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Epiphanies Submissions

Submissions are now open for our 2023 festival!

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 Central Time, February 20, 2023. 

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. Scripts must not require more than 8 actors. Doubling is acceptable, so there may be a greater number of characters, so long as the cast requires no more than 8. 

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

6. Work must be previously unproduced.

7. 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.

Document Formatting Criteria

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

  • Submissions must be blinded. This means that there should be no indication of the play title or the play’s authorship anywhere in the document.

  • Page 1 MUST include: a brief synopsis of the play (200-word maximum), the setting, and a cast list that includes each character’s namealong with a brief description

Script Submission Guidelines

Scripts must be submitted and the entry form completed prior to 11:59pm Central Time on February 20, 2023.

 

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.

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 2022 Epiphanies winner, Handless King by Harley Elias will be part of the festival. The 2023 Winner, which will be chosen after the festival, will be performed as a full production in 2024. Other workshopping opportunities may be available for finalists.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: February 20

  • Semifinalists Selected: April 30

  • Table Readings Completed by: June 30

  • Final Scripts Due: one month after table reading

  • Finalists Selected: August 15

  • New Works Festival: October weekend TBD

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