Sunday, December 2, 2012



Premiere Stages Play Festival
Deadline:  January 15th

Premiere Stages, the professional theater company in residence at Kean University seeks submissions to the 8th Annual Premiere Stages Play Festival. The yearly competition for unproduced scripts offers developmental opportunities to four playwrights born or currently residing in the greater metropolitan area (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut). The winner of the festival will be awarded $2,000 and a full Equity production in Premiere's 2013 season. The runner-up will receive $750 and an Equity workshop in June; two other writers will receive Staged Readings in March and a cash prize of $500.

Through the uniquely accelerated Play Festival process, Premiere Stages provides an encouraging and focused environment in which playwrights can see their work move quickly from page to stage. Premiere Stages also actively advocates for Festival writers, helps playwrights reach out to other theaters to secure subsequent productions, and partners with other organizations and theaters to extend the profile and life of the works developed. "What makes Premiere unique is that we fast track plays from a sit-down reading to a fully staged production within a few short months, keeping highly topical plays relevant while affording playwrights the benefit of retaining the world premiere rights," stated John Wooten, Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages. "Second productions of new plays are extremely rare, and demanding the 'world premiere' brand often stops a play dead in its tracks."

All entries are evaluated by a panel of theater professionals in consultation with the Artistic Director and Resident Dramaturg. Agents may submit full scripts; playwrights may submit a synopsis and script sample directly. Postmark deadline is January 15, 2013. No entry fee. Complete submission guidelines available

For more information on Premiere Stages please visit out website at:

Phoenix Stage Company
Deadline: Dec. 15th

Phoenix Stage Company announces that we are accepting submissions for consideration to be included in the first annual PSC One-Act Festival, taking place in May 2013 at The Phoenix Stage Company in Naugatuck, Connecticut.
There is no theme and all submissions that meet the criteria will be considered. Please review the following to determine if your play is eligible;

  • Scripts should be intended for mature audiences. No Children’s plays will be considered for this festival.
  • No musicals will be considered for this festival.
  • Playwrights may submit more than one work.
  • Scripts must be original one-act plays no longer than 30 (thirty) minutes in length (playing time).
  • Author must own the copyright for the script (no adaptations will be accepted, unless the source material is in the public domain).
  • We will accept scripts that have been previously produced in a limited run.
  • Scripts should require a maximum of 6 actors for performance.
  • Plays must be able to be performed in a black box, unit set with minimal tech requirements.

One Act Festival
PO Box 344
Naugatuck, CT 06770

If your play meets all of the above:
Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play.  Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail.  Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left hand corner.  (No loose pages and no binders, please.)

Send your script by email to:

National Latino Playwriting Award
Deadline: Dec. 31st.

Seeks unproduced, unpublished full-length & one-act plays (50 pp min) on any subject by Latino playwrights currently living in the US, its territories or Mexico for the Latino Playwriting Award. Submissions may be in English, Spanish or combination. Winner receives $1,000 & poss inclusion in Arizona Theatre Company’s Café Bohemia play reading series.

2013 National Latino Playwriting Award Guidelines:Latino playwrights residing in the United States, its territories, or Mexico are encouraged to submit scripts for the Award.  Each script will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists. Finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff.

Deadline for Submission:
Scripts must be postmarked by December 31, 2012.

Submission Procedure:
We respectfully ask that you adhere to the following application requirements:

  • Submit one script, securely bound by brads, a three ring binder, a presentation folder or any other non-permanent binding system. Please do not send a script that has been spiral-bound.
  • Please include a title page on the script that includes the play's title, the author's name and contact information (including a phone number, mailing address and email) on the front page.
  • Include a cover letter of no more than one-page, describing the play's developmental history and any other relevant information about the play.

Mail manuscripts to:
National Latino Playwriting Award
ATTN: Katherine Monberg, Literary Assistant
Arizona Theatre Company
343 S. Scott Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
We do not accept scripts via email.

One playwright will be awarded $1,000 and the possible inclusion of the winning play in Café Bohemia, ATC's unique play reading series.

The award is open to all Latino playwrights currently residing in the United States, its territories, or Mexico.

Scripts may be in English, English and Spanish, or solely in Spanish. (Spanish language and bilingual scripts must be accompanied by an English translation.)

Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (professionally) by the time of submission.

Full-length and one-act plays (minimum length, 50 pages) on any subject will be accepted.

Selection Process
Scripts will be read by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists. The award-winning play will be selected from a group of finalists by ATC's senior artistic staff.

Scripts become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will not be returned. In this case, "property" means the physical property of the theatre, not the intellectual property or any rights to the play.

The winner will be notified by August 1, 2013.

For More Information:
Katherine Monberg, Literary Assistant

Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition
Deadline: March 15th

The University of California San Diego’s Theatre and Dance Department seeks from all enrolled undergraduate students submissions of previously unproduced, unpublished scripts highlighting the African-American experience in contemporary or historical terms. Adaptations from books and other forms not allowed.

A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright.

