The 2020 OOB Festival will be accepting submissions from December 2 until December 16, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

We’ve made a few changes to our submission guidelines. Check them out below. You can see further Terms of Use when you click the SUBMIT HERE link below beginning December 2.





Short plays and musicals can be no longer than 15 pages and have a max run time of 15 minutes (ideal run times are between 8-13 minutes). If submitting a musical the page limit should reflect the libretto.


Writers may submit only 1 play, including plays they have co-authored. Producers (writer’s groups, theatre companies, universities, etc.) may submit up to 15 plays accredited to their organization, but can only submit one play by an individual playwright. 


Script submissions will be accepted in digital format only, via Submittable.


Each nomination must submit a separate application form. Conglomerate entries on one application are not acceptable.


Plays must be written in English (non-English words or phrases within the context of the play are allowed).


Plays must be typed, and in no less that 10-point type, in conjunction with formatting listed in the Submission Formatting Guidelines. Note that cover pages or additional cast size pages are not required and will not be counted against the 15 page limit. 


Playwrights previously published by any Concord Theatricals company, including Concord Theatricals, Samuel French, Inc., Tams-Witmark, Rodgers & Hammerstein, or The Musical Company, are not eligible for submission into the Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. This includes winners of previous Samuel French Festivals.


If a play was submitted to the Festival in a previous year but was not chosen for production, it may be resubmitted for the 2020 Festival.


Poetry and short story readings will not be accepted.


Festival submissions will be open from Monday, December 2 to Monday, December 16. No submissions will be accepted after 11:59pm EST on December 16, 2019.



Concord Theatricals in its sole and absolute discretion, shall select plays for participation in the 2020 OOB Festival from among all entries, and its decisions are final. Concord Theatricals reserves the right to remove any selected play from participation if the play, its producers, and/or its authors are not in compliance with the Application and/or the Competition Guidelines, and/or if the additional documents are not timely signed and returned. Production of selected plays shall be at the sole cost and expense of the Producer, and no royalties or other payments are or will be owed by Concord Theatricals.