It’s time for The Players New Play Festival contest

Calling all playwrights!

The Players Centre is proud to announce the acceptance of new plays for its 20th annual Players New Play Festival from now until April 30, 2021.

Playwrights of all abilities are welcome to submit!

A committee of judges will select five plays to be presented in a “Reader’s Theater” style format VIA ZOOM during the week of August 9 through August 13. One winning play will be selected as “Best of Series” and may potentially be workshopped and produced.

Amanda Schlachter and Jeffery Kin will be the coordinators of the event.


  • Entrant must be a resident of the Gulf Coast area (defined for this contest as extending from Tampa/Clearwater to Fort Myers) and over the age of 18.
  • Full-length plays are preferred but one-acts will be considered.
  • Maximum number of performers needed to produce the play is 8. Playwrights are asked to delineate if there are multiple roles that can be doubled.
  • SUBMIT PLAYS: in 12 point font to
  • No evaluations will be rendered with any rejected entries.
  • Author (and collaborator, if any) may submit only one script at no cost. Each additional script is $10. (Make check payable to: The Players, call 941.365.2494 to pay by credit card.)
  • Play must not have had a prior production, although those workshopped before non-paying audiences are acceptable.
  • Published plays are not eligible.
  • Entries that have been previously submitted to The Players ARE eligible, but only if the work has been substantially re-written.
  • Musicals are not accepted.
  • Deadline is April 30, 2021. No submissions will be accepted past that date.

Winning selections

At least five entries will be presented in rehearsed readings via Zoom from August 9 through 13. The five finalists will be announced via The Players website by May 15, 2021.

  • Playwright must be available to attend rehearsals as well as attend the reading (via ZOOM).
  • Winning entries will have a director assigned who will organize at least two rehearsals.
  • Playwrights are responsible for supplying updated and corrected copies of their script to their director and cast.
  • Plays not following the guidelines listed above will be disqualified.

Auditions TBA

Questions? Give us a call at 941.365.2494 and

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