Playwright Festivals/Calls for Entries

*courtesy The Fund for Women Artists

New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Next Link Project (September 28-October 18, 2009)*

The largest musical theatre event in the U.S. Seeking submissions of musicals by emerging artists for potential full production in the 2009 NYMF. 12 full production slots are reserved for Next Link participants, with the goal of advancing their careers through exposure by providing the training and relationships needed to mount a full production, and by subsidizing production costs. Submissions should be ready for developmental production and may be submitted by authors with or without industry representation. Submissions should include a demo recording of their songs, a detailed synopsis (1-2 pages), a 15-page script sample (including complete lyrics for at least one song), and a complete script. Shows must not have been previously produced in New York City. Visit website for application form and further details. NOTE: Participation fee for selected shows is $500; if selected, application fee is credited toward participation fee. FEE: $50-$65. New York Musical Theatre Festival, Next Link Project Submissions, P.O. Box 2639, New York, NY 10108, T: (212) 664-0979, FAX: (212) 664-0978, www.nymf.org/Page.180.html. Deadline: February 2, 2009 (early), March 2, 2009 (regular)

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Writemovies.com International Writing Contest *

 Seeking Screenplays, plays, short stories, and books. Grand prize winner receives$3,000 cash prize and guaranteed agency representation. If a studio or production company wishes to option the script, the winner will be flown to L.A. and receive paid accommodation. The top three projects will be pitched to relevant production companies or literary agencies. See website for submission guidelines and additional prize information. FEE: $24-$59. Writemovies.com International Writing Contest, 11444 Washington Blvd., Suite C227, Los Angeles, CA 90066, T: +447855364251, author@writemovies.com, http://www.writemovies.com/. Deadline: February 3, 2009 (early), March 1, 2009 (regular), April 2, 2009 (late), April 9, 2009 (extended, via withoutabox.com)

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New York International Fringe Festival (August 14-30, New York, NY) *

Seeks to present vibrant, innovative, and diverse new plays. New and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Festival presents and publicizes shows; applicants are responsible for production (hiring cast, crew and staff, running rehearsals, etc.). Most shows receive around five performances during the festival; productions receive a cut of each box office ticket sale. Technical requirements must be limited; venues are equipped with very basic lights and sound; storage pace is limited; each company will get one technical rehearsal in the venue. To apply, visit website and submit online application form, or print out and send with supporting materials. Supporting materials for submissions include a cover letter, script or adaptation of proposed project, representative videotape, bios of all artists involved in the project, audio tape or CD of music if applicable, and any other supporting material you feel is relevant. FEE: $40. Fringe NYC Applications, The Present Company, 520 Eighth Ave., Ste. 311, New York, NY 10018-8906, (212) 279-4488, info@FringeNYC.org, http://www.fringenyc.org/About/application.asp#gen. Deadline: February 14, 2009

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Northern Writes: Penobscot Theatre’s New Play Festival (June 24-July 3, 2009, Bangor, ME)*

Seeking 10-minute, one-act, and full-length plays. Work must be original and unproduced. Submissions of plays or musicals in development are welcome; these will be considered for a staged reading during the festival. Submit 1 copy of your manuscript with a cover letter discussing how the festival will benefit you and your work. FEE: $10. Northern Writes/Penobscot Theatre, 131 Main St., Bangor, ME 04401, info@penobscottheatre.org, http://www.penobscottheatre.org. Deadline: February 14, 2009

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The Francesca Primus Prize*

The American Theatre Critics Association awards the Primus prize to an outstanding female playwright in recognition of a single script. Female artists will also be considered for outstanding work in other theatrical disciplines, including artistic direction, stage direction, acting, design, production, and dramaturgy, though playwrights are given primary consideration. The award seeks to honor a woman who has not yet attained national prominence but has shown significant achievement. The winner will receive $10,000. To qualify, playwrights’ scripts must have a fully-staged, professional production within the calendar year. Artists in other disciplines will be considered based on achievements either in a single production or a body of work. Applicants should submit a portfolio of no more than 20 single-sided pages, including a synopsis of the applicant’s body of work over the course of the year, a letter of recommendation from a sponsor, and supporting materials such as renderings, reviews, a statement of the artist’s philosophy, and a copy of the script (for playwrights). Applicants must submit six copies of the portfolio. FEE: $25 (checks payable to ATCA). ATCA, c/o Katie Burger, 773 Nebraska Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55117, T: (651) 261-7804, atca_admin@msn.com, http://www.americantheatrecritics.org/. Deadline: February 15, 2009

