Calling All Playwrights, Poets, and Prose-Smiths! Fenimore Art Museum Opens Submissions For Its 2021 Virtual Winter Performing Arts Series

Fenimore Art Museum’s Glimmer Globe Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the NEXT! Readings of New Works by Regional Playwrights, this year paired with a new sister program Write Out Loud. Together, these programs will be the main features of Fenimore’s Virtual Winter Performing Arts Series, taking place in early 2021. The Museum is currently looking for submissions of plays, poems, prose and short stories for consideration. Guidelines and submission details can be found at FenimoreArt.org/write. Deadline for submissions is January 10, 2021.

NEXT! has soared in popularity over the last five years, providing one of the few opportunities for playwrights in Central New York to have workshopped staged readings before an audience. Over the past few seasons, the judging and rehearsal process, as well as audience feedback, have helped a dozen regional dramatists to develop new work and move careers forward. Fenimore Art Museum’s Manager of Performing Arts Programs will work closely with each individual playwright to assign a director, cast the show, run rehearsals on-site, market the event, and execute the performance.

Expanding our reach and increasing the positive impact on artists in the region, Write Out Loud will mirror NEXT! in many ways, but it will be open to other written media – poetry, prose, and short stories. The Glimmer Globe Theatre leadership team will judge submissions individually and admit those of exceptional quality for a special virtual open mic, filmed onstage in Fenimore Art Museum’s Auditorium! Authors will have the option to work with Glimmer Globe Theatre to cast a regional actor to perform their piece, but also have the option to perform their own piece if preferred.

Fenimore Art Museum is committed to fostering appreciation for the arts in all its forms.  This is an exciting opportunity for talented regional writers to gain support and exposure for the important, but often overlooked, work that they do. The program aims to provide people of all ages with a unique chance to witness and engage in the creative process, as well as to develop the perception of theater and literature as essential tools for communication and understanding.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

NEXT! Readings of New Works by Regional Playwrights:
Submitted plays must have a minimum runtime of 30 minutes, and a maximum runtime of approximately 2 hours. (Due to the large volume of submissions, entries are limited to one full-length play or collection of short works per playwright.) Anyone with a residence within 100 miles of Cooperstown, New York may submit. Please email scripts, pieces, and inquiries to [email protected]. Pieces must be received by January 10, 2021 to qualify for consideration for a reading during the coming winter.

Write Out Loud:
Poets may submit up to three poems of any length for consideration. Prose and short stories must be under 7,000 words and only one piece may be submitted per author. All genres are welcome. Anyone with a residence within 100 miles of Cooperstown, New York may submit. Please email scripts, pieces, and inquiries to [email protected]. Pieces must be received by January 10, 2021 to qualify for consideration for a reading during the coming winter.

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