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 Plays must be unproduced and unpublished with limited development.||4/30/21||Orlando, Florida||Prize: $500|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,
|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
|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
|Exposition Review||max 4 pages||Publication opp. Accepts a complete scene for stage.||5/5/21||California||Fee: $5
|Atlanta Fringe Audio||15-75 mins||All audio genres are accepted.||5/7/21||Atlanta, Georgia||Fee: $25
|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
|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
|Austin Film Festival||Full Length||Full-length plays, original or adapted. Int’l submissions ok.||5/21/21||Austin, Texas||Fee: $30
|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
|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
|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 [email protected] 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
|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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