HowlRound is a gateway to the theater commons—a commons that's produced by and for you! Here are some ways you can participate:

We accept queries and pitches. In fact, most of our articles come from queries and pitches so please inquire! We do not publish personal attacks, promotional material, or anything that does not fit a frame of positive inquiry. Do not send scripts, or poetry, or fiction because we wouldn’t know what to do if you did. We do not accept previously published material.

  • Please include a one-hundred word biography with your query, and a headshot. 
  • Queries should be brief, just like the bio. Send a one hundred and fifty words (or less) synopsis.
  • Due to the high volume of correspondence we receive, please allow up to thirty days for a reply to any queries. Longer if we’re busy. All submissions are subject to editing. (Let’s just be honest, we’ll definitely edit!)
  • Email your query to editor@howlround.comIf you are submitting a pitch to Cafe Onda, email your query to cafeonda@howlround.comMake the email title the content type you are pitching (article, blog) and your name. Example: Blog: Jane Doe or Article: Jane Doe. 

Article Parameters

  • 1500-2000 words.
  • Go through rigorous editing process, which averages one to two months.
  • Depending on the backlog of content, articles may wait as long as three to four months before publication.
  • Author must submit a one-hundred word bio and headshot.
  • Upon acceptance of an article, we pay the author one hundred and fifty dollars.

Blog Parameters

  • 750-1000 words.
  • Edited for style, less for content.
  • Photos are encouraged.
  • Blogs can usually be published within a week of submission.
  • Author must submit a one-hundred word bio and headshot.
  • Upon acceptance of a blog, we pay the author fifty dollars.

Blog Series Parameters:
If you want to pitch a blog series, include what is listed above, and the following:

  • One sample post. 
  • Total number of posts proposed, along with a content outline.
  • Ideal publication timeline (i.e. one per week, one per month, etc.).
  • A title for your series, and a one to two sentence series description.

When You Submit a First Draft:

  • Double-check your word count.
  • Email it as a word document (no PDFs).
  • Give your piece a title!
  • Include relevant hyperlinks. 
  • Attach any additional photo or video content.
  • Include your headshot and a one-hundred word biography. 

All comments on the site are moderated. Most comments will be posted if they are on topic and not mean, but moderating decisions is subjective. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers and generally cannot alter a comment once it is posted. Sometimes we will delete a mean posting, but not always. We have limited tolerance for personal attacks, incoherence, and shouting. You have a better chance of getting away with a controversial comment if you use your real name.

HowlRound TV
HowlRound TV is entirely community-sourced and is a globally-accessible open source project. Anyone can livestream their event, and access to the channel is first come, first serve. We provide technical support, training, and help you to get the word out. And we promise, it's not hard! Contact for more information or call Vijay Mathew at +(1) 917.686.3185.

The New Play Map
The New Play Map is entirely community-sourced and is an open source project. Contact for questions about the Map or consider deploying the project for your own country. Contact us to get the source code. You can also call +1 617.800.9MAP and leave a message.

The Weekly Howl
Join our weekly Twitter conversation on #newplay every Thursday at 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT / 19:00-20:00 GMT. Participate, or propose and moderate a discussion about anything relevant to contemporary theater and performance culture. Use the hashtag #newplay in Twitter to communicate with this community.

Have an Idea?
Want to propose something that isn't on this list? Go ahead! Email and the whole staff will get your idea.