Inspired by the format in which Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill honed their craft, EST held its first Marathon in 1977. Praised by critics and beloved by audiences, it launched an industry-wide revival of the short play form and broke new ground by putting new and established writers together on one stage.

The Marathon is a biennial event. The next Marathon will be in our 2020-21 Season.

Marathon Play Submission Guidelines

General Submission Guidelines

Submissions for the 2021 Marathon of One-Act Plays will be accepted beginning in Summer 2020. Please do not submit scripts prior to the submission period. Non-member playwrights may submit a single script, no longer than 30 minutes, which has not been reviewed in New York. We prefer email submissions, which can be sent to Please include your name and contact information in the body of your email but send the script without identifying information.

EST Member Artist Submission Guidelines

To view EST Member Artist Submission Guidelines, access the Members Only Dropbox. For information on how to login if you don't already have access, click here. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Nikomeh Anderson at