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.

NameLengthNature of OpportunityDeadlineLocationAdd’l Info
Rapture TheatreFull LengthDev’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.12/31/19Indianapolis, IndianaNo Fee
Nomad Theatre Company5-30 minsPlays 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 nomadtheatre.artplays@gmail.com1/1/20Bloomington, Illinoisn/a
The Players Theatremax 15 mins / 15 pagesPlays and musicals. Playwrights must produce. Theme: SEX1/2/20NYCn/a
Theatre Now New Yorkmax 10 minsAccepts musicals across all styles and genres, as well as consider foreign language and/or bilingual scripts. Previously produced works ok.1/6/20NYCn/a
Women’s Project TheaterFull LengthTwo-year development lab. Open to early career women+ playwrights living within 90 minutes of WP Theater via car or rail.1/6/20NYC“stipend”
Corkscrew Theater FestivalFull LengthAny genre, content, or theme.1/10/20NYCNo Fee
Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs10 minsPlays that have received performances, productions and/or readings are accepted. Must NOT have had a previous publication. Int’l submissions ok.1/13/20Bonita Springs, FloridaFee: $15
King’s Theatre10 minsOpen to all writers and playwrights worldwide. Any genre. The play should not have been previously produced in any form.1/13/20CanadaFee: $15
Prize: $300
Shakespeare in the ‘BurgOne 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.1/14/20Middleburg, VirginiaPrize: $550
Qu Literary Magazinemax 8000 wordsFor literary magazine. Excerpts or full pieces written for stage. Unpublished works only.1/15/20Charlotte, North CarolinaFee: $2
Payment Upon Publication: $100
The Literal Challenge
29 Plays Later
Any lengthPlaywriting 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.1/28/20UKFee: £22.22;
“completers receive share of the pot”
Atlanta Fringe30-55 minsEncourages artists of every creed, color, age, nationality, sexuality, and weird fetish to apply. $300 plus production fee.1/31/20Atlanta, GeorgiaApp Fee: $25.87/36.09
Atlanta Fringe AudioAny lengthAll genres accepted: fiction podcasts, old time radio, radio drama, musical radio drama, non-fiction podcasts, etc.1/31/20Atlanta, GeorgiaFee: $25/$35
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BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition53 minsRadio plays. New and established writers, aged 18 or over, living outside the UK.1/31/20LondonPrize: £2500 + trip to London
Cone Man Running Productions5 minsInt’l submissions ok. 5-minute plays or monologues. Comedy or drama. Previous prods ok if not staged within Houston, Texas.1/31/20Houston, TexasNo Fee
Drip Action Theatre Company30-40 minsInt’l submissions ok.1/31/20Arundel, UKNo Fee
Prize: £250
Dubuque Fine Arts PlayersOne Act
(max 40 mins)
Original, unproduced plays.1/31/20Dubuque, IowaFee: $20/$15
Prize: $600
Funhouse VI5-10 minsOriginal, unproduced play. Previous staged readings ok. Any genre. A $100 honorarium will be given to all selected playwrights.1/31/20Seattle, WashingtonFee: $5 (w/no fee options)
Roadrunner New Mexico Theater FestivalFull LengthNew Mexico playwrights. Playwrights must be in attendance at the Festival. No previously published or produced plays can be considered. Staged readings are allowed.1/31/20Albuquerque, New MexicoFee: $10
Silver Spring Stagemax 45 pages (10-30 mins)Scripts must be original and unpublished, but may have been previously performed.1/31/20Silver Spring, MarylandFee: $10
Prize: $150
Southwest Theatre ProductionsTwo Act, One Act (see right)75-95 pages (two act), or 60-75 pages (one act).1/31/20Austin, TexasFee: $25/$35
$100 royalty
The 4208 Groupmax 15 minsPlays can be on any subject or theme. Playwright must be at least 18 years of age.1/31/20Washington, D.C.Fee: $20
Prize: $200
Theatre Suburbia90-120 minsMust be family-friendly. No nudity. Profane or vulgar language should be germane to the story and kept to a minimum when possible.1/31/20Houston, Texasn/a
FORGE Fuel“sample”Writers retreat. Open to writers of all kinds, including playwrights.Year RoundDanbury, ConnecticutFee: $80
Playwrights Offering Free FeedbackFull LengthFull-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 Roundn/an/a
Trade A Play Tuesday10 minsSend 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 Roundn/an/a
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