Saturday, July 4, 2015

Accepting submissions for Lama Theater Company’s Monthly Question

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We are now accepting submissions for Lama Theater Company’s Monthly Question! The Monthly Question is a reading series of new and bold writing (short plays/ Monologues/ poems/ Songs) around Lama’s monthly question that will be performed at Dixon Place Lounge, NYC.

Our Mission: Lama means WHY in Hebrew. The Lama Theater Company is a writer/director-driven company that continually raises questions and fearlessly searches for artistic exploration.

Important dates:

July 6th - playwrights/poets/song writers submission deadline! July 8th - announcement of chosen works.
July 14th - performance night at 9:30pm.

Casting on the spot at 9pm, show at 9:30pm. Location: Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie St, NYC.


Scripts must be related to our monthly question.
Our July question is:

Why New York? Why are we here?

What inspires you when you read the question? We are interested in what you are thinking about and how the question might affect the work you do. Gather whatever inspiration the questions give you, and use it to fuel your chosen discipline. The questions are open to many interpretations!

When you submit please keep in mind that Lama encourage artistic exploration, provoking and risk-taking writing.
  • Short plays are limited to 10 pages or less (we find less is better) in standard playwriting formats. 
  • Poems/ Monologues are limited to 2 pages. 
  • Song samples should be mp3 and no more than 3 minutes. 
  • Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted, Microsoft Word document or PDF. 
  • Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English. 
  • Submit a BLIND copy of your script and include a list of characters/descriptions. 
  • E-mail your Script/Song/Poem to:
  • The subject line should include the title of the play. 
  • Please fill your contact info and the name of your play at our website:
  • Any Questions about Lama's monthly question? Please email us and we’ll help you out! 
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Nerve Lantern submissions: Yoko Ono

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Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature, a journal of experimental performance texts and texts about performance, is preparing a supplemental digital issue that will pay tribute to Yoko Ono, with guest editors Joel Allegretti and Jay Besemer.

The editors are seeking performance texts that interpret and respond to Ono’s Fluxus art, instruction pieces, and ideas.

Submit a maximum of 10 pages as an attachment (Doc or PDF) to

The deadline is October 31, 2015.

Overtime Theater Call for Submissions 2016

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Devoted solely to producing new and original work, we are particularly interested in bold and innovative plays that are challenging and entertaining.

We are seeking unproduced original work, adaptations of films and novels, translations and adaptations of classic works, musicals, comedies, tragedies, melodramas, kitchen sink musical comedies, operas, light operas, operettas, soft rock operas, heavy metal boulevard farces and many other forms hitherto unknown.

If you can imagine it, then we will make it happen.

We are open to any genre, with a special emphasis on genres that are often neglected in theatre such as science fiction, adventure, superhero epics and cross-genre works, immersive environmental plays, or pieces that are truly uncategorizable.

While we are looking to nurture and develop local artists we are also open to giving voice to artists across Texas and to other artists national and international.

We are, in short, looking for exciting plays that will move the audience of today and perhaps be a beacon to audiences of the future.

Located between the Pearl Brewery complex and the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Overtime has been voted the favorite theater of readers of the San Antonio Current for six years in a row. The Overtime is home to two performing spaces, one of which is small while the other is quite cozy.


Currently we do not have a stipend for playwrights.

Writers, directors, cast and crew are all compensated through an equal share of audience contributions and other donations to the “love bucket” which is divided at the end of a production’s run. Artistic staff and the board of the Overtime are all volunteers.

This is not an ideal situation, and it is hardly reflective of the value we believe art should have, but it is as fair and democratic a way we have of ensuring the survival of a theater for the people and by the people.

Please submit your plays in PDF format.

We will accept full-length plays, “one-acts” and even shorter works that may be combined with other authors’ works for a full program.

We will even consider cycles of plays or anything else you can come up with.

We will accept submissions for serial pieces with the following requirements.

1. A completed pilot episode.

2. A series bible that defines characters and story arcs and an outline of the total run of the series.
3. A detailed synopsis for each of the following episodes.
4. An outline of the plan for scheduled completion of the serial season.
Movement Based Pieces/Improvisational pieces/Devised Pieces

We will consider forms of performance that are not “traditional” plays.

For these we will consider them in several forms.

1. For choreographic pieces (dance, ballet, etc.) we will consider pieces with a descriptive text.

2. If the artist is proposing to direct/perform then we will also like to see a sample of previous work and a full CV in addition to a descriptive synopsis of the piece.
3. For improvisational/devised pieces we will consider them based on a descriptive concept statement along with a full account of the process by which the proposed piece will be created.
Other Proposals

In addition to the above we will consider other options for a play or performance that is not covered here. Please contact us with your proposals.

Again, if you can imagine it, then we will consider it.
How to Submit

In an effort to be ecologically responsible, the Overtime Theater accepts scripts with all materials (PDF format preferred) in one email to

Friday, July 3, 2015

Playhouse Creatures submission guidelines

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Are you a playwright looking to have your next big hit produced? We're always looking for new and exciting works to perform. Visit our Contact page for more information.

Santa Fe Performing Arts Playwright's Competition

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Santa Fe Performing Arts Playwright's Competition was developed to support American Playwrights. The competition is not merely a competition of words, but a venue for recognition and a demonstration of appreciation - truly a celebration of the writer's contribution. SFPA and many other theatre companies around the country with similar programs, support playwrights and ensure the future of American Theatre. Without the writers, the actors would have nothing to say.

Submissions are limited to unproduced new American plays and must be postmarked by the first of September of each year. 

Send play synopsis and character break-down via email

or mail to: Santa Fe Performing Arts P.O. Box 22372 Santa Fe, N.M. 87502. 

Full scripts upon request only.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


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Dixon Place announces the sponsorship of The Institute of Prophetic Activist Art, a laboratory for activist artists and their projects. The Institute is looking for 12 activist artists who would like to build their projects during the semester-long seminar, beginning August 30, basing their work Tom Block’s manifesto/handbook of art activism: Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution ( Mr. Block will be running the seminar.

The eight session seminar will introduce artists to the specific ideas of the model, including co-opting political, business and social energy; partnering with non-profit groups; making liaisons with other artists; utilizing unusual exhibition and outreach methods; “Machiavellian” activism; how to build a project from inception through completion; how to imagine and successfully attain quantifiable activist goals and other specific aspects of a Prophetic Activist Art intervention.
To apply: please send a coverletter outlining the germ of your activist idea, plus any activist art experience you have had; a link to a website or portfolio of images and a resume to: 

Deadline for applications August 15.

