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Howdy, Playwrights!  Here’s a list of 29 play submission opportunities with May 2020 deadlines. This is just a taste of all the opportunities in our full list — if you subscribe to our service as a full member, you will get immediate access to all 48 opps with May 2020 deadlines, plus the rest of our list of 400+ opportunities currently accepting play submissions!

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
A Light in Dark Places 5-15 pages The plays must explore the themes of suicide prevention and mental health conditions with a focus on community, connection, hope, resources and healing. 5/1/20 Los Angeles, California Fee: $20
Prize: $75
Actors’ Playhouse max 8 mins Monologues/stories either in 1st person or storytelling form. No multi-character plays. Theme: “COVID-19 Pandemic.” Must be original, unpublished, unproduced. Playwrights/creative writing aficionados residing in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. *Playwrights must perform their own works, or find a replacement actor to perform their work. 5/1/20 Coral Gables, Florida n/a
Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award Full Length Plays for young audiences. Must be unpublished and not have been previously produced by a professional or Equity company. 5/1/20 Hamden, Connecticut n/a
Feels Blind Literary One Act
(max 20 pages)
New and emerging writers who identify as women. Submissions must be previously unpublished, original works. Must pass the Bechdel Test. 5/1/20 n/a n/a
Foglifter max 20 pages LGBTQ+ writers. Accepts drama submissions. Must be unpublished. 5/1/20 n/a $25 honorarium
National Black Theatre Full Length 18-month residency. Black playwrights only. A stipend will be provided. 5/1/20 NYC n/a
SPARK Creative Works One Act
(10-20 mins)
Pieces must be ORIGINAL but can be previously produced. Women writers only. Must fit one or more of the following criteria: features a strong female lead; features a predominately female cast OR; addresses a topic important to women that is rarely touched. Writers in the Long Island/NYC area will be considered first, though out-of-state submissions will be accepted. 5/3/20 NYC n/a
Cutting Ball Theater Full Length Seeking unproduced and unpublished experimental plays. Opp for a week-long developmental workshop that will culminate in one public reading. 5/8/20 San Francisco, California Fee: $5
The Chameleon Theatre Circle Any length Original works, unproduced. Workshops and other readings are ok. All styles and genres ok. 5/8/20 Burnsville, Minnesota No Fee
Prize: $25-100
Weathervane Playhouse max 10 mins The play must include a take out container — a prop that must be incorporated into the play. It must be seen on stage. No characters under the age of 16. Must be unproduced anywhere and un-performed outside of readings or workshops. 5/8/20 Akron, Ohio Fee: $10
Prize: $350
Austin Film Festival Full Length Full-length plays, original or adapted. 5/15/20 Austin, Texas Fee: $30
Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize Any length Plays on any topic affecting the LGBTQ+ community, and the promotion of diversity in love, society, politics and culture. 5/15/20 Italy No Fee
Prize: € 1000
National Alliance for Musical Theatre 15 mins 15-min musical or 15 min of a new full-length project. It can be about anything and everything. Must be written after March 19, 2020. Int’l submissions ok. 5/15/20 NYC “cash prize”
Playing on Air 10-25 pages Comedic play. Must be original, unpublished and unproduced. Special consideration will be given to the script’s suitability for audio recording and public radio broadcast. 5/15/20 NYC Fee: $5
Prize: $6,000
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Theatre Nerd Podcast 10 mins Plays that can easily be translated to a podcast style. Any genre and content. Must be unpublished. Previous productions ok. Offers a one-time royalty payment of $30. 5/15/20 n/a n/a
Theater for The New City Any length Prefers works that have gone unproduced in NYC, but will consider an updated version of previously produced NYC production. Theme: “Dream Up: Invent, Concoct.” 5/17/20 NYC Fee: $30, $40
Book Pipeline Adaptation Contest Full Length Plays for film and television adaptation. Any genre. Must have been published and/or produced. Applicants outside the US are welcome. 5/20/20 Santa Monica, California Fee: $55
Prize: $10,000
WordWave One-Act Play Competition One Act
(max 60 mins)
Plays must be written within the last five years. Drama or comedy. 5/22/20 South Lake Tahoe, California Fee: $25
Prize: $500
Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition max 30 mins All genres considered. The script should be “family friendly.” 5/28/20 n/a No Fee
Prize: $250
Headlands Center for the Arts Full Length Fully sponsored residencies of four to ten weeks. Apps from playwrights accepted. 5/29/20 Sausalito, California App Fee: $25
Emerald Theatre Company 10 mins Theme: “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.” An empty photo or picture frame of any size must be incorporated into the script. Must be original and never before produced. 5/30/20 Memphis, Tennessee Fee: $10
“cash prizes”
Golden Thread Productions 10-30 mins Plays by playwrights of Middle Eastern heritage on any topic OR plays about the Middle East by playwrights of any ethnic background. 5/30/20 San Francisco, California n/a
Playhouse on the Square Full Length Original, unproduced or unpublished plays or musicals. 5/30/20 Memphis, Tennessee Fee: $15
Prize: $750
A is For Playwriting Contest One Act
(max 60 mins)
Plays about Reproductive Justice, including (but not limited to) the topic of abortion. 5/31/20 NYC Prize: $5,000
Seoul Players max 10 mins Scripts selected will have two or three performances in Seoul, Korea. 5/31/20 Korea Fee: $5 or 5,000 won
The Q Collective max 15 mins The play should be based on a fairy tale, myth, legend, or classic literature. Previously produced but unpublished works and well-developed works in progress are welcome. 5/31/20 St. Louis, Missouri $50 stipend
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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