Wednesday, October 2, 2013

GET WHAT YOU WANT: October 2013

Deadline: Oct. 30th

Chautauqua Theater Company is now accepting submissions for its summer 2014 New Play Workshop signature staged reading series. Note we will be accepting new work from now until October 30, 2013. CTC is the resident professional theater and Conservatory at the renowned Chautauqua Institution in western New York. Over the last ten years, our New Play Workshop(NPW) series has gained incredible momentum and developed into something truly unique. As one of our writers described it, the NPW is “ a guerrilla process involving top actors, designers, and directors for an audience that truly welcomes new theatre. CTC is not another music stand stop for plays in development – it's a genuine opportunity to see the play come to life in front of a paying audience.”

2014 Themes

At Chautauqua, each week is given a theme around which the Institution’s celebrated morning lecture series is oriented. We ask that submissions reflect in some way on any of the nine weekly themes of the summer-- from the intimate and personal to the global and political. The 2014 slated themes are:
  • Roger Rosenblatt and Friends (Writers on Writing)
  • Feeding a Hungry Planet
  • The Ethics of Privacy
  • Emerging Citizenship: The Egyptian Experience
  • The American West
  • Brazil: Rising Superpower
  • A Week with Ken Burns: Historian, Documentarian and American Conscience
  • Chautauqua’s Global Public Square
  • Health Care: From Bench to Bedside
- See more at:

Submission Guidelines

In order to be considered for a workshop, submitted plays must:
  • Be un-produced and unpublished as of yet, although plays slated for production in the coming year or previously workshopped by other companies are perfectly acceptable.
  • Be full-length and complete. We are unable to accept submissions of sample pages.
  • Require no more than eight actors, to be cast from a combination of guest artists and CTC’s Conservatory company of emerging talent from the nation’s top training programs.
Along with your script, please send a synopsis, a character or casting breakdown, and a brief bio or resume of the writer by October 30, 2013. Programming decisions will be made by February 1, 2014.

Materials may be submitted electronically to We are no longer accepting hard copy submissions.


  • We will produce two Signature Staged Readings as part of our New Play Workshop.
  • Each play receives a six day workshop, three days for rehearsals and 3 days for performances and continued rehearsal and development.
  • All plays will be performed in the 270 seat Bratton Theater
  • Plays are cast from a combination of guest artists and CTC’s Conservatory company—a talented ensemble of 14 of the finest emerging actors in the country (ranging from 22 to 33 years old)
  • Each play receives design and technical support from our scenery, costume, lighting, and sound departments-- led by our exceptional Conservatory Design Fellows.
  • Playwrights will be hosted in residence for the entire week. Travel, housing, and an honorarium are provided.
  • Dates have not yet been confirmed, but the first workshop will be produced in early to mid-July and the second in the first week of August 2014.

U. of Houston 10-min Play Festival
Deadline: Oct. 15th

The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce a new 10-Minute Play Festival for spring of 2014. We will begin accepting submissions for this festival on August 1, 2013; the submission period closes on October 15, 2013. 12-14 selected 10-minute plays will receive productions as part of a multi-evening festival, produced in the newly upgraded José Quintero Theatre on the University of Houston campus. This festival is open to all applicants, amateur or professional.
Submission rules:
• We will accept only one play per playwright.
• Scripts should fall in the range of 8-13 pages and run roughly ten minutes. (Page
count does not include the title page.)
• Characters in submitted plays should fall between the ages of 16-30, or else there
should be no specific restrictions on the ages of the characters.
• Previously produced plays are not eligible.
• Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.
• Submissions will be acknowledged via email, but we do not offer critiques.
• Please staple or paper-clip copies of the script. Do not use binders, covers, or
folders of any kind.
• 12-14 winning plays will receive productions in the José Quintero Theatre at the
University of Houston in spring of 2014. The festival will present an alternating bill
of 6-7 plays per evening.
• Along with production of their plays, the winning playwrights will each receive an
award certificate. There is no financial compensation for winning entries.

