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Monday, July 29, 2013

Submit 10 Baltimore is back.

"In Submit 10 *we all* share the process of writing, performing, and witnessing brand new work in brand new ways – all in an atmosphere in which FUN is the engine that drives the event." - Max Garner

"Submit 10 is a natural diversifier for any establishment it's housed in. Since writers come from all races, religions, ages and creeds, it's a wonderful opportunity to bring them all together. It gives writers and performers not only a chance to produce their work, but also to meet one another and network. Writing can be so solitary, but Submit 10 brings writers together in a creative way, and allows us to hear our work aloud free of judgement and ego."
 - Jessica Garrett

You didn't really believe that something so awesome, so fun, so quirky, and so uniquely accessible to all, could stay away forever, did ya?!?!?!?!

I didn't think so.

Please, take this time to dust off your Macbook.

Warm up those vocal chords.


Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 8pm (7:30pm casting)
Submit 10 Baltimore is re-launching as a traveling event, beginning one week after labor day at 
HomeSlyce Pizza and Wine Bar in Mt. Vernon, at 336 North Charles Street (

This is very exciting stuff, guys.

Gourmet Pizza (and other fantastic food items, including a completely VEGAN menu!), and Drink Specials means this will be one hell of a Submit 10 celebration after a long (yes, very long) hiatus.

There are so many new details and to-doings to share with you all...much, much, much to discuss!

"As a playwright, Submit 10 gives me what I need most, and historically receive the least...real-time audience feedback." - Peter Davis

I simply cannot tell you how much I have missed you all...both as creative individuals, as well as a creative unit who have an INCREDIBLE drive to support selfless story-telling in the beautiful city of Baltimore.

Thank you so much for your patience.
Thank you so much for your enthusiasm.
Thank you so much for SPREADING THE WORD!

Now, here's how we're going to roll...

*  If you have previously submitted material over the past year and are still interested in having your piece read, no worries. Your lovely submissions saved in a very handy laptop.  Your pieces are being read (and in some cases re-read) and you will be contacted shortly (if you are no longer interested in having your material read, let me know ASAP)!

*  For everyone else...there is still time to submit (and yes, even those "Assigned Partnered" submissions! Rememberthose???)

Generally, Writers will be notified within about 3-4 days before a scheduled Submit 10 Baltimore event whether or not their piece has been selected for that Monday. 
This means, have patience! Your piece is probably in queue to be read! 

The Basics are still the same:

WRITERS (novice, professional, or curious): This is your opportunity to have your work read aloud to an enthusiastic, ego-free, and friendly audience. 
READERS (novice, professional, or curious): Here's a chance to spontaneously perform BRAND NEW MATERIAL. 


1. SUBMIT YOUR WORK. Submit whatever written material you've got to:
(plays, stories, poetry, music). 
Must be 10 minutes or less in PDF format.
Please include your name and COMPLETE contact info!

2. Encourage your friends, coworkers, local BMore artists, to stop by the event venue for the week and help us perform and/or support selected written submissions. 
ALL PERFORMERS MUST ARRIVE BY 7:30, look for host, Rachel Hirshorn, and let her know that you are interested in reading. 

3. Come to HomeSlyce Pizza and Wine Bar (
and enjoy awesome food and drink specials as your work is cast for a live reading ON THE SPOT.
No rehearsal, no rules. No ego, no pretension.
Just your words, live.
  "This work, work that I love writing and reading, work that is able to touch people, has no other outlet. It is work meant to be heard aloud, it is not meant to be read. I found a place at Submit 10 for this work; a fantastic audience, a warm and open host and the ear of both patrons and other writers." 
- Ben Forstenzer

Want more info? 

Also check out:  ( needs updating...badly.  I'm all over it :-)
Perfect place to submit material and/or send me your feedback!

Special and sincere thanks to Andy Rubin and Carlos Guillen.
Give them a big hug when you you see him on the 9th.
I mean it.

And finally - THANK YOU Submit 10-ers!  You make this event possible now, and in the future, because you had the courage to share your creativity with us.

"For those brave enough to venture into this honest, open and creative forum, your courage will be rewarded with applause, inspiration and new friendships.  In Baltimore we have music venues, film screenings, plays, art exhibitions and poetry readings but only one creative outlet like Submit 10 Baltimore." 
- Cheryl Wilson

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Dear Submit 10 Baltimore supporters and participants,

I hope this email reaches you well and safe post-Hurricane Sandy.

Thank you for SIX incredible months of Submit 10 creative awesome-ness.  
We have covered the zany, wacky, touching, wistful, frightening, insightful, naughty, shocking, award-winning, distasteful, and the down-right wicked this year.
No other city could match the fascinating stories that we have conjured up, and continue to create together.

Only in Baltimore.

It remains a great ride...

A couple of autumn breezes will be key factors in determining the next Submit 10 Baltimore event.

Allow me to update you all on November happenings..

* I am helping to organize two (2) separate and FREE documentary screenings of "We're Not Broke" (, which screened at Sundance (among several other film festivals) this past year.  This film is as sobering as it is timely, and is extremely well-researched.  B-HEARD (Baltimore Higher Education Alliance for Real Democracy) and the Maryland PIRG are co-sponsoring these screenings and we have secured the presence of the director/producer Victoria Bruce, DC activist Ryan Clayton, and some of the tax experts featured in the film to speak with and take questions from the audience post-screening.

I cordially invite you ALL to join us this coming week!

Screening #1 - The Windup Space
Wednesday, November 7th - 7pm
12 W. North Avenue
Facebook invite:

Screening #2 - Towson University
Thursday, November 8th - 7pm
Lecture Hall Building #0238
Facebook invite:

Remember:  IT'S FREE!  

