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Apply now for the

2023 Modern Works Festival

Presented by Summer Wallace

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 16, 2022

Back for the fourth time and returning to an in-person experience, the Modern Works Festival is a playwriting contest, reading festival and celebration of women in theatre.


Playwright Eligibility: Seeking new work from emerging and established female playwrights. Playwrights must be available to attend all festival rehearsals and talkbacks, in Sarasota, FL. No entry fee, $3000 grand prize.


Rehearsals: April 29 - May 4, 2023

Performances: May 4 - May 7, 2023.  


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-Submissions must be from female playwrights.
-Playwrights must reside in the United States.
-Plays must be unproduced and unpublished with limited development.
-Plays that have been previously submitted to Urbanite Theatre or the Modern Works Festival are not eligible to be submitted again. 
-No musicals or translations.
-Full-length plays only (at least 60 minutes)
-Plays must require
four performers or fewer.
-Quality, female roles must be well-represented.
-Plays must include a contact page and character breakdown.
-One submission per playwright.
-Playwrights must be available to attend festival in person, including rehearsals (Rehearsals: April 29 - May 7).

Any plays that do not follow these requirements will be dismissed. 


-Three finalists will be chosen to participate in the Modern Works Festival.

-Each finalist will receive the following: a professional director and cast, a table read, 15 rehearsal hours, a staged reading with a total of two performances, and facilitated post-show talkbacks.

-Winner of festival will receive a $3000 prize, the two remaining finalists will each receive an award of $500
-Finalists will be selected by panel of readers and notified by Urbanite Theatre on January 31, 2023.
-The volume of submissions will prevent us from providing individual feedback.

-Submissions will be capped after the first 300 scripts are received.
-Only finalist playwrights will be contacted.
-Each finalist play will be assigned a play development mentor to work with before and during the festival.
-Playwrights are required to participate in the rehearsal process and attend the readings and talkbacks
-No other royalties or payments will be issued.
-Winner will be chosen by a group of panelists in conjunction with audience and staff votes, and will be announced May 7, 2023.

-All participants (including actors, directors, stage managers and designers) will be compensated.

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