How to submit:
We will only accept hard copies of plays via mail. Scripts will not be returned. Please send two copies of your play in one envelope. One copy should include a cover page with all of the following information:
• play title
• your name
• your mailing address
• your phone number
• your email address
In addition, include a second copy of the same play for the judges with no contact information –just the title and the play itself. Mail both copies in one envelope to:
University of Houston
School of Theatre & Dance
Dr. Robert Shimko
Ten-Minute Play Submission
133 CWM Center
Houston, TX 77204

Sundance Theatre Lab
Deadline: Nov. 15th

The Theatre Lab welcomes applications for projects at any stage of development. Commissioned work is eligible for submission, however, playwrights must obtain written permission from their commissioning organization prior to applying.

Playwrights, directors, composers, ensembles, performance artists, or choreographers may submit applications. Playwright/director teams are permitted and encouraged to apply together; however, if you do not have a director attached to your project, please note that Sundance Institute will help to match you up with a director if your play is selected for inclusion in the Theatre Lab. Many emerging playwrights do not have access to a director and Sundance Institute is positioned to match these artists with an experienced director.

Sundance Institute is interested in both established and emerging theatre artists, as well as artists making a transition from areas outside of theatre. We welcome solo performers and projects for young audiences. Participants must be available for the entire length of the Theatre Lab (July 8-28, 2013). Artists may only submit one application. Previous applicants may re-apply, but not with previously submitted material.

Project Selection

Through open submissions, we consider an estimated 700+ projects. Sundance Institute looks for original, compelling, human stories that reflect the independent vision of the theatre artist. We are interested in supporting a diverse and daring group of theatre artists who tell unique stories, present material in a new form, or conceptualize existing material with an innovative vision. We look for writers and collaborators who are interested in genuinely exploring their material. The Theatre Lab is more than a place to “rehearse”; it is an environment that encourages and supports risk-taking, experimentation, and rigorous re-writing and re-imagining. In order for Sundance Institute to fully evaluate your submission, we require a 1-2 page artistic statement as part of the application (see below for additional information).

Each full-time Fellow (playwright, director, collaborator) receives a $1500 honorarium and company of actors (if applicable), selected by Sundance Institute in collaboration with the Fellows, to support their project. Actors are selected for their professionalism, versatility, and suitability for the development process. Actors operate on a Special Agreement with Actors’ Equity Association during the Theatre Lab.

Sundance Institute dramaturgs, a team of highly skilled professionals made up of affiliated senior dramaturgs and guest dramaturgs with wide experience in the realm of new play development, are uniquely qualified to provide engaged, considered, and empowering guidance to the projects during the Theatre Labs, to offer fresh perspectives on the work at hand, and to ensure the primacy of the participating artist’s independent vision. The Theatre Lab sees itself as a complement to, not a replacement of, any pre-existing developmental relationships participating artists may have on a given project, and is sensitive to the process of “passing the baton” at the conclusion of the Theatre Lab. We strongly encourage that each rehearsal room is open to members of the Lab community for quiet observation. If you do not feel comfortable allowing colleagues to observe your rehearsal process, the Sundance Institute Theatre Program may not be the most appropriate place for you.

Complete the online application form and upload your materials electronically. After submitting your materials online, you will receive an email that contains your Log Number.Please use this number in all communications with the Theatre Program. Materials to include:
  • Script Draft of your play or musical (unprotected Word or PDF document)
  • Artistic Statement (If applying as a playwright/director team, Sundance Institute requires a statement from both the playwright and director)
    • Describe the status of the project, including prior readings and workshops, and what you hope to accomplish at the Lab. Include comments on the content, style of the piece, and the team's objectives for the workshop.
  • Resumes/Bios for each collaborator
  • Letter of acknowledgement from a commissioning organization (if applicable)
  • $35 non-refundable application processing fee payable by credit card on the online application or send a check payable to SUNDANCE INSTITUTE (referencing your log number) with your application materials.

Step Two

If applying with a musical, dance project, or visual-based piece, FIRST GET YOUR LOG NUMBER (see above), then send copies of your supplemental material (recorded music, sketches or renderings) via snail mail to:

  • Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Application
  • Log Number: [include log number here]
  • 180 Varick St, Suite 1330
  • New York, NY 10014
  • If you wish mailed materials to be returned, please enclose a large self-addressed stamped mailing envelope.
NOTE: If you do not have access to the Internet, please call the Theatre Program at 646-822-9564 and we will work with you to submit your materials using alternative methods.Please make every effort to utilize the online application as it ensures the safe delivery of your application and supports the Greening Initiative of Sundance Institute.

