Thursday, August 2, 2012

Get What You Want: August 2012

This is Get What You Want: August 2012. 

There are 22 playwriting contests featured this month. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom because the 22nd is the Guggenheim Fellowship and the website to download information and application.

New Jersey Repertory Company
Deadline: Ongoing

The New Jersey Repertory Company's mission is to develop and produce new plays for the American stage. NJ Rep has two intimate theatres. NJ Rep receives approximately 1000 scripts annually and 20-25 plays are selected for staged readings a season and 6-7 plays are selected for full productions. NJ Rep accepts unsolicited scripts year-round. Please limit your submission to one script per year, unless additional material is requested.


We currently cannot consider plays that require more than 4 actors. NJ Rep prefers plays that are previously unproduced and unpublished. We are currently only considering full length plays, please do not submit pieces that run under 75 minutes.

Submissions must include the following materials to be considered:

•  Synopsis of play
•  Character Breakdown
•  Production History and Relevant Press Materials
•  Musicals should include MP3's of songs

Please allow at least 12 months for notification. Electronic submissions only. You will be contacted only if your script is being considered. Please include an email address and telephone number for notification.

Email your submission to Please be sure to include all of the requested material in your submission email.

Thank you for your interest in NJ Rep!


Ensemble Theatre Cincinnatti

Deadline: October

We accept script submissions from June to October only. You may submit a complete script or 10 sample pages. Please include a cover letter, complete character list and synopsis with your submission. We look for: full-length plays only (no one-acts), adaptations and musicals; world and regional premieres; ensemble works; plays with music; multi-media works; and plays that address current social issues.


Please be aware that Ensemble Theatre’s stage is a full thrust with relatively no wing or fly space and limited backstage area; therefore, our space is not very conducive to plays that require significant scene changes or numerous settings and places that are not easily adaptable or implied.

Before submitting any material to Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, please read our mission statement and research our production history, which are located on our website. Considering the types of plays we have produced in the past, honestly assess whether or not your play would fit us.

Preferred maximum cast size: 8.
Response Time: 6-9 months.
Stage dimensions: 44’ x 46’.

Please email (preferred) script submissions

If you do send a hard copy, you must include a SASE for our response and/or return of the material.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
Attn: Script Submissions
1127 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Ars Nova Play Group
Deadline: August 6th

We're looking to you guys to help us get the best possible applicant pool, so please tell all your best (playwright) friends and protégés to apply. You know better than anyone what makes Play Group awesome, and what makes an awesome Play Grouper, so spread the word. If you're one of our current members, you really better dust off those rolodexes because you're going to spend the next year eating pizza with with these people.

 All emerging playwrights are eligible for membership.
Here's a link you can pass on (or tweet, facebook, tumbl, instagram, be pinterested in, whatever) with all the details of applying: and I've attached our full press release in case you want to pass that on, too, but I  trust you'll give livelier and more personal endorsements to your real writer-friends.
If selected, new members will be invited to join for a period of two years beginning in January of 2013. Play Group 2013 will culminate in a group-created production at Ars Nova in early 2014.

Additional information about Play Group is available here, and applications are available here. All applicants must submit one full-length play, a playwriting resume, two professional references and a personal statement. Applications for Play Group 2013 will be accepted beginning July 1 and must be emailed to by August 6 to be eligible for consideration. Applications will only be accepted via email.

Deadline: Oct 5th

PHONE: 508/471-2131

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), a national research library and learned society of American history and culture, is calling for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, nonformulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history. Successful applicants are those whose work is for the general public rather than for academic or educational audiences. The Society’s goal in sponsoring this program is to multiply and improve the ways in which an understanding of history is communicated to the American people.

The fellowships will provide the recipients with the opportunity for a period of uninterrupted research, reading, and collegial discussion at the Society, located in Worcester, Massachusetts. FUNDING: At least three fellowships will be awarded for residence of four weeks at the Society at any time during the period January l through December 31. The stipend will be $1,350 for fellows residing on campus (rent-free) in the Society’s scholars’ housing, located next to the main library building. The stipend will be $1,850 for fellows residing off campus. Fellows will not be paid a travel allowance.

Yale Drama Series 2013 Playwriting Competition
Deadline: Aug 15th

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2013 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, award-winning playwright John Guare. 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.

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

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

-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.

-Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.

-Plays that have had professional productions are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading or non-professional production are accepted.

-Plays may not be under option or scheduled for professional production at the time of submission.

