2020 5th Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree

Submission Deadline EXTENDED:  March 27, 2020

Auditions:  May  2020 - exact dates will be posted in April 2020.

Writers must submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 20 minutes or less) maximum 2 plays per writer.

Our one-act jamboree is open to writers of all ages, stages, and locations around the world! 

We are ESPECIALLY seeking new one-act plays that one might consider ground-breaking or boundary-pushing  and that invite audiences to think deeper or feel more deeply about issues and topics in the play. We also encourage female and minority playwrights to submit their plays for consideration. However, our readings are blind, meaning the members of our panel are not made aware of the age, race, gender, nationality, and/or religion of the playwright during the reading and selection process of plays. We do not discriminate in our play selection based on age, race, gender, nationality, or religion and all plays submitted are ultimately judged for plot, character development, dialogue, and overall quality.

Please send manuscripts, cover letter (see "How to Submit" below) 

AND enclose $20 reading fee ($20 per one act)***

*** (waived for members of professional playwright organization, such as Dramatist Guild.

See below for more information and submission requirements for proof of membership) 
(checks made payable to Rhino Theatre Group, LLC) to:

Rhino Theatre Group, LLC,

237 Hamburg Turnpike

Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442 

Attention:  One Act Jamboree

You may also email your manuscripts and cover letter (see below for more info)  to joann@rhinotheatre.com  and then pay your $20 reading fee online. Use the buttons below to submit your manuscript and to pay the reading fee (manuscripts will not be considered until fee is remitted). If playwright is a member of a professional playwright guild or recognized national or international playwright organization, this fee will be waived - but playwright must provided proof of membership with their submissions (a copy of the front and back of a membership card or membership letter on official letterhead)

Between 6 and 10 winners will receive the prize of a staged production of his or her play at the 5th Annual Rhino One Act Jamboree, which will be held on August 21 - 23, 2020 at Rhino Studio 237.

The production will have auditioned actors, directors chosen by committee, producers, stage managers, ushers/front of house, ticket takers and tech crew.


2020 5th Annual One-Act Playwriting Jamboree Terms and Conditions

Writers are encouraged to submit their one-act plays (run time of 20 minutes or less) 


Plays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Plot

  • Character Development

  • Dialogue    

  • Overall writing quality


Submissions deadline EXTENDED: Friday, March 27, 2020

Playwrights are limited to two (2) submissions.

How to Submit:

Please read and follow our submission guidelines. Submissions that are incomplete or do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified. To enter your play, you must submit the following:

(1) Three (3) hard copies of your play (or email in advance for electronic submissions/Paypal payment).

  •  Plays should run 20 minutes or less and be written in the proper playwriting format

         (when in the proper format, running time is approximately one minute per page):

  • A list of characters with a brief physical description of each should also be included.

  • Plays should contain 15 or fewer actors.

  • One person plays are accepted.

  • No musicals, unless you are providing accompaniment.

  • Plays should have simple staging and technical needs.


 (2) A cover letter with the following information:

  • The name of your play

  • Your name full address, full contact information (including your e-mail and phone number)

  • A brief synopsis of your play (for publicity purposes if your play is selected)

  • A brief biography


(3) A check in the amount of $20 (US dollars) for each play submitted, made payable to: Rhino Theatre Group, LLC.  Please write "One-Act Jamboree" in the check's memo line.

The submission package must be sent to:

Rhino Theatre Group, LLC,

237 Hamburg Turnpike

Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442

Attn:  One-Act Jamboree

Alternatively, the submission packet may b e-mailed to:


Additional Information:


  • Submissions must be postmarked on or before March 6, 2020.

  • Plays will NOT be returned and will be recycled.

  • The entry fee is non-refundable.

If your play is chosen, a $50 participation fee will be required prior to auditions your play production.  As the playwright, you are invited to auditions and will have input regarding casting and production presentation.  However, Artistic Director may choose to exercise her authority regarding questionable content and/or presentation of the show with consideration and protection of the reputation of the company in its entirety.



At the conclusion of the jamboree, one winner will receive a $250 cash prize based on audience vote.

Carmela Wolosz

Artistic Director

JoAnn Ventor

Managing Director

Rhino Theatre Group, LLC

237 Hamburg Turnpike

Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442



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