Bad Theater Fest accepting Submissions of Any Weird Play You Can Dream Up

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Established to encouraged artists to make eye-catching, anything-goes theater, the Bad Theater Fest has hosted 200 short plays with the participation of nearly 500 playwrights, directors and actors. Past projects have ranged from plays from first-time writers, projects written specifically for Bad Theater Fest. to workshops for future performances.

The annual flagship event takes place at Chelsea's Treehouse Theater, 154 W 29th St (between 6th and 7th), 2nd Fl New York, NY 10001 over multiple weekends in October 2015. 

The deadline to submit is Sat, August 15, 2015 at Midnight EST and the process is 100% free.

Projects may be entered through the form available at

Interested playwrights should include a short bio, short description of the play, length (35-40 minutes max) and a list and links of similar projects (if applicable).

More information is available at on Twitter @badtheaterfest and Facebook at

Random Access Workshop Readings

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Random Access Theatre Company is accepting scripts for consideration for their 2015-2016 reading series RAWR (Random Access Workshop Readings).

What is RAWR?

RAWR develops new theatrical work from emerging New York City-based writers in a three-stage process over six months. Random Access Theatre will provide direction, space, actors and mentorship through a series of progressively larger events beginning with a small table read, continuing with an invited audience read and finally a larger public staged reading. After the staged reading, Random Access Theatre Company may consider producing the work as a part of the following mainstage season.

Three scripts will be accepted on a rolling basis, the deadline to be considered for the first reading of 2015 is July 15th. RAWR is highly interested in theatre that imagines and reclaims work and themes of the past as a way to engage in modern issues. Traditional and non-traditional plays, musicals, and plays with music and/or movement are all welcome. Due to the heavy focus on script development, early-stage work is most appropriate for this series. Women, people with disabilities, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply send your script as a pdf attachment or google doc, a synopsis (one page maximum), character breakdown, and a short letter explaining why you think your work would be a good fit for RAWR to

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Supernova 7: A Festival of New One-Act Plays

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We at the Bench are proud to announce that the ever-successful Supernova festival of new writing will be returning next year, for it's seventh edition. Over the past fourteen years many things have changed, but the festival remains a prominent showcase of original one-act plays, each one composed by amateur playwrights, and produced and performed by our own award-winning membership.

We are aiming to display around 8 new pieces of writing in February of next year, with each piece being performed within the production week. To this end we would love to hear from anyone who would like to send us a script to contemplate - whether you are a veteran of writing for the stage, a local author who is considering turning their hand to script writing, or a complete novice with an idea for a play, we will gratefully consider your work, and are very keen to put on as wide a range of interesting and high-quality work as we can.

There is no fee for entering your piece to the festival; we only ask that you ensure that it meets the (hopefully fairly relaxed!) criteria below, and that you send it to us by the end of August (the entries officially close at midnight on the 31st).

If you have any queries about the festival, please feel free to drop us a line at

You may also wish to look at the production details of Supernova 6, the last edition of this event, to get a flavour of the festival!

Terms and Conditions
  • The play should be able to be performed by a maximum of 6 actors (but could contain any number of characters)
  • Plays must consist of a single act. Playwrights should aim for compositions of between 15 and 45 minutes, short plays are just as welcome as longer ones!
  • Plays should be written for an English-speaking audience
  • Plays must be original, unpublished and previously unperformed, with no performance rights attached, and they must be new to the Supernova festival - not submitted to previous editions
  • Plays should be able to be performed within the constraints of our space, the Spring Arts Centre, and please bear in mind the nature of the festival - we will be unable to include plays which require complex sets, effects or costumes.
Submitting your play(s) gives the Bench Theatre the right to perform it/them on the dates given here, without further payment, however copyright remains with the author. We are sadly unable to offer any payment to successful entrants.

There is no fee for entering plays for consideration, but we are now only allowing three scripts per author.

How to Enter
As submissions are read and considered anonymously, please ensure that your name does not appear anywhere on any of your scripts
Scripts must be submitted electronically; please email a PDF, Word or OpenDocument file to, including your name in the email
Submissions must reach us by midnight on August 31st, 2015
The Selection Process
  • Every play submitted will be read by a Reading Panel (composed of Bench Theatre members) in conditions of strict anonymity and confidentiality.
  • Approximately eight plays will be selected for performance, each play being performed twice between the 7th and the 14th of February 2016.
  • Our aim is to put on the best new writing in a varied and entertaining programme. As such, we are looking for a range of scripts, and reserve the right to choose more or less than the 8 plays we have set as our guideline, depending on the respective lengths of the successful entries.
  • Because the Festival is open to anyone, including members of the Company (except for the reading/selection panel), a non-voting administrator will ensure that confidentiality is maintained until the end of the selection process.
  • Successful entrants will be notified by the 15th November 2015

Roister Doister Publishing seeks plays for young people

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Roister Doister Publishing is committed to finding and nuturing new writing talent. One of the ways in which we will do this is through competitions. Our first competition will be a search for new plays for young people. Anything goes with regards to the content, themes and genre of the play and we're looking for entries that are as daring as they are creative. There will be two categories for the 2015 playwriting competition.

One Act Plays for Young People

1. The work must be 25-50 minutes in length.
2. The minimum number of cast members involved in the play is two.
3. The work must not have been previously published.
4. The work may have been performed prior to entry to the competition.
5. Entry to the competition will be free.
6. Written feedback on each work will be available at a cost of £10. There is no obligation to request feedback on the work and it will have no bearing on the outcome of the competition.
7. The winning entry will receive their own publication deal with Roister Doister Publishing for 5 years as well as an advance of £100.
8. The top five works will be features in a compendium of plays published exclusively by Roister Doister Publishing for 5 years.
9. Authors may submit up to five entries each.
10. The deadline for submissions will be midnight on the 3rd July 2015.
11. Winners will be announced on the 1st August 2015.
12. All entries must be accompanied by the covering application form.
13. Authors should consider who they are writing for. For the purposes of this competition 'young people' are defined as being 8 - 18 years of age.
14. Submissions can be made via email or post.

Full-length Plays for Young People

1. The work must be in two acts and be 75 - 120 minutes in length.
2. The minimum number of cast members involved in the play is two.
3. The work must not have been previously published.
4. The work may have been performed prior to entry to the competition.
5. Entry to the competition will be free.
6. Written feedback on each work will be available at a cost of £20. There is no obligation to request feedback on the work and it will have no bearing on the outcome of the competition.
7. The winning entry will receive their own publication deal with Roister Doister Publishing for 5 years, an advance of £150 and a rehearsed reading of the work.
8. The top five works will be features in a compendium of plays published exclusively by Roister Doister Publishing for 5 years.
9. Authors may submit up to five entries each.
10. The deadline for submissions will be midnight on the 3rd July 2015.
11. Winners will be announced on the 1st August 2015.
12. All entries must be accompanied by the covering application form.
13. Authors should consider who they are writing for. For the purposes of this competition 'young people' are defined as being 8 - 18 years of age.
14. Submissions can be made via email or post.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Proscenium Theatre Journal

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Proscenium accepts original plays of any length and style, original adaptations (as long as the rights for the adapted work are secured) and musicals. We also accept articles about playwriting and theatre.

