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!

NameLengthNature of OpportunityDeadlineLocationAdd’l Info
Amas Musical TheatreFull LengthMusicals. Must be complete and ready for readings, workshops and/or productions.12/1/23NYCNo Fee
Prize: $2,000
Arts Fort WorthFull LengthOriginal play, unpublished. $10 fee only for Dramatists Guild members.12/1/23Fort Worth, TexasFee: $15
$500 royalty
Bunbury Players20-25 pagesWorks must be solely original and not based on or contain any previously copyrighted material.12/1/23New Yorkn/a
Live Artsmax 100 pagesAny genre.12/1/23Charlottesville, VirginiaNo Fee
Mesa RefugeFull Length14-day residency.12/1/23Point Reyes Station, CaliforniaApp Fee: $50
Artists in Partnershipmax 30 minsComedies or dramas (or in between), or monologues. Playwrights can submit their play for production by AIP or they can self-produce it.12/3/23Long Beach, New York$150 fee if accepted
Chaotic MergeSee right.Publication opp. Accepts up to 2 plays totaling to 10 pages.12/8/23n/aNo Fee / optional fee $1 to $15
Sundog Theatre45-60 minsRadio plays. Dramas or comedies. Must be family-friendly.12/8/23Staten Island, New YorkNo Fee
The Bechdel Groupn/sNew plays, scripts in development, partial scripts, drafts – anything in progress.  Must pass the Bechdel Test.12/11/23NYCFee: $7
Ponder Reviewmax 10 minsPublication opp. Plays must be inspired by the work of Tennessee Williams.12/14/23n/aFee: $2
Prize: $200
Clockhousemax 15 pagesPublication opp. Short plays in traditional and experimental styles. Standalone work only and no monologues.12/15/23n/an/a
Concord Theatricalsmax 15 minsShort plays and musicals.12/15/23NYCn/a
Ensemble Studio TheatreFull LengthPlays 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.12/15/23NYCCommissions: $5,000-10,000
Jelly Bucketmax 10 pagesPublication opp. Neurodivergent writers. Plays excluding musicals or plays for children.12/15/23Richmond, KentuckyNo Fee
Sundog TheatreOne 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 Seem12/15/23Staten Island, New YorkNo Fee
Prize: $200
The Old Lady ProjectAny lengthPlays and musicals that feature significant roles for female identifying characters over 50.12/15/23Evanston, IllinoisFee: $5
Venus Theatremax 15 minsSingle female-identifying character monologue.12/15/23Laurel, MarylandNo Fee
Lifeline TheatreSee right.Dev’t opp for BIPOC playwrights who are adapting works for the stage.12/17/23Chicago$500 stipend
Qutub Minar ReviewOne Act (max 4000 words)Publication opp. Submit up to 2 one act plays of 4000 words each or less at a time.12/20/23n/aNo Fee
Branch County Community TheatreFull LengthPlays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted.12/31/23Coldwater, MichiganPrize: $200
Editorial DALYA10-120 minsOpen to all writers worldwide. The play can be written in any official language of the world.12/31/23San Fernando, CádizNo Fee
Prize: €2,800 to €4,800
ExhumePls. inquire.Publication opp. Drama accepted. Writers who discuss queerness and trauma.12/31/23n/an/a
Exposition Reviewmax 15 pagesPublication opp. Theme: “POP!” One-act plays and scenes. Author receives $50 USD for accepted work.12/31/23CaliforniaFee: $3.50
Grosse Pointe Theatre5-7 pagesAnyone over 18 years of age can enter, from anywhere in Michigan or across North America. Theme: “What if…”12/31/23Grosse Pointe, MichiganNo Fee
Hominum JournalOne ActPulication opp. One-act plays accepted.12/31/23n/an/a
Las Vegas Little TheatreFull LengthIdeally looking for subject matter that will appeal to an age range of 18-30.12/31/23Las Vegas, NevadaPrize: $150
New Works Of Merit Playwriting Contestmax 2 hrsFull-lengths, one-acts, short plays, children’s plays, published scripts, etc.12/31/23NYCFee: $27
Prize: $500
Pipeline Arts FoundationFull LengthMusical theatre works. Priority will be given to emerging and mid-career musical theatre artists.12/31/23Denver, ColoradoNo Fee
Theatre In The RawOne Act
(max 30 mins)
Comedy, tragedy, drama or radio play. Int’l submissions ok. Theme: cultural/social diversity12/31/23Vancouver, Canada Fee: $25
Prize: $300
Vivid StageFull LengthComedies or dramas. Contemporary topics. Focus on “the human story.” Warmth and optimism.12/31/23Summit, New Jerseyn/a
Zemii Media & Publishing Groupmax 1 hr / One Act (60 pages)Only plays not previously published, professionally produced, or performed are eligible. No theme.12/31/23Dover, DelawareFee: $25
Prize: $1,000
Heller Theatre Companymax 10 minsPlaywrights 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 RoundTulsa, Oklahoman/a
Manhattan Theatre ClubSee 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 RoundNYCn/a
New York Theatre Workshop10 pages (sample)Solo pieces, musicals, full-length and one-act plays.Year RoundNYCn/a
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley25 pages (excerpt)Open to reading excerpts of plays and musicals from artists in all stages of their careers.Year RoundMountain View, Californian/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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