Welcome to the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco submissions site.  We use this site for both PLAY submissions and general AUDITION management.  

We generally make the submission periods open to submitters:

  • Plays - 15-21 days before the deadline
  • Auditions - as soon as we announce the auditions.

To see the full guidelines and deadlines and to submit, see specific submission forms below.  

For password and technical issues, please contact Submittable technical support.

For other issues or questions, please contact submissions@playwrightscentersf.org [do not send submissions to this email address!]

*****THE SUBMISSION FORM WON'T WORK UNTIL THE SUBMISSION PERIOD HAS BEEN OPENED********

Last updated 03/19/2020

Scene Swaps take place on the week PRIOR to our Scene Night weeks.   Submission deadline is 11:59pm on the Wednesday of that week.   If your submission has been received after the Wednesday deadline for a weekly Scene Swap, your scene script will be held and included in the next Scene Swap.


Any PCSF member can participate in exchanging/critiquing 10 minute scenes with other PCSF playwrights.    (8-10 pages of standard format script -- obviously page counts will be shorter for scenes with longer speeches or monologues,  Please be respectful of the 10 minute limit.   Your scene can be a free-standing 10-minute play, or it can be a section from a longer play.

If your script is part of a longer piece, include a short (up to 3 sentence) explanation of the characters/situation & what you’re trying to achieve as the first page of the attachment.  If it’s a 10-minute play, no explanation is needed.  If there are one or two specific questions you’d like your reviewers to answer, you may include them.  However, reviewers will be free to comment on any aspect of your scene.     The reviewers will indicate (1) what they liked about the piece and (2) what they think could be improved.

By submitting your script, you commit to reading and reviewing TWO other scenes by PCSF playwrights.   In exchange, you will will receive two independent reviews of your work.

All scripts and reviews and BLIND.  

 General Guidelines
 

  • Only PCSF members are eligible for a slot in our reading series.  Plays will not be read if membership is not current at the time of submission. Join PCSF here! Or contact membership@playwrightscentersf.org to confirm your membership status.
  • Please read our Writers’ Guide to Staged Readings and Writers’ Guide to Developmental Readings to review playwright responsibilities.  Make sure you understand the playwright responsibilities before submitting.
  • No musicals. If the play contains incidental song(s) or music, the playwright must own the rights or have express written permission to the rights or the song(s) must be in the public domain. This policy does not allow for "fair use."

  You may resubmit a play that was previously not accepted or which has had a read-through or developmental reading with PCSF.   If you do, be sure to fill out the question about what you've changed.    If your play has received a staged reading with PCSF, it is no longer eligible for our Reading series program.


Reading Series Guidelines
 

  • The total submission (all plays) must be no more than 130 pages in length, properly formatted, for up to 2.5 hours run-time. Submissions over 130 pages will not be considered.    Run-time of submitted play must be at least 20 minutes.
  • The submission must be a one-act, full-length, or a group of one-acts around a central theme.   
  • We reserve the right to stop reading plays that are obviously longer than 2.5 hours. For example, 130 pages of monologue would be impossible to read and way over the spirit of a maximum 2.5 hour play, even if formatted correctly.
  • Number your pages.
  • Plays must be in PCSF standard script format (Word template) (PD) as revised for Spring 2012.    Plays with improper margins or formatting may be disqualified. The script format is provided as a Word template; you can do a Save As to get  a fresh script in PCSF format.
  • Use Courier or Courier New font, 12 point.
  • To accomplish this, select all (Ctrl-A on PC, Cmd-A on Mac) then choose Courier and 12 point from the font menu.
  • General margins: top margin between 0.75" and 1.0" and bottom margin: between 1.0" and 1.5"
  • Dialogue Margins: left margin 1.5" - 2.0" and right margin: 1.0"    Each character's dialogue should be followed by one blank line (12 point).
  • Character names (tags) should be on a unique line.  Also, character names should be in ALL CAPS.
  • You no longer need to underline character names.
  • All submissions must be electronic in MS Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format only.  If you  cannot send an electronic copy, contact us and we will make arrangements for hard copy submission.
  • Play must include character list, tag line, and short summary at the beginning of the document.
  • Make sure to name the file as follows:  {play title}_blind.doc (or) .docx (or)  .rtf (or) .pdf.
  • Attach One (1) blind copy of the play with no playwright  identifying information. (If submitting multiple related short plays, include them in One (1) file.)

 Tip: To ensure your file really is blind, in the File menu, choose Properties, then wipe out your name that Word automatically puts in there. Save the file, open it and check again that it's blank.Note:  You will receive an automated acknowledgement of the submission.  If there are any problems with the submission you will be contacted.  A separate acknowledgement will not be sent. 

  • If your play is selected for a reading, your membership must be in good standing at the time of the reading.   (This may require renewal between the time of submission and the reading.)   
  • Readings will be "live" for an invited audience, and may take place in-theatre, or online via Zoom -- this will be at the discretion of the PCSF reading series producers.


Updated 010/22/2020

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