Submission Procedures

We only accept submissions via email. Please email your original play or article to with the subject “Submission: [Title], [Author.]” We would like you to submit your play as both a Word Document and PDF file (If you cannot convert your play into a Word Document we are fine with just a PDF file, but we will request a Word Document if your play is accepted for publication). In addition, please submit a brief, 100-word author bio. If your play has been produced, please feel free to send us information about production history and production photos.

The deadline to be considered for the third issue of Proscenium is August 1st, 2015. However, we accept submissions year-round and will consider them for future editions.

Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we regret that we cannot acknowledge all submissions. Proscenium reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason.

If you have any questions about our submission process, please contact


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The Play Lab is a UMass Department of Theater mainstage production, running from March 20 – April 2, 2016. One playwright will be chosen for a two week residency during this period. These residencies are structured around a series of public staged readings directed and dramaturged by UMass Amherst graduate students and performed by undergraduate actors. The two week workshop term allows time for exploration in rehearsal and the generation of new material.

Our mission this year is to develop two exceptional new plays: one from our current visiting artist Kim Euell, and the other selected through this call. The Play Lab is process oriented, focusing on an experience that is educational, exploratory, and collaborative. The workshops will have minimal technical/design support, but the emphasis will be on presenting and responding to the text. 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 MJ Kaufman, Michael Yates Crowley, Will Power, Marcus Gardley, and Constance Congdon. We approach new play development with rigor and sensitivity and we're seeking playwrights who are as passionate about this process as we are.

We offer a $750 honorarium per playwright. Accommodations will be provided. Playwrights are responsible for booking their travel arrangements, and will be reimbursed for a portion of the cost. The playwright may be asked to give a playwriting workshop to students for an additional honorarium.

The playwright is expected to be in residency for the full 2 week workshop period. During this time, the playwright may provide as many changes as desired. The playwright is expected to attend nightly rehearsals and the three readings. The playwright can choose to participate in audience talkbacks. Playwrights may be asked to meet or discuss the play with the team prior to residency as available.

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.
This year we are specifically seeking plays and playwrights that:
offer something fresh, bold, or even dangerous in their form, style, or themes
center around issues relevant to a campus community
will benefit from a workshop with undergraduate performers and graduate student staff
may give voice to underrepresented communities (e.g. LGBTQA folks, people of color, women, etc.)

Submit manuscripts to All documents must be submitted in .pdf format; plays formatted otherwise will be disqualified. Please include a concise playwright’s bio and a short summary of how you think your play might benefit from a developmental reading.
Submissions will be capped at 250 plays.

The deadline is Monday, August 3, 2015.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Postcard Theatre's New Writing Competition.

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1. All the scripts MUST be new writing, by which we mean, previously unperformed by any other company.

2. The scripts MUST have a performance run time of between 60 and 90 minutes.

3. The script MUST require a cast of no less than 2 actors but no more than 5 actors.

4. There is no restriction on the age or gender of the characters.

5. There is no restriction of the style or genre of the pieces but they MUST be suitable for fringe production.

The Process

The deadline for scripts to be submitted by is 5pm on Friday 21st August 2015. This is is to allow for writers to have time to write something new should they wish to, and have time to complete that process. However we will accept scripts at any time prior to that, and hold them until the deadline.

Scripts are to be submitted via email to

Round 1

During this round, a Postcard Theatre panel will read all submissions and compile a shortlist to move to the next round.

Round 2

We will submit our shortlist to a panel of external professionals who are not from within Postcard Theatre and who will shortlist further

Round 3

The playwrights who have scripts on the external panel's shortlist will be asked to select an extract which will then be presented to a public audience & panel in the form of a rehearsed reading. The audience along with a panel will decide on two scripts to take forward into the final round.

Round 4

The final two scripts will have a longer extract presented to a public audience & panel in the form of a rehearsed, read performance. The combination of audience and panel will decide on the winning script & playwright.

What You Can Win...

The winning playwright will have their script turned into our next, full Postcard Theatre production. We will also award £50 to the winning playwright for the performance rights covering the full run of the production.

North Park Playwright Festival

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Our goal in building the North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe was to provide a small theater to produce new, untested plays. In support of this goal we have produced the North Park Playwright Festival each October. The festival provides a platform for brand new, short (ten minute), plays written by playwrights from around the world. Over the past twelve years more than 400 new plays have been produced. We encourage new directors and actors to become involved in theater through the festival as well. Through the North Park Playwright Festival over ninety playwrights, directors, and actors each year are able to showcase their talents. We invite interested playwrights to submit work to the festival. 

Please follow the guidelines below.

We are looking for:

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2015. Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs. We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

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

General information:

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

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

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

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest

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Exit 7 Players (Ludlow MA, is seeking submissions for The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest, performing in February 2016. The contest producers are Sue Crowther and Rebecca Johnson.

The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest will produce short plays by 16 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.

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.)

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.

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

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 16 plays are selected for production.

Save your script(s) in .pdf format. You can submit your script(s) from Monday, June 29 to Saturday, September 12, 2015 via the form found on the Exit 7 Players website. 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:

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 16 semifinalists, they will be prohibited from working on the production of the contest in any capacity.

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.

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

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.

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 29th of 2014.

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.

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.

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

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.

Keep set, lighting, sound, costume, and prop requirements to a minimum. The contest will feature 8 plays per night, with quick changeovers. A script with complex technical requirements could lead to its rejection.

Play Selection Process and Contest Format

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.

The play reading committee will select 16 plays for competition: 8 comedies and 8 dramas. Each play will be performed twice in the semifinal rounds. Eight plays will be presented in semifinals night Group A (4 dramas and 4 comedies) and eight plays in semifinals night Group B (again, 4 dramas and 4 comedies). This sequence will be repeated the following weekend and audience votes totaled.

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

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 29, 2014.

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 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).

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.

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

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

We will promote your play, but you should too.

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

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 16 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, and “Like” Exit 7 Players Theater on Facebook.


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Quannapowitt Players, Inc. is seeking one-act play submissions for our fourth Suburban Holidays production of new holiday plays the for November/December, 2015 Production.

Suburban Holidays explores the theme of the holiday season (in whatever form that means for the playwright) in a town “very much like Reading, MA.” As this festival is being produced in November/December, a preference for date-appropriate holidays (Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, etc.) may come into play; however, all holidays are appropriate material for this festival.

