Recently, I launched this new Market Spotlight feature on the WritersMarket.com blog. Every Monday (sometimes Tuesday), I plan on spotlighting a certain segment of the market that we list in the Writer’s Market books and on WritersMarket.com. Since we have an upcoming course on writing dialogue, let’s take a look at three recently updated playwriting markets–where dialogue plays such an integral role in writing scripts.
Whether you’re writing scenes for plays or books, great dialogue helps lift fiction to new levels. Luckily, Writer’s Digest University offers the Write Great Dialogue course that examines how to elevate dialogue from blah to exceptional.
Writers who are up to the challenge will learn the mechanics of structure and punctuation in dialogue, what good dialogue looks like and the proper format, character development and characterization techniques that can be applied to fiction of any genre or length, and techniques to improve your dialogue-writing skills.
3 Recently Updated Playwriting Markets
While a few playwriting markets are those that publish plays, most of the playwriting markets listed on WritersMarket.com are theaters. That’s because plays are meant to be performed. After all, it’s during performances that scripts come alive. Here are three recently updated playwriting markets.
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Actors Theatre of Louisville produces 25 new plays of varying lengths per year. This theater will only consider agented submissions for full-length plays, but they also produce 10-minute plays and plays of ideas, language, humor, experiment and passion. They offer a couple 10-minute play contests each year.
East West Players produces 4 plays per year. They say, “Whether dramas, comedies, or musicals, all plays must either address the Asian American experience or have a special resonance when cast with Asian American actors.” Playwrights can submit their script via e-mail.
Kumu Kahua produces 5 productions and 3-4 readings per year. The best way to break in is through annual scriptwriting contests they offer. Based in Honolulu, they look for plays that have some interest for local Hawai’i audiences.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which includes editing Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market, blogging at Poetic Asides and the Writer’s Market blog, judging contests, scheduling online writing conferences, and so much more.
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