Submissions for ANPF 2020 are now open.
Read the guidelines and requirements, then click the Submit button at the bottom of the page.
Submissions close when 450 scripts are received or on December 31, 2019, whichever comes first.
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) Share demographic information if you would like, give us your playwright name and script title, then 2) On the second page upload your script as well as enter your contact billing address and payment information for the $20 submission fee. Click on [place order] to complete the transaction.
You will receive an email receipt automatically. That lets you know we have your submission and are reviewing it. ANPF will email you confirmation within a few days after the determination that your script is in compliance with the guidelines. Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your work!
- Full-length drama or comedy, intermission preferred. If no intermission then 75 minutes minimum running time. ANPF presentations are concert readings, not staged readings. The emphasis, therefore, is on the language and dialogue of a play. Stage business cannot be considered as part of the play’s running time. Submitted scripts should meet the timing requirement as specified with this in mind.
- 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 (or authors, when in collaboration, are) sole owner of script copyright
- Legibly typed 12-point font in standard play script format with 1′′ margins
- No indication of authorship on any of the pages (“blinded”)
- Submitted as a single PDF—one file only. No hard copies accepted (see Definitions below)
- 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
- 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 revisions. Please note that ANPF does not provide feedback on scripts.
Winning playwrights will be notified in June and will be announced publicly in July.
Upon notification of their selection, winning playwrights must sign the Playwright Agreement and a W-9 form, which we will provide. The Playwright Agreement covers participation in Ashland from the Sunday before the festival start date to the Monday after the festival end date, as well as 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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