For more than three decades, Alabama Shakespeare Festival has shown a commitment to commissioning, developing, and producing new work written by Southern writers and/or work about life in the American South.
Due to the success of these endeavors, we no longer have an open submission process. The previous submissions policy no longer serves our season planning needs and has set up expectations with playwrights that we cannot meet without creating frustration for us and showing unintentional disrespect to artists.
Please know that although we no longer have an open submissions process, we have increased our dedication to the due diligence of reaching out to our partners in artistic offices and agencies, attending festivals, serving on panels, traveling around the country to see shows, and to have our trusted colleagues attend shows when we cannot.
Unsolicited complete manuscripts will be accepted when submitted by professional representatives only. This applies to all submissions for our Southern Writers Festival. Please note that lawyers and law firms do not qualify as “professional representation” in this venue. Agents may submit work on behalf of their clients to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Email submissions only.
In the interest of offering access to local artists, playwrights who reside within the state of Alabama are permitted to submit inquiries, synopses, and dialogue samples of up to ten pages. All materials may be submitted to the email listed above. Submitted synopses and samples will be reviewed regularly, and the ASF staff will reach out if further action is needed by the writer. Materials will not be returned or acknowledged except in cases of further interest on the part of the theatre.
In rare cases, some work will be considered on the strength of a significant professional recommendation. These submissions will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival remains interested in and committed to the commissioning, development, and production of new work. This policy is designed to ensure that finding this work is carried out in a way that is targeted, efficient and consistent with the ASF’s mission and aesthetic standards. ASF has a special interest in plays written by and for diverse voices, plays written by women playwrights, and plays written for young audiences. Adaptations will be considered if you have secured underlying rights.