Now in its ninth year, the Toronto Queer Theatre Festival provides an opportunity for LGBTQ+ artists to produce new and unseen work that is bold, topical and meaningful. The 2020 Festival will take place in November*. Submissions are now open and will close on July 20th, 2020 so be sure to get your brilliant work in before then. Submission Guidelines:
- Plays should be between 15 and 45 minutes and can be a solo work or involve a cast.
- Submissions should include a full script in PDF format and a title page including the company’s contact name (if different from playwright), phone number and email address.
- The submission should also include the playwright’s name, the character list and a brief synopsis of the play.
- If selected, the company is responsible for casting and rehearsals, ready for show week in November. And must be available for a tech/dress rehearsal.
- Any set pieces must be provided by the artists.
- A tech person will be provided by the festival for the tech rehearsal and performances.
- Reading Fee is $15
We will be accepting work from writers of all ages, sexualities, and gender identities – our theme this year is Bold Stories That Need To Be Told. In keeping with an Independent Festival spirit we recommend minimal set and tech requirements.
Plays will be reviewed by a small voluntary jury and successful applicants will be notified by August 15th, 2020.
Please submit using the below form, and we will confirm receipt of your submission within 24 hours. At the time of submission the reading fee can be paid via Paypal at paypal.me/theatretopikos, and use the Memo/Note section to reference the play title that was submitted. If you have any questions, or require any clarification please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Note: The $15 reading fee is used toward the cost of producing this festival. We are sensitive to the fact that due to extenuating circumstances some artists may not be able to pay the $15 reading fee. To reduce this barrier of entry, if you do not submit the fee your submission will still be accepted and the reading fee will be automatically waived. There is no need to explain the circumstances in your submission.
We cannot wait to see what tales you will tell.
* Exact Date and Location TBC. With the evolving COVID-19 pandemic we are still aiming for a November launch but if physical gathering spaces cannot be used at that time we will find a creative and innovative way to showcase work digitally. We chose to start accepting submissions now, without a firm festival date, in an effort to keep playwrights active and creative during this difficult time.