EiO Writer’s Room

Call for Submissions

To celebrate Experiment in Opera’s tenth year of programming we are commissioning a series of 10 new operas to be performed during the 2020-2021 season. One episodic story will be told over the span of 10 interconnected short operas (20-25 minutes each). The project will be written in collaboration with a team of several writers. We are looking for writers to join our team for this venture.  We will be working on a monthly basis at in-person meetings to hash out all of the details of the story before making specific writing assignments.


1. A PDF of a play, libretto, or screenplay, etc. as a writing sample.
(Works will not be read in their entirety so you may suggest a starting point other than page one if you believe that would make your submission stronger.)
2. A synopsis of the above work.
3. A bio.
4. Short explanation of why this project interests you, or why you would be a good fit with our organization.

What we are looking for:

1. Compelling storytelling.
2. Works that strike a balance between ambition and practicality. A work that featured a cast of dozens of characters and many complicated scene changes might not be of interest.

Writers commissioned will be paid up to $1,000.00 for one script of approximately 12-20 pages.

This opportunity is only for writers living in, or near, New York City.