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Chicago Dramatists’ 4th Annual Many Voices Project (July 6-18, 2009, Chicago, IL)*

Promotes the development of plays by American playwrights of color. Winning playwrights will participate in a week of development (July 6-15) and a weekend festival of staged readings (July 16-18). Travel and housing stipend provided. Four winners will receive $500 cash awards. Plays do not need to be about race or ethnicity. Playwrights must be U.S. residents of color; submissions should specify playwright’s ethnicity. Plays must be in English and previously unproduced. One submission per playwright; no musicals. Submissions should be in standard industry format either unbound or with three-hole punch binding, and should include a list of characters, a one-page synopsis, and a playwright bio. NOTE: e-mail submissions in PDF format preferred. NO FEE. Ms. Ilesa Duncan, Many Voices Project Director, Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, (312) 633-0630 ext. 4, mvp@chicagodramatists.org. Deadline: February 15, 2009

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Playwrights 6 (Los Angeles, CA) *

Playwright-managed theater company whose mission is to develop, produce and promote high-quality works by Los Angeles playwrights and to connect diverse audiences to the power of theater. In celebration of their 10th anniversary, they are seeking full-length plays or a collection of short plays for a 2010 co-production. Playwrights 6 will provide money, support, and experience; details of the co-production will be discussed with the winning playwright. Submissions can be full-length plays or a collection of short plays with a total running time of 90-120 minutes in any genre except musicals and translations; plays must not have previously received a full production (staged readings or workshop productions are OK). Playwright must be a Los Angeles County resident; only one script per playwright. Submit two copies of the script, a brief development history of the play (if applicable), a cast breakdown, and a resume. NOTE: No e-mail submissions. NO FEE. Playwrights 6, 9930 Santa Monica Blvd., #272, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, gbrucesmith1@gmail.com, http://www.playwrights6.org. Deadline: February 15, 2009

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The New Embassy Theatre One Act Play Contest (Cumberland, MD)*

Seeking original, unproduced one-act plays by current or former residents within 50 miles of Cumberland, MD, or plays set locally. Plays must have a unit set and eight or fewer cast members; scripts must be no longer than 40 pages in 11-point type. Submit two copies of each script. NO FEE. New Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore St., Cumberland, MD 21502, T: (301) 722-4692, FAX: (301) 722-2583, new.embassy@att.net, http://new.embassy.home.att.net/. Deadline: February 15, 2009

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The Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa 24th Annual Wisconsin Writer’s One Act Play Festival (May 2009, Wauwatosa, WI) *

Seeking unproduced scripts by Wisconsin residents with a playing time between 10 and 45 minutes. All genres. Submissions must include short synopsis and completed entry form (available on their website). NO FEE. Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa, P.O. Box 13095, Wauwatosa, WI 53213, OneActFestival@villageplayhouse.org, www.villageplayhouse.org. Deadline: February 15, 2009

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Next Paul Screenwriting and Playwriting Award *

Annual cash award of $10,000 administered by the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance for a new play or screenplay based on Armenian themes. Submissions are welcomed from non-Armenian authors as well as authors of Armenian descent. Plays and screenplays must be written in English and deal with an Armenian subject; all styles and genres are considered. Scripts must be full-length (between 90-130 pages), original, and must not have had a professional production or be under option at time of submission (workshops, staged readings, and college productions are acceptable). Submit 3 copies of script fastened with 2 or 3 brads, with the title, author, and contact information on the title page only; application form (available on website); resume; one-paragraph synopsis; and character breakdown. NOTE: No phone calls. The ADAA invites authors to use the oral histories on their website as source material or inspiration for scripts. FEE: $45. ADAA/CONTEST, 20 Concord Lane, Cambridge, MA 02138, adaa@armeniandrama.org, http://www.armeniandrama.org. Deadline: February 15, 2009

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Philadelphia GLBT Artists Festival (May 28-31, 2009, Philadelphia, PA)

