Ashland New Plays Festival open for submissions ($20 entry fee/ $1500 prize)

Script Submissions for ANPF 2021 Now Being Accepted

Ashland, Oregon – Ashland New Plays Festival’s flagship Fall Festival is an international playwright competition that culminates in the reading of four new plays chosen from hundreds of submissions by a team of volunteer readers. This unique and much-loved event features professional actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Southern Oregon University’s Theatre Department, the local community, and regional theatre hotspots. The week includes rehearsals, two stage readings of each winning play with audience talkbacks, and a playwriting workshop with community members.

Each winning playwright receives a $1,500 stipend and local accommodations. There is a $20 submission fee.

Click here to view the complete list of criteria and learn how to submit your work.

Here is a partial list of criteria:

  • Legibly typed 12-point font in standard play script format with 1′′ margins
  • No indication of authorship on any of the pages (“blinded”)
  • Full-length drama or comedy, intermission preferred – if no intermission, then 75 minutes minimum running time
  • Previously unproduced*
  • Maximum 8 characters; doubling is permitted, provided a doubling plan is included with the cast list
  • The submitting author is (or authors, when in collaboration, are) the sole owner(s) of the copyright of the script
  • A brief personal statement (150 words max) answering one of two prompts: 1) What are you trying to accomplish with this play? What inspired you to write it, and why are you the ideal playwright to tell this story? OR 2) Tell us about your goals and identity as an artist. What draws you to playwriting? What perspective do you hope to bring to the theatre?

*All scripts submitted to ANPF must be unproduced, and remain unproduced until the time of the Fall Festival. College/academic productions do not count as productions, nor do workshops or readings. Any staging by a theatre (including non-Equity, regional, or community theatre) where actors are off-book and admission is charged does count as a production.

The ANPF 2021 Fall Festival will take place October 20–24, 2021.

Deadline: Submissions close when 500 scripts are received or on December 1, 2020, whichever comes first. A running tally of submissions will be shown on their website. 

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