Script Submissions For the 2023 Festivals
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.
All script submissions are now CLOSED. They will be open again in fall 2023 for our 2024 SheNYC, SheLA, and SheATL Festivals.
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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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!
2023 Submissions Timeline
October 1, 2022: Submissions open for NYC and LA Festivals.
November 15th: Deadline for NYC & LA submissions. Submit your show before 11/15 at 11:59pm PST!
January 11th: SheATL Submissions open
February 2023: If you’re a NYC or LA semi-finalist, we’ll notify you in February.
March 2023: SheATL Submissions due March 1 at 11:59pm. We will notify you of the status of your script by the end of March.
April 2023: Our festival participants are notified for NYC and LA! We will also notify you if you are not selected, and give you a deadline to accept your slot in the festival.
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 2023 SheATL Festival is TBD August. SheNYC will run July 24-August 7, and SheLA will run July 10-16.