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The Dramatists Guild Resource Directory is the only annually printed reference guide containing opportunities for playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists. Going one step further, the Dramatists Guild has created this fully searchable e-version of all of the information found in the printed directory (affectionately known as the RDO - Resource Directory Online). Using this tool DG members are able to bookmark listings, set up email reminders and search the resources by a plethora of criteria. It is now even easier for you to submit your play or musical to hundreds of resource listings.


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Listed below are three sample opportunities with upcoming deadlines, pulled at random from the more than 900 entries in the full RDO. To find specific opportunities click the SEARCH DIRECTORY button which provides you with a range of search parameters.


Minnesota Shorts Festival of Plays
The Minnesota Shorts Play Festival will begin accepting submissions starting January 1, 2014 for its sixth annual festival. Scripts can be on any topic but remember that the festival is a community performance (that means excessive foul language and nudity might not make the cut). Short plays must be performed in 15 minutes or less and sent as a PDF or DOC file. Keep all identifying information (Playwright name and contact info) to the title page because the plays are judged blind. Minnesota writers may submit 2 scripts but writers outside of Minnesota may submit 1. Playwrights must find a director and cast for the play. The MN Shorts staff can help link you to actors and directors from the area. Each night the audience will pick a "Best of the Festival Play" that can win an additional $100. Please visit our website for more information.
Route 66 Theatre Company
Winning play announced on February 9, 2015. Workshop dates are March 9-16, 2015. Playwrights must be completely free during the dates of the workshop to attend rehearsals, meetings, and to work on rewrites. The winning playwright will receive a wholly process-oriented, writer-focused, week long experience that includes travel, housing (home stay), and a $300 stipend. Also, they receive two dramaturg mentors, a cast of professional actors, Limoncelli as director, rehearsal space, feedback. There will be time to write between readings and rehearsals in order for the project to move forward several steps during the process. At the end, there will be a reading for an audience and a panel of special guest directors, artistic directors, and literary managers. Route 66 will receive the right of first refusal to produce the winning play within a specific time period. See website for more details.
McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting Competition
Est. 1989. Finalists provided with a reader's theatre presentation of script to a live audience and the winner may be produced as part of an upcoming MCT Season. Prize money awarded. Electronic submissions to our website preferred. Fee and Form must be sent by regular post.