell compelling stories about our world in bold and innovative ways. We encourage submissions from a broad spectrum of writers, from emerging to widely produced, and are particularly interested in works by underrepresented voices in American theater (e.g. women, LGBTQ, and playwrights of color).

Submit manuscripts to umassplaylab@gmail.com. All documents must be submitted in .pdf format; plays formatted otherwise will be disqualified. Please include a concise playwright’s bio and a short (max. 50 word) summary of how you think your play might benefit from a developmental reading.
Submissions will be capped at 500 plays.

The deadline is Friday, August 1, 2014.

“I discovered ideas about potential staging and design; how it could work visually and spatially. I got to make some useful cuts and tweaks and rearrange a couple of scenes which made it work much better. I discovered that the characters have life outside of my head.” – Liz Duffy Adams, 2014 Play Lab resident playwright

“Everything about the experience was about helping me to see my play in a new way, to understand what was at work in my play, and bring that to life.” – Tira Palmquist, 2014 Play Lab resident playwright

Civil War monologues wanted

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In conjunction with our production of Our War and as part of The National Civil War Project, Arena Stage is holding a national competition for character monologue submissions written about the American Civil War. Selections may be fictitious or based on the writer's family history.

Up to three winners will receive a performance of their monologue at Arena Stage by members of the cast of Our War at a post-show public reading on November 6 following the 8:00 p.m. performance. Selected writers will also receive a session with American Voices New Play Institute Dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke, a listing in the Our War program and an award certificate. Video clips of the performed monologues will be posted on Arena Stage's website and on social media.

The winners will be notified by Arena Stage in September and the selected monologues will be posted on the Arena Stage website.

Monologues should be no more than three minutes in length (on average, 600 words), and must in some way address or react to the American Civil War and how it reverberates in America today. Submissions will be read by Arena Stage staff and board, local theater artists and community partners.

Submit your monologue, along with your name, address, phone number, email address, and name of college/university (if currently attending) to KogodCradle@ArenaStage.org by August 11, 2014.

What is Our War?
Part of The National Civil War Project, Our War is a new play premiering this fall at Arena Stage. Directed by Anita Maynard-Losh, Our War is comprised of 25 monologues written by 25 of America's finest playwrights, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Olivier Award, to explore the repercussions of the U.S. Civil War. For a list of participating playwrights, visit here.

Who can participate in the Our War Monologue Contest?
Published and amateur writers, as well as students 18 and up. The monologue may not have been previously published and must be written by one writer.

What should I write?
A storytelling monologue from the point of view of a character associated with the American Civil War, with a clear beginning, middle and end.

How long should my monologue be?
All monologues must be a maximum of three minutes (on average, 600 words).

What's the deadline?
Entries must be received at Arena Stage by Monday, August 11, 2014.

How do I submit?
Submit your monologue to KogodCradle@ArenaStage.org.

Can I submit a video of me performing my monologue?
All submissions should be written. Judging is based on your text, rather than your delivery.

When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be selected and notified in September and the selected monologues will be posted on the Arena Stage website.

Do I need theater experience prior to this competition?
No previous theater experience is required.

Does the Our War Monologue Contest cost anything?
There is absolutely NO COST to participate in the competition.

How does judging work?
Monologues will be adjudicated by a panel made up of Arena Stage staff and board, local theater artists and community partners. Judging is based on the following criteria:

Originality – the uniqueness/creativity of the monologue
Character – the quality of the development of the character in the monologue
Storytelling – the engaging quality of the monologue
Structure – the dramatic arc of the monologue
Theatricality – the degree to which the piece is for the stage (rather than a novel or essay)

What do the winners receive?
Up to three winners will receive a performance of their monologue at Arena Stage by members of the cast of Our War at a post-show public reading on November 6 following the 8:00 p.m. performance. Selected writers will also receive a session with American Voices New Play Institute Dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke, a listing in the Our War program and an award certificate. Video clips of the performed monologues will be posted on Arena Stage's website and on social media.

Yale Drama Series playwriting competition

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Submissions for the 2015 competition must be submitted no later than August 15, 2014.


The winner of the annual Yale Drama Series playwriting competition is 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 Theater. There is no application form or 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, 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 or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

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

7. Please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. Please enter the title of your play, your name, address, and phone number, and a brief biography (optional) where indicated in the electronic submission form. Then upload your manuscript file and select "Submit."

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

9. 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.

10. For more information, please visit our website at www.yalebooks.com.

Friday, July 18, 2014


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The Acadiana Repertory Theatre is now accepting submissions for one to two slots available in its 2015 Season, with the theme Only Adapt.

We are looking for full length shows (we will accept one acts, as long as they are around 70-90 minutes) that fit the model of a newly written adaptation of a classic. This can range from Greek, to Shakespeare, to any classic tale. It does not necessarily have to be a re-telling, but it must at least use an existing story as its starting point.

The Acadiana Repertory Theatre is a small ensemble in Lafayette, Louisiana that is committed to producing and developing new works, and working hand in hand with playwrights to assist them in whatever stage of development their show might be in.

