If you're not already on the Binge, join our Yahoo group for playwrights–in which members go on a "binge" to submit at least once a day for 30 days. It's a great way to get your work out. Below is the contact/subscribe and FAQ so you can see what it's about.
Playwright Submission Binge Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Binge?
It’s really two things. First, it’s a Yahoo group that’s turned into a supportive, online community for playwrights, with a focus on marketing and the business end of playwriting.
Secondly, it’s a challenge that the group takes twice a year (starting March 1 and September 1)—to make a submission a day, every day, for 30 days. During the Binge, writers make submissions and then report to the group about what they sent, where, and why. These 30 days end up being a fun way to get a lot of play marketing done, while also exchanging a lot of information and building good habits.
What if I can’t submit every day?
That’s okay. We’re not going to kick you out of the group. Some people just don’t have the time to submit every day and end up clumping instead. Use the Binge however it works best for you. But do join in and start making submissions and sharing what you’re up to.
How do I start?
When the Binge starts (or is in progress, if you’re joining late), make your submission and then post to the group. In your first post, please introduce yourself. Tell us briefly about where you live, what you write, and how much you normally submit during the course of a year. Please share links to your blog or web site (and feel free to post them in the Binge Group links folder, too).
After your first post, keep submitting and posting for the rest of the Binge. During the Binge, list traffic can get pretty heavy, so we ask that you keep your posts to a minimum—save y our congrats, thanks, and “attaboys” for your main post of the day. Do feel free to post any new opps that you find (you’ll be very popular). If an opp has a fee, please include that info in the subject line of your post.
Where do I find places to submit?
Finding 30 places in a row to send your scripts can be tough. There is, of course, always the Dramatists Guild Resource Directory, which has lots of listings.
We also have a whole folder on the Binge Group site with links to web sites with lists of playwright submission opportunities.
Can I post my script to the group and get comments?
Sorry, but no. This group has a marketing focus and is not a critique group.
I don’t know how to write a query letter? How should I format my resume? What should a cover letter look like?
On the Binge Group site, there are several folders with sample resumes, cover letters, and resumes. They’ll provide some good models for you.
When did the Binge start?
The first Binge started in 2002, when Patrick Gabridge issued the challenge to a dozen or so writers and set up an e-mail list. The group has grown steadily over the years and now has more than 450 playwrights from around the world.
What if I have other questions?
You can either post them to the list, or contact the list owner/moderator, Patrick Gabridge, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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