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8th Annual Festival of Shorts Playwriting Contest

10 February 2017

Thank you for your interest in the 8th Annual Festival of Shorts hosted at the Wade James Theater by Edmonds Driftwood Players. The Festival this year will be presented in four performances – Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8 at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9 at 2pm.

We are so excited to announce our theme for 2017:  “Unintended Consequences

How many times have you never meant to do something but ended up doing the very thing you tried to avoid? Or perhaps you wanted to help someone and ended up creating a bigger mess? Maybe you didn’t want to help someone and ended up being the biggest blessing they ever received. So often, our actions produce consequences that we never thought, never foresaw, never believed could happen. For good, for bad, for ugly, for interesting, for hilarious…the details are up to you!

In order to enter the festival, please DO the following:

  1. Submit an original, never before produced script for a play that will last no longer than 15 minutes with 6 characters or less, which can be staged with minimal sets, props, and costumes.
  2. Incorporate the theme of “Unintended Consequences” into your story.
  3. Submit two documents:
  1. A cover page with the name of the title and your full name, address, email address and phone number.
  2. Your play in ‘Standard Stage Play Format’ with the title of the play ONLY. No identifying information about the playwright is to appear in this “blind” copy. All plays which fail to submit a blind copy of their play will be disqualified. The blind copy of the script preserves anonymity in our judging process.
    1. Submit your play by 5:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time (PST), on Friday, March 31, 2017.

In order to enter the festival, please DON’T do the following:

  1. Don’t submit a play with a single character. This means NO monologues, please!
  2. Don’t submit a play that includes nudity, excessive bad language or could in any way be construed as a hard ‘R’ or ‘X’ rating.
  3. Don’t include excessive props or things like glitter or feathers that would be hard to clean up and delay transitions for our festival. Eight plays will be presented at each performance (4 plays before intermission, 4 plays after intermission). Please don’t make it hard for our production team to stage your show.
  4. Don’t submit a play that has been produced on any stage, anywhere prior to March 31, 2017. We will do a search for each play before notifying our 8 finalists. Any evidence that a play has been previously produced will result in disqualification of the script from our festival.

We look forward to hearing from people all over the planet so have fun! Hopefully your story about unintended consequences will be a hit with our judges and we’ll see you in July for our 8th Annual Festival of Shorts!

Visit the website:  http://edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org/2016-2017-season/8th-annual-festival-shorts/

Playwriting Competition Call for Submissions

13 December 2016

The Princeton Theatre Group

invites submission of scripts to be considered for the 2017

New Works Festival

Two categories

One-Act Scripts and Ten-Minute Plays

Winners will receive a staged reading by professional actors

during Festival 56, Illinois’ largest summer theatre festival.

The New Works Festival will also include a playwrights’ reception

and opportunities to receive feedback of the winning works.

No entry fee — No cash prizes

Timetable

  • Submission deadline: 1 March 2017
  • Winners will be notified by 1 May 2017
  • Production dates: August 4 and 5 2017

Competition Rules

  • Only complete scripts will be considered; no excerpts from longer works.
  • Scripts must be original, unpublished, and not previously produced.
  • Each playwright may submit only one script per category. It is possible for a playwright to win in both categories.
  • Competition is open to adult playwrights around the English-speaking world. No juvenile writers.
  • Target audience: adults, including young adults.
  • Genre: comedy, drama, tragedy, farce, hybrid; theatrical storytelling. No monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, or musicals.
  • Cast may contain any number of characters of any race, ethnicity, or gender.
  • Theme and subject matter are open; however, excessively strong language is discouraged.
  • Winners will grant Festival 56 and Princeton Theatre Group first production rights. Playwrights retain copyright.
  • At least one One-Act and up to six Ten-Minute scripts will be selected for staged readings. Total number of winners will depend upon the number and range of submissions.
  • The decision of the judges is final. Judges will not provide any written or verbal critiques.
  • Winning playwrights are strongly encouraged to attend their readings, although attendance is not a requirement for winning. If the playwright is present, a talkback with the audience and actors will immediately follow the reading of each script.

Criteria for selection

  • Well developed storyline within a short work
  • Natural and creative dialogue
  • Quality of writing and dramatic structure
  • Ability of script to connect with an audience

Submission Guidelines

  • Type script with 1-inch margins on all four edges, using a 12-point serif type such as Times New Roman, Palatino, or Courier.
  • Use standard script format including cast of characters, setting, etc.
  • Do NOT put your real name on your script! On the first page of the script, under the title, put a pen name of your choice.
    Use the script title as the name of this document.
  • Create a separate document giving your real name, address, email, phone, the title of your script, and either your real age or the statement “I am over 18.”
    Use your pen name as the name of this document.
    This document will not be opened until after winners have been selected.
  • Attach both the script document and the identifying document to an email as a Word doc, Pages doc, or PDF.
  • Send One-Act entries to Festival56oneact@gmail.com by 1 March 2017.
    Send Ten-Minute entries to Festival56tenmin@gmail.com by 1 March 2017.

For a list of winners, see the Festival 56 website after 1 May 2017.

Princeton Theatre Group

Grace Performing Arts Center

316 South Main Street

Princeton IL 61356

2017 LaBute New Theater Festival Set for July 7-30, 2017-Call For Submissions

30 October 2016

Call for Submissions For 5th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival

The St. Louis Actors’ Studio is proud to announce a call for submissions for the 5th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater, with plays debuting from July 07 – 30, 2017.  Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2016. 

