To submit a play

*Please note we are currently reviewing our submissions policy for script call-outs as we redevelop She Writes. We may aim to do a mix of slightly longer commissioned plays and open call-outs. The guidelines below are for your information only as legacy information and will be updated soon.    

Some guidance on submitting your play to She Writes 

We launched She Writes, our occasionally regular night of new short plays by women in October 2011. Since then we have held an event every two or three months. The format is a script-in-hand rehearsed reading, showcasing about 8-10 plays on a loose theme at each event.

What sort of plays are you looking for?
We generally have a theme or a topic to each event. This can be interpreted as loosely as you wish. We have showcased a range of styles of play, and look forward to reading non-traditional work. We are looking for writers whose words say something to us – you don’t necessarily have to have written a play before. We tend to have a mixed audience of adults.

What length and how many characters?
Ideally we are looking for plays of 6-8 pages, or 6-8 minutes, but we accept shorter. We don’t have a limit for how many characters, but with a shorter play a maximum of 4 or 5 seems to work best.

What format should my script be in?
If you are new to playwriting take a look at our guidance on formatting. You don’t have to follow these guidelines - but it does give us a good idea of how long your play will be in performance if you do.

How do I know dates of shows/which themes are coming up?
Dates will be posted on this site or follow us on Twitter or Facebook. We also have an email newsletter you could sign up for.

How do I submit a play?
Email us your short play and let us know which theme you are submitting for.

What happens once I’ve submitted my play?
We programme each event to show a good range of plays and writers, sometimes this means that we won’t choose a play if it is very similar to another. We will contact you by email to let you know if your play has been chosen as soon as possible after the deadline. If your play is chosen, we would love it if you can be there, the rehearsed reading format is a valuable tool in the development process of a play. We will ask you for your bio for the programme, and also if you would like to be featured on our She Writes Introduces page.

What if my play is not chosen?
If your play is not chosen we will contact you by email. Due to anticipated volume of submissions we are not able to give individual feedback on a play.

Can I submit for more than one evening?
Yes please do, although we aim to showcase plays by as many different playwrights as possible.

Can I submit more than one play for an evening?
Please don’t submit more than two plays for one topic.

What happens on the night?
If your work is chosen there will be a complimentary ticket for you on the door in your name, when you get here please come and say hello! Then relax and enjoy watching your words leave the page! We will also video the play (with your permission) and put it on our YouTube site.

What happens if I am not chosen?
Please submit again, if you are inspired by any of the topics. At each She Writes we have plays we would love to include but can’t because of time, or other factors, so please don’t be discouraged.

How can I get in touch?
Please email us with any She Writes enquiries.

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