We are open to new show ideas as well, even if the show is not written yet but you are interested in writing an adaptation for us.

Plays should:
- Never have been produced
- Be in PDF
- Be received by August 15th, 2014
- Have a cast of 10 or less, or the possibility of doubling

Not require a great amount of space (we perform in a 50 seat house) or have a great amount of technical needs.

DEATHSCRIBE seeks 10-minute plays

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Each December, WildClaw produces the DEATHSCRIBE Festival of Horror Radio Plays. DEATHSCRIBE is an open submission, international festival and writing competition. Writers may submit up to two radio plays to DEATHSCRIBE in any given year.

Five scripts will be selected from all submissions. After being selected, there will be an opportunity for the authors to refine and revise these scripts (if deemed necessary) in collaboration with WildClaw Theatre Company. There will be a “Best of the Fest” award, with the winner chosen by a celebrity panel of judges on the night of performance to receive the coveted Bloody Axe Award.

All submissions must be made electronically; please make sure your script is formatted correctly according to the guidelines (see below) and submit your script as an attachment to deathscribe2014@gmail.com. Please include the title of your play in the subject line.

• Scripts must be no more than TEN MINUTES in length.

• Writers may submit up to two (2) scripts for Deathscribe consideration in any year.

• PDF format is strongly preferred. If PDF is not possible, then only MS Word please. All scripts must have a title page with all contact information, but no identifying information should appear anywhere else in the document. Submissions must be in a standard font and no less than 12 point.

• NO SCREENPLAYS. SCREENPLAYS WILL BE DISCARDED. WE KNOW THEM WHEN WE SEE THEM. (Nothing against screenplays. But this is a radio play festival.)

• DO NOT submit full-length plays for consideration in Deathscribe. They will be discarded. If you wish to submit a full-length horror play to WildClaw, see our general submission guidelines.

• Scripts should follow radio drama format. Helpful suggestions and examples are available here:

Deadline: August 1

Thursday, July 17, 2014

3rd Annual Bad Theater Fest seeks plays

The festival has attracted both first-time playwrights and eclectic material from more established artists. 2013 festival highlights include the award-winning Get Up, Gowanus!, an inappropriate kids show starring puppets that takes place on the toxic banks of Gowanus Canal. In Who's the Biggest A-hole, a game show determines who is the biggest a-hole on stage, the winning contestant awarded $50. Plus three staged pieces written by first time playwrights and students of Voices Inside/Out's writing program at a medium security prison in Burgin, Kentucky graced the Bad Theater stage.
With a focus on short plays, the Bad Theater Fest seeks creative and exciting pieces of Drama, Comedy, Experimental, Musical, Clowning, Improvisation, LGBT-themed, Short Films, Staged Readings more. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 15 at Midnight EST.

The submissions process is 100% free. Projects may be submitted through the form available at http://www.badtheaterfest.com/home/submit2014/. Interested playwrights should include a short bio, short description of the play, and a list and links of similar projects (if applicable). 

Bad Theater Fest also runs the Bad Film Fest, an annual Spring collection of weird, witty and wacky short films from around the world.

All festival information is available at badtheaterfest.com and on Twitter @badtheaterfest.

Plays for young audiences wanted

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Plays should be intended for young audiences kindergarten through high school (no play is expected to appeal to all ages simultaneously). The 2015 Write Now competition encourages submissions for all age groups. Playwrights must suggest the appropriate age category on the official entry form.
Scripts must not be committed to publication at the time of submission. Commissioned works that are not in development are eligible.
Scripts previously produced in an educational or vocational setting are eligible, if playwrights are eager to pursue development of the script.
Scripts previously produced professionally are NOT eligible. (i.e., productions in which the director and actors have been paid).

If the play is an adaptation or dramatization, written proof must be provided that the original work is in public domain or permission of the holder of the copyright has been granted.

Musicals will not be accepted for the 2015 contest.
While there is no required length, short plays (e.g. 10 minute plays) have historically proven less competitive unless there is clear intent to develop the script into a full-length play.
Only ONE submission per playwright will be accepted.
Playwrights must be citizens or current residents of the United States.
Playwrights give permission for their work or portions of it to be read at the Write Now convening and to be archived in the Child Drama Collection, Hayden Library, at Arizona State University.
Finalist playwrights are expected to be in residence in Indianapolis throughout the workshop and Write Now convening.

Any future production or publication of a finalist play must give the following credit:

_____________ was a winner at the 2015 Write Now and was featured in a rehearsed reading at Indiana Repertory Theater.


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International search for plays written for teens to perform

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Milken Community Schools

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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

12th Annual NJPC – Play Series

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

Play Series (open to NJ Residents only) and 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information about the NJPC, please visit:

The Portland Civic Theatre Guild is seeking submissions

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The Portland Civic Theatre Guild is seeking submissions for a professional reading of a new play to be produced as part of Fertile Ground 2015. Submissions will be accepted electronically in PDF format. Please send submissions to: pctgnewplays@gmail.com by August 4, 2014.