This year’s festival will consist of 4-5 full one-act plays. This means that plays under 20 minutes will not be considered. Plays must be no less than 20 minutes and no more than 45 minutes in length when performed. PLEASE NOTE: If your script is fewer than 20 pages long, the play reading committee will discard it without consideration.

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

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

Modern/contemporary plays are given preference. Costuming restraints might not allow for period pieces at this Festival.

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

Submissions must be received by noon on July 31, 2015.

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

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

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

Playwrights whose pieces are chosen will be notified via email no later than August 15, 2015. Selections will also be posted here on the Quannapowitt Players website.

If you have any questions about this festival or the guideline submissions, please contact Patrick Cleary at Please include the subject line “Suburban Holidays” on submissions and questions.

Page to Stage Playwriting Contest

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Now accepting submissions for the third year of the Page to Stage Playwriting Contest!

Entries are due by June 30.
The winning selection will receive a staged reading at the Cloverdale Playhouse’s Elizabeth Crump Theater in September 2015.

The Cloverdale Playhouse – Guidelines for Playwriting Contest Submissions

Plays may be submitted between May 5 and June 30, 2015. No fee required. Only one play per playwright accepted.

About the Play

- Non-musical, full-length plays for writers 19 years and older.

-Non-musical, one-act plays for writers 18 years and younger. Must have parent’s or guardian’s written permission. All other requirements are the same.

- No limit on number of characters

- No restrictions on subject

- Submitted scripts must be unpublished and must not have received a full production. The Cloverdale Playhouse reading is to be a world premiere.

- No translations or adaptations of previously published works

- No changes or revisions after submission

About the Format

- Must be submitted by email to as an attachment in adobe acrobat pdf

- Must be written in English

- Adult Division: minimum 60 pages, maximum 120 pages, using the guidelines of

- Young Writers’ Division: minimum 10 pages, maximum 30 pages, using the guidelines at the link above.

- Script must include, near the front: Cast list, brief character descriptions, and set requirements

- Script must have no indication of the author’s name on any page or in the file properties (this allows readers to be totally objective).

About the Reading

- Winner will be notified by August 15, 2015

- Members of the Cloverdale Playhouse Artistic Committee will judge the submissions and select a winner. The judges’ decision will be final.

- The winning play will be read at the Cloverdale Playhouse by actors from the community in September 2015.

- Publicity for the event will be handled by the Cloverdale Playhouse. The winning playwright may be asked to participate in preparing the event and any media/marketing relating to the event.

While all reasonable care will be taken, the Cloverdale Playhouse cannot accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, submitted scripts.

The Cloverdale Playhouse and judges will destroy all electronic script submissions after the close of the program.

Incomplete submissions will be ineligible for inclusion in the program.

Questions? Please contact the Cloverdale Playhouse at (334) 262-1530. Email or visit

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Northern Writers' Project

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The Northern Writers' Project is a week-long playwriting intensive where four plays are workshopped with the playwrights, directors, actors and audience. There will be a full week of rehearsal for each play leading to two public readings of each play with talkbacks after each reading. The Project will give playwrights a chance to develop their plays more thoroughly while showcasing their talent. Playwrights from all over the country are welcome to submit.

The 2015 Northern Writers' Project will be held August 31-September 6.

For script consideration, please see below. The deadline to submit plays is July 1, 2015.

Please send the following to Suzi Regan via email at or by post to 120 E. Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104:

- Playwright contact info and bio
- One-paragraph synopsis
- Full script

*Plays with small casts of one to four people are ideal, but all cast sizes will be considered.

Brave New Ending Writing Challenge

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Our Brave New Ending Writing Challenge is brought to you in partnership with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company ahead of their forthcoming major new adaptation of Aldous Huxley's future-shock literary classic. This Creative Project is open to aspiring writers of all ages. And there’s a very starry prize for ten lucky winners...


IN PREPARATION, you should:
READ the book if you haven’t already
WATCH our video interview with playwright Dawn King on her process of adapting Brave New World for the forthcoming tour, as well as her advice on how she would approach this writing challenge.


Write a final scene for your own imagined version of Brave New World. This should NOT be a dramatised scene of the book’s actual ending. Instead it should be a scene (no more than FIVE minutes) created from your own imagination that takes place either BEFORE or AFTER or as an ALTERNATIVE to the book’s existing conclusion.


All submissions will be published online here. The overall best ten submissions – as judged by writer Dawn King and producer Jenny King – will be invited to take part in a very special, one-day, playwriting workshop*, led by renowned writer and actor Nigel Planer.

PLUS, if you submit before 7 September 2015, you may ALSO be in the running to have your scene given a professional rehearsed reading on stage at one of the show’s eight touring venues.**

*Note: The workshop, which will take place in Birmingham in January 2016 (date tbc) is free of charge and includes lunch and reasonable travel expenses (within the UK). Accommodation is not provided. ** To be considered for a rehearsed reading, your script must involve no more than THREE characters; otherwise, please limit yourself to FIFTEEN characters.

Final submissions deadline is 31 December 2015.

Moonlight Theatre Productions is seeking submissions of one-act plays

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Moonlight Theatre Productions is seeking submissions of one-act plays, 10-30 minutes long about current or recent events of social, legal and political significance by emerging playwrights.

Rules of submission:

Only plays that haven’t been produced or showcased in New York City.

Plays sent as attachments by e mail to with author’s name, e mail address, phone number and address on the title page.

Plays in Microsoft Word or Final Draft pdf formats, all pages titled and numbered.

Mark Short Play/your name on the subject line.

Submission is free.

The selected plays will be read in MTP’s New York reading series in the 2015/2016 season.

Authors will refrain from e mailing further queries. Selected authors will be notified with further details of the reading series.

Submission deadline: July 15, 2015.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Radio Drama Revival Submission Guidelines

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Radio Drama Revival is dedicated to showcasing the best of modern audio drama, though “modern” can be interpreted loosely, as the show has featured work as far back at 1980 before, and even, on occasion, Old Time Radio (OTR) remakes.

By “best,” we mean work that we feel effectively showcases the vitality of the audio drama medium. This means meeting broadcast standards of audio recording quality, music, sound effects, dialogue, mixing, and more important than them all – story. After all, the story is the reason anything is happening at all.

We’re particularly excited by work that shows a command of the audio medium and creates a uniquely audio experience – something that could not be quite the same in print, film, or stage.

Mark Time-winning audio dramatist Jonathan Mitchell explains well what we’re looking for:

Radio drama offers an opportunity for a purer form of radio — it doesn’t exist to talk about something else or interview someone about their thing. It is the thing.
What Do We Want?