Professional Submissions: 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. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes.

Up to eight plays will be chosen,  in addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival.  Mr. LaBute is scheduled to participate in the opening weekend activities.

High School Submissions: Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward:  The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length.

Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

Submissions should be sent to:

LaBute New Theater Festival

St. Louis Actors’ Studio

360 N Boyle Ave

St. Louis, MO 63108

314-458-2978

help@stlas.org

Visit the website: http://stlas.org/

 

The creative team for the festival includes:

Neil LaBute-Film Director, Screenwriter and Playwright

William Roth-Actor, Founder, Artistic Director St. Louis Actors’ Studio

Milton Zoth – Director, Arts Educator

Nathan Bush – Actor

Andra Harkins – Actor

Ann Haubrich – Writer, Arts Administrator

Edward Scott Ibur-Middle School Teacher (Webster), Novelist, Founder- Gifted Writers & Artists Project for Middle & High School

Christopher Limber – Actor, Director Prison Performing Arts, Playwright

John Pierson-Actor, Theatre, Speech & Dance Chair, English Teacher John Burroughs School

Elizabeth Helman-Actor, Writer, Director, Professor of Theatre Arts -Oregon State University

Patrick Huber-Associate Director, St. Louis Actors’ Studio-Set Design and Lighting, Teacher Theater, Design and Architecture Mary Institute, Country Day Prep School

Sanguine Theatre Company: Project Playwright Contest 2017

30 October 2016
Submissions are open until November 15, 2016.
Writers based anywhere in the world are encouraged to apply. Plays submitted through this program are reviewed by Sanguine’s team of readers and chosen based on theatricality, craft, and voice. Finalists will be invited to participate in a festival evening of excerpted staged readings in New York City, and one play will be chosen by the Festival audience to receive a fully-produced world premiere production as part of Sanguine’s 2017 season. A stipend will also be provided to the playwright for their production.

A GREAT PROJECT PLAYWRIGHT SUBMISSION:
-is a complete, full-length play.
-requires a cast of at least two but no more than eight actors.
-utilizes technical elements in minimal but theatrical ways.
-may have had a workshop or staged reading performance
-aligns with Sanguine’s mission to pursue relevant, thought-provoking new works.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Please read the Project Playwright Consent Agreement.
– In PDF format, please submit the following to info@sanguinenyc.org:
a cover sheet with your name, address, telephone number, email address, and a brief synopsis of the play
-your complete, full-length work in the subject line, please write “Project Playwright” and your last name
-A $5 non-refundable administrative fee is due at the time of submission.

Website: http://www.sanguinenyc.com/project-playwright-application

Contact: info@sanguinenyc.org

EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD

2 July 2016

EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD

NO ENTRY FEE.
Plays MAY HAVE BEEN developed or produced elsewhere, BUT NEVER PRODUCED in New York City. There is no limit to submissions. Subject matter and character variations are open. There is no submission fee. It usually takes up to six months for us to read and process your script. Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered. BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York. No deadline. Year-round submissions accepted. Our $500 Emerging Playwright Award (coupled with press coverage) is given to playwrights who show excellence and dedication throughout this process – from development to the stage.

Visit the website:  http://urbanstages.org/submissions/

10-minute Play Fest 2016

18 May 2016

Scripts are being accepted in two categories: 

Category 1: An LGBT individual’s self-disclosure about their sexual orientation.

Category 2: Any interpretation of “Out of the Closet” literal or figurative. Plays may be comedy or drama. Both individual authors and collaborative teams are eligible.

  • Grand Prize Winner will receive $200.00 cash, a trophy and production of their play.
  • First Prize winner will receive $150 cash and production of their play.
  • An additional 4-6 runner-up scripts will also be produced.

RULES:

  1. Submissions must be original, unproduced plays.
  2. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older.
  3. Running time must be between 5 and 10 minutes.
  4. No monologues, musicals or children’s plays..
  5. Playwrights may submit one play in each category. (2 plays maximum.)
  6. Scripts will not be returned. ETC does not assume any responsibility for the loss or damage of scripts. All reasonable care will be taken.
  7. All entries must be received by June 30th, 2016.
  8. Winners will be announced by July 30th, 2016.
  9.  Plays will be staged in a black box setting (there will be no set beyond a closet door). Please write accordingly.
  10.  Plays must have 2-6 characters.

Winning plays will be staged at Theatreworks September 9 – 11, 2016!

How to enter

  • Submit 2 copies of your 10-minute script.
  • Your name should not appear on your script.
  • Include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address and the title (s) of your play(s).
  • Enclose a $10.00 entry fee for each play entered.
  • Make checks payable to Emerald Theater Company

MAIL TO:
Caroline at “Out of the Closet”
c/o ETC
P.O. Box 41408
Memphis, TN 38174

Visit the website:  http://www.etcmemphistheater.com/10-minute-play-fest-2016.html

 

We look forward to reading your work!

NICK DARKE WRITERS’ AWARD

14 May 2016

NICK DARKE WRITERS’ AWARD

NO ENTRY FEE.

With the opportunity to win £6,000 and open to all writers age 16 or over,

this competition provides the time to write that financial support facilitates.

