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|Name||Length||Nature of Opportunity||Deadline||Location||Add’l Info|
|Stone Canoe||max 8,000 words||Publication opp. Open to current or former residents of Upstate New York. Drama accepted.||7/29/22||Syracuse, New York||n/a|
|Fresh Words||One Act
(max 3 pages)
|Tragedy or comedy or tragi-comedy.||7/31/22||n/a||n/a|
|Kumu Kahua Theatre / Bamboo Ridge Press||See right.||5-page monologues or 10-page scenes based on this prompt: A conflict between supporters of different gubernatorial candidates.||7/31/22||Honolulu, Hawaii||Prize: $100|
|Stonecoast Review||max 12 pages||Publication opp. Accepts dramatic works.||No deadline posted.||Portland, Maine||n/a|
|TEDxAsburyPark||max 18 mins||Original works. Theme: Collaboration, Determination, Democracy, Diversity, and/or “All Together Now”||No deadline posted.||online||n/a|
|Keegan Theatre||10 pages||Workshop process that will culminate in public staged readings. All submissions must be 10 page excerpts from full-length plays aligned with the theatre’s mission and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.||8/1/22||Washington, DC||n/a|
|Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwriting Award||Full Length||Award for lesbian, queer or gay and nonbinary writer who has written at least one play, and is writing plays about lesbians. Self-nomination is allowed.||8/1/22||n/s||Prize: $5,000|
|The Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival||max 15 mins||Theme: “Boo!” Horror plays and musicals including a great spoof. Playwrights must produce.||8/1/22||NYC||Fee: $50|
|Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Festival||10 mins||Plays by members of the transgender community. Should be able to be performed digitally over Zoom. Theme: Transgender Day of Remembrance||8/1/22||Athens, Ohio||$30 royalty|
|Young Actor’s Studio||50-120 pages||Plays that prominently feature roles for younger people (between the ages of 12-18).||8/1/22||Virtual||$500 honorarium|
|Polyphone Festival of New Musicals||Full Length||Original musicals that are in development. Should have a completed first draft and must have been read at least once in a reading, workshop or concert setting.||8/5/22||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||n/a|
|The David A. Einhorn Memorial Playwriting Prize||15-45 mins||Looking for work that resonates with the mission of the theater company, tackling ideas (political, scientific, and philosophical).||8/5/22||NYC||Prize: $3,000|
|SPELLBINDER||max 5 pages||Publication opp. Drama accepted. Monologues ok. Open to all genres, styles and themes. Int’l submissions ok.||8/14/22||n/a||£3 honorarium|
|Café Royal Cultural Foundation NYC||See right.||Performance grant. Must be a current resident of NYC. *If the performance is a play, it must be a full production.||8/15/22||NYC||Up to $10,000|
|Qu Literary Magazine||max 4,000 words||Publication opp. Excerpts or full pieces written for stage. Unpublished works only.||8/15/22||Charlotte, North Carolina||Fee: $2.50
Payment Upon Publication: $100
|Small Fish Radio Theatre||10-12 mins||Horror radio plays. Theme: “LOCKED IN!” See website for the complete guidelines.||8/15/22||n/a||n/a|
|The Braid||One Act
(max 8 mins)
|Contemporary American stories that have some Jewish content or Jewish resonance. Playwrights need not be Jewish to submit. One-person shows ok. Musicals ok. Theme: Remembrance of Things Present||8/15/22||Santa Monica, California||n/a|
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|Theatre Oxford||max 10 pages||Only original plays, never before produced, are eligible.||8/15/22||Oxford, Mississippi||Fee: $12
|Theatre Viscera||30+ mins
|Plays written by queer playwrights, about queer characters, for queer performers. Full length plays, one acts, or collections of 10 mins.||8/15/22||Portland, Oregon||n/a|
|Yale Drama Series||Full Length||Int’l submissions ok. Must be original, unpublished.||8/15/22||New Haven, Connecticut||No Fee
|KNOW Theatre||15-20 mins||The play must be inspired by one of the works of art… (see website for the images)||8/28/22||Binghamton, New York||Prize: $300|
|Waxing & Waning||max 25 pages||Publication opp. Accepts play submissions.||8/28/22||n/a||Fee: $7|
|American Blues Theater||Full Length||Original, unpublished plays. Int’l submissions ok. Adaptations ok.||8/31/22||Chicago||Fee: $5
|Constellation Stage & Screen||Full Length||Plays must be unpublished at the time of submission (independently published is acceptable).||8/31/22||Bloomington, Indiana||Prize: $3,000|
|Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women||Full Length||Women playwrights only. Submissions may not have been previously produced or fully staged. Fee waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild.||8/31/22||Knoxville, Tennessee||Fee: $22
|Hidden River Arts Playwrighting Award||Full Length||Unpublished and unproduced plays. Musicals ok. Int’l submissions ok.||8/31/22||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Fee: $20
|Music Theatre of Connecticut||60-90 pages||Submissions must not have been previously produced or published.||8/31/22||Norwalk, Connecticut||Fee: $15
|Ten-Minute Musicals Project||7-20 mins||Complete original stage musicals. Any musical style. Max of 10 performers — 5 women and 5 men. Int’l submissions ok.||8/31/22||West Hollywood, California||$250 royalty advance|
|The Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened Language||40+ mins||Submissions must be in a heightened version of the English language (at least 60%). Translations or adaptations ok. Int’l submissions ok.||8/31/22||n/s||Prize: $3,000|
|The PlayGround Experiment||max 2 mins||Monologues that represent America’s incredible diversity; can be historical or futuristic, cultural or political, comedic or tragic, spoken or signed. Must include the word “kindness” somewhere in the monologue.||8/31/22||TBA||n/a|
|American-Scandinavian Foundation||25-50 pages||Translations of drama written by a 20th or 21st-century Nordic author.||9/1/22||NYC||Prize: $2,500|
|Bristol Valley Theater||Full Length||Plays must be previously unproduced, but may have been workshopped or received other readings.||Year Round||Naples, New York||“small stipend”|
|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|
|The Open Eye Theater||One Act,
|Plays for young audiences or for general audiences. Also interested in radio plays (max 40 mins).||Year Round||Margaretville, New York||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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