-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; a second title page which lists the title of the play only, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes.
-Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered and instandard professional play format. 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.
-Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

Submissions for the 2013 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2012 and no later than August 15, 2012.

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.

Electronic submissions for the 2013 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2012 and no later than August 15, 2012.
If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please email with your request.

Upon receiving an email request for submission, we will send an email reply to the sender requesting a secure file transfer form be completed which will allow the electronic submission.
Both PDF/Word document submissions are accepted. PDF submissions are preferred but not required.

S.N.A.F.U 10-min Play Festival
Deadline: Sept. 1st

Colby-Sawyer College's sixth annual 10-minute play festival will be a production of eight to 10 short plays performed on Nov. 1, 2 and 3, 2012 in the Sawyer Center Theatre. This is an opportunity for playwrights to see their work as a professionally supported, staged performance in a 670-seat theater.

Plays need not be limited as to set requirements, costumes, lighting or cast size, but they must be no longer than 10 minutes. A general guideline is that one page of play script equals one minute of time in performance.

Plays slightly over 10 minutes may be chosen with a request that they be slightly edited and resubmitted. All entrants will be notified whether their play has been selected for the production.

The play submissions must be received on or before Sept. 1, 2012 to be considered.

 In the past, the panel of judges has chosen plays from student writers as well as from professional writers and others who are not affiliated with Colby-Sawyer College. All are welcome to submit.

There is no fee for play submissions. Please send submissions electronically as an attachment to or mail a hard copy to:

Michael Lovell,
Fine and Performing Arts,
Colby-Sawyer College,
541 Main Street, New London NH 03257

Looking Glass Writer/Director Forum

THE LOOKING GLASS WRITER/DIRECTOR FORUM, a semi-annual festival in which emerging women playwrights and directors present their interpretations of new and classic short works, seeks new short plays (running time 15-35 minutes) by women. The Forum is an established festival which has been in regular production at the same location since 2001. We charge no fee of any kind for the submission of scripts. We are dedicated to providing an expressive avenue for women's voices, and are not able to consider unsolicited works by male authors at this time.

There is no restriction as to style or subject matter, but we are particularly interested in pieces that explore the possibilities of the theatrical medium. a place where the dead and the living, the real and the imaginary, the rational and the fantastic, can all interact on a level field. Playwrights from all over the world are welcome to submit their plays, but preference will be given to those in the NYC area in the hope that they can participate more fully in the development and production process.

We require plays to include at least two good roles (no monologues, please), of which at least one should be female. The characters should relate to one another in some way, not just tell a story and make way for the next person (monologue in disguise.) Bear in mind that it is easier for us to cast roles in the 17-35 year old age range.


    Enclose a cover letter with your contact information on it.

Always put your name and address on your script.

Production history and biographical info are also useful. You should also mention if you have had a play produced at Looking Glass before before and if not, how you heard about us!.

We require you to submit an email (digital) version in addition to the hard copy.  Please send only one script per email and put the title of the play in the subject line. In the TEXT of the email, provide a brief synopsis, character breakdown, and approximate running time. (Word or PDF format ONLY.)

Please do not send submissions by email without an accompanying hard copy. Because of the new postal restrictions it is no longer practical for us to return manuscripts. We apologize for the additional  expense to you.

    We will accept up to three (3) submissions at once.

EMAIL scripts in Word or PDF format ONLY to:

MAIL hard copies of scripts, standard mail, to:
422 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Attn. Erica Nilson

Scripts may also be dropped off in person at the address above during office hours. Check web site for weekly hours. Hours always subject to change. Call 212-307-9467 to confirm. If no answer, leave a message!

South Street Players
Deadline: Sept. 1

South Street Players ( is seeking short (20 minutes or less), original, one act plays for its 2nd Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival. The NJACT Perry Award Nominated event will take place November 2-4, 2012 in Spring Lake, NJ.

The festival is an artistic fundraiser, with all proceeds going to SSP to help the group maintain its commitment to producing high-quality, extremely entertaining theatre experiences for the 2012-13 season… and beyond.

Submission Rules and Process:

Seeking original comedic and dramatic one-act plays from playwrights currently living in the Tri-State area only (NJ, NY and PA)

Plays must be 20 pages or less.  Submissions of longer than 20 pages will be declined for consideration.

Plays must be in standard playscript format.

Playwrights may submit more than one play, but please be sure your name and email address is on the title page of each script.

SSP is a family theatre – no excessive swearing, no nudity.

No royalties or payment will be provided to playwrights should his or her play be chosen for the festival.

