Submit to the play festival that is WOWING New Yorkers.
The fastest growing play competition.
Now accepting submissions!
Now calling all playwrights: 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—Read below to find out why!
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Why is New York Theater Festival a mecca for new and original plays? Simple. We offer:
We offer up to $6,600 in Prizes. $3,000 to the best play or musical alone.
Can you find another festival that gives away that much? Our winners are selected by the festival’s team, so it’s not just some “popularity contest” for bringing in the largest audience. Sometimes the barest “non-glitzy” production with the smallest audience attendance wins first prize simply because it was excellent. We love sincere, heart-felt performances, and honest writing. Prize categories include: best director, best actor, best actress, best singer, best stage manager, best set, best lighting design, most creative play or musical, best choreography and best score.
♣ A quality venue.
99 beautiful red fabric seats and 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.
♣ 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 do we invite you to use our items, we 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. We 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 our projector that project a back stage image of 21×12′.
♣ If MUSIC be the food of love, play on!
Need music? We also have a Yamaha brand 88-key electric piano, complete with a suspension pedal, music stand, piano stool, and a light to read the music.
♣We offer Long tech hours
Do you know how important it is to have ample tech rehearsal time?
For a Full-Length (45-90 minute long play) we give you 4,5 hours for tech.
For a One-Act (20-45 minute long play) we give you 2,5 hours for tech.
For a Short (5-20 minute long piece) we give you 1 for tech.
We do not want you to run the risk of your show looking miserable during your run because you did not have enough time to prepare. We want you to feel confident with how it will look. That’s why we offer a generous amount of tech time. (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 our 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, we 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 however earns free tickets to see all other shows in the festival!
♣ Prime performance hours
Because who wants their show at 3pm on a Monday? We give you only 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 our 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. Our 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!
♣ LAST, BUT NOT LEAST: YOU WILL BE TREATED WITH THE LOVE, RESPECT, AND APPRECIATION THAT YOU DESERVE AS A WRITER AND AS AN ARTIST. Submit your play to NYC theatre’s best kept secret TODAY.
*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!