We’re not looking for clever sound effects or awesome music. Even great actors do not alone make great radio. We want audio that tells stories well, and embrace the diversity of storytelling forms out there. RDR has featured comedy, contemporary drama, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, theological fiction and, of course, blood-curdling horror. The show DOES go out on broadcast radio at WMPG FM in Portland, Maine so while challenging subject matter is encouraged, gratuitous violence, language, and sex usually don’t work out. We also don’t generally feature pure comedy – though work that is funny is very welcome!

Programs that are 30-60 minutes tend to work best, though on occasion longer shows have been featured in multi-part episodes, and series have been featured in excerpts. RDR also usually features interviews with the producer and/or writer and actors.
How do we want it?

The web form below is HIGHLY preferred as the way of managing incoming submissions. Alternatively, you can email submissions [at]

If you INSIST on sending us snail mail – sigh – yes, you can do that, our address is:

Radio Drama Revival, LLC
PO Box 6334
East Rochester, NH 03868
What do you get?

You don’t get paid for broadcast on Radio Drama Revival. However, you reach an audience of thousands of audio fans and gratuitous links to your website. The typical Radio Drama Revival episode is downloaded over 5,000 times.

Podcasts are usually archived in perpetuity, but if for some reason you need the link taken down after a certain amount of time, that’s fine, just let us know.

New Play-Reading Festival

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This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced TYA scripts.

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 on two separate occasions during our 2015/2016 season.

Four scripts will be chosen to be featured in this festival. The initial play readings will take place November 13th through 15th. The second set of readings will take place February 26th through 28th. 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 part of The Growing Stage Theatre’s 2015/2016 Season!!!

The Growing Stage Theatre 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.

Please send script submissions for the New Play-Reading Festival along with a brief synopsis by July 1, 2015 to the head of the festival, Steve Graham:

Or to:
The Growing Stage Theatre
New Play-Reading Festival
Attn: Steve Graham
P.O. Box 36
Netcong, NJ 07857

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 Theatre, please visit:

Thursday, June 25, 2015

StageCoach Theatre Company seeks scripts for young audiences

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

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

For additional information and guidelines, please contact us.

Lourdes University Drama Society 2015 One-Act Playwriting Competition

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NOTE: No entry fee necessary with copy of Dramatists Guild membership card

Cash awards of $250 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place will be presented. Winning plays will also be produced by the Lourdes University Drama Society.

To enter please send the following items to the address below:
  • Completed entry form 
  • Bio of the playwright(s) – must be 100 words or less 
  • Play synopsis including character descriptions 
  • Three copies of the script 
  • $5 entry fee or copy of current Dramatist Guild membership card 
Mail to: 

Keith Ramsdell
Lourdes University Drama Society
One-Act Playwriting Competition 6832 Convent Blvd
Sylvania, OH 43560

Competition Rules:

The competition is open to all playwrights 18 years of age and older. Only one play per playwright may be entered per year. Plays may be co-written by more than one playwright, but the names of all playwrights must appear on the entry form.

Entries must be one-act stage plays with performance times of 8 to 15 minutes. Full-length plays, musicals, children’s plays, film and TV scripts, and plays previously entered in this competition are ineligible.

Submissions are restricted to original dramatic works – no adaptations – that have not been previously published or produced outside of an academic environment.

While all reasonable care will be taken, Lourdes University Drama Society does not assume any responsibility for lost, misplaced or damaged scripts.

There are no restrictions on genre or theme.

Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. Preference will be given to plays with 2 to 4 characters, limited staging requirements, and content/language sensitive to the traditions and values of Lourdes University. The decisions of the judges are final. No critiques will be given, and no scripts will be returned.

Lourdes University Drama Society will produce the winning plays royalty-free during its Festival of One Acts 2016. This includes the right to make rehearsal copies of the script, to use the title of the play and the author’s name in publicity and promotion, and to videotape the play for archival purposes. The playwright will receive a program and DVD from the production. All future production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

The deadline for entries is a postmark of October 1, 2015

Late scripts will not be accepted, and revisions cannot be made once a script has been submitted. Winners will be announced and notified by the end of the calendar year.

Formatting Instructions:

To ensure anonymity during the judging process, no personal information should appear anywhere on the submitted script. The entry form will contain this information.

All scripts should be printed on 8-1/2” x 11” white paper, typewritten on one side only and submitted in acceptable play manuscript format. Each copy should be bound with a staple. Pages must be numbered, and the name of the play should appear on each page.

The entry form, bio, synopsis and fee or copy of DG card should be clipped together.

Incorrectly formatted entries will be disregarded.

More Information:

Please contact Keith Ramsdell at with any questions. You may also visit us on the web at

Cimientos seeks plays

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Cimientos 2015 brings together a curation of what contemporary playwriting has to offer in the most exhilarating of forms. Genres are bent out of shape and reborn in ways that methodically explode on the paper that will then be exposed on stage. Now in its 15th year, this play development program continues to fuel the genesis of theater: the playwright. With an array of national and cross-continental writers, Cimientos will be the host to the bravest of theatrical statements; all plays are not created equal and our avant-garde is a solemn cry into what theater can and should do today.


  • There is no submission fee for Cimientos.
  • Submissions lacking any of the following guidelines will not be considered.
  • Submission will only be accepted through the online form. See link above (only visible in June 2015.)
  • Submissions must be the author's own work. The piece shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold IATI Theater and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.
  • The playwright must commit to be present on the staged reading performance of his/her work.
  • The playwright must commit to be present on the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel) assigned to his/her work.
  • This program is open to authors from anywhere in the world with original works in English or Spanish who are interested in a New York audience feedback. However, because of the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel), every playwright must be present to take part in the monthly meetings or commit to presenting feedback electronically or in written form on the dates of the PPP's and with no delay.
  • Only one play may be submitted per playwright, per season.
  • Submissions must not exceed 90 minutes in length.
  • The play must require 5 actors or less. Plays that have more than 5 actors and do not provide a clear and stageable doubling explanation will not be reviewed. If doubling is possible, it must be expressed clearly on the online form.
  • The submission must be a completed full-length play that has not previously been produced in any setting. If the play has undergone a workshop, staged reading or development of any kind, the playwright must inform IATI Theater of the specifics on the online form.
  • The author’s name(s) should be nowhere within the script, any authorship information must not be visible in the play document. Scripts will be read ‘blind’.
  • Submissions for the 2016 Season will only be accepted from June 1 to June 30, 2015.

