SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED for Full-Length Plays, Mainstage 2024
All Out Arts is still accepting submissions of short subjects for the 21st Annual Mainstage portion of the Fresh Fruit Festival, New York City’s multidisciplinary festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer arts and culture since 2002. The festival will occur over two weeks from April 22 through May 5 at The Wild Project in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council, there are no submission fees and no required performance fees!

The All Out Arts goal is to present a broad spectrum of LGBTQ lives as expressed through new Theatre, Video,  Graphic Arts, Music & various other forms of artistic expression over our many program divisions. Submissions in all artistic disciplines are considered for presentation as long as they highlight or showcase the LGBTQ experience. The Mainstage division requires locally produced & finished, self-produced shows.

The staged theatre Festival provides: AEA-approved & insured performance venues; marketing & publicity assistance; ticketing service; professional theater staff (logistics manager; lighting or sound technician; front of house); repertory lighting plot plus sound & video system; networking events; Free box-office shares; & more! Shows have access to highly-discounted rehearsal space, our account with Materials For the Arts, our royalty-free sound FX collection, a Private Facebook Group and shared set pieces.

  • Submissions are OPEN: Thursday December 21, 2023
  • Deadline for Full-Lengths & Musicals: January 29th, 2024
  • Deadline for Small-cast Shows & 1-Act Plays: February 10, 2024

Note: Early submissions get far more attention from our readers and production staff. Do Not Wait! Early acceptances will be sent out starting mid January.

If you are applying from out-of-town: (14+ miles from New York City limits), you MUST include a note about how you intend to produce your show locally (all casting, crew, a local producer & local publicity firm, etc.). You may use a part of the “Performance History” section of the form. All shows must be locally produced in New York City, Proof of crew + casting calls, press firm, rehearsals, etc. will be required. and no ‘touring shows’ allowed (blackout dates for other productions of the submitted show: 8 months prior and 3 months following, except by written permission.)

APPLY: The application form must be completed entirely on-line, so we recommend that you download a rough copy of the form [ HERE ] to prepare your answers in advance. On the real application form, most spaces will expand as you type, and you will be able to upload files as .PDF .RTF .TXT or .DOC files, or simply provide tested links. (You can always update your information or files later via the contact page)

Shorts Only

Questions? If you are applying in Graphics, Film, or Screenplay categories, – or if you have any other questions about the submission process, please send a note of interest with any short questions on our Contact Form. Download Links for Photos, festival FAQ sheets, rules, financing, tech notes, etc. will be published below, before December 27. (Productions must not have been staged in NY in the past 13 months, and a blackout period exists after closing, which we can waive in some cases.)

Links of Interest for Incoming Shows:

  • PHOTOS of our stage used in many ways (Upstage wall is now black): LINK
  • DOCUMENTS (coming soon)