A staged reading, April 28th, of the winning script will be presented here on campus in the MFA Baldwin New Play Festival attended by many national theatre professionals.Travel and housing cost for the winning playwright to and from UC San Diego to be present for the reading is provided.
Additional info can be found at

Upstage Theatre One-Act Festival
Deadline: Dec. 10th

4 One Act Plays will be selected to be produced as our 4th Annual Festival of Comedy, Feb. 15 – March 2, 2013. Each Play should be approximately 30 minutes in length and must be an ORIGINAL Family Comedy. Inappropriate language and themes will not be considered.
Authors will receive a $150 UpStage Playwright Award which will serve also as royalty for the total production.

Scripts may be submitted via our email:
or mailed to:
PO BOX 7662, Houston, TX 77270-7662

Queer Shorts 8
Deadline: Dec. 14th

StageQ invites you to submit a short play for our eighth annual festival of short queer plays, Queer Shorts 8. Queer Shorts 1 – 7 were sold-out smash hits, and you could be part of the fun during our 2013 playfest!

Please include a one-page précis, including:

• One-paragraph description of the plot
• Casting requirements (number of actors, gender, ages, special requirements, if any)
• Set requirements (remember, this is a playfest with 10 – 12 plays in one evening; we use cubes to create the sets; simple is better!)
• Running time (no more than 15 minutes!)
• Special technical requirements, if any
• Who is the intended audience?
• Is there lesbian, gay or other queer content? (Required)
• Is there nudity? Adult language?
• If a musical, is there a written score?
o If a musical, what are the instrumental requirements? Vocal requirements?

Please send us no more than 3 scripts. You can email your script and précis to

We have a strong preference for receiving scripts electronically. But if that’s not possible for you, send via snail mail to:

Queer Shorts c/o StageQ
113 E Mifflin Street
Madison, WI. 53703

We acknowledge all scripts received, so if you don’t hear back from us within a couple of weeks, we didn’t receive your submission. We’ll also let you know by early April, 2013 whether or not we selected your script, but please don’t start bugging us about it on April 1st. Queer Shorts 8 will be performed June 7-15, 2013 at the Bartell Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin, with possible teaser performances as part of other events in the spring and summer of 2013.

LaBute New Theater Festival
Deadline: Dec. 31st

Each July, beginning in 2012, St. Louis Actors' Studio will produce the "LaBute New Theater Festival." The Theater Festival will run yearly at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108( Inaugural event July 5-28, 2013)

Submissions will be accepted October 1 through December 31, 2012.Successful entries will have no more than four characters, and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18' x 18' stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves.  Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script.

Eight plays will be chosen: four to be performed in the first two weeks, four in the second two weeks. Submissions should be sent to:

LaBute New Theater Festival
360 N Boyle
St. Louis, MO 63108

Actors Theater of Charlotte
Deadline: Dec. 31st

Actor’s Theatre will begin taking submissions for new, previously unproduced plays by emerging American playwrights. Actor’s Theatre envisions nuVoices being a springboard for new plays to catapult to the national stage through our existing relationship with the National New Play Network, as well as a program to mentor the next generation of professional artistic talent in the Charlotte region.
The goals of nuVoices are three-fold:
  • To celebrate and cultivate new plays by emerging American playwrights.
  • To incubate professional artistic talent in the Charlotte region.
  • To educate the public on the process of taking new plays from page to stage.
nuVoices for a nuGeneration was created by Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte to honor and encourage emerging playwrights of the American Theatre. Four authors of selected works will be awarded a $500 honorarium, with transportation and housing provided. There will be a seven-day residency and two script-in-hand public readings to take place in August 2013. Following the end of the four-day festival, the festival winner, who will be determined by a panel theatre critics and audience members, will be invited by the Theatre for a full production in the 2013 – 2014 season.
Theatre staff will select the four festival plays, and the decision will be announced in May 2013.
  • Scripts must be unpublished and non-professionally produced at the time of the Festival. Workshops and readings are acceptable.
  • Selected playwrights must be in attendance for the Festival in August 2013.
  • Previous submissions to the nuVoices festival will NOT be considered.
Guidelines for Submission
  • All submissions MUST be received electronically.
  • Email subject line must read: “nuVoices Script Submission” (see note below on NNPN Only submissions).
  • One script submission per playwright.
  • Full-length, original plays only (no musicals, translations, adaptations or children’s plays).
  • Your resume.
  • Submitted using Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF formats with observance to the following:
    • Text in 12pt type and in a plain font such as Times New Roman.
    • Script must include title and page numbers at the bottom of each page.
    • Script must include title page and list of characters and settings.
  • Email you submission to
***Entries for the 2013 festival will be accepted through December 31, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. Entries received after this time will not be considered.
Please Note:
  • Submissions not adhering to all guidelines will not be considered.
  • Plays not selected will be deleted.
  • Upon submission you will receive an email confirmation within one week.
  • If you do not receive confirmation, please email us at
*NNPN Submissions:
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is a contributing member to the National New Play Network (NNPN). All submitted scripts will be considered for entry into the nuVoices for a nuGeneration Festival, as well as into the NNPN’s National Showcase of New Plays. For more information on the National Showcase, please NNPN’s website.
I’m interested in being considered for a mentorship. What types of artists is nuVoices looking for?
Although we are currently not announcing mentorship opportunities, Actor’s Theatre will accept applications for emerging/aspiring directors, designers, technicians and actors. We will announce the application process soon.
I have more questions!
Please email us at

Deadline: Dec. 31st

Las Vegas Little Theatre announces an open call for submissions for our 5th Annual New Works Competition. Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2012. The Winner of the New Works Competition will have their play produced in the April / May Black Box Production slot.

