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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!

Name Length Nature of Opportunity Deadline Location Add’l Info
Moondance Int’l Film Festival 1, 2 or 3-act Stage play, stage play or musical for kids, audio/radio play. See submission categories. 7/31/20 Boulder, Colorado Fee: $50
New Works Of Merit Playwriting Contest max 2 hrs or 90 pages Full-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. 7/31/20 NYC Fee: $25
Prize: $300
Springhouse Journal max 30 pages Publication opp. Accept unsolicited submissions of plays. 7/31/20 n/a n/a
The Ringwald Theatre One 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. 7/31/20 Ferndale, Michigan n/a
William Faulkner Literary Competition less than 1 hr Open to all ages. Original, unpublished, one act play. NO excessive violence, sex or religious extremism. 7/31/20 New Albany, Mississippi Fee: $20
Prize: $600
Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase 7-10 pages or 8-11 mins Entries may not have been a previous contest winner on any stage and may not have been performed for a paying audience. 8/1/20 Flagstaff, Arizona Fee: $15
Philadelphia Artists’ Collective max 10 mins The play must be in response to, conversation with, or inspired by classical work. Theme: Transformation 8/1/20 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania n/a
Stage Right Theatrics 15-20 mins Submissions should forward a conservative point-of-view. 8/1/20 Columbus, Ohio Fee: $10
Nylon Fusion Theatre Co 10 mins Theme is “RETROSPECT: The Worst of Times.” 8/8/20 NYC n/a
Book Pipeline Adaptation Contest Full Length Plays for film and television adaptation. No genre restrictions. Int’l submissions ok. 8/15/20 Santa Monica, California Fee: $60
Prize: $10,000
Brave New World Repertory Theatre Full Length Theme: “Race in America.” Seeking plays that address police brutality. Looking to feature work from Black playwrights. Must be local to the Tri-state area. 8/15/20 Brooklyn, New York $350 stipend
Gallery Players 10-15 mins Plays from the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) playwriting community, specifically written for the Zoom format. 8/15/20 Brooklyn, New York n/a
PLAYA 10-15 pages (sample) 2/3/4-week residency. There’s a $150 security deposit if accepted. Int’l submissions ok. 8/15/20 Lake County, Oregon App Fee: $35
Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company max 30 mins Plays 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. 8/15/20 NYC No Fee
Qu Literary Magazine max 8000 words For literary magazine. Excerpts or full pieces written for stage. Unpublished works only. 8/15/20 Charlotte, North Carolina Fee: $2
Payment Upon Publication: $100
Strange Prescription Productions max 10 mins Plays should center around nightmarish situations. All genres are encouraged. 8/15/20 San Francisco, California Fee: $10
$100 stipend
The Crossroads Project Full Length Playwrights of color. One-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. No restrictions in subject matter or style. 8/15/20 Bloomington-Normal, Illinois No Fee
Prize: $500
Theatre Oxford max 10 pages Original plays, never before produced. Theme: Magic 8/15/20 Oxford, Mississippi Fee: $10
Prize: $1,000
Yale Drama Series Full Length Int’l submissions ok. Plays written in the English language only. 8/15/20 New Haven, Connecticut No Fee
Prize: $10,000
MarshStream International Solo Fest 10-60 mins Solo 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. 8/16/20 Berkeley, California Fee: $10-25
Experimental Theater Writing Workshop max 10 pages Female 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. 8/19/20 online $300 fee is selected
Letter of Marque Theater Co n/s Residency program for NYC-based playwrights. 8/24/20 Brooklyn, New York $500 honorarium
Company of Fools Full Length Int’l submissions ok. Plays should be written for digital format. Note: Info not available on their website. Submission form link: 8/30/20 NYC n/a
American Blues Theater Full Length Original, unpublished plays. Int’l submissions ok. Adaptations ok. 8/31/20 Chicago Fee: $5
Prize: $1,250
Earth Matters On Stage Full Length New dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis. 8/31/20 Anchorage, Alaska n/a
Moondance Int’l Film Festival 1, 2 or 3-act Stage play, stage play or musical for kids, audio/radio play. See submission categories. 8/31/20 Boulder, Colorado Fee: $75
ScreenCraft 10-150 pages Seeks plays that have great film or TV adaptation potential. Int’l submissions ok. Writers must be at least 18 years of age. 8/31/20 Los Angeles, California Fee: $69
Prize: $1,000
Ten-Minute Musicals Project 7-20 mins Musicals. Any style. Maximum of 10 performers — 5 women & 5 men. Int’l submissions ok. 8/31/20 West Hollywood, California $250 royalty advance
Yellow Rose Productions Full Length, Two-Act Women playwrights only. Submissions may not have been previously produced or fully staged. Note: Submission fee is waived for Dramatist Guild members. 8/31/20 Knoxville, Tennessee Fee: $22
Prize: 1,000
Almost Adults Productions 10-15 mins Looking 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 Round Santa Fe, New Mexico No Fee
Audible Theater Full Length Commission; 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 Round Neward, New Jersey n/a
Earworm Audio Theatre Any 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 Round Jacksonville, Florida No royalties
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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