Here are the details:
  • The reading will include a paid professional director and actors. 
  • The playwright will receive a $200 stipend.
  • The reading will be held at the Old Church as part of Fertile Ground 2015. 
Submission Information
  • Submissions must be original full-length plays that have not been produced (though previous workshops and readings are okay). Translations, musicals, and children’s plays will not be accepted. 
  • The play must have 1-6 characters. Plays with more than six characters will be disqualified. 
  • The play must not be scheduled for professional production at the time of submission. 
The manuscript must be written in standard professional play format.
Please include your name and contact information on the title page. A brief biography may be included at the end of the manuscript but is not required.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


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Now Accepting Submissions for Play Group 2015

All emerging playwrights are eligible to apply. New members join for two-year residencies beginning in January of 2015. In selecting new members, we will take into account the strength of the submitted play, what the writer stands to gain from membership at this point in his or her career, and the overall balance of voices and styles within the group. Women and writers of color are encouraged to apply.

The application is available here. Applications require a full-length play, a playwriting resume and a personal statement. All attachments must be saved as PDFs.

Please attached the following to your completed online application form and submit it by August 3, 2014. All applications will be reviewed and finalists will be notified by December 15, 2014. Questions? Email us at artistic@arsnovanyc.com.

- Your play (please save as LAST NAME, FIRST NAME PLAY TITLE)
- Your resume (please save as LAST NAME, FIRST NAME RESUME)
- A personal statement (please save as LAST NAME, FIRST NAME STATEMENT)

This vibrant and eclectic group of emerging playwrights gathers twice a month at Ars Nova to share new work and get feedback. The group offers members the chance to develop their plays with peer support, form collaborative relationships and build a strong sense of community within Ars Nova. In addition, members receive dramaturgical support and artistic matchmaking advice from the Ars Nova artistic staff and development opportunities through public readings and workshops.

For more information: http://arsnovanyc.com/playgroup/

Everyday Inferno seeks plays

What kind of plays are we looking for?

We believe in theatrical magic and the power of storytelling. We are looking for plays that explore big ideas, epic journeys, and unexpected surprises. Plays that are theatrical in nature. BIG theatre. We're not looking for kitchen-sink dramas (though we think they're great). We're not looking for scripts that would be at home on a TV screen. We are particularly interested in casts that are primarily young and which have a multitude of meaty female roles - that is our strongest base of talent, and we want to cast our shows well! Please see the instructions below to aid you in your submission and ensure that your work will be considered for the appropriate project. Beyond those guidelines… the world (well, our company at least) is your oyster. Surprise and delight us!

Please note:

At this time, we are only able to notify those writers whose submissions pass on to the second stage of our reading process. We are deeply appreciative of the work that is submitted to us, and we hope someday to have a reading team large enough to respond individually to all script emails. Please know that all writing that is submitted to us will be read, and that we are truly grateful to each of you for the time and consideration you put into your submissions and for your interest in our company.

If on a Winter's Night... 2014 (One Act Plays)
Length: 15-45 minutes in production / 60 pages or less
Topic: This year's theme is "Adventurous Women" – what that means specifically is open to your interpretation.
Playwrights: NYC area or able to travel at least occasionally during the production period (November-December, 2014).
Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2014
Compensation: Everyday Inferno Theatre Co. will cover all production costs associated with rehearsing and performing the piece. Playwrights retain copyright and full ownership of their plays. No further compensation will be provided.
To Submit a Play:
- Send us the full play as a PDF or Word Doc (PDF strongly preferred)
- Please use subject line: "Script Submission - Winter's Night 2014 - [NAME OF PLAY]" so we can send your submission to the right place
- Include any production or development history if applicable
- All plays should have the author's name and contact information on the first page of the script
- The playwright must own the rights to the play up to the end of December 2014 (i.e. plays cannot be owned by a publisher)

The Pirate Project
Everyday Inferno is seeking playwrights and writers interested in contributing to a collaborative project based on the legend of the pirate Alvida. Selected writers may contribute dialogues, poems, journal entries, song lyrics, or other material which will become part of the final theatre piece.
Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2014
Compensation: Everyday Inferno Theatre Co. will cover all production costs associated with rehearsing and performing the piece. Writers will retain copyright and full ownership of their individual pieces of writing. No further compensation will be provided.
To Submit material for consideration:
- Send us a writing sample (up to 2 pages of prose or poetry, or up to 10 pages of dialogue) as a PDF or Word Doc (PDF strongly preferred)
- Please use subject line: "Writer Submission - Pirate Project" so we can send your submission to the right place
- Please indicate in your email if there is an aspect of the project that struck your interest
- Please include a bio or resume that lists any previous experience with collaborative theatre or devised/ensemble-generated theatre