Reva Shiner Comedy Award
Deadline: Oct. 30th
We are currently accepting submissions for the 2014-15 Reva Shiner Comedy Award (deadline Oct. 31, 2013). The top 10 finalists and the winner of the 2014-15 Reva Shiner Comedy Award will be announced at the end of March 2014.

"Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.

Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP").

It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.

Send to:
Reva Shiner Comedy Award
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2013, and received no later than November 10, 2013. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us

Jerome Fellowship
Deadline: Nov. 21st

The Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellowships are awarded annually, providing emerging American playwrights with funds and services to aid them in the development of their craft. Four $16,000 fellowships will be awarded in 2014, in addition to $1,500 in development support. Fellows spend a year-long residency in Minnesota and have access to Center opportunities, including workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs and actors.
The Playwrights' Center has awarded these fellowships in partnership with the Jerome Foundation since 1976. Past recipients include Lee Blessing, Lisa D'Amour, Kristoffer Diaz, Dan Dietz, Sarah Gubbins, Naomi Iizuka, Melanie Marnich, Rhiana Yazzie, Martín Zimmerman and August Wilson.
Selection Process
Applicants are screened for eligibility by the Playwrights' Center and evaluated by an initial select panel of professional theater artists; finalists are then evaluated by a second panel of national theater artists. Selection is based on artistic excellence, potential for growth, and commitment to a vital life working in the field. The selection process is guided by the Playwrights' Center's mission statement. The Playwrights' Center does not participate in selection decisions.

Deadline: Oct. 25th

UTF is currently accepting submissions for its 12th annual season to be held at HERE ( in SoHo, New York City March 31-April 19, 2014.

For 2014, DUTF will accept 15 theatrical works comprised of full-length productions (60-90 minutes) and shorts (under 45 minutes). Each work is performed only once during the festival. Three of the outstanding works produced during the festival will receive $1,000 awards in the categories of Best Play, Best Short and Audience. There is no submission or participation fee and each playwright will receive a monetary production stipend at the start of the festival to defray some of the production costs.

To submit for DUTF 2014, please forward the following to

(1) Playwright’s bio with contact info - name, address, phone # and email (2) Photo of playwright (3) Synopsis of theatrical work (4) Complete script of theatrical work (5) Estimated running time of work (6) Actor/director/crew bios, if available (7) Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)


Strangeloop Theatre
Deadline: open

Strangeloop Theatre is now accepting submissions for our 2014/2015 Season! Strangeloop is committed to producing new or newly adapted work. Every season Strangeloop produces 2 full-length shows, a one hour Christmas show, 2 festivals of short plays and scenes from larger works, and several other workshop and reading performances. We are accepting submissions for all of these categories.

For more information on submission guidelines, please visit our website at
To submit your work or to ask questions about Strangeloop new play production and development, please contact Please note in the subject line whether your submission is a full-length work, a short play or a piece in process.

Julliard School Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Program
Deadline: Dec. 15th

Click on link for list of application requirements:

The Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program encourages and aids the development of new and diverse voices in the American theater.
Under the direction of Christopher Durang and Marsha Norman the Playwrights Program offers one-year, tuition-free, graduate level fellowships to four writers. Selected playwrights may be invited to continue their studies through a second academic year, thereby completing a total of 52 credits for the two-year fellowship period and earning an Artist Diploma in Playwriting.
Juilliard's Playwrights Program is purposely small and allows the artists to focus on the practical aspects of dramatic writing while at the same time they are encouraged to take advantage of the wealth of resources within Juilliard's walls, and those afforded via the School's prime location on Broadway — the greater New York City theater scene. Students may take any class in the Drama Division and are encouraged to see productions around the city by receiving free or discounted tickets to many events on- and off-Broadway. The essence of the Playwrights Program lies in the weekly master class with the playwright heads focusing on dramatic structure and the cultivation of each writer's individual voice. Twice monthly lab readings of the students' work allow the writers, with the help of Juilliard acting students and alumni, to tackle the practical aspects of creating a new play. In addition, seminars centering on other aspects of the theatrical profession are planned on a quarterly basis. The year's end culminates when students in the playwrights residency present their work to professionals from New York and around the country in a showcase evening. The intention is that these events will create a bridge for these artists between Juilliard and the larger community.