*The 2016 Cimientos will consists of two main components:

*PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel): Playwrights accepted to the program, IATI Theater’s artistic staff and other specially invited theater professionals will converge in workshop meetings to discuss the new works that make up the particular season. Every meeting will be dedicated to a single playwright in the program, the focus being in further advancing the text before it is presented in front of a live audience.

*SRP (Staged Reading Presentation): Each playwright in the program will be given the opportunity to present his/her play in a directed, professionally acted staged reading. Thus, the piece will be exposed to a receptive audience that further develops the featured script through a post-reading talkback.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Evergreen Theatre submssions guidelines

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Evergreen Theatre regularly commissions playwrights to create environmental/science-based scripts for young audiences. We offer dramaturgical support through our play development program. We also accept script submissions (that fit with our mandate) on an ongoing, year round basis. We will acknowledge, via email, that your submission has been recieved. Every submission will receive a response. Responses may take 6-12 months. We thank you for your patience.

Please send all script submissions to our Artistic Producer, Valmai Goggin at

MRT Fall One Act Competition

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Seeking fully produced one act plays
(cast, directed and ready to perform)
7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for

Sept. 10 - Sept. 30, 2015
at Manhattan Rep, 303 W.42nd St.

$1000 PRIZE for BEST PLAY!!!

(And an additional 4 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS - Sept. 29 and 30, 2015.)

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:

by Friday August 7, 2015 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
August 7, 2015, 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 4 more performances if the play moves on to the finals. We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

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

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

For more information log on to:

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2016 playwriting competition

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The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2016 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, distinguished playwright Nicholas Wright. 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 Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright’s agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

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. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in standard 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 2016 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2015 and no later than August 15, 2015.

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 (optional) where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to:


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 2016 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2015 and no later than August 15, 2015.

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. A brief biography may be included at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page, but is not required.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 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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

LIC One Act Festival 2015

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The LIC One Act Festival 2015 Sept 7th – 20th


Submission Deadline: July 13th

The LIC One Act Festival is now accepting plays for its 3rd annual. The Secret Theatre seeks to promote new work and emerging playwrights through our annual One Act Festival. We also promote playwrights through publishing anthologies of the winning plays; all of the final plays including the festival winner are offered a non-exclusive publishing agreement we have currently published five volumes of short plays.

No fee to submit or produce.

· $200 Cash Prize for Best Play

· $100 Cash Prize for Best director

· $50 Cash Prize for Best Actor

· $50 Cash Prize for Best Actress

· Each Play is guaranteed 3-5 performances

· The final selected plays are eligible for publishing in Top Secret Books’ The LIC One Act Festival Vol 3 on a non-exclusive basis.

  • Plays must be between 10 – 20 minutes in length. Preference given to plays that have not been produced before.
  • Playwrights are responsible for selecting director and cast. (We may be able to help you if you do not have a director but preference will be given to playwrights who can provide their own directors and actors.)
  • Easy to produce. (If you have a play which for instance includes a swimming pool, a large amount of sets and props, or anything else too elaborate or is impossible to cast we may reject it)
  • Please submit plays in PDF or Word format only
  • We will divide selected plays into three programs which will play in an alternating order over three weeks. 

Selected Playwrights will be informed July 27th.

Please email submissions to:

Please include:
  • The full play
  • A synopsis of the play
  • The character breakdown
  • The play’s running time please try to be as accurate as possible
  • The play’s production history (if it has been produced before and where)

The Secret Theatre is located at 44-02 23rd St, Long Island City, NYC 11101

My Voice Is My Power

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The Black Theatre Troupe is celebrating black women playwrights in our My Voice Is My Power series, beginning in October 2015 and concluding in February 2016 at the Helen Mason Performing Arts Center.

Submission Guidelines & Information

Deadline: August 15, 2015 at 5 p.m., (MST)
Scripts must be original works for the stage that have not been published or produced. Works should not be adaptations or obvious first drafts. Musicals will not be accepted in this round. However plays with original music will be accepted on a limited basis providing the submission is accompanied by a high quality recording. Works that have had workshop analysis and evaluation are eligible.

Only submissions by female playwrights of color will be accepted. The strongest finalists will be works that illuminate issues that concern or impact women of color.

This project is open to ALL female playwrights of color. However, submissions from playwrights in our preferred region of of the Southwest – Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah – are strongly encouraged.


Playwrights may submit up to two ten-minute plays no longer than 10 pages (not including the synopsis, title and character pages), and two one-act plays between 20 and 45 minutes in length.


Playwrights may submit only one full-length play between 90 and 180 minutes long.


Scripts must use the 12-point size in Arial, Courier New, or Times New Roman fonts.


A separate page/document must include the following information on the submission:

Click here for an interactive .pdf form for your convenience
Genre (comedy, drama, or play with music)
Character list
A synopsis of the work (no more than 500 words)
A brief development history of the play (no more than 500 words)


The playwrights email submission package must include the following attachments in a Microsoft Word or PDF document (PDF form available).
Playwright’s name
Playwright’s complete Address
Preferred email address
Preferred telephone number
Title of play and category (comedy, drama, or play with music)
PDF or Word copy of the script

Email the above information/attachments to:

The subject line of the email submission must include: last name with title of play and celebration submission. If submitting more than one script, please submit each in a separate email with the exact same information. Incomplete submission packages will not be accepted. All personal identifying information must be on a separate page from the script.

Deadline: August 15, 2015 at 5 p.m., (MST)

Plays will be read, adjudicated, and scored by a panel of producers and directors from several organizations in our target region. Those receiving the highest scores be included in our reading series October 29 – November 1, 2015 at The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center (home of the Black Theatre Troupe in Downtown Phoenix, AZ).

New works for our Staged Reading Series, February 25 – 28, 2016 will be selected from the winning group of works in our October/November Reading Series. These staged readings will be directed and performed by regional professionals and will allow the playwright to continue to work on and develop her play between the initial fall reading and the start of rehearsals for the February Staged Reading Series.

Thank You,

Larissa Brewington
Literary Manager and Project Coordinator
My Voice is My Power Series

Scary Theater Festival

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Nightmare New York announces Nightmare Horror Show: New York's Only Scary Theater Festival

After 12 years of producing the city's oldest, largest and most horrifying Haunted House for Halloween, the Nightmare creators are going back to their theatrical roots and are producing the city's only horror theater festival. In addition to the works being presented by the artistic team of the haunted house, they are looking for a select few of the creepiest, most terrifying additional works to be a part of the oeuvre for the 4 week festival taking place at the same venue that the haunted house has been staged for the past 12 years (The Clemente in the lower east side). Nightmare entertains tens of thousands of patrons each year, and if selected your piece will be a part of a very visible and highly attended Halloween happening.

