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Howdy, Playwrights!   Here’s a list of 35 play submission opps with July+ 2023 deadlines.

Name Length Nature of Opportunity Deadline Location Add’l Info
Arc Stages 1-10 pages Theme: SHADOWS AND REVEALS 6/30/23 Pleasantville, New York n/a
Athena Project Full Length Playwright must be a woman. 6/30/23 Denver, Colorado n/a
Exhume Pls. inquire. Publication opp. Drama accepted. Writers who discuss queerness and trauma. 6/30/23 n/a n/a
freeze frame fiction max 1,000 words Publication opp. Drama accepted. Any genre. No content restrictions. 6/30/23 n/a Pays $10 per accepted piece.
Little Fish Theatre max 15 mins Theme: NEW BEGINNINGS 6/30/23 Los Angeles, California No Fee
Free State Review 1 min Publication opp. One-minute plays. 7/1/23 n/a Fee: $3.50
Frostburg State University One Act
(max 40 mins)
Previously unproduced plays. 7/1/23 Frostburg, Maryland Fee: $20
Prize: $750
Millay Arts Steepletop Residency max 15 pages (sample) Residency. Works in progress, published pieces, excerpts from longer works, selections of short works are welcome. 7/1/23 Austerlitz, New York App Fee: $45
New Works, New Voices Full Length Writers and composers who feel their perspectives have been historically underrepresented in the musical theater canon. 7/1/23 Syracuse, New York n/a
PlayZoomers 10-15 mins Scripts about theatre. Humorous or serious, clever plays with themes related to actors, directors, playwrights, plays, critics, backstage crews, audiences, etc. Must be suitable for online production. 7/1/23 online n/a
Exposition Review Flash 405 max 4 pages Publication opp. Complete scene. Theme: Crescendo 7/5/23 California Fee: $5
“cash prize”
Theater J Trish Vradenburg Jewish Play Prize Full Length Play that celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience. Musicals ok. US playwrights only. 7/7/23 Washington, DC Prize:  $15,000
CRY HAVOC Company 10 pages (sample) New play dev’t opp, culminating in a reading of scripts for the public. Theme: “hidden” landmarks of NYC 7/10/23 NYC n/a
Gasher 2,000 words Publication opp. US writers only. *Each selected contributor will be asked to respond to a brief interview regarding ekphrastic writing. 7/12/23 n/s Fee: $6
Life Jacket Theatre Co See right. Invites nation-wide applications from Trans playwrights to write a new, full-length verbatim play based on in-depth interviews with Trans people living throughout America. 7/12/23 NYC $10,000 commission
Clamour Theatre Company Full Length Playwrights’ retreat. *Send a draft of an unproduced non-musical play. 7/14/23 Penney Farms, Florida No Fee
Echo Theater Company 60-150 pages Original, unpublished and unproduced, non-musical stage plays. 7/14/23 Los Angeles, California Fee: $25
Prize: $1,000


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Avant Bard Theatre Full Length Playwrights who live in the DC region will be given preference. 7/15/23 Arlington, Virginia n/a
Fairy Tale Review max 10 pages Publication opp. Drama accepted. Women and nonbinary writers, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ writers, writers with disabilities, and writers from other marginalized and underrepresented groups in mainstream publishing. 7/15/23 n/a $50 honorarium upon publication
Feels Blind Literary n/s New and emerging writers who are nonbinary or identify as women. *Submission fee is always waived on Mondays. 7/15/23 n/a Fee: $3
Molecule max 50 words Publication opp. Accepts play submissions. 7/15/23 n/a n/a
Ucross Foundation Full Length Playwriting residency. 7/15/23 Ucross, Wyoming App Fee: $40
Caldera Arts n/s 2 and 3.5 week residencies. 7/18/23 Sisters, Oregon No Fee
The Players Theatre max 15 mins Theme: “Boo!” Plays and musicals. Playwrights must produce. 7/25/23 NYC Fee: $50 if selected
Djerassi Resident Artists Program max 30 pages (sample) Apps from playwrights accepted. 7/28/23 Woodside, California Fee: $45
Lanesboro Artist Residency Program n/s 2- or 4-week residencies. Emerging artists from Minnesota and the 5 boroughs of NYC. 7/28/23 Lanesboro, Minnesota n/a
Stone Canoe max 6,000 words Publication opp. Writers who are current or former residents of Upstate New York. Drama accepted. 7/29/23 Syracuse, New York n/a
LowellArts Theatre Full Length Accepting production proposals for the 2024 Season. FULL (NOT ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS) 7/31/23 Lowell, Michigan n/a
Masque & Spectacle 10 mins Publication opp. Plays accepted. 7/31/23 n/s n/a
Playhouse on the Square Full Length Original, unproduced or unpublished plays or musicals. 7/31/23 Memphis, Tennessee Fee: $15
Prize: $750
William Faulkner Literary Competition One Act (less than 1 hour) Open to all ages. Original, unpublished play. NO excessive violence, sex or religious extremism. 7/31/23 New Albany, Mississippi Fee: $20
Prize: $600
The Crossroads Project Full Length 1 week new play dev’t workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. BIPOC playwrights. Musicals and plays with music are ok. No restrictions in subject matter or style. 8/1/23 Bloomington-Normal, Illinois No Fee,
$500 honorarium
Hanford Multicultural Theater Company One Act Short one-act plays. Comedy, drama, monologue. Note: Go to Menu > More > Short Play Submission FULL (NOT ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS) Year Round Hanford, California n/a
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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