“In the Dark” – Call for Submissions

In the Dark

OPENS JUNE 15, 2024!

Call for Submission!

Off the Page Readers Theater and Redwood Writers invites local North Bay writers of all genres to submit up to five pieces of writing that may be selected for a dramatic reading.

In the Dark

It happens to us all, doesn't it?

Someone comes to us, expecting something, and we feel clueless about the particular  circumstance..... or, we find ourselves in a place and time that we don't recognize.

Then there's the literal meaning ...The physical dark holds the unseen, mystery, romance, danger, nightmares and sweet dreams...

... What does it mean for you?


Submission dates:

Open: Saturday, June 15, 2024
Close: Tuesday, July 30, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.


Winners announced:

Saturday, August 17, 2024
Redwood Writers General Meeting
11 a.m. at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa


Selected Works:

6-11 works will be chosen for performance, depending on length

Those with selected works will see it performed in front of a live audience
by Off The Page Readers Theater on the following dates:
Friday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2:30 p.m. (doors open at 2)

Selected Writers:

Writers with selected pieces will also receive 1 comp ticket


Up to 5 submissions per entrant, submitted separately

Up to 5 poems = 1 submission
Other forms of writing = 1 work per submission

Redwood Writers & CWC Members:

$10 per submission


$20 per submission

(Not a member yet?
Click here to find out why you should join the Redwood Writers.)


Please observe the following submission rules; otherwise, your entry may be disqualified.

  • Selected works will be read aloud by Off the Page Readers Theater
  • Open to all CWC members and non-members who live in Sonoma, Marin, Lake, Napa, and Mendocino counties.
  • Submissions must not have already been published by CWC/Redwood Writers. Other original works accepted, regardless of publish status.
  • Off the Page Readers Theater is looking for works which fit the "In the Dark" theme and are dramatic, comic, tragic, nostalgic, ironic, ordinary, quirky.
    • Stories, plays, excerpts from longer works: 5-25 minutes when read aloud. 2-5 characters or points of view, lots of dialogue, minimal props. One work accepted per submission.
    • Poems, short narratives, memoir, lyrics: 1-8 minutes when read aloud. May be a single character/voice. Up to 5 poems accepted as one submission.
    • All submissions: language appropriate for teens-adults: No excess vulgarity or violent language.
  • Single space; 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Judging is blind; do not put author’s name on submitted writing.
  • Submit ONLY in a Word doc/docx
  • Title must be on first page of each piece sent.
  • Page number must be on upper right hand corner.
  • Submission fees: $10 per submission for Redwood Writers members; $20 per submission for non-members
  • Maximum of 5 works can be submitted
  • Poets: 5 separate poems per poet may be sent as one entry
  • 6-11 works will be chosen for performance, depending on length.
  • Please use the online form to submit your entry and payment. Only submissions uploaded via the online form will be accepted for judging.
  • Upon submission, if you choose to pay with a check, please make check out to "CWC Redwood," and write "In the Dark" on the memo line.
    Please mail check to:
    Redwood Writers
    P.O. Box 4687
    Santa Rosa, CA 95402



Hilary Moore

Poet/actor/director, Hilary Moore is a founding member of Off the Page Readers Theater. She started performing as a toddler, singing to family, followed by a childhood full of “let’s pretend.” Adult roles include many as an improv actor, and onstage in West County, Redding, and Port Townsend. Hilary began writing poems as a teen, and most recently was published in Redwood Writers' Beyond Distance and Phyllis Meshulam's The Freedom of New Beginnings.


Beth Moise

Beth Moise began performing in school plays, community theater and summer stock as a child. She was awarded best high school actress of Missouri. She studied acting with Howard Orms in Missouri and with Uta Hagen in NYC.  She has performed in musical, comedy and dramatic plays and film.  Acting was paused during a career in software, but since retirement she has performed with Pegasus, 6th Street Playhouse, and Off The Page Readers Theatre.


Jeff Savage

Jeff Savage The theater feels like home to Jeff. He literally grew up onstage; as a child he spent many years at a professional theater arts school in Michigan. He is an award-winning public speaker, a seasoned improvisational actor and has performed regularly for many years with Off the Page Readers Theater.



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