Thursday, June 4, 2015

Get What You Want: June 2015

NEWvember New Plays Festival
Deadline: June 15th

Inaugurated in 2011 as a co-production of Tangent Theatre Tivoli and AboutFACE Ireland, NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that takes place over four days at the Carpenter Shop Theatre in the historic village of Tivoli in upstate New York.

-submitted plays should be previously unproduced (we will consider plays that have had
readings before but are still in development)
-plays should not have previously been submitted to the NEWvember Festival
-plays should have a cast size of 2-8
-plays should have a running time of 30 to 120 minutes
-we will only accept one submission per writer
-we ask that the writers of the chosen plays attend the reading of their play towards its further development and to be present for a post-reading Q&A with the audience. We will provide $50 towards travel for those traveling more than 50 miles (the equivalent of a return Amtrak trip from NYC to Rhinecliff) as well as local accommodation in Tivoli
there is no fee for submissions while we are open to all styles and subjects, our companies do have a preference for narrative and character driven stories

Please submit your play at
via our online application form
you will be asked to include
your play as a PDF, without your name, email or other identifying marks (to aid our blind
reading process)
the title page, listing the name of author, separately
a 3-line synopsis of the play
a bio of the writer


Undiscovered Voices Scholarship

Deadline: June 20th
The Writer’s Center seeks promising writers in the Washington area earning less than $25,000 annually to apply. This scholarship program will provide complimentary writing workshops to the selected applicant for a period of one year, but not to exceed 8 workshops in that year (and not to include independent studies). We expect the recipient will use the year to make progress toward a completed manuscript of publishable work.
Previous winners include Marija Stajic (2013) Rose Fitzpatrick (2013), Nicole Idar (2012), Gimbiya Kettering (2011), Lee Kaplan (2010) and Susan Bucci Mockler (2009).
The Writer’s Center believes writers of all backgrounds and experiences should have an opportunity to devote time and energy toward the perfection of their craft.
The recipient will be able to attend writing workshops offered by The Writer’s Center free of charge. In addition, he or she will give a reading from his or her work after the close of the scholarship period (June 2014) and will be invited to join our community in ways most intereting to them.
To apply, candidates should submit:
a)  a cover letter signed by the candidate that contains the statement: “I understand and confirm I meet all eligibility requirements of the Undiscovered Voices Scholarship.” The cover letter should include information on the impact this scholarship would have on the candidate.
b) contact information for two references who can speak to the candidate’s creative work and promise
c) a work sample in a single genre:
  • 8 pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page
  • 10 pages of fiction, double-spaced, no more than one work or excerpt
  • 10 pages of nonfiction (essay, memoir, etc), double-spaced, no more than one work or excerpt
  • 15 pages of a script or screenplay
These items should be sent in hard copy to
The Writer’s Center
Attn: Judson Battaglia
Re: Undiscovered Voices Scholarship
4508 Walsh St.
Bethesda MD 20815
All submissions must be postmarked by June 20, 2015.

Ingram New Works Lab at Nashville Rep
Deadline: June 21st

The Ingram New Works Lab is a generative residency in which selected playwrights will create a new work for the theatre. Nashville Rep will serve and support selected playwrights as they work to develop their play from the idea stage to a muscular full draft. Submission deadline is Midnight CST June 21, 2015. The Ingram New Works Lab is intended to be an artistic home for emerging playwrights to share and develop new work and springboard themselves into the next phase of their writing career. Nashville Rep will provide the playwrights-in-residence:
  • A season-long playwright-run script lab that meets once a month.
  • Access to professional actors, providing a choice of collaborators amongst theatre artists in Nashville.
  • Workshop sessions involving professional directors, designers, and dramaturgs.
  • Access to professional marketing and audience development resources.
  • A symposium with the Ingram New Works Fellow, a playwright with a national reputation.
  • Participation in the Ingram New Works Festival, giving the playwrights the opportunity to work with a professional director and actors in rehearsal and hear their script read in front of a live audience.
  • A supportive environment to foster and support the playwright’s process.
  • Housing during residency dates in Nashville.
  • Travel reimbursement up to $375.00 for each trip to Nashville.
  • A small stipend to defray additional expenses.
The New Works Lab will meet once a month to provide playwrights-in-residence with a supportive but disciplined environment to workshop their scripts. By definition a laboratory is a testing ground inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation, practice and experimentation. Every playwright will have the opportunity to hear multiple drafts of their script read aloud by actors and receive feedback from their fellow playwrights. The lab will provide the opportunity for playwrights to shape, mold, and develop as many drafts as they feel necessary before festival rehearsals begin.
Lab Meeting dates (a full day commitment on the following dates):
2015: Sept. 11; Oct. 16, 17; Nov. 6, 7; Dec. 11, 12
2016: Jan. 9-15 Feb. 19, 20; March 25, 26; April TBA