This year’s category is stage play.

Applicants should submit a full script along with a one-page synopsis and a short writing CV by Monday, May 30, 2016.

Visit the website for details:  http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/nickdarkeaward

About Love Festival of Short Plays

22 January 2016

About Love festival of short plays that is held in June/July of each year and is open to all plays. 

The 2016 festival will be June 14 to June 18 at Vancouver’s storied Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC.

The goal of the festival is to provide encouragement for emerging playwrights and an opportunity for Vancouver area actors and directors to engage in new works on stage.

International submissions are accepted. Submissions must be in English.

There is a 10.00 Canadian dollars fee for submission of one script and 15.00 dollars for two scripts. There will be a 150.00 dollar prize to the winning playwright.

Submission Guidelines:

  • The play should be approximately eight to twenty-minutes in length.

  • The play must have no more than four on-stage characters.

  • You may submit only up to two plays, so send us your best! If sending two. Please submit both in the same email.

  • The play should be in a “play format” making it easy for the readers.

  • The play must be unpublished and not have a professional production. (Professional production is one where actors, and all staff are paid. We accept Fringe as being non-professional)

  • Submitting your play to our contest grants Tomo Suru Players the right to produce your play in our annual festival and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes, if it is chosen as a finalist.

  • Does your play need to be about Love? As long as we can see a connection of love, romantic, familial, friendly, we can accept it.

About the fee:

  • The fee covers the costs involved in the competition. We are hopeful we can return to a free contest in the future. If any writer wishes to submit a script, and feels the fee is a challenge to meet, please follow the submission guidelines below and put ATTN: Gerald Williams in the body of your email. He will be in touch.

Additional Guidelines:

  • The play should have simple technical requirements.  Simple set, simple lighting and sound requirements.

  • Surprise us, excite us! We are a diverse group and we are open to a variety of genre’s and styles.

Submit via Email:

Your play must be received no later than 11:59 pm, March 20th, 2016.

Email PDFs (MS word is acceptable) and include

Cover page should have only the title of the play and the genre of the play.

It should NOT include your name or any personal identifiers.

Pages should be numbered.

In the body of your email:

Include your name, the name of your play and your contact information, name, mailing address, telephone number, email address.

In the subject line:

About Love. YOUR FAMILY NAME. PLAY TITLE.

Email plays to:

tomosuru+love@gmail.com

What happens after you submit your play?

  • Each play will be read by a reader, who will compile their own short list. A long list will then be compiled and a members committee will compile a short list.

  • The short list scripts will be read in a long and joyful afternoon by all members of Tomo Suru, who will then choose the finalists.

  • Directors will be assigned, there are open casting calls for actors, and your play will be produced.

  • Finalists will receive 5 productions during our festival week. Audience votes will be collected during each performance and a final winner will be announced here by July 31st, 2016.

HOW TO ENTER, VISIT THE WEBSITE:

http://www.tomosuruplayers.com/#!about-love-festival/aj4kd

10 Minute Play Contest for Edinburgh Fringe Festival Production

16 January 2016

A production team from Sedos (http://www.sedos.co.uk/index.php),

a well-respected London based theatre company is looking for submissions

of 10 minute scripts to be performed in late July/early August 2016

in both London (the Bridewell Theatre) and at the Edinburgh Fringe festival (Greenside Venues).

Deadline: The submission period runs from now until 11th March 2016.

There is a £5 entry fee for non-Sedos members which is payable upon submission.

The key requirement is that scripts must follow the theme of “Frenemies”

but interpretation of that theme and choice of genre

and format is open to the writer’s imagination

(subject to a couple of practical parameters as set out in the guidelines).

Submissions are open now and can be accessed at this link: http://sedos.co.uk/frenemies/

Submission guidelines can be found via a link on the submission page,

at: https://writingcontests.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

Last call! LEA RYAN’S FUND FOR EMERGING WOMEN WRITERS

9 January 2016

LEA RYAN’S FUND FOR EMERGING WOMEN WRITERS

NO ENTRY FEE.

Deadline January 11, 2016 at 5pm, EST.
All women who consider themselves emerging playwrights

(as distinct from fledgling or mid-career playwrights)

are eligible to apply for the FEWW Prize.

Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply,

but the play must be written in English.

Eligibility does not require that a submitted work adhere to the traditional three-act structure.

One-acts, two-acts (even four-, five-, six- acts), monologues, adaptations,

and any other wild (or deceptively tame) format will be considered with equal seriousness.

The only absolute requirement is that the submitted text be a completed full-length work for theater.

The 2016 winner will be presented her award as part of the 2016 Lily Awards,

which honors the work of women in American theater.

The winner will also receive a cash award of $2,500

as well as a staged reading of her play hosted by FEWW

at a theater in New York City. In addition, a stipend of up to $700

for travel and accommodation may be provided by FEWW if necessary.

Visit the website: http://www.leahryansfeww.com/apply.html

The 8×10 TheatreFest — Weathervane Playhouse’s Annual 10-Minute Play Contest and Festival

9 January 2016

Call for entries: Now through May 13, 2016
Performances: July 15 to 17, 2016

INFORMATION FOR PLAYWRIGHTS — OVERVIEW

The deadline for entries is midnight on Friday, May 13, 2016

All entrants will receive:
• Acknowledgment of receipt of submissions and administrative fee.
• Notification of 8 Finalist plays, preceding TheatreFest.
• Notification of winners, following the conclusion of TheatreFest

All information will be posted to this website.

