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The Very Useful Theatre Company is now accepting play submissions for the 8th annual Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays (NIFOAP) to be held Sept 5-8 2024 at the Old Town Hall Auditorium, 460 Botsford Street, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.

Playwrights can enter one act play scripts via the submissions page on the website at or send directly by email to

Playwrights choosing to email directly without filling out the website form should include the following information with their submission:

  • Name of Playwright submitting the play
  • Title of the One Act Play
  • Playwright’s e-mail address
  • Playwright’s phone number
  • Playwright’s home address
  • Include a brief (2-4 sentences) description of the play
  • The number of actors needed (Indicate if there are specific casting requirements or if doubling actors is acceptable)
  • Solo Plays are accepted
  • Plays must be no more than 45 minutes in length
  • List any props special to your play
  • Indicate if your play has been published and where
  • Indicate if this will be a world premiere (first time performed on stage)
  • Include if any royalty costs for one performance required and dollar amount
  • Indicate if willing to have production live-streamed / video presented online if chosen
  • Agree to provide head shot image and small bio for online / playbill use if chosen

What We Are Looking For

All one act plays will be accepted however preferred are plays that have run times of between 20 – 45 minutes. Note: Please avoid entering 10 minute plays as this is not a 10 minute play festival.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec 1 2023 – January 31 2024.

For more information please visit the website or contact through

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