First annual GLBT multi-disciplinary arts festival, sponsored by Traverse Theater, seeks to build bridges between a broad, general-public audience and emerging lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans artists. Seeking any type of performance art (music, dance, theater, film) or visual art, in particular work with a focus on social change (submissions do not have to be specifically GLBT-themed). Submissions welcome from artists living in the U.S. and Canada. See website for application forms and guidelines. FEE: $30. T. Desiree Hines, Festival Coordinator, Traverse Arts Project, 1900 South Iseminger St., Philadelphia, PA 19148, T: (917) 257-6451, tdh@traversetheater.org, http://www.traversetheater.org/festival/. Deadline: February 28, 2009

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International Cringe Festival (July-August, 2009, New York, NY)*

Seeking plays, musicals, and films that are so bad they’re good. Put on by NY Artists Unlimited. Winning scripts will be paired with a director and cast if necessary. NYAU provides access to free set pieces, props, and fabric, and takes a supervisory role to ensure quality of productions. Festival includes opening and closing ceremonies, as well as awards. Productions must not exceed 45 minutes in length. Submit cover letter, application form (available on website), 5 or more script copies for readers (as many copies as characters), sheet music/CD’s for musicals, 2 DVDs for films, and resumes and bios of creative artists involved. For plays and musicals, if you have a director, actors, and/or production people, please include information with submission. FEE: $25 (free for Dramatists Guild members). Melba LaRose, Artistic Director, NY Artists Unlimited, Inc., 212 W. 14 St., #2A, New York, NY 10011, T: (212) 242-6030, FAX: (212) 989-8864, nyartunltd@aol.com, http://www.nyartists.org/. Deadline: February 28, 2009

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Three Lions Stage Roaring Reading Series (June, 2009, and September, 2009, New York, NY)*

Seeking full-length plays and musicals from emerging playwrights, especially minority playwrights, for staged readings as part of monthly cultural celebrations. Currently seeking plays on the themes of Gay Pride for June celebration, and Hispanic Heritage for September celebration. Submit 2 bound copies of script and submission form (available on website). Priority given to New York City area playwrights, though playwrights from anywhere are encouraged to submit. NOTE: No e-mail submissions. FEE: $15. RRS, Three Lions Stage, Inc., 730 Columbus Ave., Suite 2L, New York, NY 10025, T: (212) 316-2211, info@threelionsstage.com, http://www.threelionsstage.com. Deadline: February 28, 2009 (Gay Pride), March 30, 2009 (Hispanic Heritage)

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Babes With Blades: Joining Sword and Pen International Playwriting Competition*

Seeking quality scripts featuring fighting roles for women. Winning script will be produced as part of Babes With Blades’ 2009-2010 season and will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Plays must be full-length (75-120 minutes) and feature women in most or all of the primary roles and combat scenes. All-female or mixed gender casts considered. Small casts (under 12 actors) and simple settings will be favored. In order to be considered, the image “Film Noir” by Chicago artist Kristine Borc must be depicted in the script (see competition website for image). Scripts may not have been previously published, performed, or workshopped. NOTE: E-mail submissions preferred. Submission process is blind; e-mail submissions should include two separate attachments: a cover page with title, name and full contact information, and the script as a separate attachment with no contact information. If submitting via regular mail, follow the same guidelines and do not bind or staple scripts. NO FEE. Babes With Blades, c/o Beth Cummings, 2050 W. Addison #2, Chicago, IL 60618, swordandpen@babeswithblades.org, http://www.babeswithblades.org. Deadline: February 28, 2009

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The Virtual Theatre Project / The Pen Is a Mighty Sword International Playwriting Competition*

Seeking bold, passionate, innovative, and compelling new work for the stage. No restrictions as to theme, style, or subject matter, but plays must be written specifically for the stage. Winner receives $2,000 cash; first and second runners-up receive $1,000 and $500 respectively; up to 7 honorable mentions receive $100 each. Works must be unpublished and unproduced full-length plays written in English (labs, workshops, and readings exempted). No musicals, one-acts, or children’s plays. NO FEE. Whit Andrews, The Virtual Theatre Project, 130 Cook St., Rural Hall, NC 27045, pen_sword2008@yahoo.com, http://www.virtualtheatreproject.com/contest/guidelines.htm. Deadline: February 28, 2009

