August is turning out to be the busiest month ever for script submissions. This is a very good thing. Unfortunately the majority of submitters have clearly not read our posted submission guidelines. This is a very bad thing.

We’re pretty specific about what we’re looking for. And even more specific about what we’re not looking for.

Most publishers take submissions by email nowadays. This is a godsend for the environment. But it leads to the problem of shotgun submissions – playwrights firing off their plays one by one through a long list of publishers without any research.

All theatrical publishers have author guidelines on their websites. Ours are here. It’s vital that you take a few minutes to read them before submitting your script. Sending clearly inappropriate content wastes everyone’s time.

We recently got a submission that was so wildly away from our guidelines (and probably 90% of other publishers’ guidelines) that we’re still blushing here in the office. I really wish I could give you more details but if I did, this would no longer be a family-friendly website. Catch us in the lounge at a conference this fall we’ll fill you in, but don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Want more tips on getting published? Read my Seven Tips for Getting Your Play Published.

I’d also like to point to you a recent interview with Annie Gibson, publisher of Playwrights Canada Press. She shares some great tips for prospective playwrights.

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