EST One-Act Marathon
Deadline: Oct. 15th

EST will be accepting submissions for the 2014 Marathon of One Act Plays from September 1st  – October 15th  2013. Non-member playwrights may submit a single script, no longer than 40 pages, which has not been reviewed in New York.

We prefer e-mail submissions, which can be sent to Please include your name and contact information in the body of your e-mail but send the script without identifying information. We will notify all applicants once final decisions have been made no later than April of 2013.

EST/Sloan Grant
Deadline: Nov. 1st

Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2013

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 15th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $450,000 to more than 140 artists. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Commission Awards
Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, but average $5000.

Submission Guidelines
The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.

Hard sciences include the following areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
  • Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
  • Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
  • Neuroscience
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Technology includes:
  • Computer Science
  • Software Development, Computer Development
  • Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
  • Space Research
Areas not considered for commissions include:

  • Science Fiction
  • Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
  • Psychology and Human Behavior

How to Apply

New Commissions
Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:

  • A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored, the source of inspiration behind the idea, and how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece.
  • A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

Regional Development Commissions

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:

  • A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
  • A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
  • A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
  • An estimated budget for the project.

Delivering Your Submission

We accept scripts in the following manner...

Email (preferred):

Via regular mail:
The Ensemble Studio Theatre
Attn: EST/Sloan Project
549 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212-247-4982

Lark Theatre Playwrights’ Week
Deadline: Oct. 15th

The Lark’s Open Access Program seeks to provide development opportunities for new and diverse voices for the theater by identifying and advancing promising plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives.  This submissions program allows the Lark to serve a wide range of playwrights through a blind reading process.
Our support criteria emphasizes ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful and theatrical work by writers with clear statements of purpose who are open to a collaborative development process.
Go online to fill out application and apply:

Writers Selected for Playwrights’ Week are Provided with:

- A creative team for ten hours of rehearsal to address self-defined developmental goals
- A public staged reading
- Opportunities to engage with other Playwrights’ Week participants in a peer-based community of support and conversation

A Complete Submission is  Composed of Two Parts:

1.) A completed application form.
2.) A full-length script, with your name or any identifying information removed. We are committed to a blind reading policy and it is important that each writer remains anonymous for the initial review.
We strongly encourage you to submit your application form and script (in Word or PDF form) electronically.

New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship
Deadline: Nov. 4th

To apply:

The United States is rapidly changing. The U.S. Census Bureau expects that by the year 2050, there will be 439 million Americans (there are 312 million of us now) and for the first time, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority.

These projections provoke thoughts about the transformations that will take place in the American landscape over the next 37 years—technologically, environmentally, demographically, and artistically. They are a catalyst for broader questions about our moral and artistic future. How do we define diversity? Whose stories aren't being told? What lies ahead for our world?

In response to these questions, NYTW has expanded its Fellowship program to support the diversity of voices that will make up this new minority majority. NYTW is re-affirming our responsibility to nurture artists who reflect this multiplicity of perspectives, challenge the dominant paradigm, and give voice to those whose experiences are not often heard.

The 2050 Fellowship is an expansion of NYTW's Emerging Artists of Color Fellowship, established in 1995 out of NYTW's fundamental belief that a diversity of thought, experience and culture is crucial to theatrical innovation. We remain committed to this conviction by expanding the way we identify an artist who is eligible for our Fellowships toward a more inclusive and wider range of artists of varied backgrounds and aesthetics.

As an institution, NYTW is constantly interacting with and being informed by the diverse body of artists we serve. We seek to listen and respond to untold stories and underrepresented voices, and our roster of artists has always embodied a multitude of communities. In addition, as both a laboratory for theatrical exploration and a producer of plays, NYTW supports projects that are aesthetically, thematically, and methodologically varied. We seek Fellows who reflect, celebrate, and practice this diversity, and who are dedicated and motivated candidates wishing to develop their talents and craft by participating in a dynamic, artist-centered creative community.

