Howdy, Playwrights!  Here’s a list of 35 play submission opportunities with August 2020 deadlines. This is just a small sample of what is in our mega-list available to paid members.  Join now to get access to 105 play submissions opportunities with deadlines + the list of opps that are accepting submissions year-round!

NameLengthNature of OpportunityDeadlineLocationAdd’l Info
Moondance Int’l Film Festival1, 2 or 3-actStage play, stage play or musical for kids, audio/radio play. See submission categories.7/31/20Boulder, ColoradoFee: $50
New Works Of Merit Playwriting Contestmax 2 hrs or 90 pagesFull-lengths, one-acts, short plays, children’s plays, published scripts, scripts that received a workshop, scripts that received a staged reading, scripts that received a non-union production, scripts produced with an AEA Showcase Code or Plan.7/31/20NYCFee: $25
Prize: $300
Springhouse Journalmax 30 pagesPublication opp. Accept unsolicited submissions of plays.7/31/20n/an/a
The Ringwald TheatreOne Act
(max 30 mins)
Plays that deal with issues or characters that are identified as LGBTQ+, or contain a queer sensibility. Must be one- or two-person shows that deal specifically with the quarantine and/or the pandemic.7/31/20Ferndale, Michigann/a
William Faulkner Literary Competition less than 1 hrOpen to all ages. Original, unpublished, one act play. NO excessive violence, sex or religious extremism.7/31/20New Albany, MississippiFee: $20
Prize: $600
Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase7-10 pages or 8-11 minsEntries may not have been a previous contest winner on any stage and may not have been performed for a paying audience.8/1/20Flagstaff, ArizonaFee: $15
Philadelphia Artists’ Collectivemax 10 minsThe play must be in response to, conversation with, or inspired by classical work. Theme: Transformation8/1/20Philadelphia, Pennsylvanian/a
Stage Right Theatrics15-20 minsSubmissions should forward a conservative point-of-view.8/1/20Columbus, OhioFee: $10
Nylon Fusion Theatre Co10 minsTheme is “RETROSPECT: The Worst of Times.”8/8/20NYCn/a
Book Pipeline Adaptation ContestFull LengthPlays for film and television adaptation. No genre restrictions. Int’l submissions ok.8/15/20Santa Monica, CaliforniaFee: $60
Prize: $10,000
Brave New World Repertory TheatreFull LengthTheme: “Race in America.” Seeking plays that address police brutality. Looking to feature work from Black playwrights. Must be local to the Tri-state area.8/15/20Brooklyn, New York$350 stipend
Gallery Players10-15 minsPlays from the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) playwriting community, specifically written for the Zoom format.8/15/20Brooklyn, New Yorkn/a
PLAYA10-15 pages (sample)2/3/4-week residency. There’s a $150 security deposit if accepted. Int’l submissions ok.8/15/20Lake County, OregonApp Fee: $35
Playhouse Creatures Theatre Companymax 30 minsPlays that may be performed via the internet, phone, or live. Plays that deal with the un-dealt-with racial divide we have been suffering through since 1619; and, how the Covid-19 pandemic has served as a pressure cooker of a catalyst.8/15/20NYCNo Fee
Qu Literary Magazinemax 8000 wordsFor literary magazine. Excerpts or full pieces written for stage. Unpublished works only.8/15/20Charlotte, North CarolinaFee: $2
Payment Upon Publication: $100
Strange Prescription Productionsmax 10 minsPlays should center around nightmarish situations. All genres are encouraged.8/15/20San Francisco, CaliforniaFee: $10
$100 stipend
The Crossroads ProjectFull LengthPlaywrights of color. One-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. No restrictions in subject matter or style.8/15/20Bloomington-Normal, IllinoisNo Fee
Prize: $500
Theatre Oxfordmax 10 pagesOriginal plays, never before produced. Theme: Magic8/15/20Oxford, MississippiFee: $10
Prize: $1,000
Yale Drama SeriesFull LengthInt’l submissions ok. Plays written in the English language only.8/15/20New Haven, ConnecticutNo Fee
Prize: $10,000
MarshStream International Solo Fest10-60 minsSolo shows. Int’l submissions ok. Musicals ok. No language restrictions. Previously produced works ok. Performances will be presented LIVE over Zoom. *You can apply for a financial hardship fee waiver.8/16/20Berkeley, CaliforniaFee: $10-25
Experimental Theater Writing Workshopmax 10 pagesFemale or female-identifying experimental writers. *This is a series of ten Zoom classes/workshops on experimental writing held every Tuesday evening from 09/08 – 10/10. Classes will consist of a prompt followed by readings of experimental work generated in the class.  The last class will consist of final presentations.8/19/20online$300 fee is selected
Letter of Marque Theater Con/sResidency program for NYC-based playwrights.8/24/20Brooklyn, New York$500 honorarium
Company of FoolsFull LengthInt’l submissions ok. Plays should be written for digital format. Note: Info not available on their website. Submission form link: 8/30/20NYCn/a
American Blues TheaterFull LengthOriginal, unpublished plays. Int’l submissions ok. Adaptations ok.8/31/20ChicagoFee: $5
Prize: $1,250
Earth Matters On StageFull LengthNew dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis.8/31/20Anchorage, Alaskan/a
Moondance Int’l Film Festival1, 2 or 3-actStage play, stage play or musical for kids, audio/radio play. See submission categories.8/31/20Boulder, ColoradoFee: $75
ScreenCraft10-150 pagesSeeks plays that have great film or TV adaptation potential. Int’l submissions ok. Writers must be at least 18 years of age.8/31/20Los Angeles, CaliforniaFee: $69
Prize: $1,000
Ten-Minute Musicals Project7-20 minsMusicals. Any style. Maximum of 10 performers — 5 women & 5 men. Int’l submissions ok.8/31/20West Hollywood, California$250 royalty advance
Yellow Rose ProductionsFull Length, Two-ActWomen playwrights only. Submissions may not have been previously produced or fully staged. Note: Submission fee is waived for Dramatist Guild members.8/31/20Knoxville, TennesseeFee: $22
Prize: 1,000
Almost Adults Productions10-15 minsLooking for LGBTQ+ themed plays for a weekly reading series to be presented on Zoom. Writers do not have to be LGBTQ+ identified. Int’l submissions ok.Year RoundSanta Fe, New MexicoNo Fee
Audible TheaterFull LengthCommission; audio play. Send one full-length script for an original or adapted play. The Script can be in any genre and may include one-acts and solo pieces.Year RoundNeward, New Jerseyn/a
Earworm Audio TheatreAny length
(10-30 mins preferably)

For podcast. Looking for Two-Hander plays. Short plays preferred, all plays considered. US playwrights only.
Note: Information not available on the website. Submissions can be sent to

Submissions limit reached. 7/29/20

Year RoundJacksonville, FloridaNo royalties
FORGE Fuel“sample”Writers retreat. Open to writers of all kinds, including playwrights.Year RoundDanbury, ConnecticutFee: $80
Playwrights Offering Free FeedbackFull 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 10 pages of another playwright’s work, and give thoughtful feedback. Runs every Tuesday.Year Roundn/an/a
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