Submissions to Australian Plays are currently closed.

Australian Plays accepts submissions throughout the year during specific Submissions Windows. 

Submissions will next be open 2019 during the following months;

  • FEBRUARY
  • APRIL
  • JULY
  • OCTOBER
In the meantime, if you have a time sensitive submission or any questions about the Selection Criteria below - please email our Literary Manager, John Kachoyan - john@australianplays.org

 

SUBMISSIONS TO OUR CATALOGUE

Australian Plays is committed to publishing, promoting and procuring the best Australian theatrical texts and helping Australian playwright’s work to reach the widest audience possible. The aims of our Catalogue are to further the reading, discussion, and importantly production of Australian plays and to extend the life of our theatre texts generally. We also aim to ensure the Catalogue represents the myriad facets of Australian playwriting history, celebrating forgotten works and making our theatrical past accessible for generations to come. Both speak to each other, the past and the present.

If you are an Australian playwright and would like to send us a script for consideration then here's what you need to know.

 

IS MY PLAY ELIGIBLE?

Australian Play accepts professionally-written production-ready performance scripts for stage across a range of styles and genres. We only accept work by Australian writers and encourage playwrights at all stages of their career to submit their plays to us, provided that the work meets the following eligibility criterion:

AND at least one of the following;

 

SO, WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Australian Plays is looking for outstanding plays, which are formally or thematically original, possess a clear theatricality (i.e. are not stories for another medium) and are of a professional standard and production-ready. We are looking for writers and plays that represent the diversity, difference, divergence and diaspora stories of this country. Works that investigate the problems and possibilities of our time, grapple with 'state of the nation' issues, experiment with form and content, or add to the rich tapestry of theatrical texts available for reading, purchase and production.

 

WHAT AREN’T WE LOOKING FOR?

We do not currently accept;

Unfortunately, we cannot consider resubmissions or new drafts of plays we have read and responded to, unless we have specifically requested a re-submission.

If you have any questions or are in doubt about eligibility, please email our Literary Manager, John Kachoyan.

 

WHAT ARE THE SELECTION CRITERIA?

Only a relatively small proportion of scripts submitted are accepted into the catalogue. Eligible scripts are assessed against the following criteria;

Australian Plays reserves complete discretion to reject scripts that are not considered to rate sufficiently highly against the selection criteria. It is important to note that eligibility does not guarantee acceptance.

 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER SUBMISSION?

Plays will be read and assessed by our Literary Manager, John Kachoyan. We aim for a fast turnaround but it’s not always possible due to the high number of submissions we receive. Please allow 3 months for your submission to be assessed. We will then advise you of the outcome by email. Unfortunately we are not able to give feedback to writers and the Literary Manager’s decision is final.

If your script is accepted, it may take a further four weeks for it to be formatted and published on our website as we complete the licencing process with you. Once your play is published by us we encourage you to celebrate and promote your own work, this will help attract the largest audience and readership for the play.

 

A NOTE ON COPYRIGHT

If a script has been previously published but is now out of print, we ask you to provide confirmation, in writing, that the rights have reverted to you.

 

DISTRIBUTION

Distribution through the ASC involves a simple, non-exclusive agreement authorising the ASC to sell the script and associated photocopy licences. Full copyright ownership rests with the playwright who remains free to sell the work elsewhere and may withdraw their script from the ASC catalogue at any time. If and when the play is licensed to another publisher, we will withdraw it immediately on receiving your written advice to that effect. To withdraw a play from the catalogue, simply notify us via our contact form, with your message marked for the attention of the ASC Executive Director.

 

PRODUCTION

We encourage production enquiries about all works in our catalogue. Enquiries are promptly forwarded to the relevant playwright or agent in the first instance. The ASC can also negotiate production rights on behalf of playwrights who have authorised it to do so. Depending on the licensing arrangements for the particular work, production rights may be negotiated between the ASC and the producer or directly between the producer and the playwright or their agent.

 

ROYALTIES

Royalty payments for script sales and photocopy licences are calculated annually and paid in the first quarter of the following year, if a playwright’s accrued total has reached $15 or more. If $15 is not reached in one year, the amount is carried forward into the next year.

Playwrights may contact the ASC at any time to request information about sales of their work.

Production fees are forwarded to the relevant playwright within 30 days of the production's final night. This is dependent on us receiving relevant  box office summaries and full payment of the royalties due from the producer.

Playwrights receive the following royalties from the ASC;

 

SUBMITTING A SCRIPT

Submissions are only accepted electronically, via this online form. If you encounter any technical difficulties, please contact us

 

The ASC does not provide a script development or editing service and we cannot accept scripts that do not meet a professional standard. This includes scripts that have not been properly proofread, paginated or checked for other mistakes. Scripts should be clearly formatted and easy to read. If you are unsure of an appropriate format, see our sample script format 

If you have any questions or are in doubt about eligibility, please email our Literary Manager, John Kachoyan.