Raucous Caucus: Box Wine Theatre’s 10-min Play Festival
Deadline: Oct. 30th

Box Wine Theatre is accepting director and script submissions for “Raucous Caucus IV”, Box Wine Theatre’s annual 10-minute political play festival. We’re looking for Twin Cities directors and scripts that encompass all sides of the political spectrum. Whether you think of yourself as Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, moderate, or other, Box Wine Theatre wants to hear your voice. This festival is meant to encourage dialogue between opposing views in hopes of letting different political and social beliefs be heard.
In an effort to have as many individual voices involved as possible, playwrights will not have the option of directing their own pieces. We strongly believe in the collaborative process between the playwright and director, so all playwrights and directors will receive each others contact information and we strongly encourage working together.
Performances will be at Bryant Lake Bowl in January, 2014 with exact dates TBD; most likely weeknights as well as weekends.
-Script submissions will be due no later than 10:00 pm, Wednesday, October 30th.
-Playwrights may submit a maximum of two (2) plays.
-There are no restrictions to the scripts’ subject matter as long as the play gives political/social commentary.
-Scripts should be no longer than 12 pages, in size 12 font, and in Times New Roman or Ariel. (Keep in mind, 1 page of dialogue usually equals 1 minute of stage time.) Plays should not exceed 10 minutes.
-There will be two rounds in the script selection process: The 1st round will be headed by company members of Box Wine Theatre. The 2nd round will be based on choices of the directors. Playwrights will be notified of the final outcome of the selection process by November 17th.
-Submit your RESUME and a short COVER LETTER explaining why you would like to be a part of this project by 10:00 pm on Wednesday, October 30th.
-Selected directors will receive electronic copies of the top 15-20 ten-minute plays chosen in the first round of the script selection process on November 8th. After reading the plays, directors will then rank their top four choices and communicate them to Box Wine Theatre by 10:00pm on Friday, November 15th.
-Plays will be assigned to directors according to their rankings on November 16th.
-Box Wine Theatre will host auditions for the directors to cast their pieces on November 24th, but directors are also welcome to cast actors outside of the auditions.
Submit all manuscripts, resumes, and cover letters to artistic director, Bethany Simmons at with either “script submission” or “director” in the subject line of the email. In the body of the email, please include your name, email address, and phone number.
**PDF or Microsoft Word documents preferred, please. **
Great Plains Theatre Conference
Deadline: Nov. 1st

The Great Plains Theatre Conference offers playwrights the opportunity to interact with, and have their work seen by top writers, directors, and actors from around the country. In addition, playwrights will be able to work directly with these professionals in hands-on writing and industry workshops. Playwrights will also participate in daily panel discussions and have tickets to evening performances with master playwrights and theatre practitioners.

Submit online:

Plays submitted are considered for the following categories:

The MainStage Series

Five plays are chosen for the MainStage Series and recognized with the Holland New Voices Award. For the playwright, this includes a $500 honorarium, travel, room and board, Conference registration, all meals, and admittance to all special workshop sessions and Conference events. MainStage playwrights will also receive a rehearsal period working on the script with local and national directors and actors, and a staged reading of the script for all the Conference attendees. A panel of top theatre professionals will serve as respondents to the work. The five MainStage plays chosen are published in the 2014 GPTC Reader.

Daily PlayLabs

Approximately thirty plays are chosen for the daily PlayLabs. For the playwright, this includes room and board, Conference registration, breakfast and lunch (dinner on selected evenings), and admittance to all special workshop sessions and Conference events. These scripts will be rehearsed by local and national directors and actors, and receive a staged reading for conference attendees and the public. A panel of select theatre professionals serve as respondents to the work.

Playwrights whose scripts are chosen for MainStage and PlayLab readings must be available to attend the entire conference.

Submission Guidelines:

The GPTC will accept both full length and one act scripts; however, the majority of slots will be given to scripts that have a running time of 90 minutes or less.
  • Playwrights may submit a maximum of one script.
  • Scripts co-written by multiple playwrights may be submitted. If chosen, the benefits outlined above will be provided for ONE playwright only.
  • Plays that have received an Equity production, plays for young audiences and musicals will not be accepted.
  • Notification to playwrights on the status of their plays will begin on Jan. 15.
  • All selections will be finalized by March 15.
  • There is a $10 fee for each submission. Submissions will not be considered without payment. The entire fee is applied toward the costs for readers.

Submission Inclusions:
Submission documents will be accepted in .doc or .pdf formats ONLY.

  • Your PLAY with no personal identifying information in the document. Plays will be forwarded to readers without identifying information to allow for the “blind” reading process.
  • A TITLE PAGE listing your contact information including: name, address, phone number and email address.
  • A PLAY SYNOPSIS of 150 words or less to be used as an introduction during the blind read process, for publicity purposes and for use in the Conference program if selected.
  • A CHARACTER LIST with descriptions and notations as to whether characters may be doubled up or must be of a certain ethnicity for reading during the Conference.

