And the 2018 Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Festival Theme is…

WOW – it’s official!  Our 2018 festival theme is here, and we’ll begin accepting submissions on June 1!  (So check back here on the 1st… but you can get writing now!)

This year’s festival theme is VOLUME CONTROL.  Playwrights are invited to submit short (think 10 minutes or less) plays and/or monologues written on this theme.  In the past we’ve had great success with short scenelets as well (10-minute plays comprised of a couple of scenes, which we can sprinkle throughout the line-up).

**LBDI strongly suggests you do not submit plays or monologues longer than ten minutes.** Keep in mind that in all instances, shorter truly is better.  Plays running longer than ten minutes stand very little chance of making it into the festival, as we strive to produce as many playwrights as possible.

Remember:  Little Black Dress INK utilizes a peer review process for evaluating plays.  By submitting to this fest, you agree to participate in this unique opportunity to help select plays for production.

Once our submission window is closed, you will receive a selection of plays to read and score using the LBDI online eval form.  You MUST read and submit your evaluations by the required date in order for your play to remain in consideration.

Submitted works will be read by other participating playwrights and LBDI artistic personnel.  By submitting to the festival, you agree to share your work for review in this process.

** NEW for 2018**
LBDI will utilize an online submission form this year – DO NOT email scripts to us – please wait for the form to open (June 1) and follow directions there.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As usual, LBDI will be producing readings of the top scoring plays at locations nation-wide.  The top eight to ten scoring plays will also move on to full production with Little Black Dress INK in 2018.

Submissions will be accepted June 1 – July 15


  • Four time ONSTAGE Playwright, Jen Huszcza, and I talk about the ONSTAGE festival and what I’m looking for in festival submissions HERE
  • I’ve also written a few tips for submitting to short-play festivals HERE and shared some thoughts on how I build our festival line-ups HERE

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