In September, the Playwright Submission Binge conducted its 19th "Binge." The Binge group is an online community focusing on marketing for playwrights. Twice a year, in March and September, we take up the challenge of submitting a play every day for 30 days. After each submission, members are encouraged to post to the group with where they sent (including contact info, if appropriate), what they sent, and why.
Since I started the Binge in 2001, the group has grown from a dozen writers exchanging e-mails to more than 600 writers around the world. The generosity and positive spirit of the group continues to amaze me.
In any given Binge month, dozens of people actively post to the list, but certainly not all 640 members. I was curious to get a sense of who actually does participate, so I set up a SurveyMonkey survey, asking people who had taken part in Binge #19, to tell us about themselves and what they'd submitted.
I've posted the results below.
I was pleasantly surprised to hear back from 74 playwrights who had actively taken part in Binge #19. Together, in the month of September, they submitted 2,270 scripts and query letters. Most of the writers participating (94%) have had their work produced, and 67% percent have received productions as a direct result of their participation in the Binge.
The group is making a serious impact, on its members and on theaters. And it's a fairly experienced group of writers, who have gathered together to share info and offer support.
There's lots of interesting data here. I'd love to hear your comments.
One thing that interested me is that we have more women than men
actively participating. There's been a lot of conversation about how male playwrights are over-represented on American stages, and I've wondered if that's because women make fewer submissions than men. In
our group, that's certainly not the case.
Here's a snapshot of Binge #19 and a cross-section of our membership:
Total Completed Survey: 74 (100%)
Total number of scripts and queries submitted during Binge #19 (by these 74 writers): 2,270
How many years have you Binged?
This is my first time. 15.1%
1-2 years 26.0%
3-4 years 24.7%
5-6 years 19.2%
7-8 years 4.1%
9-10 years 6.8%
Who can remember that far back? 4.1%
Has your work ever been produced?
Has your work ever been published?
Has your work ever received a reading?
Have you ever been paid for any of the readings/productions/publications of your work?
Have you ever received a reading, production, or publication as a result of a Binge submission?
How often do you post to the Binge list?
A couple times each Binge
A couple times a year
Are you male or female?