Submissions

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
CPI New Voices Series of Staged Readings

CINCINNATI PLAYWRIGHTS INITIATIVE invites Tri-State playwrights (OH, KY, IN) to submit unproduced full-length, one-act, or short plays for consideration for PUBLIC STAGED READINGS

Scripts may be on any subject and of any type.  (Not screenplays.)
No deadline—submissions accepted year round.
To submit you must be a member of CPI.  Annual dues $25.

Members may also participate in other CPI script development activities such as Workshop and Cold Reading either before or after submitting.
CPI’s New Voices Staged Readings are performed at the Aronoff Center for the Arts’ Fifth Third Bank Theater, or its Jarson-Kaplan Theater, in downtown Cincinnati.

To Become a Member

Mail dues ($25) with your contact information (address, phone, e-mail) to:
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
P.O. Box 19969
Cincinnati, OH 45219-0969
Make check payable to CPI.

To Submit a Script or Scripts

Electronic submission preferred, hard copy accepted (send to address above).

E-mail script(s) as attachment(s) to Arnold Schwartz at SCHWARA@UCMAIL.UC.EDU.

Stage Play Format preferred (over Published Play Format)

CHARACTER NAME indented to center of page (or centered)
Dialogue at left margin
Stage Directions indented so they are distinct from dialogue
Single space within dialogue and stage directions, double space between.
(There’s no one right way to format.  For examples, google nycplaywrights.)
DO NOT include your name on title page or elsewhere in script.
DO proofread carefully.  Errors are distracting and detract from a script’s impact.
For Musicals, include discs or musical files (such as mp3 tracks).  Again, no names.

What Happens Next

CPI will acknowledge receipt of scripts. Within two months, CPI will send the playwright a Comments/Evaluation document from the Play Selection Committee.  Thereafter, playwright is contacted ONLY if a script is chosen for a staged reading.  Selection time varies from two months to a year.  After that time, a script is unlikely to be selected.

 When a script is selected, CPI will email the playwright a Letter of Agreement to be signed and returned.  The playwright is encouraged to take part in the process leading to the staged reading and give a pre-performance report and a post-performance report.  (A playwright distant from Cincinnati may appoint someone to do these tasks but still should attend the reading.)

Playwrights are limited to one staged reading a season (barring scheduling emergency).

More info:  Script Format Sample, Submission Guidelines, Evaluation Form, Letter of Agreement