Call for Submissions: Touring Theatre of North Carolina


June 19, 2013: The Touring Theatre of North Carolina is seeking poetry or prose written by veterans, their family members, and anyone now in service.

Joseph Bathanti, the Poet Laureate of North Carolina in conjunction with the North Carolina Arts Council, and in collaboration with Brenda Schleunes, the Producing Artistic Director of the Touring Theatre of North Carolina, are creating a production featuring the writings of veterans and those considered family of veterans.  Ms. Schleunes is developing a compilation of these writings that will be presented in a Reader’s Theatre format entitled DEPLOYED.  Professional actors will read the poetry and prose in a Touring Theatre of North Carolina production in Greensboro, North Carolina on November  8, 9, 15 & 16, 2013. After the November premier, TTNC will have the production available for bookings to tour the state of North Carolina.

This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the written work of those in service, veterans and their families, and to shine a spotlight on veterans and their writing initiatives around the state.

Deadline for Submissions:

The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2013.  Any poetry or prose received after that date will not be considered.

Entry Fee: 


Suggested Topics: 

Military life from the veteran’s or family member’s perspective including, but not limited to, enlistment, training, deployment, relationships (marital, familial, or military), separations from family, parenting, war-time experiences, retirement, medical issues (physical, emotional or psychological).

Serious works, along with those lighter in subject and tone will be welcomed.

Send Submissions to:

Joseph Bathanti at

OR, Brenda Schleunes at

 OR, Touring Theatre of North Carolina, P.O. Box 9733, Greensboro, NC 27401

Formatting and Requirements:

It is encouraged that each Submission be no longer than one single spaced, 12 pt., typed page.

If you are emailing your submissions, please send it as a MS Word Document or PDF file that includes the author’s name and title of the work.

If you are mailing submissions, please include a self-addressed and stamped envelope if you would like to have your work returned.


There is no limit on the number of submissions an individual may make.

Please limit prose to one single spaced, 12 pt., typed page.  If a poem demands more space because of its’ form, the poem will be considered.

Cover letter Requirements:

All Poetry and Prose submitted must be accompanied by a cover letter identifying the title of the work or works, author’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address if available.

Multiple submissions by the same author may be listed on one cover letter.

The cover letter must include the following statement:

 I am a veteran or a veteran family member (spouse, child, parent, sister, brother, grandparent).  I own the copyright(s) to the material that I have submitted.  I grant my permission to the Touring Theatre of North Carolina to use my material or a portion of my material in a Readers Theatre production(s) that will feature veteran and veteran family members’ poetry and prose read by professional actors.  I also give Touring Theatre permission to use my material for publicity purposes. 

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Brenda Schleunes at or Joseph Bathanti at


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