Full Length Plays
We accept writing sample submissions for consideration of full-length plays throughout the year. All submissions that meet our guidelines will be considered for future production in our 2015 season or beyond.
Length: At least 60 minutes in production
Compensation: Everyday Inferno Theatre Co. covers all production costs associated with rehearsing and performing the piece. In some cases, we are also able to offer a small stipend to our full length playwrights. Playwrights retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.
To Submit a Play:
- Send us a 10-page sample as a PDF or Word Doc (PDF strongly preferred).
- Please use subject line: "Script Submission - Full Length Sample & Synopsis - [NAME OF PLAY]" so we can send your submission to the right place
- Include a brief plot synopsis and character breakdown (including age and gender).
- Include any production or development history if applicable
- All plays should have the author's name and contact information on the first page of the sample
- The playwright must own the rights to the play (i.e. plays cannot be owned by a publisher)

Ready to submit?
Please send all submissions (PDF format preferred) to everydayinferno@gmail.com. Please make sure that you include all material requested for the project you are submitting for - it will be difficult for us to consider any submissions that are missing requested items.

www.everydayinferno.com • Follow us on Twitter! @EverydayInferno
Come see our upcoming production: 
A Map to Somewhere Else (an NYC premiere)
Performances June 19th - June 28th, 8pm (Sunday at 5pm)
The 133rd Street Arts Center Lab
308 West 133rd St, NYC 10027

Monday, July 14, 2014

Love Creek Productions producing one acts, etc.

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Love Creek Productions has been producing in NYC for almost 30 years.   We have always been interested in producing new works, especially one acts.  

We produce year round, but with the "holidays" coming up now would be a good time to submit any Halloween/Thanksgiving/Hanukkah/Christmas plays you may have.

We are an acting company. Our greatest strength is young women (20 somethings) however we do have 'all types' but plays with several male characters will be harder to produce.  

You can visit us on Facebook to see photos from our shows.   

We charge no submission/production fees.  We do not pay the playwrights but we do comp you and guest to the shows.  

Please feel free to submit to submissionsLCP@gmail.com or just email me there if you have any questions.


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In 1961, BMI joined forces with the late Lehman Engel, dean of American musical theatre conductors, to create a setting in which new writers for the musical theatre could learn their craft. An innovative program at its inception, the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop continues to flourish, and is considered to be the foremost training ground for new writing voices, nurturing shows like A Chorus Line, Little Shop of Horrors, Nine, Once On This Island, Ragtime, Avenue Q, Next To Normal, and The Book of Mormon.

Each September a first-year group is formed. Applications are accepted until the August 1 deadline. All submissions are screened prior to auditions, which are normally scheduled the first Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after Labor Day. Please send completed applications to:

Patrick Cook
7 World Trade Center

250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007-0030

With your application, which you can download above, please submit the following:

Composer: Three (3) contrasting compositions on CD - up-tempo, comedy song, ballad.

Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics - up-tempo, comedy song, ballad.

Composer/Lyricist: Three (3) contrasting songs on CD - up-tempo, comedy song, ballad.

Please provide a short introductory set-up for each song or lyric.

At the auditions, composers must be prepared to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists are expected to have copies available and to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics.

During the first year, composer and lyricists are paired off (writers may write both words and music) and are asked to create appropriate songs based on specific scenes from various plays, short stories and novels. The writers perform their assignments, and various approaches to the common assignments are discussed by members of the Workshop and the moderator. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style. In addition, the writers study the requirements of the libretto, and analyze and discuss current and past musicals. The First Year culminates in the creation of a 10-minute musical.

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, participants present excerpts from their musicals in progress, and the Workshop Committee determines which writers from that group will be 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 Workshops meet one afternoon a week for two hours, under the guidance of distinguished writers and directors. There are no restrictions on membership and no fees.

For application and more information, please visit:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

$10,000 Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship

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Application deadline: July 31st, 2014
Application fee: none

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

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

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

For details and to apply, please visit:  http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/awards/shakespeares-sister/

Applications for Shakespeare's Sister are only accepted online.

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

Eudora New Plays Series 2014

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New Stage will begin accepting manuscripts for the Eudora New Plays Series on November 1, 2013 for the 2014-2015 season. Deadline is July 31, 2014 for 2015 readings

  • Plays for the Eudora Welty New Plays Series for the 2013-2014 have already been selected.
  • Plays which have been produced professionally are ineligible. (Eligibility not affected by workshops, readings, community or academic production)
  • Plays must be full length
  • No musicals or children's plays are accepted at this time. Please include with the script, a synopsis of the play, a character breakdown, production requirements, time and place, a production history, and playwright's biography
  • Mail hard copies of plays or letters of inquiry to the address below: manuscripts will be returned only if accompanied by self addressed and stamped envelope; acknowledgement of receipt only with enclosed SASE or postcard
  • Response time: 6-8 months for play submission
  • Playwrights are encouraged to continue to visit the website, www.newstagetheatre.com, for more information

New Stage Theatre
Literary Department
1100 Carlisle Street
Jackson, MS 39202

Strange Sun Theater, The Greenhouse Project seeks submissions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Decisions will be made by November 1st, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

LULZ for Playwrights

NOTE TO NYCPLAYWRIGHTS - the "submission opportunities" below are not real, no matter how true-to-life they may seem. This is a parody piece from McSweeney's.

