John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

“My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.” Graham Greene

The poets

 “If you tell a novelist, ‘Life’s not like that’, he has to do something about it. The poet simply replies, 'No, but I am.’" Philip Larkin, by Elliott & Fry [1957] 

There is writing and the there is great writing

“I can’t take it anymore, Felix, I’m cracking up. Everything you do irritates me. And when you’re not here, the things I know you’re gonna do when you come in irritate me. You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Ungar!”  The Odd Couple [1968]


Named in honor of Elliott Hayes, the former dramaturg and literary manager at The Stratford Festival and a dual citizen of Canada and the USA, this award recognizes excellence in dramaturgical work on a specific project over the past two years. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, production, season planning and implementation, educational programming, or advocacy for the profession.


FutureFest 2019
Entry must be an original work (NO musicals or plays for children) that has not been published or produced where admission was charged prior to FutureFest 2019. Staged readings/workshop productions are not necessarily disqualifying factors.


Battle Damage Theater seeks submissions
Seeking short and full-length plays. No deadline for full-length plays.
Plays must fit squarely into the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and/or Horror.

*** FOR MORE INFORMATION about these and other opportunities see http://www.nycplaywrights.org ***

rave New World Repertory Theatre seeking full-length plays
Three to four original, full-length plays (under 120 pages preferred) will be selected and given staged readings. Plays that reflect upon social justice and human rights themes, or that address current socio-political and/or environmental challenges will be given priority.


OBJECT MOVEMENT is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The purpose of the program is to develop new work and advance existing works-in-progress that address social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical questions through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of performances.


Story Camp Studios is seeking LGBT Plays 15-Minutes or Less for our upcoming “Come Out with Plays” New Playwrights Reading Night in association with this year’s Orlando Pride Week taking place in October.
Plays should be 15 Minutes or Less and contain LGBT characters and themes and include a cast of 5 Actors or Less. The plays will be carefully selected and curated, therefore all genres are encouraged, particularly comedy but open to all. 6-8 plays will make the final selection and be assigned to local professional Talent and Directors.

*** FOR MORE INFORMATION about these and other opportunities see http://www.nycplaywrights.org ***

And again with Charles Bukowski,

 If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery, isolation. Isolation is the gift. All others are a test of your endurance. Of how much you really want to do it. And you’ll do it, despite rejection in the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that…And the nights will flame with fire…It’s the only good fight there is. Charles Bukowski, Factotum