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!
|Name||Length||Nature of Opportunity||Deadline||Location||Add’l Info|
|Clay & Water||Full Length||In-person and virtual retreat. *Send a draft of an unproduced non-musical play.||7/31/21||TBD||No Fee|
|Lost and Found Theatre||Any length||Any genre.||7/31/21||New England||n/a|
|FlowerSong Press||max 25 pages||Short plays and monologues from diverse playwrights worldwide who have something to say about the current pandemic.||8/1/21||McAllen, Texas||n/a|
|PLAYA||max 10 pages (sample)||5, 12 or 26-day residency. Int’l submissions ok.||8/1/21||Lake County, Oregon||App Fee: $15|
|Strange Trace||max 20 mins||Proposals for short works of opera/theater. Any style. Int’l submissions ok. Theme: Thresholds||8/1/21||Boston, Massachusetts||n/a|
|TEDxAsburyPark||10-30 mins||Short original plays for a Zoom audience.||8/1/21||online||n/a|
|The Crossroads Project||Full Length||One-week new play dev’t workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. Unproduced plays by BIPOC playwrights. No restrictions in subject matter or style.||8/1/21||Bloomington-Normal, Illinois||No Fee,
honorarium of $500
|Dramatic Question Theatre||n/a||Theatre development and presentation project comprised of solo shows by and about women in the United States.||8/7/21||NYC||n/a|
|Alleyway Theatre||Full Length, One Act||Plays and musicals. Must be unpublished and unproduced. Int’l submissions ok.||8/10/21||Buffalo, New York||n/a|
|Assure Press||One Act,
|The play can be for the page or the stage.||8/10/21||Cedar Hill, Texas||Fee: $3|
|The Players Theatre||max 15 mins||Theme: “Boo!” Horror plays & musicals incl. a great spoof. Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play.||8/11/21||NYC||n/a|
|Echo Theatre||45-min One Act to Full Length||Women+ playwrights. Int’l submissions ok. Play or play-with-music.||8/15/21||Dallas, Texas||$1000 Royalty|
|Elsewhere Studios||n/s||1-6 months residency.||8/15/21||Paonia, Colorado||App Fee: $30|
|Experimental Theatre Collective||n/a||Opportunity to be a part of a collective of experimental theatre writers. Must be in the process of creating something that isn’t “conventional.”||8/15/21||NYC||n/a|
|Fusion||max 10 pages||No 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.||8/15/21||Albuquerque, New Mexico||Fee: $5|
|Qu Literary Magazine||max 4,000 words||For literary magazine. Excerpts or full pieces written for stage. Unpublished works only.||8/15/21||Charlotte, North Carolina||Fee: $2.50
Payment Upon Publication: $100
|SPIDER||300–1000 words||Publication opp (literary magazine). Plays for ages 6-9.||8/15/21||n/a||n/a|
|Theatre Oxford||max 10 pages||Only original plays, never before produced, are eligible.||8/15/21||Oxford, Mississippi||Fee: $10
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|Yale Drama Series||Full Length||Int’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.||8/15/21||New Haven, Connecticut||No Fee
|American Stage||Full Length||New plays that focus on multicultural storytelling and explore a vast landscape of characters, experiences and viewpoints. Any genre.||8/19/21||St. Petersburg, Florida||Prize: $250 + $200 travel stipend|
|Equity Library Theater of New York||max 15 mins||Playwrights from across the globe. Also seeking monologues (max 4 pages/mins). Musicals ok. Playwrights must produce.||8/30/21||NYC||No Fee|
|A is For Playwriting Contest||One Act
(max 60 mins)
|Plays about Reproductive Justice, including (but not limited to) the topic of abortion.||8/31/21||NYC||Prize: $5,000|
|American Blues Theater||Full Length||Original, unpublished plays. Int’l submissions ok. Adaptations ok.||8/31/21||Chicago||Fee: $5
|Book Pipeline Adaptation Contest||Full Length||Plays for film and television adaptation. Must have been published and/or produced. Int’l submissions ok.||8/31/21||Santa Monica, California||Fee: $65
|Earth Matters On Stage||Full Length||New dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis.||8/31/21||Anchorage, Alaska||n/a|
|Jakespeare Virtual Theatre Company||10-30 mins||Short 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.||8/31/21||n/a||No financial compensation|
|PlayZoomers||Any length||Scripts suitable for Zoom productions. Any genre. Plays do not need to be new.||8/31/21||online||“small stipend”|
|ScreenCraft||10-150 pages||Seeks plays that have great film or TV adaptation potential. Int’l submissions ok. Critique available for an extra fee.||8/31/21||Los Angeles, California||Fee: $49.50, $69.50, $79.50. (upgrade to a paid PSH membership for a 30%-off coupon code.)|
|Ten-Minute Musicals Project||7-20 mins||Complete original stage musicals. Any musical style. Maximum of ten performers — five women and five men. Int’l submissions ok.||8/31/21||West Hollywood, California||$250 royalty advance|
|The Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened Language||Full Length, One Act||Submissions 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.||8/31/21||n/s||Prize: $3000 / $1500|
|Theatre Viscera||20+ pages
|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.||8/31/21||Portland, Oregon||n/a|
|Three Rivers Theatre Company||Full Length||New, faith-based / family-friendly plays. Dramas or comedies.||8/31/21||Harriman, Tennessee||No Fee|
|Yellow Rose Productions||Full Length, Two-Act||Women playwrights only.||8/31/21||Knoxville, Tennessee||Fee: $22/$32
|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|
|Stage Left Theater||See right.||Monologues, short plays, one-acts, and full-length scripts from anywhere in the world.||Year Round||Spokane, Washington||n/a|
|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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