THE MAJESTIC ROYALE THEATRE PLAYWRITINGCOMPETITION is now accepting entries. Winner receives staged reading and $50 cash prize. Entry fee: $60. We will also automatically withdraw a $10 notification fee from your PayPal account when you reach the end of this sentence. Winning playwright must travel at his or her own expense to Hoopers Mill, Wisconsin, by way of Kenosha, because our Managing Director left his umbrella in a diner there so it would be cool if you could swing by and pick it up for him.
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THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATRE OF ACTORS’ SEMI-ANNUAL 8-TO-11-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL presents plays inspired by a common theme. This round’s theme: paper towel absorbency. It is not necessary to use paper towels on stage, but the plot must hinge on the absorbency of paper towels, in either a literal or metaphorical sense. Scripts about linen towels will be returned unread.
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REPERTORY REP’S DRAMALAMADINGDONG seeks plays about Disability and/or the Spanish-American War. Playwrights should meet at least two of the following criteria: current resident of Colorado or Delaware; direct descendant of pirates; Capricorn. No “kitchen-sink” plays; plays depicting kitchens without sinks or sinks in other rooms OK.
More at McSweeney's Internet Tendencies

New Dramatists Residency

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New Dramatists continues to revise its admissions process and guidelines accordingly. Please read all the information on this page. For more detailed information download the “Admissions Guidelines” and “Application Information” documents below.

•Admissions process is completely paperless
•Applicants apply through a module on our website

2014 Admissions Procedural Changes:
•The admissions window opens on July 1 at 10am (EST) and closes on July 29 at 5pm (EST).
•Upload a stand-alone Title Page for each play with your full name and contact information.
•We strongly encourage you to submit your materials as PDFs.We will also accept the following formats: .txt, .doc, .docx, .rtf.
•Please do not put any identifying information in the script. Identifying information includes: your name, contact information, theatres that have workshopped or produced your plays, your agent, special thanks, actors/production crew involved, etc.
•Every script page must be numbered.
•Every script page must include the play’s title.
•Submit a one page Letter of Intent responding to the following question: New Dramatists was founded on the premise that writers are each other’s greatest resource. If granted a New Dramatists residency, what do you see as the benefits of developing your work in the company of other playwrights?

To begin your application, click “Begin Application” 
 (If you applied last year, you will need to create a new admissions applicant account.) You will be asked to create a username and enter your email address. Once you have clicked “Submit,” you will receive an email with instructions on how to log in. From this point forward, you will be guided through a simple process collecting all of your admissions materials in seven easy steps:

1. Log in. You will be asked to confirm you are a US Citizen, or that you have permanent INS work authorization.

2. Fill in your full name, address, and phone number.

3. Type or copy your Letter of Intent directly into the text field.

4. Upload your bio, resume, or CV; or copy your bio directly into the text field.

5. Upload a stand-alone Title Page for each play with your full name and contact information.

6. Upload Two Full-Length Works (Plays and/or Libretti-i.e. books of musicals) (The following files may be used: .pdf, .txt, .doc, .docx, .rtf).

7. Review your application, and click “Submit Your Application” to complete the process. You will receive an email confirming your application has been received.

You may save your application at any point and return to it later before submitting. Once the application window closes on July 29 at 5pm (EST) you may not alter your application in any way.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email BEFORE submitting your materials.


The International Music and Entertainment Association’s IMEA Awards

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The International Music and Entertainment Association’s IMEA Awards are pleased to announce our “New Works” categories for the 2nd Annual IMEA Awards. The categories are as follows: Outstanding Original Play, Outstanding Original Book of a Musical, and Outstanding Original Score Written for the Theatre.

Download and print the Submission Packet. Once you complete the Submission Packet, you may scan it and e-mail it, with the piece you are submitting, to awards@IMEAAwards.com.

The following outlines the guidelines and rules for the 2014-15 competition:

1. The submission must be written in the English Language.

2. The submission must be an original, full-length play or musical that is unpublished.

3. The submission must begin with a title page that includes the work’s name and the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, and email. There should also include a character list and scene breakdown if applicable. NOTE* If submitting a musical please include a score and demo.

4. Submissions that have been previously produced professionally will not be accepted. A play that is scheduled for a professional production at the time of submission will also not be accepted.

5. The manuscript must be easy to read. It must be typed in no less that 12-point type and page numbered.

6. The script may have more than one author. Also, the playwright(s) may include a brief biography, but it is not necessary.

7. Each playwright is limited to one musical and one play submission per year. There will be no revisions accepted once a script has been submitted.

8. There will be no written or oral critique given on scripts submitted. We will notify the playwrights whose plays have been selected for nomination.

9. Please send the manuscript to IMEA Awards, P.O. Box 352, Cave Spring, Georgia 30124 with the Submission Packet or you may send the required material via e-mail to awards@imeaawards.com.

10. In order to qualify for the 2014 IMEA Awards, the script must be submitted no earlier than July 15, 2013 and must be post marked no later than July 15, 2014.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@IMEAAwards.com.