Symposium Week With New Works Fellow

Playwrights-in-residence will participate in a week-long New Works Lab symposium with the recipient of the Ingram New Works Fellowship, a nationally recognized playwright. past Fellows include David Auburn, John Patrick Shanley, Steven Dietz, Theresa Rebeck, Doug Wright and Donald Margulies. The symposium will take advantage of the New Works Fellow’s experience and skill, focusing on a wide variety of issues related to working as a playwright: everything from how an emerging playwright gets a script produced to how to manage the pitfalls of the development process to specific guidance on the art of playwriting. The New Works Fellow will serve as a mentor to the playwrights-in-residence throughout the season via electronic communication. Lab participants should be prepared to clear their schedule for the entirety of the week-long symposium.
Symposium dates:
January 9-15, 2016

Participation in Ingram New Works Festival

Work in the Lab will be focused on goals established by the Lab Playwrights. However, each playwright will be expected to work toward the creation of a new play that will be presented in a staged reading at the New Works Festival, whether completed or as a work in progress. Please note the following criteria for New Works festival plays being developed in the lab:
  • Full-length plays (prefer 80-120 mins. running time).
  • Plays that utilize no more than 8 actors.
  • Plays that have not previously been produced by any professional company.

Festival dates:
May 4-14, 2016
Nashville Rep will award up to four residencies in the New Works Lab. Each playwright who accepts the residency will commit to participating in the monthly Lab meeting, the New Works symposium, rehearsals for the New Works Festival, and assisting with the New Works Festival in May 2016 as auxiliary artistic staff. All playwrights who accept a residency must commit to be available for all lab, symposium, rehearsal and festival dates. Should a playwright-in-residence miss multiple commitments, they may be asked to forgo their place in the New Works Lab. Nashville Rep provides limited travel reimbursement for playwrights-in-residence and encourages regional playwrights to consider travel costs and commitments before applying.

Application Instructions

All applications should include the following material:
  • A letter stating your objectives for working on a new play in the Ingram New Works Lab at Nashville Rep. You must include a description of your proposed play.
  • One Page Bio with history as a playwright.
  • One Page Artistic Statement.
  • A play that best represents your writing skill. Full-length is preferred, but a substantial one-act play (minimum of one hour running time) will be acceptable for this application. Author and contact information must appear on the title page. Please do not submit musicals, screenplays, TV scripts, or children’s theatre.
  • Please use the form on our website for your submission. Upload your letter of intent, one page bio, one page artistic statement, and play (4 files) in PDF, doc, or docx format. You will receive a confirmation email shortly to verify your submission.
  • Additional questions can be sent to Ingram New Works Lab Director Nate Eppler at

The Oneness Project
Deadline: June 21st
website: (for the performance space)

THE ONENESS PROJECT: Volume 1 took place last year at Loft 227 and was an: Open forum inspired by social injustice in America. The plays, poems, and performance art pieces involved had a specific theme; they were in response to the event in Ferguson, MO surrounding the death of Michael Brown. Following the event audiences were invited to hold discussions on how we can overcome the issues with unity, rather than disparity.

THE ONENESS PROJECT: Volume 2 will continue the theme of social injustice but this time broaden the topics. So feel free to create work about anything you see fit: The killings in Kenya or the students kidnapped in Mexico. Catcalling and how it disallows women to feel respected in their communities. You, as artists, have free reign.

PLAYWRIGHTS: We are open to all forms and genres, all that we ask is that you keep it under 10 minutes, and have no more than 4 characters. And in helping with the fluency of the evening we strongly encourage you to write for the actual, physical space and try to minimize props. Also, after recent discussions about the lack of diversity among many of the theaters in New York City we are focused on diverse casting. And we're not excluding our White friends, we love them just the same and they can definitely play too. But we are leaning more towards actors of color.

For anyone who would like to present or perform: Music, film, a dance piece, performance art, poem, song, we ask that you keep it under ten minutes as well.

Photographers, painters, sculptors, etc. looking to submit, we will decorate the walls with your work and there will be plenty of time before and after the event to engage with individuals if they have questions.
All submissions of plays, or links to artwork, videos, etc., must be sent to:
The deadline to submit is Sunday, June 21st.
Click HERE to see photos of the actual space.

Deadline: June 30th

Cimientos is a program dedicated in full to the development of new plays in English and Spanish. By focusing on the strengthening of a dramatic work's foundations, Cimientos takes each playwrights’ vision from initial drafts to a rehearsed staged reading where the audience voice is the culmination of growth.

Submissions lacking any of the following guidelines will not be considered.

