Submit Your Play

The 8th Annual

NEWvember Dublin Logo

Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November 2019

Announces its call for submissions for this year’s festival

NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that will take place over one weekend in Dublin’s city centre, produced by the theatre company AboutFACE Ireland. There is no fee for submissions and all plays are read blind of name or gender by our panel. The spirit of NEWvember is to provide a dynamic, interactive and comfortable place where writers can hear their plays read by professional actors, and discuss their work and creative process with the audience.

This marks NEWvember’s 3rd year in Dublin after 5 years in New York. AboutFACE co-created and co-produced NEWvember at the Carpenter Shop Theatre in the village of Tivoli in upstate New York, with our partners Tangent Theatre, from 2011 to 2015. During this time, NEWvember was highly successful – drawing large audiences, including breaking the box office record for the venue on successive nights; and finding massive interest from writers – by its fifth year, submissions reached nearly 500 plays a year, while several plays developed at the festival have gone on to Off-Broadway and regional American productions.

In 2017 NEWvember moved to Dublin, Ireland, and many plays featured there have already gone on to further success – Extremophiles by Fergal O’Byrne has since been awarded the prestigious Eamon Keane Playwriting Award at the 2018 Listowel Writers’ Week, Charlotte’s Letters by Jennifer O’Grady has won the Henley Rose Award, and The Barber of Moville by Ronan Carr has gone on to full production including a 10-venue Irish tour.

“I have had the privilege of participating in many developmental readings of my work, and my experience with AboutFACE Ireland was, hands down, among the best.”

– Matthew Kelly
The Gods of the Ozarks (NEW’18)

“Last year’s NEWvember festival was as exciting and involving and happy an experience as any I’ve had in theatre, and I’ve had a few.”

– Jeanne Beckwith
The Late Rosie Callaghan (NEW’17)

We are now pleased to invite submissions of new plays for the 2019 NEWvember Dublin festival:


  • submitted plays should be previously unproduced (we will consider plays that have had readings before but are still in development)
  • plays should have a cast size of 2-8
  • plays should have a running time of 30 to 120 minutes
  • we will only accept one submission per writer each year
  • we are interested in plays from playwrights based in Ireland, and Irish playwrights around the world
  • we ask that the writers of the chosen plays attend the reading of their play towards its further development and to be present for a post-reading Q&A with the audience
  • there is no fee for submissions
  • while we are open to all styles and subjects, we do have a preference for narrative and character-driven stories. Plays will be selected based on their originality, range, production potential, narrative quality and emotional resonance
    You will be asked to include:

  • your play as a PDF (without the writer’s name, email or other identifying marks on any page throughout the script – to aid our blind reading process). The script should include a character list. Please ensure the file name of your play matches the name of the play e.g. theweir.pdf
  • Within the form, you will be asked to include your name, play title and contact details (location, email and phone), which will be kept in a database unseen by the reading panel.


  • The window for submissions opens Monday June 3rd 2019.
  • The closing date for submissions is Friday June 28th 2019 (12 midnight GMT).

Please note that these criteria will be applied strictly and any submissions made after the closing date or not following the submission guidelines will not be considered. In addition, our festival’s reading panel will not be able to provide feedback on specific plays or on the status of your application.

The writers of the plays that have been shortlisted will be contacted in September and will be asked to send any updated version of their play, as this will be the final version considered and the version read at the festival if chosen.

The invited plays will be announced in October.

CASTING: Please note – the chosen plays will be read by an ensemble of actors, each performing roles in multiple plays in the festival. While we will endeavor to provide the best match of cast for each play that is read, in terms of characters’ listed ages/ethnicities, we also need to form an ensemble to best cover the entire range of the festival’s program. We appreciate our playwrights’ understanding of our ensemble-based casting.

NEWvember 2019 Submission Form

Location provided is used for statistical analysis only.
Location provided is used for statistical analysis only.
Communication regarding the festival and your submission will take place via email.
Please ensure that your title matches the filename and title page on your script.
This information is used for statistical analysis only.


Upload your play as a PDF with a Title Page showing ONLY THE NAME OF PLAY. Be sure to REMOVE the Author's Name, Email, Phone Number or any other identifying marks from the entire manuscript. The filename of your PDF should match the title of your submitted play.

Please Note: THIS IS IMPORTANT as it makes possible our blind reading process. Any submission that does not conform to this requirement cannot be considered.

PDF only, max file size 1 MB
Acceptance of Terms & Conditions

Please note that the criteria will be applied strictly and any submissions made after the closing date or not following the submission guidelines will not be considered. In addition, our festival's reading panel will not be able to provide feedback on specific plays or on the status of your application.