NewPlayFest Call for Scripts

Call for Scripts for 2020 Cycle

AACT NewPlayFest is one of the largest new works festivals in the country.

Script submissions are CLOSED for AACT NewPlayFest 2020. Scripts were accepted March 1, 2018 - April 30, 2018

Guidelines for Playwrights

  • Plays must be submitted between March 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018.
  • No fee for AACT member playwrights; $10 script processing fee for non-members.
  • Only one script per playwright accepted.
  • The Playwriting Contract should be reviewed prior to submission. Download Playwright Contract 2020 PDF at bottom of this page.

About the Play

  • AACT NewPlayFest is open to non-musical, full-length plays.
  • No limit on number of characters.
  • No restrictions on subject (although excessive offensive language, sex, or violence might limit the play’s appeal for some community theatres).
  • Script must be unpublished and must not have received a full production. (If selected, the AACT theatre’s production is to be a world premiere.) (Self-publication is allowed as long as the script is only available from the playwright or the playwright's website.)
  • No translations or adaptations of previously published works.
  • The script will be workshopped with the director and cast of the Producing Theatre, the playwright, and an AACT selected dramaturge. Changes or revisions must have consent of Producer and Playwright.

About the Format

  • Must be submitted online in one Adobe Acrobat pdf format file. (Several free pdf converters can be found online.)
  • Must be written in English.
  • Minimum 60 pages, maximum 120 pages using 12pt Times New Roman or equivalent.
  • Use standard play format and follow the AACT NewPlayFest Script Formatting Guidelines. Download Script Formatting Requirements PDF at bottom of this page.
  • Script must include, near the front: cast list, brief character descriptions, and set requirements.
  • Script must have no indication of the author on any page or in the file properties. (This allows reviewers to be totally objective.)

About the Festival

  • Semi-finalists will be notified Summer 2018, and will be required to sign the Playwright Contract to be eligible as a finalist.
  • Finalists will be notified by Fall 2018.
  • Winners will be announced December 2018.
  • The winning plays will be produced by American community theatres between February 2019 and July 2020. Producing Theatres have committed to a production of at least three performances with full production values. In addition to the production, the theatre will pay a royalty of $50 per performance. Submission of a script includes acceptance of production, if selected.
  • AACT has contracted with Dramatic Publishing Company to publish an anthology of the winning plays. Submission includes acceptance of publication in the anthology.
  • Productions will be publicized locally and nationally as World Premieres. Winning playwrights will be invited to travel to the respective Producing Theatres for a workshopping of the script with an AACT selected dramaturge and a performance. (Producing Theatres will provide some funding for travel.) See The Playwright Contract for more details on the workshop process. 
  • Download Adjudication Process at bottom of this page

Please Note:

  • AACT and its associated contest judges will destroy all electronic script submissions after the close of the program. 
  • The judges' decisions are final.
  • Incomplete submissions will be ineligible for inclusion in the festival.

For questions about your submission, contact Susan Austin at or the AACT office at 817-732-3177.

AACT only accepts online scripts through our NewPlayFest cycle submission process.

>> Submit a Script for AACT NewPlayFest 2020

Item Name File
Playwright Contract 2020 View/Download
Adjudication Process View/Download
2020 Script Submission Sample View/Download
Script Formatting Requirements View/Download


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