Plays will only be accepted via email:

For more information, please email Rob Sullivan, Festival Producer, at

Deadline: Oct. 1st

HotCity Theatre of St. Louis announces a call for submissions of new full-length plays for the seventh annual GreenHouse New Play Festival, to be held in June of 2013.

Three plays will be selected for the Festival. These plays will receive a week-long (June 16-23) workshop with director, dramaturg and professional actors.  The workshop will culminate in a public reading followed by audience response sessions.   HotCity artistic staff will then select one script for a fully produced world premiere as part of the company’s 2014 mainstage season.

Eligible submissions must meet the following criteria:
--received after June 1, 2012 and no later than October 1, 2012
--require a maximum of six actors
--running time of between 75 and 120 minutes
--never before published
--never before professionally produced, no pending professional productions
--never before submitted to the HotCity Greenhouse New Play Festival

Submissions must include the following:
1) a half-page synopsis of the play.  This synopsis should focus solely on the plot and events of the play.  It should not include promotional verbiage or thematic content.
2) a half-page description of how the playwright feels that this script would benefit from the workshop/revision process.
3) a brief description of the script’s reading/production history, special casting requirements, and technical information (special or unusual scenic/lighting, costuming, sound or prop requirements)
4) a brief biography of the playwright
5) a complete copy of the script

Please Note:  All requested information must be formatted into a SINGLE ATTACHED WORD DOCUMENT with background information placed at the beginning of the document. Scans or pdfs will not be considered.

Submissions should be addressed to Chuck Harper and sent via email to:  Approximately 20 plays will be selected as semi-finalists and playwrights will be notified of this selection by December 1, 2012.

To be selected, playwrights must be able to attend the entire festival and workshop week, which begins on the Sunday prior to the festival weekend. All travel and accomodation arrangements are provided by HotCity Theatre.

For further information about HotCity Theatre and the Greenhouse New Play festival please visit

Republican Theater Festival
Deadline: August 30th

Forearmed Productions seeks one act plays for the Republican Theater Festival, November 2012, which aims to create a forum for a perspective not usually heard in theater.

Forearmed will select 3 new one-act or 10 minute plays by living playwrights that represent ideas related to social or fiscal conservatism,  issues considered part of the Republican Party, Libertarian or Tea Party platforms, or concerns of people of faith. Plays which have the ultimate aim of criticizing or satirizing conservative ideas will not be considered.

Deadline for submission is August 30th. The plays will be dramaturged, developed and rehearsed for a showing on November 12th, 13th and 14th.

Please send scripts or any questions to Forearmed Productions,

Virginia Premiere Theatre
Deadline: ongoing

Virginia Premiere Theatre, a professional company in residence at the Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg, VA, is seeking new, full-length plays to develop and produce.


Play requirements: 7 or less characters. Not considering short one- acts, full scale musicals or published plays. We are considering "pocket musicals" or plays with music. Playwright must be willing to refine script in proactive ensemble approach. We are particularly interested in plays from abroad. Artistic considerations focus on plays of inherent social value, plays with a unique voice and plays with inherent theatricality. We prefer not to review plays that resemble television or film scripts. Send synopsis and letter of inquiry.

Cayuga Community College: Harlequin Production
Deadline: ongoing

Harlequin is dedicated to producing new, unpublished works and has a strong track record in this endeavor. We do fully staged productions not staged readings or script-in-hand. At this point there are no monies available for playwright-in-residence type programs, yet a fair royalty payment is offered to the playwright. The playwright will own all rights to their work. A three-camera live recording is made of each production. This recording is NOT broadcast or sold but is strictly for an archival, instructional experience. A copy of this recording is available to the playwright free of charge.


Harlequin does NOT produce Musicals, small cast, geriatric or children's theatre. Nor do we usually produce "High School angst" plays. All male casts, verse dramas and safe "community theatre" type shows also are not considered

We prefer: cast size of 7- 14, characters in their late teens to 30's, "edgy" works. Looking for themes and characters that college-aged students can relate too.

Scripts may be submitted either electronically or hard copy (although I will admit a preference to hard copy). Solicitations may be made electronically with a synopsis before the expense of a hard copy is incurred.

I will admit that I am miserable about replying to the playwright. However I will also state that I have NEVER produced a play without contacting the playwright and working out the necessary permissions and payments.

Please send submissions to:

Bob Frame, Producer
Harlequin Productions
c/o Cayuga Community College
197 Franklin Street
Auburn, NY 13021-3099


CAP 21 Writers Residency
Deadline: August 31st

Applications are now being accepted for the January 2013 installment of the tri-annual CAP21 Writers Residency.