THE PRIZES

Each of the eight finalists will receive a full production of his or her play and two complimentary tickets to TheatreFest. (We can’t offer travel and room accommodations for finalists, those who are able to attend will be greeted, feted, and showered with recognition!)

Additionally, we will send out press releases about the finalist playwrights to our local publications and to any of the playwrights’ respective outlets.

First Place: $350
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Five Runners Up: $50/each

THE RULES

EACH PLAY SUBMISSION MUST FOLLOW THE RULES BELOW:

  1. Each play must include the 2016 prop, an envelope of cash.  See description below.
  2. Maximum running time is 10 minutes.  Less is fine.
  3. Cast maximum is three. Any combo, gender-wise.  No characters under the age of sixteen.
  4. Technical requirements must be minimal. Plays produced are performed on a bare stage utilizing wooden blocks and simple furniture to signify a variety of things. Costume, sound and lighting requirements must also be simple.
  5. No one-person plays, no musicals, or children’s plays.
  6. Playwrights must be at least 18 years old.
  7. Submitted plays must be un-produced and un-performed outside of readings, workshops, and festivals. Submitted plays may have been entered in other contests.
  8. You must be the sole creator of the play and entitled to confer performance rights.
  9. If chosen as a finalist, you grant performance rights, royalty-free, to Weathervane Playhouse for three performances during the 2016 8×10 TheatreFest.
  10. The play remains the sole property of the playwright.

THE 2016 INSPIRATION — AN ENVELOPE OF CASH

Each year at TheatreFest, the audience chooses a special prop that must be incorporated into the following year’s plays.

Our 2015 audience members chose an envelope of cash.  The envelope is a security envelope 6.5″ x 3.5″.  The cash consists of $3,000 in $100 increments, bills are printed back and front.  The bills and envelope cannot be damaged or destroyed in your script.

Please note:  Although the bills provided are specific, the rules don’t require that you open the envelope to display the currency or use the amount provided. 

How to enter: http://www.weathervaneplayhouse.com/8x10TheatreFest

Playwriting Competition Call for Submissions

9 January 2016

The Princeton Theatre Group invites submission of scripts to be considered for the 2016 New Works Festival

Two categories

One-Act Scripts and Ten-Minute Plays

Winners will receive a staged reading by professional actors

during Festival 56, Illinois’ largest summer theatre festival.

The New Works Festival will also include a playwrights’ reception

and opportunities to receive feedback of the winning works.

No entry fee — No cash prizes

Timetable

  • Submission deadline: 1 March 2016
  • Winners will be notified by 1 May 2016
  • Production dates: July 23 and 24, 2016

Competition Rules

  • Only complete scripts will be considered; no excerpts from longer works.
  • Scripts must be original, unpublished, and not previously produced.
  • Each playwright may submit only one script per category. It is possible for a playwright to win in both categories.
  • Competition is open to adult playwrights around the English-speaking world. No juvenile writers.
  • Target audience: adults, including young adults.
  • Genre: comedy, drama, tragedy, farce, hybrid; theatrical storytelling. No monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, or musicals.
  • Cast may contain any number of characters of any race, ethnicity, or gender.
  • Theme and subject matter are open; however, excessively strong language is discouraged.
  • Winners will grant Festival 56 and Princeton Theatre Group first production rights.

Playwrights retain copyright.

  • At least two One-Act and up to six Ten-Minute scripts will be selected for staged

readings. Total number of winners will depend upon the number and range of submissions.

  • The decision of the judges is final. Judges will not provide any written or verbal critiques.
  • Winning playwrights are strongly encouraged to attend their readings, although attendance is not a requirement for winning.
  • If the playwright is present, a talkbackwith the audience and actors will immediately follow the reading of each script.

Criteria for selection:

  • Well developed storyline within a short work
  • Natural and creative dialogue
  • Quality of writing and dramatic structure
  • Ability of script to connect with an audience

Submission Guidelines:

  • Type script with 1-inch margins on all four edges, using a 12-point serif type such as Times New Roman, Palatino, or Courier.
  • Use standard script format including cast of characters, setting, etc.
  • Do NOT put your real name on your script! On the first page of the script, under the title, put a pen name of your choice.

Use the script title as the name of this document.

  • Create a separate document giving your real name, address, email, phone, the title of your script, and either your real age or the statement “I am over 18.”

Use your pen name as the name of this document.

This document will not be opened until after winners have been selected.

  • Attach both the script document and the identifying document to an email as a Word

doc, Pages doc, or PDF.

For a list of winners, see the Festival 56 website after 1 May 2016.

Princeton Theatre Group

Grace Performing Arts Center

316 South Main Street

Princeton, IL 61356

www.festival56.com

Last Call! 2015 Emerging Playwrights Contest

1 April 2015
The Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation and OHenry Productions are pleased to announce the first annual Emerging Playwrights ContestWe are seeking submissions of full-length plays from playwrights who are citizens or residents of the US.  
There is no entry fee.  
The Prize: A winning piece will be selected by representatives of DVRF and OHenry Productions and will receive a staged reading in New York City.  
How to Submit: Fill out this form.  Please include a title page with the playwright’s name, address, phone number and email. Submissions should also include a brief synopsis, and character descriptions.
Submissions must be received by 11:59pm on Friday April 10th, 2015 to be eligible for the 2015 contest.
For more information, visit www.ohenryproductions.com/play-contest,
or email us at dvrfohenry@dvrf.org.
We look forward to reading your submissions.

