SELECTION POLICIES AND CRITERIA
This is the reading series selection process. For Sheherezade please read the Sheherezade FAQs.
- PCSF reserves the right to extend deadlines at any
time, even after the original deadline has lapsed. Every attempt will
be made to notify everyone of the extension prior to the original
deadline when possible. Those who met the original deadline are welcome
to make revisions and resubmit their original work before the extended
- A confirmation email will be sent up to two weeks
after the submission deadline acknowledging receipt of your play. If
submission requirements are not met (length, format, missing elements,
etc.), we will decline the play at this time and notify you of its
disqualification. Please contact us if you do not receive confirmation
within the given time frame. It may mean something happened and we did
NOT receive your play. But please be kind and wait until the
notification time-frame has ended. If the play was submitted on
time, but not received, we will work with you.
- Once final selections have been made, notices will be
sent to playwrights along with feedback evaluation forms. Every effort
is made to complete selection and have notifications sent out within
8-10 weeks of the submission deadline for Reading Series and 2-4 weeks
for Sheherezade. This time frame varies depending on the number of
plays submitted and Literary Committee bandwidth. Please be patient. If
your play is selected for a reading, the Producing Director will
contact you with more information.
Literary Committee Reading and Selection Process:
- The Literary Committee reads all submissions. (At
least two members read each play with an option for a third to read any
play as deemed necessary, at the discretion of the Literary Committee.)
This step of the process generally takes four to six weeks from the
- All plays submitted for a Staged Reading are
automatically considered for a Developmental Reading if not selected
for Staged Reading.
- Once the Literary Committee has made its selections,
the relevant Producer will also read the plays. This step of the
process may take 1-2 weeks.
- The Producing Directors work with the playwright, the
directors, and the theatre space to nail down the schedule. Once we
have the schedule, the website calendar will be updated.
Selection Criteria: Readings
- While all plays submitted for our Reading Series are
considered for a Staged Reading, there are multiple factors that
determine selection. The primary determining factors are:
PCSF does not censor or place any restrictions on the
content or language of a play, preferring to let the audience
communicate its reactions directly to the playwright. However, we do
not surrender the right to censor. Final decision is reserved by the Board of Directors.
- overall stage of development and readiness of the
play for production (structure & plot, character development,
dramatic tension, clarity, dialogue, and action);
- feasibility of PCSF to stage read the play (# of
actors, complexity of scene logistics, comprehensibility without full
- availability of slots, timing, and budget.