The following is a call for submissions written by Fort Bragg author Philip Zwerling:
Fort Bragg writer Philip Zwerling and a Texas colleague are working on a “Drama in the Time of CoVid-19” anthology to be published in 2022 by FlowerSong Press.
They seek dramatic works (short plays, performance pieces, monologues, etc.) that speak to the deaths, isolation, social, political, and economic upheaval that have followed in the wake of this pandemic.
Close to 8 million people worldwide have contracted Covid-19. 1 million have died. In the United States alone, over 220,000 have succumbed to this deadly virus, and counting. With no end to the pandemic in sight, the “new normal” involves lockdowns, social distancing, face masks, fear, and political strife.
More than any other creative genre, drama has suffered the hardest during the Covid-19 pandemic. With the closure of theaters worldwide as in plagues of the past, playhouses have been forced to find new ways to reproduce the magic of live theater by going virtual. For smaller venues lacking the resources, many have closed temporarily or permanently shuttered. For playwrights, this reality translates to fewer opportunities to showcase their work, and the virus places in peril the future of live theater and new works.
Zwerling is seeking an anthology to showcase works by writers examining Covid-19 in all its permutations: short plays and monologues from diverse playwrights worldwide who have something to say about the current pandemic. The anthology will be published by FlowerSong Press in Spring 2022.
To submit your work, send new and un-produced scripts as attachments of no more than 25 pages to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1, 2021. Include a 50-75 word 3rd-person bio in the body of your email. Plays that have had readings or workshops are acceptable. Format scripts as Microsoft Word or PDF documents only, and include a title page with contact information. Simultaneous submissions are okay but please notify us asap if accepted elsewhere. All accepted playwrights will receive a copy of the anthology upon publication.