Call for Submissions: 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice

14 March 2015

Looking for a writer’s sanctuary? A place where you can leave the distractions of life behind and just sit down in peace to put words on the page? That’s what we offer here at theOffice – a quiet, communal workspace on the westside of Los Angeles. We have a roster filled with A-list screenwriters, novelists and more, but sometimes the cost of membership can be too much for up-and-coming writers. That’s why five years ago we started our free fellowship to theOffice. And we’re happy once again to offer it to you.

Announcing our 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice.

It works like this:

You send us an example of your best piece of writing along with a paragraph or two explaining why this fellowship would help you. We select one winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2500. Winner gets his/her own door code to the space with the ability to come and go even when staff isn’t here. You wanna write at 2AM on a Wednesday night? The space is all yours. You also get all the other perks of membership including unlimited, free coffee & tea, wifi, ergonomic workstations with Aeron chairs, a small reference library and all the peace and quiet you can handle.

The fellowship starts May 1st and goes through October 31st, 2015. It is completely free to enter. Winner will be announced the last week of April. Contest is open to all new/aspiring/struggling writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive.

Think of this as your very own writer’s retreat right here in the city.

Here’s what we need from you:

  • An email with your contact information: Full name, phone, and email address. We will contact the winner via email.
  • In the body of the email, please explain why you need this fellowship and what you hope to gain from it. (200 words or less, please)
  • A 10 page .pdf writing sample of your work. Attach this to the email. Your best 10 pages. Do not submit pages that need to be set up or explained. Send 10 pages that stand alone. Only pdf submissions. All other attachments will be deleted.

Email to: theOfficeFellowship(at)gmail(dot)com by April 15, 2015. That’s it. You’re done!

Some important points to remember:

  • Do your research on theOffice. Don’t submit if you’re not local, if you’re not sure you’ll be available, if you don’t like writing in a room with others. Be honest, if you live in Pasadena and won’t want to drive across town to write every day, then this fellowship isn’t for you. If you don’t flourish in a quiet space, skip it. We want this to be of major value to the winner.Serious submissions only please.
  • If you’ve never been to theOffice and would like to try it out before submitting, please do! You’re welcome to do the FREE WEEK. Just be sure to call first for availability. Contact info here. More photos of the space here.
  • The field is open to ALL new writers. Submit 10 pages of your screenplay, play, short story, novel, memoir, poem, article etc. We’ll read it all.
  • By “new writers” we mean you can have no feature film credits as a writer on IMDb (short films are okay) and no more than 1 hour of television credit as a writer on IMDb. For fiction writers, we just want to make sure you’re not someone with a three book deal and money to spare. Key words here are new/aspiring/struggling.
  • DEADLINE to enter is April 15th, 2015. No submissions accepted past midnight PST.
  • You must have sole writing credit for the sample pages you submit. This fellowship is for one (1) free membership and is non-transferrable.
  • If you have any questions, please comment here, email the fellowship gmail address listed above or ask us on Twitter:@theOffice_LA. theOffice staff will NOT be able to assist you with the fellowship so please DO NOT call, email, or drop by theOffice with questions.
  • Winner will be announced and notified by April 30thThis fellowship is an opportunity to take your craft and your career to the next level. If you are looking for a place to be inspired, a place to write with the big guns, a place to GET IT DONE, submit now. We look forward to reading your work!

*theOffice is closed to ALL members Mondays 6PM-11PM, Saturdays 8AM-10AM, Sundays 8AM-10:30AM due to outside rentals. Otherwise, the space is yours.

Visit the website:

http://theofficeonlineblog.com/2015/03/02/call-for-submissions-2015-fellowship-to-theoffice/

THEATRE OXFORD’S NATIONAL 10 MINUTE PLAY CONTEST & ANNUAL FESTIVAL

1 February 2015

http://www.theatreoxford.com

Entry Fees:

$10 (US Dollars) check made to Theatre Oxford–Fee MUST accompany each entry.

Mail entries to:

10 Minute Play Contest

PO Box 1394

Oxford, MS 38655

Deadline is Feb. 15th 2015.

All authors agree to permit Theatre Oxford to produce their contest entry play if the theatre should wish to do so. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

-Authors may submit multiple plays, but each play submitted must be accompanied by the submission of an entry fee.

Prizes:

Only the five finalists will be notified of judging results. All plays are judged blind.

-Five finalists will be chosen. The Grand Prize Winner will receive the LW Thomas Award of $1,000 and a production of the winning script.

Description:

10 MINUTE PLAY CONTEST– ENTRY RULES

-Only original plays, never before produced, are eligible.
-The play, exclusive of title and cast pages, may be no more than ten pages.
-Play should have 2-4 characters and minimal props and costumes.

