Next Stage Press accepts Full-Lengths, One Acts, and Children’s Plays of all types of subject matter. We are currently not accepting musicals or 10-minute plays. 10-minute plays may be submitted if they are part of a collection that would make up a full evening of Theatre.
1. Plays that have received at least one production preferred - but not required.
2. The Author must hold the sole rights to all material in the submission.
3. The Author must submit a cover letter, production history, any reviews, and a 25-page dialogue sample in standard manuscript format.
If we are interested in reading the entire manuscript we will contact you. DO NOT SEND THE ENTIRE MANUSCRIPT UNLESS IT'S REQUESTED.
Please keep in mind, the evaluation period can take several months. We request that playwrights not contact us regarding submissions – we will respond with a publication offer or a notice declining the submission for our catalogue.
We prefer electronic submissions for the materials listed in requirement #3. Please e-mail all material to [email protected] . You will receive an e-mail acknowledging our receipt of the materials.
All submission decisions are final.
We've been asked numerous times - "What are you looking for?" Listed below are a few things that might prove to be helpful when deciding what to submit.
1. Make sure your play is in top notch form when you send it. Get rid of the typos. There is nothing more embarrassing for the writer than to have a script out there with typos in it. Our job is to publish and while we will do everything in our power to catch mistakes - we are reviewing lots of plays. You have only one to worry about - yours. So, make sure it's in good shape.
2. DO NOT try to direct the play though your stage directions. Theatre is a living thing - and future directors, designers, and actors might see the play slightly differently (that's the beauty of the art). Besides, in order for the play to have a life (and make money) - it must be able to exist on its own. If the play needs you in order to survive - then it's not ready to be published. Also, keep in mind the art is done. Publishing is a business and all of that "extra stuff" adds more cost to the actual publishing of the script.
3. Once you sign the contract - anything you can do to help speed the process along will only benefit you. We publish in Times New Roman 16pt Font. All character names are bolded and in CAPS - and all stage directions are in italics. The quicker we format - the quicker we can get it in the store. So, help us out.
4. Start thinking about the synopsis. 1 long paragraph for the back of the script. Go into our store and click on a few scripts if you want some examples.
5. KEEP MARKETING YOURSELF AND THE PLAY!!! This is the biggest one of the bunch. Do you want to make money? Then keep telling people/theatres that you have a script published and where they can get a copy. Don't wait for the money to come to you. Go get it!! (That house in the Bahamas is waiting for you.)
Thank you for your interest in Next Stage Press.
Gene KatoNext Stage Press Publications