Choeofpleirn Press dedicates one annual journal to drama, both one-act plays and short screenplays, Rushing Thru the Dark. The annual deadline for submitting drama for publication is the last Sunday of August.
For drama, we want to see your most interesting human interactions with strong dialog and scene descriptions for either your one-act play or your short screenplay. As with any story, there needs to be some character development and a clear plot. See our Rushing Thru the Dark Autumn 2021 for examples of how to format both the stage plays and the screenplays. You can order a digital copy of the magazine through the Paypal portal below.
When submitting work to be considered:
make certain that one-act plays and screenplays are less than 90 pages long;
format your play in the Standard Playwriting Format, but without using any italics. Screenplays should follow the Standard Screenplay Format. We don't require title pages, so begin your play immediately after the Title and Your Name.
save your work in a file labeled with your Surname and a brief portion of your play's title or the words "drama submission" as the file name
Email your manuscript as an attachment in doc, docx, or rtf to ChoeofpleirnPress@gmail.com. Anyone who writes work in Pages should have their work converted to doc, docx, or rtf;
include a 100-word third person biography (i.e. Jane Doe writes...) in the email with your submission. We recommend mentioning author webpages or blogs, publication history and educational successes, or any other relevant information that you feel you should share with us about yourself. This biography will be published in the same journal that your work appears in, if your work is accepted for publication, so it is another great way for your readers to follow your successes.
specify which two theater groups (supply email addresses, please) you would like us to donate free digital copies of the magazine should your work be published, so be certain to add information about how such groups can contact you for permission to perform your plays or to produce your screenplays;
if you wish to submit more than one play or screenplay, please limit yourself to no more than three submissions a year and send each submission in a separate email.
Contributors who want their plays or screenplays entered in the Susan Hansell Drama Award must pay the $20 contest fee below (you only need to pay one fee for us to consider all three play submissions, since we will choose only one, typically, to publish). Only one paying contestant receives the $100 prize, but the top three paying entries are republished in the Best of Choeofpleirn Press annual issue and listed as finalists in the contest.
Submission of your work to Choeofpleirn Press means you are allowing us to print and copyright your work for the magazine issue in which your work appears. Realize, though, that writers retain their ownership of their works, but, if a work we publish is republished elsewhere, we ask that you acknowledge our literary journal as your work's first publication.
Susan Hansell, who generous lent us her name for our annual drama contest, shared this announcement. We published her play, Letters to Jeff Bezos in Rushing Thru the Dark, Autumn 222, as a one-act play, but she has now expanded it to a three-act play. It will be read at this Short-Play Festival in November 2023.