Playwriting

Last Call! 2015 Emerging Playwrights Contest

The Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation and OHenry Productions are pleased to announce the first annual Emerging Playwrights Contest.  We 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...

Read More

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

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...

Read More

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

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...

Read More

“FIVES” New Play Festival seeking submissions

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: ...

Read More

Write a Play – Save an Endangered Species

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: ...

Read More

WEATHERVANE PLAYHOUSE 5th ANNUAL 8X10 THEATREFEST

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...

Read More