Ruby Prize (Women of Color)
Deadline: October 15th

Southern Rep is pleased to announce that it will accept submissions for The Ruby Prize, effective immediately. The $10,000 annual award is named in honor of Ruby Bridges, who showed incredible perseverance in the face of formidable obstacles. The Ruby Prize seeks to support women playwrights of color whose work changes the voice of American theatre.

This program was conceived as part of ongoing efforts made by Southern Rep to develop new American plays, support a diverse community of artists, and incite a stimulating dialogue within our community.

- $10,000 prize
- A week long development workshop with collaboration of full artistic team at the Southern Rep New Play Bacchanal, held in New Orleans in January 2014.
- A sponsored trip to New York to continue development of the play and introduce the new work to a larger audience (All travel includes roundtrip air and accommodations.)
- Two finalists will be selected to have their new works read at the Southern Rep New Play Bacchanal in January 2014. (Includes roundtrip air and accommodations. There is no cash award associated with the selection of finalists.)

- The contest will be open to US citizens who self-identify as women of color, and may be either emerging or established playwrights.
- Southern Rep’s in-house readers will review and evaluate scripts, selecting finalists that will be move into the next round of judging. The final panel consists of national and local theatre artists with Southern Rep’s Artistic Director, Aimée Hayes.
- Plays may be of any genre: drama, comedy, musical, etcetera. We will not accept collaborative scripts, translations, one-acts, or any play previously submitted to Southern Rep. In the case of musical submissions, only the playwright will be eligible for the prize.
- Plays that have had a professional production may not be submitted. Plays that have received a workshop, reading, or non-professional production are eligible. (“Professional production” shall be defined as a production with paid actors and an official press opening.
- Only one submission per playwright is allowed.


Each submission shall include a letter of introduction which should contain a brief play synopsis, a character breakdown, playwright bio, and brief history of the play’s development. The manuscript should have a title page containing the playwright’s name, address and contact information. This information may ONLY appear on the title page.
Submissions must be sent by email, as an attached document, in PDF (preferred) or Word doc format.

NYMF: New Link Project
Deadline: Nov. 11th

The largest annual musical theatre event in the nation is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Next Link Project!
Are you a musical theatre writer? Have you written a show that you'd like to produce in New York? Submit your show today to the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Next Link Project!
The Next Link Project is NYMF’s primary writer service program. It empowers emerging musical theater writing teams by providing entrepreneurial training, career networking opportunities, dramaturgical support, and other services, culminating in a subsidized production in the Festival. The Next Link Project is open to any writer – produced or unproduced, with or without agency representation.
This year’s Next Link Project Grand Jury includes:
OBIE and Drama Desk award winning actress: Donna Lynne Champlin,
TONY® and Outer Critics Circle Nominee actor: Hunter Foster,
TONY® nominee composer and lyricist: Amanda Green,
Associate Producer of the Old Globe: Eric Louie,
Outer Critics Circle Nominee director and choreographer: Josh Prince,
TONY® and Drama Desk Nominee actor and writer: Tony Sheldon,
TONY® nominee and Grammy® winner, composer: Lucy Simon
and more to be announced…

Next Link Project participants receive the following benefits:
A $5,000 subsidy towards their production at NYMF 2014
Additional savings in production fees, and discounted technical and marketing support
Dramaturgical support
Seminars and workshops geared toward helping them successfully prepare, present, and promote their NYMF production
Access to exclusive industry networking events
The following application materials are required as electronic files:
Complete script (PDF files only, please)
Demo recording, containing at least 75% of the songs in the show,
2-3 page synopsis,
Script sample consisting of 15 consecutive pages,
Author bios and Production History
The Early Bird Deadline is midnight, Thursday, October 3, 2013.
Submission Fee: $55
The Final Deadline is extended to midnight, Monday, November 11, 2013. Submission Fee: $75
For More information visit: Submit your show today to be considered for the 2014 Festival!