-Assemble script as follows:
-TWO COPIES OF THE PLAY.
-Optional cover letter.
-A title page with the play’s title, author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE THE AUTHOR’S NAME SHOULD APPEAR.
-The second page should contain a cast of characters and time and place information. PLEASE INCLUDE THE TITLE ON THIS PAGE.
-The third page will be the first page of the script. The other pages of the play follow.
-NAME OF THE PLAY AND PAGE NUMBERS ON EVERY PAGE, starting with the first page of the script.

-Staple or paperclip the play. DO NOT use binders or folders of any kind. Plays cannot be returned. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope if you want assurance that your play was received.

Contact Information:

If you have questions, please e-mail Meaghin Burke, Contest Director, at theatreoxford@gmail.com

Visit website for details: http://www.theatreoxford.com/#!10-min-rules/cejw

 

“FIVES” New Play Festival seeking submissions

21 January 2015

BLACK BOX Playwriting Competition: FIVES

Five plays. Five actors. Five winners. $500 in prize money!

BLACK BOX is pleased to announce our second annual new theatre festival, FIVES. We are seeking submissions of unpublished, original work (works that have received previous staged readings or productions will also be considered), between 10-20 minutes in length. Contest is open to playwrights ages 16 and up.

Plays should be of a strong ensemble nature with emphasis on character rather than spectacle. Successful entries will have a five-member cast, and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space (30′ x 15′ 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. All types of work will be reviewed – comedy, drama, fantasy, etc; however, musicals and children’s scripts are not being solicited at this time.

All work must be compatible with the BLACK BOX mission to produce “theatre with integrity.”

*Entries must be submitted as hard copies (3 copies) by MARCH 5, 2015. (We are not accepting electronic submissions at this time.)

Up to two entries may be submitted by an author. Each entry must be submitted separately, and include a different pseudonym. A $10.00 entry fee (check or money order) must accompany each script. 

Visit the website for details:  http://www.blackboxdrama.com/#!fives-play-festival/cpyv

Write a Play – Save an Endangered Species

31 December 2014
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:
We are a new and unique playwriting competition and we’d like to introduce ourselves.  Saving Endangered Species Int’l Playwriting Prize aims to get people talking about, and doing something about, saving our endangered species.
SES Prize is seeking 10-minute plays where writers will chose one or more species as listed with CITES, World Wildlife Fund, or other organizations that list endangered species.  8-10 plays will be chosen for a Staged Reading at a California theatre with an award of $100usd for each play.
Plays may be comedic, dramatic or for young audiences (performed by adult actors).  No adaptations or musicals.  Max. 4 actors.  Plays must be in English, or have been translated into English.  Previously produced plays are accepted, published plays are not.
NO ENTRY FEE.  Please go to sesprize.com for complete Guidelines.
Deadline is November 30, 2015.
We look forward to receiving exciting plays from around the world that will astonish the audience with the magnificence of the species – take us on an adventure – make us laugh, make us cry, make us weep if they’re gone – motivate us to save them!
Visit the website:  http://www.sesprize.com/

WEATHERVANE PLAYHOUSE 5th ANNUAL 8X10 THEATREFEST

31 December 2014

Weathervane Playhouse (Akron, OH) is accepting original 10 minute plays for production at its annual TheatreFest on July 10, 11, 12, 2015.   8 Finalist plays will be performed over that weekend and cash prizes awarded, based on audience votes:

1st place $350

2nd place $250

3rd place $150

5 Runners-up $50 each.   

Deadline for entries is: Friday, May 15, 2015 at 5:00PM

There is a $10 administrative fee per playwright.

Playwrights may submit a maximum of 2 entries for this fee. (CLICK HERE to read “why we charge a fee.”)

Please note that plays will not be considered until the fee is received.

IMPORTANT: Before submitting, please go to http://www.weathervaneplayhouse.com/8x10TheatreFest  for full and complete entering information.

Last Call for Submission: Poetic License 6@6 Reading Series – Deadline: November 20, 2014

19 November 2014
Poetic Theater Productions is seeking submissions for the 6@6 Reading

Series in Poetic License: our 4th annual festival of new poetic

theater, taking place February 2-22, 2015 at Wild Project.

To Submit:

Please fill out the form on our website, poetictheater.com, and e-mail a PDF of your play to submit@poetictheater.com by Thursday, November 20, 2014 for consideration.

Please include your name and contact information along with the script in .PDF format with the file name LastName_FirstName.PDF (i.e. Doe_John.PDF).

Due to the festival time constraints, scripts should be no more than 75 minutes in length.

17 shows have previously been read in the 6@6 Reading Series. Highlights include: Foreign Bodies by Eboni Hogan, faith by Caroline Rothstein, Ricky’s Way by Maurice Decaul, and Paradox of the Urban Cliché by Craig muMs Grant Poetic Theater Productions seeks to define the modern genre of “poetic theater” by connecting and fostering a community of artists who are passionately creating relevant and accessible work and reinvigorating a conscious theater of language.  Through a multi-runged platform of developmental programming, Poetic Theater Productions offers resources and opportunities for poets, playwrights, and theater artists to develop new work and see it through to production. PTP seeks out and creates opportunities to connect with communities affected by the issues of topic within our productions, in NYC and nationwide, through collaborative projects and exchanges of art and ideas.

Visit the website:  poetictheater.com

Sanguine Theatre Company announces our 5th annual playwriting competition.

19 November 2014

Deadline: November 30, 2014 at 5PM, EST.

