2019 New Scripts Festival

The Stage Door New Scripts Festival, sponsored by Winchester Little Theatre and hosted by the Handley Library, seeks submissions of new playscripts.

The festival will be at the Handley Library in Winchester, Virginia, February 8 through 10, 2019. Three to six scripts will be selected for staged readings. Each reading will be followed by a moderated discussion with the actors, the audience, and the playwright. The playwright must be in attendance.

Submission guidelines:

  • Playscripts must be unpublished and may not have been previously staged or produced.
  • Playscripts may be full-length or one act and any genre.
  • Playwrights may submit up to three playscripts each. There is a $25 submission fee per playscript. The fee can be paid by credit card using the payment form below.
  • Scripts and submission fees must be received by midnight, Thursday, November 1, 2018. Playwrights will be notified of acceptance by Sunday, December 2, 2018.
  • Preferred submission method for scripts is via email to wlt@wltonline.org with “New Script Submission” in the subject line and the script attached as two separate PDFs. The first PDF should be a title page with the play title, playwright’s name, contact information, and copyright statement. The second PDF should be the play without the playwright’s name or other identifying information. Prior to submitting your script, pay your submission fee by credit card using the payment form below. Upon payment, you will receive an order number. Include this order number on the title page and the first page on the script. Submission fees also may be paid by check (address below), but must be received prior to submission deadline.
  • Alternately, scripts may be submitted by mail, with title page and script as described above. A brief cover letter may be included but is not necessary. Include a personal or cashiers check for the submission fee with the script. Checks should be made out to Winchester Little Theatre, with “Script Submission” on the comment line.

    Mailing address is:

    Winchester Little Theatre
    315 W. Boscowen St.
    Winchester, VA 22601

  • For questions or assistance with submissions, please call 540-662-3331.