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Howdy, Playwrights!  Here’s a list of 36 play submission opportunities with December 2023 deadlines. This is just a small sample of what is in our mega-list available to paid members. Join now to get access!

Name Length Nature of Opportunity Deadline Location Add’l Info
Amas Musical Theatre Full Length Musicals. Must be complete and ready for readings, workshops and/or productions. 12/1/23 NYC No Fee
Prize: $2,000
Arts Fort Worth Full Length Original play, unpublished. $10 fee only for Dramatists Guild members. 12/1/23 Fort Worth, Texas Fee: $15
$500 royalty
Bunbury Players 20-25 pages Works must be solely original and not based on or contain any previously copyrighted material. 12/1/23 New York n/a
Live Arts max 100 pages Any genre. 12/1/23 Charlottesville, Virginia No Fee
Mesa Refuge Full Length 14-day residency. 12/1/23 Point Reyes Station, California App Fee: $50
Artists in Partnership max 30 mins Comedies or dramas (or in between), or monologues. Playwrights can submit their play for production by AIP or they can self-produce it. 12/3/23 Long Beach, New York $150 fee if accepted
Chaotic Merge See right. Publication opp. Accepts up to 2 plays totaling to 10 pages. 12/8/23 n/a No Fee / optional fee $1 to $15
Sundog Theatre 45-60 mins Radio plays. Dramas or comedies. Must be family-friendly. 12/8/23 Staten Island, New York No Fee
The Bechdel Group n/s New plays, scripts in development, partial scripts, drafts – anything in progress.  Must pass the Bechdel Test. 12/11/23 NYC Fee: $7
Ponder Review max 10 mins Publication opp. Plays must be inspired by the work of Tennessee Williams. 12/14/23 n/a Fee: $2
Prize: $200
Clockhouse max 15 pages Publication opp. Short plays in traditional and experimental styles. Standalone work only and no monologues. 12/15/23 n/a n/a
Concord Theatricals max 15 mins Short plays and musicals. 12/15/23 NYC n/a
Ensemble Studio Theatre Full Length Plays and musicals. Open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the “hard” sciences and technology. 12/15/23 NYC Commissions: $5,000-10,000
Jelly Bucket max 10 pages Publication opp. Neurodivergent writers. Plays excluding musicals or plays for children. 12/15/23 Richmond, Kentucky No Fee
Sundog Theatre One Act
(10-25 mins)
Original plays set on the Staten Island Ferry, set in contemporary time period. Comedies or dramas. Theme: Things Are Not What They Seem 12/15/23 Staten Island, New York No Fee
Prize: $200
The Old Lady Project Any length Plays and musicals that feature significant roles for female identifying characters over 50. 12/15/23 Evanston, Illinois Fee: $5
Venus Theatre max 15 mins Single female-identifying character monologue. 12/15/23 Laurel, Maryland No Fee
Lifeline Theatre See right. Dev’t opp for BIPOC playwrights who are adapting works for the stage. 12/17/23 Chicago $500 stipend
Qutub Minar Review One Act (max 4000 words) Publication opp. Submit up to 2 one act plays of 4000 words each or less at a time. 12/20/23 n/a No Fee
Branch County Community Theatre Full Length Plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. 12/31/23 Coldwater, Michigan Prize: $200
Editorial DALYA 10-120 mins Open to all writers worldwide. The play can be written in any official language of the world. 12/31/23 San Fernando, Cádiz No Fee
Prize: €2,800 to €4,800
Exhume Pls. inquire. Publication opp. Drama accepted. Writers who discuss queerness and trauma. 12/31/23 n/a n/a
Exposition Review max 15 pages Publication opp. Theme: “POP!” One-act plays and scenes. Author receives $50 USD for accepted work. 12/31/23 California Fee: $3.50
Grosse Pointe Theatre 5-7 pages Anyone over 18 years of age can enter, from anywhere in Michigan or across North America. Theme: “What if…” 12/31/23 Grosse Pointe, Michigan No Fee
Hominum Journal One Act Pulication opp. One-act plays accepted. 12/31/23 n/a n/a
Las Vegas Little Theatre Full Length Ideally looking for subject matter that will appeal to an age range of 18-30. 12/31/23 Las Vegas, Nevada Prize: $150
New Works Of Merit Playwriting Contest max 2 hrs Full-lengths, one-acts, short plays, children’s plays, published scripts, etc. 12/31/23 NYC Fee: $27
Prize: $500
Pipeline Arts Foundation Full Length Musical theatre works. Priority will be given to emerging and mid-career musical theatre artists. 12/31/23 Denver, Colorado No Fee
Theatre In The Raw One Act
(max 30 mins)
Comedy, tragedy, drama or radio play. Int’l submissions ok. Theme: cultural/social diversity 12/31/23 Vancouver, Canada  Fee: $25
Prize: $300
Vivid Stage Full Length Comedies or dramas. Contemporary topics. Focus on “the human story.” Warmth and optimism. 12/31/23 Summit, New Jersey n/a
Zemii Media & Publishing Group max 1 hr / One Act (60 pages) Only plays not previously published, professionally produced, or performed are eligible. No theme. 12/31/23 Dover, Delaware Fee: $25
Prize: $1,000
Heller Theatre Company max 10 mins Playwrights tell a story one month at a time. The Top 3 advance to the next month. Continuing playwrights must submit the next installment by the first Sunday of each month until the story is wrapped up or they are no longer voted forward. Year Round Tulsa, Oklahoma n/a
Manhattan Theatre Club See right. Submit a one-page commission proposal that outlines your idea for a new play that engages with themes of math, science, or technology. Year Round NYC n/a
New York Theatre Workshop 10 pages (sample) Solo pieces, musicals, full-length and one-act plays. Year Round NYC n/a
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley 25 pages (excerpt) Open to reading excerpts of plays and musicals from artists in all stages of their careers. Year Round Mountain View, California 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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