* Submit 10 Baltimore has reached a point wherein several crucial ideas, both new and previously discussed, and focusing on venue as well as execution, will be taking place.   As I continue to grow a team to assist me in implementing these integral steps, please KEEP SUBMITTING YOUR PIECES - particularly your PARTNERED CO-AUTHORSHIP ASSIGNMENTS!  Congrats Max Garner and Susan Sgroi!  A's for both of you!  (see???  it CAN be done!) 

As always, your feedback is welcomed and appreciated.  
As is your patience regarding all future Submit 10 Baltimore events.

Good things are a-coming...

Thursday, October 18, 2012
A Friday Night Submit 10 Baltimore Event?!?!

Can it be true?!!!!

Indeed, it can.

THIS month. Final Friday, October 26th.

Now, here's an opportunity for all you early Tuesday morning commuters to put your excuses aside and finally come and check out Submit 10 Baltimore!
We've been waiting for you...
(make sure you can sleep-in the next day...:)

Costumes are welcome and encouraged.
Candy and baked goods to share of course are always a hit.


Ghost stories. Ghost PLAYS! Yes! Bwahahaha!
Submit your ghost stories/plays/poems for a spontaneously cast public read (all other genres continue to be welcome, of course).

"Tricks" and "treats" will be awarded throughout the night for creativity and enthusiasm....

Come early and stay late.

After all, it's Friday (or, at least, it will be :).

Ready to Submit???

Simply send 10 minutes or less (PDF format please! No Docx, no copy/paste) to this email address (

You will be notified shortly!

Friday, September 21, 2012
I'll be lots of fun.

Submit 10 Baltimore Challenge #4

"Assigned Co-Authorship"

Take the plunge!
The gauntlet is set...
Who is brave enough to write a BRAND NEW piece (play, short story, poem, music, whatever) with, what very well could be, a total stranger?

Sound quirky?  Sound crazy?  Well, that's Baltimore, for ya.  That's how we LIKE IT!

Sign up on Submit 10 Baltimore's Facebook Page
go ahead and email at:

Include your name and mention "Assigned Co-Authorship" as your interest.

You will be paired up and introduced cyber-ly!

There is NO DEADLINE for your co-authored submissions...just make sure BOTH authors are present during the event in which your piece will be read.

Questions?  Comments?  Send 'em along anytime!


The next Submit 10 Baltimore Event will be Monday, October 8th, 2012

STAY TUNED - some news ideas are coming your way next month.

Isn't this already much...FUN?!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Hello Dear Submit 10 Baltimore talent, supporters, and enthusiasts!

On April 16th, 2012, Submit 10 Baltimore was launched with 10 submissions, 
limited PR,
and the hope that maybe there would be another event or two to follow.

Five months, and over 350 submissions later - we are STILL HAVING A TOTAL BLAST!

Due, by and large, to your overwhelming support.

Have you been yet???

If you haven't been down to Liam Flynn's to see our local baltimore community exhibit some damn fine work every other Monday, my suggestion to you is that this is the week to do so.  

Don't think.

Just do it.

And if you have been along for the ride with me this whole time, you better keep a firm grip.  
You are well-loved, and your presence is a necessary component of every event.

Lately, we are discovering new and FANTASTIC formats and genres - including open forum, mildly staged improvisation, and other audience interaction-based readings.
You know what that means, don't you?

We are changing the name of the game.

We are reinventing, 
and even wrenching brand new stories and styles coming directly out of Baltimore.

Keep experimenting!

THIS MONDAY - Submit 10 Baltimore Challenge #4 will be announced (thank you Max Garner)  - and your focus, enthusiasm, and creativity will be called upon in a brand new way! 

There's a reason why Submit 10 continues to inspire every crowd it draws.   
YOU make the experience work every night because you had both the courage and the open-mind to trust each other. 

Please LIKE "Submit 10 Baltimore" on Facebook! 

(if you haven't already, that is :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Has it REALLY been three weeks since we last saw one another?

In all honesty...this was mostly my fault, I have to admit.  Life demands, and such.   

But that was three weeks WAY too long!

Join us on Monday for a very special (and hopefully not too laborious) Labor Day event!

BRAND NEW submissions from BRAND NEW writers.  

Walk in the door by 7:30pm, and try your acting chops out in front of a friendly and loving crowd!

Many of us are contributing a special dish or two to share.  
Americana is always loved on this day, but it CERTAINLY not required.
Anything with mushrooms (the safe and edible kind) will receive special notice and prize.

Have questions?  Want details?  

Got ten minutes?  I bet you do!!!

Submit here :

...and keep those words coming.

This event remains possible now, and in the future, because of you.

See you Monday.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Happy August!!!

Can you BELIEVE how much Submit 10 Baltimore continues to grow???

Special thanks this week to the Baltimore Sun, the City Paper, and the Baltimore Post-Examiner for all your coverage, love, and positive support of our Baltimore-area community writers, readers, artists, and fans of art and Station North.

Just a heads up:

The next Submit 10 Baltimore Event will be this coming Monday, August 13th, 2012  - 7:30pm for Readers, 8pm for Show

If you haven't "liked" Submit 10 Baltimore on Facebook yet, do it!
For those of you who have not yet done so, check out Submit 10 Baltimore's brand new website:

WRITERS! Don't forget...

(never a requirement, only a muse)

August Challenge: “Co-Authorship”

Please submit 10 minute material - plays, short stories, poems, music, whatever - that have been written by you and at least one other person. There is no limit on the number of authors involved, however, ALL authors must be present during the Submit 10 Baltimore event in which the work will be read.

Get set...Choose your partners...n’ go!

Please put “Co-Authorship” in subject line of submission.
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