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Call for Submissions

ETC will produce Montana Short Cuts, a suite of short plays to be presented as part of the 11th Last Chance New Play Fest. The Fest will be held in Helena, MT, November 2024. All regional playwrights are invited to submit.

The rules below must be followed in order for a play to qualify for the competition.


  • The playwright must currently reside in Montana or one of the four bordering states: Idaho, Wyoming, North or South Dakota, though Montana writers will be given preference.

  • The play must be brand new, written specifically for this competition, neither published or previously produced, and written around the topic theme, “Future Present Tense.” Writers are encouraged to interpret the theme in a way meaningful to them, for example, an intention affected by the passage of time.

  • Each writer may submit more than one play, but only one play by a single author can be selected.

  • The running time of the play should be 8-12 minutes, with a maximum of four characters and with the ability to be staged without scene changes using minimal sets and costumes. (If a selected play runs long, the director will contact the playwright for changes. If no agreement is reached, the Fest reserves the right to make edits solely to meet the run-time requirements.)

  • The submission must be "blind," that is, your name, email address, or any other personally identifiable information must not appear in the play document.

  • The play must be received before July 15, 2024. All plays should be submitted via email as follows.


    Subject: 2024 Submission: title

Substitute the name of your play for the word "title" in the subject line.

​The body of your email must include your name, mailing address, and an attachment containing your play. The attachment may be in .txt, .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Your name MUST NOT appear in this document.


Plays selected for Montana Short Cuts will be announced on or about August 1, 2024, and all entrants will be notified. By submitting a play, you grant the Last Chance New Play Fest permission to perform your work during the Fest. All other rights are reserved to the author. We can not offer compensation at this time, however, judges will select one play for a $50 award. In addition, the top 3 winners will also receive a free year-long subscription to, the most comprehensive and up-to-date online directory of play submission opportunities available anywhere.

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