We are seeking new short plays and projects for Rising Sun’s 2014 & 2015 Seasons

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We are seeking new short plays and projects for Rising Sun’s 2014 & 2015 Seasons for potential Parks and regional touring. These plays should be exciting and imaginative. We are looking for works that are highly theatrical, with a sense of whimsy and innovation for outdoor performance and regional/festival touring. Educational elements are also welcome.

Plays should fit the following criteria:
· Original Unpublished Play (or modernized adapted classic-
No Shakespeare adaptations)
· Not previously performed in NYC
· 45 to 60 Minutes running time (no more than 60 pages)
· Highly Theatrical/Stylized (Old school medicine or trunk show style)
· Easily portable for travel and outdoor non amplified venues
· Appropriate for Performance Outdoors in Parks and non-traditional venues
· Appropriate for all ages
· Cast size should be 4 to 8 People
· Subject and thematic matter is open as long as its family friendly

We are open to an existing Director/Playwright collaboration/team for this project, as well as reviewing treatments/proposals for development of new work or works in progress for our outdoor/touring programming.

Submission Guideline
Please include the following:
· Cover Letter, including your contact information
· Play Synopsis and/ or treatment proposal
· Cast breakdown
· Script in word or PDF format
· List of previous full productions/publishing (do not include readings)
· Any other pertinent information

Please send submissions and all materials toPlaysubmissions@risingsunnyc.com no later than July 15th


Seeking 18 Playwrights to participate in Three 24 hour play festivals

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Rising Sun will have three separately themed 24 hour play festivals over the next year. Seeking Playwrights who are quick thinking, collaborative and fun to work . Playwrights will be partnered with a cast, director and theme specific prompt or short story and will have overnight to write a short 10 minute play for their cast. Playwrights should be quick thinking, collaborative and fun to work with. 

Must be local or able to spend weekend in NYC for these events. 

Dates are TBA, but events will be late July/early August and Late October or Early November 2014. Participating in our Reading series is a great way for us to get to know you.

Please send us a proposal that includes the following information:
· Your Name and Contact Information
· Why are you are interested in this project, content matter and working with Rising Sun
· Any applicable experiences or similar projects or that you’ve been a part of
· A 3-8 page play writing sample

Please send all materials to playsubmissions@risingsunnyc.com
We are accepting submissions on an ongoing basis
Please include 24 Hour Plays in subject line

Seeking playwright for collaborative work in development “Henry’s Wives”

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We are seeking a playwright to join an already in progress work in development.

Candidates should be open to collaboration, improvisation and devised work. The playwright will help the director and cast create, develop and lead writing on a new project entitled “Henry’s Wives”. This is a group developed project and the playwright should be comfortable with helping to refine, write and support multiple voices into one refined script. Experience with devised, group creation and/or improvisational work is needed. Ideal playwright is a flexible, social, good natured team player, comfortable with breaking boundaries and working outside a traditional play model. 

This is a long term development commitment, so being NYC based is important. 

Playwright should plan on being at rehearsals and active in the project from start to finish. Familiarity and/or interest in the Tudor Court and Henry VIII’s 6 wives are important.
Projects voice will be comedic and experimental, not period verse.

Please send us a proposal that includes the following information:
· Your Name and Contact Information
· Why are you are interested in this project, content matter and working with Rising Sun
· Any applicable experiences or similar projects or devised works that you’ve been a part of
· A 5-8 page play writing sample (can be sample of this content or another play you’ve written)

· A sample treatment of concepts for this piece using one of the following conceits: (Utilizing at least 3 of the Tudor Queens)
o Hotel Lobby
o Limbo
o Dinner Party gone wrong
o Reality Show style parody (ala Real Housewives)

Please send all materials to playsubmissions@risingsunnyc.com
Please send materials no later than July 15th Please include HENRY WIVES in subject line

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

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

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

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

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

Please Submit in an attachment to submissions@fourthwallreview.com

Script Submissions for the 4th Annual New Play-Reading Festival

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The New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate occasions during our 2014/2015 season. This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) scripts.

Four scripts will be chosen to be featured in this festival. The initial play readings will take place November 7th through the 9th. The second set of readings will take place February 27th through March 1st. After each reading, there will be a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright. After the 2nd round of readings, one of the four scripts will then be selected to be presented as a fully mounted production in The Growing Stage’s 2015/2016 Season!
The three plays that were selected in the past festivals are With Two Wings by Anne Negri, The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel by Susan Rowan Masters and next March, The Growing Stage will be presenting the world premiere professional production of And Then Came Tango by Emily Freeman.

The Growing Stage is committed to creating and presenting professional theatre for young people and their families and to provide them with the unique and affordable opportunity to share a fun, culturally significant moment in an intimate and special venue, The Historic Palace Theatre. Young people are also given the opportunity to grow as performers by working alongside professional actors as part of the theatre learning experience. 

Shows usually require a minimum of 4 characters/performers; there is no maximum, provided that if necessary, doubling is OK with the playwright.

