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NameLengthNature of OpportunityDeadlineLocationAdd’l Info
Mad Cow Theatre CompanyFull LengthEmerging and established women+ playwrights. Plays must be unproduced and unpublished with limited development.4/30/21Orlando, FloridaPrize: $500
Moondance Int’l Film Festival1, 2 or 3-actStage play, stage play or musical for kids, audio/radio play. See submission categories.4/30/21Boulder, ColoradoFee: $25
Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting AwardFull LengthPlays for young audiences. Open to all playwrights.5/1/21Hamden, Connecticutn/a
Brewster Theater Companymax 30 minsNew and emerging playwrights. Plays must have been written after January 1, 2018. Any genre. *Solo shows must be no longer than 20 mins.5/1/21Carmel, New YorkFee: $25
Fogliftermax 20 pagesPublication opp. LGBTQ+ writers. Accepts drama submissions.5/1/21n/a$25 honorarium
New England Reviewmax 8,000 wordsPublication opp. Looking for plays and monologues. Payment is $20 per page.5/1/21Middlebury, VermontFee: $3
Playwrights’ Round Table10 minsBlack US playwrights only. STRONGLY encourages BIPOC, female and LGBTQIA+ writers to submit plays.5/1/21Orlando, FloridaFee: $1,
$25 stipend
Salem State University10 minsOpen to all playwrights. However, preference will be given to those with a direct military connection. The theme of the play should directly touch on military service and/or how military service affects a community.5/1/21Salem, Massachusettsn/a
The Chameleon Theatre CircleAny lengthOriginal works. All styles and genres are ok.5/1/21Burnsville, MinnesotaNo Fee
Prize: $25-100
A Light in Dark Places5-15 pagesThe plays must explore the themes of suicide prevention and mental health conditions with a focus on community, connection, hope, resources and healing.5/2/21Los Angeles, CaliforniaFee: $20
Prize: $100
Exposition Reviewmax 4 pagesPublication opp. Accepts a complete scene for stage.5/5/21CaliforniaFee: $5
“cash prize”
Atlanta Fringe Audio15-75 minsAll audio genres are accepted.5/7/21Atlanta, GeorgiaFee: $25
Prize: $100
Writer’s Digestfirst 15 pagesScripts (stage play) are accepted. Int’l submissions ok, except Syria, Iran, North Korea or Crimea.5/7/21Blue Ash, OhioFee: $30
Prize: $5,000
Sour Grapes ProductionsFull LengthTheme: The Comedy of Errors5/8/21Brooklyn, New YorkFee: $15
Nylon Fusion Theatre Co10 minsTheme is “RETROSPECT: The Worst of Times.”5/12/21NYCn/a
Carlo Annoni International Playwriting PrizeAny lengthPlays on any topic affecting the LGBTQ+ community, and the promotion of diversity in love, society, politics and culture.5/15/21ItalyNo Fee
Prize: € 1000
Theatre InspiraTO10 minsRadio drama. The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, a monologue, absurd or anything in between. Int’l submissions ok. Theme: “in-touch”5/16/21CanadaNo Fee
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The Studios of Key Westmax 15 pages (see right)Month-long residency. No residency fee. Int’l submissions ok. Submit 1 one-act play or 1 excerpt from a longer work.5/17/21Key West, FloridaApp Fee: $40
The Brooklyn Reviewmax 5000 wordsPublication opp. Accepts un-produced one-act plays, excerpts from un-produced full-length plays, choreographic scores, and scripts for live multi-media performances.5/18/21Brooklyn, New YorkNo Fee
Book Pipeline Adaptation ContestFull LengthPlays for film and television adaptation. Applicants outside the US are welcome.5/20/21Santa Monica, CaliforniaFee: $55
Prize: $10,000
Austin Film FestivalFull LengthFull-length plays, original or adapted. Int’l submissions ok.5/21/21Austin, TexasFee: $30
Prize: $1,000
Mixing It Up Productions LLCFull LengthScripts must be original. Any genre.5/21/21Valley Stream, New Yorkn/a
Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competitionmax 30 minsAudio drama scripts. Adventure and comedy. Must be appropriate for listeners of all ages.5/28/21n/aNo Fee
Prize: $250
Femme Fatale Festivalmax 60 minsPlaywrights must identify as female.5/31/21Virtualn/a
Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition90-120 minsInt’l submissions ok. Play based on the risk theatre model of tragedy. Please visit the website for more info.5/31/21CanadaFee: $49
Prize: $10,000
Talking It OutShort, One Act, Full LengthAny genre. All plays should deal with the topic of mental illness. Must be unpublished. Previous reading or production is ok. No website. Send submission to under the subject line “Talking It Out Play Submission – INSERT PLAY NAME HERE”. Provide a brief synopsis & approximate run time of your play(s) in the body of your email.5/31/21NYCNo Fee
Theater JFull LengthNew play that celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience. Open to emerging women playwrights in the US, inclusive of cis and trans women.5/31/21Washington, DCNo Fee
Prize: $3,000
TriQuarterlyshort playPublication opp. Accepts short drama.5/31/21Evanston, IllinoisFee: $2
FORGE Fuel“sample”Writers retreat. Open to writers of all kinds, including playwrights.Year RoundDanbury, ConnecticutFee: $80
New Normal RepFull LengthNew and underproduced plays that explore the historical, cultural, and psychological forces that have helped to shape life in America and beyond in the 21st Century.Year Roundonlinen/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
Stay True Theatre CompanyFull LengthNew work written by LGBTQIA+ playwrights. Plays and musicals ok.Year RoundNYCn/a
The Q Collectivemax 20 minsRadio plays exploring, celebrating, and speaking to experiences of gender and sexual minorities.Year RoundSt. Louis, Missouri$50 stipend
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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