Epiphanies Submissions

Submissions are closed until 2023, but if you want to take a look below to learn about our guidelines and process, feel free to read on!

Wild Imaginings is committed to providing a productive and inspiring space for emerging playwrights to see their works produced. Wild Imaginings will accept all plays that meet our basic criteria and eligibility. Playwrights are responsible for going over all information in this document and verifying their eligibility before submitting their work. 

Rules

1. To be considered for inclusion in the festival, work must be submitted on or before 11:59 pm, March 15th, 2022. 

2. Works must be the original work of the submitting playwright(s), and they must be the sole owner(s) of any existing copyright. 

3. Works must be a full-length drama, comedy, or book of a musical, with intermission preferred. If there is no intermission, then the script should be a minimum of 75 minutes. While there is no minimum page requirement, scripts numbering more than 120 pages will not be read.

4. Works may include sections of dialogue in other languages, however the majority of text must be in English. 

5. Work must be previously unproduced.

6. Limit one submission per author.

Eligibility

Submissions for the Epiphanies New Works Festival are open to all playwrights. Collaborative submissions are accepted; however, playwrights should keep in mind that submissions are limited to one per author. 

Artistic Merit

The Epiphanies New Works Festival is committed to the development of new dramatic work that is theatrically innovative and has literary merit. Wild Imaginings believes in exploration, experimentation, and pushing the boundaries of what theatre can be, as well as the impact that theatre can have on the communities in which it is performed. Rather than rephrasing stories that have already been told, we are seeking unique voices and original stories told in the author’s own voice that engage the imaginations of our audience and offer challenging new perspectives.

Script Submission Guidelines

Scripts must be submitted and the entry form completed prior to 11:59pm on March 15, 2022.

 

If you have any questions, you may reach out to Trent Sutton, the Artistic Director of Wild Imaginings, at trent@wildimaginingswaco.com. But be sure to do so well enough in advance that they may be answered prior to the deadline. Any scripts submitted after the above date will not be considered.

Document Formatting Criteria

  • Legibly typed 12-point font in standard play script format with 1′′ margins

  • No indication of authorship on any of the pages (“blinded”)

  • Submitted as a single PDF—one file only. No hard copies accepted

  • Page 1: cover page with play title only; also, insert this disclaimer: This script is copyright protected and may not be reproduced, distributed, or disseminated without the prior written permission of the author.

  • Page 2: REQUIRED brief synopsis of play (200-word maximum), as well as a setting and cast list that includes each character’s name, age, and brief description

  • The Play Title should ONLY appear on page one. 

  • All pages numbered

  • Characters’ names centered above dialogue and in all caps 

  • Stage directions must be indicated in italics 

  • Intermission indicated, if applicable

  • Last page indicated with “Fin” or “End”

  • If submitted work is the book of a musical, it must be in libretto formatting (i.e. capitalized song lyrics)

Explanation of Process

Epiphanies is a process designed by Wild Imaginings to provide new playwrights with the space and opportunity to receive constructive feedback from industry experts, hear their words spoken aloud, and workshop their plays into a polished final product.

 

After submission, the primary reader will look at all plays. All works will be read by a minimum of two blind readers who will score the play based on their merits. After the blind reading process, the creative team will then deliberate and choose eight semifinalists to be invited to participate in virtual table readings beginning the month of May. Playwrights are invited to attend these readings for feedback. Each semifinalist will have one month from the date of their table read to make any edits they desire. Revised scripts will again be reviewed by multiple judges and four finalists will be selected for the New Works Festival by September 1st.

 

The New Works Festival itself will take place over the course of a weekend this fall, during the month of October. Precise dates are TBD. If desired, the playwright is responsible for the cost and arrangements for transportation to and from Waco, as well as accommodation. A fully staged production of the 2021 Epiphanies winner, Cardboard Castes Hung On Walls by Amy Tofte will be part of the festival. The 2022 Winner, which will be chosen after the festival will be performed as a full production in 2023. Other workshopping opportunities may be available for finalists.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: March 15

  • Semifinalists Selected: May 15

  • Table Readings Completed by: July 15

  • Final Scripts Due: one month after table reading

  • Finalists Selected: September 1

  • New Works Festival: October 13-17