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 pdf copy of the magazine through the Paypal portal below.
We prefer that one-act plays be less than 20 pages and screenplays less than 90 pages. 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. Send us your manuscript as an attachment in doc, docx, rtf, or pdf at ChoeofpleirnPress@gmail.com. Anyone who writes work in Pages should have their work converted to doc, docx, rtf, or pdf. 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.
Entrants for the Susan Hansell Drama Award must pay the $20 contest fee below. Only the top winner of each general creative category receives the $100 prize, but the top three entries are republished in the Best of Choeofpleirn Press annual issue.
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.