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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


  • 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  • Scripts must be original, unpublished, and not previously produced.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 by 1 March 2017.
    Send Ten-Minute entries to 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

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


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.


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



  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.


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:

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,, and e-mail a PDF of your play to 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:

NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 3 Call for Entries

19 April 2014

Submissions are now being accepted for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Third Annual
NEXT ACT! New Play Summit!

NEXT ACT! is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s commitment to the development of new work, and is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s recent and future growth explosion in the fields of research and technology. The summit will directly reflect the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.” The NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 3 takes place November 1– 3, 2014 and will feature readings of two never-before produced plays, and special events throughout the weekend.
theREP is particularly interested in scripts that showcase world events as they impact the individual and society, highlighting the common threads that bind the American culture together in a world that is defined more and more by diversity. The theatre will give preference to character driven scripts that showcase technology’s impact on humanity.
Accepting full length plays only.
Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces welcome.
Comedy and Drama welcome!
(Please do not submit plays about the theatre.)
Eligible plays cannot have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 7 characters. Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.
Plays previously submitted to NEXT ACT! will not be considered for this years’ Summit.
Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.
Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Sunday June 1, 2014
Plays: Playwrights should submit a synopsis, character descriptions and the first 10 pages of their play with a photo/resume and bio.
Email your submission to Margaret Hall, Assistant to the Artistic Director, at with NEXT ACT SUBMISSION in the subject line.
A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected.
Electronic submissions preferred.
Two plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual 3-day summit, which takes place November 1 – 3, 2014. Like last years How Water Behaves is being produced as part of Capital Repertory Theatre’s 2014-15 Season.
theREP is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.

Visit the website:

Sanguine Theatre Company announces our 4th annual playwriting competition

25 October 2013

Sanguine Theatre Company announces our 4th annual playwriting competition.

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 number of
scripts from which Sanguine Theatre Company will produce a staged reading in
New York City of excerpts from the plays that will be determined by Sanguine
Theatre Company in collaboration with the playwrights. From there, a grand
prize winner will be chosen and have his or her play fully produced in a New
York City theatre 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 ( to get a sense of who we are.

For submission guidelines please visit:

Call for Submissions! The Landing Theatre Company: New American Voices 2014 Play Reading Series – Playwriting Festival

2 September 2013

Submissions will be accepted September 1st through October 31st, 2013.

Play Submissions

The Landing Theatre Company and Wordsmyth Theater Company are now accepting ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­full-length plays for ­­­­­­­­­­­­the 2014 New American Play Reading Series in Houston, Texas. Four plays will be selected for staged readings during the Landing Theatre Company’s Spring Festival. Selected playwrights must attend the readings. Playwrights must cover their own travel expenses.
1. There are no fees for submitting.
1. Selected playwrights must attend the festival.  
2. Each playwright will be paired with a local director prior to the festival to prepare for the event.
3. Director will cast the play prior to the festival.
4. Each production will receive at least two rehearsals prior to the official reading.
5. One rehearsal will be scheduled when the playwright can attend. 
6. The play will then be read in front of an audience, with a moderated discussion of the play afterwards.

Submission Criteria

Submissions must meet the following criteria:
1. Playwright must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States of America.
2. Play must not have been produced.
3. Play must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.
4. Submission must be received on or before October 31st, 2013.
5. Submission must be a minimum of 30 pages long and have a minimum run time of 45 minutes.
6. Submission must be in .doc, .pdf or .rtf format.
7. Plays are given blind reads, so there should be no playwright identifiers anywhere on the script.  Your name and/or contact information should only be in the email.
8. Only one play per playwright per submission period.
9. No musicals, children’s plays, or one-person plays. 
10. Playwrights will only be notified if your play is selected.

The 2014 New American Voices Play Reading Series will be presented March 7-9, 2014.

Visit the website for submission details:

Ojai WordFest to Host “A Celebration of Words” at Libbey Bowl Saturday, April 13th Day-long event will feature authors, poets, songwriters, and Book Fair

6 March 2013
The third annual Ojai WordFest will host “A Celebration of Words” at Libbey Bowl on Saturday, April 13th. The event will be the highlight to the 8-day Ojai WordFest, which runs Saturday April 6 through Saturday April 13. Scheduled festivities will include stage readings and performances by authors, poets, playwrights, songwriters, and other word-artists. A “Book Fair at the Bowl” will be held on the lawn above the bowl featuring authors and poets with books and other literary items for sale. The event is free to the public and will run from 10 am to 5 pm. “We’re thrilled to offer a full day celebrating the written and spoken word at Libbey Bowl,” said Sequoia Hamilton, WordFest director and co-founder. “The renovated Bowl is the perfect place to welcome the Ojai community and out-of-town guests to a free event showcasing the wealth of literary talent from this area.”Hamilton adds, “We invite you to return to WordFest or experience the literary festival for the first time. As an incentive to draw folks out, we have a special hour-long performance that promises to delight the literary community and book lovers. You’ll want to stay to the very end of the day for this surprise performance.”

