Call for Submissions: Activist Chapbook

Attention poets, playwrights, and other creative writers!



Community activists from Play on Words and Flash Fiction Forum are producing a chapbook and want your fiction, poetry, works of theater and creative nonfiction work about activism.

Specifically, we’re interested in the complexities of activism (humorous, tragic, inspiring, or all three), situations that call for activism, pitfalls and rewards of activism, and above all, the personal, unexpected, and inexplicable. We’re interested in stories that move but don’t preach, and shed light on communities or causes that may not make it to the news every day. Help us prove that our words matter–perhaps now more than ever.

In addition to publishing a chapbook in collaboration with Flash Fiction Forum, Play On Words will select a number of the accepted pieces for a corresponding performance in early 2018.


  • Deadline for submission is August 31, 2017.
  • Please limit submissions to 500 words.
  • Email submissions to


  • We are also seeking black and white artwork that speaks to these themes. Submissions can be emailed to 


Call for Submissions for Spring Show!

image_12014 was a big year for Play On Words. We had two amazing shows in San Jose and a wonderful San Francisco premiere last fall. For the last few months we’ve been hunkering down in the Play On Words bunker, trying to nail down new venues and juggle busy schedules. We’ve got news, though, and it involves you: We’re working on our spring show, tentatively scheduled in late April or early May, and we need submissions!


We need quality theater, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. If you’ve seen our shows or checked out our YouTube page, you’ll know that we like work we can stage, preferably in under 10-15 minutes. We like funny, we like sincere, we like gorgeous, we like absurd, we like surprising; we like imaginative work. Previously published or staged works are fine too.
If you’re submitting prose, try to keep it under 2000 words. We can be more flexible with acts of theater, as they tend to read faster. If you have something you’re proud of, or something you’d love to see performed aloud, please send it along.
All submissions can be sent to Please put “Submission for Spring 2015 Show” in the subject line.
Spread the word! We can’t wait to read your work and see you at our next show.