Since the 1980s, more than 11,000 books have been challenged or banned in the United States. How many have you read?


Forward Theater Company, an Equity theater in Madison, Wisconsin, is excited to announce its third monologue festival to be held February 26-28, 2015, at Overture Center for the Arts.  We invite you to submit a monologue for performance and add your voice to this conversation about free speech and all that freedom entails.



Monologues should be inspired by the theme: “Out of the Fire – an exploration of banned books and censorship.” We encourage you to explore books that have been banned through the years: Banned Books Week/Censorship & ALA/Frequently Challenged Books, and consider writing a piece from such varied perspectives as the author of a banned book, the patron requesting a book be banned, or a character in a banned book.

Monologues must be between two and ten minutes in length, and be written for a single actor to perform. (All lengths of up to ten minutes will be considered). We do not accept musical submissions, adaptations, or children’s plays.


Each playwright may submit up to two scripts with no fee. For each additional script, there is a $5 reading fee.


We are soliciting new work for premiere productions. If the piece has previously received a fully-realized production, do NOT submit.


Each script must include a title page with name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Please do NOT list your name anywhere on the monologue itself.


Submit scripts via e-mail ONLY to


Please use the subject line “Monologue festival submission.” E-Submissions will be accepted until midnight on June 1st, 2014.


Entries will be acknowledged by e-mail once they have been received. Due to the volume of scripts, we are unable to offer feedback.


Winning scripts will be announced on our web site, on or before September 10th, 2014. Winning playwrights will be notified via email or phone on or before this date.


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