A workout space for NYC based multi-disciplinary artists seeking a supportive community to share their unfinished and messy creations. Our Fail Better Reading Series is open to all!

We welcome plays, film/tv/web series, sketches, solo shows, storytelling, monologues, songs, and more.



Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.


A reading series/developmental workshop for NYC writers and actors. All are welcome! We accept scripts for plays, film/tv/web series, sketches, solo shows, storytelling, monologues and more. Experiment with your "mess"-in-progress in our supportive space where you’re given room to fail...and grow.

What We Do

Each meeting we do cold readings, raw performances of 3 pieces (10-20ish pages/mins) followed by 15ish minutes of constructive feedback.

Who Can Submit

Writers: Fail Better is a safe space to hear your unfinished work read aloud.

Actors: Going crazy practicing that monologue in front of the mirror? Come practice in front of a live audience of fellow failees.

Storytellers & Stand-ups: Work on your piece for the next open mic in our developmental space.

Don't fit into any of these categories? Reach out to info@failbetter.nyc and tell us more about you and your piece. We'd love to support your art-making.


1st Sunday of each month, 7pm-10pm


Quimby's Bookstore

536 Metropolitan Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11211


March 1st, 2020... LINEUP FULL, RSVP here!

April 5th, 2020... Submit below, RSVP here!


Which reading series are you submitting for?
Where are you with your piece, and what are you working towards?

Submission Policy:

We ask that you attend Reading Series once before submitting. This will give you a chance meet the team and see us in action.

Submission deadline is the Monday before the reading at 11:59pm

Keep the following in mind: 
• New members: 10 page/min limit
• Returning members: 15-20 page/min limit

Actors: Please let us know if you will be attending. We cannot guarantee you will be cast if you do not RSVP or email us.

We also accept submissions from actors. Want to try out a new monologue or a stand-up set? Let us know! 

Add a File

We host seasonal writing challenges designed to motivate our members to make writing a priority. If you would like to join our next writing challenge sign up for our mailing list.

Some past writing challenges includes:

JUNE 2018