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!
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|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
|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 Must be original, unpublished, unproduced.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 Must be unpublished and not have been previously produced by a professional or Equity company.||5/1/20||Hamden, Connecticut||n/a|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 Submissions must be previously unpublished, original works.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 Must be unpublished.||5/1/20||n/a||$25 honorarium|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
|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|Cutting Ball Theater||Full Length||Seeking unproduced and unpublished experimental plays.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
|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
|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
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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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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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