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Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Contest*

Invites submissions of plays and performance texts by female students that present a feminist perspective and contain significant opportunities for female performers. Diversity of style and content is encouraged; all forms of drama are accepted, including solo performance work. The student winner will receive a $250 prize and a year’s membership in Women and Theatre. In addition, excerpts from the winning play will be read at the annual Women and Theatre Program pre-conference prior to the American Theatre in Higher Education Conference in New York (date TBA). The winning playwright will also receive feedback from a professional playwright during a post-reading discussion with the audience. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply; students do not need to be enrolled in drama programs. Send three copies of a typed script, an application form (available on their website), a resume, and a brief description of the piece. NOTE: No e-mail submissions. FEE: $10. Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award, Jen-Scott Mobley, c/o 230 West 56th St. Suite 65A, New York, NY 10019, jen-scottm@nyc.rr.com, http://www.athe.org/wtp/html/chambers_student_call.html. Deadline: March 1, 2009

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Clauder Competition for New England Playwrights (Portland, ME)*

Hosted by The Portland Stage Company, the Clauder Competition seeks to provide exposure, encouragement, and critical feedback to regional playwrights, and to help launch their work through professional readings and productions. Every applicant will receive an individualized response letter with comments from two readers. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $2,500 award plus a workshop production and a full production during Portland Stage Company’s 2010 season. Gold Prize winners will receive a $500 award plus a workshop production. Additional prizes awarded to the best play from each of the six New England states. Applicants must currently live in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. If playwright has previously lived in New England for a significant period of time, or if the work is relevant to New England, the residency requirement may be waived. For questions about eligibility, contact Literary Manager Dan Burson. Plays must be full-length (between 1-3 hours running time), require 8 actors or fewer, and must be original works that have not previously received a professional production. Only one script per playwright. Do not bind scripts. Include cast breakdown. NOTE: No e-mail submissions; submissions by U.S. mail only. NO FEE. Portland Stage Company, Attn: 2009 Clauder Competition, P.O. Box 1458, Portland, ME 04104, dburson@portlandstage.com, www.portlandstage.com. Deadline: March 1, 2009

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Tympanic Theatre Company (Chicago, IL)*

Seeking script for summer 2009 production. Plays can be any genre and any length, from short to full-length scripts to a collection of short plays. Scripts must never have been produced in Chicago. No more than two submissions per playwright (either two shorts or a short and a full-length). Winner will be announced in April 2009. Electronic submissions preferred (PDF, Word or RTF format) but submissions also accepted via regular mail. NO FEE. Tympanic Theatre Company, ATTN: Literary Committee, P.O. Box 25881, Chicago, IL 60625-0881, submissions@tympanictheatre.org, http://www.tympanictheatre.org/. Deadline: March 1, 2009

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Arthur W. Stone New Play Award *

Encourages and stimulates playwrights through the production of their work. Seeking full-length plays or musicals in any genre. Winning playwright receives a $500 award and a fully-mounted production of the play during the 2009-2010 Stone Theatre Season. In addition, the winning playwright will serve as Artist-in-Residence at Louisiana Tech University during the week of the show, including classroom and media appearances and the opportunity to conduct seminars and workshops.  Louisiana Tech University will provide up to $500 to assist with travel, accommodations, etc. Scripts should be suited to college production limitations. No previously published scripts. Scripts must be securely bound within a notebook, cover or folder and clearly identified. All entries must be accompanied by a synopsis, unbound from the script, of no more than one page, and a bio of the author. Electronic submissions accepted; text must be in RTF, MS Word, or Final Draft Pro.  NO FEE. The Arthur W. Stone Playwriting Award, School of the Performing Arts, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71271, stoneplaywritingaward@yahoo.com, http://performingarts.latech.edu. Deadline: March 1, 2009

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34th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (July 14-19, 2009, New York, NY)*