Project Playwright is a result of Sanguine’s love for playwrights and new works. Once all submissions have been read, a panel will select a small number of finalists. Sanguine Theatre Company will produce a festival evening of staged readings in New York City with excerpts from the finalists’ scripts. Excerpts will be determined by Sanguine’s team in collaboration with the playwrights. On the evening of the Festival, a grand prize winner will be chosen and have his or her play fully produced in a New York City theatre as a part of Sanguine’s season, along with opportunities to workshop their script.

  • No submissions will be accepted after November 30, 2013 at 5pm EST
  • A $5 non-refundable administrative fee is due at the time of submission. It can be paid through PayPal on our submission page.
  • We are a contemporary theatre group looking for pieces that deal with contemporary issues, and our target audience is generally in their 20’s to 30’s.

Please check out our website (http://www.sanguinenyc.com) to get a sense of who we are.

For submission guidelines please visit:

http://www.sanguinenyc.com/#!project-playwright/cihc

MILKEN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES NEW PLAYWRITING PRIZE – International search for plays written for teens to perform

12 August 2014

 

Milken Playwriting Prize photo

Milken Community Schools is excited to announce the creation of a major international playwriting prize for plays written to be performed by teenagers.  The prize includes a cash award of $2,000, a script development process, and a full production of the play. A professional dramaturg will assist the playwright and provide readings as needed during the rewriting process. The winner will be promoted to theatres and high schools internationally.

This much-needed award encourages the writing of plays meant for teenagers to perform. High schools, unlike theatres, are constantly looking for large-cast plays with a majority of female actors. Although a variety of grants currently exist for both plays written for adults to perform and plays created by children, the Milken Playwriting Prize is for plays written to be performed by teens.  


“This is a wonderful opportunity for playwrights,” says Milken Playwriting Prize Director Robert Menna . “Our hope is that an increasing number of writers will focus on plays for younger performers. It’s also a chance for writers to challenge themselves in a new way, with the assurance of a professional-level development process and a full production.”


SUBMISSION POLICY:  Professional playwrights and authors are especially encouraged to submit. There is no entry fee. The plays must be unproduced and unpublished, have casts larger than 10, use a majority of female actors, and be between 30 and 90 minutes in length. Other parameters can be found on the Milken Playwriting Prize web page:
 www.milkenschool.org/playprize

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:   September 15, 2014 .
Prize announced: January, 2015
Development process:  through April, 2015
Production opens:  November, 2015 

Robert Menna , Director of the Milken Playwriting Prize, has extensive experience working with playwrights. He served as Dramaturg/Literary Manager at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, founded the Seattle Playwrights Alliance, and worked as co-director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. He has written and directed dozens of plays, working with noted writers and receiving a commission from the Denver Center to adapt Newbery Award Winner Avi’s The End of the Beginning  . As an educator, Menna  taught in the MFA Acting Program at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver as well as in various high schools.  For more than eight years, he has taught at Milken Community Schools. He has also co-directed the Denver Center’s Living History program, which reached more than 10,000 high school students annually with its mix of theatre, history, ethics and literature. He holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington. 

About Milken Community Schools
Milken Community Schools is one of the largest Jewish, independent, co-educational schools in the country. Serving grades 7-12, Milken is a place of rigorous academic exploration and intellectual inquiry built on a foundation of spiritual and ethical practice, developing students with sharp minds, generous hearts, and kind souls. The school’s 10-acre campus is located in the Santa Monica Mountains along the Mulholland Corridor.

Welcome to the 2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

20 June 2014

EARLY DEADLINE ANNOUNCEMENT

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition accepts both feature length and short screenplays, and in keeping with our longstanding tradition, every screenplay will receive one written analysis, with our best screenplays receiving over $40,000 in cash prizes.
SPECIAL EARLY DEADLINE

The Special Early Entry Fee for all scripts received by June 15th is $55 for features and $35 for short screenplays.

All submissions received by June 15th will receive their written analysis by July 1st. The next analysis deadline isn’t until September!

Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.
Awards
BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY
$15,000 Grand Prize
Four Finalists
$2,500 Prize
BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY
$10,000 Grand Prize
Three Finalists
$1,500 Prize
THE CORDELIA AWARD
Best Feature Screenplay from the UK
$1,500 Prize
THE JOPLIN AWARD
Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK
$1,500 Prize
MOVIE TITLE CONTEST
Three Winners: $250 each
All screenplays entered by August 1st are eligible
Recent achievements by BlueCat Alumni include:
  • Aaron Guzikowski’s #1 Film “Prisoners,” starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Melissa Leo, was released in September 2013. He is also the creator of “The Red Road,” a Sundance Channel original series.
  • Young Il Kim’s script, “Rodham,” a 2012 Blacklist Script, recently attached director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”). Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, where he will write a biopic on Stephen Hawking.
  • Ana Lily Amipour’s debut feature, “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”, premiered at 2014 Sundance.
  • Ashleigh Powell sold her script, “SomaCell,” to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer attached to produce.

 

SUBMIT YOUR SCREENPLAY:
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BlueCat Screenplay Competition

 

TLC Productions: 3rd biennial One Acts Festival!

20 June 2014

The  Canton One Acts Festival 2015 will be produced at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill the weekend of January 16-18, 2015.  Check our our One Acts page for more details.

