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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.

Name Length Nature of Opportunity Deadline Location Add’l Info
B3 Theater 5-15 pages Any subject. Prefers experimental and progressive works. Any genre except musicals. Previous prods ok. Int’l submissions ok. 11/26/19 Phoenix, Arizona No Fee
Prize: $50
Bloomington Playwrights Project Full Length Plays must be unpublished. Agent submitted scripts require no fee. 12/1/19 Bloomington, Indiana Fee: $10
Prize: $3,000
Hidden River Review max 15 mins Unpublished and unproduced short plays. 12/1/19 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Fee: $17
Prize: $1,000
New Bern Civic Theatre One 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. 12/1/19 New Bern, North Carolina No Fee
Shadblow Theatre max 20 pages Theme: “Love and War.” Plays should not use excess profane or vulgar language. Must be unpublished. Previous productions, readings, and workshops are encouraged. 12/1/19 Jenison, Michigan Prize: $50,
stipend of $25
Talking It Out 10-20 mins Theme: 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 Submissions that have received prior productions or readings are welcome, as long as they are unpublished.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
12/1/19 New York City, New York No Fee
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Full Length Seeking plays that are in any stage of development. 12/1/19 St. Louis, Missouri n/a
ATHE: Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award Full Length Playwrights engaged with an institution of higher education. The plays can be produced or unproduced but must be unpublished. 12/10/19 Saint Paul, Minnesota No Fee
Harbor Repertory Theater 7-15 mins For 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. 12/11/19 Plymouth, Minnesota Fee: $12
Prize: $100
Chain Theatre Full Length Six 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. 12/12/19 NYC n/a
Clockhouse max 15 pages Short dramatic works in traditional and experimental styles, either a standalone piece or an excerpt from a one-act or full-length play. 12/15/19 n/a n/a
James Madison University Full Length New plays and musicals that address contemporary issues with characters that are suitable for college-age actors. 12/15/19 Harrisonburg, Virginia “honorarium”
University of Arkansas Full Length Playwrights who currently reside in, or are originally from, Arkansas. Plays must be unpublished and professionally unproduced. Previous workshop ok. 12/16/19 Fayetteville, Arkansas No Fee
Prize: $500
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SOOP Theatre Company One Act
(10-30 mins)
Playwrights, age 18 or older, who live in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT). Original works ONLY! 12/20/19 Pelham, New York Fee: $75 if chosen
Prize: $500
Ashland New Plays Festival Full Length Drama or comedy. Must be previously unproduced. 12/31/19 Ashland, Oregon Fee: $20
Prize: $1,500
Branch County Community Theatre Full Length Unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. 12/31/19 Coldwater, Michigan Prize: $200
Celtic Calling max 30 mins Original plays, vignettes, or one-acts with a Celtic theme. 12/31/19 Charleston, West Virginia $100 stipend
Las Vegas Little Theatre Full Length Ideally looking for subject matter that will appeal to an age range of 18-30. New plays that have not been professionally produced or published. 12/31/19 Las Vegas, Nevada Prize: $150
Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company max 12 mins The 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. 12/31/19 Houston, Texas No Fee
Neon Cactus Playhouse One Act, Full Length New 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. 12/31/19 Phoenix, Arizona No Fee
Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award For Playwriting Full Length Plays addressing the question “What does it mean to be a human in a computerized world?” Must have no previous full production. 12/31/19 New Hampshire & Vermont $5,000 honorarium
Pulitzer Prize in Drama Full Length Play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life. 12/31/19 NYC Fee: $75
Prize: $15,000
Sundog Theatre One Act
(10-30 mins)
Theme: “Audience Participation.” Original plays, not previously produced or published, set on the Staten Island Ferry. 12/31/19 Staten Island, New York Prize: $100
The New American Theatre One Act
(max 15 mins)
Int’l submissions ok. The plays must not have been previously produced in Los Angeles, CA. 12/31/19 Culver City, California Fee: $10
Women Are Funny Full Length Comedic scripts. Female playwrights based anywhere. The play must be unpublished, no professional production. Amateur, university productions, and readings ok. Any subject. 12/31/19 Spokane, Washington No Fee
Prize: $100
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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