Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Deadline July 1 | Free to Enter: Native Voices at the Autry Short Play Festival/ Competition ($1,000 prize | US)

Post date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Deadline: 1 July 2012

Native Voices at the Autry is the nation’s premier Equity theatre company dedicated to the development and production of new works for the stage by Native American and First Nations artists. We accept submissions year-round, but all submissions for the specific event listed below must be received by July 1, 2012.


Selected short plays and one-acts will be presented during the Autry National Center’s American Indian Arts Marketplace in Los Angeles. This year’s theme is “Indians in America: Native American Athletes Take the Field,” for which we invite a wide range of short scripts.

Plays can be about professional, student, or amateur sports or athletes, on or off the field. They can be about family members of athletes. They can be about coaches. Plays do not have to be biographical or autobiographical. Use your imagination! Native Voices will be posting interesting stories on Facebook and Pinterest about Native athletes, athletics, families of athletes, coaches, and other supporters. Be sure to visit our page and add your own stories as well!


Short plays and one-acts (5-page min, 16-page max) received by July 1, 2012, will be read and evaluated by a national reading panel composed of Native American theatre artists and community members who will select 6 to 10 plays for the festival based on the creative use of the theme, originality, theatricality, and execution.

Selected plays will be given a staged reading in November 2012, and panel of judges will select the 2012 Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a $1,000 cash prize based on the creative use of the theme, originality, theatricality, execution, and audience response.

  • If submitted by e-mail, label the script file attachment as follows:
  • PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Scott, J.doc)
  • Use a standard play-script format (one-inch margins, Times or Courier #12 font, number all pages).
  • Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone number, e-mail address).
  • Include a character breakdown.
  • Provide a 75-word biography, including tribal affiliation. If submitted by e-mail, label the file attachment as follows:
  • Bio_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Bio_Scott, J.doc)
  • Provide the development history for the play. If submitted by e-mail, label the file attachment as follows:
  • DevHistory/PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial
  • (Example: DevHistory/MyNewPlay_Scott, J.doc)

DO NOT send treatments or outlines. Playwrights are encouraged to make multiple submissions (up to three), but selection will be limited to only one play per playwright for this event. Materials will not be returned.


For inquiries: e-mail

For submissions: Send submissions in PDF or Word format by July 1, 2012, to Subject Line: SUBMISSION - [TITLE OF YOUR PLAY]