Fosters early-career writers, giving them the exposure of publication and representation. Seeking short plays with a performance time of 30 minutes or less that were developed under the aegis of any theatre company or professional school or college that fosters playwriting by conducting classes, workshops, or similar programs of assistance to playwrights. 40 plays will be chosen from the initial submission pool and performed during the festival; six plays will be chosen at the end of the week to receive publication and licensing contracts. Plays are judged by panels of artistic directors, established playwrights, and literary agents. Plays must be in English. Productions should be kept simple. There is a limit of 15 submissions per producing organization and 3 submissions per individual author; each submission must have a separate application form (available on website). Provide a one-sentence synopsis on your cover page. NOTE: No e-mail or fax submissions. NO FEE. Samuel French, Inc., Attn: Off Off Broadway Festival Submissions, 45 W. 25th St., New York, NY 10010, (212) 206-8990 ext. 135, oobfestival@samuelfrench.com, http://www.samuelfrench.com/oobfestival/index.html. Deadline: March 6, 2009

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New Plays from the Heartland: One-Act Play Competition for Midwest Writers *

Seeking one-act plays from writers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin. This year’s theme is “The Patience of Patients;” plays must take place in a private hospital room. Three winners will each receive a $150 honorarium to offset expenses to attend staged readings and a workshop with a nationally known published playwright. Plays must be between 15-35 minutes long. Entries must not have been previously published or produced. Submissions must include entry form (available on website), and, if submitting by hard copy, you must include three copies of your play. NOTE: No entry fee for e-mail submissions. FEE (hard copy submissions only): $25. Heartland Theatre Company, P.O. Box 1833, Bloomington, IL 61702, T: (309) 452-8709, newplays@heartlandtheatre.org, http://www.heartlandtheatre.org. Deadline: March 15, 2009

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NativeAliens Theatre Collective 10th Annual Short Stories Playwrights’ Festival (New York, NY)*

 Seeking short plays from the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender perspective that will be produced together for a week’s run in late June 2009, as part of Gay Pride Week. Submit plays as e-mail attachments, including name, address, phone number, e-mail, and a 2-sentence synopsis. Plays should be typed double-spaced in 10 pt. or larger font, and should have a performance time of 10 minutes maximum. NOTE: Playwrights’ names should appear only on the cover page. NO FEE. NativeAliens Theatre Collective, 140 Seventh Ave., #2K, New York, NY 10011, T: (212) 726-8891, natc.shortstories@gmail.com, www.NativeAliens.org. Deadline: March 21, 2009

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Ongoing Festival Deadlines/Ongoing Calls for Entries

**Live Girls! Theater** (Seattle, WA) – Seeking plays by women for its 2009 season. Seeking short 10-minute plays for annual shorts festival, Quickies Plays; previously produced works considered but new works encouraged. Also seeking unproduced one-act and full-length plays in need of development for The Bakery Plays series; winning scripts will receive a public reading. Playwrights submitting in one of these categories may also submit a short synopsis of a completed full-length script for possible full production. The theater produces two full-length plays a year and prioritizes local playwrights. Submit up to 3 plays total or 2 plays and 1 synopsis as attachments in MS Word or PDF format. If submitting to the Bakery, include an additional writing sample. NO FEE. Live Girls! Theater, 2220 NW Market St., Seattle, WA 98107, submissions@livegirlstheater.org, http://www.livegirlstheater.org.

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The Women’s Theatre Project (Ft. Lauerdale, FL)

By women, about women, for everyone.” A company of professional female theatre artists dedicated to producing theatrical works exploring the female voice, TWTP was founded from a need for women’s voices to be heard and a desire to break down the stereotypes of women propelled by the media and to create more professional theatrical opportunities for women of all shapes, sizes, races, and ages. Produces 4 productions each calendar year. Royalties paid to playwrights/publishing companies. WTP seeks full-length plays with all-female casts by female playwrights for their intimate black box theatre. NO FEE. The Women’s Theatre Project, 1314 E. Las Olas Blvd. #31, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301, twtp@bellsouth.net, http://www.womenstheatreproject.com/SCRIPT%20SUBMISSIONS/ScriptSubmissions.htm.

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Potluck Productions (Kansas City, MO)

Always looking for original short scripts from women playwrights for inclusion in upcoming festivals. Playwrights worldwide welcome, but submission must be in English. Plays or monologues should be 10-20 minutes long and unpublished. Selected plays receive fully staged festival production. NO FEE. Potluck Productions, 7338 Belleview, Kansas City, MO 64114, talk_to_us@kcpotluckproductions.com, www.kcpotluckproductions.com.

