Howdy, Playwrights!  Here’s a list of 27 play submission opportunities with September 2019 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
Creede Repertory Theatre10-20 page excerptTheatre for young audiences. Bilingual (English/Spanish) plays preferred, but not required.9/1/19Creede, Coloradon/a
Darkhorse DramatistsOne Act
(10-25 pages)
Halloween themed plays. Previous prods ok, so long as it is unpublished. Monologues ok.9/1/19Binghamton, New Yorkn/a
HBMG Foundationn/aPlaywrights Retreat. Open to playwrights of all ethnicities and gender, at least 20 years of age.9/1/19Creede, ColoradoNo App Fee
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Artsmax 30 pages2 to 8 weeks residency. One-act plays or excerpts from a longer work. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week.9/1/19Nebraska City, NebraskaApp Fee: $35
OnStage! AwardFull LengthPlaywrights living in the US and writing primarily in English. Plays must be unproduced and original. Previous workshops or university productions ok. Any theme, subject matter, and style (except musicals).9/1/19Rome, ItalyFee: $45/40€
Stage Right Theatricsmax 20 minsSeeking plays with traditional, conservative points of view. Pro-life, pro-religion, free speech (etc.) plays most welcome.9/1/19Columbus, OhioFee: $10
$100 stipend
The CommonsFull Length, One ActEspecially interested in fearless new plays and one acts, socially relevant contemporary musicals, ensemble driven pieces, daring solo works, unproduced screenplays, pilots and web series centering LGBTQ+ characters. Int’l submissions ok.9/1/19Los Angeles, Californian/a
Ucross FoundationFull Length2-6 weeks residency. There is no fee for a residency.9/1/19Ucross, WyomingApp Fee: $40
Harbor Repertory Theater7-15 minsFor October and December Episodes. Halloween or holiday-season themes welcomed but not required. Comic scenes only. Content, language and subject matter should be “PG-13”-ish. Open only to writers living in Minnesota.9/4/19Plymouth, MinnesotaFee: $12
Prize: $100
The NYC Audio Theater Writing Contestmax 10 mins (10-15 pages)Scripts for Audio Theater. Any genre; comedy preferred. Non-audio theater plays will be considered.9/6/19Brooklyn, New YorkPrize: $200
HERE WE GO 8-20 minsPlays/pieces that have not been produced before in NYC (with an exception for readings/staged readings).9/9/19Brooklyn, New Yorkn/a
Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Programmax 30 pages Nine months residency. For Playwriting: Applicants must have a significant body of independent work in the form. This will include, most typically, plays produced or under option.9/12/19Boston, Massachusettsn/a

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HambidgeFull Length2-8 weeks residency. Resident Fellows pay $250/week. Limited Distinguished Fellowships for first-time residents are available.9/15/19Rabun Gap, GeorgiaApp Fee: $30
MacDowell ColonyFull LengthResidencies of up to 8 weeks. Int’l submissions ok. There are no residency fees.9/15/19Peterborough, New HampshireApp Fee: $30
New Perspectives Theatre Company10-15 pages (sample)Development lab for emerging and mid-career women playwrights.9/15/19NYCn/a
Old Library TheatreOne Act
(15-30 mins)
Playwrights who have not had plays produced in previous festivals will receive priority in selection.9/15/19Fair Lawn, New JerseyFee: $5
Playwrights FirstFull LengthInt’l submissions ok. Plays with no prior full scale production. Readings and workshops are acceptable.9/15/19NYCPrize: $1,000
Small Fish Radio Theatremax 10 minsHorror radio plays. Gothic, supernatural, non-supernatural – whatever invokes FEAR and DREAD! Must be unproduced.9/15/19n/an/a
New Works Of Merit Playwriting Contestmax 2 hrs or 90 pagesFull-lengths, one-acts, short stage plays, children’s plays, published scripts, scripts that received a workshop, scripts that received a staged reading, scripts that received a non-union production, scripts produced with an AEA Showcase Code or Plan. Int’l submissions ok.9/16/19NYCFee: $25
Prize: $300
American Academy in Berlinn/sFellowship program. Restricted to candidates based permanently in the US. US citizenship is not required.9/23/19Berlin, Germanystipend of $5,000/month
Landing Theatre CompanyFull LengthPlaywright must be a citizen or legal resident of the USA. Play must not have been produced. Play must not have had a public reading in the Houston area. Selected playwrights must attend the festival. Playwrights must cover their own travel expenses.9/30/19Houston, TexasFee: $15
$100 stipend
Sterts TheatreOne Act
(25-35 mins)
Open to anyone, 16+ years of age. Entries must be original plays not previously published or publicly performed. No theme or restriction on location. Writers from outside the UK may send work by email (contact the office for details.)9/30/19Cornwall, UKFee: £8
Prize: £100
Theatre Threemax 40 minsUnproduced works only. Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.9/30/19Port Jefferson, New York$125 stipend
Rubicon Theatre CompanyFull LengthNew plays.Year RoundVentura, Californian/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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