40 Playwriting Contests w/ May (and early June) deadlines

Playwriting contests

Howdy, friends!í‚ í‚  Check out your list of 40 play submissions with May or early June deadlines.í‚  Spring is a time for renewal and regrowth, so let that spirit move you to apply to some of these playwriting contests!

Name Length Play Genre(s) Accepted Deadline Location Additional Info
Rockefeller Foundation Full Length 2-4 weeks residency. Int’l submissions ok. 5/1/15 NYC n/a
Pend Oreille Players Assoc max 30 mins Original, family-friendly, one-act plays only. No strong language. 5/1/15 Newport, Washington Fee: $5 for paper, $8 for electronic
Manhattan Rep Theatre 7-20 mins Fully produced one act plays (cast, directed and ready to perform). 5/1/15 NYC No Fee
Prize: $1,000
National Black Theatre Full Length 18-month residency for a Black playwright. 5/1/15 NYC Stipend is í¢â‚¬Å“pending fundingí¢â‚¬
906 Theatre Co 10 mins Plays that are based on previously established works of art. 5/1/15 Chicago, Illinois n/a
New England Theatre Conf Full Length New plays for young audiences. Open to all playwrights. 5/1/15 Hamden, CT Fee: $10
Prize: $1,000

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Nightwood Theatre Full Length Emerging women playwrights. Script at any stage in development. 5/1/15 Toronto, Canada Fee: $15
Pride Films and Plays Short, Full Length Plays or musicals written by women with lesbian characters or themes. 5/1/15 Chicago, Illinois Fee: $30
Prize: $400
March Forth Prodí¢â‚¬â„¢s Full Length Original plays only. Playwright must be able to attend the Salon in NYC. 5/4/15 NYC n/a
Aloha Perf Arts Co Any length Any subject. 5/8/15 Kainaliu, Hawaii n/a
Nylon Fusion Theatre Co 10 mins Theme: 50í¢â‚¬²s and 60í¢â‚¬²s 5/9/15 NYC n/a
Something Marvelous Fest 3-10 mins Genre: Magical Realism
Theme: The Releasing of Sorrows
5/10/15 Chicago, Illinois n/a
Adir’dack Plays Full Length, One Act Plays with more roles for women, about social justice, with LGBTQ theme, for black box theater, for high schools (one act only) and for churches. 5/15/15 n/a n/a
Douglas Morrisson Theatre 5-20 mins Theme: ON THE BOARDWALK……………… 5/15/15 Hayward, California n/a
Ragdale Residency Full Length 18- or 25-day residency. Apps from playwrights accepted. 5/15/15 Lake Forest, Illinois Fee: $40
Rockford New Play Fest 10 mins Unproduced scripts of all genres and styles. 5/15/15 Rockford, Illinois n/a
The Loser Play Fest 5-15 mins Theme: Losers 5/15/15 NYC n/a
The Riant Theatre 40-120 mins Plays and musicals. 5/15/15 NYC $400- $500 fee if selected
The Royal Society of Lit Full Length UK or Ireland residents only. 5/15/15 London Grant: í‚£2,500 or í‚£5,000
Treasure Valley Childrení¢â‚¬â„¢s Theater max 10 mins New works suitable for young audiences. 5/15/15 Meridian, Idaho n/a
VA Ctr for Creative Arts Full Length Residency of up to 2 months. 5/15/15 Amherst, Virginia Fee: $40
Weather- vane Playhouse max 10 mins Play must include “the hand mirror” — it must be seen on stage. 5/15/15 Akron, Ohio Fee: $10
Prize: $350
Full Circle First Nations Perf max 20 mins Established and emerging artists. 5/29/15 Vancouver, Canada n/a
Gladstone’s Library Full Length Residency. Apps from playwrights accepted. 5/29/15 Wales, UK Honorarium of í‚£100 per week

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Center of the World Festival 8-12 mins Theme: Environmental Humanities 5/30/15 Frazier Park, California No Fee
Award: $500
Moondance Intí¢â‚¬â„¢l Film Fest 1, 2 or 3-act Stage play, stage play or musical for kids, radio play (comedy & drama). 5/30/15 Boulder, Colorado Fee: $75
Playhouse on the Square Full Length Original, unpublished play or musical. 5/30/15 Memphis, Tennessee Fee: $15
Prize: $500
2015 Pint-sized Plays 5-10 mins Open to anyone, 18+. 5/31/15 Wales, UK Fee: í‚£5.50
Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation Full Length Dramas, comedies, musicals. Int’l submissions ok. Theme: LGBT Life 5/31/15 Brooklyn, New York No Fee
Prize: $3,000
Cork Arts Theatre max 40 mins Feedback included. Intí¢â‚¬â„¢l submissions ok. 5/31/15 Cork, Ireland Fee: í¢”š¬25
Little Fish Theatre max 15 mins One-act, short plays only. 5/31/15 Los Angelos, California $50 royalty
Buck Hill Skytop Music Fest Full Length New musical theater works — book musicals or other experimental musical theater forms are eligible. 6/1/15 Mt’nhome, PA Prize: travel, housing, honrarm
Capital Repertory Theatre Full Length Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged. Comedy and drama welcome. 6/1/15 Albany, New York n/a
Repertorio Espa탱ol Full Length í¢â‚¬Å“Playwrights may of any background as long as subject matter and characters resonate with Latino audiences.í¢â‚¬ 6/1/15 NYC Prize: $3,000
S’eastern Theatre Conf Full Length, One Act í¢â‚¬Å“The playwright is expected to attend the SETC convention at the expense of SETC.í¢â‚¬ 6/1/15 Greensboro, North Carolina Prize: $1,000
STAGES theatre Full Length Comedies, dramas, musicals, classics, originals. Attached director strongly preferred. 6/1/15 Fullerton, California n/a
Stillwater Theatre Co One Act, Full Length Plays with strong women roles and small casts. 6/1/15 Raleigh, North Carolina n/a
Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting min 1 hr UK or Irish residents only. 6/5/15 UK Prize: í‚£10,000
Writer’s Digest Full Length No restrictions on content, language, subject matter, etc. Int’l submissions ok. 6/5/15 Blue Ash, Ohio Fee: $25 by May 4.
Prize: $5,000
Bare Fiction Mag 15 mins Magazine. 6/6/15 Shrewsb’ry UK

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Here’s what other playwrights just like you are saying about the full, member’s-only access:

“Play Submissions Helper is THE go-to resource tool for playwrights everywhere.”

“Many playwriting groups recommended you… Thanks for the good work.”

“The best source Ií¢â‚¬â„¢ve found for contests & information about new play opportunities.”

“I will have had 4 of my short plays included in various festivals.”

“My membership has been a tremendous help.”

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