- Work approximately 30 minutes
- must be scary
- Must be NYC premieres, preferably US premieres.
- The production costs for your show are your own. You will be provided the space, general lighting and sound packages, a base set to work from, as well as a run crew (you can add to it) and promotion.
- no application or festival fee - all box offices is split 50/50
- 4 week run, no less than 3 performance dates a week
- You will be coupled with 2 other works on the same bill
- You will have appropriate tech time

To Apply:
email: no later than July 1st the following:
- script
- all resumes and bios associated with the show
- any press from past productions
- Artistic Statement
- Director concepts
- images if they exist
- video links to past productions
- anything else that would demonstrate the quality of the work.

This is a highly competitive application process. Very few works will be excepted. Nightmare is the most lauded horror attraction in NYC, and with it comes a certain cachet. It must fit the ethos and level of quality that is already being brought to the table. We know the most terrifying ghost story has yet to be told on stage for a live audience...perhaps it is your work that will do just that!

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is seeking applications from playwrights of color for the 2015-2016 Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence program

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The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is seeking applications from playwrights of color for the 2015-2016 Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence program. This is a collaborative residency that is mutually beneficial to the mission of the studio and the playwright. We are seeking playwrights who:

- self-identify as people of color

- are in their early careers

- are unpublished

- have not yet had professional productions other than those using the showcase code

- have a vested interest in working with a community of artists

- are interested in engaging in a discussion about how the studio can support and challenge their work

While this is a merit-based residency search, we are particularly interested in diversity – diverse writers, voices, viewpoints, perspectives. The studio is interested in co-designing a residency with the playwright that will support and challenge their process. The course of the residency is not regimented, but may be described as “playwright’s choice” within the resources and capabilities of the studio. Past participants have chosen some of the following:

1) a series of readings on a play written during the course of the year

2) a series of readings on a variety of plays/pages

3) writing a new work for an ensemble of graduate level actors

4) a showcase production

The resident will engage in a discussion with the Artistic Director and other staff to explore what activities might be most helpful to their process during the year. Residencies typically begin in September and culminate in June. Resident playwrights receive a $1000 stipend and have access to the Studio’s space, members of the Clurman Lab Theatre Company, and student actors for readings and workshops.

Completed applications must include a required online application form AND a full-length, polished but unpublished play (a full-length play is one that constitutes a full evening of theater; a 90-minute one act play is acceptable). Playwrights must read and agree to the Letter of Agreement before applying. By applying for this residency, playwrights confirm that they have read and agree to the Letter of Agreement.

Your play submission should be “blind”. The cover page should ONLY include the title of your play. Your name should not be anywhere on the blinded script. This copy will be shared with the committee of play readers who will not know the authors of the plays they are reading.

Completed applications must be received by Monday, July 6, 2015.

Please note that applicants who advance to the final round of consideration may be asked for a second work sample.

Applicants will be considered for the playwright-in-residence position as well as:

- participation in the First Breath New Play Reading Series (Spring 2016)

- participation in the Teen Program Ten-Minute new play program (Summer 2016)

Please fill out a submission form by clicking here.
Please e-mail your play to The subject line should read “PLAYWRIGHT-in-RESIDENCE”
Completed submissions must be received by Monday, July 6, 2015.

Please note: Your submission will only be complete if you follow both of the steps above.

Please note #2: Paper applications will not be accepted.


We are especially interested in plays with an interesting use of dramatic writing. In the previous rounds, we have received many “slice of life” plays and wanted to point out that the manuscripts that use metaphor and drama in unique ways often have a better chance of advancing through the rounds of consideration.

All plays will be read by a committee composed of alumni and upperclassmen in the first round. Plays that advance to the second and third rounds will be read by theater professionals and staff.
Playwrights will be notified of results in the fall of 2015.


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GUIDELINES Eligibility: Each applicant must be a composer/lyricist or composer/lyricist team wishing to create work for the musical theatre, and must not yet have achieved significant commercial success.

1. A CD of up to four songs from one or more musical theatre pieces, with typewritten lyrics and a description of the dramatic context for each song; and

2. A completed application form.

• We will code the applications as they arrive. Because all submissions will be reviewed blind, please do not place name(s) of writer(s) on the CD, lyric sheets, or description of dramatic context.

• Only musical theatre work will be considered.

• Please do not submit live recordings.

• The applicant(s) must have written all the songs included in the submission. For example, a composer cannot submit one song with her own lyrics, and a second song with lyrics by another writer.

• No individual may appear on more than one application. You cannot apply as an individual and again as part of a team, or as part of more than one songwriting team. Submission Deadline and Award: Applications will be accepted from June 1-30, 2015.

Please mail or deliver applications to: Fred Ebb Award, Roundabout Theatre, 231 West 39th Street, Suite 1200, New York, New York 10018.

Mailed submissions must be postmarked not later than June 30. The winner will be selected in November 2015, and will receive $50,000. The Foundation will also produce a one-night showcase of the winner’s work.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.

What we are looking for:
  • Plays that are challenging.
  • Plays that exhibit fearlessness.
  • Plays that are not mainstream.
  • Plays that exude passion.
  • Plays that are relentlessly truthful
The American Playwriting Foundation encourages submissions by first time playwrights, women and playwrights of color.

  • The author of the Relentless Award-winning play will receive $45,000.
  • The winning playwright will have the option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service.
  • The winning playwright will have a week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm.
  • The selected play will have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States.
  • When the winning play is selected, three runners-up will also be named.


Submissions will be accepted up until midnight of July 10, 2015. The winner and three finalists will be announced on October 2, 2015.

Eligibility/Criteria for Submission:
  • Any unproduced play written by a United States citizen is eligible for The Relentless Award.
  • Each play must be submitted with a letter from a theater professional recommending the play. “Theater Professional” is defined as anyone who has worked in theater in any artistic capacity for a minimum of four years.
  • Plays with a producer, producing organization or theater attached are not eligible.
  • As much as we love them, one-act plays, musicals and plays for children are not eligible.
  • The author must be at least 21 years old.
How to submit your play:
  • Use the form to submit your play and accompanying letter of recommendation to The American Playwriting Foundation.
  • Please do not have your name or other identifying info (email/phone number) on any of your manuscript pages. This will preserve the author's anonymity for the judges.
  • We prefer to receive your files as pdfs (rather than Word documents).
  • You will receive a confirmation email after we receive your files.

AFO now accepting submissions for their Works-in-Progress

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All For One Theater, an NYC based solo theater production company, is now accepting submissions for their Works-in-Progress program.

All For One’s Works In Progress series provides an outlet for solo shows in progress to receive outside help in their development. AFO will help connect solo show artists with directors and other collaborators as needed to help develop their work and present a reading in front of an audience, AFO community members, and industry professionals to receive feedback.