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Renegade Theatre Experiment (San Jose, CA)

Always seeking works that challenge the mind and feed the soul, that compel the company and audience to examine the world we live in and their role in our social drama. Renegade likes the unconventional, the odd, and the perverse: “Excite and tantalize us.” Preference given to San Francisco Bay Area playwrights, but works from any playwright may be accepted. NO FEE. Renegade Theatre Experiment, 1346 The Alameda, Suite 7-265, San Jose, CA 95126, T: (408) 351-4440, FAX: (408) 351-4440, litmanager-at-renegadetheatre-dot-com, www.renegadetheatre.com/aboutus/scripts.html.

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Pittsburgh Public Theater (Pittsburgh, PA)

 Accepts unsolicited queries. Queries should include cover letter with playwright’s contact information, 1-page synopsis of play, and dialogue sample of up to 10 pages. Include SASE for response. NO FEE. Pittsburgh Public Theater, Attn: Heather Helinsky, Resident Dramaturg, 621 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, www.ppt.org/content/scriptsubmissions.cfm.

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Barrington Stage (Pittsfield, MA)

Accepts submissions of plays and musicals from individuals as well as agents from September to April each year. Send 1-page bio of playwright(s), synopsis of play/musical, 10-14 page sample, and, if musical, CD of at least one-half of score. Include SASE if you want submission returned. NO FEE. Literary Associate, Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union St., Pittsfield, MA 01201, www.barringtonstageco.org/aboutus/submissionpolicy.php.

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And Toto Too (Denver, CO)

A theatre company that strives to challenge assumptions and generalizations by presenting thought-provoking new works by women. Seeking full-length plays by women playwrights in any genre except musicals and children’s plays. Plays must never have been produced in Colorado and must have 6 characters or fewer and minimal set requirements. Submit the first 10 pages of your script in manuscript format, along with a synopsis of the play, a character outline, a production history of the script (if applicable) and a playwright bio. NOTE: Electronic submissions only – PDF format preferred. No phone calls. NO FEE. submissions@andtototoo.org, http://andtototoo.org/.

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Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award

 Urban Stages’ mission is to develop and produce new, multi-cultural works that deal with social issues. The Emerging Playwright award is presented to a new, innovative playwright whose work speaks to society as a whole. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a staged production of the play in New York City. Finalists will have their plays presented as staged and workshop readings. Seeking full-length plays; no translations or adaptations. Plays for younger audiences will be considered for their outreach program; exception musicals or one-act plays that fit Urban Stages’ mission will be considered. Playwrights must reside in the United States and plays must never have been produced in New York City. Cast size is limited to 9 actors or fewer. Submit firmly bound scripts with a brief description, a character breakdown, and an author bio. Submissions are evaluated on a rolling basis throughout the year; winners are announced in the spring. NOTE: No e-mail submissions. NO FEE. Urban Stages, 555 8th Ave., #1800, New York, NY 10018. T: (212) 421-1380, www.urbanstages.org

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Raving Theatre (Vancouver, B.C.)

Raving Theatre develops new works by local gay and lesbian playwrights; they support all aspects of live theatre, including dance, music, video, film, and performance art. Scripts are accepted year-round; for more information and guidelines, contact David Blue, Artistic Director, 1220, 736 Granville St., Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 1G3, T: (778) 836-7283, raving_theatre@yahoo.com, http://www.ravingtheatre.com/.

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Bailiwick Repertory Theatre (Chicago, IL)

Bailiwick Repertory accepts unsolicited submissions of new full-length and one-act plays in several categories: The Mainstage Series seeks new musicals and dramas mainly by Chicago authors. Works that are experimental and that reflect the diversity of the Chicago community are encouraged. The Deaf Bailiwick Artists Series seeks works that help develop the artistic voice of the deaf community. All types of performance pieces, including musicals, dramas, and one-person pieces are encouraged. **The Lesbian Theater Initiative** seeks works (preferably by women) in all styles, including poetry, performance, one-acts, ect. Send works Attention LTI. The Directors Festival of One Act Plays seeks applications from directors. Send works Attention Directors Fest. For all categories, send full scripts, not synopses, and include an author bio or resume plus a production history of the piece. NOTE: Bailiwick Repertory Theatre will be moving location in early 2009; they have yet to announce their future location. We suggest submitting via e-mail, or contacting them for their new mailing address. NO FEE. Artistic Director, David Zak, Bailiwick Repertory, 1229 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657, T: (773) 883-1090, FAX: (773) 883-2017, David@Bailiwick.org, www.bailiwick.org/professional.shtml.

