2017 Play Submissions are closed. Thank you for sending us your work!
Submissions for the 2018 season will begin sometime in June, 2017. Please watch this site for further notice.
Received to date: 400 11/15/2016
ANPF Script Submission Guidelines
ANPF will accept all plays that meet the basic requirements and administrative criteria. Playwrights are responsible for reading and following these guidelines. Please pay particular attention to the Artistic Merit section below. Refunds are not given for plays that are not accepted. We regret that we are unable to provide feedback regarding the play selection process.
When submitting your play, you will go through a two-step process: 1) Enter your information and submit your script, and 2) Follow the prompt to PayTrace to pay the submission fee.
PayTrace will email you a receipt of your payment automatically. ANPF will email you confirmation within a few days after the script has been reviewed for compliance with the guidelines. Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your work!
- Full-length drama or comedy, intermission preferred – 80 minutes minimum running time if no intermission; 95 – 120 minutes with one intermission
- Previously unproduced (see Definitions below)
- Maximum of eight actors; doubling is permitted, provided a doubling plan is included with the cast list
- Submitting author is sole owner of script copyright
- Legibly typed in 12-point sans-serif font in standard play script format with 1′′ margins; characters’ names centered above dialogue
- Submitted as a PDF—no hard copies accepted (see Definitions below)
- No indication of authorship on any of the pages (“blinded”)
- Page 1: cover page with play title only; also, insert this disclaimer: This script is copyright protected and may not be reproduced, distributed, or disseminated without the prior written permission of the author.
- Page 2: brief synopsis of play (200-word maximum) and cast list that includes each character’s name, age, and brief description
- All pages numbered in upper-right corner
- Characters’ names centered above dialogue
- Last page indicated with “Fin” or “End”
Ashland New Plays Festival is committed to the presentation of new dramatic work that is uniquely theatrical, has literary merit, and appeals to our audience’s emotions and imagination. Such work invariably reflects an original concept or theme, possesses a clear and cogent structure, and includes characters whose language expresses their individual worldview.
ANPF does not accept:
- Film or TV scripts
- Translations or adaptations
- Children’s theater
The Fine Print
Submissions are limited to one per author per year. Collaborations are accepted. Once a script has been submitted to ANPF, we cannot accept subsequent revisions. Please note that ANPF does not provide feedback on nonwinning scripts.
Winning playwrights will be notified in June 2017 and will be announced publicly in July.
Upon notification of their selection, winning playwrights must sign the ANPF 2018 Playwright Agreement and a W-9 form, which we will provide. The Playwright Agreement covers participation in Ashland from Sunday, October 14, to Monday, October 22, 2018, in at least one rehearsal culminating in two public readings of each play, a playwriting workshop led by the host playwright, and scheduled social events.
A $1,500 stipend is awarded to each winning playwright to help defray travel and other expenses. The playwright is responsible for the cost and arrangements for transportation to and from Ashland. ANPF will provide airport transportation and week-long housing in a local bed-and-breakfast for each winning playwright and one guest (shared accommodations); most other meals are the responsibility of the playwright.
ANPF is a stand-alone, nonprofit arts organization. Each year we raise the funds to rent a venue for the weeklong festival; pay stipends to the winning playwrights, directors, performers, and technicians; and cover all printing and publicity costs for the festival. The nonrefundable submission fee helps defray the costs of copying and distributing blinded copies of each play to our volunteer Reading Committee.
Directors, performers, and technicians for the readings are drawn from local professional and community theaters.
- Ashland New Plays Festival considers a play to have been “unproduced” when actors are on book and there are minimal staging effects (scenery, costumes, and lighting). A token admission may have been charged. Director, actors, and technicians either volunteered their time or received a token stipend. The playwright was not compensated, though he or she may have received a stipend.
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