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Starting Gate New Play Festival is seeking Mid-Missouri playwrights for the 2022 Festival.


This writer-centered festival provides development opportunities for playwrights. Participants will

write two new 10-minute plays based on a prompt, engage in two workshops, and have their

plays performed in a fully-staged production.

The festival is open to new, emerging and established playwrights. We are particularly

interested in diverse and underrepresented voices. Three playwrights will be selected, and

winners will be announced in early May.

Our festival is unique in that the plays are workshopped in July and September, cast in October,

and then presented in November. Playwrights are expected to attend both workshops, some

rehearsals, and the performances, which will be November 11-13th.



At the link below, provide a short (100-200 words) bio, answer a few questions, and

submit a 10-minute play. Because submissions are read blind, please remove author name and

other identifying information from your script.

Submission deadline: Thursday, March 31st.

If you have questions, please contact us at