Monday, March 28, 2016

2016-17 PlayGround Submission Guidelines!

Applications for the 2016-17 PlayGround Writers Pool are being accepted, now through July 31, 2016. Only members of the Writers Pool may submit scripts as part of the monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, and from which are selected the six plays and playwrights for each year's Best of PlayGround Festival. For specific eligibility requirements and responsibilities, see below or visit

To be eligible, writers must reside within the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. To apply for a place in the 2015-16 writers pool, playwrights must submit a maximum ten-page double-spaced script (previously produced and unproduced scripts eligible) via email to scripts<at> as Portable Document Format (.pdf) attachment. Applications must be received by Midnight Sunday, July 31, 2016. The script must have the playwright's name, address, email and phone number at the top of the first page of the script and all pages must be numbered. Excerpts from longer works are not accepted but short plays that meet the above requirements and are derived from a longer work are accepted. Writers featured in a Best of PlayGround Festival since 2012 need not submit a script but must send an email confirming interest in being in the pool by the deadline. Women and playwrights of color encouraged to apply.

To view sample script formats, click the link(s) below. 
Submission Format #1 
Submission Format #2


Applicants will be notified of selections on or before August 22. Selected writers must attend a mandatory company meeting at 7pm on Monday, August 29 at Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco. The 2016-17 PlayGround Writers Pool and Resident Playwrights will be publicly announced at the PlayGround Season Kick-Off/Alumni Celebration on Monday evening, September 19, 2016. Writers Pool members must commit to submitting for at least five of the six Monday Night PlayGrounds in any season, Oct-Mar. The submission of a script to Monday Night PlayGround grants PlayGround the exclusive option to stage the play as part of the Monday Night PlayGround and, should it be so selected, to present the world premiere as part of The Best of PlayGround Festival and publish the script in the "Best of PlayGround" anthology. Upon publication, PlayGround serves as the exclusive licensor for English language stock and amateur rights in the U.S. and Canada.

For any questions not answered above, email to info<at>


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