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Galapagos Art Space Presents Natural Selection: Sunday Play Reading Series (Brooklyn, NY)

New reading series in Galapagos Art Space’s new location in Brooklyn. The goal of the reading series is to cultivate a community of theatre artists from all disciplines and to create an environment where new work is fostered and developed. Seeking full-length and one act plays in all genres. Selected playwrights will be paired with a director and a cast and given space for one rehearsal before presenting a reading in front of an audience and one industry professional. Each reading will be followed by a discussion. Include a letter of interest, short bio, and any production history along with a copy of the full script. NOTE: e-mail submissions preferred. NO FEE. Galapagos Art Space, Attn: Reading Series, 16 Main St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, Hailey@galapagosartspace.com.

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The Lyric Stage Company of Boston’s Growing Voices Program (Boston, MA)

The Growing Voices Program seeks to develop new plays and musicals by accompanying the writer through every step of the process, from readings and workshops to production to distribution and licensing. Seeking original full-length plays and musicals from Boston and New England playwrights (writers outside the area may also submit, but response time may be longer). Plays must have limited set requirements and a cast of 6 actors or fewer. Musicals must have 12 actors or fewer and modest orchestrations (no more than 6 instruments). Submit full script and, for musicals, recorded music and/or piano scoring/lead sheets for up to 3 songs. Submissions should include a one-page plot synopsis, character breakdown, playwright resume, and cover letter. NOTE: No phone calls. NO FEE. Brett Marks – Growing Voices, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St., Boston, MA 02116, https://lyricstage.com/about/growing_voices/.

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Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest

 Held annually to encourage the development of quality theatrical material for educational and community theatres. One winner is selected each year (submissions are ongoing) and announced on June 1. Submissions should include application form (available on website), a full copy of your manuscript, a recording of music (if applicable), proof of production, and SASE if you would like your script returned. Individuals currently published by Pioneer Drama Service are not eligible for this contest. Pioneer Drama Service employees are also excluded. All plays accepted for publication will be considered contest finalists. The contest winner will receive a $1,000 royalty advance in addition to publication. NO FEE. Pioneer Drama Service, ATTN: Playwriting Contest, P.O. Box 4267, Englewood, CO 80155-4267, T: (800) 333-7262, playwrights@pioneerdrama.com, http://www.pioneerdrama.com/stuff/contest.html.

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Circus Theatricals (Culver City, CA)

Seeking plays that have not been previously produced in Los Angeles or Southern California. All styles and genres are considered, but plays with simple production value are preferred. Submit a short synopsis of your play, 15 representative pages, a cast breakdown, set requirements, and previous production history. Multiple submissions are permitted. NOTE: No e-mail submissions. Circus Theatricals, Attn: Joe Bays, Literary Coordinator, P.O. Box 586, Culver City, CA 90232, T: (310) 226-6144 ext. 1, info@circustheatricals.com, http://www.circustheatricals.com.

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BareStage Theatre (Red Bluff, CA)

 Seeking original scripts of all lengths for production. Scripts may range from 5 minutes to three hours, and all styles and genres are welcome. No restrictions on subject matter, language, nudity, violence, etc. One-acts and shorter plays should have minimal set requirements, and casts should be limited to approximately 10 characters. No limitations for longer plays. Also considers audio plays, children’s theatre scripts, and mystery dinner plays. Multiple submissions are permitted. All submissions will be considered for stage, radio, and podcast productions; every script submitted will receive a written evaluation. Submit 2 copies of your script (typed and bound in standard stage play format), a brief cover letter, a SASE for your critiques, and evaluation fee. NOTE: No e-mail submissions. FEE: $15 (up to 20 pages), $20 (21-40 pages), $25 (41-60 pages), $30 (61-80 pages), $35 (81-100 pages), $40 (100-120 pages). The New BareStage Theatre, New Plays Submissions, P.O. Box 9004, Red Bluff, CA 96080, barestage@mac.com, www.barestage.com.

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