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Here are literally hundreds of FREE ideas, suitable for adapting for single songs, or short 10-minute musicals, one-acts, full-lengths…of every genre from spooky stories to dramas, comedies, fantasies, children’s stories, etc.

Library of Ideas

With the year 2020, there are lots of works which have just entered the public domain, and you’ll find a bunch of them here…

We just added lots of new texts:  nearly 200 plays and 400 new stories.  You’ll find works by F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Galsworthy, James Joyce, H.P. Lovecraft, James M. Barrie, Katherine Mansfield, and of course the classic writers like Mark Twain, Guy de Maupassant, etc.  But you’ll also find a treasure trove of wonderful stories by lesser known writers (we adore Susan Glaspell’s writing, and have just discovered the amazing stories of H.C. Bunner and M.R. James).

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Hundreds of Free Stories and Plays

With the year 2020, there are lots of works which have just entered the public domain, and you’ll find a bunch of them here…

We just added lots of new texts:  nearly 200 plays and 400 new stories.  You’ll find works by F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Galsworthy, James Joyce, H.P. Lovecraft, James M. Barrie, Katherine Mansfield, and of course the classic writers like Mark Twain, Guy de Maupassant, etc.  But you’ll also find a treasure trove of wonderful stories by lesser known writers (we adore Susan Glaspell’s writing, and have just discovered the amazing stories of H.C. Bunner and M.R. James).


LIBRARY OF IDEAS (Royalty Free)

FREE ACCESS to a library of 1000+ downloadable royalty-free stories, plays, plots and other inspiring indeas we’ve found in the public domain for you. There’s a brief excerpt of every item in the library, so you can take a quick glance to see whether or not you want to read the whole text. In addition, the NMI staff has made annotations and recommendations for many of the titles in the library about their potential to become musicals. Save hundreds of hours of research and reading!

Premium Subscribers: get the ability to search the library for genre (Comedy, drama, suspense, ghost story, fairy story, etc.).

Premium Subscribers: get the ability to search the library for genre (Comedy, drama, suspense, ghost story, fairy story, etc.).


Here are some random samples from our listings of story ideas in the public domain:

      • The Optimist and the Cynic (by Ambrose Bierce)
      • Father Grumbler (by Lang Andrew)
      • Death and the Woodman (by Jean de La Fontaine)
      • The Citizen and the Snakes (by Ambrose Bierce)
      • Quite By Ourselves. (by Lady Bell)

also of interest:

The Lyric Lab

The Lyric Lab is a hands-on class packed with videos, exercises, tests, handouts, and assignments, guiding you through essentials of writing musical theatre lyrics. The course is hosted by Emmy-nominated Scott Guy (Disney, NBC, PBS, Warner Brothers), with feedback from Larry Todd Cousineau (All That He Was, Flies! the Musical, 40 is the New 15).

The Lyric Lab has been helping hundreds of lyricists for a decade. And now it’s been completely updated, drawing from examples from contemporary Broadway musicals like Hamilton, Evan Hansen, Hadestown, as well as classic musicals from Golden Age.

In Lyric Lab I - Fundamentals, you’ll focus on key areas of craft, including musical theatre song structure, telling your story through lyrics, perfect rhyme and near rhyme, matching the accents of lyric to the music, how to decide which songs to write, and how to format your musical to get it ready to submit to theatres and producers.

You can take this course at your own pace. It’s designed for one unit a week, but you can take it faster or slower; from anywhere in the world. It’s all online.

Fill out the info form, and we’ll tell you how to get started on the Lyric Lab today!


CONTESTS

FREE LISTING of hundreds of contests for plays and musicals.

Premium Subscribers: get the additional ability to search by keywords. Who’s running contests for ten-minute musicals or one-acts? Who’s looking just for musicals? Dramas? Comedies? Or search by special interest, or geography.

Premium Subscribers: get the additional ability to search by keywords. Who’s running contests for ten-minute musicals or one-acts? Who’s looking just for musicals? Dramas? Comedies? Or search by special interest, or geography.

Here are some random samples from some upcoming contests/submissions listings:

      • Song of the Year (September 19)
      • John Lennon Songwriting Contest (September 20)
      • Summer Shorts Festival (September 30)
      • Theatre Three One-Act Play Festival (September 30)
      • City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest (September 30)