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September 22, 2008

Where to get your play published

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In my spare time, when I’m not teaching music and drama, revising my adult suspense novel or writing new plays for our drama classes, I’m always looking at opportunities to get my plays published.

I’ve written a couple of articles about different aspects of playwriting. Watch for my “The Business of Playwriting”, coming out in Writer’s Digest’s newest market book, “The Screenwriter’s and Playwright’s Market, 2009”, available at amazon.com, amazon.ca and chapters indigo:

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/The-Screenwriters-and-Playwrights-Market-Chuck-Sambuchino/9781582975528-item.html

Here are some great links I want to share. Just remember to thoroughly research any potential publisher and always follow their guidelines to the letter when submitting your work.

For women playwrights, this is a great resource site:
http://www.womenplaywrights.org

International Centre for Women Playwrights

To me, this company is synonymous with plays but beware, they only take the BEST!
http://www.samuelfrench.com/store/play_submission.php
Samuel French

For women playwrights, screenwriters and artists, check out this site and sign up for the fabulous newsletters. You won’t be sorry.
http://www.womenarts.org/fund/EmailNewsletterSign-Up.htm
The Fund for Women Artists

Not sure how to submit to this one but check out their website for more info:
http://www.broadwayplaypubl.com/
Broadway Play Publishing Inc.

Another BIG company:
http://www.dramatists.com/
Dramatists Play Services

Lots of plays for children accepted here:
http://www.pioneerdrama.com/
Pioneer Drama Service Inc.

This one takes all the usual types of plays but also has a large religious play section:
http://www.bakersplays.com/store/play_submission.php?osCsid=b33b43de923a133328df9f5cf7a4460d
Baker’s Plays

Here’s another tradition publisher of plays:
http://www.playscripts.com/about
Playscripts Inc.

This one takes all sorts of plays except musicals:
http://www.brookpub.com/Submission_Guidelines.php
Brooklyn Publishers

And just a few other resources:

Drama Geeks – a place where you can download lots of different plays by
masters like Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde
http://www.dramageeks.com/

And for those budding screenwriters, check out Drews Script-o-rama for downloadable movie and TV scripts:
http://www.script-o-rama.com/snazzy/dircut.html

If you’re going to contact one of the bigger, well-known companies, it isn’t likely that you’ll even get them to take a look unless your play has a proven track record of productions. Often you’ll have to submit a program and general history of ticket sales etc.

My advice: As with any publishing endeavour, try the smaller presses first. We all have to get our start somewhere, right?

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