Howdy, Playwrights!  Here’s a list of 35 play submission opportunities with January 2021 deadlines. This is just a small sample of what is in our mega-list available to paid members.  Join now to get access to 141 play submissions opportunities with deadlines + the list of opps that are accepting submissions year-round!

NameLengthNature of OpportunityDeadlineLocationAdd’l Info
Centenary Stage CompanyFull LengthDevelopmental program for women playwrights.12/31/20Hackettstown, New JerseyPrize: $1,500
Editorial DALYA30-120 minsOpen to all writers worldwide. Plays for young audiences only; can be written in any official language of the world.12/31/20SpainNo Fee
Prize: 2400€
New World TheatreAny lengthOpen call to black writers to submit monologues that reflect their personal experience of living while black. The monologue may be part of a larger work or a stand-alone piece.1/1/21Londonderry, New Hampshiren/a
Funky Little Theater CompanyOne Act
(10-15 mins)
Plays focusing on issues surrounding, embracing or showcasing individuals of the LGBT community. Int’l submissions ok.1/2/21Colorado Springs, ColoradoNo Fee
Prize: $100
Urbanite TheatreFull LengthEmerging and established female-identifying playwrights residing in the US. Quality, female-identifying roles must be well-represented.1/4/21Sarasota, FloridaPrize: $3,000
Paramount Theatre45-60 mins (proposal)Commission. Open only to writers of color residing in the US.1/5/21Aurora, IllinoisCommission of $3,000
Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble10-15 minsWomxn writers. Theme: “Do-Over.” *The Festival will be performed live on Zoom.1/7/21St. Louis, Missourin/a
National Alliance for Musical TheatreFull LengthNew musicals. Any subject matter, style and concept.1/8/21NYCn/a
Sesame Workshop Writers’ Roommax 11 pages (sample)Writing fellowship. Looking for fresh new writing talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. Sessions will take place virtually. Original script sample should NOT contain Sesame Street elements. It can be an excerpt from a larger piece. Must be kid-friendly content for viewers up to age 12. Open to US citizens or permanent residents only. Submissions must be in a script format – script for a play, television, film, etc.1/8/21n/aNo Fee
James Merrill Housemax 10 pages (sample)4 and 6-week residencies. Includes a stipend of $1,100/month.1/10/21Stonington, ConnecticutApp Fee: $30
Leah Ryan’s Fund for Emerging Women WritersFull Length (see right)Women, trans women, and non-binary playwrights who consider themselves emerging. One-acts, two-acts (even four-, five-, six- acts), monologues, adaptations, and any other format will be considered.1/11/21NYCFee: $10
Prize: $2,500
Theatre Now New Yorkmax 10 minsMusicals only. Accepts musicals across all styles and genres, as well as consider foreign language and/or bilingual scripts.1/12/21NYCn/a
B8 Theatre CompanyAny lengthOriginal plays, to be presented on-line in a readers’ theatre format. Seeking works that inspire action, change, speaking out, growth, empowerment, hope, courage, and love.1/15/21Concord, California“stipend”
HambidgeFull Length2 to 8 weeks residency.1/15/21Rabun Gap, GeorgiaApp Fee: $30
Moleculemax 50 wordsPublication opp. Accepts play submissions.1/15/21n/an/a
Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award For PlaywritingFull LengthPlays addressing the question “What does it mean to be a human in a computerized world?”1/15/21New Hampshire & Vermont$5,000 honorarium
Obsidianmax 20 pagesPublication opp. One act or a collection of short scenes. Excerpts of longer works ok.  Translations ok.1/15/21Normal, Illinoisn/a
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Qu Literary Magazinemax 4,000 wordsFor literary magazine. Excerpts or full pieces written for stage.1/15/21Charlotte, North CarolinaFee: $2.50
Payment Upon Publication: $100
Some Scripts Literary Magazine10 mins /
One Act (max 45 mins)
Scripts for either Zoom, the radio, the stage, screen, or other kinds of plague plays. Theme: “Outbreak!” This can refer to COVID-19, fascism, etc.1/15/21Literary Magazinen/a
Teatro VivoFull LengthOriginal scripts that speak to the diverse Latinx experience. Plays can be monolingual or multilingual.1/15/21Austin, Texasn/a
Helene Wurlitzer FoundationFull Length10 to 12 weeks residency.1/18/21Taos, New MexicoApp Fee: $25
Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs10 minsComedy or drama plays of all types accepted. Int’l submissions ok.1/19/21Bonita Springs, FloridaFee: $15
Prize: $100
Playwrights’ Center Core Writer ProgramFull LengthPlay development workshop. Available to emerging and established writers in the US.1/21/21Minneapolis, Minnesotan/a
The Literal ChallengeAny lengthPlaywriting challenge – complete a playwriting challenge every day in February. Int’l submissions ok. Submissions can be written in any language. Note: Check the website for more information.1/28/21UKn/a
Blue Moon Plays / HaveScripts10 pages (sample)Publication opp. Plays with casts that reflect the growing and varied American landscape, as well as characters with different skin colors, gender identifications, and mental and physical abilities.1/30/21Virginia Beach, Virginian/a
Bucharest Inside the BeltwaySee right.Dev’t opp. Theme: “Radiance.”  You do not need to have written a play before. The final plays can range from a short play to one full-length play, as long as it is new work. Accepts plays in all languages.1/31/21Denver, Coloradon/a
Dubuque Fine Arts PlayersOne Act
(max 40 mins)
Original, unproduced plays.1/31/21Dubuque, IowaFee: $20/$15
Prize: $600
Hashtag Queermax 10 pagesPublication opp. Accepts scripts (including plays and screenplays). Theme: By and/or about LGBTQ+1/31/21Becket, Massachusettsn/a
Mine 4 God Productions10-15 mins / One Act
(20-30 mins)
Theme: “Say Something…it might, Change Something.”1/31/21Dublin, Ohion/a
The ONE FestivalFull Length, Short PlayFull-length plays (45 mins to 1 hr) and short plays (max 30 mins).1/31/21Brooklyn, New YorkFee: $50, $100 (see left)
Theatre Suburbia90-120 minsMust be family-friendly. No nudity. Profane or vulgar language should be germane to the story and kept to a minimum when possible.1/31/21Houston, Texasn/a
FORGE Fuel“sample”Writers retreat. Open to writers of all kinds, including playwrights.Year RoundDanbury, ConnecticutFee: $80
Hominum JournalOne ActPulication opp. One-act plays accepted.Year RoundLiterary Magazinen/a
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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