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Howdy, Playwrights!  Here’s a list of 26 play submission opportunities with January 2020 deadlines.

Note: What’s written below is just a quick rundown of what the theaters are looking for. For complete submission guidelines, please go to their websites by clicking the theater’s name.

Name Length Nature of Opportunity Deadline Location Add’l Info
Rapture Theatre Full Length Dev’t opp, culminating with a staged reading. The play must not have had any previous public table readings, staged reading, or performances. Private readings are fine. Playwright must currently reside in Indiana. 12/31/19 Indianapolis, Indiana No Fee
Nomad Theatre Company 5-30 mins Plays centering around “The Art Show”. Plays that involve any kind of art. Wide range of actors available, ranging in age from 18 to 81. No website. Submit your entry to 1/1/20 Bloomington, Illinois n/a
The Players Theatre max 15 mins / 15 pages Plays and musicals. Playwrights must produce. Theme: SEX 1/2/20 NYC n/a
Theatre Now New York max 10 mins Accepts musicals across all styles and genres, as well as consider foreign language and/or bilingual scripts. Previously produced works ok. 1/6/20 NYC n/a
Women’s Project Theater Full Length Two-year development lab. Open to early career women+ playwrights living within 90 minutes of WP Theater via car or rail. 1/6/20 NYC “stipend”
Corkscrew Theater Festival Full Length Any genre, content, or theme. 1/10/20 NYC No Fee
Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs 10 mins Plays that have received performances, productions and/or readings are accepted. Must NOT have had a previous publication. Int’l submissions ok. 1/13/20 Bonita Springs, Florida Fee: $15
King’s Theatre 10 mins Open to all writers and playwrights worldwide. Any genre. The play should not have been previously produced in any form. 1/13/20 Canada Fee: $15
Prize: $300
Shakespeare in the ‘Burg One Act
(max 30 mins)
Open to all playwrights. Scripts must be original. Any style and genre. Must be appropriate for an audience of all ages, including younger children. 1/14/20 Middleburg, Virginia Prize: $550
Qu Literary Magazine max 8000 words For literary magazine. Excerpts or full pieces written for stage. Unpublished works only. 1/15/20 Charlotte, North Carolina Fee: $2
Payment Upon Publication: $100
The Literal Challenge
29 Plays Later
Any length Playwriting challenge – complete a playwriting challenge every day in February. Int’l submissions ok. Submissions can be written in any language. Check website for more info. 1/28/20 UK Fee: £22.22;
“completers receive share of the pot”
Atlanta Fringe 30-55 mins Encourages artists of every creed, color, age, nationality, sexuality, and weird fetish to apply. $300 plus production fee. 1/31/20 Atlanta, Georgia App Fee: $25.87/36.09
Atlanta Fringe Audio Any length All genres accepted: fiction podcasts, old time radio, radio drama, musical radio drama, non-fiction podcasts, etc. 1/31/20 Atlanta, Georgia Fee: $25/$35
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BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition 53 mins Radio plays. New and established writers, aged 18 or over, living outside the UK. 1/31/20 London Prize: £2500 + trip to London
Cone Man Running Productions 5 mins Int’l submissions ok. 5-minute plays or monologues. Comedy or drama. Previous prods ok if not staged within Houston, Texas. 1/31/20 Houston, Texas No Fee
Drip Action Theatre Company 30-40 mins Int’l submissions ok. 1/31/20 Arundel, UK No Fee
Prize: £250
Dubuque Fine Arts Players One Act
(max 40 mins)
Original, unproduced plays. 1/31/20 Dubuque, Iowa Fee: $20/$15
Prize: $600
Funhouse VI 5-10 mins Original, unproduced play. Previous staged readings ok. Any genre. A $100 honorarium will be given to all selected playwrights. 1/31/20 Seattle, Washington Fee: $5 (w/no fee options)
Roadrunner New Mexico Theater Festival Full Length New Mexico playwrights. Playwrights must be in attendance at the Festival. No previously published or produced plays can be considered. Staged readings are allowed. 1/31/20 Albuquerque, New Mexico Fee: $10
Silver Spring Stage max 45 pages (10-30 mins) Scripts must be original and unpublished, but may have been previously performed. 1/31/20 Silver Spring, Maryland Fee: $10
Prize: $150
Southwest Theatre Productions Two Act, One Act (see right) 75-95 pages (two act), or 60-75 pages (one act). 1/31/20 Austin, Texas Fee: $25/$35
$100 royalty
The 4208 Group max 15 mins Plays can be on any subject or theme. Playwright must be at least 18 years of age. 1/31/20 Washington, D.C. Fee: $20
Prize: $200
Theatre Suburbia 90-120 mins Must be family-friendly. No nudity. Profane or vulgar language should be germane to the story and kept to a minimum when possible. 1/31/20 Houston, Texas n/a
FORGE Fuel “sample” Writers retreat. Open to writers of all kinds, including playwrights. Year Round Danbury, Connecticut Fee: $80
Playwrights Offering Free Feedback Full Length Full-length trade program. You must read a play and give feedback, and in return will have an opp to send a play and get feedback from other playwright. Year Round n/a n/a
Trade A Play Tuesday 10 mins Send in 10-min play and get same-day feedback. You must also read 10 pages of another playwright’s work, and give thoughtful feedback. Runs every Tuesday. Year Round n/a n/a
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