The CAP21 Writers Residency is offered by CAP21 as an opportunity for a concentrated time and place to be artistically productive in a focused atmosphere while remaining in NYC. It will take place for a 1-2 week period (Jan 7th - 18th) depending on the needs of the writers. During the length of the residency, selected writing teams are provided a beautiful studio space at CAP21 in New York City, complete with a piano and wireless internet, between the hours of 10am and 6pm, Monday through Friday.

One goal of the residency is for the writers to refine their new musical and move it forward to production. Other goals include beginning work on a new project, as well as working on multiple projects. In addition, the writers are able to network with each other, in the interest of forging new relationships and collaborations. Furthermore, CAP21’s Artistic Director will meet with each team and discuss the goals of the project. “CAP21 takes great pride in offering this residency, in the heart of New York City, and in supporting writers to create a fresh new canon of musicals,” says Eliza Ventura, Artistic Director of CAP21.

Download instructions and application at

Drama Ministry: Christian Themed-Plays
Deadline: ongoing

Drama Ministry is an online collection of Christian-themed plays for use in worship services and church events.


To submit a script for consideration, email an electronic copy or send a typed script to the following address:

Drama Ministry
2814 Azalea Place
Nashville, TN 37204


City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting
Deadline: August 15- Oct 31 is submission window

The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting furthers the Company’s mission to identify, acknowledge and award excellence in dramatic writing. Up to fifteen playwrights will be selected from among the hundreds who annually submit their ten-minute plays to the company for special recognition.  The winning play will be produced in the annual Summer Shorts festival, for which the playwright will earn royalties, be invited to Miami for the festival and to take part in the CityWrights Professional Weekend for Playwrights.  Transportation, hotel, the Weekend and a cash prize will be awarded up to a value of $2,000.00.  Finalists will receive free tuition to attend CityWrights, and may be considered for production in the Summer Shorts festival and other programming. City Theatre National Award scripts will be submitted to the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival. The Summer Shorts Festivals are produced annually in Miami in the month of June.

City Theatre Play Submissions Rules and Information;
Please review the criteria thoroughly before sending your submission to City Theatre. Plays will be accepted yearly from August 15 – October 31. Scripts won’t be considered sooner or later!

With the mission of developing and producing original short plays by established talents and promising new voices, City Theatre is looking for wonderful ten-minute plays for our annual Summer Shorts festival and other programming. Having produced hundreds of plays, we know what we want; scripts that are lively and timely, hilarious and thought-provoking, poignant and dangerous. We look for plays that span style and genre. We will consider bilingual scripts and ten-minute musicals. We have no restriction on the age range of the characters. In other words, for us to consider a script for production, we are seeking compelling plays that rise above the ordinary.

Each playwright may submit only one script - send us your best!
No scripts will be returned - save postage. No SASE required.
Each script must be no more than ten pages long. We start counting when the actual play begins. Please remember to submit scripts with page numbers.
Previously submitted plays, children's shows, and any unsolicited longer one-act or full-length plays are not accepted and will not be returned.
City Theatre will consider previously produced works, but there must be a production history included with submission.
Manuscripts must be typed and individually bound or stapled. Title page must include name, address, email address and phone number. We will accept electronic submissions provided all of the contact info and production history is included.

The volume of scripts submitted prevents us from providing feedback or criticism.

NOTE: City Theatre will only contact the playwrights with scripts the company is interested in producing.  Playwrights with scripts in consideration will be contacted in February-March.

Deadline - Submission Postmark Every Year by October 31st.

Address Submissions to: Susan Westfall, Literary Director`
City Theatre,  444 Brickell Ave., Suite 229, Miami, Fl 33131

Sante Fe Performing Arts Playwriting Contest
Deadline: Sept. 1st

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 andmust be postmarked by the first of September of each year.
Send play synopsis and character break-down. Full scripts upon request only.

Send Submissions To:
Santa Fe Performing Arts
Post Office Box 22372.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502

IATI Theater
Deadline: Aug. 10th

IATI THEATER'S PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IATI Theater’s Play Development Program, The Voice of the Authors, grants playwrights the opportunity to develop a new, never-before produced play through a community of cutting-edge theater artists and under the patronage of IATI Theater’s commitment to ground-breaking theater. No submission fee.

