Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Boston Theater Marathon XXVI, which will take place in person on May 5, 2024, at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Please click here for more information about the history, purpose and the selection process of the BTM.

Eligibility

  • Only New England-area playwrights are eligible. Submissions will be accepted from permanent residents in New England and/or those who have a New England mailing address in the following states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont.
  • All scripts must play under 10 minutes.
  • No more than one submission per author. This includes co-authored pieces.
  • There are no restrictions on subject matter, nor on whether or not a play has previously been produced.
  • Play must be the original work of the submitting playwright(s).
  • Minimal sets, props, and costumes suggested.

Formatting

  • Scripts must be 10 or fewer pages (not counting title page and character descriptions), typewritten using a 10-point font or larger, with one-inch margins. If your play is more than ten pages long, we will be unable to consider it.
  • We also accept short musicals; the same 10 minute restriction applies. If submitting a musical, please also submit audio file(s) of the score.
  • The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere in the document, including headers, footers, or the file name. This is a blind submission.
  • Put the title on the first page.
  • Please include a brief synopsis (100 words) and a character breakdown (include gender, race, and age only if it suggests a casting requirement). This synopsis is for internal use only and may be edited later for content.

Submission logistics

  • There is no fee to submit your play.
  • All submissions must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 27.
  • Please do not call or e-mail us to check the status of your submission.
  • Notification will be made to everyone by mid-February, 2024.

Optional: you may provide us with a few sentences about the play and/or playwright. Example, “I was inspired to write this play on a hiking trip on the Appalachian trail which I undertook in a moment of transition in my life. So while the arrangement of the text on the page suggests a kind of meditative journey, I also envision it having that feeling of exertion and travel.” OR “As a queer Middle Eastern woman, I’ve always struggled with engrained cultural ideas of what “a perfect family” can/should look like. This play is my attempt to write a comedy about that struggle!” Do not include your name or identifying information detailed enough that it might jeopardize the anonymity of the submission.

Questions?

If you have any questions about these guidelines or the BTM, or if you run into problems submitting a play, please email BPT Managing Director Darren Evans at darrene@bu.edu

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