1. All plays must be full length (90 minutes or more). No musicals, please.
2. Plays must have no more than 8 characters -- doubling is allowed.
3. The set must be simple or representational.
4. Ideally looking for subject matter that will appeal to an age range of 18-30.
5. Seeking new plays that have not been professionally produced or published.
6. Plays will be screened by the competition committee. The top 5 will be submitted to the judges.
7. Prizes--1st prize = Production of the play in the Fischer Black box in May plus $150. 2nd prize = $75. 3rd prize = $50.
8. Contestants must sign a release form to authorize production.
9. Scripts cannot be returned.
10. Materials that are adapted from or otherwise derived from copyrighted source material must also submit permission to use the material at the time of submission.
11. The winning author agrees to the production of his/her play with no royalty payment. The author also agrees to allow LVLT to video tape the production. The author will receive a DVD of the production. LVLT cannot provide transportation, lodging or other compensation for the author to travel to Las Vegas for the production.
12. Members of LVLT's board of directors may not submit for this competition.
13. Submissions will be accepted through Dec 31, 2012. The winner will be announced no later than March 15, 2013.
14. Decision of the judges is final. Any disputes will be decided by the LVLT board of directors.
15. Each submission will be assigned a number and author's name will not be provided on judges copies of the script to prevent any bias.

Click Here to Download the Rules (MS Word .doc format)

Click Here to Download the Entry Form (MS Word .doc format)

All Submissions MUST be accompanied by a completed Entry Form

Email to

Colonial Players: Promising Playwright Contest
Deadline: Dec. 31st.

The Colonial Players theatre in historic Annapolis is hosting a Promising Playwright Contest for unpublished scripts of all lengths and genres except musicals. To be considered eligible, playwrights must be residents of one of the original thirteen colonies, West Virginia, or the District of Columbia. The scripts must be original or adapted with permission, and cast size is limited to 10 actors. The winning script will be offered as a staged reading at the culmination of a summer 2013 weekend workshop. The playwright will be awarded a $1000 cash prize. Detailed contest guidelines and an application form are available on the Downloads page of our website. Scripts can be submitted by mail or electronically and must be received or postmarked no later than December 31, 2012. For more information,

Deadline: December 20th

Send Scripts to

In February 2013, The Theatre Project is proud to present Cold Reads, a new play development lab. Featuring 4 new plays by 4 playwrights in reading workshops over the course of 4 weeks, Cold Reads workshops and promotes contemporary theatrical productions.

The Theatre Project's Cold Reads Series seeks to develop these 4 new plays and produce them both Off and Off-Off-Broadway. For each reading workshop, the audience and a panel of industry judges will vote on plays in Cold Reads. At the end of February the winning play is selected. Both the winning play and the three plays get to grow in different developmental tracks.

The Winning Play

The winning play will receive a 5 month Development Spa.
An Off-Broadway Limited Engagement, at The Historic Players Theatre.

The 3 Plays

The 3 additional plays from Cold Reads will be developed and featured in our Off-Off-Broadway Micro Festival.

Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition
Deadline: Dec. 31st

A special fund of the Mandel Jewish Community Center supports the annual Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition, which is designed to encourage new plays that provide significant, fresh perspectives on the range of Jewish experience.
The Prize: $1,000 and a staged reading of the winning play by The Mandel JCC in Cleveland. This award is paid in $500 increments with the first payment being on announcement of award and the second at or near the date of the reading to help defray travel costs for the playwright during the brief production period. All winners are announced in American Theatre magazine.
Note: By mutual agreement, the winning script will be considered for a future production by The Mandel JCC of Cleveland.
Judges for the award are seasoned theatre professionals drawn from the Cleveland area, including producers, directors, actors and critics.
Guidelines Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition All Entries Must be:
• Original works
• Not previously produced at time of submission
• Suitable for full-length presentation
• Directly concerned with the Jewish experience
• Postmarked no later than December 31
Submit Transcriptions to:
Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition
The Mandel JCC 26001 S. Woodland
Beachwood, OH 44122

Ledig House Residency
(will open in January 13th)
Deadline: Feb. 20th

Residencies of two weeks to two months are offered from March through June and September through November at Ledig House, a writers colony situated on 300 acres in the Hudson River Valley town of Omi, New York. Up to 20 poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators can be accommodated during each session. The residencies include room and board and opportunities to meet with New York City publishing professionals. Using the online submission system, submit a writing sample of no more than 50 pages, a personal statement or curriculum vitae, a one-page description of the work to be undertaken, and a letter of recommendation (to be sent directly to the program by the reference) by Feb. 20. There is no application fee. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.
Ledig House International Writers’ Residency Program, 55 Fifth Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10003. (212) 206-6027.

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