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Attention Playwrights: Enter The NY Winterfest and Win up to $6600.00 in Prizes

Attention Playwrights: Enter The NY Winterfest and Win up to $6600.00 in Prizes

At the NY Winterfest first prize is $3,000. Can you find another festival that gives away that much? Winners are selected by the festival’s team, so it’s not just a “popularity contest” for bringing in the largest audience. Sometimes the barest “non-glitziest” productions, with the smallest audience attendance win first prize, simply because it was excellent. The NY Theaterfest loves sincere, heart-felt performances and honest writing. Prize categories include: best director, best actor, best actress, best singer $500 each. Best stage manager, best set, best lighting design, most creative play or musical, best choreography $200.00 and best score $300.00. The total prizes add up to $6600.00.

Submit to the play festival that is wowing New Yorkers. Here’s a chance to have your play live on a New York City Stage! Submit your work to the Winterfest festival competition. Accepting plays and musicals of all genres between 5-90 minutes in length. New York Theater Festival has been a haven for playwrights for 16 seasons.

Here is what the festival offers:

 A quality venue.

The Hudson Theatre Guild is a 99 beautiful red fabric seat theatre with 4 wheel-chair friendly spots. A stage the size of your average 2 bedroom apartment in Manhattan (29’x22’) with plenty of backstage space, room in the wings, a large dressing room complete with mirrors, sink, clean and functional bathroom. The space is located at 441 West 26th Street, so it is easy to get to.

 Need set/prop pieces? No problem.

What other festival offers you the use of 85 set props/furniture in their storage for free? Not only are you invited you to use their items, they offer free storage to all full length productions. It’s not fun double parking your truck outside of theaters to find your windshield sporting a new parking ticket. It’s annoying lugging all your props, set items, and costumes back and forth on the subway throughout the length of your run. Don’t sweat it. They have space- and that’s not easy to come by in NYC!

 Easy to use technology.

Where else will you get a lighting plot of 94 lights, complete with LED lights that can flush a full range of deep color to your scenes. You are also free to use the projector that project a back stage image of 21×12′.

 If MUSIC be the food of love, play on!

Need music? A Yamaha brand 88-key electric piano, complete with a suspension pedal, music stand, piano stool, and a light to read the music is there for you to use.

♣ No other festival offers so long a tech.

Do you know how important it is to have ample tech rehearsal time?

For a Full-Length (45-90 minute long play) 4,5 hours for tech. Other festivals will give you 1, maybe 2.5 hours top.

For a One-Act (20-45 minute long play) 2,5 hours for tech. Other festivals will give you 30-60 minutes.

For a Short (5-20 minute long piece) 1 hour for tech. Other festivals will give you no tech at all. What can you accomplish with short tech rehearsals, or none at all? Absolutely nothing (say it again!) This festival does not want you to run the risk of your show looking miserable during your run because you did not have enough time to prepare. They want you to feel confident with how it will look. That’s why a generous amount of tech time is offered. (After all, time is money!)

 What’s more important than advertising your show?

Many festival websites do not advertise your show. Many that do will have mundane descriptions and a thumbnail of a poster. Check out their pages with previous productions. Large posters, detailed information, and a catchy blurb of your show… That’s more like it! You can copy the link and share that post without embarrassment. Additionally, they will send you a link for tickets that is easy to share with your family, friends, colleagues, and community. All cast and crew from all productions earn free tickets to see all other shows in the festival!

 Prime performance hours

Because who wants their show at 3pm on a Monday? Ideal prime time slots, 45 minutes of ample set-up time before performances, and since the festival runs for 3 months each production has time to breathe.

 No seasonal volunteers

One of their principle team members is always at the theater to support you during your tech, box office times and performances. You will always see a familiar face! Feel free to ask for help or special guidance to make your performance a success. Your questions will be answered in a matter of hours from the festival’s team. You will never have to wait days for a response. The staff is knowledgeable and experienced, providing you with real answers and a personal touch.

 Award ceremony

An unforgettable award ceremony at the end of the festival to honor your talent in front of your artistic colleagues, similar to that of an Oscar’s Night!


*Submissions Accepted from Playwrights that live no farther than 50 miles from Manhattan only, and Shows from beyond a 30-mile radius outside of Manhattan can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City. Plays are considered on a first-come first-served basis. The earlier you submit, the better your chances are of having your script invited to the festival. Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production, including directing, casting, stage-managing. We know exactly what you need to make your show a success and we welcome you into our community of playwrights and theater innovators!


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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