Howdy, Playwrights!  Here’s a list of 28 play submission opportunities with December 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
B3 Theater5-15 pagesAny subject. Prefers experimental and progressive works. Any genre except musicals. Previous prods ok. Int’l submissions ok.11/26/19Phoenix, ArizonaNo Fee
Prize: $50
Bloomington Playwrights ProjectFull LengthPlays must be unpublished. Agent submitted scripts require no fee.12/1/19Bloomington, IndianaFee: $10
Prize: $3,000
Hidden River Reviewmax 15 minsUnpublished and unproduced short plays.12/1/19Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaFee: $17
Prize: $1,000
New Bern Civic TheatreOne Act
(see right)
Original works of teens all across the world. Dramas 25-35 pages, 2-10 characters; Comedies 15-20 pages, 2-7 characters; Spoken word 1-5 minutes, 1-2 speakers. All work must be about a teen.12/1/19New Bern, North CarolinaNo Fee
Shadblow Theatremax 20 pagesTheme: “Love and War.” Plays should not use excess profane or vulgar language. Must be unpublished. Previous productions, readings, and workshops are encouraged.12/1/19Jenison, MichiganPrize: $50,
stipend of $25
Talking It Out10-20 minsTheme: Mental Health Awareness – All submissions should explore the topic of mental illnesses. All genres are welcome. Submissions that have received prior productions or readings are welcome, as long as they are unpublished.
Note: No website. Submit your entry to
12/1/19New York City, New YorkNo Fee
The Repertory Theatre of St. LouisFull LengthSeeking plays that are in any stage of development.12/1/19St. Louis, Missourin/a
ATHE: Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting AwardFull LengthPlaywrights engaged with an institution of higher education. The plays can be produced or unproduced but must be unpublished.12/10/19Saint Paul, MinnesotaNo Fee
Harbor Repertory Theater7-15 minsFor February and April Episodes. Wintertime or springtime 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.12/11/19Plymouth, MinnesotaFee: $12
Prize: $100
Chain TheatreFull LengthSix weeks development lab with two professional staged readings. Playwrights must be NYC based. Must be part of an under-represented community in the arts. Female identifying, a person of color, LGBTQ, or trans artists are encouraged to apply.12/12/19NYCn/a
Clockhousemax 15 pagesShort dramatic works in traditional and experimental styles, either a standalone piece or an excerpt from a one-act or full-length play.12/15/19n/an/a
James Madison UniversityFull LengthNew plays and musicals that address contemporary issues with characters that are suitable for college-age actors.12/15/19Harrisonburg, Virginia“honorarium”
University of ArkansasFull LengthPlaywrights who currently reside in, or are originally from, Arkansas. Plays must be unpublished and professionally unproduced. Previous workshop ok.12/16/19Fayetteville, ArkansasNo Fee
Prize: $500
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SOOP Theatre CompanyOne Act
(10-30 mins)
Playwrights, age 18 or older, who live in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT). Original works ONLY!12/20/19Pelham, New YorkFee: $75 if chosen
Prize: $500
Ashland New Plays FestivalFull LengthDrama or comedy. Must be previously unproduced.12/31/19Ashland, OregonFee: $20
Prize: $1,500
Branch County Community TheatreFull LengthUnproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted.12/31/19Coldwater, MichiganPrize: $200
Celtic Callingmax 30 minsOriginal plays, vignettes, or one-acts with a Celtic theme.12/31/19Charleston, West Virginia$100 stipend
Las Vegas Little TheatreFull LengthIdeally looking for subject matter that will appeal to an age range of 18-30. New plays that have not been professionally produced or published.12/31/19Las Vegas, NevadaPrize: $150
Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Companymax 12 minsThe play must have not been previously produced in the greater Houston area. Must fall into the weird, dark, quirky, odd, strange, absurd and/or dysfunctional categories. Must be either written by female identifying playwrights and/or focus on female identifying characters.12/31/19Houston, TexasNo Fee
Neon Cactus PlayhouseOne Act, Full LengthNew plays or musicals that tell the story of the people of the LGBTQ community. Open to playwrights who identify as LGBTQ. The play must not have been previously published or produced. Previous workshop productions or staged readings are ok.12/31/19Phoenix, ArizonaNo Fee
Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award For PlaywritingFull LengthPlays addressing the question “What does it mean to be a human in a computerized world?” Must have no previous full production.12/31/19New Hampshire & Vermont$5,000 honorarium
Pulitzer Prize in DramaFull LengthPlay by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life.12/31/19NYCFee: $75
Prize: $15,000
Sundog TheatreOne Act
(10-30 mins)
Theme: “Audience Participation.” Original plays, not previously produced or published, set on the Staten Island Ferry.12/31/19Staten Island, New YorkPrize: $100
The New American TheatreOne Act
(max 15 mins)
Int’l submissions ok. The plays must not have been previously produced in Los Angeles, CA.12/31/19Culver City, CaliforniaFee: $10
Women Are FunnyFull LengthComedic scripts. Female playwrights based anywhere. The play must be unpublished, no professional production. Amateur, university productions, and readings ok. Any subject.12/31/19Spokane, WashingtonNo Fee
Prize: $100
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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