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 biannual event, the next marathon will be in the Spring of our 2018-2019 season.

Marathon Play Submission Guidelines

Please note, submission dates for the 2019 Marathon have recently been adjusted.

General Submission Guidelines
Submissions for the 2019 Marathon of One Act Plays will be accepted from June 1, 2018 through August 1, 2018. 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