Urban Stages: WORDS BY WOMEN
Deadline: Oct. 31st

Urban Stages - an award-winning Off-Broadway theatre celebrating its 30th year - is looking for full-length plays for the following reading series (and simultaneously plays to consider for future productions):

WORDS BY WOMEN Reading Series:
To celebrate and champion female playwrights, we are opening submissions for new works for our 3rd annual Words by Women reading series. Strong female characters and exploration of diverse social/cultural themes are strongly encouraged. Plays must be postmarked by October 31st, 2013.

For more information on year-round open submissions and other reading series, visit

- Mail submissions to 555 8th Avenue, RM 1800. New York, NY 10018. No Electronic Submissions.

- INCLUDE: a BRIEF SYNOPSIS, a BRIEF BIO AND/OR RESUME, A CHARACTER BREAKDOWN and a SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE (if you would like your play returned, please include a large envelope and the appropriate postage otherwise, plays will be recycled).

- Plays must require 7 actors or less (small-cast plays are given special consideration)

- Plays with previous NYC productions are not eligible (staged readings and workshops are OK).

- Plays on any topic are accepted but special consideration is given to plays that explore social or cultural concerns. Musicals ARE accepted.

It may take us 6-8 months to consider a play, please do not call our office about a play’s status.

There is no submission fee and no limit to number of submissions (we ask that you do not submit the same play a second time unless there have been significant revisions)

Urban Stages: PAN-ASIAN Reading Series
Deadline: Oct. 31st

PAN-ASIAN Reading Series:
To shine the spotlight on new plays by Asian and Asian-American playwrights, we are opening submissions for full-length plays for our new Pan-Asian Reading Series. Submissions from the U.S. and abroad are accepted. Plays must be postmarked by October 31st, 2013.

For more information on year-round open submissions and other reading series, visit

- Mail submissions to 555 8th Avenue, RM 1800. New York, NY 10018. No Electronic Submissions.

- INCLUDE: a BRIEF SYNOPSIS, a BRIEF BIO AND/OR RESUME, A CHARACTER BREAKDOWN and a SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE (if you would like your play returned, please include a large envelope and the appropriate postage otherwise, plays will be recycled).

- Plays must require 7 actors or less (small-cast plays are given special consideration)

- Plays with previous NYC productions are not eligible (staged readings and workshops are OK).

- Plays on any topic are accepted but special consideration is given to plays that explore social or cultural concerns. Musicals ARE accepted.

It may take us 6-8 months to consider a play, please do not call our office about a play’s status.

There is no submission fee and no limit to number of submissions (we ask that you do not submit the same play a second time unless there have been significant revisions)

Jewish Play Contest
Deadline: Nov. 21st

The jewish plays project* announces the return of jpp's competition for full-length plays dealing with contemporary jewish themes. Using a curated jury process followed by a series of live selection events, the Contest will give equal voice to jewish audiences and artists in creating jewish theater for the 21st Century.

(*We consistently use a lower-case “j” in the words “jewish” and “jew”. This is meant to unload the words of some historical baggage, and to indicate that I understand these as ideas and abstractions, rather than definitive national traits. No offense is meant.)

The jpp seeks to give theatrical voice to the 21st Century jewish experience, in all its forms. While we value history, we are particularly fond of plays that tackle vibrant strands of today’s world: ​social justice, economic justice, diversity, strong women in jewish life, LGBTQ inclusion, new perspectives on Israel, environmentalism, and interfaith relations.

Important note: the Contest is open to artists of all backgrounds, denominations, faiths, creeds, religions and other ideals.

SUBMISSION: Entries are due by November 21 at 6 pm (Happy Hanukkah!). Playwrights must fill out the Contest Application form (

As part of the form, playwrights will upload their play as a PDF with their name removed (all plays are reviewed blind). There is no fee to submit, but there is a one (1) submission per person rule.

ELIGIBILITY: Full-length plays that deal with contemporary jewish themes that have never been produced in New York City. The following must be true of a submitted play:

1. It is not a Yiddish play.
2. It is in English. (We welcome translations).
3. It is not a Holocaust play. (We have a separate category for those. See
4. It contains significant jewish themes, characters, content, or points of view.
5. It does NOT fall into the beloved category of "ethnically stereotypical comedy" (No 'Yiddishemammeh" plays, no "My Afternoon With Bubbe", no "Jewtopia")
6. It has not had a full production in the NY Metro region.
7. It is unpublished.
8. It is NOT a musical (plays with music may apply).

