Howdy, Playwrights!  Below you will find 25 play submissions opportunities with September 2018 deadlines — some with cash prizes!

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NameLengthNature of OpportunityDeadlineLocationAdd’l Info
Black Power Theatre90 minsPlays of any genre that depicts characters of African, Caribbean or Black-American descent.8/31/18 U.S. Virgin IslandsFee: $10
“cash prizes”
Bismarck State College Theatremax 10 pagesTheme: “What Happened to the American Dream?” Brand new, never before produced plays only.9/1/18Bismarck, North Dakotan/a
Darkhorse DramatistsOne Act
(10-25 pages)
Halloween themed plays. Previous prods ok, so long as it is unpublished. Monologues ok.9/1/18Binghamton, New Yorkn/a
Open Theatre Projectmax 10 mins / 12 pagesWomen, artists of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and others whose voices have not been traditionally heard.9/1/18Boston, Massachusetts“cash prize”
Pride Films & PlaysFull LengthPlaywrights who identify as women. Stories with lesbian characters and themes. Must not have been professionally produced.9/1/18ChicagoFee: $15
Road Less Traveled Productions10 minsPlaywrights in WNY and Southern Ontario.9/1/18Buffalo, New YorkNo royalty or prize
Road Less Traveled Productions“works in progress”One-year developmental support for works-in-progress by playwrights in the Western NY region.9/1/18Buffalo, New York$1,000 stipend
Three Cat ProductionsFull LengthNever produced plays or musicals written by unrepresented playwrights who currently live in the Chicago area. Any style or genre.9/1/18ChicagoFee: $15
Book Pipeline CompetitionFull LengthPlays appropriate for film or television adaptation. Open to writers worldwide. Any genre. Published and unpublished works ok.9/5/18Santa Monica, CaliforniaFee: $60
Prize: $10,000
Living Room Theater10 mins3-week play dev’t opp culminating in a staged reading for the public. Theme: Cultural Identity9/7/18NYCNo Fee
Navigators Theater10-30 minsNew Sci-Fi plays. 10-minute or one-acts (no more than 30 mins).9/15/18NYCn/a
Old Library TheatreOne Act
(15-30 mins)
Playwrights who have not had plays produced in previous festivals will receive priority in selection.9/15/18Fair Lawn, New Jerseyn/a

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Playwrights FirstFull LengthInt’l submissions ok. Plays with no prior full scale production.9/15/18NYCPrize: $1,000
RTO Productions / The Hive SJFull LengthThe play should have no previous productions. Musicals ok.9/15/18San Jose, CaliforniaPrize: $1,000
ScreenCraft15-120 pagesOriginal, unpublished stage plays. Int’l submissions ok.9/15/18Los Angeles, CaliforniaFee: $39
Prize: $1,000
Small Fish Radio Theatremax 10 minsHorror radio plays. Gothic, supernatural, non-supernatural – whatever invokes FEAR and DREAD! Must be unproduced.9/15/18n/an/a
Town and Country PlayersOne Act
(10-30 mins)
Comedies or dramas.9/15/18Buckingham, Pennsylvanian/a
The Dare Tactic10-45 minsDevelopment opportunity. Accepts works at various staged of completion. Excerpts from full lengths acceptable. Any genre and style. Artists submitting must be NYC based.9/20/18NYCFee: $10
Rockport New Year’s Evemax 10 pagesTheme: “Something to Celebrate!” Content should be written for a general audience. No profanity or obscene situations.9/29/18Rockport, MassachusettsFee: $10
Actors Theatre Playhouse10-12 pagesNew works from regional writers.9/30/18New Hampshire and VermontNo financial prizes
Landing Theatre CompanyFull LengthThe playwright must be a US citizen or legal resident. The play must not have been produced and must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.9/30/18Houston, TexasFee: $17
$100 stipend
Northern Kentucky UniversityFull LengthPlays with no previous professional or university production.9/30/18Highland Heights, KentuckyPrize: $400
Phoebus Fire30-90 minsTheme: “Women’s Empowerment.” Int’l submissions ok.9/30/18UKn/a
Pride Films & Plays60+ minsNew Musical Theatre with LGBTQ+ characters or themes. All musical and dramatic styles welcome.9/30/18ChicagoFee: $30
Prize: $250
Theatre Threemax 40 minsUnproduced works only. Staged readings ok.9/30/18Port Jefferson, New York$125 stipend
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