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Friday, September 27, 2013

Call for Plays

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is now accepting scripts for development during the *2014 National Playwrights Conference*. Applicants may submit works to the O’Neill’s Open Submissions Process through *Friday, October 25, 2012*. The National Playwrights Conference, which will celebrate fifty years of new play development during the summer of 2014, is led by Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg. The conference supports playwrights during the creation and development of new plays. Authors of selected works are awarded residency with a stipend, housing, meals, and transportation for July 2014 to support an intensive rehearsal process and two script-in-hand public readings. 

Any play of any length or genre is eligible; however, to be included in the conference, the work must remain unproduced through July 31, 2014. Early submissions are strongly encouraged. Neither agent submission nor previous experience are required. There is a submission fee of $35.00 USD to support the reading and selection process. Both electronic and hard copy applications are accepted. The O'Neill takes its mission for the discovery of new work and artists to heart. 

The O'Neill receives approximately 1,000 scripts for consideration and in each of the past three years, seven of the developed works were discovered through the open submission process. Submissions are sent to readers across the country and read blindly, allowing volunteer readers to focus on each writer’s voice and story, rather than a recognizable name or previous accomplishment. One or two works and/or collaborations each conference are at the invitation of the O’Neill, and help launch conversations with a larger national field. 

The National Playwrights Conference, the O’Neill’s founding program, was launched in 1964. Playwrights have shaped the Conference from its very inception. When founder George C. White first gathered a prominent group of emerging writers to discuss their needs, the result was the O’Neill model – a place where playwrights can focus entirely on the development of their plays in workshop production without the pressures of commercial endeavors. More than 600 plays have been developed through the National Playwrights Conference. 

Please direct any questions about the submission process to Anne G. Morgan, Literary Manager at (860) 443-5378 ext. 227 or email

A tip of our backward-wearing Kangols to Owa for bringing this to our attention.

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