  1. Submission will only be accepted through the online form.  See link above (only visible in June 2015.)
  2. 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.
  3. The playwright must commit to be present on the staged reading performance of his/her work.
  4. The playwright must commit to be present on the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel) assigned to his/her work.
  5. This program is open to authors from anywhere in the world with original works in English or Spanish who are interested in a New York audience feedback. However, because of the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel), every playwright must be present to take part in the monthly meetings or commit to presenting feedback electronically or in written form on the dates of the PPP's and with no delay.
  6. Only one play may be submitted per playwright, per season.
  7. Submissions must not exceed 90 minutes in length.
  8. The play must require 5 actors or less.  Plays that have more than 5 actors and do not provide a clear and stageable doubling explanation will not be reviewed. If doubling is possible, it must be expressed clearly on the online form.
  9. The submission must be a completed full-length play that has not previously been produced in any setting. If the play has undergone a workshop, staged reading or development of any kind, the playwright must inform IATI Theater of the specifics on the online form.
  10. The author’s name(s) should be nowhere within the script, any authorship information must not be visible in the play document.  Scripts will be read ‘blind’.
  11. Submissions for the 2016 Season will only be accepted from June 1 to June 30, 2015.
*The 2016 Cimientos will consists of two main components:
*PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel): Playwrights accepted to the program, IATI Theater’s artistic staff and other specially invited theater professionals will converge in workshop meetings to discuss the new works that make up the particular season. Every meeting will be dedicated to a single playwright in the program, the focus being in further advancing the text before it is presented in front of a live audience.
*SRP (Staged Reading Presentation): Each playwright in the program will be given the opportunity to present his/her play in a directed, professionally acted staged reading.  Thus, the piece will be exposed to a receptive audience that further develops the featured script through a post-reading talkback.

Deadline: July 1st

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

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

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

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

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

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

Queer Art Mentorship
Deadline: July 1

The program is a year in length. It is largely driven by the unique character of each of the mentor/fellow pairs according to their respective needs and habits of communication, although once-a-month meeting commitments will be suggested. The program coordinators engage in an ongoing dialogue with the mentors and fellows in an effort to ensure that the program best serve its participants.
The entire group of mentor/fellow pairs will also convene for three short meetings throughout the cycle. The goal of the limited group-wide meetings is to encourage dialogues between all levels of participants and between all disciplines. It has been shown in a variety of fields that implement mentor programs that the mentor-to-mentor dialogue that occurs in mentor programs is as significant to the program’s success in developing the field as any that occurs directly between mentor and mentee.
We seek fellows who:
·    Work within at least one of the following disciplines: literary, film (experimental, non-fiction and narrative), visual arts, performing arts (performance, theater, dance and music), and curatorial arts (in any kind of medium; e.g. galleries, books, etc.)
·    Self-Identify as queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgendered
·    Are New York City-based
·    Are not currently enrolled in school or university
·    Are Early-Career and professionally focused
·    Have a project that they’d like to work on with a mentor during the 2015-2016 Mentorship cycle.
Most importantly, we are looking for emerging artists who have an extraordinary potential for engagement in the queer and artistic communities, individuals who would gain from, and add to, interaction with others of diverse queer minds.
To apply go to the website:

Random Access Theatre Company’s RAWR Series
Deadline: July 15th

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

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

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

33 ⅓ Open Proposal (book publishing opp)
Deadline: July 27th

33 ⅓ is a prestigious book publishing company that focuses on albums. It’s been around since 2003 and has gained a fairly good reputation, pays their writers a small advance, and offers a healthy percentage from book sales. You write a proposal for an album you want to cover, write a chapter, give a table of contents, and go. It’s great for the music lover who is also a great non-fiction writer able to give solid critique, cultural analysis, and understanding of where an album fits in the trajectory of music.

If you would like to submit a proposal for a 33 ⅓ volume, please submit ALL of the following to before 12:00am EST on July 27th, 2015. No exceptions. The word/page counts below are not exact but should point you in the right direction of what I’m looking for. Submissions that don’t include complete responses to the first 9 requirements below will not be considered.
Submit the content below in one single document as either .doc, .docx or .pdf. No .rtf files will be accepted. Please put your name, album and artist in the subject line of the email.
Proposal requirements:
-Your professional CV/resume, including full contact details + a short biography (25-50 words).
- A draft annotated table of contents for the book. This should include chapter titles and a brief 50-500 word summary of each chapter. If you plan on deviating from a chapter structure, please explain why in 500 words.
- A draft introduction/opening chapter for the book, of around 2,000 words.
- A concise description of the book (up to 250 words). This needs to be clear, informative and persuasive. It should be suitable for use as the book’s blurb. It should be written so that people who are unfamiliar with the album will understand what this book is about.
- Your analysis of the most relevant competing books already published (or forthcoming) about the artist in question or the scene surrounding that artist – and how your book will differ. Are there any films or film projects in the works? 200 words or less.
- At least 500 words about yourself and why you are qualified to write this book. Why are you the best person to do it? How you would help Bloomsbury Academic market your book? Please list websites/forums/listservs you’d contact directly; any artist involvement you might expect; any college-level courses on which you think your book could be used, and so on.
- Which existing 33 1/3 books or other types of music writing you like or dislike. Why? 500-1000 words.
- Describe the audience for your book. What are the fans like? Describe your target market. How large is this market? 200 words.
- Please list the firm date on which you will deliver your complete and final manuscript and why you have chosen this date (Must be between January 2016 and August 2016).
-Do you have any feedback? How is the series doing so far? What could we do better? Not required.

Yale Drama Series Prize
Deadline: August 15th

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2016 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, distinguished playwright Nicholas Wright. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater.

There is no application form or entry fee.
Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:
1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.
2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, and children's plays are not accepted. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.
3. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.
4. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible.  Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
5. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
6. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in standard professional play format.
7. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.
8. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2016 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2015 and no later than August 15, 2015.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript.  The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography (optional) where indicated in the electronic submission form.

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

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