A call for plays

Hey all you aspiring playwrights out there, and you working playwrights, and you who hadn’t thought of writing a play before but just might think of it now – here’s a thing for you:


The First Annual Freethought Onstage Festival will be held the week of August 7-13, 2016, at the Haymarket Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska. Play submissions will be accepted beginning December 1, 2015. The deadline for submission is April 1, 2016. Winners will be announced in early June.

Submission Guidelines:

  •  Plays are to be submitted in standard playwriting format.
  •  Length: 10 minutes to 2 hours will be considered; if your running time in reading is longer than 2 hours, and your play is accepted, you will be asked to edit the play to a 2 hour running time
  • Plays must be on a freethought theme. This can range from doubt about religion to outright atheism. Any and all themes related to freethought are eligible for consideration.
  • Plays should be submitted without any identifying information. The play document should include the title of the play, cast list, and the body of the play. Pages need to be numbered.
  • In a separate document and e-mail, submit the following:
  • A cover sheet with the title of the play and playwright contact information
  • A short biography of the playwright
  • A brief synopsis of the play, suitable for including in advance publicity
  • Fee of $10 will be charged for all submissions to help cover the costs of the festival. For payment information, go to freethoughtonstage.com
  • You agree to attend the festival if your play is accepted. You will be provided with a reading and response to your play as part of the festival.

Submissions: e-mail submission to freethoughtonstage@gmail.com; use Freethought Onstage as your subject line. Send coversheet in separate e-mail to the same address; use Freethought Onstage and the title of your play as the subject line.

Go for it!

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