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Howdy, Playwrights!  Here’s a list of 35 play submission opportunities with May 2021 deadlines. This is just a small sample

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Name Length Nature of Opportunity Deadline Location Add’l Info
Mad Cow Theatre Company Full Length Emerging and established women+ playwrights. Plays must be unproduced and unpublished with limited development. 4/30/21 Orlando, Florida Prize: $500
Moondance Int’l Film Festival 1, 2 or 3-act Stage play, stage play or musical for kids, audio/radio play. See submission categories. 4/30/21 Boulder, Colorado Fee: $25
Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award Full Length Plays for young audiences. Open to all playwrights. 5/1/21 Hamden, Connecticut n/a
Brewster Theater Company max 30 mins New and emerging playwrights. Plays must have been written after January 1, 2018. Any genre. *Solo shows must be no longer than 20 mins. 5/1/21 Carmel, New York Fee: $25
Foglifter max 20 pages Publication opp. LGBTQ+ writers. Accepts drama submissions. 5/1/21 n/a $25 honorarium
New England Review max 8,000 words Publication opp. Looking for plays and monologues. Payment is $20 per page. 5/1/21 Middlebury, Vermont Fee: $3
Playwrights’ Round Table 10 mins Black US playwrights only. STRONGLY encourages BIPOC, female and LGBTQIA+ writers to submit plays. 5/1/21 Orlando, Florida Fee: $1,
$25 stipend
Salem State University 10 mins Open 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. 5/1/21 Salem, Massachusetts n/a
The Chameleon Theatre Circle Any length Original works. All styles and genres are ok. 5/1/21 Burnsville, Minnesota No Fee
Prize: $25-100
A Light in Dark Places 5-15 pages The plays must explore the themes of suicide prevention and mental health conditions with a focus on community, connection, hope, resources and healing. 5/2/21 Los Angeles, California Fee: $20
Prize: $100
Exposition Review max 4 pages Publication opp. Accepts a complete scene for stage. 5/5/21 California Fee: $5
“cash prize”
Atlanta Fringe Audio 15-75 mins All audio genres are accepted. 5/7/21 Atlanta, Georgia Fee: $25
Prize: $100
Writer’s Digest first 15 pages Scripts (stage play) are accepted. Int’l submissions ok, except Syria, Iran, North Korea or Crimea. 5/7/21 Blue Ash, Ohio Fee: $30
Prize: $5,000
Sour Grapes Productions Full Length Theme: The Comedy of Errors 5/8/21 Brooklyn, New York Fee: $15
Nylon Fusion Theatre Co 10 mins Theme is “RETROSPECT: The Worst of Times.” 5/12/21 NYC n/a
Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize Any length Plays on any topic affecting the LGBTQ+ community, and the promotion of diversity in love, society, politics and culture. 5/15/21 Italy No Fee
Prize: € 1000
Theatre InspiraTO 10 mins Radio 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” 5/16/21 Canada No Fee
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The Studios of Key West max 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. 5/17/21 Key West, Florida App Fee: $40
The Brooklyn Review max 5000 words Publication opp. Accepts un-produced one-act plays, excerpts from un-produced full-length plays, choreographic scores, and scripts for live multi-media performances. 5/18/21 Brooklyn, New York No Fee
Book Pipeline Adaptation Contest Full Length Plays for film and television adaptation. Applicants outside the US are welcome. 5/20/21 Santa Monica, California Fee: $55
Prize: $10,000
Austin Film Festival Full Length Full-length plays, original or adapted. Int’l submissions ok. 5/21/21 Austin, Texas Fee: $30
Prize: $1,000
Mixing It Up Productions LLC Full Length Scripts must be original. Any genre. 5/21/21 Valley Stream, New York n/a
Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition max 30 mins Audio drama scripts. Adventure and comedy. Must be appropriate for listeners of all ages. 5/28/21 n/a No Fee
Prize: $250
Femme Fatale Festival max 60 mins Playwrights must identify as female. 5/31/21 Virtual n/a
Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition 90-120 mins Int’l submissions ok. Play based on the risk theatre model of tragedy. Please visit the website for more info. 5/31/21 Canada Fee: $49
Prize: $10,000
Talking It Out Short, One Act, Full Length Any 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. 5/31/21 NYC No Fee
Theater J Full Length New 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. 5/31/21 Washington, DC No Fee
Prize: $3,000
TriQuarterly short play Publication opp. Accepts short drama. 5/31/21 Evanston, Illinois Fee: $2
FORGE Fuel “sample” Writers retreat. Open to writers of all kinds, including playwrights. Year Round Danbury, Connecticut Fee: $80
New Normal Rep Full Length New 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 Round online 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
Stay True Theatre Company Full Length New work written by LGBTQIA+ playwrights. Plays and musicals ok. Year Round NYC n/a
The Q Collective max 20 mins Radio plays exploring, celebrating, and speaking to experiences of gender and sexual minorities. Year Round St. Louis, Missouri $50 stipend
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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