To submit scripts to The New Play-Reading Festival, please send scripts, along with a brief synopsis to the company’s Production Manager and head of the festival, Steve Graham: prdmgr@growingstage.com

Or to:
The Growing Stage Theatre
Attn: Steve Graham
P.O. Box 36
Netcong, NJ 07857

All submissions are due by August 15, 2014.
If your script submission is an adaptation, we do ask that you also please include proof that you have permission from the author to adapt their work.

If you would like to learn more about the mission of The Growing Stage, please visit:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Monologues and short plays wanted

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COMPETITION: Themed monologues and short plays.

Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre, with KTDT request submission of rib-tickling monologues and plays funninesses, laughably moving wacky slap-sticks and side-splitting comedies. Dramatic action-packed jocularities, hilariously electrifying stories of mayhem, humorously riveting absurd monologues and short plays.

Potluck! Stories about the food we eat, shouldn't eat, can't eat (but do anyway), don't eat for the silliest of reasons, et cetera...

Monologues and plays to fill our Liar's Lair! http://thistledewtheliarslair.blogspot.com/

(Clue: Pinocchio was one of the original Tarradiddlers.)
Super Heros (Of your own making).
Tales Told After School (No identifiable names).
Halloween (need I say more?)
Thanksgiving: Dinner with the family.
Mr. & Mrs Claus. (November 15 deadline): What's with the elves?

Contact Tom: tddtheatre@aol.com for KTDT RADIO FORMAT RULES! go to




First Laugh One-Act Play Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

Must be postmarked by September 12, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

HIP Literary Magazine searches for plays

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HIP Literary Magazine searches for the best in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, reviews, and plays

If you have a piece you’d like to share, send it in and we’ll have a look!
At this time there are no specific limitations on themes or formats however we do ask that for long stories or novel length pieces you submit the first chapter of 5-7 pages.

We do ask that you submit no more than five pieces at a time and that you include an author bio of about 3-5 sentences with it.
All submissions may be sent to ace.coker12@gmail.com.We will usually get back to you within a month.
We ask that submissions be sent as an attachment in .doc format or, if you cannot format it in .doc, then you may paste it into the body of your email.

Unfortunately, at this time HIP Literary Magazine cannot pay for publication, but it’s a good way to see your writing online!
We read submissions all year round.
Multiple submissions are more than welcome, simultaneous submissions are fine too but please let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere first. If we publish you first, you are more than welcome to be re-published elsewhere. Please DO NOT submit pieces to HIP that have already been published elsewhere.
Thanks so much,
Allie Coker-Schwimmer, Editor

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New words wanted

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The Language of Air invents, appropriates and repurposes words in order to re-imagine the air we move through each day. We want a crowd sourced, ever expanding living dictionary of your new words. Bring air to life again, make air words compelling, i.e. reconsider “air pollution” so our minds don’t go numb at the mention. You can draw inspiration from personal observations, cultural mythologies, scientific lexicon, slang, other languages, and imaginative word meldings to come up with new words that describe a quality of air, it’s smell, texture, experience, impact. Submit your words (more than one entry welcome), a dictionary definition in English including pronunciation, usage and possible origin in a sentence or two, to us by September 1st. The winning wordsmith will receive a $500 cash prize to be announced at a public event in October 2014; Second prize will include a gift certificate and copy of the forthcoming Language of Air Dictionary.

Send your entries to us at info@thegymtc.com

Example: Purgent (perjunt) adjective 1. Having a strong, pungent odor that feels unhealthy, or germ-ridden origins: purge from the Latin purgare, to pour out; and germ, a microorganism, especially one that causes disease.

Mathilda could not describe the quality of the air she had experienced in her elderly father’s room at Mount Holly Home for the Aged. She wanted the right word to describe the smell that felt as if it might infect her if she breathed too deeply. “The rooms air is purgent,” she said. “I tried hard not to breathe it in, for fear of coming down with some kind of airborne disease.”

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

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

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

Deadline: September 1, 2014

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

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Seeking plays for a Night of One-Acts

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Strange Bird Productions is seeking 10-15 minute one-acts for A Night of One-Acts at Shetler Studios from October 20-26. 

(Plays might have to be fully produced, cast, directed, and ready to perform.) 

Submit one-acts to info@sbpwebdesign.com by Aug. 15. 

The subject line should include: A night of one-acts!

Seeking new musicals for kids

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Playdough Productions is seeking new works with large casts (predominately female characters) for a new developmental reading series in NY.

Please email synopsis and writer bio to info@playdoughproductions.com for initial consideration.


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Seeking fully produced one act plays  (cast, directed and ready to perform) 7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for MRTʼs FALL ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION

Sept. 10 - Oct. 2, 2014 at Manhattan Rep, 303 W. 42nd St. NYC.



(And an additional two performances if the play goes on to the FINALS.)

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

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

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by MONDAY July 21, 2014 at Midnight.

Please put “Fall One Act Competition” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within a week as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.

The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before July 21 if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FOUR performances, with 2 more performances if the play moves on to the finals.

Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee.

There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.


Follows is an overview of how the competition will be run and what will be expected from each creative team participating. We have run these competitions now for a number of years now and they are always great fun, and pretty exciting too.