Artists selected for the Works-In-Progress Series receive:

· 10 hours of rehearsal space
· Assistance in choosing a director
· Support and guidance from AFO staff
· A staged reading, presented in front of an audience of AFO community members and invited industry
· Structured feedback from both the audience and AFO staff

We are looking for work that is ready to be developed. Women, LGBTQ/GNC, people with disabilities, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a current draft of the script, a cover letter detailing what you hope to get out of a staged reading, and your resume to

Saturday, June 20, 2015


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Now seeking plays for one of two programs:

Ensemble play search


Seeking new, full-length ensemble plays for young actors with casts of 7-10 roles that have a majority of female characters or gender neutral characters. One play or more may be selected for a student production (this is a curricular project for full-time acting students). Plays must be new, unproduced works and require minimal set, props, costumes.

Completed applications must include a required application form and a full-length play.

Please note: Your play submission should be “blind”. The cover page should ONLY include the title of your play. Your name should not be anywhere on the blinded script. This copy will be shared with the committee of play readers who will not know the authors of the plays they are reading.

Completed applications must be received by Monday, July 6, 2015.


Please fill out a submission form by clicking here.
Please e-mail your play to The subject line should read “ENSEMBLE PLAY”
Completed submissions must be received by Monday, July 6, 2015.

Please note: Your submission will only be complete if you follow both of the steps above.

Please note #2: Paper applications will not be accepted.

Public Theater Submission Guidelines

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The Literary Office does not accept unsolicited scripts. If you would like us to review your work, please send us a Synopsis Submission.

For your Synopsis Submission to be considered you must include:
  • A 10-page dialogue sample.
  • A synopsis (1 page max) of the piece.
  • A brief (100-200 word) statement about how your piece fits with the Public’s Mission

FOR MUSICALS ONLY – you may include up to 3 sample songs.

How to Submit:

We accept both e-mail and standard mail submissions. Note that materials sent via standard mail will only be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the submission.

submissions@publictheater.orgStandard Mail:
Synopsis Submission c/o The Literary Department
The Public Theater
425 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10003

What to Submit:
We produce full-length plays, musicals, solo pieces and adaptations. Review About Us and Programs for a better understanding of the work we aim to produce.

When to Submit:
We accept Synopsis Submissions year-round.

Response from the Public:
Every submission will receive a response from the Literary Office. Please allow 1-3 months for a response. Depending on the volume of submissions, responses may take longer.

If we request the full script we will confirm receipt of the script upon arrival in our office. After that time there is no need to follow up with us. Please allow 6-12 months for the Literary Office to consider and respond to your script.

Responses may come via email or standard mail.

Call for Submissions UNFringed Festival

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Applications May 22nd to June 26th

Festival runs Aug. 19th to Sept. 6th

Ticket Split for All Shows

$500 prize for Show with Highest Votes!

In the summer of 2013, The First Annual UNFringed Festival brought bold and daring new works to The Secret Theatre of Long Island City, Queens – named “One of NYC’S best theater spots” by Time Out. Now, in August 2015, UNFringed returns with new original shows!

UNFringed seeks new and exciting works that challenge audiences, facilitating lively discussion and interaction between artists and viewers. Talk to us in your cover letter. Tell us why you want to be a part of UNFringed, and how your work will benefit from being involved.

UNFringed handles all aspects of ticketing and box office. Full priced tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door.

Based on audience votes, a winning show will be declared and win a prize purse of $500!

Submit Here

Friday, June 19, 2015

Next Gen are always interested in new, exciting material for the schools and youth theatre market

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Next Gen are always interested in new, exciting material for the schools and youth theatre market.

Please note, however, that we have submissions guidelines for those interested in being considered for publication. We require as follows -
Show Synopsis and brief CV of the individual (s) submitting their work.
If we do request material from you, please submit typed scripts and computer generated (i.e. not hand-written) scores for musicals, along with a CD.
Any supporting material (Reviews, videos, photos etc.) will be considered when making a final assessment of your work.

Due to the large amount of submissions we receive, we regret that we cannot at this time return submitted materials - therefore please always submit copies of your work, not originals.

In the first instance, please e-mail Matt Wright at with a Show Synopsis and CV.

New Jersey Playwrights Contest of William Paterson University seeks musicals

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The New Jersey Playwrights Contest of William Paterson University is pleased to announce the 13th Annual NJPC -  Musical Series (open to all in the northern NJ, tri-­‐state region).

The NJPC is seeking original works that have never been published or produced. We do accept those that have had workshops and readings. 

All styles and genres are welcomed (one-­‐acts, full length, comedies and dramas, etc.). The winners will be given fully staged productions in the 2016-­‐17 season. 

 The NJPC is committed to providing quality entertainment for the community through cultural education and inspiration. This contest helps bring new playwrights and composers and their work into focus in the community, the region and the state of New Jersey. 

 The NJPC offers the contest winners the chance to see their work fully realized on stage and is proud to have produced 15 original plays and musicals in our first 11 seasons! 

Here is how the contest works. Authors complete an entry form and follow the rules below. After review, those plays and musicals selected for the reading phase will be requested. Three finalists in each category (play or musical) are chosen for staged readings. The winning Play and Musical will be presented in Dec. 2016 and in April 2017 respectively. 

 The NJPC reserves the right to accept or reject any submission and reserves the right to declare no winner. 

 PLEASE NOTE: By entering the contest you grant the NJPC the rights, royalty free, to produce a staged reading of your work; permission to use your name and title of your work in all NJPC publicity and promotions; and the exclusive area rights to produce your work if chosen the winner of the contest. No other claims are placed upon the material. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES -­‐ For the 13th consecutive year we are not charging a fee to enter the contest! To enter, simply complete an Entry Form and follow the rules below.  

All entries must include a completed, signed and legible Entry Form  and support materials: bio/resume of the author(s); 
  • a cover letter stating author’s availability to participate; 
  • a brief synopsis of the show that includes the vocal requirements and any special needs; 
  • and performance history, if any, of the piece.  
All entries must be received by the deadline date: July 27, 2015.  

A separate Entry Form must be sent for each musical.  

All entries must be electronic. 

Email your entry to: with a “13th Annual NJPC” and your full name in the subject line. DO NOT EMAIL scripts, librettos or scores until requested.  

When requested, scripts, librettos and piano scores must be sent electronically in PDF format. If available, music samples should be in any standard electronic format. CDs are unacceptable. NOTE: All musicals must have a complete piano score for full consideration.  

A required interview with each finalist will be arranged after selection. At this time we are specifically seeking new plays and musicals suitable for staging in a black box theater – those with small casts and limited scenic needs are ideal.