Folks, this makes me more than a little angry and it should make you angry as well.

I throw an increasing number of my submissions away before I lick the envelope or hit “send.”  Why?

Because they require a payment.

It’s bad enough that playwrights have an exceedingly marginal chance of making a living.  Other than the most commercially successful – Ken Ludwig, Alan Ayckbourn – even those who are routinely produced and published must scrabble with other work to stay afloat.

And then I came across this.

It sounds just fine, like a really dedicated bunch of folks, they boast of not charging a submission fee, hooray for opening a brand new theater, but scroll down in the link.  Oh, hell, I’ll just give you the 411.

If your piece is chosen to participate in the festival there is a NON-REFUNDABLE production fee of $300.00, to be paid immediately upon acceptance.  This cost will help defray some of the expenses such as publicity and space rental. In addition, each production will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the Awards Ceremony/Final Performance.

Please note: All playwrights are responsible for producing their own individual plays. Variations Theatre Group will assist with finding actors, directors, and any technical assistants needed.

This is a festival of 15-minute plays.

You can read the rest of the article here by Deborah Magid

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