The big difference between what we do and other play competitions is that we offer FOUR performances no matter what, so even if you play does not make it to the finals, at least you get to showcase your work for at least 4 performances in front of a live audience in a professional showcase.

This Fall, we are simplifying the voting process so that it is crazy fair to all and easy to understand.

There will be 6 performance series with 5 plays in each series so we are only accepting 30 plays.

Each week, there will be two performance series with 5 plays in each series. The 1 play from each of the two performance series that week that scores the highest will go on to the Finals on Thursday October 2 for two performances 6:30 pm and 9 pm. So there will be six plays in the Finals. The one play that night that scores the highest will win the $1000 grand prize which is awarded that night.

The voting here is done by audience ballot where each play in a performance series is rated from 5 to 1 in order of preference with no duplicates - 5 being the best. The voting is crowd-sourced in a way that prevents the play with the most friends from ALWAYS winning. We like that. It still helps to invite friends but bringing the most friends does not guarantee entrance into the finals. A great play will!!

Another one of the things that we do that we feel is very important is that we organize and run the tech for the show so that in each performance series of 5 plays everything flows smoothly creating a professional show. We supply a technician and we run all the tech. All the scene changes between shows are orchestrated so that they are 60 seconds or less, so that the audience does not have to go crazy waiting as actors set the set for 10 minutes or more, like in other competitions in town. We create a slick professional show so that all the shows in each performance series can showcase their work in a professional context.

Lastly, we orchestrate the performance times at this competition so that there is MEET and GREET time after your performance, so you are not RUN right out of the theatre which occurs all the time at festivals throughout New York and, yes, this is super important to us too... we keep our theatre and our dressing room super CLEAN for audience and actors alike. It is part of our mission to keep our space clean for the artists who are working here. (Some theatres in NYC are downright scary for they have never been dusted in years!)

So come have some fun with us this Autumn. We just finished our Spring competition and it was awesome. Wonderful plays. Wonderful creative artists! And we had a gas!

Below are the guidelines for the Fall Competition. If you have any questions about any or all, please drop me a line at manhattanrep@yahoo.com.

Over 10,000 theatre artists have developed their work at Manhattan Rep since September 2005.

Please join the fun.

With best regards,

Ken Wolf

Artistic Director

Manhattan Repertory Theatre

Fall One Act Play Competition 2014 Guidelines

46 seat theatre space for at least 4 performances - more if you move on to finals etc

A technician to run your sound and lights

1 Tech rehearsal in the theatre with our technician

1 Full Dress rehearsal with all of the teams in your performance series in the theatre

Our stock furniture for your show

Web flyers with all the information about your show and the shows in your performance series for you to email to all.

Web site support.

Theatre production consultation

Reservation Service, House management and Box Office


An 8 dimmer lighting board with 16 instruments

A 4 speaker surround sound system

A 5 CD changer with support for IPOD, IPHONE, IPAD, PHONE etc and Laptop

Clean, organized dressing room



Casting the production

Directing the production

Outside rehearsal space (if you need it.)

Program design and copies of their program

All other miscellaneous production costs – costumes, props, etc.

Inviting friends and family.


All participants must be NON-UNION

There is NO PAY unless you win the $1000 cash prize.

Please do not submit MUSICALS unless staged with pre-recorded music.

(We have no room for an orchestra.)

All Productions must run between 7 minutes and 20 minutes with simple sets which can be easily struck.


NO SMOKING in the play!

No LIGHTING OF ANYTHING! (Candles, cigarettes, etc.)

No projections.

No FURNITURE is to be brought into the theatre for any reason.

We supply more than enough stock furniture for any show.

All props and costumes must be brought in and out of the theatre each night for, regretfully, we do not have space to store for all the plays participating.


Participants must keep space clean and organized and treat fellow artists with respect.

Any unruly Creative Teams will be immediately terminated from the competition and your participation fee will not be returned.

Any intentional damage to the theatre caused by a creative team will result in immediate termination of their entire production.


Ticket price will be $20.00

(All ticket sales will go to Manhattan Repertory Theatre.)


For this competition, there are no comps at all. Because of this voting context, we can't comp in Industry "friends" from one group and then not offer comp tickets to all the other groups, so for this competition there are no comps. If you wish to have industry you know attend, your creative team will have to pay for the seat.


There are NO personal comps.

CREATIVE TEAM MEMBERS (The director and playwright) can sit and watch the show for free at any and all performances (of course) if there are seats. The house manager will find you seats if available. If no seats are available we will absolutely find a place for the director and the playwright to either stand or sit above the crowd by the booth to see the show.

Anyone on the CREATIVE TEAM of any play is NOT ALLOWED to VOTE even if they pay for a seat.


There is no videotaping during live performances due to complaints from audience members, (Our theatre is only 46 seats.) except by our Sound /Light technician up in the booth with a very small video camera, that won’t disturb the technician or the audience.

Future performances

Manhattan Repertory Theatre retains NO (0%) percentage of play’s future productions outside of Manhattan Repertory Theatre.

Please know that Manhattan Repertory Theatre reserves the right to change our policies at any time in order for the Festival to run more effectively.