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

NameLengthNature of OpportunityDeadlineLocationAdd’l Info
Arc Stages1-10 pagesTheme: SHADOWS AND REVEALS6/30/23Pleasantville, New Yorkn/a
Athena ProjectFull LengthPlaywright must be a woman.6/30/23Denver, Coloradon/a
ExhumePls. inquire.Publication opp. Drama accepted. Writers who discuss queerness and trauma.6/30/23n/an/a
freeze frame fictionmax 1,000 wordsPublication opp. Drama accepted. Any genre. No content restrictions.6/30/23n/aPays $10 per accepted piece.
Little Fish Theatremax 15 minsTheme: NEW BEGINNINGS6/30/23Los Angeles, CaliforniaNo Fee
Free State Review1 minPublication opp. One-minute plays.7/1/23n/aFee: $3.50
Frostburg State UniversityOne Act
(max 40 mins)
Previously unproduced plays.7/1/23Frostburg, MarylandFee: $20
Prize: $750
Millay Arts Steepletop Residencymax 15 pages (sample)Residency. Works in progress, published pieces, excerpts from longer works, selections of short works are welcome.7/1/23Austerlitz, New YorkApp Fee: $45
New Works, New VoicesFull LengthWriters and composers who feel their perspectives have been historically underrepresented in the musical theater canon.7/1/23Syracuse, New Yorkn/a
PlayZoomers10-15 minsScripts 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.7/1/23onlinen/a
Exposition Review Flash 405max 4 pagesPublication opp. Complete scene. Theme: Crescendo7/5/23CaliforniaFee: $5
“cash prize”
Theater J Trish Vradenburg Jewish Play PrizeFull LengthPlay that celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience. Musicals ok. US playwrights only.7/7/23Washington, DCPrize:  $15,000
CRY HAVOC Company10 pages (sample)New play dev’t opp, culminating in a reading of scripts for the public. Theme: “hidden” landmarks of NYC7/10/23NYCn/a
Gasher2,000 wordsPublication opp. US writers only. *Each selected contributor will be asked to respond to a brief interview regarding ekphrastic writing.7/12/23n/sFee: $6
Life Jacket Theatre CoSee 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.7/12/23NYC$10,000 commission
Clamour Theatre CompanyFull LengthPlaywrights’ retreat. *Send a draft of an unproduced non-musical play.7/14/23Penney Farms, FloridaNo Fee
Echo Theater Company60-150 pagesOriginal, unpublished and unproduced, non-musical stage plays.7/14/23Los Angeles, CaliforniaFee: $25
Prize: $1,000


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Avant Bard TheatreFull LengthPlaywrights who live in the DC region will be given preference.7/15/23Arlington, Virginian/a
Fairy Tale Reviewmax 10 pagesPublication opp. Drama accepted. Women and nonbinary writers, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ writers, writers with disabilities, and writers from other marginalized and underrepresented groups in mainstream publishing.7/15/23n/a$50 honorarium upon publication
Feels Blind Literaryn/sNew and emerging writers who are nonbinary or identify as women. *Submission fee is always waived on Mondays.7/15/23n/aFee: $3
Moleculemax 50 wordsPublication opp. Accepts play submissions.7/15/23n/an/a
Ucross FoundationFull LengthPlaywriting residency.7/15/23Ucross, WyomingApp Fee: $40
Caldera Artsn/s2 and 3.5 week residencies.7/18/23Sisters, OregonNo Fee
The Players Theatremax 15 minsTheme: “Boo!” Plays and musicals. Playwrights must produce.7/25/23NYCFee: $50 if selected
Djerassi Resident Artists Programmax 30 pages (sample)Apps from playwrights accepted.7/28/23Woodside, CaliforniaFee: $45
Lanesboro Artist Residency Programn/s2- or 4-week residencies. Emerging artists from Minnesota and the 5 boroughs of NYC.7/28/23Lanesboro, Minnesotan/a
Stone Canoemax 6,000 wordsPublication opp. Writers who are current or former residents of Upstate New York. Drama accepted.7/29/23Syracuse, New Yorkn/a
LowellArts TheatreFull LengthAccepting production proposals for the 2024 Season. FULL (NOT ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS)7/31/23Lowell, Michigann/a
Masque & Spectacle10 minsPublication opp. Plays accepted.7/31/23n/sn/a
Playhouse on the SquareFull LengthOriginal, unproduced or unpublished plays or musicals.7/31/23Memphis, TennesseeFee: $15
Prize: $750
William Faulkner Literary CompetitionOne Act (less than 1 hour)Open to all ages. Original, unpublished play. NO excessive violence, sex or religious extremism.7/31/23New Albany, MississippiFee: $20
Prize: $600
The Crossroads ProjectFull Length1 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.8/1/23Bloomington-Normal, IllinoisNo Fee,
$500 honorarium
Hanford Multicultural Theater CompanyOne ActShort one-act plays. Comedy, drama, monologue. Note: Go to Menu > More > Short Play Submission FULL (NOT ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS)Year RoundHanford, Californian/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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