Howdy, Playwrights!  This could be the busiest time of the year, but I hope that you’ll still find time to send out your plays.  Please check out below to find your 33 play submissions opportunities w/ January 2018 deadlines.  Happy Holidays!  And Happy submitting!


LengthNature of OpportunityDeadlineLocationAdd’l Info
Wilmington Film Mobmax 20 minsOne-act plays. Must be emailed in PDF form to wfmcafenostraseries@gmail.com1/1/18Wilmington, Delaware

No Fee

Funhouse III

8-12 minsOriginal, unproduced plays for mature audiences (18+). Comedy, drama, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, parody, and/or musical.1/5/18Seattle, WashingtonFee: $5 (w/no fee options)
Lotus Lee FoundationFull LengthOriginal works, unproduced and unpublished. Children’s plays ok. Open to making use of new technology.Deadline Extended 2/18/18NYC

Fully-produced tour in China.

Ball State University

Full LengthNew musicals. Workshop opp and staged reading.1/7/18Muncie, Indianan/a
Garry Marshall TheatreFull LengthPlays that have never had a professional AEA production and have never been published.1/7/18Burbank, California

Fee: $20, $100 honorarium


45-60 minsOne or multiple-person plays written by women. Shows cannot have had full prods in Indianapolis in the previous six months.1/8/18Indianapolis, IndianaFee: $50
SETC Ready to Publish AwardFull LengthOpportunity to “pitch” your play or musical.1/8/18Mobile, Alabama

No Fee

The Players Theatre

max 15 minsPlays and musicals. Theme: “SEX!” Playwrights must produce.1/8/18NYCFee: $150 if selected ($100 refundable)
Village Playwrightsmax 10 minsMetro New York area playwrights. Theme: “LGBTQ and Valentine’s Day.” Playwrights must produce the reading of their own play.1/8/18NYC

No Fee

King’s Theatre

max 10 minsInt’l submissions ok. Any genre. The play should not have been previously produced in any form.1/12/18CanadaFee: $15
Prize: $300
Qu Literary Magazinemax 8000 wordsFor literary magazine. Excerpts or full pieces written for stage. Unpublished works only.1/15/18Charlotte, North Carolina

Payment Upon Publication: $100

VSA Playwright Discovery

10 minsYoung writers with disabilities or ensembles that include a student with a disability.1/17/18Washington, D.C.n/a
Jewel Box TheatreFull LengthUnproduced plays only.1/19/18Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Fee: $5
Prize: $750

Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative

Full LengthThe play may not have had more than two prods, must be unpublished, cannot have had more than 10 performances in NYC.1/19/18NYCn/a
Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs10 minsPrevious performances, prods and/or readings are ok. Must have NO previous publication. Comedy or drama.1/20/18Bonita Springs, Florida

Fee: $15

Living Room Theater

10 mins3-week play dev’t opp that culminates in a staged reading. Theme: Immigration1/20/18NYCNo Fee

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Ars Novamax 90 mins Playwrights must produce. Interested in shows that have not yet premiered in New York.1/21/18NYC


Nylon Fusion Theatre Co

10 minsTheme: Can You HEAR Me?1/26/18NYCn/a
Fresh Fruit FestivalSee right.Any kind of performance art featuring LGBTQ characters or themes, including full-length plays, one-act plays, and musicals.1/29/18NYC

No Fee

BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition

53 minsRadio plays. New and established writers, aged 18 or over, living outside the UK.1/31/18LondonPrize: £2200 + trip to London
Centre Stage – South Carolina60-120 pagesOpen to any playwright. Plays must be unpublished and unperformed.1/31/18Greenville, South Carolina

Fee: $15
Prize: $500

Drip Action Theatre Company

30-40 minsInt’l submissions ok.1/31/18Arundel, UKNo Fee
Prize: £250
Dubuque Fine Arts Playersmax 40 minsOriginal, unproduced one-act plays that concentrate on character, relationships, and a good story.1/31/18Dubuque, Iowa

Fee: $20/$15
Prize: $600

Jewish Plays Project

Full LengthNew, unproduced, unpublished  plays and musicals on Jewish themes.1/31/18NYCn/a
Midland Community TheatreFull LengthNew comedy scripts suitable for production in community theatre.1/31/18Midland, Texas

Fee: $10

Pend Oreille Players Association

10-20 minsPlays suitable for audiences age 5-10. Must be family friendly, no strong language. Must be original, unproduced or unpublished.1/31/18Newport, WashingtonFee: $10
Republican Theater FestivalAny lengthNew plays that present a conservative theme or message and do not stereotype or vilify conservative principles. Previous prods ok.1/31/18Atlanta, Georgia


San Diego Center for Jewish Culture

5 minsThe play must speak to Jewish identity, heritage, cultural experiences or values.1/31/18San Diego, CaliforniaNo Fee
Seattle Playwrights Salon10 minsPlays that meet the Bechtel test: Two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. Playwrights must be female-identifying, with primary residence is Washington State.1/31/18Seattle, Washington

No Fee

The New American Theatre

Full LengthOriginal, unpublished plays that have not been performed in Southern California.1/31/18Culver City, CaliforniaFee: $45
Prize: $100
Theatre Suburbia90-120 minsFamily-friendly mellerdrammer.1/31/18Houston, Texas


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Full 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 another playwright’s work and give feedback.Year Roundn/a


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