Howdy, Playwrights!  Here’s a list of 36 play submission opportunities with August 2021 deadlines. This is just a small sample of what is in our mega-list available to paid members. Join now to get access!

NameLengthNature of OpportunityDeadlineLocationAdd’l Info
Clay & WaterFull LengthIn-person and virtual retreat. *Send a draft of an unproduced non-musical play.7/31/21TBDNo Fee
Lost and Found TheatreAny lengthAny genre.7/31/21New Englandn/a
FlowerSong Pressmax 25 pagesShort plays and monologues from diverse playwrights worldwide who have something to say about the current pandemic.8/1/21McAllen, Texasn/a
PLAYAmax 10 pages (sample)5, 12 or 26-day residency. Int’l submissions ok.8/1/21Lake County, OregonApp Fee: $15
Strange Tracemax 20 minsProposals for short works of opera/theater. Any style. Int’l submissions ok. Theme: Thresholds8/1/21Boston, Massachusettsn/a
TEDxAsburyPark10-30 minsShort original plays for a Zoom audience.8/1/21onlinen/a
The Crossroads ProjectFull LengthOne-week new play dev’t workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. Unproduced plays by BIPOC playwrights. No restrictions in subject matter or style.8/1/21Bloomington-Normal, IllinoisNo Fee,
honorarium of $500
Dramatic Question Theatren/aTheatre development and presentation project comprised of solo shows by and about women in the United States.8/7/21NYCn/a
Alleyway TheatreFull Length, One ActPlays and musicals. Must be unpublished and unproduced. Int’l submissions ok.8/10/21Buffalo, New Yorkn/a
Assure PressOne Act,
10 mins
The play can be for the page or the stage.8/10/21Cedar Hill, TexasFee: $3
The Players Theatremax 15 minsTheme: “Boo!” Horror plays & musicals incl. a great spoof. Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play.8/11/21NYCn/a
Echo Theatre45-min One Act to Full LengthWomen+ playwrights. Int’l submissions ok. Play or play-with-music.8/15/21Dallas, Texas$1000 Royalty
Elsewhere Studiosn/s1-6 months residency.8/15/21Paonia, ColoradoApp Fee: $30
Experimental Theatre Collectiven/aOpportunity to be a part of a collective of experimental theatre writers. Must be in the process of creating something that isn’t “conventional.”8/15/21NYCn/a
Fusionmax 10 pagesNo theme. All theatrical genres accepted. The script must never have been produced before September 23, 2021. Public readings ok. Int’l submissions ok. Musicals ok.8/15/21Albuquerque, New MexicoFee: $5
Qu Literary Magazinemax 4,000 wordsFor literary magazine. Excerpts or full pieces written for stage. Unpublished works only.8/15/21Charlotte, North CarolinaFee: $2.50
Payment Upon Publication: $100
SPIDER300–1000 wordsPublication opp (literary magazine). Plays for ages 6-9.8/15/21n/an/a
Theatre Oxfordmax 10 pagesOnly original plays, never before produced, are eligible.8/15/21Oxford, MississippiFee: $10
Prize: $1,000


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Yale Drama SeriesFull LengthInt’l submissions ok. Plays written in the English language only. Must be original, unpublished. Must not have been professionally produced or published. Previous workshop, reading, or non-professional production is ok.8/15/21New Haven, ConnecticutNo Fee
Prize: $10,000
American StageFull LengthNew plays that focus on multicultural storytelling and explore a vast landscape of characters, experiences and viewpoints. Any genre.8/19/21St. Petersburg, FloridaPrize: $250 + $200 travel stipend
Equity Library Theater of New Yorkmax 15 minsPlaywrights from across the globe. Also seeking monologues (max 4 pages/mins). Musicals ok. Playwrights must produce.8/30/21NYCNo Fee
A is For Playwriting ContestOne Act
(max 60 mins)
Plays about Reproductive Justice, including (but not limited to) the topic of abortion.8/31/21NYCPrize: $5,000
American Blues TheaterFull LengthOriginal, unpublished plays. Int’l submissions ok. Adaptations ok.8/31/21ChicagoFee: $5
Prize: $2,000
Book Pipeline Adaptation ContestFull LengthPlays for film and television adaptation. Must have been published and/or produced. Int’l submissions ok.8/31/21Santa Monica, CaliforniaFee: $65
Prize: $10,000
Earth Matters On StageFull LengthNew dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis.8/31/21Anchorage, Alaskan/a
Jakespeare Virtual Theatre Company10-30 minsShort plays inspired by Edward Hopper paintings. Play’s content can cover any genre, but should be appropriate for the virtual theatre medium and time period of the artwork.8/31/21n/aNo financial compensation
PlayZoomersAny lengthScripts suitable for Zoom productions. Any genre. Plays do not need to be new.8/31/21online“small stipend”
ScreenCraft10-150 pagesSeeks plays that have great film or TV adaptation potential. Int’l submissions ok.  Critique available for an extra fee.8/31/21Los Angeles, CaliforniaFee: $49.50, $69.50, $79.50. (upgrade to a paid PSH membership for a 30%-off coupon code.)
Ten-Minute Musicals Project7-20 minsComplete original stage musicals. Any musical style. Maximum of ten performers — five women and five men. Int’l submissions ok.8/31/21West Hollywood, California$250 royalty advance
The Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened LanguageFull Length, One ActSubmissions must be in a heightened version of the English language. Must contain at least 60% heightened language. Translations or adaptations ok. Int’l submissions ok.8/31/21n/sPrize: $3000 / $1500
Theatre Viscera20+ pages
(see right)
Plays written by queer playwrights for a queer cast, about queer characters. Full length plays, one acts, or a collection of shorter works. Pref. newer or unproduced works.8/31/21Portland, Oregonn/a
Three Rivers Theatre CompanyFull LengthNew, faith-based / family-friendly plays. Dramas or comedies.8/31/21Harriman, TennesseeNo Fee
Yellow Rose ProductionsFull Length, Two-ActWomen playwrights only.8/31/21Knoxville, TennesseeFee: $22/$32
Prize: 1,000
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
Stage Left TheaterSee right.Monologues, short plays, one-acts, and full-length scripts from anywhere in the world.Year RoundSpokane, Washingtonn/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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