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

Important Reminder:  Before sending out your plays to these theaters, please take time to read the full submissions guidelines that are available on their websites.  Also, please make it a habit to check out our new blog before the end of each month.


Name Length Nature of Opportunity Deadline Location Add’l Info
Black Power Theatre 90 mins Plays of any genre that depicts characters of African, Caribbean or Black-American descent. 8/31/18  U.S. Virgin Islands Fee: $10
“cash prizes”
Bismarck State College Theatre max 10 pages Theme: “What Happened to the American Dream?” Brand new, never before produced plays only. 9/1/18 Bismarck, North Dakota n/a
Darkhorse Dramatists One Act
(10-25 pages)
Halloween themed plays. Previous prods ok, so long as it is unpublished. Monologues ok. 9/1/18 Binghamton, New York n/a
Open Theatre Project max 10 mins / 12 pages Women, artists of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and others whose voices have not been traditionally heard. 9/1/18 Boston, Massachusetts “cash prize”
Pride Films & Plays Full Length Playwrights who identify as women. Stories with lesbian characters and themes. Must not have been professionally produced. 9/1/18 Chicago Fee: $15
Road Less Traveled Productions 10 mins Playwrights in WNY and Southern Ontario. 9/1/18 Buffalo, New York No 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. 9/1/18 Buffalo, New York $1,000 stipend
Three Cat Productions Full Length Never produced plays or musicals written by unrepresented playwrights who currently live in the Chicago area. Any style or genre. 9/1/18 Chicago Fee: $15
Book Pipeline Competition Full Length Plays appropriate for film or television adaptation. Open to writers worldwide. Any genre. Published and unpublished works ok. 9/5/18 Santa Monica, California Fee: $60
Prize: $10,000
Living Room Theater 10 mins 3-week play dev’t opp culminating in a staged reading for the public. Theme: Cultural Identity 9/7/18 NYC No Fee
Navigators Theater 10-30 mins New Sci-Fi plays. 10-minute or one-acts (no more than 30 mins). 9/15/18 NYC n/a
Old Library Theatre One Act
(15-30 mins)
Playwrights who have not had plays produced in previous festivals will receive priority in selection. 9/15/18 Fair Lawn, New Jersey n/a

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Playwrights First Full Length Int’l submissions ok. Plays with no prior full scale production. 9/15/18 NYC Prize: $1,000
RTO Productions / The Hive SJ Full Length The play should have no previous productions. Musicals ok. 9/15/18 San Jose, California Prize: $1,000
ScreenCraft 15-120 pages Original, unpublished stage plays. Int’l submissions ok. 9/15/18 Los Angeles, California Fee: $39
Prize: $1,000
Small Fish Radio Theatre max 10 mins Horror radio plays. Gothic, supernatural, non-supernatural – whatever invokes FEAR and DREAD! Must be unproduced. 9/15/18 n/a n/a
Town and Country Players One Act
(10-30 mins)
Comedies or dramas. 9/15/18 Buckingham, Pennsylvania n/a
The Dare Tactic 10-45 mins Development opportunity. Accepts works at various staged of completion. Excerpts from full lengths acceptable. Any genre and style. Artists submitting must be NYC based. 9/20/18 NYC Fee: $10
Rockport New Year’s Eve max 10 pages Theme: “Something to Celebrate!” Content should be written for a general audience. No profanity or obscene situations. 9/29/18 Rockport, Massachusetts Fee: $10
Actors Theatre Playhouse 10-12 pages New works from regional writers. 9/30/18 New Hampshire and Vermont No financial prizes
Landing Theatre Company Full Length The 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. 9/30/18 Houston, Texas Fee: $17
$100 stipend
Northern Kentucky University Full Length Plays with no previous professional or university production. 9/30/18 Highland Heights, Kentucky Prize: $400
Phoebus Fire 30-90 mins Theme: “Women’s Empowerment.” Int’l submissions ok. 9/30/18 UK n/a
Pride Films & Plays 60+ mins New Musical Theatre with LGBTQ+ characters or themes. All musical and dramatic styles welcome. 9/30/18 Chicago Fee: $30
Prize: $250
Theatre Three max 40 mins Unproduced works only. Staged readings ok. 9/30/18 Port Jefferson, New York $125 stipend
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