» The Playwrights Project

Since 1996, The Playwrights Project has produced and cablecast 28 original one – act plays including a behind the scenes documentary.  The productions  are the competition winners of the annual Playwrights contest.  This project was created by the late Norman Hall, former PATV Board member and professional TV and stage director.   Robert M. Schaufeld, PATV Board President dedicated the studio control room to Norman’s memory, and renamed the competition; “The Norman Hall Memorial Playwrights Festival” in 2017.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: January 1 through May 15 per calendar year.

Entries must be from Long Island Playwrights.

The guidelines for submissions are as follows:  Original, Fifteen minutes in length, limited to three or four characters and one set – no children.

Limit 2 entries per playwrightScripts will not be returned.  Winners are announced at www.patv.org. Submit typed manuscript to:

The Public Access Television Corporation – ATT: “Playwrights” Competition, 1111 Marcus Avenue, Suite LL-27, Lake Success, NY 11042 or email to info@patv.org.

Prize is $1,000 and a professional television production of the play valued at $15,000.
This project is supported in part by North Shore Community Arts Council, Sterling Bank, and viewer donations and in 2019:


 “This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Huntington Arts Council.”


A panel of professionals will select 3 scripts for the judging process, which will include staged readings to be put on line for voting by Long Island residents.

2019 scripts chosen are: “Dying to Be a Comedian” by Mimi Mazzarella, “Echos of a Lost Son” by Chima Chikazunga, and “On a Midnight Dark and Dreary” by Eugene A. Mora.  Staged readings of these scripts will be filmed and put on line for judging by the public for the one winner.

2018 scripts chosen are:  “(Five-North) 5N” by Chris Cuff, “Sea of Dreams” by Andrew Sieger, and “Mid Life Conversations” by Maria Filippone.  Staged readings of above scripts will be filmed summer 2018 and then put on line for judging by the public for the one winner.

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, PATV – Long Island “Brick Wall” announced the winner – “(Five-North) 5N” by Chris Cuff. Congratulations to Chris on her winning submission from everyone at PATV – Long Island!

The winning play – “Five-North) 5N” by Chris Cuff will be filmed as a video production to cablecast on Public Access Television, Channel 20 (Optimum) and Channel 37 (Verizon)  and streamed via patv.org/livestream during the showcase premiere at the studio facility.

Click on this link to view the winning script: PATVGNNS.BLOGSPOT.COM

 The Playwrights Project airs every Wednesday at 5pm and Thursday at 9:30pm on Channel 20, (Optimum) and Channel 37, (Verizon)

Click to view The Playwrights Project On Demand