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Howdy, Playwrights!  Here’s a list of 36 play submission opportunities with December 2020 deadlines. This is just a small sample of what is in our mega-list available to paid members.  Join now to get access to 135 play submissions opportunities with deadlines + the list of opps that are accepting submissions year-round!  Take note that although theaters are dark now due to the pandemic, they’ve found a way to continue presenting plays — via Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, etc.  Opportunities are still there!  We’ve got at least nine from the list below.  Check it out now!

Name Length Nature of Opportunity Deadline Location Add’l Info
Barely Seen 1 page One-paged plays. This is an on-going opp, but submissions are due by November 30 for Featured Writer of December. 11/30/20 n/a n/a
The MAIN Theatre Full Length, One Act, or Two Act Online theatre fest. Int’l submissions ok. Encourages plays about different cultures that feature an int’l cast and crew. 11/30/20 Santa Clarita, California n/a
Arizona Theatre Company Full Length, One Act Latinx playwrights residing in the US, its territories or Mexico. Scripts may be in English, English and Spanish, or solely in Spanish. Any subject. 12/1/20 Tucson, Arizona n/a
Bloomington Playwrights Project Full Length Plays must be unpublished drama. Agent submitted scripts require no fee. 12/1/20 Bloomington, Indiana Fee: $10
Prize: $3,000
Ensemble Studio Theatre Full Length, One Act Plays and musicals. Open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the “hard” sciences and technology. 12/1/20 NYC Commissions: $1,000-10,000
Jewish Women’s Theatre One Act
(max 10 pages)
The play must be contemporary. Playwrights need not be Jewish to submit. Prefers work that have some Jewish content or Jewish resonance. Musicals ok. Theme: Family Matters 12/1/20 Santa Monica, California n/a
Mesa Refuge Full Length 14-day residency. Apps from playwrights accepted. 12/1/20 Point Reyes Station, California App Fee: $50
The Public Theater of San Antonio 50-120 mins US playwrights. Submissions may have had readings but not have had a prior production. 12/1/20 San Antonio, Texas No Fee
TriQuarterly short play Publication opp. Accepts short drama. 12/1/20 Evanston, Illinois n/a
This Moment Productions max 10 mins Seeking submissions that fit the Zoom or online streaming format. Plays must be the original work of persons who are residents of the U.S. Comedy, drama, mystery, thriller or monologue. 12/5/20 online No Fee
The Center at West Park max 10 pages  (sample) 2 weeks residency culminating in at least 1 and up to 10 streaming performances for virtual audiences. 12/6/20 NYC n/a
Smith & Kraus Publishers, Inc. max 10 pages Plays must be produced between January 2019-September 2021. Staged readings performed live or virtually during the Pandemic will be accepted. 12/11/20 n/a n/a
Smith & Kraus Publishers, Inc. 1-3 mins Monologues from plays. They cannot be stand-alone pieces. Must be from plays produced between January 2019-September 2021. Staged Readings performed live or virtually during the Pandemic will be accepted. Should be active! No stories about something that happened in the past. 12/11/20 n/a n/a
The Bechdel Group 20-35 pages Accepts new plays, scripts in development, partial scripts, drafts – anything in progress.  Must pass the Bechdel Test. Must support the mission of fostering strong, complex, dynamic roles for women. 12/11/20 NYC Fee: $6
B3 Theater 5-15 pages Subject matter is open, although preference will be given to experimental & progressive works. All genres welcome, incl. monologues, except musicals. Int’l submissions ok. 12/15/20 Phoenix, Arizona No Fee
Prize: $50
Concord Theatricals max 15 mins Short plays and musicals. 12/15/20 NYC n/a
Eggtooth Editions Chapbook Contest 15-50 pages Open to anyone writing in the English language who has not previously published a full-length book. Any genre including plays. 12/15/20 Flagstaff, Arizona Fee: $10
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Exposition Review max 15 pages Theme: “Hunger.” One-act plays and scenes. Previously unpublished works only. Author receives $35 USD for accepted work. 12/15/20 California Fee: $3.50
Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival Full Length New American plays that provide dynamic performance opportunities for college-aged actors. Plays that have a cast of primarily (or exclusively) characters in their teens and twenties. Plays that have significant representation (in both number and quality) of roles for female-identifying actors. 12/15/20 Cape Girardeau, Missouri n/a
RipRap Literary Journal 10 mins / max 2,500 words Accepts plays. Must be unpublished. 12/18/20 Long Beach, California n/a
Chain Theatre Full Length 6 weeks dev’t lab culminating in a professional virtual staged reading. All meetings and rehearsals will be done virtually via Zoom or over the phone. Playwrights must be NYC based. Must be part of an under-represented community in the arts. 12/20/20 NYC n/a
Irondale Full Length Female-identifying artists. Fully-produced play. Must be women-centered. Must be a NY premiere or not have been performed in the New York area within the last year. Staged readings ok. 12/21/20 Brooklyn, New York Selected shows will receive a $1,000 fee.
Ucross + The Blank Theatre See right. Early-career playwrights, 21-30 yrs of age, from all backgrounds and genders residing in the US. Includes two-week residency  AND a professionally produced staged reading. Writers must submit one short play and one full-length play. 12/21/20 Wyoming and Hollywood No Fee
Prize: $5,000
Invisible Girl Creative 25-45 mins One-person shows. Must only use one actor, but can feature as many characters as you feel fit. The play must feature a drastic turn of events. 12/25/20 Los Angeles, California n/a
Childsplay Full Length Open to ANY playwright of color, currently residing in the US, who is specifically writing for young audiences (children aged 2-18). Looking for projects that are in an early-to-mid stage of development. 12/30/20 Tempe, Arizona $3,000 financial support
365 Women A Year Any length Plays about historical women. Plays can be any language, any genre. Musicals ok. Note: See the list of women who have not yet been covered.Choose a woman or women to write about. They must be women who have not yet been covered. 12/31/20 n/a n/a
Ghostlight Ensemble max 15 mins Scripts geared toward young audiences (children 10 and under). Priority will be placed on scripts that are ethnically and culturally diverse, and written by writers of color and/or LGBTQ writers. Open to playwrights in any geographic area, though writers in the greater Chicago area will receive priority. Plays must be adaptable to virtual and live performances. 12/31/20 Chicago No Fee
KC Melting Pot Theatre Full Length Original plays by Black playwrights. Any theme. Comedy, drama, futuristic, abstract, or otherwise experimental piece. 12/31/20 Kansas City, Missouri n/a
Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award For Playwriting Full Length Plays addressing the question “What does it mean to be a human in a computerized world?” 12/31/20 New Hampshire & Vermont $5,000 honorarium
Pulitzer Prize in Drama Full Length Award for a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life. 12/31/20 NYC Fee: $75
Prize: $15,000
Stage to Screen Full Length Plays and musicals. 12/31/20 Milpitas, California No Fee
Prize: $1,000
Sundog Theatre One Act
(10-30 mins)
Original plays set on the Staten Island Ferry. Set in contemporary time period. The theme is anything related to our current circumstances imposed by Covid-19. Humor is appreciated. 12/31/20 Staten Island, New York No Fee
Prize: $100
The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence Full Length Unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. 12/31/20 Coldwater, Michigan Prize: $200
FORGE Fuel “sample” Writers retreat. Open to writers of all kinds, including playwrights. Year Round Danbury, Connecticut Fee: $80
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
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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