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 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 difference between the two types of readings and 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.    
  • The minimum run-time of a single submitted play must be at least 20 minutes.
  • Your submission must be either a one-act, a 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). 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.
  • 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 a 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 delete 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. 

  • 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.)   
  • Developmental Readings will take place on Zoom. Staged Readings may take place in live theatre, COVID protocols permitting, unless the playwright would prefer Zoom.

Updated 10/12/2021

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