Has anybody “scene” my gal?

We’ll give it to you straight: Pride Films and Plays is queer to recruit you. If you’re a woman who writes, we want you to write about women for the LezPlay (formerly Women’s Words) Contest or for our Mainstage Series.

Allow us to LGBT cue you in…

Mainstage Series

Pride Films and Plays is seeking plays with lesbian characters, situations, or themes. Preferred cast size of 1-6 for production in an intimate space – Mary’s Attic in Andersonville, Chicago, for example. Both new and previously produced plays will be accepted, though we prefer works that have not been previously produced in Chicago. Email a PDF of your full-length play with playwright contact information, resume, script synopsis, and production history (if applicable) to LezPlayPFP@gmail.com by April 30, 2015.

LezPlay Contest

LezPlay enhances the visibility and advances the viability of women who write plays, screenplays, and teleplays. LezPlay not only advocates for more dyke drama; it honors excellence in scripts written by women in which lesbian characters and themes–past, present, and future–play a pivotal role.

We’re on the lookout for new work, specifically Sapphic-centric narratives with a positive outlook. We want stories that elevate and celebrate us, refine and redefine us. We want to introduce audiences to women whose writing reflects, resonates with, and is relevant to their lives. We want stories that have a broad appeal, stories that will enable us to reach individuals of all ages and in all stages of life. And we want audiences to have a gay old time.

We are seeking scripts from women of all stripes and types: the lesbophile, the boi next door, the good-bi girl. Regardless of how you identify (or ident-defy) and even if your identity is not queer-cut, if your script puts the “out” in outstanding, then make a play (or a screenplay or a teleplay) for our attention.

From March 15 to May 1, we welcome submissions of short and full-length scripts from women. Only scripts that have not been professionally produced are eligible.

Scripts will be judged by a panel of industry professionals. Past judges include Fawzia Mirza, Wendy Jo Carlton, Kelli Simpkins, Ali Hoefnagel, Ky Dickens, Angela Alise Johnson, Rolla Selbak, Katherine Brooks, Rebecca Kling, and Carolyn Gage.

Up to five finalists will be selected in each category (Full-Length Plays, Full-Length Screenplays/Teleplays, and Short Scripts). The scripts that receive the highest recommendation from our reading panel, and that best align with the mission of LezPlay, will be presented as staged readings during LezPlay Weekend, which will take place in Chicago September 11-13. Writers whose work is selected for presentation will earn a cash prize ($400 for full-length scripts, $100 for shorts). In addition, LezPlay finalists in the Full-Length Plays category automatically receive production consideration for the Mainstage Series.

To enter LezPlay, you will need to complete the online entry form at FilmFreeway and also submit your script (with NO identifying information on it) to LezPlay Literary Manager Allison Fradkin at PrideWomen@gmail.com. Entry fee is $10 if script is received by March 31. Entry fee is $20 if script is received by April 15. Entry fee is $30 if script is received by May 1. To make the final deadline, scripts must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on May 1, 2015. Members of the Dramatists Guild and PFP’s Writers Network may submit one script exempt from the entry fee.

Writers may enter as many scripts as desired, but each entry form can be accompanied by only one (1) script. Each additional entry will require a separate entry form and separate entry fee. Only one free application may be submitted. If submitting a second script, there is a $10 discount for the second entry fee. The full entry fee is due for all entries made after that.

Any woman in her “write” mind would submit. And we hope you do, because we here at Pride Films and Plays really need our Sapph-fix.

Lez Play


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