SELECTION PROCESS: The Contest strives to engage a broad audience in a discussion of what new jewish theater should be. All scripts are reviewed by an Artistic Panel of actors, directors, writers and academics for their aesthetic value, and structural and stylistic innovation. This group selects a Top 10 (or so) that continues on to our public contests. Finalists will be announced in January 2014.

THE PRIZE: The winning play will receive development as part of the jpp’s 3rd OPEN Festival of new jewish theater at the 14th Street Y in June of 2014. The writer will receive a residency, reading or workshop plus artist travel to New York. The Top 10 plays in the Contest will be considered for further development by the jpp, either as part of the Festival or through other programs.

The jpp's development process connects the best scripts to the hottest artists in New York. Past directors have included Daniella Topol, Benjamin Kamine, and Pirronne Yousefazadeh; actors have included Aya Cash, Bob Ari, Winnie Holzman, Teddy Bergman, Kathryn Kates and a host of others. The plays we highlight have gone on to production and development opportunities in New York and elsewhere. Throughout the year, we communicate with theaters and producers all over the country, and pitch the heck out of the scripts we love.. (See for more)

CONTEST PARTNERS: JCC Metrowest and Carol Berman; JCC New Haven and Dede Komisar; LABA: National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture and Becky Skoff; the Louis T. Roth Foundation and Natan/Birthright NEXT. The jpp was ignited by PresenTense.

For more information and to submit your play, visit:

FULLERTON COLLEGE: 25th Annual Play Festival
Deadline: Nov. 4th

The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Fullerton College is seeking submissions of original full-length plays and original full length musical theatre works of any genre for its 23rd Annual Playwright's Festival to be held January 6-23, 2014 in the Fullerton College Bronwyn Dodson Theatre.

In January each year the Fullerton College RTC Playwrights' Festival assembles a company of student actors, professional directors, and a professional dramaturge in a two week process of helping playwrights to discover and develop their plays. Each play is given a careful workshop critique, several rehearsals, and a prepared reading for an audience of company members and general public, followed by a post-presentation discussion with the audience.

Company members in the Festival have the unique opportunity to participate in the script development process from several angles. Performers have the chance to be the first to bring life to a written character, as well as learn the skills of efficient preparation for script-in-hand reading and the flexibility necessary for working with a fluid and changing script. Company members watch the process unfold and see how various choices impact the direction of a play, learning various critical tools to help understand why and how a piece of theater has its effect. By the time of the rehearsed readings, members of the company will be able to respond to the scripts both as performers and as colleagues of the playwrights.

The Festival is looking for directors, actors, dramaturges, and administrative staff to participate in Playwright Festival workshops and staged readings. There are also positions available for assistant dramaturges: students who want to focus on the playmaking and revision process. Assistant dramaturges will learn critical tools and methods for useful and positive interaction with playwrights in the middle of a sensitive and often fragile revision process. This will be valuable for those interested in writing themselves, as well as for those studying critical theory.
Deadline for submissions is Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Play submissions should be sent by e-mail to Artistic Director,

Artistic Director: Amberly Chamberlain
Dramaturge: William Mittler
Please contact William Mittler for more information

The O’Neill Playwrights Conference
Deadline: Oct. 25th

Each year a community of professionals gathers in the serene setting of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in order to support playwrights and new works for the theater.  The National Playwrights Conference strives to create a supportive environment that empowers playwrights to their own process and to experience the play with a professional company.
In the years since its inception the National Playwrights Conference has developed more than 600 plays.  During the Conference, playwrights live on the grounds of the O'Neill for a full month and each engages in a week-long process of rehearsals culminating in two script-in-hand public readings.  Up to eight playwrights are selected for this intensive laboratory each summer.  Conference playwrights represent a wide range of experience from those working on a first play to Broadway veterans; directors and actors have also worked on and off Broadway, in film, and in regional theaters, and represent emerging artists and seasoned professionals.  Virtually every major American playwright has been part of the Conference, including Julia Cho, Rebecca Gilman, Regina Taylor, John Guare, Israel Horovitz, David Henry Hwang, David Lindsay-Abaire, Adam Rapp, Lanford Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein and August Wilson.
In addition to writers selected for staged readings, the Conference serves as a retreat for several writers-in-residence working independently on special projects.  

To apply go to:

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