FemFest 2017 Call for Submissions

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Celebrating Winnipeg’s 15th Annual Festival of Plays by Women for Everyone

Sarasvàti Productions is accepting submission for its 15th annual FemFest, which will take place in September 2017. We are currently seeking submissions of finished scripts and proposals of work in progress for us to produce at the festival, as well as works that touring companies would like to present at the festival. Subject matter is wide open but our focus this year is work that falls under the theme of Coming of Age. We are also looking for unique ways to celebrate our 15th anniversary! All scripts must be written by a Canadian self-identified woman playwright and have a running time of no more than one hour. Technical and set requirements must be minimal due to the festival setting. A reading committee will assess submissions for their individual quality and in order to program a balanced festival. Touring shows will receive a performance fee, selected playwrights that we produce ourselves will be paid royalties and works in development will be offered a dramaturg.

Please include:

1. A cover letter
-with full contact information (mailing address, phone # and e-mail)
-expressing why you feel your project should be a part of FemFest 2017
-detailing any production history

2. A 100 word synopsis of the play.

3. A 100 word bio of the playwright or main artists.

4. One copy of the script formatted according to acceptable Canadian play script format or, in the case of a work in progress, a detailed script proposal.

In addition, we are seeking short performances for our Cabaret evenings. The Cabarets are interdisciplinary so we welcome submissions by musical groups, comedy troupes, dancers, visual artists, film-makers and multi-media work. The main creative force must be a woman. Groups or individuals interested in the Cabarets can simply forward information on the work they would like presented as well as a bio.

All submissions must be received in the office by October 31, 2016. Submissions should be mailed to:

FemFest 2017
Sarasvàti Productions
242 Cathedral Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2W 0X3

E-mail submissions will not be accepted. For more information please contact us at (204) 586-2236 or

Download the pdf call – FemFest 2017 call for submissions

Please note that the ability to proceed with the festival is dependent on funding.

Call for Monologues

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Sarasvàti Productions is seeking monologues for female voices by Canadian playwrights for their annual cabaret to celebrate International Women’s Week (March 5-11, 2017). This year’s theme is ‘Starting Over’ and we are looking to bring the stories of newcomers, moments of transition and new beginnings to the stage. The goal is to reflect a diversity of experience so we are looking for a range of material. Any style is acceptable as long as the piece is under ten minutes in length and written for a female character. Royalties will be paid for use of the monologues.

Please send:

-a letter detailing the monologue’s production history, including whether it is from a larger script or a stand alone piece
-a copy of the monologue
-a two-line synopsis of the piece, presenting the context and character
-a short playwright bio (maximum 100 words)

Deadline is September 1, 2016.

All submissions must be e-mailed to:

For more information please phone (204) 586-2236 or e-mail For details on Sarasvàti Productions visit

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