New Play Festival

Call for Playwrights

Riot Act, Inc. is pleased to announce its fifth annual New Play Festival

New, short plays by local writers are sought for production in Riot Act’s Annual Series of Shorts in June 2018.

Riot Act seeks to foster new work, provide opportunities for playwrights to see their work produced, and stimulate an interest in contemporary theatre in Jackson audiences.

Riot Act, Inc. is now accepting one-act plays for its fifth annual New Play Festival. Three one-act plays will be selected for production during our 14th Annual Series of Shorts in June 2018.  Each of the three playwrights whose plays are selected for production will receive an honorarium. The first-place winner will receive $100 and the Marius P. Hanford IV Award. Marius was a longtime stage combat choreographer influential in several theater communities, including Jackson and New York. The second and third finalists will be awarded $50 each.


Contest opens January 15, 2018.

Plays and entry forms must be submitted by March 30, 2018.

Winners will be notified by April 27, 2018

Three plays will be chosen for production in June 2018.

Basic Guidelines:

Entry fee $20.

Plays must run 20-30 minutes in total (20-30 pages).

Plays can require no more than six actors.

Set and props should be simple and must be easily moved.

No more than 1 set change or 2 total sets allowed.

Playwrights must be residents of CO, ID, MT, UT or WY.

Plays must have never been previously published or performed.

Find more information at our website or email us at

New Play Festival Guidelines 2018

Riot Act New Play Fest Registration Form 2017


New Play Festival Entry Fee