Ends on December 14, 2017

$10.00 USD


Samuel French, Inc./ 235 Park Ave. South, 5th Floor/ New York, NY 10003


The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival offers a prize of publication and licensing for 6 short plays in the notable OFF OFF BROADWAY FESTIVAL PLAYS series. In addition, the 30 semi-finalists each receive a full production in one of New York City’s leading Off Broadway theatres.

Though many of the works that play in the Festival have been developed under the wing of theatres, universities, and writer’s groups, many of the plays that are produced as part of the Festival are world premieres.

The application period for the Festival begins in November 14th and lasts until December 14th.  Playwrights may submit 1 unpublished play or musical that may be up to 15 pages in length.  On their application, playwrights must cite the organization that will produce their play (often it is the playwright themselves) and a liaison for Samuel French to contact with Festival information. Submissions are whittled down by the Festival’s editorial staff, and the Final 30 playwrights are chosen to present their play during Festival week.

Festival week consists of 4 performance sessions in which 6 scripts are presented in front of a judging panel comprised of professionals representing various parts of the theatre industry. At the end of each session, the judges deliberate and 1 to 3 plays are selected to move on to the Festival Finals.

Finals take places on the Saturday of the Festival Week. During the Finals, the Festival staff will watch the final 10 to 12 plays and select 6 authors to be a published in the OFF OFF BROADWAY FESTIVAL PLAYS series, which is published and licensed by Samuel French, Inc. 




  • GENERAL EMAIL (for all OOB questions): oobfestival@samuelfrench.com
  • GENERAL PHONE (for all OOB questions): 1-866-598-8449 


August 2018

New York, NY


  • Short plays and musicals that are no more than 15 pages in length.
  • 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.           
  • Each nomination must submit a separate application form.  Conglomerate entries on one application, even by one and the same playwright, 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 Samuel French 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 Samuel French, Inc. or their subsidiary Baker’s Plays are not eligible for submission into the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. This includes winners of previous Samuel French Festivals.
  • Plays presented in previous Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festivals are not eligible for re-submission.
  • Poetry and short story readings will not be accepted.
  • Samuel French, Inc., in its sole and absolute discretion, shall select plays for participation in the 2018 OOB Festival from among all entries, and its decisions are final.  Samuel French, Inc. 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 Samuel French.


  • The theatre space will include a basic lighting plot with limited pre-set general light cues and basic sound equipment will be provided by Samuel French, Inc.
  • A limited number of basic set pieces will be available at the theatre.  Additional props, set pieces, etc. may be brought by the producing companies; however, we strongly advise that productions be kept as simple as possible. 
  • Samuel French, Inc. will further provide all front-and back-of-house personnel and a board operator if needed.


  • Your OOB Submission must be submitted by the Author[s] of the Play unless you are submitting as the representative of an Organization.  
  • The author is responsible for securing a producing company (or self-producing) their work in the event that the work is selected as a Festival participant. The Producer will present the Play and to generally act as producer, and perform its other obligations under this application, all without the knowledge, consent or approval of any third party and without infringing the rights or damaging any third party. The responsibilities of the Producer include, but are not limited to, the casting; our 2018 festival will be a non-equity festival; the appointment of the director, designers and technical personnel; rehearsals; transportation; costumes, hand properties and special effects; and for all fees and expenses attendant thereunto. 
  • The author is also required to select a Production Liaison, who is authorized to speak and act for the Producer in all matters concerning the Festival. 
  • Script submissions will be accepted in digital format only, via submittable. Each submission should be uploaded as a single PDF document. Documents must be labeled as follows:  PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name.pdf. 
  • All portions of the application below must be complete.
  • Samuel French will notify applicant of their admission into the 43rd Annual Samuel French OOB Festival by Mid-May 2018.

TERMS OF USE (please agree below):

By accepting the terms and conditions, I, the Author[s] of the submission (hereinafter known and referred to as “the Author”) wish(es) to apply to Samuel French, Inc. for participation in the 43rd Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, commencing in August 2018 by presenting at the Festival the attached submission.

1.            The Author[s] agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Samuel French, Inc. and their respective shareholders, members, directors, officers, employees, agents, and their respective successors, assigns and legal representatives, from any and all manner of claims and/or proceedings related in any way to the Author’s [Authors’] participation in this Festival or any events ensuing from its participation.

2.            I (we) represent and warrant that I am (we are) the Author(s) of the Play, and that I (we) freely grant to Samuel French, Inc. all necessary and customary production rights to the Play as may be necessary or convenient for the presentation of the Play, if selected, for the term of the Festival. I further represent and warrant that nothing contained in the Play violates the right of privacy of, or right of publicity, or constitutes a libel or slander against, or violates any other rights of, any person, firm or corporation, including but not limited to rights under copyright, trademark and/or contract.  If the Play is an adaptation of another pre-existing work not in the public domain, I (we) further warrant that permission to make and present the Work as an adaptation of a pre-existing work has been unequivocally granted by the copyright owner of the pre-existing work.

3.            I (we) ratify, approve and agree to be bound by to the terms and conditions of the Application, including but not limited to the indemnity clause above (Paragraph 2).  If the Play is selected, I (we) agree to sign and deliver such additional documents as Samuel French, Inc. may request in order to give full force and effect to the terms of the Application and the Competition Guidelines and to permit the presentation of the Play.

4.            If the Play is selected for publication and licensing by Samuel French, Inc (“SFI”), in its sole discretion, I (we) agree that the following clauses shall be non-negotiable: 

         (1) SFI shall have the sole and exclusive world-wide publication rights in the play in all languages, for the duration of the play's copyright (with such publication rights including, but not limited to, acting editions, anthologies and reprints; digital rights; and rights of translation).

          (2) SFI shall have an exclusive agency throughout the world for the purpose of licensing the play on my behalf on the living stage in all languages throughout the world pursuant to the terms of this sample agreement. I acknowledge that by submitting my play to the Festival, I am agreeing to be bound by the terms of the sample agreement if selected as a winning play.

5.            I have read and understand the above terms and conditions of this application as well as the posted competition guidelines.  I attest that I am over eighteen (18) years of age, the owner of this property and freely submit my work to the 43rd Annual Samuel French Short Play Festival.  If you are under the age of eighteen (18), please contact oobfestival@samuelfrench.com for festival eligibility.

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