The family-friendly event is open to authors, poets, playwrights, songwriters and word-artists, representing all genres and ages wishing to participate. For consideration, please submit a copy of what you wish to read to Catelyn Howard at To reserve a booth at the Book Fair or share a space, please contact Kate Sexton at or register at Saturday’s events are sponsored by the Ventura County Writers Club, the Ojai Academy of Arts, Ojai Writers Conference & Workshops, Soul Centered Metaphysical Shoppe & Dome and the Krishnamurti Foundation of America.”We’re grateful for the outpouring of support from local businesses, organizations and individuals including an arts grant from the City of Ojai,” said Hamilton.

For more press information on “A Celebration of Words” at Libbey Bowl on Saturday, April 13th, call  (805) 524-6970  or email
For general information on Ojai WordFest, visit

Weathervane Playhouse’s third annual festival of 10-minute plays — eight plays, 10 minutes each

29 October 2012

Weathervane Playhouse (Akron, OH)  is excited to announce that the 3rd Annual 8×10 TheatreFest will be held on August 16-18, 2013.   

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Playwrights from around the country are invited to submit 10 minute plays which will be read by a committee of volunteers, who will choose eight finalist plays.    Over TheatreFest weekend, each finalist play will be given three performances.  Guest judges will choose First and Second Place winners and the audiences will vote for their favorite.   Following Sunday’s matinee performance, winners will be announced and cash prizes awarded!   

$350 – First Place

$250 – Second Place

$150 – Audience Favorite

$50 each  – Five Runners Up

Deadline for submission is 5pm on Friday, May 31, 2013.  

There is a $10 administrative fee per playwright. Playwrights may submit a maximum of two entries for this fee.
• Please CLICK HERE to read why we charge a fee.

For guidelines, rules and how to enter, go to (Click on Shows & Events, Special Events.) 

For questions please contact Eileen Moushey, Coordinator, email:


Sanguine Theatre Company’s 3rd Annual Playwrighting Competition

29 October 2012
Sanguine Theatre Company announces our 3rd annual playwriting competition.
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 number of
scripts from which Sanguine Theatre Company will produce a staged reading in
New York City of excerpts from the plays that will be determined by Sanguine
Theatre Company in collaboration with the playwrights. From there, a grand
prize winner will be chosen and have his or her play fully produced in a New
York City theatre along with opportunities to workshop their script.
*No submissions will be accepted after December 3, 2012 at 5pm EST
*A $5 non-refundable administrative fee is due at the time of submission. It can be paid through PayPal
*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 ( to get a sense of who we are.
For details please visit:

True False Theatre’s, “Polygraph Tests,” Playwrights Residency

29 October 2012

Polygraph (n.) 1. a machine designed to detect and record changes in biological characteristics 2. an author who can write on a variety of different subjects
The Polygraph Tests is a residency program committed to enriching the process of theatre development by pairing selected playwrights with collaborators eager to guide and inspire the scripts’ evolution. We are looking for dangerous stories that expose and examine the ways in which desire and impulse define human relationships. Writers of all ages and from all experience levels are invited to submit plays that align with our mission statement:

True False Theatre is a group of artists dedicated to creating high-quality dramatic theatre that challenges the imagination and inspires a more conscious and compassionate community. Our goal is to probe modern value systems through entertaining productions of socially relevant plays, which uphold a commitment to exciting and empowering New York City.

This program features a three-week rehearsal period focused on giving writers the time and tools they need to experiment and develop strong character development, plot structure, and dialogue. Each playwright will work alongside a director and actors who are excited to inspire the author’s vision and provide him or her with feedback regarding the rewrites made during the residency. After a mid-process public reading allows each artist to experience their play with an audience, everyone returns to the rehearsal room for another week of collaborating with the writer. The residency ends with a second public reading celebrating the plays in whatever state they are in at the time.

Important Dates:

  • Sept 14 – Nov 16: Application Period
  • Nov 16 – Dec 7: Reading Period
  • Dec 7: Finalist Playwrights Announced
  • Dec 7 – Dec 13: Playwright Interviews
  • Dec 14: Selected Playwrights Announced
  • Dec 21: Invited Directors and Actors Announced
  • Jan 20 – Feb 9: Rehearsal Period
  • Feb 2: First Public Reading
  • Feb 9: Final Public Reading

Submission Guidelines:

  • We select playwrights based on two factors: (1) the quality and potential of the writing, and (2) a one-on-one interview during the first week of December 2012.
  • We are looking for plays on all subject matters- story and structure that dare to be different.
  • Scripts don’t need to be perfectly polished; we will happily accept unfinished work.
  • We accept only unpublished plays (but un-produced and previously produced plays are both acceptable).
  • You can send us one or several scripts- we prefer you send us two plays so we can understand your voice as much as possible.
  • Scripts can be any length (plays less than 75 pages are preferred).

Please fill out the application form at and send your play(s) to Sending us your resume and/or artistic statement in addition to your work is acceptable. Submissions received after the November 16, 2012 deadline will not be reviewed.