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New Voices, New Plays, New York

Each year, Broad Horizons invites playwrights to submit new plays to its annual competition of new plays, called "New Voices, New Plays, New York." Out of the many submissions we receive from around the world, we select one winner and several finalists that demonstrate strong potential for engaging audiences and that embody our commitment to diverse voices, styles, and points of view. The winning play receives a staged reading performed for a live audience in New York City.​

 

For the 2023-24 season, the company has decided to invite only finalists and other applicants from recent years' competitions to submit one or two scripts. These can be either scripts they have not submitted to us before or ones they have submitted to us in the past and have revised significantly.

The company will re-open its invitation to all playwrights on August 1, 2024 for the 2024-25 season.

Parameters for script submissions:

 

The company welcomes scripts of full-length, unpublished plays (non-musicals)--including original works, adaptations, or translations--with casts requiring up to five actors. Before submitting plays, playwrights should consider the company's mission as stated on the home page of this Web site. Also, please note that the company will accept up to two submissions from each playwright. Selected scripts will undergo a developmental process, which includes:

  • rehearsals and reading performed for invited audiences in New York City or online

  • casting by New York-based casting director

  • roles cast with Equity actors

  • helpful feedback delivered through moderated conversations with audiences

  • one-on-one conferrals with director and/or literary manager

  • stipend up to $500 for travel and up to $100 for per diem

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Writers must be able and willing to engage fully in developmental process:

  • traveling to New York City for the entirety of the rehearsals and performances, usually four or five days

  • engaging fully with actors and directors

  • exercising willingness in considering re-writing parts of the script

Submission deadline is October 1, 2023. Rehearsals and reading will take place in New York City.

Writers interested in participating should attach a PDF of their scripts to an e-mail addressed and sent to bhorizonsnyc@yahoo.com. In the text of the e-mail, the following information should be included:

  • working title

  • writer's name and e-mail address

  • a brief summary of no more than 250 words of the arc of the play

  • if applicable, a brief developmental history of the script

There is no fee for script submissions for the 2023-24 season.

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