The 2012-2013 program will consists of two main components: Pal Playwrights Panel: An added component to this year's program. Monthly meetings—whose attendees are the playwrights accepted to the program and IATI Theater’s artistic staff—will be held to discuss the new works that make up the particular season.

Playwrights in the program will gather to discuss and further advance each other’s plays before they are presented in front of a live audience. Stage Reading Presentation: Each playwright in the program will be given the opportunity to present their 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.

PLAY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submissions lacking any of the following guidelines will not be considered. 1) 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. 2) 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 Pal Playwrights Panel, the writer must be present to take part in the monthly meetings or be willing to commit to receiving and presenting feedback electronically. 3) Submissions must not exceed 90 minutes in length and must not cast more than 5 characters. 4) Only one play may be submitted per playwright, per season. 5) The submission must be a completed full-length play that has not previously been produced. 6) The playwright must commit to be present on the staged reading performance of his/her work. 7) Submissions must be made electronically to with the subject line, “Play Development Submission.”Two documents must be submitted—both in PDF format. 1st document: Cover letter with synopsis, character breakdown and contact information. 2nd document: Script in proper play formatting. 8) Deadline for the 2012-2013 season submissions is August 10th 2012. Qualifying submissions will be read by a staff committee.

The committee will select the playwrights to be featured in the 2012-2013 Play Development Season. IATI Theater will provide a meeting place for the monthly Pal Playwrights Meeting and cover the costs of the Stage Reading Presentation’s venue, director and actors. For more information email:

National Arts Club: Playwrights First Award
Sept. 15th

Mail full-length play or musical, original, unproduced prior to submission, and query letter & resume,to Emily Andren, Dir. Public Rel's, 15 Gramercy Park S, NY, NY 10003. No adaptations, translations, or email submissions. One author per play. Winners receive $1000 and introductions as appropriate.

Valley Rep Theatre: 15-minute Play Contests
Deadline: Sept. 15th

Thank you for submitting your work to The Valley Repertory Company's 4th LabWorks 15-Minute New Play Contest.

By submitting your script(s), it is understood that you have read, and accept, all of the contest submission guidelines.The script evaluation process takes place through September and final selections will be made in October. The 12 playwrights whose work has been selected for production will be contacted via email; however, we highly recommend you like our Facebook page (The Valley Repertory Company) for updates. You can also return to visit us at


Hive Theatre: Reading Series
Deadline: Aug. 15th

The Hive Theatre Company is seeking submissions for its 2012-2013 Hive Exposed Series; staged readings of new and underexposed plays. The Hive Exposed Series is intended to uncover the talent of new and underexposed playwrights, and expose the work of those playwrights to the NYC community. Out of all the submissions, the Hive will choose three plays and one musical to stage as readings. At least one of those four pieces will later be mounted as a full production.

The Hive is deeply committed to nurturing artists of all ages, type and backgrounds.

Submission Guidelines:
All submissions should be sent to:
-The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2012
-Only original, non-published scripts will be accepted. No one person shows. File Type: PDF
-If you are submitting a musical for consideration, along with the book please send no more than three songs via attachment in MP3 format. If your musical makes it to the short list, The Hive will request recordings of all songs in the piece.
-A biography and/or author's history of the play, character breakdown and brief description or synopsis of the play must accompany all submissions.
-Maximum of two scripts per playwright.
-Plays should be submitted via email, with subject line: "Title of Play/Authors Last Name"

Thank you and we look forward to reading your work!

Roots and River Production Emerging Artists Mentorship
Deadline: Aug. 15th

Roots and Rivers is now accepting application for its 2012-2013 Emerging Artist Fellowship which makes burgeoning Black queer artists with experienced professional in their respective field. Artists interested in being mentors have a Aug. 20th deadline. 

Roots and Rivers is looking for mentors and mentees in the New York and Philadelphia area. Please see website for more details and application:

Deadline: September 15th

Submission of work examples in support of your application After your application is received, you will receive an email confirmation. You may also receive a separate email with further instructions about when to submit examples of your work. Please do not send work examples until you receive these further instructions. Applicants in science need not submit examples of their work. Applicants in scholarship may (but are not required to) submit examples of previous work, following the procedures described below. Applicants in the arts (i.e., fine arts, music composition, photography, film, video, and choreography) must submit examples of previous work in order for their applications to receive full consideration by our advisers. If you do not submit examples, you will not receive consideration. The email will instruct you to log in to our competition website using your competition login credentials (i.e., username and password) and complete our Work Example Registry System. Follow the directions on the registry page to submit the information regarding the work examples you are submitting in support of your application.



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