We are now accepting one act scripts of up to 15 minutes in length.  Only the first 100 scripts received that follow the submission guidelines will be accepted. At this time, we have already received 50% of the scripts!    There will be a donation fee of $15 to Canton’s One Acts Festival,  which supports the overall production of the festival, must be submitted to have a script entered into the Festival for consideration.  This donation/fee entitles the author to submit up to 2 scripts.

TLC Productions is also seeking directors for the plays that will be selected. If interested,  please fill out the director submission form. The number of directors selected will depend on the number of plays selected.

Auditions will be held at the Canton Administration Building public meeting rooms on October 13-14, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Visit the website:  http://tlcprod.wordpress.com/

2014 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Contest

31 May 2014

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival 2014 LITERARY CONTEST

DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2014

If you have writing within you that must be shared, we encourage you to enter the EMWF’s annual literary contest. Open internationally to new and modestly published writers, ages 16­ and older, the contest requires entrants to submit a short story (2500 words max.), poetry collection (of 5 poems or less), or one­-act play.

The best entry in each category will win a $250 prize. Winners will be invited to read a short selection of one to two minutes from their work at the EMWF on Sunday Sept. 14, 2014.

Entry Requirements:

Include four copies of each submission*

On a cover page, include title, with your name address, phone number, and email. Name and contact info should not appear on other copies. Email entries will not be accepted

Manuscripts will not be returned

Finalists will be notified prior to the Festival, and winners will be announced at the Festival.

Submission Fee:

$15.00 (CDN) per entry. Cheques to be made payable to Eden Mills Writers’ Festival.

*A combination of entries may be sent in one envelope with one payment for all entries. (i.e. a short story and a poetry collection, and $30.00).

To Submit, mail four copies to:

Laurel Marsolais

39 Bushmills Cres.

Guelph, ON N1K 1T6

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2014

For more information, please email lmlmarso@gmail.com or visit our site.

Visit the website:

www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca

Knoxville Writers’ Guild: Writing and Poetry Contests

31 May 2014

Enter as many of the following contests as you wish.

The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2014.

Entries must be received before the deadline to be considered.
See Contest Guidelines for more information, like how to submit your entries and other fun facts.

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Creative Nonfiction

A piece written on a given topic. Creative nonfiction is the truth as you know it; the telling of a true story using the tools of fiction. However, names of people and places can be changed.

Guidelines:

Entry consists of one typed, double-spaced nonfiction essay of no more than 3,000 words.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
For This Years Entries: Topic: Local Ghost Stories.
Judged by: Not Named Yet

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Crime/Mystery

Guidelines:

Entry consists of one short story in the crime/mystery genre totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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Fiction – SciFi/Fantasy

Guidelines:

Entry consists of one short story or standalone novel excerpt in the SciFi/Fantasy genre totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

All forms of Sci-Fi/Fantasy are acceptable, including the following: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Young Adult, Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Splatterpunk, Alternative History, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, High Fantasy, etc., or a combination thereof.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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Leslie Garrett Award For Literary Fiction

In memory of the late Knoxville author, Leslie Garrett.
Fee: There is no fee for entering this contest.

Guidelines:

Entry consists of one short story totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

Only one entry per contestant.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
$0.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$0.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet

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Novel Excerpt

Send us something that makes us want to read more.

Guidelines:

Entry consists of typed, double-spaced novel excerpt or novella totaling no more than 10,000 words.

Please, include the word count on the cover sheet.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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One Act Play

Guidelines:

15-50 minutes in length

The script should follow common playwriting guidelines and formatting.

Produced but not published plays accepted.

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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Poetry

Guidelines:

Entry consists of three typed poems of no more than totaling 100 lines or fewer. If more than one poem is entered, poems will be judged as a collection.

No restrictions as to style or content, or spacing.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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Romance

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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Screenwriting

Guidelines:

A one-hour or less script, 10 – 55 pages.

The script should follow common scriptwriting guidelines and formatting. Camera transitions are not necessary.

If the author is writing a television script, the script should not be for any existing television show, but should include original material.

Entry Fee – Members:
$10.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$20.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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Young Writers’ Fiction Prize

Highschool students only.

Guidelines:

Entry consists of one short story totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

Open to all high school students in the Greater Knoxville Area of East Tennessee, grades 9-12. No identifying information on poems themselves.

If you are a teacher or school submitting entries on behalf of your students, please add the following in the email body (in addition to information required by the Genera Guidelines):

School:

Name

    Address

    Phone Number

Please contact KWG President Erin Atchley if your school or club needs any additional information for bookkeeping or payment purposes.

Entry Fee – Members:
$5.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$5.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet
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Young Writers’ Poetry Prize

Highschool students only.

Guidelines:

Entry consists of three typed poems of no more than totaling 100 lines or fewer. If more than one poem is entered, poems will be judged as a collection.

No restrictions as to style or content, or spacing.

Open to all high school students in the Greater Knoxville Area of East Tennessee, Grades 9-12. No identifying information on poems themselves.

If you are a teacher or school submitting entries on behalf of your students, please add the following in the email body (in addition to information required by the Genera Guidelines):

School:

Name

    Address

    Phone Number

Please contact KWG President Erin Atchley if your school or club needs any additional information for bookkeeping or payment purposes.

Entry Fee – Members:
$5.00
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
$5.00
Judged by: Not Named Yet