Script Submissions For the 2024 Festivals NOW CLOSED
Due date: November 15 at 11:59pm eastern time
We accept full-length plays and musicals during our open submissions period for our Summer Theater Festivals. In order to apply, you must be a playwright or composer of a gender marginalized group (including cis women, trans people, and non-binary people), or a writing team that is made up of at least 50% people from a gender-marginalized group.
Script Submissions are now OPEN for our 2024 SheNYC, SheLA, and SheATL Festivals! Submissions for our first-annual SheDFW Festival in Dallas-Fort Worth will open in early 2024.
Note that we only accept script submissions during our submission window. If you would like to be considered for our summer festivals, you must submit your work during that time period. Read on below for more details on what you’ll need to submit and for the application link.
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Unfortunately, we do not have the staff capacity to see readings or performances, so do not accept invitations. However, the only way we would choose to produce your show is through the open submissions process listed above – so, send us your materials that way if you’d like to be considered for a production!
What You Will Need To Submit
1. The full script to your show, in PDF form. It must be at least 75% finished. If the rest is not finished, you need to provide a “treatment” (a detailed outline of the scenes that remain to be written, in order) along with the script. Bear in mind that you will have to send us completed script if you’re selected as a finalist.
2. A completed application form with some basic information (see below for FAQs).
3. If your show is a musical, recordings of at least 3 full songs from the show, in mp3 or m4a form. The more you have, the better! A simple recording with just you and your piano is fine, though obviously you want to make your music sound the best it can. Please do not submit Finale or Sibelius files (or any other automated vocals).
4. If your show is a solo show, a video of at least 5 minutes of your solo performer performing a cut from the show. This can be a video from a prior production or staged reading, or it can be a self-tape of your actor recording themselves at home.
Before You Submit Your Script
It’s important to make sure your show is ready for a festival production. Our Festivals differ from city to city, so please read the pages for whichever Festival you plan to apply to — this page outlines exactly what it means to be a part of the Festival!
2024 Submissions Timeline
October 2023: Submissions open for NYC, ATL, and LA Festivals.
November 15th: Deadline for NYC & LA submissions. Submit your show before 11/15 at 11:59pm EST!
Early 2024 (date TBD): SheDFW Submissions open
February 2024: If you’re a NYC, ATL, or LA semi-finalist, we’ll notify you in February.
March 2024: Finalists for NYC, LA, and ATL are chosen. We will notify you of the status of your script by the end of March.
April: Our festival participants are notified for NYC and LA, and you’ll be given a deadline to accept your slot in the festival! We will also notify you if you are not selected.
In Atlanta, we’ll notify our selected shows and engage in a script workshopping program throughout the month of April.
May: All the fun stuff starts! We’ll have a meet and greet and info sessions to make sure you feel 100% ready to produce your show in the Festival.
June/July: Start rehearsals for your show!
July/August/September: The Festivals run! Each show will get two set performances during these two weeks, as well as a tech and dress rehearsal slot. We will also leave a few empty performance slots in the schedule so that any show that sells out its first two performances can add extra performances. The dates for the 2024 SheATL Festival is TBD in August. SheNYC will run at the end of July and beginning of August, and SheLA will run in mid-July.