Headwaters New Play Festival – Submissions

Submission Guidelines 

What kind of plays are we looking for? The Headwaters program is the source of new plays of the West. However, our definition of West is extremely broad. It may include plays set in the current, historic, or mythic western United States; plays that reflect the diverse cultures and experiences of the West; plays that examine the American urban/rural divide; and plays that completely re-imagine what “West” means.

To be considered for the Headwaters New Play Festival, a play must never have had a professional production and the playwright must be available to attend the workshop week (typically in late August). Check back here in November for specific dates for our 2018 festival.

Since 2015’s festival, our goal has been to more accurately reflect the diversity of human experience by reserving one of our two slots for women and playwrights of color. We are seeking full-length plays, musicals, and plays with music, one submission per playwright.

Submissions close when 250 scripts are received or February 18, 2018, whichever comes first. 250 scripts were received on January 30, 2018

Submissions are currently: CLOSED. 

Submissions for the 2019 Festival will begin August 1st, 2018. Check back here for details.

Plays must be submitted digitally in PDF format. Hard copies will not be considered. We accept one play per playwright, and please do not resubmit a play from a previous year. Responses will be sent out by May 2018. CRT provides travel, a food stipend, and cozy accommodations for the two finalist playwrights. The scenic mountain beauty of this remote and quaint arts town will provide endless inspiration as you develop your work. Plays read at the festival will be considered for full production in CRT’s 2019 season.

Questions? Contact us at headwaters@creederep.com.