CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Transatlantic Tales 2021

AboutFACE Theatre is inviting submissions from emerging Irish women playwrights for Transatlantic Tales 2021.

AboutFACE created Transatlantic Tales in 2020, where we assigned eight playwrights each with two actors, one in Ireland and one in the US, and commissioned them to write a 3-minute play set over a Zoom call between America and Ireland. The show combining these short plays had its Live Premiere online with The Civic in June 2020, and was later invited to the Origin 1st Irish Festival in New York, where it won The Spirit of the Festival award.

Last year, the eight international playwrights had each been previously featured at our NEWvember Festival. For our 2021 edition, we are looking for eight emerging Irish women playwrights.

“An inspired idea”

- Irish Independent

To apply, simply fill in this Form and submit a playwriting sample (a scene between 2-10 pages, featuring 2 or more characters) as a pdf, by the deadline of April 18th.

Eight writers will be chosen by our panel, based on their sample’s development of characters, emotional resonance and narrative drive, and invited to take part in this year’s project. We value the time and talent of all the artists we work with and pay them for taking part in our projects, with the amount based on the level of funding and income we receive for each. For this project, each artist will receive a minimum fee of €150.

The timeline:

  • Call for Submissions window closes Sunday April 18th 2021 at midnight Irish time.
  • Submissions read and offers made to writers – late April
  • Live online drafting of actors and writers combinations – May 1st
  • Writing time – May 1st to deadline on May 14th with consultation from our dramaturg Krystal Sweedman (first draft due by May 8th)
  • Rehearsals – late May
  • Live performances – June online via The Civic


For this submission process —

  • Irish = born and/or based in Ireland
  • emerging = a writer who has not yet had one of their plays produced by an Arts Council strategically funded organisation.
  • writer must be 18 years or older
Communication regarding the project and your submission will take place via email.
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Please ensure that your title matches the filename and title page on your sample.

Upload your writing sample as a PDF with a Title Page showing ONLY THE TITLE. Be sure to REMOVE the Author's Name, Email, Phone Number or any other identifying marks from the entire manuscript. The filename of your PDF should match the title of your submitted sample.

Please Note: THIS IS IMPORTANT as it makes possible our blind reading process. Any submission that does not conform to this requirement cannot be considered.

PDF only, max file size 1 MB

Acceptance of Terms & Conditions

Please note that the criteria will be applied strictly and any submissions made after the closing date or not following the submission guidelines will not be considered. In addition, our reading panel will not be able to provide feedback on specific submissions or on the status of your application.

Please tick this box to confirm your eligibility.